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EA's 'Live to Play' conference at E3 2015 starts June 15th @ 1:00pm PDT

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Publishing juggernaut Electronic Arts will begin their E3 2015 press conference on June 15th, and it will run for an hour and a half. It begins 1.00pm PDT / 9.00pm GMT+1 in Shrine Auditorium. What's expected up on stage?

So far they haven't revealed what's in their E3 line-up but almost certainly it will have Star Wars: Battlefront, MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic, DLC offerings for Battlefield: Hardline and hopefully the next Mass Effect.

EA's Johan Andersson wants Windows 10 and DirectX 12 as "minspec for our holiday 2016 games" on Frostbite

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Technical director Johan Andersson for EA DICE's Frostbite engine has said he would like to have Microsoft's summer-bound OS Windows 10 and the new shiny DirectX 12 API as "minspec" for future Frostbite games.

He'd like that as soon as late 2016, given the significant gains the two will afford game studios. Adoption among "core gamers will be really quite fast" thanks to Microsoft's upgrade program.

Battlefield 4's Winter Patch released, adds new Squad Obliteration game mode

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DICE has released Battlefield 4's Winter Patch, which adds a brand new game mode called Squad Obliteration alongside the usual laundry list of fixes, balance tweaks and alterations.

Squad Obliteration is slightly altered version of Obliteration, which had you trying to blow up the opposing team's base with a bomb. It's intended for competitive squad versus squad play, and removes parachute spawns, extends the bomb timer, and forces you to destroy the mode's three targets in order.

2 billion points in Battlefield 4's Rush mode unlocks Heist mode in Battlefield Hardline beta

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EA DICE has thrown down a community challenge for Battlefield 4 and would-be crime fighters and criminals in Battlefield Hardline. If the community scores 2 billion points in Battlefield 4's Rush mode...

...then the beta for Battlefield Hardline will include the Heist mode. This scrambling for points begins today, January 21st @ 9 AM PST and will end January 24th @ 11:59 PM PST.

Premium calendar extended to December 2015 for Battlefield 4

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With the announcement last month that Final Stand is not actually the last DLC for Battlefield 4, it's believed DICE will be looking to put together releases of classic maps from the series.

To that end the Premium calendar for the shooter has been extended right to the end of this new year of 2015. Surely any new such DLC would fall under the cost people have already paid for Premium?

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