In today’s computer gaming news, learn more about EA Plants vs. Zombies single-player spin-off was terminated through no fault of its own so that the developers may be reassigned to the Visceral-begun single-player Star Wars action-adventure, which was also canceled in 2017. Meanwhile, One of the most prominent manufacturers of Nvidia-based graphics cards will cease production. Jon Peddie, an analyst, reports that EVGA has decided not to develop video gaming cards featuring Nvidia’s next generation of GPUs, the RTX 40-series. Lastly, the PC elements of the upcoming Modern Warfare 2 have been detailed in a trailer produced by Activision. The game is scheduled for release on October 28. To avoid confusion, this is not the same game as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which came out on November 12, 2009.
EA Shelved a Plants Vs. Zombies Single-player Spin-off to Support a Star Wars Game
Seven years ago, 30 EA Vancouver developers developed a Plants vs. Zombies spin-off. Popcap’s original tower defense game had been successfully transformed into an online shooter with Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in 2014, and EA was open to more new ideas—in this case, a singleplayer action-adventure with Arkham-style combat in which a teenager partners with plants to fight undead while traveling through time.
IGN believes that this unusual project was scrapped so the developers could work on Visceral’s singleplayer Star Wars action-adventure, which was canceled in 2017.
Tom Bramall, who worked on Garden Warfare 2 and Battle for Neighborville, revealed concept drawings for the shelved game in 2018. According to IGN’s sources, it was called “Project Hot Tub” after the movie Hot Tub Time Machine and would have contained levels set in the present, a pirate island, the wild west, and the far future.
Project Hot Tub’s design was based on Uncharted. That’s why the team was shifted to Amy Hennig’s Star Wars project, which likewise used a “open corridor” approach. Project Hot Tub would follow Eddie, a teen who befriends a Peashooter plant after an accident sends them and the zombies invading Neighborville across time. Eddie’s skills would depend on the plant he was joined by, with Peashooter offering a short-range blast and glider leaves, Sunflower lighting up dark regions, and Chomper providing a strong melee attack and grappling hook. In certain Middle Ages scenes, players controlled Eddie’s sister Tessa, who could rewind time owing to her plant friend Thyme.
It sounds like Project Hot Tub had a 20-minute playable slice, an animated cinematic, and a 2017 release date in a 2016 presentation that was well-received by executives. Star Wars was a bigger issue and needed more resources, so Project Hot Tub was redirected. After that was discontinued, the team was split among other EA projects.
EA may not return to Project Hot Tub. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville stopped being supported a year after its release, and Plants vs. Zombies 3 on mobile has been in and out of soft-launch for two years without a global release.
EA’s interest in singleplayer Star Wars action-adventures led to Respawn’s Jedi: Fallen Order, for which a sequel was greenlit. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set for 2023.
EVGA Will Apparently Quit Developing Graphics Cards Because of Nvidia
One of the biggest Nvidia graphics card makers will stop making them. EVGA won’t build video cards featuring Nvidia’s RTX 40-series GPUs, an expert says (opens in new tab). But there’s more: Speaking to Gamers Nexus, EVGA CEO Andrew Han revealed the California-based company will “totally discontinue” developing graphics cards.
EVGA has made graphics cards since 1999, using Nvidia’s RIVA TNT2 chips, but Han “won’t even discuss” working with Intel or AMD, reports Gamers Nexus.
EVGA’s decision is partially due to Nvidia’s behavior, according to both sources; it’s “about respect,” claimed Gamers Nexus. Graphics cards constitute approximately 80% of EVGA’s current business, but company doesn’t plan to close because of its split with Nvidia. That told Gamers Nexus it doesn’t even have layoffs planned. After selling off its RTX 30-series cards, EVGA will focus on motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components.
Han informed Gamers Nexus that EVGA generates 300% more profit on power supplies than on Nvidia graphics cards. It’s unclear how EVGA will dump its graphics card business without laying off any employees, including engineers and support staff. “Attrition,” says Gamers Nexus.
EVGA’s action isn’t a cold business move. According to Han, Nvidia treated EVGA unfairly, therefore the decision to discontinue working with them was “simple.”
According to Jon Peddie Research, EVGA’s relationship with Nvidia evolved from a true partnership to a customer-seller situation. EVGA was no longer consulted on new product launches and briefings, highlighted at events, or notified of price changes. Gamers Nexus and Peddie allege EVGA was dissatisfied by Nvidia’s Founders Editions.
Direct communication from EVGA reveals less. In a forum post today, EVGA claimed it will continue to service its existing graphics cards but “will not carry next-generation graphics cards.”
“EVGA will continue to sell and support its current lineup,” the business claimed. Also, EVGA thanks our community for years of support and passion for EVGA graphics cards.
Nvidia’s view of EVGA isn’t clear. The business sent PC Gamer a statement announcing EVGA’s exit from GeForce, but it’s as diplomatic as it gets.
“We’ve had a terrific partnership with EVGA over the years and will continue to support them,” added Nvidia. Andrew [Han] and EVGA are in our thoughts.
I suspect Nvidia might have more to say if it wasn’t a $328B public business, but that’s all we’re getting for now.
The void created by EVGA’s retirement from the Nvidia graphics card sector will likely be filled by Gigabyte, ASUS, and Zotac. Nvidia has teased “Project Beyond,” which we presume is tied to its next GPUs. Expect more this month.
The 30-minute Gamers Nexus film on EVGA’s withdrawal from the graphics card sector includes more speculation on the company’s intentions and Han’s plans for the future—he does not plan to retire or sell the company.
Modern Warfare 2 PC Trailer
Original Source: Modern Warfare 2 trailer outlines PC features
Activision produced a trailer(opens in new tab) highlighting Modern Warfare 2’s PC features. This game is not the same as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (November 12, 2009).
All looks excellent for a AAA PC release in 2022. In between game clips, the trailer promises 4k graphics and ultrawide support. The first one, yeah, everyone is going 4k (or 4k reconstructions), but ultrawide isn’t always a guarantee, so it’s wonderful to have the assurance from Activision.
The second highlight of the trailer is “Ricochet Anti-Cheat,” which I believe doesn’t have the reputation of Denuvo. Ricochet’s been used on Warzone and Vanguard for a year and seems to work nicely. A brief review of the Warzone subreddit shows players intermittently grumbling about its deployment, but mostly for allowing suspected cheats pass through the cracks. I didn’t see any performance or privacy dings against it.
“Over 500 personalization options” is the trailer’s final line. MW2’s graphics menus offer adjustable frame rate limits and targets, image reconstruction tools like FidelityFX, and distinct FOV sliders for vehicle, third-person, and first-person modes. All granular, and I like a nice graphical menu.
Modern Warfare 2 requires simply a GTX 960 and a 10-year-old i5-3570 to run. The money you save there would be swallowed up by the series’ increasing storage needs: Warzone settings have approached 200GB.
Summary of Today’s Computer Gaming News
Overall, a team of approximately 30 developers from EA Vancouver began work on a Plants vs. Zombies spin-off seven years ago. In this scenario, EA was receptive to more novel concepts, such as a single-player action-adventure with Arkham-style gameplay in which a teenager fights undead alongside plants while journeying through time. According to IGN, this intriguingly bizarre project was discontinued through no fault of its own so that the developers may be reassigned to the singleplayer Star Wars action-adventure launched by Visceral but canceled in 2017.
On the other hand, one of the biggest makers of Nvidia-based graphics cards will stop. Jon Peddie reports that EVGA won’t make video cards featuring Nvidia’s RTX 40-series GPUs. Bigger news: EVGA CEO Andrew Han told Gamers Nexus that the company will “totally discontinue” developing graphics cards. According to both sources, at least a portion of EVGA’s decision is motivated by dissatisfaction with Nvidia’s treatment of the company; “it’s about respect,” stated Gamers Nexus. Graphics cards are reportedly 80% of EVGA’s current business, but the company told Gamers Nexus that it has no plans to shut down as a result of its split with Nvidia; no layoffs are even in the works. Once EVGA has exhausted its stock of RTX 30-series cards, the company will shift its focus to its other goods, including motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components and peripherals.
Finally, Activision released a trailer for Modern Warfare 2’s PC features on October 28. The trailer claims 4k visuals and ultrawide support. The second major highlight of the trailer is “Ricochet Anti-Cheat,” which, in terms of bullet point features, at least does not have the same notoriety as Denuvo. Ricochet has been utilized on Warzone and Vanguard for the previous year, and it appears to function adequately. A cursory examination of the Warzone subreddit reveals that some players occasionally grumble about its implementation, but mainly exclusively because it allows suspected cheats to slip through the cracks—I did not observe any performance or privacy complaints. The trailer concludes by highlighting “Over 500+ customization options.