In a post published on Medium, Electronic Arts informed that tonight began the two weeks of testing of a new game streaming service, which is known under the mysterious name Project Atlas (not to be confused with Project xCloud and Project Stream, i.e. Google Stadia... there's been a lot of "projects" recently). Trials will be available only on PC (although the final version of the service will also be available on other platforms - Mac, smart TV, tablets or smartphones).
"Above all, our pursuit of cloud gaming is rooted in our games and our players. We’ve said all along that we want to be where our players are. We fully believe in more choices for our players, and connecting them to a world of play across more platforms and geographies," the note reads.
Players who sign up for the tests will be able to play four Electronic Arts games: FIF19, Need for Speed Rivals, Titanfall 2 and Unravel Two. What is important, in each case it should be possible to play together with people who play traditionally i.e. using their computer. Project Atlas will also offer full save game file compatibility between the streaming platform and the PC version.
The objective of the test is to check the quality of the services provided in different conditions - also when the speed and stability of the Internet connection are far from ideal. EA decided to make several different game genres available to testers to see how streaming works in each of them (and what problems and limitations they encounter).
To register for tests, please visit this page. It is worth noting that you need an EA / Origin account to take part in the tests.
- Electronic Arts - official website