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EA is going ‘all-in on Battlefield’ with plans for a connected universe

Much like , Battlefield is morphing into a “connected universe.” EA is plowing more resources into the series and revamping the structure of its studios to support that vision, despite a lukewarm reception (to put it generously) for

“As a whole, we’re all-in on Battlefield,” EA chief operating officer Laura Miele told . “Collectively, we are out to unlock its enormous potential.”

Multiple studios in North America and Europe are said to be working on Battlefield games and experiences. One of those is , which will be released next year.

Vince Zampella, the head of and studio Respawn Entertainment, is now in charge of the Battlefield franchise. Zampella, last year, will continue to run Respawn. In addition to producing the original Call of Duty, he has worked on Titanfall and Medal of Honor games.

“We intend to build a Battlefield universe, one with multiple projects that are interconnected with the player at the center,” . “We will continue to evolve and grow Battlefield 2042, and we’ll explore new kinds of experiences and business models along the way that we can add to that foundation to provide an awesome array of experiences for our players.”

Byron Beede, another Call of Duty veteran EA hired as Battlefield general manager this year, said EA has a “long-term plan” for the series. However, the main focus right now is on supporting Battlefield 2042

Ripple Effect, which worked on Battlefield 2042’s , and a new studio run by Halo designer Marcus Lehto will help DICE improve that game. DICE just that targeted Battlefield 2042‘s clunky user interface and fixed a ton of bugs.

Meanwhile, DICE general manager Oskar Gabrielson will leave the company at the end of the year. Former Ubisoft Annecy studio director Rebecka Coutaz is taking over that role.

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4 ways AI is unlocking the mysteries of the universe

Astronomy is all about data. The universe is getting bigger and so too is the amount of information we have about it. But some of the biggest challenges of the next generation of astronomy lie in just how we’re going to study all the data we’re collecting.

To take on these challenges, astronomers are turning to machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to build new tools to rapidly search for the next big breakthroughs. Here are four ways AI is helping astronomers.

1. Planet hunting

There are a few ways to find a planet, but the most successful has been by studying transits. When an exoplanet passes in front of its parent star, it blocks some of the light we can see.

By observing many orbits of an exoplanet, astronomers build a picture of the dips in the light, which they can use to identify the planet’s properties – such as its mass, size and distance from its star. Nasa’s Kepler space telescope employed this technique to great success by watching thousands of stars at once, keeping an eye out for the telltale dips caused by planets.