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EA Attempts to Distance Themselves from 'Loot Boxes' by Calling them 'Surprise Mechanics'

If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it must be a surprise mechanic.

EA and loot boxes, loot boxes and EA. In some people's minds, there is no better pairing save for "gamers" and "rising up." For the past several years now, the studio has been repeatedly under fire for how they included loot boxes in many of their titles. They have included loot box mechanics in games like Madden with their Madden Ultimate Team card packs, FIFA with the similar Ultimate Team mode, Battlefield 1, and perhaps most notably, Star Wars Battlefront 2.

In fact,...
 

New Video and Post-Launch Plans for Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers

As release draws near, the information ramps up.

Square Enix once again decided to share a bunch of fresh information about their upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion, Shadowbringers. This fresh batch of information includes a new gameplay video along with a little look at some of the post-launch plans that are in the works for the expansion.

The new gameplay video can be seen below. This video features clips from a recent dungeon walkthrough video from the latest "Letter from the Producer LIVE #52" that happened recently. This video shows off a variety of...
 

Collection of Mana Available Now on Nintendo eShop

Play the first three Mana titles right now on Switch.

Those with a Nintendo Switch can pick up Collection of Mana for $39.99 (USD) right now from the Nintendo eShop. A physical release of this pack of games will be out starting August 27 and can be pre-purchased from various retailers and the Square Enix Store.

Collection of Mana includes the first three titles in the Mana series. It all starts with Final Fantasy Adventure, Secret of Mana, and Trials of Mana. This is the first time that Trials of Mana has been released in the West, and it is not the same as the Trials...
 

Chivalry 2 Announced as Epic Games Store Timed Exclusive

Another Tripwire published title revealed as an EGS timed-exclusive.

The Chivalry series is making a comeback at what could be a very interesting time. Despite fierce competition from Mordhau, Torn Banner Studios announced that they are working on Chivalry 2. It will once again be a multiplayer first-person "slasher" set in medieval battlefields. The game, published by Tripwire Interactive, is targeting a 2020 release on the Epic Games Store.

The publisher confirms that, just like their previously announced title Maneater, Chivalry 2 will be a one-year timed...
 

Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

Game of Souls.

Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director for some of FromSoftware's most notable releases and best-selling fantasy writer, George R.R. Martin, are teaming up for a brand new action-RPG title from FromSoftware. Martin may be better known as the author behind the fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, which served as the basis for most of the entire Game of Thrones TV series. Miyazaki is best known for creating the various Souls titles, Bloodborne, and the recently released Sekiro.

Their joint venture is called Elden Ring, an "epic fantasy title" that...
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  • Omensight Ushers in the End of the World on PlayStation 4

    Omensight Ushers in the End of the World on PlayStation 4

    Earlier today, Speahead Games announced that they will bring their next title, Omensight, to the PlayStation 4 in addition to the previously announced PC release. This news comes bundled with a new trailer for the game that focuses on the end of the world plus word about a PAX East 2018 appearance.

    First up, that PAX East news I just mentioned. If you're going to PAX East 2018 this year, be sure to check out the Spearhead Games booth (#17102) for your first look at Omensight. There will be a chance go grab a hands on demo of the game.
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  • Dragon Quest XI Releasing September 4 for PlayStation 4 and PC

    Dragon Quest XI Releasing September 4 for PlayStation 4 and PC

    On September 4, PlayStation 4 and PC owners in North America and Europe will be able to play Dragon Quest XI. Players that pre-purchase the game for the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store will get access to an exclusive "The Legend Reborn" theme plus some in-game DLC items.
    Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and series composer Koichi Sugiyama. As the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series, Dragon Quest XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely
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  • What it Takes to Get Geralt in Soulcalibur VI

    What it Takes to Get Geralt in Soulcalibur VI

    Bandai Namco provides a quick look behind the curtain on what it takes to get Geralt from The Witcher franchise in to a world unlike any he's ever seen before: Soulcalibur VI. This is the first look at Geralt of Rivia's inclusion in Soulcalibur since his reveal about two weeks back.

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  • PlayStation VR Bundle Prices Slashed by $100

    PlayStation VR Bundle Prices Slashed by $100

    Starting tomorrow, Sony will reduce the price of PlayStation VR bundles by $100 (USD), bringing the price down to $299.99. This price includes the PlayStation VR headset, a PlayStation Camera, a PlayStation VR demo disc, and either Doom VFR or Skyrim VR.
    PlayStation VR Doom VFR Bundle
    $299.99 USD/379.99 CAD (MSRP)
    Originally $399.99 USD/499.99 CAD (MSRP)

    Includes a PS VR headset, PlayStation Camera, PS VR Demo Disc 2.0 and the Doom VFR Blu-ray Disc. Doom VFR brings the fast-paced, kinetic gameplay fans of the series love as an all-new virtual reality experience.

    PlayStation VR The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR Bundle $
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  • Free PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Games for April 2018

    Free PlayStation 4 and Xbox One Games for April 2018

    The free Games with Gold and PlayStation Plus titles for April 2018 were revealed from both Microsoft and Sony. Let's start with the Xbox games.

    The free Games with Gold for April 2018 include The Witness, Assassin's Creed Syndicate, Cars 2, and Dead Space 2.
    The Witness You awake on an island with no idea where or who you are. Over 500 puzzles lay before you as you slowly regain your memories piece by piece in the hopes of finding your way off this mysterious, gorgeous island in this chall
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  • New "Georgetown" Developer Diary for OVERKILL's The Walking Dead

    New "Georgetown" Developer Diary for OVERKILL's The Walking Dead

    A new week means a new developer diary for OVERKILL's The Walking Dead. Today's video focuses on the creation of Georgetown, "a key neighborhood in the game's setting, Washington, D.C."
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  • Bardock and Broly Join Dragon Ball FighterZ Tomorrow

    Bardock and Broly Join Dragon Ball FighterZ Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, March 28, both Bardock and Broly will be added to the Dragon Ball FighterZ roster....
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  • Injustice 2 Legendary Edition Released Today

    Injustice 2 Legendary Edition Released Today

    WBIE, NetherRealm, and DC Entertainment released Injustice 2 - Legendary Edition today. As you may already know, this release includes the base Injustice 2 game along with all of the previously released DLC.
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  • The Swords of Ditto on PS4 Getting Exclusive LocoRoco Crossover Quest

    The Swords of Ditto on PS4 Getting Exclusive LocoRoco Crossover Quest

    PlayStation 4 players that pick up The Swords of Ditto will get a special and exclusive LocoRoco crossover quest. This event finds three studios (onebitbeyond, SIE Studios Japan, and Devolver Digital) coming together to bring fans this platform exclusive content.
    The special quest will task intrepid adventurers with entering a secret cave and wrangling up all the loose LocoRocos while defending themselves from the classic Moja Troop baddies. Complete with familiar music, sound effects, and even singing, any triumphant heroes will find themselves with a truly worthy reward!
    The Swords of Ditto is being billed as an adventure RPG mixed with roguelike elements. I...
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  • Killing Floor 2 "Infinite Onslaught" Update Adds Endless Mode, New Weapons, and More

    Today marks the release of the "Infinite Onslaught" update for Killing Floor 2. This update adds in the new "Endless Mode," new weapons, a new playable character, a new map, and more for both PCs and consoles.

    As usual, this major content update has been released for free. Let's get a deeper look at what new content was added today.
    NEW ENDLESS MODE GAME TYPENEW WEAPONS
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  • Darkstalkers Costumes Coming to Street Fighter V on April 3

    Darkstalkers Costumes Coming to Street Fighter V on April 3

    Come April 3, you can play as your favorite Darkstalkers characters! Well, sort of. At the very least, you will be able to dress up some Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition fighters as your favorite Darkstalkers characters, provided your favorite characters are Khaibit, Lilith, and Donovan.
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