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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  • Overwatch Animated Short "Honor and Glory"

    Overwatch Animated Short "Honor and Glory"

    A new Overwatch animated short came out today from Blizzard. Explore Reinhardt's past in "Honor and Glory."...
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  • New Overwatch Hero, Moira, Announced Today

    New Overwatch Hero, Moira, Announced Today

    BlizzCon 2017 saw the announcement of a new Overwatch hero today. Meet Moira. She's a new Support character that has floating orbs, the ability to blink, and more. I assume she will be added to the game in the weeks ahead, but it doesn't seem like there is a clear release date for her just yet.
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  • StarCraft II Goes Free to Play on November 14

    StarCraft II Goes Free to Play on November 14

    Blizzard will make the first chapter of StarCraft II free to everyone on November 14. The free release of the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty single player offers up all of the features and content that the original release included. Starcraft II: Free to Play will include units from all three releases in multiplayer.
    Those with a desire for competition can unlock the ranked ladder for free simply by playing and winning games. Finally, Co-op blends elements of campaign and versus for an experience that is truly unique. Choose from iconic characters like Alarak and Nova who break the rules of StarCraft II and provide
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  • World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Announced

    World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Announced

    In addition to the news about World of Warcraft Classic, Blizzard also announced a new expansion today. They're calling it World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. Hm, I wonder what this expansion could possibly be about?
    RECRUIT ALLIED RACES Explore Azeroth as one of six new playable Allied Races, including four you've encountered in your campaign against the Legion. Embark on a quest to earn their favor and u
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  • World of Warcraft Classic Announced

    World of Warcraft Classic Announced

    In the future, Blizzard will take you back to the past. Specifically, they're taking you back about 13 years to where the World of Warcraft began. That's right, Blizzard announced today an official return to the original WoW with the upcoming release of World of Warcraft Classic. Just as the original game caused you to drop out of school, the return of the classic will now cause you to drop out of your job and say farewell to your wife and kids. Your life once again belongs to World of Warcraft. World of Warcraft Classic means you'll soon be able to experience WoW with no expansions. You will once again have to pay for new...
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  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Getting Even More Anti-Cheat Measures

    PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Getting Even More Anti-Cheat Measures

    The latest update from the PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds' development team again promises to introduce stricter anti-cheat measures.
    Our development team is doing their best to detect and ban those who use cheats in a more proactive manner. We are aware that we still have much to do. We will use all available resources to combat cheaters and foster a safe and fair in-game environment. We will also continue to take actions against those who develop and distribute cheats. As we announced before, we are in the process of adopting new tools to detect and verify users with unusual gameplay patterns and today, we will be rolling
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  • New AMD Drivers Released for Call of Duty: WWII

    New AMD Drivers Released for Call of Duty: WWII

    Those with AMD graphics cards, specifically the RX Vega 64, should look to upgrade their drivers today. AMD released the Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.11.1 drivers. The main highlight of these drivers is a little performance boost in Call of Duty: WWII and some fixed issues.
    Support ForFixed Issues
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  • Nioh on the PC Lacks Mouse Support

    Nioh on the PC Lacks Mouse Support

    Multiple sources have confirmed now that Nioh: Complete Edition for the PC lacks mouse and keyboard support. Or rather, it specifically lacks mouse support. If you want to play Nioh on the PC when it releases on November 7, you will either have to use a keyboard only or a controller.

    This first came from a reply from The Outerhaven Productions on YouTube when asked if the game supports the mouse.

    According to other streamers (via DSOGaming), this statement is factually correct at this point...
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  • Ubisoft Denies DRM as Cause for High CPU Usage in Assassin's Creed Origins PC

    If you have played Assassin's Creed Origins for the PC, chances are pretty high you're seeing some extremely high CPU usage. Many of the people complaining, myself included, have high-end CPUs that are at, or very near, to 100% CPU usage on every core. I have seen people reporting max CPU usage that have overclocked 7700K (and better) CPUs. My 6700K at 4.5GHz also sits near completely maxed out, making the additional toll of trying to stream with OBS almost impossible at framerates sitting at 60fps or more, even at 1080p. If I cap the game to 30fps, I do have a bit more CPU overhead to work with, but the low framerate can be a real eyesore. I, like many others, see no real performance gains by lowering any of the grap...
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  • Far Cry 5 "Friends for Hire" Co-op Trailer

    Far Cry 5 "Friends for Hire" Co-op Trailer

    Ubisoft released a new co-op focused trailer this week for Far Cry 5. Ubisoft detailed what you'll experience in co-op. You can either read that at the Ubisoft blog, or just read the rest of this news post.
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  • Razer Announces the Razer Phone

    Razer Announces the Razer Phone

    Razer, the company, just announced that they are readying the release of their new phone. They're calling it the Razer Phone. This is not to be confused with the Motorola Razr phone. It features a 120Hz display, dual front-facing cameras, a Snapdragon 835, some THX branded audio, and it can make phone calls. This is all running on Android. Because Android does what iOS don't, or something.

    Get ready for a lot of press release approved information, because there is a lot of it here.
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