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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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  • Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Coming Later in 2019

    Final Fantasy 8 Remastered Coming Later in 2019

    The best Final Fantasy is about to look even better.

    Square Enix announced Final Fantasy VIII Remastered tonight during their E3 conference. The classic, and some would say best, Final Fantasy title will get some improved visuals as a result of this remaster effort. Final Fantasy VIII Remastered will be released later in 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. ...
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  • Marvel's Avengers From Eidos Montreal Finally Shown Off, Dated for May 15, 2020

    Watch out, Anthem.

    Marvel Entertainment, Square Enix, Crystal Dynamics, Crystal Northwest, Nixxes Software, and Eidos-Montreal have finally taken the lid off of their long-anticipated Marvel's Avengers. It's been in the works for a while now and now that it's finally been shown off, it seems like the wait will have been worth it.

    Marvel's Avengers is looking to be released on May 15, 2020 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, and PC.

    Marvel's Avengers will allow 1 to 4 players at a time to get that much closer to their childhood fantasy of becoming a...
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  • Outriders is a New IP from the Bulletstorm Developers

    Outriders is a New IP from the Bulletstorm Developers

    Sounds like People Can Fly's most ambitious game yet.

    People Can Fly, the studio behind games like Bulletstorm and the Painkiller franchise, just announced their latest action title this evening at Square Enix's E3 event. It's called Outriders and it's looking to be a sci-fi shooter featuring drop-in-drop-out co-op for 1 to 3 players.

    It's currently in development for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and is targeting a Summer 2020 release window. People Can Fly says that they have "over 200 developers at four international studios working on this project."...
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  • Persona 5 Royal E3 Trailer

    Persona 5 Royal E3 Trailer

    A new trailer for Persona 5 Royal.

    Atlus released a new trailer for Persona 5 Royal at this year's E3 and this is it. This is the first English-voiced trailer for the game that adds to and remixes a lot from the original release of Persona 5. ...
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  • The Outer Worlds Release Date Set for October 25, 2019

    The Outer Worlds Release Date Set for October 25, 2019

    Nu New Vegas.

    Private Division and Obsidian entertainment (Fallout: New Vegas) announced that their upcoming FPS-RPG The Outer Worlds will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store on October 25, 2019. It will come to other PC retailers in a year after its initial release, presumably at or around October 25, 2020.

    Today's announcement of a release date goes hand-in-hand with pre-orders going live for the game for your platform of choice. ...
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  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Announced

    Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Announced

    The game formerly known as Project Z.

    A new Dragon Ball Z game was announced this week from Bandai Namco. It's called Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, which is the now final name given to the game formerly known as Project Z. This latest Dragon Ball game was announced during Microsoft's E3 conference. However, it will be made available for multiple platforms like the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in early 2020.

    Kakarot is being called the "most accurate, dramatic, and epic telling of the Dragon Ball Z canon storyline - the story of Kakarot - the Saiyan better known as Goku." It is an action-RPG. ...
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  • Tales of Arise Announced by Bandai Namco

    Tales of Arise Announced by Bandai Namco

    A new "Tales of..." game announced.

    This past weekend, the latest in the popular Tales of... games was revealed during Microsoft's E3 press conference. The new game is called Tales of Arise and is the latest chapter in the RPG series that is quite popular throughout Japan. The head of God Eater franchise, Yusuke Tomizawa, is taking the lead of the development team for Tales of Arise.

    This latest entry in the series is slated to be released in the Americas in 2020. The planned release platforms are the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. ...
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  • Elden Ring Announced by FromSoftware and George R.R. Martin

    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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  • Blair Witch Game Announced from Layers of Fear Creators

    Blair Witch Game Announced from Layers of Fear Creators

    A horror filled trip back in time.

    Bloober Team, the studio that created some horror classics like Layers of Fear and Observer, announced a new game at this E3. It's called Blair Witch and, as you probably assumed from the title, it is a first-person psychological horror game set in the Blair Witch universe. It's a completely original story that is looking to be released on August 30, 2019 for the Xbox One and PC.

    The game will be released at a $29.99 (USD) pricepoint. It will also be available through the Xbox Game Pass at release. It is said to be a game that "studies your reactions to danger and stress." ...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Released March 3, 2020

    Final Fantasy 7 Remake Will Be Released March 3, 2020

    Announced rather quietly via a new trailer.

    Square Enix quietly announced a release date for Final Fantasy VII Remake during a new trailer shown off at a concert in LA this evening. Square Enix says that there will be "further announcements" made tomorrow, presumably during their E3 2019 conference.

    Their conference is scheduled for June 10 at 6PM (PT). ...
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  • Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Phantasy Star Online 2 Coming to North America Spring 2020

    Xbox One has first dibs.

    Phantasy Star Online 2 is slated to make its debut in North America coming Spring 2020. This comes years after it was had become one of Japan's biggest online RPGs. However, it won't be available for anything other than the Xbox One platforms at its initial release. In fact, I'm not sure when it will hit other platforms or even what those other platforms will be. All I see is that it's debuting in North America on the Xbox One come Spring 2020.

    When it releases, Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free-to-play for everyone on the Xbox One. There will...
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