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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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  • Red Orchestra 2: Reinforcement Update Pack Released

    Red Orchestra 2: Reinforcement Update Pack Released

    Earlier today, Tripwire Interactive released the Reinforcement Update Pack for all owns of Red Orchestra 2 and Rising Storm. This content is free to everybody that owns those games. To mark the occasion, Red Orchestra 2 is free to play via Steam from now until Monday, October 26 at 1PM (ET) along with being on sale for 75% off.
    The Reinforcement Update Pack consists of:
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  • Konami Denies Kojima Left, Says He's 'on Vacation' and Claims No Knowledge of Farewell Party

    Konami has said that Hideo Kojima hasn't left the company. They say that Kojima is instead "on vacation."

    A representative from Konami's Tokyo HQ issued this statement earlier this morning.

    The original source for the above quote (Tokyo-Sports) notes that...
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  • GTA Online Secret Halloween Update Leaked

    GTA Online Secret Halloween Update Leaked

    Through some sneaky means that probably involves a bit of data mining, it was discovered this evening that a "secret" Halloween update for GTA Online is coming soon. How soon? We're not really sure on that one. it could drop tomorrow alongside the Lowrider update or it could drop closer to Halloween. Whichever the case, here is what was discovered about this super secret update.

    Here is what is currently known about "The Halloween Surprise" update. The update will include two new cars, a lot of new masks, new audio files, new weapons, and more. Here is the compiled information courtesy of both GTA Forums and Reddit.

    Lurcher
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  • Life is Strange Final Episode Launch Trailer

    Life is Strange Final Episode Launch Trailer

    The final episode for Life is Strange is here. Check out the launch trailer below, but be warned that there are spoilers if you have not yet completed the other episodes.
    Max learns that time is impossible to control as she moves inexorably towards the most agonizing decision of her life. Arcadia Bay, meanwhile, is preparing to weather a huge storm as Life is Strange comes to a gripping and gut wrenching conclusion.

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  • Ubisoft Opens a Not-so-Exclusive Rewards Club

    Ubisoft Opens a Not-so-Exclusive Rewards Club

    Ubisoft unveiled their Ubisoft Club idea today. It's essentially a rewards program that will grant players access to "extra in-game content" and beta access for a variety of Ubisoft titles. I could sit here and tell you about what all is included, but I'll let the little stick figures that are doing questionable things around the world tell you exactly what Ubisoft Club is all about.


    Seriously, I'm a little creeped out by what went on from 0:18-0:21 in that above video....
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  • NPD for September 2015: PlayStation 4 and NBA 2K16 Are the Champs

    NPD for September 2015: PlayStation 4 and NBA 2K16 Are the Champs

    The September 2015 NPD figures are in. On the hardware side, PlayStation 4 once again beat out the Xbox One and Wii U. On the software side, NBA 2K16 was the top seller.
    Software
    1. NBA 2K16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    2. Madden NFL 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3) [Note: This is Madden's second month.]
    3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360)
    4. FIFA 16 (PS4, Xbox One, 360, PS3)
    5. Destiny: The Taken King (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
    6. Super Mario Maker (Wii U)
    7. Disney Infinity 3.0 (360, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4, PS3)
    8. Mad Max (PS4, Xbox One)
    9. NHL 16 (Xbox One, PS4, 360, PS3)
    10. Minecraft (360, PS3, Xbox One, P
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  • Listen to the Entirety of the Amazing Halo 5 Original Soundtrack for Free

    Listen to the Entirety of the Amazing Halo 5 Original Soundtrack for Free

    343 Industries put up the entirety of the original game soundtrack for Halo 5: Guardians online for free. You can listen to the entire thing right now if you wanted to, and you probably should because it's phenomenal.

    The entire 39 piece OST is there. It's good. It's really good. Below are a couple of songs. You can listen to the whole thing over at SoundCloud.

    Blue Team
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/343ndustries/2-10-blue-team[/SOUNDCLOUD]

    Halo Canticles
    [SOUNDCLOUD]https://soundcloud.com/343ndustries/1-01-halo-canticles-1[/SOUNDCLOUD]
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  • Halo Trailer Introduces You to Spartan Companies

    Halo Trailer Introduces You to Spartan Companies

    New to Halo 5: Guardians are Spartan Companies. This seems to be a bit like a "clan" or a "guild" common in numerous other games. These Spartan Companies provide access to private discussion forums, customized emblems, customization card packs for meeting certain player counts, and much more.

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  • Hideo Kojima Has Officially Left Konami

    Hideo Kojima Has Officially Left Konami

    According to The New Yorker, Hideo Kojima said his final good-byes to Konami on October 9. Anonymous sources said that the popular developer had a farewell party that day with Kojima Productions. Kojima has at least a few months of mandatory R&R as he is under a non-compete until December.

    This is the final note for Kojima's career with Konami after months of conflict. The first signs of trouble surfaced back in March of this year when it was rumored that Kojima was expected to leave Konami after Metal Gear Solid V was released. What we didn't know then, that we know now, is that this was seemingly part of Konami's new efforts...
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  • GTA Online Presents Benny's Original Motor Works Grand Re-Opening Trailer

    GTA Online Presents Benny's Original Motor Works Grand Re-Opening Trailer

    Tomorrow, the Lowriders update for GTA Online will be released to the world (assuming you have the game on Xbox One, PS4, or PC). Earlier today, Rockstar released a new trailer for Benny's Original Motor Works, the one stop shop for all of your vehicle customization needs.

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  • Upcoming Games We Should Expect on Next Holiday Season

    Upcoming Games We Should Expect on Next Holiday Season

    The holiday season is fast approaching and no doubt gamers are starting to put in their order for some of the new games that are about to hit the shops in time for the Christmas. While it's impossible to predict exactly what's going to top the gaming charts this year, here's a sneak peek of those that are likely to be in demand from gamers all over the globe, from Xboxers to players of online casino games.

    Halo 5: Guardians will be launched towards the end of November and, despite the flop of Halo 4, it's still likely to prove popular with its legion of fans who want to be involved in the latest chapter of the Master Chief's saga.

    Call of Duty: Black Ops III brings back a perennial favourite for action fans. This...
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