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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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  • Rare Suffers Layoffs

    Rare Suffers Layoffs

    Following the launch of Kinect Sports Rivals, developer Rare has reportedly suffered from some layoffs. Parent company Microsoft confirmed there was a "change to our development process and methodology at Rare" but did not disclose any actual reason for the layoffs.

    Eurogamer notes that about 16 employees were let go from the company. In comparison, the entire Kinect Sports Rivals team included roughly 150 employees. So while it wasn't a huge number of people it's never a good thing when [I]any/I] layoffs have to happen.
    "At Xbox, our goal is to constantly create new fun, social and interactive
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  • PlayStation Now Private Beta Begins May 20 on PlayStation 4

    PlayStation Now Private Beta Begins May 20 on PlayStation 4

    PlayStation Now already has a closed beta running for PlayStation 3 users. Tomorrow, May 20, the beta will kick off for PlayStation 4 gamers. According to the PlayStation Blog, if you already registered you should keep an eye on your Inbox for an invite and voucher code starting tomorrow.

    In addition, Sony is opening up the PlayStation 3 beta for the service to a wider audience tomorrow.
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  • YouTube Buying Twitch for $1 Billion

    YouTube Buying Twitch for $1 Billion

    Google, by way of YouTube, has apparently reached a deal to purchase the popular streaming company, Twitch, for over $1 billion. Sources familiar with the deal say that it's $1 billion (USD) in an "all-cash offer" and it is expected to be announced very soon.

    Representatitives for both parties declined to comment on the deal with Variety.
    The deal, in an all-cash offer, is expected to be announced imminently, sources said. If completed the acquisition would be the most significant in the history of YouTube, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion. The impending acquisition comes after longtime
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  • Titanfall on PC Removes Pilot Hunter and Capture the Flag Modes Due to Lack of Players

    Yesterday, Respawn Entertainment removed two multiplayer modes from Titanfall for the PC. The reason? Apparently, not enough players were playing those modes.
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  • Report: Halo: The Master Chief Collection Includes HD Versions of Halo 1-4 on Xbox One

    The Halo: The Master Chief Collection has been rumored through anonymous sources with Engadget. As you may expect from the name, the collection will include HD versions of Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4.

    This is to build up towards the release of Halo 5: Guardians next year. So where are games like Halo: ODST and Halo: Reach? Well, those games aren't a part of Master Chief's main story so it wouldn't make much sense to include those in with the "Master Chief Collection" of games. If true, that certainly takes the wind out of the sails of Microsoft and 343 Industries as they pro...
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  • Battlefield 4 Premium Video Gives First Look at Dragon's Teeth

    Battlefield 4 Premium Video Gives First Look at Dragon's Teeth

    When DICE promised gameplay footage for Battlefield 4: Dragon's Teeth this week, this wasn't exactly what most people had in mind. They released a general "Premium" video that just happens to have a very brief glimpse at Dragon's Teeth included.


    Did you blink? Yeah, you probably missed it....
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  • Three new Batman: Arkham Knight Screens Feature Harley Quinn, the Batmobile, and Pointy Ears

    The Batman: Arkham Knight Twitter account just revealed three new screenshots for the game. As the title implies, these shots include a look at Harley Quinn, the Batmobile, and some super pointy ears.


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  • Expanded Euroleague Lineup for NBA 2K15

    Expanded Euroleague Lineup for NBA 2K15

    2K has announced that NBA 2K15 will feature more teams and players from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague. This is the start of a multi-year global partnership between the league and 2K.
    NBA 2K15 will feature 11 additional teams from the Turkish Airlines Euroleague, including top-level FC Bayern Munich of Germany, JSF Nanterre of France, Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul of Turkey and Partizan NIS Belgrade of Serbia, bringing the total number of playable Euroleague teams to 25, including every team that participated in the 2013-14 Turkish Airlines Euroleague. All squads will be fully updated to reflect trades accurate to the day of release. The full list of 25 teams to be included in NBA 2K15 are: Alba Berlin Anadolu Efes Istanbul Brose Baskets Bamberg (new)
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  • Massive Doesn't Want to "Do a Battlefield 4" with The Division

    Massive Doesn't Want to "Do a Battlefield 4" with The Division

    Responding to criticisms about the ambitious 2014 release window for The Division, developer Massive said that it felt like they were "punched in the face" when Ubisoft announced that extremely early date.
    Finally our source tells us of how annoyed people at the studio were at Ubisoft without consulting with Massive when they revealed a 2014 street date at last year's E3. "It felt like being punched in the face to be perfectly honest. At the end of the day we don't want to do a Battlefield 4 and release an unfinished game. There's too much potential in the concept that is The Division at the moment, that we've asked for more ti
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  • Breaking - Halo 5: Guardians Announced for Fall 2015

    Breaking - Halo 5: Guardians Announced for Fall 2015

    Microsoft and 343 Industries have revealed some breaking Halo 5 news today. Yes, at the lovely hour of 3AM (PT), some of the first details for Halo 5 have finally been revealed, weeks ahead of E3 2014.

    The game is called Halo 5: Guardians and will be released in the Fall of 2015. Bonnie Ross, the General Manager at 343 Industries, explains a bit about Halo 5: Guardians.
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  • PlayStation 4 Again Outsells Xbox One According to NPD for April 2014

    PlayStation 4 Again Outsells Xbox One According to NPD for April 2014

    The April 2014 NPD figures are in and once again the PlayStation 4 has outsold the Xbox One for the month. NPD analyst Liam Callahan made some remarks about the figures for both hardware and software for April 2014, so let's take a look at how things are broken down here.
    • PlayStation 4 - #1 platform for hardware sales for the fourth month in a row. Specific figures were not revealed.
    • Xbox One - #2 platform for hardware sales. Microsoft revealed that they sold 115,000 Xbox One units.
    • Xbox 360 - 71,000 units were sold.
    • Compared to April 2013, sales of console hardware have increased 120%.
    • Lifetime to date, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox
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