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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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  • New Dragon Age: Inquisition Video is a Feast for the Eyes

    New Dragon Age: Inquisition Video is a Feast for the Eyes

    A new video for BioWare's Dragon Age: Inquisition urges you to "Discover the Dragon Age."

    Welcome to Dragon Age: Inquisition, where you will take on the mantle of Inquisitor and lead a team of heroes on a perilous journey through a living, multi-region open world. Discover the dramatic world of Thedas, from war-torn plains to jagged coasts.

    Wow, that certainly looks pretty. Look for Dragon Age: Inquisition to be released this Fall....
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  • Disney Interactive Lays Off Around 700 Employees

    Disney Interactive Lays Off Around 700 Employees

    About 700 employees, or 26% of its global staff, were laid off from Disney Interactive on Thursday. While layoffs were expected to happen, nobody expected the layoffs to be on this large of a scale.

    The move came after Disney decided to combine two business, mobile gaming and social gaming. As a result of these layoffs and the changed focus, the company will "cut annual game output by as much as 50%." Last year, they released nearly two dozen titles.
    "These are large-scale changes as we focus not just on getting to profitability but sustained profitability and scalability," James A. Pitaro, the president of Disney Interactive. "W
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  • Weapon and Vehicle Balancing Plus General Fixes and Improvements Included in Today's Battlefield 4 PC Patch

    Many of the fixes that were introduced in the last console patch for Battlefield 4 were rolled into today's patch for the PC.

    This includes a rank increase to 120, crash fixes, and more. Also included in this patch are a variety of weapon and vehicle tweaks that DICE teased a few weeks back. The full list of changes are below. The vehicle and weapon balances are listed near the bottom of the changelog.

    Changelog for Battlefield 4 PC for March 6, 2014

    -Several crash fixes and stability improvements -Fixed an issue with data re-sending that was causing rubber banding on some servers -Increased the maximum rank to 120 -Fixed an issue with the kill camera triggering before game client would display the last portion of damage being dealt, giving players the impression that they died too early -Fixed issue with blood effects, damage indicators, and health bar updates in the HUD being out of sync. This issue meant that players would sometimes miss information about being shot at, or get the impression of too few hits occurring for the amount of bullets that
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  • Team Fortress 2 Update Fixes Stuff - March 5, 2014

    Team Fortress 2 Update Fixes Stuff - March 5, 2014

    There was an update just released for Team Fortress 2 that fixes a bunch of stuff and updates some maps.

    Team Fortress 2 changelog for March 5, 2014

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  • DirectX 12 to Debut at GDC 2014

    DirectX 12 to Debut at GDC 2014

    On March 20, 2014 at 10AM, DirectX 12 will be revealed at GDC. There really isn't much to go on right now outside of a very green DirectX 12 landing page on the MSDN website.

    Interestingly, the notable logos on the page show the usual suspects of AMD, Nvidia, and even Intel. The real interesting one is Qualcomm Snapdragon, meaning that DirectX 12 might have a big focus on future mobile devices.

    It will be interesting to see if DirectX 12 requires all new hardware and/or a whole new operating system (Windows 9) just to be used....
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  • New Killzone: Shadow Fall Expansion is Coming in April

    New Killzone: Shadow Fall Expansion is Coming in April

    A new "expansion pack" is slated to arrive in April for Killzone: Shadow Fall. This new DLC will include a new character class, three new abilities, three new weapons, and two new game modes. The pack is called The Insurgent Pack and will go for $9.99 (USD) or for free if you own the Season Pass for the game.
    The Insurgent
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  • First QuakeCon 2014 Pre-Registrations Opens at 8PM ET

    First QuakeCon 2014 Pre-Registrations Opens at 8PM ET

    The "BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon Done Quick" package will be made available today for QuakeCon 2014. That's actually the name of the package, not just something I made up, for those that were curious.

    The BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon Done Quick package includes fast passes for the entire event. The start of the registrations kicks off tonight at 8PM (ET) at the QuakeCon registration page.

    BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick
    Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event

    $175 (Limit of 250 packages available) - Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area - Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC - Express lane fast-pass to every speaker, panel, and public event at QuakeCon - Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events - Official QuakeCon 2014 BYO
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  • Gearbox Wants Your Opinion on the Homeworld: Remastered Collection Collector's Edition

    There's a Collector's Edition coming for Homeworld: Remastered Collection one way or another. A survey on the Homeworld: Remastered Collection site simply wants to see which version of the Collector's Edition they should focus on making.


    One version includes a 6", die-cast zinc alloy replica (with brushed metal finish) of the Mothership. This will go for $75 (USD). Another version includes a 12" hand decorated molded ABS resin Mothership with LED lights. This one will go for $100. Which one do you prefer? Cast your vote at the Homeworld website (scroll to the bottom), right now! A vote does...
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  • Let's Play The Wolf Among Us #5 - Examining the Body

    Let's Play The Wolf Among Us #5 - Examining the Body

    Welcome back to the blind let's play of The Wolf Among Us! This is still Episode 2 - Smoke & Mirrors.

    In this episode: I have a chat with Toad's son and I check out not-Snow White's body.

    The Wolf Among Us is from Telltale games and is based off of the Fables comics. The Wolf Among Us can be purchased through Steam.

    Previous Episodes...
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  • New Screenshots and Information for Blood Bowl 2

    New Screenshots and Information for Blood Bowl 2

    You want some new information and screenshots for Blood Bowl 2. No, I'm not asking you, I'm telling you that you do.



    Blood Bowl 2 continues to combine the world of American football with the Warhammer universe. Right now, the game is looking to be released in the last quarter of this year. The new screenshots below show off some of the massive stadiums for the Orcs and Humans.
    The magnificent stadiums in Blood Bowl 2 are scalable and can be developed to become increasingly imposing as the player spends the winnings earned in the solo and multiplayer campaigns to upgrade them and add new infrastructures. Players can build their
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  • SOMA 'Theta' Trailer Explores Environments

    SOMA 'Theta' Trailer Explores Environments

    The latest trailer for SOMA can be viewed above. To those that have forgotten, SOMA is the upcoming horror title from Frictional Games. Frictional Games being the studio behind the Penumbra and first Amnesia titles.

    The game is still a ways away from being released. You can find out more at the SOMA website....
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