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EA Pledges To Learn From Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Box Fiasco To Make Anthem Better

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EA has a lot of work to do in order to win back the trust of gamers after the infamous Star Wars Battlefront II loot box fiasco, especially if they want to see a mass community built for their upcoming Anthem title.

The company’s image took a serious negative hit when controversy surrounding the ethics and legality of loot boxes in video games arose thanks to their system, turning people off of the Star Wars title and leaving a bad taste in the mouths of gamers when it comes to EA titles.

EA’s new Chief Design Officer Patrick Söderlund is aiming to right the wrong, and is looking to upcoming titles such as Anthem and Battlefield 5 as a means to do so.

“I’d be lying to you if I said that what’s happened with Battlefront and what’s happened with everything surrounding loot boxes and these things haven’t had an effect on EA as a company and an effect on us as management,” Söderlund said in an interview with Verge.

“We can shy away from it and pretend like it didn’t happen, or we can act responsibly and realize that we made some mistakes, and try to rectify those mistakes and learn from them.”

Star Wars Battlefront 2’s system of loot boxes and microtransactions has been completely overhauled, but did it do enough to win back gamers?

Only time will tell.

“We have taken significant steps as a company to review and understand the mechanics around monetization, loot boxes, and other things in our games before they go to market,” he says. “For games that come next, for Battlefield or for Anthem, [players have] made it very clear that we can’t afford to make similar mistakes. And we won’t.”

 

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Overwatch is Free Over Thanksgiving Week

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Blizzard is celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday by making Overwatch free to play starting on Tuesday, November 20 and will last through the week.

Pre-loading started on Thursday for those on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and it’s worth noting that PlayStation Plus membership and Xbox Live Gold subscription are required in order to take advantage of the free, limited time, offering.

The free run comes at an opportune time,and you can see those times on Overwatch’s website, thanks to the introduction of Ashe to the roster.

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Playstation Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Playstation 4

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Sony is celebrating PlayStation 4’s fifth anniversary and has shared a number of interesting statistics, adding that the console has shipped over 86.1 million units up to this date.

Check out the stats listed on the Playstation blog.

PlayStation 4 fifth anniversary stats

The numbers

  • Over 86.1 million units sold-in (shipped)
  • Over 777.9 million software units sold-in (shipped)
  • 11 major system updates

Games

Top five best-selling titles (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3
  • Call of Duty: WW2
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • GTA 5

Most popular games on PS4  (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • FIFA 17
  • FIFA 18
  • Fortnite
  • GTA 5

Most downloaded titles on PS4 (listed alphabetically):

  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Season Pass, Zombie Chronicles
  • Destiny 2
  • Dead by Daylight
  • Just Cause 3
  • Mafia 3

Top five DualShock 4 colors ranked:

  1. Black
  2. Blue
  3. Red
  4. White
  5. Camo

Rarest PlayStation 4 model

  • PS4 Pro 500 million limited edition

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Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Heading to PS4 in December

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Fatshark has officially announced that Warhammer: Vermintide 2 will arrive on Playstation 4 on December 18th and the pre-order beta is already available.

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Ultimate Pre-Order Edition is available now through the PlayStation Store and will remain available until December 18th, and will come with a price tag $49.99 and comes with the following features:

 

  • Four days Early Access
  • Instant Closed Beta Access
  • Sigmar Keep Statue
  • Helmgart Heraldry Themed Skins
  • 2x Portrait Frame
  • 6x Exclusive Heroic Deeds
  • Shadows over Bogenhafen DLC
  • Back to Ubersreik DLC

 

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