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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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Google Launches One Final Stadia Game

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Worm Game

Google has launched one final game for the Stadia console as a “goodbye” ahead of it’s official shutdown this year.

The game is “Worm Game” which Google says was “a humble title we used to test many of Stadia’s features, starting well before our 2019 public launch, right through 2022” and adding “It won’t win Game of the Year, but the Stadia team spent a LOT of time playing it, and we thought we’d share it with you. Thanks for playing, and for everything.”

The game is quite simple as players will be tasked with controlling a worm as it tried to eat fruit that appears on screen. As the fruit is eaten, the worm gets bigger, which is a lot like the retro game ‘Snake’, but with a lot more to it.

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The Division 2 Now Available on Steam

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Steam players will now be able to get their hands on ‘The Division 2’ which is now officially available now that its exclusivity period with the Epic and the Ubisoft stores has ended, and advanced editions are also available and on sale.

The Division 2 standard edition is available for $9 while the Warlords and New York editions are also on sale as well.

However, there is a caveat with getting the game on Steam as it doesn’t feature Steam achievements, and The Division 2 requires the Ubisoft Connect launcher.

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Playstation Plus Premium, Extra Games for January

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Sony has officially announced the slate of games that will be available for Playstation Plus (including Extra and Premium) for the month of January, and those titles are set to make their arrival on Tuesday, January 17th.

For those members of Playstation Plus Extra and Premium, you can expect titles such as Back 4 Blood for the Playstation 5, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Jett: The Far Shore, and Just Cause 4: Reloaded, which will all be available for the Playstation 4 and the Playstation 5.

Playstation 4 games include the likes of Dragon Ball FighterZ, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and Life is Strange, with Omno and Erica also scheduled to arrive.

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