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It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

Another controversy swept the gaming industry recently. If you missed it, I’m not sure how, but just in case you did, here’s a quick rundown: Electronic Arts and DICE crossed a line for many gamers yet again, tying Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s progression system to a loot box feature that is unquestionably too greedy. The response from players was quick and brutal, causing EA’s PR team to go into crisis mode.

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Battlefront 2’s loot boxes just got unexpectedly serious

Battlefront 2’s loot boxes just got unexpectedly serious

It seems that the outrage over Star Wars: Battlefront 2's overreaching loot box system may have caused us to hit a tipping point with microtransactions in games. In the span of just a few hours, government officials in Belgium and the US have spoken out against those loot boxes, condemning them as being predatory. This could turn out to be more than just words, too, as those officials have indicated that they'll pursue legislation to ban the sale of games with loot boxes to minors.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box controversy hits EA where it hurts

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 loot box controversy hits EA where it hurts

The controversy surrounding the loot boxes found in Star Wars: Battlefront 2 should be well known to most by now. Even before the game launched, Star Wars fans were up in arms over the game's heavy handed progression system, which incentivized purchasing loot boxes in a way few other pay-to-play games have in the past. This led to a massive outcry on sites like Reddit, where EA's explanation for this system became the most downvoted comment in Reddit history.

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Star Wars: Battlefront 2 changes announced after massive outcry

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 changes announced after massive outcry

Who says a good old fashioned public outcry can't accomplish anything anymore? Mere hours after Electronic Arts responded to outrage over Star Wars: Battlefront 2 with a Reddit post that now has the distinction of becoming the most downvoted post in Reddit history, the company has announced that it will be changing the game's progression system. While Battlefront 2 is still a long way away from what many fans would consider acceptable, these new changes are certainly a step in the right direction.

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Battlefront 2: Today’s Reddit war with EA

Battlefront 2: Today’s Reddit war with EA

Star Wars fans are not happy with Electronic Arts. Even though Battlefront 2 hasn't officially launched yet, the early access period that comes along with some versions of the game has given players a look at what's in store. Between loot boxes and locked features, those players have a lot to complain about.

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Battlefront 2 The Last Jedi DLC release date starts content gush

Battlefront 2 The Last Jedi DLC release date starts content gush

We're a week out from the official launch of Star Wars: Battlefront 2, even though some of you might already be playing through EA's various early access schemes. Still, for most people, Battlefront 2 will unlock on November 17, and shortly afterward, EA and DICE will begin pumping out extra content. Today EA revealed a roadmap of the first four weeks of extra content and events for Battlefront 2, including launch dates for content based on The Last Jedi.

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EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn, surprising absolutely no one

EA buys Titanfall dev Respawn, surprising absolutely no one

It probably won't come as much of a shock to hear that Electronic Arts plans to buy Respawn Entertainment. Respawn, after all, is the developer behind one of EA's more popular franchises, Titanfall, and it's currently working on a new Star Wars game, making it a prime target for acquisition. At the same time, it probably isn't surprising to hear that some Respawn fans are a little bit uneasy about this new merger.

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Madden and FIFA may not be yearly releases forever

Madden and FIFA may not be yearly releases forever

How would you feel if Electronic Arts suddenly decided that Madden and FIFA weren't going to be yearly releases anymore? Those two game series have seen yearly releases for quite some time now, and while some players accept that this is the way sports games works, others lament the fact that they need to buy a new game every year just to stay up-to-date with things like roster changes. Regardless of how you feel, Electronic Arts chief Andrew Wilson envisions a future where his company may drop yearly Madden and FIFA releases.

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EA closes Visceral Games as part of Star Wars game overhaul

EA closes Visceral Games as part of Star Wars game overhaul

EA's Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Dead Space, is being closed down and its team members shipped off to other EA teams to work on other projects. This was announced as part of a larger revelation regarding the Star Wars game Visceral was working on; that game isn't going anywhere, but it is going to be reworked in a big way. EA explained that its action-adventure game, should it progress the way it has been, would be a 'story-based, linear adventure game,' and that's just not going to work out.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta loot crates are making fans angry

Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta loot crates are making fans angry

The Star Wars Battlefront game released in 2015, while beautiful to look at, left a lot to be desired. The lack of a campaign turned many players away, and those who stuck with the title had a list of complaints: DLC fragmentation, hero tokens, and lack of customization among them. The team behind the game had vowed to solve those issues in the game's sequel, Battlefront 2, which is being released next month. The public beta, though, just hints at more problems.

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 Starfighter Assault gameplay revealed

Star Wars Battlefront 2 Starfighter Assault gameplay revealed

Electronic Arts has just revealed a gameplay trailer for Starfighter Assault in Star Wars Battlefront 2, the sequel to EA's Star Wars Battlefront game released a couple years ago. The trailer shows epic space battles taking place in the universe's various spacecraft, as well as some brief looks at characters including a major Jedi and Sith.

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The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack brings pets on November 10

The Sims 4 Cats & Dogs expansion pack brings pets on November 10

EA has announced a new expansion pack for The Sims 4 called 'Cats & Dogs,' and it is exactly what it sounds like. This expansion pack will be available for The Sims 4 players on Windows PC and Mac starting this upcoming November, and it'll bring with it a bunch of dogs and cats for the game. Players will be able to give their Sims a friendly pet (for two) for their daily virtual lives.

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