While Star Wars: Battlefront II, the embattled multiplayer first person shooter from DICE, sold a whopping nine million copies, it fell a million short of EA’s conservative ten million estimate, and considerably below the three-month opening sales of the previous title. The game has also fallen short in terms of revenue, prompting EA to confirm that microtransactions will be returning to the game soon.
After hastily removing the ability to buy crystals, virtual currency for the lootbox-driven progression mechanic of the game, hours ahead of the game’s launch, EA promised that they would bring them back once they figured out how to better make them fit into the multiplayer game. Today, EA explained that the microtransactions will be returning within the next few months.
Additionally, EA CEO Andrew Wilson was quick to clarify that the supposedly acrimonious row between the publisher and Disney was fictional and their relationship was no weaker for the controversy. “You shouldn’t believe everything you read in the press,” explained Wilson. “We have a tremendous relationship with Disney and we have built some amazing games together, and we have been very proactive with that relation in the service of our players.
“We’re at a point where, when we make the decision that we have the right model for players and our community, I have no doubt that we will get the support of Disney on that,” he said when discussing reintroducing the microtransaction model back into Battlefront II.
EA has revised their forecast to expect Battlefront II’s sales to hit its original 10-11 million goal by the end of the fiscal year, or the start of April. This number still puts it behind the first game in the same time frame, which sold fourteen million by that point.
I may not go back ever, but this really does bring back memories.
Blizzard has said Battle for Azeroth, the seventh World of Warcraft expansion, will launch this summer – a date further clarified to mean on or before 21st September 2018.
Pre-purchasing the expansion – buying it outright ahead of time – comes with benefits. One of those is an immediately available free boost to the game’s current level cap of 110; another is a head start on quests to unlock Allied Races in the full Battle for Azeroth expansion. It’s not clear how much of the quests you can complete.
A more expensive Digital Deluxe Edition (£53) offers a Seabraid Stallion Alliance mount or Gilded Ravasaur Horde mount in World of Warcraft, and a cute baby Tortollan pet. There are also some voice lines, sprays and icons for Overwatch; a Hearthstone card back; a Heroes of the Storm Flamesaber mount; and Horde and Alliance StarCraft 2 sprays.
Although 2017 is going to bring numerous highly-anticipated titles we can’t wait to play, this doesn’t dismiss the fact that 2016 was one of the best years in terms of great video games. During the last 12 months, big-name game studios competed with indie developers in bringing the most original game to market. This competition produced several incredible titles that will become future classics. Continue reading Best Video Games of 2016
2016 was a great year for gaming, with new classics like Overwatch, to long-awaited titles like Final Fantasy XV and The Last Guardian. Of course, with 2016 coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to 2017 and board the hype train, on to what may be next year’s greatest hits! One way to begin showing your excitement is by donning gear from your favorite games and franchises. Continue reading Exciting Video Games Appearing in 2017
Pokémon Go, a game which has adults and children running around in public with their phones out, has so more depth than just catching virtual Pokémon. Pokémon Go also has special locations known as gyms. These gyms can be ruled by one of three teams: team instinct, team mystic, or team valor. Players can have Pokémon represent the gym if their team controls it.
The Tomb of Sargeras has been reopened, and the demons of the Burning Legion pour into our world. Their full, terrifying might is fixed on summoning the Dark Titan to Azeroth—and they’ve already located the key to his return.
With the Alliance and Horde devastated, only you can take up Warcraft’s most legendary artifacts, scour the ancient Broken Isles for relics of the Titans, and challenge the Legion before Azeroth’s last hope dies.
Steel yourself, champion. Extinction is imminent.
Take an extended look at many of the new zones, dungeons, bosses, and features coming to World of Warcraft on August 30.
Fight. Like. Hell. Celebrate DOOM’s upcoming launch with our all-new live-action cinematic trailer. Directed by Joe Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), the trailer evokes the pillars of DOOM’s gameplay: Relentless Combat, Terrifying Demons, and Bad Ass Guns.