“Anthem” will not include loot boxes or the ability to pay for a gameplay advantage, publisher EA announced today at their annual EA Play press conference.
While the action role-playing title will include options for players to pay for cosmetic and vanity enhancements for Javelin suits, the message was clear at the conference that there will be “no ability to spend money on player advantage at all.”
The decision to move away from “pay-for-power” advantages comes with a backstory for the publisher, which was highly criticized after revealing the extent of microtransactions in “Star Wars: Battlefront II” last year. Community response to EA’s decision resulted in the publisher backtracking on the extent to which additional paid add-ons would affect the player’s experience in “Battlefront II” and future titles.
EA has made a similar promise for the upcoming “Battlefield V” at the conference held Saturday.
The highly anticipated action title is set for release on Feb. 22, 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Epic Games is no longer running “Fortnite” pre-roll ads on YouTube after it was discovered they were playing on videos alleged predators used to exploit children, according to The Verge. The developer has paused all of its pre-roll advertising, which plays before a video starts on the streaming platform, a spokesperson said. It also reached [...]
There’s still much to be learned about HTC’s Vive Cosmos — like release date, specs, and price — but Wednesday the company released a short teaser video giving a slightly better glimpse of the controllers in action. The new controllers look a bit like rival VR headset Oculus Rift’s Touch controller, though reversed in some [...]
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Comedian Dara Ó Briain will once again host the British Academy Games Awards, BAFTA announced on Wednesday. This will be Ó Briain’s ninth time hosting the ceremony, which takes place on Apr. 4. It will be held at Queen Elizabeth Hall on London’s Southbank for the first time ever. The Irish comedian is perhaps best [...]
The video section of the Steam menu has been retired, and an undisclosed number of non-gaming video will be pulled from the Steam Store due to apparent lack of interest, according to a news update from Valve Tuesday. The video section of the Steam Store had both paid and free content for Steam users, but [...]
ABC is hoping to drive viewers to its host-less telecast of the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday by dangling the promise of cold, hard cash to one lucky winner. The broadcaster is launching “The Official Oscar Game,” a live game that will let viewers play along in real time during the awards presentation. The game’s [...]