“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.
Season 7’s week-two challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Battle Stars will unlock one additional tier.) Weekly [...]
GOG.com announced its winter sale Thursday, which will offer several games for free or discounted prices, according to a press release. With three weeks left in 2018, GOG.com is finishing the year off right with deals on 2000 games for its Winter Sale, according to a press release. The Winter Sale starts Thursday at 9 a.m. [...]
Famed skateboarder Tony Hawk returns to gaming with the launch this week of “Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam,” and yes, it’s a mobile game. But Hawk tells Variety that the time is ripe for his signature gameplay to land on smartphones. “The time has come,” he said, “I haven’t done a game for a few years and I [...]
The concurrent player count for “Artifact,” Valve’s compelling, though questionably costly collectible card game, seems to have bottomed out well below its more than 60,000-player launch count just two weeks ago, according to Steam Charts. The game, which launched on Nov. 28, peaked at 60,740 players the next day, and then began stepping down from [...]
Former Legendary Entertainment EVP Matthieu Coppet has joined gaming startup Wonder as its new Chief Strategy Officer. Coppet previously spent 10 years as the Global Media Strategist at UBS working on forward-looking trends and strategies for the entertainment industry in general. “I remember the feeling when I joined Legendary, and the opportunity to build a [...]
Software sales for the Nintendo Switch are performing at “historic levels” with the release of the company’s fall lineup, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes, citing “Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!,” “Let’s Go, Eevee!” and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” as well as a big boost from holiday sales as the reason behind [...]
The PlayStation Store’s Holiday Sale is hosting five weeks of special deals on PlayStation titles running through the new year. PlayStation owners can now peruse a lengthy lineup of games going on sale for the holidays, like “Hitman 2,” the “Spyro + Crash Remastered Game Bundle,” “Grand Theft Auto V,” and a smattering of others. [...]