Battlefront 2 Found to Have Cosmetic Customization Days After EA Claims it Does Not

PC Gamer reports on further dishonesty coming from Electronic Arts, as datamining has now revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has an unused cosmetic customization feature within the game’s files, a revelation that comes just days after the company’s CEO said that no such feature currently exists within the game.

In an interview given on November 28, EA CEO Blake Jorgensen specifically stated that Battlefront 2, at least at this point in time, did not have any form of cosmetic customization. As this was a feature in EA’s first Battlefront game in 2014, many fans had been justifiably confused and upset at its absence in the new installment.

Jorgensen gave the reasoning behind this change, saying that the company did not want to “violate canon”, citing an absurd example of a pink Darth Vader as justification. Though many were quick to point out the illogical reasoning behind this answer, given that the first game had this feature and that the Battlefront games themselves are essentially a “violation of canon” simply by existing, many were shocked to find out just a day later that this feature had been in the game’s files the entire time.

In a YouTube video posted by Redditor uninspired_zebra, the user showcases a cosmetic customization menu with numerous options contained within the PC version of the game. And, rather than simply wait to release the feature in the full game, EA’s statements on the matter seem to suggest that this form of customization was never meant to see the light of day at some point in the future.

Caught in what can only be described as a deliberate lie, this newest bit of controversy comes right on the heels of Battlefront 2’s massive loot box scandal, leading countries like Belgium to call for a ban on loot boxes in all games released in Europe and the stock value of multiple video game publishers to plummet, EA’s in particular losing the company over $3 billion in value.

The company had first taken flack upon the Battlefront 2’s beta release, with players finding the absurd costs necessary to play competitively with other players using the randomize loot boxes matched only by the time investment it would take to do so without spending extra money (approximately 40 hours to unlock characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker). With things only getting worse from there – and quickly – EA and the rest of the games industry has seen massive backlash over what many describe as simulated gambling aimed at children (in the form of the loot box) and dishonesty on the part of the company.

With this newest revelation managing to anger all but the most ardent of EA’s fans, it remains to be seen whether the company can find a way out of this latest PR nightmare.

‘Secret World’ Made Great Again by Team at Funcom

In 2012 there was this little MMORPG that hit the internet. Released by Funcom as the third MMO that they developed, ‘Secret World’ hit the shelves one summer out of nowhere. Fans clamored after the game thanks to the exhaustive story details, interesting quests, and excellent voice acting. However, Secret World would head the direction that so many ambitious MMO’s end up in this day and age: complacency. The title never pushed to a higher level and the game leveled out, never really reaching the heights of its inaugural months. Five years later, fans should be ready to jump back in as Funcom recently re-launched, re-branded, and re-invigorated the title.

Now known as Secret World Legends, Funcom is focusing on giving fans everything that they had hoped for in the initial release. The title is no longer purchase/subscription based and now operates on a free-to-play model like so many other titles. Shifting to free-to-play (FTP) means that the game will see a larger influx of users as the developers try to hone in on what made their title so special, so long ago. Rui Casais, the CEO at Funcom, said, “We always felt that The Secret World was undiscovered.” This line of thinking brought Casais and his team to really analyze what had gone wrong with ‘Secret World’. They saw sales declining, players leaving the game, and the title slowly dying. It was time for a re-invention. Their focus this time was to put the game in as many hands as possible.

In the original Secret World gamers had to play characters without levels or any sort of class system. it was a completely free and open concept that never latched on with gamers. So the developers at Funcom brought levels back as an easy way to get gamers comfortably back into the game. There are also extensive additions to the core gameplay as well as extended quests and new storylines for gamers to check out.

World of Warcraft Brings Back the Fun With New Races

World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMO genre when it released back in 2001. Now, 16 years later, the franchise is still going strong and fans are getting hyped up for the next expansion: Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard has been busy getting World of Warcraft fans ready for more content with both the Classic announcement and the Battle for Azeroth expansion. We think that 2017 and 2018 could be incredible years for the longest-running active MMO on the planet and it has a lot to do with how credible the new playable races are.

Playable race expansions are as part of World of Warcraft as quests are for the rest of the genre. With Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard will be releasing six completely new races: Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves for the Alliance and Nightborne Elves, Zandalari Trolls and Highmountain Tauren for the Horde. While WoW fans have some trouble getting into new race releasees, it appears that we have more than just some newly skinned races coming into the game.

While the resemblances between the new races and old races in the game are strong, particularly between the elf classes, there is something special about this expansion. The biggest thing about the new races is that they are more than just a graphical update, they are setting the stage for the lore going into the future. WoW used to have a problem with races becoming quickly outdated and left by the wayside, but that isn’t the case. Blizzard has already gone on the record as stating that these races will be heavily involved in future storylines and that should get fans more than a little bit excited.

In any event, we also appreciate the fact that the new characters have a ton of customization available to them. WoW has always been known for its unique take on the fantasy aesthetic and that will continue here. It looks like there will be complete character customization options for the new races, including tattoos, fur, antlers and different hairstyles.

Hearthstone to Receive Renewed Attention from Blizzard

‘Hearthstone’ has turned into Blizzard’s calling card, pun completely intended, over the past several years and for good reason. The mobile/PC based cardgame has essentially given Blizzard an inside track into a world apart from their work on ‘World of Warcraft’. For fans that felt like the game was getting stale, the few that are out there complaining, they should worry no longer. It was recently announced that Blizzard is turning full tilt toward 2018 filled with expansion releases for the title.

Ben Thompson is the lead artist for Hearthstone and he went on the record with Metabomb in order to talk about what is to come in the series. Thompson said, “At this point, we feel it’s best to continue to add mission content to the actual release set for several reasons.” Thompson goes on to hint that three will be three major new expansions for the game coming up and each of them will be “full sets of cards with new missions in each.” While this is good news, there is some minor bad news to release — Adventures won’t be making a return to the franchise.

The reason that Adventures is getting sidelined, despite it upsetting some fans, is that the game-type fundamentally made the title imbalanced. Blizzard is paying close attention to how hard it is for newcomers to get into the game and be active, especially when there is already such a learning curve. Adventures essentially made that learning curve a little bit too difficult for Blizzard to be comfortable with. Thompson finished by saying, “For that reason, putting together three full releases with mission content is a big part of how we see the game going forwards.”

Peter Whalen, Senior Adviser for Hearthstone, was also present in the interview. Whalen made sure to focus on how important it was to continue bringing a diverse and interesting metagame to the new releases. With Whalen and Thompson both on the record , comfortable with the direction of the game, Hearthstone players should be too.

‘Stardew Valley’ Thrills PC Gamers in the Best Way

When you hear the words ‘open world farming simulator’ what are your first thoughts? Be honest. That kind of genre doesn’t exactly strike anyone as thrilling and for good reason. Why do gamers like to complete chores for an online farm when there are no real-world benefits? We’re not going to dive into the psychology of gamers and the reward system that goes on with the chemicals in our brain. Instead, we are just going to say it. ‘Stardew Valley’ is a thrilling and refreshing way to play video games in the macho world of PC gaming.

When loading up ‘Stardew Valley’ on your PC for the first time, you are going to immediately be hit by waves of nostalgia. ‘Stardew Valley’ embraces the old-school, 8-bit graphics but enhances them with vibrant color, excellent textures, and a fine eye for detail. The game immediately recalls players to classic titles like ‘Harvest Moon’ or ‘Animal Crossing’ but with an enhanced focus on ‘Minecraft’-like crafting. You play as a farmer who was recalled to Starddew Valley in order to take over his farm, shortly before passing away. You start with a belt full of old tools, big dreams, and a wide world that is rarely explained to you.

The way that the game is structured inspires gamers to clock in and play in short, but frequent, bursts. Players work on developing their farm by way of crafting tools, items, and buildings. Your expansion leads to taking on more animals, more crops, and larger relationships with the other members of Stardew Valley. While glossy and relaxing on the surface, there is a deep game hidden below that allows for gamers to maximize and tailor their experience for maximum enjoyment.

‘Stardew Valley’ was released as an indie title on the PC and has since made its way over to every other major console. Most recently ‘Stardew Valley’ was announced and released on the Nintendo Switch which makes it a hand-in-glove fit for Nintendo’s family-friendly platform.

VR Gaming May Not Justify That High-End PC Yet

The end of PC gaming has been prognosticated for over a decade now, and yet it continues on. The first culprit that was supposed to lead to its demise was consoles. The PC gave gamers flexibility that simply was not available at all or was not as common on consoles. One of these is the ability to play mods that fans of particular games develop and release for a given game to enhance its playability. Even when expansions for games are available in the world of consoles, it’s typically in the form of downloadable content that console owners have to pay for. Additionally, with a couple to a few years between generations of consoles, PC owners have been able to stay at the cutting-edge of graphics longer whereas console owners have to wait for the next generation to come out with their enhanced built-in capabilities.

Despite PC sales decreasing overall over the past few years, the sale of PCs specifically for gaming has actually been growing recently. As mobile devices and laptops have begun taking over for common computer tasks, the PC is increasingly being seen as a tool for power users. A PC enables someone to assemble the components they want, such as a high-end video card, that will give them an exceptionally performing gaming system that will beat consoles in graphics and other feature and performance metrics.

Some gamers are buying high-end computers simply to get into the exciting new world of virtual reality (VR) gaming. While there are VR headsets for console gaming as well, a high-end PC gives one the power to really push this technology to its limits. PC gamers who are putting a lot of money into a system purely for VR gaming might want to be cautious. Some developers, such as CCP Games, are backing off production of some VR titles after initially being bullish on the technology. CCP Games is famous for the EVE and EVE Valkyrie titles. Those who are considering buying a cutting-edge PC just to play plenty of VR titles may want to hold off for a few years. It shouldn’t be long before there are enough game titles on the market to justify the expense since this technology requires a fairly powerful video card among other components that need to be up to the task.

Amazing gaming power with the MSI Trident 3 Arctic smaller desktop

The MSI Trident 3 Arctic is a gaming desktop which more powerful and surprisingly a smaller package. It is quite a skinny computer compared to all other gaming desktops. The pc is mainly made of MSI GTX 1070. A test conducted on the pc shows that the machine is capable of running the current VR Hardware despite the computer lacking the traditional cooling usually found on other bigger devices.

The MSI Trident 3 Arctic uses windows 10 and has a 16 gb memory space. The small frame, big game, machine is a super portable rig that weighs approximately 7 pounds. It is also loaded with a Gen Intel Core i7 for extreme processing. This is one of the best pc offered by the MSI. It has fantastic graphics without any degradation and also has a striking design. It comes with custom-build MSI motherboard, and the CPU is directly integrated with the motherboard.

Having the machine uses Windows 10 it therefore delivers and offers faster start-ups, comes with a familiar menu yet expanded with great news ways hence enabling high performance. The pc, therefore, loads games and profile real quicker and stores the entire library of games on its 1TB hard drive.

However, despite the machine being made of small form factor package, there is enough room for upgrading when necessary. It is possible for the user to change various components such as storage drive, memory and almost everything save for the processor. The Trident 3 Arctic handles everything and any game with enough ease and also runs smoothly. The pc also is affordable and cheap compared to other gaming machines.

However, the mighty little beast is not suitable for use in the bedroom since it generates a lot of noise but if you are in the gaming world and needs the best portable gaming pc then MSI Trident 3 Arctic is the machine for you.

GameStop to gain from online subscriptions

With a rapidly changing digital com, merchants are constantly shaping their businesses to compete lucratively. Game developers have over the past decade shifted the focus mainly to the online market, partnering with other vendors to popularize their products. This has seen a reduction in purchases from mortar and brick stores such a GameStop. In fact, GameStop has recorded a considerable fall in its business as more and more customers prefer to engage from the comfort of their homes.

This is however likely to change following the introduction of subscription options through which GameStop customers can access their favorite games. GameStop announced that subscribers can now rent games for $60 through a Power Plus plan which lasts for six months. Once this period elapses, subscribers will have a free game of their choice to keep.

The subscription plan to be launched in mid-November is expected to change fortunes for the company which has seen a deep fall in its share prices over a period. Share prices fell by 8 percent with its video game business recording a3.4 percent drop in the second quarter of the half year.

The gaming industry remains one of the most competitive and lucrative e-commerce platforms and has attracted several new and old players in the last decade. One of the most important features of game apps is adaptability to frequent updates.

Gamestop’s Power-Up Rewards program has a free tier which enables users to eventually come through for the rental subscription. This will help the company to let get several pre-owned game stocks and at the same time gain some revenue from subscriptions.

This model of operation is prone to rapid and frequent change and the company will need to keep abreast with market trends. Ultimately, engaging with portal users frequently and offering reliable round-the-clock support is one sure way of keeping a constant stream of subscribers.

GameStop, however, can gain from its long history and loyal customers who have frequented its brick and mortar store since 1984.

Runescape Embraces Halloween With Scripted Events

Let’s go back in time nearly a decade and we’ll find that the majority of high school aged kids at the time were playing a game called Runescape. Runescape is a 3D isometric RPG that focused largely on the sandbox nature of roleplaying games. This meant that players were encouraged to pursue whatever avenue of gameplay that they enjoyed, from cooking to question to slaying demons in dungeons across the playing ‘scape. In 2017, Runescape is still going as strong as ever though the game would look mighty different than it did back int he early ’00s. In order to celebrate Halloween, the creators at Jagex decided to script in some fun celebratory events.

The scripted events brought forth by Jagex all fit under the title of ‘Ghost Stories of Gielinor’. These scripted events all start with players meeting an NPC mysteriously named Closure. CLosure leads players forward on a string of spooky inspired quests that allow players to unlock a brand new cosmetic item which takes inspiration from Sleepy Hollow lore, the headless horseman. This event is available on the new Runescape servers but that does not mean that Runescape has been ignoring their old version of the game, Old School Runescape.

Old School Runescape, largely left alone in terms of bigger updates, saw a Halloween event of their own. Jonas, a murderer who wears a hockey mask, appeared on Friday the 13th. Now players have to survive his hunt in a special game and if they do, they’ll be rewarded with the cosmetic item that is his horrifying mask. While this is less involved than the updated Runescape version’s Halloween event, it is still a welcome distraction from the norm for old school players.

Runescape is a free-to-play game and will continue to operate in that capacity. It is one of the longest-running MMORPGs on the internet and it has set several records due to the nature of how it was coded for gamers to utilize.

‘Goblins of Elderstone’ Seeks to Change Gaming Paradigm

It is very rare that you get to see Goblins become the heroes of their own stories, at least in most modern representations of the character types. We blame J.R.R. Tolkien and his legendary ‘Lord of the Rings’ stories. Still, the team at Lost Goblin aren’t letting that get in the way of their new city-builder title ‘Goblins of Elderstone’. Lost Goblin is a studio out of New Zealand that is making their debut onto Steam early access after running a successful Kickstart campaign last year in 2016.

Goblins of Elderstone looks to bring people into the minds of the goblin character type as they are charged with building up villages in order to defend their territory from invading forces. You get to play as special character roles like sham, chief,warrior or the worker who is ordered to grab resources. The game blends strategy with city building while adding in a neat little bribery system. While Goblins of Elderstone doesn’t seek to change your mind on the goblin archetype, it does make you emphasize with how they are played. In Goblins of Elderstone you’ll be forced to bribe, threaten and try diplomacy with other small tribes in order to stop them from revolting violenty and attacking your establishments.

Even though the game is largely about goblins, there are more than just goblins running around in this city-sim game. Your forces will have to interact with orcs as well as humans. There are different elements of responsibility in the game — good, bad and neutral and you’ll also have the option to specialize in aspects outside of just fighting such as trading or spreading religion. It’s important to approach the game with the idea that you can win in a variety of different ways. You can use gifts, diplomacy or violence to push your way toward dominting the map. Ultimately Goblins of Elderstone is a game made by fans of the genre for fans by the genre and funded by those same fans.