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Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Steam Player Count Dips Below 1,000 - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
17.02.2024

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Steam Player Count Dips Below 1,000

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League's player count is falling on Steam, going as low as 916 earlier this week. This comes exactly two weeks since its all-time peak of 13,459 players online at once, whereas the game now averages a player count of around 2,000, regularly dipping below 1,000.

Gigantic: Rampage Edition Preview - "The MOBA That Deserved A Second Chance" - screenrant.com - county Rush
screenrant.com
20.02.2024

Gigantic: Rampage Edition Preview - "The MOBA That Deserved A Second Chance"

is the return of the vibrant multiplayer game that's taken some time off to make kaiju-sized upgrades. The 5v5 MOBA hero shooter first launched in 2017, and despite scoring rave reviews, it shut down a year later. With the help of a new developer and Gearbox Publishing, is making a big return with a new coat of paint and a reasonable price point thatprovides a lot for what some games charge for a single-character skin.

Diablo 4's $30 Class-Locked Portal Skins a Fresh Hell for Fans | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Australia - Diablo
pushsquare.com
20.02.2024

Diablo 4's $30 Class-Locked Portal Skins a Fresh Hell for Fans | Push Square

Blizzard is a company notorious for inflicting microtransactions on its player base, a hell Diablo 4 players have been enduring for a while now. But the company's latest overpriced aesthetic offering goes so far beyond the pale that we can't help but admire its outright brazen nature. For just $30, the asking price of many better games, you could own the Dark Pathways pack, which changes the colour of a player's portal.

Tekken 8 Might Be Getting Microtransactions Soon - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
16.02.2024

Tekken 8 Might Be Getting Microtransactions Soon

Tekken 8 has proven a smash hit with fans, selling millions of copies in its first week and delighting users on social media thanks to the game's in-depth customization options. Players can gather free in-game currency for just about everything that they do, and use it to purchase cosmetics such as outfits, accessories, hairstyles, and much more. However, it appears as though this might not be the only way to obtain cosmetics in the near future.

Diablo 4’s Hellish Microtransactions Go From Bad to Worse With $65 Horse Bundle That Costs More Than the Game Itself - ign.com - Britain - Diablo
ign.com
15.02.2024

Diablo 4’s Hellish Microtransactions Go From Bad to Worse With $65 Horse Bundle That Costs More Than the Game Itself

Hot on the heels of a backlash against Diablo 4 portal reskins that cost the same as Palworld comes a new microtransaction horror: a horse bundle that costs more than Diablo 4 itself.

Diablo 4’s Latest Microtransaction Backlash Is Over Portal Reskins That Cost the Same as Palword - ign.com - Britain - city Sanctuary - Diablo
ign.com
13.02.2024

Diablo 4’s Latest Microtransaction Backlash Is Over Portal Reskins That Cost the Same as Palword

Diablo 4’s troubled history with microtransactions has grown more grim after Blizzard began selling class-locked portal reskins.

Diablo 4 Is Charging Players $30 For Portal Recolors - thegamer.com - Diablo
thegamer.com
13.02.2024

Diablo 4 Is Charging Players $30 For Portal Recolors

Over the years, we have seen some truly bizarre microtransactions and DLC add-ons, especially ever since the advent of the live-service genre. Almost every publisher is guilty of overpricing skins or cosmetics, with Capcom, Square Enix, and Electronic Arts all having fairly recent controversies surrounding cosmetic prices in the past 12 months. Activision Blizzard is considered by gamers as the king of overpriced cosmetics though, as it has displayed once again with Diablo 4.

Helldivers 2’s microtransactions won’t stop you from having a good time - polygon.com
polygon.com
12.02.2024

Helldivers 2’s microtransactions won’t stop you from having a good time

It’s healthy to be skeptical when you see microtransactions in games. Many titles cross the line from fair to exploitative, all but forcing players to throw in money that could buy another full game (or more) to actually have a good time. So when initial reports surfaced about Helldivers 2’s microtransactions, people were wary. At first glance, the now-popular live-service shooter utilizes some familiar strategies. There are both free and premium battle passes that feature items that can affect gameplay and a number of currencies to parse out. Plus, there wasn’t a roadmap released at launch, so it was tough to gauge how horrible any microtransactions could be.

Helldivers 2 creative director says games have to "earn" microtransactions, which is why its purchasable revolver is anti-pay-to-win and "not that good" - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
12.02.2024

Helldivers 2 creative director says games have to "earn" microtransactions, which is why its purchasable revolver is anti-pay-to-win and "not that good"

Helldivers 2 has been praised for avoiding the tedious and intrusive microtransactions common among live-service shooters, so it's perhaps no coincidence that the game's creative director, Johan Pilestedt, reckons games "have to earn the right to monetize," which is why developer Arrowhead "really applied ourselves to not make it pay-to-win."

Helldivers 2 Says 'We Really Applied Ourselves to Not Make It Pay-to-Win' - ign.com - Britain
ign.com
12.02.2024

Helldivers 2 Says 'We Really Applied Ourselves to Not Make It Pay-to-Win'

The boss of Helldivers 2 developer Arrowhead has discussed the game’s microtransactions, insisting the game is not ‘pay-to-win.’

Escape from Tarkov players lament new recoil changes and upcoming microtransactions - techradar.com
techradar.com
12.02.2024

Escape from Tarkov players lament new recoil changes and upcoming microtransactions

Today’s Escape from Tarkovupdate hasn’t gone down well with fans. Among the large list of alterations, the recoil of a number of weapons has been changed, and it’s also been confirmed that certain microtransactions are on the way, too. 

Helldivers 2 Dev Says They'll "Never" Force Players To Buy Microtransactions - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
12.02.2024

Helldivers 2 Dev Says They'll "Never" Force Players To Buy Microtransactions

Helldivers 2 has been a hit since it dropped on PC and PlayStation 5 last week. Perhaps more surprisingly, its monetisation is even receiving some praise, as many players are relieved to see it show some restraint, at least compared to other live services.

Games should "earn the right to monetise", says Helldivers 2 director - eurogamer.net - city Santa Monica
eurogamer.net
12.02.2024

Games should "earn the right to monetise", says Helldivers 2 director

Helldivers 2 creative director and Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt believes games should «earn the right to monetise», adding that whilst players are welcome to «support this title» by buying microtransactions, Arrowhead is «never forcing anyone to do so».

Foamstars is nothing but trapped GaaS - destructoid.com
destructoid.com
09.02.2024

Foamstars is nothing but trapped GaaS

The video game industry is one that has been built on trends. If a game reaches escape velocity and becomes a big hit, it’s inevitable that others will be lining up to get a slice of that turkey. This has had some unfortunate consequences.

Foamstars Players Are Calling Out Expensive Cosmetic Sets - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
09.02.2024

Foamstars Players Are Calling Out Expensive Cosmetic Sets

Foamstars is not a free-to-play game. Sure, you can currently nab it at no extra cost on PlayStation Plus, but this deal ends on March 4. After this date, the game will only be available to play if you purchase it outright for $29.99, but that hasn't stopped it from being monetised like it's free-to-play.

GTA parent Take-Two has ‘no current plans’ for layoffs, CEO says - destructoid.com
destructoid.com
09.02.2024

GTA parent Take-Two has ‘no current plans’ for layoffs, CEO says

It’s a dismal time to be in video game development, as companies continue to announce layoffs. Now, Take-Two Interactive – the parent company of Rockstar – is looking to enact a “significant cost reduction plan,” but it doesn’t necessarily mean redundancies.

The "live service" model is all played out | Opinion - gamesindustry.biz
gamesindustry.biz
09.02.2024

The "live service" model is all played out | Opinion

We all have a pretty intuitive understanding of the anatomy of a trend in game design. A very successful title is followed by a wave of games which copy key aspects of its design – some taking inspiration while innovating successfully on the formula, others rather more shamelessly seeking to cash in by copying anything that's not nailed down (or protected by intellectual copyright law).

All 10 Batman ‘Arkham-verse’ games, ranked - wegotthiscovered.com - city Gotham - city Arkham
wegotthiscovered.com
09.02.2024

All 10 Batman ‘Arkham-verse’ games, ranked

Rocksteady Studios’ Arkham-Verse games are one of the most iconic and influential Batman stories of the 21st century, arguably second only to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. The games are built on the foundations of Batman: The Animated Series and feature many returning voice actors, but even by the second entry had begun to tell a tale quite different to that previously emerged from Gotham City.

Take-Two calls virtual currency ‘fictions created by game publishers’ amid microtransaction lawsuit - destructoid.com - Netherlands - state California - Belgium
destructoid.com
09.02.2024

Take-Two calls virtual currency ‘fictions created by game publishers’ amid microtransaction lawsuit

Take-Two Interactive has an interesting response to gamers upset with what the company does with the in-game currency they buy. In an ongoing dispute over whether money is essentially stolen when a game’s servers shut down, Take-Two characterized in-game virtual currency as “fictions created by game publishers.”

Take-Two argues that virtual currencies are "fictions" in bid to dismiss lawsuit - gamesindustry.biz
gamesindustry.biz
09.02.2024

Take-Two argues that virtual currencies are "fictions" in bid to dismiss lawsuit

Take-Two has argued that virtual currencies are "fictions" in its appeal to get a lawsuit dismissed.

Fortnite Is Coming Back to iOS in Europe This Year via Epic Games Store; Sweeney Criticizes Apple’s DMA Plan - wccftech.com - Usa - Eu
wccftech.com
25.01.2024

Fortnite Is Coming Back to iOS in Europe This Year via Epic Games Store; Sweeney Criticizes Apple’s DMA Plan

Fortnite is coming back to iOS this year, at least in Europe, Epic Games announced today. It will do so by taking advantage of the Digital Markets Act law passed by the European Union, which will let the Epic Games Store on iOS.

China seemingly drops proposed gaming restrictions that could have had worldwide implications for loot boxes, microtransactions and daily log-in bonuses - gamesradar.com - China
gamesradar.com
24.01.2024

China seemingly drops proposed gaming restrictions that could have had worldwide implications for loot boxes, microtransactions and daily log-in bonuses

China's previously proposed gaming restrictions seem to have been scrapped, potentially avoiding worldwide implications for tools that can encourage spending excessive time and money on games. 

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League – Play Early With This Early-Access Offer - gameranx.com
gameranx.com
10.01.2024

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League – Play Early With This Early-Access Offer

Rocksteady Studios is gearing up to release their latest game, Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League. The team is well known for their work on the critically acclaimed Batman: Arkham series, and understandably, some fans are pretty darn excited to jump back into that world – albeit from a different perspective. Heck, in a different genre entirely. 

New Apex Legends and Final Fantasy Crossover Event Stuns Fans With $290 Microtransactions - ign.com
ign.com
10.01.2024

New Apex Legends and Final Fantasy Crossover Event Stuns Fans With $290 Microtransactions

A new Apex Legends and Final Fantasy VII Rebirth crossover event launched January 9th — a first for EA's free-to-download battle royale — and it’s been a big source of criticism from players due to the high price of its microtransactions.

Amazon To Fire 500 More Twitch Employees, Amid Rumors It’s Been Unprofitable For Years - gameranx.com
gameranx.com
10.01.2024

Amazon To Fire 500 More Twitch Employees, Amid Rumors It’s Been Unprofitable For Years

Amazon has revealed plans to fire 500 more Twitch employees, in a freewheeling spiral for what once seemed to be the monopolist of the live streaming business.

Why Nexon Is Being Fined For Microtransaction Drop Rate? - gamepur.com - South Korea - North Korea
gamepur.com
09.01.2024

Why Nexon Is Being Fined For Microtransaction Drop Rate?

Nexon Korea Corp has been issued with the largest fine ever for violating South Korea’s Act on Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce in games such as MapleStory. The data makes it clear that users were knowingly misled, but the fine seems insignificant in light of the profits.

Netflix is considering introducing ads and in-app purchases to its games - eurogamer.net
eurogamer.net
06.01.2024

Netflix is considering introducing ads and in-app purchases to its games

Netflix is reportedly considering introducing in-app purchases and in-app ads to its games in a bid to better monetise its games service.

Netflix Games Could Lose One Of Its Best Benefits - gamespot.com - Finland - city Vice
gamespot.com
06.01.2024

Netflix Games Could Lose One Of Its Best Benefits

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MMO dev fined record-breaking $9 million fee for misleading players over microtransactions - gamesradar.com - South Korea - North Korea
gamesradar.com
04.01.2024

MMO dev fined record-breaking $9 million fee for misleading players over microtransactions

The developer behind Korean MMO MapleStory has been fined just under $9 million for violating South Korea's Act on Consumer Protection in Electronic Commerce.

Blizzard Reportedly Partnering With Netease Again For Chinese Market Comeback - gameranx.com - China
gameranx.com
02.01.2024

Blizzard Reportedly Partnering With Netease Again For Chinese Market Comeback

Blizzard is reportedly back to working with Netease again to bring their video games to China.

Steam’s Winter Sale delivers deals on Baldur’s Gate 3, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, and more treats - polygon.com
polygon.com
21.12.2023

Steam’s Winter Sale delivers deals on Baldur’s Gate 3, Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, and more treats

Steam’s Winter Sale has officially begun, and it’s discounting thousands of titles through Jan. 4, 2024. Although Epic Games Store is currently having its own holiday sale through Jan. 10 (one that gives each gamer a 33% off coupon to use on games), this sale is an opportunity to save on a number of excellent titles on Steam, like Bomb Rush Cyberfunk, Battlebit Remastered, Wasteland 3, and more.

Tarisland: Closed Beta Preview Impressions - ign.com
ign.com
18.12.2023

Tarisland: Closed Beta Preview Impressions

Tarisland reminds me of a distilled version of some of my favorite MMOs, filled with visually striking environments that are largely satisfying to poke around in. Classes are distinct and focused on a small number of abilities that play into a central mechanic or theme, with two specializations for each class to switch between.

Fortnite Fans Can't Believe the Price of the Game's New PS5, PS4 Microtransactions | Push Square - pushsquare.com
pushsquare.com
16.12.2023

Fortnite Fans Can't Believe the Price of the Game's New PS5, PS4 Microtransactions | Push Square

With the introduction of three entire new experiences – LEGO Fortnite, Rocket Racing, and Fortnite Festival – Epic’s unstoppable “everything” game Fortnite has taken a huge stride closer to becoming its own platform. But with so much new content available, the developer has to find ways to monetise it – and the latest microtransactions are attracting criticism for their obscene prices.

Fortnite Massively Cuts Prices of Criticised Rocket Racing PS5, PS4 Microtransactions | Push Square - pushsquare.com
pushsquare.com
16.12.2023

Fortnite Massively Cuts Prices of Criticised Rocket Racing PS5, PS4 Microtransactions | Push Square

The outrageously overpriced microtransactions for Fortnite’s new arcade racing game Rocket Racing have dramatically dropped, following robust criticism from the game’s community. Epic Games originally intended to flog a single car for 4,000 V-Bucks, which would cost you around £27.99/$29.99, albeit with leftover in-game currency.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Won’t Come to Game Pass as Larian Believes They Charge a “Fair Price” For It - wccftech.com
wccftech.com
16.12.2023

Baldur’s Gate 3 Won’t Come to Game Pass as Larian Believes They Charge a “Fair Price” For It

After a period of some uncertainty, Baldur’s Gate 3 is now available on Xbox Series X/S, which begs the question – could the smash hit RPG ever end up on Xbox Game Pass? Baldur’s Gate 3 is exactly the kind of high-engagement title that could potentially drive long-term Game Pass subscriptions, so I’m sure Microsoft would love it, but according to Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke, it’s not happening.

Baldur’s Gate 3 director explains why the RPG was never going to be on Xbox Game Pass - techradar.com - state Vincke
techradar.com
16.12.2023

Baldur’s Gate 3 director explains why the RPG was never going to be on Xbox Game Pass

Swen Vincke, the director of Baldur’s Gate 3 and CEO of Larian Studios, has spoken out about the role-playing game’s lack of Xbox Game Pass release, saying that it was a decision made «from the get-go.»

Blizzard Releases Midwinter Blight Gameplay Guide Featuring DarthMicrotransaction - wowhead.com
wowhead.com
16.12.2023

Blizzard Releases Midwinter Blight Gameplay Guide Featuring DarthMicrotransaction

Midwinter Blight is finally here, and players are traversing the Fractured Peaks to experience the winter wonderland and find new loot. Lucky for us, Blizzard has given us a video highlighting the gameplay in their first ever Diablo 4 holiday event! Blizzard has collaborated with DarthMicrotransaction for a walkthrough guide on the Midwinter Blight Holiday Event.

Baldur's Gate 3 Won't Come To Xbox Game Pass - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
15.12.2023

Baldur's Gate 3 Won't Come To Xbox Game Pass

Don't expect Baldur's Gate 3 to ever come to Xbox Game Pass, as Larian boss Swen Vincke shoots down talk of the game joining a subscription service. Vincke says this was decided before launch, and his mind hasn't changed now that the game has finally been released on Xbox.

Baldur's Gate 3 'Isn't Going to be on Game Pass', Insists Larian Boss - ign.com
ign.com
15.12.2023

Baldur's Gate 3 'Isn't Going to be on Game Pass', Insists Larian Boss

Baldur's Gate 3 is now available on Xbox, but don't expect it on Game Pass anytime soon. Speaking with IGN in an interview soon to be published in full, Larian Studios founder Swen Vincke explained why the award-winning role-playing game won't be part of Xbox's subscription service.

Embers Adrift Adds New High-Level Content, New Zone, New Factions, Loot, and More - mmorpg.com
mmorpg.com
14.12.2023

Embers Adrift Adds New High-Level Content, New Zone, New Factions, Loot, and More

 The Embers Adrift team is reflecting on 2023 in the newest State of the Game devblog and looking ahead into 2024. 

Destiny 2: Legacy Collection kicks off the Epic store’s holiday giveaways - destructoid.com - city Dreaming
destructoid.com
14.12.2023

Destiny 2: Legacy Collection kicks off the Epic store’s holiday giveaways

For some Destiny 2 players, the holidays may have just arrived early. From now until December 20, most of Destiny 2 is free to claim through the Epic Games Store,

Den of Wolves Announced – An Intimate Look at 10 Chambers’ Latest Cyberpunk Heist - wccftech.com
wccftech.com
08.12.2023

Den of Wolves Announced – An Intimate Look at 10 Chambers’ Latest Cyberpunk Heist

As Ulf Andersson famously said, 10 Chambers is “back on that heist shit again”. Their latest project, Den of Wolves, was announced during The Game Awards following the sendoff of GTFO and its final major content patch, Rundown 8.0 Duality. Despite a hundred-year difference between Payday’s infamous heists and Den of Wolves, there’s still a common foundation that 10 Chambers are looking to recreate with their latest cooperative shooter.

Den of Wolves is a 'mind-f***' heist game from the Payday designer set in a sci-fi city 'where late-stage capitalism has gone rampant' - pcgamer.com - Usa - city Stockholm
pcgamer.com
08.12.2023

Den of Wolves is a 'mind-f***' heist game from the Payday designer set in a sci-fi city 'where late-stage capitalism has gone rampant'

The Den of Wolves trailer at The Game Awards first announces that we're looking at a new game from from the creator of Payday: The Heist and Payday 2, but then goes on to show something that has very little resemblance to a bank robbery: a pair of men growling at each other in a sci-fi dungeon that could've appeared in Cyberpunk 2077. So, what the heck is this game? As implied by the Payday connection, Den of Wolves is a four-player co-op game from 10 Chambers, the Stockholm-based studio co-founded by Payday 1 and 2 designer Ulf Andersson. But it's Andersson's vision for, like, Payday 5. Rather than present-day burglaries, Den of Wolves takes place in 2097 in a city run by unregulated corporations who've secured their global stock exchange against AI-powered hackers by somehow using biological encryption—that is, living human brains. It's a heist game inspired by Inception, The Matrix, Ghost in the Shell, and Blade Runner—in short, «mindfuck sci-fi,» as Den of Wolves narrative director Simon Viklund (also a Payday alum) put it to me when we met last week. The twist in The Game Awards trailer gives us a glimpse of what he's talking about, as the corpo's interrogation of some punk's subconscious is revealed to actually be the opposite. Clearly we're going to invade some mind palaces in this thing. I didn't get to see any Den of Wolves gameplay beyond the snippets of shooting everyone can see in the trailer, but Viklund spoke at length about the studio's vision during a presentation and interview.

The UK's best-selling Grand Theft Auto games | UK Time Tunnel - gamesindustry.biz - Britain - city London
gamesindustry.biz
07.12.2023

The UK's best-selling Grand Theft Auto games | UK Time Tunnel

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Arendelle Arrives on PS5, PS4 as Disney Speedstorm Lets It Go | Push Square - pushsquare.com - France
pushsquare.com
06.12.2023

Arendelle Arrives on PS5, PS4 as Disney Speedstorm Lets It Go | Push Square

The glacial backdrop of Arendelle will bring a touch of winter to Gameloft’s free-to-play kart racer Disney Speedstorm starting today, as the game’s latest season gets underway. Let It Go will bundle in a bunch of new racers, including Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Kristoff, and Hans. As always, they’ll all have their own set of abilities and moves.

Poll: Are You Happy with Your PS Plus Essential Games for December 2023? | Push Square - pushsquare.com - county Power
pushsquare.com
06.12.2023

Poll: Are You Happy with Your PS Plus Essential Games for December 2023? | Push Square

It's the final month of the year, and Sony has officially revealed the PS Plus Essential titles that will conclude 2023's selection. The thing is, though, we've already seen heavily divided opinions on this latest lineup — even more so than usual, if you can believe it!

Destiny 2's Latest Microtransaction Is So Bad Bungie's Already Removed It from PS5, PS4 | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Australia
pushsquare.com
06.12.2023

Destiny 2's Latest Microtransaction Is So Bad Bungie's Already Removed It from PS5, PS4 | Push Square

In a development Bungie could have done without, the Destiny 2 developer has already pulled a contentious $15 starter pack offered in Season of the Wish, which just went live yesterday. The pack provided a pitiful assortment of goods and was marketed towards new players, a combination of things the community vociferously and swiftly pushed back on.

Is Bungie Really the Right Developer to Aid Sony's Live-Service Push? | Push Square - pushsquare.com - Washington
pushsquare.com
06.12.2023

Is Bungie Really the Right Developer to Aid Sony's Live-Service Push? | Push Square

When was the last time you read a news story about Bungie and Destiny 2 that was genuinely positive about the game? If you only get your gaming news here at Push Square, it would be last week: the new armour set themed around The Witcher 3 looked pretty cool. It was then pointed out you could actually buy the RPG's Game of the Year Edition for less than the cost of just one of the three armour sets on offer.

Street Fighter 6's Awesome New Outfits Are Out Now, But Fans Are Fuming at the Prices | Push Square - pushsquare.com
pushsquare.com
06.12.2023

Street Fighter 6's Awesome New Outfits Are Out Now, But Fans Are Fuming at the Prices | Push Square

The third set of threads for Street Fighter 6’s launch roster is available in-game now – but unsurprisingly, the Internet’s already up in arms over the pricing. A single outfit will set you back 300 Fighter Coins, but you can only purchase denominations of 250 Fighter Coins (£3.99/$4.99) or 610 Fighter Coins (£9.49/$11.99). This means, whichever approach you take, you’ll always have some currency leftover.

So we're not getting GTA 6 on PC until 2026 at the very earliest, right? - pcgamer.com
pcgamer.com
05.12.2023

So we're not getting GTA 6 on PC until 2026 at the very earliest, right?

Well we called it. Grand Theft Auto 6 now has a release window, but only for some. In a press release accompanying the first trailer, Rockstar is careful to omit two very important letters. «Grand Theft Auto VI is coming to PlayStation 5 computer entertainment systems and Xbox Series X|S games and entertainment systems in 2025,» the studio announces. So what about PC?

LEGO Fortnite Is Finally Here, And It Is Its Own Game - gameranx.com
gameranx.com
04.12.2023

LEGO Fortnite Is Finally Here, And It Is Its Own Game

Lego Fortnite is finally here, but instead of just being a single collaboration or crossover in the world of Fortnite Battle Royale, it is coming as its own game.

Bungie Pulls Destiny 2's Controversial $15 Starter Pack Over Massive Backlash Over 'Pay-to-Win' Item - ign.com
ign.com
30.11.2023

Bungie Pulls Destiny 2's Controversial $15 Starter Pack Over Massive Backlash Over 'Pay-to-Win' Item

Just one day after the launch of Season of the Wish, Bungie has removed a $15 "starter pack" microtransaction for Destiny 2 that quickly became the subject of criticism and backlash over pay-to-win concerns.

Destiny 2 players slapped "crime" and "villain protagonist" Steam tags on the MMO's terrible $15 Starter Pack, now it seems Bungie removed them - gamesradar.com
gamesradar.com
29.11.2023

Destiny 2 players slapped "crime" and "villain protagonist" Steam tags on the MMO's terrible $15 Starter Pack, now it seems Bungie removed them

Destiny 2's latest microtransaction is a $15 "Starter Pack" full of junk, and players were quick to hammer it on Steam with product tags like "crime," "capitalism," "villain protagonist," and "psychological horror." Not liking the optics on that, it looks like Bungie has had those tags removed.

Diablo IV Could Have An Expansion Priced At $100 - gameranx.com - Diablo
gameranx.com
29.11.2023

Diablo IV Could Have An Expansion Priced At $100

The buildup for Diablo IV’s release is arguably one of the most important times in Blizzard’s history. After the fallout from the third entry, especially the mobile entry, gamers wondered if Blizzard still “had it” and whether they could deliver the game that could revive the franchise and make them care about the struggles of these entities. To answer that, Blizzard put out an exceptional game at launch that had fans and critics raving, sending the title into a sales frenzy that made it the biggest Blizzard launch ever. However, since then, fans have noticed some “bad things” that the company has done, and a new survey states that things could get very pricey in the future.

Silent Hill Ascension Developer Insists It Was ‘Written by Real People’ Amid AI Accusations - ign.com - parish Ascension
ign.com
28.11.2023

Silent Hill Ascension Developer Insists It Was ‘Written by Real People’ Amid AI Accusations

The developer of Silent Hill Ascension has insisted the controversial interactive streaming series was written by real people after a number of observers accused it of being authored by AI.

PlayStation End Of Year Deals Promo Is Now Live - gameranx.com
gameranx.com
27.11.2023

PlayStation End Of Year Deals Promo Is Now Live

It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of 2023. Time is flying by, and if you’re looking forward to those holiday breaks on the horizon, there might be some new free time to make use of. We just got through the various Black Friday sale deals going on right now, but beyond that, we have a new deal promo we want to highlight. After all, video games are expensive. We don’t have to tell you that, I’m sure. So, anytime there is a notable sale that we come across, we like to share it. Today, PlayStation kicked off its End of Year Deals promo sale.

Gamers Hate This One Weird Trick Ubisoft Claims Is A “Technical Error” In Their Games - gameranx.com - Eu
gameranx.com
24.11.2023

Gamers Hate This One Weird Trick Ubisoft Claims Is A “Technical Error” In Their Games

Ubisoft has responded to reports that they seem to have added pop-up ads to their games, that work while you are in the middle of playing a game.

Nine Chronicles M is an Anime-Themed MMORPG Out Now on Android - droidgamers.com
droidgamers.com
22.11.2023

Nine Chronicles M is an Anime-Themed MMORPG Out Now on Android

Fancy a new MMORPG on your phone? Well, you can do a lot worse than Nine Chronicles M. This anime-themed adventure sees you create your own character, then send them out into battle against various nasties within the world.

Mortal Kombat 1 Fan’s Sign Gets Feature Confirmation From Ed Boon - gameranx.com
gameranx.com
21.11.2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Fan’s Sign Gets Feature Confirmation From Ed Boon

This story is hilarious for us to talk about, given the “event” that the story started at. First, a little context. All Elite Wrestling is one of the biggest wrestling promotions in the world, and it is also one of the best wrestling promotions in the world. Their fanbase has a passion to them that can’t be denied, and that passion goes beyond wrestling and into the realm of video games. To that end, many AEW fans have been known to bring in signs with their “controversial” video game hot takes. But on Sunday, a Mortal Kombat 1 used their sign to make a plea to the team at NetherRealm Studios, and specifically, Ed Boon.

Mortal Kombat 1 Almost Featured The Walking Dead - gameranx.com
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21.11.2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Almost Featured The Walking Dead

Mortal Kombat  has been such a massive franchise over the years, and it’s also known for featuring several different crossovers. Plenty of IPs get represented in the game, and it’s never known what character might pop up next. When NetherRealm Studios unveiled  Mortal Kombat 1 , fans were likely speculating which guest characters could show up in this installment. Today, we’re finding out that the co-creator of  Mortal Kombat , Ed Boon, was at one time an attempt to get a crossover with  The Walking Dead . 

15 Best iPhone Games Right Now - screenrant.com
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18.11.2023

15 Best iPhone Games Right Now

The Apple App store has many amazing mobile games available for playing on the iPhone, covering nearly every gaming genre there is. From the action of to the puzzles of, there is something for everyone to enjoy right there on the phone. The industry of video games has come a long way in the past couple of decades, making boredom-busting games much more accessible.

Controversial "interactive streaming series" Silent Hill: Ascension lays out how it's tackling fan feedback in new update - gamesradar.com
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17.11.2023

Controversial "interactive streaming series" Silent Hill: Ascension lays out how it's tackling fan feedback in new update

The long-suffering Silent Hill fandom will be getting a slight reprise, as the much-maligned “interactive series” Silent Hill: Ascension is making some changes based on community feedback. 

Mortal Kombat 1 Gets Smallest Patch Yet - gameranx.com
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15.11.2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Gets Smallest Patch Yet

When it comes to modern gaming, there is nothing more important or as frustrating as updates. These patches are what help keep the games going and can help solve problems that may pop up from time to time. The question is whether the patches will “do something meaningful” or just be there to patch things up and offer some “new things” that gamers might like. In the case of Mortal Kombat 1, they’ve been doing several patches since the game came out in September, but if you were hoping that this update would significantly improve the game, you are sadly out of luck.

'Should Everything be a Live Game?' Scott Hartsman Weighs in On When Devs Should Reconsider - mmorpg.com
mmorpg.com
14.11.2023

'Should Everything be a Live Game?' Scott Hartsman Weighs in On When Devs Should Reconsider

Scott Hartsman has some thoughts on the prevalence of live-service games in a new blog that asks the question — “Should Everything be a Live Game?”.

Mortal Kombat 1 Fans Furious With Price Of Highly-Requested Li Mei Skin - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
10.11.2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Fans Furious With Price Of Highly-Requested Li Mei Skin

Mortal Kombat 1's microtransactions are coming under fire once again, this time for a skin that costs a full $10. The much-requested classic skin for Li Mei will set you back 1,000 Dragon Krystals and doesn't come in a bundle with anyone else's older outfits.

Warner Bros. Says It Will Transform Its Biggest Franchises Into Live Service Games - gadgets.ndtv.com - Poland
gadgets.ndtv.com
09.11.2023

Warner Bros. Says It Will Transform Its Biggest Franchises Into Live Service Games

Warner Bros. will be heavily veering into a live service model for its future games. During its latest Q3 earnings call, CEO David Zaslav confirmed that the company plans to transform its biggest video game franchises into long-term products, bolstered by regular content drops and heavy monetisation. In recent years, gamers have developed a distaste for such money-hungry practices, which often lock out content behind some form of paywall or a battle pass, instead of providing a complete game at launch. The idea is for players to keep playing WB-published games for months, instead of having AAA developers put out a new game every three to four years — which is the general cycle.

Halo Infinite Finally Gets the Halo 1 Armor Everyone Wants, but It Costs $20 - ign.com
ign.com
08.11.2023

Halo Infinite Finally Gets the Halo 1 Armor Everyone Wants, but It Costs $20

343 Industries has finally released the Halo Combat Evolved Mark V armor for Halo Infinite, but it’s already sparked a vociferous debate about its cost.

Blizzard's job is to satisfy impatient players who want 'new stuff every day, every hour,' says studio head - pcgamer.com
pcgamer.com
07.11.2023

Blizzard's job is to satisfy impatient players who want 'new stuff every day, every hour,' says studio head

The Microsoft era of Blizzard has just begun, and it's not clear yet how the studio will change under the reign of Xbox head Phil Spencer. Maybe it'll mean more StarCraft, maybe not, but from the sounds of it we shouldn't expect a radically different approach from Blizzard: It's gonna keep running on the ol' live service treadmill.

Halo Infinite community director explains microtransaction price hike - destructoid.com
destructoid.com
06.11.2023

Halo Infinite community director explains microtransaction price hike

As loyal Halo Infinite multiplayer players have already noticed, there have been some big changes made with Season 5.

Blizzard's first new RTS in ages stealth launched, but don't get too excited - pcgamer.com
pcgamer.com
03.11.2023

Blizzard's first new RTS in ages stealth launched, but don't get too excited

Blizzard is a legendary RTS developer, which is easy to forget in 2023. Along with Westwood, it effectively built the genre, establishing its foundations and designing mechanics and features that modern RTS games still stick with today. With that in mind, it's pretty tragic to see how little attention Blizzard is giving the genre these days. 

Halo Infinite Dev 343 Explains Shop Price Hike, ‘This Isn't Necessarily What Everyone Wants to Hear’ - ign.com
ign.com
03.11.2023

Halo Infinite Dev 343 Explains Shop Price Hike, ‘This Isn't Necessarily What Everyone Wants to Hear’

Halo Infinite developer 343 Industries has moved to explain a recent microtransactions price hike following a community backlash.

Silent Hill: Ascension slammed as “complete garbage” by players as microtransactions spark backlash - techradar.com
techradar.com
02.11.2023

Silent Hill: Ascension slammed as “complete garbage” by players as microtransactions spark backlash

Silent Hill: Ascension — the new interactive Silent Hill story which allows players to vote on different outcomes and influence its plot — has been received very poorly by fans, largely due to its inclusions of microtransactions and a paid season pass.

Silent Hill: Ascension Microtransactions Spark Major Backlash Among Fans - ign.com
ign.com
01.11.2023

Silent Hill: Ascension Microtransactions Spark Major Backlash Among Fans

Silent Hill: Ascension, an interactive streaming series that premiered on Halloween, has Silent Hill fans up in arms after being hit with unexpected microtransactions.

Why The Disney Dreamlight Valley Community Is Divided Over its Early Access Exit - ign.com - Disney
ign.com
28.10.2023

Why The Disney Dreamlight Valley Community Is Divided Over its Early Access Exit

Disney Dreamlight Valley developer Gameloft announced earlier today that its popular cozy Disney life sim game will not be going free-to-play in December as planned. And unsurprisingly, its bustling player community has, well, a lot of thoughts about that!

Mortal Kombat 1 Finally Adds Titan Battles, Platinum Now Achievable - thegamer.com
thegamer.com
28.10.2023

Mortal Kombat 1 Finally Adds Titan Battles, Platinum Now Achievable

More than a month after the game's launch, Titan Battles have finally been added to Mortal Kombat 1, meaning that the Platinum is finally actually achievable.

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