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Friday, April 13, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Night on Endor Update

Hunter meets hunted in Star Wars Battlefront II's brand-new limited-time mode Ewok Hunt on the forest moon of Endor, starting April 18.

Last year's one of the most anticipating yet disappointing game Star Wars Battlefront II from EA DICE is getting a new update. Titled "Night on Endor", this update brings you a limited time game mode named Ewok Hunt, which will take you back to relive an experience from Return of the Jedi. On the forest moon of Endor, you can pick a fight as Ewoks or Imperial Stormtroopers for either saving the village or try to survive an unsuspecting ambush out of nowhere.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Night on Endor Update

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The Empire may have a firm grip over the entire galaxy but down here, the Ewoks cares little about that and it is never wise to engage them on their own turf. This is a battle for dominance between spears and blasters, which may not have very long lasting effects. It's completely up to you if you choose to prey on Empire’s forces or just try to fight for your territory from them. Night on Endor update will go live from April 18 on Star Wars Battlefront II, available for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Ewoks Chasing Stormtroopers

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Rules of engagement for this new limited time mode are simple. You can pick a side with Ewoks and play as one and led an attack on those Stormtroopers as soon as they step into your zone. You are free to use spears, Wisties and any other abilities you can bring to the table to take down the Imperial army. The moment you take down one of them, they will spawn as another Ewok, thus growing your numbers. If you manage to eliminate everyone of their gang, your Ewok celebration can begin.

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Village of Ewoks

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Considering the superior firepower and training Stormtroopers have, Ewoks have no chance of standing against them unless they use the cover of night to their advantage. They can only hope that an extraction team arrives to pick them up sooner while they desperately try to keep this army of furry cuteness away from them. Because, to protect their village from intruders, those little fellows can quickly become agitated and can bring down any invaders by leading an ambush on them using guerrilla tactics.

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Troopers on Ewok Hunt

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Also, Night on Endor update is not limited to Ewok Hunt mode but a few Endor-themed cosmetic items. Endor Han and Endor Leia are one of the most notable among these 50 new additions. With that, developers are Crystals are returning to Battlefront II for fans to purchase these "Appearances". Both in-game credits earned through gameplay activities or Crystals bought with real-world currency are allowed to unlock these skins.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Progression System Revamped

The notorious progression system of the infamous first person shooter Star Wars Battlefront II from last year is going to go through some extreme changes. From developer EA Dice and publisher Electronic Arts, the game had the potential to become one of the most successful games ever tying with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi film of the new trilogy. An upcoming update dated for March 21 will bring change to heroes, weapons and ship upgrade.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Progression System Revamped

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One of the biggest differences between the progression system that is now running and the one that was intended for the game is Star Cards that you could randomly find in loot crates. To boost your stats, the cards are handy but as soon as the update drops, you won't have to look for these cards to shine. The Skill Points you will earn playing multiplayer for experience can be traded to get Star Cards. Then you can upgrade your character, class, weapon or ship as you wish.

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When the initial outrage regarding micro-transactions hit the social media before the launch of Battlefront II, EA removed any scope for spending real-world funds for loot boxes. So, this new update is good news for the fans, who thought using real currency for Crates will rob them off the true enjoyment. Now that those loot boxes can only be opened by stat points, the playing field is leveled and players can mount up credits and crystals to use as in-game currencies by only spending time playing the game.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Daily Crates

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According to EA, the loot boxes will not contain any Star Cards and nor they are up for purchase with real-world currencies. So, players can stop worrying about buying those Crates and will get those by other means. This might involve creating in-game milestones, completing timed challenges or daily login bonuses and the crates will offer you credits, emotes and items that are entirely cosmetic. This way, loot boxes are not tied to your gameplay at all.

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Character customization however, is not above micro-transactions and is returning in April with a new update. You can buy costumes for your selected characters from the in-game store using Credits or Crystals. Now, whether you should earn your Credits through normal gameplay or buy Crystals with real money for that is completely up to you.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Player Progression

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Previously, EA was always against the idea of adding cosmetic items to the game as it violates the official Star Wars canon. Because, Darth Vader with a pink or white drape will not make any sense at all and is wrong on so many levels. Nevertheless, both EA Dice and Electronic Arts are adding these concepts to the game because Disney is OK with this, which they never thought, would be the case.

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EA is taking a huge step in changing what they have started with Battlefront II and opens up a lot of room for improvement. Aside from adding new content to better the experience, they will probably include new modes and they will be unlike anything we ever saw. Hopefully, the studio took their lessons from the pay-to-win backlash and working to salvage their reputation. Star Wars Battlefront II is available worldwide now to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Battlefield 2018 Trailer Coming Soon

Rumors were flying around about Electronic Arts and EA Dice working on the next Battlefield title for some time and then it was revealed that at EA Play 2018, the revelation of the next Battlefield experience is about to happen. In 2017, Dice had their hands full with the release of Star Wars Battlefront II and looks like they have focused all of their attention towards the acclaimed first-person shooter series that already got a soft reboot with WWI-themed Battlefield 1.

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Battlefield 2018 Trailer Coming Soon

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Last year, Electronic Arts made the announcement of bringing the next Battlefield title at the end quarter of 2018 in collaboration with EA Dice. Although no official details were spilled out yet, the game is supposed to be set during WWII era according to various rumors. If that is the case, then the series will return to its roots just like publisher company Activision did with their latest release Call of Duty: WWII. Or it can also be the long anticipated Battlefield: Bad Company 3.

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While all the speculation was hyping up about the next Battlefield game, Randy Evans of EA Dice’s senior video & media director have taken Twitter to announce that the untitled Battlefield 2018 trailer is on the way.

Now we know for sure that we indeed are getting a peak at Battlefield sequel very soon and that could probably be within a few weeks. As EA did it in the past, a better look at the game may be unveiled at the 2018 Game Developers Conference following the Battlefield 2018 reveal trailer. By the time they make the full gameplay reveal of the game, we might need to wait until E3 2018.

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Battlefield 1 Was WWI-Themed

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Battlefield series started its journey back in 2002 with Battlefield 1942, when the game was released for Mac and PC. Having a great history of the series, whatever EA and Dice are planning to bring us to the table, we are hoping the game will do a great fan-service. Because after the nightmarish experience with Star Wars Battlefront II loot box controversy and being replaced by Disney to make Star Wars games, Electronic Arts and EA Dice are badly in need for a point to move on.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

EA Play Brings Next Battlefield Game

For the past few months we've been hearing news flying around about Electronic Arts and EA Dice bringing an all-new entry to their first-person shooter Battlefield franchise in 2018, which was finally confirmed. Since Battlefield 1 is based on the era of World War 1, we only wonder what setting the upcoming title would choose. Reportedly, Electronic Arts is eventually going to bring the next Battlefield title to EA Play at E3 2018 convention.

Back in the days, EA was one of the most popular game publishers and made E3 great for everyone. But now that they have become more self-centered in the recent years, they created an event of their own. This way they can bring their newest or upcoming titles directly to their customers directly and sometime fans get the chance to try out these games months or years before they are available in stores for everyone.

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EA Play Brings Next Battlefield Game

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Although, EA mostly brings out the typical EA Sports games to EA Play at Los Angeles each year along with a few bunch of their other projects for players to try out for free, they occasionally brings out some very good games as well. Respawn Entertainment’s Titanfall 2 and EA Dice’s Star Wars Battlefront II from last year's event was impressive. Looks like this year, EA will finally showcase their upcoming Battlefield game at EA Play and would make it official for good.

EA announced that at EA Play 2018, the next Battlefield experience will be unveiled for all and there will be exclusive peak at BioWare’s Anthem, which was recently delayed. From June 9, Saturday, they will launch the event at Hollywood Palladium and will run till June 11, the day before the E3 2018. Tickets for EA Play will be out during spring and to ensure that everyone on board has a better experience to access their favorite games at the occasion; EA will implement a better ticketing system.

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EA Play Will Feature Anthem and The Sims 4

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While the announcement of EA Dice bringing next Battlefield game at EA Play is pretty exciting, the community of fans is still riddled about what title it's going to be? Currently, the internet has dubbed the newest entry of the series as either Battlefield 2018 or Battlefield 5. Some also suggested that the title might be Battlefield: Bad Company 3 and as par other reports, the game can be a title focused on WWII.

With the rise to fame of the new battle royale shooter games like Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, EA’s CEO Andrew Wilson is seemingly very enthusiastic about this popular genre and probably looking for something that can even be something like Battlefield: Battle Royale. Whatever the game turn out to be, it would probably be available on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with multiplayer option. We can only wait and watch as it all unfolds at EA Play 2018.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC Out Now

While Call of Duty: WWII have single handedly dominated the console gaming last year, Electronic Arts only released one DLC for their World War 1 based shooter Battlefield 1. They are trying to get back in the game once again with a new update for the aforementioned title and the fourth DLC game pack Apocalypse, which has new content, gadgets, maps and weapons but is currently accessible for some selective player base.

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Battlefield 1 Apocalypse DLC Out Now

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Below is the official trailer clip of Battlefield 1's newest DLC expansion pack Apocalypse in its iconic glory.

Apocalypse expansion pack brings five new maps for the Battlefield 1 players to explore. The Caporetto, Passchendaele and River Somme are three of the standard multiplayer maps. You play on an aircraft-only game mode on London Calling and Razor's Edge maps as they are specifically designed for Air Assault. Though the majority of the battle is just dogfights but that doesn't mean that giant Airships won't be popping out of nowhere to give you some more trouble.

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London Calling Map

The DLC pack brings few new tools on the table. There are weapons like RSC SMG, meat cleaver or handy prybar to use as melee weapon, AA Rocket Gun for the Assault class to damage enemy aircrafts. Plus, two bomber aircrafts Airco DH10 and Hansa Brandenburg GI will be at your disposal. Codex entries, dog tags, medals and ribbons are among the cosmetic items that you need to unlock and you got some new assignments as well.

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Brand-New Weapons

You can only get access to Apocalypse DLC if you own a Premium Pass or happen to have the Battlefield 1 Revolution Edition. Revolution got the whole base game along with access to all the DLC release in advance. The expansion will be available within the next two weeks for purchase and the date is March 6. However, the new update is necessary to download to play online even if you have the main game already.

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New Aircraft Hansa Brandenburg GI

Developed by EA DICE, Battlefield 1 is a first-person shooter released for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on October 21, 2016. Even though developer DICE isn't showing signs of giving up support for the game anytime soon, as far as confirmation goes, Apocalypse is going to be the last DLC for Battlefield 1. Besides, there was rumor for a new Battlefield game to be released at the end of 2018 but no official statement from EA was released yet.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

Rumor has it that, Electronic Arts might be on the brink of losing their privilege of making Star Wars games from now on as they are most probably losing their licensing agreement of the franchise with Disney. Back in 2012, Disney acquired Lucasfilm and shut down LucasArts division almost immediately because they were not very interested developing Star Wars games by themselves and decided to hand over the task to some established third-party instead.

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Disney to Replace EA for Star Wars Games

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At that time, EA was their top choice for a developer and publisher company to license the Star Wars franchise for making video games. So, an exclusive multi-year licensing agreement was signed by EA on 2013 with Disney and Lucasfilm to create a number of Star Wars games for all popular platforms out there. Since then, EA has released two Star Wars titles; Star Wars Battlefront (2015) and Star Wars Battlefront II (2017).

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Electronic Arts then acquired the developer studio of multiplayer first-person shooter games Titanfall and Titanfall 2, Respawn Entertainment all of a sudden for $151 million, while shutting down Visceral Games. Apparently, EA took charge of Respawn to finish working on a Star Wars title that formerly Visceral Games was developing. If the current rumor about Disney and EA splitting over is true, then the fate of that game will be quite uncertain.

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In accordance to the most current controversy EA has created by subtly forcing micro-transaction concept though in-game loot boxes in the recently released Star Wars Battlefront II has caused a great stir among the fan-base and they were repeatedly bashed at various social media for this insensitive move. Things escalated so bad with this issue that EA even lost market shares and even missed their sales target at the end of the year.

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Battlefront II Widespread Backlash

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Despite EA shutting down the pay-to-win progression system for then, the damage has been done and their reputation was ruined. With worldwide fan-outrage against them, Lucasfilm isn't looking very impressed as well and they are already looking for other big-name studios to handle the licensing deal from here. Most prominent candidates among the studios are Activision and Ubisoft by far but there is still no confirmation from any parties just yet.

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Even though the exact nature of Electronic Arts' licensing agreement with Disney and Lucasfilm isn't exactly very clear but looks like EA was in an exclusive publishing agreement with them and therefore, any other third-party developer studio can develop Star Wars games for EA to publish. However, given the fact that EA do not work with other companies that they do not own or have some sort of control over, it will be difficult for a company to work on that matter.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

If things would've been different, Star Wars Battlefront II could have been the successful action shooter video game everyone hoped for it to be. Instead, it becomes such an abomination of the series that the fans held in such high standards previously. All because of Electronic Arts’ (not-so) bright idea of introducing the concept of micro-transactions through in-game loot boxes and thus, causing massive fan outrage.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Missed Sales Targets

Recently, Chief Executive Officer Andrew Wilson of Electronic Arts have revealed their most anticipated release of last year, Battlefront II have failed to meet their expected sales target in their quarterly earnings conference call. EA expected to sell at least 10 million copies within the end of December, which is the third quarter of their 2018 fiscal year but so far, they have shipped only 9 million copies of the game and therefore they are one million copies short to meet the estimated sales target.

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According to Wall Street Journal, EA’s chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen states that they require to sell 1 million to 3 million units more within the end of March, the conclusion of the fiscal year. Even if they manage to do that somehow, Battlefront II will still remain behind the previous game of the series, Star Wars Battlefront that shipped over 14 million copies within 2016 fiscal year and was more appreciated by the fans than the current installment.

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When the much-controversial micro-transaction outrage hit EA in the face before the release of the game, they have removed it almost immediately and as a result, players cannot purchase the in-game currency of "Crystals Pack" or any other loot crates anymore. The company also said that they will eventually bring it back and Jorgensen reminded us that they are bringing the in-game purchase system in a few months when they deem fit.

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Needless to say that, the failing to meet sales target was largely because of the greedy attempts of EA to try and slip through the pay-to-win policy in-game. As for an AAA game developer, this move was pretty careless considering people already spending $60 for a full-priced game. At first, many have appreciated them for not including any overpriced season pass DLC but then players found out that Battlefront II has locked weapons and player upgrades after the Beta went public.

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Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Are Locked

Before the release of Star Wars Battlefront II, EA promised to include many fan-favorite and legendary Star Wars characters from all three trilogies of the series but then EA locked out classic characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker behind shady paywalls, which was a major disappointment for the dedicated fan-base of Star Wars franchise. Contents based on The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi movie could have added more attraction for the consumers if they hadn't done what they did.

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Although CEO Andrew Wilson denies it completely, rumor in the air is that, this move has also cost their previous tidy relationship with Disney. Back then, things escalated so much so after a post on Reddit caused the loot crate controversy that Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger had to step up right away and make EA back out of their of pay-to-win practices at that instant.

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Currently, Star Wars Battlefront II is available worldwide to play on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Despite considering all the shady moves Electronic Arts tried to pull for a few extra bucks, Battlefront II is pretty enjoyable and even without access of the legendary hero characters upfront, you can still have a good time playing the game and explore the Star Wars universe in your own way.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

Star Wars fans all over the world are currently having the best time of their life. Why, you may ask? Well, whenever a new Star Wars movie hits the theater, fans go crazy over it and literally have the best time of their life. So, with the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi this Friday, December 16, we can expect a little bit of fan-boy madness but that is not all. To keep par with this Star Wars season, Electronic Arts have released an update for Star Wars Battlefront II that ties into The Last Jedi.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Update for Star Wars Battlefront II

The Last Jedi Season for Star Wars Battlefront II is on right now and this update has brought playable characters like Rey, Finn and Captain Phasma of The First Order for multiplayer. The in-game event lets you take side with either The First Order or the New Republic. Based on your alliance, weekly faction quests will be given to you to earn rewards like Credits and Crafting Parts for next few weeks that will significantly help you to secure victory.

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One of the two maps that come along is a planet where the Resistance and First Order fighters take part in Galactic Assault that you have seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailers. Remember those massive AT-M6 walkers kicking up red dirt from the ground? Yup, that one it is. The second one is the Resistance's base D'Qar from Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, which is used as a Starfighter Assault arena.

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AT-M6 March on Crait

Developers from DICE and producers of Battlefront II thought it wise to add these locations into the game as they are already taking inspiration from the film and it will only make the tie-in more relevant. The update also adds a new vehicle called Tallie's A-Wing. All of these are part of a free DLC campaign titled Resurrection. EA also states that they did a lot of bug fixes and the online stability of the game is worked on.

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During this month, more events will be launched and new challenges will be thrown at you and it is not mandatory to complete the challenges before a new one comes. You have until the end of the season to get to your goal and do not have to follow any order to finish them. The update is already out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which would probably take 10 GB of your disk space depending on your gaming platform but if you are more curious to know about every single details of it then here goes the Patch Notes Released by EA.

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Galactic Assault Battle

The team at EA managed to stay true to the Star Wars universe and made it a fun game to play at the same time. So, all the current Star Wars Battlefront II players can jump into the frontline of the battle and those who came late should also get in without wasting a moment.