Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Star Wars. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Star Wars: Clone Wars Voice Cast Returns for Battlefront II

Key voice actors from Star Wars: The Clone Wars series will reprise their roles for upcoming Star Wars Battlefront II content.

Fans of Star Wars hold Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated television series on high regard and thanks to the #BringBackCloneWars movement, we can now even hope for an upcoming Season 7 to release on Disney's streaming service.

Before the series return with an all-new glory, you have prior chance to get nostalgic with the involved cast. According to a recent announcement, some of the voice actors from the series are returning to their original roles for new content of action shooter game Star Wars Battlefront II.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars Voice Cast Returns for Battlefront II

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As one of their notable feature, Battlefront II offers players to assume the role of popular Star Wars characters from prequel, original and sequel trilogies, thus bridging all three era of the franchise aside from a unique playable campaign.

Expansions and updates released for the game till date includes a limited time Ewok Hunt game mode in Night on Endor from Return of the Jedi and Han Solo content to celebrate the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story movie earlier this year.

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Star Wars: Clone Wars Returns

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Back in June, developer EA DICE and publisher Electronic Arts decided to include new content for the game related to Clone Wars, which essentially bridges the three years gap between Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith movie.

The four voice actors from the original series; James Arnold Taylor, Matt Lanter, Corey Burton and Matthew Wood would return to voice for Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku and General Grievous respectively in the Clone Wars DLC.

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Clone Wars to Takeover Star Wars Battlefront II

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If you have looked at the track record of Star Wars Battlefront II, then you already know that the game received heavy backlash even before the release for including loot boxes and micro-transactions, which even caused their stock price to drop.

Including a Clone Wars DLC featuring the original voice casts from the TV show not only brings new level of detail to the game but also intensifies the hype (Darth Vader's heavy breathing sound) of the upcoming season that still awaits an official release date.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

September 2018 brings free games like Lego Star Wars III and Monster World to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

We are almost near the end of August and a new lineup of free games for Xbox Live Gold is waving at the subscribers to welcome them on the month of September. Gold members can enjoy all of these new titles for a limited time while it lasts.

Just like last month, two of these games are for Xbox One and the remaining two from Xbox 360 platform but can still be played on Microsoft's modern console using backward compatibility. Meanwhile, you can still grab July’s free Games With Gold.

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Xbox Live Gold Free Games for September 2018

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Before going in for more details, we want you to take a look at Games with Gold lineup on September 2018 for Xbox One.




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Prison Architect
First off, we have a prison simulation game, Prison Architect where you are in the role of construction and management of a max-security private penitentiary. From laying out grand designs for the facility to hiring stuff members for running it, you gotta do it all.

There will be riots, fire and even difficult hostage situation that needs to be taken care of wisely and this game tests if you are the right man for the job. This one will be available on Xbox One from September 1 to 30.

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Prison Architect on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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Livelock
Up next, Livelock takes you into a war of the machines where you pick one from three different class of Catalyst, Hex or Vanguard before going to battlefield to enjoy a 3 player co-op to save humanity.

This top-down multiplayer shooter from developer Tuque Games may seem to resemble quite a lot like the Diablo series in terms of gameplay and is no less fun either. Starting from September 16, you will be able to access the game from September 16 on your Xbox One till October 15.

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Livelock on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
To give you a flavor of Star Wars love, LEGO brings you action-adventure title LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars, based on the "The Clone Wars" animated show. Experience a tour around the galaxy to stop the Separatist army, engaging in boss fights and exploring space but amusingly in LEGO style, which is even more fun.

There are around 20 story-based missions within this game that no other LEGO game could offer you and you can get it within September 1 to 15 on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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LEGO Star Wars III on Xbox Live Gold Free Games

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At last, a blast from the past comes in the form of an anthology that captures the magic of three classic RPG titles in Sega Vintage Collection: Monster Worlds. This is a great chance to revisit Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World and Monster World IV, which was exclusive to Japan till now.

Onwards September 16 to the end of the month, you can indulge yourself into some retro adventure of Wonder Boy franchise on your Xbox One or Xbox 360 consoles.

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Considering all of these great titles mentioned above for free and an advanced multiplayer experience, an Xbox Live Gold membership deserves a shot. Don't forget the exclusive discount offers in Microsoft Store against your monthly subscription that comes with it.

This month alone offers you $69.96 worth of free games and while a few days of August still lasts, members still have access to For Honor, Forza Horizon 2 and Disney Epic Mickey 2 from last month's lineup.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II Removes Emperor Palpatine

Following a recent update on last week, Emperor Palpatine is removed from Star Wars Battlefront II for now.

Last year's action shooter game Star Wars Battlefront II from EA Dice and Electronic Arts was one of the most hyped titles before release for adding characters from all three trilogies of films but was heavily bashed later for locking them behind pay-walls. Developers and publishers have eventually come to settlement with the fanbase and players were able to play with Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and many others. However, a recent update has apparently removed Emperor Palpatine from the game.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Removes Emperor Palpatine

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There is no doubt that director George Lucas has created a sci-fi phenomenon of ages with his Star Wars movie series. Many of the characters from the lore become renowned pop-culture icons over years and the antagonists of this franchise are no less popular than the good guys. One such fellow is Emperor Sheev Palpatine of the Galactic Empire and he was part of Battlefront II as well. Scoring a certain amount of points let the players unlock him from the roster.

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Just like how audience discovered Palpatine to be a menacing villain in The Empire Strikes Back, he proved to be a very powerful character in the game too. His remarkable ability to use Force-Lightning for electrocuting enemies in the battlefield turns out to be chargeable through walls, which gives players an unfair advantage over opponents. Then he was nerfed down so that he couldn't do intangible attacks. An update on July 4th was about to tune it right but ended up removing him.

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Emperor Palpatine’s Force Lightning

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Many players and YouTuber communities initially believed that the update probably brought back his previous zapping abilities, even though it was actually designed to work better with close range enemies. EA Dice responded throughout official forums saying, Palpatine is currently removed and despite this being a huge decision to keep him from the game, the Sith Lord will not be deployed again until they can come up with a tweak that take cares of the problem.

"We plan to execute our Kill Switch (KS) for him. This means he will be removed from the game. He will be disabled until a hotfix can be deployed. We don’t take this decision lightly, but we feel it is in the best interest for everyone until a fix can be deployed."

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It has been a week players haven't seen or heard from The Emperor and nor are they sure when will he return again to Battlefront II in full form because currently, he is still available to play offline. Unfortunately, it looks like Darth Sidious himself has gotten under his infamous Order 66 by Dice for now. Bringing changes to online games for balance is nothing new but the way EA has been handling matters related to Star Wars Battlefront II from the start is quite ridiculous.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Xbox Game Pass Adds Classic Star Wars Games

The Force is Strong with Xbox Game Pass this June as some Xbox and Xbox 360 titles got you covered.

If you have played Star Wars Battlefront II and watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi from last year but still yearning for more Star Wars, then you may need a dose of some classic titles and Xbox Game Pass has just the thing for you. From June 1, you are going to be treated with four fan-favorite games to celebrate one year anniversary of Microsoft's online-based gaming subscription service. If you do not own a membership, you can just start over by trying out a 14-day Free Trial right away!

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Xbox Game Pass Adds Classic Star Wars Games

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For a $9.99 only per month, you can subscribe for the service and enjoy a vast number of games from many genres from a single library of collection.

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
Players assume the role of a Jedi from three different character classes in this iconic role-playing game from developer BioWare. KTOR tasks you to save Galactic Empire from the threat of Darth Revan's former trainee Darth Malak. Not only saving the Jedi Order is up to you but your actions heavily affect in-game plot to progress in this turn-based epic release. Aided by two companions at your side, you unlock mastery over skills or Force powers as you level-up playing the game.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
When Emperor Palpatine sends his apprentice Darth Vader after Jedi Kento Marek on Kashyyyk following the events of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, he took the Force-sensitive child of his fallen opponent Galen Marek to be his own pupil. Taking an alias of "Starkiller", you go after all remaining Jedi on behalf of your master and then someday killing The Emperor to rule the galaxy alongside your mentor. This one is your ticket to become a bad-ass villain the universe will tremble against.

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II on Xbox Game Pass

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II
Starkiller is back again but he is not exactly who you think and it sounds quite confusing of course. He escapes from Kamino looking for his love interest Juno Eclipse after a vision of his former master Darth Vader starts haunting him. To save her, you will have to outrace galaxy's best bounty hunter Boba Fett from finding her first. You can either choose the path of righteousness and play for the Light Side or just let the Dark Side consume you as you destroy everything that stands in your path.

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Xbox Game Pass

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Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
You enter the game to explore all six episodes from Star Wars saga and collect Gold Bricks as you do. It's you chance to re-live the entire franchise but presented in a less serious tone like any other release from Lego. Keep your search for those bricks from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi and you may end up finding all of them while having some fun doing it throughout 36 different levels. This action-adventure title is designed to entertain you and any young members from your family.

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We are not saying that you have to be pleased with only a few classic Star Wars games with Xbox Games Pass. In fact, you can get a lot more because they recently added newer releases like Mega Man Legacy Collection 2, MotoGP 17, The Technomancer and Wasteland 2: Director's Cut as well. Their catalogue of game collection already has more than over 150 titles already and is only expanding. Some of those backwards compatible games now features support 4K support and are Xbox One X enhanced.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Star Wars Battlefront II: Han Solo Season

To celebrate the release of upcoming stand-alone movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, Star Wars Battlefront II is bringing a brand-new content for fans. The movie is set to come out on May 25 and ahead of its release, EA Dice is introducing the Han Solo Season. In his time, Solo played the role of a scoundrel as well as the hero and now, you can do them both. With a few different maps, modes and skins, this season will bring back galaxy’s favorite smuggler to the world of Battlefront for good.

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Star Wars Battlefront II: Han Solo Season

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This isn't Electronic Arts' first time of focusing on the release of a new Star Wars movie to develop content for Battlefront II. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie came out on the horizon, they released The Last Jedi Season which also had tie-in with Star Wars: The Force Awakens through an additional campaign called Resurrection. It not only expanded the story of former Stormtrooper turned protagonist Iden Versio but also fixed many narrative cliffhangers.

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On their official website, EA announced for this new update recently after they just wrapped up a limited time Ewok Hunt mode. It pitted players as teams of Stormtroopers or the Ewoks and all they did was trying to hunt each other down from shadows. Though it had no story to add to the lore and mostly created for fun, we believe Han Solo Season will be much more hearty and meaningful over that context. Because, if the future father of Kylo Ren is involved, it cannot be nonsense!

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Boussh The Bounty Hunter Gear

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A map of Jabba’s Palace will be added to Battlefront II but what we don't know is that if this will be as same as the one we saw in Outer Rim DLC from EA’s first Battlefront game. It is also possible that we may discover new locations and layout. You can set foot on Jabba’s Palace in three different modes; Blast, Hero Showdown or Heroes vs. Villains. Return of the Jedi version of skins for Leia and Lando Calrissian are also added to the Han Solo Season. Moreover, Boussh the bounty hunter gear is up for grabs with enough credits or crystals.

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Hero Showdown is the newest mode added to the game and is much similar to what Heroes vs. Villains is. Just like the classic duo of Han and Chewbacca, players will join in action as teams of two. It also allows for you to break established canon by creating pairs of Captain Phasma and Darth Vader or Finn and Yoda. This new season also convey a custom Starfighter mode to hone your flying skills by practicing against virtual enemies.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Comes on May 25

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EA's action shooter Star Wars Battlefront II is available now on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. New skins and appearances are part of this update, which doesn't affect your gameplay at all and thanks to last year's micro-transaction fan outrage. Despite being quite a prominent character in Han Solo's entire tale and the live-action film, sadly, there will not be a Donald Glover version of skin for Lando this time. However, this content will hopefully bring back the Star Wars fanboys home when it arrives on May 16.

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.

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

Following the recent backlash from the dedicated fans over the micro-transaction system in the Star Wars Battlefront II game to unlock prominent characters of the series like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Electronic Arts experiences drop on their stock price. It was EA DICE's attempt to reboot the Star Wars Battlefront franchise with the second title of the series but enraged players worldwide has bashed them over the social media platform of Reddit for their shady practices and progression system.

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Battlefront II Controversy Hurts EA Stock Price

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Plus, one of their insensitive response regarding “pride and accomplishment” toward the issue has set the whole fan-base ablaze, leading many people cancelling their pre-orders for Battlefront II and many sending refund requests to EA. Aside from that, where millions of people were eagerly waiting to get their hands on the game are now bashing the game and its publisher for such greedy approach.

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To bring the increasingly worse situation under control as soon as possible, Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger had to step up and make EA back out of their of pay-to-win practices. Lately, Disney was already having trouble with directors of their upcoming movies based on the Star Wars universe been quitting over creative differences with the studio every now and then, and having a hassle to get everything back on track.

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Plus, they have the release of Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi right on the horizon and the studio clearly don't want to be involved in any other controversy regarding the franchise before the film comes out. EA had no other option but to comply as Disney owns both Lucasfilm and the rights to Star Wars. So, they announced that they are backing out of the plan of Battlefront II‘s micro-transactions.

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However, Disney's involvement in this issue was not the only thing that shook EA to the core. Recently, the record-setting negativity over Battlefront II also grabbed the attention of Wall Street investors and EA suffers a 2.5 percent drop at their stock price by Friday, November 17. This is also the day when Star Wars Battlefront II saw its release on the market and there is no denying that it affected them.

Star Wars Battlefront II is out now and available to play for all on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Since the game belongs to the Star Wars universe, it can still do well but developers need to make proper and permanent changes to the game before that. The idea of pay-to-win is sickening the video game market as big-time companies are getting more and more interested to it but the protest from the fans have showed that Battlefront II was meant for the Star Wars community, not to become another money making machine for EA.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

We are only a few days away from Electronic Arts' upcoming action shooter release of Star Wars Battlefront II on this Friday, November 17. However, instead of being awfully hyped for the game, the entire gaming community is raging over EA's sneaky attempt of promoting in-game micro-transactions for unlocking popular characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker of the franchise.

RELATED: Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

These days, anyone would hate to pay extra for gaining access to loot boxes through micro-transactions after purchasing the full game against their money. So, when a player discovers after getting his hands on the game that Luke and Vader are unlockable characters, he urged people to cancel their pre-orders.

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Reddit Bashed EA Over Battlefront II Loot Boxes

One of the estimate by another player shows that one should spend 40 hours of playtime on Battlefront II to unlock Luke or Vader, in exchange for credits needed to get the heroes. One of the representatives from Electronic Arts tries reaching out the community by responding as such Reddit:

"The intent is to provide players with a sense of pride and accomplishment for unlocking different heroes.
As for cost, we selected initial values based upon data from the Open Beta and other adjustments made to milestone rewards before launch. Among other things, we're looking at average per-player credit earn rates on a daily basis, and we'll be making constant adjustments to ensure that players have challenges that are compelling, rewarding, and of course attainable via gameplay.
We appreciate the candid feedback, and the passion the community has put forth around the current topics here on Reddit, our forums and across numerous social media outlets.
Our team will continue to make changes and monitor community feedback and update everyone as soon and as often as we can."
Subtly confirming that the 40 hours of playtime estimation was right, the response on the Battlefront subreddit did not go very well as fans took their anger and frustration over EA, making it the most downvoted comment in history of Reddit with a smashing -638,669 downvotes. Basically every other person who was looking forward to the release of Star Wars Battlefront II is taking their dig at EA on Reddit after they responded with a lame excuse.

Now, there are valid reasons for people to get angry over this. First of all, people who do not want to spend anymore dollars on the game's micro-transactions will have to play the game for two days just to unlock one of their favorite characters, which can only be unlocked within two minutes if they drop some cash. So, this is actually getting locked up behind a hidden pay-wall.

Star Wars Battlefront II is expected to release this Friday, November 17 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Hopefully, EA will take notes from this harsh criticism from gamers and make necessary changes to the final game before the launch for good.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

EA's upcoming first person shooter Star Wars Battlefront II is about to release within a few more days but controversies have already started to hit the fan. Battlefront II Beta went public a few weeks back, players discovered there are locked weapons and player upgrades for money in the game’s multiplayer mode, which led them to criticize Battlefront II's progression system.

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Star Wars Battlefront II Micro-Transactions Outrage

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As this wasn't enough, a player who pre-ordered the game has discovered that classic Star Wars characters like Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker aren't unlocked at the beginning. It is no news that among all the characters from the Star Wars saga, Luke and Vader are the most popular and many of the players who pre-ordered Star Wars Battlefront II or was looking forward for this one expected to have them already unlocked as playable characters.

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Those who already played the game during the pre-release trial have calculated some estimated time period for players to unlock their favorite heroes. Since an average of multiplayer match will earn you 250-350 credits for 10-15 minutes of playing, it appears that you need to spend at least 40 hours your playtime to unlock Luke and Vader, because they require 60,000 credits each. Characters like Chewbacca and Princes Leia will cost you 40,000 credits, which is considerably less.

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Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker Aren't Unlocked

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What else you can do to skip that is to spend your money to buy virtual "Loot Boxes" that contains in-game currency to unlock your favorite hero characters. We all who thought that EA has done a great job by avoiding overpriced season pass DLC model can now see that they will actually make a huge sum by simply putting popular characters of Battlefront II behind paywalls.

Just so that you can compare the price to hour ratio, here is a Tweet that shows the calculation for you.



Naturally, this upsets a lot of people as not many of them thinks that 40 hours of gameplay to unlock a single character is worth it. This move by EA has raised many theories by the fans and some thinks that this absolutely ridiculous grind was meant to encourage the trend of micro-transaction purchases in-game. Battlefront II is currently available to play on EA Access and that means, a handful of gamers who are paying for EA’s monthly gaming service will get an advantage over other players.

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Sadly, we cannot help but agree with this point. Because, what's the point in spending $60 full-price for one of the eagerly awaited sequel that has its main attraction locked behind walls that unlocks with more money or extensive playtime? We have to wait to see how it all turns out after its scheduled launch for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on this Friday.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Electronic Arts Acquires Respawn Entertainment

Video game developer Respawn Entertainment studio is widely known for their creation of first-person shooter games like Titanfall, Titanfall 2 and Titanfall: Assault. Fans of the Titanfall franchise know how proficient they are in making brilliant games. Apparently, Electronic Arts also thinks the same. So, this Thursday, EA has officially announced that they have bought development studio Respawn Entertainment for good.

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Electronic Arts Acquires Respawn Entertainment

According to the press release, EA has spent $151 million cash, another $164 million in stock and a variable earnout of about $140 million to Respawn for this deal. Respawn is already working on a new Titanfall game, a virtual reality first-person combat experience project aiming on a 2019 release date for Oculus and then there is an unnamed third-person action adventure EA game set on Star Wars Universe.

Here's what Vince Zampella, CEO of Respawn Entertainment has to say about this deal on a Blog post.

"While it wasn’t necessary, going with EA made a lot of sense. With Titanfall and Star Wars, EA has been a great development partner that supports us and doesn’t interfere with our process for making games or studio culture."

For years, both EA and Respawn Entertainment has been in a good business relationship and since the latter is more than capable of making big-bucks for them by producing new games, they thought it would be wise to take the studio under their wings. Respawn's founder Vince Zampella and Jason West were former Activision employee, who were responsible for the creation of Call of Duty franchise.

Back in 2010, Activision fired both West and Zampella after filing a lawsuit alleging that they were working to establish a new studio with Electronic Arts. It all came to settlement among the companies but West left while Zampella remained as the CEO. When Respawn is founded, EA has published their game Titanfall and it managed to blow everyone's mind. Then they got more experienced and got craftier with the sequel; Titanfall 2.

The good news from this deal is that, after EA's takeover, Respawn's current projects in development will be continued uninterruptedly as it was going. Most of time a company takeover like this one results in uncertain fate for current games on progress and job cuts for employees. Moreover, Respawn will now have access to EA's knowledge, resources, support and more creative control over their projects.