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Disney May Have Pushed EA to Pull Battlefront II Pay-to-Win Loot System Last Week

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Last week, EA found itself in hot water as the official launch of Star Wars: Battlefront II approached. After first attempting to justify making players spend 40 hours unlocking a single hero, the company slashed hero prices, cut rewards and put a time-limited lockout on how many credits you could earn in a day when using Arcade Mode (undoing the impact of slashing prices), and appeared resolute in the face of mounting criticism. Battlefront II…

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Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 Drains the Battery While Gaming, Even When Plugged In

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Microsoft announced its refreshed Surface Book 2 last week, it was quite clear about how it wanted to position the product. “This is a desktop,” Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate VP of devices, declared. “For many, this is likely the most performant desktop they have ever seen.” Apparently Panay was working with a different definition of “performant” than the rest of us, however, because the Surface Book 2’s true stand-out feature this time around isn’t…

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EA Reverses Itself, Temporarily Removes Pay-to-Win Mechanics From Battlefront II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. As late as yesterday afternoon, EA appeared firmly committed to its decision to release Star Wars Battlefront II with a pay-to-win system that had been slammed from every quarter. An explosion of gamer fury last Sunday over the idea of spending 40 hours to unlock a new hero had pushed it to reduce hero costs when purchased with in-game credits, but the development team had also cut how many credits you earned from the single-player…

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The Nintendo Switch, SNES Classic Just Beat the Snot Out of Sony, Microsoft

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. If a report from the NPD Group is accurate, Nintendo is eating Sony and Microsoft’s lunch in the United States. The Switch was the #1 selling console in October, while the Nintendo SNES Classic is #2. Add in 3DS sales, and the Nintendo Empire supposedly accounted for a stunning 66 percent of video game hardware sold in the US in October. Nintendo cheekily notes that the US console hardware market broke one million units in…

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Battlefront II Investigated in Belgium as EA’s Reddit AMA Bombs

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. EA has been playing defense on Star Wars Battlefront II for nearly a week. While early coverage of the game was positive, highlighting deeper multiplayer and a genuine single-player story, things have changed in the run-up to launch. Players were extremely unhappy to discover that it could take 40 hours to unlock heroes, and EA’s initial response to this absolutely didn’t help. While the company has slashed the cost of major heroes, follow-up stories have…

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EA Frantically Defends Loot Crates in Battlefront II as Gamers Strike Back

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Electronic Arts, America’s most-beloved game publisher, ran face-first into controversy earlier this week when a player looking forward to Battlefront II dared to touch the most fearsome Dark Side power of them all: Math. When EA was initially asked to justify why it would take up to 40 hours of gameplay to unlock major heroes like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker, EA responded with a meaningless word salad that amounted to “So?” Later, a member…

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It could take 40 hours to unlock a single hero in Star Wars Battlefront II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm has revitalized the Star Wars franchise, and EA has been taking advantage of that with a new round of Star Wars games. Star Wars Battlefront launched just as Star Wars fever was peaking for the release of Episode VII, and now Battlefront II is set to drop in a few days. However, testers of the game allege EA has taken the microtransactions too far. Yes, even for EA. Apparently, those who…

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