Enlarge When EA halted real-money transactions in Star Wars: Battlefront II remain month, the corporation said it was a interim change that would be reversed "at a succeeding date... alone after we've trumped-up changes to the game." Now, an EA executive suggests that next time for the transmit of microtransactions may never come. "Over eternity we'll inscription how we will hunger to bring the [microtransactions] either into the game or not and what construction we will decide to bring it into, " EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said in remarks to NASDAQ's investor conference earlier this week. That "or not" is the basic accepted letter that the in-game purchases, which were heavily integrated into the game's method transaction at first, might never come back.
Enlarge / All aboard the most bromidic VR bus ever. (credit: Gearbox/Dinosaur ) After roughly 22 years, one of the worst video games of all time, Desert Bus, finally has a sequel. In exact first-class dope for anybody who hears "notorious game's sequel" and flinches, this latest take, dubbed Desert Bus VR, is nowadays completely paper to own for Computer gamers, whether they own a virtual concrete headset or not. My "quick" blue book of the weird game, which launched on Nov 27, reveals something completetly price playing, if solitary to marvel at the gospel that this weird, VR-minded sequel really exists. The modern Desert Bus would enjoy launched in the mid-'90s as a mini-game tucked into Penn & Teller: Smoke & Mirrors, a comedy-minded Sega Disc game that never epigram an accredited commercial launch.
In "Safe Mode, " you peerless keep to apprehension about the philosophical implications of this eerie Soma monsters, not the risk of death. Developer Frictional Games has announced a latest "Safe Mode" for 2015's Soma, intended to grasp the title's horror atmosphere while removing the risk of in-game death. Much akin previous player-created mods commensurate "Wuss Mode, " Defended Income will sufferance the game's monsters and puzzles intact. Nevertheless while the Wuss Wealth mod simply false players unaffected to damage, the accredited Unharmed Means will besides nickels the in-game monsters' behaviour while protecting players from harm. "Our grounds has been for Protected Way to not endure conforming a cheat, on the contrary for it to be a positive hang-up of experiencing the game, " the developers wrote in an announcement.
Enlarge / When you boot Destiny 2, you'll peep disparate vignette shots that fact elapsed adventures, depending on whether you played the contemporary series. (credit: Bungie/Activision) Over the Thanksgiving weekend, the largest Destiny -related Reddit limited exploded with information that seemed to confirm an unadvertised limitation in the game Destiny 2. According to fan analysis, players of the always-online shooting game suffered from drops in intimacy mark (XP) accrual depending on what modes they played and for how long... without any in-game notice. This revelation was instantly followed by the game's developer, Bungie, confirming the discovery as accurate and promising a fix.
Enlarge On Sunday, the 2017 Formula 1 season drew to a speedy with the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. It was a deathly dead foot to a season that started with so even vow back in March. The series had a distinct owner, Freedom Media, which promised to blockade ignoring matters passion the Internet and 21st century. The cars were wider and had besides accept than seasons past. And there was the threat of actual competition between Mercedes-AMG and Ferrari as opposed to starting everyone contest weekend apprehensive that a conquest by the three-pointed star was a foregone conclusion. But repeated missteps by Ferrari after the summer gash proverb Lewis Hamilton clinch his fourth championship weeks ago, and the blue reality remains that scientific rules changes meant to better the racing didn't deliver anything of the sort.
Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend observe at tabletop games! Analysis gone our imperforate board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. How achieve you come next the most accepted board game ever made? In a area where three seperate versions of Smurfs Monopoly exist, Pandemic Legacy: Season One ( PL:S1 ) isn"t the biggest-selling game of all time-but it has topped the popularity charts at Board Game Geek owing to it was released. It"s as hurried to "universally loved" as it"s doable to pay for in this contrarian world. Read 23 remaining paragraphs | Comments
Say goodbye to all of your favourite MxM characters, like... uh... that one dude from City of Heroes, and... er... frog-person. (credit: NCSoft ) Korean sport studio NCSoft took an hours-before-Thanksgiving second to publicize defective announcement for fans of its most advanced game, Master X Master : the free-to-play (F2P) game, which onliest launched five months ago, is already about to moxie dark. The company's certified announcement, sent to all its players on Wednesday, blamed the online game's closure on "fail[ing] to connect with players." (That's a short action to sum up complaints from avid users about lag, spread out queues between matches, and issues with monetization and content grinding .
Enlarge / The pull of the Enforcement is capable with matters affection an impeccably rendered Millennium Falcon. (I mean, gosh, that's purty.) Nevertheless Star Wars: Battlefront II can't distemper over most of its failings. (credit: EA / DICE ) I've tried to confer the contemporary video game Star Wars: Battlefront II a prerrogative shake, and I tried to conclude so wrapped up three types of fandom, at that. I in fact dig Star Wars -and I've generally appreciated when the series has expanded its area in video game form. I'm a colossal fan of Cube as a creator of high-polish, massively multiplayer online shooters. And I attention 2015's reboot of the Star Wars: Battlefront game series was perfectly passable as an accessible online agility game.
Enlarge / Maybe Star Wars: Battlefront II won't get-up-and-go down in flames after a exceeding EA about-face. (credit: Electronic Arts ) Just hours before Star Wars Battlefront II 's retail begin Friday, Electronic Arts and developer Cube announced that they are "turning off all in-game purchases... and all circuit testament be earned over gameplay." The surprise announcement promises the competence to get in-game crystals (used to shop for randomized loot boxes full with in-game items) will go back "at a next date, " on the other hand "only after we've trumped-up changes to the game." "As we accession the worldwide launch, it's unpaid that multifarious of you feeling there are yet challenges in the design, " DICE Accepted Executive Oskar Gabrielson writes.
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