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EA Changes Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Boxes

Following negative feedback in the Star Wars Battlefront 2 beta about the loot box system, EA has made several changes. The main complaint during the beta was players saying that the loot-box system felt like a pay-to-win mechanic as players could pay for the chance to receive high-level weaponry and powerups that could otherwise only be obtained through leveling. In an almost complete reversal of this mechanic, EA has removed Epic Star cards and most weapons from crates entirely. This means that in order to unlock these items, usersare going to have to play the game. Initial reactions to the announcement of this change have been very positive.  Star Wars Battlefront 2 launches later this month on November 17th.

Spelunky 2 Announced

The original Spelunky was an indie smash hit platformer that focused around an Indiana Jones style adventurer fighting through a procedurally-generated, deadly cartoon temple. It’s been over 9 years since the original game’s release and after this initial trailer, fans are very excited. The footage doesn’t show much, but it does let us know that the main character of the new game will be the child of Spleunky’s original protagonist. No word on an official release date, but we do know the game will have console exclusivity on PS4.

Blizzcon Begins

Blizzard’s annual convention kicks off at 10:30 today with the pre-show for the opening ceremonies. The opening ceremonies live stream will begin at 11AM PDT and will contain updates about Blizzard’s major titles. Players have been speculating for weeks now that a new hero will be announced for Overwatch, and they won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Blizzcon also includes a series of tournaments for both Heroes of the Storm and Hearthstone.  The schedule can be found here. We will be providing a brief Blizzcon update later on to cover the main announcements that were made.

New Insomniac Spiderman Trailer

Spiderman PS4 may not be coming out until 2018, but Insomniac games revealed another in-game trailer for the title at Paris Games Week. Players’ excitement has continued to grow for this title with the reception being highly positive following the new trailer’s release. No new details regarding gameplay or mechanics were released, but more is certainly coming early next year.

Super Mario Odyssey Becomes Fastest Selling Mario Title

It comes as no surprise with the rave reviews it’s been getting (currently holding a 97 on metacritic), Super Mario Odyssey has become the fastest selling Mario game of all time. The game has already sold over 1.1 million units in the US alone, passing the previous record held by New Super Mario Brothers on Wii. With the holidays coming up, Nintendo’s prospects are only looking up.

Notable Releases:

Call of Duty WWII [All Platforms] – The first-person-shooter series Call of Duty returns to its roots in World War II.