EA Battlefront Release Recap
It’s been a week of changes in regard to EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 with angry players taking to the internet to combat the game’s monetization tactics. For those who haven’t been following, here’s a quick timeline of the events that occurred this week:
Many are saying that this reaction may serve as a turning point for the games industry. EA’s response has shown the power that gamers can have when they band together in protest, and is also importantly showing that companies listen. While specific strategies have not been outlined on how the system will change in the future, this rollercoaster sets an interesting precedent for games to come.
Wednesday, Disney announced that they would be ending their partnership with Gazillion and as a result that the Marvel Heroes Games, free-to-play skill-based brawlers, would be shut down. This comes on the heels of the game developers missing several planned updates including a seasonal event and promotional heroes tied into the release of Marvel’s latest film, Thor: Ragnarok. While the game received mixed reviews initially, the developers continued to work over the years, bringing more characters and content, leading to a more positive sentiment.
A few weeks ago, Gamestop announced its new Power Pass program which would allow customers to check out one free video game at a time for the price of a $60, 6-month membership. At the end of that six month time period, players would get to choose one used game to keep. The Power Pass program was only online for a few days when Gamestop decided to pause it, due to unforeseen issues with distribution and stock. The likely cause was the immediate popularity of the program. Gamestop has announced that any current members of the program may return their current game, receive a full refund, and still keep one free used game.
This weekend, Minecraft will be hosting Minecraft Earth a streaming event with viewing locations/gatherings spread across the world in an attempt to make it easier for players to attend. The interactive live show will have information about updates coming to the game, interviews with creators, tournaments and more. The stream will be free for anyone who wants to watch it, and for those who want to get out and meet some Minecrafters in person, there’s a full list of viewing locations on the Minecraft website. This year, Minecraft is also letting users vote to determine which of four mobs will be added to the game after the convention. Finally, Minecraft has also added a few free items to their store related to Minecraft for users to check out.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 [All Platforms] – The highly anticipated next entry in the Battlefront series, currently receiving positive reviews from critics, but intensely negative user reviews.
Pokemon Ultra Sun/Ultra Moon [3DS] – Pokemon gears up for another trip around the Aloha region with new story elements and a few new Pokemon along the way. Initial reviews are very positive.
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim [Switch] – Skyrim may have released many years ago now, but it has finally become portable on the Nintendo Switch. Reviews are very positive.