Daybreak gives PS3 version of DC Universe Online 3 months to live

The DC Universe Online dev plans to shut down the PS3 version of the F2P MMO game on January 31st, 2018 in order to ‘focus our resources on further optimizing the game for PlayStation 4.’ …

from Gamasutra News

EA CEO Addresses Loot Crates And Pay-To-Win Concerns

One of the most resounding pieces of feedback about Star Wars: Battlefront II‘s beta was around the game’s implementation of loot boxes. Some voiced concerns about being able to spend money to acquire higher level items that would give them an advantage on the battlefield. EA quickly responded to this feedback and just today outlined its plans for how it plans to keep Battlefront II from becoming a pay-to-win experience.

And during an earnings call today, EA CEO Andrew Wilson responded further about loot boxes and pay-to-win. He started off by saying the feedback around Battlefront II generally–about its campaign, multiplayer, and more–is “very, very positive.” People voiced their feedback about loot boxes, and Wilson pledged that EA is listening and will adjust the experience as needed to do what it can to ensure a balance playing field. He also pointed out that Battlefront II is not the only game dealing with loot box controversy.

“There was the conversation around loot boxes, which is not a Star Wars: Battlefront II-specific conversation but more one that the industry is having with players across the global community,” he explained. “And we are engaged in that conversation, engaging with our players on a daily basis as we think about that.”

One element of the issue is the idea of value, Wilson said. “In a world where a player pays $60 for a game, will there also be value in the ongoing digital ecosystem that comes for many years?” Wilson said.

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A big change from the 2015 Battlefront reboot is that the sequel has much more content (three times as much, EA says), and it won’t be locked behind a season pass–because Battlefront II’s DLC will be free. Wilson said EA feels “very good about overall value proposition” for Battlefront II, and this includes the microtransaction system that EA is expecting will make up the lack of revenue from a season pass.

Instead of a season pass, Battlefront II will make extra money from “event-driven live services,” Wilson said. One part of this is content from Star Wars: The Last Jedi coming to Battlefront II this holiday around the time the new movie comes out.

He pointed out that almost everything that you can spend money to acquire in Battlefront II can also be unlocked through normal gameplay, so the microtransactions are a way for players to speed up their progress.

Avoiding a pay-to-win situation is important for EA. “Balance and fairness inside of gameplay is very important to our community and it’s very important to us as a benchmark to which DICE builds games,” Wilson said.

He added that EA is constantly thinking about things like what you can earn versus what you can buy and how to manage progression through that process. EA has already announced changes to the loot box system following the beta, and Wilson said EA plans to have a “daily dialogue” with fans “for many years to come.”

The game’s microtransactions are a way for players to “enhance and extend” their experience with Battlefront II, but you don’t need to spend money to enjoy the game, Wilson said. “What we’ve got with a core base game that’s three times the size, what would have been previously gated behind season passes is now free for all users with a focus on keeping the community together,” he explained.

Star Wars Battlefront II releases for PC, PS4, and Xbox One on November 17. For more on the shoot sequel, you can check out the game’s launch trailer here.

from GameSpot

New Justice League Movie Teaser Trailer Shows Batman’s Evolution Since Dawn Of Justice

With Justice League, a new chapter in the story of Batman will be revealed on the big screen. In a new teaser featurette from the film, stars Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot discuss the Dark Knight shedding his role as the sole protector of Gotham, thanks to a much bigger threat than he can handle alone.

“Batman, for the first time, understands he can’t do this for himself,” Gadot, who reprises her role as Wonder Woman, says. While that may be a hard pill for the Caped Crusader to swallow, it’s a necessary one. The movie’s villain, Steppenwolf, has his sights set on destroying the entire world. A threat of that magnitude is going to cause a very important change in Batman.

“We see the evolution of a new Batman,” Affleck says. “He’s moved on from lone vigilante to recruiter and leader.” This character rising to the role of leader of the Justice League, after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw him not playing well with other heroes, is a solid arc for the character.

However, recruiter is the most important part Batman–of his alter ego Bruce Wayne–could take on in the film, though. While Wonder Woman has already joined the cause, bringing Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and The Flash (Ezra Miller) onto the team could be a bit difficult. After all, all three look to be fairly new in their superhero careers.

Still, the question of Superman (Henry Cavill) looms large over both the team and the movie as a whole. What will happen to the makeup of the Justice League once the Man of Steel makes his eventual return? While he and Batman may have settled their differences once the dust was settled in Dawn of Justice, Superman doesn’t seem like the type who would be willingly led by anyone.

Whatever the case, as the characters of Justice League continue to be revealed in these featurettes–previously, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Wonder Woman have all gotten their own teasers–the team becomes more defined heading into their fight. Justice League is in theaters on November 17.

from GameSpot

Nintendo Switch SD Cards Giveaway

We teamed up with SanDisk to give away new official Nintendo®-licensed SanDisk microSDXC cards for Nintendo Switch:

  • 2x 64 GB microSDXC
  • 2x 128 GB microSDXC

Four (4) winners will be chosen after the competition ends Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at 5:00PM PT. Entry is open to US residents only, void where prohibited.

Enter below (the additional entries are optional to increase your chances of winning):

SanDisk® microSDXC™ memory card for Nintendo Switch™ Video Game System

With the new officially Nintendo®-licensed SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch, gamers can count on reliable storage to download more digital games and content, and take it all on the go. Available in either 64GB or 128GB options, the cards offer quick and easy expanded memory to keep players’ favorite digital games in one place so they are ready for game time anytime. The new licensed cards are certified to work with Nintendo Switch system, and deliver transfer rates of up to 100MB/s, to load games quickly for consistent, high-performance game play. The SanDisk microSDXC card for Nintendo Switch is backed by a lifetime limited warranty so games always have a dependable space to call home.

from GameSpot

Destiny 2 Curse Of Osiris DLC Increases The Level Cap

As you might expect, the first Destiny 2 DLC expansion, Curse of Osiris, will raise the game’s level cap. That applies to both the standard player level and Power levels, according to new details shared by Activision and Bungie.

Following Curse of Osiris’s announcement during Sony’s Paris Games Week showcase, the companies shared additional details at the event, Eurogamer reports. Players will be able to reach level 25 (up from the current cap of 20) and Power level 330 (up from 300). Presumably that means you’ll be able to make it to Power level 335 through the use of mods, as you can reach 305 now.

Additionally, a new female Ghost named Sagira will be introduced who used to belong to Osiris. She’s voiced by Morena Baccarin, who’s best known for her roles in Firefly, Deadpool, and Gotham. We’ll also see the return of Brother Vance, who was featured in the original Destiny.

Bungie also revealed that the PS4-exclusive Crucible map coming in Curse of Osiris is called Wormhaven. It’s set in Titan’s New Pacific Arcology area and will eventually be released on Xbox One and PC, but likely not until late next year at the earliest.

Curse of Osiris itself releases for all platforms on December 5. It will be sold on its own and as part of the game’s season pass.

from GameSpot