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Pachter: “Loot Box Debacle will Influence EA’s Behavior”

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The final piece on the Star Wars: Battlefront II loot box saga is finally here, ladies and gentlemen. Electronic Arts saw a lot of controversy this month alone, from closing down Visceral Games to a big scandal that saw government concern. This made a huge dent into Electronic Arts’ stock and it seems like this will be an influence for future practices.

According to our favorite Webdush Securities analyst, Michael Pachter, EA’s stock price drop comes as major competitors’ shares have gone up, and the overall market is up. He is confident that the whole Loot Box debacle will influence EA’s behavior.

In the interview he had with Polygon a few days ago, Pachter describes that EA got ahead of itself in presuming that MTX [microtransactions] would work equally well in all games. He made a comparison with the Loot Boxes in Battlefront 2 to those offered in Need for Speed: Payback.

Pachter also brings the Ultimate Team modes in EA Sports games. Which actually delivered over $800 Million USD in revenue annually. “In FIFA, the single-player game allows access to all players, and only the Ultimate Team multiplayer mode requires card collection,” Pachter said.

“The same is true of [Grand Theft Auto 5] vs. GTA Online, with the former having all content available and the latter (multiplayer) creating items for MTX purchases.”

However, reality changes once we focus on Star Wars: Battlefront 2, which has player progression influenced by the acquisition of Loot Boxes. This makes the game a pay to win scheme that relies on a huge game of chance.

Pachter mentions the fact that Overwatch has a better chance than Battlefront II because of the skins. While it may be a good point, I completely disagree, as the first Star Wars: Battlefront game had customization options for characters and heroes.

“I’m quite confident that this debacle will influence EA’s future behavior,” Pachter said. “Management will take this seriously, and will endeavor to handle MTX more elegantly in the future.” And we can certainly hope this is the case, hopefully with a better established regulation.

I always wanted to be a journalist who listens. The Voice of the Unspoken and someone heavily involved in the gaming community. From playing as a leader of a competitive multi-branch team to organizing tournaments for the competitive scene to being involved in a lot of gaming communities. I want to keep moving forward as a journalist.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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