'Battlefront II' under investigation in Belgium over loot crates

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'Battlefront II' under investigation in Belgium over loot crates

EA isn't only getting a lot of flak over Battlefront II's loot crates, it's also under investigation from Belgium's gambling authority. According to VTM Nieuws, the country's gaming commission is in the midst of taking a closer look at both Battlefront II and Overwatch, since add-on boxes that have to be purchased before you can see what's inside might constitute gambling. As Commission chairman Peter Naessens points out, random loot boxes are a game of chance.

Kids can build their own Star Wars video game with Bloxels

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Kids can build their own Star Wars video game with Bloxels

There are a whole host of apps and games that are aimed at teaching kids to code, but not all of them come with stellar IP partnerships. But that's just what Bloxels, Pixel Press's video game building system aimed at teaching kids how to be content creators, has. Today, Pixel Press and the toy company Mattel announced that the companies were partnering to release a Star Wars edition of Bloxels. You can buy it today for $50 at retailers nationwide.

Pixar’s VR debut takes you inside the entrancing world of ‘Coco’

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Pixar’s VR debut takes you inside the entrancing world of ‘Coco’

On November 22nd, Pixar is set to release its latest animated masterpiece. It's called Coco, and one of its central themes is Dia De Los Muertos, a Mexican holiday that honors the dead. To help promote the film, Pixar partnered with Oculus to produce its first-ever VR experience. Aptly named Coco VR, it was announced back in October, but is now available starting today for all Rift headsets (A Gear VR version will be out next week). I tried an early preview of it a few days ago and I found the experience to be whimsical, educational and, surprisingly, fun.

Your gaming skills could earn you a Drone Racing League contract

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Your gaming skills could earn you a Drone Racing League contract

So you want to be a professional drone racer? Then you should probably download Drone Racing League Simulator from Steam. To coincide with the game's official launch, watchmaker Swatch has announced it's sponsoring tryouts for the 2018 season, where top prize is a spot in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season and a $75,000 contract. We've seen this type of thing with Gran Turismo before but it'll never not feel kind of Last Starfighter-y.

'Assassin's Creed' producer is creating a new action game franchise

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'Assassin's Creed' producer is creating a new action game franchise

BioWare's Anthem isn't the only awe-inspiring action title on Electronic Arts' slate. According to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen, the company's Montreal-based studio Motive is building an original franchise with Assassin's Creed producer Jade Raymond, which features "a lot of new interesting gameplay that I don't think anyone's ever seen before." Details are currently scarce, but the game is expected to arrive in "fiscal [year] 2021," reports GI.biz.

MekaMon is an anime-styled battle bot you pilot with your phone

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MekaMon is an anime-styled battle bot you pilot with your phone

Between the success of shows like BattleBots and the amount of interest in last month's MegaBots debacle, it's pretty obvious that people really want to watch robots fight. But while watching two mechanical titans grapple can be satisfying, few things have captured the feel of the robot battles in video games and anime. Reach Robotics' $300 MekaMon, which launches today in the Apple Store, might be the closest we've seen to capturing that cyber-future ambience. Its bots can run and climb around the physical world while also using AR to add virtual weaponry for the full Japanese mech experience.