Han Solo Season For Star Wars Battlefront II Introduces New Modes

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Han Solo Season For Star Wars Battlefront II Introduces New Modes

After having redesigned and relaunched its progression system; EA has announced a Han Solo season of content starting May 16 in advance of the Solo: A Star Wars Story movie hitting theaters in wide release on May 25.

The new content is set in the original trilogy first before unveiling content "inspired" by the movie later in June.

New locations in Jabba's palace (map snapshots below), a new Hero Showdown mode, Legendary appearances for Lando (skiff guard) and Leia (Boushh) that cost crystals or credits, and a Starfighter custom arcade mode are a few of the season's highlights announced by EA to kick things off, with more coming after the movie comes out.

Rage 2, Just Cause 4, Splinter Cell, Gears Of War 5 & More Appear As Online Pre-Orders

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Rage 2, Just Cause 4, Splinter Cell, Gears Of War 5 & More Appear As Online Pre-Orders

A number of new titles, many announced, many unannounced, recently appeared on Walmart.com offering big hints at upcoming reveals, like a sequel to Rage (above).

Retailers frequently open up SKUs for games it assumes will be coming soon, so it is fair to emphasize that these listings should be looked at with skepticism. Presumably, the listings below will be removed soon, but as of this writing, you can find them here.

Many of the games on the list, like Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Last of Us 2, Super Smash Bros., and others are confirmed, even if we don't know a whole lot about them. Some of the big surprises, which may be meant to be E3 reveals, are Rage 2, Gears of War 5, Destiny Comet, Splinter Cell, and Just Cause 4. There are also curious listings like Final Fantasy VII Remake (is it no longer an episodic release? Is it closer than we think?), Assassin's Creed (is it a remake of the original for modern consoles? A remaster?), and Dragon Quest 2 (a remake of the NES classic?).

Rage 2, Just Cause 4, Splinter Cell, Gears Of War 5 & More Appear As Online Pre-Orders

about X hours ago from
Rage 2, Just Cause 4, Splinter Cell, Gears Of War 5 & More Appear As Online Pre-Orders

A number of new titles, many announced, many unannounced, recently appeared on Walmart.com offering big hints at upcoming reveals, like a sequel to Rage (above).

Retailers frequently open up SKUs for games it assumes will be coming soon, so it is fair to emphasize that these listings should be looked at with skepticism. Presumably, the listings below will be removed soon, but as of this writing, you can find them here.

Many of the games on the list, like Beyond Good and Evil 2, The Last of Us 2, Super Smash Bros., and others are confirmed, even if we don't know a whole lot about them. Some of the big surprises, which may be meant to be E3 reveals, are Rage 2, Gears of War 5, Destiny Comet, Splinter Cell, and Just Cause 4. There are also curious listings like Final Fantasy VII Remake (is it no longer an episodic release? Is it closer than we think?), Assassin's Creed (is it a remake of the original for modern consoles? A remaster?), and Dragon Quest 2 (a remake of the NES classic?).

Microsoft Offering 95 Percent Revenue Share In Windows Store, But Not For Games

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Microsoft Offering 95 Percent Revenue Share In Windows Store, But Not For Games

During the first day of Build, Microsoft's developer conference, the OS giant announced that they would be giving a 95 percent revenue share to developers – with some caveats.

The new fee structure, changing from a traditional 70/30 split, only applies to apps on Windows 10 PCs, Surface, Mixed Reality devices, and Windows phones. That means things like the Xbox will remain at the previous revenue share. It also only covers non-game apps on the Windows store, which means it probably won't be luring games from Steam anytime soon.

However, a 95 percent revenue share (85 percent if purchased from the Windows store) is still by far the biggest developer share in the industry, and could make huge waves if Microsoft applied it to game developers on even a promotional basis. Microsoft's biggest critic of the Windows store, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney, even applauded the news on Twitter as healthy competition.

Microsoft Offering 95 Percent Revenue Share In Windows Store, But Not For Games

about X hours ago from
Microsoft Offering 95 Percent Revenue Share In Windows Store, But Not For Games

During the first day of Build, Microsoft's developer conference, the OS giant announced that they would be giving a 95 percent revenue share to developers – with some caveats.

The new fee structure, changing from a traditional 70/30 split, only applies to apps on Windows 10 PCs, Surface, Mixed Reality devices, and Windows phones. That means things like the Xbox will remain at the previous revenue share. It also only covers non-game apps on the Windows store, which means it probably won't be luring games from Steam anytime soon.

However, a 95 percent revenue share (85 percent if purchased from the Windows store) is still by far the biggest developer share in the industry, and could make huge waves if Microsoft applied it to game developers on even a promotional basis. Microsoft's biggest critic of the Windows store, Epic Games' Tim Sweeney, even applauded the news on Twitter as healthy competition.

EA Targeting March Release For Anthem

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EA Targeting March Release For Anthem

In today's Electronic Arts financial call, the publisher spoke a little bit about Anthem and said that they are hoping for a release in the last month of the fourth quarter of the financial year.

During the call, CEO Andrew Wilson had prepared remarks about the game, calling it "stunning and ambitious" and teasing that it will be something entirely new for games. "Every dimension of this game will offer something entirely new for a wide audience of players," Wilson stated, "from a new universe with unique stories that BioWare is creating, to the cooperative gameplay, to the epic and beautiful environment that constantly evolves around players."

Wilson also commented on how he expects the community to be involved with the game.

EA Targeting March Release For Anthem

about X hours ago from
EA Targeting March Release For Anthem

In today's Electronic Arts financial call, the publisher spoke a little bit about Anthem and said that they are hoping for a release in the last month of the fourth quarter of the financial year.

During the call, CEO Andrew Wilson had prepared remarks about the game, calling it "stunning and ambitious" and teasing that it will be something entirely new for games. "Every dimension of this game will offer something entirely new for a wide audience of players," Wilson stated, "from a new universe with unique stories that BioWare is creating, to the cooperative gameplay, to the epic and beautiful environment that constantly evolves around players."

Wilson also commented on how he expects the community to be involved with the game.

Pinball Arcade Loses All Bally And Williams Tables

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Pinball Arcade Loses All Bally And Williams Tables

Virtual pinball is heavily rooted in nostalgia of past tables lovingly recreated in a digital form, but Pinball Arcade is about to lose a lot of its best tables.

Developer FarSight studios posted some grim news for the game today on their Facebook, announcing that WMS Industries, which holds the rights to Bally and Williams' pinball trademarks, has declined to allow their tables within Pinball Arcade any longer. This means that 61 titles, including much-loved tables like The Addams Family and Black Knight 2000, are going to disappear from the collection as of June 30.

The good news is, if you own the tables already, you won't lose access to them. If you don't and think you might want them, you have just under two months to get them. FarSight confirmed in their Facebook post that, per their current agreement with WMS, they are not able to offer discounts on the tables before they disappear. Below is the full list of games that are leaving the collection:

Pinball Arcade Loses All Bally And Williams Tables

about X hours ago from
Pinball Arcade Loses All Bally And Williams Tables

Virtual pinball is heavily rooted in nostalgia of past tables lovingly recreated in a digital form, but Pinball Arcade is about to lose a lot of its best tables.

Developer FarSight studios posted some grim news for the game today on their Facebook, announcing that WMS Industries, which holds the rights to Bally and Williams' pinball trademarks, has declined to allow their tables within Pinball Arcade any longer. This means that 61 titles, including much-loved tables like The Addams Family and Black Knight 2000, are going to disappear from the collection as of June 30.

The good news is, if you own the tables already, you won't lose access to them. If you don't and think you might want them, you have just under two months to get them. FarSight confirmed in their Facebook post that, per their current agreement with WMS, they are not able to offer discounts on the tables before they disappear. Below is the full list of games that are leaving the collection:

Dota 2 Battle Pass Brings New Modes And Other Cool Stuff

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Dota 2 Battle Pass Brings New Modes And Other Cool Stuff

Valve has revealed the Dota 2 battle pass for 2018's International, boasting two new modes and a number of small things for the hardcore Dota 2 player.

The battle pass is an item sold to Dota 2 players that gives them access to exclusive features and rewards, with 25% of the proceeds going toward the prize pool for The International tournament. This year, a multi-team dungeon clash titled The Underhollow tasks you to earn XP and Gold in the pursuit of Roshan's rarest cheese. There is also Cavern Crawl, in which you descend floors of a cavern as you win matches, and Mutation Mode, which sets different modifiers for matches every day like resurrecting allies or global Rupture.

In addition, battle pass owners can get chat wheel sprays, tokens to access the special Team Challenge matches, get new custom lane creeps, access to in-game tipping, make pro-circuit predictions, and be able to take part in the new role-based matchmaking queue.