EA Stock Fluctuates After Battlefront II Reaction, Wiping Out Nearly $3 Billion In Stock Value

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EA Stock Fluctuates After Battlefront II Reaction, Wiping Out Nearly $3 Billion In Stock Value

Electronic Arts have taken a hit to their stock price in the ensuing weeks since the controversy over Star Wars: Battlefront II began, reports CNBC.

While EA is up 2% today, their stock value has fallen precipitously since the end of October, with stockholders unsure of what to make of EA's back and forth with Star Wars over the last thirty days. Some analysts quoted in the story are expressing disappointment with Battlefront II's early sales, though EA have not given numbers yet and the public is unlikely to find out until NPD results next month.

The up-and-down fluctuations of the stock do not indicate any long term positives or negatives for the publisher, but EA are still in a precarious position with the game. 

Bungie Canceling Destiny 2 Stream In Favor Of Blog Post Addressing Community Feedback

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Bungie Canceling Destiny 2 Stream In Favor Of Blog Post Addressing Community Feedback

A few days ago we reported that, along with the final livestream outlining Destiny 2's Curse of Osiris expansion, game director Luke Smith and project lead Mark Noseworthy would discuss various changes Destiny 2 would undergo in December and address community feedback. As it turns out, that first part is no longer true.

In a post on Bungie's forums, community manager David "DeeJ" Dague announced the developer is canceling its livestream covering the weapons and armor of Curse of Osiris. Instead, the company plans to have a blog post on Wednesday (11/29) in which players can expect to read Bungie's current view of the game, the team's future plans, and "how we’re reacting to your feedback with some game updates that will arrive in the next few weeks."

The announcement comes on the heels of several weeks of fan complaints about Destiny 2's endgame (which our own Matt Miller outlines here), as well as a more recent outcry about the way the game was doling out experience to players and the subsequent changes Bungie made in response.

Star Wars: Battlefront II Data Miner Discovers Hidden Character Customization Menu

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Star Wars: Battlefront II Data Miner Discovers Hidden Character Customization Menu

A data miner on Reddit, known as uninspired_zebra, has discovered a hidden character customization menu within Star Wars: Battlefront II.

Over the past two weeks, uninspired_zebra has been going through Battlefront II's files and finding things like Captain Phasma and General Grievance's character pages and models. This time, the data miner has discovered a hidden menu, with legion skin options like the 501st Legion and Coruscant Guard.

It is unknown what EA and DICE plan to do with these assets or if they plan to be used at all, though it is exceedingly unlikely that they're cut content. They could be coming in the update scheduled to coincide with The Last Jedi, they could be intended to be dispersed through crates, or purchasable. 

First Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Global Mission Ends In Failure

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First Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon Global Mission Ends In Failure

Global missions, aggregate missions wherein Pokemon players try to complete objectives, have been on a long streak of failures. Pokemon Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon's first global mission, capturing ten million Pokemon, ended up at just over half the goal.

The first global mission ran from 11/16 to 11/27 and ended with roughly five million Pokemon caught. This is in contrast to Pokemon Go recently tasking players to capture three billion Pokemon and soaring past that goal.

The two pieces of software have different factors at play, though. Pokemon Go counted every single Pokemon caught, while Global Missions in Ultra Sun & Moon require players to jump through hoops. Trainers who wish to take part have to complete the tutorial for global missions and connect to the Global Mission link, which then allows all Pokemon caught to be counted toward the aggregate total.

Gang Beasts Coming To PlayStation 4 In December

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Gang Beasts Coming To PlayStation 4 In December

Gang Beasts, a brutal fighting game featuring gelatinous characters and ridiculous ragdoll physics, is making its way to PlayStation 4 next month.

The game has been in early access on PC since 2014, but on December 12 it will get a full release on Sony’s console with several new modes. One of the game's modes turns the game into a soccer match with four players, while another pits a team of players against waves of enemies.

Be sure to check out the new gameplay trailer featuring the new game modes before getting ready to throw your friends off of stages or into incinerators in a few weeks.

EA Doesn't Think Players Want Darth Vader In Pink, 'Not Giving Up' On Battlefront 2 Microtransactions

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EA Doesn't Think Players Want Darth Vader In Pink, 'Not Giving Up' On Battlefront 2 Microtransactions

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 continues its rollercoaster ride post-release. After a microtransaction fiasco lead Disney to intervene and a swarm of angry fans, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen had a change to speak at this year's Credit Suisse Technology, Media & Telecom Conference a number of topics, including its dedication to microtransactions and how it plans and doesn't plan to implement them.

GamesIndustry.biz reports that Jorgensen said EA made its decision to pull away from Battlefront 2's microtransaction-based Star Cards because players felt they were paying to win. Jorgensen noted the distaste for this kind of payment/design structure, but didn't dismiss it completely. "Some people have more time than money, and some people have more money than time," he said. "You want to always balance those two."

To that end, the company is still committed to implementing microtransactions in some way, but is figuring out the right way to do that. "We're learning and listening to the community in terms of how best to roll that out in the future, and there's more to come as we learn more," Jorgensen said.

Divinity: Original Sin 2 Sells Over One Million Copies

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Sells Over One Million Copies

After releasing in September to rave reviews, Divinity: Original Sin 2 hit a major milestone this week, surpassing one million copies sold. In a meme-inspired tweet, Larian Studios thanked the fans for supporting its role-playing game over the last few months.

... at least, not without the best fans in the world! In just a couple of months we've roared past this huge landmark, and it's all down to you! pic.twitter.com/PiimrwV9b8

Larian Studios' dedication to deep, meaningful choices and quality turn-based combat clearly hit a sweet spot for fans of well-crafted RPGs, even allowing Divinity: Original Sin 2 to temporarily unseat PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds from the top of the Steam charts in September. 

Tom Holland Leaks An Avengers Poster That Mark Ruffalo Sent Him

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Tom Holland Leaks An Avengers Poster That Mark Ruffalo Sent Him

Marvel is known for its secrecy, however the actors in their films aren't making it very easy for them. In particular, Tom Holland and Mark Ruffalo have a pretty bad track record when it comes to leaking confidential information about Marvel's upcoming films, and today the actors continue to impress.

In a video on Instagram, Holland opens a package he got from Ruffalo, revealing an admittedly simple poster for Avengers: Infinity War. Holland then reveals a piece of paper that reads in giant, bold letters, "Confidential. Do not share." Woops.

TOM HOLLAND SHOWING A CONFIDENTIAL INFINITY WAR POSTER THAT MARK RUFFALO SENT HIM IS THE BEST THING I’VE EVER SEEN pic.twitter.com/tYVdOyMxiz

Regain Your Memories Before Time Runs Out In The Longest Five Minutes

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Regain Your Memories Before Time Runs Out In The Longest Five Minutes

The amnesiac hero trope gets taken to a whole new level in The Longest Five Minutes, an upcoming JRPG from NIS America.

Set during the last five minutes of the final boss fight, players take the role of Flash Back, a hero determined to thwart the Demon King and save his home. The catch is, he's lost all of his memories in the last battle of his journey, from who his allies are to his most powerful techniques. Confused and facing down the world's most dangerous threat, players have to guide Flash through flashbacks to uncover who he is, how he got here, and how to overcome the final boss before it's too late.

The game is slated for release in North America on February 13, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam, with a European release on February 16.

Rome II: Empire Divided Trailer Calls For One True Emperor

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Rome II: Empire Divided Trailer Calls For One True Emperor

Tensions mount and factions collide in the newest trailer for Total War: Rome II's latest expansion, Empire Divided.

Posted on November 27, the trailer paints a picture of the game's world and the powers competing for dominance. A renegade commander to the North, a rival ruler to the East, and the Emperor Aurelius struggle for control of the Roman empire, and it's up to players to determine who shall reign supreme when the dust settles.

Players can decide the fate of Rome when the expansion launches November 30 on PC.