EA Holding Star Wars: Battlefront II AMA On Reddit For Reasons Passing Understanding

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EA Holding Star Wars: Battlefront II AMA On Reddit For Reasons Passing Understanding

Despite Reddit becoming a hotbed of anti-Electronic Arts anger in the last few days, including a record-smashing 680,000 downvoted comment from EA's community team, the publisher has decided to go ahead with an AMA (Ask Me Anything) event tomorrow on the social media/news aggregate site.

The announcement, which came today via EA's Star Wars-related Twitter account, specifies that three developers for the game will be available for questions at 12:30PM ET / 9:30AM PT on November 15. Even the most liberal AMAs are heavily curated and the questions carefully chosen, but it allows a platform for an incredibly angry base of people to vent their frustrations at the most direct source available to them.

It is a very strange decision in a long line of strange decisions being made by the publisher as they desperately try to move past the consternation centered around their holiday showpiece title. You can read what Andrew Reiner thought about Battlefront II in his review published today. Star Wars: Battlefront II is scheduled for a November 17 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Persona 4 Arena Headlines Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Update

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Persona 4 Arena Headlines Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Update

Microsoft announced today that the most recent Xbox One backwards compatibility update includes Persona 4 Arena, as well as Cars: Mater-National, Jewel Quest, and Tecmo Bowl Throwback.

Strangely enough, it is only Persona 4 Arena's first version, not the sequel Ultimax with more characters and features. Still, if you were looking to get through P4A's story mode, this is as good a time as any.

You can find our 2012 review of Persona 4 Arena here and then hum the game's main theme to yourself if you don't feel like searching out your copy.

Persona 4 Arena Headlines Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Update

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Persona 4 Arena Headlines Xbox One Backwards Compatibility Update

Microsoft announced today that the most recent Xbox One backwards compatibility update includes Persona 4 Arena, as well as Cars: Mater-National, Jewel Quest, and Tecmo Bowl Throwback.

Strangely enough, it is only Persona 4 Arena's first version, not the sequel Ultimax with more characters and features. Still, if you were looking to get through P4A's story mode, this is as good a time as any.

You can find our 2012 review of Persona 4 Arena here and then hum the game's main theme to yourself if you don't feel like searching out your copy.

New Gotham By Gaslight Trailer Shows Batman Pursuing Jack The Ripper

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New Gotham By Gaslight Trailer Shows Batman Pursuing Jack The Ripper

Gotham by Gaslight, the next animated movie from DC, has a new trailer out that shows Batman out to stop Jack the Ripper in late 19th century Gotham City.

The movie, set against the real life events of one of England's most notorious unsolved serial murders, has a star-studded cast which includes Anthony Head, Jennifer Carpenter, and Bruce Greenwood. Bruce Wayne is framed as a suspect of the killings while his alter-ego is desperately trying to solve them in DC's best known period piece.

The movie releases on blu-ray and DVD on February 6, but will be available digitally two weeks earlier on January 23. Check out the trailer below.

New Gotham By Gaslight Trailer Shows Batman Pursuing Jack The Ripper

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New Gotham By Gaslight Trailer Shows Batman Pursuing Jack The Ripper

Gotham by Gaslight, the next animated movie from DC, has a new trailer out that shows Batman out to stop Jack the Ripper in late 19th century Gotham City.

The movie, set against the real life events of one of England's most notorious unsolved serial murders, has a star-studded cast which includes Anthony Head, Jennifer Carpenter, and Bruce Greenwood. Bruce Wayne is framed as a suspect of the killings while his alter-ego is desperately trying to solve them in DC's best known period piece.

The movie releases on blu-ray and DVD on February 6, but will be available digitally two weeks earlier on January 23. Check out the trailer below.

SNK Announces That They Are Profitable Again After Pivoting Back To Video Games

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SNK Announces That They Are Profitable Again After Pivoting Back To Video Games

It's been a rocky few years for SNK, but they were very happy to point out today that they're finally profitable again.

SNK shared their official financial statements in Gazette Magazine today, showing off that the company is doing quite well for itself now despite being in the negatives last year. The difference is significant as well – in FY 2016, the developer posted a loss of 558 million yen, while FY 2017 brought them to a 3.105 billion yen net profit. In other words, they reversed their fortunes.

The company had been struggling slightly after their acquisition by Chinese company 37Games. CEO Koichi Toyama decided that the developer would turn their back on the semi-lucrative pachinko business and focus on video games again, rebranding as SNK instead of SNK Playmore. The first initiative of this newfound passion for games was King of Fighters XIV, which has apparently done quite well for SNK.

SNK Announces It Is Profitable Again After Pivoting Back To Video Games

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SNK Announces It Is Profitable Again After Pivoting Back To Video Games

It's been a rocky few years for SNK, but it was very happy to point out today that it is finally profitable again.

SNK shared its official financial statements in Gazette Magazine today, showing off that the company is doing quite well for itself now despite being in the negatives last year. The difference is significant as well – in FY 2016, the developer posted a loss of 558 million yen, while FY 2017 brought it to a 3.105 billion yen net profit. In other words, it reversed its fortunes.

The company had been struggling slightly after its acquisition by Chinese company 37Games. CEO Koichi Toyama decided that the developer would turn its back on the semi-lucrative pachinko business and focus on video games again, rebranding as SNK instead of SNK Playmore. The first initiative of this newfound passion for games was King of Fighters XIV, which has apparently done quite well for SNK.

Starcraft II Is Free-To-Play Now

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Starcraft II Is Free-To-Play Now

At Blizzcon a few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that Starcraft II's Terran campaign, Wings of Liberty, is going free-to-play. Today, they pulled the lever and you can play the game's first campaign and multiplayer for free.

You can access the game through Battle.net to download, which gives you full access to the campaign, the full multiplayer ladder, and all the heroes up until level five. If you already own Wings of Liberty, Blizzard is tossing you the second campaign, Heart of the Swarm, for free.

The co-op has also been enhanced with new commanders and missions for people who want to play together.

Starcraft II Is Free-To-Play Now

about X hours ago from
Starcraft II Is Free-To-Play Now

At Blizzcon a few weeks ago, Blizzard announced that Starcraft II's Terran campaign, Wings of Liberty, is going free-to-play. Today, they pulled the lever and you can play the game's first campaign and multiplayer for free.

You can access the game through Battle.net to download, which gives you full access to the campaign, the full multiplayer ladder, and all the heroes up until level five. If you already own Wings of Liberty, Blizzard is tossing you the second campaign, Heart of the Swarm, for free.

The co-op has also been enhanced with new commanders and missions for people who want to play together.

Last Call For Winter 2018 Game Informer Intern Applications

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Last Call For Winter 2018 Game Informer Intern Applications

It's been a banner year for video games, but with the changing seasons comes a new opportunity for aspiring video games journalists. We're now accepting applications for Game Informer's Winter 2018 internship.

For details on Game Informer's three-month-long editorial internship click here. If that sounds exciting, you can send a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples (as a single pdf) to ben@gameinformer.com. The Winter internship will run from January 17 through April 18. We'll continue to accept applications until November 28, so please send your packet along before then!

You can learn all about our current group of awesome interns and the paths that led them here by reading their introductory posts. You can also learn more about Game Informer's internship program from the mouths of our Winter 2017 interns, Douglas DeLong, Jared Koncsol, and Craig Taylor, as they discussed their experience on an episode of The GI Show seen below (skip to the intern section here.)