EA's new chief designer promises to avoid repeat of Battlefront 2's loot box controversy

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EA's new chief designer promises to avoid repeat of Battlefront 2's loot box controversy

EA's new chief design officer has vowed to "learn from" the mistakes the company made with loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and has promised that it will "do better" in future games. Patrick Söderlund, who was head of worldwide studios at EA until an executive reshuffle this week, told The Verge that the controversy around the decision to box-ify everything in the game has "had an effect on EA as a company and an effect on us as management", and that it is determined to avoid similar mistakes in upcoming open-world shooter Anthem and the Battlefield series.

PC version of Agony will have optional patch to remove console censorship

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PC version of Agony will have optional patch to remove console censorship

Hellish horror game Agony was due out on March 30, but it was delayed late in the day and developer Madmind Studio hasn't yet announced a new release date. Part of the reason is that all the violence, torture and nudity is making it difficult for the team to get the age rating that they want. In a Kickstarter post Madmind explained that, after speaking with age-rating companies, it's had to tone down certain sections of the game in order to obtain a Mature rating, rather than an Adult Only (AO) rating. An AO rating would mean the game couldn't release on consoles.

Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is a free game about cartoon murder

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Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle is a free game about cartoon murder

If you fancy a bit of cartoon murder and don't want to pay for it, then you might want to check out Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle. It's an officially-licensed game about directing masked murderer Jason Voorhees around a grid so that he can murder camp counselors. The kills are gruesome, and range from skewering them like a kebab to walloping them round the head with a giant fish (there's even an R-rated mode if you want to get extra gory). It's out now on Steam.

Northgard patch squashes bugs, teases new clan and a multiplayer ranking system

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Northgard patch squashes bugs, teases new clan and a multiplayer ranking system

If you like RTSs then Northgard should be on your radar. As Fraser said in his review, its campaign isn't the best but its Skirmish mode shows just how elegant its systems are, creating unpredictable matches that pull you all over its Viking maps. In its latest patch, Shiro Games has fixed a long list of bugs that users have reported since the game came out last month, improved certain features, and teased what to expect in future updates.

The most wishlisted games on GOG will get 'super cheap' on Monday

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The most wishlisted games on GOG will get 'super cheap' on Monday

On Monday, GOG will discount the most wishlisted games on its site, making them "super cheap" for a limited time. It hasn't said just how big the discounts will be, but it's still worth keeping an eye on, and if you want to influence the outcome then start cramming your wishlist full of the games you want. 

A Way Out sells one million copies within three weeks—more than EA thought it would sell in its liftetime

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A Way Out sells one million copies within three weeks—more than EA thought it would sell in its liftetime

A Way Out is not a particularly good game, but its goofy co-op story about two soon-to-be escaped prisoners has proved a hit with players. Developer Hazelight Studios announced yesterday that the game has sold more than one million copies since it released in late March. Given that only one of your co-op duo has to own the game in order for you to play, its total player count is probably even higher than that.

Shenmue 1 and 2 are coming to PC with updated graphics options

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Shenmue 1 and 2 are coming to PC with updated graphics options

In January, Shibuya Productions founder and president Cedric Biscay said that Shenmue 3 would be out this year, and promised "many other surprises" as well. Tonight, we got a couple of them: The first two Shenmue games, originally released in 1999 and 2001 for the Sega Dreamcast, are coming to PC.

Take a tour of the Stygian Abyss in the first Underworld Ascendant trailer

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Take a tour of the Stygian Abyss in the first Underworld Ascendant trailer

The first full trailer for Underworld Ascendant, the modernized followup to the great Looking Glass RPG Ultima Underworld, showcases colorful dungeons, broken stone halls, magic, traps, and a bunch of underground beasties looking to do you harm. Developer Otherside Entertainment also released a new dev diary video in which writer and game director Joe Fielder, lead designer Tim Stellmach, and lead engineer Will Teixeira talk about their approach to "crafting an immersive sim."