EA's infamous defense of lootboxes wins a Guinness World Record

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EA's infamous defense of lootboxes wins a Guinness World Record

Back in 2017, some poor community manager at EA waded into the exploding controversy on Reddit surrounding Star Wars Battlefront 2's lootboxes. It might've seemed like a sensible move at the time, but that now-infamous comment quickly drew the ire of gamers from every corner of the internet, collecting an astonishing 667,821 downvotes (and, somehow, 109 Reddit Gold awards). Now that oopsie is forever immortalized on your nephew's bookshelf in the form of a Guinness World Record 2020 award for most downvoted Reddit comment.

Gears 5 launch in China has been 'suspended' on Steam

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Gears 5 launch in China has been 'suspended' on Steam

Gears 5 is set to come out on September 9, but it appears that gamers in China may have to wait awhile to get their hands on it. A message posted on Steam by community support manager TC Octus says that an unspecified problem has forced the developer to suspend all sales and the game's launch in that country.

The future of Double Fine's publishing arm is 'complicated' after Microsoft acquisition

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The future of Double Fine's publishing arm is 'complicated' after Microsoft acquisition

Double Fine Presents is a publishing venture launched by Double Fine Productions in 2014 to help indie developers get promising projects over the finish line. Its first partnership resulted in the excellent Escape Goat 2, and it's also helped deliver Mountain, Gang Beasts, and Gnog. It was set to publish the highly-anticipated fantasy farm life sim Ooblets, until Microsoft's acquisition of Double Fine earlier this year put that plan to rest.

Rebel Cops is a turn-based tactical combat spinoff of This Is the Police

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Rebel Cops is a turn-based tactical combat spinoff of This Is the Police

The This Is the Police series has followed kind of an unusual trajectory. The original, a strategy-sim about corrupt cops in a small town, had some interesting ideas but didn't really drill down into them; the sequel changed things up with the addition of an XCOM-styled tactical combat simulator. And now developer Weappy is going all-in on the combat side of that equation with a spinoff game called Rebel Cops.