Bungie details extensive plans for player-oriented Destiny 2 updates

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Bungie details extensive plans for player-oriented Destiny 2 updates

Destiny 2 developer Bungie is working on a wide variety of changes to the game, many of which the studio is making specifically in response to player feedback. Bungie announced the details today in a lengthy blog post, “The State of Destiny 2,” in which design director Luke Smith and game director Christopher Barrett acknowledged that the studio needs to be more transparent and open up a dialogue with players.

“Our team has been reading feedback and working on updates to improve the game,” said Barrett and Smith. “We’ve also been reading some tough criticism about our lack of communication, and we agree we need to be more open.”

Final Fantasy 15 update will add character swapping

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Final Fantasy 15 update will add character swapping

Square Enix will release an update for Final Fantasy 15 soon that will give players the ability to play the main game not just as Noctis, but as Ignis, Gladio and Prompto too.

During an “Active Time Report” stream broadcast earlier today, Square Enix celebrated Final Fantasy 15’s one-year anniversary and talked about what’s still to come. That includes the imminent release of a new character swap feature, which will let players switch between the four protagonists on the fly (with some restrictions, like the Leviathan battle, where you’ll have to play as Noctis).

Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak shows character customization options

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Star Wars Battlefront 2 leak shows character customization options

A dataminer with a history of digging up Star Wars Battlefront leaks has found what appears to be a character customization menu within the PC version of the game.

The menu was discovered by a Redditor named uninspired_zebra, who apparently is combing through files in the PC version of the game. The menu is not currently accessible in Battlefront 2. But it shows a “Change Appearance” option in the Assault character class that allows the user to change their look across the game’s six factions, with different looks inside those categories.

EA’s stock price takes a beating, and analysts see change coming to loot boxes

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EA’s stock price takes a beating, and analysts see change coming to loot boxes

A monthlong slide in Electronic Arts’ stock price, which mainstream financial press has attributed to the Star Wars Battlefront 2 loot box controversy, has caught the company’s attention, and is likely to spur changes to EA’s microtransactions approach.

But one prominent analyst says any changes won’t come imminently. And, it must be said, EA’s stock price today is still almost $25 above what it was a year ago.

December’s PlayStation Plus games end 2017 with Death and pandas

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December’s PlayStation Plus games end 2017 with Death and pandas

The final batch of games offered to PlayStation Plus subscribers this year includes Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition and, more importantly, Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends. It’s perhaps an unexciting way to end 2017, a year that was nothing if not ... exciting?

Both Darksiders 2 and Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends will be available for PlayStation 4 owners to download. Darksiders 2: Deathinitive Edition is a remaster of the 2012 original; the Deathinitive Edition was released on PS4 and Xbox One in 2015. Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends is a Smash Bros.-like fighting game in which four players duke it out as protagonist panda Po and all those other anthropomorphic animals you love from the Kung Fu Panda franchise.

Star Citizen is now selling plots of virtual land

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Star Citizen is now selling plots of virtual land

Star Citizen, the ambitious collection of spacefaring games from Chris Roberts and his team at Cloud Imperium Games (CIG), is now offering backers the opportunity to buy plots of virtual land.

Neither the plots of land, nor the planets that they will be on, are currently available. CIG said that land rights, which cost $50 each, will entitle the purchaser to a single four-kilometer square plot zoned for either commercial, residential or industrial use as well as an in-game item with which to make their claim. No date has been given as to when land claims can be made.

Nintendo’s new Super Mario breakfast cereal is also an amiibo

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Nintendo’s new Super Mario breakfast cereal is also an amiibo

Kellogg’s and Nintendo have teamed up for Super Mario Cereal, a sugary breakfast cereal designed to promote Super Mario Odyssey. In addition to bringing Nintendo-themed cereals back to store shelves, the release is noteworthy for another reason: The cereal box is an amiibo.

Super Mario Cereal hasn’t been officially announced by Nintendo and Kellogg’s yet, but it’s already reportedly showing up on store shelves. Cereal blog Cerealously uncovered the product earlier this week, and Super Mario Cereal — a mixed berry-flavored cereal with “power-up marshmallows” — is starting to be stocked in stores.

Magic: The Gathering cosplayer quits over harassment, forcing Wizards to speak up

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Magic: The Gathering cosplayer quits over harassment, forcing Wizards to speak up

Wizards of the Coast, the company behind popular trading card game Magic: The Gathering, is speaking up about harassment and cyberbullying after a popular cosplayer publicly left the community following months of alleged abuse from a YouTube user and his subscribers.

On Nov. 24, cosplayer Christine Sprankle tweeted that she was unloading her Magic: The Gathering costumes and cosplay gear in the wake of months of harassment. Sprankle, who has been contracted by Wizards of the Coast in the past and is considered one of the most popular cosplayers in the Magic scene, spoke about harassment she suffered after Jeremy Hambly, a controversial YouTuber who is seen as a toxic member of the community by other YouTubers and personalities, posted a degrading video about her and other cosplayers.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s pizzas take absurdly long to make

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Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp’s pizzas take absurdly long to make

Everyone loves pizza. Even the animals in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp love pizza — especially Ketchup the duck. But the kind of pizza that Ketchup asks players to order for her in order to lure her to their campsite doesn’t sound like any kind of pizza I want to eat: Not only is it pricey, but it takes way, way too long to make.

In Pocket Camp, every piece of furniture requires a certain amount of time and materials to build. Pizza counts as furniture, which should be the first warning sign here. The second problem: In order to bring that pizza into your camp, you have to spend a cool 1,940 bells. There’s no exact exchange rate for bells into U.S. dollars, but if we imagine that 100 bells is, say, a dollar ... you do the math. And even without that relative comparison, the pizza is still way costlier than less perishable items like chairs.

Bungie cancels Destiny 2 livestream as tensions with community rise

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Bungie cancels Destiny 2 livestream as tensions with community rise

Bungie will not hold tomorrow’s planned reveal livestream for Destiny 2’s Curse of Osiris expansion, the studio announced today. Instead, said Bungie, it will publish a blog post with “higher priority information” about the future of the game.

“We are investing all our efforts into delivering some higher priority information about Destiny 2,” said David “DeeJ” Dague, community manager at Bungie, in a post on the studio’s forums this afternoon. “You’ll hear from studio leadership about their assessment of Destiny all up, they’ll talk about our goals for the game going forward, and you’ll also learn about how we’re reacting to your feedback with some game updates that will arrive in the next few weeks.”