Weekly Bite-Sized Gaming News #10

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Welcome to another week of gaming news. It’s a strange and hectic week in many ways and one of the quietest of the years in many other ways. First of all, there are no notable releases this week, so you can all save your pennies. Saving is something that may come in handy with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner.

As we approach the mid-season and Christmas trees start to appear in your neighborhood, things tend to get a bit more hobbit-like, with people staying in, gathering around a roaring fire and playing the latest games. The same appears to be the same for the industry, as it seems to a bit on the quiet side this week.

We still have some pressing news that you may have missed from the week past, so you’re still in the right place to find out all you need to know about the world of video gaming. Let’s get started with it, shall we?

Marvel Heroes Omega is Shutting Down

This is probably not much of a surprise for anyone that’s been following this game closely. Marvel Heroes Omega has gone through multiple iterations and redesigns to try and breath life back into it and unfortunately it still hasn’t worked.

Disney has now taken the decision to shut the game down once and for all. The news was first announced by Kotaku who provided a statement from Disney themselves, which read “We regret to inform our Marvel Heroes fans that we have ended our relationship with Gazillion Entertainment and that the Marvel Heroes games will be shut down. We would like to sincerely thank the players who joined the Marvel Heroes community, and will provide any further updates as they become available.”

It’s a sad day when a game shut’s down and especially one belonging to a franchise as popular as Marvels. Unfortunately, the game just wasn’t that good and subsequently, the player base has begun to dwindle because of it.

Disney has yet to provide a timeframe of when the game will seize, but I would imagine this would be sometime within 2018 now.

Micro-transactions Removed from Battlefront II

It seemed like it was only going to be a matter of time before Dice bite the bullet and removed Micro-transactions from Battlefront II. Due to the overwhelming displeasure at their inclusion fans began to voice their concerns in numbers. Dice has clearly got the message and has now removed transactions from the game altogether.

In a statement DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson stated:

Thank you to everyone in our community for being the passionate fans that you are.

Our goal has always been to create the best possible game for all of you – devoted Star Wars fans and game players alike. We’ve also had an ongoing commitment to constantly listen, tune and evolve the experience as it grows. You’ve seen this with both the major adjustments and polish, we have made over the past several weeks.

But as we approach the worldwide launch, it’s clear that many of you feel there are still challenges in the design. We’ve heard the concerns about potentially giving players unfair advantages. And we’ve heard that this is overshadowing an otherwise great game. This was never our intention. Sorry, we didn’t get this right.

We hear you loud and clear, so we’re turning off all in-game purchases. We will now spend more time listening, adjusting, balancing and tuning. This means that the option to purchase crystals in the game is now offline, and all progression will be earned through gameplay. The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game. We’ll share more details as we work through this.

The message has been received loud and clear. It’s not yet confirmed if microtransactions will return in some capacity in the near future, but I would be very surprised if they don’t. For now, I think it’s just nice to know that some developers are listening to fans concerns.

Injustice 2 Get’s Movie Themes Characters

Following the release of the Justice League movie, Injustice 2 is getting movie-themed characters for its game. The characters are basically free skins that you will have to unlock in the game.

Be prepared to actually have to work for these, as you’ll need to do some fighting to unlock them. These additions will be unlocked via special events in the multiverse section of the game.

If you’ve seen the movie and now you want to play as Ben Affleck’s Batman – here’s your chance.

Dynasty Warriors 9 Out in February

Dynasty Warriors 9 now has an official release date of February 13, 2018. The new open-world rebirth of the series looks to reinvigorate life back into the franchise.

Pre-orders are now available and for anyone who does this will receive some bonus items upon launch. The seven bonus costumes for fan-favorite characters will include ”an imposing Beijing opera-style costume for Zhao Yun and six costumes inspired by traditional Chinese undergarment styles – one each for Guan Yinping, Diaochan, Sun Shangxiang, Lu Lingqi, Wang Yi, and Wang Yuanji.”

I know I can’t wait to be hacking and slashing my way through thousands of enemies. Hopefully, I’ll see you on the battlefield.

From Snapchat to Gaming?

Snap the company who owns the application Snapchat have recently been bought by one of China’s biggest internet companies Tencent for around 145.8 million. Since then it’s been reported that Snap may now be dipping a toe in the video gaming pond.

In a statement to news website Reuters, a Tencent spokesperson said, “The investment enables Tencent to explore cooperation opportunities with the company on mobile games publishing and news feed as well as to share its financial returns from the growth of its businesses and monetization in the future.”

Augmented reality is developing at a rapid pace and perhaps the company will utilize this technology with their existing app. Who knows, maybe we will be snapping and gaming before we know it.

Constantly threatening to write a book, but always with a story to tell. Tom has a typical northern English soul. He may sound as mundane as Jon Snow, but at least he tries to articulate. Lover of video games, comics, geek pop culture and wishing he could play Dungeons & Dragons.
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