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PlayStation 4 getting price drop in Japan

During its recent Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony announced that the price of the PlayStation 4 will drop from ¥39,980 ($ 333) to ¥34,980 ($ 291) in Japan on October 1. …

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Loot Crate, BioWare Team Up For N7 Supply Drop

Is your Shepard running low on supplies? Loot Crate might be able to help. The company is working with BioWare to produce a special limited-edition version of its surprise boxes tailored to Mass Effect fans.

The Mass Effect N7 Specialty Crate is coming soon, but Loot Crate isn't providing further details. If you're interested, you can sign up here to get notified when more information is available.

Loot Crate has been on a bit of a tear lately, partnering up with Bethesda for a special Fallout 4 box and last year's Amiibo promotion. The surprise element has been one of the compelling reasons people look forward to their monthly Loot Crates, but there's certainly something to be said about zeroing in on a theme that's particularly interesting.


[Source: Mass Effect on Twitter] – The Feed

Star Wars: Battlefront’s Drop Zone Mode Pits Teams Of Eight In A Race To Capture Objectives

Star Wars: Battlefront is shaping up to have all the modes you’d expect from a shooter (like the recently revealed Blast deathmatch mode). The latest to be revealed is “Drop Zone,” which pits two teams of eight against each other in a race for capture points.

Players won’t know where they’ll be needed, though. Pods fall from the sky, marking the next point of interest. Once captured, the pods slowly open delivering a power up to the team in control.

Modes move quickly, lasting no more than 10 minutes. They can be ended faster if one team manages to control five pods.

Turrets and droids are available to create some variety as players scramble to clear out enemy forces and take control of the points. No video is available of the mode yet, but Star Wars: Battlefront is due out on November 17 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

[Source: EA] – The Feed

Destiny’s Latest Patch Increases Treasure Key Drop Rate And Fixes Inventory Problem

Destiny is currently offline for a bit, as Bungie rolls out a patch that fixes a number of little problems with House of Wolves. It also increases the drop rate for treasure keys, which should make your Prison of Elders farming runs far more fruitful.

In addition, the first bounty you complete each week nets you a guaranteed key. You'll also get more of them from ether chests.

The patch also tweaks some issues with bounties, Trials of Osiris emblems not going to the Postmaster properly, and a fusion rifle fix that now properly reflects rebalancing. For those with ammo consumables flooding the inventory, those stacks are now 100 high, so you should be able to free up some space.

Finally, if you don't have House of Wolves (and therefore cannot take missions from Petra), you won't be taunted by the mission icon over her head. You can read the entire patch notes on the Destiny website. You can also read our impressions of the latest expansion.

[Source: Bungie]


Our Take
I've yet to dive back into Destiny for House of Wolves, but I've been watching friends tweet about a couple of issues this fixes. Editor-in-chief Andy McNamara was lamenting both a dearth of treasure keys and an overabundance of ammo consumables, which can't be discarded. Hopefully this helps him and others get back on track. – The Feed

Save Some Green – Garden Warfare Gets A Price Drop

Have you been wondering if Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare was worth playing, but you didn't want to plunk down $ 30 on it? You're in luck! EA has dropped the game game's price down to $ 19.99, providing fence-sitters with 10 additional reasons to check out the oddball shooter.

The news came via the game's official Twitter account, which got right to the point:

The game has gone on sale several times since it was released over a year ago, but this marks a permanent price cut. We didn't lose our minds on the game when it was released, but it's worth checking it out. EA CEO Andrew Wilson apparently agrees, saying in a recent earnings call that more Garden Warfare is in the works for 2016, and that further details would be coming at this year's E3. In other words, think of this price drop as a seed to grow the fanbase.


Our Take
Twenty dollars isn't half bad, but it's tough to compete with free. Still, this is a good way to grab the game if you missed out on the PlayStation Experience promotion last December. Full disclosure: We had a bumper crop of equally groan-worthy headlines ready, too, but we try and keep to a one-pun limit. – The Feed

Capcom Increases Full Fiscal Year 2015 Profit Despite 37 Percent Drop In Sales

Capcom has closed out its fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. The company marked increased operating income and net income, with the latter closing up nearly 100 percent.

Net income for fiscal year 2015 was ¥6.6 billion ($ 55.1 million) compared to the previous year of ¥3.4 billion ($ 28.4 million). Sales dropped from ¥102.2 billion ($ 853.7 million) to ¥64.3 billion ($ 537.1 million), largely on the collapse of the company’s amusement business (pachinko). Sales dropped 67.4 percent and operating income for the segment decreased by 61.6 percent.

The digital business (video games) also saw decrease in sales, but an increase in operating income. Sales dropped by 31.1 percent from ¥65.8 billion ($ 549.7 million) to ¥45.4 billion ($ 379.3 million). Operating income rose from ¥4.9 billion ($ 40.9 million) to ¥10.2 billion ($ 85.2 million).

Capcom announced earlier this week that it had shipped over 1 million copies of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in the west. The title continues to perform well worldwide.

Ultra Street Fighter IV continues to sell well, especially in the west. The company hasn’t specified sales for Resident Evil Revelations 2, which it says was released “in an ingenious manner” (read: episodically over four weeks) is off to a strong start.

Capcom expects improved sales in the new fiscal year of ¥76 billion ($ 634.9 million), with net income of ¥7.7 billion ($ 64.3 million). The company says it will reach these targets by improving efficiencies and launching more major titles.

[Source: Capcom]


Our Take
With impressive sales of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in the west, Capcom continues to build a worldwide fan base. The publisher hasn’t spoken much about its upcoming titles though. We’re eager to see what Capcom is bringing to E3. – The Feed

Gummy Drop: Rethinking the Saga map

“The map no longer becomes a simple marker of linear progress, but rather opens up the ability to alter the game’s pace, encouraging the player to explore something outside of the game’s core mechanic.” …

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Tomb Raider: DE, Dark Souls 2 drop to $20 each on Amazon

Heads up if you’re in a rush to find last-minute Christmas gifts: Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition (Xbox One/PS4) and Dark Souls 2 (Xbox 360/PS3) are $ 19.99 apiece on Amazon right now, making either an ideal pick for the gamers on your shopping list.

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WRUP: BlizzCon news drop

Our buddies over at Massively and WoW Insider are at BlizzCon and they’ve been busy. More Hearthstone. New World of Warcraft pets. And a whole new game announcement with Overwatch.

What’s everyone playing this weekend?…
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EA reports 18% drop in revenue, increased projections

Electronic Arts reported $ 990 million in net revenue for the three-month period ending September 30, the publisher revealed in its second quarter of fiscal 2015 financial results. That represents an 18.5 percent decline from the $ 1.21 billion in…
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