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Another week has gone by, leaving with it plenty of video game news to get excited about, including a much heated discussion surrounding this week’s biggest story. Square Enix launched a pre-order campaign for the upcoming Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Uncharted 4 was given a plethora of new details, and Star Wars Battlefront announced an open beta is on its way. Here’s what’s worth being up to speed on from this week in gaming news.
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Launches Pre-Order Campaign
Every once in a while there’s an upsetting scenario that riles up the gaming community, and Square Enix is at the brunt of the wrath this time, with good reason. To preface with the positive, the next entry in the Deus Ex series will launch February 23, 2016, and unfortunately that’s where the excitement ends. Alongside the announcement of the release date, a pre-order campaign was revealed. The words “pre-order” in today’s culture are generally accompanied by a groan, and Mankind Divided is easily the most groan-inducing of them all. The campaign allows for players who have pre-ordered Mankind Divided to choose their own bonuses, which are available across unlockable tiers. Tiers unlock as the total number of global pre-orders rise and with new bonuses. The final tier to the utterly ridiculous campaign is getting to play the game a whole four days early.
There’s something truly upsetting about the whole ordeal, but rest assured there has been a little good to come from the silly, pretentious campaign. That of course being the overwhelmingly negative response from the community. The backlash against Square Enix has been great to see and has reassured me that I’m not the only one who thinks this formula has crossed the line. While I certainly remain excited for the game, itself, I urge everyone, to not pre-order Mankind Divided. It’s only dirtying the industry.
Uncharted 4’s Release Date & New Details Revealed
Mark your calendars, as Naughty Dog’s highly anticipated Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End has finally received a release date. Hitting shelves on the 18th of March, A Thief’s End marks the end of a story for one of gaming’s most iconic heroes. In addition to the announcement of the release date, Sony also revealed a few special editions of the game; two physical and one digital. The various offerings are exactly what you’d come to expect from a special, deluxe, or collectors edition, though there are a few notable pieces of content to the package. The most noticeable being the Triple Pack DLC, which contains access to the series’ first-ever, single-player story add-on, along with two multiplayer packs. Considering the great success Naughty Dog found with The Last of Us’ story DLC, Left Behind, it isn’t a shocker that they’re carrying over the formula to A Thief’s End. As someone who is typically very weary of DLC, I trust Naughty Dog will handle the add-on content with utmost care.
Star Wars Battlefront Is Getting An Open Beta
Players eager to get their hands DICE’s upcoming Star Wars title won’t have to wait until Battlefront hits shelves this November to give it a whirl. An open beta for the multiplayer-focused shooter is set to arrive early October, boasting a fairly sturdy amount of content. The open beta will be available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, allowing players to catch a sneak peak into what the game has in store. While no specific date has been announced, the test will feature 40 player battles on Hoth, along with survival missions on Tatooine and a new mode called Drop Zone. The mode has been described as a “King of the Hill” style experience, and will pit players against each other in intense 8-versus-8 matches. Hosting an open beta for Battlefront is a solid idea, in terms of testing how it functions in the wild and gaining player feedback. Though for a game mostly focused on multiplayer, it’s already fighting the Titanfall, Evolve syndrome, and a beta might only heighten that negative buzz. It comes down to how long the beta will last and whether or not the amount of content provided will be enough to satisfy players to the point of turning them away from the full game. It’s an obstacle most betas these days have to account for, and it’ll be interesting to see how Battlefront fairs.
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