At what point will players lose patience with Hearthstone? Hearthstone’s next expansion, Rise of Shadows, will be released April 9. Blizzard will retire three full expansions — Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds and Catacombs — from the Standard format at the same time. This is the largest single shifting of cards out of the main format in the game’s history. Hearthstone has always been a business, and Blizzard needs to sell cards for that business to make money. But it also needs a healthy community of players who feel like they’re getting a good value from the game when they spend that money, and there are signs that the high cost of staying competitive in Hearthstone may be driving players away. A high cost of entry Blizzard’s Standard format includes only the current year’s set and the sets released in the previous year. Cards released in 2016 rotated out in April 2017, and this year, 2017’s cards … [Read more...] about Who can still afford to keep up with Hearthstone?
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December 2017 was one of the iOS App Store’s best months. We saw iPhone and iPad versions of Inside, Gorogoa, Life Is Strange, Sid Meier’s Civilization 6, Reigns: Her Majesty, Arena of Valor and Fez reach the App Store within the span of a few short weeks. Nintendo released Super Mario Run right before Christmas in 2016, joining other big games like Bully: Anniversary Edition and The Walking Dead: Season Three. While many of those games are ports or reimagined takes on popular console titles, they are major new releases for the mobile market. And they often hit both iOS and Android near the end of the year. What makes the final quarter, and December in particular, so appealing for mobile games? We asked developers and took a look at some of the mobile games launching near the end of 2018. And yes, it’s been a big December this year as well. Revenue and exposure The App Store and the Google Play Store aren’t physical locations, so there’s no need to have … [Read more...] about Why the biggest iPhone and Android games are released in December
It’s perhaps fitting that a game with the tagline “nothing is true; everything is permitted” emerged from creative director Patrice Désilets bending the rules. Assassin’s Creed began life as a Prince of Persia game, expanded and reimagined for a new generation of consoles. You might say it even ended up feeling like one, though Désilets’ creative interpretation of Ubisoft’s mandate layered on many additional challenges for the team at Ubisoft Montreal. Today, Assassin’s is one of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, but back then Assassin’s Creed was something new. Its labyrinthine fiction twisted the modern day with the past, offering a science fiction tale of genetic memory and end-of-the-world conspiracies intertwined with another story of a master assassin coming to realize his own ignorance. Its world was made for unprecedented freedom — your character being able to … [Read more...] about Assassin’s Creed: An oral history
LeBron James will officially become a free agent on July 1.Rumors about his next move are abounding, with many suggesting he's plotting a move to the Los Angeles Lakers.With reports, rumors, whispers, and buzz about James trying to team up with other superstars, no one is quite sure what's next for the NBA's best player.According to Cleveland.com's Joe Vardon, James will officially become a free agent by turning down his contract option for next season.In a testament to the closeness of James' inner-circle, there is essentially no certainty of what he'll do in free agency. Rumors and reports have suggested James' top choices will be the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers, with some teams on the periphery, like the Philadelphia 76ers and Houston Rockets. Many options for him are complicated, however, and it seems as if there's no perfect fit for him.That doesn't mean the rumor mill hasn't stopped churning, with much of the focus on how he might land with the Lakers.According to … [Read more...] about LeBron James is officially a free agent, and rumors of his next move are abounding
Here are our picks for the absolute best PS4 games. From blockbusters to indies, action roller-coasters to contemplative explorations, these are the best games available right now for Sony’s PlayStation 4, as selected by the voracious gamers of VG247. We’ll be checking back in with new games on the regular, as old favourites are retired and new challengers rise above the pack to win a place in our hearts. It’s been a while since we last updated this list, and 2017 has long since drawn to a close. During last year we got some new info on games that might one day make this list, like Ghost of Tsushima, Death Stranding and The Last of Us: Part 2. But for now, the most recent additions to our list are the mainstream smash-hit sensation Fortnite: Battle Royale and Capcom’s action-RPG epic Monster Hunter World. At the end of last year, Middle Earth: Shadow of War arrived to succeed the venerable old Shadow of Mordor on our list – building on the rock-solid … [Read more...] about The best PS4 games in 2018: every must-play on Sony’s flagship console