Welcome to EGM’s Weekly Wrap. Each Friday, we round up the biggest news stories from the past seven days, along with some of the smaller but still interesting developments that may have flown under the radar, all in one convenient place for you, our dear readers.
This week, EA was the Empire and down-voting Reddit users were the Rebel Alliance, in that even if you think the Rebel Alliance won, you still got the First Order coming back at a later date to try to once again get you to buy microtransactions.
Here’s a rundown of this week’s top stories and others you may have missed:
This Week’s Top Stories
After a comment posted by a developer about pay-to-win microtransactions in Star Wars Battlefront II became the most downvoted in Reddit’s history, EA announced that it was temporarily removing all microtransactions from the game. Now, if only Battlefront II was actually a good game…
Nintendo continued to dominate the NPD’s October hardware charts by banking on the novel concept that gamers will want to buy consoles that have fun games on them without microtransactions.
Disney committed its most notable act of mercy since Old Yeller when it shut down Marvel Heroes.
Nominations for the Game Awards 2017 were announced, and if you can’t guess which games were listed as Game of the Year, you probably just regained consciousness from a yearlong coma, in which case we’d like to welcome you back to the waking world.
Someone figured out how to kill Mario with Cappy in Super Mario Odyssey, and it has nothing to do with him annoying you to death by constantly reminding you about the action guide.
Microsoft has made it easier than ever to pretend like you live in Japan by pricing the Xbox One S at less than $200.
Injustice 2 showed that microtransactions aren’t necessarily evil by announcing that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are joining its roster of fighters.
In Other News…
Vivendi promised it won’t try to take over Ubisoft in the next six months, because if anyone is trustworthy, it’s a communications mega-conglomerate.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds added vaulting to its test servers, because we guess an Early Access title testing out a mechanic that’s basically in every other shooter is newsworthy in this day and age.
PUBG also banned 100,000 players last weekend alone, which cuts down on, like, one percent of the total amount of cheaters.
Twitch Plays Pokemon‘s developer announced that he’s stepping down after getting called out for doxxing one of his community members, because even powerful people that low on the totem pole are apparently douches.
Russia tried to use a screenshot from AC-130 Gunship Simulator to “prove” the U.S. was working with ISIS. Way to kick us while we’re down, Russia.