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Now and Then

Click for full size As I get ready to (maybe) buy Anthem I notice I worry less about gameplay and more about stuff like loot boxes and technical performance. Is the game, clearly made thinking on consoles, work well on my PC? Will the game have loot boxes? How much they expect me to pay AFTER I pay the entry fee? Will loot boxes affect gameplay? Will Anita visit to Bioware during development turn the game story into a lecture as fun as attending Sunday’s mess? I miss the good old days…  

Starblood Arena Dev On Server Shutdown: ‘We Loved This Game Deeply’

Eariler this week we reported that PSVR multiplayer shooter Starblood Arena is shutting down. Now developer WhiteMoon Dreams has spoken up with a bittersweet goodbye. Studio CEO Jay Koottarappallil took to the PSVR subreddit to talk about the game’s closure. “People, we loved this game so deeply,” he wrote, “it became a large part of the studio’s identity and though we work on other things today, the roots of SBA run deep, making this time even harder.” Starblood was an enjoyable six degrees of freedom (6DOF) VR shooter that launched in 2017. It had some good ideas on how to build a VR shooter, but struggled to find a robust audience. That’s a common theme with VR games. Sony will take the servers offline in July. Koottarappallil revealed that the decision to shut servers down came from Sony…