Hello, and welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, we check out Star Wars: Battlefront II’s solo campaign, Lego Dimensions runs out of bricks, and Overwatch passes 35 million players.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

Pieces of flair and opinion

  • The DeanBeat: What Visceral’s closing means for video games
  • PC Gaming Weekly: a divine solution
  • How I accidentally became a video game writer during the mobile boom
  • AR/VR Weekly: the view from Oculus Connect 4
  • Microsoft’s Play Anywhere cloud saves helped me beat Cuphead
  • Single-player is the vestigial limb of publishers that had to adapt or die
  • Former Xbox leader Ed Fries quizzes Feargal Mac on Atari’s new console
  • Are loot boxes ruining Star Wars, Hearthstone, and … everything? GamesBeat Decides
  • Hardware isn’t enough — content is key to mainstream VR adoption
  • Conjuring Divinity: Original Sin 2 on my smartphone is why I love PC gaming
  • IndieCade 2017: going behind the scenes

Above: Star Control: Origins in action.

Image Credit: Stardock

News

  • Star Control classics hit Steam as Stardock launches reboot’s preorders
  • AdHawk’s tiny sensors could enable much smaller VR headsets and AR glasses
  • Nintendo Switch outsells Sony and Microsoft heading into the holiday season
  • Lego Dimensions hits the (brick) wall
  • Tencent opens signups for Arena of Valor on Nintendo Switch and mobile
  • Moonlighter is opening up shop and slaying monsters on Nintendo Switch
  • ModMic Business brings a beloved gamer tool to a professional audience
  • Tempo Storm’s latest esports sponsor is Red Bull
  • Hearthstone is celebrating Halloween with a new Arena mode and free card packs
  • EA reboots Uncharted creator’s new Star Wars game, closes Visceral Studios
  • Razer updates its Blade Stealth ultrabook and Core external GPU dock
  • SpatialOS’s cloud-based dev platform launches an open beta for Unreal Engine integration
  • Redbox starts offering Switch game rentals
  • Torch 3D raises $3.5 million for AR and VR prototyping platform
  • CD Projekt Red addresses Cyberpunk 2077 and employee morale
  • Xbox One fall update offers more personalization for gamers
  • Battlefield 1 tackles amphibious ops with December’s Turning Tides expansion
  • Overwatch now has 35 million players for Blizzard’s online team shooter
  • RumbleMonkey expands beta to let Hearthstone gamers compete for real money

Mobile and social

  • Facebook starts letting developers monetize Instant Games on Messenger
  • Pokémon Go is celebrating Halloween with its first Gen 3 additions
  • Game of Thrones: Conquest launches on Android and iOS
  • Steel Media opens submissions for its first mobile games competition
  • Office Space: Idle Profits mobile game opens a PC branch
  • Pocket Gems launches Atlas expansion for War Dragons
  • Playrix scores another big match-3 mobile game hit with Homescapes

Above: South Park: The Fractured but Whole.

Image Credit: GamesBeat

Review, previews, and interviews

  • Razer’s Basilisk gaming mouse successfully hones in on first-person shooters
  • Emotional Fugitive Detector turns your face into a game controller
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II — director Mark Thompson digs into the Imperial single-player campaign
  • Star Wars: Battlefront II hands-on — the Imperial single-player campaign shows the ‘Gray Side’
  • Boyfriend Dungeon is like Tinder for swords
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War postmortem — Monolith’s Michael de Plater explains it all
  • The Evil Within 2 review — a survival horror game without enough horror
  • A Mortician’s Tale dissects the stigma of death
  • South Park: The Fractured but Whole review — better combat saves the day
  • Bury me, my Love stays true to the experiences of Syrian refugees
  • Game boss interview: Oculus’s Jason Rubin expects a triple-A VR game from Titanfall maker

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