This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.
Loot crates made illegal in Belgium
Belgium officials have determined that loot boxes violate the country’s gambling laws and publishers face jail time and fines if they don’t remove them from their games.
Specially, FIFA 18, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were found to be in violation. Star Wars Battlefront 2 was also part of the investigation, but EA’s removal of the game’s loot boxes kept it from bumping up against the country’s legislation.
Justice Minister Koen Geens said that if loot boxes in the aforementioned games aren’t removed, their publishers could be subject to up to five years in prison and a fine of up to €800,000 (approximately $974,926). Those punishments could be doubled if children are involved.
Nintendo president set to retire, replacement named
Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima will step down as head of the company in June, according to the company’s latest financial earnings report.
Kimishima will retire on June 28, pending shareholder approval, with Shuntaro Furukawa replacing him as representative director and president.
Furukawa currently runs Nintendo’s global marketing department along with being outside director for The Pokemon Company and Nintendo’s managing executive officer. He’s been with the company since 1994.
This marks a return to the typical age for a starting Nintendo president last seen with Satoru Iwata, the company’s longtime president and CEO that died in July 2015 after holding that role for over a decade. Furukawa will be 46 when he takes over for Kimishima, while Iwata was 43 when he became head honcho.
Despite only being head for just under three years, Kimishima will be remembered for the remarkable success of the Switch. The console launched 18 months after Kimishima became president in September 2015, and it has been a sales powerhouse ever since. He also presided over some of Nintendo’s best games in its history, like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey.
In other news, the financial report also revealed that Nintendo sold 10.4 million copies of Super Mario Odyssey since it launched in October up until March 31. No details were revealed about how the quirky hardware line Nintendo Labo is fairing a week after launch.
Epic moves ahead with lawsuit against 14-year-old Fortnite cheater
Epic Games is pressing forward with a lawsuit against a 14-year-old minor that was caught cheating in Fortnite – thereby violating the terms of service – despite the boy’s mother attempting to get the case dismissed.
The case was brought to the media’s attention last year, when Epic sued two players for cheating. One of the players turned out to be a 14-year-old boy, whose brother tried to have the case dismissed in a letter to the court. The latest filing, obtained by TorrentFreak, reveals that Epic is moving forward with the case regardless.
The filling disputes the four main points raised in November’s letter, saying that the “first three make no allegation that Epic has failed to state a claim and are, therefore, irrelevant.” Those points were that Epic is unable to provide that the boy modified copyrighted game code, that Epic illegally released the boy’s name, and that Epic can’t prove “profit loss” as a result of the boy cheating meaning the company isn’t entitled to damages.
In regards to the fourth claim that called the defendant a minor that accepted the terms and conditions of having an account without parental consent, Epic argues that this “is not correct,” citing the precedent of another case that had the “infancy defense” dismissed because the students involved had to “click ‘I Agree’ to the terms of the user agreement.” In that case, the court ruled that “a valid contract existed between the minors and the software company” because the students agreed to the user agreement.
“The same principle applies here to the same result.”
Epic Games, in a filing
In regards to the lack of a “parental consent drop down” and an “age range drop down,” Epic states that it is “not required to include drop down menus in its registration process nor is the use of these drop down menus industry-standard.”
Fortnite update’s emergency broadcast teases big event
Fortnite’s official Twitter and Facebook accounts have sent out the following image, which features the standard SMPTE color bars with an outline of a dead llama laid over the top.
The same message has popped up on game as well.
Aside from that, nothing has changed in-game since the release of the new 3.6 update. However, with Season 3 winding to a close next week, it’s all but assured that something is going to happen. Epic acknowledged fans’ speculation by adding small details to Tilted Towers in the new patch.
Avengers: Infinity War iron spider suit revealed for Spider-Man PS4
The Avengers: Infinity War Iron Spider suit has been revealed for Spider-Man on PS4.
According to the PlayStation Blog, Peter Parker’s shiny new suit from the film set to launch on Friday in the US is one of three suits included in the Spidey Suit pack pre-order bonus. You can check out the suit in action in the gameplay trailer below.
Insomniac got access to the actual CG asset from Infinity War to ensure the suit’s authenticity. Players will also be able to try on other suits for the game’s comics and films.
They are each equipped with a special power, but Insomniac isn’t ready to share what the Iron Spider suit does. The Spider-Punk suit, which also comes in the Spidey Suit pack, lets players pull out a guitar and dish out an AoE attack to knock enemies off their feet.
Spider-Man PS4 launches on Sept. 7.
Bandai Namco, Aardman Studios working on narrative-driven WW1 game
Aardman Studios (yes, the one behind Wallace and Gromit), Bandai Namco, and developer DigixArt are collaborating on 11-11: Memories Retold, a narrative adventure game set in World War I.
The game focuses on storytelling and tone rather than combat.
“From the painted style to the emotional journey we create for the player to revive their heritage, we are pushing the boundaries of what a game can be and hope it will leave a mark on you.”
DigixArt, in a press release
The game is set to come to PS4, Xbox One, and PC.