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UK Implements Age Restrictions for Game Loot Boxes

By Mazen "Mithrie" Turkmani
Published: July 18, 2023 at 5:30 PM BST

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Key Takeaways

Assassin's Creed Codename Jade Closed Beta

In the realm of mobile gaming, one of the most anticipated upcoming titles is the latest addition to the legendary Assassin's Creed series: Codename Jade. The developers behind the game have just recently announced an exciting opportunity for gaming enthusiasts and franchise fans alike. The game, which is primarily set in China, is scheduled to have a Closed Beta from 03 to 11 Aug 2023.

To those unfamiliar, a Closed Beta is a type of pre-release testing phase where a limited number of players are given access to the game. These participants get to experience the game firsthand before its official release, and in return, they are expected to report any bugs, glitches, or issues they encounter, thus helping to ensure the final product is as polished and refined as possible.

The opportunity to be a part of this highly anticipated Closed Beta is open to everyone. To register, you just need to visit the official Assassin's Creed Codename Jade website at assassinscreed Once registered, you are then in with a chance to gain early access and help shape this intriguing new chapter in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Given the immense popularity of the Assassin's Creed series, it's no wonder that fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Codename Jade. The game represents a new venture for the franchise, expanding its horizons into the realm of mobile gaming and the culturally rich setting of China. How do you feel about this new Assassin's Creed installment?

Ratchet And Clank Rift Apart PC Requirements

In other gaming news, Insomniac Games, the studio behind the successful Ratchet and Clank series, have revealed the PC requirements for their latest game, Rift Apart. This installment, which has already been successfully launched on PlayStation 5, is set to debut on PC platforms on 26 Jul 2023.

In an official PlayStation Blog post, the team outlined the various technologies incorporated into the game that would enhance the gaming experience, such as immersive graphics and optimized performance features.

The PC release will allow a broader range of gamers to enjoy the stellar graphics, creative weapons, and ingenious puzzle-solving that have made the series a hit. The PC version promises to deliver the same high-quality experience that PS5 users have been enjoying, with the added benefit of being accessible to those who prefer PC gaming. Have you had the chance to dive into the interdimensional adventure that is Ratchet and Clank Rift Apart yet?

Loot Boxes In Games Update

The final news bite for today concerns the controversial topic of loot boxes in video games. The UKIE, which represents gaming companies in the UK, has proposed that loot boxes be restricted to individuals who are at least 18 years old. This comes after the UK Government released a statement a year ago discussing loot boxes in games and expressing a desire to work with the gaming industry to prevent making these features illegal.

Loot boxes, for those not in the know, are virtual containers in video games that contain randomized items or modifications for players to use. They have become a contentious issue in the gaming community, with critics claiming they encourage gambling-like behaviors, particularly among younger players.

Personally speaking, I stand firmly against the inclusion of loot boxes in video games. To me, they don't contribute any meaningful experience to the gameplay. Instead, they appear to be a tool for game developers to squeeze extra profits from players, preying on their desire to achieve faster progress or stand out with unique virtual items. Moreover, they pose a risk to individuals susceptible to gambling addiction. What's your stand on the issue of loot boxes in video games?

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