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Fun fact: Four of our 10 most popular stories this year are about Electronic Arts’s Star Wars: Battlefront II situation (aka “CrateGate”) even though it just happened last month.

As part of our GamesBeat Rewind year-end event, we’re taking a look back at our top stories from this year. It’s a mix of guides, news about big franchises testing the massively multiplayer online waters, and peeks at in-game events such as hitting Prestige rank in Call of Duty: WWII. And, of course, lots of Battlefront II.

1. Square Enix taps Mobile Strike maker MZ to create Final Fantasy XV mobile MMO by Dean Takahashi

Big publishers continue to try to conquer the mobile market, and this time Square Enix is partnering with successful Mobile Strike and Game of War developers MZ to do so.


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2. Magic: The Gathering is becoming an MMO by Mike Minotti

Cryptic Studios and Perfect World previously teamed up with Wizards of the Coast to make Neverwinter, and now they’ve got their sights set on a Magic: The Gathering massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

3. Zelda: Breath of the Wild tips: How to kill Guardians, climb in the rain, and more by Jeff Grubb

Some hints and tips for surviving Hyrule.

4. The Nintendo Switch can handle Doom with all its blood and guts by Dean Takahashi

It’s still a little weird to see Doom on the Nintendo Switch next to adorable games like Overcooked and squeaky clean fun like Super Mario Odyssey, but apparently it plays well with the hardware.

5. Lucasfilm oversees Electronic Arts Star Wars games with weekly meetings by Jeff Grubb

A behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of making a video game based on one of the biggest IPs.

6. EA’s defense of Star Wars: Battlefront II is now Reddit’s most downvoted comment by Mike Minotti

EA tries to explain its loot boxes and its progression system, and people aren’t very happy about it.

7. Star Wars: Battlefront II almost had way more Overwatch-style hero skins by Jeff Grubb

The cosmetic loot boxes that could’ve been but for some reason never were.

8. Star Wars: Battlefront II microtransactions go offline until EA can ‘make changes’ by Jeff Grubb

After intense fan outrage, EA re-examines its loot-box system.

9. Call of Duty: WWII — Here’s what happens when you hit Prestige rank by Dean Takahashi

An inspirational article about what happens when you hit the top level in Call of Duty: WWII multiplayer.

10. SuperData: Hearthstone trumps all comers in card market that will hit $1.4 billion in 2017 by Mike Minotti

Three years later, Blizzard’s Hearthstone is still the king of the digital card game category.

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