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Xbox Confirms PlayStation 5 Releases, Diablo 4 on Game Pass, and Future Hardware Plans

No, Starfield and Indiana Jones are not going multi-platform any time soon.

The heads of Xbox stayed true to their word and were indeed a part of a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast. During today's pre-recorded podcast and subsequent blog post, head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated that four Xbox exclusives are going to be multi-platform releases. Is it Starfield? Indiana Jones? Gears of War? Halo?! No, no, no, and no. Though Spencer did not specify what those four titles ...
 

Embracer Lays Off 97 Employees from Eidos; Cancels New Deus Ex

Embracer's rampage continues.

Eidos-Montreal, a development studio currently under the Embracer umbrella, made the sad announcement that employees at the studio were being laid off. Eidos took to social media to confirm that 97 people have been let go "from development teams, administration, and support services".

The studio says that "global economic context, the challenges of our industry, and the comprehensive restructuring announced by Embracer have...
 

Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 People from Gaming Divisions

Impacted teams include Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Layoffs are happening again within Microsoft as roughly 1,900 employees are being let go. The initial report comes from an IGN report that says the layoffs hit Microsoft owned Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Xbox lead Phil Spencer sent out a memo to staff which announced these layoffs. In the memo, Spencer says that as Microsoft is "committed to aligning on a strategy and an execution plan with...
 

Layoffs Hit Black Forest Games and People Can Fly

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Two more studios announced layoffs today. Those studios are Black Forest Games and People Can Fly.

Black Forest Games is the studio behind the remakes for Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2. The studio reportedly laid off roughly 50% of its entire workforce. In 2023, Black Forest Games reportedly had 110 employees, meaning that about 55 people are now out of a job today. These layoffs were announced on January 24th.

According to sources speaking...
 

Riot Games Lays Off 530 Employees, Shutters Riot Forge

Sigh...

Today's games industry layoff news comes to us courtesy of Riot Games, the development studio behind League of Legends and Valorant. In an effort to move towards "a more sustainable future", Riot Games announced plans to eliminate 11% of their entire workforce, or roughly 530 employees.

In today's announcement, Riot Games says that "teams outside of the core development" will be impacted by these layoffs the hardest.

Riot CEO...
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  • 900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

    900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

    Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

    Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

    President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
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  • GameScent to Allow Gamers to Experience the Outdoors Without Going Outside

    GameScent to Allow Gamers to Experience the Outdoors Without Going Outside

    Scratch and sniff without the scratch.

    There is now a new way to immerse yourself in your favorite video game. GameScent is a new device that will "automatically release scents that correspond with gameplay." This is all apparently done without needing the game to be specifically developed with the device in mind. How does it do it? Would you believe it's done via AI? Because it's done via AI.

    GameScent apparently captures audio in real-time, and thanks to...
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  • Horror Franchise Paranormal Activity is Getting a Video Game Adaptation

    Horror Franchise Paranormal Activity is Getting a Video Game Adaptation

    Wait, there are seven Paranormal Activity films?

    DreadXP is set to publish a new game based on the long-running horror film franchise, Paranormal Activity. DarkStone Digital is teaming up with Paramount Game Studios to create an "all-new interactive game experience" based on this franchise.

    DreadXP says that they aim to bring the "groundbreaking found-footage style to horror enthusiasts in surprising new ways." This game "expands upon the lore...
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  • Warhammer 40,000 Invades PowerWash Simulator Today

    Warhammer 40,000 Invades PowerWash Simulator Today

    Purge the unclean!

    The new Warhammer 40,000 Special Pack for PowerWash Simulator is now available! This special collaboration comes to you courtesy of a partnership between Square Enix Collective, FuturLab, and Games Workshop. This pack of filthy 40K-themed content is going for $7.99 and is available for PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch.

    This pack includes several different Warhammer 40,000 vehicles and machines to cleanse,...
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  • Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Releasing on March 19

    Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Releasing on March 19

    The update will hit the PC first.

    Stardew Valley fans have been eagerly awaiting news on when the 1.6 update for the game would be released. Developer Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone has been working on this update for quite some time now. The 1.6 update was supposed to be a relatively small update to the game but it ultimately grew to be "a little larger in scope" than what ConcernedApe had initially planned.

    Earlier today, Barone celebrated Stardew Valley's...
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  • Assassin's Creed Infinity to Feature Daily and Weekly Cosmetics

    Assassin's Creed Infinity to Feature Daily and Weekly Cosmetics

    More details possibly leaked for Ubisoft's live-service Assassin's Creed hub.

    In 2021, news about a new live-service project for Assassin's Creed was shared via Bloomberg. Ubisoft later confirmed that they are working on this new project and that it will be called Assassin's Creed Infinity. Back in 2021, it sure sounded like Infinity was going to be a new game, one full of "games as a service" style trappings.

    Today, we know that Assassin's Creed Infinity is...
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  • Horror Studio Supermassive to Lay Off 90 Employees

    Horror Studio Supermassive to Lay Off 90 Employees

    Up to 150 jobs are reportedly at risk.

    Supermassive Games just announced that they are about to layoff roughly 90 employees from the studio. This comes after various consultation sessions where the conclusion being cuts had to be made in order "to ensure the continued sustainability of the company."

    Bloomberg was the first to report on these potential layoffs and was quickly confirmed by Supermassive. Officially, Supermassive did not share the numbers on just...
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  • Foamstars Reveals Season 2 'Groovy Disco'

    Foamstars Reveals Season 2 'Groovy Disco'

    The new season begins March 8.

    Foamstars was just released at the start of February as part of the PlayStation Plus lineup, and already we're looking at information for the second season. Set to begin on March 8, Foamstars Season 2, aka "Groovy Disco," will offer up even more cosmetics, new modes, and a new character for players.

    Some highlights of the second season include the addition of a new Foamstar, Coiff Guy. This character can be acquired by all players...
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  • Battlefield Game Director Marcus Lehto Leaves EA and Ridgeline Games

    Battlefield Game Director Marcus Lehto Leaves EA and Ridgeline Games

    No statement has been made by either EA or Lehto.

    Marcus Lehto is no longer working at Ridgeline Games, the studio that Electronic Arts created in 2021 to focus on a new Battlefield narrative campaign following the initial lackluster response to Battlefield 2042. Fans on the Battlefield 2042 subreddit were the first to notice that Lehto recently changed his Twitter biography.

    Lehto's Twitter bio used to read "Game Director @Battlefield Narrative @EA" before...
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  • Warner Bros. Admits Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Flopped Hard

    Warner Bros. Admits Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Flopped Hard

    It's not looking too good for Rocksteady.

    Warner Bros. Discovery chief financial officer Gunnar Wiedenfels says that Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League "has fallen short of our expectations." In other words, the game flopped and probably flopped real hard.

    Wiendenfels admitted that Rocksteady's latest did not sell anywhere close to what Warner Bros. had wanted it to sell. The game was released on February 2 at a price that starts at $70 on PC, PlayStation...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 6.4.0 Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Update 6.4.0 Changelog

    Featuring persistent servers! ... But only for Portal Custom Experiences.

    DICE just dropped the full changelog for next week's Update 6.4.0 coming to Battlefield 2042. This update will go live across all platforms on Wednesday, February 28th. The studio says this is the final update for Season 6 as Season 7 will go live in March. Notably, Update 6.4.0 introduces the "Arkangel Directive" along with persistent servers for Battlefield Portal Custom Experiences, and improvements to v...
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  • Xbox is Giving Away a Custom Palworld Themed Xbox Series S

    Xbox is Giving Away a Custom Palworld Themed Xbox Series S

    Won't be available for sale.

    Thanks to Microsoft, the surprise hit that is Palworld now has its very own Xbox console! Sadly, it won't be a console that Microsoft will be selling. Instead, the Palworld-themed Xbox Series S will be part of a giveaway that includes the custom Palworld console, four custom controllers, and a three month Game Pass Ultimate code.

    Xbox advertised the giveaway on the hellscape that is Twitter. Retweeting their post also sadly seems to be the...
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  • Dying Light 2 Gets New 'Reloaded Edition'

    Dying Light 2 Gets New 'Reloaded Edition'

    A new in-game event also just kicked off.

    Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Reloaded Edition was announced today. it features all updates and content released over the past two years, including the Bloody Ties DLC, new Firearm update, and more. Those that already own the game will get a free upgrade, while those that don't yet own the game can try out Dying Light 2 for free from February 22 through February 26.

    All of this comes as Dying Light 2 kicks off its second anniversary....
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  • New 'Nvidia App' Combines GeForce Experience with Control Panel

    New 'Nvidia App' Combines GeForce Experience with Control Panel

    The ancient Nvidia control panel finally has a fresh look and new functionality.

    Goodbye GeForce Experience. Goodbye ancient Nvidia control panel. Hello to the new 'Nvidia App'. Nvidia just released a new beta build of a desktop app that will combine the GeForce Experience features with the options of the Nvidia Control Panel we all know and have a love/hate relationship with.

    The best part is that the new Nvidia App will not require a login in order to access the features....
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  • Dinos vs Robots Fest Announced for Steam

    Dinos vs Robots Fest Announced for Steam

    You think Valve is just using a dartboard at this point for new Fest ideas?

    Valve just passed along word that the next Steam Fest will begin next week on February 26th. From the 26th through to March 4th at 10AM (PT), Steam's Dinos vs. Robots Fest will be live.

    This Fest will once again include a full week of discounts, demos, streams, and more on all games related to dinosaurs, games with robots, and maybe even some games with dinosaurs and robots.

    The...
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  • Poll: How do You Feel About Xbox Going Multi-Platform?
    by Shawn Zipay
    An announcement is expected to take place soon.

    For a little while now, rumors suggested that Xbox will begin to offer many of their first-party titles on competing hardware platforms. Just this week, those rumors were given more substance from a number of sources that say games such as Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Hi-Fi Rush, and even Gears of War could end up on PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch.

    If these new reports are to be believed, these first-party...
    I am in favor of playing Xbox games on other platforms
    100.00%
    4
    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
    0
    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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