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Embracer Acquires The Lord of the Rings, Tripwire Interactive, and Several Other Companies

The one company to rule them all. We are all Embracer now.

Last night around midnight (ET) that Embracer Group made several acquisition announcements that have been turning heads all day. First off, Embracer says that they have acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien through its acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises.

Middle-earth Enterprises is a company that holds the licensing rights to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other...
 

Bungie Employees were Doxxed, Slammed with Racial Slurs, and Received Death Threats

Bungie employees were the victims of harassment after celebrating a collaboration with an African-American streamer.

Some employees at Bungie were the victims of extreme harassment. The harassment, which mainly took place this past June, included those employees being doxxed and hit with numerous racial slurs, phone calls, text messages, and death threats.

This all began after the employees celebrated a collaboration announcement that the studio was working with African-American...
 

VRChat Fans are Livid Over Anti-cheat Announcement

The recent announcement of adding Easy Anti-Cheat has sent people into a virtual uproar.

VRChat is getting demolished by fans. Where? Everywhere. The game's Steam page has been steadily review bombed over the past couple of days. The official Discord server is full of very angry fans. The game's Reddit page is full of angry people. Even the VRChat official community suggestion and bug reporting site is blowing up with the fervor of thousands of angry fans.

At last check,...
 

Meta is Increasing the Price of their Quest 2 Headsets by $100

The already lofty barrier to entry just got a lot higher.

Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook and Oculus, just announced a price hike for their VR headsets. Starting in August, the price for the 128GB Meta Quest 2 will increase by $100 (USD) to $399.99 (USD). The price of the 256GB Meta Quest 2 will also increase by $100 to $499.99. As if that weren't bad enough, Meta says that they are increasing the prices for Meta Quest 2 accessories and refurbished units at the same time....
 

Skate 4 Officially Called skate. and Will be Free-to-Play

The release will also include cross-play and cross-progression functionality.

There was some big Skate 4 news today, starting with the fact that the game is officially being called skate. and not Skate 4. skate. will be a free-to-play title for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms when it's ready to be released. It will also include both cross-play and cross-progression support.

All of this was revealed as part of developer Full Circle's latest Board Room update, which...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 1.2 Includes Kaleidoscope Overhaul, Player Stats, and More

    This update will arrive on Tuesday, August 2.

    DICE just released the full update changelog for the upcoming 1.2 update hitting Battlefield 2042. This update is slated to go live across all platforms on Tuesday, August 2.

    This seems to be a pretty major update in the grand scheme of things. This update will offer the reworked version of Kaleidoscope. This update will also introduce the first style and tone changes for the Specialists. The updates coming to Kaleidoscope...
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  • Battlefield 3 Reality Mod Releasing July 17

    Battlefield 3 Reality Mod Releasing July 17

    The mod has been in development for over seven years by more than 80 people.

    The long-awaited Reality Mod for Battlefield 3 will finally be released. On July 17 the v0.1 release of the mod will bring some significant changes to the core Battlefield 3 gameplay.

    The mod, which pulls inspiration from the popular Battlefield 2 Project Reality mod will add in new content like a day-night cycle, changes to how health works, a revamped medic system, and will include other changes...
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  • Next Battlefield Might Bring Back the Single Player Campaign

    Next Battlefield Might Bring Back the Single Player Campaign

    A job listing could hint at the return of the Battlefield campaign.

    A new job listing was recently spotted over the past weekend. According to said job listing, Battlefield Seattle Studio is looking for a design director that will "manage the design team and design vision of a new Battlefield campaign."

    This "Battlefield Seattle Studio" seems to be the studio being formed by Marcus Lehto. In December 2021, we learned that Lehto was forming a new st...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 1.1 Patch Notes

    Battlefield 2042 Update 1.1 Patch Notes

    The first update for Season 1 drops on July 6.

    DICE just detailed what is coming in the 1.1 update for Battlefield 2042. Rather, it's Update #1.1.0, just so we're super clear on this because those previous update versions were needlessly confusing.

    The 1.1.0 update will drop on July 6 and is the first update since the launch of Season 1 for Battlefield 2042. Some of the notable changes and fixes in this update include some new XP events for pilot kills, disarming mines,...
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  • DICE Has No Time for Non-Battlefield Content

    DICE Has No Time for Non-Battlefield Content

    It's Battlefield or bust for developer DICE.

    If you wanted something else from developer DICE, like maybe a new Mirror's Edge, you're going to have a long wait. In the here and now, DICE has no plans to make anything not-Battlefield related. In fact, it seems as though the studio is only focused on Battlefield 2042 at the moment.

    DICE vice president Rebecka Coutaz sat down with GI.biz in a new interview. Coutaz says that any projects that are not related to Battlefield...
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  • Depending on Who You Ask: Everyone or Nobody at DICE is Currently Working on Battlefield 2042

    Schrödinger's development team.

    Depending on who you listen to and who you believe, either a "skeleton crew" is left working on Battlefield 2042 development, or the entire team at DICE is still working on the game.

    Back in April, the idea that there were only a handful of people left working on Battlefield 2042 started to circulate online. When asked how many people were still working on 2042, DICE game designer Frederik Drabert said that "almost everyone"...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season One Arrives on June 9 with a New Map

    Battlefield 2042 Season One Arrives on June 9 with a New Map

    Yay. Woo.

    EA and DICE revealed official information today about Zero Hour, the name for Season One of Battlefield 2042. The game's first season will launch on June 9 across all available platforms. It features a single new map, a single new Specialist, two new vehicles that are both helicopters, and a couple of new weapons.

    There is also a new Battle Pass. Rather, the first Battle Pass for the game is also coming. This pass will include a bunch of cosmetic items such as...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 1.0 Patch Notes

    Battlefield 2042 Update 1.0 Patch Notes

    Yes, 1.0. We're up to version 1.0 after the game has been out now for almost 200 days.

    Battlefield 2042 is truly the gift that keeps on giving. I mean that in the most condescending way possible here. Since Battlefield 2042 officially launched on November 19, 2021 it has received zero content updates while the team at DICE worked to make the game less of a steaming mess of a pile. The first season for the game is, at last, finally upon us and with it comes a rather anemic amount of...
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  • Classic Portal Maps Coming to Battlefield 2042 All-Out-Warfare Tomorrow

    Classic Portal Maps Coming to Battlefield 2042 All-Out-Warfare Tomorrow

    Four classic Battlefield maps from Portal will be added to the All-Out-Warfare rotation.

    Thursday, June 2 will bring about the first major changes to the playlists for Battlefield 2042's main All-Out-Warfare mode. The Conquest 64 mode will be given a new name, Exodus Conquest. When this happens four classic maps from Battlefield 3 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2 will be added into the mix.

    Specifically, Caspian Border and Noshahr Canals from Battlefield 3 will be added....
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  • Datamined Battlefield 2042 Season One Info from temporyal Suggest Dedicated Playlists for the New Map

    One new map, one new Specialist, 24 hour playlists, and two new vehicles.

    Known dataminer temporyal has taken another deep-dive into the Battlefield 2042 files to find out what we can expect when Season One launches for the game in June. In doing so, they discovered some previously unknown details about what Battlefield fans can expect as far as the new content is concerned.

    Thus far, temporyal notes that the new Specialist coming in the first season is named Ewelina Lis....
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  • DICE Talks Specialist Changes, Map Updates, and More in Latest Battlefield 2042 Briefing

    The latest developer briefing contains a lot that will be coming in the future.

    Members of the Battlefield 2042 development team at DICE sat down to talk about a variety of topics today. Among those topics were some art passes coming to both maps and Specialists, adjustments to Specialist dialogue, changes to animations, and some of what is coming throughout the game's first season of content.

    In addition to announcing that they are ditching Hazard Zone support, today's...
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  • To Nobody's Surprise Hazard Zone Support is Ending for Battlefield 2042

    To Nobody's Surprise Hazard Zone Support is Ending for Battlefield 2042

    This is the least shocking news ever.

    DICE announced that they are no longer going to support or release new content for the Hazard Zone mode in Battlefield 2042.

    Now, I know what you're thinking: "How could they end support for something that they never supported in the first place?" And you would be correct in asking that rhetorical question. What this essentially means is that DICE isn't going to convert any new maps into Hazard Zone variants. The mode will...
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  • Next Battlefield Update to Remove 128-player Breakthrough

    Next Battlefield Update to Remove 128-player Breakthrough

    Update 4.1 will be out on May 19.

    DICE just released the list of changes coming in Battlefield 2042 Update 4.1 scheduled for release on May 19. Among the changes expected in this update are more fixes, various quality of life improvements, and the total removal of the 128-player Breakthrough mode from the game.

    Among the listed changes, the removal of Breakthrough 128 seems to be the biggest change being made to the game. DICE notes that they feel the 128-player modes...
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  • Undocumented Changes in Battlefield 2042 Update 4.0

    Undocumented Changes in Battlefield 2042 Update 4.0

    Players have found a number of changes that went undocumented.

    Today, update 4.0 was released for Battlefield 2042. We went over the numerous changes included in the extensive update 4.0 changelog just yesterday. However, even with that laundry list of fixes and adjustments, there were still some things that were changed that went undocumented by the developers at DICE.

    Thankfully, Reddit users are on the case and have compiled a list of over 30 changes that they have...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 4.0 Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Update 4.0 Changelog

    This should excite the handful of people still playing. Maybe?

    The 4.0 update for Battlefield 2042 will be released on April 19. For those keeping track at home, that is tomorrow. Today? Today we were given the long changelog of what we can all expect from update 4.0.

    Notably, this update brings voice chat functionality for your Party and Squads. There is also a change to the End of Round that now displays the Scoreboard. I still just cannot believe a Battlefield game...
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  • Poll: Have You Ever Raged Because of a Game?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Broken controllers, holes in walls, excessive yelling and swearing.

    While I'm sure we would all like to consider ourselves here calm, cool, and collected that might not always hold true when playing a frustrating game. Maybe you're having a particularly frustrating day, and nothing is going your way. Maybe your teammates (and totally not you) are doing terrible and you're losing a multiplayer game because of it. Maybe you just died for the 50th time to a boss that did some unblockable...
    Yes, I've raged. Full on broken controller & hole in wall levels of rage.
    20.00%
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    Yes, I've raged but without any sort of property damage.
    80.00%
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    No / can't remember. I'm as calm as a cucumber even when the odds are stacked against me.
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    07-18-2022, 02:31 PM
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