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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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  • Call of Duty Anti-cheat Will Close the Game if Aim Assist is Activated

    Call of Duty Anti-cheat Will Close the Game if Aim Assist is Activated

    Shut it down. Shut it all down.

    An update from Call of Duty says that the Ricochet anti-cheat will now just shut down Call of Duty if a mouse and keyboard player activates aim assist.

    The team warns that repeated use of these aim assist tools could lead to "further account action." Presumably this means that these players will be either account banned or hardware banned from Call of Duty.

    Naturally, the responses to this news include people complaining...
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  • Call of Duty Takes the Warzone to Urzikstan

    Call of Duty Takes the Warzone to Urzikstan

    The first season for Modern Warfare 3 went live with big updates across the board.

    The first season for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 went live today across all platforms. This update runs across all aspects of Modern Warfare 3, including changing the main Warzone map to Urzikstan. Today's update also includes the first seasonal battle pass for Modern Warfare 3, which will allow you to earn all sorts of unlockable content from weapons, to Call of Duty Points, to cosmetics.
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  • Modern Warfare 3 Patch 1.33 is Live

    Modern Warfare 3 Patch 1.33 is Live

    The update includes only some of the planned changes.

    The Patch 1.33 for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is out now for all platforms. However, while the update changelog is rather beefy, the actual update does not include all of the changes that you may have been hoping to see.

    Activision took to Twitter to say that "due to unforeseen issues" this update does not include some of the changes that were set to be included in this update. These omitted updates...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Anti-Cheat to Implement 'Splat'

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Anti-Cheat to Implement 'Splat'

    Ricochet anti-cheat won't just ban cheaters in Modern Warfare 3.

    With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set to release mere hours from now, the developers and Activision took to the Call of Duty Blog to talk about improvements to Ricochet. Ricochet being the name given to the anti-cheat service used in the previous few Call of Duty releases.

    First up is the more mundane improvements that are coming to Ricochet ahead of Modern Warfare 3's launch. Activision notes that they...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Times

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Release Times

    Find out exactly when Modern Warfare 3 is out.

    Though the severely lacking single player campaign for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is already out for anybody that pre-orders, the rest of the game is still a couple of days away. Fortunately, those that are waiting for the multiplayer and Zombies content in Modern Warfare 3 now know exactly when they will be able to dive in and get sweaty.

    Activision provided exact launch times for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox...
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  • Activision Explains Why Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Uses 235GB of Drive Space

    You will once again need a whole ass drive just for one Call of Duty game.

    Those who dove into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 campaign early access have found that their total install size weighs in at just shy of 235GB of SSD space occupied. This is true for at least the PlayStation 5 version of the game. On the PC side, I have my install down to just 101GB, but that's without having Modern Warfare 2 content installed, which I may or may not end up needing anyway once the multiplayer...
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  • Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Beta Release Times

    Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Beta Release Times

    The global release times for PC and consoles.

    Activision announced the exact global release times that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's multiplayer beta will begin. It all starts on October 6 with an early PlayStation beta for those that pre-ordered the game.

    The Early Access PlayStation beta begins October 6 at 10AM (PT). The open beta for all PlayStation users begins on October 8 at 10AM (PT). October 12th at 10AM (PT) the beta will kick off for early access PC players,...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Trailer

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Trailer

    Featuring a lot of content from Modern Warfare and Modern Warfare 2.

    Fans wanted old Modern Warfare 2 (2009) content to return in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), so that's precisely what Activision is doing for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2023).

    A new multiplayer focused trailer came out today for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It's familiar yet new. Unless of course you never played the older Modern Warfare games before, in which case it's all new to you....
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  • Tomb Raider's Lara Croft Coming to Call of Duty

    Tomb Raider's Lara Croft Coming to Call of Duty

    The adventurer will be just one part of the new content coming in Season 05 Reloaded.

    Activision shared the details on what Call of Duty fans can expect when Season 05 Reloaded launches on August 30 ant 9AM (PT). Season 05 Reloaded will be for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Warzone. Just like with previous seasonal updates, this one included plenty of new content to look forward to.

    First off, Season 05 Reloaded will come with the usual new content. We're...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Makarov Reveal Trailer

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Makarov Reveal Trailer

    Iiiiit's Makarov... aaaaagain.

    Another new teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 came out today. In this Makarov focused trailer, we get a new look at series antagonist Vladimir Makarov alongside very brief glimpses of in-game footage.

    This trailer, like the teaser trailer before it, is narrated by Captain Price. This trailer blends some live-action footage of Makarov getting a tattoo with some of those in-game pieces. We see stuff like swimming in frozen waters,...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Releases November 10, 2023

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Releases November 10, 2023

    So, we are getting a full sequel this year then?

    Activision said in February 2022 that there wouldn't be a major Call of Duty release in 2023. Today, Activision announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will be released on November 10, 2023.

    This release date announcement comes from a short teaser trailer for Modern Warfare 3. In the teaser, we get small bits of dialogue from Captain Price and Phillip Graves, the head of Shadow Company. If you played Call of Duty:...
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  • Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj Coming to Call of Duty

    Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj Coming to Call of Duty

    Celebrate 50 years of hip hop... in Call of Duty?

    A couple of major hip hop superstars are coming soon to a Call of Duty near you. The official Call of Duty Twitter account shared images and announcements for both Snoop Dogg and Nicki Minaj, showing that skins for these two artists will be coming soon to the game.

    The cost of the skins is not currently known, but with Season 5 coming on August 2 it won't be long to see how much each of these skins will set you back....
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  • Several Characters from The Boys are Coming to Modern Warfare 2

    Several Characters from The Boys are Coming to Modern Warfare 2

    Season 4 to add in three Operator skins from The Boys.

    The popular Amazon Prime Video superhero series, The Boys, is soon to have a collaboration with none other than Call of Duty. Season 4's midseason update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will introduce Black Noir, a prominent character from The Boys for the show's first three seasons. Joining Black Noir from The boys will be Starlight and Homelander.

    The midseason update for Modern Warfare 2 kicks off on July 12...
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  • Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera Shutting Down in September

    Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera Shutting Down in September

    Everything you have done, earned, purchased, or unlocked will cease to be.

    On September 21, 2023, Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera will be taken offline for good. All gameplay, progress, purchased items, inventories, and online services will go away on that day. This has been announced by Activision Blizzard via a blog post that went up earlier today.

    Activision Blizzard says that they made this decision in order to "focus on future Call of Duty content including the...
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  • Season 3 Now Live for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

    Season 3 Now Live for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

    New maps, Gunfight, new Season Pass, and the usual.

    Another season of content for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is already here. Season 03 launched today for both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0. Whichever game mode you favor will have something new or different to experience in this latest season. The full patch notes of changes and additions can be read through CallofDuty.com. A few of the highlights can be found below.

    The new modes include Massive Resurgence, Gunfight,...
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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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