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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 'Delayed' Until 2021

    Mass Effect: Legendary Edition 'Delayed' Until 2021

    Stick with me on this one.

    Some sad news for you today as we bring you word that Mass Effect: Legendary Edition has been "delayed" until early 2021 from a planned October 2020 release window. But wait, what's this? Mass Effect: Legendary Edition didn't have a release date? It wasn't even announced by EA yet? You don't know what Mass Effect: Legendary Edition even is?

    Let's rewind a bit on this one.

    So far as we know, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition...
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  • Mafia: Trilogy Official Launch Trailer

    Mafia: Trilogy Official Launch Trailer

    Out now.

    With today's release of Mafia: Definitive Edition, the entire Mafia: Trilogy is now available. Mafia: Definitive Edition joins the already released Mafia 2: Definitive Edition and Mafia 3: Definitive Edition that were released back in May.

    Mafia: Definitive Edition is a bit more than a simple upgrade like the other two titles are. We are looking at a full remake of the original game on a modern engine with plenty of bells and whistles. Mafia: Definitive Edition...
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  • All Known Launch Games for Amazon Luna

    All Known Launch Games for Amazon Luna

    Luna is a new streaming service from Amazon.

    Amazon is pushing even further into the realm of gaming this week with their announcement of Amazon Luna, a new cloud gaming platform similar to Google Stadia and Microsoft's xCloud. Like Stadia, Luna will be compatible with a number of different devices, many of which are made by Amazon.

    The full list of supported devices includes the following:
    • PC (Windows 10 with DirectX 11 support)
    • Mac (OSX 10.13 or later)
    • Fire TV
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  • 1TB of Extra Storage on Xbox Series X to Cost $220

    1TB of Extra Storage on Xbox Series X to Cost $220

    The high price of next-gen storage.

    Microsoft has come out and said that the cost of 1TB of expandable storage for the Xbox Series X|S will run you a lofty $219.99 (USD). This expandable storage will come in the form of small cards that will slot into the rear of both the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S. They will match the internal SSD speeds and provide 1TB of additional storage capacity.

    If you're wondering why the storage is so expensive, knowing that it is proprietary...
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  • DOOM Eternal Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    DOOM Eternal Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    One of the so-called "best first-person shooters ever" is coming to Xbox Game Pass.

    On October 1, Xbox Game Pass subscribers will get to rip and tear all over again when DOOM Eternal releases to the subscription service. Those on Xbox Game Pass for PC will get to rip and tear later on in 2020.

    That is the extent of the news really. The rest is just from Xbox.com talking about what DOOM Eternal is all about. Isn't that exciting? ...
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  • Microsoft Flight Simulator's First World Update is Coming September 29

    Microsoft Flight Simulator's First World Update is Coming September 29

    The first major update to bring major improvements.

    Asobo said that they would release some major world updates for Microsoft Flight Simulator roughly every three months. Though it has only been about a month since the game's release, we are already looking at the first major world update for the game.

    This update is slated to land on September 29. With it will come a major focus on the area in and around Japan. There will be six cities getting major updates, six handcrafted...
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  • NieR Replicant Remaster Launching April 23, 2021

    NieR Replicant Remaster Launching April 23, 2021

    Release date revealed during the Tokyo Game Show.

    Square Enix announced today that NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139... will be released on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam on April 23, 2021. This game is a modern re-telling of NieR Replicant, which originally came out in Japan back in 2010. It also serves as a prequel to the much celebrated NieR: Automata.

    NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will have you going through an apocalyptic world as you play as a...
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  • Sony is Not Offering an Upgrade Path for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

    Sony is Not Offering an Upgrade Path for Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered

    Only available to Miles Morales Ultimate Edition owners.

    If you weren't already aware, Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales will have a special Ultimate Edition of the game available for the PlayStation 5. This Ultimate Edition of the game includes the Miles Morales game alongside a special release of Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered. However, as it currently stands, Sony says there is no plans to offer this special remaster as a standalone release for PS5 owners.

    This means...
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  • Rocket League is Now Free to Play

    Rocket League is Now Free to Play

    As the headline says.

    If you have yet to pick up and try Rocket League, now would be the best time to do so. The game is now officially free to play across PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This also means that Rocket League is no longer able to be added through Steam and is only available on PC through the Epic Games Store.

    Bummer, right? I believe that those that paid for the game previously now have some bonus legacy content available to them? I'm not 100% sure of this...
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  • No Man's Sky 'Origins' Update is Massive

    No Man's Sky 'Origins' Update is Massive

    Update 3.0 brings tornadoes, more planet diversity, cloud cover and more.

    The team at Hello Games sure do know how to release a major update for No Man's Sky. Today's 3.0 update, dubbed "Origins" sounds like the kind of update that fans have been waiting a while for.

    We're talking about an update that brings new and more diverse planets to the game, binary and ternary star systems, more diverse flora, new wildlife to discover, improved cloud rendering quality...
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  • 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is Out Now on PlayStation 4

    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is Out Now on PlayStation 4

    Get the day 1 patch for English VO.

    PlayStation 4 owners can now purchase and download 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim right now. It features a story written by some of the crew behind Odin Sphere and Dragon's Crown. Moreover, if you are wanting some of that English voiceover work, all you need to do is download the day one patch which is also now available.

    13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a mystery that spans "across time, space, and humanity spanning thirteen intertwining stories."...
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