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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...

PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan Tells Staff to be 'Respectful of Differences of Opinion' Over Abortion Rights

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Employees at Sony working in the PlayStation division are said to be "seething" today after reading an email sent on Thursday by head of PlayStation Jim Ryan. That email urged employees to be respectful of "differences of opinion" on abortion rights. Ryan's email then went into five further paragraphs talking about his two cats' first birthday.

According to a report from Bloomberg, Ryan's email opens by addressing various current events....

Noclip Gives Us a Long Look at Canceled Half-Life 2: Return to Ravenholm

This is the longest look yet at the canceled Half-Life 2 spin-off from Arkane and Valve.

Back in 2006 and 2007, Arkane Studios (Dishonored, Prey) was working on a Half-Life 2 spinoff title called Return to Ravenholm (or simply Ravenholm). Development on the game began at Junction Point Studios between 2005 and 2007 with a team led by Warren Spector. The idea was to create a spin-off episode that would explain the backstory of the trap filled Ravenholm and Father Grigori.

Embracer Group Acquires Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix Montreal

Embracer's acquisition also includes a number of popular and old IPs from these studios.

Embracer Group AB (Embracer) just announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal. As a result of this acquisition, Embracer now also owns a large number of popular IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and over "50 back-catalogue games from Square Enix."

Embracer's announcement...

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands Review (PC)

Ranks among the best of the Borderlands franchise.

Right out of the gate, I must say that I would consider myself a fan of the Borderlands games. I have played through the first game about two times, the second game about three times, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel about 1.5 times, and Borderlands 3 at least once. I frankly cannot remember if I played through the third game twice, once solo and once with friends, or if I just played through it all once with friends. And really, the less...
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  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Officially Announced

    Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Officially Announced

    It still isn't a battle royale game.

    Respawn, EA< and Lucasfilm Games just announced Star Wars Jedi: Survivor at today's Star Wars Celebration event. This is a follow-up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It is also a confirmation of the name put for in that rumor from a couple of weeks back.

    You are once again following the journey of Cal Kestis. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is being built for the current-gen of consoles and PC and is looking to be released in 2023. That...
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  • Mobile Gaming: 6 Ideas to Have a Better Experience

    Mobile Gaming: 6 Ideas to Have a Better Experience

    Playing video games on a mobile device is not every gamer's idea of a good time, but there are plenty of people who enjoy mobile gaming. The industry is constantly growing, and why should it not?

    The comfort of playing mobile games is one that provides entertainment and a way to pass the time. Add the fact that mobile video games are improving on a regular basis, and it is pretty clear why the pastime is not disappearing but rather growing.

    Of course, the default...
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  • Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

    Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

    Developers from all three studios have been let go.

    Mafia 3 developer, Hangar 13, has been hit by yet another round of staff layoffs this week. Kotaku reports that developers across all three of Hangar 13's studios were let go today. The studio located in Novato, California saw nearly 50 developers lose their jobs today. For a location that previously had 87 employees prior to today's layoffs, that is a substantial number.

    Hangar 13 also saw a significant number of layoffs...
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  • The Witcher 4 Enters Pre-Production Phase

    The Witcher 4 Enters Pre-Production Phase

    The research phase has come to an end.

    On March 21, CD Projekt Red announced that they had started the first stages in creating The Witcher 4. At the time, the studio was in the "research" phase of development. We learned that CDPR is teaming up with Epic and will be using Unreal Engine 5 for the sequel. We also learned that this sequel will add in a new Witcher school based on the lynx.

    Today, CD Projekt Red says that they have completed this research phase...
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  • The Callisto Protocol - New Screenshots and Details Shared by Glen Schofield

    The Callisto Protocol - New Screenshots and Details Shared by Glen Schofield

    The Dead Space creator shares more about his latest horror action title.

    Glen Schofield, the creator of the Dead Space franchise, recently revealed a bunch of new information for The Callisto Protocol. This week, Schofield was part of a lengthy interview with Game Informer (subscription required) in which he shared new images from the game, how The Callisto Protocol will tie in to PUBG, and more.

    Let's address the big elephant in the room first: The Callisto Protocol's...
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  • Entire Story for First Cyberpunk 2077 Expansion Leaked

    Entire Story for First Cyberpunk 2077 Expansion Leaked

    Files containing dialogue and story were datamined.

    CD Projekt Red made a little oopsie. According to dataminers, "every line and dialogue" included in the upcoming first expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 were included in some of the game files in a recent update to the base game.

    These dataminers have extracted all of the lines of dialogue and all story beats and shoved them into a compressed file, which has been made available to download. The contents of this leak...
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  • Returnal Appears on SteamDB

    Returnal Appears on SteamDB

    Codenamed "Oregon."

    It looks like another PlayStation-only IP is coming soon to the world of PC gaming. The looping roguelike Returnal was recently added to SteamDB under the codename of "Oregon."

    This is just the latest game that seems to confirm that the Nvidia leak from roughly eight months back was indeed the real deal. A significant number of titles included in that Nvidia leak have now turned out to be very real, including Crysis 4, God of War,...
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  • God of War Ragnarok Rated in South Korea

    God of War Ragnarok Rated in South Korea

    A 2022 release date is looking more and more likely.

    God of War Ragnarok has been rated in South Korea. This seems like a pretty decent sign that the game is on track for a 2022 release.

    This rating was first spotted by ResetEra user modiz. God of War Ragnarok was rated by the Game Rating and Administration Committee in South Korea and given an "18 and over" rating. Usually when a game is given a rating, it's a pretty safe sign that the game is complete or very...
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  • Get All Three BioShock Games for Free

    Get All Three BioShock Games for Free

    You have one week.

    This week's free offering through the Epic Games Store is none other than a collection of all three main BioShock titles. BioShock: The Collection is up for grabs right now and will be until next Thursday (June 2nd).

    BioShock: The Collection includes BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. As always, all you have to do is add BioShock: The Collection to your account before it's no longer free and it's...
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  • The Quarry Online Co-op Delayed

    The Quarry Online Co-op Delayed

    But the game itself is still coming in June.

    Supermassive Games, the studio known for Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology titles just made an unfortunate announcement today. Their upcoming title, The Quarry, will have a key component delayed until a month after the game's release.

    Though the game itself will still be released on June 10, the game will not include online multiplayer until July 8. If you had planned to play this horror title with a friend, you will...
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  • Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo All Getting Television Shows

    Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo All Getting Television Shows

    Different shows for different services.

    Sony just announced that they are making TV adaptations of three major PlayStation franchises. Included in this is a TV series based on Horizon for Netflix, a God of War series for Amazon, and some sort of Gran Turismo series (not at all pictured above, unless...) going to a currently unannounced platform or network.

    These shows were revealed during Sony's latest investor briefing that took place earlier in the day on May 26. Sony...
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  • EA Suggest Holding 'Healing Circles' Instead of Taking Stance on Abortion Rights

    Another studio too cowardly to take a stand.

    Electronic Arts is taking quite the cowardly approach to how they are handling a woman's right to abortion and essential healthcare. During a company-wide town hall meeting on May 24, EA management told staff that it could not take a stance on this issue, saying that "being an inclusive company means being inclusive of all those points of view."

    That is one hell of a take.

    Given the timing of this town...
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  • Time Loops and Space Whales Added to No Man's Sky

    Time Loops and Space Whales Added to No Man's Sky

    Latest expedition offers a chance to get your very own space whale.

    No Man's Sky "Leviathan" is the latest expedition to arrive for space adventurers. Leviathan adds in some interesting new game mechanics for players to work their way through, including a little time looping and space whales.

    I suppose technically, they aren't whales, but they are in space. They are alien leviathan creatures, but they have already been come to be seen as space whales by the community....
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  • Customizable Pronouns Added to The Sims 4

    Customizable Pronouns Added to The Sims 4

    Launched in English first.

    One of the more progressive game franchises out there just got a bit more progressive. An update has rolled out to The Sims 4 that now allows you to customize the pronouns applied to characters within the game. This is a change from the previous system that defaulted set pronouns to characters based on chosen body types.

    With today's update, players can now enter into the Create a Sim menu to choose from a couple of premade options such as They/Them....
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  • Daybreak Cancels Marvel MMO

    Daybreak Cancels Marvel MMO

    Funds will now move to several smaller projects instead of one big game.

    Last year, a Marvel MMO was announced to be in development at Daybreak Game Company. This is the same studio that made DC Universe Online which still continues to operate to my surprise.

    Daybreak's parent company, Enad Global 7, says that instead of dumping a ton of money into making one big game, they will instead spread that money out across several smaller projects. Some of these "smaller...
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  • Poll: Which of these Remakes Are You Excited For?
    by Shawn Zipay
    There are a lot of them coming up.

    There are a lot of "remakes" that have been announced, or at least very heavily rumored. While I cannot include all of them in a poll here, I can include a good number of the bigger ones that are supposedly coming in the months and possibly years ahead.

    You can select multiple titles in the poll, so feel free to select all of the ones you are interested in. Also, not all of these are full on "remakes" as you may know...
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