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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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  • Suikoden 1 and 2 are Getting Remastered

    Suikoden 1 and 2 are Getting Remastered

    Both of these classic RPGs will be bundled together.

    The much-loved Konami RPGs, Suikoden and Suikoden 2, are getting HD remasters for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam. The games are aiming to be released in 2023 as a bundle deal.

    Konami made the announcement at the Tokyo Game Show. The full name for this collection is quite the mouthful: Suikoden I&II HD Remaster Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars. Just why? Why must we have these terrible...
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  • Original PSVR Games Not Compatible with PSVR2

    Original PSVR Games Not Compatible with PSVR2

    Sony just confirmed this unfortunate news.

    Sony just officially confirmed that PlayStation VR2 will not be able to play games that were made for the original PlayStation VR hardware. This important piece of information came courtesy of the latest episode of the Official PlayStation Podcast starting around the 29:10 mark.

    Senior vice president of platform experience, Hideaki Nishino, confirmed that PSVR2 will not have backwards compatibility with the older games. Here is...
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  • Sins of a Solar Empire 2 Announced

    Sins of a Solar Empire 2 Announced

    Same real-time strategy goodness, same devs, new engine.

    Stardock and Ironclad Games announced Sins of a Solar Empire 2 today. This sequel will stick closely to the gameplay mechanics of its predecessor by still being a blend of real-time strategy and 4X gameplay.

    The new Iron Engine 3 is the real star of the new game here. The studios say that this engine is a new, custom built 64-bit multicore engine. They promise that Iron Engine 3 will deliver "high fidelity visuals...
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  • Street Fighter 6 Closed Beta in October

    Street Fighter 6 Closed Beta in October

    The test is for PS5, Series X, and PC.

    Capcom says that there will be a closed beta period for Street Fighter 6 coming this October. Specifically, the closed beta will run from October 7-10. The test seems to be mainly focused on the game's crossplay support, meaning that the test is going to be for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions of the game.

    Those of you who are interested can sign up for the beta. The page also offers a look at additional details...
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  • Steam Bash Bash Begins September 19

    Steam Bash Bash Begins September 19

    A Steam event focused on hack-and-slash action games is upon us.

    Valve just announced and revealed some details about Steam Bash Bash coming soon. From September 19 through September 26, Steam Bash Bash will be a special Steam event that sheds a light on all sorts of hack-and-slash games, action games, games with a lot of melee combat, and the like.

    Like most of these themed Steam events, Steam Bash Bash will focus a spotlight on all sorts of action titles while also offering...
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  • Resident Evil 4 Remake Not Coming to Xbox One

    Resident Evil 4 Remake Not Coming to Xbox One

    A PlayStation 4 release is still planned though.

    When the Resident Evil 4 remake comes out on March 24, 2023, there will be a notable exception to the release lineup. Resident Evil 4 will be out for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. That's right, there is no Xbox One version being released by Capcom.

    The reveal of the Xbox-less platform lineup came earlier today during Capcom's Tokyo Game Show 2022 online showcase (seen embedded below). Though Capcom...
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  • First New Details for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

    First New Details for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

    Some changes include a new AI faction, new circle mechanics, new gulag system, and more.

    Some of the first details for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 came to light today from Activision and Infinity Ward. Warzone 2.0 is being billed as a "fully revamped experience" that has been built from the ground up for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S hardware. Set to launch on November 16, Warzone 2.0 will still be free-to-play just as its predecessor is.

    Warzone 2.0 takes...
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  • Third-Person and Raid Modes Announced for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's Multiplayer

    The co-op Special Ops mode is also coming back.

    Infinity Ward revealed some additional details about the multiplayer component to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We now know that there will be a new third-person playlist, the addition of a three-person Raid mode, and return of the two-player co-op mode, Special Ops.

    The third-person mode will drastically change the way you play. Anybody who has played a first-person shooter and a third-person game will know that third-person...
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  • Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Hits PC on October 19

    Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Hits PC on October 19

    The most recent Uncharted titles hit PC in just about a month from now.

    Naughty Dog and Sony announce that Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection will hit PC on October 19. This collection includes both Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. The games have been remastered and optimized for PC for the first time ever.

    Naughty Dog worked with Iron Galaxy on this PC release. It marks Naughty Dog's first release on PC. This release will include a "reimagined...
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  • Lil Nas X Joins Riot Games as President of League of Legends

    Lil Nas X Joins Riot Games as President of League of Legends

    The musician can now add game executive to their resume.

    The rapper, singer, and songwriter known as Lil Nas X has been named the President of League of Legends. As President of League of Legends, Lil Nas X will be "responsible for creating explosive musical moments, an ingenious League champion skin, and a spectacular live Worlds performance." When talking about "Worlds" here, we're talking about the 2022 League World Championship.

    First order of business...
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  • Topgolf Announced for PGA Tour 2K23

    Topgolf Announced for PGA Tour 2K23

    Put your golf skills to the test.

    2K announces a partnership with the golf party experience known simply as Topgolf. Included in PGA Tour 2K23 will be a replication of the Topgolf Las Vegas location.

    This partnership will add some additional challenges that will test their skills and allow players to compete with their friends. You will hit ten balls into a series of highlighted targets of different sizes and distances. Doing well in this mode will earn you points along...
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  • Sable Coming to PlayStation 5 Later this Year

    Sable Coming to PlayStation 5 Later this Year

    Will arrive with new features and content.

    Raw Fury and Shedworks announce that the exploration-adventure game Sable will be released on PlayStation 5 "later this year." At release on PS5, the game will come bundled with some additional content and some PlayStation-exclusive features.

    I assume that those PlayStation 5 features in question have something to do with DualSense integration. So, you'll probably have your haptics and your adaptive triggers and such....
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  • Deathloop Coming to Xbox and Game Pass on September 20

    Deathloop Coming to Xbox and Game Pass on September 20

    A big content update drops for all platforms on the same date.

    Bethesda passed along news today that Deathloop will make its way to the Xbox Series X|S on September 20. Not only that, but the Arkane developed game can also be played through Xbox Game Pass on the same date should you already have an active subscription or are looking to subscribe in the future.

    September 20th will also be the date that the "GOLDENLOOP Update" is released to all platforms. It is...
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  • Tier List for Multiversus Characters: What is the Gradation?

    Tier List for Multiversus Characters: What is the Gradation?

    The most interesting thing when starting the new game is how they managed to harmonize the powers of the characters so that the gameplay remains captivating even after some period of playing. This question, concise or subconscious, makes us opt for more information and it’s better to look for it in sources like Mobalytics, where the team offers a structured analysis made with a considerate approach. So here, we’re glad to present a Multiversus tier list to keep you informed about how...
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  • God of War: Ragnarok Story Trailer

    God of War: Ragnarok Story Trailer

    There was also a limited-edition God of War controller announced.

    God of War: Ragnarok looks like it's still on track for its November 9 release date. Yesterday, Santa Monica Studio and Sony revealed a new story trailer for the game in addition to revealing a new limited-edition God of War controller.

    This new trailer shows off the ever-evolving relationship between Kratos and his son, Atreus. We were also given a look at some of the enemies, both big and small, you will...
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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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