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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • The Game Awards Doubles Viewership in 2018

    The Game Awards Doubles Viewership in 2018

    The Game Awards for 2018 apparently doubled its viewership to 26.2 million livestreams. This is up from 2017's 11.5 million livestreams. There were 1.13 million concurrent viewers watching The Game Awards on Twitch during its peak.

    Be sure to click the link above for even more news including the world premiere trailers and award winners from this year's show. The above photo are the God of War developers and actors accepting the Game of the Year award at this year's show. The entire show can be viewed via the embed below. I also included another ima...
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  • ZeniMax and Facebook Settle VR Lawsuit

    ZeniMax and Facebook Settle VR Lawsuit

    ZeniMax Media announced today that they have reached an agreement in the recent legal battle between themselves and Facebook over the use of various VR technologies that ZeniMax says they created. To catch you up to speed, this legal began back in 2014 when ZeniMax first sued Oculus VR and Palmer Luckey.

    Then it was said that John Carmack's hard drive had proof Oculus lied in their lawsuit with ZeniMax. Then Mark Zuckerberg got involved. Then in early 2017, a jury gave half a billion dollars to ZeniMax in their lawsuit against Oculus. Then ZeniMax asked...
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  • Steel Shadows Out Now, Brings Space Combat to Steam

    Steel Shadows Out Now, Brings Space Combat to Steam

    The headline reads as if there were no space combat games available on Steam before today. I mean, that's not true. What is true is that the space combat unique to Steel Shadows was never on Steam before today. You play as one Rogan Harker, a recently freed convict that is trying to start a new life. And wouldn't you know it, but there are a bunch of pirates, outlaws, and other baddies that don't want to let that happen.

    Steel Shadows is available through Steam for $14.99 (USD).
    About Steel Shadows Set in the vast, war-ridden universe of Ancie
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  • GRIP: Combat Racing 2019 Update Roadmap Revealed

    GRIP: Combat Racing 2019 Update Roadmap Revealed

    A content and update roadmap for GRIP: Combat Racing was revealed today. The roadmap paves the way to some new content throughout 2019. This new content includes game balancing, new tracks, new modes, and even a new race series.

    GRIP is out now for the Switch, Steam, PS4, and XB1.
    In addition to the extensive roadmap of additional content, 2019 will see GRIP: Combat Racing fully enter the competitive sphere with a new race series. Full details of regional events and partnerships will be laid out in the new year. Prospective racers who want to
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  • HITMAN 2 Content Roadmap and New 'How to Hitman' Video

    HITMAN 2 Content Roadmap and New 'How to Hitman' Video

    A new HITMAN 2 infodump is here complete with a look at the upcoming content roadmap and an all-new "How to Hitman" video. This month, Hitman 2 will get new Contracts, Escalations, and the next Elusive Target.
    New Featured Contracts: Occupational Hazards (Available Now)
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  • Archer Class Now Playable in Black Desert Online

    Archer Class Now Playable in Black Desert Online

    The Archer is now playable in Black Desert Online. This makes for the game's 17th class and one that we talked a little bit about earlier this month.

    To celebrate the arrival of the Archer, Pearl Abyss and Kakao Games is hosting a special in-game event that will net you some nice rewards for participating.
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  • Operation Absolute Zero Live for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4

    Operation Absolute Zero Live for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4

    PlayStation 4 owners with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 can now download and play Operation Absolute Zero. This is, so far, the biggest content drop for Black Ops 4 since the game was released. Xbox One and PC players will have to wait until December 18 to play this new content because timed exclusives are stupid but it is what it is.

    Charlie INTEL has a very nice rundown of the changes included in today's big updates.
    Multiplayer:

    • An all new Specialist, Zero, is now live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 MP. Players can use this new specialist with the disruptor
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  • Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 Update is Live

    Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 Update is Live

    From now until January 2, 2019, players can earn a bunch of new holiday themed goodies as part of the Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2018 update.
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  • Left Alive Gameplay Reveal

    Left Alive Gameplay Reveal

    Square Enix delivered a new trailer for Left Alive today. The trailer, entitled "Find a Way to Survive," shows how you can reply on basic instincts to "forge your own paths to survival by utilizing stealth mechanics, crafting, traps, and more."

    Left Alive is on track for a March 5, 2019 release on the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. You can pre-order the game right now through your retailer of choice for $59.99 (USD). There is also a limited Mech Edition bundle available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store for $159.99.
    The dark, gritty
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  • Prey: Typhon Hunter Multiplayer Mode and Escape Room VR Out Now

    Prey: Typhon Hunter Multiplayer Mode and Escape Room VR Out Now

    As promised, the Prey: Typhon Hunter multiplayer mode and TranStar VR escape room VR experience is out for Prey.

    And just as a refresher for what is out today:
    Prey: Typhon Hunter
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  • Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Gets Special Christmas "Toy Soldier" Update

    Rising Storm 2: Vietnam Gets Special Christmas "Toy Soldier" Update

    An update for Rising Storm 2: Vietnam came out today that kicks off a time-limited Christmas event for the game. From now until the first week of January 2019, Rising Storm 2: Vietnam has a special Christmas themed map that turns everyone into miniature toy soldiers.
    Starting today and running through the first week of January 2019 on Steam, players can look forward to taking part in the gritty and strategic 64-player player matches Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is famous for on a brand-new Christmas-themed map where miniature toy soldiers vie for control over fortresses
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