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Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
 

900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
 

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...
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  • A Plague Tale: Requiem is Out Now

    A Plague Tale: Requiem is Out Now

    Not for those with a phobia of rats.

    A Plague Tale: Requiem is now available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC from Asobo Studio. Those of you on the Nintendo Switch can also join in on the rat jam with a cloud version should you so desire. Additionally, the game is also a day one release on Game Pass for console, PC, and the cloud.

    A Plague Tale: Requiem picks up with Amicia and Hugo de Rune almost right after the events of A Plague Tale:...
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  • Capcom Apologizes to Resident Evil PC Players

    Capcom Apologizes to Resident Evil PC Players

    A recent patch has caused a lot of problems for players.

    This past week, a new update was pushed out to Resident Evil Village that rendered the game nigh unplayable for many PC players. The patch was released in preparation for the upcoming Winters' Expansion content that will be released on October 27, 2022. This is the DLC that includes new Mercenaries mode content, a third-person camera option, and story content that is said to conclude the story of the Winters' family.
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  • EA to Shut Down Online Servers for Mirror's Edge Soon

    EA to Shut Down Online Servers for Mirror's Edge Soon

    Several other games are also on the chopping block.

    Electronic Arts says that they will shut down the online services for several of their games on January 19, 2023. The games included in this service shutdown include Mirror's Edge, NBA Jam: On Fire Edition, Gatling Gears, and Shank 2.

    These new batch of titles to have online services shutting down were first discovered by Trueachievements.com.

    While not the biggest loss in the world for any of these titles,...
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  • Obsidian CEO Really Wants to Make a New Fallout Game

    Obsidian CEO Really Wants to Make a New Fallout Game

    Nothing is in development, but there is a hope!

    Obsidian CEO Feargus Urquhart says that he would love to work on a new Fallout game if given the opportunity. When speaking with DualShockers, Urquhart responded to a question as to whether he would make a new Fallout game by saying "there's not a question." That is to say, if given the opportunity, he and Obsidian would unquestionably work on a new Fallout game.

    For those who may not recall, Obsidian developed...
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  • G4 Officially Shutting Down... Again

    G4 Officially Shutting Down... Again

    Second time wasn't the charm.

    The Spectacor division of Comcast is shutting down the gaming-focused network we have all come to know as G4 TV or just G4. This closure of the network comes exactly 11 months after the network returned to cable television. The network was part of the cable lineup for those with Verizon Fios, Cox, and Xfinity TV. G4 also had a multi-year promotional and commercial partnership with Twitch.

    The closure of G4 comes from a memo that was sent out...
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  • Konami to Reveal the Future of Silent Hill this Week

    Konami to Reveal the Future of Silent Hill this Week

    It's almost time to see if any of those rumors are true.

    The official Silent Hill Twitter account came back to life today. The account tweeted out that there will be a special "Silent Hill Transmission" event set for Wednesday, October 19 at 2PM (PT).

    The announcement said that fans will learn about "the latest updates for the Silent Hill series." That's really all the information we were given outside of a link to the Silent Hill website. All the website...
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  • Gotham Knights Limited to 30 FPS on Consoles

    Gotham Knights Limited to 30 FPS on Consoles

    There will be no performance or quality options available.

    If you plan on playing Gotham Knights at release, you may want to be aware that the console releases will be limited to just 30 FPS. WB Games Montreal announced this rather unfortunate news this past week in a Discord announcement to fans.

    The message, as screenshot by Wario64 on Twitter, says that this 30 FPS limitation is "due to the types of features we have in our game." Some of these framerate limiting...
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  • Nvidia 'Unlaunches' 12GB RTX 4080 Graphics Card

    Nvidia 'Unlaunches' 12GB RTX 4080 Graphics Card

    The 16GB model will still be released as scheduled.

    Nvidia announces that they are "unlaunching" the 12GB version of the RTX 4080 GPU. This comes after most everyone throughout the industry voiced a wealth of criticism over the differences between the 12GB model and the more powerful 16GB model. The latter of which is still planned to launch on November 16.

    Nvidia announced this "unlaunch" via a very short blog post earlier in the day. The company says...
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  • Elden Ring Update 1.07 Adds Separate Damage Scaling for PvP

    Elden Ring Update 1.07 Adds Separate Damage Scaling for PvP

    Update 1.07 introduces a long-requested fan feature.

    The 1.07 update for Elden Ring went live earlier today. With it came a number of changes, the biggest of which is the separation of PvE and PvP damage scaling. This means that for the first time, FromSoftware is separating the PvE and PvP aspects of the game. It is also a feature that Souls fans have been requesting for years now as PvE combat is a very different beast than PvP combat.

    There are now separate damage scaling...
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  • Activision Blizzard is Facing Another Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

    Activision Blizzard is Facing Another Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

    The latest lawsuit includes allegations of revenge porn, sexual harassment, and more.

    Over a year since California filed a massive lawsuit against Activision Blizzard for sexual harassment related issues comes yet another lawsuit involving additional harassment allegations. This new lawsuit describes Activision Blizzard as a "pervasive 'frat-boy' workplace culture that is a breeding ground for harassment and discrimination against women."

    The new lawsuit was...
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  • Killing Floor 2 Halloween 2022 Event Details

    Killing Floor 2 Halloween 2022 Event Details

    The Blood and Bonfires update just released.

    Tripwire Interactive just released a new update for Killing Floor 2 that will make you crap your pants! Maybe. Alright, that probably won't happen but this new update is very much Halloween focused. The update is called Blood and Bonfires and with its release comes a time limited event that brings a new map, event themed cosmetics, a couple of free weapons, and more. There are also some bits that aren't free, such as the addition of two...
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  • Interview with Benjamin Gifford, Vice President of Top Games Inc.

    Below is a recent interview with Benjamin Gifford, VP and a top developer on the company’s most popular game, Evony: The King’s Return.

    Q. How long have you been in this industry? And what is your impression of Top Games Inc. so far?

    I’ve been in the games industry since 2009. Before then, I was involved with intellectual property commercialization with industry and universities.

    What sets Top Games apart from game development peers is...
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  • New Nvidia Driver Promises 'Significant' Performance Gains on 30-Series Cards

    The latest Nvidia driver sees framerate gains of up to 24% in some titles.

    Nvidia just released their first Game Ready driver for the newly released GeForce RTX 4090. The card is a beast in terms of performance, power consumption, size, and price. That is all without question. A new GPU release does mean that a new driver update is also necessary for early adopters, be they fortunate to get a card from a retailer or from the countless scalpers that have already put the 4090 cards up...
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  • That Final Fantasy 7 Battle Royale Game is Already Shutting Down

    That Final Fantasy 7 Battle Royale Game is Already Shutting Down

    The game lasted only about a year.

    Square Enix announces that they are shutting down the servers for their mobile battle royale game, Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier. This title released back in November 2021 and will come to an unceremonious end on January 11, 2023.

    Today's announcement came with word that Square Enix just wasn't "able to deliver the experience that (they) were hoping to." This is despite the game having received fairly regular updates and...
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  • Big Changes Just Hit the Steam Mobile App

    Big Changes Just Hit the Steam Mobile App

    The changes are more than just a new coat of paint.

    Valve just passed along word that they have completely revamped the Steam Mobile App. Though it sports a new design and some new features, Valve also says that it's built using a new framework. The framework stuff is more of the "behind the scenes" aspect to all of this, but a new and updated framework should mean the app is more responsive for users.

    Of the new features added is the ability to scan a QR code...
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  • Poll: What is 2024's Biggest Gaming Disappointment So Far?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It's AAAA vs WB.

    March isn't even over yet and we've already seen a couple of stinkers come out from major gaming studios. While we tend to focus on the surprise hits or quality titles in these polls, this time it's a little bit different.

    Between the Rocksteady developed live-service Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the "AAAA" quality Ubisoft developed Skull and Bones: Which is the bigger disappointment for you?

    Playing these games isn't...
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