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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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  • DOOM 64 Confirmed for a November Release on Switch

    DOOM 64 Confirmed for a November Release on Switch

    The once Nintendo 64 exclusive is coming to the Switch this November.

    DOOM 64, perhaps the least talked about Doom title, is finally ready to spend some time in the spotlight. This classic Nintendo 64 title, originally released back in 1997, has been confirmed for a release on the Nintendo Switch. Not only that, but it's out very soon, on November 22, 2019.

    Doom 64 never really saw a release outside of the N64, which is a damn shame because that was a great Doom game....
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  • First Super NES Games Announced for Switch

    First Super NES Games Announced for Switch

    The initial list of 20 arrives on September 5 and they will be free*.

    Starting tomorrow, September 5, Nintendo Switch owners will finally be able to purchase, download, and play some of their favorite Super NES games. Granted, the initial list is limited to just 20 titles, but it's 20 more than you have right now to choose from. These SNES releases will be free to everyone that has a Nintendo Switch Online membership.

    Nintendo says that all of the titles, seen below, will...
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  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Announced for Switch

    Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Announced for Switch

    The classic RPG you know and love with a big graphical boost.

    Those who owned the Nintendo Wii and loved RPGs will probably tell you about how great Xenoblade Chronicles was. The game featured some truly stunning vistas that often pushed the Wii hardware to its limits. Today, MONOLITHSOFT and Nintendo revealed Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

    This upcoming release, slated for 2020, will give new life to the much loved game. It will include updates to the already...
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  • Overwatch: Coming to Switch in October

    Overwatch: Coming to Switch in October

    Orders are now open for Overwatch on the Switch.

    Blizzard and Nintendo announced that Overwatch: Legendary Edition will be released on the Nintendo Switch. The competitive multiplayer game that most people are probably well acquainted with already, will hit the Switch on October 15.

    Pre-orders are open right now through the Nintendo eShop. The going price for the game is $39.99 (USD). If you do pre-order, you will get a Golden Loot Box with 1 guaranteed Legendary item...
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  • Deadly Premonition 2 Announced, First Deadly Premonition Out Now on Switch

    Deadly Premonition 2 Announced, First Deadly Premonition Out Now on Switch

    F K ... in the coffee!

    Out of nowhere came the announcement that Deadly Premonition 2 is not only real, but it's coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2020. On top of that crazy reveal is the fact that the first game, now called Deadly Premonition Origins, is available right now on the Nintendo Switch.

    Details on the second game are fairly scarce at the moment. The game was only very quickly announced during the Nintendo Direct that aired about 20 minutes ago. It does appear...
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  • GhostWire: Tokyo Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura Leaves Tango Gameworks

    GhostWire: Tokyo Creative Director Ikumi Nakamura Leaves Tango Gameworks

    The future of the game and studio are now in question.

    Ikumi Nakamura, the creative director for the upcoming Tango Gameworks title, GhostWire: Tokyo, announced that she is departing the studio today. The news was revealed via a series of short tweets from Nakamura's personal account just a short time ago.

    This sudden departure comes after a near 10 year run at the studio that is best known for developing The Evil Within titles. Nakamura had joined Tango Gameworks the...
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  • NASCAR Heat 4 Launch Trailer

    NASCAR Heat 4 Launch Trailer

    It's almost time to start your engines!

    NASCAR Heat 4 will be released on September 13, 2019. Of course, this means that 704Games has gotten a tasty launch trailer out the door for you race fans to watch. On top of that, there is also a reminder about pre-orders for NASCAR Heat 4 Jeff Gordon Gold Edition. This version includes the game, three days of early access, the NASCAR Heat 4 Season Pass, and Jeff Gordon as a playable driver. I guess you don't get the option to play as Jeff without...
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  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Announced and Partially Released Now

    You can wait a month for release or play an early release right now.

    The crazy action that is the Plants vs. Zombies franchise continues today with Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. It's essentially Garden Warfare 3 but without the name. The release date is slated for October 18, but thanks to a Founder's Edition, you can actually start playing right now on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

    The Founder's Edition is a bit of an odd one. You can play now,...
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  • Steam Redesign Beta Begins September 17

    Steam Redesign Beta Begins September 17

    Get a first-hand look at the New Steam Library redesign in about two weeks.

    On September 17, Valve will open the doors to everyone that wants to check out the New Steam Library first-hand. This will be an opt-in beta that will allow anybody to test drive the new features before they're rolled out to everyone as part of a mandatory Steam client update.

    Valve went into detail about some of the major changes you'll notice in this new design. First off, is the obvious new look...
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  • Upcoming MacOS Catalina Update Will Kill All 32-bit Games

    Upcoming MacOS Catalina Update Will Kill All 32-bit Games

    Catalina will end support for all 32-bit apps, including games.

    When Apple rolls out their upcoming Catalina update for their MacOS, it will kill off the ability to run any 32-bit apps, including all 32-bit based games. This update was originally slated to hit Fall 2019 but was pushed back to the upcoming update to the operating system.

    Apple first announced this move to end 32-bit support back in early 2018. So while this shouldn't be too surprising for some people, it...
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  • Red Dead Online Introducing Specialized Roles Soon

    Red Dead Online Introducing Specialized Roles Soon

    New update will allow you to become a bounty hunter, trader, or collector.

    Rockstar Games provided the first details on their upcoming Red Dead Online update. This update, currently set for a September 10 release, will introduce new specialized roles in addition to a new gameplay mechanic that they are calling Frontier Pursuits.

    Frontier Pursuits will be an ongoing series of roles that players can assume. For instance, if you prefer to hunt the wildlife, maybe you'll want...
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