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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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  • Star Wars Outlaws May or May Not Arrive in Late 2024

    Star Wars Outlaws May or May Not Arrive in Late 2024

    Schrodinger's Outlaws.

    For a brief period of time, a narrowed down release window for the Ubisoft developed open-world heist game, Star Wars Outlaws, was known to the world. That window placed the game's release nearer to the end of 2024. Then Ubisoft came along and said "uhhh, no?"

    The late 2024 release window was first shared online via a blog post from Disney Parks. The mention of the Star Wars Outlaws game said simply, "Star Wars Outlaws, the open-world...
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  • Jack Black Joins Cast of Minecraft Movie

    Jack Black Joins Cast of Minecraft Movie

    The guy that starred in a TV commercial for Pitfall is set to take on another iconic gaming role.

    Jack Black is no stranger to the world of video games. His career started back in 1982 when he appeared in a television commercial for Pitfall. Black voiced the main character in the Double Fine Productions game Brutal Legend. Brutal Legend also included the song "The Metal" which is a song by Black and his rock partner Kyle Gass, better known together as Tenacious D.
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  • Winners for the 2023 Steam Awards Include Baldur's Gate 3, Starfield, and Red Dead Redemption 2

    Some of the winners here sure are interesting picks.

    The community nominated, the community voted, and now the winners of The Steam Awards 2023 have been revealed! Remembering that every winner listed below was nominated and voted on purely by the Steam community, regardless of game ownership. That said: There are some very interesting winners that have been selected for each category.

    For instance, we see that Red Dead Redemption 2 has won the Labor of Love category!...
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  • Shawn Zipay's Favorite Games of 2023

    Shawn Zipay's Favorite Games of 2023

    It was the best of years, it was the blurst of years.

    2023 sucked, at least as far as the gaming and tech industries are concerned. It was an absolutely terrible year full of layoffs and "restructuring" plans across a multitude of companies. No matter how you phrase it, a lot of good developers and employees lost their jobs, and a lot of good studios were shut down and that is terrible. Hopefully 2024 is better on that front. Now, to make one of the least graceful topic transitions...
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  • A Plague Tale: Requiem Leads PlayStation Plus Games for January 2024

    A Plague Tale: Requiem Leads PlayStation Plus Games for January 2024

    The new games arrive on January 2, 2024.

    A new year, a new you, and a new batch of "free" PlayStation Plus titles arriving. January 2, 2024 will usher in a new year of new monthly PlayStation Plus titles that active subscribers will get to enjoy.

    The games coming on the 2nd include the action-adventure game A Plague Tale: Requiem, which is the sequel to A Plague Tale: Innocence. Both titles are excellent and if you liked the first title you're probably going to...
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  • Grinch Releases Full Grand Theft Auto 5 Source Code to Public on Christmas

    Grinch Releases Full Grand Theft Auto 5 Source Code to Public on Christmas

    The shared content also includes files for Bully 2 and Grand Theft Auto 6.

    It's still Christmas Eve here in the States, but in some parts of the world it's already Christmas Day. Perhaps it's that "spirit of giving" that pushed one "random British guy in the 360 modding community" to publicly release the full Grand Theft Auto 5 source code.

    News of this public release started to trickle out late in the day on December 24. It was first mentioned by...
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  • Grand Theft Auto 6 Hacker Sentenced to an 'Indefinite Hospital Order'

    Grand Theft Auto 6 Hacker Sentenced to an 'Indefinite Hospital Order'

    The hacker used an Amazon Firestick, hotel TV, and a mobile phone to steal the data.

    One of the hackers that accessed Rockstar Games servers, stole data related to Grand Theft Auto 6, and subsequently leaked the stolen data online has been sentenced to an indefinite hospital order. Arion Kurtaj is the name of the hacker that will now be indefinitely detained at a secure hospital until it is determined that he is no longer a danger.

    According to a report by the BBC, Kurtaj...
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  • The Day Before Servers Shutting Down in January

    The Day Before Servers Shutting Down in January

    The game will have been active for just 45 days when the servers go down.

    The Day Before is the grift that keeps on grifting. On December 7, The Day Before was Released. On December 11, The Day Before developer Fntastic, shuttered their entire studio. Today, December 22, the announcement was made that servers for The Day Before will be shut down on for good on January 22, 2024. That is a mere 45 days after the game was released on Steam.

    The server shutdown was announced...
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  • Insomniac Games Shares Message Following Massive Hack

    Insomniac Games Shares Message Following Massive Hack

    The studio says that they are "resilient."

    Earlier in the week, over 1.6TB of stolen data from Insomniac Games was published online. Ransomware group, Rhysida, claimed responsibility and demanded 50 BTC for the stolen data, else they would release the data publicly. The time limit on the payment came and went and Rhysida did indeed release the stolen data to the public as they threatened to do.

    Some of that stolen data included a wealth of gameplay and details...
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  • The Finals Surpasses 10 Million Players

    The Finals Surpasses 10 Million Players

    That's a whole lot of destruction.

    Embark Studios just launched their free-to-play team-based shooter on December 7th and already the game has pulled in more than 10 million players. The Finals had a surprise release during The Game Awards on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam.

    Executive producer on The Finals at Embark, Rob Runesson, offered a big thanks to players and fans for this rather lofty milestone. Runesson says that the team is "so humbled...
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  • Steam Now Allows All Porn Game Enjoyers to Hide Their Shame

    Steam Now Allows All Porn Game Enjoyers to Hide Their Shame

    You can now safely enjoy all the hentai games your heart desires.

    If you like to play some of the adult games on Steam, and there are many, but you don't want your friends to know about them then this new Steam update is for you. Starting today, those that opt-in to the Steam Client Beta will see some new versions of the Steam shopping cart along with a new feature that will hide any game from the eyes of friends.

    The updated Steam shopping cart adds in three new features....
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  • Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Adds Smoothing Toggle to PC in Latest Update

    The update is out now for PC.

    Konami has released the 1.4.0 update for just the PC version of Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1. This update unfortunately won't be available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch until some time in January 2024.

    It's perhaps for the best that the PC version got this update sooner rather than later. The PC release of the Master Collection was perhaps a tad bit worse off than the console versions....
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  • PSA: The Steam Winter Sale is Live Now Through January 4

    PSA: The Steam Winter Sale is Live Now Through January 4

    It's beginning to look a lot like empty bank accounts.

    Hey Steam users, did you know that the Steam Winter Sale for 2023 is now live and underway? It's true. You probably noticed it already the moment you fired up your Steam clients. If you are at work and did not know about the sale yet, I thank you for using your lunch break to read Total Gaming Network.

    The Steam Winter Sale is live from now through to January 4, 2024. As always, there are big, big discounts on thousands...
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  • Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Finally Stepping Down on December 29

    Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Finally Stepping Down on December 29

    And lo there was much rejoicing.

    Bobby Kotick, the CEO of Activision Blizzard for the past 32 years, is officially stepping down from the company. His departure is just a part of the shuffling and reorganization happening following Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

    Kotick sent out a note to employees and the public this week wherein he reflected on his past three decades at Activision. He was in charge of Activision through the ups and the many, many downs....
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  • New Destiny 2 Mission Unlocks an Exotic Bow Wish-Keeper

    New Destiny 2 Mission Unlocks an Exotic Bow Wish-Keeper

    Play the Starcrossed mission to earn the new weapon.

    Bungie released the new exotic mission, Starcrossed, to Destiny 2 players today. This mission will take players back into the Black Garden "to uncover Ahamkara remains deep within." Those that complete this new mission will unlock the new Wish-Keeper exotic strand bow.

    This new bow is craftable. In addition, those that complete this new mission each week will unlock new weapon intrinsic modifiers to enhance...
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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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