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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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  • Capcom Reveals Cloud Versions of Recent Resident Evil Titles for Switch

    Capcom Reveals Cloud Versions of Recent Resident Evil Titles for Switch

    Get scared through the power of the cloud.

    During today's Nintendo Direct, Capcom revealed cloud versions for four recent Resident Evil titles. The first will be Resident Evil Village Cloud and it will vape cloud its way onto the Switch on October 28, 2022. The Winters' Expansion will be out on December 2, 2022 for Switch.

    After Village will be cloud releases for Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3, and Resident Evil 7 biohazard. Those games are still in development for the...
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  • EA Teams Up with Koei Tecmo for New Hunting Game

    EA Teams Up with Koei Tecmo for New Hunting Game

    It will be a hunting game set in a fantasy feudal Japan.

    Electronic Arts and Koei Tecmo announced a partnership that will see the latter creating "the next great hunting game" for the former. Koei Tecmo's Omega Force studio will lead development of this new game and it will be published under the EA Originals label.

    Omega Force is the same team behind the Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors games. All we know about this new game is that it will involve hunting...
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  • Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Bonnie Ross Leaves 343 Industries After 15 Years

    Ross will be replaced by Pierre Hintze as the new studio lead.

    Bonnie Ross announced her retirement today, citing "a family medical issue" as the main reason for her departure. Ross has been the lead at 343 Industries and the Halo franchise for the past 15 years, having worked at Microsoft and Xbox for 28 years.

    In her Twitter post, Ross says she originally intended to leave following the Winter update's release for Halo Infinite. She also says that she is "incredibly...
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  • Ubisoft Devs Don't Want to Work on Assassin's Creed Codename Red Due to Lead's Abuse Allegations

    And now for more bad news about Ubisoft.

    Ubisoft recently revealed a bunch of new Assassin's Creed games they are working on for the foreseeable future. One of those games is called "Codename Red" and it is an Assassin's Creed game that fans have been begging for, for several years now. It's set to take place in Japan and you're going to play as a cool ninja. Sounds great!... There's just a bit of an issue.

    It seems as though several Ubisoft developers do not...
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  • NewsBits: Ubisoft Forward 2022 Edition

    NewsBits: Ubisoft Forward 2022 Edition

    Another showcase means it's time for a new dose of NewsBits.

    What's that smell? It's kind of musky with a hint of gamer sweat. That's right, it's a NewsBits. Today's latest NewsBits is all about that Ubisoft Forward stream that took place over the past weekend. Ubisoft showed off a bunch of games that are either getting fresh content or are entirely new.

    We already offered up a look at all of the Assassin's Creed stuff that Ubisoft is working on, so let's now take a look...
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  • Ubisoft Says Assassin's Creed Mirage Won't Have Gambling or Loot Boxes

    Ubisoft Says Assassin's Creed Mirage Won't Have Gambling or Loot Boxes

    The 18+ Adults Only rating was allegedly a mistake.

    This past weekend, Ubisoft held their latest Ubisoft Forward stream. During the stream, the company showed off some new updates and upcoming titles like Just Dance, Mario + Rabbids: Sparks of Hope, Skull and Bones, Riders' Republic, various bits about The Division, Mythic Quest Season 3, various mobile games, and more. We will have a separate post about those titles, and more, going up shortly.

    By far, the largest portion...
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  • Nintendo Direct Announced for September 13

    Nintendo Direct Announced for September 13

    40 minutes of content is planned for tomorrow's event.

    Nintendo announces that a new Nintendo Direct will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, September 13. The announcement, made through Twitter, says that the Direct will begin at 10AM (ET) and will feature "40 minutes of information" that will be "mostly" focused on new Switch games that are slated to release this Winter.

    The Direct will be held through Nintendo's YouTube channel (also embedded below)....
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  • Everything Shown at the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase 2022

    Everything Shown at the Disney and Marvel Games Showcase 2022

    A show so underwhelming, no single announcement is worthy of its own post.

    If you missed out on the first-ever Disney and Marvel Games Showcase at D23 2022, you really didn't miss much of anything. I mean it. That show was boring. We were given some updated looks at already announced games, some mobile stuff, a new visual novel Tron game, and some early mockups for a game that is so far away from being released it doesn't even have a title yet.

    Let's start things off with...
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  • RGG Summit Stream Announced by Sega

    RGG Summit Stream Announced by Sega

    We may get our first official look at Yakuza 8.

    Sega announces that Yakuza series developer, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, will host its RGG Summit stream on September 14. This stream may be the first time we get an official look at Yakuza 8 after a sneak peek was provided by an MMA fighter in July.

    The stream is set to take place at 12PM (ET) on September 14. While hopes are high that an official reveal of Yakuza 8 will be provided, neither Sega nor Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio have...
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  • Ubisoft Begins Multi-Year Plan to Diversify Studios

    Ubisoft Begins Multi-Year Plan to Diversify Studios

    The company has launched a 5-year plan to improve diversity.

    Ubisoft says, via a new blog post, how they are planning to improve their workplace culture. One of the ways in which they hope to get this done is through a five-year plan that they call Project Rise.

    The production studio says that they are looking to diversify their staff by increasing the number of employees coming from different backgrounds. In particular, Ubisoft says they will focus on gender equality,...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Getting 'Complete Overhaul' to Police System

    Cyberpunk 2077 Getting 'Complete Overhaul' to Police System

    Finally!

    There have been some rather significant reveals and releases this week for Cyberpunk 2077. First was the release of Patch 1.6 (Edgerunners) update for Cyberpunk 2077, which added in new content based off of the upcoming Netflix animated show. Then we got our first look at the Phantom Liberty expansion coming next year. After that, we learned that new content support for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Cyberpunk were coming to an end.

    Today, we see word...
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  • AGDQ 2023 Goes Digital Only Because Florida is an Anti-Trans Hellhole

    AGDQ 2023 Goes Digital Only Because Florida is an Anti-Trans Hellhole

    It's Florida vs Texas in a race to the bottom.

    The speedrunning charity marathon, Games Done Quick, says that their next major event will be online-only. The organizers for Games Done Quick say that Awesome Games Done Quick (AGDQ) 2023 will not be held as an in-person event in Florida as originally planned. The main reasons for this move to being online are two-fold: Florida's "continued disregard for COVID-19's dangers and an increased aggression towards LGBTQ+ individuals."...
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  • AMD Announces FSR 2.1 with Fixes for Ghosting

    AMD Announces FSR 2.1 with Fixes for Ghosting

    FSR 2.1 is already implemented in Farming Simulator 2022.

    Earlier this year, AMD announced the release of their upscaling technology FidelityFX Super Resolution 2 (FSR 2). This technology allows for PC users with either AMD or Nvidia GPUs to make use of the upscaling technology that promises to deliver better performance with minimal quality loss when compared to playing games at native resolutions.

    As of today, AMD says that there are 45 games that either already have...
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  • Bethesda Now Hosting Official Vanilla Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Servers

    Bethesda Now Hosting Official Vanilla Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory Servers

    Get the vanilla gameplay experience on these official servers.

    Bethesda just announced that they have set up new dedicated servers for Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. These official servers will not include any community mods and will only include the original six maps. This makes for a perfect place for those looking for a traditional Enemy Territory experience to frequent.

    To find the servers, look for ones named "id Software Official Vanilla Server - (REGION)."...
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  • Nvidia Announces a Special Broadcast During GTC 2022

    Nvidia Announces a Special Broadcast During GTC 2022

    Will focus on "breakthroughs in gaming, creating, and graphics technology."

    Nvidia says that they will host a "special broadcast" and the upcoming GTC 2022. On September 20, Nvidia founder and CEO Jensen Huang and his leather jacket will kick off GTC 2022 with a keynote that shows off the tech giant's "latest breakthroughs in gaming, creating, and graphics technology."

    Nvidia says that GTC is "the world's leading technology conference."...
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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...
    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
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    Skull and Bones
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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