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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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  • What are the Top Online Roulette Software Providers?

    What are the Top Online Roulette Software Providers?

    The online gambling landscape is diverse and on a constant expansion, with new mobile roulette software providers opening shop every year. Players can find it difficult to rank them all since there are so many options and the differences seem to be negligible. New developers are worth considering, but if you seek the most reliable software providers for mobile casinos, it is these five that you should focus on.


    Microgaming

    28 years in the online gambling industry...
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  • Backyard Survival Game Grounded is Getting a TV Series

    Backyard Survival Game Grounded is Getting a TV Series

    It's like Honey I Shrunk the Kids but not.

    Grounded is the latest game from Obsidian Entertainment. Though still in Early Access on both PC and Xbox, it's already getting the television series treatment. Deadline reports that the survival game in which you try to survive in your own backyard will be turned into a TV series by Star Wars: Clone Wars writer Brent Friedman. The director will be Brien Goodrich, who previously served as the cinematics director on both Halo 4 and Halo 5....
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  • Steam Could Hit Tesla Cars as Early as August

    Steam Could Hit Tesla Cars as Early as August

    Oh yeah, this seems safe.

    Progress is apparently being made on adding Steam integration into Tesla dashboards. This is according to a recent tweet by Elon Musk that states the electric car company is "making progress" on the integration and that they are possibly going to start testing it as early as August.

    Hey, let's just hope that this largely unnecessary feature isn't coming at the sacrifice of oh, I don't know, making sure that the cars stop crashing into...
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  • God of War Ragnarök Plot Synopsis Revealed

    God of War Ragnarök Plot Synopsis Revealed

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    A more detailed and more fully fleshed out story synopsis for God of War Ragnarök was published by Sony and Santa Monica Studio by way of the PlayStation Store. Previously, the game's store page included a rather sparse synopsis but the new one provides some additional details on the story that players will experience.

    The longer synopsis confirms that the game takes place during Ragnarök and in the period leading up to Ragnarök...
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  • Poll: Have You Ever Raged Because of a Game?

    Poll: Have You Ever Raged Because of a Game?

    5
    Yes, I've raged. Full on broken controller & hole in wall levels of rage.
    20.00%
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    Yes, I've raged but without any sort of property damage.
    80.00%
    4
    No / can't remember. I'm as calm as a cucumber even when the odds are stacked against me.
    0%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    Broken controllers, holes in walls, excessive yelling and swearing.

    While I'm sure we would all like to consider ourselves here calm, cool, and collected that might not always hold true when playing a frustrating game. Maybe you're having a particularly frustrating day, and nothing is going your way. Maybe your teammates (and totally not you) are doing terrible and you're losing a multiplayer game because of it. Maybe you just died for the 50th time to a boss that did some unblockable...
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  • The Two Most Important Factors Contributing to the Expansion of Mobile Gaming


    When it comes to mobile gaming, there are a large number of different games that can be played on mobile devices. This gives players the ability to choose from a diverse selection of games, which is a distinct advantage of mobile gaming.

    Another reason why people play games on their mobile devices is that they have the available option to play various traditional casino games on platforms like the ones here at wish. On these online gaming platforms, players can easily create...
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  • Accidental Fall Guys Purchases Being Refunded Following Backlash

    Accidental Fall Guys Purchases Being Refunded Following Backlash

    A bug caused several players to accidentally purchase premium cosmetic items.

    Fall Guys recently made a very successful transition from a paid title to a free-to-play game for PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, and PC platforms. The jump to F2P didn't come without a few bumps though. The servers struggled to meet the increased player demand in the days following the game's release and more recently a bug popped up that caused some players to unintentionally buy items from the store instead...
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  • PowerWash Simulator Studio Issues Important Warning About Looking at the Sun

    PowerWash Simulator Studio Issues Important Warning About Looking at the Sun

    It is bad for both your eyes and Xbox.

    The relaxing and cathartic game called PowerWash Simulator left Early Access today. It was released for PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store, plus it's on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Game Pass and is generally a pretty great game. The game even includes some co-op play where you can team up with others to wash away dirt and grime while talking about whatever comes to mind.

    There is just one catch: You shouldn't look at the sun....
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  • Chivalry 2 Surpasses 2 Million Copies Sold

    Chivalry 2 Surpasses 2 Million Copies Sold

    Developer Torn banner Studios talks about upcoming content in new developer diary.

    Torn Banner Studios announced today that Chivalry 2 has surpassed the 2 million copies sold mark across all platforms. Those platforms include the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC via both Epic Games Store and Steam.

    Alongside the announcement of this milestone comes a new developer diary from Torn Banner Studios. The devs not only take fans on a behind-the-scenes...
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  • Nvidia Hotfix Driver Fixes Destiny 2 Freezing and More

    Nvidia Hotfix Driver Fixes Destiny 2 Freezing and More

    The hotfix driver fixes issues with several popular titles.

    If you have an Nvidia graphics card, you may want to pick up the latest hotfix driver release. Nvidia put out a new hotfix driver today for RTX and GTX video cards. This hotfix is based on the latest Game Ready Driver 516.59 and brings the driver version up to 516.79.

    Contained in today's hotfix release are a number of fixes for some issues in a handful of newer and more popular games. Particularly of note here...
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  • Sony Announces PlayStation Stars - A New PlayStation Loyalty Program

    Sony Announces PlayStation Stars - A New PlayStation Loyalty Program

    Hey now, you're an all-star, get your game on, go play.

    Sony announced a new PlayStation loyalty program today that they're calling PlayStation Stars. That's not to be confused with the PlayStation 3 title PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale which was not, in fact, a battle royale game.

    The announcement was made through the PlayStation Blog earlier. This program is set to being later this year and will be free for everyone to sign up to. Players will be able to complete...
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  • Skate 4 Officially Called skate. and Will be Free-to-Play

    Skate 4 Officially Called skate. and Will be Free-to-Play

    The release will also include cross-play and cross-progression functionality.

    There was some big Skate 4 news today, starting with the fact that the game is officially being called skate. and not Skate 4. skate. will be a free-to-play title for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC platforms when it's ready to be released. It will also include both cross-play and cross-progression support.

    All of this was revealed as part of developer Full Circle's latest Board Room update, which...
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  • Steam VR Fest Begins July 18

    Steam VR Fest Begins July 18

    The worlds are virtual but the savings are real.

    Valve announces that from July 18th through to July 25th they will be "celebrating the most overachieving category of 'interactive gaming' there is: Virtual Reality!" As someone that owns an older VR headset, I would be inclined to agree with that assessment.

    Next week, the Steam VR Fest will be held that allows fans and interested parties to explore a wide range of VR titles. VR owners will get to try out demos...
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  • Serious Fun Football Enters Early Access Today

    Serious Fun Football Enters Early Access Today

    A more casual soccer game for those tired of the usual suspects.

    Despite it's less than realistic art style, Serious Fun Football boasts that it includes real ball physics, realistic movements, advanced boy collisions, varied player attributes, sophisticated AI, and complex 3D graphics. It's been in development for about six years now from just one person. The development was self-funded from start to finish and is being self-published.

    After all these years, Serious Fun...
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  • Irish Poker Drinking Game Rules

    Irish Poker Drinking Game Rules

    Irish poker is a very simple drinking game that can be played anywhere. A standard deck of cards and some opponents are all that are required.

    It's important to note that Irish poker and the drinking game are two completely different games.

    Irish poker is played for money, whereas the game we're discussing today is played for fun. It's not a good idea to play for money when drinking is present.

    This card game is the best there is for a straightforward and enjoyable...
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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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