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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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  • 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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  • Over 1.6TB of Stolen Data from Insomniac Games Published Online

    Over 1.6TB of Stolen Data from Insomniac Games Published Online

    Includes information on several future projects, internal Sony fears on Microsoft, personal data, and more.

    A week back, a ransomware group named Rhysida claimed that they gained access to Insomniac Games and stole internal data. The group demanded they be paid 50 BTC (or about $2 million USD) within a week or they would release the entirety of the data they stole to the public.

    A week has come and gone and true to their word Rhysida did release the data that they stole....
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  • Spoilers for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Leak Online, Warns Rocksteady

    A little warning for those that are afraid of spoilers for this game.

    If you are really, really excited for the story of the upcoming Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, then you may want to avoid the internet until you get a chance to play on February 2, 2024. Apparently, several key plot points for the game, including the entire ending, have already started to leak online.

    I cannot imagine too many people are worried about spoilers for Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice...
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  • Activision Blizzard Settles California Lawsuit for $54 Million, Additional $47 Million Set Aside for Employees

    This lawsuit was first brought against Activision Blizzard in 2021.

    The sexual harassment lawsuit brought against Activision Blizzard by the California Civil Rights Department (formerly the Department of Fair Employment and Housing), has been settled. Blizzard has agreed to a $54 million (USD) settlement with the state of California for the lawsuit that was first brought against Activision Blizzard in 2021.

    This week's settlement was first shared by the New York Tim...
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  • Steam Year in Review Shows You Just How Many Hours You Wasted in Starfield

    Steam Year in Review Shows You Just How Many Hours You Wasted in Starfield

    Too many hours. That's how many.

    The 2023 Year in Review for Steam is now live! This little recap of your year of Steam gaming will show you your most played titles in 2023. It will show you how you stack up against the rest of the Steam userbase in terms of games played, achievements earned, and more. You can even go through on a month-by-month basis to see just when it was you played each game throughout the year.

    For instance, my Year in Review says that my top three...
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  • EA Rebrands Frostbite for 2024 and Onwards

    EA Rebrands Frostbite for 2024 and Onwards

    Frostbite is now a "platform for collaborative innovation."

    Electronic Arts and DICE are rebranding and evolving the Frostbite game engine into a "platform for collaborative innovation." To that end, EA revealed a new logo and brand identity for Frostbite. Gone is the broken glass hand design logo that has been used since 2013. In its place is a more "real" hand design that looks more akin to a topographical map than anything else.

    The new...
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  • James McCaffrey, Max Payne and Alan Wake 2 Voice Actor, Dead at 65

    James McCaffrey, Max Payne and Alan Wake 2 Voice Actor, Dead at 65

    McCaffrey passed away after a battle with cancer.

    James McCaffrey has passed away at the age of 65 after a battle with cancer. McCaffrey is an actor that is best known as the voice of Max Payne in the entire Max Payne series. McCaffrey's voice was most recently heard in the form of Alex Casey in Alan Wake 2.

    The news of McCaffrey's passing first broke on TMZ. According to TMZ's initial report, McCaffrey passed away on Sunday while surrounded by friends and family. The...
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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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