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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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  • Skull and Bones Actually Received an ESRB Rating

    Skull and Bones Actually Received an ESRB Rating

    Ubisoft's high-seas adventure might finally be taking shape.

    Ubisoft announced Skull and Bones what feels like a lifetime ago at E3 2017. The game began development in 2013, starting first as a spin-off of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag before becoming its own stand-alone experience. Over these past nine years, Ubisoft restarted development several times, delayed the game indefinitely, and exceeded its budget several times over.

    Skull and Bones was expected to be released...
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  • Nintendo Direct Mini Announced for June 28

    Nintendo Direct Mini Announced for June 28

    This new Direct will focus on third-party partners.

    A new Nintendo Direct will air on Tuesday, June 28. This so-called Nintendo Direct Mini will focus on third-party titles, meaning Nintendo's first-party offerings won't be seen here. That means no Breath of the Wild 2 or whatever new Mario or Metroid the folks at Nintendo might be working on.

    This Partner Showcase is set to run for about 25 minutes. You will be able to catch all that third-party Nintendo Switch action...
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  • Valve to Double Weekly Steam Deck Shipments

    Valve to Double Weekly Steam Deck Shipments

    Some good news for those still waiting for their Deck.

    For those who have put in their reservation for Valve's Steam Deck, the wait has probably been terrible. Despite the Steam Deck starting to ship back in February, the backlog of people who made reservations is still massive. Thankfully, there is some good news.

    Valve shared today that production of the Steam Deck has increased quite a bit. Starting next week, Valve will be "shipping more than double the number...
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  • What are the Benefits of Buying NBA 2K22 MT Coins?

    What are the Benefits of Buying NBA 2K22 MT Coins?


    NBA stands for National Basketball Association, and NBA 2K22 being the latest version of it. Initially, the game mode was introduced in 2013, for players to accumulate MT tokens. The platform was designed to enable the players to make purchases of player cards, jerseys, sneakers, contracts etc. In order to better their virtual gaming experience. Moreover, players can also buy an ideal team, of stronger players to have more chances of winning the game. This feature allows the player to improve...
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  • Epic Games Store Implements Unusual Rating System

    Epic Games Store Implements Unusual Rating System

    You can review games but only when Epic says you can.

    User scores are a real mixed bag. You have people that will fairly rate games based on their honest opinions. These sorts are rather rare. You have users that will rate on an "all or nothing" scale where only the lowest and highest numbers are viable options to them. You have those that will rate a game highly because it's a meme. Then you have those that will participate in review bombing of a title because of a variety...
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  • Microtransactions May be Added to Halo: Master Chief Collection

    Microtransactions May be Added to Halo: Master Chief Collection

    343 Industries is considering adding microtransactions into a game released eight years ago.

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection may soon have microtransactions added into it some eight years after it was first released. 343 Industries publicly revealed that they are considering adding in microtransactions into the game that can be purchased via "Spartan Points" which can, you guessed it, be purchased with real world money.

    At present, cosmetic items can be purchased...
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  • Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot Pay Cut by a Third

    Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot Pay Cut by a Third

    Ubisoft failed to reach their financial targets.

    Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot will voluntarily take a $327,000 (USD) pay cut for the upcoming year. Ubisoft says that this "is a personal decision" by Guillemot and was done voluntarily as Ubisoft "had not reached the financial targets that it had publicly communicated to the markets."

    Guillemot waived his "annual variable compensation," which is just a bonus on top of his usual salary that differs...
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  • Sonic Creator Confirms Old Rumor - Michael Jackson Composed Music for Sonic the Hedgehog 3

    The decades old rumor/worst kept secret has finally been officially confirmed.

    Sonic the Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka took to Twitter to officially confirm a rumor that has been kicking around for literal decades now: Michael Jackson composed some of the music for the 1994 release of Sonic the Hedgehog 3. It makes a lot more sense now as to why some of the Sonic 3 tracks in the recently released Sonic Origins package had to be changed.

    It's long been a theory that Jackson...
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  • Celebrate Midsommar in Chivalry 2

    Celebrate Midsommar in Chivalry 2

    Set up the maypole and get to dancing fighting.

    A new event and content are now available for Chivalry 2 owners. It's limited in time, so pick up those swords, or whatever else you find on the field of battle, and have at it.

    This Midsommar Event is a limited time affair, though neither Torn Banner Studios nor Tripwire mentioned when exactly it will end. I suppose if you are interested in playing during this event, you should just go play it as soon as possible because...
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  • Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Now Available on PC and Consoles

    Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition Now Available on PC and Consoles

    A remaster of the classic adventure game is now available.

    Nightdive Studios and Alcon Entertainment have released Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition for PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and the Nintendo Switch. A physical release of Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition is also coming courtesy of Limited Run Games. Pre-orders for that are now available.

    They're calling this one a "modern restoration of the classic 1997 video game." The game is based off of the original Blade Runner...
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  • The Steam Summer Sale Begins

    The Steam Summer Sale Begins

    It's that time again.

    The Steam Summer Sale for 2022 is now live. From now through July 7 at 10AM (PT), you will be able to save a bunch of money on what can easily be described as a "ton" of games.

    I mean, it's a sale from a digital storefront. What more is there to really say about it? You know what sales are. You know what Steam is. You put two and two together and you get the Steam Summer Sale.

    Valve is once again doing the whole trading cards...
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  • A Plague Tale: Requiem Set for October 18 Release

    A Plague Tale: Requiem Set for October 18 Release

    A release date was announced alongside an extended gameplay trailer.

    We finally know the release date for A Plague Tale: Requiem and that date is none other than October 18, 2022. This is when the sequel to the critically acclaimed A Plague Tale: Innocence will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. A cloud version is coming to the Nintendo Switch as well. For Game Pass subscribers, this will be a Day One release on Xbox and PC.

    In the newly released...
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  • Team Fortress 2 Receives Substantial Exploit Fix Update

    Team Fortress 2 Receives Substantial Exploit Fix Update

    No, this update doesn't directly tackle the bot problem.

    An update for Team Fortress 2 was released last night for the 15-year-old game. While this update does not tackle the game's horrific bot problem directly, it does fix a number of bugs and exploits. It's one of the larger patches released for the game in quite some time now.

    The update fixes some exploits related to being able to use sv_cheats on secure servers. That seems like a pretty important thing to fix. It...
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  • DICE Has No Time for Non-Battlefield Content

    DICE Has No Time for Non-Battlefield Content

    It's Battlefield or bust for developer DICE.

    If you wanted something else from developer DICE, like maybe a new Mirror's Edge, you're going to have a long wait. In the here and now, DICE has no plans to make anything not-Battlefield related. In fact, it seems as though the studio is only focused on Battlefield 2042 at the moment.

    DICE vice president Rebecka Coutaz sat down with GI.biz in a new interview. Coutaz says that any projects that are not related to Battlefield...
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  • Rune Factory 5 Coming to PC on July 13

    Rune Factory 5 Coming to PC on July 13

    It's coming to Steam with visual updates and various customization options.

    XSEED Games announced that Rune Factory 5 will be coming to PC via Steam on July 13. When it does, it will feature graphical improvements and various customization options unique to the PC platform.

    Rune Factory 5 is apparently a farming/life sim RPG delivered in full 3D. Players will tackle dungeons, battle dangerous foes, and "unravel a mystery threatening their adopted home of Rigbarth."...
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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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