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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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  • Horror Game 'White Day' is Coming to Next-gen Consoles

    Horror Game 'White Day' is Coming to Next-gen Consoles

    One of the better PC horror games out there is coming soon to consoles.

    Originally released back in 2001, White Day: A Labyrinth Named School, delighted horror fans for years on the PC and even the PlayStation 4. Now, this horror title is making its way to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5 come September 2022.

    As a student at Yeondu High School, you are trying to navigate your way through the various sections of the school while avoiding a jerk of...
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  • Datamined Battlefield 2042 Season One Info from temporyal Suggest Dedicated Playlists for the New Map

    One new map, one new Specialist, 24 hour playlists, and two new vehicles.

    Known dataminer temporyal has taken another deep-dive into the Battlefield 2042 files to find out what we can expect when Season One launches for the game in June. In doing so, they discovered some previously unknown details about what Battlefield fans can expect as far as the new content is concerned.

    Thus far, temporyal notes that the new Specialist coming in the first season is named Ewelina Lis....
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  • Diablo Immortal Release Roadmap Detailed

    Diablo Immortal Release Roadmap Detailed

    Pre-loads are also now available.

    Blizzard provides the release roadmap for Diablo Immortal ahead of its launch on June 2. The game, which is now also coming to PC in addition to the mobile releases, is also currently available for pre-load through Battle.net. As it currently stands, Diablo Immortal will not have a rolling launch, but will instead be available to everyone at 10AM (PDT) on the 2nd.

    This is being considered an "open beta" release, at least as far...
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  • As V Rising Surpasses 1 Million Sales, Future Plans Are Not Yet Set

    As V Rising Surpasses 1 Million Sales, Future Plans Are Not Yet Set

    The plans are up in the air at the moment.

    Stunlock Studios offers a new developer update talking about V Rising plans and some sales figures. First off, they note that the vampire survival game has sold over one million copies since its release into Early Access on May 17. The game has been a surprise success for the developer, so much so that the team really isn't sure yet what they're doing in the longer term for the game.

    That's not to say that Stunlock is completely...
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  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords Coming to Switch in June

    The classic RPG is coming to Switch very soon.

    This weekend during the Star Wars Celebration, Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games announced that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords will arrive on Switch on June 8. You can get this as a standalone release or as a bundle with the original Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic.

    The Switch release includes HD cinematics, updated textures, updated UI, and a better resolution than the original launch version of...
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  • Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Officially Announced

    Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Officially Announced

    It still isn't a battle royale game.

    Respawn, EA< and Lucasfilm Games just announced Star Wars Jedi: Survivor at today's Star Wars Celebration event. This is a follow-up to Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. It is also a confirmation of the name put for in that rumor from a couple of weeks back.

    You are once again following the journey of Cal Kestis. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is being built for the current-gen of consoles and PC and is looking to be released in 2023. That...
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  • Mobile Gaming: 6 Ideas to Have a Better Experience

    Mobile Gaming: 6 Ideas to Have a Better Experience


    Playing video games on a mobile device is not every gamer's idea of a good time, but there are plenty of people who enjoy mobile gaming. The industry is constantly growing, and why should it not?

    The comfort of playing mobile games is one that provides entertainment and a way to pass the time. Add the fact that mobile video games are improving on a regular basis, and it is pretty clear why the pastime is not disappearing but rather growing.

    Of course, the default...
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  • Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

    Mafia Developer Hangar 13 Hit with More Layoffs

    Developers from all three studios have been let go.

    Mafia 3 developer, Hangar 13, has been hit by yet another round of staff layoffs this week. Kotaku reports that developers across all three of Hangar 13's studios were let go today. The studio located in Novato, California saw nearly 50 developers lose their jobs today. For a location that previously had 87 employees prior to today's layoffs, that is a substantial number.

    Hangar 13 also saw a significant number of layoffs...
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  • The Witcher 4 Enters Pre-Production Phase

    The Witcher 4 Enters Pre-Production Phase

    The research phase has come to an end.

    On March 21, CD Projekt Red announced that they had started the first stages in creating The Witcher 4. At the time, the studio was in the "research" phase of development. We learned that CDPR is teaming up with Epic and will be using Unreal Engine 5 for the sequel. We also learned that this sequel will add in a new Witcher school based on the lynx.

    Today, CD Projekt Red says that they have completed this research phase...
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  • The Callisto Protocol - New Screenshots and Details Shared by Glen Schofield

    The Callisto Protocol - New Screenshots and Details Shared by Glen Schofield

    The Dead Space creator shares more about his latest horror action title.

    Glen Schofield, the creator of the Dead Space franchise, recently revealed a bunch of new information for The Callisto Protocol. This week, Schofield was part of a lengthy interview with Game Informer (subscription required) in which he shared new images from the game, how The Callisto Protocol will tie in to PUBG, and more.

    Let's address the big elephant in the room first: The Callisto Protocol's...
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  • Entire Story for First Cyberpunk 2077 Expansion Leaked

    Entire Story for First Cyberpunk 2077 Expansion Leaked

    Files containing dialogue and story were datamined.

    CD Projekt Red made a little oopsie. According to dataminers, "every line and dialogue" included in the upcoming first expansion for Cyberpunk 2077 were included in some of the game files in a recent update to the base game.

    These dataminers have extracted all of the lines of dialogue and all story beats and shoved them into a compressed file, which has been made available to download. The contents of this leak...
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  • Returnal Appears on SteamDB

    Returnal Appears on SteamDB

    Codenamed "Oregon."

    It looks like another PlayStation-only IP is coming soon to the world of PC gaming. The looping roguelike Returnal was recently added to SteamDB under the codename of "Oregon."

    This is just the latest game that seems to confirm that the Nvidia leak from roughly eight months back was indeed the real deal. A significant number of titles included in that Nvidia leak have now turned out to be very real, including Crysis 4, God of War,...
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  • God of War Ragnarok Rated in South Korea

    God of War Ragnarok Rated in South Korea

    A 2022 release date is looking more and more likely.

    God of War Ragnarok has been rated in South Korea. This seems like a pretty decent sign that the game is on track for a 2022 release.

    This rating was first spotted by ResetEra user modiz. God of War Ragnarok was rated by the Game Rating and Administration Committee in South Korea and given an "18 and over" rating. Usually when a game is given a rating, it's a pretty safe sign that the game is complete or very...
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  • Get All Three BioShock Games for Free

    Get All Three BioShock Games for Free

    You have one week.

    This week's free offering through the Epic Games Store is none other than a collection of all three main BioShock titles. BioShock: The Collection is up for grabs right now and will be until next Thursday (June 2nd).

    BioShock: The Collection includes BioShock Remastered, BioShock 2 Remastered, and BioShock Infinite: The Complete Edition. As always, all you have to do is add BioShock: The Collection to your account before it's no longer free and it's...
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  • The Quarry Online Co-op Delayed

    The Quarry Online Co-op Delayed

    But the game itself is still coming in June.

    Supermassive Games, the studio known for Until Dawn and The Dark Pictures Anthology titles just made an unfortunate announcement today. Their upcoming title, The Quarry, will have a key component delayed until a month after the game's release.

    Though the game itself will still be released on June 10, the game will not include online multiplayer until July 8. If you had planned to play this horror title with a friend, you will...
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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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