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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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  • Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo All Getting Television Shows

    Horizon, God of War, and Gran Turismo All Getting Television Shows

    Different shows for different services.

    Sony just announced that they are making TV adaptations of three major PlayStation franchises. Included in this is a TV series based on Horizon for Netflix, a God of War series for Amazon, and some sort of Gran Turismo series (not at all pictured above, unless...) going to a currently unannounced platform or network.

    These shows were revealed during Sony's latest investor briefing that took place earlier in the day on May 26. Sony...
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  • EA Suggest Holding 'Healing Circles' Instead of Taking Stance on Abortion Rights

    Another studio too cowardly to take a stand.

    Electronic Arts is taking quite the cowardly approach to how they are handling a woman's right to abortion and essential healthcare. During a company-wide town hall meeting on May 24, EA management told staff that it could not take a stance on this issue, saying that "being an inclusive company means being inclusive of all those points of view."

    That is one hell of a take.

    Given the timing of this town...
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  • Time Loops and Space Whales Added to No Man's Sky

    Time Loops and Space Whales Added to No Man's Sky

    Latest expedition offers a chance to get your very own space whale.

    No Man's Sky "Leviathan" is the latest expedition to arrive for space adventurers. Leviathan adds in some interesting new game mechanics for players to work their way through, including a little time looping and space whales.

    I suppose technically, they aren't whales, but they are in space. They are alien leviathan creatures, but they have already been come to be seen as space whales by the community....
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  • Customizable Pronouns Added to The Sims 4

    Customizable Pronouns Added to The Sims 4

    Launched in English first.

    One of the more progressive game franchises out there just got a bit more progressive. An update has rolled out to The Sims 4 that now allows you to customize the pronouns applied to characters within the game. This is a change from the previous system that defaulted set pronouns to characters based on chosen body types.

    With today's update, players can now enter into the Create a Sim menu to choose from a couple of premade options such as They/Them....
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  • Daybreak Cancels Marvel MMO

    Daybreak Cancels Marvel MMO

    Funds will now move to several smaller projects instead of one big game.

    Last year, a Marvel MMO was announced to be in development at Daybreak Game Company. This is the same studio that made DC Universe Online which still continues to operate to my surprise.

    Daybreak's parent company, Enad Global 7, says that instead of dumping a ton of money into making one big game, they will instead spread that money out across several smaller projects. Some of these "smaller...
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  • Real Witcher School Has License Pulled by CD Projekt Red

    Real Witcher School Has License Pulled by CD Projekt Red

    The alt-right might have something to do with it, because of course.

    There once existed a real Witcher school in Poland. I say "once" because the school had its license pulled by CD Projekt Red back in February. The reason for the license getting pulled may be due to one of the school's staff belonging to a prominent alt-right group.

    The Witcher school in question was named 5 Żywiołów, or 5 Elements. It began in 2015 and held roughly 40 events over...
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  • Is Overwatch 2 Doomed to Fail?

    Is Overwatch 2 Doomed to Fail?

    Reinventing a service or game is never easy, whilst there are a few that have done it in the past, it’s often not something that turns out all that well. There’s a reason why many services have a certain formula and approach that they stick to and is proven to work. Many of the biggest genres like betting for example will seem familiar in how they operate and even in the bonuses as players can check BetMGM Registration code in Ontario for bonuses for example – operators won’t...
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  • DICE Talks Specialist Changes, Map Updates, and More in Latest Battlefield 2042 Briefing

    The latest developer briefing contains a lot that will be coming in the future.

    Members of the Battlefield 2042 development team at DICE sat down to talk about a variety of topics today. Among those topics were some art passes coming to both maps and Specialists, adjustments to Specialist dialogue, changes to animations, and some of what is coming throughout the game's first season of content.

    In addition to announcing that they are ditching Hazard Zone support, today's...
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  • To Nobody's Surprise Hazard Zone Support is Ending for Battlefield 2042

    To Nobody's Surprise Hazard Zone Support is Ending for Battlefield 2042

    This is the least shocking news ever.

    DICE announced that they are no longer going to support or release new content for the Hazard Zone mode in Battlefield 2042.

    Now, I know what you're thinking: "How could they end support for something that they never supported in the first place?" And you would be correct in asking that rhetorical question. What this essentially means is that DICE isn't going to convert any new maps into Hazard Zone variants. The mode will...
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  • Hogwarts Legacy Has Some PS5 Exclusive Features

    Hogwarts Legacy Has Some PS5 Exclusive Features

    You can feel the magic.

    The PlayStation 5 version of Hogwarts Legacy will include a bunch of exclusive features. Developer Avalanche Software detailed some of these features, including how they will be making use of the DualSense controller for the PS5.

    These features were revealed both in a new PlayStation Blog post as well as a new trailer (seen below). Avalanche says that players will see "more flexibility in combat" thanks to the adaptive triggers in the...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Releasing October 28

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Releasing October 28

    The sequel remake to the remake and reboot of a game that was remastered.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will be released on October 28. This is the follow-up to the Call of Duty: Moden Warfare game that came out in 2019, which was a remake of a 2007 game which led to a direct sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, in 2009. Got it? Good.

    Today's release date reveal included a weird video clip and what is possibly the cover art for the game. With a literal boatload of money...
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  • Kiryu Joins Rainbow Six Siege

    Kiryu Joins Rainbow Six Siege

    Well, sort of.

    Year 7 Season 2 for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege will begin on June 7. When it arrives, it will feature a crossover with the Yakuza franchise that probably nobody saw coming.

    There will be exclusive bundles released for the Rainbow Six Operators Echo and Hibana that transform them into Kazuma Kiryu and Kaoru Sayama respectively. The end of the new trailer showcasing these skins offered up a tease of a possible third skin that sure as hell seems like Goro...
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  • Hitman 3 Receives Ray Tracing Update Today

    Hitman 3 Receives Ray Tracing Update Today

    There better be a full chrome mod for Agent 47's head or so help me...

    The second major patch to hit Hitman 3 in year 2 arrived for all platforms today. With today's update, fans can expect "a wealth of changes" including new additions and some community-focused bug fixes.

    Naturally, the biggest new addition today is the fact that there is now real-time ray tracing support and adaptive supersampling support for those playing on PC. Both PC players and console...
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  • Destiny 2 Season 17 Trailer Released Ahead of Schedule

    Destiny 2 Season 17 Trailer Released Ahead of Schedule

    PlayStation Japan did an oopsie.

    Bungie has been very cagey about releasing any information regarding Season 17 for Destiny 2. This silence is very unlike the studio, as they commonly have massive information drops days if not weeks ahead of a new Season. In fact, the plan was to not even release the Season 17 trailer until mere hours before the Season begins on Tuesday, May 24.

    Leave it up to forces outside of their control to ruin some big surprises for players. PlayStation...
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  • Development Reportedly Resumes on Stalker 2

    Development Reportedly Resumes on Stalker 2

    Development was paused earlier this year due to the war in Ukraine.

    In early March it was reported that development on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl was put on hold due to Russia's violent invasion of Ukraine. The Kyiv, Ukraine based development team of GSC Game World opted to put their safety and the safety of their families ahead of the creation of a video game.

    This week, news that development has resumed on Stalker 2 came from Polish outlet GRY-Online and relayed...
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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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