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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • EA Play for Steam to Launch August 31

    EA Play for Steam to Launch August 31

    One subscription, lots of games.

    EA announces that their EA Play subscription service will make its Steam debut on August 31, 2020. If you are confused about what EA Play is, you need only remember that it is the new brand name for what were formerly known as EA Access and Origin Access, with Origin Access Premier now being known as EA Play Pro.

    This Steam release will include all of the perks that fans have come to expect from the subscription service. This includes trials...
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  • Stronghold: Warlords Delayed Until January 26, 2021

    Stronghold: Warlords Delayed Until January 26, 2021

    The RTS will not longer make its planned September release.

    Firefly Studios announces that the release date for their upcoming RTS "castle sim," Stronghold: Warlords is now delayed out of its planned September release. Specifically, the release date for the game has shifted from September 29 to January 26, 2021.

    The reason cited for the delay: COVID-19. Oh you cruel SOB, we meet again.

    If nothing else, Firefly says that this delay will "result...
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  • Observer: System Redux Next-Gen Comparison Video

    Observer: System Redux Next-Gen Comparison Video

    It's a comparison video.

    There is a new comparison video out today for Bloober Team's Observer: System Redux. The team put together this video that compares the original game's visuals to those of the upcoming remaster. This video was previously apparently exclusive to GameSpot? Seems weird, but alright.

    Visual improvements include new animations, new models, updated lighting, updated particle effects, high resolution assets, and improved textures. There will also be 4K...
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  • Baldur's Gate 3 is Coming September 30 to Early Access

    Baldur's Gate 3 is Coming September 30 to Early Access

    Details on what to expect for early access.

    On September 30th, Baldur's Gate 3 will enter into Early Access on Steam and Stadia. The scope of the content that will be available for Early Access was compared to that of the Early Access release of Divinity: Original Sin 2.

    You can see those comparisons below. ...
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  • Oculus is Making Facebook Logins Mandatory

    Oculus is Making Facebook Logins Mandatory

    Oculus is ending support for its own login system.

    The Oculus Blog says that the company is ending support for its own account system. Moving forward, the only way to log into the Oculus services moving forward will be by logging into a Facebook account. This change will apply first starting in October 2020. Those who have not yet activated their Oculus VR devices for the first time will be required to use their Facebook account to log in.

    Those of you already with an...
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  • Report: Rocksteady Accused of Widespread Sexual Harassment

    Report: Rocksteady Accused of Widespread Sexual Harassment

    Yet another company with harassment issues.

    It seems all too common these days: A widely regarded game studio is accused of gross sexual harassment that stretches across the entire company. Today, the studio in question is Rocksteady, the development studio responsible for the recent Batman: Arkham games.

    According to a new report by The Guardian, female staff at Rocksteady had sent a letter to management back in 2018 complaining about sexual harassment. Allegedly, not...
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  • Untitled Goose Game is Getting Co-op in September

    Untitled Goose Game is Getting Co-op in September

    Just don't call it Untitled Geese Game.

    Untitled Goose Game, the game about a goose with attitude, is about to get some co-op multiplayer action.

    During today's Nintendo Indie World showcase, developer House House announced that co-op is coming to Untitled Goose Game on September 23. This will be included as part of a free update for the game. This also just happens to be the release date set for the game on Steam.

    If you really do not want to wait for September...
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  • Tera Publisher En Masse Entertainment is Shutting Down

    Tera Publisher En Masse Entertainment is Shutting Down

    Unfortunate news delivered by the Tera publisher.

    En Masse Entertainment, the publishing studio that brought the fairly popular Tera MMORPG to the world, announced today that they are shutting down. This unfortunate news was delivered to fans on the official Tera Facebook page.

    Their farewell message to fans reads as follows: ...
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  • Genshin Impact Coming to PC and Mobile on September 28

    Genshin Impact Coming to PC and Mobile on September 28

    Will be a F2P release.

    Developer and publisher miHoYo announced today that their latest open-world action-RPG, Genshin Impact, will be released on September 28 for the PC, Android, and iOS devices. This will be a free-to-play release that will allow you to join up with some friends to go exploring the open world lands of Teyvat. Not only that, but there is also cross-platform support for the co-op gameplay for up to four friends.

    Players assume the role of a mysterious...
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  • Ghost of Tsushima Adding Free Co-op Multiplayer

    Ghost of Tsushima Adding Free Co-op Multiplayer

    Look for it to arrive Fall 2020.

    Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is a newly announced online cooperative multiplayer mode that will come as a free offering to all Ghost of Tsushima owners later this year. Sucker Punch says that this release will be "an entirely new experience" that is a completely separate game mode from the base game.

    This game mode will now follow Jin or his exploits. Instead, it focuses on "four warriors who have been built up as legends in...
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  • Review: Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)

    Review: Microsoft Flight Simulator (PC)

    And if you look out to the left, you will see the finest simulation game on the market.

    When it comes to the simulation genre, I am not exactly what you would call an "expert." In fact, in all the years playing games, I have only dabbled in the genre a handful of times. That said, one of my guiltiest of guilty pleasures is American Truck Simulator for the PC. I have played that game casually here and there when I just wanted to chill and relax. I would have a video or some...
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