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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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  • Alan Wake 2 Getting New Game Plus on December 11

    Alan Wake 2 Getting New Game Plus on December 11

    The Final Draft will be the game's first major content release.

    Remedy Entertainment will release the first major content update for Alan Wake 2 on Monday, December 11th. This update is called "The Final Draft" and it will include, among other things, the highly anticipated addition of New Game+.

    The Final Draft will include a new ending, though just how different that ending will be compared to the first playthrough is anybody's guess at this point. Remedy...
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  • GTFO Updated with Free 'Duality' Expansion

    GTFO Updated with Free 'Duality' Expansion

    It is the game's 12th major content update since its launch.

    Rundown 8.0: Duality is the name of the latest content expansion for the "hardcore" co-op FPS, GTFO. This release marks the game's 12th free major content update since it was released in 2019. This release also brings the game's mission count up to over 80.

    Developer 10 Chambers claims that this is the conclusion to the game's overall story arc. A story that tasks a team of four prisoners with trying...
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  • Jurassic Park Survival Takes You Back to Where It All Began

    Jurassic Park Survival Takes You Back to Where It All Began

    A modern era survival game based on the original film is coming.

    Saber Interactive along with Universal Games and Digital Platforms, just announced Jurassic Park: Survival. This title, currently in development, will be headed to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. It will be a single-player action-adventure survival game that is set one day after the events of the 1993 Jurassic Park film.

    While Jurassic Park was originally a (really great book) by Michael Crichton,...
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  • Visions of Mana Announced by Square Enix

    Visions of Mana Announced by Square Enix

    This will be the first new mainline game in 15 years.

    Square Enix announced Visions of Mana last night at The Game Awards. Coming more than 15 years since the release of the previous mainline entry, Visions of Mana will go back to the franchise's roots as an action-RPG. Players will embark on an adventure as Val, "a soul guard assigned to protect his childhood friend, who has been chosen by the Faerie as the Alm of Fire to travel to the Tree of Mana and rejuvenate the mana flow."...
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  • Best Indie Nominee Dredge to Bring Content to Dave the Diver in Collaboration Event

    Plus, get both games at a discount until December 15.
    Fish types, recipes, and a new NPC all from the world of Dredge will be added soon to Dave the Diver. This free update will be offered through the Dave the Diver - Dredge Content Pack, which will be available on December 15 for PC and Nintendo Switch. There will also a discount on both games through Steam when you purchase the Dredging & Diving Bundle. This bundle is also live on December 15.

    This crossover will bring...
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  • Former Payday Devs and GTFO Creator Announce New Heist Game: Den of Wolves

    Former Payday Devs and GTFO Creator Announce New Heist Game: Den of Wolves

    Plan, gather intel, get the job done no matter what it takes.

    10 Chambers is a Swedish development studio made up of some industry veterans that worked on the first two Payday titles. The studio was founded by Ulf Andersson, the original designer of Payday: The Heist. 10 Chambers is also the studio behind the challenging co-op shooter, GTFO.

    During The Game Awards, 10 Chambers revealed Den of Wolves, a new cooperative heist game. What seems to set Den of Wolves apart...
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  • New Roguelike Game Mode Coming Next Week to God of Ragnarok

    New Roguelike Game Mode Coming Next Week to God of Ragnarok

    God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla is not to be confused with Assassin's Creed Valhalla: Dawn of Ragnarok.

    The Game Awards included the usual array of surprises both big and small this year. One such surprise was the announcement that God of War Ragnarok is getting some DLC called Valhalla.

    Now, this DLC has some interesting things going for it. First off, it will be completely free. Secondly, it will be released to everyone that owns the base game on December 12, 2023....
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  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance Announced for Switch

    Kingdom Come: Deliverance Announced for Switch

    The game my 1080 Ti struggled to run is coming to the Switch.

    In 2024, the Nintendo Switch will get a port of the historical action-RPG, Kingdom Come: Deliverance. This was a title that first hit PC back in 2018 and one that we did a review for at launch. At the time, it was quite buggy but a number of patches and updates have been released since that initial review that seems to have addressed many of the issues I had with the title.

    This Switch port is mostly being...
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  • Season 7 Announced for Battlefield 2042

    Season 7 Announced for Battlefield 2042

    The writing is on the walls, and the ornaments, and the cookies, and the stockings, and the...

    DICE is certainly in the giving mood this holiday season, because the studio came out to say that Season 7 for Battlefield 2042 is coming. A little bit of teasing first showed up from Manuel Llanes on Twitter back on November 23rd. Llanes is the creative director for Battlefield 2042's live service model.

    The teasing by Llanes came back on November 23rd in a social media post...
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  • Medieval Dynasty Now Has Co-op

    Medieval Dynasty Now Has Co-op

    Plus, a new character creator feature was just added.

    Medieval Dynasty just added some big features with the game's latest update. First up is the long-awaited co-op game mode and new co-op map. Secondly, the teams at Render Cube and Toplitz Productions dropped a new character creator feature.

    Players, be they playing in co-op or solo, can now adventure in the town of Piastovia, the so-called "heart and soul of the Oxbow, a protected settlement where your epic journey...
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  • PSA: Chivalry 2 Free Play Weekend is Live

    PSA: Chivalry 2 Free Play Weekend is Live

    Slash and bash your way to victory, for free.

    From December 7 through to December 11, players on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Steam, and Epic Games Store will be able to play Chivalry 2 for free. That's right, a nice long weekend of medieval competitive combat awaits you on every platform that the game is currently available on.

    The Torn Banner Studios developed title will also bring back the Chivmas event starting on December 14 (ending January...
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  • Call of Duty Takes the Warzone to Urzikstan

    Call of Duty Takes the Warzone to Urzikstan

    The first season for Modern Warfare 3 went live with big updates across the board.

    The first season for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 went live today across all platforms. This update runs across all aspects of Modern Warfare 3, including changing the main Warzone map to Urzikstan. Today's update also includes the first seasonal battle pass for Modern Warfare 3, which will allow you to earn all sorts of unlockable content from weapons, to Call of Duty Points, to cosmetics.
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  • Florida Man Discovers He's in Grand Theft Auto 6 Trailer

    Florida Man Discovers He's in Grand Theft Auto 6 Trailer

    The "Florida Joker" wants to chat with Rockstar.

    This week, Rockstar Games released the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto 6. Included throughout the trailer were plenty of stereotypical "Florida Man" behavior from a wide array of eccentric characters. In fact, a lot of the sequences in the game seem to be lifted straight from actual events and news that happened in Florida.

    One of the real-life events referenced in the trailer was the arrest of someone...
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  • Fallout 76: Atlantic City - Boardwalk Paradise Now Available

    Fallout 76: Atlantic City - Boardwalk Paradise Now Available

    New locations, factions, and enemies.

    Take a little trip to Atlantic City in Fallout 76. There are new locations, new factions, and new enemies. The full name of this whole update is called Fallout 76: Atlantic City - Boardwalk Paradise. As per usual, this update is free to everyone that owns Fallout 76.

    The new locations include The Neapolitan Casino and The Boardwalk. The new factions include The Showmen, Municipal Government, and The Family. The Family is Atlantic...
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  • Blood West Leaves Early Access

    Blood West Leaves Early Access

    The immersive stealth FPS leaves Early Access today with a big 1.0 release.

    Blood West left Early Access today with a full 1.0 release. Today's release isn't just a change in version number either. The 1.0 release of this Wild West themed, stealth-focused FPS adds in the final chapter, which was notably absent during the Early Access period.

    In Blood West, you will shoot and stealth past all sorts of demons and eldritch horrors. Your ultimate goal is to lift the curse...
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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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