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900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
 

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...
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  • Elden Ring Director to Continue Making Difficult Games

    Elden Ring Director to Continue Making Difficult Games

    Hidetaka Miyazaki says that it's FromSoftware's "identity."

    If you don't know the name Hidetaka Miyazaki, it may be because you aren't a fan of the challenging games that he creates. Miyazaki is the Japanese game director and executive at FromSoftware and is responsible for the creation of the Souls series, Bloodborne, Sekiro, and the recently released Elden Ring.

    While there is certainly an argument to be made for difficult games to be made more accessible to...
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  • Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void Out Now

    Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void Out Now

    The new expansion offers new Survivors, stages, a boss, and more.

    The first expansion for Risk of Rain 2 was just released today. Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void offers fans two new Survivors, a new endgame boss, five new stages, an endless mode, lots of new items, and more.

    The expansion is available now through Steam for a special launch-week price of $9.75 (USD; normally $14.99). The base game is also on sale for the week for 50% off if you don't yet own the game....
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  • Elex 2 was Just Released

    Elex 2 was Just Released

    Another vast open world RPG was just released.

    It's now time to become the hero of Magalan. The sci-fi RPG Elex II was just released today for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and the Xbox Series X|S.

    Just like a couple other action-RPGs released these past couple of weeks, Elex II offers players an open world to explore at their leisure. The game features five major factions that have their own story arcs that you can work your way through. The lands of Magalan...
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  • Civilization Creator Sid Meier Says Games Shouldn't Focus on Monetization

    Civilization Creator Sid Meier Says Games Shouldn't Focus on Monetization

    The Civilization creator isn't a fan of NFTs and other monetization.

    Sid Meier, the creator behind the popular strategy series Civilization, says that gaming companies run the real risk of losing their audiences if they focus heavily on different forms of monetization tactics. Meier seems to single out monetization tactics like microtransactions and NFTs.

    Meier says that games should be fun first and foremost. In an interview with the BBC, Meier says, "People can...
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  • Elden Ring Becomes Seventh Most Played Game on Steam

    Elden Ring Becomes Seventh Most Played Game on Steam

    Elden Ring's popularity continues to grow.

    Despite the best efforts of the PC performance woes and stutters, the Steam release of Elden Ring just continues to grow in popularity. According to the stats tracked by SteamDB, Elden Ring has surpassed its peak concurrent play count every day since its release.

    On release day (February 25), over 764,000 people were on Steam playing Elden Ring at once. The following day there were over 861,000 people playing. The next day on...
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  • Online Maintenance Planned for Elden Ring

    Online Maintenance Planned for Elden Ring

    Planned maintenance will be carried out for all platforms.

    Developer FromSoftware announced that they will be carrying out some online maintenance for all versions of Elden Ring. This includes the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC releases.

    The Elden Ring Twitter account says that maintenance will be carried out starting later today. The exact timings will depend on which platform you are playing on.

    Starting February 28 at 8PM (PT), the PC maintenance will begin....
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  • Valve Launches the Steam Deck

    Valve Launches the Steam Deck

    The first batch of shipments are starting to go out today.

    Valve has officially launched the Steam Deck today. This portable gaming PC has started to ship out to those that got their reservations in and who then paid for the device once notified about their availability.

    Valve says that the Steam Deck is the "first handheld device designed to play Steam games, with a custom processor developed in cooperation with AMD that makes it comparable to a gaming laptop."...
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  • Elden Ring Came Out Today

    Elden Ring Came Out Today

    I hear it's pretty good.

    If you haven't already heard, Elden Ring is now available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam. The game was developed by FromSoftware, the studio behind the Souls games, Bloodborne, and Sekiro. The world of Elden Ring was brought to life from creator Hidetaka Miyazaki and author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin.

    I wrote a review for Elden Ring that went up a couple of days ago. Aside from...
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  • GRID Legends is Now Available

    GRID Legends is Now Available

    Start your engines.

    That hot new game that everyone is raving about is finally here. That's right, Codemasters and EA just released GRID Legends to the eager public. This game promises to deliver "an all-action, edge-of-your-seat driving experience."

    Today's release offers cross-platform multiplayer, a story mode, a deep career, and a faster route to connect with friends. A new "hop-in gameplay mechanic" allows players to jump into a race without waiting...
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  • New Combat Trailer for Babylon's Fall

    New Combat Trailer for Babylon's Fall

    Plus, details about the first season of content revealed.

    Square Enix released a new "Combat 101" trailer for Babylon's Fall that will give fans a little overview of the combat and various mechanics in the game. Players will get a look at some unique gameplay mechanics such as being able to dual wield weapons while also being able to make use of the power within their Gideon Coffin. This allows you to equip two additional spectral weapons.

    In addition to this...
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  • Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent Hits Mobile in 2022

    Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent Hits Mobile in 2022

    Registrations are open now to join the beta.

    Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent is an upcoming mobile RPG from Square Enix. The game is obviously based on the Octopath Traveler series and will launch on iOS and Android devices at some point later this year.

    Those who are interested in participating in a closed beta test on Android can register starting today. This beta will run from March 22 at 5PM (PT) through April 4 at 11:59PM (PT). You can find out more...
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  • The Brilliance and Faults of Skyrim

    The Brilliance and Faults of Skyrim


    If there is one game that is known by the majority of the gaming community, there is no doubt it is Skyrim. This video game was the fifth installment of The Elder Scrolls series, and when it dropped in 2011, audiences were blown away after experiencing an RPG experience unlike any other. Even though the game is now over ten years old, it is still played consistently to this day and this is because of the replayability the game contains. RPGs are designed to be massive experiences that people...
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  • Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster Out Now

    Final Fantasy VI Pixel Remaster Out Now

    One of the most loved Final Fantasy games just got a fresh coat of paint.

    Final Fantasy VI pixel remaster has just been released on PC via Steam and mobile platforms in North America. Square Enix says that this release includes an "enhanced journey in the timeless classic RPG with completely new graphics and audio."

    Players will meet a variety of characters, each with "their own stories, goals, and destinies." Square Enix also reimagined the whole opera...
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  • Machine Gun Kelly to Produce WWE 2K22 Soundtrack

    Machine Gun Kelly to Produce WWE 2K22 Soundtrack

    This isn't his first rodeo with the WWE either.

    Machine Gun Kelly is the official executive soundtrack producer for WWE 2K22. He is apparently a "longtime WWE fan and multitalented music, film, and fashion sensation." Machine Gun Kelly will also appear as a playable character included in a post-launch DLC pack.

    The artist has apparently been involved in WWE events for over a decade. He had a performance at WrestleMania and Tribute to the Troops. He also apparently...
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  • Iron Galaxy Studios to Open New Nashville Office

    Iron Galaxy Studios to Open New Nashville Office

    The new studio will create over 100 new jobs in the next five years.

    Iron Galaxy Studios announced that they will be opening a brand-new development studio located in good ol' Nassville, Tennessee. The studio, with the help of the state of Tennessee, will invest $950,000 into the new Nashville office with a goal of creating more than 100 new tech jobs over the next five years.

    This Nashville expansion will be the third office for Iron Galaxy. It will join the existing...
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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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