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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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  • The Witcher 3 Director forms a New Studio

    The Witcher 3 Director forms a New Studio

    Rebel Wolves will make a dark fantasy RPG in Unreal Engine 5.

    Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the game director behind The Witcher 3 and co-director for Cyberpunk 2077, has formed a new game studio. The studio is called Rebel Wolves and it's aiming to be a new AAA development studio. It already has its first project lined up: A AAA dark fantasy RPG that will be built on Unreal Engine 5.

    Rebel Wolves is made up of several game development veterans. These include a number of devs that...
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  • Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void Second Character Revealed

    Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void Second Character Revealed

    New expansion and Epic Games Store release coming March 1.

    Void Fiend is the newest survivor to be revealed for Risk of Rain 2: Survivors of the Void expansion. Void Fiend was announced today by Gearbox Publishing and Hopoo Games during a reveal stream earlier today.

    The studios also revealed that Risk of Rain 2 along with this new expansion will be released on the Epic Games Store on March 1, 2022, This is the same date that the DLC will be released on Steam.
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  • Sony to Plant a Tree for Everyone that Earns a Specific Horizon Forbidden West Trophy

    Get a Trophy and save the planet.

    Sony is offering to plan a tree for every single person that earns a specific Trophy in Horizon Forbidden West. The company announced a "Play and Plant" program today ahead of Friday's release of Horizon Forbidden West.

    This program finds Sony working with the Arbor Day Foundation. Together, they will donate one tree to a forest restoration project for every player that earns the "Reached the Daunt" Trophy. The goal...
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  • BioShock Movie in Development at Netflix

    BioShock Movie in Development at Netflix

    Would you kindly make a movie?

    Netflix just announced that they will be creating a live-action film adaptation based on BioShock. The streaming service announced that they are partnering with 2K, Vertigo Entertainment, and Take-Two on this adaptation of the game set in Rapture, the city set deep underwater.

    According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, no writer or director is currently attached to the project. However, plans for this movie have been in the works for...
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  • Ubisoft Has Failed to Make Workplace Improvements After 200 Days

    Ubisoft Has Failed to Make Workplace Improvements After 200 Days

    A Better Ubisoft statement says that the company has not addressed any of their complaints.

    An open letter from A Better Ubisoft states that the company has not met any of their demands in the 200 days since initial demands were made. A Better Ubisoft is a group of employees that formed in the wake of the numerous reports of rampant sexual harassment and misconduct going on within the France-based company.

    A Better Ubisoft has been pushing for changes within the company...
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  • Next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 Update is Live

    Next-gen Cyberpunk 2077 Update is Live

    The massive Patch 1.5 is available and with it comes the next-gen versions of Cyberpunk.

    Yesterday, we said that CD Projekt Red was going to host a special Cyberpunk 2077 focused livestream. Today, they kept that promise and indeed hosted a special event where they revealed Patch 1.5 for their open-world action title.

    This patch includes a lot of changes and improvements. Not only was Patch 1.5 released for PC, Stadia, and consoles, but today also marks the release for...
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  • Final Elden Ring PC Requirements are Here (For Real this Time)

    Final Elden Ring PC Requirements are Here (For Real this Time)

    The official PC requirements have finally been revealed for the final time.

    After several, what I would call "false starts," concerning the PC system requirements for Elden Ring, it looks like we finally have the final requirements. Over the past week or so, the PC requirements for Elden Ring were posted and then removed at various times. Today, what should be the actual final requirements were revealed by FromSoftware.

    Here's what we're going to do here. You...
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  • Capcom is Counting Down to Some Reveal

    Capcom is Counting Down to Some Reveal

    This gives me hope for Mega Man Legends 3.

    Capcom launched a new website in the early hours that includes a countdown to something. This countdown page provides no details and looks to strike 0 on February 20 at 10PM (PT), or February 21 at 1AM (ET).

    What can we expect? Well it's obviously Capcom announcing the revival of Mega Man Legends 3. Well, the end of the Capcom Pro Tour 2021 will come to a conclusion next weekend. It could be that this countdown is for some new...
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  • CrossfireX Developer Apologizes for Game

    CrossfireX Developer Apologizes for Game

    Devs apologize for a game that some have said is "literally the worst game I've ever played."

    Executive producer for CrossfireX, Sooro Boo, has apologized for the game's launch. The game, which came out on February 10 for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, has been dunked on by critics and fans alike. The game has suffered from several issues such as poor connections in multiplayer matches to issues with controller sensitivity and dead zone fluctuations.

    A new...
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  • Special Cyberpunk 2077 Stream to Air February 15

    Special Cyberpunk 2077 Stream to Air February 15

    Will we get some details and a look at the next-gen update for the game?

    CD Projekt Red announced a special Cyberpunk 2077 stream set for tomorrow, February 15. This stream will begin at 10AM (ET) over on Twitch.

    Details about what will be discussed, but the going theory is that they will talk about the upcoming PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S release of the game. It is also possible that we will hear about the game's first paid DLC expansion.

    The studio...
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  • First Free Dying Light 2 DLC is Out Now

    First Free Dying Light 2 DLC is Out Now

    It's the first free skin pack.

    Those of you who own Dying Light 2 can now download the "Authority" skin pack. This is the first of the game's DLC with another pack, "Ronin," coming along shortly.

    Today's Authority pack release offers up gear that covers the chest, legs, and feet. The second part of this release comes on February 16 and adds in gauntlets, a windbreaker, and arm guards. Finally, on February 18, you will get the two-handed Authority hammer....
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  • Baylon's Fall is Getting a Free Demo this Month

    Baylon's Fall is Getting a Free Demo this Month

    This demo is only for PlayStation owners.

    Square Enix says that they will release a free demo for Babylon's Fall on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. This demo will be available for download on February 25, 2022.

    This demo will give players access to the opening bits of the game where both single player and four-player cross-play co-op can be given a fair shake. Furthermore, Square Enix says that all progress and achievements earned in the demo will be carried over...
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  • Poll: Favorite Mario Sports Games

    Poll: Favorite Mario Sports Games

    2
    Mario Golf - NES Open Tournament, Mario Golf: Toadstool/Advance/World Tour, Super Rush
    50.00%
    1
    Mario Tennis - Mario's Tennis on Virtual Boy, Mario Tennis, Mario Power Tennis, Mario Tennis Open, Mario Tennis Aces
    50.00%
    1
    Mario Baseball - Mario Superstar Baseball, Mario Super Sluggers
    0%
    0
    Mario Strikers - Super Mario Strikers, Nario Strikers Charged, Mario Strikers: Battle League
    0%
    0
    Olympic Games - Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (London, Rio, Tokyo, Winter Games, Sochi)
    0%
    0
    Mario Hoops 3-on-3 - Apparently the only dedicated basketball game Mario has been in
    0%
    0

    The poll is expired.

    It's a new year, and a new poll!

    Let's just ignore the fact that I forgot to put a poll up for January 2022. In fact, let's also ignore that I forgot to put up a poll for February until the month was almost half over.

    With all that said, let's just get into the real reason we're here: To select an arbitrary option that doesn't really matter for anything besides morbid curiosity.

    This month, I'm curious to see which of the major Mario sports franchises is your...
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  • Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

    Original Halo Composers Sue Microsoft Over 20 Years of Unpaid Royalties

    The pair are also seeking an injunction against the upcoming Halo TV series.

    A new report by Eurogamer says that the original Halo music composers, Marty O'Donnell and Mike Salvatori, are suing Microsoft over unpaid royalties. Some of these royalties seem to date back roughly 20 years according to the lawsuit.

    Lawyers for O'Donnell and Salvatori filed this lawsuit back in June 2020 with a Washington state court. Next week, mediation is scheduled to begin but if no agreement...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Sequel and Warzone 2 Officially Announced

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Sequel and Warzone 2 Officially Announced

    Warzone 2 will be created from the ground up alongside the new Modern Warfare.

    Call of Duty 2022 has been officially announced. Activision Blizzard announced that this year's release will be a sequel to 2019's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. That game having been a reboot of the original Modern Warfare release from 2007, which had its own sequel with 2009's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Activision Blizzard have not explicitly called this year's release Call of Duty: Modern Warfare...
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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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