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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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  • Remedy Ditches Codename 'Vanguard' Free-to-Play Plans

    Remedy Ditches Codename 'Vanguard' Free-to-Play Plans

    Free-to-play deemed just too risky.

    Remedy Entertainment announced their plans to reboot a project known only as codename Vanguard. This upcoming title was set to be a free-to-play multiplayer game, with next to nothing else known about it. This reboot comes with several significant changes, the least of which is a change in the codename from Vanguard to Kestrel.

    The bigger change is the fact that the plan for a free-to-play game has been ditched with a shift to making...
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  • Amazon Lays Off 180 from Games Division

    Amazon Lays Off 180 from Games Division

    Apparently the layoffs come due to a desire for more free games.

    Amazon Games has just laid off 180 employees. This is according to a new report from Aftermath, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Amazon then confirmed that they have laid off the entirety of the Crown Channel, an Amazon-backed Twitch channel.

    An internal email was also obtained concerning these layoffs. The email was sent by Amazon Games vice-president Christoph Hartmann. In the email, he seems...
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  • Nintendo Indie World Showcase Announced

    Nintendo Indie World Showcase Announced

    About 20 minutes of new announcements and updates.

    Nintendo announced that a new Indie World Showcase will air on November 14. This showcase will feature about 20 minutes worth of new indie game announcements and updates for titles that are coming to the Nintendo Switch.

    The Indie World Showcase begins at noon (ET) on Tuesday, November 14. The showcase will be streamed on the Nintendo website and also on the official Nintendo YouTube channel.

    Nintendo had...
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  • My Little Universe to Continue Growing with New Content

    My Little Universe to Continue Growing with New Content

    The cozy sandbox title is getting more content in the future.

    The generally well received My Little Universe will continue to grow thanks to upcoming updates from Estoty and SayGames. This "wholesome worldbuilding sandbox adventure" will get new content updates and DLC across all versions on PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch.

    New content coming soon to the game include an entirely new planet, Demodium. Other new content includes new dungeons, a new playable...
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  • Counter-Strike 2 Is Way Better Than Call Of Duty Modern Warfare 3

    The mordacious gunplay of Counter-Strike 2 feels remarkably gratifying in contrast to Call of Duty MW3 – not only due to players being furnished with an array of weapons with exclusive features, but also because each time you engage in combat, you’ve no idea how it’s going to turn out! Anyway, if we may offer one piece of advice: if you’re seeking a stimulating online shootout with high difficulty levels then look no further than Counter-Strike 2! Put aside all those ...
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  • Alan Wake 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 Lead The Game Awards 2023 Nominations

    Alan Wake 2 and Baldur's Gate 3 Lead The Game Awards 2023 Nominations

    Both games lead the charge with 8 nominations each.

    Geoff Keighley hosted a special event for The Game Awards 2023 today. This event was purely to reveal the list of nominations across all categories of The Game Awards.

    Leading the charge with eight nominations each are Alan Wake 2 and Baldur's Gate 3. Alan Wake 2's nominations include: Game of the Year, Best Game Direction, Best Narrative, Best Art Direction, Best Score and Music, Best Sound Design, Best Performance...
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  • Activision Pulls Modern Warfare 3 Maps Due to Horrible Spawns

    Activision Pulls Modern Warfare 3 Maps Due to Horrible Spawns

    A number of multiplayer maps feature horribly bad player spawn locations.

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 just came out today and already Activision has had to step in to remove a number of maps from the multiplayer. These maps were pulled because some of the spawn points often led to situations where players would repeatedly respawn at the same location, leading to an easy spawn camping farm for other players.

    So far, Activision has pulled Quarry, Rundown, Scrapyard,...
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  • Unity Announces Layoffs Despite Increased Revenues

    Unity Announces Layoffs Despite Increased Revenues

    Layoffs and other changes are coming in Q4 2023.

    According to their Q3 2023 earnings report, Unity saw revenues increase 69% year-over-year to $544 million (USD). Unity also reported net losses were cut in half year-over-year from $250 million in 2022 to $125 million now. In spite of this, Unity also says that they plan to reduce their workforce and office footprint.

    These changes, and more, came about after a "comprehensive assessment of its product portfolio."...
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  • Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Getting Free Anniversary Updates

    Warhammer 40,000: Darktide Getting Free Anniversary Updates

    The Traitor Curse will add new content across two updates.

    Fatshark announces that there will be a free, two-part anniversary update coming very soon for Warhammer 40,000: Darktide. All together, this update is dubbed The Traitor Curse and the first part of the update is expected to drop this month. The second part will arrive in December ahead of the winter holidays.

    As the Warhammer 40,000: Darktide anniversary falls on November 30th, it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Anti-Cheat to Implement 'Splat'

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Anti-Cheat to Implement 'Splat'

    Ricochet anti-cheat won't just ban cheaters in Modern Warfare 3.

    With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 set to release mere hours from now, the developers and Activision took to the Call of Duty Blog to talk about improvements to Ricochet. Ricochet being the name given to the anti-cheat service used in the previous few Call of Duty releases.

    First up is the more mundane improvements that are coming to Ricochet ahead of Modern Warfare 3's launch. Activision notes that they...
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  • Sony to Launch Only Half of Its Planned Live Service Games by March 2026

    Sony to Launch Only Half of Its Planned Live Service Games by March 2026

    Six titles are coming, six are now stuck in limbo.

    PlayStation had no fewer than 12 different live service games being worked on at various PlayStation Studios. Only six of them may see the light of day by the end of Sony's financial year 2025, or by the end of March 2026 for us non-business types.

    This information comes direct from Sony president Hiroki Totoki in a recent financial call with investors. Though 12 titles remain in development at present, there is no saying...
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  • Valve Announces New Steam Deck OLED

    Valve Announces New Steam Deck OLED

    Farewell LCD, hello OLED.

    Valve announced a refresh of their Steam Deck hardware today. Beginning on November 16th, you will be able to purchase the Steam Deck OLED in one of a few different configurations.

    The Steam Deck OLED is mostly the same as the original model but with a few key updates. First and foremost is the move to an HDR OLED screen, replacing the LCD screen used in the first generation of the hardware. Also updated in the OLED model is a longer lasting...
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  • The Super Mario Bros. Movie Hits Netflix in December

    The Super Mario Bros. Movie Hits Netflix in December

    "It is I, Mario." - Chris Pratt (probably), 2023

    Those who are still subscribed to Netflix will have a couple of mustached plumbers to look forward to this December. Netflix announced today that the Super Mario Bros. Movie is coming to the streaming service next month.

    The announcement was made via Twitter. The brief announcement states that the Super Mario Bros. Movie will arrive on December 3rd. The film was originally released in theaters on April 5, 2023...
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  • Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

    Alan Wake 2 Review: A Must-Play Psychological Horror Experience

    Easily, the best horror game in years.

    In 2010 Remedy Entertainment released Alan Wake, a game where a writer is pulled into a horrifying world seemingly of his own creation. Alan Wake was a game that I bounced off at least two times. Despite the game being well received by critics and fans, I felt like its gameplay was just a repetitive slog that even its unique story could not overcome. When a sequel was announced by Remedy, I found myself extremely indifferent to the news. Still...
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  • Live-Action Legend of Zelda Movie Announced by Nintendo

    Live-Action Legend of Zelda Movie Announced by Nintendo

    In before Chris Pratt cast as Zelda.

    In a statement issued to Nintendo investors, the company revealed that they are setting out to create a live-action Legend of Zelda movie. This film will be produced by Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto and Avi Arad, chairman of Arad Productions. Wes Ball will serve as the film's director.

    Nintendo is also teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment to co-finance the film, with more than 50% financed by Nintendo. Sony Pictures will handle...
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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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