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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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  • Steam Next Fest Returns on October 1

    Steam Next Fest Returns on October 1

    Another chance to play tons of demos.

    It feels like we just had one of these Steam Next Fest events, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead to the future. Valve announced today that the next Steam Next Fest will begin on October 1.

    This new event will run for seven days and once again feature hundreds of playable demos for you to try out. And yes, once again there will be a good number of livestreams from developers and publishers where you can peep even more games...
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  • Vertagear Apologizes for Making a Series of Sexist Tweets

    Vertagear Apologizes for Making a Series of Sexist Tweets

    The company may be in need of a new social media manager.

    Vertagear has apologized for making a series of sexist tweets, the latest of which was posted to their official Twitter account just yesterday. The company, known for their gaming chairs and other gaming accessories, issued an apology through their account after being publicly called out.

    The tweet that kicked off this whole thing can be found here in the first screenshot. It was deleted shortly after it went up...
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  • The Last of Us HBO Series to Cost More than $10 Million per Episode

    The Last of Us HBO Series to Cost More than $10 Million per Episode

    Precise figures weren't revealed, but that's a lot of dosh.

    According to Damian Petti, the president of the IATSE 212 artists union, each episode of HBO's TV adaptation of The Last of Us will cost over $10 million (USD). The show is said to include a budget that "well exceeds the eight-figure per episode mark." This information was shared by Petti in an interview conducted by CTV News.

    In speaking with CTV, Petti stops just short of giving a precise amount for...
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  • Tom Clancy's XDefiant is a Free-to-Play Multiplayer Shooter from Ubisoft

    Tom Clancy's XDefiant is a Free-to-Play Multiplayer Shooter from Ubisoft

    Battles will take place amongst factions from various Tom Clancy universes.

    The rumor about a free-to-play multiplayer game set in the Tom Clancy multi-verse has become a reality. Ubisoft has officially announced XDefiant, an upcoming F2P, 6 vs 6 multiplayer shooter that features factions from multiple Tom Clancy universes. Ubisoft San Francisco, led by Mark Rubin, is leading the development on this project.

    Today's announcement came alongside a new announcement trailer...
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  • Bandai Namco Wants You to Go Outside with Active Life Outdoor Challenge

    Bandai Namco Wants You to Go Outside with Active Life Outdoor Challenge

    But there are bugs out there!

    Bandai Namco just announced a new game that will hopefully get all of our fat asses off of the couch and computer chairs and into the great outdoors. Brave the sunlight and the nasty critters as you play Active Life Outdoor Challenge for the Nintendo Switch. This game, releasing on September 3, 2021, will be available exclusively through Target, both physically and through their online store.

    This seems to be an updated version of an old Wii...
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  • New GWENT Expansion Revealed - Price of Power: Thanedd Coup

    New GWENT Expansion Revealed - Price of Power: Thanedd Coup

    Not to be confused with "The Ned Cup" as I originally read it.

    The next expansion for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game was revealed today by CD Projekt Red. Thanedd Coup is the second part of three within the Price of Power expansion set. This new content will be coming for free to PC, Mac, iOS, and Android on August 3.

    This new set will add 26 new cards to GWENT. There will be 4 cards of different rarities per faction and 2 neutrals. It also continues the storyline...
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  • DirectStorage No Longer Windows 11 Exclusive

    DirectStorage No Longer Windows 11 Exclusive

    Reveal came as the developer preview starts to roll out.

    One of the big "selling points" for Windows 11 was how the new operating system would be the "best ever for gaming." One of the big pieces of technology behind this idea was DirectStorage. In short, DirectStorage is a way to feed assets from a drive directly to the GPU without the CPU getting in the way and slowing the process down.

    This would lead to faster load times, faster asset streaming,...
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  • Yep, Skate is Still in Development

    Yep, Skate is Still in Development

    Get a non-look at the game with this new BTS video.

    The next Skate game is still very much in development. That's about all EA had to share on this one today. They sent out a tweet that said that they're working on it. They also released a video that essentially said the same thing.

    Game footage? Nope.

    Concept art? Forget about it.

    BTS? Yes, assuming you're talking about "behind the scenes" and not about the boy band from South Korea....
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  • Ubisoft to Reveal a F2P Tom Clancy Hero Shooter on July 19

    Ubisoft to Reveal a F2P Tom Clancy Hero Shooter on July 19

    Codename: BattleCat.

    Ubisoft is reportedly going unveil a new Tom Clancy branded title tomorrow, July 19th. This game is reportedly codenamed "Battlecat" and will combine the worlds of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and The Division. These franchises will combine together to form a new multiplayer game that is more akin to a hero shooter than a more grounded, tactical title.

    Players will take on the role of the Splinter Cell's Echelon as playable characters,...
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  • Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic Delayed

    Rainbow Six Extraction and Riders Republic Delayed

    Extraction has been pushed into 2022.

    Ubisoft has pushed back the release dates for two of its titles. Rainbow Six Extraction, the upcoming co-op Rainbow Six Siege spin-off, is pushed out four months and will now release in January 2022. The other game, Riders Republic, will bring its multiplayer extreme sports to fans on October 28 instead of its original September 2 release date.

    Ubisoft did not provide much in the way of details as to why these games were delayed. They...
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  • Steam Deck Reservations Marred by Server Issues

    Steam Deck Reservations Marred by Server Issues

    There seems to be a huge demand for Valve's handheld gaming PC.

    Reservations for the newly announced Steam Deck from Valve were in very high demand today. Mere seconds after reservations opened on Steam, the Store became unresponsive for a huge number of potential consumers. The screen most users came across was a "something went wrong" error page.

    Still others encountered pages that said there was an error initializing or updating their transaction. Others were...
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  • F1 2021 is Out Today from EA and Codemasters

    F1 2021 is Out Today from EA and Codemasters

    This marks the first release from Codemasters after being acquired by EA.

    Codemasters and their new owners, EA, just released F1 2021 today to some eager racing fans. The latest in the F1 series is now available for the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam. This new entry features all of the teams, drivers, and race tracks from the 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship.

    This year's release also includes a new story mode, and an expanded...
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  • Former Faze Member Threatens Lawsuit Against YouTubers that Exposed His Cryptocurrency Scheme

    If ever there was a prime example of the Streisand effect, this is it.

    Just a couple of weeks ago, former Faze member Frazier "Kay" Khattri was removed from the gaming clan after it was discovered that he and three others were pushing a crypto "pump and dump" cryptocurrency scheme. The scheme was uncovered by various YouTubers that broke the story. Those YouTubers are now getting hit by a cease and desist order to try and stop the news from spreading.
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  • Capcom Promises Fix for Resident Evil Village Performance Issues

    Capcom Promises Fix for Resident Evil Village Performance Issues

    Capcom is pushed into action after hackers release a better performing version.

    This week, a cracked version of Resident Evil Village was released by Empress. With it came word that this cracked release pretty much eliminated the very severe and very apparent framerate dips and hitching found in the official release of the game. The culprit seemed to be a double whammy of DRM that Capcom implemented into the game: Denuvo and Capcom's own DRM system.

    The hitching and framerate...
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  • Despite Report, Marvel's Avengers' Wakanda Campaign is Not 25 Hours Long

    Despite Report, Marvel's Avengers' Wakanda Campaign is Not 25 Hours Long

    Lost in translation.

    An earlier report about the upcoming Wakanda campaign for Marvel's Avengers said that the new content would take players about 25 hours to complete. This report, presented by Entertainment Weekly, claimed that the 25 hours would be in addition to the content available in the base game.

    Unfortunately, that seems to be a misinterpretation by the person who wrote the article. Square Enix clarified what was actually meant by this "25 hour" remark....
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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%
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    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
    0
    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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