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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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  • 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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  • Warzone's Biggest Balance Update was Just Released

    Warzone's Biggest Balance Update was Just Released

    These are the first steps taken to "increase the average TTK."

    The Season Four Reloaded update for Call of Duty: Warzone just released today and with it comes the "biggest balance update in the history of Warzone." Raven Software details these changes and say that these are the "first major steps towards increasing the average time-to-kill (TTK) within Warzone." ...
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  • Steam Deck Technical Details

    Steam Deck Technical Details

    You've seen the announcement, now it's time for the nitty-gritty details.

    Valve just announced the Steam Deck, a handheld, fully-featured portable gaming machine. It's a powerful little device that starts at $399 (USD), but we didn't really share just how powerful this hardware is.

    Let's take a little look at the Steam Deck's technical specs, its design, the hardware, and the software powering it all.


    Valve notes that things like the software...
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  • Valve Announces Steam Deck, A Handheld PC Starting at $399

    Valve Announces Steam Deck, A Handheld PC Starting at $399

    This new device is the first in a new series of handheld PC from Valve.

    Back in May 2021, a rumor came out suggesting that Valve was working on a new handheld PC device called the SteamPal. While that is partially true, the one thing that didn't stick through to the end was the name. These devices are officially called Steam Deck and they start at a pretty affordable $399 (USD) MSRP.

    Valve says that Steam Deck is a "powerful all-in-one portable PC." It has a...
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  • WNBA Star Candace Parker is First Woman on Cover of NBA2K

    WNBA Star Candace Parker is First Woman on Cover of NBA2K

    There's already so much outrage. So very, very much.

    2K Sports announced today that the Chicago Sky athlete, Candace Parker, will be the first woman and the first WNBA player ever to grace the cover of an NBA 2K game. She will be featured prominently on a special version of NBA 2K22's Standard Edition.

    Gamers are massively upset about this. This is in spite of the fact that the version of the game that will feature Parker on the cover will only be sold through GameStop...
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  • Cross-play Confirmed for Battlefield 2042 but with a Catch

    Cross-play Confirmed for Battlefield 2042 but with a Catch

    The catch may not be all that big of a deal, depending on your point of view.

    EA has confirmed that Battlefield 2042 will include cross-play support. However, not all platforms will be able to play with all other platforms.

    In a new Battlefield Briefing, EA made it clear that there will be two separate groups of cross-play players: One group will feature PC, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5. The other group will include Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players.

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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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