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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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  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl - E3 Gameplay Trailer and Release Date

    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chernobyl - E3 Gameplay Trailer and Release Date

    Get out of here.

    The gameplay reveal trailer for STALKER 2: Heart of Chernobyl made its debut today during Xbox's big E3 conference. The follow-up to the original game is slated to be released on April 28, 2022 for the Xbox Series X|S and PC. This release will also be available on Game Pass right from the get-go. ...
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  • Doom Eternal Next-gen Update Coming June 29

    Doom Eternal Next-gen Update Coming June 29

    It's Doom Eternal but more pretty.

    The next-gen update for Doom Eternal will be released on June 29 for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. This free update will offer improved visuals, better performance, support for ray tracing, and will include a variety of performance modes.

    A breakdown of the various graphical modes can be found below. ...
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  • Fallout 76: Steel Rein Reveal Trailer; The Pitt Teased

    Fallout 76: Steel Rein Reveal Trailer; The Pitt Teased

    This free update arrives July 7.

    Bethesda showed off the Steel Rein update coming to Fallout 76 on July 7. This free update concludes the Brotherhood of Steel storyline that launched late in 2020.

    This new content includes a new questline for players to enjoy. It also includes new locations and gear to unlock and use. You will also see new Legendary upgrades and a Season 5 Scoreboard, all of which are detailed below.

    In addition to this new reveal, Bethesda...
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  • Redfall is a New Vampire Slaying Co-op FPS from Arkane

    Redfall is a New Vampire Slaying Co-op FPS from Arkane

    Freshly revealed from E3 2021.

    Arkane just revealed their newest game that is currently in development at the studio. The game, Redfall, is a cooperative FPS where you and some friends will be utilizing weapons and various powers to take on another form of undead foe: Vampires.

    Arkane says that Redfall is an "open-world co-op FPS from Arkane Austin (studio behind Dishonored and Prey), the award-winning team behind Prey and Dishonored." It takes place in Redfall,...
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  • Starfield - E3 2021 Trailer

    Starfield - E3 2021 Trailer

    This is the first official in-game look at Starfield.

    Bethesda opened the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase today with a fresh look at Starfield. This new trailer provides us with the first "in-game" look at Starfield, though it does not seem to feature any actual gameplay. We also learned that Starfield is an Xbox console exclusive.

    Starfield is set to be released on November 11, 2022 for the Xbox Series X|S and PC. It will be available day one on the Xbox...
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  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction - E3 Reveal and Gameplay Footage

    Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Extraction - E3 Reveal and Gameplay Footage

    What if we made a tactical Tom Clancy game but with aliens?

    Rainbow Six Extraction, the game formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, was given a lot of screen time this past evening during Ubisoft's mega E3 blowout extraordinaire. This new game under the Tom Clancy umbrella will bring co-op tactical action to the world on September 16 for the Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, and PC. It includes cross-play and cross-save across all platforms.
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  • Ubisoft Reveals New Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer

    Ubisoft Reveals New Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora Trailer

    Hey, remember Avatar? Yeah, it's apparently still a thing!

    It's been 12 years since James Cameron blasted our eyeballs with blue, 3D aliens, but that franchise is clawing its way back from obscurity with multiple releases planned for the coming years. Avatar 2 is coming maybe next year? Avatar 3 is coming in 2024. Avatar 4 is in 2025. Avatar 5 is slated for 2028.

    I'm not joking either.

    But those four additional films aren't the end of it, no sir! Ubisoft revealed...
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  • Far Cry 6 DLC Announced - Play as Villains from Previous Games

    Far Cry 6 DLC Announced - Play as Villains from Previous Games

    Also, get Blood Dragon yet again.

    Ubisoft revealed their post-launch content plans for Far Cry 6 today during their E3 conference. This content is almost as unusual as when they released Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, which was also a part of this post-launch release plans.

    Ubisoft plans on releasing DLC that lets you play as the villains from Far Cry 3, Far Cry 4, and Far Cry 5. This means you will be playing as Vass from 3, Pagan Min from 4, and Joseph Seed from 5 in three...
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  • Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Announced

    Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope Announced

    It's got a 95% chance to be a hit.

    A sequel to the surprise hit Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle was just announced today during the Ubisoft Forward E3 2021 conference thing. The new title, called Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope, is aiming to be released in 2022 for the Nintendo Switch. Just as the case was in 2017, this sequel will again blend together the worlds of Mario, Rabbids, and XCOM.

    Players will be able to hop around various planets. They will be fighting against...
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  • Gearbox Announces Godfall Expansion and PS4 Release

    Gearbox Announces Godfall Expansion and PS4 Release

    Since they didn't really show off much of anything else.

    During their E3 2021 presentation, Gearbox talked a lot about the upcoming Borderlands movie. They again showed off that Tiny Tina's Wonderlands trailer for the third time in the past few days and they showed some Tribes of Midgard footage. They also said Homeworld 3 a few times without so much as a glimpse of that actual game. They also gave some new news about Godfall. There wasn't really much to it all.

    As far...
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  • Riders Republic E3 Trailer

    Riders Republic E3 Trailer

    Extreme.

    Ubisoft showed off a new trailer today for Riders Republic, their open world extreme sports title. They're calling it a "social playground" where players can experience "the thrill of outdoor sports in an open and densely populated world."

    Riders Republic will have a beta that you can currently put a registration in for.

    Riders Republic will support more than 50 live players simultaneously onscreen on new consoles and PC, and only...
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  • Death's Gambit: Afterlife Doubles Size of Original Game

    Death's Gambit: Afterlife Doubles Size of Original Game

    The hardcore action-platformer is also coming to Switch this year.

    Death's Gambit: Afterlife is a massive expansion of 2018's hardcore action-platformer. Not only is the game about to almost double in size, it's also coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year.

    White Rabbit and Serenity Forge say that Afterlife doubles the size of the original game. This expansion, of sorts, adds new areas, new storylines, new weapons, abilities, and modes. It also adjusts some elements...
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  • World War Z: Aftermath Announced

    World War Z: Aftermath Announced

    Featuring even MORE zombies than before.

    World War Z: Aftermath was announced today as part of the IGN Expo. This release will include everything in World War Z: Game of the Year Edition, with the addition of new characters, a new melee system, new undead enemies (rats), and a new first-person mode.

    This release will also take advantage of the new console hardware and will run at up to 4K/60FPS on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    Three new story locations...
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  • Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Arrives June 30

    Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Arrives June 30

    It's just a visual novel, how messed up can it b-OHMYGOD!

    One of 2017's surprise hits, Doki Doki Literature Club, is getting a re-release on June 30. This new release, entitled Doki Doki Literature Club Plus, is coming out for the PC, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation platforms. This new release includes extra content, additional side stories, and updated visuals.

    Besides the additional side stories and new visuals, there will be 13 new music tracks, and over 100...
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  • Haunted Space Gameplay Trailer from IGN Expo

    Haunted Space Gameplay Trailer from IGN Expo

    Moon's haunted.

    Haunted Space got itself a new trailer today courtesy of the IGN Expo. This atmospheric horror flight-sim was first revealed back in the far off time of March 2021. The game is currently in development from Italian Games Factory and coming out on the Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC via Steam. There is no release date.

    This new trailer is from in-engine footage. It showcases "exhilarating dogfights, ship crafting, and battles with giant spacefaring...
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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%
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    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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