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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4, NBA 2K16, and More Arrive on PS Now

    Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4, NBA 2K16, and More Arrive on PS Now

    Sony announced that a bunch of new PlayStation titles were just released on PS Now this week. PS Now is Sony's streaming service that allows you to stream PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 games to your PlayStation 4 or PC. Of course, you can only do this if you pay a monthly fee (though there is a PS Now 7-day free trial).

    Anyway, let's get on to the new games. That's why we're here, right?
    New PS4 Games
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  • Global Supersampling and Other New Features Coming in PlayStation 4 System Update 5.50

    Sony revealed many of the new features coming in soon to be released 5.50 system software update for the PlayStation 4. The biggest addition for many people, at least those with a PlayStation 4 Pro, will be the global supersampling mode. This will allow for those people that use a Pro on a 1080p TV to experience enhanced visuals on many games that don't already provide an enhanced visual mode. Let's take a look at the full outline of changes that Sony wants you to know about for 5.50. And no, there still isn't any way to change your name yet. ...
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  • Underwater Horror Game Debris to Add Co-op on February 26

    Underwater Horror Game Debris to Add Co-op on February 26

    Though the single player component for the underwater horror adventure Debris came out in October 2017, the game still wasn't complete yet. That will all change when the team at Moonray Studios releases the game's new co-op mode on February 26.
    Escape Together or Die Alone
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  • Hands On Gameplay Preview of Past Cure

    Hands On Gameplay Preview of Past Cure

    Back in January, I was offered the opportunity to try out an early build of the upcoming psychological thriller meets third-person action title, Past Cure. The build of the game I played was just two levels from the full game. At the time of the preview, the game was still very much in development at Phantom 8 Studio. Typically, when you play a game you notice that they tend to mesh all of their gameplay elements into a singular focus for the entirety of the experience. There usually isn't a very clear-cut change in tone and gameplay focus between two levels....
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  • Counter-Strike Co-Creator Deemed "A Risk to the Community" and Hit with $150K Bail

    On Friday, Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe was hit with a $150,000 bail after being booked into King County jail on Thursday. The representative for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Nyoka Maraire, requested that the bail be set for $250,000. This would be for both the "community's safety and the victim's safety." The $250,000 bail was requested after it was found that Cliffe had used an adult website to contact a minor and paid for sex multiple times. During one such encounter, Cliffe had videotaped the sexual encounter "against her will." It ...
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  • Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Update: Valve Suspends Cliffe)

    Jess Cliffe was arrested this morning (February 1, 2018) at 1:17AM (PT) for "sexual exploitation of a child." For those few of you who do not know, Jess Cliffe is a co-creator of Counter-Strike. He and Minh Le (Gooseman) created the wildly popular game back in 2000. It started as a modification for Half-Life and since became a number of very popular stand-alone products. While the police did not provide any additional details, we do know that Cliffe does not have a criminal history. He was booked at 1:17AM into King County Jail. A bail hearing is scheduled for the aft...
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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Set for October 26, 2018

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Set for October 26, 2018

    Rockstar Games announced today that the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 is now October 26, 2018. They also released some lovely looking new screenshots that I can only assume were taken on either the Xbox One X or a PC build of the game that "doesn't" exist. Let's just say that the image quality on display here is really damn good.
    Dear All, We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointed by this delay. While we had hoped to have the game out sooner, we require
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  • Sephiroth Added to Mobius Final Fantasy in Special Final Fantasy VII Event

    Sephiroth Added to Mobius Final Fantasy in Special Final Fantasy VII Event

    Thanks to a special Final Fantasy VII collaboration event for Mobius Final Fantasy, players can now play as Sephiroth. Yep, the silver haired villain can be yours in a couple of different heroes.

    The image above has Sephiroth doing his best "I can be your angle....or yuor devil" impersonation. In reality, or in fantasy, the left one is him as the "Ultimate Hero" and the right one is him as the "Hero of Despair."
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  • Nintendo Announces New Animated Mario Movie

    Nintendo Announces New Animated Mario Movie

    Nintendo also announced tonight that there will be a new animated Mario film. The company says that they are teaming up with animation studio Illumination to bring the famous plumber/doctor/racecar driver/Olympic athlete/tennis star/pro golfer/basketball star/baseball star/painter to life on the big screen.

    Nintendo says that the film will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri. Meledandri is the producer for such films as Despicable Me, Minions, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Cool Runnings, and the highly anticipated Minions 2 (coming...
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  • Nintendo Switch Online Launching September 2018

    Nintendo Switch Online Launching September 2018

    Nintendo made the briefest of announcements this evening concerning their online plans for the Switch.

    In a short Tweet, the company said that Nintendo Switch Online will launch in September 2018. That's it. There are absolutely no additional details provided. This would almost be non-news if it wasn't for the fact that Switch owners have been waiting for this for a while now....
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  • Battlefield 1 Turning Tides North Sea Update

    Battlefield 1 Turning Tides North Sea Update

    The second half of the Turning Tides expansion for Battlefield 1 was released today. The "North Sea" content is available to download for those that own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.

    Premium Pass owners can expect to play this fresh and potentially dope content.
    Heligoland Bight (Map)
    The Great War at sea. Engage in an epic naval clash as the British Empire Royal Marines and German Navy pit dreadnoughts, destroyers, and aircraft against each other while infantry troops fight by the iconic red cliffs of Rocky Cove.

    Zeebrugge
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