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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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  • Custom Map Support Added to Counter-Strike 2 Workshop

    Custom Map Support Added to Counter-Strike 2 Workshop

    Custom maps are now easily accessible in Counter-Strike 2.

    Slowly but surely, Counter-Strike 2 is being improved. The latest update for the game added in Steam Workshop support for custom maps. This will allow map makers to upload their maps to the Workshop. Community servers can also host these maps on their servers. Players can also optionally play these custom maps offline by subscribing to them and heading to the Play menu.

    This new update for Counter-Strike 2 went...
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  • Activision Explains Why Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Uses 235GB of Drive Space

    You will once again need a whole ass drive just for one Call of Duty game.

    Those who dove into the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 campaign early access have found that their total install size weighs in at just shy of 235GB of SSD space occupied. This is true for at least the PlayStation 5 version of the game. On the PC side, I have my install down to just 101GB, but that's without having Modern Warfare 2 content installed, which I may or may not end up needing anyway once the multiplayer...
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  • Capcom Isn't a Fan of PC Mods, Claims Mods are a Form of Cheating

    Capcom Isn't a Fan of PC Mods, Claims Mods are a Form of Cheating

    They can cause offense to "public order and morals."

    Capcom seems to be of the belief that mods, at least those made for PC games, could lead to "reputational damage" to the company. They feel as though mods could cause offense to "public order and morals." This could presumably lower the public perception of a game or even Capcom themselves.

    These thoughts shared by Capcom came from the latest upload to Capcom's Research & Development...
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  • Far Cry 6 to No Longer Receive Updates

    Far Cry 6 to No Longer Receive Updates

    The game will no longer receive any further updates.

    If you have been waiting to pick up Far Cry 6 until it was in its best possible state, your time has come. Ubisoft just announced that they will no longer release any further updates for the open-world FPS.

    This information comes directly from the Far Cry Twitter account. Those who still wish to play the game in co-op can do so without any issue. The online services are still online. It's just that there will be no...
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  • Adjustments Made to Dark Protocol LTE for Battlefield 2042

    Adjustments Made to Dark Protocol LTE for Battlefield 2042

    Some changes were made based on player feedback.

    DICE just rolled out a few tweaks for the latest Battlefield 2042 limited time event, Dark Protocol. The event, which kicked off just this past Tuesday, finds players fighting for control over a series of points. Players are also fighting for control over Geist Forges, a unique device that periodically spawns A.I. controlled synths that will join the fight for whichever side holds control over the forge.

    Based on some...
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  • Remnant 2's First DLC - The Awakened King - Release Date, Price, and Trailer

    Remnant 2's First DLC - The Awakened King - Release Date, Price, and Trailer

    Two additional DLCs will arrive in 2024.

    Big news for Remnant 2 fans today as Gunfire Games gave us the first look at the first major DLC release for the game. Set to release on November 14, The Awakened King will offer you the usual array of fresh content to blast your way through.

    The Awakened King will be the first of three planned DLC releases for Remnant 2. It will add a new area to the world of Losomn. There are new dungeons, new weapons to find and earn, new allies,...
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  • Highly Requested Starfield Features Coming Next Week

    Highly Requested Starfield Features Coming Next Week

    The update will launch first as a beta.

    Bethesda is finally adding in a few of the most requested features to Starfield, at least for those playing on PC. Starting next week, a beta release for the update will be offered to players through Steam that adds official support for Nvidia's DLSS technology.

    Bethesda confirmed that their team has been working hard on updates for the space adventure game since its release in early September. This next update will be in a beta...
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  • Lies of P DLC and Sequel Confirmed by Devs

    Lies of P DLC and Sequel Confirmed by Devs

    Pinocchio fans are eating good tonight.

    Developer Round8 Studio and publisher of Lies of P, Neowiz, just confirmed that not only are they working on DLC content for Lies of P, they are also working on a full sequel. A new video features game director Jiwon Choi, in which Choi talks about what to expect for Lies of P in the near future.

    Also included in this new video to fans, is word that there will be a new balance patch for the game coming shortly. At some point in November,...
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  • Bungie Cut 100 Jobs, Missed Revenue Projections by 45% for the Year

    Bungie Cut 100 Jobs, Missed Revenue Projections by 45% for the Year

    A new report by Bloomberg paints a distressing picture for the Destiny studio.

    On Monday, October 30th, Bungie laid off an undisclosed number of employees. Earlier in the day on October 31st, we learned that Bungie laid off Michael Salvatori, the legendary composer that created music for several Halo games and the Destiny franchise. Now, a new report from Bloomberg sheds some additional light on just how dire things seem to be at Bungie.

    Bloomberg's report says that...
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  • Bungie Reportedly Lays Off Composer Michael Salvatori

    Bungie Reportedly Lays Off Composer Michael Salvatori

    Plus other new details on the recent layoffs at the Destiny developer.

    The dust from yesterday's layoffs at Bungie has yet to settle as word continues to trickle out on just who all was let go. Following a meeting with CEO Pete Parsons yesterday, employees from several different departments found out that they were no longer employed at the Destiny 2 development studio. Job cuts hit departments like social media / public relations, community management, art, engineering, player support,...
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  • Little Goody Two Shoes Out Now

    Little Goody Two Shoes Out Now

    Fairytales are meant to be horror.

    Little Goody Two Shoes from AstralShift and the Square Enix Collective is out today for PC, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch. This game is a narrative-focused fairytale horror adventure with some anime aesthetics.

    Little Goody Two Shoes takes you to Kieferberg Village. What appears to be quite normal at a glance is hiding some sinister stuff just below the surface. You will have to juggle multiple aspects of main...
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  • World War Z: Aftermath 'Valley of the Zeke' DLC Announced

    World War Z: Aftermath 'Valley of the Zeke' DLC Announced

    Take a trip to Arizona.

    Looks like Arizona Sunshine 2 isn't the only zombie slaying game headed to the Grand Canyon state this December. On December 5 the "Valley of the Zeke" DLC for World War Z: Aftermath will be released. This is the first premium campaign episode for Aftermath since it made its big debut in 2021.

    Valley of the Zeke will add three new Arizona-based maps to play on plus four new playable survivors. In addition, there will be new premium character...
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  • PayID and Identity Authentication: Cybersecurity and Data Protection Implications

    In an era where digital transactions have become the norm, PayID emerges as a game-changer, revolutionising how we send and receive money. This innovative system eliminates the need to remember complex codes, offering a user-friendly alternative with an easy-to-remember identifier. But how secure is it? Cybercriminals have been known to exploit the system, impersonate legitimate users, and gain unauthorised access to financial accounts. This article delves into PayID, its role in identity authenticat...
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  • Release Dates Revealed for PlayStation Pulse Explore Wireless Earbuds and Pulse Elite Wireless Headset

    Pre-orders will open soon for these devices.

    Sony just announced that their PlayStation Pulse Explore wireless earbuds will be out on December 6, 2024. In addition, the PlayStation Pulse Elite wireless headset will be out on February 21, 2024.

    Pre-orders are set to open through direct.playstation.com and other retailers on November 9 at 10AM local time throughout the US, UK, France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Other...
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  • Destiny 2: The Final Shape and Marathon Delayed at Bungie

    Destiny 2: The Final Shape and Marathon Delayed at Bungie

    The new Destiny 2 expansion was expected to be out in February 2024.

    Besides being hit by an undisclosed number of layoffs today, Destiny 2 developer Bungie has also delayed both The Final Shape expansion and Marathon. Marathon being Bungie's PvP extraction shooter that was announced during the May 2023 PlayStation Showcase.

    These delays were revealed by a new Bloomberg report, which says that Destiny 2: The Final Shape expansion has moved from a February 2024 release...
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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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