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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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  • Pre-orders Begin for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition

    Pre-orders Begin for Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition

    Order now for an exclusive theme.

    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition is now available for pre-order on the PlayStation 4. Those that put down $39.99 for their pre-order will also get an exclusive theme based on the game. PlayStation Plus subscribers will get 10% off of their pre-orders.

    Not to be left in the dark, the game is also coming to the PC via Steam. Both the PC and PlayStation 4 will get the game on October 17, 2019.

    This release will include the base game and all previously released DLC packs that hit...
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  • Blair Witch - New 4K Trailer, Story Teaser, and Deluxe Edition Info

    Blair Witch - New 4K Trailer, Story Teaser, and Deluxe Edition Info

    More to come next week at Gamescom.

    Bloober Team and Lionsgate Games released some new information and media assets today for the upcoming Blair Witch game. Today's media push includes a new 4K environmental trailer, a teaser trailer for Monday's larger story reveal, and a look at the game's Deluxe Edition contents.

    As noted, the full story trailer will be shown off at Gamescom next week. Specifically, it will premier at 6PM (CEST, 12PM ET) on August 19th. Now, this press release also says that this won't be out until August 20, which is Tuesday....
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  • Epic Games Store Update Brings Cloud Saves to More Games

    Epic Games Store Update Brings Cloud Saves to More Games

    Baby steps.

    Epic staff must've been crunching extra hard these past few weeks, because some much needed functionality has finally come to the Epic Games Store. Today, the company announced that they have added Cloud Save support for even more games. There was a small trial for Cloud Saves tested out a little while back, but more titles are now supported.

    Cloud Saves aren't enabled for every game, but 17 games now have Cloud Save functionality. These 17 games do not include any of the Ubisoft games because those Cloud Saves are handled via Uplay....
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  • King's Bounty 2 Announced

    King's Bounty 2 Announced

    Royalty returns in 2020.

    1C Entertainment announced King's Bounty 2 today. The next iteration of their turn-based tactical series takes players to the far away lands of Antara. This release promises to offer a "fresh take on the acclaimed fantasy series."

    Each move will have some weight behind it. This includes moves made both on the battlefield and in developing personal relationships with those you meet in the world.

    You will get to play as one of three different heroes, each having their own unique story. 1C says that...
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  • Gary Whitta to Deliver PAX West 2019 Keynote

    Gary Whitta to Deliver PAX West 2019 Keynote

    He wrote some things that you probably know.

    Gary Whitta, the award-winning writer for numerous films, books, comics, and games, is set to deliver the PAX West 2019 keynote address. This takes place on Friday, August 30 at 10AM in the Main Theater.

    Whitta will talk about his long career, which began as a writer for PC Gamer. He has also written for games like Telltale's The Walking Dead, he wrote The Book of Eli, and worked on multiple Star Wars projects including co-writing Rogue One. ...
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  • New Wreckfest Trailer Ahead of Console Launch

    New Wreckfest Trailer Ahead of Console Launch

    Meet the Bonebreaker.

    A new trailer for Wreckfest comes about a week ahead of the game's August 27 release on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This new trailer introduces us to Zero Hero, the Bonebreaker. Mr. Bonebreaker isn't here to win, he just wants to make you lose.

    Wreckfest, for those that do not know, is a game where you race and smash up cars. It's already available on the PC at sites like Steam or Green Man Gaming. The console release will come in both a Standard and Deluxe flavors. A digital deluxe release will get a 24-hour head start...
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  • Ion Fury Leaves Early Access

    Ion Fury Leaves Early Access

    The 90s are kind of back.

    A modern release of an "old-school FPS" arrives today with the release of Ion Fury. This new game from Voidpoint, 3D Realms, and 1C Entertainment plays out a lot like the first-person shooter games of yesteryear. You have big, fairly open levels that reward exploration. These levels are packed with a ton of enemies, maze like corridors, and a lot of gib producing weapons of destruction.

    Today marks the release of the game on the PC as it leaves Early Access. You can pick up Ion Fury from either Steam, GOG,...
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  • Lead Producer on Anthem, Ben Irving, Leaves BioWare

    Lead Producer on Anthem, Ben Irving, Leaves BioWare

    This probably isn't a good sign.

    Anthem has had its fair share of disappointment since even before the game was launched back in the far off time of February 2019. Today, yet another potential black mark can be added to the books. Lead producer for Anthem, Ben Irving, announced that he is leaving BioWare for another studio.

    This may not be a sign of anything, but it rarely ends up being a good sign when the lead producer on a project decides to quit and go elsewhere. BioWare Edmonton has already moved on to Dragon Age development while BioWare...
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  • New Saints Row Game in Development at Volition

    New Saints Row Game in Development at Volition

    Plus new info about Dead Island 2 and TimeSplitters.

    Volition is said to be "deep in development" on a new Saints Row game, according to publisher THQ Nordic. The company said that the game is still currently untitled and does not yet have any announced release date. However, this will be a "full entry" in the Saints Row franchise.

    The last Saints Row title was Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell in 2015. Though the last core release in the series was Saints Row 4 in 2013. Afterwards, Volition developed and released Agents of May...
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  • MediEvil Remake Behind the Scenes

    MediEvil Remake Behind the Scenes

    New dev diary and screenshots.

    We have some new information and screenshots to share for the upcoming MediEvil remake today. Nick Accordino from Sony Interactive Entertainment shared some fresh new information today via the PlayStation Blog. With the release of the game quickly coming up on its October 25 release, you can probably expect to see even more media in the weeks ahead.

    MediEvil is a remake of the classic PlayStation 1 game of the same name. On October 25, it can be yours for $29.99 (USD). Pre-orders are open now on the PlayStation Store. Those attending Gamescom will get to have some hands-on time starting on August 20. ...
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  • EA Announces Need for Speed Heat

    EA Announces Need for Speed Heat

    Releases on November 8.

    Developer Ghost Games and publisher EA today announced that a new Need for Speed game is coming, and probably arriving sooner than you think. The latest is called Need for Speed Heat and it's slated to arrive on November 8 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin. Those with Origin Access Premier or the Play First Trial will get access to the game starting November 5.

    Though we have a few details to share with you now, a larger gameplay reveal will be held on August 19 at the start of Gamescom.

    EA...
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