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Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
 

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...
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  • New Update Reduces Forza Motorsport Install Size by 29GB

    New Update Reduces Forza Motorsport Install Size by 29GB

    This is a massive sized reduction.

    Through what I can only assume is magic, the latest update for Forza Motorsport reduces the install size by up to 29GB. Specifically, the release of Update 7 reduces the total file size by 25GB on Xbox Series X|S and by 29GB on PC. This is a size reduction on about 15-20% depending on which platform you play on.

    Developer Turn 10 says that due to the nature of this new optimization, today's Update 7 will be "slightly larger"...
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  • Friday the 13th is Dead Once Again Due to Copyright

    Friday the 13th is Dead Once Again Due to Copyright

    The mod that aimed to bring back the asymmetrical game was also caught in the copyright kerfuffle.

    A "Resurrected" mod for Friday the 13th: The Game has come to a developmental halt after receiving a cease and desist letter. The team that aimed to resurrect the asymmetrical multiplayer title received a cease and desist letter from legal representation for Horror, Inc., the owner of the Friday the 13th film franchise.

    The cease and desist letter claims that the...
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  • Microsoft is Moving 'Full Speed Ahead' on Next-gen Xbox

    Microsoft is Moving 'Full Speed Ahead' on Next-gen Xbox

    Sarah Bond is also working on the preservation of old games with this new hardware.

    An internal email sent by Xbox president Sarah Bond says that Microsoft is moving "full speed ahead" on the development of the next Xbox hardware. This internal email was obtained by Windows Central and has been verified to be the real deal by Microsoft.

    In the email, Bond says that the team is "moving full speed ahead" on the next-generation of Xbox hardware. Bond...
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  • Layoffs Confirmed at Relic Entertainment

    Layoffs Confirmed at Relic Entertainment

    Layoffs come just one week after Relic split from Sega.

    On March 28, Relic Entertainment parted ways from Sega in an deal that was mutually accepted by both studios. Relic and Sega have been working together to make the transition as smooth as possible.

    Today, Relic Entertainment announced that they have laid off some of their employees. Relic's public statement on LinkedIn says that the layoffs had to happen in order to give the studio "the best possible chance...
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  • New Star Wars Outlaws Story Trailer on April 9

    New Star Wars Outlaws Story Trailer on April 9

    Ubisoft to share more of Kay Vess's story.

    On Tuesday, April 9 at 9AM PT (12PM ET), Ubisoft will share a new story trailer for Star Wars Outlaws. The reveal was announced through the official Star Wars account on Twitter.

    Details on this new trailer are rather light. It is assumed that the trailer will focus on the game's main leads, Kay Vess and Nix. With any luck, there may even be a release date announcement for the game. We thought we had a glimpse of a release date...
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  • Roku Patents Method to Display Ads Whenever You Pause a Game

    Roku Patents Method to Display Ads Whenever You Pause a Game

    Will also show ads when pausing movies, TV, and more.

    Roku just filed a patent that would allow their line of televisions to display ads when the scene is idle or paused. Roku's patent specifically references third-party devices that are connected to its TVs via HDMI, which includes game consoles and streaming devices such as a Google Chromecast, Apple TV, or an Amazon Fire Stick-like device.

    This patent was first spotted by Lowpass from writer Janko Roettgers. The patent...
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  • The Outer Worlds and Thief (2014) are Free on Epic Games Store

    The Outer Worlds and Thief (2014) are Free on Epic Games Store

    Free for one week only.

    Get 'em while they're hot. Both The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition and 2014's Thief are free to add to your Epic Games Store accounts. These two titles are this week's Epic Games Store giveaway. For some reason there are two titles this week. You will be able to add these games to your Epic Games Store account for $0 up until Thursday, April 11, when Ghostrunner will be the next weekly free offering.

    The Outer Worlds: Spacer's Choice Edition...
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  • Buckshot Roulette Out Now on Steam

    Buckshot Roulette Out Now on Steam

    The surprise hit is available now on Steam.

    It's hard to imagine that developer Mike Klubnika ever expected that his small "Russian Roulette with shotguns" game, Buckshot Roulette, would ever become as popular as it has. The game went viral after its initial release with tons of streamers and "influencers" playing the game at some point.

    Buckshot Roulette initially debuted on Itch.io, and is now available on Steam for the low price of $2.99, or $2.69...
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  • Free Stars: Children of Infinity Announced as Direct Sequel to The Ur-Quan Masters

    The sci-fi cult classic will soon continue.

    The action-adventure sci-fi game, Star Control 2: The Ur-Quan Masters, first hit the scene back in 1992 for MS-DOS by none other than Toys for Bob. In February 2024, an open-source remake of The Ur-Quan Masters was released under the name of Free Stars: The Ur-Quan Masters. In fact, this game is freely available to everyone through Steam.

    While a Star Control 3 was eventually developed, it was done so without the involvement...
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  • FTC Shoots Down ESRB's Proposal to Verify Age Using Facial Recognition

    FTC Shoots Down ESRB's Proposal to Verify Age Using Facial Recognition

    Privacy wins out... for now.

    In 2023, the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) announced that they were working on a tool that would use facial recognition to verify a person's age. The ESRB had partnered with a digital identity firm, Yoti, along with SuperAwesome to create this age verification technology. The ESRB already caught a lot of rightfully deserved shit for that announcement when it was made last year.

    Thankfully, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC)...
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  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Dev Reveals Secret of the Randomly Crashing Planes

    A former Rockstar dev explains why planes just sometimes crashed near the player.

    Those who have ever played Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas are probably well aware of just how frequently planes seemed to crash near CJ's location. The reason for these crashes were always up for debate with fans. Were they intentional? The result of some bug? Were they all part of an elaborate Easter Egg that involved finding Big Foot?

    After almost 20 years, the mystery seems to have finally...
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  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season 3 Released

    Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Season 3 Released

    New maps, modes, weapons, and more.

    Season 3 just launched for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Today's new update includes new content for essentially all of the game's many game modes from maps, weapons, entirely new modes for multiplayer, new Operators, new events, new customization options, and much more.

    Apparently this Season for Modern Warfare 3 will include a new Blaze Up event, which I'm going to assume begins around April 20th for some reason. There is also...
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  • Treyarch Moves on from Call of Duty Zombies Development

    Treyarch Moves on from Call of Duty Zombies Development

    Sledgehammer Games will take care of the rest.

    Treyarch is moving on from development of Call of Duty Zombies for Modern Warfare as the studio sets sights on future game development. Speaking with CharlieIntel, Treyarch says that they are moving "focus to something exciting on the horizon." That sure sounds like they are about to really buckle down on working on this year's Call of Duty, which is presumed to be Black Ops Gulf War.

    New content for the Zombies...
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  • MultiVersus Teams Up with the NHL

    MultiVersus Teams Up with the NHL

    Warner Bros. Games with the late April Fo... Wait, this is real?

    MultiVersus, the free-to-play Smash-like fighting game from Warner Bros. Games, is apparently teaming up with the National Hockey League for a thing. MultiVersus NHL Face-Off will be a "real-time animated presentation" that combines some of the MultiVersus characters with a matchup between the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights.

    The Tasmanian Devil will officiate a game between the Avalanche...
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  • Immortals of Aveum to be First Console Game with FSR 3 Support

    Immortals of Aveum to be First Console Game with FSR 3 Support

    Frame generation is coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    Ascendant Studios and their partners at Enduring Games and EA Originals just announced that their "magic shooter" Immortals of Aveum will be the first game to feature FSR 3 with frame generation on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.

    First though, Immortals of Aveum is being updated with Patch 1.0.6.3. This patch, available today, adds HDR support for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. HDR support...
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  • Poll: What is 2024's Biggest Gaming Disappointment So Far?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It's AAAA vs WB.

    March isn't even over yet and we've already seen a couple of stinkers come out from major gaming studios. While we tend to focus on the surprise hits or quality titles in these polls, this time it's a little bit different.

    Between the Rocksteady developed live-service Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the "AAAA" quality Ubisoft developed Skull and Bones: Which is the bigger disappointment for you?

    Playing these games isn't...
    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
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    100.00%
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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