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Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

Around 16% of all Epic employees laid off.

Epic Games is laying off around 16% of all employees, as confirmed today by Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. This 16% comes out to roughly 900 employees that have been laid off from the company that is responsible for Unreal Engine, Fortnite, and the Epic Games Store.

In Sweeney's letter to Epic employees, he says, "For a while now, we've been spending way more money than we earn." He blames Fortnite's push towards...

Counter-Strike 2 is Out Now

Counter-Strike is dead, long live Counter-Strike!

Without a press release in sight, Valve has launched Counter-Strike 2 to the world. This free-to-play release is available right now and will replace your current installs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. True to Valve tradition, today's release is actually a little bit later than initially expected. During its initial announcement in March, Valve said Counter-Strike 2 would be out in summer. It is now fall, but they only missed...

Sony Allegedly Hacked... Again

"All of Sony Systems" was allegedly infiltrated by a new ransomware group.

A new group of baddies claims that they have "successfully compromised all of Sony systems" in a new ransomware attack.

This report comes from Australian cybersecurity site Cyber Security Connect in a new post made on September 25. The report says that Sony was infiltrated by some hackers calling themselves, a group that reportedly began operations in September. Cyber...

RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Officially Announced... Again

Development has shifted to The Chinese Room.

It lives once again. Paradox Interactive just released a new announcement trailer to re-announce Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The game and its development is alive and well here in September 2023. What's more is that there is a new trailer out for this fresh announcement and we're told that Bloodlines 2 will be coming in fall 2024.

To catch you up real quick on the saga of Bloodlines 2, we need to go all the way back...
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  • New Horizon Sequel Quietly Announced Amid Management Reshuffle

    New Horizon Sequel Quietly Announced Amid Management Reshuffle

    This is in addition to the multiplayer game in development.

    Details about a management shuffle on its website led to Guerrilla Games apparently announcing a sequel to Horizon: Forbidden West. The post in question talks about "Aloy's next adventure" along with Guerrilla's "exciting online project."

    Studio director Ange and executive producer Angie Smets is parting ways from Guerrilla. She is taking on the role of head of development strategy at PlayStation...
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  • It's 2023 and a New GameBoy Color Game was Just Released

    It's 2023 and a New GameBoy Color Game was Just Released

    Dango Dash out here living like it's 1999.

    If you still have a GameBoy Color in good working condition, you may be excited about this one. Incube8 Games and Rebusmind just released Dango Dash for the GameBoy Color.

    This is a new platform adventure game that blends "fast-paced action with an engaging story about growing up and fighting for what you believe in." You control Dango as he tries to save his village and take down the evil Hanami ninja clan.
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  • There's a Call of Duty Board Game Coming

    There's a Call of Duty Board Game Coming

    Teabagging, mom jokes, and slurs sold separately.

    There is a Call of Duty board game in the works. It's being called simply Call of Duty: The Board Game and it's in development from Arcane Wonders, Activision Publishing, Genuine Entertainment, and Evolution. Because even the board game version of this franchise requires multiple studios working on it.

    Pre-orders will kick off on Kickstarter this fall. There will be a worldwide retail release of Call of Duty: The Board...
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  • Discarded Map Rework Coming in Battlefield 2042 Update 4.2.0

    Discarded Map Rework Coming in Battlefield 2042 Update 4.2.0

    The map rework is just one of many changes coming in this update.

    DICE just shared the big changelog for the upcoming Update 4.2.0 for Battlefield 2042. Of note in this update is the inclusion of the latest map to be reworked: Discarded. Of course, there is plenty more included in this update. For instance, you're going to be able to remove attachments from weapons in the Collections Screen.

    A few other notable improvements coming with this update include: A showcase of...
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  • Steam Puzzle Fest Begins April 24

    Steam Puzzle Fest Begins April 24

    Riddle me this.

    Another Steam "Fest" event is soon to kick off. Valve passed along word that the Steam Puzzle Fest is the next in the "Fest" lineup.

    The Steam Puzzle Fest begins on April 24 at 10AM (PT) and will conclude on May 1 at the same time. This week-long event will focus on, you got it, games that include puzzles. These include games that focus on escape room style mechanics, games with physics puzzles, tile matching games, party games, hidden...
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  • Dying Light 2 Upgrades the Gore in 'Gut Feeling' Update

    Dying Light 2 Upgrades the Gore in 'Gut Feeling' Update

    And on the eve of Dead Island 2's release no less.

    In a curious case of timing, the folks over at Techland just released a big update for Dying Light 2: Stay Human that makes "major" improvements to both the combat and physics of the game. This update, dubbed the "Gut Feeling" update, includes improvements to the game's visuals and effects to make the combat "more physically rewarding and goresome."

    This update also includes some community...
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  • Indie Live Expo 2023 Promises to Show Over 300 Titles

    Indie Live Expo 2023 Promises to Show Over 300 Titles

    Two days. Over 300 games.

    The biannual digital showcase focused on indie games, indie developers, indie fans, but not Indiana Jones, is set to take place from May 20 through May 21. The INDIE Live Expo 2023 will be the home to over 300 indie games and DLC that are releasing in the future or just released.

    The first day will focus on new and never-before-seen full games. There will also be a look at DLC that has not been revealed yet. News and other updates will also be...
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  • THQ Nordic to Hold a New Showcase in August

    THQ Nordic to Hold a New Showcase in August

    Expect to see games like Alone in the Dark and Trine 5.

    It may only be April 20th right now, but THQ Nordic is already looking forward to August. Specifically, August 11, 2023 at 3PM (ET) as that is when they will hold their Digital Showcase 2023 event. It is here that the company will provide some world premiere announcements as well as showing off some previously announced games.

    This year's show will provide new looks at the upcoming Alone in the Dark game, along with...
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  • Storms Forecast for Next Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Update

    Storms Forecast for Next Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Update

    This forthcoming update includes new monsters, a level cap increase, and more.

    Capcom revealed the free Title Update 5 content that will drop on April 20th for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. This new update will offer two additional and challenging monsters to square off against. These are the Risen Shagaru Magala and Amatsu.

    Amatsu is a big mean Elder Dragon. It has the ability to bend the weather to its will, which means it can summon storms and lightning strikes. On...
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  • Bungie Not Seeking Legal Action Against Leaker but Has the Receipts Ready if Necessary

    Bungie says they have "irrefutable evidence" proving they know who a Destiny 2 leaker is.

    A Destiny streamer is accused of leaking content from recent Destiny 2 Community Summit events. Despite the streamer initially denying the accusations, Bungie says that they have "irrefutable evidence" proving that the quietly accused is guilty of leaking the information to the public.

    Over the past several years, there have been fairly regular leaks of confidential...
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  • Ray Tracing to Return to Resident Evil 2 and 3 After Accidental Removal

    Ray Tracing to Return to Resident Evil 2 and 3 After Accidental Removal

    A recent update removed the ray tracing functionality from these remakes.

    Capcom says that ray tracing features will return to the PC versions of the remakes for both Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3. Ray tracing will make a return in a future update after it was accidentally removed in updates released last week for both titles.

    Users started to notice that the ray tracing options were removed shortly after the update was pushed to both titles. They also noticed that...
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  • More Free Content Coming to Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed

    More Free Content Coming to Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed

    A new map, ghost, cosmetics, and more.

    A new reason to return to (or simply keep on playing) Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed will arrive on April 20th. IllFonic is readying the release of some free, new DLC on this date that will arrive at 11AM (PT). This is the second free DLC release for the game, following a release back in January with additional content.

    New on the 20th will be the Courthouse map, the Possessor ghost, new cosmetics, new abilities, and various quality-of-life...
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  • Halo Veteran Frank O'Connor Also Departs from Microsoft

    Halo Veteran Frank O'Connor Also Departs from Microsoft

    O'Connor worked on Halo since 2004.

    A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that Halo's franchise director, Frank O'Connor, has left Microsoft. The confirmation from Microsoft comes shortly after initial reporting from Windows Central where they noted that O'Connor's LinkedIn page showed he was no longer working at Microsoft or 343 Industries.

    Microsoft's statement about O'Connor's departure was very short. They say, "We thank Frank for his numerous contributions to the...
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  • Joseph Staten Joins Netflix Days After Departure from Microsoft

    Joseph Staten Joins Netflix Days After Departure from Microsoft

    Staten will lead development on a new "AAA multi-platform game."

    On April 8, 2023, news about Joseph Staten parting ways from Microsoft made its way around the Internet. Staten served as the creative lead on Halo Infinite and was the cinematic director on the first three Halo titles from Bungie. At the time, Staten said that he would have "more info to share soon."

    True to his word, Staten's immediate future was revealed today. Taking once more to Twitter,...
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  • Sega Acquiring Angry Birds Developer Rovio for $775 Million

    Sega Acquiring Angry Birds Developer Rovio for $775 Million

    Sega seems keen on entering the mobile market.

    Sega confirms that they are acquiring Rovio, the development studio that made Angry Birds back in 2009 and have been riding that wave ever since. The deal, valued at $775 million (USD) was officially announced on Monday morning. Speculation late last week about this acquisition started to circulate with a $1 billion price tag associated with it.

    Sega is looking to dive deeper into the mobile gaming market. They plan to combine...
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  • Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Get that Premium Edition and play three days early!

    Looks like the latest growing trend with game releases is to offer a more expensive Premium or Gold or whatever edition that grants you access to a game a few days ahead of its official release.

    Starfield did it with their $99.99 (USD) Premium Edition. Today, Payday 3 is doing an "Early Access" release with their Silver and Gold editions. Diablo 4 did the same thing earlier in the year, as did Madden NFL 24,...
    I don't mind. If people want to spend more to play early, let them!
    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
    I think it's kind of dumb that people get to play earlier. Spending more shouldn't offer a "head start" on other paying customers.
    Other (describe below)
    09-18-2023, 07:19 PM
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