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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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  • New Atlas Machines Coming to Construction Simulator 2

    New Atlas Machines Coming to Construction Simulator 2

    Atlas, a known name in the world of construction vehicles, will soon have their powerful machines added to Construction Simulator 2 when it launches in Spring 2017.
    Thanks to this partnership the original 340 LC crawler excavator, the L 310 wheel loader and the 160 W mobile excavator will be accessible to the players of Construction Simulator 2. Tim Schmitz, Head of Products at astragon Entertainment GmbH: "The partnership with Atlas GmbH is an important milestone for us and enriches the Construction Simulator 2 fleet with further exciting constructio
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  • Final Episode in the Co-op Game Eon Altar Revealed in New Trailer

    Final Episode in the Co-op Game Eon Altar Revealed in New Trailer

    You've seen Lady Allevia be defeated. You were saved from Guild Lord Davian's attack and left in some spooky Catacombs. What now? Well, if you've been playing Eon Altar, you get ready for the final episode of the "couch co-op" RPG.

    The final episode, Watcher in the Dark, will be released on January 19, 2017. This episode will require the previous two episodes to play.
    Continue your adventures with Episode 3 - Watcher in the Dark. With over three hours of new content, you'll continue to banter with your friends in dialogue, prepare your characters
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  • Final Fantasy XV Getting Two Holiday DLC Packs, One Paid and One Free

    Final Fantasy XV Getting Two Holiday DLC Packs, One Paid and One Free

    On December 22, Square Enix will release not one but two holiday themed packs for Final Fantasy XV. There is going to be a free Holiday Pack content package in addition to the Holiday Pack Plus which is only for those with the game's Season Pass.
    Holiday Pack Plus
    A bunch of accessories helpful for playing FFXV and a pack of carnival tickets for the January event.

    Accessories include: Protect Ring Command Booster (Only for Noctis) Phantom Booster (Only for Noctis) Instant Kill Victory Song Battle Skill Victory Song Key of Fortune
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  • Microtransactions and Women Filled Loot Boxes Added to Modern Warfare Remastered

    Yesterday, an update was released for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. It added in some returning multiplayer maps and new game modes like Gun Game and Hardpoint. That's great news!

    The not so great news is that they added in microtransactions into the game, which had no microtransactions in the first place. Yes, they are cosmetic but the fact remains that they were added in after the game launched without any. Secondly, they also added in female character models that you can play as! Oh but they locked them behind random loot box unlocks...
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  • For Honor Has a Single Player Campaign and This is a Trailer for It

    For Honor Has a Single Player Campaign and This is a Trailer for It

    Ubisoft's For Honor won't be out until February 14, 2017, but that's not stopping them from releasing a new trailer for the game. This latest focuses on the game's single player campaign.

    There are elephants.
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  • Dishonored 2's First Content Update will Allow You to Play New Game Plus

    Dishonored 2's First Content Update will Allow You to Play New Game Plus

    December 19 marks the first content update for Dishonored 2. This update includes a New Game Plus mode.
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  • Turtle Rock Studios is Developing a New IP

    Turtle Rock Studios is Developing a New IP

    Turtle Rock Studios, the studio behind Left 4 Dead and Evolve announced today that they are making a new IP. This game will be a new FPS with "intense co-operative action." This game will be published by Perfect World Entertainment.
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  • Sparrow Racing League and Christmas Cheer Hit Destiny

    Sparrow Racing League and Christmas Cheer Hit Destiny

    Bungie rolled out a special "Dawning" update today for Destiny players. This update includes the return of the Sparrow Racing League (SRL) and the start of the Christmas events throughout Destiny.

    Bungie has labeled this one the 2.5.0 update and it packs a punch.

    Changelog for Destiny for December 13, 2016
    General
    • New Quests are available in the Tower from Eva Levante, Amanda Holliday, and Commander Zavala
    • A new Record Book is available offering new rewards for the Winter season
    • Fixed an issue where some players did not receive
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  • Yooka-Laylee Ditches Wii U in Favor of Switch

    Yooka-Laylee Ditches Wii U in Favor of Switch

    Yooka-Laylee will not be released on the Wii U as originally planned. Playtronics announced that they will instead develop the game for the upcoming Nintendo Switch. Development plans for the other platforms remains unchanged.

    The development team outlines their plans in this new FAQ.
    Why have you transferred development from Wii U?
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  • Guild Wars 2 Revamps PvP for Season 5 Plus Christmas Arrives in Tyria

    Guild Wars 2 Revamps PvP for Season 5 Plus Christmas Arrives in Tyria

    Some updates are out now for PvP in the fifth season of the Guild Wars 2 PvP Leagues. If PvP isn't your thing, have no fear because Wintersday Festival is also here! PvP or holiday cheer, pick your poison.
    PvP Leagues in Guild Wars 2 have received some major changes with the release of Season 5, which is now live. The main focus for season 5 is to provide players with a more competitive environment: accurately indicating skill level which will allow for more evenly matched competition against other players and giving more consistent rewards across the skill
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  • CS:GO Update for December 13, 2016 Includes Updated SAS Model

    CS:GO Update for December 13, 2016 Includes Updated SAS Model

    Tonight's update for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a bit of a smaller one. Valve gave an upgrade to the SAS Counter-Terrorist player model, added a new C4 sound for those using HRTF, and a few other changes.

    Changelog for CS:GO for December 13, 2016
    VisualsSound
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