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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Final Fantasy XV Goes Virtually Fishing in Monster of the Deep

    Final Fantasy XV Goes Virtually Fishing in Monster of the Deep

    If you really like fishing in Final Fantasy XV and own a PlayStation VR, then boy do I ever have the game for you. Monster of the Deep: Final Fantasy XV is an upcoming PlayStation VR game where you go fishing.

    It's literally a VR fishing game in the Final Fantasy XV universe, I'm not sure what more there is to say here. Oh, I guess I can say that it will be out this September.
    In the completely new FINAL FANTASY XV VR game, MONSTER OF THE DEEP: FINAL FANTASY XV, players
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  • Moss is the Story of a Cute Little Mouse Named Quill

    Moss is the Story of a Cute Little Mouse Named Quill

    Moss is an upcoming game by Polyarc that tasks the player with trying to help a little mouse, Quill, along on his adventures.
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  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Gameplay Launch Trailer

    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Gameplay Launch Trailer

    Not to be overshadowed by all of E3, a launch trailer came out yesterday for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. The N. Sane Trilogy is slated to be released on June 30, 2017.
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  • The Inpatient for PSVR is Prequel to Until Dawn

    The Inpatient for PSVR is Prequel to Until Dawn

    During Sony's E3 2017 conference, they unveiled a new PlayStation VR game called The Inpatient. Unknown to most everybody at the time, this game is a prequel to the critically acclaimed Until Dawn.

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  • Knack 2 - Over 15 Minutes of Gameplay from E3

    Knack 2 - Over 15 Minutes of Gameplay from E3

    Sony released a lengthy gameplay demonstration for Knack 2 from E3 2017.
    Knack is back this September in Knack 2, featuring full drop-in/drop-out co-op, a robust new combat system, and a ton of new gameplay mechanics. Check out our first hands-on in this live demo from the floor of E3 2017.

    Get ready to have your minds blown by the future G.O.A.T., Knack 2.

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  • A Plague Tale: Innocence E3 Teaser Brings a Bunch of Dirty Rats

    A Plague Tale: Innocence E3 Teaser Brings a Bunch of Dirty Rats

    Asobo Studio and Focus Home Interactive showed off a small teaser for an upcoming game that centers around the plague and rats. It's called A Plague Tale: Innocence and it takes us back to that grand time of 1349 where a little thing called the plague is kicking France's ass.
    1349. The plague ravages the Kingdom of France. Amicia and her younger brother Hugo are pursued by the Inquisition through villages devastated by the disease. On their way, they will have to join forces with
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  • Insurgency: Sandstorm Revealed at E3

    Insurgency: Sandstorm Revealed at E3

    Insurgency: Sandstorm was announced and shown off a bit at this year's E3. Insurgency: Sandstorm is a sequel to Insurgency that has been "enhanced and expanded" for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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  • Tropico 6 Announced

    Tropico 6 Announced

    Kalypso Media announced the return of El Presidente with Tropico 6. A little teaser trailer announcement came alongside a longer announcement trailer that has 30 seconds of extra footage. Tropico 6 is in development by Limbic Entertainment and should be released in 2018 for PC, OS X, Linux, XB1, and PS4.
    In times of political turmoil and social unrest, the people are calling out for a visionary leader, one who will steer the fate of their country with foresight and ingenuity. Kalypso
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  • Destiny 2 PC Footage at 4K and 60FPS

    Destiny 2 PC Footage at 4K and 60FPS

    E3 brought about a chance to get some public footage out for Destiny 2 running on the PC. Some of this footage comes from Nvidia directly while another video is from Planet Destiny.

    Before we show those videos, it should also be noted that starting yesterday, if you picked up an Nvidia 10xx series card, you can get Destiny 2 for "free" along with early access to the PC beta. If you bought a 10xx series card before June 13 (like some people that may be writing this news post),...
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  • LawBreakers Releases in August; More Betas Coming Soon

    LawBreakers Releases in August; More Betas Coming Soon

    Boss Key Productions announced an August 8 release date for LawBreakers, their fast-paced competitive FPS. The game is now available for pre-order with a couple of different editions to choose from. There is also information about more beta tests coming very soon.
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  • Steam Direct Now Available

    Steam Direct Now Available

    Valve rolled out Steam Direct today to developers. This spiritual successor to Steam Greenlight promises a few changes that will maybe make it not suck as much as Greenlight did. With any luck, it will perhaps cut back on the number of low to no effort games. Perhaps.

    Valve talks a bit about what happened to the near 3,400 titles that remained on Greenlight.
    The end of Greenlight Last week, we disabled new submissions and voting via Greenlight and have been reviewing the r
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