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Tetris Battle Royale Game Now Available on Nintendo Switch


Yes, I'll take "headlines I never thought I'd type for $400, Alex?"

There's a new battle royale game available today. Keeping with the recent trend of surprise announcements leading into surprise releases comes Tetris 99. It's... it's a Tetris battle royale game. It's exclusive to those who subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service.

It's available now.

As the tweet says, "99 players enter, but only ones reigns supreme!" Sure! Why not? What's next? Pong battle royale? Sure, go for it! What about some Cup-and-ball battle royale...
 

Super Mario Maker 2 Announced for Switch, Releasing June 2019


As part of today's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced Super Mario Maker 2 for the Nintendo Switch. They also revealed that it will be released this June.

The trailer, which you can see below, includes a look at some of the familiar gameplay. You can see that the trailer showcases some tilesets from games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, New Super Mario Bros., and Super Mario 3D Land. Nintendo says that this sequel will include "more tools, items, and features." One of the big additions is the ability to create slopes, a feature that wasn't present in...
 

Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard, High Moon, and King....
 

Apex Legends Surpasses 25 Million Players


It was only four days ago now that we told you about how Apex Legends hit the 10 million player count. It was at that time that we also learned the game had over one million concurrent players, which is another huge milestone.

Today, EA and Respawn Entertainment announced that Apex Legends has surpasses 25 million players. Not only that, but Vince Zampella revealed that the game has "well over 2 million" concurrent players. This milestone has been achieved in just one week of the game being made available to the public from Respawn and EA. Respawn's Vince Zampella...
 

Battlefield 5 Adds Combined Arms Co-op, Balancing, and More in Tomorrow's Update


A patch that is tentatively slated to be released tomorrow, February 12, will add in some new content and features for Battlefield 5 players. Some of these new features include a four-player co-op game mode called Combined Arms. The update will also add in DLSS support and better RTX support for those using supported cards.

DLSS is a new technology that, in simple terms, makes the game look better and perform better through machine learning. It's mainly useful for resolutions at 4K or better and should, in theory, constantly result in better performance and near identical...
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  • THQ Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios

    THQ Acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance Developer Warhorse Studios


    THQ Nordic AB just picked up Warhorse Studios, the Prague based development studio that released Kingdom Come: Deliverance in early 2018.

    This news is accompanied by word that the game has sold 2 million copies across all platforms. It also happens to be almost exactly one year since the game was initially released.

    The acquisition by THQ Nordic/Koch Media includes the entirety of the Warhorse development studio, including controversial owner Daniel Vávra, plus all intellectual property rights. Given this acquisition and the recent moves by Koch Media, I'm assuming...
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  • Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019

    Blizzard Will Not Release Any Major Games in 2019


    Yesterday, news about Blizzard's upcoming year got a bit lost in the shuffle and understandably so. However, during yesterday's earnings call with investors, it was revealed that Blizzard has no "frontline release" planned for the 2019 fiscal year.

    In short: This means they aren't going to release any new titles in the next year. Yes, this includes the oft pined for desktop Diablo 4.

    Activision Blizzard president Collister Johnson had this to say during the call.



    That seems about as straight to the point as you can get....
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  • First Apex Legends Update Released, Includes Performance and Stability Improvements


    Respawn just released the first ever update for their insanely popular, free-to-play battle royale title, Apex Legends. This first update includes the usual when it comes to the first handful of patches for a game. I'm talking about stability improvements, bug fixes, and some performance optimizations.

    In addition, the team also dropped some new Valentines Day cosmetics to the store. These will be available to pick up until February 19, 2019.

    This patch is specifically being called the "Preseason Patch 01" because it, well, arrived before the start of...
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  • OtherSide Entertainment Reacquires System Shock 3 Publishing Rights

    OtherSide Entertainment Reacquires System Shock 3 Publishing Rights


    Back in December, Starbreeze suffered a real one-two punch. They had filed for reconstruction and then days later their offices were raided by Swedish authorities over suspicions of insider trading. This was about a month after the release of the ill-received Overkill's The Walking Dead, a mediocre game that never managed to pick up much of a fanbase at any point.

    Given the company's issues, a question was raised about whether or not they would still hold on to the publishing rights for System Shock 3. Starbreeze purchased the publishing rights back in 2017 and have partially...
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  • Metro Exodus Preload Available on Steam but Not on Epic Games Store

    Metro Exodus Preload Available on Steam but Not on Epic Games Store


    Goodness, this launch of Metro Exodus has been a bit wild. The other day we saw from Deep Silver's technical support that there wouldn't be any preload of the game through Steam. The email response from Deep Silver literally said that they expect to see the most traffic going to the Epic Games Store version of the game.

    So, we assumed that meant there would instead be a preload period on the Epic Games Store, right? Well, no. We were wrong. To be fair, that response from Deep Silver was also wrong.

    There will not be a preload of Metro Exodus of the Epic Games...
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  • Red Dead Online Beta Update Adds New Features on February 26

    Red Dead Online Beta Update Adds New Features on February 26


    A new update for Red Dead Online Beta will arrive on February 26. This update includes some new content in addition to some much needed changes. These changes include, but are not limited to: A better way to handle player visibility, balancing to bounty hunters and the law, and more.

    More comprehensive details can be found below. Rockstar says that some additional details on new content will be announced soon.

    For those that want to earn bonus XP and rank, playing in a Posse will net you some increased XP in Free Roam Missions and Events. For this week only, you...
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  • Watch 9 Minutes of Rage 2 Gameplay

    Watch 9 Minutes of Rage 2 Gameplay


    A new gameplay video came out today for Rage 2. The video is about 9 minutes long and includes a look at some "pre-beta gameplay."

    Rage 2 will be released on May 14, 2019 for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. ...
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  • Activision Blizzard Lays Off Nearly 800 Employees Right After Announcing 'Record Year'


    This evening, Activision Blizzard began to inform numerous employees that they will be let go from the company. The layoffs started shortly after the conclusion of an earnings call made this afternoon. The company says that they will be eliminating 8% of its total staff. As of 2018, Activision Blizzard employed around 9,600 people. If this figure holds up, that means at least 770 people are now out of work.

    Those impacted by the layoffs are spread out across multiple Activision Blizzard departments. This includes Activision's publishing division, Blizzard, High Moon, and King....
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  • Assassin's Creed III Remastered Releases March 29

    Assassin's Creed III Remastered Releases March 29


    Ubisoft revealed today that Assassin's Creed III Remastered will be released on March 29 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This release will feature 4K and HDR capabilities on the PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One X, and PC versions of the game. All versions include higher resolution textures, a new graphics engine, and other graphical improvements. They event improved some gameplay mechanics in this release.

    Does it fix the obnoxiously long intro/tutorial section that essentially makes up the first third of the game?

    This release does include the full base game,...
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  • Launch Trailer for Degrees of Separation

    Launch Trailer for Degrees of Separation


    A launch trailer for the upcoming 2D puzzle platformer, Degrees of Separation, was released today ahead of the game's launch on February 14, 2019. The game will take you through various stages of a relationship throughout its narrative.

    Degrees of Separation is slated to be released on the 14th for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam. It's being developed by Moondrop and published by Modus Games.

    The story is written by industry veteran Chris Avellone (Fallout: New Vegas, Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic II). It will retail for $19.99...
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  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC 'The Price of Survival' is Out Now

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider DLC 'The Price of Survival' is Out Now


    The latest DLC release for Shadow of the Tomb Raider was released today. It's called "The Price of Survival." I'm sure the price of survival is quite high, but the price you'll be paying for this Survival is only $4.99 (or $29.99 for the Season Pass).

    The Price of Survival is out for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. This DLC follows "The Nightmare" DLC that was released near the end of January. ...
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