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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...
 

Layoffs Hit Black Forest Games and People Can Fly

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Two more studios announced layoffs today. Those studios are Black Forest Games and People Can Fly.

Black Forest Games is the studio behind the remakes for Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2. The studio reportedly laid off roughly 50% of its entire workforce. In 2023, Black Forest Games reportedly had 110 employees, meaning that about 55 people are now out of a job today. These layoffs were announced on January 24th.

According to sources speaking...
 

Riot Games Lays Off 530 Employees, Shutters Riot Forge

Sigh...

Today's games industry layoff news comes to us courtesy of Riot Games, the development studio behind League of Legends and Valorant. In an effort to move towards "a more sustainable future", Riot Games announced plans to eliminate 11% of their entire workforce, or roughly 530 employees.

In today's announcement, Riot Games says that "teams outside of the core development" will be impacted by these layoffs the hardest.

Riot CEO...
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    The game is done but February is too packed.

    Fool's Theory and 11 bit studios just announced that The Thaumaturge's release date has been pushed back ever so slightly. While they say that the game is complete, with many reviewers already playing it, February just isn't the best time for the game to be released. In order to give the game a better release window, The Thaumaturge will now release on March 4, 2024.

    The Thaumaturge was originally expected to be out on February...
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  • Heads of Xbox to Discuss the Future of Xbox Business on Special Thursday Podcast

    This week, on a very special episode of the Official Xbox Podcast...

    That whole "vision for the future of Xbox" is happening this week. Specifically, it looks like it will happen on Thursday, February 15 at 3PM (ET) during a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast.

    Xbox took to at least one of their social media channels to announce that this special Official Xbox Podcast will include Phil Spencer, Sarah Bond, and Matt Booty. These three are the Head of...
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  • Now Live on Steam - Remote Play Together Fest

    Now Live on Steam - Remote Play Together Fest

    It's couch co-op with extreme social distancing.

    Some of you are probably just now recovering from the recent Steam Next Fest held just last week. Some of you are eager for even more. To that second group I say this: You're in luck as Valve just kicked off the Remote Play Together Fest on Steam.

    The Remote Play Together Fest is a celebration of all those games you can play together even when you're far apart. In a bit of an odd twist, not all of the games included in...
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  • Helldivers 2 Hits Server Capacity Even After Limits Raised

    Helldivers 2 Hits Server Capacity Even After Limits Raised

    More improvements still needed.

    Throughout the evening on February 11th, Arrowhead Game Studios worked behind the scenes to try to improve the servers for the newly released Helldivers 2. You probably ran into some issues logging in, staying connected in matches, or found that you were unable to receive progression if you managed to complete a mission.

    This is because the game is far more popular than anticipated. Just as the case was with Palworld, Helldivers 2 is seeing...
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  • Helldivers 2 Becomes Sony's Biggest Ever PC Game Launch

    Helldivers 2 Becomes Sony's Biggest Ever PC Game Launch

    Bugs and all.

    Despite a rocky launch yesterday, Helldivers 2 quickly became the biggest ever PC release for a Sony published title. Helldivers 2 surpassed the previous top PC release for Sony, God of War, in spite of server woes and crashing issues.

    Helldivers 2, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios is a co-op action title that Sony Interactive Entertainment released on PlayStation 5 and PC on February 8, 2024. Thanks to SteamDB, we see that Helldivers 2 peaked at 81,840...
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  • Subnautica 2 is Not a Multiplayer-focused Game Nor is it a Games as a Service Title

    An earlier press release caused mass anger amongst fans.

    Krafton, the publisher behind the upcoming Subnautica 2, released their latest financial report (PDF) earlier today that caused a fair bit of anger amongst fans. Remarks in this financial report seemed to suggest that not only would Subnautica 2 be a multiplayer-focused sequel that would use the games as a service (GaaS) model commonly seen in games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and even the recently released Suicide Squad: Kill...
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  • Overwatch 2 Season 9 Competitive Changes Detailed by Blizzard

    Overwatch 2 Season 9 Competitive Changes Detailed by Blizzard

    The changes come with the release of Season 9.

    Season 9 of Overwatch 2 is nearly here. We already got a quick look at some of the general changes coming, as well as a teaser for a Cowboy Bebop crossover. Now, Blizzard has shared details on the big changes coming to heroes, competitive ranking, and more.

    The biggest changes in Season 9 have to do with how competitive ranking will be handled. There is a new progression system, a new skill tier beyond Grand Master (called...
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  • Knuckles Release Date Set for April 26

    Knuckles Release Date Set for April 26

    The first look at this six-episode spin-off series.

    The first trailer for Knuckles arrived earlier today. Along with it, we were told that the release date for this Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off series will begin streaming on April 26th. Those with Paramount+ in the United States and Canada will be able to begin streaming Knuckles on the 26th while other territories will get it added to their libraries on April 27th. Japan is the exception to all of this, with a release expected to...
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  • CableMod Recalls 25,000 Angled GPU Adapters After Causing $74,000 in Damages

    CableMod Recalls 25,000 Angled GPU Adapters After Causing $74,000 in Damages

    25,300 12VHWPR angled adapters are being recalled.

    Those of you with Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs that purchased an angled 12VHPWR adapter from CableMod should be aware that they have officially been recalled. The official recall first appeared through the Consumer Product Safety Commission website and was spotted by hothardware.com.

    The recall date is specified as February 8, 2024 and includes all V1.0 and V1.1 angled adapters. This includes the 90-degree and 180-degree...
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  • Microsoft Lays Off Employees from Toys from Bob and Sledgehammer Games

    Microsoft Lays Off Employees from Toys from Bob and Sledgehammer Games

    162 people have been laid off across both studios.

    More layoffs have occurred this week at Microsoft owned studios. A report by the San Francisco Chronicle states that 86 employees of Toys for Bob and 76 employees from Sledgehammer Games have been let go. Microsoft recently announced that 1,900 employees were being let go from Microsoft owned gaming divisions.

    In 2021, it was reported that Toys for Bob employed 180 people. In 2021, Sledgehammer Games reportedly employed...
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  • Disney Makes $1.5 Billion Investment in Epic Games

    Disney Makes $1.5 Billion Investment in Epic Games

    This deal will lead to new games and a persistent universe in Fortnite.

    Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on Wednesday that they are making a new $1.5 billion investment in Epic Games. Disney and Epic Games will work together to "create new games an an entertainment universe". This persistent universe will presumably be within Fortnite and will offer a place for people to "play, watch, shop, and engage with content, characters, and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star...
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  • Resident Evil 3 Remake and Madden NFL 24 Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    Resident Evil 3 Remake and Madden NFL 24 Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    The Game Pass additions for February are starting to roll out.

    Microsoft just shared a selection of titles that will be joining Game Pass for both Xbox and PC throughout the month of February. A couple of the standout titles here include the Resident Evil 3 remake, Madden NFL 24, and PlateUp!

    Microsoft also made a point of reminding subscribers today that MLB The Show 24 will be a day one release on Game Pass. MLB The Show 24 is expected to be released on the Nintendo...
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  • Overwatch 2 to Collab with Cowboy Bebop in Season 9

    Overwatch 2 to Collab with Cowboy Bebop in Season 9

    Plus a Battle Pass themed around Eldritch Horrors.

    Blizzard just put up a teaser for Season 9 for Overwatch 2. This new season is expected to begin on February 13 and with it will come the usual "new season" bits and bobs such as new cosmetics, a new Battle Pass, and the like.

    Season 9 will include some very unique content as well. Blizzard is going to offer up a full competitive rework in season 9, but those changes weren't fully detailed just yet. The Battle...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo is Available Now

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo is Available Now

    Explore the Nibelheim and Junon episodes ahead of the full game's release.

    A demo for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is available right now for PlayStation 5 owners. This free demo allows you to explore some of the opening areas of the game's main story, Nibelheim. After an update set to arrive on February 21, 2024, the Junon area episode will be made available in the demo and will be accessible once you complete the Nibelheim content.

    Square Enix is also offering some bonuses...
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  • Poll: How do You Feel About Xbox Going Multi-Platform?
    by Shawn Zipay
    An announcement is expected to take place soon.

    For a little while now, rumors suggested that Xbox will begin to offer many of their first-party titles on competing hardware platforms. Just this week, those rumors were given more substance from a number of sources that say games such as Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Hi-Fi Rush, and even Gears of War could end up on PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch.

    If these new reports are to be believed, these first-party...
    I am in favor of playing Xbox games on other platforms
    100.00%
    4
    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
    0
    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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