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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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  • Red Dead Online Beta Brings New Modes, New Weapons, and More in Next Week's Update


    Rockstar passed along word that they are readying another update for Red Dead Online Beta that will be released on Tuesday, February 26. That's less than a week away from the time of this posting. This update brings in the first batch of new weapons, clothing, and emotes for characters. It also includes some new open world improvements to the game, many of which were detailed last week. There will also be some new modes and more coming. ...
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  • Eternity: The Last Unicorn Releases March 5

    Eternity: The Last Unicorn Releases March 5


    Action-RPG Eternity: The Last Unicorn will be released on March 5 for the going price of $19.99 (USD). It will be out on this date for the PlayStation 4 and PC. An Xbox One release is coming later this year, presumably for the same price.

    True to the game's name, there are actual unicorns involved in this game's story. Not only that, but the fantasy story dives heavily into Norse mythology and tackles ideas like immortality. ...
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  • Assault Android Cactus Hits Nintendo Switch March 8

    Assault Android Cactus Hits Nintendo Switch March 8


    The colorful twin-stick shooter, Assault Android Cactus, is hitting the Nintendo Switch on March 8. You may recall seeing our review for it when it originally released on the PS4 in 2016 where we found it to be a largely enjoyable game. It also came out for PC in 2015 and Xbox One in 2017.

    The Switch release will include Campaign+, which reimagines the original 25 stages with new enemy waves, dynamic transformations, and "more intense boss fights that provide a tough twist...
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  • Tech Support: Error Unknown Release Date Announced

    Tech Support: Error Unknown Release Date Announced


    Time. To. Hack. That is precisely what you'll be doing come February 27 when Tech Support: Error Unknown releases on the PC, Mac, and Linux via Steam and other major retailers.

    The game begins with you taking up a position of a new member of the IT department for Quasar Telecommunications. This company is a "multinational-juggernaut of a corporation." As the game isn't a simulator, this isn't where the story ends. Instead, players will soon find out that something...
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  • Darkest Dungeon 2 Announced

    Darkest Dungeon 2 Announced


    Darkest Dungeon 2 was officially announced today. The reveal came not from a press release or just a teaser trailer, but rather in an exclusive interview between PC Gamer and developer Red Hook Studios. The original game, a turn-based roguelike that picked up quite the fanbase, was originally released back in 2016.

    Despite this unique reveal avenue, Red Hook didn't say too much about the new game. Some of the details pulled from the interview can be found below.
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  • Dwarf Slayer Character Reveal for Warhammer: Chaosbane

    Dwarf Slayer Character Reveal for Warhammer: Chaosbane


    The first of four playable characters was given a reveal trailer today for Warhammer: Chaosbane. The character is a dwarf and they are a Slayer. I wanted to clear that up because the headline reads that the character is a slayer of dwarfs and that's just not right.

    Their name is Bragi Axebiter and they have taken up the oath of the Slayer. Having taken up this oath, he vows to cleanse his honor by dying in combat against a formidable adversary. Warhammer: Chaosbane is slated...
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  • New Karma System Announced for One Piece World Seeker

    New Karma System Announced for One Piece World Seeker


    A new karma system is coming with One Piece World Seeker. A new trailer from Bandai Namco shines a light on this system. Players will be able to track their relationships with new characters that they meet throughout their adventures.

    Progressing the Karma System to certain points with characters will open up different side quests related to those characters. Should you decide to partake of these newly open quests and finish them, the players will be rewarded with new items...
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  • The Warclaw Mount Revealed for Guild Wars 2

    The Warclaw Mount Revealed for Guild Wars 2


    The Warclaw is a new and somewhat fearsome feline mount for Guild Wars 2. Slated to arrive on February 26, this mount is obtainable via the World vs. World PvP mode. However, once you earn it, you can summon it anywhere and everywhere that other mounts are able to be summoned.

    The Warclaw has some special abilities including Evade, Battle Maul, and Chain Pull. These can prove to be quite useful in a variety of World vs. World scenarios. It will be made available to everyone...
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  • Epic Games Suing Fortnite Live Event Organizers

    Epic Games Suing Fortnite Live Event Organizers


    This past weekend, a little Fortnite themed event was held in Norwich. The event, called Fortnite Live, charged event-goers around $20 (USD) to enter the event that included a whopping four go-karts, a climbing wall, and areas to play Fortnite.

    From multiple accounts, the event was a rather large disaster. The various activities were severely lacking. People had to wait in line in the cold just to get in. In total, around 2,800 people attended the event in which they were mainly...
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  • Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption Gets a Giant Chicken Boss and Steam Release Today


    Another Indie and Dark Star Game Studios released some new content today for the PC version of Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption. This game not only has new content available today on PC, but it also marks the day in which the game is out on Steam. It was previously available only through the Discord Store. Those of you who have or want the game on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch shouldn't worry though. The new content will be making it to you by the end of the month.
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  • Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn DLC Teased via the Power of Anime

    Final Fantasy XV: Episode Ardyn DLC Teased via the Power of Anime


    Square Enix is using anime to tease the upcoming Final Fantasy XV DLC "Episode Ardyn." Oh, by the way, Square Enix is also announcing today that Episode Ardyn will be out on March 26, 2019.

    Before that, though, it's all about Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn - Prologue, an anime short that serves as a prequel to the upcoming DLC. The DLC itself is an all-new storyline that places you in the shoes of Ardyn Lucis Caelum. The content is set 35 years prior to the events...
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  • The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

    The Power of Loot Boxes in Games

    Is it gambling like UK online casinos or is it gaming? Loot boxes have been used by developers for the last few years and are subject to many debates. There are some who think that this system allows games to be free, and there are some who claim, they make players accustomed to gambling. In any case, it seems we can continue to discuss loot boxes for a long while. In this article, we will take a close look at the topic and talk about how this mechanics affects games and players. For example, an...
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  • Day One Patch Notes for Anthem Released

    Day One Patch Notes for Anthem Released


    The "day one patch" for Anthem has just been detailed by BioWare and EA. This is the update that will be required for players to download prior to hopping into Anthem on February 22. As far as I can see, this update has not yet been released to those playing on either EA Access or Origin Access.

    The update contains a decent list of fixes and quality of life improvements. Notably, it addresses the overly long loading times that many players have been very vocally complaining about. It also helps to address infinite loading screen issues, crash bugs, and more.

    The full list of changes can be found below. ...
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  • PlanetSide Arena Delayed Until Summer, Refunds Being Offered to Upset Fans

    PlanetSide Arena Delayed Until Summer, Refunds Being Offered to Upset Fans


    Word came in today that PlanetSide Arena has been postponed, read "delayed," until this Summer. With this new announcement comes word that the development team is pushing for a simultaneous release on the PC and the PlayStation 4 at the same point this Summer.

    First, a quick bit about what PlanetSide Arena is supposed to be. It takes many of the gameplay elements from the massive online shooter, PlanetSide 2, and adapts them to a battle royale mode in addition to 250...
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  • Julia Chang and The Walking Dead's Negan Join Tekken 7 Roster on February 28

    Julia Chang and The Walking Dead's Negan Join Tekken 7 Roster on February 28


    Come February 28 two DLC characters will be released for Tekken 7. They are Negan from The Walking Dead franchise and Julia, a returning favorite from multiple earlier entries in the Tekken franchise.

    We have the first screenshots and trailer for these two characters. They are considered "DLC 8" and "DLC 9" and are a part of the Tekken 7 Season Pass 2. They will also naturally be available to purchase individually.

    One of these two characters...
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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%
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    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
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    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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