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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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  • PlayStation Plus Games for June 2019 - Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania

    It's like getting three games for the price of none.

    Sony revealed the free PlayStation Plus titles coming for June 2019. Those with an active PlayStation Plus subscription will get the following two titles for the PlayStation 4. They are Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania.

    For those not in the know, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is actually two games bundled together. Those games being Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel and the vastly superior Borderlands 2. It's almost as if you're getting three games for the price of free*...
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  • Actual Death Stranding Gameplay Revealed, November Release Announced

    Actual Death Stranding Gameplay Revealed, November Release Announced

    Fight the future and past on November 8, 2019.

    Hideo Kojima and Kojima Productions released a new and rather lengthy trailer for Death Stranding today. It features a mix of actual gameplay with some story segments spliced in. Furthermore, the studio announced that Death Stranding will be released on November 8, 2019 for the PlayStation 4.

    There are a variety of different package offerings for the game, starting with the base game pre-order at $59.99 (USD). In addition to the trailer, a new PlayStation Blog posting gives a few additional details...
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  • Mercury Map Released Early as DICE Pulls Two Game Modes from Battlefield V

    Mercury Map Released Early as DICE Pulls Two Game Modes from Battlefield V

    DICE giveth and they taketh away.

    First, the good news for Battlefield V fans. Today, DICE released the new Mercury map a day earlier than expected. It seems as though today's release doesn't actually require any additional client update as it was included in the last major update from last week. That's awesome! You can dive in, perhaps literally, to the new Mercury map right now on all platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

    What you cannot do right now is play the Frontlines or Domination modes anymore. Ah yes, here's the "bad news"...
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  • Destiny 2 'Season of Opulence' Details Revealed

    Destiny 2 'Season of Opulence' Details Revealed

    It sounds good on paper at least.

    Bungie released some of the first details today for the upcoming Season of Opulence content for Destiny 2: Forsaken. As you expect, there's a bunch of new gear to earn, new activities to do, a new raid to... raid, and even a new 6-player activity called The Menagerie.

    The Season of Opulence is the third and presumably final piece of content slated to be released as part of the second annual season pass. Will there be a third one? Or will the next release just be Destiny 3? Only Bungie knows. There are some additional...
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  • Super Mario Maker 2 Doesn't Support Playing with Friends Online

    Super Mario Maker 2 Doesn't Support Playing with Friends Online

    Nintendo doing Nintendo things again.

    Some new details came out recently for Super Mario Maker 2 that has ruffled more than a few feathers. The earlier trailers for the game showed off what looked like cooperative gameplay as both Mario and Luigi made their way through a variety of custom made levels.

    Naturally, fans had expected that you and a friend would be able to tackle these custom Mario levels together online. Or, at the very least, you and a friend would be able to go head-to-head in a competitive race. "Not so fast," says Nintendo!...
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  • SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest Stand-alone Expansion is Out Now

    SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest Stand-alone Expansion is Out Now

    Don't own the base game? No problem!

    SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest is a new stand-alone expansion in the SpellForce franchise. If you want it, you can get it right now because it's out today and that's how these things work. Already own the base game? You'll get a 40% discount off of Soul Harvest. Don't yet own SpellForce 3 at all? You can also save 40% off of the bundle cost of both games.

    The normal price for SpellForce 3: Soul Harvest is $24.99 (USD). This is what you'd need to pay if you only want to buy Soul Harvest and don't own the base game...
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  • Former Rockstar Employee Claims Former Executive Sexually Harassed Him

    Former Rockstar Employee Claims Former Executive Sexually Harassed Him

    This industry still has a lot of growing up to do.

    According to a report filed by Kotaku's Jason Schreier, a former Rockstar designer says that a former top executive groped him. The designer, Colin Brundschu, says that he wasn't sure what to do when he was groped by Jeronimo Barrera, the former VP of product development at Rockstar.

    Bundschu says that after he was hired in 2014, his colleagues gave him a warning of "don't cross Jeronimo Barrera." He was warned by many employees to "mind how you talk to him." Barrera, according...
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  • Gorgeous Looking Sea of Solitude Gets a Release Date

    Gorgeous Looking Sea of Solitude Gets a Release Date

    Developed by Jo-Mei Games and published by EA Originals.

    We last heard about Sea of Solitude almost a year back at E3 2018. It stood out amongst the pack for having some unconventional but gorgeous looking visuals. Even more impressive is the fact that it was announced with Electronic Arts as the publisher. Now, the Jo-Mei Games has a release date and that date is July 5 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin.

    At release the game will retail for $19.99 (USD).

    Sea of Solitude places you in the shoes of a young woman named...
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  • Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Given July 5 Release Date

    Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Given July 5 Release Date

    This follows the third season of the anime.

    Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle is slated to be released on July 5, 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and on PC via Steam. This new release will follow the third season of the anime, for those of you who are into that sort of thing.

    Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle includes both parts of the anime's Season 3 content. There is the new Character Episode Mode that will allow you to relive the show. While that's going on, there will be new mysteries uncovered like finding out Titans...
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  • Truck Driver is Out this September on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    Truck Driver is Out this September on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

    The most to the point video game name ever?

    ‚ÄčA game simply called Truck Driver will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 19, 2019. A PC release on Steam is happening a bit later on November 11. I bet you cannot guess what you do in this game.

    If you guessed that you drive trucks, I am assuming you're a genius of the highest caliber as that is precisely what you'll be doing. You drive a big ol' truck and haul cargo. In fact you "haul heaps of cargo." A new gameplay trailer is out today for the game, which you'll...
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  • A Look at the New Mercury Map Coming Thursday to Battlefield V

    A Look at the New Mercury Map Coming Thursday to Battlefield V

    The battle for Crete is about to begin.

    A reveal trailer for the upcoming Mercury map was released a little bit ago today. This map is coming on May 30 for everybody that owns Battlefield V and will cost you nothing. It is, hopefully, the start of some fresh maps for the game which is in desperate need of new content.

    This map will be the start of a few Mediterranean themed maps. This one in particular takes place during the real-life Operation Mercury along the Cretan coast. The next chapter starting in June, Chapter 4, will then add in the...
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