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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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  • EA and FIFA Announce the 'Stay and Play Cup'

    EA and FIFA Announce the 'Stay and Play Cup'

    STAY. HOME!

    In an effort to both bring the soccer community together in staying at home, both EA and FIFA have teamed up for the EA Sports FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup. This is the latest in EA's "Stay Home, Play Together" initiative. This initiative also finds EA donating $1 million (USD) to the Global Giving's Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    The EA SPorts FIFA 20 Stay and Play Cup will be a knockout tournament that sees 20 of the "most famous and historic clubs...
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  • Fallout 76: Wastelanders Launch Trailer

    Fallout 76: Wastelanders Launch Trailer

    Release of Wastelanders coincides with the Steam release.

    At long, long last, the release of the Wastelanders content update for Fallout 76 is almost here. This free content drop for Fallout 76 has been pushed back a few times by now. However, on April 14 this update will be released for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. April 14th also marks the release date of Fallout 76 on Steam.

    We have pretty much exhausted all talking points about this update by now. Just as a...
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  • Sea of Thieves is Getting Cats in April Update

    Sea of Thieves is Getting Cats in April Update

    Set sail for meow.

    The April update for Sea of Thieves was just detailed. The update, entitled "Ships of Fortune" will arrive on April 22 for all players on the Xbox One, Windows 10, and the Xbox Game Pass. As with other updates, this update is free to everyone.

    Of the notable additions in this update, Ships of Fortune will add an all-new element to trading companies. Pirates will get to serve as emissaries and collect bonus loot in addition to exclusive rewards....
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  • Saints Row: The Third Remastered Announced, Exclusive to Epic Games Store on PC

    Coming May 22 for consoles and PC.

    Deep Silver just announced that Sperasoft have been working on remastering Saints Row: The Third for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This "complete remaster" will be released on May 22, 2020.

    Just how complete is this remaster? According to the announcement, the team has remodelled every weapon, every car has been redesigned, and a "vast proportion of the city" has been retextured. In total, around 4,000 different...
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  • Sony Reveals the Look of the PlayStation 5 'DualSense' Controller

    Sony Reveals the Look of the PlayStation 5 'DualSense' Controller

    Meet the DualSense.

    Sony has just shared the first ever public showing of the DualSense, the controller that is shipping with the PlayStation 5. In a new blog post, Sony's senior VP of platform planning and management Hideaki Nishino shared a few images of the hardware along with some fresh details.

    Nishino says that this is the final design that is starting to be shipped out to developers. As a result, the developers that receive these controllers will soon be able to...
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  • Psychological Thriller 'The Shattering' Hits PC on April 21

    Psychological Thriller 'The Shattering' Hits PC on April 21

    A small team is about ready to deliver you a few thrills and chills.

    The small development team of Super Sexy Software has teamed up with publisher Deck13 Spotlight to announce a release date for their upcoming "psychological thriller." Their game is called The Shattering and it now has a firm release date set for April 21. It will be released on the PC through Steam, where you can presently add it to your wishlist.

    The Shattering is a passion project born from...
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  • Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.25 Released

    Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.25 Released

    Features a new story by Final Fantasy Tactics writer.

    The 5.25 patch for Final Fantasy XIV was released early in the day on April 7. Patch 5.25 includes the "Save the Queen" questline, which is a new series of adventures written by Yasumi Matsuno (Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII). Matsuno is also responsible for writing the Return to Ivalice raid series.

    Square Enix says that this update also includes some new content for those who like to hunt and...
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  • Review: Half-Life Alyx is VR at Its Finest

    Review: Half-Life Alyx is VR at Its Finest

    A watershed moment for VR gaming.

    In the past several days, I have gone back and forth on what I wanted to write for the Half-Life: Alyx review. I have gone through several revisions and at least two full rewrites now. It's not that I am at a loss for words. It's more that I just have too much that I want to say. I want to go on and on about how neat this sequence was or how refined this aspect was. The result of that review was just some rambling word salad that made for a poor reading...
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  • Resident Evil 3 is Now Available

    Resident Evil 3 is Now Available

    Scream like it's 1999.

    The Resident Evil 3 remake is now available from Capcom. The game, which is more of a re-imagining than a remake, is currently available on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC via Steam. Today's release of the single-player focused Resident Evil 3 is joined with the asymmetrical multiplayer game, Resident Evil Resistance.

    It's a game with zombies, a master of unlocking, a big guy with a BDSM fetish (his safeword is "STARS"), another guy...
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  • Soulcalibur and Tekken World Tours Cancelled Through June

    Soulcalibur and Tekken World Tours Cancelled Through June

    Tournament events all over the world are cancelled.

    Bandai Namco announced today that they are removing a number of World Tour events "until further notice." These include two Soulcalibur World Tour 2020 events and nine different Tekken World Tour 2020 that were scheduled through June.

    These changes have been made in response to the "highly dynamic nature surrounding (the) coronavirus (Covid-19)." Bandai Namco says that they will make future announcements...
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  • Twitch Surpasses 3 Billion Total Hours Watched in a Quarter for First Time

    Twitch Surpasses 3 Billion Total Hours Watched in a Quarter for First Time

    It's almost like people have more free time.

    For the first time ever, Twitch has surpassed 3 billion total hours watched in a single quarter. This information comes direct from StreamLabs and Stream Hatchet. They also show that in addition to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook Gaming also saw an increase in viewer numbers for the first quarter (Jan-Mar) of 2020.

    According to the public facing report, Twitch had hit 3.1 billion hours watched. This is an increase of 17% from...
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