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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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  • Diablo 4 Surpasses $666 Million in Five Days

    Diablo 4 Surpasses $666 Million in Five Days

    Oh come on.

    Blizzard just revealed that Diablo 4 had the best selling launch in the history of the studio. We already knew that Diablo 4 had the biggest launch day sales for Blizzard, but that momentum just kept on going.

    Blizzard now says that in the first five days following the game's June 6th launch, Diablo 4 has surpassed $666 million (USD) in global sales. The actual figure was not provided. It could be that Diablo 4 sold $3 billion worth of Diablo 4 but that "666"...
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  • Payday 3 Dated for September Release

    Payday 3 Dated for September Release

    The crew is getting back together.
    Payday 3 is another title that was shown off over the weekend at one of the various shows that took place. I cannot remember exactly which one because they have all blurred together in my mind at this point. Oh wait, the press release says it showed up at the Xbox Games Showcase, so there we go.

    Anyway, Payday 3 is taking players to New York City. It is on the streets of the Big Apple that the Payday gang of Dallas, Hoxton, Wolf, and Chains...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Release Date and Price

    Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Release Date and Price

    Release date, system requirements, and new gameplay changes.

    The latest trailer for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty made its debut yesterday during the Xbox Games Showcase. Since then, several additional details on this upcoming expansion from CD Projekt Red were shared both by the developer themselves and from several different media outlets that were able to obtain additional information.

    First up, the Phantom Liberty will be released on September 26, 2023. Phantom Liberty...
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  • Redfall Receives First Major Update Ever

    Redfall Receives First Major Update Ever

    A month and ten days after release....

    The first major update for Redfall just dropped today. This update from developer Arkane Austin brings the game up to version 1.1 and introduces several fixes for the otherwise super busted game.

    Today's first real update comes alongside a brief statement from Arkane Austin, though it's a statement that comes a bit short of being an apology letter to the disappointed fans. They say that they still have work to do and "plan to...
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  • Xbox Games Showcase 2023 Recap

    Xbox Games Showcase 2023 Recap

    Starfield, Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, Fable, and more.

    Just doing a quick recap post for now of all the trailers that were shown off during the rather meaty Xbox Games Showcase that aired today. I'll have longer write-ups about some of the games either later today or this week. ...
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  • Dual World Gameplay for Lords of the Fallen

    Dual World Gameplay for Lords of the Fallen

    One game, two worlds.

    At the Summer Game Fest, CI Games showed off another look at its upcoming dark-fantasy action-RPG, Lords of the Fallen. This new gameplay video shows off how the Unreal Engine 5 title will let you explore two distinct worlds when the game releases on October 13th for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. ...
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  • New Alan Wake 2 Gameplay - Two Playable Characters, No Physical Release

    New Alan Wake 2 Gameplay - Two Playable Characters, No Physical Release

    A fresh look at this upcoming psychological thriller.

    Some fresh news about Alan Wake 2 to share with you this weekend. Remedy Entertainment and Epic Games released a new gameplay video for the upcoming psychological thriller.

    The new gameplay footage is from an early mission of the game called The Heart. You get a look at Saga Anderson, an FBI agent with a reputation for solving impossible cases. They arrive to investigate a murder in the small town of Bright Falls. Remedy...
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  • Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Summer Game Fest Trailer

    Final Fantasy VII Rebirth Summer Game Fest Trailer

    A new gameplay trailer fore Rebirth made its debut this week.

    As part of the Summer Game Fest, Square Enix revealed a new gameplay trailer for Final Fantasy VII Rebirth. This is the second title in Square's efforts to remake and retell the original Final Fantasy 7.

    This latest trailer gives you a small look at several different areas of the game. We get a look at some story beats, combat, and even some of the world that you will get to explore.

    Final Fantasy...
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  • Banishers: Ghosts of Eden Gameplay Trailer

    Banishers: Ghosts of Eden Gameplay Trailer

    Hunt ghosts by kicking their ass.
    Don't Nod (formerly Dontnod) and Focus revealed gameplay for Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden, their upcoming action-RPG. In Banishers, players will not only hunt ghosts but they will hunt ghosts. You know, with weapons and abilities and stuff. The new trailer shows how you go medieval on those supernatural jerks.

    Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden is expected to be out by the end of the year. It's in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S,...
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  • Jason Isaacs Voices a Baldur's Gate 3 Antagonist

    Jason Isaacs Voices a Baldur's Gate 3 Antagonist

    The actor who played Draco Malfoy's dad in the Harry Potter movies.

    Larian Studios showed off a new video for Baldur's Gate 3 during the Summer Game Fest this past week. In the video, we get a look at Lord Enver Gortash, the commander of a mechanical army of Steel Watchers and a Lord in the city of Baldur's Gate.

    Gortash is being portrayed by actor Jason Isaacs. You may not necessarily recognize the name but if you ever watched the Harry Potter films, you'll know who it...
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  • DICE Issues Apology Freebies for Player Profile Stat Issue in Battlefield 2042

    Double XP and more for everyone!

    Apparently, ever since Season 5 of Battlefield 2042 launched this past week, there have been issues with player stats not updating. These are the stats you can see under your Player Profile and include information like your K/D ratio, win rate, weapon and gadget statistics, and more.

    The Battlefield 2042 team at DICE took note of the issue and have deployed a fix for the broken stat tracking. The bad news is that they have to roll back...
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  • Second DLC for Dying Light 2 Delayed

    Second DLC for Dying Light 2 Delayed

    The goal is to focus on improving the base game more.

    Techland shared some unfortunate news today for those waiting for the second big DLC update for Dying Light 2 Stay Human. The studio says that they are delaying the release of the unnamed "DLC2" until some time in 2024.

    The studio says that they are deciding to spend more time on development concerns. They are still also working on improving the base game of Dying Light 2. Their main goal is to "ensure...
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  • BattleBit Remastered Release Date Set for June 15

    BattleBit Remastered Release Date Set for June 15

    The final playtest is now live.

    As of today, June 9, 2023, the final playtest for BattleBit Remastered is live. This will be your final chance to try out the game ahead of its freshly announced Steam Early Access release date of June 15, 2023. This beta will be open until June 11 at 2PM (ET).

    BattleBit Remastered is a combined arms, low-poly, and really fun class-based FPS. It features massive multiplayer battles with servers that can support up to 254 players at once....
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  • John Carpenter's Toxic Commando Announced

    John Carpenter's Toxic Commando Announced

    A unique tale from John Carpenter.

    A new mutated zombie slaying game, courtesy of the mind of John Carpenter (The Thing, Halloween, Escape from New York), made its debut at the Summer Game Fest. John Carpenter's Toxic Commando from Focus Entertainment and Saber Interactive will let you join up with some friends to kill hordes of the undead. It is expected to be out in 2024 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store.

    The game intentionally features...
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  • Devolver Direct Recap

    Devolver Direct Recap

    Human: Fall Flat 2, Baby Steps, Talos Principle 2, and more.

    Devolver Digital held their own showcase yesterday after the main Summer Game Fest event. The company showed off a number of titles in their show, including a couple of sequels to fan-favorites, a new game from the Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy dev, and more.

    Let's take a quick look at all of the highlights from Devolver Digital and the Devolver Direct. ...
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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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