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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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  • New Trailer for Medieval Brawler Warhaven

    New Trailer for Medieval Brawler Warhaven

    What if Chivalry but with a fantasy twist?

    Warhaven was shown off tonight during the Summer Game Fest with a little reveal trailer. This upcoming medieval fantasy brawler from Nexon made its debut showing just a little glimpse of combat gameplay.

    Warhaven is expected to release into Steam Early Access in Fall 2023.

    The trailer itself blends together segments of CG cinematics with actual in-game footage. Players will have different play styles to choose from...
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  • Street Fighter 6 Characters Coming to Exoprimal

    Street Fighter 6 Characters Coming to Exoprimal

    It's a collaboration nobody knew they wanted?

    During the Summer Game Fest showcase with Geoff Keighley, Capcom revealed a new collaboration between two of their hottest franchises. No, not those two. Nope, not quite. Well, you got one of them right...

    That's right! Capcom is going to have some special crossover content between Street Fighter 6 and their upcoming game that we all thought might have been Dino Crisis when it was first revealed but then it wasn't, Exoprimal....
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  • Witchfire Early Access Launch Dated for September 20

    Witchfire Early Access Launch Dated for September 20

    Put a spell on anything that moves.

    The Astronauts, the development studio not a group that goes into space, just revealed that the Early Access launch date for Witchfire is September 20, 2023.

    Witchfire is a dark fantasy roguelite FPS. If that doesn't tell you much, then a new gameplay trailer is also available today. This new trailer was shared during the Summer Game Fest earlier this evening. The Early Access release will be for PC and only through the Epic Games Store....
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  • Bloodlines 2 Refunds Offered Because its 2023 and the Game Still Isn't Out

    Bloodlines 2 Refunds Offered Because its 2023 and the Game Still Isn't Out

    If you're tired of waiting, full refunds are being offered.

    Paradox Interactive is now offering those that pre-ordered Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 the opportunity to get a full refund of the game if so desired. Bloodlines 2 was first announced back in 2019. Since then, the game has gone through development hell.

    In fact, we still don't know what team is actively developing Bloodlines 2 right now. Paradox hasn't said and the Steam page for the game has Paradox...
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  • Madden NFL 24 Revealed, Finally Brings Next-gen Features to PC

    Madden NFL 24 Revealed, Finally Brings Next-gen Features to PC

    All those next-gen advancements are coming to the PC for the first time.

    This is it. This is the year that football fans on PC have been waiting a while for. EA announced today that EA Sports Madden NFL 24 will be the first release that offers up all of those next-gen features to the PC crowd. This means that stuff like FieldSense and the new Sapien Technology will be included on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC versions of the game.

    EA Sports says that Sapien...
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  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge 'Dimension Shellshock' DLC Announced

    New content is coming later this year.

    Dotemu and developer Tribute Games announced new DLC is coming for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. The content, named Dimension Shellshock, will be out later this year on PC, Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox.

    Dimension Shellshock will add a new playable fighter, Usagi Yojimbo. This ally to the Turtles has been a fan-favorite and has appeared in several Turtles related animated shows and action figure releases. A look...
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  • Star Wars: The Old Republic Development Moving Away from BioWare

    Star Wars: The Old Republic Development Moving Away from BioWare

    Development to be taken over by Broadsword Online.

    According to several reports, notably this one from IGN, EA is close to finalizing a deal that will move development and operation of Star Wars: The Old Republic from BioWare to Broadsword Online Games. Broadsword known for Ultimate Online and Dark Age of Camelot.

    A letter of intent has been signed by both Broadsword and EA, with a deal expected to be finalized possibly as early as this month. This deal would move continued...
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  • No Man's Sky Receives another Big, Surprise Update

    No Man's Sky Receives another Big, Surprise Update

    The update includes several quality-of-life improvements and more content.

    Just this past April, No Man's Sky was updated with a big content update dubbed Interceptor. The team at Hello Games then released a Mac version of No Man's Sky only about a week back. Now, they came back swinging with another big content update for the game that is available to all platforms.

    Today's update is dubbed Singularity and begins "chapter two of a four-part narrative which will play...
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  • Diablo 4 is Blizzard's Fastest Selling Game Ever

    Diablo 4 is Blizzard's Fastest Selling Game Ever

    Exact figures were not given.

    Diablo 4 has officially become the fastest selling game of all time, at least for Blizzard. The studio announced that the latest ARPG sold a lot of copies across PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

    Exact numbers were not shared by Blizzard, only that it sold fast. Fast like Sonic, an IP that Blizzard doesn't own but is relevant to this news. The sales were probably helped tremendously by the fact that this release...
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  • Killing Floor 2 Goes Under the Sea in New Update

    Killing Floor 2 Goes Under the Sea in New Update

    New map, game mode, weapons, and the sort.

    A new update for Killing Floor 2 is now available. The "Deep Blue Z" update adds in the Subduction map, Contamination game mode, new weapons, and more. It's a content update for Killing Floor 2, you probably know already what the content types are that comes with them.

    As you may have already guessed, Killing Floor 2 is also going to be on sale to coincide with the launch of this new content. It looks like it's already...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Season 6 Announced

    Battlefield 2042 Season 6 Announced

    Surprise!

    It seems as though DICE and EA pulled a fast one on all of us. Battlefield 2042 Season 5: New Dawn was supposed to be the fifth and final season for the futuristic multiplayer FPS. I say supposed to be, because they just announced a sixth season earlier today.

    The announcement came via the official Battlefield social media channels like Instagram and Twitter.

    We know jack squat about what Season 6 will include. DICE said in their announcement that...
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  • Steam's Summer Spotlight Page is Live

    Steam's Summer Spotlight Page is Live

    So many gaming shows. Just... so very many.

    Over the next week or so, there's going to be a whole bunch of streams and events that showcase new and upcoming video games. If you want a bit of a "one stop shop" for these shows, Valve once again has you covered with their Summer Spotlight page, now live on Steam.

    Not only does this page include a schedule of upcoming events, but it will also allow you to watch the events live once they actually begin. This includes...
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  • Apple Announces Vision Pro - A $3,500 Mixed Reality Headset

    Apple Announces Vision Pro - A $3,500 Mixed Reality Headset

    Nailing the execution of things that already exist.

    Apple officially announced the Vision Pro today. This $3,499 (USD) mixed-reality headset has been discussed and rumored for what feels like ages now, but was finally revealed during the company's annual WWDC keynote event.

    Tim Cook, Apple's current CEO, revealed the headset at the tail end of the keynote address. Cook touts the Vision Pro as "revolutionary" and "the most advanced personal electronics device...
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  • Microsoft Says 'No' to Full CG Trailers for Xbox Showcase

    Microsoft Says 'No' to Full CG Trailers for Xbox Showcase

    All trailers will be properly labeled so fans know what they're seeing.

    The head of Xbox marketing Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter that there will be no full CG trailers shown off during the upcoming Xbox Games Showcase. Greenberg states that none of the first-party games in the show are full CG trailers and that everything will be either in-game footage, in-engine footage, or a blend of in-game footage with some cinematics.

    He continues on to say that each trailer will...
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom Chapter Released on PC

    The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom Chapter Released on PC

    30 hours of new content across two new zones.

    A hefty new content drop just came out for The Elder Scrolls Online MMORPG. PC players will get to experience the new Necrom chapter featuring over 30 hours of new content, two new zones to explore, new story, and even an entirely new class. Those of you on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 5 will be able to dive into this new content on June 20, 2023.

    The new zones are the Telvanni Peninsula and Ap...
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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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