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Company that Spends Millions on Timed Exclusives Lays Off 16% of Employees

Around 16% of all Epic employees laid off.

Epic Games is laying off around 16% of all employees, as confirmed today by Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. This 16% comes out to roughly 900 employees that have been laid off from the company that is responsible for Unreal Engine, Fortnite, and the Epic Games Store.

In Sweeney's letter to Epic employees, he says, "For a while now, we've been spending way more money than we earn." He blames Fortnite's push towards...
 

Counter-Strike 2 is Out Now

Counter-Strike is dead, long live Counter-Strike!

Without a press release in sight, Valve has launched Counter-Strike 2 to the world. This free-to-play release is available right now and will replace your current installs of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. True to Valve tradition, today's release is actually a little bit later than initially expected. During its initial announcement in March, Valve said Counter-Strike 2 would be out in summer. It is now fall, but they only missed...
 

Sony Allegedly Hacked... Again

"All of Sony Systems" was allegedly infiltrated by a new ransomware group.

A new group of baddies claims that they have "successfully compromised all of Sony systems" in a new ransomware attack.

This report comes from Australian cybersecurity site Cyber Security Connect in a new post made on September 25. The report says that Sony was infiltrated by some hackers calling themselves Ransomed.vc, a group that reportedly began operations in September. Cyber...
 

RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...
 

Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Officially Announced... Again

Development has shifted to The Chinese Room.

It lives once again. Paradox Interactive just released a new announcement trailer to re-announce Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2. The game and its development is alive and well here in September 2023. What's more is that there is a new trailer out for this fresh announcement and we're told that Bloodlines 2 will be coming in fall 2024.

To catch you up real quick on the saga of Bloodlines 2, we need to go all the way back...
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  • The Elder Scrolls 6 Coming 2026 at Earliest but Not to PlayStation

    The Elder Scrolls 6 Coming 2026 at Earliest but Not to PlayStation

    The reveal comes from Microsoft themselves.

    The Elder Scrolls 6 won't be coming any time soon, according to Microsoft's own documents. Not only the next Elder Scrolls title still several years away, it looks like it won't be headed to the PlayStation 5 (or whatever PlayStation is out at the time of release).

    These new details come from Microsoft's own documents that were filed as part of the legal battle between the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Microsoft concerning...
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  • Gas Station Simulator Goes Tropical with Tidal Wave DLC

    Gas Station Simulator Goes Tropical with Tidal Wave DLC

    Get ready for ocean breezes, scuba diving, sharks, and appeasing the gods.
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    Gas Station Simulator is one of those sleeper hits that seems to be well received with an ever-growing fanbase. Today, DRAGO entertainment announced the new Tidal Wave DLC that will hit Gas Station Simulator in 2024.

    Tidal Wave doesn't have a price attached to it yet. When it releases, Tidal Wave will task players with appeasing the temperamental god, Chunchumanchu, by leaving offerings at an...
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  • RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

    RIG 600 PRO HS Headset Review

    A solid sounding headset with dual-mode wireless, but what's the catch?

    The RIG 600 PRO HS is a wireless gaming headset that offers excellent sound quality, comfort, and features at an affordable price. Though the HS model is geared mainly towards use with the PlayStation platform, it is compatible with Nintendo Switch, mobile devices, and PC. The RIG 600 PRO HS features dual-mode wireless connectivity, so you can use it with either the included USB-C dongle for 2.4GHz wireless or Bl...
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  • Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC Coming September 21

    Resident Evil 4 Separate Ways DLC Coming September 21

    A free update for The Mercenaries also arrives on the 21st.

    Capcom revealed that the Separate Ways DLC for Resident Evil 4 will release on September 21, 2023. This DLC takes you on an alternate path through many of the events of Resident Evil 4. You will play as Ada Wong on a mission that reunites her with Leon S. Kennedy as he searches for the president's daughter.

    Separate Ways will be released alongside a free update for The Mercenaries. This update for The Mercenaries...
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  • Unity Now Claims Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Will Pay Their Dumb New Fee

    Unity Now Claims Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo Will Pay Their Dumb New Fee

    Also Valve, Epic, Apple, and any other platform that distributes Unity games.

    If you thought Unity lost their damn minds earlier this week, hold onto your butts because it got worse. Unity now says that platform holders such as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo will be the ones who have to pick up the tab and pay that new runtime fee on behalf of developers.

    This information comes from an updated FAQ that Unity shared on their website. The FAQ says that the Unity runtime fee...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Out February 29; Three Month PlayStation Exclusive

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Out February 29; Three Month PlayStation Exclusive

    There's also a $350 Collector's Edition coming.

    Square Enix says that the second part to their Final Fantasy 7 remake/reboot is coming very, very soon. A release date for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth has been set for February 29, 2024 on the PlayStation 5.

    This announcement came alongside a new trailer for Rebirth as part of this week's PlayStation State of Play broadcast. The new trailer shows off additional playable characters such as Red XIII, Yuffie, and Cait Sith. We also...
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  • Ghostrunner 2 Demo Released

    Ghostrunner 2 Demo Released

    Try it before you buy it.

    One More Level and 505 Games released a demo for Ghostrunner 2 late in the day yesterday. This demo is available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and on PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store.

    Ghostrunner 2 will launch officially on October 26, but those that purchase the Brutal Edition will get to play on October 24 with 48-hours of early access. Seems like the Brutal Edition will set you back $69.99. There is also a $39.99 Standard version...
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  • Foamstars Open Beta Announced

    Foamstars Open Beta Announced

    The beta is open to those on PlayStation 5.

    Square Enix will kick off an open beta for the PlayStation exclusive Foamstars. This beta will begin on September 29 at 6PM (PT) and run through to October 1 at 11:59PM (PT).

    This open beta will let players experience the competitive shooter ahead of its official release in early 2024. It will grant access to eight selectable characters and two different 4v4 game modes.

    To those who haven't seen Foamstars yet: Yes,...
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  • Original Tomb Raider Trilogy Getting Remastered

    Original Tomb Raider Trilogy Getting Remastered

    Yes, the classic control schemes are still an option.

    Crystal Dynamics is teaming up with Aspyr to bring visually enhanced versions of the original three Tomb Raider titles to modern consoles and PC. Tomb Raider I-III Remastered Starring Lara Croft is the full and official name for this work and will, as expected, include Tomb Raider, Tomb Raider II, and Tomb Raider III.

    This release will include upgraded graphics, performance improvements, all expansions, and more. Fans...
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  • New Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Trailer with Idris Elba

    New Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Trailer with Idris Elba

    A fresh look at Idris Elba and more information concerning the new expansion.

    CD Projekt Red shared a new look at Idris Elba and his role in the upcoming release of Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. This new trailer shared today shows some of the events taking place seven years prior to the events of Phantom Liberty.

    In addition, Elba shared some behind the scenes details about his character. Before that, CD Projekt Red shared new details on new gameplay elements and some...
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  • Save Up to 20% on Steam Deck

    Save Up to 20% on Steam Deck

    Save up to 20% on Steam Deck for a limited time.

    Valve decided to throw the Steam Deck in to the 20th anniversary festivities for Steam. What this means for you is that from now through to September 21st, all Steam Deck versions are on sale. The Steam Deck Docking Station is also on sale!

    This sale sees the top end 512GB Steam Deck model going from $649 down to just $519. That's quite the bargain if you've been on the fence about picking up one of these handheld devices....
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  • Bethesda to Add DLSS and FOV Slider to Starfield

    Bethesda to Add DLSS and FOV Slider to Starfield

    Makes you wonder why they weren't in there to begin with.

    Bethesda released the first post-launch update for Starfield today. It's not exactly a big one, but it does include a couple of fixes for stability and progression blockers. However, the bigger news is that Bethesda mentioned what they plan to add to the game in the near future.

    Bethesda says that they will add some of the most requested community features. You know, features like the ability to adjust brightness...
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  • Slave Zero X to Release February 2024

    Slave Zero X to Release February 2024

    The 2.5D hack-and-slash sequel is just a few months away.

    Slave Zero X will be released on February 21, 2024 from developer Poppy Works and publisher Ziggurat Interactive. Slave Zero X is a prequel to Slave Zero, a game that came out back in 1999 for the Sega Dreamcast.

    Slave Zero X will be out in February for a bunch of platforms such as the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

    Slave Zero X will have you playing...
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  • Resident Evil Coming to iPhone 15 Pro

    Resident Evil Coming to iPhone 15 Pro

    Full feature versions are coming to Apple's upcoming hardware.

    Capcom says that both Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil Village are coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max later this year. According to Capcom, this will be the first time these titles are available on smartphones.

    Capcom claims that both games will "deliver stunning graphics with fidelity that parallels the latest consoles." As for that claim, well, we'll let you be the judge of that...
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  • Embracer Reportedly Trying to Sell Gearbox

    Embracer Reportedly Trying to Sell Gearbox

    A lot of companies are supposedly interested in the Borderlands developer.

    Gearbox is reportedly up for sale by parent company Embracer. This report comes from Reuters that say a sale of Gearbox is just one option that Embracer is considering for the Borderlands studio. According to Reuters' reporting, a number of third-parties have already expressed interest in picking up Gearbox.

    So far, this is just one report and has not been confirmed yet. Neither Embracer nor Gearbox...
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  • Poll: Are You a Fan of Paying More to Play Early?
    by Shawn Zipay
    Get that Premium Edition and play three days early!

    Looks like the latest growing trend with game releases is to offer a more expensive Premium or Gold or whatever edition that grants you access to a game a few days ahead of its official release.

    Starfield did it with their $99.99 (USD) Premium Edition. Today, Payday 3 is doing an "Early Access" release with their Silver and Gold editions. Diablo 4 did the same thing earlier in the year, as did Madden NFL 24,...
    I don't mind. If people want to spend more to play early, let them!
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    I'm indifferent to the whole idea.
    33.33%
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    I think it's kind of dumb that people get to play earlier. Spending more shouldn't offer a "head start" on other paying customers.
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