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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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  • Knuckles Release Date Set for April 26

    Knuckles Release Date Set for April 26

    The first look at this six-episode spin-off series.

    The first trailer for Knuckles arrived earlier today. Along with it, we were told that the release date for this Sonic the Hedgehog spin-off series will begin streaming on April 26th. Those with Paramount+ in the United States and Canada will be able to begin streaming Knuckles on the 26th while other territories will get it added to their libraries on April 27th. Japan is the exception to all of this, with a release expected to...
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  • CableMod Recalls 25,000 Angled GPU Adapters After Causing $74,000 in Damages

    CableMod Recalls 25,000 Angled GPU Adapters After Causing $74,000 in Damages

    25,300 12VHWPR angled adapters are being recalled.

    Those of you with Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs that purchased an angled 12VHPWR adapter from CableMod should be aware that they have officially been recalled. The official recall first appeared through the Consumer Product Safety Commission website and was spotted by hothardware.com.

    The recall date is specified as February 8, 2024 and includes all V1.0 and V1.1 angled adapters. This includes the 90-degree and 180-degree...
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  • Microsoft Lays Off Employees from Toys from Bob and Sledgehammer Games

    Microsoft Lays Off Employees from Toys from Bob and Sledgehammer Games

    162 people have been laid off across both studios.

    More layoffs have occurred this week at Microsoft owned studios. A report by the San Francisco Chronicle states that 86 employees of Toys for Bob and 76 employees from Sledgehammer Games have been let go. Microsoft recently announced that 1,900 employees were being let go from Microsoft owned gaming divisions.

    In 2021, it was reported that Toys for Bob employed 180 people. In 2021, Sledgehammer Games reportedly employed...
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  • Disney Makes $1.5 Billion Investment in Epic Games

    Disney Makes $1.5 Billion Investment in Epic Games

    This deal will lead to new games and a persistent universe in Fortnite.

    Disney CEO Bob Iger announced on Wednesday that they are making a new $1.5 billion investment in Epic Games. Disney and Epic Games will work together to "create new games an an entertainment universe". This persistent universe will presumably be within Fortnite and will offer a place for people to "play, watch, shop, and engage with content, characters, and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star...
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  • Resident Evil 3 Remake and Madden NFL 24 Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    Resident Evil 3 Remake and Madden NFL 24 Coming to Xbox Game Pass

    The Game Pass additions for February are starting to roll out.

    Microsoft just shared a selection of titles that will be joining Game Pass for both Xbox and PC throughout the month of February. A couple of the standout titles here include the Resident Evil 3 remake, Madden NFL 24, and PlateUp!

    Microsoft also made a point of reminding subscribers today that MLB The Show 24 will be a day one release on Game Pass. MLB The Show 24 is expected to be released on the Nintendo...
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  • Overwatch 2 to Collab with Cowboy Bebop in Season 9

    Overwatch 2 to Collab with Cowboy Bebop in Season 9

    Plus a Battle Pass themed around Eldritch Horrors.

    Blizzard just put up a teaser for Season 9 for Overwatch 2. This new season is expected to begin on February 13 and with it will come the usual "new season" bits and bobs such as new cosmetics, a new Battle Pass, and the like.

    Season 9 will include some very unique content as well. Blizzard is going to offer up a full competitive rework in season 9, but those changes weren't fully detailed just yet. The Battle...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo is Available Now

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Demo is Available Now

    Explore the Nibelheim and Junon episodes ahead of the full game's release.

    A demo for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is available right now for PlayStation 5 owners. This free demo allows you to explore some of the opening areas of the game's main story, Nibelheim. After an update set to arrive on February 21, 2024, the Junon area episode will be made available in the demo and will be accessible once you complete the Nibelheim content.

    Square Enix is also offering some bonuses...
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  • Foamstars is Now Available on PlayStation Plus

    Foamstars is Now Available on PlayStation Plus

    The 4v4 party shooter is out exclusively on PlayStation.

    Foamstars is available right now for those with PlayStation Plus subscriptions. Square Enix released their online 4v4 "foam party shooter" for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners.

    Those with PlayStation Plus, or those that are thinking of subscribing to pick up this title, have until March 4, 2024 to add Foamstars to their accounts. You will be able to keep playing the PlayStation Plus release of Foamstars...
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  • Xbox to Outline Their 'Vision for the Future of Xbox' Next Week

    Xbox to Outline Their 'Vision for the Future of Xbox' Next Week

    This might have something to do with the recent Xbox multi-platform rumors.

    Over the weekend several stories came out suggesting that Microsoft was about to reveal their plans to bring select first-party Xbox titles to platforms such as PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch. In those recent reports, sources have claimed that Microsoft may bring some first-party offerings such as Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Hi-Fi Rush, and even Gears of War to non-Xbox platforms....
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  • Retro Survival Horror Alisa Hits PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch Today

    Retro Survival Horror Alisa Hits PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch Today

    A worthwhile homage to classic 90s survival horror.

    Alisa is a new survival horror game that has its roots in the 90s-era of the genre, complete with a healthy dose of a certain children's fantasy novel on top.

    You play as Elite Royal Agent Alisa as she tracks a thief. Alisa must make her way through a truly bizarre, Victorian-style mansion while dealing with the mechanical, doll-like inhabitants within. Like many survival horror titles, Alisa features plenty of puzzle...
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  • New Atomic Heart DLC Features Trippy Counter-Strike Surfing Mechanics

    New Atomic Heart DLC Features Trippy Counter-Strike Surfing Mechanics

    You could say that this DLC is a trip.

    The second major piece of DLC for Atomic Heart is here and wow is it ever a trip. It's called Trapped in Limbo and, as the title implies, you will be trying your best to escape the weird and wild limbo you find yourself trapped in.

    This DLC takes place after one of the main game's endings. Atomic Heart's first DLC, Annihilation Instinct, took place after the other ending for the main game. In Trapped in Limbo, players will try to...
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  • Poll: How do You Feel About Xbox Going Multi-Platform?

    Poll: How do You Feel About Xbox Going Multi-Platform?

    4
    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
    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...
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  • Apex Legends Making Big Gameplay Changes in Season 20

    Apex Legends Making Big Gameplay Changes in Season 20

    Goodbye EVO Shields, hello Legend Upgrades.

    Apex Legends is turning five years old in 2024. With that fifth anniversary comes the upcoming 20th season for the battle royale from Respawn Entertainment and EA. Not content with just releasing some themed items and calling it a day, Respawn is instead making some pretty big changes to core gameplay mechanics in this fifth year and 20th season of the game.

    First up, EVO Shields will no longer be an item you can pick up in...
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  • First Steam Next Fest for 2024 is Now Live

    First Steam Next Fest for 2024 is Now Live

    A week full of fresh demos across all genres.

    The first Steam Next Fest for 2024 is now underway! This means that as of right now through to February 12 at 10AM (PT), you can play a bunch of new game demos for upcoming titles. This also means that over the course of the next week, there will be a bunch of developer hosted livestreams for you to enjoy.

    The full schedule of livestreams can be seen at the top of the Steam Next Fest landing page. As an example, right now...
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  • Xbox Reportedly Considering Bringing Starfield, Indiana Jones, and More to PlayStation 5

    Is Xbox going multiplatform?

    Several reports came out over the weekend suggesting that Microsoft is considering bringing several of their first-party, Xbox exclusive titles to other platforms. Those "other platforms" including PlayStation 5 and even the Nintendo Switch. Some of the titles allegedly being considered for this new multi-platform approach include the recently released Starfield and the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Great Circle.

    The Verge is one...
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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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