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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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  • Twitch Updating Community Guidelines But Does It Matter

    Twitch Updating Community Guidelines But Does It Matter

    Today, Twitch started to reveal their plans on how they are changing the official Twitch Community Guidelines that streamers and viewers will have to adhere to going forward. What was outlined today is said to be "just the first of many improvements coming to the policies, moderation processes, and safety features on Twitch." Today's update centers around some of these new and updated policies on anti-harassment and sexual content. Twitch claims that they want to "increase clarity, st...
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  • For Honor Finally Getting Dedicated Servers on February 19

    For Honor Finally Getting Dedicated Servers on February 19

    Starting on February 19, PC players will get dedicated servers in For Honor. Rollout of dedicated servers for the console versions of the game will begin "soon after" the PC version gets dedicated servers. There will obviously be more concrete details as that mysterious date draws more near.
    The implementation of the dedicated server infrastructure was announced last summer as part of For Honor’s ongoing development schedule. Following a successful Open Test in December that has
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  • New Tendencies in PCs Which will be Seen in 2018

    New Tendencies in PCs Which will be Seen in 2018

    The world of the PCs, which has been living for quite a few years on earnings from its golden age of the past decade, is suffering a notable transformation in a very short period of time. When we talk about PCs, we are now not only talking about desktop computers, when all is said and done. Also included are laptop units, All in One units and desktop or gaming units.

    The difference now between PCs and non PCs is the operating system which the unit uses, whether it is Windows,...
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  • Overwatch Year of the Dog Event is Now Live

    Overwatch Year of the Dog Event is Now Live

    Welcome to the Year of the Dog! This new event for Overwatch runs from today until March 5 and brings with it new skins, highlight intros, and the usual array of cosmetic goodness that these regular events bring.

    However, this latest event also includes the return of a revised Capture the Flag mode on a new map, Ayutthaya. Specific changes to the rules and actual gameplay changes for Capture the Flag can be found here.

    Other than that, the full changelog from...
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  • Fortnite Hits 3.4 Million Concurrent User Peak

    Fortnite Hits 3.4 Million Concurrent User Peak

    Last Sunday, Epic Games confirmed that Fortnite hit a new concurrent user peak of 3.4 million players. Of course, most of these were playing the free-to-play Fortnite Battle Royale, but that is still a very impressive number. However, as a result, the Fortnite servers started to buckle under the pressure. The team offered up a rather interesting and detailed postmortem of exactly what happens when 3.4 million people try to play a game at one time. A good deal of the postmortem is technica...
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  • The Surge 2 Announced for 2019

    The Surge 2 Announced for 2019

    At this year's Le What's Next de Focus, Focus Home Interactive and Deck13 announced The Surge 2. The first game, released back in May 2017, seemed to do quite well for itself. Well enough at least to warrant a sequel. The sequel looks to bring more action and limb dismemberment to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in 2019. Yep, it's at least a year away from release right now.
    The Surge 2 keeps what fans and critics loved about the original – hardcore combat utilizing a unique,
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  • New Past Cure Story Trailer; Steam Demo Coming Next Week

    New Past Cure Story Trailer; Steam Demo Coming Next Week

    Developer Phantom 8 Studio released a new story trailer for Past Cure today. This psychological thriller meets action game meets stealth game will be released on February 23 for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. You will be able to pick the full game up for $29.99 (USD).
    About PAST CURE After years of disappearance, Ian, a former elite soldier, suddenly appears … changed. Ian’s brother shelters him in a far off safe house to come to grips with his memory loss and the effec
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  • First Gameplay Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2

    First Gameplay Trailer for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Injustice 2

    Earlier today, WBIE and DC Entertainment released the first ever gameplay trailer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from their upcoming appearance in Injustice 2. The trailer provides a look at how the gear system in place in Injustice 2 will allow all four of the turtles to have different fighting styles.
    By equipping one of four accessories - swords, bo staff, nunchakus or sais - players will be able to change their character loadout to play as Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and
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  • Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Devs Announce New Battle Royale Game Fear the Wolves

    Former S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Devs Announce New Battle Royale Game Fear the Wolves

    Some of the former developers that worked on the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise went on to form Vostok Games back in 2012. They then teamed up with Focus Home Interactive and together they will be releasing a new post-apocalyptic Battle Royale style game. Fear the Wolves was revealed today at the annual event "Le What's Next de Focus." Set to be released in 2018 on PC and unspecified consoles, the devs promise that it will bring about some fresh and original ideas to the ever growing Battle Roya...
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  • Major Update for Brawlout and Big Sale on Switch Version

    Major Update for Brawlout and Big Sale on Switch Version

    The Nintendo Switch brawler that is appropriately called Brawlout is getting some new content and bug fixes today. In addition to this, those who do not yet own the game can save 25% until Valentine's Day (that's February 14 for those who don't know).

    The highlights from this update can be found below.
    Brawlout TV • Watch live and recent matches from players worldwide! • Check out your own online match history and watch replays of your previous online batt
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  • Kerbal Space Program Expansion Announced

    Kerbal Space Program Expansion Announced

    Private Division and Squad announced a new expansion today for Kerbal Space Program. The Making History Expansion for KSP will be made available on March 13, 2018 for the PC. The new content includes a Mission Builder that will allow players to create and share their own scenarios. A History Pack that contains historical moments in space exploration will also be included that you can play through.
    The new Mission Builder puts the process of creating and editing missions in players'
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  • Puyo Puyo Tetris Confirmed for February Release on PC

    Puyo Puyo Tetris Confirmed for February Release on PC

    After a quick bit of teasing yesterday, Sega confirmed today that Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to the PC later this month.

    The PC release will include scalable resolutions and fully customizable controls. You will even be able to use your mouse to navigate the menus. How wonderful!
    Puyo Puyo Tetris sees two puzzle game juggernauts collide as Tetris, one of the top selling video games of all time and one of the most recognized brands in gaming history, and Puyo Puyo from
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  • Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

    Capcom Hit with Layoffs; Next Dead Rising Reduced in Scope

    This week, Capcom confirmed that roughly 30% of their Vancouver studio were laid off due to a restructuring. This confirmation was provided to Kotaku after rumors started swirling that layoffs were happening. This restructuring seems to have impacted the company in a number of ways, most notably with the cancellation of an unannounced project and the reduction in scope for the next Dead Rising game.
    Capcom Vancouver has undergone a restructure which has impacted approximately 30%
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  • Subnautica Dev Fired Over Racist and Transphobic Remarks on Twitter

    Subnautica Dev Fired Over Racist and Transphobic Remarks on Twitter

    Simon Chylinski is a former sound designer that worked with Unknown Worlds on the recently released Subnautica. Chylinski was fired this week after many people on social media discovered his rather vile statements and behavior on his Twitter account. Remarks that very clearly show Chylinski holds a variety of racist and transphobic tendencies.

    I noticed these past few days a number of people voicing their disdain on Twitter for tweets offered up by Chylinski in the past. Some...
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  • Square Enix Acknowledges Issues with Final Fantasy XV PC Benchmark

    Square Enix Acknowledges Issues with Final Fantasy XV PC Benchmark

    The recent Final Fantasy XV benchmark for the PC seems to have had a few issues, as outlined by the team at Gamers Nexus. Among those issues were several LOD and culling issues that led to performance woes for a variety of hardware, especially if you were using anything but an Nvidia GPU.

    Square Enix notes that they are aware of many of these issues and promise that they will be working on the performance for the final release of the game on March 6, 2018.
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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%
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    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
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    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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