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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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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Rumors Provide New Details on Single Player and Multiplayer Including Battle Royale Mode

    A rumor that seemingly sprung up over night from a single outlet, perhaps sheds a few details on some of the gameplay features we can expect to see in Red Dead Redemption 2. Trusted Reviews published a rumor earlier today that suggests that Red Dead Redemption 2 will include the ability to play in first-person mode, the multiplayer will include a Battle Royale mode, and more. Trusted Reviews say that they first learned about a lot of these potential details back in August of 2017. It...
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  • Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4, NBA 2K16, and More Arrive on PS Now

    Yakuza 5, Yakuza 4, NBA 2K16, and More Arrive on PS Now

    Sony announced that a bunch of new PlayStation titles were just released on PS Now this week. PS Now is Sony's streaming service that allows you to stream PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 games to your PlayStation 4 or PC. Of course, you can only do this if you pay a monthly fee (though there is a PS Now 7-day free trial).

    Anyway, let's get on to the new games. That's why we're here, right?
    New PS4 Games • Anomaly 2 (PS4) • Backgammon Blitz (PS4) • Bombing B
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  • Global Supersampling and Other New Features Coming in PlayStation 4 System Update 5.50

    Sony revealed many of the new features coming in soon to be released 5.50 system software update for the PlayStation 4. The biggest addition for many people, at least those with a PlayStation 4 Pro, will be the global supersampling mode. This will allow for those people that use a Pro on a 1080p TV to experience enhanced visuals on many games that don't already provide an enhanced visual mode. Let's take a look at the full outline of changes that Sony wants you to know about for 5.50. A...
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  • Underwater Horror Game Debris to Add Co-op on February 26

    Underwater Horror Game Debris to Add Co-op on February 26

    Though the single player component for the underwater horror adventure Debris came out in October 2017, the game still wasn't complete yet. That will all change when the team at Moonray Studios releases the game's new co-op mode on February 26.
    Escape Together or Die Alone You’re part of a small team sent to film a promotional video for a groundbreaking discovery: meteoric debris embedded deep in Arctic ice that provides clean, hyper-efficient energy. Taking on the roles of ei
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  • Hands On Gameplay Preview of Past Cure

    Hands On Gameplay Preview of Past Cure

    Back in January, I was offered the opportunity to try out an early build of the upcoming psychological thriller meets third-person action title, Past Cure. The build of the game I played was just two levels from the full game. At the time of the preview, the game was still very much in development at Phantom 8 Studio. Typically, when you play a game you notice that they tend to mesh all of their gameplay elements into a singular focus for the entirety of the experience. There usually isn...
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  • Counter-Strike Co-Creator Deemed "A Risk to the Community" and Hit with $150K Bail

    On Friday, Counter-Strike co-creator Jess Cliffe was hit with a $150,000 bail after being booked into King County jail on Thursday. The representative for the King County Prosecuting Attorney's office, Nyoka Maraire, requested that the bail be set for $250,000. This would be for both the "community's safety and the victim's safety." The $250,000 bail was requested after it was found that Cliffe had used an adult website to contact a minor and paid for sex multiple times. During one ...
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  • Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Arrested for Sexual Exploitation of a Child (Update: Valve Suspends Cliffe)

    Jess Cliffe was arrested this morning (February 1, 2018) at 1:17AM (PT) for "sexual exploitation of a child." For those few of you who do not know, Jess Cliffe is a co-creator of Counter-Strike. He and Minh Le (Gooseman) created the wildly popular game back in 2000. It started as a modification for Half-Life and since became a number of very popular stand-alone products. While the police did not provide any additional details, we do know that Cliffe does not have a criminal history. He was book...
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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Set for October 26, 2018

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Release Date Set for October 26, 2018

    Rockstar Games announced today that the release date for Red Dead Redemption 2 is now October 26, 2018. They also released some lovely looking new screenshots that I can only assume were taken on either the Xbox One X or a PC build of the game that "doesn't" exist. Let's just say that the image quality on display here is really damn good.
    Dear All, We are excited to announce that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be released on October 26th 2018. We apologize to everyone disappointe
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  • Sephiroth Added to Mobius Final Fantasy in Special Final Fantasy VII Event

    Sephiroth Added to Mobius Final Fantasy in Special Final Fantasy VII Event

    Thanks to a special Final Fantasy VII collaboration event for Mobius Final Fantasy, players can now play as Sephiroth. Yep, the silver haired villain can be yours in a couple of different heroes.

    The image above has Sephiroth doing his best "I can be your angle....or yuor devil" impersonation. In reality, or in fantasy, the left one is him as the "Ultimate Hero" and the right one is him as the "Hero of Despair."
    Fans can also summon and transform into the newest Ultimate
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  • Nintendo Announces New Animated Mario Movie

    Nintendo Announces New Animated Mario Movie

    Nintendo also announced tonight that there will be a new animated Mario film. The company says that they are teaming up with animation studio Illumination to bring the famous plumber/doctor/racecar driver/Olympic athlete/tennis star/pro golfer/basketball star/baseball star/painter to life on the big screen.

    Nintendo says that the film will be co-produced by Shigeru Miyamoto and Chris Meledandri. Meledandri is the producer for such films as Despicable Me, Minions, Sister Act 2: Back...
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  • Nintendo Switch Online Launching September 2018

    Nintendo Switch Online Launching September 2018

    Nintendo made the briefest of announcements this evening concerning their online plans for the Switch.

    In a short Tweet, the company said that Nintendo Switch Online will launch in September 2018. That's it. There are absolutely no additional details provided. This would almost be non-news if it wasn't for the fact that Switch owners have been waiting for this for a while now....
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  • Battlefield 1 Turning Tides North Sea Update

    Battlefield 1 Turning Tides North Sea Update

    The second half of the Turning Tides expansion for Battlefield 1 was released today. The "North Sea" content is available to download for those that own the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass.

    Premium Pass owners can expect to play this fresh and potentially dope content.
    Heligoland Bight (Map) The Great War at sea. Engage in an epic naval clash as the British Empire Royal Marines and German Navy pit dreadnoughts, destroyers, and aircraft against each other while infantry troop
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  • GDC Revokes Pioneer Award from Nolan Bushnell Following Public Outcry

    GDC Revokes Pioneer Award from Nolan Bushnell Following Public Outcry

    Every year, the Game Developers Choice Awards recognizes people that have had a significant influence in the industry for one reason or another. The recognition comes in the form of the Pioneer Award and is given to those that have "developed a breakthrough technology, game concept, or gameplay design at a crucial juncture in video game history." This year, the award was to be given to Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell. However, once this news broke, GDC was flooded with concerns and a fair bit of...
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  • Sony Announces Monthly Players' Choice Awards Voting

    Sony Announces Monthly Players' Choice Awards Voting

    Sony just kicked off a new idea that should be a monthly event over at the PlayStation Blog. They just started a "Players' Choice Awards" vote where they are having the community vote on the best PlayStation games released each month. The voting began for January 2018 and looks to run for exactly one week after the polls open. IE: Since the voting opened today, January 31, the voting will end on February 7. The games listed on the polls in the first place were picked based on selectio...
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  • Bayonetta 1 and 2 for Switch - Overview Trailer and Screenshots

    Bayonetta 1 and 2 for Switch - Overview Trailer and Screenshots

    A new overview trailer and screenshots are out this week for Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 for the Switch. The overview trailer is in Japanese, but the gameplay is the universal language of fun.

    Bayonetta 2 will be out on February 16, 2018 for the Nintendo Switch. It will include a download voucher for the first Bayonetta.
    Wield wild weapons and execute deadly moves—like the powerful Umbran Climax—to take out angels and demons in this breathtaking action game. You
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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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