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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Gameplay Footage and Epic Exclusive Details

    Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey Gameplay Footage and Epic Exclusive Details

    Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick says exclusives "will be rare."

    Another Take-Two title is confirmed to be a timed exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Previously, the Take-Two Private Division label published title, The Outer Worlds, is a one year timed exclusive to the Epic Games Store. Yes, it's also out on the same day to the Microsoft Store because Obsidian is now owned by MS and there are many business issues at work. After that point, it will be sold on Steam and other digital storefronts.

    Another Take-Two published title that goes...
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  • The Most Prestigious Esports Events In The World

    The Most Prestigious Esports Events In The World


    The competitive gaming scene continues to soar in popularity and the biggest events have attracted millions of fans from across the globe. Esports have already begun to rival traditional sporting tournaments, and the juggernaut shows no signs of slowing down as prize pools become increasingly lucrative. Leading companies like MasterCard, Intel and Red Bull sponsor tournaments and leading gamers have become multimillionaires with massive social media followings as a result of their exploits. Here are the five most prestigious esports events to look out for over...
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  • First Raid Added to The Division 2

    First Raid Added to The Division 2

    Get ready for "Operation Dark Hours."

    Today, Ubisoft released the "Operation Dark Hours" update for Tom Clancy's The Division 2. This update will also include the first 8-player raid for the game, which just happens to be given the same name as the name of the update. Must just be one big coincidence.

    The raid itself doesn't unlock until May 16 at 12PM (ET). The update itself is live now.

    Today's update for the game also includes the new "Classified Assignments" feature. These are exclusive missions...
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  • New Splinter Cell Game Confirmed by Ubisoft Creative Director (Update: Only a 'joke')

    That sure is one way to announce a game, I suppose.

    Update: Ubisoft issued a statement after this apparent earlier "confirmation" by Gerighty.



    Ah, so it was a "joke." Ha...

    ... ha?

    If you still somehow doubt it, Jason Schreier also confirmed that it was just a joke.

    Original: Julian Gerighty is a Creative Director at Ubisoft that has helped to create and bring games like The Division 2 and the Splinter Cell games to the world. He also just, uh, kind of announced that they're...
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  • Super Mario Maker 2 Direct Announced for May 15

    Super Mario Maker 2 Direct Announced for May 15

    Get ready for new info on Super Mario Maker 2.

    Nintendo announced that they will hold a new "Direct" stream tomorrow, May 15 at 3PM (PT).

    Given that this is specifically being called a "Super Mario Maker 2 Direct" I would assume this will focus only on Super Mario Maker 2. I may or may not be Nostradamus. Watch it on YouTube or via the embed below. ...
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  • World of Warcraft Classic Release Date Set for August 27

    World of Warcraft Classic Release Date Set for August 27

    Time to bust out those rose tinted glasses.

    Blizzard officially announced today that World of Warcraft Classic will be released this year. The re-release of the classic game is based off of the 1.12.0 version of the game that originally came out in late 2006. Though the release of Classic will include some "modern conveniences," it will largely still be the old WoW that you know and remember loving.

    The release date is set for August 27, but some players will get to partake of the old-timey action a bit earlier. Starting the week of...
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  • Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4 Episode 6 is Out Now

    Guild Wars 2 Living World Season 4 Episode 6 is Out Now

    Log in now to get it for free and keep it forever.

    The sixth episode of the fourth Living World season was released today for Guild Wars 2. As always, all you need to do is log in to Guild Wars 2 while this episode is live and it's yours to keep forever at no extra cost. If you don't log in before the next content is released, whenever that is, you won't get this for free. It's pretty simple.

    This latest episode is called "War Eternal" and it finds players chasing down the Elder Dragon Kralkatorrik. There is a new map and an upgradable,...
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  • 'Epic Store Exclusive' Show Lineup Announced for June 10

    'Epic Store Exclusive' Show Lineup Announced for June 10

    May actually be called "The PC Gaming Show," but it's debatable.

    The PC Gaming Show 2019 lineup has been announced. You'll be able to watch it live on Twitch at the PC Gamer channel.

    The event, which takes place at 10AM (PT) on June 10, 2019 is sponsored by the Epic Games Store.

    As the sponsor of the show, Epic will "reveal brand new material for several games." Oh, that sounds nice! That also includes "some exclusives, coming to the Epic Games Store." Oh, for f...
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  • A Plague Tale: Innocence Launch Trailer

    A Plague Tale: Innocence Launch Trailer

    Aw rats!

    A Plague Tale: Innocence is ready to be released on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Actually, from the looks of it, the game is already out in most regions. I believe it unlocked starting around 6PM (ET), the same time the review embargo lifted for the game. Speaking of which, you should go read our review for A Plague Tale: Innocence.

    As with all game releases, a launch trailer is now available that shows off a bit of what players can expect as they travel with Amicia and Hugo De Rune through war-torn, medieval France. Oh, and...
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  • Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Launch Trailer

    Sniper Elite V2 Remastered Launch Trailer

    Change history all over again.

    The release of Sniper Elite V2 Remastered is rapidly approaching. In fact, we're well under a day away from its May 14th release on the PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Seems like a good time for a launch trailer, yeah?

    Those who don't yet own any version of Sniper Elite V2 can pick this new version up tomorrow for $34.99 (USD). If you own the original on Steam or GOG, you can upgrade to the Remastered version for just $9.99 if you so desire. ...
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  • Review: A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC)

    Review: A Plague Tale: Innocence (PC)

    Incredible from start to finish.

    Every once in a while there comes a new game release that defies all expectations. A Plague Tale: Innocence is one such game. Thanks to a delicate balance of satisfying gameplay and an engaging story, A Plague Tale will sink its hooks into you right from its opening chapters. Though there are a couple of small missteps along the way, the journey you share with siblings Amicia and Hugo is one you really don't want to miss.

    There are many more review "buzz words" I could use to describe A Plague Tale,...
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