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Microsoft Acquires ZeniMax for $7.5 Billion

It's official.

Microsoft has confirmed that they are in the process of acquiring ZeniMax Media for a cool $7.5 billion (USD) in cash. ZeniMax is the parent company of studios like Bethesda, creator of The Elder Scrolls, as well as id Software, the developer behind DOOM.

This acquisition is reportedly the "biggest video game purchase ever" for Microsoft.

At present, Bethesda has two games that are slated to arrive in 2021. Those include Deathloop...
 

PlayStation 5 Starting at $400, Launches Starting November 12

$400 for digital-only, $500 for the full system.

The next-gen is now fully in gear. With Microsoft announcing the price and release date of their Xbox Series X, the only piece of the puzzle that remained was what Sony would do with the PlayStation 5. Today, the company announced that the Digital Edition will retail for $399.99 (USD) while the "regular" version with a disc drive will retail for $499.99.

Both consoles are expected to launch in select countries...
 

EA Kills Off Origin

Origin to be replaced by more generic naming convention.

First, EA ditched their EA Access and Origin Access branding in favor of EA Play. This happened almost exactly one month ago in August 2020. Now, EA is ready to ditch their Origin desktop client with something a little more generic.

EA is changing the name of their Origin client to "EA Desktop." EA is calling their new app a "next-generation PC gaming platform."

This renaming will...
 

Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

Next-gen begins on November 10.

Microsoft has kicked down the doors of the next-gen waiting room and come out swinging. Yesterday, they revealed that the Xbox Series S would be released on November 10 for a price of just $299 (USD). Today, Microsoft reveals that the more powerful Xbox Series X will also launch on November 10 for a very affordable $499 (USD).

Pre-orders for both consoles will begin on September 22.

In addition to this, Microsoft announces that...
 

Review: Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2

Feeling younger in my mind.

When you think of the heyday of Tony Hawk titles, you probably think back to the games prior to weird skateboard controllers and the abysmal Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5. You think back to a time in your childhood when you would turn on your old CRT television, power on the PlayStation, and digitally pull off some sick tricks while Goldfinger's Superman blasted in the background. The first couple of Tony Hawk games hold a special place in a lot of our hearts...
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  • Madden NFL 17 Franchise Details

    Madden NFL 17 Franchise Details

    EA Sports announced some fresh franchise news for Madden NFL 17 during EA Play today.
    Redwood City, CA- June 12, 2016
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  • EA Star Wars - A Look Ahead

    EA Star Wars - A Look Ahead

    EA showed off a bit of the future of Star Wars games, namely those from Jade Raymond and Amy Hennig during EA Play 2016.
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  • Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Trailer

    Titanfall 2 Multiplayer Trailer

    EA Play showed off some more for the Titanfall 2 multiplayer component.

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  • Mass Effect Andromeda Introduces the World to Female Protagonist in EA Play 2016 Reveal

    During EA Play, BioWare showed off a brief behind the scenes video for Mass Effect Andromeda. The video shows off what seems to be some actual gameplay footage running on Frostbite and ends with what seems to be a female protagonist.

    As someone that went through all three games as female Shepard, this is quite awesome. Unfortunately, they said that more will be revealed this Fall.

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  • Xbox One Slim Leaked - 40% Smaller, 2TB HDD, 4K Video, and New Controller

    Xbox One Slim Leaked - 40% Smaller, 2TB HDD, 4K Video, and New Controller

    Ahead of Microsoft's E3 2016 conference tomorrow, details about the Xbox One Slim model have leaked to the Internet. It is 40% smaller, includes a 2TB HDD, can play 4K video, and will come with a new controller.

    Microsoft looks to be calling it the Xbox One S for the model name. Pricing and availability have not yet been revealed/leaked....
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  • E3 2016: Watch EA Play LIVE

    E3 2016: Watch EA Play LIVE

    EA Play begins at 4PM (ET); 1PM (PT). You can watch it via Twitch or YouTube, both of which are embedded below.

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  • ReCore Box Art, Screenshots, and Release Date Leaked

    ReCore Box Art, Screenshots, and Release Date Leaked

    ReCore will be out on September 13 in North America. ReCore is an action-adventure title by Comcept and Armature Studio and published by Microsoft Studios for the Xbox One and PC.



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  • FIFA 17 - The Journey Trailer

    FIFA 17 - The Journey Trailer

    The Journey is a new narrative driven story mode coming in FIFA 17 (page not live at the time of this posting). Let's meet Alex Hunter.
    Powered by Frostbite, The Journey is a new mode in FIFA 17. Make your mark on and off the pitch as the Premier League's next rising star, Alex Hunter. Play at any Premier League club, for authentic managers, and alongside some of the best players on the planet.

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  • Batman - The Telltale Series First Screenshots

    Batman - The Telltale Series First Screenshots

    The first screenshots from Batman - The Telltale Series made their way online today.
    Leading developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, today unveiled the first look at Batman - The Telltale Series ahead of its worldwide debut this summer. The episodic game series will premiere digitally on home consoles, PC/Mac, and mobile devices, and will be shown to guests attending the annual E3 Gaming E
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  • Titanfall 2 Official Single Player Campaign Trailer

    Titanfall 2 Official Single Player Campaign Trailer

    EA and Respawn have released the official single player campaign trailer for Titanfall 2.
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  • Dead Rising 4 Screenshots Leak

    Dead Rising 4 Screenshots Leak

    Some Dead Rising 4 screenshots have leaked online today ahead of E3 2016. This also includes a webm which seems to indicate that a trailer will be shown off this week....
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