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Tim Sweeney Called Valve 'Assholes' in Email to Gabe Newell, Valve COO Says 'You Mad Bro?'

Tim Sweeney is always mad.

The antitrust lawsuit against Valve from Wolfire Games got a little spicy this week. To quickly get you up to speed: Wolfire claims that Valve uses its position with Steam to control game prices and muscle out competition. Though the initial lawsuit against Valve was dismissed, Wolfire amended their suit in May 2022 and the legal battle was back on.

It may have taken almost two years, but we are now starting to see some of the documents that...
 

900 People Laid Off Across Multiple PlayStation Studios

Multiple studios across all SIE regions impacted.

Sony just laid off about 900 people across multiple PlayStation studios around the world. These 900 or so laid off employees account for roughly 8% of the total workforce for Sony Interactive Entertainment.

President and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, Jim Ryan, announced the layoffs to the public today. The public statement came after an email was sent to all employees informing them of the layoffs. From Ryan's...
 

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...
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  • Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera Shutting Down in September

    Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera Shutting Down in September

    Everything you have done, earned, purchased, or unlocked will cease to be.

    On September 21, 2023, Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera will be taken offline for good. All gameplay, progress, purchased items, inventories, and online services will go away on that day. This has been announced by Activision Blizzard via a blog post that went up earlier today.

    Activision Blizzard says that they made this decision in order to "focus on future Call of Duty content including the...
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  • Microsoft Admits Xbox Lost the Console Wars

    Microsoft Admits Xbox Lost the Console Wars

    Xbox is well behind the competition from Sony and Nintendo.

    Microsoft has flat-out admitted that they have long lost the console wars. This remarkable but unsurprising admission came in its proposed findings of fact that Microsoft submitted on the first day of its court battle with the FTC. Special thanks to IGN for sharing this information.

    This week's court battle came after the FTC filed a preliminary injunction to halt Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision...
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  • Bungie Apologizes for Using Someone Else's Art in New Cutscene

    Bungie Apologizes for Using Someone Else's Art in New Cutscene

    Another oops from Bungie.

    A new and rather major story cutscene made its debut in Destiny 2 this week. It did not take long after the cutscene was made available that an artist noticed something quite familiar.

    Twitter user Julian Faylona said that it looked as though "Bungie took inspiration" from some Destiny 2 fan artwork they created almost three years ago. Many, stating the obvious, said that it was less that the cutscene art was "inspired" by...
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  • Final Fantasy 16 is Now Available

    Final Fantasy 16 is Now Available

    The largely acclaimed action-RPG is now available from Square Enix.

    PlayStation 5 owners have big reason to celebrate today because Final Fantasy 16 is now available. Unlike previous entries in the main series, Final Fantasy 16 is a true action-RPG through and through.

    Final Fantasy 16 combines dynamic real-time action combat with RPG mainstays you have come to know and love. Development lead Naoki Yoshida notes that the goal of Square Enix was to create a Final Fantasy...
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  • Microsoft Increasing Pricing on Xbox Series X and Game Pass

    Microsoft Increasing Pricing on Xbox Series X and Game Pass

    Pricing for the Series S and PC Game Pass to remain unchanged.

    Microsoft announced that they will soon increase the prices of both the Xbox Series X hardware and Game Pass subscriptions. This new report, courtesy of The Verge, says that the price increases will begin on August 1, 2023, for the hardware and as early as July 6, 2023, for Game Pass.

    A statement issued to The Verge from the head of communications at Xbox Kari Perez, confirmed the price increases. On August...
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  • Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 Out October 24

    Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 Out October 24

    New gameplay and platforms were revealed for this collection.

    We got ourselves another look at Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 today during the Nintendo Direct. Today's new trailer includes some new gameplay footage along with details about release platforms and release date.

    Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection Vol. 1 will be out on October 24, 2023, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam.

    This collection includes...
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  • New 2D Mario Announced - Super Mario Bros. Wonder

    New 2D Mario Announced - Super Mario Bros. Wonder

    Nintendo says this is the next evolution of the 2D Mario.

    Super Mario Bros. Wonder is a newly announced 2D side-scrolling Mario game. This new adventure was revealed earlier today during the latest Nintendo Direct event.

    The "Wonder" in this title refers to the new Wonder Flower. When you touch a Wonder Flower, the "wonders of the world unlock." This includes pipes that can come alive, hordes of enemies that may appear, or characters may look completely...
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  • Super Mario RPG Remake Announced

    Super Mario RPG Remake Announced

    Is this a remake of the classic SNES game? Yes. Yes, it is.

    The Nintendo Direct held earlier today included a couple of welcome surprises for the fans watching at home. Among those announcements was the reveal of a remake of Super Mario RPG. This beloved title has been given a major graphical overhaul and is slated to be released on the Nintendo Switch on November 17.

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars first came out in 1996 on the Super NES. As you can safely...
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  • Star Ocean The Second Story R Announced

    Star Ocean The Second Story R Announced

    The R probably stands for... remake?

    Square Enix announced a 2.5D remake of the RPG that debuted in Japan back in 1998. Star Ocean The Second Story R is the name of the new title. The old title was the same minus the "R" at the end. Star Ocean The Second Story R will be out on November 2, 2023 for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and for PC via Steam. Pre-orders are available now.

    Today's trailer reveal includes a look at the new art direction,...
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  • AEW: Fight Forever Reveals Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch Mode

    AEW: Fight Forever Reveals Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch Mode

    No virtual wrestlers will actually die.

    THQ Nordic and AEW just revealed a new game mode for the upcoming wrestling game AEW Fight Forever. That mode is none other than the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch mode. I never saw any such match before in my life but their description of it being "extremely punishing" sounds quite appropriate.

    I suppose there isn't too much more to say about the Exploding Barbed Wire Deathmatch mode. Everything you need to know about...
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  • Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Coming December

    Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince Coming December

    Recruit and command various monsters to fight for you.

    Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince is coming to the Nintendo Switch on December 1, 2023. This upcoming game will let players recruit and command various types of monsters to accompany them on a grand new adventure.

    In Dragon Quest Monsters: The Dark Prince, players will become familiar with Psaro, a demon prince that has been stricken with a curse that prevents him from harming monsters. I'm not sure how this qualifies...
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  • EA Sports and EA Games to Split in Major Reorganization

    EA Sports and EA Games to Split in Major Reorganization

    EA Games is being renamed EA Entertainment as part of a big internal shakeup.

    A major reorganization is underway at Electronic Arts. A message from CEO Andrew Wilson highlights a massive reorganization at EA that he says will "empower our creative teams."

    This reorganization at Electronic Arts begins with the splitting of EA Games and EA Sports. EA Games will henceforth be named EA Entertainment. This seems like a clear indication that EA plans to expand beyond...
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  • Ubisoft Back on their Exclusive Storefront BS Again

    Ubisoft Back on their Exclusive Storefront BS Again

    Several upcoming titles are not headed to Steam.

    Remember how in November 2022, Ubisoft made this big return to Steam? Since the initial release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla on Valve's platform, Ubisoft released several other newer titles. It looked like Ubisoft was playing a bit of catchup with releases on Steam after several of these titles enjoyed long exclusivity periods on the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft's own storefront, Ubisoft Connect.

    With this trickle of Ubisoft...
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  • StormBreaker Mouse Released by Pwnage

    StormBreaker Mouse Released by Pwnage

    A new ultra-lightweight gaming mouse just hit the market.

    A new ultralight mouse from gaming peripheral manufacturer Pwnage has just hit the market. The company just released StormBreaker, a gaming mouse that is built using a magnesium alloy and several speed holes weight-reducing cutouts.

    Starting at $169 (USD), the StreamBreaker boasts a total weight of just 51g. This seems to be a reduction of 2 grams compared to when the mouse was first announced back in March. Will...
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  • Aliens: Dark Descent Released

    Aliens: Dark Descent Released

    A new tactical strategy game set in the Aliens universe.

    Aliens: Dark Descent is now available for PC, PlayStation, and Xbox. This is a new squad-based tactical action title in the same vein as the XCOM franchise. The big difference here is that instead of XCOM aliens, you are fighting aliens from Aliens, otherwise known as Xenomorphs.

    Today's release on PC can be yours through either Steam or the Epic Games Store at a price starting at $39.99 (USD).

    Aliens:...
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  • Poll: What is 2024's Biggest Gaming Disappointment So Far?
    by Shawn Zipay
    It's AAAA vs WB.

    March isn't even over yet and we've already seen a couple of stinkers come out from major gaming studios. While we tend to focus on the surprise hits or quality titles in these polls, this time it's a little bit different.

    Between the Rocksteady developed live-service Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League and the "AAAA" quality Ubisoft developed Skull and Bones: Which is the bigger disappointment for you?

    Playing these games isn't...
    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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