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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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  • GTA Online - New Rockstar Created Stunt Races Plus Double RP and GTA$ on All Stunt Races

    From now until March 13, Rockstar has made it so that you earn double RP and double GTA$ on all Rockstar created and Rockstar verified stunt races. In addition to this, they created new Stunt races, they are offering discounts on a number of vehicles, giving you a free Stunt Suit, and more. Read on for the details!...
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  • Dying: Reborn is Now Available on PS4 and PlayStation VR

    Dying: Reborn is Now Available on PS4 and PlayStation VR

    Can you escape in this horror filled room? That is your task in Dying: Reborn for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation VR. The game includes six chapters on the PS4 and three "shorter but even more intense" chapters for PlayStation VR. A PlayStation Vita version is coming later. This release will also include the base six chapters.
    DYING: Reborn is a dark, horror-themed puzzle game that creates a unique first-person room escape experience. Players will play as Mathew, a distraught young
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  • Report: Mass Effect Andromeda to Feature "Full Nudity" and "Softcore Space Porn"

    According to BioWare General Manager Aaryn Flynn on Twitter, Mass Effect Andromeda will include "full nudity" and "softcore space porn."...
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  • Bulletstorm - New Story Trailer and Duke Nukem Gameplay

    Bulletstorm - New Story Trailer and Duke Nukem Gameplay

    Gearbox and People Can Fly put together a new trailer today for the upcoming release of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. This new trailer shows off some updated gameplay alongside new footage of Duke Nukem.
    Updated with hi-res textures, increased polygon counts, sterling audio, smoother framerates, and running in up to 4K resolution on PC and PS4 Pro, this upgraded version of the critically-acclaimed shooter comes with all of the previously-released DLC along with brand-new content.
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  • Injustice 2 - Swamp Thing Gameplay

    Injustice 2 - Swamp Thing Gameplay

    If you want to learn what sort of skills Swamp Thing brings to Injustice 2, then you should watch this new gameplay video! Injustice 2 is coming May 16 for the PS4 and XB1....
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  • Peter Moore Leaving EA to Become CEO of Liverpool FC

    Peter Moore Leaving EA to Become CEO of Liverpool FC

    EA's Peter Moore is saying farewell to the gaming industry in a rather unusual way. Liverpool Football Club (Liverpool FC) announced today that Moore will take on the role of CEO for the organization starting this Summer. That's right, the big boss at EA Sports will be going from being "in the game" to actually being in the game.
    The 61-year-old is currently chief competition officer at Electronic Arts, based in the United States, and will move to Liverpool to join the club in the
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  • Twitch Taking on Steam - Plans to Sell Games Starting in Spring

    Twitch Taking on Steam - Plans to Sell Games Starting in Spring

    Starting this Spring, Twitch will open up a new storefront that will sell games directly to streamers. In short, if you are a Twitch Partner you will soon be able to opt-in to this program that will add a "purchase" button below your stream. If you're playing a game that is available on the store, people can buy the game and you will get a 5% share of the revenue. In addition, consumers also get a "special digital Twitch Crate filled with surprises." These surprises seem to include game spec...
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  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War Announced

    Middle-earth: Shadow of War Announced

    Talk about a surprise to end all surprises: WBIE announced the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor today. Shocking, isn't it? Totally shocking. The game is called Middle-earth: Shadow of War and is being developed by Monolith Productions. As expected, the sequel sees Talion and Celebrimbor returning as they "go behind enemy lines to turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron."
    In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of
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  • Rumor: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Sequel Leaked by Target

    Rumor: Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Sequel Leaked by Target

    Earlier today, the Target website may have accidentally leaked the next Middle-earth title from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The first game, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor was largely enjoyed by many critics and consumers alike, so it makes sense that a sequel was coming.

    The search results on the Target site (since removed) showed off Middle-earth: Shadow of War. This included two different box arts, one for the base game and one for a "Gold Edition" of the game....
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  • Mass Effect Andromeda PC System Requirements

    Mass Effect Andromeda PC System Requirements

    The PC system requirements for Mass Effect Andromeda were revealed this weekend by EA and BioWare. See if you have what it takes to take on the numerous foes in a galaxy moderately far away.
    MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
    OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
    PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3570 or AMD FX-6350
    MEMORY: 8 GB RAM
    VIDEO CARD: NVIDIA GTX 660 2GB, AMD Radeon 7850 2GB
    HARD DRIVE: At least 55 GB of free space
    DIRECTX: DirectX 11
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  • Rumor: Shenmue HD Remasters Coming in 2017

    Rumor: Shenmue HD Remasters Coming in 2017

    A new rumor surfaced this week saying that there will be HD remasters coming for both Shenmue and Shenmue 2. This is according to a "trusted source close to Atlus USA."

    This rumor is essentially an update to an earlier rumor that began last year when Sega hinted that a Shenmue HD remaster was potentially coming. Sega even went so far as to register the ShenmueHD.com domain. It's probably a safe bet that if this rumor pans out, we will see the games released prior to th...
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  • ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Sale of Oculus Rift

    ZeniMax Asks Court to Halt Sale of Oculus Rift

    ZeniMax is moving forward on its promise to file an injunction against Oculus. The company is not happy with the paltry $500 million it was awarded and wants to go for the jugular. This is what the statement from ZeniMax's lawyers said.
    "The jury’s damage award here, however substantial, is an insufficient incentive for Defendants to cease infringing. Just minutes after the jury revealed its verdict, Facebook’s COO, Sheryl Sandberg, publicly stated that the jury’s verdict of a half
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  • PSA: Razer Sponsorship Scam

    PSA: Razer Sponsorship Scam

    If you received an email from Razer recently that talks about a new sponsorship opportunity, you may want to check out the URL before you go clicking. Razer informs us that a number of spam messages have been sent out in their name that promises free sponsorship. In reality, the emails contain links to malware.
    WHAT: Razer's global brand and gamers' love of esports is being targeted by scammers. A fake email offering a free streamer sponsorship from Razer hit the Internet last week. This
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  • Valve Announces New Spacial Audio Technology - Steam Audio; Beta SDK Now Available

    Valve announced Steam Audio today. While this was mainly designed for VR applications, Steam Audio can have a number of uses in non-VR games and non-gaming applications.

    You can check out the Steam Audio SDK right now as a free beta.
    Steam Audio is the product of many years of academic and industry research and development, and is designed to enhance all interactive products, specifically VR applications. It is the next generation of the Phonon spatial audio tools previously
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  • Early Switch Reviewers Report Issues with Joy-Con Desyncing

    Early Switch Reviewers Report Issues with Joy-Con Desyncing

    A number of outlets that are previewing the Nintendo Switch have made comments indicating that they are encountering a lot of issues with one or both of their Joy-Cons becoming desynced from the console.

    These reports come from Polygon, Digital Chumps, What's Up Games...
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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%
    4
    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
    0
    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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