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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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  • The Legalization Domino Effect: Analyzing the Ripple Effect of Key States on the Sports Betting and Gaming Industry

    In recent years, the landscape of sports betting and gaming in the United States has undergone a seismic shift, thanks to a wave of legalizations that has been gaining momentum. As key states make strides in regulating these activities, a domino effect is rippling across the nation, reshaping the industry and influencing the future of sports betting and gaming in America. As the legalization domino effect reshapes the sports betting and gaming landscape in the United States, a growing number of s...
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  • Metro Awakening Announced for PlayStation VR2 and PC VR

    Metro Awakening Announced for PlayStation VR2 and PC VR

    Will be a full game but separate from mainline games.

    Metro Awakening is a new PlayStation VR2 and PC VR title that was first revealed during the PlayStation State of Play this past week. While this will be a full game, series creator 4A Games notes that this will not be the next "mainline" Metro title. You can think of this one as more of a spinoff that is also available only in VR.

    Though announced during State of Play for PlayStation VR2, Metro Awakening...
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  • Godzilla DLC Coming to Dave the Diver in May

    Godzilla DLC Coming to Dave the Diver in May

    A PS5 release is slated for April.

    Mintrocket Games announced that their fishing-focused adventure game, Dave the Diver, will be showing a certain Kaiju some monster love in May. Free Godzilla DLC will be released in May for all platforms where Dave the Diver is available.

    Come April, those platforms where Dave the Diver will be available will include the PlayStation 5. A specific date in April was not yet revealed but we do know that Dave the Diver on PlayStation 5...
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  • Until Dawn Coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in 2024

    Until Dawn Coming to PlayStation 5 and PC in 2024

    Will be enhanced for modern platforms.

    During last night's State of Play event, a PlayStation 5 version of Until Dawn was announced. This release is expected to come out at some point in 2024 along with a PC release of the game. This is very much in the "remaster" category of games here as it will feature graphical touchups and performance improvements from Ballistic Moon.

    Until Dawn first released on the PlayStation 4 in 2015. It's a horror/thriller where...
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  • PT Inspired Silent Hill: The Short Message Released for Free

    PT Inspired Silent Hill: The Short Message Released for Free

    The first new Silent Hill game in over a decade.

    Konami just released their first Silent Hill game since 2012's Silent Hill: Book of Memories. The catch here is that it's a very short game, but at least it's free. It's also only available on PlayStation 5. It's also very reminiscent of a certain teaser called P.T. that came out in 2014 and went absolutely nowhere once Konami fired Hideo Kojima and got out of the video game business for a while.

    If Silent Hill: The Short...
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  • New Death Stranding 2 Trailer is as Bizarre as You Can Possibly Get

    New Death Stranding 2 Trailer is as Bizarre as You Can Possibly Get

    Yep, that's a game from Hideo Kojima alright.

    Despite having two other titles in development, including a new one for Sony, Kojima Productions is still working hard on Death Stranding 2. Today at Sony's latest State of Play showcase, we got a good, long look at Death Stranding 2 and wow is it ever the very definition of bizarre. Then again, would you really want to have it any other way from Hideo Kojima?

    Before getting to the new trailer, it should be known that Death...
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  • Kojima is Making a New Espionage Action Game for Sony

    Kojima is Making a New Espionage Action Game for Sony

    This will be a new IP.

    Hideo Kojima announced that he is working on a new action espionage game in a partnership with Sony. Details are extremely scarce on this announcement but it was made at the tail end of today's State of Play.

    All we know right now is that Kojima and his studio, Kojima Productions, will be working on this title after the release of Death Stranding 2. Presumably, this game may not enter into full production until after both Death Stranding 2 and...
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  • Latest Dragon's Dogma 2 Footage Showcases Warfarer Vocation

    Latest Dragon's Dogma 2 Footage Showcases Warfarer Vocation

    New gameplay from the latest State of Play.

    A new gameplay trailer for Dragon's Dogma 2 shares a look at the Warfarer Vocation, a special class type that only the Arisen can spec into.

    This new trailer also shows off some of the new threats you and your loyal Pawns will be going up against. We also get a look at Vocation Maisters (Capcom's spelling, not mine), those who grant the Arisen access to skills "of the highest order." We also get a look at some Dragon's...
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  • First Look at Judas Since 2022 Reveal

    First Look at Judas Since 2022 Reveal

    They hated her for telling the truth.

    Ken Levine and the team over at Ghost Story Games just shared an entirely new look at Judas, their upcoming narrative first-person shooter. At this evening's latest State of Play, we were treated to the first new gameplay since the title was announced in late 2022.

    Today's new footage was from gameplay captured on a PlayStation 5. It askes "Who is Judas" and offers a look at the game's setting on a spaceship turned stellar...
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  • Palworld Reaches 19 Million Players

    Palworld Reaches 19 Million Players

    12 million from Steam alone.

    Palworld's success has continued onward at a seemingly steady rate despite the team at Pocketpair slowing their daily sales milestone updates. The latest from Pocketpair says that Palworld's player count has surpassed 19 million people since its release less than two weeks back.

    Up until this news, Pocketpair shared sales milestones of copies sold, not just player counts. Today, the studio switched it up a bit while also providing some additional...
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  • Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Released

    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Released

    The server issues seem to be largely resolved.

    Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League is officially out globally. Despite some issues with the initial rollout, it seems as though the servers are now stable and people are able to play without too many issues. This is technically listed as an "early access" release but the game is out now. It's available for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

    This is the latest game from Rocksteady Studios, the team that...
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  • Destiny 2 is Getting Some Mass Effect Cosmetic Gear

    Destiny 2 is Getting Some Mass Effect Cosmetic Gear

    Shepard. Guardian. Shepard. Guardian... Shepard...

    On February 13, 2024, a collaboration between EA, BioWare, and Bungie will see some Mass Effect themed cosmetics arrive in Destiny 2. The Normandy Crew Bundle will be available to Destiny 2 players that want to spend real money via the in-game Eververse store.

    These themed items include a Commander Shepard themed N7 armor set for Titans, a Garrus-inspired Vakarian set for Hunters, and a Liara-inspired Shadow Broker set...
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  • Death Stranding Just Made Its Apple Debut

    Death Stranding Just Made Its Apple Debut

    Newer Apple devices can now play Hideo Kojima's latest.

    Apple users with an iPhone 15 Pro, certain iPad models, and certain Mac devices can now purchase and play Death Stranding Director's Cut. From now through Tuesday, February 20 you will be able to save 50% off of the typical price of Death Stranding. The normal price is $39.99 on the App Store, so that 50% off will get you Death Stranding for just about $20.

    Those with an iPhone 15 Pro model with the A17 Pro chip...
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  • Stardew Valley 1.6 Update Grew Too Large in Scope, Will Hit PC Before Consoles

    Fans have been eagerly awaiting this new update.

    Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone, otherwise known as ConcernedApe, says that the 1.6 update for Stardew Valley is still coming. He notes that it's taking him longer than anticipated to finalized the update because it ended up "being a little larger in scope" than what was initially planned.

    In a post made to social media, Barone says that while he is done adding in new content for the update, it's now on to...
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  • Blizzard Now Led by Former Call of Duty Executive Johanna Faries

    Blizzard Now Led by Former Call of Duty Executive Johanna Faries

    Faries will replace Mike Ybarra.

    On the same day Microsoft laid off 1,900 employees from their game studios, it was announced that several leaders within Blizzard were leaving. One of those leaders included Mike Ybarra, the now former president of Blizzard. Today, a new president was announced for Blizzard Entertainment and that is former Call of Duty and NFL executive Johanna Faries.

    Faries is now the first new president of Blizzard since Microsoft finalized its $69...
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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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