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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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  • Rain World is Available for Pre-order on PlayStation 4

    Rain World is Available for Pre-order on PlayStation 4

    You are now able to pre-order Rain World on the PlayStation 4 today for $19.99 (USD). Those with an active PlayStation Plus subscription get a nice 20% discount off of the cost.
    Torrential rains are approaching and you, lonely little Slugcat, must scour the industrial wasteland for nourishment and shelter from the downpour. But be wary, you’re not the only creature trying to survive the storm. Climb through the ruins of an ancient civilization, evade the jaws of vicious predators,
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  • New Dragon Quest XI Screenshots from PlayStation 4 and 3DS

    New Dragon Quest XI Screenshots from PlayStation 4 and 3DS

    Enjoy these new screenshots for Dragon Quest XI from both the PlayStation 4 and the Nintendo 3DS versions of the game. The game is expected to come out later this year.

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  • Rocket League Free 'Dropshot' Mode Announced

    Rocket League Free 'Dropshot' Mode Announced

    Psyonix announced another free update today for Rocket League. This update adds in a new mode, called Dropshot, and will be out for all platforms on March 22.
    Dropshot takes place in a new hexagonal arena known as 'Core 707.' Regular goalposts are nowhere to be found in the new stadium, so players must create their own dynamic scoring areas by using an electrified ball to break and eventually open the floor on their opponent's side. Once a goal has been scored, that side of the arena
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  • Resident Evil Revelations Coming to PS4 and XB1 this Fall

    Resident Evil Revelations Coming to PS4 and XB1 this Fall

    Capcom announced today that Resident Evil Revelations is coming out on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this Fall. The release will have both a physical and a digital release in North America and Europe....
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  • Play Mass Effect: Andromeda as Early as March 16

    Play Mass Effect: Andromeda as Early as March 16

    Thanks to EA Access and Origin Access, you will be able to play Mass Effect: Andromeda as early as March 16 on either the PC or Xbox One. This early access grants you 10 hours of gameplay ahead of the official launch on March 21. You can play a small portion of the game's single player and all aspects of the game's multiplayer.
    You’ll have a chance to begin your journey even earlier on March 16, when both EA Access and Origin Access members can play up to 10 hours of Mass Effect:
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Science Series Part 1 - The Pathfinder

    Mass Effect: Andromeda Science Series Part 1 - The Pathfinder

    BioWare and EA released the first part to their new "Science Series" for Mass Effect: Andromeda earlier today. The first video focuses on "The Pathfinder."
    In Mass Effect Andromeda, you become the Pathfinder – mankind’s greatest adventurer. Your mission is to find a new home for humanity in the unexplored reaches of the Helius Cluster. Even though they don’t travel to distant galaxies yet, astronauts are already true space explorers.
    In case you need reminded, ...
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  • Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus PAX Trailer

    Final Fantasy XV Episode Gladiolus PAX Trailer

    At PAX East 2017 Square Enix showed off the first trailer for their Episode Gladiolus DLC that is coming soon to Final Fantasy XV. This DLC adds in new story content plus, you know, you play as Gladiolus and not Noctis, so that's already a fairly significant change....
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  • PlayStation 4 Games Coming to PlayStation Now in 2017

    PlayStation 4 Games Coming to PlayStation Now in 2017

    Up until now, PlayStation Now has only had a selection of PlayStation 3 games that you could play via this streaming service. In 2017, Sony says that they will add a selection of PlayStation 4 titles to the service. The company did not yet share just which games will be added first but they did say that a private test will begin within the next few weeks. Those with active PlayStation Now subscriptions will have a chance to be invited via their email. For those unfamiliar, PS Now allo...
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  • QuakeCon 2017 Pre-Registration Opens March 30

    QuakeCon 2017 Pre-Registration Opens March 30

    The first round of online pre-registration for QuakeCon 2017 begins on March 30. As usual, there are a number of premium BYOC packages that you can purchase through the event's pre-registration site.

    There are three stages expected for BYOC packages. An overview of what to expect for each pre-registration period can be found below.
    Thursday, March 30th at 7pm CT/8pm ET Round 1 | BYOC Select-a-Seat with UAC Executive VIP Experience $400 (Limit of 32 packages available)
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  • Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Collector's Edition Announced

    Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Collector's Edition Announced

    Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age will have a Collector's Edition in addition to the Limited Edition and Digital Edition on July 11 for the PlayStation 4. The Collector's Edition is sold exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store for $199.99 (USD). It includes the following items.
    • Exclusive “Judge Magisters” Mini Bust Set o Featuring busts of Judges Bergan, Drace, Gabranth, Ghis, and Zargabaath • Selection of soundtrack music from famed composer Hitoshi Sak
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  • Steam No Longer Counts Review Scores from People Who Didn't Pay

    Steam No Longer Counts Review Scores from People Who Didn't Pay

    Have you received a game for free on Steam? Did you then review that game? If so, your review score no longer counts towards the game's overall score on Steam. Valve pushed out this rather substantial change to the Steam Customer Review system yesterday as a follow-up to changes they made back in September.
    With the changes we are making now, the review score (shown at the top of store pages and in various places throughout the store such as search results) will no longer include
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  • Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

    Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

    The March 21 release for Mass Effect: Andromeda is just within our reach now, so what better time than now to have an official launch trailer?
    You are on a mission to find a new home for humanity. Explore dangerous worlds, keep your crew alive, and unravel the mysteries of Andromeda. The journey begins now. How far will you go?

    You can pre-order the game in a variety of editions for the PC, PS4, and XB1.

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  • Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy "Hang Eight" Gameplay Trailer

    Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy "Hang Eight" Gameplay Trailer

    A new video for Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is out today. This particular video takes us straight into the "Hang Eight" level from Crash Bandicoot 2.
    Your favorite marsupial, Crash Bandicoot™, returns on June 30th, 2017! He’s enhanced, entranced & ready-to-dance with the N. Sane Trilogy game collection. Experience Hang Eight, the first water level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. This overgrown river not only highlights Crash’s new on foot moves (the slide and
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  • Better Performance and Visuals Come to Heroes & Generals

    Better Performance and Visuals Come to Heroes & Generals

    Improvements made to the Heroes & Generals render engine mean that players will get better performance with some better visuals. Reto-Moto has worked hard to make sure their MMMOFPS runs even better to the tune of a 20% average framerate boost.
    “Our community has been very active and helpful in testing the new render on our prototype servers. We have seen a 20 percent framerate improvement on average, and 70 percent of the players that took part in latest test of the new render
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  • Now John Carmack is Suing Zenimax for $22 Million

    Now John Carmack is Suing Zenimax for $22 Million

    The legal battle between Zenimax and Oculus is just the gift that keeps on giving. Now, John Carmack is suing Zenimax for $22 million.

    Carmack says that the amount, which is actually in excess of $22.5 million, is the remainder of what he was owed from Zenimax's acquisition of id Software back in 2009. He says that Zenimax didn't pay it because of "sour grapes" over the ongoing legal disputes between them and Oculus.
    (...)Mr. Carmack’s right to receive that money
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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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    Skull and Bones
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    03-12-2024, 11:07 AM
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