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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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  • Scavengers Now Coming to Xbox and PlayStation; PC Technical Playtest Coming in September

    Featuring a new look at Scavengers gameplay in a new trailer.

    There is a new gameplay trailer out today for the free-to-play strategy-shooter, Scavengers. This new gameplay trailer is out courtesy of Midwinter Entertainment. Not only is there a new trailer, but we have information for you about an upcoming Technical Playtest weekend and how you can join. There is also word about the game coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    For the technical test, you can sign up...
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  • Conan exiles Gets First Major Expansion Next Week

    Conan exiles Gets First Major Expansion Next Week

    Isle of Siptah is the first major expansion.

    Next week on September 15, Conan Exiles will get its first major expansion, Isle of Siptah. It will bring with its release a new map, new dungeons, new monsters, and a fresh start for players. The catch here is that this expansion is releasing into Early Access upon its "release" next week.

    Conan Exiles; Isle of Siptah is said to offer "an even playing field for new and old players alike." What does this...
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  • AMD Announces Zen 3 and RDNA 2 Reveal Dates

    AMD Announces Zen 3 and RDNA 2 Reveal Dates

    AMD is cooking up new technologies.

    Those of us who have been thinking about upgrading their gaming rigs have probably been waiting for this. AMD is finally about to reveal their next batch of CPUs and GPUs to the world. The first reveal is coming on October 8, 2020 when AMD will unveil their Zen 3 CPUs. These are otherwise known as the Ryzen 4xxx series.

    Next up on October 28, 2020 will be the reveal of RDNA 2, which is their next evolution of their video card lineup....
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  • Assassin's Creed Valhalla Release Date Moved to November 10

    Assassin's Creed Valhalla Release Date Moved to November 10

    Date moved to coincide with launch of next-gen Xbox.

    It looks as though the first game to adjust their release to coincide with the launch of the Xbox Series X/S has been revealed. Ubisoft announced a short time ago today that they are moving up the release of Assassin's Creed Valhalla to November 10.

    That date just happens to be the same date that Microsoft revealed to be the launch of the Xbox Series X and Series S. Imagine that.

    Now, they say that it will...
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  • Xbox Series X Officially Launches on November 10 for $499

    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...
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  • Apple is Counter-Suing Epic Games

    Apple is Counter-Suing Epic Games

    Get your popcorn ready.

    On Tuesday, Apple filed a countersuit against Epic Games, accusing them of financial damages due to the bypassing of the 30% commissions that Apple takes from app developers. According to the court filing (PDF) Apple is accusing Epic of engaging in "self-help and subterfuge." They go on to say that "Epic sent a Trojan horse to the App Store," that being an update to Fortnite that allowed Epic "to bypass Apple's app review process and...
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  • Xbox Series S Officially Announced - $299 and Coming November 10

    Xbox Series S Officially Announced - $299 and Coming November 10

    Hot off of the rumors comes the official reveal.

    Late in the day on Monday, Brad Sams leaked the Xbox Series S, aka: Lockhart. It did not take long for Microsoft to confirm the leak. The Xbox Series S is real and it's looking to be released on November 10 at at price of just $299.

    Though Microsoft only confirmed the existence of the Xbox Series S, details were scarce. Well, that is until other leakers then leaked the full reveal video ahead of Microsoft. Microsoft then...
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  • Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a Breath of the Wild Prequel

    Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity is a Breath of the Wild Prequel

    Set 100 years before the events of Breath of the Wild.

    Nintendo just announced Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, a hack-and-slash action-RPG that is set a long 100 years before the events of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

    This game is being developed by Koei Tecmo's Omega Force team. Age of Calimity will tell the story of the calamity that is referenced multiple times throughout Breath of the Wild. Much like Dynasty Warriors, you can expect to take on hundreds...
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  • RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition Coming to PC and Switch

    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition Coming to PC and Switch

    Look for it to arrive on Spetember 24.

    RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition is headed to both PC and the Nintendo Switch on September 24. This is all the news we have right now as the announcement came from a tweet. You can find that below. Thanks for reading this largely useless news post! ...
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  • Lords of the Fallen 2 in Development at Newly Formed Hexworks Studio

    Lords of the Fallen 2 in Development at Newly Formed Hexworks Studio

    Lords of the Fallen 2 to be debut title.

    CI Games announces the opening of Hexworks, a new game development studio that is based in Barcelona and Bucharest. The Barcelona crew opened in March with the team in Bucharest following just a few weeks later. Together, these teams are already working hard on their debut title: Lords of the Fallen 2, a follow-up to the fantasy action-RPG.

    As of right now, Lords of the Fallen 2 is in development for next-gen consoles along with...
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  • Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is Out Now

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is Out Now

    Owners of the original get a 50% discount.

    Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, and the Xbox One. There are some special discounts being offered exclusively for the PC version of the game on Steam. For the launch period ending September 22, 2020, there is a 10% discount in place. In addition to that, those that own the original game on Steam will get a 50% discount on Re-Reckoning until November 8, 2020. The game is normally priced at $39.99 (USD)....
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