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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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  • This Used to be Doom 4

    This Used to be Doom 4

    Mark Bristol shared his highlight reel from his time spent working at Blur Studio as a cinematics director. As part of his footage, there was a brief segment that showed off what Doom 4 used to look like.

    I hope you like your Doom games looking like some weird Terminator meets Fallout meets RAGE mashup.

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  • Sales Figures: Grand Theft Auto V at 52 Million, Evolve at 2.5 Million, and More from Take-Two

    Take-Two released their financial reports for FY 2015 today. According to their reports, it seems as though Rockstar Games struck gold and oil at the same time with Grand Theft Auto V.

    According to Take-Two, GTA V has sold nearly 52 million units across the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC. Evolve seems to have had a decent release as well, having sold 2.5 million units so far. Borderlands: The Handsome Collection sales exceeded expectations. The franchise...
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  • New Screenshots for Game of Thrones - Episode 4 'Sons of Winter'

    New Screenshots for Game of Thrones - Episode 4 'Sons of Winter'

    Not much to say for this one. All we have here are a good number of new screenshots from the fourth episode ("Sons of Winter") coming to the Telltale Game of Thrones game.


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  • Life is Strange Episode 3 'Chaos Theory' Launch Trailer

    Life is Strange Episode 3 'Chaos Theory' Launch Trailer

    Tomorrow (May 19), the third episode for Life is Strange will be released. The episode, entitled Chaos Theory, has a nice new launch trailer for you to enjoy while you await the episode's release tomorrow.
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  • Mass Effect Lead Casey Hudson Joins Microsoft as New Creative Director for Xbox and HoloLens

    The former lead at BioWare (Mass Effect), Casey Hudson, has joined up with Microsoft as the new Creative Director at Microsoft Studios. He will be working with HoloLens, Xbox, and "other projects."
    What can you share about your new role?

    Casey Hudson:
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  • Rising Tide Expansion Pack Announced for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth

    2K and Firaxis announced the Rising Tide expansion pack today for Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth. The expansion is expected to be released for Windows this Fall, with Mac and Linux ports (by Aspyr) also coming later in the Fall.
    Key features of Rising Tide include:
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  • You Can Go Your Own Way in this Witcher 3 Launch Trailer

    You Can Go Your Own Way in this Witcher 3 Launch Trailer

    CD Projekt RED wants to remind you that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is about ready to be released. Like, it's super close, to being released. So why not watch the launch trailer while you count down the hours until said release?

    This is the "Go Your Way" trailer for The Witcher 3.

    In Wild Hunt, you as Geralt embark on your most epic and dangerous journey yet. Your mission -- to find the child of prophecy, an ashen-haired girl, a living and highly volatile
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  • Doom E3 2015 Teaser Trailer

    Doom E3 2015 Teaser Trailer

    It's Doom. There's a double-barreled shotgun. There is also a Revenant. I'm going to also assume that hell is involved somehow alongside Imps, Barons, Hellknights, and maybe a Cyberdemon or two.

    The full reveal will come as part of Bethesda's E3 Showcase which takes place on June 14 at 10PM (ET).

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  • The First Three Hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    The First Three Hours of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

    I finally had a chance to play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt today. The first time I played, I decided to stream it from my PS4 for three hours. I will say that there are a mix of story missions, side quests, exploration, played a round of cards, death, and a butt or two. If you don't want to have any spoilers ruined for you, don't watch. If you want to see the early bits of a game that will probably take most everyone 100 or so hours in a "typical" playthrough. Also, for those that hate my voi...
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  • New Weapons, Weapon Balance, Gun Master, and More Coming in Spring Patch for Battlefield 4

    DICE laid out some of the essentials on what you need to know for the upcoming Spring 2015 update for Battlefield 4. This includes brief mentions of the five new weapons coming to the game, details on how they completely revamped all of the weapons in the game, the return of the Gun Master mode, and more. Let's dive right in!
    FIVE NEW WEAPONS Some of the weapons are old fan favorites, others are picked based on their unique gameplay aspects. These are the five new weapons:
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  • Rumor: The Last Guardian to Have Presence at E3 2015

    Rumor: The Last Guardian to Have Presence at E3 2015

    Look, I'm usually super skeptical about rumors nowadays, especially when it comes to anything related to The Last Guardian. With that in mind, I will say that the following seemed notable enough to at least mention.

    A few posts from a mysterious user on NeoGAF seems to indicate that they have some sort of knowledge that the rest of us plebeians do not possess. When asked in a thread on NeoGAF whether or not The Last Guardian will be shown at E3 2015, the answer was a very unambiguous...
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