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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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  • Report: Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo to Skip E3 2023

    Report: Xbox, Sony, and Nintendo to Skip E3 2023

    E3's big return sounds like it's more of a dud.

    In September 2022, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) announced that E3 was returning. Not only was it returning, but it would be the show's first in-person event in four years.

    Now, we're learning that none of the three major console makers will have any sort of presence at the trade show. Sony and Nintendo not having a presence probably isn't too surprising. Those two companies had already started to do their...
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  • Blizzard Wants to Make Overwatch 2 Ranked Play Suck a Little Less

    Blizzard Wants to Make Overwatch 2 Ranked Play Suck a Little Less

    The community has been vocal about their problems with ranked play and changes are coming.

    In the coming weeks, Blizzard plans to make some changes to Overwatch 2 that should make both matchmaking and ranked competitive play a little bit better. These are areas that fans have been complaining about for months, ever since the game's release really, that are only now getting addressed.

    In their latest developer blog, Blizzard says that they have "seen feedback on matches...
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  • Fans Believe Sony Teased the Next Uncharted Game in New Promo

    Fans Believe Sony Teased the Next Uncharted Game in New Promo

    Or it could be nothing at all.

    If fan-theories are to believed, and why wouldn't you believe them, a new promotional video for PlayStation may have just teased the future of Uncharted.

    Sony released a new commercial that talks up the end of the PlayStation 5 shortage. The video shows off characters and games we are all very familiar with already. There was Marvel's Spider-Man, Horizon, God of War, and more. There were also a couple of quick glimpses at something that...
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  • Early Footage of Horizon Multiplayer Leaked Online

    Early Footage of Horizon Multiplayer Leaked Online

    Footage from an alpha build made its way online this past weekend.

    This week, several screenshots and some gameplay footage from a Horizon multiplayer game leaked online. The leaked content is supposedly from an alpha build of this multiplayer project, dating back to sometime in the Summer of 2020.

    A multiplayer Horizon has been in the cards for a while now at Guerrilla Games. In December 2022, the studio announced that they had a team working on an online project that...
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  • The Last of Us Greenlit for a Second Season

    The Last of Us Greenlit for a Second Season

    The renewal came before the third episode aired.

    The third episode of The Last of Us HBO series aired this past weekend. However, the big news came a short time prior when it was announced that the show has been renewed for a second season.

    The confirmation that The Last of Us getting a second season was shared through HBO's official Twitter account. This seems to fall in line with the idea that The Last of Us HBO series would get multiple seasons. The idea being that...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2.0 Changelog

    Battlefield 2042 Update 3.2.0 Changelog

    Classes, Breakaway rework, thermal scopes, and much more.

    Update 3.2.0 for Battlefield 2042 looks to be a big one. There are some major changes coming in this update and there doesn't seem to be an aspect of the game that hasn't been altered in some way, shape, or form. This update is expected to go live early next week, so let's dig in and see what it offers.

    First up, the Class system returns. The series staple is finally being added to Battlefield 2042. Existing Specialists...
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  • Dead Space is Now Available

    Dead Space is Now Available

    Make us whole again.

    The remake of the classic 2008 sci-fi survival horror, Dead Space, is now available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. This remake has pulled in several 9/10 and 10/10 review scores across multiple media outlets. If you were worried about this remake, those fears should be safely put to bed by now.

    This remake was rebuilt from the ground up using the Frostbite engine. While remaining quite faithful to the original game, this Dead Space remake...
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  • The 'Different Future' Expansion Out Now for Stranger of Paradise

    The 'Different Future' Expansion Out Now for Stranger of Paradise

    One last chance... for CHAOS!

    A new adventure awaits you in Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Today, the Different Future expansion was released that takes players on a new adventure in this action-RPG from Square Enix.

    This is the game's third, and presumably final, expansion. It's out now for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via the Epic Games Store. This expansion, developed once again in collaboration with Team Ninja from...
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  • Critical Consensus: Dead Space

    Critical Consensus: Dead Space

    The remake seems to be scaring up some good reviews.

    The reviews are in for Dead Space and it seems like the remake is quite good. At the time of writing, Dead Space sits at a 90% average on OpenCritic. Of the 72 critic reviews counted, 96% of them recommend this remake.

    Motive Studios did a rather solid job on this one. Dead Space features greatly improved visuals and audio when compared to the already amazing original. It also features seamless gameplay from start to...
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  • Forza Motorsport Promises a 'Generational Leap in Fidelity'

    Forza Motorsport Promises a 'Generational Leap in Fidelity'

    Makes sense when you figure the last Forza Motorsport only came out on the Xbox One.

    During their Developer Direct, Microsoft and Turn 10 Studios showed off a fresh look at the upcoming Forza Motorsport. This Xbox Series X|S and PC game promises to "deliver a generational leap in fidelity, immersion, and realism."

    Given that the last Forza Motorsport game, Forza Motorsport 7, came out literally one console generation back, I don't know if Turn 10 means that this...
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  • Free Hitman Freelancer Update Out Now

    Free Hitman Freelancer Update Out Now

    The World of Assassination takes on a whole new life.

    Today, Hitman 3 becomes Hitman World of Assassination. This means that one purchase will get you access to Hitman 1, Hitman 2, and Hitman 3 through the existing Access Pass system. This move to Hitman World of Assassination is a free upgrade for all of those that owned Hitman 3 prior.

    In addition, a completely new game mode was released today. The mode is called Hitman Freelancer and it is available for free to everyone...
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  • Steam Next Fest: February Edition Coming in February

    Steam Next Fest: February Edition Coming in February

    In honor of the year's shortest month, a new Steam Next Fest is coming.

    Valve just announced that they are bringing back Steam Next Fest: February Edition for another year. This year's event will run from February 6th (10AM PT) through the 13th at 10AM (PT).

    As usual, there will be hundreds of free demos, lots of developer livestreams, and plenty of chats with developers. We all know the drill on these by now. ...
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  • Justin Roiland Quits 'High on Life' Studio Squanch Games

    Justin Roiland Quits 'High on Life' Studio Squanch Games

    Roiland to soon stand trial on felony domestic violence charges.

    Squanch Games, the studio behind High on Life, have parted ways from co-founder Justin Roiland. Roiland submitted his resignation from the studio earlier this week. This comes in the same week that Adult Swim cut ties with Roiland. Both Rick and Morty from Rick and Morty will be recast and co-creator Dan Harmon will take over as showrunner.

    This all came about after it was revealed that Justin Roiland has...
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  • Arkane's Redfall to Release on May 2

    Arkane's Redfall to Release on May 2

    Get ready to slay some vampires in early May.

    Arkane Austin says that their open-world vampire slaying co-op romp, Redfall, will be released on May 2, 2023. Redfall is a console exclusive on Xbox Series X|S, but will also be released on PC and Game Pass on the same date.

    The announcement came alongside over ten minutes of new gameplay footage, which you should be able to see below. The gameplay footage shows off just a little bit of what players will get to experience...
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  • The Elder Scrolls Online in 2023 - Arcanist Class, Necrom Chapter, New Zones, and More

    Head to Eastern Morrowind in a new ESO expansion slated for June.

    As part of the latest Xbox showcase, which aired yesterday that I was halted from talking about due to a power outage, ZeniMax Online Studios revealed what's coming in 2023 for The Elder Scrolls Online. There will be new content rolling out throughout 2023 that ZeniMax Online Studios is broadly calling "Shadow Over Morrowind."

    Players will head to an area not seen since 1994. There is the "Scribes...
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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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