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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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  • Factorio Price Increase Coming Due to Inflation

    Factorio Price Increase Coming Due to Inflation

    Fans are oddly... happy about the price increase.

    The game where you build and maintain factories and production lines, aptly named Factorio, will soon go from $30 (USD) to $35. The price increase announcement came via Twitter a short while ago today.

    This $5 price hike will go into effect on Thursday, January 26. The small development team at Wube Software Ltd. say that this price increase is to help offset the level of inflation that has occurred since the game's initial...
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  • Monster Hunter Rise Out Now on Xbox, Game Pass, and PlayStation

    Monster Hunter Rise Out Now on Xbox, Game Pass, and PlayStation

    Hunt monsters on consoles that don't come from Nintendo.

    Capcom released Monster Hunter Rise today on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Game Pass. If you are looking to buy the game outright, it should run you just $39.99 (USD) on your platform of choice. The Game Pass version includes console, PC, and the cloud.

    As part of today's release announcement, Capcom revealed that Monster Hunter Rise has already sold over 11 million units across platforms...
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  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition Getting Physical Release on January 26

    Those of you who prefer physical media still can get your Geralt fix very soon.

    CD Projekt Red announces a January 26 release date for the physical release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition. This release is for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S versions of the game and will hit store shelves in North America, Europe, and "select territories across the world."

    This release is the same as the free next-gen update that released on December 14, 2022...
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  • Marvel's Avengers Development Reportedly Ending as Early as Next Week (Update: Officially Confirmed)

    Plans to bring active development to an end have reportedly accelerated at Crystal Dynamics.

    Update at 6PM (ET), January 20, 2023: This rumor has now been officially confirmed by Crystal Dynamics.

    In short, digital sales of the game and developmental support will discontinue on September 30, 2023. The final update (Update 2.8) coming March 31, 2023 will be the last content update. The in-game cosmetic Marketplace will be turned off. With Update 2.8, Credits will no longer...
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  • PGA Tour and its Laser Scanned Courses to Launch March 24

    PGA Tour and its Laser Scanned Courses to Launch March 24

    Pre-orders for EA Sports PGA Tour are also now available.

    Electronic Arts announces a March 24, 2023 release date for EA Sports PGA Tour. On this day, you can hit the links on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, or PC via the EA App, Steam, and Epic Games Store. This golf game is said to be the "exclusive home" for all four of the Majors in men's golf: The Masters Tournament, PGA Championship, U.S. Open Championship, and The Open.

    EA Sports PGA Tour will also include...
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  • Steam Base Builder Fest Begins January 23

    Steam Base Builder Fest Begins January 23

    There are enough base building games out there that Valve is dedicating an entire Fest to them.

    There is apparently no shortage of base building games out there on the market. There are so many of them, in fact, that Valve is able to dedicate an entire Steam Fest to just this game type.

    From January 23 at 10AM (PT) through January 30 at 10AM (PT), the Steam Base Builder Fest will be held. As with most Steam Fests, this one will feature plenty of discounts on games, only...
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  • More Details on the Return to Classes in Battlefield 2042

    More Details on the Return to Classes in Battlefield 2042

    Classes are coming back to Battlefield very soon. Here's what you need to know.

    ​We have known for a while now that DICE has been planning to re-introduce the traditional Battlefield Class system into Battlefield 2042. Today, DICE took the time to provide a lengthy write-up talking about the changes that are being made in order to add Classes into a game that really didn't have any.

    DICE opens their write-up by saying that "Specialists at launch were polarizing...
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  • Creed: Rise to Glory Announced for PlayStation VR2

    Creed: Rise to Glory Announced for PlayStation VR2

    The popular VR boxing game is getting the PSVR2 treatment this year.

    Survios announces that they are bringing their popular VR boxing game to PlayStation VR2 in 2023. The PlayStation VR2 release will be an expanded version of the original game thanks to a renewed partnership between Survios and MGM Interactive. Creed: Rise to Glory - Championship Edition will offer new content, upgrades, cross-platform PvP, and more.

    In Creed: Rise to Glory, you play as Adonis Creed, the...
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  • Colossal Cave, Out Now, is a Modern Take on the Text-Based Adventure

    Colossal Cave, Out Now, is a Modern Take on the Text-Based Adventure

    Explore a giant cave full of secrets with or without VR.

    Explore a massive intricate underground cave system with today's release of Colossal Cave. This is a "3D interpretation of the original text adventure." For those too young to remember, many adventure games were presented only in text form way back in the day. They were aptly called text-based adventure games where you had to type in your commands or actions to play. The game worlds were created via text and your imagination....
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  • Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

    Several Xbox Game Studios Impacted by Mass Layoffs at Microsoft

    Employees across several Microsoft owned studios were just let go from the company.

    Microsoft announced plans to layoff 10,000 employees, a decision that CEO Satya Nadella calls "difficult but necessary." A statement issued to employees, made public by Microsoft, does not go into detail just how many departments are being impacted. However, we do know that the Xbox division at Microsoft did not come away unscathed.

    Several studios under Xbox were impacted by...
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  • Update to Stadia Controllers Ensures a Life After Death

    Update to Stadia Controllers Ensures a Life After Death

    An update will allow you to connect to Bluetooth enabled devices.

    According to the watch I don't own, Google Stadia is now probably shut down. Well, if it's not at the time of posting, it probably will be by the time you read this. Stadia was set to shut down on January 18th and, well, it's now January 18th.

    At the 11th hour, Google released a new support tool that will allow those with a Stadia Controller to use it as a general Bluetooth controller. Without the use of...
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  • Returnal Coming to PC on February 15

    Returnal Coming to PC on February 15

    Several PC-specific features were also just revealed.

    Returnal, the time-looping action title that came out on the PalyStation 5 back in April 2021, is finally coming to PC on February 15. Developer Housemarque and Climax Studios worked on implementing several features for this upcoming PC release. We have details on those new and updated features along with details about the game's system requirements.

    Speaking of system requirements, the new PlayStation Blog post details...
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  • Hogwarts Legacy Cinematic Trailer Debut

    Hogwarts Legacy Cinematic Trailer Debut

    Yer a wizard, custom created student character!

    The February 10, 2023 release date for Hogwarts Legacy is approaching at an alarming rate. That probably means it's almost time for a new cinematic trailer and, well, would you look at that? There's a new cinematic trailer!

    "The Invitation" is a new cinematic trailer for the upcoming open-world, action-RPG from Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Games. This trailer follows an owl carrying an invitation to Hogwarts...
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  • Tomb Raider's Croft Manor Coming to PowerWash Simulator

    Tomb Raider's Croft Manor Coming to PowerWash Simulator

    Creepy butler (probably) not included.

    A collaboration between the Square Enix Collective, FuturLab, and Crystal Dynamics is set to bring some Tomb Raider content into none other than PowerWash Simulator. The free Tomb Raider Special Pack is coming to all PowerWash owners on January 31. This is also the same date that this relaxing, fun, and truly bizarre game will be released on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and the Nintendo Switch.

    The Tomb Raider Special Pack adds,...
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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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