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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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  • Cataclismo is a Tower Defense Set After the End of the World

    Cataclismo is a Tower Defense Set After the End of the World

    From the makers of Moonlighter and The Mageseeker.

    Digital Sun just unveiled their latest title today. The game, Cataclismo, holds a little clue about its setting in its name. Did you see it?

    Cataclismo is an upcoming real-time strategy blended with tower defense title that takes place in the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Players are attempting to rebuild their world up from the ruins while also trying to fend off "waves of Horrors." The game will let players...
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  • Supreme Court Has Had Enough of the Epic vs. Apple Legal Battle

    Supreme Court Has Had Enough of the Epic vs. Apple Legal Battle

    Even with this decision, the legal fight is still far from over.

    The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear any appeals in the ever ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic Games. These legal disputes largely focus on various policies with the iOS App Store that Epic Games disagrees with.

    Apple initially appealed a lower court's ruling that said Apple needed to make some changes to their policies on iOS. Specifically, the ruling said that Apple couldn't block...
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  • Palworld Devs Really Want You to Know It's Not a Scam

    Palworld Devs Really Want You to Know It's Not a Scam

    Totes serious.

    The "Pokemon with guns" game, Palworld, is very much not a scam. At least, that's what the game's development studio, Pocketpair, are making very clear to fans.

    A fair number of people have gotten the idea that Palworld is a fake game, or even just some sort of a meme game. It's not particularly clear why people have jumped to this conclusion. Perhaps it's because the idea of cute animals wielding modern human firearms is a bit too wild. Perhaps...
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  • Call of Duty Anti-cheat Will Close the Game if Aim Assist is Activated

    Call of Duty Anti-cheat Will Close the Game if Aim Assist is Activated

    Shut it down. Shut it all down.

    An update from Call of Duty says that the Ricochet anti-cheat will now just shut down Call of Duty if a mouse and keyboard player activates aim assist.

    The team warns that repeated use of these aim assist tools could lead to "further account action." Presumably this means that these players will be either account banned or hardware banned from Call of Duty.

    Naturally, the responses to this news include people complaining...
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  • Latest League of Legends Spinoff Game is a Cute and Cozy Life Sim

    Latest League of Legends Spinoff Game is a Cute and Cozy Life Sim

    And pre-orders are now available.

    Riot Forge announced that pre-orders for their cute looking crafting-RPG, Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story, are now open across all digital storefronts. This title is developed by Lazy Bear Games and is headed to the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store for just $24.99.

    Those that pre-order the game will get some special digital bonuses that include an equipable Bandle Scout Hat, Bandle Scout Poro, Everygreen...
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  • Dave the Diver Devs Announce Their New Team Battle Game Wakerunners

    Dave the Diver Devs Announce Their New Team Battle Game Wakerunners

    From the ocean depths to battle arenas.

    The studio behind Dave the Diver, Mintrocket, just unveiled their upcoming game. It's called Wakerunners and it's a sci-fi, top-down, team battle game. Platforms and a release date did not accompany this announcement, but we do know that there will be a demo available during the Steam Next Fest slated for February.

    Wakerunners can be either a 4v4 or 5v5 action title, depending on the game mode you opt to play. It features fast-paced...
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  • Diablo 4 'Season of Construct' Begins January 23

    Diablo 4 'Season of Construct' Begins January 23

    The third season begins as the second comes to an end.

    The third season for Diablo 4 begins on January 23 at 10AM (PT), hot on the heels of the conclusion of the game's still ongoing second season. The third season is called Season of the Construct and will find players facing off against ancient forces that are emerging from beneath the sands in Kehjistan.

    Ancient technologies, created by Zoltun Kulle and Ayuzhan of Caldeum, have been taken over by the forces of evil...
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  • STALKER 2 Release Date Shifts to September 5, 2024

    STALKER 2 Release Date Shifts to September 5, 2024

    Issues with the game on a technical level necessitated the increased development time.

    GSC Game World took to social media and Steam today to announce some good news and some bad news. The bad news you already saw in the headline: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl has had its release date moved to September 5, 2024.

    The studio says that from Gamescom 2023 onward, they have been showing off S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2: Heart of Chornobyl to media and fans. From those showings,...
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  • Solo Mode Coming to The Finals in New Update

    Solo Mode Coming to The Finals in New Update

    The update arrives on Wednesday.

    Embark Studios will launch the new Solo Bank It mode for The Finals. This will be a limited-time game mode for the game that has, up until this new update, been strictly focused on three-person teams. This update arrives on Wednesday, January 17 and also includes an update to anti-cheat, a store update, and "plenty" of bug fixes and balance adjustments.

    Embark says that the solo mode is a bit more strategic than the trios due...
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  • Cult of the Lamb's Sins of the Flesh Update Adds Horizontal Wrestling

    Cult of the Lamb's Sins of the Flesh Update Adds Horizontal Wrestling

    Sins of the Flesh adds in some aggressive cuddling along with many other new features.

    The new Sins of the Flesh update is out now for everyone that owns Cult of the Lamb. This free update includes several new sinful pleasures for those on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch. If you don't yet own Cult of the Lamb at all, you can enjoy a 40% discount off of its normal $24.99 price until January 23rd.

    Sins of the Flesh adds in new quests, features, improvements, and sex....
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  • Frostpunk 2 Announced for Game Pass

    Frostpunk 2 Announced for Game Pass

    A new look at Frostpunk 2's gameplay.

    Alongside a fresh look at the gameplay for Frostpunk 2 comes word that the game will hit Game Pass on day one. 11 bit studios shares the first full look at gameplay for this highly anticipated city builder. Fans have been excited for this sequel after the first game expertly blended strategy elements with an emotional narrative.

    Frostpunk 2's story is again going to have a strong focus on people having to endure harsh realities....
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  • Bubbly 4v4 Party Shooter Foamstars Releases on February 6

    Bubbly 4v4 Party Shooter Foamstars Releases on February 6

    Will be included as part of the monthly PlayStation Plus lineup for February.

    Square Enix says that their 4v4 flashy and splashy party shooter Foamstars will be out on February 6, 2024. The game will be included in the monthly game lineup for PlayStation Plus subscribers for the entirety of February (up through March 4, 2024). This will give all PlayStation Plus subscribers, regardless of tier, the ability to redeem the game, download, and play at no additional cost. Of course, you...
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  • Dark Fantasy FPS Graven to Leave Early Access on January 23

    Dark Fantasy FPS Graven to Leave Early Access on January 23

    Strike down upon your foes great vengeance and furious anger.

    The dark fantasy action-adventure first-person shooter known as Graven will be leaving Early Access on January 23, 2024. The 1.0 release will be out on that date for PC via Steam, GOG, and the Epic Games Store.

    This Slipgate Ironworks developed title places you in the shoes of a priest of the Orthogonal order. You've been exiled and sentenced to death for a crime in which you defended another. Fate has it that...
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  • Square Enix Shares Location Details and New Art for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

    Square Enix Shares Location Details and New Art for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth

    More information on the places and people you will meet in Rebirth.

    Square Enix didn't just release a new trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth today. They blasted the lid off the game with a big writeup showing off locations, characters, artwork, new abilities, and even a look at the many different pre-purchase bundle deals for Rebirth. We get a look at areas such as Nibelheim, Junon, and a cruise ship. The characters include looks at Cait Sith, Yuffie, Elena, and more. CombatTwo new...
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  • Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - 'Destined for Rebirth' Trailer

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth - 'Destined for Rebirth' Trailer

    At just one minute long, it's a pretty hype trailer.

    Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth's release is coming up rather quickly for PlayStation 5 owners. Slated to be released on February 29, 2024, this second entry of the Final Fantasy 7 remake project looks to cover a significant portion of what is on the second disc of the original PlayStation version of Final Fantasy 7.

    Today's new trailer, Destined for Rebirth, is just a minute long but offers just enough of a glimpse to entice...
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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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