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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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  • D4 Comes Out this Friday on Xbox One Have a Launch Trailer

    D4 Comes Out this Friday on Xbox One Have a Launch Trailer

    D4 is a new mystery title from SWERY, Access Studios, and Microsoft Studios and it's apparently coming out tomorrow, September 19. The game is exclusive to the Xbox One.


    This release really seems to have come out of nowhere, especially given how surprised most people on Twitter are reacting to the news of the release date....
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  • Maya Screens from Killer Instinct: Season 2

    Maya Screens from Killer Instinct: Season 2

    A new batch of screenshots came out this week for Killer Instinct: Season 2 for the Xbox One. The latest screenshots focus on Maya.


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  • Final Fantasy XV - New Trailer and Screenshots from TGS 2014

    Final Fantasy XV - New Trailer and Screenshots from TGS 2014

    Square Enix is still keeping relatively quiet about Final Fantasy XV, but that didn't stop them from releasing a new gameplay trailer and a few new screenshots for the RPG.



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  • Bloodborne Collector's Edition Detailed, Coming February 6, 2015 to North America

    The North American release date for Bloodborne, the PS4 exclusive title from Sony and From Software, is set for February 6, 2015. In addition, a special Collector's Edition of the game was announced today.



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  • New Trailer for Deep Down from TGS 2014

    New Trailer for Deep Down from TGS 2014

    The Tokyo Game Show 2014 trailer for Deep Down was released by Capcom this week.


    Deep Down is an action RPG title coming from Capcom and SCE Japan for the PlayStation 4. The game features randomly created dungeons focused on a variety of emotions: anger, rage, hate, envy, lust and wrath....
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  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Coming March 2015 with Final Fantasy XV Demo

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD Coming March 2015 with Final Fantasy XV Demo

    The remastered version of the popular PSP game, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD will arrive Stateside on March 17, 2015. It will then be released in Japan on March 19 and in Europe on March 20.

    Included in the release will be a downloadable demo for Final Fantasy XV. There was also a new trailer released today thanks to the Tokyo Game Show 2014.

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  • Plex Coming to Xbox One

    Plex Coming to Xbox One

    According to a post on the official Plex forums, the popular media streaming service will soon have an official application on the Xbox One platform.
    I would like to make you all aware of some very exciting news... Microsoft has approved the development of a Plex Client for Xbox One. That is correct, we have been granted membership into ID@Xbox specifically for the development and eventual release of Plex for Xbox One. This is in no way saying that it will be coming next
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  • Destiny Grosses More than $325 Million in First Five Days

    Destiny Grosses More than $325 Million in First Five Days

    Activision and Bungie have released a statement saying that Destiny has grossed more than $325 million in its first five days of being on sale, and is the best-selling new video game franchise of all time. This is slightly different from the $500 million worth of product that they shipped to retailers but it's still an impressive number.
    According to Bungie, Destiny players logged more than 100 million hours of online play by the end of the first week and participated in 137 million
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  • Alien: Isolation Survivor Mode and Season Pass Details Revealed

    Alien: Isolation Survivor Mode and Season Pass Details Revealed

    We have a few new details on Alien: Isolation to share with you today. First up is word that the game will have a special mode called Survivor Mode. This mode gives you limited resources on specially designed maps in a race against both the clock and the "creature."

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  • PSA: Bejeweled 3 is Free on Origin

    PSA: Bejeweled 3 is Free on Origin

    The latest free "On the House" game from EA and Origin is none other than Bejeweled 3 from PopCap.
    As with all of these On the House titles, the game won't be offered for free forever. So, if you want a free copy of Bejewele...
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  • Xbox One Controller for Windows Coming in November

    Xbox One Controller for Windows Coming in November

    Microsoft has officially given a time frame on when PC gamers can purchase the Xbox One controller for Windows. That rough date is November 2014.

    [center][/indent] Just like the Xbox 36...
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