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Layoffs Hit PlayStation Europe

SIEE had no prior knowledge of PS5 reveal.

A new report from VGC says that Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE) is undergoing a "restructuring" of several areas at the company, including marketing and PR. VGC says that they were informed of this unfortunate news from "people with knowledge of the situation."

As if that wasn't bad enough, VGC's report says that SIEE employees were informed about when American PlayStation directors visited SIEE in their London location. Those employees who were impacted by these layoffs...
 

Blizzard Employees Walkout in Protest of Unjust Ban on Pro-Hong Kong Hearthstone Player

A small group of Blizzard employees are protesting against the actions of their employer.

A small group of Activision-Blizzard employees staged a walkout on Tuesday afternoon of this week to protest against their employer. Earlier this week, Blizzard had banned a professional Hearthstone player, Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, after he voiced his support for the pro-democracy Hong Kong protesters. Blitzchung voiced his support during a post-game interview during an official livestream.

Not only did Blizzard quickly cut away from the interview...
 

PlayStation 5 Confirmed for Holiday 2020 Release

Sony dishes more details about their next-gen console and controller.

The announcement of the next-gen consoles has been really, really weird. Sony first announced the PlayStation 5 via a Wired interview with Mark Cerny. Since then, there really hasn't been much revealed about the new console. In fact, it wasn't even known until today that the next console was actually going to be called the "PlayStation 5."

Today, a new PlayStation Blog entry was released alongside yet another exclusive Wired article that provides some additional details...
 

Blizzard Bends the Knee to China, Bans Hearthstone Pro Blitzchung

Pro player that voiced his support for the Hong Kong protests banned by Blizzard.

Yesterday, we brought you the story about Chung "Blitzchung" Ng Wai, a professional Hearthstone player that called for the liberation of Hong Kong during a post-game interview on the official Taiwanese Hearthstone stream. During the interview, Blitzchung wore a gasmask not completely dissimilar to the ones worn by protesters in Hong Kong. Blitzchung voice his support for those who have been protesting China's growing authoritarian control over Hong Kong.
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Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

The company quietly moved PS4 cross-play out of beta.

You are probably about to see more and more multiplayer focused multi-platform games add support for cross-play soon. Just today, we saw that PUBG added in cross-platform play between Xbox and PlayStation users. Even the recent Call of Duty: Modern Warfare test included some cross-play support. With these new changes, Modern Warfare may be the first game to actually ship with cross-play functionality right out of the box.

This move by Sony now means that the decision to support cross-platform...
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  • Daylight Delayed to Add More Scares

    Daylight Delayed to Add More Scares

    The procedurally generated Unreal Engine 4 powered horror title, Daylight, has been delayed slightly in order to make the game more scary.

    The game's publisher, Atlus, explains how the delay until April 29 will allow the team to fine tune the scares in a game where it never plays out the same way twice.
    Let's not mince words. First news you need to know about Daylight is that we had to delay the release date by several weeks. Here's the thing: the way Daylight is developed is completely different because of its procedural generation. In a lot
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  • Two Areas in The Witcher 3 are 3.5 Times the Size of Skyrim

    Two Areas in The Witcher 3 are 3.5 Times the Size of Skyrim

    CD Projekt Red recently shared a presentation that took place at GDC 2014 last month. In it, the team revealed that two areas in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt have a combined total area of 52 square miles (136.25 square km), which absolutely dwarfs the 14.8 square miles that Skyrim encompasses.
    The slides mention the size of two of the areas included in the game: the city of Novigrad measures 8.5 x 8.5 km for a total size of 72,25 square km, while Skellige is 8 x 8 km, meaning 64 square km. Summed up, the two areas cover 136,25 square km, which convert to just
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  • Amy Hennig Joins Visceral Games to Work on Star Wars

    Amy Hennig Joins Visceral Games to Work on Star Wars

    After leaving Naughty Dog the other week, the fate of Amy Hennig was up in the air. Today, it was revealed by EA that the famed Writer has joined up at Visceral Games to work on a Star Wars project.
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  • Latest Humble Weekly Sale Includes Little Inferno, Super Hexagon, and More

    Latest Humble Weekly Sale Includes Little Inferno, Super Hexagon, and More

    There's a new Humble Weekly Sale going on and as usual you can pay what you want for up to six games while helping to support charity.

    This weekly sale has been hand-picked by none other than the fine folks at Destructoid! Pay what you want to enjoy the pyromaniacal puzzle game, Little Inferno, the geometrical action game, Super Hexagon, and a fusion of real-time strategy and multiplayer first-person shooter elements, Natural Selection 2. Pay $6 or more to also receive the adorable arcade-style puzzle game, Critter Crunch, the tower defense cla
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  • Ridley Scott and Microsoft Team Up for Halo Digital Feature

    Ridley Scott and Microsoft Team Up for Halo Digital Feature

    343 Industries, Microsoft by way of the Xbox Entertainment Studios, and Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions have teamed up to create a Halo based digital feature for release later in 2014.

    The "digital feature" is slated to have David Zucker on as Executive Producer with Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (Heroes, Battlestar Galactica) on as the Director. According to The Wrap, a "digital feature project" indicates that it's a film that won't have a theatrical release. It will more than likely be digitally released first through the Xbox One and possibly Xbox...
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  • Team Fortress Classic Makes a Return in Team Fortress 2!

    Team Fortress Classic Makes a Return in Team Fortress 2!

    You guys. YOU GUYS! Valve has released a new comic for Team Fortress 2. They're bringing back Team Fortress Classic characters as a new team (for Gray Mann) for Team Fortress 2. Oh my God! READ THIS!

    Gray Mann has taken control of Mann Co., the mercs have disbanded, and the Administrator has disappeared! Six months later, the Administrator has tasked her assistant Miss Pauling with getting the team back together for one last mysterious job. With Demo, Spy, Scout, Soldier and Pyro already on board, Pauling must find the rest of the team before
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  • DICE Makes Fixing Rubber Banding a Top Priority for Battlefield 4

    DICE Makes Fixing Rubber Banding a Top Priority for Battlefield 4

    A news update released today by DICE says that the rubber banding issue in 64-player servers is a top priority for them to fix.
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  • Launch Trailer for Sev Zero for Fire TV

    Launch Trailer for Sev Zero for Fire TV

    Sev Zero is a new game from Amazon Game Studios that combines fast-action shooter mayhem with tower defense-style strategic base building. Wield an expansive arsenal of firepower across 15 levels to hold off the alien onslaught that's threatening you and the entire planet. In Sev Zero, players can jump between environments -- start in tower defense mode to build out towers and assess the surroundings, then beam down to shooter mode for face-to-face combat.

    Sev Zero is a new release from Amazon Game Studios. This is the game that is included for...
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  • A Sneak Peak at Amazon Game Studio's Untitled First Party Games

    A Sneak Peak at Amazon Game Studio's Untitled First Party Games

    They may not have names yet, but a teaser trailer for six of Amazon Game Studio's first party offerings was just released.


    Color me impressed!...
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  • Adam Sessler Departs Rev3Games

    Adam Sessler Departs Rev3Games

    Adam Sessler's run at Rev3Games has come to an end. The outspoken reviewer revealed the news today through his Tumblr account.
    After some incredible achievements over the last year and a half, I am announcing my departure from Rev3 Games and Discovery Digital Networks. Sixteen years in front of the camera covering the videogame industry has brought me to a point where I am ready and desiring to explore new opportunities. While I would never say no to doing one more review, interview or opinion piece, the time feels right to explore new avenues inside
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  • Spring Content Releases for GTA Online Includes New Apartments, New Cars, and Heists

    Rockstar Games announced their plans for the Spring 2014 (and beyond) updates coming to Grand Theft Auto Online. These plans include new Capture jobs for the Creator mode, the "High Life" update, and heists. Yeah heists. Can you believe it?
    Capture Creator: Coming next week, the Creator community will be able to make their own original customized Capture Jobs and add to the over 3.5 million (and counting) player-created Deathmatches and Races currently available on Social Club. Players can strategically place pick-ups, define weaponry, set location, and
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