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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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  • Deponia Series Coming Soon to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch

    Deponia Series Coming Soon to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch


    Within the next three months, the Deponia "saga" will be completed on consoles. Sadly, this won't be happening all at once across all platforms, so I'm here to give you the exact dates on the latest Deponia release will be hitting your console of choice.

    First off on January 30, Goodbye Deponia will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

    On February 27, Deponia Doomsday will be released on February 27 for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This will be priced at $19.99 (USD) if purchased separately. Alternatively, you can...
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  • New God Eater 3 Multiplayer Trailer

    New God Eater 3 Multiplayer Trailer


    A new multiplayer focused trailer for God Eater 3 was released today. God Eater 3 will be released on February 8, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 and PC via Steam. ...
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  • Hitman Developer IO Interactive is Opening Second Studio

    Hitman Developer IO Interactive is Opening Second Studio


    Hitman 2 developer IO Interactive is opening a second studio that will allow the developer to focus on Hitman and new franchises.

    Earlier today, IO Interactive announced that they are opening a new studio in Malmö, Sweden. This new studio will help the main studio with ongoing development of the Hitman series, including Hitman 2. It will also allow the studio the freedom to work on new franchises for the future. That's not too shabby for a development studio that was let go from Square Enix only two years back in 2017. IO Interactive retained the rights to ...
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  • A Bunch of Sword Art Online News and Something About VRMMORPG

    A Bunch of Sword Art Online News and Something About VRMMORPG


    There was just no way I would have been able to fit everything that there is to talk about with this one if I wasn't being a bit cheeky with the headline. Bandai Namco has passed along word to us today that Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization - Deluxe Edition is coming to the Nintendo Switch this Spring.

    In addition to that, the very same email says that both Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Dissonance of the Nexus Expansion and Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet - Complete Edition will be released digitally for the PC via Steam, the PlayStation 4, and...
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  • Black Desert Online's Battle Royale Mode Enters Early Access Today

    Black Desert Online's Battle Royale Mode Enters Early Access Today


    The new battle royale mode for Black Desert Online entered into early access today. After today's regular maintenance period, players of the popular MMORPG will get their first taste of the Shadow Arena. Access is granted to everyone that owns the game and those that are making use of the game's 7-day free trial.

    The tests will be set at specific times and will have limited capacity. You're apparently supposed to check out the Black Desert Online site and associated social media channels for when those play times will take place because they didn't...
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  • 'Obey Me' Brings a Holy War to Consoles and PC Later this Year

    'Obey Me' Brings a Holy War to Consoles and PC Later this Year

    Blowfish Studios and Error 404 Game Studios are working on Obey Me, a new "cooperative holypunk brawler" that is targeting a Q3 2019 release for PS4, XB1, Switch, and PC.

    Obey Me dives into the notion that angels and demons are waging an ongoing war that humans can't see. And just like with other similar stories, the fate of all mankind hangs in the balance. This story is actually expanded upon by a series of graphic novels from Dynamite Comics. It features work from Marvel vet Ben Herrera (X-Men and Spider-Man covers). The first issue will be released...
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  • Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'

    Unity Changes Terms Once More, Commits to 'Being an Open Platform'


    Unity has had a real interesting seven days. Last week, SpatialOS from developer Improbable was apparently barred from being used within Unity development. SpatialOS is a robust tool that many Unity developers use to add multiplayer to their games. For a time, Unity's new Terms, which went live in early December but were only clarified to Improbable last week, actually affected games that were already released. This led to some quick back and forths between Improbable and Unity through their respective sites. It all seemed to quiet down when Improbable and Epic...
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  • EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)

    EA Cancels Yet Another Star Wars Game (Update)


    A headline like "EA Cancels Another Star Wars Game" feels like they're a dime a dozen these days. I think EA may have cancelled as many Star Wars games as they have closed studios at this point. Here we are again and here EA is with another cancelled EA game on their hands. This time, the development studio has decided to cancel its open-world Star Wars game that EA Vancouver had been working on. Prior to EA Vancouver working on this title, it was in development from Visceral Games. Of course, EA shut down Visceral Games back in 2017. In fact, when Visceral wa...
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  • The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 'Broken Toys' Out Now

    The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode 3 'Broken Toys' Out Now


    The third episode for The Walking Dead: The Final Season is now available to download and play via the Epic Games Store (affiliate link, non-affiliate link), the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This is, of course, all made possible by the efforts and funding from Skybound Games and Epic Games.



    The fourth episode for The Walking Dead: The FInal Season will be released on March 26, 2019.

    I think we already put up the launch trailer about a week ago, but it probably doesn't hurt to put it up again. And no, I ha...
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  • New World War Z Screenshots

    New World War Z Screenshots


    Saber Interactive delivered a handful of new screenshots today for their upcoming co-op focused and very zombie filled game, World War Z. This four-player co-op title is based off of the movie of the same name and is slated to arrive later this year on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. In addition to the screenshots, seen below, you can get a look at some new key art, seen above.



    Saber Interactive promises to deliver some more World War Z news "soon." Until then, catch up on the game by checking out our previous coverage...
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  • Tera Adds New PvP Battleground and Gear Sets in 'Shore Hold' Update

    Tera Adds New PvP Battleground and Gear Sets in 'Shore Hold' Update


    The PC release of TERA has some new PvP focused content available today. The latest "Shore Hold" update adds in a new PvP Battleground in addition to some new gear sets for their action leaning MMORPG.

    This new battleground is a 7v7 affair that they're appropriately calling Shore Hold. The battleground includes "shorter resurrection times, buff-generating mana stones, and other exciting features." There are also not one but three new gear sets for PvP players to earn and wear. In addition, a PvE Training Ground area was added with...
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