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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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  • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Out Now

    Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Out Now

    It's now available for Switch and PC via Steam.

    Today, Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition is out on the Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. This release includes Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory in one complete package.

    This game includes turn-based battles, a lot of Digimon collecting, and a full story to play through. In talking about collecting, there are over 300 different Digimon to find, collect, train, and do battle with. ...
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  • Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Now Available

    Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville Now Available

    Technically, it was already available but now it's super available.

    After spending a few weeks in a reduced cost Early Access phase, the full release of Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is upon us today. This release is for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Origin. It's once again developed by PopCap and while it has a new name, this is pretty much Garden Warfare 3 in everything but name.

    The game has spent roughly the past month having new modes and...
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  • Fallout 76: Wastelanders Pushed to 2020 but Private Worlds Launches Next Week

    You're stuck with robots until early 2020.

    The Wastelanders update for Fallout 76 was slated to arrive later this year. With it was promised the addition of actual human NPCs to the game, not just a bunch of robot looking robots. Sadly, Bethesda announced today that the Wastelanders update had to be pushed back until Q1 2020.

    The studio says that they "need more time to be the best, most polished update it can be." They apologize for the delay but say that "it...
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  • Call of Duty Ditches Season Pass, Paid Maps, and Loot Boxes

    Call of Duty Ditches Season Pass, Paid Maps, and Loot Boxes

    Activision adopting a new approach to monetization with Modern Warfare.

    When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare releases on October 25, a new era of monetization for the franchise will also begin. Activision plans to change how they approach things like the in-game economy and real-money microtransactions.

    An official blog post by the publisher highlights some of these planned changes. In short, the current plan is to do away with things like Season Passes and paid DLC map packs....
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  • Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Launch Trailer

    Farming Simulator 19 Platinum Launch Trailer

    Tend to the fields.

    A new launch trailer is out ahead of the October 22 launch of Farming Simulator 19 Platinum. This definitive farm sim experience will be out for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac in just a few days. Get a little taste of that intense farming action in today's trailer.

    This is an upgrade to the core Farming Simulator 19 experience and will be available as a Platinum Expansion for existing owners.

    This new content includes the addition...
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  • Monkey King: Hero is Back is Out Today on Steam

    Monkey King: Hero is Back is Out Today on Steam

    An action-adventure game based on the Chinese animated film.

    Oasis Games has launched Monkey King: Hero is Back today on PC via Steam. This is an action-adventure game based on the Chinese animated film with the same name. The game starts at $34.99 (USD) for the Standard Edition and jumps to $59.99 for the Deluxe Edition that includes some bonuses. ...
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  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition Out Now

    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition Out Now

    A lot of Travis for PS4 and PC today.

    Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition is out today for the PlayStation 4 and PC. This is the "definitive release" of the series that also introduces some co-op to the experience. You can pick it up digitally from the PlayStation Store and Steam for $39.99 (USD). ...
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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Trailer Released

    Red Dead Redemption 2 PC Trailer Released

    Here is Red Dead Redemption 2 as it should be played, 4K and 60fps.

    Rockstar Games released a new trailer for the PC version of Red Dead Redemption 2 today. The trailer can be viewed at 4K resolution and at 60fps. Some might say that this is how the game should have been played from the start.

    Rockstar also wanted to remind us all that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be out in November for those picking up the game from the Rockstar Games Launcher. With that Rockstar Games...
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  • In Updated Statement, Private Division Says The Outer Worlds Will Have PlayStation 4 Pro Enhancements

    The publisher says that the Xbox One X won't be the only console with enhancements.

    Yesterday, a story broke about how The Outer Worlds would not ship with any enhancements for the PlayStation 4 Pro version of the game. This is what was said via a statement issued by Private Division, the publisher on The Outer Worlds. That statement was issued to Windows Central and was, for a time, the truth of the situation.

    Today, Private Division issued a corrective statement, this...
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  • Halloween Update Out Now for Marvel Strike Force

    Halloween Update Out Now for Marvel Strike Force

    These heroes are also the things that go bump in the night.

    A Halloween themed update is starting to roll out today for MARVEL Strike Force. This update adds in some spooky new characters and some new supernatural abilities.

    Apparently this update will be rolling out in stages. Over the next couple of weeks you will see new characters like Ghost Rider and Elsa Bloodstone added to the game. In addition, some new supernatural abilities will be added to some existing characters....
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  • Door Kickers Console Release Date Announced

    Door Kickers Console Release Date Announced

    The release is sooner than you think.

    KillHouse Games announced the release dates for their console versions of Door Kickers: Action Squad today. This is a side-scrolling game that pits the side of the Law against the bad guys and "unspoken horrors."

    For those of you on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, you'll get the game on October 24. For those of you on the Switch, you need to wait just a little bit longer for October 28.

    Door Kickers: Action Squad...
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