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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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  • Physical Metro Exodus Pre-Orders Include Exclusive Poster

    Physical Metro Exodus Pre-Orders Include Exclusive Poster


    The week of new Metro Exodus reveals continues today with word of a special bonus for those pre-ordering a physical copy of the game. To recap the week thus far, we've been informed about the game's Photo Mode, and we saw a new story trailer, and then there was the Master Artyom Edition of the game. Apparently there was a "Making of" video released yesterday but no press release hit my inbox, so I'm only now finding out.

    But today, today we see that those who pre-order the physical version of the game will get a special poster with their...
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  • Dead or Alive 6 Online Beta Test Launches on PS4 Today

    Dead or Alive 6 Online Beta Test Launches on PS4 Today


    The online beta test for Dead or Alive 6 launched today (January 11, 2019) on the PlayStation 4. The catch with this one is the fact that this beta is exclusive to those with PlayStation Plus subscriptions. As of this writing, you can already download the beta from the PlayStation Store.

    Players will have from now until January 14 at 6:59 AM (PT) to play in this beta. The beta includes the Online Versus mode and four "iconic" characters that include Kasumi, Ayane, Hayate, and Hayabusa. It will also allow you to play as one of the new characters...
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  • Epic and Improbable Create $25 Million Fund to Move Devs Away from Unity

    Epic and Improbable Create $25 Million Fund to Move Devs Away from Unity


    It's been a real rollercoaster of a day for those using the Unity game engine. First, Unity cut off all future support for the online multiplayer platform called SpatialOS. Unity updated their terms of service back on December 4, 2018, and only clarified these changes to the SpatialOS development team at Improbable on January 10, 2019. These changes specifically prevent services like SpatialOS from working with Unity.

    SpatialOS is a widely used development toolkit allowed developers to more easily integrate online multiplayer experiences into their...
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  • Jump Force Open Beta Begins January 18

    Jump Force Open Beta Begins January 18


    Come January 18th, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 owners will get to try out Jump Force in what Bandai Namco is calling an "open beta weekend." Be it a true beta or a "demo" is besides the point because what really matters is that you will finally get to test drive the fighting game that we have been passing along news about now for months.

    Here's how it's going to go down. First off, there will be four separate three-hour long sessions:



    Secondly? Well, that's kind of it. Just make sure you download the demo...
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  • Final Fantasy X and XII Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

    Final Fantasy X and XII Coming Soon to Nintendo Switch and Xbox One

    Square Enix announced today that Final Fantasy X, X-2, and Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age will be released on the Nintendo Switch and the Xbox One this April. Specifically, Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Remaster is out on April 16. On April 30 you will get to pick up Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age.

    That's kind of all there is to say about those games. They've been released on multiple platforms now in one way or another. It's good to see them finally reaching the Nintendo platform as well as the Xbox One.




    To pad...
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  • Bungie Ditches Activision, Acquires Rights to Destiny

    Bungie Ditches Activision, Acquires Rights to Destiny


    Moving forward, all future Destiny titles will be self-published by Bungie. I guess even Activision had to tap out after the latest Destiny 2 puzzle, eh?

    After eight years, Bungie and Activision are parting ways and with it so does Activision's control over the Destiny franchise. Bungie announced today that they are acquiring publishing rights to their popular shooter.

    Mere moments ago, Bungie made the announcement on their website in an aptly named news entry called "Our Destiny."



    Bungie continues...
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  • Tencent Acquires 36% Ownership in Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Developer Fatshark

    Tencent Acquires 36% Ownership in Warhammer: Vermintide 2 Developer Fatshark


    Fatshark, the development studio behind Warhammer: Vermintide 2 now has a new investor and it's none other than Tencent. That's right, the very same Tencent that seems to have their investment filled hands in what feels like everything, including Epic Games (40%) and Ubisoft (5%). They also have a majority ownership of Riot Games and Supercell. Of course, this is all just the tip of the iceberg for the tech giant.

    According to the Swedish website DI Digital, Tencent paid around $56 million (SEK 500 million) in exchange for a 36% ownership stake in...
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  • Release Dates Revealed for Yoshi's Crafted World and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn

    Release Dates Revealed for Yoshi's Crafted World and Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn


    Release dates have been announced today by Nintendo for both the Switch release of Yoshi's Crafted World and the 3DS release of Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn.

    We learned today that Yoshi's Crafted World will will the Nintendo Switch on March 29. Kirby's Extra Epic Yarn will be released a couple of weeks earlier on the Nintendo 3DS on March 8. ...
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  • Horror Game 'Dollhouse' Eyes 2019 Release on PC and PS4

    Horror Game 'Dollhouse' Eyes 2019 Release on PC and PS4


    A new horror game called Dollhouse was announced today. It's in development by Creazn Studio and it's looking to be released this year for both the PC and PlayStation 4. As it stands right now, the game will be released on PC via Steam, but who knows if that'll change in the future. One of its stand out features of the game is that it's presented in a classic film-noir style.



    The latest official trailer for the game seems to have come out in 2017. I'll include that below alongside some screenshots so that you can get a better idea of...
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  • Metro Exodus 'Master Artyom Edition' Announced

    Metro Exodus 'Master Artyom Edition' Announced


    The week of reveals for Metro Exodus continues today with the announcement of the Metro Exodus "Master Artyom Edition." Deep Silver, 4A Games, and the author of Metro Dmitry Glukhovsky, announced this special edition of the game. This version of the game is so rare that only ten copies have been made.

    They are not available to be purchased in any store. Instead, all but one copy of the Master Artyom Edition will be given out to fans that win them via a number of planned promotions in the upcoming weeks. The first of the ten copies was given...
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  • The Division 2 Skipping Steam in Favor of Epic Games Store

    The Division 2 Skipping Steam in Favor of Epic Games Store


    Ubisoft has made the decision to skip Steam for The Division 2, instead opting to sell it on the Epic Games Store. It won't be fully exclusive to the Epic Games Store on the PC as Ubisoft will also sell the game through their own storefront and game client, Uplay.

    A representative for Ubisoft says that they "have no plans currently on releasing Tom Clancy's The Division 2 on Steam." This move comes after The Division 2 was up on the Steam storefront for months prior.

    This won't be the only title from Ubisoft to be exclusive to...
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