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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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  • Red Dead Redemption 2 Heads to PC in November, Steam in December

    Red Dead Redemption 2 Heads to PC in November, Steam in December

    Rockstar's latest is confirmed to get a PC release very soon.

    Rockstar Games announced today that Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to the PC starting on November 5, 2019. There are some, let's just call them interesting, stipulations here as they apply to the pre-order periods for this game and the platforms that will be available.

    First off, you can pre-order the game from October 9 through October 22 via the Rockstar Games Launcher to get a limited time offer. This offer...
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  • Epic Responds to Complaints About Fortnite Cross-Platform Play

    Epic Responds to Complaints About Fortnite Cross-Platform Play

    Developer will continue with their plans despite fan complaints.

    Cross-platform play seems to be all the rage these days and it's only going to keep gaining support as time goes on. However, it seems as though some fans of the still popular battle royale game, Fortnite, aren't too keen on the idea.

    A recent change to the game introduced skill-based matchmaking. This is a system that tries to put players of similar skill together in the same match. Players noticed that...
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  • Death Stranding 'The Drop' Trailer

    Death Stranding 'The Drop' Trailer

    A new Death Stranding promotional trailer is out.

    There is a new, short promo trailer out today for Death Stranding. Watch as Sam Porter Bridges tries to reconnect a broken nation. Maybe he'll use bridges to do this. Bridges that will help him to transport his deliveries. Maybe he'll eventually get to make portals that help him to bridge together large distances.

    Only the most subtle of symbolism from Hideo Kojima.

    Death Stranding is out on November 8, 2019 for the PlayStation 4. ...
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  • Randy Pitchford, Gearbox, and Their Former Lawyer Drop Lawsuits

    Randy Pitchford, Gearbox, and Their Former Lawyer Drop Lawsuits

    All parties resolve "misunderstandings" as evidence exonerates Randy Pitchford.

    If you need to get up to speed on what is going on here, I suggest you check out the previous update from August where we go over the events of this long legal battle between Gearbox, Randy Pitchford, and Gearbox's former lawyer, Wade Callender. In short, Pitchford and Callender were suing each other over various grievances. Everyone involved came off as incredibly scummy in their own way. Like...
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  • Neo Cab is Now Available

    Neo Cab is Now Available

    Drive a cab, meet people, and find your missing friend.

    Neo Cab, the narrative adventure game from Fellow Traveller and Chance Agency, is now available for the PC, Mac, and Nintendo Switch.

    You play Lina, a cab driver trying to stay human in an AI driven world. You will encounter a wide variety of characters as you try to balance your personal well-being, while remaining employed, while also trying to find your missing friend. Simple, right?

    The devs are calling...
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  • New WWE 2K20 Trailer - Step Inside

    New WWE 2K20 Trailer - Step Inside

    A new trailer shows off your favorite wrestlers in action.

    2K just released a new trailer today for WWE 2K20. This trailer, entitled "Step Inside," provides fans a look at the cover athletes of Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns. It also shows off some of the rest of the roster including Four Horsewomen, WWE Legends, new stars, and "a terrifying guest."

    There's also a little look at some of the pre-order bonus content, WWE 2K20 Originals: Bump in the Nig...
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  • Sony Now Fully Supports Cross-play for PlayStation 4

    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.
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  • October is Battlefest Month for Battlefield V

    October is Battlefest Month for Battlefield V

    A month of events, challenges, and content await Battlefield V players.

    October is officially "Battlefest" month for Battlefield V. Throughout the month, players will get to take part in a number of events, challenges, and even get their hands on some new content and rewards. This will be the lead-up to the release of Chapter 5 and the start of the Pacific campaign for the game.

    Each week of Battlefest will have different themes. There will be different modes,...
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  • New Overview for Operation Underground Map for Battlefield V

    New Overview for Operation Underground Map for Battlefield V

    DICE provides a fresh look at an old favorite.

    DICE is set to release the Operation Underground map for Battlefield V very soon. In fact, it may actually be released this week. Operation Underground is essentially a Battlefield V take on Operation Metro from Battlefield 3. It was first announced back in June during EA's E3 event.

    This week, a new preview for the map provides us with a new trailer. We learn that the original designer of Operation Metro was also the lead...
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  • Cross-Platform Play Added to PUBG

    Cross-Platform Play Added to PUBG

    Now Xbox and PlayStation players can battle it out... together.

    PUBG Corp announced today that Update 4.3 for PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has added cross-platform functionality. This update, currently live on consoles, allows PlayStation and Xbox players to battle it out together.

    According to the patch notes, which you can find here, cross-platform play can be disabled through the options.

    There is a small drawback to the current functionality of the cross-platform...
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  • Get a Free Month of Origin Access Courtesy of EA

    Get a Free Month of Origin Access Courtesy of EA

    Secure your account to get a free month of Origin Access.

    EA wants you to secure your accounts. To help incentivize you into being secure, they will give you a free month of Origin Access once you enable two-factor authentication.

    While you probably should have had 2FA enabled for this and every other account already, this should help to give you that last little push you need to get it done. It's quick and typically painless, except if you somehow stub your toe.
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