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Xbox Confirms PlayStation 5 Releases, Diablo 4 on Game Pass, and Future Hardware Plans

No, Starfield and Indiana Jones are not going multi-platform any time soon.

The heads of Xbox stayed true to their word and were indeed a part of a special edition of the Official Xbox Podcast. During today's pre-recorded podcast and subsequent blog post, head of Xbox Phil Spencer stated that four Xbox exclusives are going to be multi-platform releases. Is it Starfield? Indiana Jones? Gears of War? Halo?! No, no, no, and no. Though Spencer did not specify what those four titles ...
 

Embracer Lays Off 97 Employees from Eidos; Cancels New Deus Ex

Embracer's rampage continues.

Eidos-Montreal, a development studio currently under the Embracer umbrella, made the sad announcement that employees at the studio were being laid off. Eidos took to social media to confirm that 97 people have been let go "from development teams, administration, and support services".

The studio says that "global economic context, the challenges of our industry, and the comprehensive restructuring announced by Embracer have...
 

Microsoft Lays Off 1,900 People from Gaming Divisions

Impacted teams include Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Layoffs are happening again within Microsoft as roughly 1,900 employees are being let go. The initial report comes from an IGN report that says the layoffs hit Microsoft owned Activision Blizzard, Xbox, and ZeniMax.

Xbox lead Phil Spencer sent out a memo to staff which announced these layoffs. In the memo, Spencer says that as Microsoft is "committed to aligning on a strategy and an execution plan with...
 

Layoffs Hit Black Forest Games and People Can Fly

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Two more studios announced layoffs today. Those studios are Black Forest Games and People Can Fly.

Black Forest Games is the studio behind the remakes for Destroy All Humans! and Destroy All Humans! 2. The studio reportedly laid off roughly 50% of its entire workforce. In 2023, Black Forest Games reportedly had 110 employees, meaning that about 55 people are now out of a job today. These layoffs were announced on January 24th.

According to sources speaking...
 

Riot Games Lays Off 530 Employees, Shutters Riot Forge

Sigh...

Today's games industry layoff news comes to us courtesy of Riot Games, the development studio behind League of Legends and Valorant. In an effort to move towards "a more sustainable future", Riot Games announced plans to eliminate 11% of their entire workforce, or roughly 530 employees.

In today's announcement, Riot Games says that "teams outside of the core development" will be impacted by these layoffs the hardest.

Riot CEO...
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  • Atlus is Suing Fans for Reviving a Long Dead MMO

    Atlus is Suing Fans for Reviving a Long Dead MMO

    Game preservation be damned.

    At least two fans of the long-dead MMO Shin Megami Tensei: Imagine are being sued by Atlus over copyright infringement. As first spotted by MarshSMT on Twitter, the fans that were trying to revive the MMO that Atlus shut down back in May 2016. A revived fan server first went live in late 2020 by people going by the online handles of Rekuiemu Games and COMP_Hack.

    As part of their lawsuit, Atlus is claiming that the website used for the MMO's...
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  • Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1 Arrives on Tuesday

    Battlefield 2042 Update 2.1 Arrives on Tuesday

    This update will include the reworked version of Renewal among other things.

    The changelog for the upcoming Update 2.1 for Battlefield 2042 was just revealed. This update is slated to go live on Tuesday, September 27 at 8AM (UTC) or 4AM (ET) for those in the States.

    Update 2.1 will introduce the reworked version of Renewal, which we first got a good look at back in August. It was at that same time where we learned that the rework of Orbital will be next in line for release....
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  • Silent Hill: The Short Message Rated in Korea

    Silent Hill: The Short Message Rated in Korea

    Get your hopes up. Go on, do it!

    It looks like a new Silent Hill game is coming! Maybe? Something called Silent Hill: The Short Message was recently given a rating in South Korea.

    The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea gave a rating (via Gematsu) to this still unannounced Silent Hill project. The publisher is listed as UNIANA, which apparently is a regular publisher for Konami's titles in Korea.

    That's really all we know right now about this...
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  • E3 2023 Dated for June 13

    E3 2023 Dated for June 13

    The dates for E3 2023 have been announced.

    With a resounding and enthusiastic "ok," the dates have been revealed for E3 2023. Those dates marking the expo's long awaited return will be June 13th through the 16th.

    E3 2023 will once again return to the Los Angeles Convention Center for an in-person, super spreader extravaganza! There will be some partnered pre-show events starting on June 11, as per usual. The actual event will begin on the 13th.

    Things...
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  • First Full Trailer for The Last Of Us HBO Series

    First Full Trailer for The Last Of Us HBO Series

    The first full trailer is finally here.

    Finally, after a couple of teases here and there plus the big cast reveals, we finally have our first longer trailer for The Last of Us HBO series. HBO released the trailer as part of today's Last of Us Day celebrations.

    The trailer, which should be viewable below, includes our first good look at the Clickers, various locations throughout the United States, a look at some of the major characters, and even a look at the very memorable...
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  • Madden NFL 23 Pack Strike

    Madden NFL 23 Pack Strike

    Streamers and fans are calling for a boycott against MUT pack purchases.

    A story from Polygon sheds light on what fans and streamers for Madden NFL 23 are calling a "Pack Strike." Through the power of social media and Twitch, the hashtag #PACKSTRIKE started to gain momentum earlier this week. It began when the biggest Madden streamers and "influencers" said that they are not going to purchase premium currency for use in Madden Ultimate Team (MUT).

    Their...
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  • First Mario Movie Trailer to be Shown at New York Comic-Con

    First Mario Movie Trailer to be Shown at New York Comic-Con

    Hello all. It is I, Mario. Wahoo.

    The very first trailer for the upcoming Mario movie starring Chris Pratt in the titular role, will be shown at next month's New York Comic-Con. The announcement was made on Twitter via the official New York Comic-Con account.

    The first teaser trailer will be shown at the convention. Specifically, it will air at 4PM (ET) on October 6. Those in attendance will get to see the trailer only if you are in view of the Empire Stage at that time....
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  • Valve Launches New Steam Charts Page

    Valve Launches New Steam Charts Page

    Want to know what the most-played and top-selling games are on Steam?

    Valve just launched a new feature for Steam that they're calling Steam Charts. This is not to be confused with the already existing third-party site, Steam Charts.

    In a new Steam blog post, Valve details what Steam Charts is all about. In short, it's an updated version of the old "Stats" section on Steam. Now, the new Charts page will give you a better look at what the hottest games are on...
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  • Overwatch 2 Framerate Cap Upped to 600 FPS

    Overwatch 2 Framerate Cap Upped to 600 FPS

    This is all due to the power of the upcoming RTX 4090.

    When Overwatch 2 comes out, you will be able to run it at 600 FPS if you want (and can). This is apparently thanks to Nvidia teaming up with Blizzard on Nvidia Reflex support for Overwatch 2, which subsequently allowed the studios to increase the cap. The two companies are taking that slow and pathetic 400 FPS cap from the first Overwatch and cranking it up another 200 FPS.

    Nvidia confirmed that framerates of over...
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  • Cyberpunk 2077 Sees Massive Player Surge

    Cyberpunk 2077 Sees Massive Player Surge

    The surge can probably be most attributed to the new anime.

    Cyberpunk 2077 came out at the tail end of 2020. It was met with some less than favorable reviews from critics and even worse reviews by fans. It was buggy and a lot of the mechanics simply felt incomplete. Plus, the less said about the last-gen release the better. CD Projekt Red has been working on bringing the game up to snuff in the months since and it seems like their efforts are finally starting to pay off for some....
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  • Offensive Messages Sent in Children's MMO Not from Disgruntled Employee

    Offensive Messages Sent in Children's MMO Not from Disgruntled Employee

    The messages were coming from outside the building!

    Last week, the typically kid friendly MMO called Wizard101 turned into a real minefield of vulgar server messages. Players that were online on Friday, September 16 saw several server-wide messages that included jokes, swearing, and even complaints about the poor pay at developer KingsIsle. That fact that only KingsIsle staff should have access to this broadcast system and the messages about poor pay led many to believe that the messages...
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  • Cheat Maker is Countersuing Bungie

    Cheat Maker is Countersuing Bungie

    The countersuit claims Bungie violated DMCA.

    Cheat maker and provider AimJunkies has filed a countersuit against Destiny 2 developer Bungie. This is just the latest step in a long-running legal battle between Bungie and cheat producers such as AimJunkies. This particular tale began in 2021 when Bungie filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against AimJunkies.

    That lawsuit was dismissed just this April. The ruling judge said that Bungie had failed to prove AimJunkies infringed...
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  • Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond Coming to FIFA 23

    Ted Lasso and AFC Richmond Coming to FIFA 23

    The fictional character and fictional team are really being added to FIFA 23.

    With this being the last official FIFA release from Electronic Arts, I get the feeling that they're just kind of going "the heck with it, let's go for broke." Today, EA and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced that the fictional character of Ted Lasso and his equally fictional team, AFC Richmond, will be included in FIFA 23.

    Ted Lasso is an Apple TV show that debuted in...
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  • Twitch Flatly Refuses to Increase Streamer Share of Revenues

    Twitch Flatly Refuses to Increase Streamer Share of Revenues

    You'll get 50% and you'll like it.

    Just yesterday, Twitch scored a few brownie points when they said they were going to ban some gambling on the streaming platform. It wasn't much but at least it was something positive. Today, whatever positivity remained was tossed out the window when Twitch flatly refused to increase streamer revenue share.

    A petition signed by over 22,000 Twitch streamers and viewers sought to increase the subscription revenue share from 50/50 to 70/30...
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  • Video Games and Casino Games – Two Similar Parallels

    Video Games and Casino Games – Two Similar Parallels

    Two worlds of video games and online casino platforms are on the peak of their popularity. A lot of people of different ages like spending free time with games. Sometimes, it doesn`t even matter if it is a video games or casino products. In this aspect the connection of these two areas starts. But it is not the end. Moreover, this connection is stronger than in previous years. Intriguing, isn`t it? Introduction words Coolest Australian online casinos as well as top gaming providers try to do every...
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  • Poll: How do You Feel About Xbox Going Multi-Platform?
    by Shawn Zipay
    An announcement is expected to take place soon.

    For a little while now, rumors suggested that Xbox will begin to offer many of their first-party titles on competing hardware platforms. Just this week, those rumors were given more substance from a number of sources that say games such as Starfield, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle, Hi-Fi Rush, and even Gears of War could end up on PlayStation 5 and the Nintendo Switch.

    If these new reports are to be believed, these first-party...
    I am in favor of playing Xbox games on other platforms
    100.00%
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    I am against the idea of Xbox games on other platforms
    0%
    0
    02-06-2024, 02:31 PM
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