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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


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


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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  • Embracer Owned Lost Boys Interactive Lays Off 'Sizable Portion' of Employees

    Embracer Owned Lost Boys Interactive Lays Off 'Sizable Portion' of Employees

    Lost Boys Interactive helped co-develop Tiny Tina's Wonderlands and Borderlands 3.

    Lost Boys Interactive is the latest gaming studio to be hit by layoffs. The studio is a subsidiary of Gearbox, and Gearbox is owned by Embracer Group. Lost Boys Interactive has been in the industry since 2017 and have helped co-develop games such as Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, The Quiet Man, and Diablo 4. The studio was picked up by Gearbox in 2022 and had grown to employ over 400 people.

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  • Smite Next-gen Remake Announced as Smite 2

    Smite Next-gen Remake Announced as Smite 2

    Still Smite, just rebuilt for next-gen.

    Smite 2 was officially announced today at the 2024 Smite World Championship. The still popular third-person multiplayer battle arena (MOBA) will get a new, standalone sequel that isn't quite a "full-fledged" sequel in the traditional sense.

    See, developer Titan Forge Games isn't making a sequel so much as they plan to retain the same core Smite gameplay but just rebuild the rest of the game up from the ground up for next-gen....
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  • Isabela Merced Cast as Dina for The Last of Us Season 2

    Isabela Merced Cast as Dina for The Last of Us Season 2

    Plus, Young Mazino cast as Jesse.

    Following the reveal that Kaitlyn Dever will play Abby in the second season of HBO's The Last of Us, comes word of two additional hires.

    First we have Young Mazino, an actor best known for his role in the TV mini series, Beef. Mazino will play Jesse in the second season of The Last of Us. Mazino's casting was announced the other day, but we somehow missed the announcement.

    Joining Dever and Mazino will be Isabela Merced...
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  • Discord is the Latest Tech Company Hit with Layoffs

    Discord is the Latest Tech Company Hit with Layoffs

    170 more people are now without a job.

    2024 isn't even two weeks old and this is now the fourth article going up about layoffs at tech and gaming companies. First it was Bossa, then Unity, and then it was Twitch. In fact, there were other cuts within these industries we didn't get a chance to report on. Those include massive cuts at Google, Amazon, and Xerox. Now, we are learning that the gaming-focused social platform Discord is laying off 17% of its staff, or 170 employees....
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  • Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden 'Love, Death, and Sacrifice' Trailer

    Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden 'Love, Death, and Sacrifice' Trailer

    Do you believe in life after love?

    Focus Entertainment and DON'T NOD released another new trailer today for Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden. This new trailer is entitled "Love, Death, and Sacrifice" and focuses on the relationship between Antea and Red.

    These two are lovers and Banishers, trained in the art of hunting spirits and protecting people from the particularly nasty specters roaming the lands. Things between the two get a bit more complicated when Antea...
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  • Actors Not Happy with SAG-AFTRA Following AI Voice Deal Announcement

    Actors Not Happy with SAG-AFTRA Following AI Voice Deal Announcement

    What SAG-AFTRA claims and what the deal entails seem to be vastly at odds with each other.

    On January 9, the Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) announced that they struck a deal with the AI firm Replica Studios.

    According to SAG AFTRA the deal that was struck would allow Replica "to engage SAG-AFTRA members under a fair, ethical agreement to safely create and license a digital replica of their voice." They...
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  • League of Legends Season 2024 Cinematic Now Live

    League of Legends Season 2024 Cinematic Now Live

    In case you wanted to see it.

    Riot Games released the new cinematic for League of Legends' Season 2024. The new cinematic is called "Still Here" and with its release Season 2024 has officially kicked off.

    I assume that this cinematic will also play within League of Legends itself, perhaps when you launch the game. I do not know how these work as I do not play League of Legends. However, if you can't access the game yet or just want to see the cinematic outside...
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  • PlayStation Plus Game Catalog Expands to Include Resident Evil 2, Tiny Tina's Wonderlands, and More

    These new PS4 and PS5 titles will be added on January 16th.

    Starting on January 16, Sony is adding a bunch of new titles to the PlayStation Plus Game Catalog. These are titles that will be playable by those who subscribe to PlayStation Plus Extra or PlayStation Plus Premium. Obviously the more expensive tier will get some exclusives not available for Extra users. Right off the rip, these subscribers will get to play some really fun titles from the past few years. The list, seen ...
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  • Amazon Owned Streaming Site Twitch Laying Off 35% of Staff

    Amazon Owned Streaming Site Twitch Laying Off 35% of Staff

    About 500 workers will be let go.

    We are only a little over a week into 2024 and already it's looking a lot like 2023 for the gaming and tech industries. Earlier this week, Bossa Studios laid off a third of its staff on January 5th. On the 8th, Unity laid off 25% of its workforce. And late in the day here on the 9th, we are learning that the Amazon owned livestream site Twitch is laying off about 35% of their staff, or about 500 workers.

    The layoffs are expected to be...
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  • Role of Abby Cast for HBO's The Last of Us Season 2

    Role of Abby Cast for HBO's The Last of Us Season 2

    This Booksmart star will play Abby in the show's second season.

    HBO just announced that Kaitlyn Dever will play Abby in the second season of HBO's The Last of Us series. She will join Bella Ramsey's Ellie and Pedro Pascal's Joel in the award-winning series. Abby will have a major role in season 2 and possibly beyond depending on how much of the plot is covered throughout the second season.

    HBO describes Abby as a "skilled soldier whose black-and-white view of the...
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  • Pokemon with Guns Game, Palworld, Coming to Game Pass

    Pokemon with Guns Game, Palworld, Coming to Game Pass

    A release date has officially been confirmed.

    Palworld, better known as the "Pokemon with guns" game, officially has a release date. January 19th is the date where you will be able to catch, battle, and collect (and kill?) a variety of monster creatures known as Pals.

    Palworld will launch with over 100 different Pals to collect, a variety of bosses to fight, and will feature base building. You can even have your captured Pals automate some of the work for you...
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  • Alan Wake to Join Dead by Daylight Roster

    Alan Wake to Join Dead by Daylight Roster

    His appearance may actually be canon.

    After a quick tease just yesterday, it was confirmed today by Behaviour Interactive that Alan Wake will be joining the Survivors in Dead by Daylight. On January 30th, Alan Wake will be added as a playable Survivor. If you would like to try out Wake before the 30th, you can do so right now courtesy of a limited time public test build on Steam.

    There was also a lore appropriate reason for Wake's addition to Dead by Daylight. The reason...
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  • Helldivers 2 PC Features and Hardware Requirements

    Helldivers 2 PC Features and Hardware Requirements

    A new trailer was also shown off for this sequel.

    A new PlayStation Blog update on Helldivers 2 comes out of the gate swinging. This upcoming PlayStation 5 and PC title will feature crossplay support between the two platforms. Beyond that, Sony and developer Arrowhead Game Studios talks more about the PC specific features for Hellblade 2. In addition, we are given details on the minimum, recommended, performance, and ultra requirements.

    No matter what performance tier...
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  • Beyond the Screen: Exploring the Social Aspects of Video Gaming and Online Casinos

    In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital entertainment, the social dimensions of video gaming and online casinos including platforms like the Betway app have come to the forefront, reshaping how individuals interact with these virtual realms. Ergo, this article assesses the intricate tapestry of social aspects woven into the fabric of both video gaming and online casinos.

    The Social Nexus of Video GamingVideo gaming - once viewed as a solitary activity - has undergone a paradigm shi...
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  • New Looks at Indiana Jones, Hellblade 2, and More at Upcoming Xbox Developer Direct

    A new Xbox showcase airs January 18th.

    On Thursday, January 18 at 12PM (PT), Xbox will host a new Developer_Direct. This new showcase will feature a number of games that are coming rather soon to Xbox Series X|S, PC, and to Game Pass. After this Xbox Developer Direct, ZeniMax Online Studios will host their own special event. That event will be The Elder Scrolls Online 2024 Global Reveal. That takes place at 1PM (PT).

    The Xbox Developer_Direct itself will be hosted by...
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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...
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