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  • Embracer Acquires The Lord of the Rings, Tripwire Interactive, and Several Other Companies

    The one company to rule them all. We are all Embracer now.

    Last night around midnight (ET) that Embracer Group made several acquisition announcements that have been turning heads all day. First off, Embracer says that they have acquired the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien through its acquisition of Middle-earth Enterprises.

    Middle-earth Enterprises is a company that holds the licensing rights to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and other...
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  • Jane Foster's Mighty Thor is Now in Marvel's Avengers

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    Jane Foster's Mighty Thor is Now in Marvel's Avengers

    She was added as part of a free update released today.

    Jane Foster's Mighty Thor was just added to Marvel's Avengers today. Foster was first teased back in the far-off time of April 2022 with a short, animated teaser. Today, she was released to everyone that owns the game as part of a free update.

    Developer Crystal Dynamics offers up a deep-dive video that showcases her abilities and what they'll offer to this action game. The comparisons to Thor Odinson are obviously...
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  • Embracer Looking at Sequels and More for Deus Ex and Tomb Raider

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    Embracer Looking at Sequels and More for Deus Ex and Tomb Raider

    Sequels, remakes, remasters, and spin-offs are all possibilities for these IPs.

    Embracer Group is already looking forward to "sequels, remakes, remasters, and spin-offs" for their newly obtained IPs. In early May, Embracer Group acquired Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, Square Enix Montreal, and several former Square Enix IPs such as Deus Ex and Tomb Raider.

    This week, Embracer shared their latest financial results (PDF), during which they say that they are...
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  • Square Enix Wants to Push Forward with Blockchain Following Embracer Acquisitions

    Square Enix pushing forward on blockchain, AI, and the cloud.

    In the early hours of Monday, May 2, Embracer Group announced that they had acquired several Square Enix studios as part of a $300 million (USD) deal. This deal included the acquisition of Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal. It also included several popular IPs such as Deus Ex and Tomb Raider plus over 50 back-catalog titles.

    Following the announcement, Square Enix released a documen...
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  • Embracer Group Acquires Eidos-Montreal, Crystal Dynamics, and Square Enix Montreal

    Embracer's acquisition also includes a number of popular and old IPs from these studios.

    Embracer Group AB (Embracer) just announced that they have entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal. As a result of this acquisition, Embracer now also owns a large number of popular IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain, and over "50 back-catalogue games from Square Enix."

    Embracer's announcement...
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  • New Tomb Raider Game Announced, Built on Unreal Engine 5

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    New Tomb Raider Game Announced, Built on Unreal Engine 5

    Lara isn't quite done with her adventures just yet.

    Crystal Dynamics revealed that they are working on a new Tomb Raider game that will be built using Unreal Engine 5.

    The studio made the announcement today during the State of Unreal 2022 event, where it was also revealed that Unreal Engine 5 is now available to download.

    General manager for the Tomb Raider franchise Dallas Dickinson says that they will be creating a "high-quality cinematic action-adventure...
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  • First Look at Spider-Man in Marvel's Avengers

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    First Look at Spider-Man in Marvel's Avengers

    Yep, that's Spider-Man.

    It was recently revealed that Spider-Man would be coming to Marvel's Avengers on November 30th. Just keep in mind that Spider-Man and his story content are exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 versions of Marvel's Avengers.

    Today, IGN got an exclusive first look at Spider-Man's intro video into Marvel's Avengers.

    The trailer is a cinematic that introduces the web slinger. We don't see any gameplay in the video but we do...
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  • Marvel's Avengers Adds Paid XP Boots, Despite Promises Not To

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    Marvel's Avengers Adds Paid XP Boots, Despite Promises Not To

    Fans are not at all happy.

    Long ago, promises were made by developer Crystal Dynamics and publisher Square Enix that "pay-to-win" mechanics would never be introduced to Marvel's Avengers. For a while, that promise was kept. Today, that promise was broken.

    With the release of Marvel's Avengers on Xbox Game Pass comes a new addition to the game: Paid XP boosts.

    The in-game market for Marvel's Avengers was recently updated to include XP boost consumables...
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  • Marvel's Avengers Spider-Man DLC to Include Story Content and Cutscenes

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    Marvel's Avengers Spider-Man DLC to Include Story Content and Cutscenes

    The PlayStation exclusive character will have more content not available anywhere else.

    When Spider-Man is added to Marvel's Avengers, presumably by the end of the year, it will be more than just a simple character addition. This PlayStation exclusive character will not only be playable only on the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, but he will also come with added story content and additional cutscenes. This content will not be made available to any other platform.

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  • Marvel's Avengers: Spider-Man and First Raid Coming this Year

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    Marvel's Avengers: Spider-Man and First Raid Coming this Year

    We know that Spidey is coming this year, but not the exact date.

    Crystal Dynamics released a fresh roadmap today for the content and updates coming in 2021 for Marvel's Avengers. This includes the first details for the game's first raid, information about a level cap increase, and the fact that Spider-Man will be added to the PlayStation versions later this year. This was all shared today as part of the team's latest State of the Game blog posting.

    This latest State of...
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  • Black Panther - War for Wakanda Out Now for Marvel's Avengers

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    Black Panther - War for Wakanda Out Now for Marvel's Avengers

    A new hero, villains, enemies, and more added.

    Today marks the release of Marvel's Avengers expansion Black Panther - War for Wakanda. This is available as a free update to everyone that owns the base game. It adds in Black Panther, who is now the ninth playable Hero for the game. This expansion also adds in two new villains, a new area to explore, new enemies, the Birnin Zana Outpost, a new Drop Zone, new Threat Sector missions, and more.

    This update is supposedly the...
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  • Latest Marvel's Avengers Update Publicly Displays Streamer IP Addresses

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    Latest Marvel's Avengers Update Publicly Displays Streamer IP Addresses

    So yeah, maybe don't stream that game right now.

    Crystal Dynamics issued a warning to streamers that are considering streaming Marvel's Avengers to the public. As of the recent 1.8.0 patch, the PlayStation 5 version of the game now shows the IP address of the person playing at the bottom of the screen.

    After the patch went live, Crystal Dynamics took to Twitter to say that they were investigating an issue related to "a floating sting of text" appearing on players'...
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  • Marvel's Avengers Got a Next-Gen Upgrade Today

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    Marvel's Avengers Got a Next-Gen Upgrade Today

    Hawkeye and other new content is also now available.

    Square Enix announced today that the next-gen update for Marvel's Avengers is now available for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Those that own the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One versions of the game will get a free upgrade to the next-gen version with all of their save games transferring over to their new devices.

    In addition to the next-gen update, the second post-launch Operation for the game is now available. This...
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  • Marvel's Avengers is About to Make Level Grinding More of a Slog

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    Marvel's Avengers is About to Make Level Grinding More of a Slog

    How do we retain players? I got it!

    On March 18, Marvel's Avengers will be updated in a number of ways. That is the date in which Hawkeye will be added to the roster. It will also be the date in which the game is given some next-gen improvements. That's the good news. The bad news here is that March 18 is also the date in which the team at Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix will revise the amount of experience needed in order to level up.

    In short, you will now need more...
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  • Square Enix Promises a Year of Tomb Raider Celebrations

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    Square Enix Promises a Year of Tomb Raider Celebrations

    A year of celebrations for the 25th anniversary of the franchise.

    2021 marks the 25th anniversary for the Tomb Raider franchise, with it having made its debut back in October 1996. Since then, the franchise has seen numerous games released, including a few spin-offs from the main series, and even a couple of Hollywood films. The series was even been rebooted in recent years to some mixed opinions. All told, there are more than 30 video games released with the Tomb Raider name thus...
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