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Xbox Live has been down since 3 PM, and many users can’t play their games

by Richard Lawler, Engadget Just as the folks at Sony preview the future with their latest State of Play event, Xbox players are unable to login at all, as the online service is suffering a major outage. The latest update from 5 PM ET indicates Microsoft is working on the issue, but doesn’t provide any kind of ETA for when it will be resolved. According to the Xbox Live Status page, the outage started around 3:15 PM ET, and there’s no sign yet of anything getting better. Update: As of 5:10 PM ET the status page’s latest update says “we’re close to resolving the issue,” so hang in there. Update 2: 15 minutes later, and the status is still “close” so hopefully playing […]

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Anthem 2.0 Has Been Officially Canceled

The troubled history of Anthem is coming to an end, as Bioware reveals that Anthem 2.0 is officially cancelled in favor of focusing on other titles. by Anthony Puleo, Game Rant It’s no secret that Anthem had something of a troubled launch, but fans of the game placed all their hope in the elusive Anthem 2.0. Waiting for any sort of news on this has been an adventure in and of itself, but now the project is officially canceled. This news comes directly from Christian Dailey, the head of the Anthem reboot project, so there’s no denying its legitimacy. In summary, Dailey explains that the team that was working on Anthem will now be dedicating its resources towards other things like Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and Star Wars: […]

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Ubisoft Makes Assassin’s Creed Game Free for Limited Time

by Tyler Fischer, Comic Book Ubisoft has made an Assassin’s Creed game free, for some at least. Since Assassin’s Creed debuted back in 2007, Ubisoft hasn’t just added to it with a metric ton of mainline games, but it’s released spin-offs and put the series through a few stints of experimentation, which is how the Assassin’s Creed Chronicles sub-series was born. Fast-forward to today, and one of these games is now free for players. More specifically, and for a limited time, PC players, via Uplay, can download Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China for free, no strings attached. Unfortunately, if you’re on console — such as PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, or Nintendo Switch — you’re out of luck. Further, if you’re a Steam-only user or prefer the Epic Games Store, you’re […]

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‘Resident Evil’ movie reboot will premiere on Labor Day weekend

by Mariella Moon, Engadget The next Resident Evil film is set to open on September 3rd or this year’s Labor Day weekend, according to Deadline. While it’s still from Constantin Film, the German production company behind Paul W. S. Anderson’s adaptations, it’s not going to follow Milla Jovovich’s Alice anymore. The upcoming film is expected to follow the games closely and will serve as a reboot of the franchise’s movie series. Constantin first revealed its plans to make an origin movie based on the games late last year, with writer/director Johannes Roberts at the helm. At the time, Roberts said he wanted to “go back to the original first two games and recreate the terrifying visceral experience [he] had when [he] first played them” while […]

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Zenimax Co-Founder & CEO Robert Altman Has Died

by Luke Plunkett, Kotaku Robert Altman, who co-founded Bethesda parent company Zenimax and was the company’s chairman and CEO, has died, Bethesda announced today. Formerly a lawyer, Altman teamed up with Bethesda founder Christopher Weaver in 1999 to create Zenimax, which in addition to Bethesda’s internal studios also owns Arkane (Dishonored), id Software (Doom), MachineGames (Wolfenstein) and Tango Gameworks (The Evil Within). Altman is survived by his wife, Lynda Carter, and two children. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

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Jeff Bezos steps down as Amazon CEO

Andy Jassy, the chief executive of Amazon Web Services, will take over as CEO of Amazon. by Dylan Byers and Leticia Miranda, NBC News Jeff Bezos said today that he will step down as chief executive of Amazon, leaving the helm of the company he founded 27 years ago. Bezos will transition to the role of executive chair in the third quarter of this year, which starts July 1, the company said. Andy Jassy, the chief executive of Amazon Web Services, will take over as CEO of Amazon. In a memo to employees, Bezos said the transition will give him “the time and energy I need to focus on the Day 1 Fund, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, The Washington Post, and […]

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New Tomb Raider Will Unify Reboot Trilogy With Original Games

by Michael Beckwith, Game Rant With this year being the 25th anniversary of the Tomb Raider series, many fans naturally hoped that Crystal Dynamics would have a major game release planned for 2021, besides the Tomb Raider Reloaded mobile game. Bad news: that’s not going to happen. Good news: Crystal Dynamics has stated that the next mainline entry will unify the reboot trilogy with the original timeline of games made by Core Design, the studio that originally created the series. In a Twitter video explaining Crystal Dynamics’ plans to celebrate the Tomb Raider series throughout 2021, game director Will Kerslake briefly discussed what the studio intends to do with the series going forward and how future games will continue on from its recent trilogy. Said trilogy […]

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Microsoft Reverses Course On Xbox Live Price Increase

by Alexandra Hall, Kotaku Following widespread customer backlash, Microsoft released a statement walking back its Friday morning announcement of sweeping price increases for the Xbox Live Gold subscription service. According to the details outlined in this morning’s announcement, the minimum yearly cost of Xbox Live Gold would have soared from $60 to $120. But at 11:52 p.m. ET, Microsoft posted an update to its announcement in which it appeared to reverse course. “We messed up today and you were right to let us know,” the update read. “Connecting and playing with friends is a vital part of gaming and we failed to meet the expectations of players who count on it every day. As a result, we have decided not […]

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Microsoft increases Xbox Live Gold prices for new members

by Jon Fingas, Engadget Microsoft continues sending not-so-subtle signals that it would really, really like you to drop Xbox Live Gold in favor of Game Pass. The company has raised prices for new Xbox Live Gold memberships across the board, with the changes becoming more noticeable the longer you’re ready to commit. The one- and three-month plans aren’t much pricier at $11 and $30 respectively (up $1 and $5), but six months now costs you $60 — well above the $40 you used to pay. And when there’s no longer a 12-month membership, you’ll be looking at $120 per year if you insist on Gold. Existing six- and 12-month members will renew at the current price, Microsoft said. Those who convert their Gold memberships to Xbox Game […]

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Peter Moore gets back in the video game business

Former Sega, Microsoft, EA exec links up with engine maker Unity by Owen S. Good, Polygon Peter Moore, the tattoo enthusiast and former executive at Sega, Microsoft, and Electronic Arts, is getting back into the gaming industry. Moore announced Wednesday on Twitter that he has joined engine maker Unity Technologies to lead its sports & live entertainment division as senior vice president and general manager. Moore, 66, had spent the past four years in something of a sports nut’s dream job: chief executive of Liverpool Football Club, his favorite team since boyhood. In his tenure, the Reds won the Premier League in the 2019-20 season, their first league championship in 30 years. The club also took the UEFA Champions League title in 2019 (and the […]

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Sony Announces First PlayStation 5 Restock of 2021

Another chance to get your hands on the coveted next-gen console. Photo credit: Sony by Nicolaus Li, HYPEBEAST For those that weren’t lucky enough to get a PlayStation 5 last year, Sony‘s Sony Rewards division has now announced the first restock of the next-gen console for 2021. Aside from being the first restock of the year, it also serves as the first real replenishment of the PS5 seen since its initial release that took over the gaming world. Announced on the Sony Rewards Twitter account, the post doesn’t reveal any specifics but it does note that a post at a later date will reveal will outline restock info. Going on to suggest gamers to turn on post notifications. Catch Sony Rewards’ post regarding the […]

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Bethesda’s MachineGames is working on an Indiana Jones game

Wolfenstein developer MachineGames is making an Indiana Jones game, parent company Bethesda has announced. by Andy Robinson, VGC he collaboration with the newly reformed Lucasfilm Games label was announced via a video on Tuesday, which features a pan over a desk littered with iconic items from the movie series, including Indy’s famous hat and whip. Executive produced by Elder Scrolls and Fallout director Todd Howard, the Indiana Jones game will tell a wholly original, standalone tale set at the height of the career of the famed adventurer, Bethesda said. “It’ll be some time before we have more to reveal, but we’re very excited to share today’s news,” the company added. In a separate post on StarWars.com, Lucasfilm said that some clues to the game’s […]

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New open-world Star Wars game announced by Ubisoft and Massive Entertainment

From the developers that brought you Assassin’s Creed and The Division 2 by Chris Garcia, One More Game If there’s any company out there that knows its open-world games, it would be Ubisoft. With their success on the Assassin’s Creed Franchise, they’re looking ready to take on a new challenge as developers Massive Entertainment (The Division 2) have entered into a partnership with Lucasfilm games to work on a new open-world Star Wars game. According to a report from Wired, this is the first time that a Star Wars game will be developed by someone outside of EA since 2012. This title is still very early in development, and no other details like characters and setting / timeline has been decided […]

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Here’s the latest PS5 release schedule from Sony

by Jordan Devore, Destructoid In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment at CES 2021, Sony disclosed a handful of release windows for the 2021 slate of PlayStation 5 games – as well as pair of high-profile titles that are much further out. These up-to-date release windows appeared at the end of a montage during Sony’s digital press event: Hitman 3 (January 20, 2021) Kena: Bridge of Spirits (March 2021) Returnal (March 19, 2021) Solar Ash (June 2021) Little Devil Inside (July 2021) Ghostwire: Tokyo (October 2021) Stray (October 2021) Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (2021) Horizon Forbidden West (2021) Project Athia (January 2022) Pragmata (2023) Some of these – like Ghostwire – feel right on cue. Others, including Horizon Forbidden West and Rift Apart, don’t seem like they’ll be out of reach much longer. And then we have Project Athia from Square […]

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These are Sony’s first 360-degree audio speakers

Your first look at the upcoming SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 speakers by Jay Peters, The Verge Earlier today, Sony announced that it would be releasing two new speakers compatible with 360 Reality Audio, its spatial audio technology that replicates the feel of live music by placing different sounds and vocals in a virtual sphere around you. It said its plan is to release them this spring, but it didn’t share what the speakers would look like. We didn’t have to wait to learn more about them, though, as Sony’s UK website now has full product pages for the upcoming SRS-RA5000 and SRS-RA3000 speakers. The higher-end SRS-RA5000, pictured at the top of this post, will have three up-firing speakers, three side speakers, and a woofer. It’s also certified […]

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PlayStation Players Can Now Order PS2-Themed PS5

by Tyler Fischer, ComicBook.com PlayStation players can now order a special PS2-themed PS5, though not via Sony, Walmart, Target, GameStop, Best Buy, Amazon, or any other major retailer, but courtesy of SUP3R5. Earlier this month, SUP3R5 announced its “retro-inspired” PS5 console and PS5 DualSense controller. At the time, neither product was available to purchase, but today that changed. That said, if you want to pick up either of these custom-made pieces of nostalgic hardware, you will need to be prepared to fork over some additional cash money. The special PS5 DualSense controller runs at $99 USD, while the console, which comes with the controller, runs at $649 USD. The former is limited to just 500 units, while the console is even […]