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Billion-dollar monetization giant EA shifts towards single player games

Billion-dollar monetization titan Electronic Arts is now re-embracing single player as it sets up profitable online tentpoles. by Derek Strickland, Tweak Town Following the breakout success of games like Jedi: Fallen Order, and with established online anchors like FIFA, Madden, Apex, and Battlefield established, Electronic Arts now seems more open to single player games. While the publisher’s billion-dollar live games offerings aren’t going anywhere, EA is now diversifying its portfolio across a spectrum of experiences. Live services no longer seem to be required for all of its games. The publisher has a number of single player-driven games currently in development, including a Dead Space remake. This one is actually a big example of EA’s turnaround. EA Motive, the team behind […]

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Grand Theft Auto 6 Release Date, Evolving Map Leaks Backed Up By Insiders

Reliable sources back up the latest Grand Theft Auto 6 leaks, hinting at the long-awaited game’s release date and its evolving Vice City map. by Dalton Cooper, Game Rant Tom Henderson has made a name for himself as being a reliable leaker when it comes to Battlefield and Call of Duty games, but recently he leaked information on the upcoming Grand Theft Auto 6 as well. According to Henderson, Grand Theft Auto 6 will be set in Vice City, the release date won’t be until sometime in 2024 or 2025, and it will have an “evolving map.” While these kinds of claims should always be taken with a grain of salt, they have since been backed up by more legitimate sources. Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier recently chimed in on […]

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EA Is Pulling Some Classics From GOG, And One Will Be Totally Delisted

by Zack Zwiezen, Kotaku Some classic PC games, including the fantastic and historically important Ultima Underworld series, are being removed from GOG on June 28. The games are on sale for next to nothing ahead of their removal. Yesterday, a member of the GOG team posted a notice that on Monday, June 28 at 1 p.m. UTC Ultima Underworld 1+2, Syndicate Plus, and Syndicate Wars would be delisted. For folks who already own the games, they will still appear in your digital library. However, after that date, it will no longer be possible to purchase the titles on GOG. Once Monday arrives it will only be legally possible to buy these games on EA’s own Origin store. However, Syndicate Wars in particular doesn’t currently seem to be available on Origin […]

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Halo Infinite Release Date Narrowed Down To ‘A Few Weeks,’ Phil Spencer Says

by Ian Walker, Kotaku Although a firm Halo Infinite release date has yet to be set, internal talks at Microsoft surrounding when to launch the game have narrowed from the months-long holiday 2021 release window to a handful of weeks, Xbox head Phil Spencer explained during a recent appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast. “We’ll have better clarity over the summer, but this isn’t a months thing, this is just down to a few weeks,” Spencer said. “Instead of picking this day and having to move it by a week, which at this point would feel like a fail, we don’t want to do that, so let’s wait until we’re really solid on what the date is.” Spencer also said that Microsoft is looking […]

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Xbox Will Be Built Into TVs, Xbox-Branded Streaming Devices Announced

Microsoft has high hopes for Xbox Game Pass and growing it into the future. by Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Xbox Game Pass has been one of Microsoft’s biggest success stories this generation, and the company is not slowing down. Microsoft on Thursday announced major plans to grow and evolve the service over time, while it also released new statistics that speak to its popularity. Microsoft is working with TV manufacturers around the world to “embed the Xbox experience directly into” internet-connected TVs. The idea is you’ll be able to play Xbox games with no additional hardware, except for a controller. This is a very big deal because it opens up a potentially much larger audience for Xbox: people who don’t want […]

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Blizzard has canceled BlizzCon 2021

by Igor Bonifacic, Engadget BlizzCon won’t return in 2021. Blizzard said on Wednesday the ongoing realities of the coronavirus pandemic make it too difficult to pull off the type of convention fans have come to expect from the studio. “Building an in-person BlizzCon is an epic and complex affair that takes many months of preparation… and ultimately we’re now past the point where we’d be able to develop the kind of event we’d want to create for you in November,” BlizzCon Executive Producer Saralyn Smith said. Instead, Blizzard plans to host a “global event” sometime early next year that will include both online and in-person elements. To make up for the cancelation of BlizzCon 2020, Blizzard hosted BlizzConline this past February. The online-only […]

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Sony to integrate Discord chat into PlayStation

by Nicole Lee, Engadget PlayStation users could soon have another way of communicating with each other. Sony recently announced that it was partnering with Discord and that it will be integrating the service into the PlayStation Network early next year.  “Our goal is to bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year, allowing friends, groups, and communities to hang out, have fun, and communicate more easily while playing games together,” said CEO and President Jim Ryan.  We’re not sure yet how this integration will look like. Presumably this means that there’ll be some kind of Discord chat interface that’ll let you interact with your friends on PSN either through voice or text, though it’s […]

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Xbox Series X just beat PS5 to this killer AMD graphics upgrade

Xbox game developers can now offer boosted visuals thanks to AMD’s FidelityFX software. by Tom Pritchard, Tom’s Guide The Xbox Series X just got a healthy graphics update. It’s all thanks to AMD’s ‘FidelityFX’ technology, which has just been added to the Series X and Xbox Series S’ Game Development Kits (via VideoCardz). Not only does this mean the next-gen Xbox consoles can now get similar graphics boosts as AMD-powered PCs, it gives the Xbox Series X a major boost over the PS5. FidelityFX is a piece of AI-powered software that is able to offer a number of adaptive graphics enhancements for developers to include in their games. That includes variable shading, image sharpening, ambient occlusion, screen space reflections and more.  The point being that the visuals […]

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Naughty Dog is reportedly remaking the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5

Studio said to have taken charge of the Project from another Developer in 2020 by Tom Ivan, VGC Sony Interactive Entertainment is planning to release a remake of the original The Last of Us for PlayStation 5. That’s according to a new Bloomberg report which claims the project was originally in development at PlayStation’s Visual Arts Service Group before the studio was switched to a support role on the game. The remake’s development is now being led by series creator Naughty Dog, which is said to have taken charge of the project following the completion of The Last of Us Part 2, which was released in June 2020. Michael Mumbauer, who has since departed Sony, founded the San Diego-based Visual Arts Service Group in 2007 with the […]

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Cancelled Game ‘Castlevania: Resurrection’ Resurfaces as Lost Prototype Is Found

Great news for video games preservation! More than 20 years after its official cancellation, Castlevania: Resurrection has once again become the source of speculation after a supposed early prototype of the Dreamcast game resurfaced. The reveal of the prototype happened thanks to the little-known site Sega Dreamcast Info, created and kept by Laurent Comby, a one-man team dedicated to preserving Sega games, commercials and technology. The revealed prototype supposedly pre-dates E3’s 1999 presentation of Castlevania: Resurrection, when journalists were able to access a playable version of the game behind closed doors. This was the only time the game was ever shown to some sort of public, until last weekend, when a video of the prototype emerged. In the video, we can see a rough version […]

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PUBG Lite is shutting down at the end of April

Fs in the chat by Bijan Stephen, The Verge There are a few different versions of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds — the game that popularized the battle royale genre and inspired a legion of competitors — which you can play on everything from your underpowered phone to your high-end gaming rig. At the end of April, however, the list will be one entry shorter: PUBG Lite, the free-to-play version of the ultimate life and death fight specced for lower-end machines, is going dark on April 29th. New downloads were shut down on March 30th. In its note to fans, Krafton, the game’s publisher, didn’t give a reason for the impending closure. Here’s what it said in full: We are deeply grateful for the passion and support from the […]

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Call of Duty games get a big update that reduces file sizes

Season Two Reloaded also lets you remove game modes you don’t play. by S. Shah, Engadget With each new update, the latest Call of Duty games have seen their combined size grow to gargantuan proportions. To lighten the load on your hard drive, Activision is reducing Warzone and Modern Warfare‘s overall file sizes across platforms by more than 30GB and over 10GB, respectively, as part of its Season Two Reloaded release. The catch is that the latest update (complete with data optimization perks) is “larger than usual” at 7.4GB to 14.18GB for Black Ops Cold War, and 52GB to 57.8GB for Warzone. Bloated file sizes are a frustrating characteristic of modern AAA games that developers are increasingly seeking to address. Last year, Epic Games shrank Fortnite‘s total size by […]

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Nine Free ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ DLC Packs Appear Online, Including Night City Expansion

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible At the time of writing, developer CD Projekt RED has just released its second major update on all platforms for Cyberpunk 2077. The accompanying patch notes detail hundreds of fixes and adjustments for a game that, as we all know, launched in a disastrous state on consoles. In the wake of Cyberpunk 2077‘s launch and the myriad of issues around the game, you’ll probably remember that CDPR made the wise decision to put a hold on all planned expansions both paid and free in an effort to focus entirely on fixing the base game. While there’s clearly still work to be done as CDPR works to restore its reputation and improve Cyberpunk 2077 at the same time, the good news is that […]

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Huge ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ Update Features Hundreds Of Changes

by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible Cyberpunk 2077’s much-needed 1.2 patch will be making its way to PC, consoles, and Stadia “soon”, CD Projekt RED has confirmed. The open-world sci-fi RPG got off to a rough start when it launched late last year, prompting apologies and promises to do better from the developer. The slightly delayed 1.2 patch is a substantial step forward for Cyberpunk 2077, offering literally hundreds of changes both big and small. Some of these were teased earlier this month – such as fixes to the way police in Night City appear and act – but there are plenty more we’re just now learning about. The patch notes cover changes to the game’s quest, open world, design, levels, audio, UI, […]

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It’s the End of an Era as the PlayStation 3 bows out for Good!

PlayStation 3 Store Set To Permanently Close After Nearly 15 Years by Ewan Moore, Gaming Bible It’s the end of an era, albeit an era a lot of us probably already assumed had ended. According to a new report, Sony is gearing up to shut down the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation Portable stores in just a few months. According to a source close to the situation that has since been verified by TheGamer, these stores are set to close their virtual doors for good on July, with an announcement planned for the end of this month. If there are any digital PlayStation 3 games you wanted to grab, now might be the time to do it. TheGamer understands that the PSP and […]

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Sony announces new PS5 VR controllers with adaptive triggers

Sony continues to tease its VR plans for PS5 by Tom Warren, The Verge Sony is revealing its new VR controllers for the PS5 today. The orb-shaped controllers look more like typical VR controllers than existing PlayStation Move motion controllers, and they also include the same adaptive trigger technology found on the DualSense PS5 controller. Each controller has tensions in the triggers, and Sony is aiming to use this tech in future VR games. The controllers also have haptic feedback, and finger touch detection that will let them detect fingers without having to press areas where you rest your thumb, index, or middle fingers. “This enables you to make more natural gestures with your hands during gameplay,” says Hideaki Nishino, head […]