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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 […]

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Super Nintendo World opens in Osaka, Japan

by Selina Wang, CNN  Noriko Yoshinaka took the first train from Kyoto Thursday morning in order to be at the park on opening day. “I’m scared when I take off my mask to eat food,” Yoshinaka said. “But the park seems to take safety protocols, cleaning the rides and wiping surfaces every time people touch them, so I feel safe.” Many fans said they are most excited about Koopa’s Challenge: a real-life Mario Kart race through Bowser’s Castle. Riders have to wear augmented-reality headsets to see the projections of other characters and the track as well as to collect coins and to throw items. In addition to conventional rides, the entire Super Nintendo World is an immersive game in which […]

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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 […]