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Old 10-02-2020, 07:52 PM   #14161
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EA Play to be included for free with Xbox Games Pass Ultimate starting on launch day for the new consoles. Nice.
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Old 10-05-2020, 07:33 PM   #14162
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* According to a report from Kotaku, the PS5 is going to be the first Playstation console from Sony where Circle for "confirm" and X for "cancel" will be the default option for all regions instead of before where the button options were swapped around for Japan. Predictably, this has led to negative online backlash by Japanese players over Sony's decision.
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* For those interested in Godfall for the PS5, the game's single player mode won't be playable offline since the game requires a constant internet connection.
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* Based on a recent listing on the Writer's Guild of America West website, Netflix recently ordered a third season to be made for their The Witcher television series and currently have tentative plans for a late 2020 to 2021 release on the service.
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:15 PM   #14163
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Not all that interested in Godfall. With all the gameplay and stuff I've seen, it ain't all that appealing.

Thinking about going the other way and grabbing Outriders.
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Old 10-06-2020, 01:36 AM   #14164
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I've actually been eager to give Godfall a go since the original announcement. Hope he ends up being good.
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* For those interested in the upcoming Spider-Man: Miles Morales game, Marvel announced that they are currently working with Titan Books on a comic book that will act as a prequel to the game's story. The book is titled "Spider-Man: Miles Morales – Wings of Fury" and is set to be released on November 10.
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* Constantin Film studio announced that they are currently developing a new Resident Evil film that will not be associated with the previous film series and instead act as a hard cinematic reboot and be based on the first two RE games.
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Written and directed by 47 Meters Down's Johannes Roberts, the new movie will see the action return to the iconic locale of Raccoon City, retelling the events of one grim night in the Spencer Mansion. Constantin Film has unveiled a cast of characters, including Upload's Robbie Amell as Chris Redfield, Maze Runner's Kaya Scodelario as Claire Redfield, Avan Jogia as Leon Kennedy, and Hannah John-Kamen - who you will remember as Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp - in the heralded role of Jill Valentine. A real all-star set of Resi heroes right there ...

The new film will be produced by Robert Kulzer, who was also the producer for the 2002 Resident Evil movie, as well as sequels Resident Evil: Extinction, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, and Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, thus the new film may not entirely eschew the style of its previous cinematic universe - for better or worse.
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* According to a report from Bloomberg, Activision Blizzard is currently in the process of shutting down their French branch with hundreds of layoffs expected to be made. It was also reported that staff members at their French office have yet to be fully informed of the company's plans for them and the office.
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Same shit from a different page of the Kotick playbook. Not the 1st time that dude pockets a shit ton of money just to lay off a substantial amount of people.
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Besides Epic Games, Microsoft also has recently gotten into a big dispute with Apple regarding their strict rules for the App Store.

Microsoft's issues revolve around them wanting to expand their Xbox Game Pass to iOS devices but are not fond of Apple demanding that in order for the service to be allowed, every game included has to each pass their own separate review by Apple. That would make it a lot more of a hassle to run the service on the platform than elsewhere. Microsoft wants the whole service to be treated as a single app and not have the games be treated as individually separate apps within an app.

Similar to Epic Games, Microsoft will also be circumventing Apple's rules in order to launch the service on the platform next year but as a browser-based software for their workaround solution.

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Xbox has channeled its inner Epic and is bringing that Fuck You energy to its battle with Apple. Everyone has a problem with the draconian way Apple runs its App Store. Currently, Microsoft is jammed up because it can't bring Xbox Game Pass game streaming to iOS devices without passing a review for each and every individual game on the service. Amazon's Luna and Google's Stadia are in the exact same situation.

"Nah, that's not how this is going down," Xbox says (probably). According to a report from Bloomberg, Xbox head Phil Spencer called a meeting with all employees to declare that Xbox game streaming will be on iOS devices in 2021. So, what changed? Microsoft found a workaround.

Next year, Xbox Game Pass will be offered on iPhones and iPads via a "direct browser-based solution." Because Xbox Game Pass won't be an app, it won't be subject to the usual App Store policies. Now Microsoft's challenge is building out a browser version that's functional in ways that offer a smooth app-like experience. Nevertheless, Spencer is quoted as saying "We absolutely will end up on iOS with Game Pass."
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:48 PM   #14169
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:57 PM   #14170
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Old 10-12-2020, 10:00 PM   #14171
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Got a buddy who's been a part of xCloud's testing and closed release for quite some time. He plays shooters at work and swears it's smoother than pretty much any other similar platform (I suspect it's because you're streaming your own console rather than some random server granted to your account but who knows).

Once it has full release with the rebooted Ultimate Game Pass Microsoft will have bypassed necessity for a handheld *and* casually dunk on companies trying their damndest to get it to work. It's gonna be a slaughter house, particularly if they can get it working thru a browser (which shouldn't be an issue technically speaking).
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Its pretty slick dude. Definitely been impressed. I have always been skeptical of cloud gaming, but they've done well so far. I can only imagine it getting better as technology progresses
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Rockstar Games acquires Ruffian Games and renames them Rockstar Dundee. They're known for Crackdown 2 and the Halo: Master Chief Collection.
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Day 1 optimize titles for Xbox. Smart delivery is what they call their system they use to automagically upgrade any "last gen" title to current - at no extra cost.


Presumably, GTA V will come out next year, and you can buy it for the 3rd time (or more)



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  • Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (Smart Delivery)
  • Borderlands 3 (Smart Delivery)
  • Bright Memory 1.0
  • Cuisine Royale (Smart Delivery)
  • Dead by Daylight (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition
  • DIRT 5 (Smart Delivery)
  • Enlisted
  • Evergate
  • The Falconeer (Smart Delivery)
  • Fortnite
  • Forza Horizon 4 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears 5 (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Gears Tactics (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Grounded (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • King Oddball (Smart Delivery)
  • Maneater (Smart Delivery)
  • Manifold Garden (Smart Delivery)
  • NBA 2K21
  • Observer: System Redux
  • Ori and the Will of the Wisps (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Planet Coaster (Smart Delivery)
  • Sea of Thieves (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • Tetris Effect: Connected (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • The Touryst (Xbox Game Pass + Smart Delivery)
  • War Thunder (Smart Delivery)
  • Warhammer: Chaosbane Slayer Edition
  • Watch Dogs: Legion (Smart Delivery)
  • WRC 9 FIA World Rally Championship (Smart Delivery)
  • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Smart Delivery)
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I’m not surprised rockstar is charging for the upgrade since up until Valorent’s weapon skins, shark cards were the biggest ripoff in all of gaming. I’d hope it’s at least a budget price.
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Blizzard Entertainment is currently facing the possibility of dealing with a workers strike protest due to Activision-Blizzard's recent actions involving their French based office.

Three unions representing Blizzard employees have recently called for a strike to take place if the company does not cease their plans to shut down the office. Their main issue is the company has not been honest regarding their actual plans for the office and those who will be affected. Also issues regarding poor work conditions at the office.

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A trio of workers' unions representing the employees of Blizzard Entertainment has called for strike action over ongoing plans to close the World of Warcraft developer's studio in Versailles.

As we reported last week, Activision-Blizzard is currently in the process of shuttering the French studio following a long and drawn-out dispute over severance, payable to some 130 employees who were hit with redundancy back in 2019. Originally, Blizzard had planned to relocate half of the Versailles team to its London offices, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has produced numerous setbacks, and seemingly the French studio will now close outright.

Speaking in an official statement, unions CGT, SPECIS-UNSA and CFE-CGC described the action of sending 285 employees to a COVID-hit job market was "inconceivable," while lambasting the studios' decision to repeatedly deny its plans to close the studios' doors.

"This comes as a shock for employees who were not expecting that announcement," said union spokespeople in the statement. "In 15 years, many of us left their homes from across Europe and beyond to join the company, people truly invested their whole lives into Blizzard success [...] Management has willingly deteriorated work conditions to a point where psycho-social risks raised dangerously, forcing work inspection to intervene and the CSE to launch a 'droit d'alerte'."

The union requests that Activision-Blizzard cease its plans to close the Versailles office, increase the production of activity in its European region, and invest in the effective prevention of further psycho-social risks. On social media, Blizzard fans have been trending the #KeepVersaillesOpen hashtag in an effort to show support to the affected parties.
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For those that purchase Playstaion games via mobile devices or the PS Store website, Sony announced they are dropping the ability to purchase PSP, PS Vita, and PS3 games from those platforms during the next 2 weeks.

The games, their DLC packs, and other related stuff like apps, themes, and avatars will still be available to purchase but only via those console and handhelds storefronts.

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Sony is about to make a frustrating change to the PlayStation Store that's going to hit desktop and mobile users the hardest. Soon, it will no longer be possible to buy PS3, PSP, or Vita games (or their DLC) from the PlayStation Store if you're browsing on a web browser or mobile device. That restricted access also goes for apps, themes, and avatars – and the wishlist feature is being "discontinued" too.

What's the deal? Sony is cleaning house for the fast-approaching PlayStation 5.

The company sent out an email to PlayStation users yesterday with details about these (previously rumored) PlayStation Store changes and when they will take effect. On desktop, the switchover will happen sometime next week. On mobile devices, the removal is happening on October 28, 2020.

Under the new setup, if you want to buy a PlayStation 3, PSP, or PS Vita game, you'll need to do so on your original system using its less-than-ideal storefront. (One of the big reasons why this change is such an annoyance.) If you want to get PS4 apps, themes, or avatars, you'll need to use your PS4.
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meh. I maybe would have left the vita accessible for the time being but ps3 and psp have been retired long enough to let it go. If you are buying games for those systems still then you clearly own them and its not much of an issue to log in and d/l games from them tbh. People making a much bigger deal out of this than needs to be made.
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For those that shop at Gamestop stores during the annual Black Friday sales, the company announced they won't be open on that day for this year.

To make up for it, the company also announced they will be holding more pre-Black Friday sales events at their stores.

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The virus isn't going to respect 'pre-black friday' events either.
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Probably just means a few more weekly sales or notable discounts and not actual mini-Black Friday events.

Them shutting down Black Friday at their stores is way more due to them very likely weren't going to get that many people showing up anyways. Easier on their end to just pocket the money they would have spent on extra wages for their employees for lower in-store sales this year.

Now if they don't get a big boost from online sales for Black Friday, then that's very troublesome for their future considering their serious financial problems.
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Major retailers are in fact having mini blck friday events throughout the month of November. Seems like a really dumb idea, given the spike in cases we're seeing.
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Dunno if it's a 'spike'. Seems like the usual numbers trumped up whenever we try to reopen. Fla is in phase 3, which is pretty much open with some indoor restrictions, and we're not a hotzone like we were months ago.
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* Ubisoft recently revealed a new service from them called Ubisoft Connect which is pretty much just UPlay but with the added feature of support for cross-platform saves for all of their games going forward.
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* Sucker Punch Productions studio is currently rumored to be working on a new Ghost of Tsushima related project based on recent job posting for a writer with knowledge of feudal era Japanese history.
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* Publisher Devolver Digital announced that they have recently purchased Croteam studios, developer of the Serious Sam series, for an undisclosed amount of money.
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Ghost of Tsushima Raid goes live next Friday.

Unfortunately, Sucker Punch is taking page out of the Destiny playbook and will not support matchmaking. So, you gotta put a team together before hand.
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Netflix recently signed a deal with Ubisoft to produce a live-action Assassin's Creed series for the streaming service.

Netflix also has plans for two other potential series involving the Assassin's Creed brand with both being animated series.

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The first of these projects is expected to be a live-action series, set to premiere on the streaming service at some point in the future. While there are no plot details to speak of, Netflix promises Assassin's Creed will be an "epic, genre-bending adventure," and has begun its search for a showrunner and other production crew members ...

The live-action series is one of a number of projects that Netflix has on the books. The press release also hints at the possibilities of future "animated" and "anime" adventures set within the time-hopping franchise. Whether a live-action Assassin's Creed series receives the same level of global adoration as Netflix's The Witcher remains to be seen.


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* According to Ubisoft's recent investor's meeting, Far Cry 6 has been delayed from its planned February 18, 2021 release to now a fiscal year 2021-2022 release window which means as late as a March 2022 date. Also being delayed into that time frame is Rainbow Six Quarantine. Official reason due to work issues related to the on-going coronavirus pandemic.
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* According to a report from Bloomberg, development on Halo Infinite hit another snag recently as the game's lead director dropped out of the project and might also be leaving 343 Industries for a new job within Microsoft.
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Although Lee will remain with Microsoft, it's unclear whether he's leaving 343 Industries. He's being shuffled around to some extent, but that could mean he's remaining with the studio but no longer influencing Halo Infinite. It could also mean that he's moving elsewhere within Microsoft's game division, as he's probably a prime candidate to help lead one of the many new development teams under Xbox's banner.
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Are they really calling the new Rainbow Six Quarantine? What's the next COD gonna be called, Call Of Duty : Social Distancing?
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I think it's the new expansion that's been in the works before Covid-19 arrived in the world.
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Looks like Best Buy is going to have The Last of Us Part II and Final Fantasy VII Remastered for $30, and Persona 5 Royal for $20 for Black Friday week. Will probably pick up TLOU II then, but think I'll wait for FF VII to come to PC so I can play in JP and English.
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I wonder how Black Friday is going to be done at stores that are open with social distancing
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For those interested in the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision broke down the hard drive space needed for certain aspects and modes of the game.

Multiplayer alone requires at least 50GB of free space at launch with more expected for future updates. All modes with regular graphics will require at least 175GB of free space and 250GB in free space for top tier graphics option at launch.

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Activision shared the PC requirements for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War today, and – no surprise here after the way Modern Warfare ballooned – the game needs 50GB for multiplayer alone "at launch."

If you're installing "all game modes," Cold War will need 175GB, and if you're going extreme with top-of-the-line Ultra RTX specs with a GeForce RTX 3080, you're looking at a 250GB storage requirement.
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* For those interested in the Xbox Series S model, almost a third of the console's HDD space will be unusable due to O.S. reasons. Out of around 512GB in total space, only 364GB can actually be used for game related stuff. For some comparison, the install size for this year's Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War game at launch will be around 136GB just for its campaign and zombies modes.
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* Sega's parent company Sega Sammy Holdings recently announced that they have sold off around 85.1% of their entertainment business to GENDA with their gaming division except for Sega's arcade business unaffected by this sale.
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Again, what does this have to do with games?! Well, the pachislot industry is certainly gaming, or gaming-adjacent, but this deal impacts Sega as a whole. Although their physical entertainment industry is the only space impacted here, it could help ensure that Sega Sammy doesn't have to make any cuts for existing studios. The future is uncertain, but it seems like Sega Sammy had no real choice here other than to find a buyer.

The corporation even explains it in their own words, noting that the "utilization of facilities has declined remarkably, and a significant loss was recorded at 1Q of the fiscal year ending March 2021."
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