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Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda approved by financial regulators

While Microsoft have been on a spending spree in recent years, snapping up studios of all shapes and sizes, it’s still a little surprising that they’re buying ZeniMax. That’s Bethesda, Id Software, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, and the rest of the ZeniMax family joing Microsoft. And join they seemingly will, as financial authorities in both the US and Europe have recently approved the deal. $7.5 billion! The big bucks. Read more

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New Nintendo Switch model to have a bigger OLED screen – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Thursday, 4 March 2021 11:59 GMT Nintendo is apparently planning to release an upgraded Nintendo Switch console later this year that will include a 720p OLED screen, according to a new report.As per a new article from Bloomberg, Nintendo is planning to launch an upgraded version of the Nintendo Switch later this year that will use Samsung Display tech for its screen.The report suggests that the new Switch model will use a 7-inch 720p rigid OLED panel – an improvement over the current Switch’s 6.2-inch LCD panel – and will go into production in June.For reference, the Switch…

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You only have a few weeks left to buy Super Mario 3D All-Stars

By Dom Peppiatt, Monday, 1 March 2021 18:54 GMT Nintendo is living up to its promise to remove a few of its titles from sale at the end of March and has issued a tweet warning players to pick up Super Mario 3D All-Stars before March 31.Nintendo’s official Twitter account has sent out a nice little reminder for fans that potentially want to pick up Super Mario 3D All-Stars before it gets delisted and is no longer digitally available via the eShop. You may still be able to purchase the title physically, but Nintendo will stop producing new copies of the…

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E3 2021 live event has been cancelled – report

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:19 GMT The live component of E3 2021 has been canceled according to documents released by Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission.A document published by the Board of Los Angeles Convention and Tourism Development Commission (spotted by Resetera user Rösti) notes that E3 2021’s physical event has been canceled.The document notes that the convention commission is working with the ESA (the E3 organizer) to work out broadcast solutions for an online-only E3 later this year.Earlier this month, we heard that E3 2021 was planning to be a digital-only show, though official comments from…

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PlayStation is starting to shut down Japan Studio – report

Japan Studio – known for its work on first-party PlayStation classics like Gravity Rush, The Last Guardian, and Ape Escape – is reportedly winding down development.According to an in-depth new report from VGC, the Knack, LocoRoco and Patapon developer has seen the “vast majority” of its staff let go ahead of their contract renewal date of April 1, following reports that Sony ‘sidelined’ the studio late last year.It looks like most of the talent in the long-running studio has been let go, with Sony keeping on just the localization and business teams. It also appears ASOBI Team, the folks behind the…

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Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 delayed out of 2021 as Hardsuit Labs pulled off the project

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 09:12 GMT Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 has suffered another setback.Paradox has announced this morning that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 will not be released this year as previously planned. The publisher is also removing its lead developer Hardsuit Labs from the project, and bringing in a different team to finish the game.The company shared the news as part of its year-end financial report, where it also said that its studio organisation “has found it difficult to maintain” the usual production pace under coronavirus-induced work-from-home conditions.Paradox did not say who will…

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Apple is trying to drag Valve into its on-going legal battle with Epic

Against its will, Valve is being dragged into the Epic vs. Apple antitrust lawsuit, with new documents revealing Apple has asked Valve to hand over financial data.Various court documents have revealed that Valve has been subpoenaed by Apple for Steam commercial data, with Tim Cook’s tech giant requesting years of in-depth sales information from the Steam platform owner.“Apple and Valve have engaged in several meet and confers, but Valve has refused to produce information responsive to Requests 2 and 32,” says the joint discovery letter.Apple notes that “Epic’s various mobile and non-mobile distribution options are central to disputed issues of market…

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Cyberpunk 2077 dev CD Projekt Red falls victim to cyber attack

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 9 February 2021 09:02 GMT CD Projekt Red has suffered a data breach.This morning, Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 developer, CD Projekt Red, revealed that its internal systems have been compromised as a result of a hack.This was discovered yesterday, according to a note posted to Twitter. CD Projekt Red said the hacker made it out with “certain data”, and encrypted some drives on the studio’s network, leaving them to discover their note to discuss a ransom.Though the studio did manage to recover some of the encrypted drives through backups, it will not be able…

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E3 2021 planning to be a digital-only show – report

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3, will once again be an online-only affair in 2021 as its organizers plan around the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.The organization behind E3 the Entertainment Software Association, is reportedly carrying out planning for a digital event in summer 2021 – similar to the online event we saw for E2 2020 – as the world continues to deal with the effects of coronavirus.As per a new report from VGC, the ESA has outlined proposals for this summer’s show and has sent pitch documents to various publishers around the world, suggesting that three days’ worth of live-streamed coverage…

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Steam has broken last month’s record and logged 26 million concurrent users

By Dom Peppiatt, Sunday, 7 February 2021 16:48 GMT Steam has – yet again – set a new record for the highest number of users online at the same time, breaking the 25 million user record that was recorded for the first time back in January.Steam has once more broken its own record when it comes to the number of concurrent players online, with Valve’s platform today soaring past the impressive 26 million concurrent users mark.This beats the record set last time we reported on Steam’s concurrent users on January 2, when the platform peaked at 25,416,720 online users. Both these…

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Google is closing Stadia’s internal development studios to refocus on platform

By Sherif Saed, Tuesday, 2 February 2021 09:13 GMT Google has kicked off the new year with some bad news.Google has announced that it’s shutting down both of its internal Stadia game development studios, located in Montreal and Lose Angeles. The company is instead pivoting Stadia to only be a platform.In the short term, this means building the platform features announced back in 2019 at Stadia’s reveal, many of which have yet to materialise. Google is also looking to license its tech to game publishers, though it’s not clear what shape that will take.“We believe this is the best path…