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EA “restructuring” sees 6% of total staff losing their job

The bad news keeps coming as the games industry sees yet another round of layoffs via the Apex Legends publisher EA has laid off roughly 6% of its total staff, the latest in a series of industry-wide cuts as both gaming and tech as a whole show signs of struggling. This information comes from the EA website, where a statement by CEO Andrew Wilson has been posted to the public following its initial rounds to staff. The statement starts with assuring employees that EA is operating from “a position of strength”, before addressing news of the layoffs. We touch on…

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Tired of remakes? Check out this chunky PSX-style Dead Space Demake

Remakes are all the rage these days. It feels like every classic from Resident Evil 4 to Final Fantasy 7 is getting a shiny facelift, reimagining the polygonal blocks from yesteryear and turning them into scarily realistic blockbusters. But, every so often I get an itch. An itch to go back in time to my low-detail-graphics childhood, sitting on the floor, looking up at a squared CRT. And that’s what a good demake is for; specifically, the Dead Space Demake. Read more

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Respawn to keep Apex Legends running for another “10 to 15 years” as it opens third studio

“We are always working to bring in more talent, more experience, more ideas, more capabilities…” Respawn Entertainment has announced the opening of its third studio, with the intentions of keeping battle-royale shooter, Apex Legends, running for another “10 to 15 years.” The developer, owned by EA, was initially founded by former Call of Duty developers in 2010, rising to fame with the release of Titanfall in 2014. Now, in 2023, Respawn is working on the upcoming Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, while continually working on its free-to-play title, Apex Legends. Why is gaming dying? The Thursday Nite Rant. In a detailed…

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Over 200 Apex Legends QA testers have been abruptly laid off by EA

On Tuesday, EA abruptly laid off over 200 quality assurance testers at their LA office Baton Rouge, who were primarily working on their free-to-play battle royale Apex Legends. This news comes from a report by Kotaku which says the layoffs happened over a last-minute Zoom call, according to three of their sources. EA later confirmed the news, calling the layoffs part of their “ongoing global strategy” to expand the “distribution of our Apex Legends testing team.” Read more

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Apex Legends: The Board Game brings the battle royale to your tabletop

The board game is set to launch on Kickstarter in May. If you just can’t get enough Apex Legends, there’s some good news, as there’s an official board game in the works. Quite simply titled Apex Legends: The Board Game, this particular tabletop adaptation is a competitive tactics game designed for 2-4 players, though you will be able to play with more people thanks to some planned expansions (thanks, GameSpot). It’s actually planned to have a Kickstarter campaign, which launches May 17, but with a game as popular as Apex, it’s pretty likely to be successfully funded. In the game,…

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EA forming new team to support Ridgeline Games in creating its single-player Battlefield campaign

The team will help the studio out. EA DICE is in the process of creating a new team to support Ridgeline Games with its single-player campaign for Battlefield. Last year, EA announced a new studio, Seattle-based Ridgeline Games, tasked with developing a narrative campaign taking place in the Battlefield universe. Battlefield 2042 Season 3 Escalation Gameplay Trailer Led by Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto and composed of industry veterans from various parts of the globe, the studio aims to tell stories and take players on adventures within the Battlefield universe. While DICE will remain focused on the multiplayer aspect, Ridgeline is…

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EA reportedly closing in on £500m deal to renew Premier League football license

EA Sports whips out the checkbook. Electronic Arts has signed a new deal with the English Premier League, solidifying the relationship between the two. According to a Sky News report, EA Sports is ready to sign a six-year deal with the Premier League that sits around the £488 million ($522 million) mark. The extension is said to be worth more than double the current deal. Experience football’s biggest tournament in FIFA 23 with all 32 teams and an authentic matchday experience. A club executive told Sky News the deal would provide the league with £80 million annually, with EA remaining…

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Apex Legends is finally giving everyone what they want: a Team Deathmatch mode

Though don’t expect a new character this season. Apex Legends Season 16 is on the way, bringing along with it a highly requested game mode, but no new character. For a long while now, fans have been asking for a Team Deathmatch mode, and if you’re one such fan you’ll be happy to hear that Apex Legends 16th season will be adding just that. It’s quite the romantic affair, as the new mode will be dropping on February 14 (the perfect time to play some Apex with your special someone), alongside Revelry, the name of this newest season. “We’ve been…

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has fast travel, and will let you ride around on various creatures

The game was recently delayed by six weeks. It sounds like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor will make traversal a bit quicker, as it has fast travel and rideable creatures. The first game, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, only let you hop back and forth between planets, but according to Play Magazine (via GamesRadar), its sequel Survivor will let you hop around the place a bit more. Stig Asmussen, the game’s director, confirmed the sequel would have fast travel, as well as mounts, saying, “We will feature both fast travel and rideable creatures to help players quickly get from point A…

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VG247’s The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.37: The best game with followers you would never hang out with IRL

NPCs are annoying, needy, and dumb. But unlike your kids, you don’t need to like them. Welcome to VG247’s Best Games Ever Podcast: Episode 37 – The best game with followers you would never hang out with IRL. Video Games often, through necessity, make us hang out with people we wouldn’t necessarily want to in any other context.. Looking after rich idiots? Helping demon-possessed adventurers find peace in hell? Chatting with disembodied skulls who have terrible behavioural issues? (it’s amazing how often that last one crops up). NPC followers or party members might be useful in a scrape, usually, but…

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Star Wars Jedi: Survivor has been delayed to April

A six week delay to “hit the Respawn quality bar.” In a statement shared on Twitter, Respawn Entertainment has announced that the upcoming sequel, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, will be delayed by six weeks. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was originally expected to release on March 17 this year. However, it’s going to take the team over at Respawn Entertainment a short while longer to “hit the Respawn quality bar.” Need a reminder of what to expect? Take a look at the trailer for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor here. Now scheduled to release on April 28, coincidentally the same date that…

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How the Dead Space remake became prettier to become scarier

Dead Space’s remake treatment has produced a piece of gory greatness, some Steam Deck wobbles notwithstanding. Vid bud Liam touched on the visual upgrades in his review, but since it’s been shaking my bones even harder than the original did, I wanted to dive even deeper into the mottled flesh of the modernised Dead Space to examine how all those new polygons and effects aren’t just there to please nerds. They do, in fact, make the remake scarier. Read more

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Even after big fixes, the Dead Space remake can stumble on Steam Deck

I spent the past weekend flicking between the Dead Space remake on my PC, and the Dead Space remake on my Steam Deck. It’s a belter of a refurb, and for me personally, has been like getting dessert after being forced to finish my Forspoken vegetables. Still, some lingering performance woes on the Deck mean I’m probably going to continue Isaac Clarke’s first and worst job on desktop alone. To be fair, the remake is playable on Valve’s handheld. It’s not outright broken, despite having been so on launch day, with problems ranging from drastic FPS dips to outright hard…

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Before Dead Space, Isaac Clarke had quite the cursed CV

Dead Space’s Isaac Clarke is clearly a man of many talents. He’s a systems engineer by trade, so he knows his way around the dense innards of space vessels. He’s also handy around a toolbox and is more than familiar with high-risk equipment like the Plasma Cutter. Oh, and he’s remarkably good at slicing and dicing necromorphs into juicy squelchy lumps. What a resume! But did you know that our favourite space engineer also has lots of secret talents too? When Dead Space originally came out in the back end of 2008, his corporate overseers at EA sent Mr. Clarke…