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Get 3 months of EA Play for the price of one

Quick bit of news for you: EA is offering up a nice deal on three months of EA Play. From now until February 8, new members can get three months of EA Play for the price of one. This means three months’ worth of service will run you $4.99. After your initial 90-day period is over, your membership will renew at the then-current monthly renewal price. Unless you cancel, of course. Just remember that when the subscription or any trial ends, you will no longer have access to the membership benefits, including Play List titles, game upgrades, or in-game purchases…

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Halo Infinite Credits will be earnable through the battle pass when Season 2 kicks off

When Halo Infinite Season 2 kicks off, Credits will be earnable through the battle pass. 343 Industries announced the change overnight, and this means you will no longer have to pay real money for Credits once the change is made. Instead, they will be earned through progression. The studio said it will have more to share on this as it gets closers to Season 2. A date for Season 2 has not been provided, but it is expected to go live sometime this spring. This news comes on the heels of 343 reducing the price of items available on the…

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Raven Software quality assurance workers are unionizing

This is the first union to be formed within the games industry. Raven Software workers in charge of quality assurance on Call of Duty: Warzone have formed a union dubbed the Game Workers Alliance which is part of the Communication Workers of America (CWA). Activision Blizzard employees have been threatening to unionize ever since they went on strike seven weeks ago, and of the Raven QA testers, 34 workers have decided to unionize. “Today, I am proud to join with a supermajority of my fellow workers to build our union, Game Workers Alliance (GWA),” said Raven Software tester Becka Aigner…

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While you wait for Final Fantasy 16, consider playing the unfairly maligned Final Fantasy 13 on Game Pass

Square Enix’s 2009 RPG was a departure for the series, and earned a lot of criticism for its experimental nature. But it was still pretty damn good, right? Everyone has their favourite Final Fantasy. Many love Final Fantasy 7 because of how much of an impact it left with its transition to 3D, and just because it was their first. There are those who love Final Fantasy 9 because, well, Vivi. As messy as it was, you can’t help but love those boys in 15. But there is possibly no more divisive a Final Fantasy than Final Fantasy 13. For…

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The days of a new Call of Duty every year might be over

According to a new report, Activision developers are eager for Call of Duty to ditch its yearly release schedule Call of Duty has been releasing a game per year since 2005. That means, for the past 16 years, we’ve got a new Call of Duty release every single year. Even though Activision had multiple teams working on the games – whether that’s Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, Treyarch or Raven – that’s still a lot of game over a relatively short amount of time. But that era could soon be coming to an end. According to a new report from Bloomberg,…

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Xbox has “a desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has outlined his plans to keep the iconic FPS franchise on PlayStation, as Microsoft forges ahead with Activision Blizzard acquisition Will Call of Duty stay on PlayStation consoles now that Microsoft has announced its plans to purchase Activision Blizzard? In a new tweet addressing players’ concerns about the game going Xbox-exclusive, Phil Spencer has basically said ‘don’t worry, CoD isn’t going anywhere’. Following an official statement released by Sony yesterday (Jan 20, 2022) in which the PlayStation platform holder said it expects Microsoft to honour existing “contractual agreements” with PlayStation, Phil Spencer has tweeted his assurance…

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Phil Spencer seems rather excited over Activision Blizzard’s library of IPs

Especially some of the dormant franchises. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer seems pretty excited over gaining access to some of Activision’s franchises, especially those that are dormant. Speaking with The Washington Post, Spencer seems exthusiatic over the possibilities. “I was looking at the IP list, I mean, let’s go!” Spencer said. “King’s Quest, Guitar Hero. … I should know this but I think they got HeXen.” With the company’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard, the company will eventually own the rights to many of the company’s famous, and some obscure, franchises. And Spencer seems keen to work with Activision studios…

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Activision CEO says he had a “really cool vision” for the next Guitar Hero game

Unfortunately, the firm didn’t have the resources to do it. Acivision CEO Bobby Kotick has always had a soft spot for the Guitar Hero games and recently told VentureBeat he had ideas for a new entry in the franchise. In the interview, Kotick tells VentureBeat that he had a “really cool vision” for the next Guitar Hero game, but unfortunately, Activision didn’t have “the resouces” to do it. “Phil [Spencer] and I started riffing on things for the future,” said Kotick. “I wanted to make a new Guitar Hero for a while, but I don’t want to add teams to…

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WWE returns with WWE 2K22 in March, and Rey Mysterio is on the cover

Rey Mysterio leads the series back into the spotlight after the absolute disaster that was WWE 2K20 Get your mask on, oil up your muscles and prepare to 619 anyone that dares enter the ring with you – WWE 2K22 has been announced, and it’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and PC on March 11, 2022. In case you haven’t been paying attention, this is the first WWE 2K game since 2019’s absolute disaster of a game, WWE 2K20, hit consoles and PC. The previous game saw some or all of the game’s modes…

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PS Plus owners can get 50 free YuGiOh Master Duel card packs right now

If you’re looking grab some new cards for your deck, a PS Plus membership can go a long way. If you’ve been eager to try out YuGiOh Master Duel since it’s release yesterday, but are struggling to earn cards and flesh personalise your deck, you may be in luck. PS Plus owners can get fifty free card packs with their subscription, on both the PS4 and PS5. If you’re a PC player don’t worry! YuGiOh Master Duel has cross platform progression, so you can link your PlayStation account and your Steam account, make use of this deal, then reap the…

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Months later, Battlefield 2042 is getting a new scoreboard

Battlefield 2042’s next major patch is expected next month, and it’ll bring with it a basic feature players have been asking for. Battlefield 2042 developer DICE finally broke its silence, even if what it did say wasn’t to everyone’s liking. The developer released a small patch today, and introduced a new XP cap system to Battlefield Portal as a compromise that’ll hopefully please players. But the biggest changes won’t actually be here for a while. We also don’t know what they’re going to be. In a series of Tweets, DICE revealed that patch 3.3, currently scheduled for mid-to-late February, will…

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DICE’s solution to Battlefield 2042 Portal’s XP earn problem: a confusing multi-tier system

Battlefield Portal will very soon let you earn XP when playing community-made modes, if you can parse out this chart. DICE is back from the holidays, and one of the first items on the agenda is adressing the XP earn problem in Battlefield 2042’s Portal mode. Shortly after the launch of Battlefield 2042, some quickly started creating XP farming servers in the community-driven Portal experience. DICE quickly caught on, and decided to disable XP earn in Portal modes, except official ones made by the developer itself or the approved few. This was always intended to be a short-term solution, but…

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Here’s everything coming to Battlefield 2042 with the January 20 patch

If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Read our editorial policy. After what felt like months of radio silence, Battlefield 2042 developer DICE has officially returned to share some of its immediate plans for the game with its player base. In series of Tweets and a blog post, developer of the struggling multiplayer shooter announced that the first patch in the new year will arrive tomorrow, January 20 on all platforms. The update will go live without any downtime, at 12am PT, 3am ET, 8am UK. Patch 3.2 is on the…

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“Will Sony buy Ubisoft?” and other questions after Xbox’s shock acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The big announcement that Microsoft plans to acquire Activision Blizzard has left us with some burning questions that we’ve done our best to address here On January 18, 2022, Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. This is a platform holder buying one of the biggest games publishers and one of the world’s biggest games. Call of Duty, Activision’s flagship product, has suffered some declines in recent years, but it remains a massive series. And more significantly, it is one of the most popular games on PlayStation. Activision Blizzard is also a company embroiled in lawsuits and ongoing conflict with…

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Rainbow Six: Extraction review: Ubisoft’s experimental shooter tries its best, but it’s still under Siege

I’m left scratching my head with Rainbow Six: Extraction. This sci-fi FPS from Ubisoft Montreal feels like it’s pulling in multiple directions, trying to appeal to multiple crowds. It’s marked with flourishes that go a long way to express the passion that went into it, but disappoints a little where it matters. Extraction is fun, for sure, but it’s hard to ignore its clear-and-present problems. For those not in the know, Rainbow Six: Extraction is built atop the foundation of a pre-existing, rather excellent, multiplayer FPS called Rainbow Six: Siege – a game that has attracted a diehard community thanks…