Former Xbox executive Mike Ybarra has announced his next job--and it's a big one. Ybarra confirmed on Twitter that he will join World of Warcraft and Overwatch studio Blizzard.
He will be the company's executive vice president and general manager. He starts at the Irvine, California-based company on November 14, which is after BlizzCon (though he will attend the show). "We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences," Ybarra said of his new role. "I can't wait to be part of this team."
I'm very happy to announce I'm joining @Blizzard_Ent as Exec. Vice President and GM starting 11/4 (will be at #blizzcon!). We will work with all our energy to serve gamers with incredible content and experiences. I can't wait to be part of this team. #lucky #humble #gamers #serve pic.twitter.com/kZ8dRuF3pe
Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is returning to theatres. Producer Sony Pictures have announced that Tarantino's ninth movie will be back in theatres this Friday, October 25, with new scenes spanning more than 10 minutes of bonus footage.
The "never-before-seen footage bookending the motion picture" will include four scenes in all, according to Collider. The theatrical cut of the movie is 2 hours 41 minutes, and now this new cut is 10 minutes longer.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's new, longer cut will play in 1,000 theatres, though there is no word on if the re-release is limited to the US or if it will also be in other parts of the world.
Here at GameSpot, we've participated in Extra Life charity streams for several years to help raise money for kids in need at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, and this year is no different. Of the many wild and fun segments we have planned for our 72-hour livestream marathon, we present to you: The Hatsune Miku And Persona Rhythm Game Jukebox Session!
We'll be dancing and jamming this Friday, October 25 at 6PM PT / 9PM ET and will go for two hours for this particular segment. I, Michael Higham, will be hosting while playing songs from five different rhythm games: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X, Persona 3: Dancing In Moonlight, Persona 5: Dancing In Starlight, and Persona 4: Dancing All Night (all on PS4).
Here's where you come in. If you donate $10 to our Extra Life campaign, you can request a song for me to play from any of those five games. On our donation page, you can leave a note/comment, which we will read off and curate the songs to play. Make sure that the tracklists from these games feature your favorite Miku or Persona song(s), and I'll be happy to play the song(s) and try my best to get a perfect combo on hard difficulties. (Note that DLC songs may not be available and conditions are subject to change.)
After years of post-launch content--ranging from the well-received Universe expansion to the occasionally decent DLC character hire--GameSpot is trying something new. In Year 23, we're kicking off Season 2 with a battle pass.
GameSpot's first battle pass isn't all that extensive, especially in comparison to the multitude of rewards being offered in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 1 and Apex Legends Season 3: Meltdown, but there are at least a few good rewards in there. The battle pass will be available for a limited time and launches in conjunction with the website's annual 72-hour Extra Life livestream. The event, and the battle pass, will be accessible on October 25 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM BST, which is October 26 at 6 AM AEST.
First released in May 1996, GameSpot has followed the traditional three-month system for its seasons (so Year 1, Season 1 was that first May through July, for instance). As you can surmise, this creates an immediate problem with this season's battle pass. Year 23, Season 2 will end with October, leaving the Extra Life stream the only time to make any significant headway in the battle pass before it ends. If you want to unlock its rewards, you'll have to tune in during the Extra Life livestream and participate.
During this year's Extra Life, GameSpot is introducing several new post-launch changes, including a battle pass. For more immediate gratification, however, you can donate to the stream this year through a loot box microdonation.
Like the battle pass, GameSpot's loot boxes are exclusively tied to this year's Extra Life event, so you'll have to tune in and watch if you want to donate and win one of its prizes. As per tradition, the Extra Life stream will continue for 72 hours. It will go live--alongside the new battle pass and loot boxes--on October 25 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM BST, which is October 26 at 6 AM AEST.
Though the battle pass is where you'll find the most grandiose rewards--such as eating challenges and new legendary cosmetic skins for certain GameSpot staff members--there are numerous other prizes to unlock via a loot box microdonation. Don't worry, they're not predatory at all. Our very own executive fiduciary intern, Michael T. Ransactions, assured the rest of GameSpot staff that our new surprise mechanics are very fair.
GameSpot is once again hosting its annual 72-hour Extra Life livestream. For three days, GameSpot's teams will take turns hosting a livestream where staff members play all types of video games and help raise monetary donations for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.
Every cent that GameSpot raises will be donated to the San Francisco-based hospital, which has a dedicated and passionate team of doctors, nurses, and other staff devoted to helping kids. By donating, you will be helping them and the children they care for. You'll also be helping GameSpot reach certain stretch goals that unlock a wide variety of rewards--many of which are at our expense and all of which are for your amusement.
Below are details on how Extra Life is going to work this year, including the new loot box microdonations and battle pass. There's also an outline for the overall schedule for the event and a list of the approximate times for when certain GameSpot staff members will be on the stream and the segments they'll be doing.
It's that time of year again; GameSpot is taking part in gaming's annual charity fundraising campaign, Extra Life! Our traditional 72-hour streamapalooza returns and the objective is the same: raise money for kids in need at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. We have so many wild and fun segments planned and I want to shout out a big one that I, Michael Higham (GameSpot editor), will be playing in and hosting: The Final Fantasy XIV Raid Party Block Party!
Alongside the great FFXIV players within the Giant Bomb community, we've organized a raid party to run the challenging, large-scale 24-player Alliance Raids. The FFXIV Raid Party segment kicks off Friday, October 25 at 8PM PT (11PM ET) and goes to 12AM PT midnight (3AM PT).
On stream, I will also be joined by Giant Bomb's Matt Rorie and Jan Ochoa, and our own Ben Janca. Of course, we want to see you in the chat as well; these are some of the most difficult challenges in FFXIV, but with all of you all by our side, no fight is too great.
The new Breaking Bad movie, El Camino, was ridiculously popular on Netflix. The streaming network announced that more than 25 million households watched the film over its first week following its debut on October 11.
Specifically, 25,734,392 homes watched the movie over its first week. Anyone who watches at least 70 percent of a movie (or TV series) is counted as a "viewer" according to Netflix.
El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie was watched by 25,734,392 households in its first seven days pic.twitter.com/FDyPlYc8YO
Technology giant Microsoft has announced earnings for its latest fiscal quarter, and the report shines a light on how the Xbox business is doing--though it's becoming harder to know.
Microsoft's Xbox business is housed within the company's More Personal Computing division. That business unit reached $11.1 billion in revenue for the quarter ended September 30, and that's up 4 percent year-over-year. More Personal Computing also includes things like Microsoft Surface, search advertising revenue on Bing, Windows OEM revenue, and more.
In terms of Xbox-specific stats, Xbox Content and Surfaces Revenue was up 1 percent. This includes revenue from Xbox Live--including transactions, subscriptions, cloud services, and advertising. Additionally, it counts sales of Microsoft's own video games and royalties from third-party games sold on Xbox devices.