Pokémon Go developer reportedly lays off 8% staff, cancels four more projects

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Pokémon Go developer reportedly lays off 8% staff, cancels four more projects

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has reportedly fire 85 to 90 members of its staff and cancelled four of its in-development projects - including a previously announced Transformers game and a collaboration with theatre company Punchdrunk - amid "economic turmoil" for the company.

That's according to Bloomberg, which has shared portions of an email sent to Niantic staff by the company's chief executive officer John Hanke.

In the message, Hanke is said to have blamed today's project cancellations and redundancies - which will affect around 8% of Niantic's workforce - on the company facing "a time of economic turmoil". Hanke reportedly claimed the moves would help "further streamline our operations in order to best position the company to weather any economic storms that may lie ahead."

RimWorld: Console Edition comes to PS4 and Xbox One in July

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RimWorld: Console Edition comes to PS4 and Xbox One in July

RimWorld, developer Ludeon Studios' widely acclaimed sci-fi colony sim, will finally be making the jump to consoles - some three and a half years after its full PC release - on 29th July.

RimWorld has, of course, made quite the mark on PC since its early access arrival all the way back in 2013 - partly for its wonderfully rich blend of management sim action and procedural storytelling, but equally for the way its complex systems can quickly tumble into outright debauchery, ranging from drug-fuelled cannibalism to non-consentual body harvesting.

Word that a console version of RimWorld was finally on the way arrived in March, although notably not through official channels. Instead, the port - being handled by Double Eleven Limited, which has previously helped port the likes of Minecraft Dungeons and Rust to consoles - hit headlines when it was listed as having been refused classification by the Australian Classification Board.

Star Ocean: The Divine Force gets October release date on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

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Star Ocean: The Divine Force gets October release date on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC

Star Ocean: The Divine Force, the latest entry in publisher Square Enix's long-running action-RPG series, now has a release date and will be launching for PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Steam on 27th October.

Tri-Ace, the studio that's been at the helm of Star Ocean since its debut in 1996, is once again handling development duties on The Divine Force, which this time follows dual protagonists Raymond, the captain of the space trading ship Ydas, and Laeticia, the princess-knight of a kingdom on the underdeveloped planet of Aster IV.

Each character offers its own story perspectives and gameplay experiences, and there's a taste of Star Ocean: The Divine Force's ensuing action in the new trailer accompanying today's news.

Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope levels up with a dash of Mario Galaxy

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Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope levels up with a dash of Mario Galaxy

Ubisoft has today unveiled a feast of fresh Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope gameplay footage, showcasing its intriguing new settings, characters and chaos.

This sequel to the excellent Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle takes place in a "whimsical" and gorgeous new galaxy, that's a curious blend of both Mario Galaxy and Rabbids universes. Within its orbit float worlds of autumnal colour, frozen snow and sandy beaches, like a Mario Galaxy game in miniature.

The story here revolves around Cursa, a dark entity that wants to absorb this hybrid galaxy's energy and capture the Sparks - cute creations that are a mix of Galaxy's Lumas and the Rabbids. It's up to Mario and his Kingdom Battle crew to save the day, now aided by Rabbid Rosalina, the punky-looking rabbid Edge, and - as we found out yesterday during the latest Nintendo Direct - Bowser himself.

Half-Life 2 and Portal 2 beta files found in Portal Companion Collection

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Half-Life 2 and Portal 2 beta files found in Portal Companion Collection

In the time it has taken for Earth to complete a single spin on its axis, the gaming community has been out in full force and picked apart the newly launched Portal: Companion Collection for the Nintendo Switch.

The first discovery came from self-proclaimed "Switch tinkerer" OatmealDome. In this case, the modder managed to unearth some Half-Life 2 content tucked away in the Portal: Companion Collection's files.

"The entirety of Half-Life 2 (minus maps and music) is present in the ROM," they wrote via Twitter. "Likely based on the NVIDIA Shield port, with a little Xbox 360 sprinkled in."

Zelda: Breath of the Wild streamer beats every shrine without using runes

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild streamer beats every shrine without using runes

I have said it before, and I will more than likely say it again, but The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Despite being out for several years, the Zelda community is still finding countless weird and wonderful ways to approach the game - the most recent of which being a completion of every shrine within the game without using any of the runes on the Sheikah Slate.

Content creator Limcube took on this challenge as part of an incredible 28-hour stream and used a variety of techniques to get to their final goal of 120/120 shrines completed.

Pride Week: Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers and exploring the joy in my bisexuality

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Pride Week: Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers and exploring the joy in my bisexuality

Hello! Once again Eurogamer is marking Pride Month with a week of features celebrating the intersection of queer culture and gaming. This afternoon, Alex Meehan shares her experiences playing visual novel Arcade Spirits: The New Challengers and how it helped her explore the joy in her bisexuality.

I didn't know I was bisexual until my early twenties, but I did always know that there was something different about me. I remember being called a lesbian by another student at secondary school because she caught me sketching cute women in my notebooks during class - a memory that remains crystal clear in my mind to this day. It was a traumatic moment for me because - at that point in my life, when I was already being horrendously bullied - being labelled queer simply felt like I was getting yet another target painted on my back.

I only realised I might not be straight when I learned about bisexuality. I knew I was attracted to men, but I'd never toyed with the notion I could be also attracted to women until I began meeting queer people who were out. Being around queer people gave me the courage and the clarification I needed to put all the puzzle pieces together and accept I was bisexual.

Fallout TV adaptation adds three new cast members, including Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan

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Fallout TV adaptation adds three new cast members, including Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan

A new trio of actors has been announced for Amazon's upcoming Fallout TV adaptation - Kyle MacLachlan, Xelia Mendes-Jones and Aaron Moten.

However, at the time of writing, no further details have been given about what role any of the actors will play on the show's release (via Variety).

MacLachlan is probably best known for his role of Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, as well as Trey MacDougal in Sex and the City and Orson Hodge in Desperate Housewives. For the fellow parents among us, he is also the voice of Riley's father in the very good (and more than just a little bit emotional) Inside Out.

Cyberpunk 2077 external QA team brushes off claim it misled CD Projekt

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Cyberpunk 2077 external QA team brushes off claim it misled CD Projekt

Quantic Lab, a company which provides quality assurance (QA) support, has responded to a claim it misled Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red over its work on the game.

The allegation surfaced this week via a YouTube video from a channel named Upper Echelon Gamers. Titled "What Made Cyberpunk 2077 Fail - Quantic Lab?", the 14-minute video claimed the QA studio had placed junior members of its team on the project instead of seasoned veterans, and flagged too many minor bugs.

These issues, the video claimed, impacted Quantic Lab's work and therefore the overall game.

Sony unveils PC gaming gear brand Inzone

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Sony unveils PC gaming gear brand Inzone

Sony has lifted the lid on its new PC gaming gear brand, Inzone.

The company says Inzone is part of its reach for a broader demographic, and will offer "an immersive experience to help lead gamers to victory".

Included in this new line up of Inzone tech are monitors and headsets, with the monitors starting at £999. Meanwhile, headsets will cost between £89 and £269.