Some Developers Disagree With Claims That PlayStation Cross-Play Is Open To Everyone

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Some Developers Disagree With Claims That PlayStation Cross-Play Is Open To Everyone

After months of insisting cross-play was not a necessity for the PlayStation 4, Sony eventually reconsidered their policies against it and allowed Epic's Fortnite to lead the way with cross-platform play between competitor consoles. While this marked a major policy shift for Sony, the sneaking suspicion that only major hit titles like Fortnite would be allowed in permeated the developer community. After some time, Rocket League was also announced to support cross-play, but major titles like EA's recent Apex Legends don't, leading to assumptions that Sony was the obstacle in the way.

Not so, says Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment's worldwide studios. In an interview with Game Informer published yesterday, Layden tried to clear the air on what titles can be approved for cross-play. According to the PlayStation chief, everything is on the table, all developers have to do is ask.

"We’re open for business on this one," explained Layden. "All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it. As ever, just work with your PlayStation account manager, and they will walk you through the steps that we’ve learned through our partnership with Epic on how this works. I don’t believe right now there is any gating factor on that. I think they’re open to make proposals, because the Fortnite thing worked pretty well."

Call Of Duty's 2019 Title Will Have A Single-Player Campaign

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Call Of Duty's 2019 Title Will Have A Single-Player Campaign

Last year, Activision invited controversy by eschewing a single-player campaign in Call of Duty for the first time in the series' history with Black Ops 4. While the game ended up both selling and reviewing extremely well in large part due to its battle royale Blackout mode, a number of fans held a hard line on the lack of single-player content. Today, Activision confirmed that this year's game will remedy that.

During today's earnings call, Activision president Rob Kostich revealed that they plan to bring back the single-player campaign in this year's Call of Duty game, presumably developed by Infinity Ward. Kostich also mentioned that the game would still have the traditional multiplayer modes in addition to a "new" co-op mode.

Infinity Ward's latest Call of Duty, Infinite Warfare, released in 2016, meaning that the studio is likely next in rotation to develop 2019's game. No further details were discussed at this time.

Activision Blizzard Informs Employees Of Layoffs Despite Overall Financial Success

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Activision Blizzard Informs Employees Of Layoffs Despite Overall Financial Success

Last week, Bloomberg reported that Activision Blizzard, the Vivendi-owned merger of both companies, planned on laying off employees centering around a plan to restructure and centralize the company's operations. According to the report, the massive layoffs could affect hundreds of people as Activision Blizzard capped off a tumultuous year where they failed to hit their fiscal target.

Today, the layoffs seemed to go into effect, with Kotaku obtaining a letter from Blizzard president J. Allan Brack to employees.

"Over the last few years, many of our non-development teams expanded to support various needs,” Brack reportedly wrote in the letter. "Currently staffing levels on some teams are out of proportion with our current release slate. This means we need to scale down some areas of our organization. I’m sorry to share that we will be parting ways with some of our colleagues in the U.S. today. In our regional offices, we anticipate similar evaluations, subject to local requirements."

Rockstar Veteran Vice President Of Development Leaves After 20 Years

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Rockstar Veteran Vice President Of Development Leaves After 20 Years

After Red Dead Redemption II, Rockstar ended a major piece of their modern game development. The seminal title was the culmination of years of work and effort one one of the biggest games the industry has ever seen. It's not hard to see the game as the end of an era, which it seems like even Rockstar's veteran developers feel. At least, Jeronimo Barrera seems to think so, as he ends a 20-year tenure at the developer.

Barrera, who has been Rockstar's vice president of development, has had a hand in every one of the studio's major games of the last two decades. He tells Variety that he felt like the conclusion of Red Dead Redemption II's development was a natural point to move on.

"I pretty much left when it was done, it was a natural progression," he told the outlet. "I looked at what I would be doing for the next few years if I stayed on and where I was in life with my family, my kids, my desire to make cool s---. I felt like it was hitting all of the right points."

Apex Legends Players Are Hunting For Stuffed Dinosaurs

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Apex Legends Players Are Hunting For Stuffed Dinosaurs

Apex Legends players have solved a mystery that brings a new visitor to the battlefield. All they need to do is locate 10 stuffed dinosaurs that are hidden on the map. When one of these tiny toys is shot, the message "A Nessy Appears..." pops up in the kill feed. When all of them are shot during a match, a towering Loch Ness Monster appears in the water.

Reddit user Fazdaspaz listed all of the dinosaur locations on a handy map, and YouTuber Miguel Lozada gives us a look at the beast in the video below. Here's hoping developer Respawn has more secrets and events like this in mind for Apex Legends' future.

Free Weekend & New Editions Precede Year Four Of Rainbow Six Siege

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Free Weekend & New Editions Precede Year Four Of Rainbow Six Siege

While players wait for the official kickoff of Rainbow Six Siege's Year Four and its new content, Ubisoft has announced a free weekend for the game (February 14-17 on PC, and to the 18th on PS4 and Xbox One) as well as new editions.

First off, there is no more PC Starter edition of the game, it is being replaced with the Standard Edition on PC for $19.99. If you already own the Starter edition, you will be upgraded for free and your progress transfers over. Moreover, unlocking operators is being switched to the current base game rate, which is quicker.

The premium editions are being upgraded. The new Deluxe Edition ($29.99 on PC/$39.99 on PS4 and Xbox One) features the base game and the Year One operators. The Gold Edition ($59.99 on PC/$69.99 on PS4 and Xbox One) includes the Deluxe Edition as well as the Year Four pass. Finally, the Ultimate Edition ($99.99 on PC/$109.00 on PS4 and Xbox One) gives you all the operators from the previous years as well as the Year Four Pass. For complete details on all the editions, click here.

Sow Divisions With Your Friends In Division 2's Open Beta

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Sow Divisions With Your Friends In Division 2's Open Beta

For any Division fans or anyone curious about the highly-anticipated follow-up, Ubisoft has set the dates for The Division 2's open beta. Set aside a few days at the beginning of March, because from March 1-4 the beta will be available for anyone on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

While you wait for March you can watch us play through a chunk of the game in an episode of New Gameplay Today, see our big takeaways from the game's open world, or see what the creative director had to say about changes to this new game. The Division 2 will launch shortly after the beta closes on March 15.

Hasbro Teases New Overwatch Action Figures

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Hasbro Teases New Overwatch Action Figures

At last year's BlizzCon, Hasbro announced a new line of Overwatch action figures called "Ultimates." These figures stands in at six-inches in height, and are said to be highly articulated. Unfortunately, the only figure shown at the time was Mercy, even though she will be released in a two-pack with another figure.

If Hasbro's recent Instagram post says what we think it says, we'll get our first look at the entire first series of Overwatch Ultimates on February 16, which just happens to be during New York Toy Fair. The Instagram post gives us a silhouetted tease of another familiar hero: Tracer.

We'll bring you more news on these figures over the weekend.

New Pokémon Go AR Snapshot Feature Coming Soon

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New Pokémon Go AR Snapshot Feature Coming Soon

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has announced that soon it is releasing Go Snapshot – a way to use the game's Augmented Reality (AR) feature to take pictures of your Pokémon situated in real-life environments.

Players can even get their Pokémon's attention and situate and pose them so they can take the kinds of photos they're looking for before saving their creations and blasting them to social media.

[Source: Niantic]

New Nintendo Direct Arrives Wednesday

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New Nintendo Direct Arrives Wednesday

Nintendo has revealed that another Direct is coming our way and soon. The company even revealed at least a snippet of what to expect too.

The Direct will be online Wednesday February 13 at 2 PM PT and will include details on Fire Emblem: Three Houses. According to Nintendo, the video will run roughly 35 minutes.

The link isn't up yet but the video will go live on Nintendo's Youtube page. You can watch the last Nintendo Direct here.