Electronic Arts Is Laying Off 350 People From Its Marketing, Operations, and Publishing Divisions

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Electronic Arts Is Laying Off 350 People From Its Marketing, Operations, and Publishing Divisions

Electronic Arts is laying off 350 people from its marketing, publishing, and operations teams in a move to addresses challenges that reflect the changing landscape of games. This news was shared by Andrew Wilson, Electronic Arts' CEO, in a blog posted on the company's website. Wilson also said the company is ramping down on its presence in Japan and Russia as it tries to make an impact in those markets.

"This is a difficult day," Wilson says in the post. "The changes we’re making today will impact about 350 roles in our 9,000-person company. These are important but very hard decisions, and we do not take them lightly. We are friends and colleagues at EA, we appreciate and value everyone’s contributions, and we are doing everything we can to ensure we are looking after our people to help them through this period to find their next opportunity. This is our top priority."

These layoffs come on the heels of Telltale closing its doors, Activision Blizzard cutting hundreds of jobs, and ArenaNet downsizing to restructure its business.

Technomancer, Pandemic's Star Wars Battlefront II Among April's Xbox Games With Gold

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Technomancer, Pandemic's Star Wars Battlefront II Among April's Xbox Games With Gold

Microsoft has revealed the roster for April's Games With Gold, which skews heavily toward the sci-fi end of the spectrum. 

First up is The Technomancer, an RPG that Reiner wrote about a while ago in his column. The Xbox One game is available throughout the month of April. Starting April 16, players can download the action-adventure game Outcast – Second Contact set in – you guessed it – a sci-fi inspired open world.

The Xbox version of Pandemic's Star Wars Battlefront II is coming April 15 via backward compatibility, followed a day later by the Xbox 360 game Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2.

Today's Metro Exodus Update Adds New Game Plus

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Today's Metro Exodus Update Adds New Game Plus

Feeling the desire to do a new run of Metro Exodus? Good news, then. 4A has revealed that Metro Exodus is receiving a pretty hefty patch today (clocking in at six gigs) that adds a bevy of quality-of-life features.

The standout inclusion is New Game Plus, which will let players replay the game with all their weapons and attachments they earned in the first playthrough. 4A also states the mode "also allows to you to adjust a range of variables to create your own personal and uniquely challenging experience, and comes with new Achievements / Trophies."

The patch also adds developer commentary, as well as a host of bug fixes and other quality-of-life improvements. You can read the whole list here (PC notes, console notes) to see those specific changes and additions.

Where's Our MLB The Show 19 Review?

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Where's Our MLB The Show 19 Review?

Before we can release a review of MLB The Show 19, we still need to dedicate more time to various aspects of the game, including online play. Coming off of a year filled with server issues, frustrating card collecting, and modes being removed, Sony has a lot to prove. Over the last four days, I dedicated roughly 25 hours to MLB The Show 19, and can say Sony is swinging for the fences both with new avenues of play and significant tweaks to existing modes. I'm pleased with what I've experienced.

Remedy Details Control Pre-Order Bonuses And Deluxe Editions

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Remedy Details Control Pre-Order Bonuses And Deluxe Editions

We've been revealing new information about Control, the new supernatural action game from the minds behind Alan Wake and Max Payne, but Remedy has one more announcement before the month concludes. Through a leak on the Microsoft Store last week, we learned that Control launches on August 27. Now we know what players who pre-order Control will receive in return.

If you pre-order the standard edition of the game for $60, you receive two exclusive in-game items: Jesse's Tactical Response Gear outfit and a Crafting Resources pack. Pre-orders of the PS4 version also receive rare Service Weapon and character modes, the Astral Dive suit for Jesse, and two themes featuring the game.

The physical Retail Deluxe Edition is available for PS4 and Xbox One for $70 and comes with exclusive metal packaging and limited edition art cards. The PS4 Digital Deluxe Edition is $80 and comes with all of the items in the standard PS4 edition, as well as an extra side mission called "Isolation," and Jesse's Urban Response Gear outfit. The PS4 Digital Deluxe Edition also includes both expansion packs, "The Foundation" and "AWE," which will release after launch.

WayForward Announces Shantae 5

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WayForward Announces Shantae 5

Wayforward, developer of games like Contra 4 and Mighty Switch Force, has abruptly announced that the next Shantae game is in development and will release on pretty much every platform, including Apple's newly announced Apple Arcade subscription service.

The tweet announcing the new game is mostly free of details, simply announcing the platforms and that the game exists. Unlike other Shantae games, it eschews a subtitle in favor of a number, but that could always be saved for a full reveal later down the line. Shantae 5 being an Apple Arcade title means it likely won't show up for Android devices, as Apple says games on Apple Arcade are exclusive to their platform. Obviously that only means for mobile phones, since Shantae is being released everywhere.

The previous Shantae title, Half-Genie Hero, was kickstarted so Wayforward could pay for development, but it does not appear that Shantae 5 needs to be. It is unclear if this is because of the support from Apple or due to the success of Half-Genie Hero. There is also no timing, but since Apple Arcade is launching in the Fall, Shantae 5 might make a good launch title for it.

WayForward Announces Shantae 5

about X hours ago from
WayForward Announces Shantae 5

Wayforward, developer of games like Contra 4 and Mighty Switch Force, has abruptly announced that the next Shantae game is in development and will release on pretty much every platform, including Apple's newly announced Apple Arcade subscription service.

The tweet announcing the new game is mostly free of details, simply announcing the platforms and that the game exists. Unlike other Shantae games, it eschews a subtitle in favor of a number, but that could always be saved for a full reveal later down the line. Shantae 5 being an Apple Arcade title means it likely won't show up for Android devices, as Apple says games on Apple Arcade are exclusive to their platform. Obviously that only means for mobile phones, since Shantae is being released everywhere.

The previous Shantae title, Half-Genie Hero, was kickstarted so Wayforward could pay for development, but it does not appear that Shantae 5 needs to be. It is unclear if this is because of the support from Apple or due to the success of Half-Genie Hero. There is also no timing, but since Apple Arcade is launching in the Fall, Shantae 5 might make a good launch title for it.

No Man's Sky Is Getting A VR Update This Summer

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No Man's Sky Is Getting A VR Update This Summer

Today, Hello Games announced a virtual reality update for No Man's Sky during Sony's State of Play live stream. Rather than sidelining the game's new VR capabilities to a specific mode, Hello Games has promised full integration. This means that VR is coming to the base game and NEXT for free, by way of the upcoming Beyond expansion. 

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No Man's Sky Virtual Reality drops this summer for PlayStation VR and Steam VR. A physical edition of the game, including the VR components, Beyond, and every update, will also be available for purchase for PlayStation owners. If you're a virtual reality enthusiast, check out our exclusive first look at Harmonix's new VR shooter: Audica.

Five Nights At Freddy's Help Wanted Comes To PSVR This Spring

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Five Nights At Freddy's Help Wanted Comes To PSVR This Spring

We've never been more nervous for a Five Nights at Freddy's game; VR is likely to make this indie horror game even more suspenseful as you manage the movements of a group of flesh hungry animatronics.

Help Wanted complies some of the best levels from the series while adding a few new terrifying challenges. The game is set to release this spring, so we should hear more soon.

Space Thriller Observation Gets A Release Date And A Haunting New Trailer

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Space Thriller Observation Gets A Release Date And A Haunting New Trailer

No Code's space thriller Observation got a haunting new trailer and a release date today during PlayStation's very first State of Play.

We've seen space station intrigue explored before in video games, but Observation, which launches on May 21, adds a new twist: you aren't on the space station, you are the space station, assuming the role of an artificial intelligence named S.A.M. who helps a lone survivor figure out what happened to her crew. As S.A.M., you'll control the station's systems, cameras, and tools to solve the mystery.