Kaz Hirai Stepping Down As Sony CEO

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Kaz Hirai Stepping Down As Sony CEO

Sony President and CEO Kaz Hirai has announced that he is stepping down from the roles on April 1, 2018, six years after he initially accepted the positions. He is being replaced by Kenichiro Yoshida, Sony's CFO. Hirai will transition to a new role within the company as director chairman.

"Ever since my appointment as President and CEO in April 2012, I have stated that my mission is to ensure Sony continues to be a company that provides customers with kando – to move them emotionally – and inspires and fulfills their curiosity," Hirai said in a statement. "To this end, I have dedicated myself to transforming the company and enhancing its profitability, and am very proud that now, in the third and final year of our current mid-range corporate plan, we are expecting to exceed our financial targets."

Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Booked For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

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Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Booked For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

Counter-Strike co-creator and Valve game designer Jess Cliffe has been booked for sex exploitation of a child, Seattle local news KIRO 7 reports.

Police have not commented yet, but KIRO 7 reports Cliffe has not been charged yet. The arrest occurred at 1:17 AM this morning at the Seattle Southwest precinct police department.

Cliffe has been an employee of Valve since 2003 after creating Half-Life mod Counter-Strike in 1999 alongside co-creator Minh Le. Valve hired Cliffe and obtained the rights to the game, which has become one of if not the most popular multiplayer shooter in the world in the fifteen years since.

Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Booked For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

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Counter-Strike Co-Creator Jess Cliffe Booked For Sexual Exploitation Of A Child

Counter-Strike co-creator and Valve game designer Jess Cliffe has been booked for sex exploitation of a child, Seattle local news KIRO 7 reports.

Police have not commented yet, but KIRO 7 reports Cliffe has not been charged yet. The arrest occurred at 1:17 AM this morning at the Seattle Southwest precinct police department.

Cliffe has been an employee of Valve since 2003 after creating Half-Life mod Counter-Strike in 1999 alongside co-creator Minh Le. Valve hired Cliffe and obtained the rights to the game, which has become one of if not the most popular multiplayer shooter in the world in the fifteen years since.

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Returns In February 8

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Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Returns In February 8

Blizzard is ensuring the Overwatch seasonal events come around annually with the second annual Lunar New Year event, beginning February 8.

As this is the year of the dog, a new dog-based logo has appeared. That and the date are currently the only things known about the annual event, but every other returning Overwatch event has added new costumes and modes. Additionally, they have brought back the costumes from the previous year, so people who missed out can get another shot at buying them.

Blizzard also added 100 new cosmetic items – skins, emotes, highlight reels, and skins – last week to the normal lootboxes.

Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Returns In February 8

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Overwatch Lunar New Year Event Returns In February 8

Blizzard is ensuring the Overwatch seasonal events come around annually with the second annual Lunar New Year event, beginning February 8.

As this is the year of the dog, a new dog-based logo has appeared. That and the date are currently the only things known about the annual event, but every other returning Overwatch event has added new costumes and modes. Additionally, they have brought back the costumes from the previous year, so people who missed out can get another shot at buying them.

Blizzard also added 100 new cosmetic items – skins, emotes, highlight reels, and skins – last week to the normal lootboxes.

Bungie Details Future Updates And Possible Changes For Destiny 2 Sandbox

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Bungie Details Future Updates And Possible Changes For Destiny 2 Sandbox

This Week at Bungie, the weekly update from the Destiny 2 developers, the studio detailed upcoming hopeful changes to the game's sandbox and Crucible modes, as well as a general game plan for their future updates.

Bungie released version 1.1.2 yesterday, the first major update for 2018, but is already making plans for what 1.1.3 will bring, as well as 1.1.4 after it. Yesterday's update brought Masterwork armor and and revised raid rewards, while 1.1.3, scheduled for February 27, brings scoring to Nightfall. The update is planned to bring new unique rewards to Nightfall, as well, but Bungie clarifies that this might slip to a later update.

Finally, 1.1.4 will arrive on March 27. This update is centered around Sandbox and Crucible, adding in penalties for players who quit Crucible matches, and an algorithm change to reduce repeat s in strike playlists and the Crucible. Most crucially, 1.1.4 brings six-on-six to Destiny 2, though only for the Iron Banner playlist.

Rumor: Bulgarian Retailer Leaks God Of War PS4 Pro Bundle

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Rumor: Bulgarian Retailer Leaks God Of War PS4 Pro Bundle

Considering how much Sony is staking on Kratos this coming April, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see the god of war get his own PS4 Pro bundle. It turns out that this might indeed be the case with a leaked image from Bulgarian retailer Ozone, which lists the alleged bundle coming with a limited edition 1TB model and a copy of God of War.

While there's no image of the rumored console's design, a prototype image of the box is shown next to the listing. You can view it below. 

[Source: Gearnuke via Push Square on Twitter]

Our Take
Even based on the assumption that this is real, it can't be assumed that this bundle would be coming to other countries, much like the Monster Hunter: World Rathalos PS4 Pro. However, considering that bundle was unexpectedly announced for the US and Canada weeks before the game's release, it stands to reason that a broader release for this hypothetical bundle is far more likely. Ash grey color scheme with Krato's red tattoo across the console, Sony? Please?

Rumor: Bulgarian Retailer Leaks God Of War PS4 Pro Bundle

about X hours ago from
Rumor: Bulgarian Retailer Leaks God Of War PS4 Pro Bundle

Considering how much Sony is staking on Kratos this coming April, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see the god of war get his own PS4 Pro bundle. It turns out that this might indeed be the case with a leaked image from Bulgarian retailer Ozone, which lists the alleged bundle coming with a limited edition 1TB model and a copy of God of War.

While there's no image of the rumored console's design, a prototype image of the box is shown next to the listing. You can view it below. 

[Source: Gearnuke via Push Square on Twitter]

Our Take
Even based on the assumption that this is real, it can't be assumed that this bundle would be coming to other countries, much like the Monster Hunter: World Rathalos PS4 Pro. However, considering that bundle was unexpectedly announced for the US and Canada weeks before the game's release, it stands to reason that a broader release for this hypothetical bundle is far more likely. Ash grey color scheme with Krato's red tattoo across the console, Sony? Please?

Hero Shooter Gigantic Shutting Down In July

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Hero Shooter Gigantic Shutting Down In July

Gigantic, the hero shooter from developer Motiga games, is shutting down on July 31, with the last content update having just released in January.

Motiga suffered massive layoffs when parent company Perfect World sliced away big chunks of their gaming division, even closing Torchlight developer Runic Games in the process. Motiga barely survived closure, but lost the vast majority of their staff, making continuation of Gigantic a near-impossible task.

The closure was reported on the game's blog today, though has clearly been inevitable for some time. "Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic," the post says. "However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market."

Hero Shooter Gigantic Shutting Down In July

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Hero Shooter Gigantic Shutting Down In July

Gigantic, the hero shooter from developer Motiga games, is shutting down on July 31, with the last content update having just released in January.

Motiga suffered massive layoffs when parent company Perfect World sliced away big chunks of their gaming division, even closing Torchlight developer Runic Games in the process. Motiga barely survived closure, but lost the vast majority of their staff, making continuation of Gigantic a near-impossible task.

The closure was reported on the game's blog today, though has clearly been inevitable for some time. "Over the last several months, the teams at Motiga and Perfect World looked into viable options to sustain Gigantic," the post says. "However, the current state of the game has restricted options for further progress and relevant content updates, and delivering basic features while also fixing long-standing issues was more complicated than expected. Despite our best efforts, we were unable to find an impactful solution that would help Gigantic break through in a crowded market."