Activision Blizzard Confirms Layoffs

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Activision Blizzard, publisher of Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Candy Crush, has announced significant layoffs. Employees were notified of the cuts today, with people at Activision, Blizzard, and mobile game company King affected.

Activision has also detailed its financial performance for the forth quarter of 2018 and, as part of this, noted that it "will increase development investment in its biggest franchises, enabling teams to accelerate the pace and quality of content for their communities and supporting a number of new product initiatives." It also cited that the number of developers that will be working on "Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo in aggregate will increase approximately 20% over the course of 2019."

However, this greater investment, it says, will be funded by "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business"--referring to the layoffs.

Activision Blizzard Confirms Significant Layoffs

about X hours ago from

Activision Blizzard, publisher of Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Candy Crush, has announced significant layoffs. Employees were notified of the cuts today, with people at Activision, Blizzard, and mobile game company King affected.

Activision has also detailed its financial performance for the forth quarter of 2018 and, as part of this, noted that it "will increase development investment in its biggest franchises, enabling teams to accelerate the pace and quality of content for their communities and supporting a number of new product initiatives." It also cited that the number of developers that will be working on "Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo in aggregate will increase approximately 20% over the course of 2019."

However, this greater investment, it says, will be funded by "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business"--referring to the layoffs. In its financial call, COO Coddy Johnson said there would be an eight percent reduction in headcount at Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard Confirms Significant Layoffs, Despite Record Results

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Activision Blizzard, publisher of Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Candy Crush, has announced significant layoffs. Employees were notified of the cuts today, with people at Activision, Blizzard, and mobile game company King affected.

Activision has also detailed its financial performance for the forth quarter of 2018 and, as part of this, noted that it "will increase development investment in its biggest franchises, enabling teams to accelerate the pace and quality of content for their communities and supporting a number of new product initiatives." It also cited that the number of developers that will be working on "Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo in aggregate will increase approximately 20% over the course of 2019."

However, this greater investment, it says, will be funded by "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business"--referring to the layoffs. In its financial call, COO Coddy Johnson said there would be an eight percent reduction in headcount at Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard Lays Off Hundreds, Despite Record Results

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Activision Blizzard, publisher of Call of Duty, Overwatch, and Candy Crush, has announced significant layoffs. Employees were notified of the cuts today, with people at Activision, Blizzard, and mobile game company King affected.

Activision has also detailed its financial performance for the forth quarter of 2018 and, as part of this, noted that it "will increase development investment in its biggest franchises, enabling teams to accelerate the pace and quality of content for their communities and supporting a number of new product initiatives." It also cited that the number of developers that will be working on "Call of Duty, Candy Crush, Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone and Diablo in aggregate will increase approximately 20% over the course of 2019."

However, this greater investment, it says, will be funded by "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business"--referring to the layoffs. In its financial call, COO Coddy Johnson said there would be an eight percent reduction in headcount at Activision Blizzard. With nearly 10,000 employees by the company's last count, this amounts to nearly 800 people losing their jobs.

Xbox One Adds Two Backwards Compatible Games

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Xbox One's backwards compatible library continues to expand. Microsoft's Major Nelson announced that another pair of Xbox 360 games are playable on the current-gen console beginning today, February 12: The King of Fighters XIII and Orcs Must Die.

Both of this week's BC titles originally debuted in 2011. The King of Fighters XIII is one of the latest installments in SNK's long-running fighting game series; at the time of its release, it was considered a return to form for the franchise, addressing many of the elements that made its predecessor, The King of Fighters XII, disappointing. GameSpot awarded it an 8.5/10 in our original King of Fighters XIII review.

Orcs Must Die, meanwhile, is a humorous tower defense/action game, in which players assume the role of a battle mage who must fortify their castle with spikes and all other manner of traps to defend it against an incoming army of orcs. While the game lacks any multiplayer options, we thought it was enjoyable and gave it a 7.5/10 in our original Orcs Must Die review.

Wreck It Ralph 2's Alan Tudyk On Finding His Disney Voice And Going Full-Blown Villain In Doom Patrol

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Wreck It Ralph 2's Alan Tudyk On Finding His Disney Voice And Going Full-Blown Villain In Doom Patrol

For any voice actor, joining the Walt Disney Animation Studios roster of talent seems like it should be a dream come true. After all, you've become part of a fabric of movies that includes iconic titles like Cinderella, Pinocchio, and Robin Hood. For Alan Tudyk, who has now appeared in six Disney animated films--along with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story--it was another movie that drew him to the studio growing up.

Speaking to GameSpot to promote the Blu-ray and digital release of his latest Disney feature, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Tudyk spoke about his love for The Little Mermaid, where he found inspiration for his character KnowsMore in the latest Wreck-It Ralph film, and what's it's like being in the Disney pantheon of films. Additionally, Tudyk opened up about his latest project, DC Universe's Doom Patrol and creating his own take on the iconic villain The Joker in the upcoming Harley Quinn animated series.

Ralph Breaks the Internet is available on digital now, with the Blu-ray and DVD following on February 26. The released includes a range of special features that explore the Easter eggs hidden throughout the film, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie, and deleted scenes.

Metro Exodus: Release Date, Gameplay, Impressions, And What We Know

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Metro Exodus: Release Date, Gameplay, Impressions, And What We Know

The long-awaited Metro Exodus is releasing this week for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Announced at E3 2017, it's hard to believe the game is finally coming out. After all, the last Metro game we got was 2013's Metro: Last Light. To help you prepare for Metro Exodus, we've compiled all of our essential news stories, features, and gameplay videos highlighting all the details you need to know about the game.

Are you excited for Metro Exodus? Let us know in the comments below. Otherwise, be on the lookout for our full review in the days ahead, as well as guides detailing how to better survive the grueling challenge of its post-apocalyptic world.

While Metro Exodus is the third installment of the Metro series, its premise makes for a solid jumping-on point for newcomers. Set two years after the events of previous game, it continues the adventures of series protagonist Artyom who flees the Metro in Moscow to embark on a continent-spanning journey with the Spartan Rangers--a battle-hardened unit of elite soldiers that roam the wasteland.

Battlefield 5 Free Combined Arms Co-Op Mode Launching This Week

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Battlefield 5 is kicking off its new free co-op mode Combined Arms this week. Launching as part of the Lightning Strikes update, this mode lets players team up with up to three friends for eight PvE missions. The four key objectives span across four maps.

DICE says Combined Arms is meant to be a good way for players to practice together before throwing down in the much more competitive multiplayer, and it has variable difficulty settings and loadouts so you can get your time in with the gear of your choice. Plus it gives you Company Coins in any event, so you're always grinding toward unlocks.

The studio promises more Combined Arms missions will be coming in later updates. In addition, the multiplayer mode Rush is coming back for a limited time on March 7. This update also includes a host of other quality-of-life tweaks, like increasing the speed when dragging allies to safety. The full patch notes are extensive.

Battlefield 5 Free Co-Op Mode Combined Arms Launching This Week

about X hours ago from

Battlefield 5 is kicking off its new free co-op mode Combined Arms this week. Launching as part of the Lightning Strikes update, this mode lets players team up with up to three friends for eight PvE missions. The four key objectives span across four maps.

DICE says Combined Arms is meant to be a good way for players to practice together before throwing down in the much more competitive multiplayer, and it has variable difficulty settings and loadouts so you can get your time in with the gear of your choice. Plus it gives you Company Coins in any event, so you're always grinding toward unlocks.

The studio promises more Combined Arms missions will be coming in later updates. In addition, the multiplayer mode Rush is coming back for a limited time on March 7. This update also includes a host of other quality-of-life tweaks, like increasing the speed when dragging allies to safety. The full patch notes are extensive.

Far Cry: New Dawn's Release Date, Gameplay, And What We Know (So Far)

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Far Cry: New Dawn's Release Date, Gameplay, And What We Know (So Far)

Far Cry: New Dawn is set to launch this week for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. With so much excitement stirring around the impending launch of this latest entry in Ubisoft's long running, first-person shooter series, we've compiled a series of news stories, features, and gameplay videos highlighting all the details you need to know about the game.

What do you think about Far Cry: New Dawn? Are you going to pick it up? Let us know in the comments below. Otherwise, check back often as we update this feature with our full review, as well as guides to help you overcome its most difficult challenges.

Far Cry: New Dawn is a standalone spin-off that also serves as a narrative sequel to Far Cry 5 set 17 years after the events of the game. After a nuclear exchange has devastated the land, a colony of survivors attempts to rebuild civilization in Hope County. However, their efforts are threatened by a group of bandits known as the Highwaymen. With few options left, the survivors form an alliance with New Eden, the remnants of the antagonistic cult from Far Cry 5. Rather than assume control of the protagonist of Far Cry 5, you actually play as a completely new character.