PlayStation Boss Predicts "Post-Console" World

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Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios boss Shawn Layden has laid down a ambitious prediction for where he thinks the video game industry could be headed. Speaking to Game Informer, Layden said he foresees some kind of "post-console" world where PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo are more unified than ever. While Layden maintains that PlayStation is the "best gaming experience," he said Xbox One and Nintendo Switch offer "great experiences" as well, and PlayStation should do more to recognize that.

"I don't want to put too fine a point on this because it might upset some of the people I work with, but I think effectively, we’re looking at kind of a post-console world where you can have quality gaming experiences across a variety of technologies," he said. "Sure, PS4 and PS4 Pro provide what, of course, we think is the best gaming experience, but the other consoles out there, be it Switch, Xbox One X, or tablets, or phones--there are great experiences across all these. What we need to do is recognize all that."

He added: "We're not little gaming ghettos that are not federated or aligned at all. We're all part of the same gaming community, we just come at it through different doorways. I think the future will be an extension of that metaphor. Your platform is not your hideaway. It's just your doorway to all these other gamer folk."

Sony's Video Game Division Gets A New Boss

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Sony has announced a management re-shuffling for its PlayStation business. The massive company announced today that Jim Ryan, the longtime PlayStation executive who most recently served as Deputy President of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become SIE's president and CEO. The move is effective April 1, 2019--this is not a joke.

John Kodera, the current president and CEO of SIE, will become Deputy President. In that position he will "dedicate his focus on creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area," Sony said in a statement.

Ryan, who has worked at Sony for a quarter of a century, will report directly to Sony's overall president and CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida. PlayStation is big business for Sony. Yoshida said in a statement that Sony's video game division, which is called Game & Network Services, is now Sony's overall largest business when it comes to sales and operating income. He also said gaming is a "growth driver" for Sony going forward.

Civilization 6: Gathering Storm Review - The Wind Rises

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Civilization 6: Gathering Storm Review - The Wind Rises

Civilization VI told a straightforward story of the consequences of your actions. Fail to keep your people happy and they would put down their hammers and raise pitchforks. Be rude to the other leaders and they would soon refuse to deal with you. Beyond that, however, you could go about building your empire mostly unconcerned with any repercussions to your decisions. Last year's Rise and Fall expansion added some complexity to the tale with the introduction of its Loyalty mechanic. Operating in isolation was no longer possible. Settlements on the fringes of an empire could, if they liked what they saw across the border, decide to rebel. Players who took their citizens' loyalty for granted would find themselves leading no one.

This kind of accountability is extended in multiple directions with Gathering Storm, the second major expansion for Civ VI. Through the institution of a World Congress, Gathering Storm lets leaders reward and punish each other for certain actions, allow them to pass sweeping resolutions that affect every civilization, and ultimately secure their diplomatic favor. And with its new World Climate system, Gathering Storm makes you accountable to the world itself by hitting you--sometimes painfully hard--with the calamitous consequences of exploiting the map's rich resources.

Pokemon Go's Special Community Day Move For February Revealed

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Pokemon Go's Special Community Day Move For February Revealed

Pokemon Go's next Community Day is quickly approaching. The event is scheduled to take place around the world this Saturday, February 16, and now developer Niantic has shared a few more details about it, including what special event-exclusive move players will be able to learn this time.

As previously revealed, the featured Pokemon for this month's Community Day will be Swinub, a Ground/Ice-type originally from Gold and Silver. If you manage to evolve it into its final form, Mamoswine, up to an hour after the event ends, the Pokemon will know the Rock-type attack Ancient Power. You don't need to catch a Swinub during the Community Day in order for it to learn Ancient Power, but it does need to evolve by the end of the event.

While Swinub and its first evolution, Piloswine, were introduced in the series' second-generation games, Mamoswine wasn't added until the Gen 4 installments Diamond and Pearl. In those titles, Piloswine would only evolve into Mamoswine after learning Ancient Power; in Go, however, the Pokemon evolves with a new evolutionary item called the Sinnoh Stone, which can be earned through Trainer Battles.

Pokemon Go's Exclusive Community Day Move For February Revealed

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Pokemon Go's Exclusive Community Day Move For February Revealed

Pokemon Go's next Community Day is quickly approaching. The event is scheduled to take place around the world this Saturday, February 16, and developer Niantic has now shared a few more details about it, including what special event-exclusive move players will be able to learn this time.

As previously revealed, the featured Pokemon for this month's Community Day will be Swinub, a Ground/Ice-type originally from Gold and Silver. If you manage to evolve it into its final form, Mamoswine, up to an hour after the event ends, the Pokemon will know the Rock-type attack Ancient Power. You don't need to catch a Swinub during the Community Day in order for it to learn Ancient Power, but it does need to evolve by the end of the event.

While Swinub and its first evolution, Piloswine, were introduced in the series' second-generation games, Mamoswine wasn't added until the Gen 4 installments Diamond and Pearl. In those titles, Piloswine would only evolve into Mamoswine after learning Ancient Power; in Go, however, the Pokemon evolves with a new evolutionary item called the Sinnoh Stone, which can be earned through Trainer Battles.

Total War: Three Kingdoms Delayed, New Release Date Revealed

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Total War: Three Kingdoms, the latest entry in the strategy series, is not going to make it out on time. Developer Creative Assembly announced today that the title will now arrive on May 23, which is around three months later than its previously scheduled March 7 release date.

Creative Assembly brand director Rob Bartholomew said in a statement that the team needed "a little more time" to ensure that the "revolutionary" features and systems in the game are ready. Creative Assembly will also spend the extra time working on fixing bugs, adding polish, and ensuring the localization is done right.

"We all know those little details make a big difference," Bartholomew said. "We're lucky to be in a position to do the right thing for our games, and in this case it means taking the time to get everything ready for you. It's more important to give you a game that you can enjoy to the fullest, rather than stick to a release date just because. We know not everyone's going to be happy about this, but ultimately, we believe this the best thing for the game and our players."

Black Ops 4 Dev Teases Blackout Map Changes And New Modes

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Black Ops 4 Dev Teases Blackout Map Changes And New Modes

Treyarch is continuing to steadily roll out new updates and content for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. The developer has given fans a glimpse at what lays ahead for the popular shooter this week, including a double XP weekend event across all three game modes, new multiplayer and Blackout playlists for the PS4 version, and more.

Beginning February 14, Treyarch is kicking off a Valentine's Quad Feed weekend. Throughout the weekend, players will earn double XP and weapon XP in multiplayer mode, double XP and Nebulium Plasma in Zombies, and twice as many Merits in the Blackout battle royale mode. The event is scheduled to end at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET on Tuesday, February 19.

Before that, Treyarch will kick off two special modes on PS4 on February 12. First is the Arms Race Team Deathmatch playlist for multiplayer, which will reward players with 150 points, rather than the usual 100, for every enemy killed. Blackout, meanwhile, will get another iteration of Close Quarters Frenzy. The collapse occurs even more quickly in this mode, and the only weapons you'll find are SMGs, shotguns, pistols, and Bowie Knives.

Apex Legends Hits 25 Million Players In A Week

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Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game from Titanfall developer Respawn, continues to soar. More than 25 million players have now tried Apex Legends, Respawn's Vince Zampella announced in a blog post. Additionally, the game reached "well over" 2 million peak concurrent players over the weekend, he said.

Apex Legends has been rising since release on Monday, February 4. The game hit 1 million players in eight hours, increasing to 2.5 million players in one day. The previous peak concurrent figure was 600,000, so it's increasing fast. Apex Legends is nowhere close to Fortnite, however, as the game--which is much older--has 200 million players and a peak concurrent user record of 8.3 million.

"What a week! Since we launched Apex Legends last week on Monday we've seen the creation of an Apex Legends community that is excited, thriving, and full of great feedback and ideas," Zampella said. "Our goal is to build this game with you, our community, so keep giving us your feedback because we really are listening."

Activision Blizzard Stock Price Falls After Reports Of Layoffs, Lower Sales Projections

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Activision Blizzard is set to report earnings for the all-important holiday quarter tomorrow, Tuesday February 12, and things aren't looking good at this stage. The company's share price dropped by as much as six percent on Monday, and that's notable for at least a couple of reasons.

First, Monday was the first full day of stock trading following the reports of "hundreds" of layoffs hitting the company this week. Second, The Los Angeles Times reports that analysts are expecting Activision Blizzard's sales to fall by two percent to $7.28 billion when the company reports earnings on Tuesday. Investors want to see positive growth trajectories, and the prediction of a downturn may have spooked them.

Regarding the rumoured layoffs, Business Insider reported that the cutbacks are "part of restructuring aimed at centralizing functions and boosting profit." Activision Blizzard reportedly employed around 9,800 people at the end of 2017.