EA Lays Off 350 People, Citing The "Changing World"

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Despite the gaming industry's growth, we've seen numerous companies lay off employees of late, including significant ones at Activision Blizzard. Electronic Arts is the next company to confirm layoffs of its own, announcing today that about 350 people are losing their jobs.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson delivered the news via the company's official website. "Today we took some important steps as a company to address our challenges and prepare for the opportunities ahead," Wilson said. Of the company's roughly 9,000 employees, 350 people across the company's marketing, publishing, and operations teams will lose their jobs. This also includes operations in Japan and Russia, where the company is "ramping down our current presence [to] focus on different ways to serve our players in those markets."

You can read his full statement below:

Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds Target Races And More

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Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Update Adds Target Races And More

Rockstar has rolled out another new batch of content for Red Dead Redemption 2's multiplayer mode, Red Dead Online. Ahead of the major update that's coming later this spring, the developer has added an assortment of new clothing options to the game, along with a new competitive mode: Target Races.

Rockstar describes Target Races as "a fast-paced mix of marksmanship, strategy, and horse-riding skills." Players begin each race equipped with a bow and arrow, with the object being to shoot targets as you dash through the track. Along the way, you'll also be able to pick up guns with limited ammo and other power-ups, which you can use to shoot the targets or other players.

In addition to standard Target Races, PS4 players now have early access to Open Target Races. This variation has you racing about an open environment shooting targets. These can be picked off in any order, and once you've hit all of them, you'll race against the other players in a mad dash to the finish. Thanks to Rockstar's timed exclusivity agreement with Sony, Open Target Races are only available on PS4 right now, but they'll come to the Xbox One version next month.

This Week's Best Xbox One Deals Include Skyrim, Battlefield 5, Titanfall 2 (US, UK)

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If you haven't peeked at the Xbox Store this week, you absolutely should. Not only are some of the best games from last week's sale still available, but more great deals were also added today. Before we get into those, be sure to check out the Critically Acclaimed Sale, which has discounts on some of the best games available on Xbox One, including Red Dead Redemption 2, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Celeste, Dead Cells, and more. Only one day is left for these incredible deals, so grab whatever you want ASAP.

In case you haven't heard, this week marks the 25th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls--the first game in the series, The Elder Scrolls: Arena, released back in 1994. To celebrate, Bethesda is offering huge deals on many Elder Scrolls titles this week, including The Elder Scrolls Online ($10), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Special Edition ($24), and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ($7.50). The Elder Scrolls Online deal is available through April 8; the other deals will only be around through April 1. As a heads-up, you can also download The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for free on PC all this week, with that offer ending Sunday, March 31.

Avengers Endgame Posters Confirm Valkyrie And Shuri's Fates

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Avengers Endgame Posters Confirm Valkyrie And Shuri's Fates

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is huge, consisting of a tremendous number of characters who have been slowly introduced throughout the years. And because of this, in the wake of the Thanos Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, fans didn't know if many of these characters were dusted off-screen because they didn't appear in the movie. Many have wondered if Asgardian Valkyrie--who first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok--had survived Thanos' plan and would appear in Avengers: Endgame. The same question has lingered about Black Panther's Shuri.

To mark the movie's release being a month away, Marvel has released a ton of new Endgame posters. Beyond looking cool and highlighting many of the MCU's many characters, the posters also deliver us some information: namely, that Valkyrie is alive, but Shuri is not. Nearly three dozen posters were released, and the look of each one told us something: the black and white posters indicate who is dead, while the ones in color were for the living. Valkyrie's poster, which you can see below, is in full, glorious color, while Shuri's is, sadly, in black and white.

Aside from the color palette, every poster is the same. It features a close-up of a character, the April 26 release date of the movie, and the phrase, "Avenge the fallen" printed at the top of it.

Avengers Endgame: Valkyrie's Fate Revealed In New Posters

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Avengers Endgame: Valkyrie's Fate Revealed In New Posters

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is huge, consisting of a tremendous number of characters which have been slowly introduced throughout the years. And because of this, in the wake of the Thanos Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, fans didn't know if many of these characters were dusted off-screen because they didn't appear in the movie. Many have wondered if Asgardian Valkyrie--who first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok--had survived Thanos' plan and would appear in Avengers: Endgame.

Thanks to some new posters for the upcoming movie, we've learned that Valkyrie is alive. At least 19 posters were released, and the black and white posters indicated who is dead, while the ones in color were for the living. Valkyrie's poster, which you can see below, is in full, glorious color.

Aside from the color palette, every poster is the same. It features a close-up of a character, the April 26 release date of the movie, and the phrase, "Avenge the fallen" printed at the top of it.

Avengers Endgame: Valkyrie And Shuri's Fates Revealed In New Posters

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Avengers Endgame: Valkyrie And Shuri's Fates Revealed In New Posters

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is huge, consisting of a tremendous number of characters which have been slowly introduced throughout the years. And because of this, in the wake of the Thanos Snap in Avengers: Infinity War, fans didn't know if many of these characters were dusted off-screen because they didn't appear in the movie. Many have wondered if Asgardian Valkyrie--who first appeared in Thor: Ragnarok--had survived Thanos' plan and would appear in Avengers: Endgame. The same question has lingered about Black Panther's Shuri.

Thanks to some new posters for the upcoming movie, we've learned that Valkyrie is alive, but Shuri is not. More than two dozen posters were released, and the black and white posters indicated who is dead, while the ones in color were for the living. Valkyrie's poster, which you can see below, is in full, glorious color, while Shuri's is not.

Aside from the color palette, every poster is the same. It features a close-up of a character, the April 26 release date of the movie, and the phrase, "Avenge the fallen" printed at the top of it.

Xbox One Indie Game Stream Reveals Three More Game Pass Additions

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Xbox's indies-focused event and announced three more ID@Xbox games that will come to Game Pass on release day, as well as the lineup of indies that will be available to play at PAX East.

Killer Queen Black, Outer Wilds, and Blazing Chrome will all hit Xbox's all-you-can-eat subscription service on release day. Killer Queen Black is a new arcade multiplayer entry for up to eight players. Outer Wilds from Annapurina Interactive and Mobius is an open-world exploration game that repeats a limited-time challenge as you learn new secrets about the world to help with subsequent playthroughs. Blazing Chrome is an arcade run-and-gun action game. Killer Queen and Outer Wilds are both targeting 2019 launches, while a date wasn't given for Blazing Chrome.

Microsoft also announced the slate of ID@Xbox games playable at PAX East, which begins March 28 in Boston, MA. You can stop by the Xbox booth to try Void Bastards, Operencia: The Stolen Sun, Supermarket Shriek, The Good Life, and Afterparty. Like the other games announced today, each of these will launch on Game Pass on their respective release days. You'll also be able to collect pins that represent the various indie games.

Xbox Indies Stream Reveals Three More Game Pass Additions

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Xbox's indies-focused event and announced three more ID@Xbox games that will come to Game Pass on release day, as well as the lineup of indies that will be available to play at PAX East.

Killer Queen Black, Outer Wilds, and Blazing Chrome will all hit Xbox's all-you-can-eat subscription service on release day. Killer Queen Black is a new arcade multiplayer entry for up to eight players. Outer Wilds from Annapurina Interactive and Mobius is an open-world exploration game that repeats a limited-time challenge as you learn new secrets about the world to help with subsequent playthroughs. Blazing Chrome is an arcade run-and-gun action game. Killer Queen and Outer Wilds are both targeting 2019 launches, while a date wasn't given for Blazing Chrome.

Microsoft also announced the slate of ID@Xbox games playable at PAX East, which begins March 28 in Boston, MA. You can stop by the Xbox booth to try Void Bastards, Operencia: The Stolen Sun, Supermarket Shriek, The Good Life, and Afterparty. Like the other games announced today, each of these will launch on Game Pass on their respective release days. You'll also be able to collect pins that represent the various indie games.

After More Than A Decade Away, Samurai Shodown Returns Intact And In Style

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After More Than A Decade Away, Samurai Shodown Returns Intact And In Style

SNK's once-prolific output in the '90s has slowed in recent years, but thanks to Neo Geo ports arriving weekly on Switch and other platforms, some of the company's most popular arcade series are once again vying for players' attention. Samurai Shodown is one of those. The weapons-based 2D fighting series thrived for close to 15 years, but it has largely remained dormant since 2008's Samurai Shodown Sen. While it's great to revisit the series' past on modern consoles, it's also exciting to know that a brand-new Samurai Shodown fighting game is on the way--and it feels even better to report that my time with the game has only increased my anticipation for its upcoming June release.