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Microsoft and Bethesda Offer Refunds to Redfall Players for Unreleased Content

Jacob Blazewicz, 20 June 2024, 07:13

Buyers of Redfall: Bite Back Edition are receiving refunds for purchasing the game. This is the result of unfulfilled promises after the game's development was finished.

Age of Mythology Retold Will Refresh Story of Gods. Trailer Reveals Release Date

Adrian Werner, 09 June 2024, 11:36

Xbox Games Showcase 2024 brought a new trailer for Age of Mythology: Retold and a release date for this remake.

State of Decay 3 Will Try to Revive Zombie Trend. Survival Action Game with Open World Available at Launch in Game Pass

Adrian Werner, 09 June 2024, 11:08

At the Xbox Games Showcase 2024, we finally got a new trailer for State of Decay 3. This is the first footage showing scenes on the game engine.

Devs Behind Crash 4 and Spyro Remakes Appear to Have Entered an Agreement With Microsoft. They Are „Very Inspired” by New Game That May Be Crash Bandicoot 5

Kamil Kleszyk, 03 June 2024, 05:08

The developers of Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time and the Spyro remakes, Toys for Bob studio, have officially announced that they are working on a new game that Microsoft will be responsible for releasing.

Not Just Fallout 5. Bethesda Plans More Than One Game From Its Post-Apocalyptic Franchise

Adrian Werner, 31 May 2024, 04:22

Already more than 20 million people have played Fallout 76. Much of this is due to the popularity of the series adaptation. Bethesda wants to follow suit and, as a result, Fallout 5 isn't the only game that is in the team's plans.

Microsoft Gears up for Major Announcement; It’s All About Presence of New Call of Duty in Game Pass

Kamil Kleszyk, 28 May 2024, 05:23

Game Pass subscribers began receiving notifications indicating that the latest installment of the Call of Duty series will hit Microsoft's flagship service on its launch day. An official announcement is a matter of hours away.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Will Be Released on Two Console Generations

Adrian Werner, 27 May 2024, 00:38

According to reliable leaks, Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 won't abandon the previous generation of consoles and will be released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Hellblade 2's Disappointing Launch on Steam; Game Is Doing Worse Than Hi-Fi Rush and Redfall

Marcin Przala, 24 May 2024, 02:37

One of this year's most important games from the Xbox stable, Senua's Saga: Hellblade II, is failing on Steam. The title from Ninja Theory scored a worse start on Valve's platform than Hi-Fi Rush or Redfall.

Redfall Will Receive Promised Mode in Final Update Labeled 4

Marcin Przala, 18 May 2024, 07:54

Redfall will receive its last update, introducing long-promised improvements to the game and thus crown support for the title. Developers from Arkane Austin studio want to say a worthy goodbye to fans in this way.

Activision Blizzard Established Standalone Studio in Warsaw to Work on New AAA Game Focusing on Story and Narrative

Martin Bukowski, 16 May 2024, 23:43

Activision Blizzard's recently founded standalone studio is developing a new AAA game. True game industry veterans are responsible for it.

'It's No Longer Xbox, but Microsoft Gaming.' Brand Veterans Explain Recent Layoffs

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 May 2024, 06:22

Even before the announcement of more layoffs, Xbox veterans confirmed that Microsoft bosses have now begun to interfere more in the company's games division.

Words of Xbox’s CEO Didn’t Win Applause. Sarah Bond Justifies Microsoft’s Decisions and Promises Support for Game Pass

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 May 2024, 05:10

Sarah Bond unspecifically explained the reasons for the closure of Tango Gameworks. She did, however, confirm the future of Game Pass and the imminent debut of Microsoft's mobile game store.

Industry Sympathizes With Hellblade 2 Devs; Also Expressing Concern for Fate of Doom, Avowed, and Psychonauts Creators

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 May 2024, 07:20

Following the sudden shutdown of Tango Gameworks, there are concerns about the fate of other Xbox studios. Journalist Jez Corden also has significant reservations about the actions of Microsoft, which is allegedly not very supportive of its teams.

'We Need Smaller Games That Give Us Prestige and Awards.' This Statement by Xbox Game Studios Head Surprised Not Only Hi-Fi Rush Devs

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 May 2024, 06:50

Matt Booty of Xbox Game Studios believes Microsoft needs small and high-profile games. Such as Hi-Fi Rush, whose developers were shut down as part of the recent wave of layoffs.

Microsoft Plans Changes to Game Pass; One of Them May Be Another Price Hike

Adrian Werner, 09 May 2024, 06:00

According to reliable reports, Microsoft is considering raising the price of Game Pass Ultimate subscription. The corporation is also having second thoughts about making this year's Call of Duty available on the service.

'He's a Good Human and He Cares Deeply for the Creative Process and Developers.' Former Blizzard CEO Defends Phil Spencer's Image

Jacob Blazewicz, 09 May 2024, 05:40

Mike Ybarra took to Phil Spencer's defense after Microsoft's recent layoffs, although he doesn't deny that the head of the gaming division is responsible for the Xbox situation.

Final Words From Redfall and Hi-Fi Rush Devs. After 2559 Days, Players Lost Hope for Prey 2 Announcement

Adrian Werner, 08 May 2024, 06:23

Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks said goodbye to the studios after they were shut down by Microsoft. In turn, fans began to accept that Prey 2 will never be developed.

Microsoft Shut Down Bethesda's Hi-Fi Rush and Redfall Studios

Martin Bukowski, 08 May 2024, 03:05

Microsoft carried out layoffs at Bethesda-owned studios, while closing several of them, including the developers of Hi-Fi Rush and Redfall.

Sign of Times in PS Store. Journalist Counts Bestsellers of Microsoft and Sony, Draws Interesting Conclusions

Kamil Kleszyk, 21 April 2024, 23:04

Until recently, this was unthinkable, but from the observations of a journalist from TweakTown, it seems that lately the top of the most popular games in the PlayStation Store are often „occupied” by Microsoft titles.

Blizzard Reached Agreement With NetEase. Diablo, Warcraft, and Studio’s Other Games Return to China

Jacob Blazewicz, 10 April 2024, 01:41

More than a year after a violent breakup, Blizzard Entertainment and NetEase are collaborating again. The Chinese giant also signed a separate deal with Microsoft, under which the former company's new games will come to Xbox consoles, among others.

Microsoft Intends to Give Games ‘Eternal Life.’ Special Team Was Established to Deal With This

Kamil Kleszyk, 08 April 2024, 01:24

According to a message that new Xbox brand CEO Sarah Bond recently sent out to her colleagues, Microsoft has set up a team to handle „preservation and forward compatibility”.

Senua's Saga: Hellblade 2 Garnering Good Revievs. „Beautiful Nightmare Next-gen Immersion,” Only 30 FPS on Xbox Series X

Kamil Kleszyk, 05 April 2024, 01:46

There is still some time left until the release of Senua's Saga: Hellblade II. However, from the latest reviews of Ninja Theory studio's latest work, it seems that we have something to look forward to.

Minecraft Gets Its Own Game Pass. Subscription Provides Access to 150 Items

Adrian Werner, 15 March 2024, 04:34

The Minecraft Marketplace Pass subscription has launched, giving players access to a powerful set of new items.

Age of Empires 4 Received Feature That Will Unite All Players. Quickmatches Got Major Change

Zuzanna Domeradzka, 13 March 2024, 07:34

A new update to Age of Empires 4 brings plenty of fan-awaited changes and news, including a crossplay feature. The developers gave details on the game's seventh season.

Moon Studios' Thomas Mahler Shares How Studio Was Saved by Success of Ori and Blind Forest

Jacob Blazewicz, 13 March 2024, 02:53

Without Ori and the Blind Forest, there would be not only the highly promising action RPG No Rest for the Wicked, but most likely Moon Studios itself.

Age of Mythology Retold Set for 2024 Release with First Details on Cult RTS Remake

Hubert Sledziewski, 26 February 2024, 05:06

World's Edge studio announced that Age of Mythology Retold will be released in 2024 on PC and XSX/S. We also received new details about the remake of the 2002 cult strategy.

Forza Motorsport Co-Creator's Confessions Indicate That Microsoft is to Blame for State of Game

Christopher Mysiak, 22 February 2024, 03:26

Adrian Campos, one of the co-developers of Forza Motorsport, shared his story of working with Turn 10 Studios. And his tale indicates that the poor state of the game at its release day may have largely due to the fact that Microsoft hires devs on short-term contracts, forcing staff turnover.

Microsoft Wants New Xbox 'Biggest Technological Leap' Between Generations

Jacob Blazewicz, 16 February 2024, 03:36

The next Xbox console is expected to be Microsoft's 'biggest technological leap' between generations. The company also wants the device to attract gamers with 'unique features.'.

Probable Xbox Exclusives Coming to PS5 Revealed

Adrian Werner, 16 February 2024, 03:24

Microsoft intends to port four exclusive titles to rivals' consoles. Among them are to be two large network productions and two small gems.

'Xbox Will Exist for Decades to Come.' Microsoft Discusses Its Future

Hubert Sledziewski, 16 February 2024, 00:43

Microsoft has presented a vision for the future of the Xbox. The panic-filled rumors turned out to be completely unfounded.

Phil Spencer Expected to Reassure Employees Regarding Future of Xbox

Adrian Werner, 13 February 2024, 03:42

Microsoft has no intention of abandoning the Xbox. At least, that's according to reports from Phil Spencer's meeting with employees.

Avowed Gameplay's Combat System Wasn't Final; It Wasn't Even Actual

Jacob Blazewicz, 08 February 2024, 05:45

The combat system in Avowed did not excite after the first gameplay presentation. It was „heartening” for the Obsidian Entertainment team, as the gameplay was significantly delayed compared to the current state of the game.

Starfield and Hellblade 2 Could be Coming to PS5; Microsoft Wants to Be „Mega-publisher” (rumor)

Jacob Blazewicz, 06 February 2024, 01:20

Starfield could be the next title heading to the PlayStation 5. Thus, Microsoft is reportedly shifting its focus from the success (or lack thereof) of Xbox consoles to multiplatform.

Hi-Fi Rush, Unexpected 2023 PC and Xbox Hit, May Be Coming to PS5 After All

Adrian Werner, 02 February 2024, 06:54

Fresh reports suggest that, contrary to earlier speculation, the blockbuster Hi-Fi Rush may nevertheless live to see a PlayStation 5 version as well.

Microsoft Layoffs Commented by Industry. 2024 Could be Black Year

Jacob Blazewicz, 26 January 2024, 06:16

Microsoft alone just fired as many developers as the industry in general had by mid-2023. Lay-offs included Call of Duty developers and Activision Blizzard's physical editions and customer service departments, as well as others.

Microsoft Lays Off Whopping 1900 People from Activision and Xbox. Even Head of Blizzard Included

Zuzanna Domeradzka, 25 January 2024, 14:46

Major layoffs reported at Microsoft. As many as 1900 people from Bethesda, ZeniMax, Activision Blizzard and Xbox will lose their jobs.

Avowed Not for Pacifists. Vermintide Their Model of Combat

Jacob Blazewicz, 25 January 2024, 02:45

The option to pass the game as a pacifist will not be available in Avowed, Obsidian Entertainment confirmed. The developers also mentioned companions and the title, which serves as a model for them in creating the combat system.

Avowed Without Stiff Class Division. See New RPG's Gameplay Discussion

Jacob Blazewicz, 24 January 2024, 00:26

The developers of Avowed were guests on the official Xbox podcast, during which they discussed gameplay and provided new information on abilities and companions, among other things.

After Avowed Presentation, I Wonder if Obsidian Even Knows What It's Doing

Przemyslaw Dygas, 23 January 2024, 02:25

Avowed was supposed to be a new quality among Obsidian's RPGs, guaranteed by, among other things, torrents of cash from Microsoft. After the latest presentation, however, I wonder if the developers even know that games have changed in the last 10 years.

Bethesda Explains Why Modders Are Patching Starfield Faster Than Itself

Marcin Przala, 22 January 2024, 06:22

Bethesda's community manager revealed in a Reddit thread why modders are faster than developers when it comes to patching Starfield.

Microsoft's Popular FPS Slowly Retires. Priority Shiffts to New Projects

Adrian Werner, 22 January 2024, 06:19

Halo Infinite will no longer get consecutive seasons. Instead, the game's development will take place in smaller Operations. This is due to the fact that 343 Industries studio is increasingly focusing on new projects.

New 4X Strategy From Civilization Co-creators Has a Release Date. Ara: History Untold Will Focus on Uniqueness

Maciej Gaffke, 18 January 2024, 13:12

Oxide Interactive studio has revealed the highly anticipated trailer for Ara: History Untold. At the Xbox Developer_Direct, we also learned the release date for this 4X strategy.

New Senua's Saga: Hellblade II Footage Confirms Release Date

Zuzanna Domeradzka, 18 January 2024, 12:58

A new trailer from the upcoming, highly anticipated Senua's Saga: Hellblade II has been released. We also learned its exact release date.

Avowed with Release Date. New RPG from Creators of Pillars of Eternity

Maciej Gaffke, 18 January 2024, 12:35

The Avowed RPG from Obsidian Entertainment studio got new footage at the Xbox Developer_Direct show. The developers also confirmed the game's release date.

Microsoft Boss: "We Want to Be a Good Publisher on Sony and Nintendo.”

Kamil Kleszyk, 18 January 2024, 03:47

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has hinted at the possibility of greater cooperation with companies that have so far been treated as the Redmond giant's biggest competitors.

Indiana Jones From Machinegames Will Get Coverage at Xbox Developer Direct

Kamil Kleszyk, 10 January 2024, 07:06

At the Xbox Developer_Direct presentation, studio MachineGames will hold a demonstration of the latest Indiana Jones game. We may also learn the release date of the title.

Hi-Fi Rush Rumored to be Heading to a New Platform; Still No Good News for PS5 Owners

Kamil Kleszyk, 07 January 2024, 16:08

According to as yet unconfirmed official information, the hit game Hi-Fi Rush may be coming to Nintendo Switch this year.

Xbox Game Studios Game Show Inbound; Approximate Date Revealed?

Marcin Przala, 07 January 2024, 15:18

Industry rumors suggest that the first game show of 2024 from the Xbox stable will take place in just a dozen days. It will reportedly bring a surprise game, as happened a year ago with Hi-Fi Rush.

Hideo Kojima Confirms OD Will be a Strange and Unconventional Game

Maciej Gaffke, 04 January 2024, 15:30

Bit by bit, Hideo Kojima has revealed what we can expect from OD, his upcoming game, which was officially announced at the recent The Game Awards.

Tim Schafer's Legendary Studio May be Working on Bizarre Game Prototyped in 2017

Marcin Przala, 03 January 2024, 15:07

Tim Schafer and studio Double Fine may be working on another quirky game, which we first saw in action - then still a prototype - in 2017.