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343 Industries, Hit By Layoffs, Says It Will Keep Making Halo

Picture: Halo When Microsoft—a company that made “$198 billion in revenue and $83 billion in operating income” in 2022—made the decision to ax 10,000 workers last week, a number of those came from their video game operations, particularly 343 Industriesthe overseers of the Halo series. 343, hit now by a combination of layoffs and key …

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Popular Steam Game Raises Price After 7 Years Without A Sale

screenshot: Wube Software Critically-acclaimed base-building hit Factorio is an odd duck. Since its 2016 Steam release, the game has never gone on sale. And now, the developer behind Factorio is changing the price of its popular game, but it ain’t getting a discount. Instead, the price is jumping up $5 next week. The devs blamed …

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GTA Trilogy Arrives On Steam, Still Broken (But On Sale)

screenshot: Rockstar Games Today, after some leaks and rumors, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition on Steam. The good news: It’s on sale, meaning you can grab all three classic games for cheap. The bad news: It’s the same infamously messy remaster that hasn’t received a substantial update since nearly …

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Former Halo Infinite Dev Blasts Management Over Layoffs

Picture: 343 Industries/Microsoft Of all the Microsoft Teams caught in the blast radius of mass layoffs announced yesterdayC’est possible Halo Infinite maker 343 Industries was among the worst hit. The studio has faced a wave of departures following Halo Infinites multiplayer struggles, and the new cuts have sparked strong criticism of those who managed it …

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Xbox Exec Says Devs Are Brave During Culture of ‘Cancellation’

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer juxtaposed the joys of gaming with the current sense of despair in the world after accepting the Andrew Yoon Legend Award at the 12th Annual New York Game Awards on Tuesday night. He also applauded creators who still release “their visions” into the world in …

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Assassin’s Creed Devs Grill Boss On Chasing Trends And Layoffs

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot faced tough questions from some exhausted and fed-up staff about recent missteps and future plans in a company-wide Q&A session on Wednesday. The meeting comes just a week after the Assassin’s Creed publisher announced new cancellations, delays, and cost-cutting measuresand told employees “the ball is in …

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Internet Realizes Mass Effect’s Intro Is Top Gun 16 Years Later

Mass Effect and Top Gun have had the same text intro all along.Picture: BioWare/Paramount/Kotaku The original Mass Effect is coming up on its 16th anniversary this year, but even now, new secrets are being revealed about BioWare’s science fiction RPG. That’s because Series Director Casey Hudson has confirmed the first game’s iconic text intro is …

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5 Retro Games You Didn’t Know You Could Play For Free

screenshot: 3D Realms In the down moments of playing a distressingly long Mario Party 2 game this weekend—my friends get a garbage truck full of NES and Super NES games with their Nintendo Switch Online membership—I started wondering what other retro games were only a download away on publishers’ official storefronts. By that I mean …

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GTA 6’s Massive Leak Makes It Hard To Play GTA Online In 2023

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City – 2002 screenshot: Rockstar Games Last year, footage of the next Grand Theft Auto—assumed to be GTA 6—leaked online. While Rockstar quickly tried to erase the videos from the internet and plug the holes in the ship, it was impossible to completely contain such a massive, unprecedented leak. So fans …

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