- IN SPITE OF THE FACT THAT CS2 PLAYER COUNTS BACK ON INCREASING, FANS ONLY WANT ONE THING The recent success story of Counter-Strike 2's initial significant update has taken the gaming world by storm. Observations have pointed out the remarkable revival of the game, hinting at a period of dormancy where Valve did not introduce a standard marketplace. This move was met with widespread approval among the player base, according to gaming news outlets.
The inclusion of microtransactions in tactical shooter games isn't a novel concept; however, Counter-Strike 2 distinguishes itself by offering a uniquely profitable system for its players. While acquiring skins to enhance the rareness of their collection is a driving force for many, the opportunity... Continue reading
- THE STANDARDIZED SUPER RESOLUTION ENHANCEMENT TOOL FROM MICROSOFT IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE SOON At the upcoming game developer conference in San Francisco, Microsoft is gearing up to present a significant advancement in gaming technology. This event, geared not towards consumers but industry professionals, will nevertheless have wide-reaching implications for the broader gaming community. Microsoft's development of its own AI-driven super-resolution upscaler, DirectSR, is a clear indication of the company's commitment to pushing the boundaries of technology. The anticipation builds for its debut on March 21, 2024, when Microsoft will showcase the capabilities of DirectSR, a system-wide solution designed to enhance gaming resolution across all Windows devices.
The introduction of DirectSR by Microsoft is expected... Continue reading
- Sony Has No Plans To Launch New Titles In Current Game Series Prior To March 31st, 2025 It appears Sony intends to hold off on launching new entries in its prominent franchises until at least after April of next year. During a recent financial discussion, the corporation outlined its future strategy. Although Sony has several games in progress, their debut is not expected until 2025 at the earliest.
"In terms of first-party titles, our goal remains to deliver high-quality content and expand our live service offerings," stated Sony Group President Hiroki Totoki, as translated by Gematsu. "However, we have no plans to introduce new titles from our major existing franchises in the next fiscal year, even though significant... Continue reading
- Deleted Scenes From Dune Or Its Follow-Up Will Not Be Released With the much-anticipated "Dune: Part Two" nearing its release date just weeks away, anticipation is high. However, fans should savor the experience, as the journey to Arrakis will be put on pause for some time post-release, prompting many to speculate on when they might next encounter the Dune universe. Some hold out hope for extra content in the form of deleted scenes.
Denis Villeneuve, the director of the film, has poured cold water on those hopes, intimating that such scenes are unlikely to ever be released. He equates the process of removing shots to a deeply personal sacrifice. "I feel like... Continue reading
- Pocketpair, the creator of Palworld, has expressed that the company is significantly understaffed and is urgently reaching out to recruit additional developers Pocketpair, the development team behind the hit game Palworld, has openly admitted facing a significant shortage of personnel needed to keep up with the game's success. On their X/Twitter account, which provides updates in Japanese, the company expressed that they have a considerable amount of work ahead and are actively seeking individuals to fill roles across the board.
They specifically invited applicants with experience working with various game engines, and they expressed a strong interest in candidates skilled in project planning and engineering.
The message from the studio, as translated by PC Gamer, read: "At Palworld, we're confronted with a long to-do... Continue reading
- Nexon perceives significant potential in The Finals Though The Finals may not be at the forefront of gaming news as it was during its initial release, it remains a popular title among gamers, and Embark Studios' debut has been met with positive reception.
Nexon reported a pleasant surprise regarding The Finals' performance in a recent earnings call. "We were thrilled with the December launch of our new online game, The Finals, which swiftly amassed a global player base exceeding 10 million and surpassed our financial projections with its strong quarterly earnings. This represents an optimistic milestone in Nexon's efforts to broaden our international presence," the report from Nexon... Continue reading
- Weathering the Storm: Airship Syndicate's Strategic Layoffs Amidst Gaming Turbulence The gaming industry's landscape is as volatile as it is vibrant, with studios often navigating unpredictable turmoil. Recently, Airship Syndicate, the developer behind the promising title "Wayfinder," faced such a tempest, choosing to lay off 12 employees as part of a painful yet considered move to remain operational. This decision is not isolated in the current gaming climate but represents a deeper narrative of the trials faced by game developers today.
Airship Syndicate has been upfront about the layoffs, with company president Ryan Stefanelli and CEO Joe Madureira taking pay cuts in solidarity with their affected team. It is a rare... Continue reading
- X's Safety Shift: CEO Linda Yaccarino Addresses Teen Usage and Content Moderation Strategies In a notable Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on kids' online safety, X CEO Linda Yaccarino provided insights that have stirred the digital landscape. She pointed out that the platform’s U.S. user base comprises less than 1% of teens aged 13 through 17, a statistic that comes as a surprise given the widespread belief about social media's hold on the youth. Yaccarino's revelation has come as part of a larger discussion on the actual reach of X among younger audiences, a crucial factor in the debate over online safety for children and teenagers.
Amidst growing concerns around online security, particularly for younger... Continue reading
- Portal 64: First Slice has exited the beta phase James Lambert has devoted several years to developing a Nintendo 64 edition of the game Portal. This version, unfortunately, includes only the initial 13 stages, which have been previously accessible but have just recently progressed beyond the beta phase.
Although these levels can be fully experienced on the Nintendo 64, there's a significant amount of work left before the full game can be completed. In his recent video update, Lambert expresses a need for additional assistance to finish the project. For those interested in trying out this retro adaptation, it is now available for download. To play this demake, you'll need... Continue reading
- George R.R. Martin has announced that multiple animated series based on the GoT world are presently under development As the literary world eagerly anticipates George R.R. Martin's completion of The Winds of Winter, HBO is ensuring that the thirst for Game of Thrones lore is quenched with various ventures. In addition to House of the Dragon poised for a summer comeback, numerous other Game of Thrones-related initiatives are underway.
In a recent blog update primarily praising Blue Eye Samurai, Martin revealed insights into possible animated expansions of the Game of Thrones universe.
"A few years back, in a burst of creative inspiration, we devised four animated series, collaborating with an outstanding team of creative minds. The subsequent phases involved assembling... Continue reading
- The Dawn of Timeless: A New Era in Magic: The Gathering Arena The arena of Magic: The Gathering Arena (MTGA) just got grander with the unveiling of a new format that beckons veteran planeswalkers and rookies alike. The aptly named Timeless format emerges as a haven for the game's mightiest spells and creatures, those which once reigned over tables and have since faded into the background. As MTGA continues to expand, it amasses a trove of robust sets that seemed lost outside of their initial release. Now, Timeless stands to rekindle the spark of these powerhouses.
This fresh format has drawn comparisons to Historic, MTGA's original all-inclusive battle royale, a format where nearly... Continue reading
- Reviving the Battlefield: The Rebirth of Squad 44 with a Massive Update The realm of military simulation games — or milsims — stands to be redefined as Offworld Industries. The masterminds behind the tactical shooter Squad have recently taken full ownership of Post Scriptum, a World War II-centric counterpart previously lagging in updates and player engagement. Rebranded as Squad 44, this title breathes renewed life with an extensive patch that enriches the game's content and historical depth. Players can now experience the intense battles of 1944 with fresh content and enhanced gameplay.
This significant update is a war chest of additions that includes the Battle of Rethymno map, bringing a realistic Cretan terrain... Continue reading