Tag: PC Gaming

Tencent reportedly wants to release Apex Legends in China

Apex Legends is the latest battle royale to take over gaming, and that means it is drawing the attention of Chinese megapublisher Tencent. That company wants to work with Apex Legends publisher Electronic Arts on bringing a version of the game to China, according to South China Morning Post report. I’ve reached out to Tencent […]

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The DeanBeat: DICE Summit shows the inspirational highs and depressing lows of gaming

Shawn Layden led off this week’s DICE Summit with an inspirational speech about the need to focus on quality games, the rise of accessibility for all players, and a celebration of the diverse teams making video games. Layden is in charge of 13 studios that Sony owns, and he has to greenlight games that are […]

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How to foster your game’s community in 2019

The relationship between brands and their audiences has drastically changed in recent years, and 2019 will force gaming companies to adapt and grow in new ways. However, the ultimate goal of directly reaching consumers has not shifted, which demands the question: in the digital age, how can your company foster a direct relationship with consumers? […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview: The first 20H1 build

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview, the first 20H1 build. No, that’s not a typo: Microsoft really is already developing the update that will be released in the first half of 2020. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18334 (made available to testers on February 9) to build 18836. Windows 10 is […]

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Nvidia CEO foresees a great year for PC gaming laptops

As we reported today, Nvidia posted earnings that beat Wall Street’s reduced expectations for fourth fiscal quarter earnings for the period ended January 27. And while that quarter was disappointing, the maker of graphics and AI chips predicted that the year ahead would be a good one, with demand for laptop gaming gear remaining strong. Nvidia CEO […]

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Far Cry: New Dawn review impressions — small and scrappy

You shouldn’t play every Far Cry game. You can, of course. I’m sure people exist who do buy and play every single one. But if you’re uncertain about Ubisoft’s most checklisty of map games, you should only check in on them occasionally. And when you do, you should try the Far Cry side stories first. […]

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Rainbow Six: Siege continues to drive Ubisoft’s growth

French publisher Ubisoft had another strong quarter thanks to games like Rainbow Six: Siege, Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and Far Cry 5. This powered the company to $684.1 million in net bookings for its fiscal third quarter, which ended December 31. That edged out Ubisoft’s guidance of $677.6 million. Ubisoft noted that its games are performing […]

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How the Redout franchise became much more than a racing game

Presented by Intel The developers at 34BigThings sometimes like to reminisce about the old days, when they were working out of a living room packed with nine desks and three sofa beds. Though crowded, CEO Valerio Di Donato — who at one point had to work on the balcony — said it was an amazing […]

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Crackdown 3 hands-on video — an action-packed start for a comic book-style open world

More than four years after it was first shown and after more than five years of development, Microsoft is finally publishing Crackdown 3 on the Xbox One and Windows PC on February 15. It’s a big moment for fans who have waited a long time since 2010’s Crackdown 2 and 2007’s Crackdown. Your job in the pulpy campaign is to […]

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Game Workers Unite org calls for Activision CEO’s job after layoffs

One of the most visible workers-rights groups for the video game industry is starting a social-media campaign to force Activision Blizzard to fire chief executive officer Bobby Kotick. Game Workers Unite began the #FireBobbyKotick campaign on Twitter today following a massive round of layoffs at the Call of Duty publisher. Activision reported record revenues for […]

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The RetroBeat: Tales of Vesperia is the best JRPG you can play on Switch

In an earlier RetroBeat this year, I talked about how I wanted to get back into Japanese role-playing games in 2019. But the way I game has changed since 2017, back when I was playing my Vita almost every night as I went through classics such as Suikoden II, Breath of Fire IV, and The […]

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Metro: Exodus hands-on — A beginning that moves from slow to thrilling

It’s been a long wait. The third installment of the Metro postapocalyptic shooter games, Metro: Exodus, debuts this week after about four years of development. Metro: Exodus hits February 15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Fans have waited for the new game since Metro: Last Light came out in 2013. The original Metro: […]

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THQ Nordic acquires Kingdom Come: Deliverance dev Warhorse Studios

THQ Nordic announced today that it has acquired Warhorse Studios, the developer behind the 2018 PC RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. The deal is worth $37.53 million on a cash and debt free basis. Warhorse is based in Prague. Kingdom Come: Deliverance was the studio’s first title. It became a hit, selling over 2 million copies. […]

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Blizzard is working on several Warcraft and Diablo games despite layoffs

Activision Blizzard revealed today it is cutting jobs as part of its plan to deal with a disappointing outlook for fiscal 2019. One of the major reasons Activision expects sales to decline 13 percent year-over-year is Blizzard Entertainment. The World of Warcraft studio is traditionally a bright spot for Activision, but it expects the studio […]

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 sales strong, but Activision expected more

Activision Blizzard said that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 had a strong quarter, outdoing sales of the previous Call of Duty: Black Ops III title from 2015. But the company acknowledged in an analyst call for its fourth-quarter that Black Ops 4 fell short of the company’s own expectations, particularly in the second half […]

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Activision Blizzard cuts jobs amid ‘best’ financial results

Activision is planning to cut “non-development jobs” because it isn’t releasing enough games. This news comes via a Kotaku report that claims new Blizzard boss J. Allen Brack sent a letter to employees detailing the layoffs. GamesBeat has separately confirmed that Activision Blizzard chief executive Bobby Kotick sent a message to employees that said layoffs […]

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Radeon VII vs. RTX 2080 — which $700 GPU should you get?

The very high end of the video card market has had no real competition for Nvidia in years. AMD has put its efforts instead into beefing up its CPUs and providing some of the best mainstream graphics cards. This has enabled Nvidia to raise prices and focus on features like ray tracing that go beyond […]

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Mozilla and Ubisoft partner on AI coding assistant Clever-Commit

Mozilla and Ubisoft today announced a partnership to develop Clever-Commit, an AI coding assistant. Clever-Commit is designed to help programmers evaluate if a code change will introduce a new bug, based on learnings from past bugs and fixes. The tool combines data from the bug tracking system and the version control system to detect patterns […]

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The Division 2’s open beta begins March 1

Between games like Apex Legends, Anthem, Far Cry: New Dawn, Metro Exodus, Crackdown 3, and a host of indies, you have plenty to choose from in the new-games department. Ubisoft is hoping you’ll select The Division 2, and it is planning to launch its open beta for players on all platforms beginning March 1 to […]

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Vainglory goes cross-platform on mobile, Steam, and Mac

Super Evil Megacorp kept its promise to players as it announced today that Vainglory, the company’s mobile-based multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) title, is now cross-platform across mobile, Windows via Steam, and the Mac. Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of San Mateo, California-based Super Evil Megacorp, said in an interview with GamesBeat last December that players in any of the […]

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