76, on how the creators of The Outer World feel about the Bethesda bullying and a little about Apex Legends. Also read about the postponement of the release of Total War: Three Kingdoms, a closed hideout in Fallout
Activision Blizzard has launched a massive layoff campaign
Recently it was reported on Bloomberg that Activision Blizzard are going to announce cuts shortly. The news quickly turned into reality and already on February 13th the company began to lay off.
According to the information we know, the number of those dismissed reaches several hundred (about 700 people). Activision, Blizzard, and King employees have already started receiving notifications. At Blizzard, this process only affected the non-game departments. According to Kotaku, Blizzard President Allen Brack said that over the past few years, the company's non-gaming departments (such as publishing) have grown enormously, and today they have far more employees than they need.
Kotaku also writes that employees who received a letter of leave were escorted to the parking lot by former colleagues - they said goodbye, hugged, and some even cried. However, the company provided compensation for laid-off employees: comprehensive severance pay, permanent sickness benefits, career coaching, employment assistance, and more.
The layoffs were also commented on by Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. In a press release for investors, he said that although last year was financially successful and even one of the best, the company was unable to unleash its full potential. Therefore, she had to take many measures in order to change the development strategy.
The director of the movie "Robot Called Chappy" is going to do an Anthem project
We've been writing about Neil Blomkamp for the second week in a row. The last time he made it into the gaming news, he visited the main office of the creators of Total War and Alien: Isolation, where he was told about a new unannounced shooter. Now Neil tweeted that he is working on a project for the Anthem universe.
The independent film studio Oats Studios, which Blomkamp founded in 2017, also tweeted about this. Attached to both posts is an image of the new CG photorealistic Jeweline. Fans in the comments suggest that we will have a short on Anthem or at least Jewelin in the form of Chappy.
The likelihood of a version of the film is indicated not only by Blomkamp's love for films based on games, but also by the fact that Oats Studios is producing experimental short films and promoting them on YouTube and Steam.
Hints for the new Vampire: The Masquerade in the dating app
Did you miss strange theories that go beyond common sense? Well, here's one of them. The Vampire: The Masquerade franchise is operated by White Wolf, now part of Paradox Interactive. This is important.
Blurred hints can be found in Tender. When creating a profile, strange impressions are already laid. For example, when creating a profile for yourself, you can describe your emotional state as: "angry", "hysterical", "sad" or "numb". Among the images that would best reflect the user's inner world are a gray gloomy figure, blood splatters, worms and a scary clown. The list of interests includes such options as: witchcraft, thanatology, Illuminati, assassins and wine. Also, when registering, you must indicate the blood group.
After registration, you can complete several quests, which also have their own oddities. For example, in one of them you can choose the answer that the cat ate yesterday. You can also see the profiles of sick people on the verge of death ... Fortunately, all these profiles are fake.
Looks like a strange and incomprehensible nonsense. However, the catch is that Tender belongs to Paradox Interactive. In addition, Rock Paper Shotgun has unearthed information that developers are damn fond of making announcements in encrypted messages. So, one of the quests in Tender pushes us to look for information on the net. In addition, Paradox Interactive said last year that if they released the game, it would be 100% Vampire: The Masquerade.
Let's wait for new news and hope that it all makes sense.
Total War: Three Kingdoms release postponed until May
The release date of the strategy was March 7th, but this week Creative Assembly announced that they are postponing the release of the Three Kingdoms to May 23rd.
The developers said that they took some more time to polish the transitions between the combat animations and make them smooth, adjust the lighting and weather conditions, and localization.
Here's what Rob Bartholomew, Brand Director, Creative Assembly wrote about it:
“We are happy that we can make the right decisions to improve the quality of the game. In this case, we need a little more time. The main thing is that you get as much pleasure from it as possible "
Players accidentally found a secret hideout in Fallout 76 and are now afraid of the ban
Honestly, I myself am writing news about Falaut 76 for you with great force, but today the reason is more worthy. As it turned out, the "developer room" with NPC Wubi was not the only easter egg.
Recently, a user under the nickname McStaken wrote on Reddit that he accidentally got into the location "Vault 63", which has no honest way to get through. According to the player, he and a group of friends were thrown there due to a bug during the Rad-Rat Horde event. They were able to get out only with the help of fast movement, but before that they studied the location.
They did not find anything supernatural, except for a large nuclear reactor. The user also wrote that he is now afraid of the ban, since there is no evidence that they got there without the help of cheats. Besezda did not comment on this in any way, and apparently nothing threatens users.
The creators of The Outer Worlds speak out against the harassment of their Bethesda fans
Game informer visited Obsidian Entertainment last week and did not miss the opportunity to chat about the studio's relationship with Bethesda. According to journalists, after the announcement of The Outer Worlds, many Obsidian fans took this as an excuse to start persecuting Todd Howard's company and predicting death at the hands of the original creators of Fallout.
Gen Director Obsidian Fergus Urquhart responded to this by saying that some players for some reason think that they are releasing their project in order to annoy Besezda after the release of their disastrous Fallout 76.
In fact, he does not believe that Bethesda is their competitor. She's just taking the Fallout brand in a different direction. Obsidian Entertainment sees how the players love New Vegas and the classic Fallouts, and will try to do a good project for them. But this is not a reason for bullying.
The creators of the original Fallout Tim Kane and Leonard Boyarski also reacted negatively to the bullying. According to them, developers invest many years of hard work in games, so seeing the failure of their own brainchild is an extremely sad result of development.
Apex Legends Solo Hints Appear
Currently, only team battles are available in the game. On the map, 20 teams of three are fighting. But recently there was information that the game code contains data on single-player mode and battles in a team of two players.
A Twitter user with the nickname SpiinaBR, who at one time leaked information about Fortnite, rummaged in the files of Apex Legends, and found the following lines there: 2-man Squads, can_solo and "#SOLO_MODE".
SpiinaBR - never made a mistake about Fortnite leaks. However, you should still wait for the official statement of the developers, since this is his first information on the new battle piano and it is not a fact that it is 100% reliable.
This was all the gaming news from the beginning of the week. Read our last digest, as well as a fresh review on Apex Legends.
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