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Things aren't looking great for the Microsoft-Activision merger. The EU has issued a statement of objections, the UK's CMA issued a provisional report finding the merger would stifle competition, and the FTC has outright sued to make sure the merger never happens in the US. It seems every major world regulator has a problem with Microsoft and Activision shacking up. It’s at this point that most C-suite executives of a major corporation would start hedging their bets, but Sony has started screening Bobby’s calls. "It's funny, Sony's not on the phone to us," said Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick. "In…

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Tekken 8 still doesn't have a release date, but thanks to Bandai Namco's recent third-quarter financial results, we at least know that it's aiming to be releasing by March 2024. Things are looking quite well for Bandai Namco. Sales are up 18 percent overall, profits are up 15 percent, and video game sales are up 19 percent year-over-year, with Elden Ring cited as a top performer despite launching almost a year ago. Bandai Namco also talked about its other major franchises in its Q&A section, confirming both Armored Core and Tekken titles are coming in its next financial year. Related:…

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Star Wars Jedi fans are making fun of Cal's "goofy" new walking animation in the latest Jedi: Survivor gameplay footage, with some even suggesting that he looks like he has a "dump in his pants". Yesterday, IGN debuted the first gameplay footage of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, showing Cal Kestis exploring a new planet, Koboh. Although it probably wanted fans to focus on the new double lightsaber stance, force powers, and Cal's sexy new voice, the community was instead quick to point out something that looks a little off – Cal's walking animations. Related: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Needs To…

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Tributes have poured in for pro Valorant player Gizem 'Luie' Harmankaya after it was announced that she has died in the earthquake that struck Turkey two days ago, with reports that she was trapped under rubble for nearly three days. Harmankaya was known as Luie within the Valorant esports scene and was formerly of Unknown Pros, an all-women esports team. The team's Twitter page shared a tribute to their former player with a simple but heartfelt message, "Sorry for your loss", it reads (translation from Turkish via Google). "Unfortunately we lost our former player Gizem Harmankaya. Our condolences to her…

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Hogwarts Legacy has hit the shelves and, unsurprisingly, so has the dilemma of whether or not you should buy it. There are many arguments for and against, but one that keeps popping up is the idea that we should be supporting the developers who made the game, and not letting the material harm one person poses to an entire minority community hurt those workers too. Well, even the workers don't want to support the game, with one developer publicly stating they won't be buying it. Parker Hartzler tweeted a screenshot of their name in the game's credits on February 7,…

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As with any live service game in its infancy, Overwatch 2's devs are learning as they go. It might be a sequel, but since the original wasn't free-to-play, there's very much a learning curve involved. A learning curve that may well involve reassessing the reintroduction of the first game's credits. Many players have been left confused, not knowing the difference between the old way of spending and Overwatch 2's coins. Most live service games have more than one type of currency, so it's certainly not out of the ordinary that Overwatch 2 would do the same. The logos for the…

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Metroid Prime 4 was briefly spotted on Amazon's store page allowing users to pre-order for the low price of $59.99, but the listing has already been removed. The listing was spotted earlier today by Twitter user Wario64 (with thanks to GamesRadar). Although it certainly seemed legit, it didn't last very long. Amazon removed the listing after being live for only a few hours. It's certain that some customers were able to get a few pre-orders in, but if the response to Wario64's tweet is any indication, they could be in for a long wait. Related: The Super Mario Bros Movie…

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Dead Space fans think that Isaac Clarke might be wearing the severed head and body parts of his wife Nicole when wearing the Lone Survivor suit. As you make your way through Dead Space, you'll find yourself able to upgrade Isaac's default suit to add more armour plates and give him more protection against the Necromorphs. If you bought the digital deluxe edition of the game, however, you'll also be able to pick between a few unique suits, including a bloody one, a more militaristic one, and even one that shows an infected Isaac. Related: The Dead Space Remake Removed…

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California State University will be on high alert today because a student issued a "vague threat" asking to cancel classes today in order for them to watch today's Nintendo Direct. Last night, an unnamed student emailed a professor asking to cancel class due to "a once-in-a-lifetime" that would take place on February 8, saying it would be "for the good of humanity." Apparently, the professor perceived this email as a "vague threat" and forwarded it to California State University Police. Related: Nintendo Bucks Trend For Layoffs With Pay Rises "After hours of investigation by our detectives, we learned of a…

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The UK market watchdog has published its investigation into the proposed merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, and its findings make for heady reading. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) believes Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard could result in "higher prices, fewer choices, or less innovation for UK gamers". The in-depth report was conducted over five months and could be a major blow to Microsoft's plans. The most significant detail has been Call of Duty, one of Activision's most important games and one of the most profitable in the industry and especially in console gaming. The CMA has been considering…

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