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Microsoft – Software giant buys The Elder Scrolls developer for $7.5 billion

[Official press release] Microsoft today announced it has closed a deal to take control of ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks, the company which made games such as DOOM and The Elder Scrolls franchise. Under the terms of…

Gears POP! – Microsoft reveals mobile game based on popular console IP

The Coalition and Funko are excited to announce Gears POP!, the Gears’ franchise new mobile-first game. Cute and tough-as-nails characters from the game were brought to life in the new short “Kitten Around with RAAM” which also debuted during the…

Hyper Universe – Nexon bringing side-scroll MOBA to Xbox One this summer

Hyper Universe, a side-scrolling action MOBA published by Nexon America, is expanding beyond the PC platform and coming exclusively to the Xbox One family of devices, including the Xbox One X, this summer on August 7, 2018. Fans of the…

Halo Online – Russia-exclusive online shooter is on hold indefinitely

Back in March 2015, it was revealed Microsoft will be launching Halo Online exclusively in Russia via local publisher Innova’s 4game platform. It seems Microsoft had not been cooperative in communicating with Innova for discussions on the game’s future, and thus…

Fable Legends – Microsoft focuses on games by shutting down 2 studios

The title of this article is a joke (or sarcasm), which Microsoft really is these days when it comes to gaming. Just a few days after aiming to build a complete gaming ecosystem with new plans, the software giant is…

Halo Online – Free-to-Play shooter announced exclusively for Russia

Yes, everyone is stunned about this news. Developer 343 Industries, part of the Microsoft family, recently announced Halo Online, which is exclusive for Russia. The game will begin Closed Beta this spring via Innova’s 4game platform, and it is powered by a highly…

Tencent – China IT giant working with Microsoft to promote Windows 10

As an active gamer of Tencent Games, I experienced first hand the tortures when Windows 8 and 8.1 launched. Applications and games, including Blade & Soul back then, could not run in the first few months. Tencent has seen the…

Xbox One – Head of Xbox Japan resigns over disastrous sales figures

[Source] In the wake of the Xbox One launch in Japan, head of Xbox Japan Takashi Sensui (middle, with microphone) has resigned from his post, Sensui, who took over as head in 2006, will be transferred to the company’s U.S.…

Microsoft – Mass global layoffs spread to Xbox development studio in China

After the recent closure of Xbox Entertainment Studios in North America, layoffs continues to hit offices related to the Xbox brand (and Microsoft departments in general). This time, the whole Xbox development studio in Shenzhen, China, was affected, with around…

Minecraft – Founder leaves studio and game after sale to Microsoft

[Source] Markus Persson, known affectionately as Notch online, is leaving the company and game he founded many years ago. After Minecraft and studio Mojang’s sale to Microsoft for an astonishing USD 2.5 billion, the legendary Notch went on Pastebin and…

Microsoft – “Always-online” hinted for new Xbox console

Adam Orth, Creative Director at Microsoft Game Studios, hinted the the possibility of the new Xbox console having a compulsory “always-online” feature. His Twitter comments are rather crude, but they seem to have confirmed the online requirement. Perhaps more MMORPGs…