Explore the latest gaming news from October 30 to November 3, 2023. Immerse yourself in the unveiling of eagerly awaited game launches or updates and pivotal changes transforming the gaming world. We’ve compiled the crucial news and remarkable advancements of the week, providing a concise roundup of the latest in gaming.
Ubisoft Phases Out Online Services for Ten Older Games
Ubisoft has announced that it will discontinue online services for ten older games, effective January 25, 2024. This decision impacts Assassin’s Creed titles on platforms such as Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. These games will lose features like multiplayer modes, Ubisoft account linking, and Ubisoft Connect rewards. Other affected games include Splinter Cell: Conviction (Xbox 360), Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (PC), and Trials Evolution (PC), among others.
Ubisoft explained that decommissioning online services for older games is a necessary step. This is because the technology supporting these services becomes obsolete. This isn’t the first time Ubisoft has taken such action. In 2022, the company shut down online services for several other titles, including Splinter Cell: Blacklist and Far Cry 3.
Xbox to Prohibit Unauthorized Accessories, Ensuring Optimal Gaming
Microsoft has announced a new policy that will prohibit the use of unauthorized third-party accessories on Xbox consoles. This is effective from November 12, 2023. The company drives this decision with a commitment to ensuring an optimal gaming experience for its users. Microsoft believes that unauthorized hardware compromises the quality of the gamer’s experience.
Notifications have been sent to gamers stating that their connected accessory is not authorized. They can continue using these unlicensed accessories for now. However, they will be rendered incompatible starting November 12 due to “error 0x82d60002.” This move might stir controversy among the gaming community, as some players frequently use unlicensed controllers and headsets. However, note that this new policy will not affect most licensed gaming headsets and controllers.
Microsoft’s decision underscores the significant changes and enhancements in the Xbox ecosystem, reflecting a broader strategy to refine and elevate the gaming experience on its platforms.
Layoffs Hit Bungie Amidst a Troublesome October for Sony Subsidiaries
Bungie, the renowned developer behind the Halo series and Destiny, has recently faced layoffs, marking another Sony subsidiary to undergo workforce reductions this October. The exact scope of the layoffs remains undisclosed, but various sources, including social media posts from some affected employees, have confirmed it.
The gaming industry has been witnessing a surge in layoffs and studio closures, attributed by some to the challenging global economic conditions. Bungie, based in Bellevue, Washington, is the latest Sony-owned studio to implement workforce cutbacks, following other subsidiaries like Naughty Dog, Visual Arts, and Media Molecule.
Despite the layoffs, Bungie continues to recruit for various positions across different departments, indicating ongoing projects remain unaffected. The studio is currently developing a reboot of its sci-fi FPS series Marathon and another yet-to-be-announced team-based action game.
Capcom’s Secret Major Title Set to Drop Early 2024
Capcom, a leading name in the gaming industry, is gearing up to unveil a significant new title. The company’s recent financial report subtly hints at the launch of a major unannounced game slated for release in the early part of 2024. This revelation has sparked curiosity and excitement among gaming enthusiasts eagerly anticipating what Capcom has in store next.
The mystery game is part of Capcom’s strategic plan to continue its streak of success and innovation in the gaming realm. While details remain under wraps, the announcement alone is enough to fuel speculation and buzz within the gaming community. Capcom’s reputation for delivering iconic games like Resident Evil and Monster Hunter adds to the anticipation, leaving fans to wonder what captivating world or thrilling adventure awaits them in this new release.
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