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Games Industry Mass Layoffs Regrettable and Preventable, According to Larian Studios Publishing Director

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Larian Studios, the developers of the highly acclaimed RPG Baldur’s Gate 3, have taken advantage of their success to voice their concerns about the numerous challenges facing the video game industry today. CEO and founder Swen Vincke recently criticized publishers for their detrimental impact on the industry, stating that their actions have had negative consequences for a significant period of time. Now, the director of publishing, Michael Douse, has provided us with some equally intriguing quotes to work with.

In an interview with Stephen Totilo from Game File (thanks, IGN), Douse doesn’t hold back in his assessment, stating that “these massive operational failures, commonly known as layoffs, are completely preventable mistakes. That’s simply their essence. According to him, these large corporations consistently neglect to plan ahead financially, resulting in a sudden surge of layoffs when the market takes a downturn. It seems they adopt a rather complacent attitude, thinking, “Well, it’s about time.” Now we can as well. We’ve been eagerly anticipating this for a long time. Everyone else is, just like a game critic. So why don’t we? That’s quite disturbing. Deciding on layoffs is an intricate and multifaceted process. However, the notion that it is an unavoidable occurrence is simply false.

One issue arises when it comes to shareholders of publicly traded companies such as EA or Sony. These companies are often unable to swiftly adapt to meet the expectations of their investors. What is the secret behind Larian Studio’s remarkable success? Stay true to your principles, maintain your privacy, and save money for when times get tough. Douse expressed concerns about Larian’s decision to go public, suggesting that it could potentially compromise the quality of their work despite the increased financial resources it may bring.According to his explanation, the whole concept seems incredibly simple, leaving us questioning why other companies struggle to achieve the same level of success:

“We approached it with a day-by-day mentality. We have established reserves as part of our operation. We meticulously planned and prepared, anticipating any potential obstacles and ensuring we had contingencies in place. Fortunately, we don’t have to. We’re incredibly agile. Having agility is crucial. Large corporations lack agility.

 

As Editor here at GeekReply, I'm a big fan of all things Geeky. Most of my contributions to the site are technology related, but I'm also a big fan of video games. My genres of choice include RPGs, MMOs, Grand Strategy, and Simulation. If I'm not chasing after the latest gear on my MMO of choice, I'm here at GeekReply reporting on the latest in Geek culture.

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Forges of Corruption DLC adds an explosive twist to the action-packed shooter Warhammer 40000: Boltgun

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Warhammer 40000: Boltgun proved to be an impressively well-crafted shooter, immersing players in the bleak and foreboding world of Game Workshop’s captivating universe. Now, fans can look forward to an extensive expansion with the Forges of Corruption DLC. Get ready to unleash the Emperor’s justice starting on June 18th on both PS5 and PS4.

Auroch Digital’s latest first-person shooter takes players on an exciting new campaign across five distinct environments. Undoubtedly, these pits will be teeming with heretics, including the treacherous Black Legion, who have recently received reinforcements in the form of Terminators armed with Lightning Claws and imposing Helbrutes. The Multi-Melta and Missile Launcher are now available for requisition, providing an effective means of eliminating enemy forces.

In addition, all players can enjoy the new Horde Mode, which offers four levels of difficulty and a unique set of in-game achievements to pursue. An upcoming navigation guide will provide players with a more forgiving experience when navigating through the game’s levels.

Have you acquired Warhammer 40000: Boltgun? Are you interested in experiencing additional content with the Forges of Corruption DLC? Engage in fierce battles against the adversaries of the Imperium in the comments section below.

 

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Sushi Ben Seems Like a Fantastic PSVR2-Based Manga Experience

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Immersing oneself in realistic worlds using the impressive capabilities of Sony’s PSVR2 headset is undeniably fantastic. However, there are instances where stylized visuals can prove to be more effective. Sushi Ben seems to have a good grasp on the concept of delivering a manga-inspired world, which will be available starting on May 28th. This lively release from Big Brane offers a delightful collection of mini-games, allowing players to immerse themselves in the charming atmosphere of a coastal town.

In order to prevent the local sushi bar from going out of business, you’ll have to lend a hand to the local townsfolk and engage in a range of activities to boost trade. As one would anticipate, fishing is the main focus as you embark on angling adventures to catch various types of fish in order to satisfy your customers’ desires.

And that’s not all! There is a wide array of activities to immerse yourself in, such as table tennis, bug-catching, dog walking, archery, and more. Each of these experiences fully utilizes the innovative motion-controlled gameplay that is exclusive to PSVR2. The manga art style in this game is truly impressive, featuring dynamic pop-up comic book panels and other visually stunning elements.

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Online previews of the upcoming Call of Duty game have been released in anticipation of its official announcement next month

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Activision has recently started teasing the upcoming Call of Duty game, captivating fans with a mysterious website and a tantalizing short clip. In this intriguing snippet, the slogan “The Truth Lies” is cleverly superimposed over the eyes of the iconic former USA presidents at Mount Rushmore. The website showcases a vintage television set where users can indulge in a variety of clips across six different channels. Below, you’ll discover the website link and an intriguing video showcasing Mount Rushmore.

Treyarch is the company behind the most recent game, which is likely to be another entry in the Call of Duty Black Ops subseries. The newest rumors indicate that the upcoming release is titled Black Ops 6 and is set to hit the shelves in October. Following the Xbox Games Showcase on June 9, 2024, a full reveal will be unveiled.

Billbil-Kun, a former PS Plus leaker, joined in by sharing what they believe to be a blurred image of the game’s key art. The scene reveals a discernible figure amidst a vibrant orange hue. Allow me to present the picture:

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Activision, it seems that the company is poised to fulfill its promise of including the upcoming Call of Duty game in the Xbox Game Pass bundle. Nevertheless, adjustments will be necessary for the membership service to accommodate it, potentially resulting in a price increase. The title will be released as per usual on both the PS5 and PS4. Are you eagerly anticipating this year’s release? Feel free to leave your initial thoughts on the teaser- theme in the comments section.

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