Activision Blizzard is planning to announce layoffs next week "which could
number in the hundreds,"
where they attribute this to the current "painful
stretch for the video-game industry." This is not confirmed, but the report is
said to be "according to people familiar with the matter." Word is this will be
part of a restructuring:
The layoffs, which could number in the hundreds,
are part of a restructuring aimed at centralizing functions and boosting profit,
said one of the people, who asked not to be identified because the changes
haven’t been announced. Activision employed 9,800 people at the end of 2017.
The game maker, one of the largest in the world, acknowledged on a November
conference call that some key titles, such as Overwatch and Hearthstone, were
seeing flat or declining numbers of users. After disappointing sales of Destiny
2: Forsaken, the company parted ways with its developer, Bungie Inc., a move
that could reduce annual revenue by as much as $400 million.
Analysts expect Activision’s sales to decline by about 2 percent this year, to
post on Steam
announces official support for
for Windows is ending on March 11th, when the PC
servers for the free-to-play first-person shooter will shut down (thanks
Rock Paper Shotgun
). Developer Zombie Studios closed their doors
four years ago
, but publisher
continued to operate it since then. Now they explain some "very interesting
projects" they have in the works require their "full focus." In the meantime,
all the premium items in the game will be offered for free. Here are the
All good things must come to an end, and so it is with
Thank you for so much for your loyal support, and love over the years. From the
initial PC Closed Beta in November 2011 to today, it has been a great 7+ years.
The joy that we got out of Blacklight: Retribution is a testament to you the
fans; your loyalty, dedication, support, and ultimate willingness to try our
fun, quirky FPS.
Why is this happening? The reality is Hardsuit Labs has been engaged for some
time now in some very interesting projects that require the full focus of the
development teams and leadership. The studio capacity and resources are and have
been entirely engaged with these projects and will be for the foreseeable
future. As such, we officially will no longer be patching, updating, or doing
technical support for Blacklight Retribution. Account migration will officially
shut down as of today, as will the official support site.
Starting today, all items in the PC store will be made free, and we hope that
you continue to enjoy the game and items up until the PC servers are shut down
on March 11th, 2019. The PS4 version of Blacklight Retribution will continue to
operate as-is since there are no game servers being hosted for it.
A tweet from
reveals plans for Oculus Rift virtual reality support in DiRT
). The game is due for release in a couple of weeks, but word is the
VR support will be added via a patch this summer. Here's word:
you. @Oculus heard you. DiRT Rally 2.0 + Oculus = this summer…
National Pizza Day and National Bagel Day
! Sadly there do not seem to be
international versions of either "holiday." As a native New Yorker I am
compelled to point out these two foods are basically New York City's claim to
culinary fame. The perception that NYC is the best area in the country for each
used to seem like a regional prejudice, but somewhere along the way people
started attributing it to the water. On the other hand,
this article on bagels
debunks the water theory, but confusingly,
this article on pizza
from the same site lends credence to it, so go figure.
each tackle this question with mixed messages as well. I don't know
the answer, but the fact that one California pizzeria imports their water from
New York seems to support the water theory. According to these reports, they did
an experiment and found their customers preferred the pizza made with New York
water by a startling nine to one ratio.