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Sony Stock Reportedly Took a $20 Billion Hit After Xbox's Activision Announcement

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Sony's stock reportedly took a $20 billion dollar hit after Xbox announced that it is set to acquire Activision Blizzard.

As detailed in a report by Bloomberg, Sony Group Corp. shares reportedly fell by 13% in Tokyo on Wednesday - just a day after Microsoft announced its $68.7 billion deal with Activision Blizzard. As per the report, the drop itself is the largest single fall in Sony stock since October 2008.

The acquisition will bring a wide range of new franchises into Xbox's domain including the likes of Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, Warcraft, and much more. In comparison, last year Xbox announced that it had acquired ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, for a deal worth $7.5 Billion. With the company's latest takeover offering a ludicrous number of high-profile IPs, it's no surprise that the price on the deal dwarves its earlier acquisitions by a vast margin and has seemingly resulted in Sony's stock taking a hit.

Over recent years, Sony and Xbox have both taken different approaches to encourage players to purchase their latest consoles. While PlayStation has seen great success by offering a number of exclusive IPs and titles such as Insomniac's Spider-Man, Naughty Dog's The Last of Us, and Guerrilla's Horizon Zero Dawn, Xbox has instead opted down its subscription service, Game Pass, as a way to bring additional players into the fold.

While last year Game Pass subscriptions were reported to have slowed down, a recent statement from Xbox Boss Phil Spencer explained that the service has now reached over 25 million subscribers. The announcement came paired with the news that Microsoft would offer "as many Activision Blizzard games as we can within Xbox Game Pass and PC Game Pass" once the acquisition had been complete - a move that's sure to increase its subscriber count by even more.

At present, it's unclear exactly which Activision Blizzard games Xbox plans to make exclusive to its consoles and which will still be available for PlayStation customers. However, given that Bethesda's upcoming release of Starfield is set to launch as an Xbox first-party exclusive, it feels likely that PlayStation fans could be set to lose out on at least some releases in the future.

For more news surrounding Xbox's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, make sure to check out this article detailing how the latter once reportedly considered buying video game media outlets Kotaku and PC Gamer in a bid to change public opinion of the company.

Jared Moore is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.



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Moon Knight Actor Gaspard Ulliel, 37, Dies After Ski Accident

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French actor Gaspard Ulliel has died at age 37 after a ski accident. According to Deadline, who reported the news first, Ulliel suffered a head injury that he was unable to recover from despite being transported to a hospital in Grenoble following a collision on the slopes in the Savoie region.

As of this writing, no official statement had yet been issued.

Ulliel recently finished filming Moon Knight, the upcoming Disney+ series set to premiere on March 30. He joined the cast in July 2021 as Anton Mogart/Midnight Man, and will appear in the anticipated series alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke.

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Rainbow Six Extraction is all grind and no payoff

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A Rainbow Six Extraction operator sitting up on the floor of a helicopter looking at her squadmates
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Like an RPG that only has side quests

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Rainbow Six Extraction review: far more than a Siege spin-off

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Rainbow Six Extraction is a spin-off from Rainbow Six Siege's popular Outbreak mode, which saw Tom Clancy's operators fending off aliens instead of each other. Well, Extraction is a tactical FPS that builds on what made Outbreak great by repurposing Siege's PvP prowess into a moreish Left 4 Dead-like. Unpicking an alien hivemind with your mates is a real thrill, as is simply coming back from a mission alive. While it doesn't do anything to blow you away, it does more than enough to keep you coming back for a quick alien-busting session here and there.

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Former Dragon Age 4 lead wants to see "BioWare magic" stamped out

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Former Dragon Age 4 executive producer Mark Darrah has hit out at the idea of "BioWare magic."

Yesterday, the veteran developer posted a new video to his 'Old Game Dev Advice' YouTube channel, with a title "BioWare Magic - rants #crunch." The seven-minute video is Darrah speaking about what the phrase "BioWare magic" actually means at the development studio, outlining the entire process with an excellent analogy themed around a hockey stick.

Darrah says video game development in general (not just at BioWare), is a lot like the curve on the hockey stick: it ramps up right near the end, resulting in almost-inevitable crunch periods. The former producer specifically points to this as what's behind the phrase BioWare magic, and it's clear he's saddened by the phrase still being used at the studio.

However, Darrah makes sure to mention that it's obviously not just BioWare where this happens. What Darrah is specifically talking about is the fact that using "BioWare magic" as a selling point for the studio directly contributes to periods of crunch for the development team, where everything needs to come together for a game at the eleventh hour. 

The former Dragon Age 4 executive producer also deliberately points to a strange culture aspect at BioWare, where one leadership team on a game might be stuck in the past because they've been developing a single project for so long, and haven't absorbed the culture of the studio around them. This, Darrah believes, contributes to the "BioWare magic" still being used long after it should've been stamped out.

For now though, we'll have to see how BioWare's immediate projects pan out in the near future. Dragon Age 4 is reportedly targeting a launch window of next year in 2023, and the mysterious Mass Effect 5 is even further out, although its reveal poster is apparently still hiding several clues for eagle-eyed fans to uncover.

Head over to our new games 2022 guide for a full look at all the more imminent games.



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Kotick Wanted To Buy Kotaku Or PC Gamer To Change Public Narrative - Report

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Following the ongoing controversies and lawsuits that have Activision Blizzard in the headlines, the company's CEO Bobby Kotick reportedly wanted to buy gaming publications to sway the public narrative.

In a new Wall Street Journal report, it was claimed by "people familiar with him" that Kotick suggested purchasing Kotaku and PC Gamer in order to change the coverage in Activision Blizzard's favor, and instead have them report on something else other than the breaking news headlines regarding the company.

According to the report, the Activision spokeswoman, Ms. Helaine Klasky, disputed the claim that Kotick wanted to acquire either publication, while a spokesperson for G/O Media--the Kotaku parent company--has declined to comment.

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