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Ubisoft would be in the process of closing some European offices

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It seems that Ubisoft is also going through a relatively difficult period, as indeed is happening for a large number of tech companies (and not only). The company of French origin would have internally announced the closure of several European offices, although the only one expressly mentioned is Ubisoft Benelux. The ResetEra forums report it, quoting an email to all employees of the group. It seems quite clear that there will also be layoffs, but precise figures have not been specified. However, we have a date, next April 1st.

It is interesting to note that the email only mentions offices and not game development studios. Ubisoft motivates its decision by speaking of “several challenges caused by external factors, such as the decline in sales of physical games in favor of digital ones, the centralization of marketing due to the digitization of our communication channels, the transition from large retail releases to free-to-play, mobile and seasonal games and less big physical events”.

According to the latest official statements, Ubisoft has approximately 21,000 employees worldwide. It seems, and we want to reiterate it seems, that with today’s announcement, this figure will not be significantly affected (at least, comparing the tens of thousands of people made redundant that we have told you about over the course of these months).

Having said that, it is worth mentioning that the company is investing heavily in its Assassin’s Creed franchise: this year Mirage should be released on the last and penultimate generation consoles, PC, and streaming (Amazon Luna), and then there are even four more in the pipeline projects in the pipeline. However, the group recently announced the cancellation of three projects and the postponement of Skull and Bones.

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Steam Deck 2 won’t arrive for a couple of years

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When asked about the possible arrival of a more powerful Steam Deck, Valve’s Pierre-Loup Griffais hinted that we won’t see a successor to the hybrid between PC and portable console for at least a couple of years. The decision depends both on the intention to maintain a fixed ecosystem in terms of optimization targets for developers, guaranteeing players that every Deck in circulation is able to run the same titles, and on hardware issues.

Valve, Griffais said, will work on increasing performance only when it is possible to significantly increase power without significant impacts on efficiency and autonomy. And it’s something that according to the developer won’t happen over the next two years. We will therefore have to wait until at least 2025 if not 2026 to see a Steam Deck 2 appear.

Changing performance levels is not something we take lightly and we only want to do it when a significant enough improvement can be achieved. We also don’t want increased performance to come at a significant cost to power efficiency and battery life. I don’t foresee such a leap being possible in the next couple of years, but we are still closely monitoring innovations in architecture and manufacturing processes to see where this goes. – Pierre-Loup Griffais, Valve

Despite Griffais’ words, improved versions of the current model cannot be ruled out which would undoubtedly benefit from greater autonomy or a screen with Variable Refresh Rate. Just think of the recent rumors about the new Valve hardware and also how it never refers to specific models, excluding only the increase in power.

Meanwhile, the Steam Deck is still capable of running the latest games but struggles with titles like Starfield, despite the optimizations of version 3.5 of the console’s operating system, unlike consoles like the Asus ROG Ally and the Ayaneo AIR 1S. It stays through most attractive in terms of price /quality ratio, being available for 419 euros in the version with 64 GB of storage, however expandable with solutions such as the WD Black SN770M SSD.

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Director of Star Wars Jedi Survivor Leaves EA, Why

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Director of Star Wars Jedi Survivor Leaves EA, Why

Director of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Jedi: Survivor, Stig Asmussen is reportedly leaving Electronic Arts ( EA ). Why?

According to reports, Asmussen is leaving EA to seek other challenges in his gaming industry career.

“With careful thought and consideration, Stig Asmussen has decided to leave Respawn to pursue other adventures, and we wish him the best,” an EA spokesperson said.

“Respawn’s veteran leaders will take a key role in guiding the team as they continue their work on Star Wars Jedi: Survivor,” EA continued.

Asmussen has been a director at Respawn Entertainment for 14 years. Previously, he worked at Sony Interactive Entertainment, where he primarily worked on the God of War series, including God of War III.

Currently, Asmussen has not yet determined his next destination.

The Star Wars: Jedi series has been a striking success story for EA, making it something of an exception to the company’s experience with the franchise as a whole. When EA first revealed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order in 2018, the company had just faced major controversy over the implementation of loot boxes in Battlefront 2.

Despite being criticized for bugs, Fallen Order turned out to be a success for EA , and Survivor further strengthened the series.

Asmussen previously said that he wanted to make Star Wars: Jedi a trilogy, so his sudden departure is all the more surprising.

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The second story of Sea of ​​Thieves: The Legend of Monkey Island is now available

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The second part of the collaboration between Sea of ​​Thieves and Monkey Island will take us on a search for three lost symbols.

The last Xbox Game Showcase had several protagonists. Fable, Clockwork Revolution, and Towerbone were some of the titles that attracted the most attention, without forgetting Starfield. However, there was another exclusive Microsoft game that announced the news at the show that, in the meantime, was somewhat more covered up.

We talk about Sea of ​​Thieves and its new free expansion: The Legend of Monkey Island. A unique collaboration with the iconic license that allows us to live unique adventures. A series of new chapters that allow us to explore Melee Island and enjoy new game mechanics. Something that we already saw in the first chapter and that is repeated in the second that is now available.

Return to Melee Island and embark on a new adventure

Dubbed The Search for Guybrush, this new grand tale picks up where the previous one left off. In it, we have the mission to make Guybrush Threepwood see reason, for which we will have to find the three symbols with true pirate courage. This new chapter brings new mechanics and new areas available on Melee Island to explore.

Previously, we could only visit the city, while the rest of the island was covered by a mysterious fog that prevented passage and has now moved in some areas.

Sea of ​​Thieves is now available on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and PC, in addition to being included in Xbox Game Pass.

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