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PUBG Mobile Collaborates Again with Line Friends

PUBG Mobile has entered into a further collaboration with Line Friends, a global creative studio that is popular for its adorable characters, after previously capturing the hearts of the PUBG Mobile community around the world through its first collaboration in July 2021.

Sally, Choco, Brown, Leonard, and Cony themed merchandise is available to obtain from February 2 to March 3 2024. During this limited period, players can play the “Prize Path” and “Hola Buddy” events to get various Line exclusive skins Friends.

The “Prize Path” event provides 10 types of Line Friends themed prizes, namely Line Friends Dragon Brown Set, Dragon Brown Cover, Brown Helmet, Dragon Cony Set, Dragon Cony Cover, Lovey Dovey 2-Seat Motorcycle, Line Friends Pan, Glider, Plane Finish, and Parachute.

To complete the Line Friends merchandise collection, players can also get 5 other prizes through the “Hola Buddy” event: Line Friends Sally Buddy, Dragon Sally Buddy Set, Choco Dress Set, LEONARD Raincoat Set, and Sally Backpack.

The celebration of PUBG Mobile’s collaboration with Line Friends is also getting livelier with the presence of the “Fluffy Fortress” event which will be held on February 4 2024. Indonesian creators Hici Chy, Bennym0za, Bang Alex, and Jeixy will show off their skills in playing PUBG Mobile against other creators from Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines while wearing adorable Line Friends merchandise.

Previously, PUBG Mobile also just held a promotion, where gamers could get PUBG Mobile skins for free. That is, only with push rank in the newest season, namely Cycle 6 Season 16.

C6S16 will last for several months, starting from January 14 – March 16 to be precise. If you succeed in reaching the highest possible rank, the prizes you get will be even more tempting.

 

List of PS4, PS5, Xbox, PC and Switch games released in February 2024

The month of January is quite memorable for gamers. Several new games have been released and can be said to have interesting gameplay. For example, there are Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Tekken 8, and Palworld.

The quality presented by these four cannot be doubted. Many players are satisfied with the game concept offered by the developer.

Even now, praise for the titles above is still pouring in. But I don’t know what the future holds, considering that every month game companies in the world often introduce their new games.

Maybe currently all gamers are focused on Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown, Like a Dragon: Infinite Wealth, Tekken 8, and Palworld. Because the four of them were recently launched, on January 18, 19 and 26 to be precise.

But what about in February, will they be able to maintain their existence? Remember, there is Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League waiting for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC gamers on February 2.

List of Games Released February 2024

Instead of being curious, here is a list of games that will be released in February 2024, as quoted by Game Station from Eurogamer, Wednesday (31/1/2024).

February 1

Granblue Fantasy: Relink (PS4, PS5, PC)
Jujutsu Kaisen: Cursed Clash (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

February 2

Persona 3 Reloaded (PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League (PS5, PC, Xbox Series

February 6

Foamstars (PS4, PS5)
CLeM (PC, Switch)
Honkai: Star Rail 2.0 (iOS, Android, PC, PS5)

February 8

Helldivers 2 (PC, PS5)
The Inquisitor (PC, PS5)

February 13

Islands of Insight (PC)
Banishers: Ghosts of New Eden (PC, PS5, Xbox Series
Ultros (PC, PS4, PS5)
Fight Crab 2 early access (PC)

February 14

Tomb Raider 1-3 Remastered (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series
Arzette: The Jewel of Faramore (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series
Biomutant (Switch)
Solium Infernum (PC)

February 15

PlateUp! (Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series

February 16

Mario vs. Donkey Kong (Switch)
Skull and Bones (Amazon Luna, PS5, PC, Xbox Series
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (PS5)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV (PS5)
Recoil (PC)

February 20

MADiSON VR (Steam VR, PSVR2)
The Thaumaturge (PC)
Warhammer 40000: Chaos Gate – Daemonhunters (PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)

February 21

Slave Zero
Last Epoch (PC)
Terminator: Dark Fate (PC) – Defiance
Myth of Empires (PC)
Bandle Tale: A League of Legends Story (PC, Switch)

February 22

Nightingale early access (PC)
Pacific Drive (PS5, PC)
Corporation: The Sorting Process (PC)
King Arthur: Knight’s Tale (PS5, Xbox Series
Sons of the Forest (PC)

February 23

Promenade (PC, Switch, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series

February 27

Piczle Cross: Story of Seasons (PC, Switch)
Shiren the Wanderer: The Mystery Dungeon of Serpentcoil Island (Switch)
Wrath: Aeon of Ruin (PC)

February 28

Star Wars: Dark Forces Remaster (Switch, PS4, PS5, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S)
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons Remake (PC, PS5, Xbox Series

February 29

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth (PS5)
Welcome to ParadiZe (PC, PS5, Xbox Series

The Most Watched Game Trailer Isn’t GTA VI, But This Game

The GTA VI trailer which was recently released has indeed succeeded in attracting gamers’ attention. However, even though the number of viewers gathered is so large, in fact the video made by Rockstar is still inferior to the popularity of mobile games.

If you visit the Rockstar Games YouTube channel now, you can see the trailer for the latest GTA series, which has been watched 168 million times. This number is enough to overthrow the Minecraft trailer which was released 12 years ago.

Mojang as the developer of Minecraft, through its one minute video, has currently succeeded in getting 167 million views. But at that time it only placed it in second place, as the most watched video game trailer.

Unfortunately Rockstar is still not halfway there, to beat the most watched game trailer which was successfully snatched by Subway Surfers. Published in 2012, the trailer has been watched more than 361 million times, as quoted by Game Station from IGN, Thursday (18/1/2024).

Even so, it looks like the GTA VI trailer still has a big chance of winning the title. Because this game will only be officially released in 2025. Maybe when it actually launches, this opportunity can be realized.

Moreover, gamers are very enthusiastic about this new Rockstar game. Because after many rumors circulated, they finally confirmed that they would bring him in.

Meanwhile, Take-Two Interactive, which is in charge of publishing it, said that when it is released, GTA VI will not be available on PC. So gamers can only play it on PS5, Xbox Series

Series of layoffs in the gaming industry that will occur in early 2024

The storm of employee layoffs in the gaming industry apparently will not subside in 2023. The extreme cycle is still continuing, even starting in early 2024.

Several well-known companies were forced to start the new year with bad news. Not a few of those involved in this industry have had to lay off their employment.

The number of people who have been laid off is very large. To the point that some will lay off 1,800 workers.

So what company is meant? The following is the list, as compiled by Game Station from Kotaku, Tuesday (16/1/2024).

List of Companies Carrying Out Layoffs

The following are eight gaming companies that have laid off workers. Until this news was written, at least more than 2,700 people were fired.

1. Archiact

On January 4, the first company to announce employee layoffs came from Archiact. However, they did not specify how many people had been expelled.

“We are working with these individuals to offset this difficult transition as much as possible, including through reverse recruiting,” Archiact said.

2. Bossa Studios

Actually, technically the layoffs occurred at the end of 2023, only they were only reported and confirmed on January 5 2024. Here they laid off 19 workers.

3. Unity

This game engine company just announced on January 8 that they would lay off 1,800 workers. That means Unity is cutting 25% of its staff.

It could be said that these layoffs are the largest in the company’s history. They said the employee layoffs would be completed next March.

4. Twitch

After Unity, Twitch also revealed that it was preparing to lay off 500 employees on January 9. The company will do this at the end of January.

That means they will lose about 35% of their workers. However, it turns out that Twitch previously carried out layoffs in March and October 2023.

5. Playtika

On January 11 2024, the publisher and developer of this mobile game plans to fire 400 employees. This amount is equivalent to 10% of the company’s total workforce.

Playtika previously laid off 900 employees in 2022. But after that, the company instead poured USD 300 million or around IDR 4.6 trillion to acquire Innplay Labs in 2023.

6. Discord

At the same time, Discord also reported that it would send home 17 percent of its total staff. That number is estimated to be around 170 employees.

Discord CEO Jason Citron said in an internal memo that layoffs were necessary to make Discord more efficient, after excessive hiring in 2020.

7. Lost Boys Interactive

Apart from that, Lost Boy Intractive also laid off its employees. However, they did not provide details on how many people were fired.

“It seems like most of Lost Boys Interactive was laid off today, myself included,” wrote Jared Pace, a producer at the studio on Linkedin.

8. Funselector

Canadian game studio, Funslektor, announced that three of its developers have been laid off. These three are the great people behind the creation of the Art of Rally game.

TikTok Parent Wants to Sell Game Division to PUBG Mobile Owners

TikTok parent ByteDance is selling their gaming business unit. One of those interested in buying is Tencent, owner of many famous games including PUBG Mobile.

Currently ByteDance has reached the negotiation stage with Tencent, but so far has not reached an agreement, as quoted by Gamestation from Reuters, Tuesday (16/1/2024).

ByteDance and Tencent negotiated a sale involving a number of well-known games published by Nuverse, ByteDance’s gaming unit, for example Crystal of Atland and Earth: Revival.

In November 2023, ByteDance admitted that it would overhaul Nuverse and withdraw from the gaming business because they wanted to focus on their other core businesses. This decision comes five years after entering the gaming business, which currently has a global value of USD 185 billion.

Currently, ByteDance has stopped releasing new games and plans to divest the games that have already been launched. Previously they had been looking for potential buyers for Moonton, the company behind the popular game Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, which was also recently acquired by ByteDance in 2021.

Even though they had fierce competition in the gaming business, relations between ByteDance and Tencent have recently warmed up after Tencent often used ByteDance’s advertising network to promote their newest game entitled DreamStar.

Previously it was reported that last November there were several potential companies that wanted to buy Moonton. Including companies based in Saudi Arabia.

Moonton Technology was acquired in 2021 for USD 4 billion or around IDR 62.2 trillion. Shortly after the acquisition, the Chinese government set various strict regulations for the gaming industry, which caused the development of the gaming business in China to decline.

PUBG Mobile Will Collaborate with Hunter x Hunter?

Speculation regarding a potential collaboration between PUBG Mobile and the Hunter x Hunter anime in early 2024 is currently being widely discussed in the gaming community.

Even though there has been no official announcement from PUBG Mobile, several PUBG Mobile influencers and casters in Indonesia have provided clues regarding the possibility of this rumor. Apart from that, there is also a lot of video content circulating on various digital platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Game Station news portal and YouTube which increasingly convinces the PUBG Mobile community of this collaboration.

Hunter x Hunter fans are very excited to see their favorite characters appear and be played in PUBGM in-game activities. The prospect of playing as an iconic character from this anime series has generated enthusiasm among fans.

Of course, this is not the first time PUBGM has collaborated with a popular Japanese anime title. Previously, PUBG Mobile had collaborated with Evangelion, Jujutsu Kaisen, and Dragon Ball. Big screen shows such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Godzilla Vs Kong have also joined the world of PUBG Mobile.

Drawing parallels with previous successful collaborations in the anime realm, it is hoped that PUBGM will introduce characters from Hunter x Hunter to the game. The biggest question is which characters will appear in the PUBGM game? Speculation points to key figures such as Gon, Killua, Kurapika, and Leorio, all of whom are important in the plot of the Hunter x Hunter anime.

Although this collaboration has not been officially confirmed, the prospect of combining the dynamic gameplay of PUBGM with the Hunter x Hunter characters promises an exciting gaming experience that is worth looking forward to for fans of both.

The Evolution of Call of Duty (CoD) : A Journey Through Gaming Excellence

Since its inception in 2003, the Call of Duty (CoD) franchise has become a household name, synonymous with intense first-person shooter (FPS) gameplay, gripping narratives, and groundbreaking multiplayer experiences. Developed by various studios under the umbrella of Activision, Call of Duty has evolved significantly over the years, captivating millions of gamers worldwide. In this article, we’ll explore the evolution of the Call of Duty series, highlighting its key milestones and contributions to the gaming industry.

The Beginning: Call of Duty (2003):

Call of Duty made its debut in 2003, introducing players to the brutal realities of World War II. Developed by Infinity Ward, this initial installment laid the foundation for what would become one of the most successful gaming franchises of all time. Call of Duty set itself apart with its realistic approach to war, immersive graphics, and a compelling single-player campaign that emphasized teamwork and historical accuracy.

Modern Warfare Series: A Game-Changing Shift (2007):

In 2007, Infinity Ward took a bold step by shifting the series into modern times with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. This installment marked a significant departure from the historical settings of its predecessors, ushering in a new era of contemporary warfare. The game’s riveting story, combined with the introduction of iconic characters like Captain Price, resonated with players and set a new standard for the FPS genre.

Expanding the Franchise: Treyarch and Black Ops (2010):

Treyarch, another key developer under the Call of Duty umbrella, made its mark with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops in 2010. The Black Ops series introduced a gripping narrative with mind-bending twists and turns, alongside a diverse set of multiplayer maps and modes. Treyarch’s contributions added depth to the franchise, catering to different player preferences and expanding the overall Call of Duty experience.

Advanced Warfare and the Rise of Exoskeletons (2014):

Sledgehammer Games joined the fray with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014, bringing a futuristic twist to the series with the introduction of exoskeletons. This installment introduced enhanced mobility, verticality, and futuristic weaponry, offering a fresh take on the traditional Call of Duty formula. The inclusion of exoskeletons added a layer of strategy and dynamism to multiplayer gameplay.

World War II Revisited: Call of Duty Returns to its Roots (2017):

In response to fan demand for a return to its historical roots, Call of Duty: WWII was released in 2017, taking players back to the iconic setting of World War II. Sledgehammer Games delivered a visually stunning and emotionally charged narrative, rekindling the essence of the original CoD while leveraging modern gaming technology.

Warzone: A Battle Royale Revolution (2020):

In 2020, Call of Duty entered the battle royale arena with the release of Call of Duty: Warzone. Developed by Infinity Ward and Raven Software, Warzone offered a massive, free-to-play battle royale experience set in the expansive and familiar world of Modern Warfare. Warzone not only became a sensation in its own right but also demonstrated the franchise’s ability to adapt and innovate in response to emerging trends in the gaming industry.

The Call of Duty franchise has come a long way since its humble beginnings, evolving with the gaming landscape and consistently delivering high-quality experiences. From the trenches of World War II to the futuristic battlefields of advanced warfare, CoD has maintained its relevance by pushing boundaries, embracing change, and staying true to its core principles of immersive storytelling and adrenaline-pumping multiplayer action. As the series continues to evolve, one can only anticipate what thrilling experiences the future holds for this iconic gaming franchise.

Owner of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher Games Not Interested in Being Acquired

CD Projekt Red, a Polish game studio known for its work Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher, has confirmed that it is not interested in being acquired. This statement came directly from the mouth of the CEO, Adam KiciƄski.

“We have a clear position, supported by the regulations contained in the law. We are not interested in being included in a larger entity,” said Adam in an interview with Parkiet, reported by Game Station, Tuesday (9/1/2024).

Adam admitted that his company had worked so hard to get to where it is today. He is also very confident that CD Projekt Red can become an even bigger and stronger game studio in the future.

To make this big dream come true, it was said that they certainly have a cool strategy. However, Adam did not explain in detail regarding future programs.

“We have ambitious plans and we are passionate about what we do. We value independence,” he added.

Likewise, Adam said that he currently has no plans to acquire anything. However, that doesn’t mean he isn’t open to ideas to accelerate the company’s growth.

CD Projeck Red is angry because they were asked to acquire Cyberpunk 2077

“But we are not interested in purchases that only aim to incorporate the acquired companies into our group and consolidate their financial results. We do not see the value in them,” he stressed.

Even though he doesn’t want to be taken over by another party, Adam stated that the company’s finances are still safe. He said the strategy implemented had been well calculated.

He is very confident that CD Projekt Red can survive with the funds it currently has. With confidence, Adam also said that his game studio does not need to look for additional funding sources.

But it is still unknown whether any video game giant has approached him or not. Whether it’s PlayStation or Xbox, Adam didn’t explain. It will be interesting to wait for their progress, considering that they are also working on several new games.

25 Free Games on Steam, No Need for a God Spec PC

Let’s start 2024 by playing various free games on Steam. There’s no need to worry about devices, because gamers don’t need a god-spec PC.

Just using a device with an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor and 4 GB RAM, players can try out the entire list of games. But at least prepare a somewhat empty storage space.

Even though the size of each game is not very large, if all these titles were downloaded, it would certainly take up a lot of space. The largest file size is around 20 GB.

Actually, there are many free games on Steam that you can play. Only in this article GameStation will only provide 25 titles, collected from the official website, Monday (8/1/2023).

List of Free Games on Steam

the 25 games below, some of them require slightly larger RAM, ranging from 8-12 GB. For example, Grapple Tournament, The Finals, Knight’s Path: The Tournament, and Galacticverse.
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Then the remaining players only need 4 GB RAM. If you feel you have adequate PC specs, please download the list of free games on Steam below:

Conquest of Empires 2

Coffee Brakes

Forgotten Symphony

Tiny Survivors

Polyton

VFurrika!

Grapple Tournament

FASTER

World War: Rome

Pirates Of Heaven

Dungeon Mages

Screamdown

The Finals

Build Master: MarsVille

Killfish

DreadMoon

Duels of Fortune

Knight’s Path: The Tournament

Galacticverse

BLOODSONG

Dream Team Basketball

Warlords Battlecry: The Protectors of – Etheria

Kings Call

Moi Moi Heroes

Shell’s Kitchen

From the series of free Steam games above, are there any that you have enjoyed? If you have played it, try sharing your experience in the comments column.

Indonesia Dominates Southeast Asia, Most Games Released on Steam

It’s really cool, Indonesia dominates Southeast Asia, as the country with the most games released on Steam. So far, there have been 256 titles that have visited the platform made by Valve.

Quoted by GameStation from X/Twitter Virtual SEAsia, Thursday (11/1/2024), Indonesia has always filled this top position over the past few years. If you look at the brief data shared by Kris Antoni, Founder and CEO of Toge Productions, it turns out that since 2019 local games in Indonesia have been leading.

Even the number of games launched each year has quite a difference, when compared to countries in Southeast Asia. The countries in question are Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Brunei.

Continuing, in second place is Thailand which is experiencing rapid growth. They managed to catch up with Singapore, which usually overshadows Indonesia every year, regarding the release of games on Steam.

A total of 158 indie games have been released in Thailand. Meanwhile, Singapore is in third place with a total of 134 games they have presented.

The following is a detailed ranking of countries in Southeast Asia whose games are released on Steam:

1.Indonesia – 256 games

2.Thailand – 158 games

3.Singapore – 134 games

4.Philippines – 92 games

5.Malaysia – 80 games

6.Vietnam – 40 games

7.Brunei – 7 games

8.Myanmar – 5 games

Unfortunately, Virtual SEA does not provide information about Indonesia’s ranking outside Southeast Asia. Maybe because their focus is only on collecting data on indie games in this region.

Even so, of course this is proof that the gaming industry in the country is growing. Plus various achievements that have been obtained by local game studios.

In 2023, local games entitled A Space for the Unbound by Mojiken, Rendezvous by Pendopo Creations, and Unplug by Goldlime Studios won awards at Level Up KL.

For A Space for the Unbound, it successfully won the Best Story Telling title. Unplug won in the Audience Choice Award category. Lastly, Rendezvous won two awards at once, namely the Grand Jury Award and Best Visual Art categories.

If you are curious about what Indonesian games are on Steam, you can visit this link: https://store.steampowered.com/curator/25278687-Virtual-SEA-Games-from-Southea. Virtual SEA has collected it into several parts.

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