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The Biggest Video Game News Stories of 2021. It was a busy year for video game news here at IGN. In addition to the regular release date announcements and new game reveals, 2021 featured an unprecedented amount of game delays and extended coverage of PS5 and Xbox Series X|S throughout the consoles’ first full year on the market.

Since we are entering into 2022, we’re looking back on the biggest news stories of the past year, as determined by IGN page views.

Biggest Video Game News Stories of 2021

20. Microsoft Not Changing Xbox Live Gold Pricing, Free-to-Play Games Unlocked

On January 22, in the midst of the ongoing pandemic, Microsoft announced it was increasing the price of Xbox Live Gold.

After the coming of the pricing structure, a one-year subscription would cost $120 USD, compared to its current price of $60.

A day later, following community backlash, Microsoft reversed that decision. Apart from this keeping subscriptions at their existing prices.

19. Report: Grand Theft Auto Remastered Trilogy Is In the Works, Including Switch

The first and the foremost report on Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition.

When Kotaku claimed Rockstar was remastering GTA 3, Vice City, and San Andreas for PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch. The report was accurate.

18. PS5 DualSense Controller Drift: Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Sony

This lead to drift issues, and that Sony’s conduct related to the matter is “fraudulent, deceptive, unlawful, and unfair.” The case is ongoing, as of December 2021.Gamestop

17. Special Report: The Inside Story of Blizzard’s Departures and a Company at a Crossroads

Recently, IGN Senior News Editor Kat Bailey published a report on the surge of developers departing Blizzard.Xbox news

The in-depth report features and states fascinating perspectives on the inner workings of the legendary game studio behind Diablo and game shop near me

16. Nintendo Direct February 2021: Everything Announced Including The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD

This came in February 2021, Nintendo aired its first new director in 17 months.

Nintendo’s return to the digital stage featured over two dozen announcements. This includes the reveals of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD, Splatoon 3, Mario Golf: Super Rush, and much more.

15. The Last of Us Remake Reportedly in Development, and Days Gone 2 Pitch Rejected

While it may feel a bit soon considering a remastered version was already released for PS4.One thing is worth noting HBO is developing a The Last of Us TV show that covers the events of the first game.

14. 20-Year-Old Original Xbox Easter Egg Revealed

20 years after the release of Xbox, a previously undiscovered Easter egg was found within the console’s dashboard.

The Easter egg is the one that requires users to insert an audio CD and follow a very specific set of instructions, unlocks a new screen that lists the four developers credited with creating the Xbox dashboard.

 13. Battlefield 6 Images Allegedly Leak Ahead of Official Reveal

The screenshots that were leaked showcased big storms, a rocket ship, helicopters, beaches, and more. The leak was proven legitimate a month later when “Battlefield 6” was revealed as Battlefield 2042.

12. PlayStation Plus Games for March 2021 Announced

March was a standout month for free PS Plus games, largely due to the inclusion of Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Rounding out the month’s lineup was the co-op action-RPG Remnant: From the Ashes, the gorgeous puzzle game Maquette, and the VR shooter Farpoint.

11. Resident Evil Village Actress Jeanette Maus Dies, Aged 39

Resident Evil Village actress Jeanette Maus died in January 2021. She was of the age 39. Maus played multiple characters in Village, though most notably she portrayed Cassandra Dumitrescu, one of Lady D’s three daughters.

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