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Total War: ARENA Open Beta Now Underway

February 22, 2018 — Wargaming Alliance, SEGA and Creative Assembly are excited to announce that Total War: ARENA marches into Open Beta today. The legendary series’ first foray into online-only competitive multiplayer warfare pits commanders against each other in strategic 10-vs-10 battles.

The Open Beta introduces the faction of Carthage to fight alongside existing factions of Greeks, Romans, and Barbarians. Players can don the mantle of ‘Father of Strategy’ Hannibal Barca together with his brother Hasdrubal, and take command of brand-new units, including mighty war elephants.

Players recruit armies from a wide and diverse roster and enter the battlefield. They must issue their orders and change tactics on the fly in intense, heated encounters where teamwork and quick reactions can turn the tide of battle and secure victory.

“We are proud and excited to share the results of our work with players all around the globe,” said Evgeniy Shukin, Total War: ARENA Publishing Director at Wargaming Alliance. “Together with beta testers, we’ve crafted a game that easily lets newcomers jump in and start battling, while fulfilling the promise to seasoned veteran strategy players who have been at war for years.”

“A passion for history and multiplayer gaming, combined with years of fine-tuning and hard work from both our developers and our valued players, has gone into bringing this Open Beta to the public,” said Gabor Beressy, Total War: ARENA Game Director at Creative Assembly. “We can’t wait for new players to try out this unique Total War multiplayer experience, while we work on more factions and features to add to the Total War: ARENA experience.”

All progress and battlefield experience earned by players in Open Beta will be carried over when the game officially launches.

For more details and to download the game, visit:

FINAL FANTASY XV Windows Edition Demo Date

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 22, 2018) – Fans will be able to experience all of Chapter 1 and fully explore the tutorial and opening quests of the epic adventure in Eos through an upcoming demo for FINALFANTASY® XV WINDOWS EDITIONThis free demo will be available ahead of the game’s release on STEAM®, Origin and Windows 10.

Exclusive in-game items and bonuses have also been revealed for fans who pre-purchase or purchase FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION:

STEAM

  • From now until May 1, players who purchase or pre-purchase the game from STEAM will receive the Half-Life® Pack, which features:
    • In-game costume for Noctis based on Gordon Freeman, star of the legendary Half-Life first-person video game series including the HEV Suit, Scientist Glasses and Crowbar
  • The Half-Life Pack will also available for FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES
  • Players who pre-order the game from STEAM will receive the bonus “FFXV Fashion Collection” containing a selection of T-shirts for Noctis to wear, including:
    • The strength-enhancing EPISODE GLADIOLUS Tee
    • The HP recovery rate-increasing EPISODE PROMPTO Tee
    • The critical hit rate-increasing EPISODE IGNIS Tee
    • The maximum HP-increasing COMRADES Tee

Origin*

  • Players who pre-order the game from Origin will receive the bonus “FFXV Decal Selection,” containing an array of colorful decals for the Regalia car celebrating Gladiolus, Prompto and Ignis, along with the men and women of the Kingsglaive.

*Details regarding the early purchase bonuses for Origin will be announced at a later time.

Microsoft Store

  • The save data from the Windows 10 version of FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION is compatible with the Xbox One version of FINAL FANTASY XV. In addition, a post-launch update for FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION will enable Windows 10 and Xbox One cross play for FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES.
  • Players who pre-order the game from the Microsoft Store will receive the bonus “FFXV Powerup Pack,” containing Dodanuki, a sleek sword created by a legendary bladesmith that reduces enemy defense with each slash. The pack also includes 10 phoenix downs and 10 elixirs.

Additional details regarding the game’s pre-order bonuses are available here: http://sqex.to/FF15PC

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION features:

  • Expanded Map: Insomnia City Ruins – all-new side quests and enemies such as Cerberus and Omega will be available through the expanded map of the Crown City of Insomnia. Players can also take on a battle with the Rulers of Yore.
  • A fully-controllable Royal Vessel boat, expanding the world of Eos and allowing players to explore the area between Cape Caem and Altissia. Players will also be able to fish aboard the vessel and discover new fish and recipes.
  • A new accessory that can activate the new action “Armiger Unleashed” – players will be able to unleash powerful attacks while the Armiger is summoned. After collecting all of the royal arms, players will be able to find an accessory in an unidentified part of the world, enabling access to Armiger Unleashed.
  • A new first-person camera mode, allowing players to experience the game from Noctis’ perspective.
  • More than a dozen pieces of downloadable content including weapons, Regalia car skins and item sets.
  • All current season pass content including: EPISODE GLADIOLUS, EPISODE PROMPTO, MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES and EPISODE IGNIS.
  • Archive – players can review the “Cosmogony” stories scattered throughout the FINAL FANTASY XV world. Additional local myths and legends will also be placed in various new locations. Through them, players will be able to obtain more information about the world.
  • Quest to obtain and strengthen Regalia Type-D.

The game supports Native 4K and 8K resolutions with HDR10 and DOLBY ATMOS® along with ongoing mod support. Minimum, recommended and 4K HDR PC specifications for players looking to enjoy the ultimate experience on PC are outlined below.

Minimum Specs Recommended Specs 4K HDR Specs
OS Windows® 7 SP1/ Windows® 8.1 / Windows® 10 64-bit Windows® 7 SP1/ Windows® 8.1 / Windows® 10 64-bit Windows® 10 64-bit Fall Creators update
CPU Intel® Core™ i5-2500(3.3GHz and above)
AMD FX™-6100 (3.3GHz and above)
Intel® Core™ i7-3770(3.4GHz and above)
AMD FX™-8350(4.0 GHz and above)
Intel® Core™ i7-7700 (3.6GHz and above)
AMD Ryzen™ 5 1600X (3.6GHz and above)
Graphics Card NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 760
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050
AMD Radeon™ R9 280
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 6 GB VRAM
Radeon™ RX 480
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1080 Ti
Main Memory 8GB 16GB 16GB
Screen Resolution 720p 1080p 4K HDR (2160p)
Hard Disc Free Space on SSD OVER 100GB OVER 155GB
Sound Card DirectSound® Sound Card, Windows Sonic or Dolby Atmos
DirectX® DirectX 11
Other DVD-ROM/DVD-ROM Drive*, mouse, keyboard, gamepad**
*A DVD-ROM Drive (one-sided 1 layer / 2 layer) is required
**Game is compatible with gamepad but not required

*Note if the customer’s computer doesn’t meet the operating environment requirements, or even in the case that it does meet the environment requirements and recommended requirements, there will be cases where the operations may not function correctly due to the combinations or compatibility between each of the drivers, hardware and software.

*Note that the physical version disc is an installer only. Internet connection as well as STEAM account registration is required in order to play the game. Any internet access fee or connection fee must be covered by the customer.

For more information on FINAL FANTASY XV, visit: http://www.finalfantasyxv.com/

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION will be available on March 6. This game is rated T (Teen). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Hunt: Showdown Early Access Trailer

FRANKFURT, Germany  Feb. 22, 2018  The wait is over: Crytek has announced that Hunt: Showdown is now available via Steam Early Access, priced at 29.99 EUR/USD and 25.99 GBP. Hunt: Showdown is a competitive multiplayer bounty hunting game that combines PvP with PvE elements in a handcrafted sandbox environment.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank everybody who participated in closed alpha testing,” said Hunt Producer Fatih Özbayram. “It was essential for us in our continuing developments, and we are grateful to have such a dedicated community this early in the game.”

“Early access is a big milestone for the team, and we are all excited to finally be releasing Hunt: Showdown out into the wild,” said Hunt: Showdown Creative Director Magnus Larbrant. “With Hunt, we wanted to make the game that we, as gamers, have always wanted to play ourselves: tense, dark, addictive, terrifying—a real adrenaline-pumping experience. We have the foundations laid out, and now with the support and input of the community during early access, we can polish that experience together.”

Fable Fortune Free to Play on Xbox One and Windows PC

ALBION, 22nd February 2018 – Developers Flaming Fowl Studios and Mediatonic are proud to announce that Fable Fortune is out now on Xbox One, Steam, and Windows 10. Players who download the game now can get their grubby mitts on a free card pack every day for the first ten days, and earn double XP until March 2nd.

Fable Fortune is a free-to-play collectible card game which brings innovative new mechanics to the genre and stuffs them into the glorious world of the Fable series, bringing back fan-favorite characters and locations, plus a load of chickens that we can’t seem to get rid of.

Choose from one of six Heroes, each with unique powers and cards at their disposal, and take on the world in the ultimate battle for Albion. But will you fight for good or for evil? The classic Fable alignment system returns, allowing you to complete quests and choose your destiny, transforming your appearance, abilities, and even the cards in your deck.

Compete in leagues and events, or partner up with a friend and take on a boss or two in co-op mode. Fable Fortune also features a new single-player mode, allowing players to experience the dramatic stories behind the game’s Heroes.

“We’re really proud of what we’ve created in Fable Fortune,” said Paul Croft, co-founder of Mediatonic. “Our time in Early Access/Game Preview allowed us to grow and evolve the game into a really tight, polished experience. We think Fortune’s mix of deep strategy with choice and consequence gives a new twist on the genre, and fans of the series will love this chance to return to the beloved Fable universe.”

Fable Fortune’s free-to-play release comes after seven months in Early Access, during which dedicated fans got a hands-on preview with the game as it developed.

Major features added with the community’s help include a Deck Helper and Guildmaster-led tutorial to help new players get into the game, a Daily Bounties system, and a new emote system that allows players to communicate directly with their opponents — to congratulate, to mock, or just to fart in their general direction. All for strictly tactical purposes, of course.

Featuring timeless Heroes, despicable villains, armies of bemused (and expendable) peasants, and some good old fashioned, family-friendly necromancy, Fable fans will not be disappointed. There’s never been a better time to return to Albion.

Download Fable Fortune now at:

Xbox.com: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/store/p/fable-fortune-game-preview/9mswwjwrf4wc

Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/469830/Fable_Fortune/

For more information about Fable Fortune, visit http://www.fable-fortune.com. You can also follow Flaming Fowl and Mediatonic on Twitter at @flamingfowl and @mediatonic.

New Valnir Rok Update Adds Female Vikings and More

February 22, 2018 – Independent game developer Rok Entertainment announced today a new update is now available for the Viking-inspired online roleplaying adventure, Valnir Rok. With the “Alpha 3” update, players will be able to play as female Vikings warriors, tame and ride horses, farm the land for food and resources, and build mystic totems to ask for blessings by the Viking gods of Valnir island.

Key Features to the update include:
  • Female Viking Models: No longer will boys get to have all the bloody, pilfering fun!
  • Horse Mounts: Tame and ride horses to quest in distant areas and charge into battle to intimidate foes.
  • Farming: Till the land, plant seeds, and tend to your crops to use as food, materials to craft, and valuable medicinal herbs.
  • New Hairstyles & Facial Tattoos: Choose from new hairstyle options as well as unique facial tattoos for your character.
  • Totem System: Build beautiful totem structures, give offerings to your gods and ask for blessings to slow decay periods and other beneficial in-game effects.

Valnir Rok is an online sandbox survival roleplaying game inspired by Norse mythology. Players will awaken to find themselves on Valnir Island and must do whatever it takes to survive in a land of wild animals, mythical beasts, and violent men. As a hardened Viking warrior, butcher your enemies in bloody combat, build and improve village structures, and form a clan to expand your power and reputation. Battle against opposing clans, place bounties on hated enemies, and discover ruin artifacts to gain favor with the gods with great deeds and holy sacrifices. Might makes right in the Viking world of Valnir Rok.

Valnir Rok is available on Steam for $19.99. Join the adventure filled with heroic deeds and legendary battles – follow the game development on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook and visit the official site, www.valnir.net.

PAC-MAN Championship Edition 2 Plus Nintendo Switch Launch Trailer

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (February 22, 2018) – Leading anime video game developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announced the launch of PAC-MAN™ Championship Edition 2 PLUS, now available in the Americas exclusively for Nintendo Switch™. Players will experience the critically-acclaimed retro arcade game reimagined with brilliant neon visuals and eye-popping, high-resolution 3D graphics on Nintendo’s hybrid console. The game includes PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2, which was previously released in 2016, and will also have an exclusive two player co-op mode called PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS2P for twice the fun!

The PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS2P mode gives players an opportunity to team up and play on a single Nintendo Switch, with each player controlling their PAC-MAN character on a single Joy-Con™. When one player gets caught by a ghost, the other player can come to the rescue. Players can also work together and use special co-op maneuvers to weave through the mazes and chomp their way to exciting boss battles.

PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS would not be complete without the return of PAC-MAN’s famous ghosts; Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde who will trail ferociously behind PAC-MAN as he gorges on precious Pac Dots. The game features a variety of modes to play at home or on the go, such as Score Attack and Adventure mode! Players can compete for the top spot on the leaderboards and strive to beat their high scores. PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS elevates the classic maze chase action and gameplay with fast fleeing fruit, remixed rules, and more!

“PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS provides perfectly bite-sized fun on-the-go for Nintendo Switch,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “New features and the addition of two player co-op mode elevates the already stellar gameplay, and makes PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS one of the best ways to experience PAC-MAN on TV, in portable mode, as well as in single-player mode or with friends.”

PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS is available now in the Americas for Nintendo Switch at a MSRP of $19.99. For more information regarding PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 PLUS and additional titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., please visit: https://www.bandainamcoent.com, or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation on Twitter at: https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

Stellaris: Apocalypse – Launch Trailer

STOCKHOLM — Feb. 22, 2018 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of games that change the world (into a smoldering tomb), today released a new expansion for Stellaris, the sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio. Titled “Apocalypse,” the expansion adds a terrifying armada of features centered around warfare and destruction to Stellaris, and is available now for Windows, MacOS, and Linux PCs for a suggested retail price of $19.99. Stellaris players can experience Apocalypse now: https://www.paradoxplaza.com/stellaris-apocalypse/STST01ESK0000013.html

A new trailer for Apocalypse was recovered from the ashes of an annihilated world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AssQqRk3qQM

Stellaris is a sci-fi grand strategy game from the galactic conquerors at Paradox Development Studio, which allows players to take their personalized empire on their first steps outside of their home system and spread their race across the universe – by diplomacy or by force. Since the game’s launch in May 2016, Stellaris has now sold over 1.5 million copies across Earth.

Stellaris: Apocalypse redefines stellar warfare for all players with a host of new offensive and defensive options, alongside a few non-violent new features for those poor, unsuspecting empires not currently at war. Alongside a host of free improvements to Stellaris, the new Apocalypse DLC includes:

  • That’s No Moon, neither is That One, That One Might be a Moon, Wait, No: Keep the local systems in line with fear of the new “Colossus” planet-killer weapon – a technological terror that eliminates entire worlds from the universe
  • All Your Base Are Belong to You: New enormous “Titan” capital ships can lead your fleets to conquest, offering tremendous bonuses to the vessels under their command. Meanwhile, fortify key systems with massive orbital installations and secure your homeworld as an impenetrable bastion among the stars.
  • Pirates of the Constellation: Watch out for Marauders – space nomads who raid settled empires and carve out their lives on the fringe of civilization. Hire them as mercenaries in your own conflicts, but take care that they don’t unify and trigger a new crisis!
  • Some Non-Violent Features: New Ascension Perks and Civics are added in the expansion, along with new Unity Ambitions that provide new ways to spend Unity and customize your development

For more information about Stellaris, visit http://www.stellarisgame.com/

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus Teaser Trailer

Leicester, UK, 21st February – Hail the Omnissiah! The Adeptus Mechanicus are set to make their epic video game army debut as Kasedo Games announce a partnership with Games Workshop to bring a new experience to the Warhammer 40K universe. Get ready as turn-based tactical game, Warhammer® 40,000®: Mechanicustm, heads to PC, Mac & Linux later this year.

Mechanicus puts you in control of an array of Adeptus Mechanicus forces for the first time ever as you lead your priests and troops on a tactical quest to salvage ancient technologies from the mysterious tombs of the planet Silva Tenebris. As Magos Dominus Faustinius of Mars, your every decision will shape the missions ahead and have far reaching consequences for you and your team.

To celebrate the announcement, Kasedo Games have released a trailer which plays the recording of a deceased Tech-Priest, Magos Dominus Reditus, which shows his contempt for the weakness of human flesh, and his never ending service to The Machine God. In-game, Mechanicus will enable you to overcome these ‘human weaknesses’ to upgrade your troops with augments that will replace their human limbs with bionics and mechadendrites. These will provide mechanical and tactical advantages as you progress throughout the game.

“When Kasedo Games approached us with their exciting and original vision centering on the Adeptus Mechanicus race, the idea stood out as something we wanted to get behind.” Said Jon Gillard, Head of Licensing at Games Workshop. “Twinned with their clear knowledge of the 40K universe and passion for creating a game that fits the faction perfectly, we were more than happy to work together.”

Mechanicus also sees Kasedo Games, once again, partner up with French developer Bulwark Studios who previously worked together on strategy/RPG title, Crowntakers.

“Working with Bulwark on Mechanicus was an absolute no-brainer. They have all the skills required to make it an amazing game and their immersion into the Warhammer Universe has been second to none.” Said Andrew McKerrow, Producer and Product Manager at Kasedo Games. “This project has been in conception for a few years now and, having been a big Warhammer fan since a child, I’m thrilled that we can announce a unique title to the community”.

Mechanicus is scheduled for a late 2018 release and will be available for PC, Mac & Linux.

To join the Mechanicus community or for more information on the game:

Way of the Passive Fist – Launch Date Announcement Trailer

Toronto, CANADA – February 20, 2018 – Way of the Passive Fist, the debut title from Household Games, is slated to release on March 6, 2018 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation®Store, Xbox One on the Xbox Games Store as part of the ID@Xbox program (available March 7), and Windows PC/Mac/Linux via Steam for $14.99 USD (€11.99). Fans on Steam can wishlist the title now: http://store.steampowered.com/app/625680/Way_of_the_Passive_Fist/

In Way of the Passive Fist, a side-scrolling action arcade brawler, players take on the role of the mysterious Wanderer and master a rare defensive fighting style to outsmart and outlast their enemies. While utilizing parries, deflections, dashes, and dodges, the Wanderer’s foes exhaust themselves to the point that they can then be defeated and knocked out by a single finger “punch” or push.

During the development of Way of the Passive Fist – a love letter to the great licensed cartoon arcade brawlers of the 90s – the team applied a forward-thinking approach to accessibility, to shake up the traditional brawler game mechanics and give players a fresh take on the brawler genre. Players will be able to fully remap the control scheme to play one-handed, modify the game settings if they’re visually impaired or sensitive to sudden flashing lights, as well as customize gameplay difficulty settings to fit their play-style.

“We’re extremely excited to ‘unlock an indie studio achievement’ and to launch our first title, Way of the Passive Fist! It’s been such an awesome adventure and humbling experience for our small, yet ambitious, team,” says Jason Canam, Founder of Household Games. “We hope that players, especially fans of classic 90s arcade brawlers or fighting games, are quick to notice two distinctive characteristics in Way of the Passive Fist – this isn’t your typical action arcade brawler since button mashing won’t get you far and it’s all about timing defensive moves, as well as the unique accessibility features .”

To learn more about Way of the Passive Fist, visit: www.wayofthepassivefist.com. Fans can follow the game and studio via social media: Twitter @HHGamesInc, Instagram @householdgames and Facebook www.facebook.com/householdgames.

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Star Trek Online Announced 3D-Printed Starships for Sale in March

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 20, 2018 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced a partnership with the San Francisco-based integral reality company, Mixed Dimensions, to introduce custom 3D handcrafted starship collectibles, captured directly from the PC version of Star Trek Online. This March captains will be able to select from nearly every starship available in the game and have a customized, 3D-printed, hand-painted model delivered directly to their doorstep. Additional details, including pricing, will be announced soon.

“We are absolutely elated to expand Star Trek Online to the physical universe,” said Stephen Ricossa, Executive Producer for Star Trek Online. “Our new partnership with Mixed Dimensions will allow our community to immortalize their favorite starships. We can’t wait to see the reaction from our captains when the first wave of ships begins to roll out.”

“The Mixed Dimensions Game Print technology will introduce a powerful integral reality experience to Star Trek Online players for the first time,” said Muhannad Taslaq, CEO, Mixed Dimensions. “We are thrilled to be teaming with the amazing creative teams at Perfect World Entertainment and Cryptic Studios to deliver highly-detailed, fully customized ship models to Star Trek fans.”

For the first time ever, Star Trek Online captains will be able to bring in-game starships to life through Mixed Dimensions’ GamePrint technology, which combines their proprietary 3D printing solution with the hand craftsmanship of the Mixed Dimensions team of master artists. Star Trek Online currently offers more than 500 starships, many hailing from some of the franchise’s most beloved shows and films, including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. The game’s expansive ship editor allows players to customize nearly every ship they own with a range of options from personalized ship names, colors and shield skins to entire ship sections like saucers and engines.

After players design their own starship from within the game, they can upload their model to the GamePrint web site, where they will be offered several different purchase options. Captains can commission one of the company’s master artists to hand paint an incredibly detailed, 12” resin high-end collectible version of their starship. They can also order a single-color version or a primed model, which allows them to paint the entire starship themselves. For those who prefer to stick with the classics, GamePrint will also offer completed models replicating 20 of Star Trek Online’s exclusive and most popular starships.

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. In Star Trek Online, players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species. Star Trek Online is currently available on PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit www.playstartrekonline.com.