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Funcom’s Hide and Shriek Now Free to Play

OSLO, Norway – October 20th, 2017 – It’s that time of year again and people everywhere are deviously trying to figure out how to scare their friends, family, and neighbors in the cleverest ways possible. Maybe you want to expand this diabolical plan to include online strangers, and that’s where Hide and Shriek™ comes in! Funcom is excited to announce that the one-vs-one match-based multiplayer scare ‘em up is now free to play on Steam. Released during Halloween last year, the game quickly become a big hit among streamers and other content creators looking to spread a bit of horror among their viewers.

Today, Funcom also released a brand-new trailer for Hide and Shriek to celebrate going free to play.

Hide and Shriek was an experimental game for Funcom,” says Executive Producer Scott Junior. “It was a smaller-scale project that allowed our North Carolina studio to get to grips with the Unreal Engine, but it also became quite a hit among the players who jumped in when we released it during last year’s Halloween. Our hope is that by now going free to play there will be many more gamers to play with, making it easier to quickly find and get into one-vs-one multiplayer matches.”

Hide and Shriek is a one vs. one multiplayer game where players collect points and scare the other player using spells, traps, and jump scares. Players can summon dark demons, set up elaborate traps, and jump out of clever hiding places to scare each other senseless. The catch is that you are both invisible, and to find and scare the other player you must first observe telltale signs such as doors opening or objects moving, or even trick them into traps that will reveal their position.

Hide and Shriek is available now on Steam, free to play, and it is fully localized to German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, and Simplified Chinese languages. For more information, please visit www.hideandshriekgame.com.

In other Halloween news, Funcom has also kicked of the Samhain event in its modern-day, shared-world RPG Secret World Legends™. Beginning October 18th through the 31st, you’re invited to a grand celebration of all things spooky, wicked, and fun: Samhain 2017! Collect exclusive mounts, pets, and costumes, fight in a killer public raid, and solve new missions! For more information about Secret World Legends please visit www.secretworldlegends.com.

Razer Unveils New Seiren X Microphone and Kiyo Camera

LONG BEACH, Calif. (TwitchCon 2017) – Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today unveiled new additions to its Razer Broadcaster product line for professional-grade video streaming: the Razer Kiyo camera and the Razer Seiren X microphone.

Input from top professional and grassroots game streamers from around the world helped to refine Razer’s latest Broadcaster hardware, ensuring superior functionality, ease of use and contemporary designs.

Razer Kiyo

The Razer Kiyo is the world’s first desktop camera equipped with an adjustable ring light. This enables an all-in-one solution that provides high image quality and professional-grade lighting without additional accessories. Twelve levels of brightness help achieve ideal lighting in any environment. Steamers no longer have to rely on low-light compensation with lowered frame rates. High-definition video outputs at 720p with 60 FPS (up to 1080p with 30 FPS).

The Razer Kiyo is compatible with Open Broadcaster Software and XSplit.

Razer Seiren X

The Razer Seiren X is a professional-grade USB condenser microphone that features the world’s first inbuilt shock mount for an all-in-one professional setup in a compact, portable form factor. It is equipped with 25 mm condenser capsules for enhanced recording sensitivity. Super cardioid pickup pattern records sound at a tighter and more precise angle optimized for streaming.

A removable desk stand makes the Razer Seiren X highly portable.

“When Razer invited me in to check out some early prototypes, it was awesome to see their take on features and equipment I use every day,” says Jericho, a top streamer and influencer on Twitch and YouTube. “I felt like an honorary member of the design team giving feedback so early on” says Jericho, Leading Streamer.

“Streaming has become an integral part of the gaming community,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We took a hard look at what streamers really needed, and engineered products to support those specific use cases. The result are products that produce professional quality streams while remaining accessible to beginner users.”

Price:

Razer Kiyo: USD$99.99 / €109.99
Razer Seiren X: USD$99.99 / €109.00

Availability:

Razer Kiyo and Razer Seiren X

  • Razerzone.com – October 2017
  • Worldwide – Q4

Razer Kiyo

Product features:

  • Multi-step ring light – With adjustable lighting levels
  • 720p 60FPS HD Video (Up to 1080p 30FPS) – For high streaming quality
  • Compatible with Open Broadcaster Software and Xsplit – For easy live streaming
  • Fast & Accurate Autofocus – For seamlessly sharp footage
  • Compact & Portable – With a complete mobile streaming setup
  • Camera & Stand Hinge – Fully adjustable to suit any setup

Camera Specifications

  • Connection type: USB2.0
  • Image resolution: 4 Megapixels
  • Video Resolution: 1080p @ 30FPS / 720p @ 60FPS / 480p @ 30FPS / 360p @ 30FPS
  • Video encoding: YUY2/MJPEG or H.264
  • Still Image Resolution: 2688×1520
  • Image Quality Settings Customization: Yes
  • Diagonal Field of View (FOV): 81.6 °
  • Focus Type: Auto
  • Mounting Options: L-shape joint and Tripod (Not included)
  • Cable Length: 1.5 meters braided cable

Ring light specifications

  • Illumination: 12 white LEDs
  • Color Temperature: 5600K “daylight”
  • LED Diffuser: Milky White
  • Buttons: 12 step ring dial
  • Brightness: 10 Lux @ 1m

Microphone Specifications

  • Audio Codec: 16bit 48KHz
  • Polar patterns: Omnidirectional
  • Sensitivity: -38dB

Razer Seiren X

Product features:

  • Ultra-Precise Pickup Pattern – Reduces unwanted noise
  • Shock Resistant – Inbuilt shock mount that dampens vibrations
  • Compact Form – Keeps the attention
  • Condenser Microphone – To pick up a greater range of sound frequencies
  • Zero Latency Monitoring – For zero audio lag
  • Sized for Portability – For streamers on the go

Microphone specifications

  • Power required / consumption:  5V 100mA
  • Sample rate:  min 44.1kHz / max 48kHz
  • Bit rate:  16bit
  • Capsules:  Ø25mm condenser capsules
  • Polar patterns:  Super-Cardioid
  • Frequency response:  20Hz–20kHz
  • Sensitivity:  17.8mV/Pa (at 1kHz)
  • Max SPL:  110dB (THD < 1% at 1kHz)

Headphone amplifier

  • Impedance:  ≥ 16Ω
  • Power output (RMS):  125mW (at 32Ω)
  • THD:  < 0.5% (at 1kHz)
  • Frequency response:  20Hz – 20kHz
  • Signal-to-noise ratio:  ≥ 85dB

Price:

Razer Seiren X: USD$99.99 / €109.00

For more information about the Razer Seiren X, please visit www.razerzone.com/seiren-x.

PLEX Unveils New Xbox One Features

Streaming media company Plex announced some new features and updates for the Xbox One, including Alexa compatibility; a new, media-centric user interface; mixed photo and video libraries; better subtitle compatibility, and more.

The update is free for all Plex users on Xbox One and will be rolling out automatically over the next few days. With Plex for Xbox One, all your personal media collections (movies, TV shows, music and photos) are beautifully organized and streamed to your big screen.

Checkout the full post over at the official PLEX Website for more details!

GAEMS Announces 1080P Portable Gaming Display

Redmond, Wash.–October 19, 2017–GAEMS announced today that the new M155 Full HD 1080P performance gaming monitor is now available for pre-order exclusively from GameStop and will launch on November 1. The 15.6″ E LED monitor now features full 1080P HD with a resolution of 1920×1080 at 60Hz and 180 nit brightness. Compatible with Xbox One X, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4 Pro, PS4, PS3, and the Nintendo Switch. The lightweight and powerful M155 HD is the ultimate solution for enjoying games and entertainment wherever you go.

Weighing less than 2 pounds, the sleek and ultra-portable M155 Full HD monitor lets you experience games, videos and more in crisp, detailed Full HD 1080P resolution, and the hinged, anti-slip rubber feet support a 12 degree viewing angle. A zippered neoprene sleeve is included for additional padding and protection while on the go.

Features of the GAEMS M155 Full HD include:

  • OSD Languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese, and Italian
  • Micro USB power port
  • HDMI Port 1.4 (without CEC function)
  • Integrated speaker
  • 3.5mm headphone jack 1W
  • ¼ camera screw socket compatible with mounts, clamps and tripods
  • Control buttons for Menu, Volume, Brightness and Power

The M155 ships complete with an HDMI cable, a USB “Y Split” power cable and 5V/2A power adapter plug, a protective neoprene sleeve and remote control. For more information and to pre-order the M155, visit GameStop.com .

Stars in Shadow: Legacies Gameplay Features Trailer

Haarlem, the Netherlands, October 19, 2017 – Publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Ashdar Games announce that Legacies, the first expansion for turn-based 4X strategy game Stars in Shadow, is available for purchase today through Steam and all major digital retailers at an SRP of $4.99. To celebrate the launch of Legacies, Stars in Shadow is currently on a weeklong 40% discount on Steam. The Legacies release on GOG will take place tomorrow.

Legacies adds one new minor faction and one new playable faction, the cyborg Tinkers who excel in production. They worship Dzibix, an ancient mega-machine that covers the whole surface of their arid home world of the same name. The Arda Seed are a minor faction who utilize hyperspace lanes, causing hyperspace anomaly locations to pop up in the galaxy. Legacies is the first DLC to explore the causes behind the collapse of the Golden Age and subsequent Great War, Stars in Shadow’s biggest mystery.

These new gameplay features are highlighted in the below exclusive first-look video:

Mountain High Lowers Season Pass Pricing in Prep for 2017-2018

Wrightwood, Calif. – (Oct. 19, 2017) – Mountain High, Southern California’s closest winter resort, is busy preparing for the upcoming 2017-18 season in many ways, including offering a “build-your-own” season pass product that is on sale until October 31 at the lowest price of the year.

The base price of $299 for adults ($199 for kids) includes unlimited access to all three Mountain High resorts (WestEast and North), day and night, with no blackout dates.

For additional benefits, guests can add fast pass lift lines, preferred parking, free skiing at 18 partner resorts and Mountain High resort vouchers.

Mountain High add-ons include:

  • Powder Alliance Benefits for $99 – Mountain High season pass holders can enjoy three days each at 18 premiere winter destinations like Sierra at Tahoe (Calif.), Crested Butte (Colo.), Snowbasin (Utah) and Snow Valley (Calif.) among others. Visit www.powderalliance.com for a complete resort listing.
  • Preferred Parking Pass for $99 – Mountain High will be offering preferred parking for guests at the West Resort during any visit, even on a powder day.
  • Fast Pass Lift Line for $99 – Skip the lift lines every day at both high-speed quad lifts, quantities are limited for this premier lift access. (Limit one person per fast pass).
  • A $99 resort voucher worth $120 value – This is valid toward any non-sale ticket, rental, lesson, retail or food and drink purchase at the resort except for alcohol and season passes.

Mountain High pass holders who buy three add-ons will get the fourth add-on for free.

“This is such an incredible value that you really can’t go wrong,” said John McColly, Mountain High chief marketing officer. “We’re stoked about the fast-approaching season and can’t wait to get our chairs spinning.”

Given last year’s wet winter, Mountain High anticipates a strong 2017-18 season. With nearly three times as much water available for snowmaking compared to last year, Mountain High expects to be the first resort open in the region again, which should take place in mid-November.

Mountain High offers skiing, snowboarding and tubing among its 16 lifts, 59 trails and North Pole Tubing Park. It is the only regional resort with night skiing available seven nights-a-week during peak season. Mountain High’s winter season traditionally runs from mid-November to mid-April.

For more information about Mountain High, visit mthigh.com or follow on Twitter @mthigh, Instagram @mthighsnow and Facebook.

The Endless March Comes to For Honor

SAN FRANCISCO — October 19, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft announced that For Honor® will run a special seasonal event, Feast of the Otherworld, across all platforms from October 19 to November 2. This new event will bring a haunting variation of the 4v4 Dominion mode, where skeletons have taken over the battlefield. Players will also be able to loot exclusive Halloween-themed cosmetics during the event, including mood effects, emotes and ornaments.

The addition of unique Endless March mode introduces a new set of rules for the 4v4 Dominion mode, which challenges players to adapt their strategies to take down the opposing team. In Endless March, soldiers appear as skeletons and deal brutal damage. Conquering zones will only yield temporary points; the only sources of permanent points available to players come from killing soldiers and enemy players. As with Dominion, players must reach 1000 points and defeat all four enemy players in order to win the game.

The Feast of the Otherworld brings players new Halloween-themed rewards. Players can customize each of their Heroes with new mythic outfits that include all-new masks, which transform players into ghoulish versions of themselves. Additional For Honor weekly content released during this time will have a special Halloween flavor to celebrate the limited-time event.

Developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios,* For Honor offers an engaging campaign and thrilling multiplayer modes. Players embody warriors of the three Great Factions – the bold Knights, the brutal Vikings and the deadly Samurai – fighting to the death on intense and believable melee battlefields. The Art of Battle, the game’s innovative combat system that puts players in total control of their warriors, allows them to utilize the unique skills and combat style of each hero to vanquish all enemies who stand in their way. For Honor will continue to grow and improve with a new season launching in November, alongside plans to introduce dedicated servers further down the development schedule.

For more information about For Honor, please visit forhonorgame.com and please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/ForHonorGame and on Twitter at twitter.com/ForHonorGame.

For the latest on For Honor and all Ubisoft games, please visit ubiblog.com.

*Associate Ubisoft studios are Quebec, Toronto and Blue Byte.

George A. Romero Tribute Announced for Dying Light

October 19th, 2017 – Wroclaw, Poland / Techland is proud to unveil a special commemorative mural to the Father of Zombies, George A. Romero, in Dying Light. The tribute has received the full backing of the iconic director’s son, George Cameron Romero.

Techland has also released a short video in which a horde of the undead puts their flesh-cravings aside to salute the man who invented the zombie genre of cinema and inspired generations of future horror auteurs — including Techland’s own Dying Light team.

Players can visit the graffiti-style mural in the area around Jaffar’s Workshop and pay their respects, as the art was added to the game on Monday as part of the Content Drop #1 update.

George A. Romero’s son, George Cameron Romero, said of the tribute:

“When members of Techland reached out to me asking if I would be ok with them paying homage to my father in their game “Dying Light,” I was honored as I’m a massive fan of the game and I love the graffiti work they do! What a beautiful way to give his fans a lasting tribute on a wall that won’t get painted over. I hope everyone who is a fan of his, or mine, will have fun looking for the George A. Romero commemorative mural in the game and I hope everyone out there remembers that he was once called the most dangerous filmmaker alive, #filmsusedtobedangerous and thanks to him I will never forget that #filmisfearless.”

Considered by many to be one of the most important independent filmmakers of all time, Romero’s back catalogue of gruesome and satirical horror films includes: Night of the Living DeadDawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead.

Left-Hand Path Launch Date Announced

Somewhere in the UK – October 19, 2017 – Developed and published by Strange Company, Left-Hand Path is a Dark Souls-inspired room-scale virtual reality adventure and horror RPG where players hold the power of magic in their hands. It will launch on November 10 for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift with Touch from Facebook for $29.99 USD/€27.99 EUR/£23.79 GBP, players must learn to explore a magical landscape armed with a growing knowledge of arcane gestures to cast powerful demon-killing spells, perform ancient rituals, and learn the terrible truths behind the Well of All Rewards.

“Isaac Newton said ‘If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.’ I agree with that,” said Hugh Hancock, indie developer behind Left-Hand Path.” “In the case of Left-Hand Path, those giants turn into horrific pus-monsters when you get them to half health.”

“Dark Souls changed everything in game design, and I felt strongly that VR needed an experience that captured the ‘Souls-like’ essence. Fans will recognize the atmospheric environment, subtle storytelling, and the ever punishing gameplay of the genre in Left-Hand Path. “

Left-Hand Path is a game where players must cast spells, perform ancient rituals, learn terrible truths, and try desperately not to die in this massive VR RPG.”

Players awaken in a cursed darkened castle with a tragic history full of never-before-seen creatures that are after your skin. Armed with arcane powers and a thirst for exploration, players must wield their newly-found powers and explore to find even more powerful spells and rituals, while trying to stay alive long enough to solve the mysteries of Well of All Rewards.

Gameplay Features

  • Full Video Game: Delve deep into a fleshed-out game experience – over 15 hours of single-player, VR-exclusive content.
  • Battle for Your Life: Fight lethal monsters that will test both your physical skills – duck, dodge, outmanoeuvre – and your mastery of magic.
  • Spell Casting: Learn arcane gestures to cast powerful spells. Examples include fling acid missiles, strike your foes using the lightning staff, rain meteors from the sky, conjure an army of screaming skulls, flaming boulders from the ground, and many more.
    • Master a complex ritual magic system based on historical Hermetic magic.
  • Expand Powers: Gather the fallen Husks of your foes to gain power and unlock new abilities.
  • Exploration: Choose whether to explore nooks and crannies of the world to discover secret truths and powers. Investigate eerie landscapes, and interact with other humans, including historical figures such as Lord Byron and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and strange creatures.
  • Locomotion: Supports both teleport and sliding.
  • Minimum Specs: Runs on any PC or gaming laptop that supports VR.

Left-Hand Path is not your traditional VR experience. This is a full 15 hour video game with immersive storyline written to sink you further into the game. This is not your grandma’s VR and this is not a seated experience. You will need room to cast spells, avoid enemies and their weapons, peak into secret passages, and bring hidden items into view. This is a room-scale game only. Prepare to die and try not to soil yourself,” said Hancock.

For more information and to purchase, please visit Steam.

Witch Hunt PvP Halloween Mode Announced for Crossout

Thursday, October 19, 2017 — The Halloween season kicks off today in Crossout, the post-apocalyptic Action MMO from Targem Games and Gaijin Entertainment. From October 19 through November 9, players will be able to wage battle on the all-new night map Sector EX, compete in the new ‘Witch Hunt’ PvP mode, and earn ‘Hazardous Sweets’ that can be traded for exclusive seasonal vehicle decor.

In ‘Witch Hunt’, players have to attain festive Halloween Pumpalloons and keep them in their possession for as long as possible. All participants are equipped with an identical, unarmed vehicle and can steal the Pumpalloons by ramming the current possessor. Even without conventional weaponry, ‘Witch Hunt’ is anything but peaceful. All vehicles come equipped with six powerful Jet Boosters that provide an explosive burst of speed to ram your opponent when attempting to loosen an opponent’s grip on the precious Pumpalloons. There is no reason to hold back – in this mode, respawns with new vehicles are unlimited.

Halloween also brings with it the first night map added to Crossout – Sector EX – where survivors fight for control over an abandoned industrial complex located at the center of the map. While the defenders will be able to take positions on multiple floors of the complex, attackers can find their way inside through a maze of corridors and driveways. With darkness limiting the view, combat on Sector EX gets up close and personal – even for heavy trucks with long-range armament.

During the next three weeks, victories in all Crossout PvP modes and the completion of daily tasks will earn players an extra reward in the form of ‘Hazardous Sweets’. While not fit for human consumption, they are useful to craft ‘Fright Containers’ through which survivors can obtain exclusive decorative items for their vehicles, as well as paints, car horns and player avatars. Those survivors that place no importance on appearance can, of course, sell the ‘Hazardous Sweets’ for profit on the market.

More information about the new mode and the other Halloween specials are available on the official Crossout website here: https://crossout.net/