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The Surge Fire and Ice Weapon Pack Launch Screens

October 11, 2017 – Dystopian action-RPG The Surge is releasing today its first post-release DLC for free, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC players. Deck13’s hardcore sci-fi adventure has you fighting for survival in a facility ruined by a mysterious event called the Surge. Utilize your powerful exo-suit as you sever limbs, parts, and weaponry from your enemies using The Surge’s unique targeting mechanics and tight combat system. This free DLC brings 10 new weapons to the game – 5 of fire and 5 of ice – and you will have to fight for them.

Representing fire are the new MG-branded weapons. These high-tech military weapons are deadlier versions of CREO’s riot control products, capable of high physical damage with low elemental damage. Repeatedly attacking humanoid enemies with these red-hot blades will create a powerful fire-based explosion.

Also available in this DLC, the ice weapons cometh! These are CREO’s space travel testing tools, concepts and prototypes constructed in their very own R&D labs. These weapons were created to test materials in the cold darkness of space, and can harness extremely low temperatures. They are not designed for combat, however, so they have low physical damage but high elemental damage. Wielding these weapons provide a passive bonus to health.

Once the DLC is installed, consult the security memo and the CREO newsletter added to your inventory’s Organizer, and use their clues to locate these 10 deadly weapons and tear them from the limbs of your foes!

This is just the beginning – the Surge’s upcoming Premium DLC ‘A Walk in the Park’ releases later this year. Players will be able to get new weapons, fight new enemies, and explore an abandoned amusement park. This will also include a new free content update that improves the end-game experience for high-level players.

The Surge’s Fire and Ice Weapon Pack is now available (for free) on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox One and PC. You can also grab a copy of The Surge at 50% off during Steam’s Midweek Madness this week!

MSI Releases Small Form Factor Vortex G25 Gaming Desktop

City of Industry, Calif. – October 10, 2017 – MSI, a world leader in gaming hardware, today announces the availability of the Vortex G25 gaming desktop. First announced at Computex Taipei 2017, the Vortex G25 features an 8thgeneration i7 processor and up to a GTX 1070 graphics card in a 2.5-liter chassis.

The Vortex G25 adopts the latest Intel 8th Generation Core processor based on the new Z370 platform. The Core i7-8700 processor features six cores for 12-thread computing and can be overclocked from 3.2GHz to 4.3GHz (Multi-Core). The Vortex also includes MSI’s Cooler Boost Titan technology which consists of dual blade fans with eight heatpipes to ensure proper cooling of the CPU and GPU, ultimately resulting in a 30% performance gain over the last generation of processors.

The Vortex G25 was designed for portable and convenient VR experiences. The front panel has a power jack to power VR headsets, an HDMI port and two USB 3.0 ports. MSI’s Nahimic VR software optimizes performance and virtual surround sound to make virtual reality even more immersive.

Traditionally, desktop computers are imposing and bulky, but the Vortex manages to put desktop power into a compact and aesthetically appealing body. The Vortex is also easily upgradeable. It’s equipped with pull-ring slotted screws, providing an easy way to remove the top cover for upgrades. The dual NVMe M.2 SSD by PCIe Gen3 / SATA-SSD Combo slots, 2.5” hard drive and dual DDR4-2400 slots are all upgradeable.

The MSI Vortex G25 is available at NeweggGentech PCMobile AdvanceExcaliberXotic and will be available at Amazon soon. The Vortex G25 8RE is available for $1,999 and the Vortex G25 8RD for $1,499.

Sudden Strike 4: The Road to Dunkirk Announced

Ridgewood, NJ, October 10, 2017 — Following on from the successful launch of Sudden Strike 4 on Windows, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4, Kalypso Media is excited to reveal the first official DLC expansion for its WW2 strategy heavyweight. Sudden Strike 4: The Road to Dunkirk will launch for Windows PC, Linux, Mac and PlayStation®4 via digital distribution platforms on October 20. The DLC offers four new single player missions based around one of the most intense and dramatic conflicts in the entire war, as the Allied forces made a desperate bid to rescue British, French and Belgian troops trapped in the eponymous French town, surrounded by the German army with seemingly no hope for escape.

In the German side of the campaign, players must break through the French defenses in the Battle of Lille to capture the town of Dunkirk and ultimately hunt down and destroy a British battleship. In the Allied campaign, players will launch a counter-offensive during the Battle of Ypres-Comines and attempt to evacuate as many soldiers as possible during Operation Dynamo itself. To aid in the battle, players will have two new commanders to choose from: French war hero Charles de Gaulle and British Expeditionary Force division commander Harold Alexander, further adding to your strategic options for each mission.

Last but not least, Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk will also see the introduction of 10 all-new units for players to deploy, including the German SIG 33 Bison artillery, the French Char B1 heavy tank, the British A10 Cruiser Mk. II medium tank and destroyer HMS Ivanhoe.

Sudden Strike 4: Road to Dunkirk will be available as DLC for the Windows PC, Mac, Linux and PlayStation®4 versions of Sudden Strike 4 on October 20, 2017 2017 via digital distribution platforms for $9.99USD/£7.99GBP/€9.99EUR.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Launch Trailer

Burbank, Calif. – October 10, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that Middle-earth: Shadow of War™, the epic follow-up to the award-winning Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, is available now for Xbox One, Windows 10 PC (Windows Store), Steam, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®4 Pro. Xbox One X enhancements will be available timed to the launch of the console on November 7. Developed by Monolith Productions, Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands upon the studio’s innovative Nemesis System, which allows players to create and experience a personalized world that is unique to every gameplay session.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, winner of more than 50 industry awards, with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, known as the Bright Lord, who must forge a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgûl, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. This open world action role-playing game (RPG) is fueled by the Nemesis System, which now introduces Orc Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge, as well as the addition of massive Nemesis Fortresses, which require different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with more choices and opportunities than ever before.

“With Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Monolith Productions has advanced its innovative artificial intelligence technology, that is their Nemesis System from Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, to create a gameplay experience unlike any other,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Players of Middle-earth: Shadow of War will encounter a totally personalized world that remembers their every move, which, along with a compelling story, should greatly please fans and new players.”

“We worked incredibly hard to massively expand Middle-earth: Shadow of War in every dimension, including the open world, the story, the RPG systems, the core gameplay and of course the personal player stories created through the expanded Nemesis System,” said Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions. “As lifelong fans of all things Middle-earth, we are so grateful to have the privilege to bring to life the most incredible fantasy world ever, reimagined in a fresh way for fans and newcomers. We can’t wait to see the amazing stories players are going to create and share once they experience all that Middle-earth: Shadow of War has to offer.”

Players can experience the vast open world in a host of ways to create unique personal stories. With new and improved melee, stealth and ranged combat, expanded skills and the new Ring of Power, gamers can harness the power of the Bright Lord to dominate Mordor from within. Players will encounter new and familiar allies in their quest, including Eltariel, the elite Nazgûl hunter; Baranor, the Captain of Minas Ithil; Carnán, the mysterious spirit of nature and iconic characters such as Shelob and Gollum. Alongside these allies they will face an incredible diversity of deadly foes, including Orcs, Olog-hai, monstrous beasts, the ancient Balrog Tar Goroth, fire breathing drakes, the Nazgûl and ultimately the Dark Lord, Sauron himself.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War features a rich ecosystem of missions, exploration and a robust Orc society with diverse Orc cultures. Orcs enemies now belong to tribes, which extend their influence stemming from the Overlords ruling the mighty fortresses spread throughout the distinctive environments. Through Orc Followers and Nemesis Fortresses, players now have entirely new ways to experience the world, due to the choices and opportunities provided by the expanded Nemesis System. Whether spared, scarred, recruited or shamed, every Orc encounter will be remembered and help fuel the dynamics of society and conflict within Mordor, all brought to life by the innovative Nemesis System.

The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Standard Edition includes the main game and is available for $59.99. Also available now is the Middle-earth: Shadow of War Silver, Gold and Mithril Edition. The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Silver Edition is available for $79.99 and provides access to the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Silver War Chest and main game. The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition is available for $99.99 and provides access to the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion, The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion, The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion, Gold War Chest, exclusive SteelBook® (physical editions only) and main game. The Middle-earth: Shadow of War Mithril Edition provides access to the Slaughter Tribe Nemesis Expansion, Outlaw Tribe Nemesis Expansion, The Blade of Galadriel Story Expansion, The Desolation of Mordor Story Expansion, limited edition 15 inch Tar-Goroth Balrog vs. Carnán Drake statue, collection of original lithographs, premium case with magnetic Ring, exclusive SteelBook®, official game music soundtrack, cloth map of Mordor, Gold War Chest, Mithril War Chest and main game, all for $299.99. The Mithril Edition is extremely limited worldwide. Interested parties should check with their local retailers regarding availability.

Players can also experience the Middle-earth: Shadow of War mobile game, available now as a free download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and on Google Play for Android devices. Co-created by IUGO Mobile Entertainment, Monolith Productions and WB Games San Francisco, Middle-earth: Shadow of War mobile is an epic free-to-play strategy RPG that continues Talion’s journey through Mordor and unites Middle-earth’s greatest Champions together with the fiercest of Orcs in a quest to defeat the Dark Lord, Sauron.

For the latest information or to join the Middle-earth: Shadow of War conversation, visit us on Twitter (@ShadowofWarGame), Facebook (@ShadowofWarGame), Instagram (@ShadowofWarGame), YouTube (ShadowofWarGame), Twitch (MonolithLive), official forums (ShadowOfWar) or the official website (www.ShadowofWar.com).

Crusader Kings II – Jade Dragon Feature Breakdown Trailer

STOCKHOLM – 10 October 2017 – His most grand and royal eminence, the Emperor of China, has sent an ambassador with intelligence on what to expect once you make his acquaintance in Crusader Kings II: Jade Dragon. In a new feature video from Paradox Development Studio, Henrik Fahraeus, the Game Director for Crusader Kings II goes through some of the changes and new systems coming in Jade Dragon, the newest update to Paradox’s best-selling medieval strategy game.

Jade Dragon expands on Crusader Kings II by introducing the power of a meddling foreign emperor, whose great energies cannot be contained in China alone. Can you channel this imperial ambition to bolster your own kingdom? Maybe you will become strong enough to claim the Middle Kingdom for your own dynasty.

Paradox has also announced that Jade Dragon will be sold for a suggested retail price of $14.99. The expansion will be available later this fall.

Queen Mary’s New Ghosts and Legends Tour Begins Oct 20

LONG BEACH, Calif., (Oct. ​9, 2017) –The Queen Mary, dubbed one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by Time Magazine, is pleased to unveil the newly-intensified and re-inspired Ghost and Legends, opening to the public on Friday, October 20. Offered year-round, thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts are invited to board the haunted RMS Queen Mary to test their fears in the world’s largest interactive and fully immersive haunted attraction. Experience the spirit legends of the Queen Mary first-hand with all-new special effects, cutting-edge technology and, of course, the chance to encounter paranormal activity for a one-of-a-kind, spine-chilling, fun time.

“The new Ghosts and Legends offers guests an entirely different level of the traditional haunted experience. We crafted terrifying original stories and characters based the ship’s well-known paranormal tales and hot-spots onboard the Queen Mary to create a truly thrilling, immersive, and unique encounter,” said Brian Luallen, Director of Entertainment Events, The Queen Mary.

The reimagined Ghost and Legends elevates scares with innovative interactive technology and special effects including a tesla coil firing 3.4 million volt bolts of lightning at a frightfully intimate distance, massive water effects, fog projections with state of the art CGI specters, and a hand-held ghost tracking tablet given to select attendees for the tour. To further enhance the frights, tour groups will also be given a flashlight to guide their way through the dimly lit attraction. Thrill-seekers beware – the flashlights will be controlled by the twisted minds of the Ghost and Legends producers!

Ghost and Legends haunted experience aboard the Queen Mary will open on Friday, October 20​ at 11 a.m. The year-round attraction will be open daily and runs every 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m., accommodating up to 30 guests per experience. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and are available at http://www.queenmary.com/tickets/. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, please visit queenmary.com

Ghost Recon Wildlands is Free This Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO — October 9, 2017 — Today, Ubisoft® announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands will offer a free weekend on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC from October 12–15. In addition to having full access to the base game’s content, new players will get the chance to experience Ghost War, the new free PvP update for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, which will be available as a free update on all available platforms starting tomorrowOctober 10.

New players will be able to pre-load the game starting today, October 9 on Uplay PC. In conjunction with this free weekend, there will be 50% discount on all editions of the game. Players who purchase the full game will see all their progress carry over from the free weekend. Please visit www.ghostrecon.com/freeweekend to register, pre-load the game on PC and get all detailed information about the free weekend.

Ghost War is a 4-versus-4 team deathmatch experience that builds on the tactical squad play from the main game, where strategy is equally as important as skill. Using one of the 12 distinct classes, each with their own varied characteristics, weapons, perks and customization options, players will engage with enemies across eight unique maps. Ghost War also integrates new PvP mechanics, including suppressing fire and sound markers, to create a strategic and intense team-based multiplayer mode.

Additionally, the development team is planning to expand the PvP experience by adding new classes, new maps and new modes over the next few months, while continuously working on balancing and quality of life updates. All new maps and modes will be free for all players. All new classes will be unlocked with Prestige Credits gained through progression and available free with a one-week early access for all Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Season Pass owners.

Developed by Ubisoft Paris*, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a military shooter entirely playable in up to 4-player co-op or single-player from beginning to the end. Players have total freedom of choice to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions. Players can choose to move quietly in the night, go in hot at dawn, or work together to execute a sync shot that takes out enemies in one fell swoop. Each choice has a consequence, and players must improvise or adapt their plans to ensure the completion and success of each mission.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and the latest beta news, please visit www.ghostrecon.com, follow us on www.twitter.com/ghostrecon or www.facebook.com/ghostrecon, and join the conversation by using #GhostRecon.

For the latest on Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands and all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit www.ubiblog.com.

*In collaboration with Ubisoft Annecy, Bucharest, Montpellier, Milan, Belgrade and Reflections studios.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer Premieres Tonight

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (October 8, 2017)—Lucasfilm announced today that the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi will debut on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Monday, October 9, during halftime of the National Football League (NFL) game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears in Chicago. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT.

Following the trailer launch, tickets to the highly anticipated cinematic event will be on sale everywhere movie tickets are sold.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in U.S. theaters on December 15.

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Celebrates Event’s Largest Opening

Long Beach, Calif. –The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor opened on Thursday, September 28 unveiling a spectacle of new, terrifying attractions with more monsters and scares than ever before. Thousands of brave thrill seekers joined the cast of spirits and phantoms for a completely sold out opening weekend. The blood curdling terror of Dark Harbor will continue with themed entertainment and thrilling special events on select nights through November 1.

Dark Harbor offers hair-raising-fun entertainment and special ghoulish events throughout the frightful season. Nightly shows on the fire stage welcome the Queen Mary spirits showing off their terrifying talents with fire breathing, circus performances, monster dance parties, live music, and more. The Ariel stage holds nightly spine-tingling performances by the world-renown contortionist, a silk aerialist, magicians, nightly DJs and more.

Dark Harbor Sliders will skid fear down Monster Midway, showing-off their death defying tricks and popular Slider Olympics, with two shows per night. On October 14 and November 1, Dark Harbor will once again push the artistic boundaries of ‘sliding’ by bringing the top sliders from across Southern California together at the authentic haunt with Sliders Unite.

On Halloween nightOctober 31, Dark Harbor will celebrate the haunted holiday with its annual costume contest. Then November 1 will welcome the Dia De Los Muertos celebration. Thrill seekers are invited to don their best costume, dance with monsters, and sip specialty spirits for a frightful fete like no other.

Dark Harbor 2017 unveiled multiple new attractions including the gruesome new maze, FEAST, that tells the tale of the newest resident spirit, Chef, and his long-forgotten legend. FEAST is the 4th maze onboard the actual Queen Mary ship, venturing into previously unrevealed areas. Also new this year, the Chef’s Meat Locker unveiled the frozen depths of the one-of-a-kind ice bar experience taking guests into a 9-degree environment for a curated selection of flavored tasting flights.

Iconic Dark Harbor mazes Deadrise, B340, Lullaby, Soulmate, Intrepid and Circus returned, each with new enhancements and horrors, haunted by the spirits of The Captain, Half Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Graceful Gail, Iron Master, The Ringmaster and more than 400 terrifying monsters.

For the first time, Dark Harbor offers three parking options for convenient and cost effective festival arrival and departure. General parking is located at the Long Beach Court House for $15 a vehicle and in the Aquarium of the Pacific Parking Structure for $3/hour or $16 per vehicle. General parking guests can hop on the FREE shuttle bus for complimentary rides to Dark Harbor from 4 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., or board the FREE Dark Harbor Express boat at Dock 4, operated by Aqua Link open 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Premium parking is limited and available onsite at the Queen Mary for $20 per vehicle.

Dark Harbor will be open on select night through November 1 from 7 p.m.-12 a.m. on Thursday and Sunday nights, and 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday evenings. Happy Haunting Hour is available 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the all-new Voodoo Brew in Voodoo Village before the gates open to Dark Harbor. Tickets to Happy Haunting Hour are very limited, start at $20 and include general admission to Dark Harbor with arrival prior to 8 p.m. General admission tickets start at just $24 online. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit www.queenmary.com/events/dark-harbor.

Everspace Encounters DLC Announced with Teaser Trailer

Hamburg, October 5, 2017 – Hamburg-based indie developer ROCKFISH Games announce the DLC EVERSPACE™ – Encounters for PC and Xbox. The major expansion will add over 10 hours of extra gameplay to the core game, and be released on Steam and GOG.com end of October, this year. As the project has to be migrated to UE4.17 to support Xbox One X, it will hit the Xbox One family in early February, 2018, together with a free update of the core game, supporting 4K and improved graphics at 1080p on Xbox One X.

The expansion will feature a new player ship, the Colonial Sentinel, a medium fighter class ship, which will impress with some serious electronic warfare capabilities and a special shield, featuring twice as much capacity as the standard model. Space pilots will also be able to use a plethora of new weapons, devices and consumables to fool, distract, and defeat enemies in new ways.

All-new factory space stations add further gameplay mechanics to the game experience, by offering special on-the-fly services, like refining and converting resources, upgrading ship capabilities or minor repair jobs. Furthermore, daring space pilots will even be able to pay the Okkar Homeworld a visit. Along their journey, they will also encounter new types of enemies and new story characters, who will offer individual questlines.

Thanks to the roguelike core game loop in EVERSPACE, all pilots will bump into them sooner or later, without having to finish the main story, first. Those who already beat the game entirely, will find a fresh motivation to get back into the game and find out about what these characters are up to and unveil further secrets in the galaxy.