Author - Jerry Paxton

ASTRO Gaming Unveils C40 TR Game Controller

SAN FRANCISCO, California and LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Nov. 15, 2018 – ASTRO Gaming, a leader in premium video gaming equipment, has continually innovated and forever redefined what pro gamers can expect from their audio equipment. Today, ASTRO further extended that expertise and announced its commitment to the professional controller category with the launch of the ASTRO C40 TR Controller.

As the newest addition to the best-selling Tournament Ready (TR) series, the modular and highly customizable ASTRO C40 TR will deliver a competitive edge while adapting to any gaming environment, ranging from professional tournaments to head-to-head competitions with friends. The new ASTRO C40 TR Controller is an Officially Licensed product for PlayStation® 4, also featuring additional compatibility with Windows™ PCs.  It is available for pre-order now online direct from ASTRO’s website for $199.99 USD ($269.99 CAD), shipping in early 2019, and available at key retailers including Gamestop, Amazon and Best Buy and Best Buy Canada in the same timeframe. It is available in the United States and Canada, with more countries to follow.

“Our products have dramatically changed the esports landscape – improving team and player performance along the way,” said Aron Drayer, Vice President of Marketing, ASTRO Gaming. “Our new ASTRO C40 TR Controller is the next natural evolution of our continued commitment to esports, pro gaming and gamers in general.  After more than two years of development while incorporating feedback from pro gamers, we’re excited to finally get the C40 TR into the hands of customers. The C40 TR will be a literal game changer.”

The ASTRO C40 TR Controller delivers best-in-class features and premium components in an ergonomically comfortable controller that can withstand rigorous use by professional gamers in high-stress environments. The controller has been designed from the ground up with pro gamers and professional tournaments in mind — aspiring pros, hardcore gamers or any gamer who demands more from their gaming equipment will find much to like in ASTRO’s new controller. The new C40 TR offers replaceable analog sticks and d-pad modules, swappable analog stick and d-pad positions, variable length stick tops, programmable rear buttons, custom software complete with stick and trigger sensitivity control, on-board button remapping, custom profiles and more.

Key features include:

  • REPLACEABLE, SWAPPABLE STICK MODULES:  Quickly and easily swap the Analog Stick or D-Pad Modules for consistently sharp performance. Setup the controller in either Offset or Parallel configurations. Replaceable Stick Caps provide added customization for a competitive advantage.
  • INTEGRATED, REMAPPABLE REAR BUTTONS:  Optimum rear button layout for superior ergonomics improves precision during critical moments. Mappability streamlines the controller for any genre and playstyle while improving response time and accuracy. Remap buttons and save your mappings directly on the controller with no PC software required.
  • ASTRO CUSTOMIZATION SOFTWARE:  ASTRO customization software exponentially increases the C40 TR’s versatility and accuracy. Create profiles that can be switched directly from the controller. Adjust trigger and stick sensitivity, remap buttons, tweak EQ, audio output, mic out and sidetone.
  • WIRED/WIRELESS MODES:  With the on-board Mode Switch, quickly change between wired and ASTRO’s proprietary 2.4 GHZ wireless mode to adapt to any gaming environment. Both offer low-latency for pro level performance.
  • WIRELESS AUDIO:  The C40 TR Controller delivers high fidelity game sound and voice chat in Wired and Wireless mode via the 3.5mm jack. The C40 offers game sound and voice chat in Wireless mode. Compatible with any gaming headset with a 3.5mm jack.
  • TRIGGER STOPS:  Quickly and easily activate the trigger stops, which adjusts the trigger pull distance, to allow hair trigger performance in most FPS titles.
  • 12 HOUR BATTERY LIFE:  Outlast your game with up to 12 hours of battery life.
  • INCLUDED TRAVEL CASE:  Travel safe and secure with the travel case for the C40 TR. Protect your controller, module, stick caps and tool all in one hard-shelled case.
  • TOURNAMENT READY:  Ready for any environment, the TR line of ASTRO Gaming products deliver premium design and performance for every type of gamer. All Tournament Ready products are designed and developed to meet the demanding specifications of pro gamers.

Pricing and Availability
ASTRO Gaming’s new ASTRO C40 TR Controller is available for pre-order now online direct from ASTRO’s website for $199.99 USD ($269.99 CAD), shipping in early 2019, with key retailers Gamestop, Amazon and Best Buy and Best Buy Canada also offering the product in early 2019.  It is available for PlayStation® 4 and Windows™ PC in the United States and Canada, with more countries to follow. For more information about ASTRO Gaming or the C40 TR, please visit

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges – Dark Side Expansion Available Now

November 14, 2018 – The wait is over. Star Wars: Jedi Challenges – Dark Side Expansion is available now as a free content update to the augmented reality (AR) experience, along with a limited-edition Kylo Ren Lightsaber Controller that is available for purchase today. What’s more—we’ve added a new local multiplayer game to the content update: Ship Battles.

Since its global launch last winter, Jedi Challenges has enthralled fans with the first-of-its-kind Star Wars AR gameplay, becoming one of the most popular and sought-after Star Wars tech devices of the season. Energized by fans’ excitement and requests, Lenovo™ worked with Disney on new gameplay experiences. In the Dark Side Expansion, the third free content expansion from Jedi Challenges, players can wield Kylo Ren’s iconic Lightsaber against formidable light side opponents such as Rey and Yoda in AR Lightsaber duels.

New Ship Battles Game Experience

And with the newest Ship Battles mode, we’re giving players the experience to command capital ships in space battles against opponents in real-time, local multiplayer matches. Ship Battles lets players take command of an Imperial Star Destroyer or Rebel Mon Calamari Cruiser, managing offensive and defensive maneuvers in space combat. Each ship contains four sections which players must manage and continually recalibrate, including turbolaser fire, defensive shields, deployment of ‘Power Up’ ships, and bomber runs.

Tips and Tricks for the Win

Here are a few tips and tricks to help new players get started on the Dark Side Expansion and Ship Battles:

Dark Side Expansion

  • Defeating the strongest opponents in the galaxy will require the use of abilities such as Pull. Wait for Yoda to hurl rocks at you before activating this power – cancelling out his ability and pulling him closer for attack.
  • Select the Second Wind passive ability so that when your opponent lands the final blow you’ll be able to fully heal yourself and grab a second chance to strike down your adversary.

Ship Battles

  • Prioritize Shielding and Communications sections to stay in the fight longer, or concentrate your attack strength on the Hangar Bay or turbolaser to blitz your opponent.
  • In order to prevent turbolaser damage to your ship, when your opponent starts their bombing run, use the Support Call to begin your own bombing run.
  • Learn to split your attack power throughout the game. At the start of your match, place two targets on the turbolasers and two on the Shielding section of the enemy’s ship. During the mid-late phase, focus three targets on the section with the least damage, and the fourth on the most damaged.

To use the Kylo Ren Lightsaber Controller or play the Dark Side Expansion update, the full Star Wars: Jedi Challenges starter kit is required (sold separately), which includes the Lenovo Mirage™ AR headset, Lightsaber controller, and Tracking Beacon. A compatible smartphone and the latest Jedi Challenges app, free to download on the App Store® and Google Play™, are also required.

About Star Wars: Jedi Challenges

Star Wars: Jedi Challenges brings iconic Star Wars experiences to life through the power of AR. Offering more than 30 hours of multi-level immersive content, Jedi Challenges features multiple gameplay experiences:

Lightsaber Battles: Perfect your Lightsaber skills by taking on some of the most menacing villains the dark side has to offer like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader, or battle new heroes like Rey and Yoda in the new Dark Side Expansion.

Strategic Combat: Command forces against enemies in large-scale legendary ground wars.

Holochess: Outwit your opponents in the ultimate game of concentration and strategy in the beloved Star Wars game that first appeared in Star Wars: A New Hope™.

Pricing and Availability

The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges – Dark Side Expansion update is available now through the Star Wars: Jedi Challenges app as a free download on the App Store and Google Play.

The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges – Kylo Ren Lightsaber is available now in select markets. In the U.S. availability is $99.99 on,,,, and others. Local pricing and availability will vary by country. The controller is fully compatible with all content in the Jedi Challenges app.

The Star Wars: Jedi Challenges starter kit is available on and select local retailers. Local pricing and availability will vary by country.

EVE Online: Onslaught – Feature Trailer

13 November 2018, Reykjavik, Iceland – Today, CCP Games released ‘Onslaught’, the newest expansion to EVE Online, the deep and uniquely player-driven spaceship MMO game. A free update, EVE Online: Onslaught invites players of all experience levels to explore the dangerous and isolated Abyssal Deadspace together in cooperative play. This high-risk, high-reward gameplay offers new weapons and technologies to obtain, including blueprints for two powerful and exotic ships. The expansion also adds new Upwell navigation structures, allowing players to jump between two points in space and forge their own faster-than-light travel networks. In addition, EVE Online: Onslaught introduces the highly-anticipated Activity Tracker, transforming the way all players are able to navigate their personal journey within EVE’s persistent, living universe.

CCP has marked the new expansion’s launch with this feature tour video.

“EVE is best played with friends, so with EVE Online: Onslaught our goal has been to provide thrilling co-op gameplay for our community to experience in the Abyss,” said Bergur Finnbogason, EVE Online’s Creative Director. “It’s not only a race against time and increasingly difficult enemies, but now capsuleers will also have to focus on keeping each other alive, assisting however they can. We’re especially eager to see our players diving into Abyssal Deadspace’s new PvP arena where two ships enter, one ship leaves!”

“EVE Online has always been about putting control in the hands of our players,” said CCP’s CEO Hilmar V. Pétursson. “With capsuleers now able to build their own highway networks between the stars coupled with our use of Abyssal space as an incubator for some of our wilder ideas, after 15 years and over 40 expansions we still find creating new ways for our players to shape EVE’s sophisticated virtual world as they see fit very inspiring.”

The new version of Abyssal Deadspace now allows for co-operative PvE gameplay, with players able to bring two other pilots into the fray. Players can choose from any combination of three frigates to fight new hostile NPCs, scavenge materials and earn valuable rewards together. Difficulty tiers have been adjusted to accommodate the increase in players within the Abyss, but pilots will still need to avoid venturing away from stable pockets of space for too long or risk being destroyed. Pilots who make it to the end of their journeys may now come across an optional gate they can enter to fight in arena-style 1v1 PvP combat against others who have achieved the same feat. Players will have to risk everything to survive these encounters – only the victors will return intact, having plundered their opponent’s haul.

For both cooperative and solo experiences, two new Triglavian ships can also be built from blueprints found in the Abyss and are the first of their kind for their respective classes – the Kikimora, a Triglavian Destroyer with enormous bonuses to range for its weapon systems and the Drekavac, a Triglavian Battlecruiser designed for deadly close-range brawling tactics. Two further ships will be available next month – the Rodiva Support Cruiser and the Zarmazd, a Triglaivan Logistics Cruiser that will remotely buff the armor of other vessels.

EVE Online: Onslaught also features the fully-comprehensive Activity Tracker, available to all players, enabling them to fine tune who they want to be in New Eden and view the various diversification and specialization options open to them. New Upwell Navigation Structures are also available, replacing Jump Bridges, allowing ships to travel between two points in space that are less than five light-years apart, creating a multitude of strategic uses for player organisations seeking territorial control.

For more information about EVE Online: Onslaught, including the new Abyssal Deadspace 2.0, the Activity Tracker, Upwell Navigation Structures and other enhancements, visit EVE Online can be downloaded for free by visiting

LEFT ALIVE The Survivors Trailer

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 14, 2018) – Showcasing the interwoven narrative of the game’s main characters, SQUARE ENIX®’s new trailer provides a deeper look at their dark and gritty stories of survival in LEFT ALIVE.

Famed illustrator Yoji Shinkawa of the METAL GEAR series from KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS designed each playable character, from the young Ruthenian staff sergeant Mikhail, to confident Nova Slava police force captain Olga, and ex-member of the rebel movement Leonid, who was framed for murder and sentenced to death.

The game features a variety of action-packed playstyles in the war-torn city of Novo Slava, filled with pulse-pounding battles, stealth maneuvers and much more.

LEFT ALIVE is releasing on March 5, 2019 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®. The limited Mech Edition bundle is available for pre-order exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store for $159.99. Digital pre-orders are also now available through the PlayStation®Store and STEAM Store for $59.99. More information is available at:

New Alita: Battle Angel Trailer

November 13, 2018 – An angel falls, a warrior rises. Watch the all new trailer for #Alita: Battle Angel now, and see the movie in theaters on February 14.

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL! From visionary filmmakers James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez, the film stars Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley and Keean Johnson.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL will open in theaters everywhere on February 14, 2019 in 3D & IMAX!

Shadow of the Tomb Raider The Forge DLC Out Now

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 13, 2018) – Square Enix®, Eidos-Montréal™, and Crystal Dynamics® are pleased to announce “The Forge,” the first of seven new DLC adventures for Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, is available now. Out as a free download to all Season Pass holders, and sold separately, “The Forge” is available for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC/Steam®.

In “The Forge,” Lara must brave the lava-flooded Forge of the fallen gods to uncover the secrets of Kuwaq Yaku. Throughout her journey, Lara will uncover details about a friend’s ancient legacy, and overcome a danger long thought to be lost in flame. “The Forge” delivers a brand-new challenge tomb, playable in both solo and co-op. Players who complete the challenge tomb will be rewarded with the Grenadier skill, Brocken outfit, and Umbrage 3-80 weapon.

A completely new adventure, “The Forge” is the first of seven monthly DLC adventures available through the Season Pass, providing players with an abundance of new content, challenge tombs, co-op experiences, weapons and outfits, gameplay modes, and new narrative side missions.

If you own Shadow of the Tomb Raider and you purchase the DLC content, you can invite a friend who also owns Shadow of the Tomb Raider to join your play session for co-op tomb raiding. Players can look forward to the second DLC release, “The Pillar,” arriving this December.

Additionally, two tombs from the main game, “Court of Death” and “Gate of Xibalba,” will be playable in Score Attack and Time Attack. “Court of Death” will be playable in those modes on Nov. 13, and “Gate of Xibalba” will be playable on Nov. 27.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is available now worldwide on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and Windows PC/Steam. The Season Pass is available for $29.99 or “The Forge” can be purchased as a standalone for $4.99.

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Warhammer Vermintide 2 – Back to Ubersreik Teaser Trailer

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – November 12, 2018. Independent developer Fatshark are looking in the rear-view mirror and bringing back Horn of Magnus, as well as two more levels from the multimillion selling first instalment of Warhammer: The End Times – Vermintide.

Objects in mirror are closer than they appear

Warhammer Vermintide 2 – Back to Ubersreik DLC will arrive in December 2018, and will take nostalgic players back to the year 2015. However, history has been rewritten – the experience will be amplified! Bigger, better, and crazier!

Remastered and Amplified

Horn of Magnus and other favorite stages from the original Vermintide game has been overhauled and have never been more beautiful. Unfortunately, players will not have time to admire the levels, as Chaos join the Skaven to make sure they are not on the losing side this time around.

Horn of Magnus

The Back to Ubersreik DLC levels are based on playtime in the first game. Horn of Magnus was the most popular stage, and also the level that was revealed first from the original game.

“Horn of Magnus has a very special place in our hearts here at Fatshark” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark. “It’s a homecoming for anyone that has played the first Vermintide, and a new experience for players who first became Heroes in Vermintide 2 ”.

December Release

Warhammer: Vermintide 2 – Back in Ubersreik DLC will be available on PC and Xbox One in December. To keep the Skaven unwary when the Heroes returns to Ubersreik, a date will be communicated closer to release.

Vermintide 2 is a visually stunning and groundbreaking melee action game pushing the boundaries of the first person co-op genre. Set during the apocalyptic End Times of the Warhammer world – the game introduces the dark, bloody and twisted forces of Chaos as an enemy faction. Other new features include 15 hero careers, new environments, talent trees and the proprietary Heroic Deeds System.

Not a Hero yet? Pick up Warhammer: Vermintide 2 now.

Just Cause 4: Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer

November 12, 2018 – JUST CAUSE 4 gears up for launch next month with the release of a brand new, Eye of The Storm Cinematic Trailer, which first aired as part of the special X018 episode of Inside Xbox live from Mexico City.

JUST CAUSE 4 introduces a new adrenaline-fuelled chapter for rogue agent Rico Rodriguez. After Rico lands in Solís to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, he comes face-to-face with the expert Black Hand militia, led by the ruthless Gabriela.

This high-octane CGI trailer is produced and directed by Visual Works in collaboration with Director’s Duo. The title track, ‘I’m Just (Remix)’ by Artizan, is one of four tracks created for JUST CAUSE 4 which are out now for digital download. The full Just Cause album releases on December 4 to tie in with release of the game. Watch out for the extremely limited edition coloured vinyl too!
Download ‘I’m Just (Remix)’ and the other Just Cause 4 Artizan tracks now:

Set in the fictional South American world of Solis, JUST CAUSE 4 takes the series’ incredible destruction and unique physics to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other extreme weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in JUST CAUSE 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grapple hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customizable making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

JUST CAUSE 4 is a landmark entry in the series, and will release on December 4, 2018 on Xbox One, PC and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer Released

November 12, 2018 – Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s story with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today. Check out the new teaser trailer here:

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”

Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”

How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”

The Game Awards Announces 40 Global Video Network Streaming

LOS ANGELES (November 9, 2018) – The Game Awards, the video game industry’s biggest celebration, is leveling up to reach even more gamers in 2018. This year’s gala broadcast, set for Thursday, December 6 from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, will livestream to gamers around the world across a record-setting 40 global video networks, including expanded distribution in China.

Hailed by The New York Times as “The Oscars of the gaming world,” The Game Awards reached over 18 million viewers in 2017. Designed exclusively for digital streaming platforms, The Game Awards brings together game developers, Esports champions, digital influencers and Hollywood names for a night of awards, exclusive new game announcements and musical performances. The Game Awards is available to watch for free across every major mobile, desktop and console devices used to play video games.

“Video games are a common passion around the world, and in 2018, The Game Awards is expanding its distribution to celebrate the power of games in more places than ever before,” said Geoff Keighley, creator/executive producer of The Game Awards. “We’re also giving gamers even more choice in how they select winners across the web, social media, Alexa Voice, Google Assistant, and for the first time ever, via a Discord server.”

Platforms that will air The Game Awards live on December 6 will include YouTube (in 4K UHD resolution), Twitter, Facebook, Mixer, Steam TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox Live, IGN, GameSpot, Polygon, MLG,, with more to be announced.

Internationally, The Game Awards will air live with translation on the following platforms:

  • CHINA: Tencent QQ, EgameQQ, DouYu, Panda TV, BilliBili, Huya, NimoTV, Huomao, Longzhu, Wegame, iQIYI, G-Cores, Quanmin,
  • SOUTH-EAST ASIA: Bigo Live, Tamago
  • TAIWAIN: KingKong
  • KOREA: AfreecaTV, KakaoTV, Naver
  • GERMANY: RocketBeans
  • JAPAN: NicoNico, OpenRec
  • BRAZIL: CubeTV, StreamCraft, UOL Jogos
  • RUSSIA: GoodGame, VKontakte

Content creators on select platforms will also be able to co-stream the show and share it with their audience in real-time.


Fans can help choose the winners in all categories via online voting across several digital and social platforms, including on Certain award categories can also be voted on directly via Facebook Messenger and Twitter Direct Message. Fans can talk to Amazon Alexa to vote for specific categories, and also use their voice to vote via The Game Awards action, which works with the Google Assistant.

In an industry-first, gamers will be able to help select the winners in all categories of The Game Awards by voting for their favorites in the official The Game Awards Discord server ( The server, which is open for fans to join now, will be the place to get show info before, during and after the awards. Voting will officially open in-server on November 13 and run to December 5.


Nominees for The Game Awards will be announced on Tuesday, November 13 at Noon ET / 9am PT with a video announcement at News on world premieres, presenters, honorees, and musical performances will be announced in the coming weeks leading into the live show on Thursday, December 6.

The Game Awards is executive produced by Geoff Keighley and Kimmie H. Kim. LeRoy Bennett is creative director, and Rich Preuss is director.

Tickets to attend The Game Awards are now on sale for purchase via, including special VIP packages.

For more information and to stay up to date on the latest announcements, please visit