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DayZ Pricing and Status Updates


Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday 26th November 2014 — The DayZ development team in association with Bohemia Interactive would like to announce that having completed our initial year of Early Access development, we have reached an important project milestone. Looking forward to the opportunities of the coming year, we would like to share our plans and goals for 2015.

Recently the team has reviewed our progress throughout 2014 against where we require DayZ to be when it reaches it’s final release version. After looking through this data we have compiled a brief development roadmap for 2015. This roadmap will hopefully give you a taste of the exciting things, that we in store for DayZ over the next .

Q1 2015

    • Basic vehicles
    • Advanced loot distribution
    • New renderer
    • New Zombie AI
    • Basic stealth system (zombies and animals)
  • Diseases

Q2 2015

    • Advanced vehicles (repair and modifications)
    • Advanced animals (life cycle, group behavior)
    • Player statistics
    • New UI
    • Player stamina
  • Dynamic events

Q3 2015

    • Traps
    • Barricading
    • Character life span + soft skills
    • Animal predators + birds
    • Aerial transport
  • Console prototype

Q4 2015

  • Animal companions
  • Steam community integration
  • Construction (base building)
  • BETA version, expected price 34,99 EUR / 43,99 USD

Plus every month there will be new weapons, objects, craft able items, vehicles and implemented additional features and optimizations.

A more complete Roadmap will be released in the following weeks.

Brian Hicks, the Producer on DayZ stated; “2014 has been an immensely successful year for DayZ. We could have never hoped for so many people to join us for the adventure of Early Access development. As the team looks forward to our goals and features set for 2015, the vision of an open world sandbox where the player creates their own story and experiences comes closer to completion”.

Along with the updates, you can expect a new price point for DayZ which will be 34.99 USD. This is part of a gradual price change as we progress with the development, and reach the goals that we set for the project. We would like to avoid a sudden increase in price once we hit the final release version. The current price of 23.99 EUR/29.99 USD will still be available during the Steam Fall sale. If you want to  start surviving in DayZ, then now is the best time to get involved.

As well as the roadmap, we are thrilled to announce that the first half of 2016 will  see our final release version and release from Steam Early Access, with our final price point of 39.99 EUR / 49.99 USD.

See you in Chernarus!

For more information about DayZ, please visit and/or follow DayZ on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Take On Mars Survival Trailer


November 26, 2014 — Bohemia Interactive today deployed a major title update for their (Early Access) space exploration game, Take On Mars. Highlights of the update include the addition of multiplayer, which enables players to establish the first human colony on Mars in co-op, plus the update implements the first survival gameplay elements.

In multiplayer, people have to work together to build a self-sustaining habitat on the Red Planet. One of the key challenges there will simply be surviving the harsh conditions on Mars. With various vehicles and high tech equipment at their disposal, players will have to manage their resources, construct (pressurized) buildings, grow food, recycle waste, and conduct various scientific experiments. Multiplayer progress is recorded via a unique ‘viral’ multiplayer save system, which means that whenever someone saved the game, the save file is shared with all the players who are connected to the multiplayer session.

Furthermore, the new update also packs a variety of brand new vehicles and equipment, including a drilling rig, atmospheric processor, material refinery, different types of Astronaut suits, a thruster-powered VTOL aircraft, a fork lift, and many new building parts. Last but certainly not least, a new location has been added: the Apollo 17 landing site on our own Moon.

The complete list of highlights from the Take On Mars ‘Survival/Multiplayer’ update:

  • Multiplayer
  • ‘Viral’ Multiplayer save system (sends save to all connected)
  • Pressurized buildings
  • Drilling Rig, Atmospheric Processor, Materials Refinery
  • 3 Astronaut suits (light, medium heavy)
  • Inventory system (can take off suit, equip tools, eat food, and more)
  • New vehicles (4-seat VTOL thruster-powered aircraft, Fork lift)
  • The Moon location (Apollo 17 landing site)
  • Many new building parts
  • Survival elements (oxygen, food, water, vitamins, and more)
  • Player sounds (grunts, breathing, death, and more)

To enlist as a Rover Operation and/or astronaut, people can pick up the Early Access version of Take On Mars now on Steam and For more information, please and/or follow Take On Mars on Facebook and Twitter.

Great Horror Campout 2015 Dates Announced

(Los Angeles, CA – November 25, 2014) Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, today announced the return of The Great Horror Campout.  The production will begin touring in June 2015.

Kicking off its run in Los Angeles on June 5th and 6th, the production is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror camping adventure, unlike any other in the horror themed events genre.  The tickets will go on sale on November 28, 2014.   Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the tickets are the perfect gift for your friends and family who enjoy distinctive and one of a kind experiences.

“We can’t wait to unveil the next chapter of Campout which is why we’re turning Black Friday into our Bloody Friday Sales Event which will give campers the most discounted ticket offer of the year,” says Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions. “We are developing a night that is packed with layered interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget.  This chapter will again continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space.  Campers will leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night.”

“This year’s Campout will be the best yet,” added Carbone.  “Our goal is to get campers to go further and further down the rabbit hole.  The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging the experience will get.  The content and characters will be unmatched.  At it’s core, Campout is just fun where there is something for everyone.  Campers can choose their level of scare.”

The Great Horror Campout offers campers to a choice to sleep in two- or four-person tents.  Campers can choose their level of engagement when they choose their activities and tent zone.  The experience can be an extreme horror adventure or a more mild horror adventure based on preference.  Additionally, Hellmasters from previous years will receive VIP status and many perks at all future Campouts and TTO productions.

Tickets can be found at  Tickets will cost $95 per person in a 4-person tent, $129 per person in a two person tent.  This pricing is only available during the Bloody Friday sales event.

More cities and dates will be announced in the upcoming months. Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including:

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Total War: ATTILA Release Date and Special Edition Info


SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – November 24, 2014 – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today revealed the release date, pre-order bonus and Special Edition for Total War™: ATTILA.

Release Date:

The global release date for Total War™: ATTILA will be February 17, 2015 across all territories on both physical and digital formats.

The game is now available for pre-order from the SEGA Store

Pre-order Bonus:

Players who pre-order from participating retailers will receive Total War™: ATTILA’s first downloadable content for free alongside the game on release day. This first DLC, The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack, adds three additional playable factions to the game: The Danes, The Jutes and The Geats.

These warlike Norse factions have their own unique battlefield and naval units, missions, cultural and factional traits, and are poised to launch southwards from their icy homelands on campaigns of raiding, looting and conquest.

The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack will also be available to purchase separately from February 17, priced at £5.99/€7.49/$7.99.

Special Edition:

The Total War: ATTILA Special Edition, which will be the only physical retail edition available in North America, contains items not available in the digital version. These are:

  • Attila The Hun Biography

Written by Nic Fields and published by renowned military history specialists Osprey Publishing, this brand-new Attila The Hun Biography is based on the latest academic research and theories. Beautifully illustrated with maps, archaeological photographs and specially commissioned artwork, it details the life, times and dark deeds of one of history’s most infamous warlords. This biography is only currently available as part of the Total War: ATTILA Special Edition.

  • Reference Guide Poster

o   This double-sided poster features original Total War: ATTILA campaign map artwork on one side, and a comprehensive playable faction reference guide on the other.

  • Viking Forefathers Culture Pack

o   Whether pre-ordered or purchased at launch, the Total War: ATTILA Special Edition includes this significant pack of content featuring three additional playable Norse factions.

The award-winning Total War™ series of PC strategy games returns on February 17, 2015 with Total War™: ATTILA. Set in 395 AD against a backdrop of famine, disease, climate change and war, Total War™: ATTILA presents a vision of the apocalypse at the dawn of The Dark Ages. Find out more about Total War™: ATTILA at

Skylanders Trap Team Holiday Celebration

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Nov. 24, 2014 – It’s officially the holiday season in the world of Skylands! To celebrate, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is spreading cheer by debuting a special holiday Skylanders® Trap Team character, Winterfest Lob-Star, on December 7 to Portal Masters in North America. Also, Skylanders® players in North America can get their hands on the fourth Eon’s Elite character, Whirlwind, another fan-favorite character that made her debut in Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. Winterfest Lob-Star and Eon’s Elite Whirlwind are examples of a variety of Skylanders-themed holiday offerings perfect for Skylanders fans looking for thebest stocking stuffers this gift giving season.

On Thanksgiving Day, Skylanders fans can look to the skies as Eruptor makes his first flight in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!  Eruptor will join the prestigious ranks of balloons soaring above the streets of New York City for the landmark cultural holiday event. Portal Masters can check out behind-the-scenes footage of Eruptor prepping for the parade on the Skylanders YouTube channel, SkylandersGame.

Lastly, Skylanders merchandise from Activision’s network of licensing partners offers something for everyone this holiday season, including:

  • FunPlay HideAway Play Sets – This holiday, the popular FunPlay HideAway  play sets from PowerA, which enable fans to store and play with their favorite toys,  now includes Dr. Krankcase’s Lair. A range of FunPlay HideAway sets are available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $9.99-$99.99.
  • Construction Sets – Fans can look forward to Skylanders-themed construction sets from MEGA Brands, which let players build and battle in their favorite levels from the Skylanders franchise. The all-new Cut Throat Carnival construction set will be available for a suggested retail price of $19.99 at Toys”R”Us, WalMart and Amazon.
  • Micro Comic Fun PacksSkylanders Micro Comic Fun Packs from IDW Publishing feature three distinctive Legendary storylines and three exclusively-designed Legendary Traps that can be used to capture the most notorious villains in Skylanders Trap Team. The Legendary SkylandersMicro Comic Fun Packs and Trap are available exclusively at Toys”R”Us for a suggested retail price of $9.99. Additional Micro Comic Fun Packs are available at Gamestop and Amazon for a suggested retail price of $4.99.
  • A-Z Box Set –  The Skylanders A-Z  box set from Penguin includes two never-before-published books: the full-color, 192-page A to Z of Skylands, and Pick Your Portal: The Trouble with Doubles. A sheet of stickers and a build-your-own Skylander paper model are also included. The Skylanders
    A-Z box set is available at retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $16.99.

Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games, and every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium™ Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo’s Wii™ system and Nintendo’s Wii Usystem; a variety of iPads®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony; all for the suggested retail price of $74.99. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system for the suggested retail price of $64.99.

Shroud of the Avatar Now on Steam Early Access


AUSTIN, Texas, November 24, 2014 — The virtual fantasy world of Shroud of the Avatar™ (SotA) is about to get a major population boost. Today Shroud of the Avatar, from legendary game designer Richard Garriott, goes live on Steam Early Access. Steam is the hugely popular digital distribution platform from Valve Corporation with 100-million active accounts. The Early Access program gives players the chance to try out games as they evolve. Shroud of the Avatar is a crowd funded game that has surpassed more than $5 million in funding.

For most of 2014, the game has evolved with content updates one weekend every month. The latest update, Release 12, will be available to Steam Early Access subscribers today. With this update the game is now available 24/7 (except for planned downtimes). There are currently two ways to access SotA…through Steam Early Accessor via Shroud of the Avatar’s regular game client, or both.

“We are excited to be pushing the doors wide-open to Shroud of the Avatar,” said Creative Director Richard Garriott. “When we applied for Early Access for the game, we received our green light in less than three days. In fact Steam players gave the OK with an 86 percent approval rating. What they’ll find is a fantasy RPG that harkens back to my earlier games in the genre, but with modern day technology that combines a single player narrative with an Ultima-like sandbox MMO.”

Release 12 provides several new features to fans and backers of Shroud of the Avatar, including:

  • An in-game hint system and New User Experience
  • More than 15 new skills
  • More than 50 new weapon and armor crafting recipes
  • 40 new songs (all crowd sourced by players)
  • Skill Trainers – When a player levels up they’ll now have to go to trainers to unlock skills
  • New Maps – Ravenswood Forest, Tower of the Shuttered Eye
  • The Overworld Map now has polished visuals and random encounters
  • Guilds
  • Open PVP flags
  • The death system now includes being transformed into a ghost when you die
  • Alien FX support for Alienware keyboards and cases

And that’s not all. Over the past two months several other features have been released in Shroud of the Avatar, including:

  • New Scenes – Solace Bridge, Kobold Battle Camp, Swamps, Obsidian Keep, Vertas Pass, The Challenge Dungeon
  • Character advancement
  • More than 40 new spells and skills in Death Magic, Armor, and Ranged Weapons
  • Control points
  • Spectator mode in PVP arenas
  • Multiple character creation options including detailed customization of facial features (eyes, cheeks, jaw, chin, nose, ears, etc.)
  • PVP duels
  • Pet commands

Also this month, fans and backers of the game will celebrate SotA’s $5 million crowd funding milestone and the Steam Early Access launch with a special CyberMonday event on December 1 (that also marks the end of the current 15% purchase bonus program). The development team will hold several live stream events (Google+ Hangouts) to discuss Shroud and they’ll be awarding many prizes to registered entrants, including items from SotA’s hardware partners. Prizes will include:

  • An Alienware desktop
  • Alienware mouse & headset
  • Plantronics headsets and earbuds
  • Add on store credits
  • Access to Release 13 in December

Shroud of the Avatar is a multiplayer fantasy RPG for the PC that is the spiritual successor to Richard Garriott’s previous works in the genre. It is expected to launch in 2015. It is a crowd funded and crowd sourced game built in Unity that has raised more than $5.1 million from backers to date. For more information on the game and to become a backer of the project, go to: