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4 Player Coop Announced for Dragon Age: Inquisition

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August 27, 2014 – EDMONTON, Alberta – BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), today announced the cooperative dungeon crawling multiplayer mode in Dragon Age™: Inquisition. Created alongside the massive single player campaign, this marks the first time gamers can play with their friends in the Dragon Age franchise. The multiplayer mode in Dragon Age: Inquisition will feature action-packed four player cooperative quests separate from the single player open world story.

“For Dragon Age: Inquisition, a special team of veteran developers from the Dragon Age and Mass Effect franchises created fun, fast-paced multiplayer gameplay that requires strategic teamwork on top of Inquisition’s party-based combat and extensive loot and crafting system,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager, BioWare. “It was early in the game’s development that we realized how much fun fans of our series were having, with so many players teaming up in Mass Effect 3’s multiplayer mode. We can’t wait to giveDragon Age fans an even bigger and deeper experience.”

In Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer mode, four players will team up across a range of multiplayer quests and objectives, exploring intricate dungeons and vanquishing all who oppose them. While dungeon-crawling, players will collect loot, salvage items, craft new weapons and armor, and unlock new characters. At launch, players will be able to unlock up to twelve characters across the three Inquisition classes of Warrior, Rogue and Mage, each playing a different and strategic role in multiplayer combat. Multiplayer in Dragon Age: Inquisition is a standalone experience from the open world story players will embark in the main game, and will not have an impact on single player progression or story.

Fans of Dragon Age: Inquisition have the chance to experience multiplayer August 29 – September 1 at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington. Hands-on will be available in the XBox Booth located at the North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 412, 422, 432.

Players can pre-order* Dragon Age: Inquisition to get special bonus content. Visit the Dragon Age website for more information on editions, including the Deluxe Edition available for pre-order and the upcoming Inquisitor’s Edition.

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Midnight City Brings Costume Quest 2 and More to PAX 2014

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August 26, 2014 — Midnight City is celebrating our first anniversary at PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle, WA by hosting the Costume Quest 2 ‘Trick or Treat’ Collector’s Challenge with Double Fine Productions and friends. Players must collect a complete set of four buttons you can ONLY find at our booths. Massive Chalice will be playable at Double Fine (#117) and Costume Quest 2, Slender: The Arrival and VIDEOBALL will be at Midnight City (#6808). Play each of the four games, collect their pins then visit Oni Press & Fangamer (#3808) to check out their upcoming comic Costume Quest: Invasion of the Candy Snatchers to finish off the set. Show us all five buttons at Midnight City to snag one of our 2014 Skull shirts OR a Costume Quest 2 Trick or Treatin’ Bag.

We will be jumping on livestreams all weekend with partners like Twitch.tv, ScrewAttack and more – so keep an eye on our social media for dates and times to catch us live on your media device of choice. If you’re going to be in Seattle at PAX – we want to see YOU at Booth 6808! Stop by one of our panels and listen to us ramble on about games, or come meet us at the booth and get the inside track on how these titles are made from the developers that build them.

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SEGA Unveils PAX 2014 Lineup

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SAN FRANCISCO (August 26, 2014) – SEGA® of America, Inc. is heading to 2014 PAX Prime in Seattle with its fall lineup in tow and ready to unleash on all in attendance. Gamers will be given the chance for hands-on demos of Alien: Isolation™, Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric, Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA™ F 2nd, creating a unique experience for fans as they get a detailed look at the hottest games of the year.

Coming off the heels of its national debut at San Diego Comic-Con, Alien: Isolation will be showcased in amazing, spine-tingling fashion at Booth #232 with game demos in a custom-designed, giant-sized Alien egg pod. The pod creates a self-contained, fear-inducing, immersive gaming experience for the newest title of the Alien™ franchise. As gamers tremble in fear, the Alien: Isolation booth will have a live on-site stream feeding on-lookers and fans the POV gaming perspective, prepping gamers for the intense experience before they enter one of several gaming stations.

To help extend the demo experience onsite, SEGA will host a “Survive the Demo Competition,” giving gamers the chance to win exclusive limited edition Alien jackets (while supplies last). Alien: Isolation is available worldwide on October 7, 2014 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

When it comes to SEGA’s iconic Blue Blur, Sonic the Hedgehog will be racing into PAX at top speeds in Sonic Boom, a brand-new extension of the Sonic Universe.  Touching down at Booth #652, fans will get an exclusive first-look at the brand new multiplayer capabilities of Sonic’s newest adventures Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric. The new games Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system, developed by Los Angeles-based Big Red Button, and Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system, from San Francisco-based Sanzaru Games, will introduce two unique and epic adventures as Sonic and team work together to stop the evil villain- Lyric! Play as multiple characters, each with their own abilities, as you explore, fight and speed through an undiscovered land. Each game features its own individual story and gameplay features. As an added extra for Hedgehog fanatics at PAX, SEGA will also preview the upcoming toys from TOMY® and the newest trailer for Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal. Be sure to tune into Sonic’s first-ever CG-animated television series debuting on Cartoon Network this fall.

Sonic Boom™: Shattered Crystal for the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system will be available onNovember 11th, and Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system will be available on November 18th. All those who pre-order one of the upcoming Sonic Boom video games from Gamestop will get an exclusive Sonic Boom figure by TOMY, featuring Sonic the Hedgehog with the Ancients’ Crystal! Anyone who pre-orders Sonic Boom™: Rise of Lyric for the Wii U system from Amazon will get an exclusive luminous Sonic Boom character costume pack that can be used in the game. Attendees can also pre-order the games at the booth.

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd, the sequel to the ultimate rhythm game featuring the world’s most popular virtual singer, produced by Crypton Future Media, INC, will also be available for show goers and fans at Booth #652. Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F 2nd features 20 classic songs from the previously Japan-only PSP games making their first debut in the West and 20 brand new songs to the Project DVIA series. SEGA will be showcasing the recently announced English lyrics for the eagerly awaited title, launching on November 18, 2014 on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and via digital download on PlayStation®Network.

Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved at PAX 2014

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BURBANK, Calif. — (August 26, 2014) – Disney Interactive and Harmonix are delivering music and magic to PAX Prime 2014 in Seattle with the award-winning “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved.”  Disney Interactive and Harmonix will be on hand for the ultimate fan experience, giving attendees opportunities to collect exclusive swag, play new songs at the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Soundscape, and receive a behind-the-scenes look at the music production for the game at the ‘Music Evolved – From 8 Bit Soundtrack to Gameplay’ panel.

  • “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” Soundscape
  • When: Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Monday, September 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Portland & Discovery Rooms at the Grand Hyatt (721 Pine Street)

Stop by the Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Soundscape and play through new worlds and music featured in the game to earn limited edition “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” giveaways including collectible buttons (8 styles – collect them all!) and a T-shirt featuring award-winning original artwork, while supplies last.  Fans can also enter for a chance to win a custom Xbox One.  Daily drawings will be held one hour before doors close.

Get a sneak peek at the giveaways and download the image here: http://bit.ly/FantasiaPAX

  • “Music Evolved – From 8 Bit Soundtrack to Gameplay” Panel
  • When: Saturday, August 30 at 12:00PM – 1:00PM PT
  • Location: Hedgehog Theatre at the Washington State Convention Center

Join Award-winning Composer, Inon Zur, Recording Producer and Engineer Eddie Kramer, Host/Producer of “Classical MPR” Emily Reese and instrumental members of the Disney Interactive music team to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to produce music for the first-ever immersive music discovery platform.  Full soundtrack will be announced and never-before-seen footage of recording sessions revealed.

Featuring over 30 tracks – including contemporary hits, classic rock, classical music, and more – “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” transports players to a breathtaking world where music and magic combine to transform extraordinary interactive landscapes in entirely new and creative ways.

“Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved” will be available worldwide on October 21, 2014 for $59.99 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Kinect for Xbox 360 with an ESRB rating of E10+ with lyrics descriptor. For additional information about “Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved,” join the Facebook community athttps://www.facebook.com/fantasiagame, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @FantasiaGame and view all videos on our YouTube channel at http://youtube.com/FantasiaGame.

Breach & Clear: DEADline Trailer and Screenshots

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August 26, 2014 — Today Gambitious and Devolver Digital released a behind-the-scenes look at Breach & Clear: DEADline, the all-new PC action game based on the iOS tactical strategy hit from Gun Media and Mighty Rabbit Studios. The video shows all new pre-alpha gameplay footage fresh off their award-winning appearance at Gamescom 2014. Coming to Steam Early Access this Fall, Breach & Clear: DEADline is published by Gambitious in conjunction with Devolver Digital.

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EA Sports NHL 15 Demo Out Now on Next-Gen Consoles

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August 26, 2014 – Get your first taste of a new generation of hockey videogames. Electronic Arts Inc. announced today that the official game demo for EA SPORTS™ NHL®15 is now available for download worldwide on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 consoles. With the demo, you can lace up as either team from the 2014 Stanley Cup® Final, the Los Angeles Kings® or New York Rangers®, and skate under the bright lights of Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center. If you are new to the NHL franchise or just want to work on mastering the Superstar Skill Stick, jump into the demo’s Practice Mode for a free skate against a goalie.

In NHL 15, you will see the most realistic looking and skating hockey players ever in a videogame, along with most detailed and authentic representation of the game of hockey itself. 12 Player NHL Collision Physics and Real Puck Physics capture the hard hitting chaos and unpredictability of the sport, while the Superstar Skill Stick and Vision AI put the flow and finesse of the game in your hands.

Witness the sights and sounds of authentic arenas across the National Hockey League, as 9,000 individual crowd models – the most ever in a sports videogame – hang on every play called by an all-new three man commentary team. Play the game from three new camera angles, Dynamic High, Dynamic Medium and Dynamic low, to experience the on-ice action like never before. In addition, a new partnership with NBC Sports, brings a world class broadcast package to the game.

Watch it all come together in the new NHL 15 Gameplay Series: Living Worlds trailer:

Pre-order NHL 15 now to receive a minimum $15 value of Hockey Ultimate Team content. In addition, you can also kickstart your hockey experience with the NHL 15 Ultimate Edition that comes with over $40 added value of exclusive content for Hockey Ultimate Team. Learn more on the NHL 15 website.

BenQ Releases New Colorific Home Theater Projectors

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP® projector brand in The Americas(1), today introduced its next-generation Colorific™ home entertainment projectors: the HT1075 and HT1085ST. Building on the incredible success of the company’s top-selling W1070 and the short-throw W1080ST, the new home theater devices have been designed to take content to an entirely new level — combining the magic of over 1 billion colors, 3D-readiness, and the realism of full HD 1080p picture quality. What’s more, the new projectors add streaming and mirroring capabilities for devices equipped with Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) to allow the transfer of small-screen content from any portable device. When such an astounding feature set meets such a small price tag, enthusiasts can now easily bring home a full-on cinematic experience.

“BenQ has taken two enormously successful projectors and made them even better,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Sustaining our value promise to our customers, the all-new HT1075 and HT1085ST provide enhanced benefits such as Colorific image quality, SmartEco technology, and flexible setup options that allow users to install and easily integrate the projectors with their MHL devices. Available at an amazingly low price, the duo delivers more vibrant colors and richer contrast levels for the ultimate in big screen entertainment.”

Featuring BenQ’s Colorific image quality, the HT1075 and HT1085ST provide more vivid and accurate color reproduction, higher brightness levels, crisper contrast, and longer-lasting picture quality. Both units offer full HD 1080p and 3D support, while the short-throw HT1085ST allows users to fill screens measuring up to 100 inches by simply setting up the device at only 6 feet away — making it an ideal choice for urban environments or media room settings where installation space is limited. Adding to the projectors’ razor-sharp imaging are 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, which turn colors from TV shows, movies, or sporting events into more natural-looking, film-like content. The projectors are also ISFccc-certified by the Imaging Science Foundation® (ISF®), enabling viewers to enjoy a professionally calibrated picture with two optimized modes — ISF Day and ISF Night.

To create a household media hub, users can easily connect Blu-ray players and gaming consoles to the projectors via HDMI® as well as view cloud content using any MHL-ready streaming device, including Roku®, Chromecast®, and Apple® TV. As a result, viewers can bring their favorite content from popular services such as Netflix® or Hulu™ onto the screen using their streaming player of choice or even directly from their smart device. Rounding off the unparalleled convenience are the units’ new 10W chamber speakers, which offer rich audio to create a complete solution whenever a dedicated sound system is not practical, or in outdoor situations such as movie nights under the stars.

Further reducing installation and setup time is a new vertical lens shift option for the HT1075, allowing users to perfectly align the projected image to the center of the screen, thus eliminating any tedious tinkering. To ensure even more placement flexibility, both models offer horizontal and vertical keystone correction, which delivers picture-perfect projection at the push of a button. Saving money by lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), the projectors are equipped with BenQ’s SmartEco™ lamp-saving technology to prolong lamp life up to an amazing 6,000 hours while lasting three times as long as projectors sold just a few years ago. Additional cost-saving features include a filter-free design built around a sealed DLP chip that eliminates the need to clean or change messy filters; a unique lamp door design that enables lamp replacement down the road without needing to take down the projector; and a special sleep mode that reduces power consumption to under half a watt when connected but not in use.

To further simplify installations, a new optional wireless connectivity kit will be sold separately and is planned for release in Q4 2014. The fully wireless system will allow users to send content to the projectors from up to 100 feet away, giving homeowners the freedom to move the projectors throughout the house or even take them outdoors without the need to run cable.

Available in September 2014, BenQ’s all-new HT1075 and HT1085ST projectors retail at $1,199 and $1,299 respectively. 

More information on BenQ’s full line of products is available at www.BenQ.us.

Creative Labs Unveils the Sound Blaster E5

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Milpitas, CA– August 26, 2014 – Creative Technology Ltd today launched the Sound Blaster E5 – Flagship of the “Sound Blaster E-Series”, and a new audio solution for USB DAC and headphone amplifier.  Boasting audiophile-grade specifications and components, the Sound Blaster E5 is designed to deliver bit-perfect audio, allowing mobile users to experience audio as the artists intended.

The new flagship product is an extension of Sound Blaster’s E-Series line of compact portable USB audio solutions.  Launched in May 2014, the Sound Blaster E-Series includes the Sound Blaster E1 and Sound Blaster E3.

The Sound Blaster E5 will be retailing at an amazing price of USD199.99.

“We have always believed that everyone and anyone should have access to great audio quality and be able to share it, while supporting audio source from various devices – including iOS and Android devices, PC, and Mac.  While the video experience of many users today have greatly advanced from HD to 4K resolution, the audio experience on the other hand is still sub-optimum – if 4K TV is four times clearer than Full HD, CD-quality audio, which many listen to today, is at least six times poorer than what 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution audio can offer.  This is why we have introduced a top-notch audio solution featuring only the best audio components to provide the “4K TV” experience of audio,” says Long Chye Low, General Manager for Sound Blaster Audio at Creative.  “Listen to your favorite tracks with a good pair of headphones through the Sound Blaster E5 and you will be able to pick out finer details and greater depth of music – as if you were listening to the artist or orchestra performing live.” he added.

Audiophile-Grade Components and Specifications

Designed to deliver pristine audio quality, the Sound Blaster E5 is packed with premium-grade components and supported with top-notch specifications:

  • Cirrus Logic (CS4398) 120dB DAC supports high resolution audio playback of up to 24-bit/192kHz when connected to PC/Mac, including 24-bit/88.2kHz and 24-bit/176.4kHz
  • Cirrus Logic (CS5361) 114dB ADC delivers high quality, low noise analog line-in audio playback and audio recording of up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Texas Instruments (TPA6120A2) 600W headphone amplifier is capable of driving audiophile-grade headphones, with full and detailed clarity
  • USB 2.0 Host connectivity allows streaming of high quality, lossless digital audio from Android and iOS (up to 24-bit) devices while on the go
  • Asynchronous Mode USB Audio greatly reduces jitter and allows accurate high-resolution audio data transfer from the computer
  • Features a convenient switch that allows users to select a high gain output required for high-impedance headphones
  • Gold-plated audio connectors create precise contact for low signal loss

Connectivity Options

The Sound Blaster E5 boasts a full range of connectivity options for smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs.

  • Digital High-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity to PC/Mac as a powerful external Sound Blaster
  • Digital USB Host connectivity to select iOS/Android models for direct high quality, lossless audio streaming*
  • Built-in rechargeable 3200mAh lithium polymer battery provides users up to 8 hours^ of playtime while on the go
  • Features wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy connectivity and Near Field Communication (NFC) technology for one-touch Bluetooth pairing and control
  • Supports HD audio codecs such as aptX® Low Latency and AAC for a wireless connection as good as a wired connection
  • Connects to entertainment devices such as televisions and game consoles via the optical input jack
  • Features a line-in option for analog connectivity to other various audio sources
  • Dual headphone jacks allow for simultaneous audio listening

*Compatible with:

– iOS devices using Lightning connector (iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, iPad Air, iPad Mini)

– Android devices (Samsung Galaxy S4, S5, Note 2, Note 3; Google Nexus 5, Nexus 7; Sony Xperia Z Ultra; Xiaomi Redmi, Redmi Note, Mi 3; LG G2)

^ Actual battery life will vary with usage scenarios, settings and environmental conditions.

Other Great Features

  • For additional real-time audio enhancement for music, movies and games, the built-in multi-core SB-Axx1 multi-core audio DSP allows users to activate Sound Blaster’s intelligent processing capabilities via the SBX Pro Studio™ suite of technologies – all at a touch of a button.  It can also be switched off when listening to lossless audio
  • Built-in beamforming CrystalVoice™ microphones for audio recording and calls
  • Supports dual orientation mic recording – automatically detects and reacts to landscape or portrait orientation of the device, allowing for better audio recording
  • Total audio control over Sound Blaster E5 on any platform – PC, Mac, iOS or Android. The Sound Blaster E-Series Control Panel for PC/Mac users, while the Sound Blaster Central mobile application for iOS and Android devices gives users full access to customize their audio settings, like a remote control right in the palm of their hand.
  • ASIO support allows for reduced latency for a higher resolution audio experience
  • Comes with a detachable holder to prop the Sound Blaster E5 up for Skype calls or mounted onto a mic stand for recording

Pricing and Availability

The Creative Sound Blaster E5, priced at USD199.99, will be available from October 2014 at the online store at creative.com.

For in-store availability, please refer to local authorised dealers.

For more information about the Creative Sound Blaster E5, please visit www.creative.com/E5/.

Tesoro Demonstrating Mechanical Keyboards at PAX

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August 26, 2014, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., a manufacturer of high-tech gaming products, today announces attendees of PAX Prime 2014, August 29 – September 1, will be able to play the latest PC games with Tesoro’s gaming peripherals as well as check out their latest mechanical keyboards at Booth 7405, 6th floor.

Check out the Latest PC Gaming Gear with Tesoro

Tesoro will be showcasing their latest PC gaming peripherals at PAX Prime including the Excalibur backlit mechanical keyboard, full RGB edition of the Tizona Mechanical keyboard, and the Kυνέη.pro True 5.1 gaming headset.

    • Excalibur: Named after the legendary sword of King Arthur, the Excalibur offers customizable backlighting and the power of N-Key Rollover(NKRO).
    • Tizona Full RGB Edition: Allowing gamers to choose the setup they want, either a comfortable space-saving tenkeyless or a classic full sized board with the numberpad on either the left or right side, the lastest version of the Tizona also features a full customizable LED color pallete.
  • Kυνέη.pro: With a total of 8 drivers (4 in each ear cup) and fully customizable control of every channel, the Kυνέη.pro immerses the player into the battlefield by providing realistic, directional audio

Game with Tesoro

Several gaming stations will be set up at the Tesoro booth for visitors to play the latest PC games. Tesoro invites all to feel the difference in the gaming experience when you game with Tesoro.

Full Tesoro on Display

The full Tesoro lineup will be on display at PAX Prime including gaming mechanical keyboards, headsets, mice, and mousepads.

Tesoro invites all PAX Prime 2014 attendees to come by booth 7405, 6th floor to see and game their latest gaming product offerings.

About Tesoro Technology USA Inc.

Established in 2011, Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multinational gaming enthusiasts with over 30 years industry experience with one objective – make ultra-durable products that give the best gaming experience. To achieve this, Tesoro conceptualizes products from the input and feedback from the gaming community, and then builds them using the highest grade components. As a gamers company, Tesoro continues to expand into new horizons and push the limit further with each product unveiling. To learn more visit Tesoro’s website: http://www.tesorotec.com.