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New Etherium Screenshots Released

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Focus Home Interactive has released some new screenshots from their upcoming RTS, Etherium.

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Ryse: Son of Rome Coming to PC

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Frankfurt am Main (Germany), August 7, 2014 – Ryse: Son of Rome is coming to PC this Fall. While Crytek will publish the game on digital channels, they will collaborate with the co-publishing partner Deep Silver for the boxed version distribution to retail stores. In addition, all of the Ryse: Son of Rome DLC packages that have been created and released since launch will be included in the PC version.

“We are bringing the Ryse experience to PC, with 4K resolution support,” says Carl Jones, Director of Business Development at Crytek. “4K gaming is another leap in graphics quality for PC gamers and Ryse is the perfect showcase for what’s now possible in high-end PC games.  We’ve given our team the opportunity to show what CRYENGINE can really achieve, without compromising quality, thanks to the incredible hardware available now to PC gamers.  Ryse will be a benchmark PC graphics showcase this year and probably for a long time in future.  Our community asked for a Ryse PC version, and we have the means and technology to deliver this title with the highest quality possible.”

The PC version of Ryse will come with bonus material originally released as downloadable content, including: The Colosseum Pack containing two character skins and two Arena maps; the Mars’ Chosen Pack containing one new character skin, four Arena maps, and the new Survival mode; the Duel of Fates Pack containing two character skins, two Arena maps, and one additional Survival map; and the Morituri Pack, with three new Arena maps, two Survival maps, and five solo Arena maps. Finally, PC players will also have instant access to the Ruins multiplayer map and the “Legionnaire’s Trust” sword initially released as part of a special edition of the game

Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood Announced for Halloween Horror Nights

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ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Ca., (August 7, 2014) — Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort breathe new life into history’s most notorious vampire, Vlad Tepes, the real life 13th century ruler and inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a terrifying new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood. ” Beginning, Friday, September 19, 2014, guests can feast on this immersive preview of Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure Dracula Untold.  Starring Luke Evans, the origin story of the man who became Dracula arrives in theaters on October 17.

“Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will introduce guests to the sadistic Transylvanian ruler Vlad Tepes, known as “Vlad the Impaler,” who infamously tortured his enemies by impaling them alive with a wooden stake and suspending their bodies. The foreboding maze will also shed an ominous light on the one-time hero, turned blood-thirsty-tyrant, who chose to embrace unholy powers in order to defeat his enemies.  “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood” will spiral guests through Dracula’s eternal damnation, where the thirst for blood is never-ending.

“‘Everyone thinks they know the story of ‘Dracula’,” said John Murdy, Creative Director at Universal Studios Hollywood and Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights.” “But there is much more to the tale than just a dark figure lurking in the shadows, drinking blood.  While Dracula Untold will reveal the origin story of the man who became Dracula, our ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ maze will invite guests to experience the atrocities Dracula imposed on his victims in the most frightening and immersive way possible.”

“As a huge fan of the Universal Classic Monsters, my interest is certainly piqued any time a film explores other facets of the classic characters,” said Michael Aiello, Director of Entertainment – Creative Development, Universal Orlando Resort. “Dracula Untold offers a unique perspective on the origin of the world’s most famous vampire. Our maze will place guests within many of the pulse-pounding moments from the upcoming film, offering guests an unprecedented living preview of the horrors that await.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The events on each coast feature highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.” Other announced “Halloween Horror Nights” experiences include, “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” “From Dusk Till Dawn,” “Face Off: In the Flesh,” “The Purge: Anarchy” and “AVP: Alien vs. Predator.”

In addition to “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” other “Halloween Horror Night” attractions will include “The Walking Dead:  The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s hit TV series, “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV Series, “AVP:  Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise, “Face Off:  In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s TV series, and “Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller.

To learn more about this all-new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, click here:  “Dracula Untold

ABCs of Death 2 Poster and Opening Date

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Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, August 5, 2014 – Magnet Releasing and Drafthouse Films bring a kaleidoscope of death, mayhem and fun with the World Premiere of ABCs of Death 2 at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX on Thursday, September 18.  The film has also been announced for release on VOD platforms October 2 with a theatrical run set for October 31.

ABCs of Death 2 features 26 brand new shorts from 26 new directors of acclaimed genre films like Cheap Thrills, Inside, A Lonely Place to Die, American Mary, Big Bad Wolves and many more. Once again, the filmmakers were given free reign to create a short film about death in all its many forms and the results are at turns shocking, hilarious, vile, surprising, beautiful, reprehensible, poignant, disturbing, but most of all, mind-melting fun. In addition to the varied subject matter and creative approaches to time-tested genres, the filmmakers explore a variety of styles including stop-motion animation, dialogue-free, and hand-drawn animation to bring their twisted visions to the screen.

“I truly love how divisive this anthology series will be. There’s no grey when it comes to the ABCs OF DEATH. People either love it or detest it. And that is the exactly the way it should be. Filmmakers are rarely given the opportunity to express themselves with full creative freedom. That’s because it’s usually a dangerous and risky endeavour. So it’s a good thing Tim League and I enjoy risk and we’re happy our partners at Magnet Releasing feel the same way as we do,” said producer Ant Timpson.

“I want people to look back at the ABCs of DEATH rosters ten years from now and see many of these now emerging directors running the show in future Hollywood,” said producer Tim League.  ” With Fantastic Fest veterans Garreth Edwards and Rian Johnson commanding the Star Wars franchise, this doesn’t seem unreasonable at all.”

ABCs of Death 2 is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film. The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet, beginning with the letter A and ending with the letter Z. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational,ABCs of Death 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

The following is the list of participating directors and a reference title from each of their filmographies:

Julian Barratt (THE MIGHTY BOOSH)
Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATALYSM)
Steven Kostanski (MANBORG)
Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD)
Jim Hosking (commercial director)
Hajime Ohata (HENGE)
Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS)
Rodney Ascher (ROOM 237)
Bill Plympton (Animator)
Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE)
Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES)
Vincenzo Natali (SPLICE, CUBE)
Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT)
Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID)
E.L. Katz (CHEAP THRILLS)
Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK)
Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (RABIES, BIG BAD WOLVES)
Julian Gilbey (A LONELY PLACE TO DIE)
Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS and LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY)
Lancelot Imasuen (Nollywood director)
Jerome Sable (THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM, STAGEFRIGHT)
Robert Morgan (BOBBY YEAH)
Robert Boocheck (HORRIFIC)
Juan Martinez Moreno (GAME OF WEREWOLVES)
Marvin Kren (RAMMBOCK BERLIN UNDEAD)
Soichi Umezawa (special makeup effects artist)

For more information about ABCs of Death 2, please visit http://www.magnetreleasing.com/theabcsofdeath2/,”like” the film on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theabcsofdeath or follow on twitter @ABCsofDeath.

ROCCAT Unveils Products for Gamescom 2014

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Hamburg – August 5, 2014 – ROCCAT Studios rolls full-speed into late summer with a fresh and exciting design philosophy, and two groundbreaking new products to represent ROCCAT’s trailblazing peripheral creation. Making their first appearances at Gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany this August, the Nyth gaming mouse, and Skeltr gaming keyboard are set to take the gaming world by storm.

René Korte, CEO and founder of ROCCAT discusses the amazingly versatile Nyth, an MMO mouse that is so much more. Says René, “We’ve wanted to develop our own MMO mouse for a long time, but like always, we end up seeing a bigger picture once we begin brainstorming. MMO mice have these massive button grids that are locked in. You can change the button functionality, but what if you don’t like the layout? Our solution is a wholly modular MMO mouse, with interchangeable button combinations that suit the player. No two gamers are alike, and because we know that, we’ve gone many steps beyond just allowing them to switch out the in-package button options. Our fans will have access to our button inventory files, and those that are into 3D printing can even create their very own.”

But ROCCAT didn’t stop there. “The Nyth’s soul is MMO,” René explains,” but with high modularity comes versatility, and we capitalized on that in the design room. Not only is this an incredible, one of a kind MMO mouse, but with a replaceable side-part, coupled with our button modularity, the Nyth can absolutely transition into a perfectly fine-tuned MOBA mouse, and yes, even an FPS mouse. I wanted to know if we had the ability to create a hybrid mouse, a chameleon, that perfectly matches up with each gaming genre. The Nyth was the result of asking this questions, and I can tell you there is nothing like it in gaming. The Nyth adapts, evolves, and keeps on giving far into the future. It’s a remarkable peripheral conceptualized and created by our amazing design team.”

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While excited to unveil Nyth to the Gamescom crowd, that’s not all we have in store for visitors of ROCCAT’s massive ROCC-City booth. Changing the way gamers interact with the second-screen option, ROCCAT presents the Skeltr, a first of its kind, ROCCAT-invented, fully integrated smartphone and keyboard combo that brings social interaction and gaming into perfect balance. “Life doesn’t stop because you’re gaming. We receive calls, we make calls, we text. The Skeltr is the answer to a world where gaming, interacting with your friends, and utilizing a second-screen as a tool in the game arsenal makes a lot of sense, “says René. “Our feedback-built Skeltr is Bluetooth compatible, allowing the smooth visualization of vital PC data to your smart device. It allows gamers to use their phones as a highly interactive compliment to the game they’re playing. We also believe being able to use your keyboard to communicate on your smartphone is a no-brainer feature ROCCAT fans will deeply appreciate. Our designers worked very hard to make these integrative experiences that gamers can use second nature, without distraction.”

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The Skeltr’s sliding rail and rotating holster fit every size smart device, ensuring that using both the keyboard and second-screen never feels cumbersome to players. With brilliant RGB illumination, no ghosting, and most every other function that ROCCAT fans have come to expect from a ROCCAT keyboard, the Skeltr is both familiar and trailblazing all at the same time. Finishes René, “The Skeltr is our first foray into this new world of keyboard and smartphone integration, but it certainly won’t be our last.”

Gamescom 2014 is the place to see both up close and personal in 2014, with release dates for the Skeltr and Nyth being made later this year.

ROCCAT at gamescom:

–       Entertainment area: Hall 8, Booth A10
–       Business area: Hall 4.1, Booth B51

WWE 2K15 Hulkamania Edition Information

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New York, NY – August 5, 2014 – 2K today announced that WWE Hall of Famer, Hulk Hogan®, will be featured through the “HULKAMANIA” Edition of WWE® 2K15, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE video game franchise. The edition will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, while supplies last, for a suggested retail price of $99.99.

The WWE 2K15 “HULKAMANIA” Edition will include the following items: 

  • Copy of WWE 2K15 video game;
  • Exclusive premium packaging;
  • Exclusive collectible art card personally autographed by Hulk Hogan;
  • Exclusive Funko “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan vinyl figure;
  • Exclusive piece of authentic ring canvas from Hulk Hogan’s Monday Night Raw appearance on March 10, 2014 in Memphis, Tenn.;
  • Two pre-order, launch exclusive playable characters: Hulk Hogan and “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan;
  • Access to WWE 2K15 global pre-order offer: Sting playable characters pack.

“Twenty-five years ago, I appeared in my very first WWE video game, and I’ve never been more excited than I am now to be part of this year’s game,” said Hulk Hogan. “I’ve got one thing left to say: whatcha gonna do when the WWE 2K15 ‘HULKAMANIA’ Edition, featuring the greatest of all time, runs wild on you, brother?”

From early matches with opponents like Andre the Giant, “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, Ultimate Warrior, “Macho Man” Randy Savage and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the emergence and popularity of “HULKAMANIA” spread like wildfire, as fans embraced Hogan’s signature appearance, charismatic personality and renowned moves.  After time away from the ring in the early ’90s, Hogan returned as “Hollywood” Hogan and developed a handful of new rivals, including The Rock®, Sting and Goldberg. In 2005, after decades of success, Hogan was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Hogan’s influence in pop culture extends beyond the ring, as he has lent his time to several film, television, music, radio, restaurant and charitable projects. From Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling cartoon series to his role as Thunderlips in Rocky III, or his groundbreaking Sports Illustrated cover and highly-rated reality television series, Hogan Knows Best, Hogan has cemented himself as a notable, relatable and iconic celebrity recognized and adored by millions worldwide.

“With an illustrious and storied career, a name forever etched in the WWE Hall of Fame and a persona immortalized by fans around the world, Hulk Hogan remains one of the most recognizable and memorable competitors in WWE history,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “Hogan truly deserves a ‘HULKAMANIA’ Edition of WWE 2K15, and this comprehensive offering is a must-have for any WWE fan.”

Developed collaboratively by Yukes and Visual Concepts, a 2K studio, WWE 2K15 is not yet rated by the ESRB. WWE 2K15 is currently scheduled for release on PS4™ and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, on October 28, 2014 in North America and October 31, 2014 internationally.

For more information on WWE 2K15 and 2K, visit wwe.2k.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow the game on Twitter using the hashtags #WWE2K15 and #FEELIT or subscribe on YouTube.

D23 Expo 2015 Ticket Dates Revealed

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BURBANK, Calif. – August 6, 2014 – On Thursday, August 14, at 10 a.m. PTD23: The Official Disney Fan Club will begin selling tickets for the next D23 Expo, which will take place August 1416, 2015 at the Anaheim Convention Center. The largest Disney fan event in the world, the D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of Disney entertainment, uniting all parts of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including The Walt Disney Studios (including Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm); Walt Disney Parks and Resorts; Disney Consumer Products; Media Networks (including ABC, Disney Channel, and Radio Disney) and Disney Interactive. D23 Expo 2015 marks the fourth bi-annual event held in Anaheim.

More than 65,000 Disney fans from around the world gathered at the Anaheim Convention Center in 2013 for the third D23 Expo. Once again, the Expo will celebrate the past, present, and future of Disney with live events, celebrity appearances, panels, presentations, sneak peeks, and immersive experiences. D23 Expo 2015 marks the return of fan favorites including the Disney Legends Awards, honoring the talented men and women who have made indelible contributions to the Disney legacy; and Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives, which spotlights costumes, props, and set pieces from Disney’s rich history.

As in previous Expos, D23 Expo 2015 will showcase all of the latest stars in the Disney universe. In 2013, celebrity appearances included Angelina Jolie, Chris Evans, Billy Crystal, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston, with performances by Idina Menzel, R5 featuring Ross Lynch, and a once-in-a-lifetime concert with Disney Legends Richard M. Sherman and Alan Menken. Additionally, Disney executives and creative talent came together to deliver special presentations, announcements, and experiences to Disney fans throughout the three-day extravaganza.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2015 are available at a discounted price for a limited time. From August 14December 31, 2014, tickets are $61 for a one-day adult admission and $42 for children 3–12. Tickets for members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club are $52 for a one-day adult admission and $37 for children. Multi-day money-saving tickets are also available. D23 Members can save as much as $268 off the price of admission, based on the purchase of four three-day tickets at the D23 Member rate. For more information on tickets and the ticket pricing structure for members and general admission, visit D23Expo.com.

In addition to these special advance-purchase savings, an extremely limited number of D23 VIP Sorcerer Packages will once again be available. Based on fan feedback, even more benefits have been added this year including exclusive opportunities in the Walt Disney Imagineering pavilion and Mickey’s of Glendale.

The SORCERER PACKAGE includes:

  • Three-day admission ticket and commemorative Sorcerer credential
  • Reserved seating at all presentations in the main hall, Stage 23, and Stage 28
  • Limited-edition D23 American Tourister boarding bag
  • Pre-Expo tour of the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit
  • Special tour of the Walt Disney Imagineering Pavilion
  • Exclusive shopping time in the D23 Expo Dream Store, Disney Store, and Mickey’s of Glendale
  • Tour of the D23 Expo show floor the day before the Expo is open to the public
  • Welcome Reception on Thursday evening
  • Exclusive entrance to the Expo each morning
  • A voucher for an appointment with an on-site massage therapist
  • Exclusive D23 Expo gift pack including gifts from D23 and the rest of The Walt Disney Company
  • Saturday morning Meet and Greet Coffee with a special Disney guest
  • “Fond Farewell” reception on final day of Expo
  • Plus, access to the Sorcerer Member Lounge and other benefits

Sorcerer Package tickets are available exclusively to both Gold and Silver D23 Members at $2,000 per ticket. Members have the option to purchase up to two Sorcerer tickets. Additional details and benefits are highlighted at D23Expo.com.

D23 Gold and Silver Members are entitled to early admission to the Expo show floor and D23 will once again give a special thanks to D23 Charter Members, providing them special access to the Expo’s Charter Member Lounge.

Visit D23Expo.com to relive some of the extraordinary experiences from the first three Expo events and get a peek at what’s to come in 2015.

About D23

The name “D23” pays homage to the exciting journey that began in 1923 when Walt Disney opened his first studio in Hollywood. D23 is the first official club for fans in Disney’s 90-plus-year history. It gives its members a greater connection to the entire world of Disney by placing them in the middle of the magic through its quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three; a rich website at D23.com with members-only content; member-exclusive discounts, and special events for D23 Members throughout the year.

Fans can join D23 at Gold, Silver, and Free Membership levels at D23.com and at DisneyStore.com/D23. To keep up with all the latest D23 news and events, follow us @DisneyD23 on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.