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Nordic Games Unveils ELEX, Sci-Fi Fantasy RPG

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Vienna (Austria) – July 1st, 2016: Nordic Games and Piranha Bytes, creators of the Gothic series, are moving into a totally different realm with ELEX. The game is set against the backdrop of a brand new post-apocalyptic science fantasy universe that immerses players in a vast, seamless game world full of interesting characters, mutated creatures, deep moral choices and of course, some thrilling action.

The Story

Magalan, the completely open game world of ELEX, was home to a highly developed civilisation until a catastrophic meteor strike devastated the planet, reducing it to a post-apocalyptic world. The meteor also deposited a substance that is now found in nearly everything: Elex, and each faction uses it in a different way. Every inhabitant of the world is constantly looking for Elex, whether as a substance with magical powers, to use in a weapon or as a pure stimulant.

A Game of Contrasts

ELEX is all about contrasts: science vs fantasy, magic vs laser weapons and logic vs emotions. In ELEX, Piranha Bytes combines all the game elements that RPG fans love and has placed them in an entirely new environment: a science-fantasy setting. These contrasts are also evident in the various factions.

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Use of Elex

While one faction, the Albs, consider the ingestion of Elex as part of their cult, the Clerics group ban the consumption of Elex on religious grounds, and use it to build their high-tech weapons. The Berserkers however, a people who live in harmony with nature, process Elex into mana and use it to craft magical weapons. As for the Bandits, their society has no fixed rules, but they live by the credo: “Take anything you can grab, or someone else will.”

The “Piranha Bytes” Philosophy

“We’ve been thinking about the setting for ELEX for almost 10 years, and we finally have the chance to implement our ideas. The mix of sci-fi and fantasy offers an incredible number of opportunities and cool contrasts that we can play around with. The fans of Gothic or Risen will recognise our unique game philosophy and ELEX builds on that solid basis. ELEX will be the most dynamic and realistic RPG sim ever!” Björn Pankratz, Piranha Bytes

ELEX is being developed for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 simultaneously and the game release is scheduled for Q1 2017.

Features of the Game

  • Sci-Fi Meets Fantasy: A post-apocalyptic universe that seamlessly blends science-fiction and fantasy elements.
  • Reason vs. Emotion: The player himself decides which way to go; there’s no right or wrong.
  • 100% Authentic: The game AI takes decisions that make the game action and events perfectly logical.
  • Epic Combat System: The complex combat system and total control over the characters enable you to “read” your enemies.
  • Jetpack Frenzy: Jetpack makes vertical exploration so much easier and offers a whole new dimension of fresh opportunities.
  • RPG True to its Name: The player’s decisions influence the course of the entire game.

http://elexgame.com/

Star Trek: Frontiers Tabletop Game Available Now

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Hillside, NJ — June 29, 2016 WizKids is pleased to announce the availability of the highly anticipated strategy game, Star Trek: Frontiers.  Designed by Andrew Parks, Star Trek: Frontiers puts a new spin on the bestselling board game Mage Knight, by Vlaada Chvátil.

Star Trek: Frontiers hits stores today, and is designed for 1 to 4 players with multiple competitive, cooperative and solo scenarios.

Work together to defeat hostile ships or compete to explore and uncover hidden mysteries. Players will need to overcome obstacles to expand their knowledge and use their leadership as they adventure in order to be victorious in their exploration!

Pick up Star Trek: Frontiers ($79.99 USD) at your friendly local game store today!

For additional information and images, please visit: http://wizkids.com/star-trek-frontiers/

Star Trek: Frontiers is under license by CBS Consumer Products.

System Shock Kickstarter Launches Free Demo Available

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Vancouver, WA (June 28, 2016) – System Shock, the breakthrough FPS/RPG hybrid and one of the most influential video games ever produced, is being given a full reboot by the team at Nightdive Studios and a Kickstarter campaign has been launched to allow fans to help with the financing.

Originally released in 1994, System Shock ushered in a new era of action gaming. Combining a compelling storyline with innovative RPG elements, System Shock was a ground-breaking title that would influence numerous other games such as BioShock and DeusEx. Now System Shock is being redone from the ground up for today’s PC and console players.

“This is a full-fledged reboot of a classic game into something new” said Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios. “As well as including members of the original team, such as famed concept artist Robb Waters, we have been expanding to include a number of industry veterans with years of AAA development experience having worked on games such as Fallout, Tomb Raider, Skyrim and Wasteland.”

Robb Waters, Concept Artist for both the original and contemporary versions of the game added “When I was first approached by Nightdive, I was excited at the opportunity to revisit my original work. However, it has turned into much more than that. I have been able to completely re-envision the unfortunate occupants of Citadel Station in a way that technology would not permit in 1994.”

The Kickstarter will be live beginning on June 28th, 2016, at 12 PM PST and will allow all visitors to download a fully playable demo.

Find the Kickstarter page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598858095/system-shock

For the Love of Spock Gets Theatrical Release Date

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Los Angeles, CA (June 2, 2016) — Gravitas Ventures has acquired worldwide rights to “For The Love of Spock.” The highly anticipated documentary is not only a tribute to the titular character and the actor who portrayed him but also serves as an homage to the dedicated fans who have adored and respected him for decades. The film premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival. It will arrive in U.S. theaters and on demand on September 9, 2016.

“For The Love Of Spock” celebrates the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Star Trek through a personal, intimate look at the life and career of Leonard Nimoy – and his alter ego Mr. Spock – as told by his son, Adam Nimoy, featuring never-before-seen home videos and family photos. Zachary Quinto, William Shatner, George Takei, J.J. Abrams, Simon Pegg, Zoe Saldana, Jim Parsons and more join in the celebration revealing why the world holds both Leonard Nimoy and his iconic character so dear and how Star Trek still affects the globe 50 years after it’s origin.

Adam Nimoy stated, “I’m very excited about the world wide release of this film which celebrates the life of my father Leonard Nimoy and his most iconic role. Gravitas approached us early on during production of ‘For The Love Of Spock’ and their enthusiasm and commitment to this project was evident from the start.”

“It’s no secret that ‘Star Trek’ is internationally beloved and has shown the world both on screen and off what it truly means to be a global community,” said Nolan Gallagher, Founder & CEO of Gravitas Ventures. “We are honored to be collaborating with Adam Nimoy and look forward to bringing this film to audiences everywhere during a monumental year in the Star Trek timeline.”

“For the Love of Spock” was embraced by more than 9500 Kickstarter backers, raising $662,640.00 which, at the time, broke the record for the most funded Kickstarter documentary.

“For the Love of Spock” was directed by Adam Nimoy with David Zappone as Executive Producer. Zappone, Kevin Layne and Joseph Kornbrodt of 455 Films at Paramount Studios are the producers, having all also produced the Star Trek-themed documentaries “The Captains,” “Get a Life!” and  “Chaos on the Bridge.”

The deal was negotiated by Nolan Gallagher for Gravitas Ventures and Douglas A. Lee on behalf of the filmmakers.

Breached Gets First Gameplay Trailer

April 20, 2016 – You awaken as Corus Valott, long lost in cryogenic slumber, to find your shelter damaged by unknown circumstances. The land and settlements around you have crumbled to ruin, broken buildings and jagged shards all that remains. Confused and isolated, you’re compelled to repair the shelter, explore the ruins and scavenge your surroundings, in hopes of uncovering – or perhaps avoiding – the uncomfortable truth of what has transpired.

Drama Drifters and Nkidu Games are proud to partner on the release of Breached, and have released a brand new gameplay trailer to offer a brief glimpse of what players can expect upon release in May. The Steam page for the game has also launched, allowing prospective fans to Wishlist Breached.

Breached blends a range of genres and gameplay elements, including:

Data Mining
Guide Corus through his journal and pilot his mind. Explore previous entries by linking tags, helping Corus decipher his thoughts.

Drone Expeditions
The environment has many stories to tell. Pilot drones to scavenge deserted locations, but beware of anomalies.

Puzzle Solving
Combine materials you’ve scavenged to repair your shelter and maximize fuel generation to aid in your survival.

Energy Management
You have enough oxygen to last 8 days. Choose your actions carefully or risk suffocation.

Features:
• Experience an offbeat blend of genres
• Dive into a complex sci-fi story with a wealth of mysteries to solve
• Enjoy Unreal Engine 4-powered visuals with sci-fi and glitch aesthetics

For more information, visit http://breached-game.com.

Into the Stars Official Launch Date

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Los Angeles – February 16, 2016 –The countdown to launch has commenced for the Early Access departure of Into The Stars, the space simulation game from Iceberg Interactive and Los Angeles-based independent video game developer Fugitive Games. Into The Stars will blast off from Steam’s Early Access Program and officially launch on March 4 at an SRP of $19.99. To mark the occasion, Into The Stars is available this week at 33% off during its final sale in Early Access. Those interested in playing Into The Stars can download the game at http://store.steampowered.com/app/360510/.

Into the Stars is an open-world space survival simulation built in Unreal Engine 4 that has players take on the role of Captain as they explore a massive star system in search of a new home for humanity. With each journey, players will outfit their ships, hand pick their crew and set off on a voyage where they must scavenge resources, shelter civilians and outrun a hostile alien force in order to survive.

“Since launching into Early Access we’ve received solid feedback from the gaming community, and with their help we’ve fine tuned Into The Stars’ massive world to provide a compelling experience,” said Ben Jones, development director at Fugitive Games. “With distinctive gameplay and replayability that will challenge players for hours, we think the final version of Into The Stars will thrill those who supported us through Kickstarter and Early Access, as well as anyone discovering the game for the first time.”

The debut title for Fugitive Games, Into The Stars has already earned critical acclaim by receiving the Best-in-Play award at the 2015 Game Developer’s Conference. Into The Stars also raised 130 percent of its target goal on Kickstarter and features a captivating soundtrack from renowned composer Jack Wall.

To keep up with the latest news regarding Into The Stars, visit the official website or follow both Fugitive Games and Iceberg Interactive on Twitter.

Frontier Developments Launches Elite Dangerous: Arena

Cambridge, UK. 16 February 2016 – Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today launches Elite Dangerous: Arena for PC.

Elite Dangerous: Arena thrusts players into first-person dogfights against the galaxy’s greatest pilots in stunning 3D space arenas. With easy to pick-up controls that quickly reveal incredible depth, Elite Dangerous: Arena is a new way to engage in fast-paced PVP action against players from around the world for just £4.99 ($7.49, €6.75, 375 RUB).

Elite Dangerous: Arena brings Elite Dangerous’ Close Quarter Combat (CQC) PVP game to players as a standalone release, featuring full cross-compatibility with the large and growing Elite Dangerous player community.

CQC is the ultimate 34th century gladiatorial contest between starship pilots, featuring:

  • ​Four agile, combat-honed space ships. Choose from the fast and aggressive Federal and Imperial Fighters, the damage-dealing Eagle or the heavyweight Sidewinder.
  • Multiple tactical options with custom loadouts unlocked by ranking up.
  • Four Arenas: Elevate’s towering view, Cluster Compound’s mining facility, Asteria Point’s cavernous space station and Ice Field’s frozen asteroid belt.
  • Eight-player Free for All, Team Deathmatch and Capture the Flag game modes.
  • Realistic, agile starship handling powered by Elite Dangerous’ advanced simulation technology.

“Elite Dangerous: Arena is a different kind of multiplayer shooter, offering competitive gamers the chance to jump into thrilling space combat and challenge the world.” Frontier CEO David Braben said. “We showcase CQC to players at events around the world, and it’s a hit wherever it’s played.”

All Elite Dangerous: Arena and Elite Dangerous CQC players are eligible to enter Frontier’s $100,000 Close Quarter Combat Championships tournament. Selection will take place over a series of heats in the spring and summer, and heat winners will receive an invite to the grand final to be held at a secret location and livestreamed online later this year.

Elite Dangerous: Arena is available today for just £4.99 ($7.49, €6.75, 375 RUB) at Frontierstore.net and Steam.

Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition, featuring CQC and full access to the new Horizonsseason of expansions is available now for £39.99 ($59.99, €53.99, 2998 RUB).

All Elite Dangerous players already own CQC as part of the core game, and can look forward to a new world of competition as pilots enter the fray via Elite Dangerous: Arena.

Players who buy Elite Dangerous: Arena and later choose to enter the epic Elite Dangerous galaxy will receive the full cost of Elite Dangerous: Arena off the price of Elite Dangerous: Deluxe Edition.

New Screenshots from The Technomancer

December 24, 2015 – The Technomancer, Spiders’ new sci-fi RPG, offers a rich and varied bestiary, that you will come across and confront in combat during your journey on Mars. In this new series of screenshots, discover a few of these strange creatures conceived and brought to life by the talented teams at Spiders studios.

Although Mars’ red surface is naturally barren and completely devoid of life, hundreds of years of human civilization has led to the creation and evolution of many hybrid species built from the genetic makeup of animals found on Earth. What was first an exercise to create an ecosystem to support the original settlers eventually grew out of control, following the cataclysm that wiped most settlers and isolated Mars from Earth. Mutations and accelerated evolution forged what little life there was into threatening beasts scattered all over the red planet.

While originally bred as domestic animals, the harsh living conditions on Mars led these creatures to develop effective defense mechanisms – poison, camouflage, brute force… The longer Mars is cut off from Earth, the more dangerous Mars’ new wildlife grows. They will aggressively defend their territory should you trespass it.

Today’s screenshots show a few of these creatures. Mastery of The Technomancer’s visceral combat styles and electrical powers should help you survive the bizarre hybrid species of Mars!

Your quest on Mars begins early 2016 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC!

We Review Etherium (PC)

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I’ve been a player of real-time strategy games since the golden days of the genre. By golden era, I mean those titans like Warcraft, Command and Conquer, and the first StarCraft. For a while, there were tons of them – each with expansions and mods and the playtime seemed eternal. Those golden days have passed so that now you have to keep your eyes open for games that will keep you coming back for more. I was lucky when I got Etherium.

Description:
Etherium is a real-time strategy game set in a science-fiction universe, where three factions battle it out for a mysterious and rare resource known as ‘Etherium’.

Manage your resources, develop your base, and take command of infantry, tanks, aircraft, and gigantic colossi of war to battle not only your foes, but weather anomalies and mysterious secondary factions in richly strategic and original RTS gameplay. In the single player Conquest mode, develop your technological capabilities and expand your colonies over the furthest sectors of space, assembling a formidable armada.

Each of the three factions have their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as different tactical command skills such as map exposure, climate control, or planetary bombardment. Define your own strategy, deciding to either fell your enemy by striking their mother-ship from the planet’s surface, or rapidly crushing their colonies. In multiplayer, team up or wage battle in all-out deathmatches with up to 4 players!

Features:

  • 3 empires with distinct characteristics, units, and special skills
  • A dynamic weather control system that directly impacts your strategy
  • A challenging multiplayer mode where up to 4 players can compete in intense matches
  • A dynamic campaign where each decision counts

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Hands On:
It doesn’t take an RTS expert, or even a big fan of the genre, to see that there are some similarities to a powerhouse RTS game already on the market. This may bother some people but as someone who has only seen that powerhouse add updates to StarCraft 2’s multiplayer maps recently (to be fair that is the game’s bread and butter via tournament play), I am quite happy to get my hands on some fresh sci-fi RTS fun in the same vein. Etherium’s three empires are quite a bit different both from each other and from those found in StarCraft 2, so each campaign feels completely fresh while only requiring the slightest adjustments to get used to the control set up.

Each side gets one main base and destroying the other team’s base is one of the main ways of winning the game. Destroying the enemy’s fleet above the surface is another method for winning. You take regions by capping a pillar with a colony or outpost and then, if it has an Etherium bubble on it, you can start mining it for money. There is a build time on structures but unit builds are almost immediate. They are considered fleet drops so they can only be dropped at locations with spaceports. Building those spaceports at colonies or outposts throughout the map can mean the difference between wining and losing the planet at hand. Turret placement can only be done within a controlled territory and the number of turrets are limited in each one so be careful positioning. There are a lot of things to consider for each faction and each map, figuring out the strengths and weaknesses is all part of the fun.

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The game could definitely use more single player missions. Most folks will probably be playing the online maps and not be too concerned with this aspect but when I get frustrated with “zerging” or bad sportsmanship, I like to go back and do some single player stuff. This game has the potential for expansions or even just new single player maps for skirmishes that could really make this game have legs. Also, with new multiplayer maps, it could make Etherium a contender for ESL tournament use. The model is in place and the formula has already been proven – it just needs proper support and community.

The other drawback is a small aspect to this game that is turn-based space fighting that allows you to engage enemy fleets in space before planetary landing. It plays kind of like a mini game and does add a bit of variety to the game but didn’t really feel necessary or very engaging. If it winds up being your favorite part of the game I would recommend playing turn-based strategy rather than real time.

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Last Call:
Etherium is a solid real time strategy game with engaging game mechanics. It has massive potential for becoming a hit, especially with the right support and nurturing over time. This is the game to watch and play with hopes that one day you can say you were playing it before anybody knew what it was.

Etherium Review Score
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