April 23, 2015 — Wargaming is proud to announce the latest update for their video game phenomenon World of Tanks—9.7—is now available in North America. These updates will soon be available in Southeast Asia and Korea on April 24, and for Europe on April 28.
Exciting features added to the game range from enhanced Team Battles, a new branch of French tanks, the third historic map dubbed “Overlord”, and tweaked balancing rules.
Team Battles now have permanent teams. Players’ teams can now have up to 12 members with 7 battling at a time. They can even have their own name and logo (after the same team has played 20 rated matches). The addition of leaderboards—divided globally into six leagues—requires a set number of points in order to qualify for each division and ascend the ladder.
The new branch of French tanks arrives with two new light tanks and five medium tanks. Out these, the Tier 9 AMX 30 1st prototype is a very mobile tank with one of the longest effective firing ranges of those in its tier. The AMX 30 B, a Tier 10, is another much anticipated quick tank with great view range and firepower.
New balancing rules will help newer and medium-skilled players get the most enjoyment out of matches by grouping users based on ability. Fledgling Tier 1, 2, and 3 players will find competition with others close to their proficiency, while more experienced Tier 1, 2, and 3 players will be matched similarly. These changes only affect Random Battles.
The historic map “Overlord” transports players to a level inspired by the D-Day Landings at Normandy. They will be thrown into a chaotic environment where beaches are littered with smoking wreckage and destroyed landing boats, combating enemies as they storm the hills.
Six vehicles have also been reworked for HD, now fully realized in astonishing detail. The E 100, ELC AMX, IS-4, Jagdpanzer E 100, Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H, and T26E4 SuperPershing will be available to roll out onto the battlefield in all their lifelike glory.
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UK – April 23, 2015 – Are you sick of RPGs casting you as a valiant bore? Do you need a fresh breath of putrid air in fantasy Action RPG gaming? Then it’s time to thank the dark Gods; everyone’s favorite pantomime of gaming evil has returned! After six years of scheming away in their darkest dungeons, the Codemasters development Minions have hatched their most diabolical gaming experience yet – Overlord: Fellowship of Evil, invading PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC in 2015.
Boasting a devilishly good script written by the original’s award-winning scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil gives players a brand new, darkly comic quest to embark upon. Fans of evil doings can watch the first trailer in action now at www.overlordthegame.com.
With the last true Overlord deceased, gamers take up the role of one of four Netherghūls. These brand new, suitably nefarious additions to the series are undead servants of the dark arts, determined to bring evil back to a world overrun by the forces of good.
But where’s the fun in smiting fools alone? Join the Fellowship, grab three of your most devious friends – locally or online – and gleefully unleash a wave of delightful destruction across the land. For the Master!
Are you the type of ne’er-do-well who thinks that friends are the disgusting product of weak-minded goody-goodies? Fear not! You can always choose to screw them over too – evil never plays by the rules!
Assisted by your horde of loveably moronic minions, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil takes gamers back into the series’ charmingly twisted world, resurrecting its unique blend of subversive humor and destruction, and then sprinkling in a large helping of four player co-op chaos to dial the eviling up to evileven. Fans will be pleased to hear that the Minions are led by their wise master Gnarl, voiced once again by beloved voice actor Marc Silk.
Filled with fun combat and twisted fantasy tales, Overlord: Fellowship of Evil invites players to dive once again into the series warped fantasy world in an Action RPG where it’s good to be bad, but it’s GREAT to be evil.
“We’ve been scheming about a new Overlord for some time” said Rob Elser, Executive Producer Minion, Codemasters. “We really wanted to do something that would allow us be evil alongside our friends, instead of the normal heroics in every other game. The idea of playing as a team of bad guys commanding Minions to do our utmost bidding, while also causing chaos for each other, just really made us smile. And as you know, an Overlord game never takes itself too seriously.”
“Finally the secret dark rituals have paid off!” said Rhianna Pratchett, Mistress of Scrolls “I’m often asked if there’ll be another Overlord game, so it’s wonderful to be back in black helping to create a new carnage-filled evil ride. This is one game franchise which has been as fun to develop as it is to play, and Fellowship of Evil is no exception. And don’t worry, there will be sheepies. We have plans for them. Oh yes!”
Overlord: Fellowship of Evil invades digital console stores and Steam for PC in 2015. Follow the Codemasters Minions’ progress towards world domination on the Codemasters Blog and on social media on Twitter and Facebook.
April 17, 2015 — Rogue Factor’s turn-based tactical RPG adaptation of Games Workshop’s tabletop game has already received a huge amount of content since its release on Early Access, but as things shape up towards launch, Rogue Factor is back with more in Early Access Phase 5.
Major changes come to The Cult of the Possessed as they are now receiving a random mutation when leveling up, thus changing their physical appearance as well as modifying their statistics. This is what today’s screenshots illustrate! For example, the “thousand eyes” mutation not only gives a uniquely ocular aesthetic to the unit, but you’ll get +10 for initiative as well.
The long awaited Rune System is coming to the game, allowing players to enchant their weapons and equipment. You’ll be able to test the multiple possibilities offered by these enchantments alongside the previously introduced high-end gear. Speaking of cool gear, you’ll now see visual representation of the different armor sets of all units, thus making it easier to see their level of defense on the battlefield.
You’ll also find new features such as the in-game chat system, the combat log and many more tweaks and options coming straight from the open communication between Rogue Factor and the players.
On top of that, there’s one new unique map available and another procedural map from the merchant district to sink your teeth (or fangs) into.
Mordheim: City of the Damned will be 33% off starting from now, lasting until Monday.
More features will be added in the future, such as customization, consumable items, and Warband levelling. Be sure to check our Steam Page for more details about what’s coming next!
April 16, 2015 — Star Trek Online welcomes Robert McNeill reprising his role as Tom Paris from Star Trek: Voyager continuing the trend of key cast members from the television series joining the online gaming world. McNeill will be introduced in Season 10 of Star Trek Online – titled The Iconian War – when it launches for free on Tuesday, April 21.
Season 10 of Star Trek Online begins the conclusion of a conflict that has been brewing in Star Trek Online for more than five years. The newest season reintroduces the Iconians – an ancient race that has remained dormant for years waiting for their time to strike. As the war approaches, new captains will emerge from Delta Recruitment to bolster forces in defense of the galaxy. It is up to Star Trek Online players to push back the forces of the Iconians. If they don’t succeed, there might be no galaxy to fight for.
In addition to the new Star Trek lore available in Season 10, Star Trek Online will also receive additional in-game updates including a re-vamp of sector space that allows players to navigate the Alpha, Beta and Delta Quadrants uninhibited. Players will also be able to participate in additional queues and develop their pilot specialization further as it moves from a secondary to primary specialization.
Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. Its last expansion, Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, brought players into the Delta Quadrant and reintroduced them to iconic members from the Star Trek: Voyager cast including Seven of Nine, The Doctor, Harry Kim, Neelix and Tuvok. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.
April 15, 2015 — Independent developer Fatshark released today new details on the first of five heroes to be playable in Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide. Victor Saltzpyre is a ferocious and unrelenting Witch Hunter who disposes of his enemies with extreme prejudice. Trained from a young age in the Order of the Silver Hammer, Victor is an expert in both ranged and melee combat. Carrying a diverse set of weaponry with the capability of easily switching from pistol to sword and back to pistol again, Victor uses his quickness and agility to move swiftly around the battlefield, releasing devastating and precise attacks on the non-stop hordes of Skaven.
SANTA MONICA – Apr. 14, 2015 – Guitar Hero, the pop culture phenomenon that exploded onto the scene and brought a new way to interact with music, is back, with true, breakthrough innovation that will re-ignite your dreams of becoming a rock star.Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc.(NASDAQ: ATVI) today announced Guitar Hero Live, introducing a brand new generation to Guitar Hero, which upon its release became the quickest console franchise in video game history to reach one billion dollars in sales in North America and Europe, and was played by over 40 million players. Developed by FreeStyleGames, the studio behind the critically-acclaimed DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Liveintroduces two powerful ways to play, including GH Live, a first-person point of view where you are up on stage as the star of the show. A quantum leap forward in immersion and realism, GH Live is a live-action experience that delivers the full emotional roller coaster of being on stage and performing in a real band, in front of real crowds, who dynamically react in real-time to how well or poorly you play. As the lead guitarist, you play an array of songs that span the changing musical landscape, in a variety of venues, from the smallest club stage in front of a hundred people, to the massive main stage of an outdoor festival in front of a hundred thousand people.
Guitar Hero Live also introduces GHTV, the world’s first playable live music video network. GHTV is a 24-hour mode that lets fans play along to a continually-updated collection of official music videos – across a wide variety of genres – from the newest releases to favorite hits. Fans can pick from multiple channels and themed shows, discovering new songs as they play, and can also choose songs to play on-demand. In GHTV, fans can also play with their friends in the same room and against players from around the world to see who has the highest score on a given song, while completing challenges along the way. GHTV is a living, breathing platform that serves as an ever-growing source for new music discovery while further bringing the party atmosphere back to the living room.
The breakthrough innovations in Guitar Hero Live also extend to mobile. Both GH Live and GHTV arefully playable both on consoles as well as tablets and mobile phones. More exciting details will be announced in the near future.
“Guitar Hero is a franchise that so many people love. Figuring out how to bring it back with true breakthrough innovation has been years in the making, and a labor of love,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Guitar Hero Live lets people rock real crowds with real reactions. Our goal was literally to give people stage fright. And with GHTV, we have created the world’s first live, playable music video network. All of it is playable on consoles, or mobile devices. Guitar Hero is back and better than ever.”
Guitar Hero Live enhances the gameplay experience by introducing a modern, redesigned guitar controller, featuring two rows of three buttons that better reflects the way people naturally play. The new format ensures fun for players of all abilities. For beginners, you can feel like a rock star by mastering play with just the bottom three buttons. Medium-level players don’t have to stretch their fingers down the neck of the guitar controller anymore and can instead skillfully play two-row combinations that mimic real chords. Experienced players have a new challenge in creating complex chord-like shapes and finger combinations that will bring new thrills to veterans. This simple innovation makes it easier for beginners to play and harder for veterans to master.
Music variety is at the heart of the game. Guitar Hero Live takes the approach of the modern music festival, with rock, folk, EDM, hip-hop, country and pop acts sharing the same stage. The game will feature hundreds of playable songs from a diverse array of artists, including The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Carrie Underwood, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids, with many more bands to be announced in the coming months.
“We are pleased to support the launch of Guitar Hero Live, building on one of the most successful music video-game franchises of all time, and providing our artists with a fun and interactive experience for their fans,” said Bruce Resnikoff, President of Universal Music Enterprises.
Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy and Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance are joining Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg and Jamie Jackson, Creative Director and Co-Head of FreeStyleGames, on-stage at the Best Buy Theatre on April 14th to showcase their songs featured in Guitar Hero Live and celebrate the reveal of the game.
“Guitar Hero changed the game – literally,” said Chris Koller, Vice President of Gaming for Best Buy. “And we are excited to bring Guitar Hero Live to consumers on April 18th at Best Buy stores in New York City and Torrance, California, where fans will be able to play the new game for the first time in North America.”
Eager fans can test out their skills at the following Best Buy locations:
April 14, 2015: Best Buy Theatre, New York City, 6pm – 9pm
April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Union Square, New York City, 1pm – 5pm
April 18, 2015: Best Buy Store, Torrance, CA, 1pm – 5pm
Guitar Hero Live will be available Fall 2015 on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Wii U™ console and select mobile devices to be announced soon.
April 10, 2015 — Spiders are back with The Technomancer, a new post-apocalyptic RPG set in a cyberpunk world for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC set on Mars during the War of Water, where an aspiring Technomancer faces a myriad of questions as his future grows threatened by the secrets of his past. Discover today the first official images from the game!
An RPG, The Technomancer will offer players action-oriented combat gameplay along four different skill trees, focusing on 3 different fighting styles and the destructive electric-focused powers of the Technomancers. But not all situations call for brute strength, with dynamic conversation dialogue playing a deep role in quests, changing the story depending on the decisions you make. Craft equipment, weapons and armor for yourself and for the companions you’ll recruit along your adventure, nurturing relationships with them.
On the run from the Secret Police and confronted by the harsh realities of the Red Planet, you must undertake a quest that takes you through tribal communities, cities lost under the ice, and dystopian shanties sprawled across Mars’ dusty embrace.
Faced with the cruelty of Mars’ iron-fist enforcers and wildlife, can you survive long enough to uncover the truth behind The Technomancer?
A unique and thrilling science-fiction RPG experience set on the Red Planet.
Bond with numerous unique and interesting companions and reveal secrets about their past.
Manage their inventory and level up your companions.
Up to five different endings for many quests changing the conclusions and rewards – even the people you’ll meet and journey with!
A dynamic crafting system that changes the visual appearance of weapon and armor.
Play as a Technomancer – a combat proficient warrior with use of cybernetically enhanced magical abilities.
The Technomancer is slated for a 2016 release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
San Francisco, CA – April 7, 2015 – Zen Studios, a maker of hit digital games including Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball 2, has revealed their latest table inspired by the Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron film. The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron pinball table will bring the blockbuster action of the upcoming film to Zen’s pinball universe on PC, consoles, and mobile platforms including Zen Pinball 2, Pinball FX2, and Marvel Pinball starting on April 21, 2015.
The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron table will allow players to relive the struggle of Earth’s mightiest heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye against Ultron and his seemingly endless army. The table features dedicated game modes for each member of the Avengers team, including a first-person sharpshooting mini-game starring Hawkeye, a spectacular aerial melee combat sequence between Iron Man and Ultron, and selectable difficulty levels to cater to each player’s individual skill level.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron pinball will be available on consoles, PC, and mobile beginning onApril 21, 2015. For more information on Zen’s other tables based on Marvel properties, please visitwww.marvelpinball.com, and for more information on Zen’s library of digital titles, please visit blog.zenstudios.com.
Copenhagen, Denmark – April 1st, 2015 — Independent developer Full Control today announced that the third expansion for Space Hulk: Ascension will launch in April for Windows PC, Mac and Linux on Steam. The Dark Angels Expansion “Bringer of Sorrow” unlocks the Dark Angels Deathwing Chapter and includes over 25 hours of new content with a further 20 story missions and 20 flash missions for players to conquer.
Featuring over 25 hours of content, Space Hulk: Ascension – Dark Angels continues to add incredible features and value to the turn-based strategy game. Written by Graeme Lyon from Black Library, the story campaign “Bringer of Sorrow” sees the planet Corinthe under attack by Tyranid forces, with a newly emerged Space Hulk that has to be eliminated by the Deathwing.
“Dark Angels have been at the top of the community’s most wanted list since we launched Ascension, so we wanted to do something really special for their Space Hulk debut”, said Thomas Hentschel Lund, CEO of Full Control. “The Dark Angels introduce two awesome unique traits – the Plasma Cannon and an all new Apothecary class”.
The Plasma Cannons shoot out huge fireballs of glowing plasma that splash across entire areas, causing insane amounts of damage to swathes of enemies, that can be overcharged for additional splash damage. The Apothecary is a support class that complements players command slot in their squad, that bolster the resolve of nearby Terminators and support defensive play styles.
About Space Hulk: Ascension
Based on the best-selling board game set within the Warhammer 40,000 universe, Space Hulk: Ascension, is a 3D digital turn based strategy game, that features reworked mechanics and a host of new features, including RPG progression mechanics, new Genestealer variations, new rules, and mission structures.
April 1, 2015 — The Soviets began development of their highly experimental ST-1 (the walking tanks) and the SPS-255 (rubberized tank) prior to the beginning of World War II. The First World War introduced trench warfare. The ineffectiveness of conventional infantry in trench warfare demanded the creation of a new types of ground vehicles that could easily maneuverer over and around destroyed roads and battlefields, all while avoiding landmines, and in the case of the SPS-255, deflecting enemy fire.
The Soviets developed the ST-1 as the world’s first and only model of the walking tank. The Soviet ST-1 was able to withstand almost all anti-tank mines and sand dollars. The ST-1’s insect-like appearance and movement instilled fear in the ranks of enemy infantry, but its high production costs lead to the Soviet Union abandoning mass production. The Soviets did repurpose many of the ST-1s parts for other tanks, for example, some parts of the tower appeared in later versions of the Soviet tank KV-1 and t-60 and t-26.
Only 20 units remain from the initial production, 12 of which remain with Russia. The Germans captured five during the war of Stalingrad, and the Americans received three as part of a failed developmental exchange program between the two countries.
Gaijin Entertainment, in honor of innovative ST-1 has released the experimental models of the Soviet walking tank for fans of War Thunder for April 1, 2015 only. Players who use Soviet, German, and American vehicles will have access to the walking tanks. To recreate the walking tanks, War Thunder game developers received top-secret access to the remaining units, were able to study their maneuverability and defenses.
In addition to ST-1s, War Thunder developers decided to give players access to another experimental model of tank, the SPS-255. The concept of the SPS-255 was to provide a tank with easy maneuverability and armor that was able to deflect enemy’s ammo. Rather than traditional armor, the outer shell of the SPS-255 reinforced consisted of rubberized steel that created a bouncing effect the rejected the enemy’s ammo.
To provide players with simulation quality gameplay, Gaijin Entertainment has implemented hit points so that players can try to exploit both tank’s limited vulnerability. Developers are confident that the new tanks will provide fans with a break from War Thunder’s ultra-realistic battles, allowing them to experience what might have been if only mass-production had taken place of both tanks during World War II.
Players wanting to experience the ST-1 (walking tanks) and SPS-255, which are only available today, please visit the “Events” section in War Thunder.