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HITMAN Beta Launch Trailer

February 8, 2016 – Io-Interactive invites players to join Agent 47 on his very first assignment for the International Contract Agency in the upcoming HITMAN Beta.

Labeled “The Prologue”, the Beta takes place twenty years before the Paris Showstopper mission. Set in a secret ICA training facility, the Prologue features a pivotal moment in Agent 47’s life – his introduction to the ICA and very first meeting with his future handler Diana Burnwood. The Prologue features two free-form training hits, which will introduce players to the features and mechanics of the upcoming HITMAN game. The Prologue will also be available as part of the first episode of HITMAN releasing March 11th, 2016.

The only way to guarantee your access to the HITMAN Beta is to pre-order the game digitally on PlayStation 4 via PSN or PC via Steam. Alternatively, you can pre-order the Collector’s Edition. Access to the HITMAN Beta is available for the pre-orders of the Full Experience, Intro Pack and Collector’s Edition.

The PS4 Beta is scheduled to start at 11:00 CET on February 12th 2016 and ends on February 15th at 11:00 CET. In the US, the PS4 Beta is scheduled to start at 08:00 PST on February 12th and ends onFebruary 15th at 08:00 PST. Finally, the PC Beta is scheduled to start at 11:00 CET on February 19th 2016 and ends on February 22nd at 11:00 CET worldwide.

HITMAN will launch on March 11th for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The HITMAN beta starts on February 12th through February 14th on PlayStation 4 and February 19th through February 21st on PC. Players can guarantee access to the beta by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.

All pre-orders will also include the ‘classic’ REQUIEM pack which includes exclusive in-game digital items inspired by Hitman: Blood Money including the Requiem Legacy white suit, Blood Money shirt, tie and gloves, silenced ICA-19 chrome and white rubber duck explosive.

PlayStation users exclusively will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six. 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location and sees Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in this self-contained side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.

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Official Website: hitman.com
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HITMAN World of Assassination Trailer and Pre-Order Info

February 3, 2016 – Pre-orders for Io-Interactive’s much anticipated new HITMAN™ game go live again today. Players will be able to pre-order the ‘Intro Pack’ or the ‘Full Experience’, both of which will guarantee access to the upcoming beta.

A new trailer titled; ‘World of Assassination’ has also been released by the studio today. The world of assassination is a place of hidden violence, secret deals and bloody murder. It is the world where agencies such as the ICA work in the shadows to bring balance – it is the setting for past, present and future Hitman games.

HITMAN will launch on March 11th for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. The HITMAN beta starts on February 12th through February 14th on PlayStation 4 and February 19th through February 21st on PC. Players can guarantee access to the beta by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.

All pre-orders will also include the ‘classic’ REQUIEM pack which includes exclusive in-game digital items inspired by Hitman: Blood Money including the Requiem Legacy white suit, Blood Money shirt, tie and gloves, silenced ICA-19 chrome and white rubber duck explosive.

PlayStation users exclusively will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six. 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location and sees Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in this self-contained side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.

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Official Website: hitman.com
Official Facebook Page: facebook.com/hitman
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Visit the subreddit: reddit.com/r/hitman

Rise of the Tomb Raider: PC Tech Feature

January 27, 2016 – Rise of the Tomb Raider launched on Xbox One to critical acclaim in November of 2015, securing over 60 award nominations and 27 wins. The momentum continues with the PC release on January 28.

This tech-centric feature details improvements available on the PC, such as anisotropic filtering, tessellation, dynamic foliage, and through a partnership with Nvidia, a high-end ambient occlusion technique called HBAO+. Crystal Dynamics and Nixxes worked tirelessly to push the PC version to new heights, giving players unprecedented visual fidelity and the most realistic-looking Tomb Raider adventure to date.

Preorder the Digital Deluxe edition of Rise of the Tomb Raider to get launch-day access to Endurance Mode and Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch. Future content includes a steady stream of outfits, weapons, expedition cards, and the third major DLC drop, Cold Darkness Awakened. Choose your pre-order option at BuyROTTR.com

HITMAN to be Fully Episodic

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COPENHAGEN, January 14, 2016 Io-Interactive today released further details for HITMAN™ which launches on March 11th for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.

A change to the release structure, sees HITMAN become a truly episodic AAA game experience, with a major live component. Where players will perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world.

Starting with a Prologue Mission and a Paris location on March 11th, followed by the next location, set in Italy releasing in April and then Morocco releasing in May. From there HITMAN will deliver regular monthly content updates, including three additional locations; Thailand, the US and Japan until the season concludes in Japan later in 2016. With weekly live events and additional planned content in between the monthly updates.

“We decided to take the full leap and publish HITMAN as a truly episodic game experience,” said Hannes Seifert, Head of Studio at Io-Interactive. “Part of that decision is for that little bit of extra time to ensure every location we release is at the quality level fitting for a HITMAN game. But the main driving reason is that this will allow us to create a living game that will expand and evolve over time and establish a foundation for the future – this is the first game in a storyline which will continue and expand with future Hitman games.”

A new Intro Pack now contains Prologue and Paris levels and will release at the new price of $15 (or local equivalent). Each subsequent location will be priced at $10 as an add-on item to the Intro Pack*. Alternatively, players can buy the Full Experience up front for $60. This includes all of this year’s content as it’s released, and guarantees them not to miss any live or bonus content.

The disc version of HITMAN will ship at the end of 2016.

PlayStation users will also gain access to The Sarajevo Six. 6 Bonus Contracts, one of which will be released with each location and sees Agent 47 travel the world in pursuit of six former members of a paramilitary unit called CICADA in this self-contained side-story exclusive for PlayStation 4 users.

For players wanting to get into the game early, the HITMAN beta starts on February 12th on PlayStation 4 and February 19th on PC. Players can guarantee access to the beta by pre-ordering the Full Experience or the new Intro Pack.

* If players buy the Intro Pack but then want to get into everything the Full Experience offers, they can also choose to buy the Upgrade Pack for $50.

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Official Website: hitman.com
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Rise of the Tomb Raider Windows 10 and Steam Release Date

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REDWOOD CITY (January 5, 2016) – Following Rise of the Tomb Raider’s highly successful release exclusively for Xbox One and Xbox 360, Square Enix® today announced that the game will be available for Windows 10 and Steam on January 28, 2016.

Bringing the game’s thrilling narrative and perilous environments to PC in stunning new detail, developers Crystal Dynamics® and Nixxes Software added numerous features, including Windows 10 support and 4K resolution. Rise of the Tomb Raider® was nominated for Best Action/Adventure for The Game Awards and follows the critically acclaimed, award-winning Tomb Raider®.

“The PC release of Rise of the Tomb Raider continues the positive momentum from our highly successful partnership and collaboration with Microsoft for the launch on Xbox One and Xbox 360,” said Scot Amos co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics.

PC players are a passionate, devoted audience and we know they’ll embrace the version created for their systems,” said Ron Rosenberg, co-Head of Studio at Crystal Dynamics.

After uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider. Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In “Rise of the Tomb Raider,” Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first Tomb Raiding expedition.

The PC version of Rise of the Tomb Raider will be available as a digital download via Steam®, the Windows Store, Amazon™, the Square Enix e-store and other major retailers – both in-store and online. Standard edition pricing is $59.99. The Digital Deluxe edition is $89.99 and includes a Season Pass to nearly all current and future DLC.

A Collector’s Edition, which includes the Digital Deluxe version of the game, a 12-inch Lara Croft® statue, replicas of Lara’s journal and jade necklace, and a steel case, will also be available from the Square Enix e-store for $149.99.

To learn more about Rise of the Tomb Raider, please visit the official website and follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.

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Official YouTube Channel: http://youtube.com/TOMBRAIDER

Final Fantasy Explorers Collector’s Edition Announced

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2015) – SQUARE ENIX® today revealed the Collector’s Edition for FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS® that will be limited and available exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.

In addition to the game, the collector’s edition includes a variety of premium items, including:
·         32-page artbook featuring illustrations by renowned artists Yoshitaka Amano, Gen Kobayashi and Toshiyuki Itahana
·         “Songs for the Journey,” a 20-track music soundtrack sampler comprised of tracks by celebrated Composer Tsuyoshi Sekito
·         Themed FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS Nintendo 3DS hard case
·         Exclusive box packaging, featuring the artwork of series concept artist Amano

The Collector’s Edition will also have codes exclusive to the Western release to unlock in-game quests that allow players to obtain a set of legendary FINAL FANTASY® weapons. These weapons include: Venus Gospel from FINAL FANTASY VII, Death Penalty from DIRGE of CERBERUS®: FINAL FANTASY VII, Crimson Blitz fromLIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, and Thyrus from FINAL FANTASY XIV.

FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS will be available on Jan. 26, 2016, for Nintendo 3DS in North America, and will be priced at $39.99 MSRP. The Collector’s Edition will be sold through the Square Enix Online Storefor $69.99.

Life is Strange Limited Edition Announced

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November 12, 2015 – Following the release of the final episode of LIFE IS STRANGE, we’re excited to announce that DONTNOD’s award-winning episodic series will be getting a boxed Limited Edition release on January 19th 2016 in the US and January 22nd 2016 in PAL territories.

“The response to Life is Strange really has blown us away,” explained Luc Baghadoust, producer at DONTNOD Entertainment, “to be able to share that experience with our fans in a traditional boxed format is something we’re really excited about and the decision to include the extra items for the Limited Edition is a direct response to fan requests.”

The Limited Edition includes a directors’ commentary, a physical 32-page art book, and 14 licensed tracks from the game’s official soundtrack as well as 8 tracks from the game’s composer Jonathan Morali. A full list of included tracks can be found below:

1. Syd Matters – ‘To All Of You’
2. José González – ‘Crosses’
3. Angus & Julia Stone – ‘Santa Monica Dream’
4. Sparklehorse – ‘Piano Fire’
5. alt-J – ‘Something Good’
6. Local Natives – ‘Mt. Washington’
7. Bright Eyes ‘Lua’
8. Mogwai – ‘Kids Will Be Skeletons’
9. Amanda Palmer – ‘In My Mind’ (feat. Brian Viglione)
10. Message To Bears ‘Mountains’
11. Breton – ‘Got Well Soon’
12. Mud Flow – ‘The Sense of Me’
13. Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’
14. Syd Matters – ‘Obstacles’Original Score by Jonathan Morali
15. Jonathan Morali – ‘Golden Hour’
16. Jonathan Morali – ‘The Storm’
17. Jonathan Morali – ‘Blackwell Academy’
18. Jonathan Morali – ‘Kate’
19. Jonathan Morali – ‘Timeless’
20. Jonathan Morali – ‘Timelines’
21. Jonathan Morali – ‘Night Walk’
22. Jonathan Morali – ‘Max & Chloe’

LIFE IS STRANGE follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon finds themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Just Cause 3 Story and Missions Trailer Released

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October 29, 2015 – The fourth – and penultimate – entry in the JUST CAUSE 3 Dev Diary series takes a look at the story and missions driving JUST CAUSE 3’ s explosive action.

In JUST CAUSE 3, Rico Rodriguez returns to his homeland – the Mediterranean island of Medici. Far from the paradise it might appear on the surface, Medici is ruled by the dictator General Di Ravello, who uses the island’s resources to further his plans of world domination. Thankfully, Rico is no stranger to removing tyrannous dictators from power, and takes charge of the rebellion.

 “Our missions are an excuse for you to try cool things,” explains Francesco Antolini, Principal Designer at Avalanche Studios. “…we’ve kept the same philosophy from the rest of the game which leaves the player free to experiment and reach their goals however they prefer.”

As well as highlighting the story and events leading up to the start of the game, the video takes a look at characters and the technologies behind them. In the video, there’s a fantastic insight into performance capture and the camera tech Avalanche Studios has used in bringing JUST CAUSE 3’s cast to life.

Watch the ‘Episode 4 – Story & Missions’ dev diary here –

JUST CAUSE 3, developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix, is due for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and high-end PCs December 1st, 2015.

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Just Cause 3 On A Mission Trailer

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October 8, 2015 – Coinciding with this year’s New York Comic Con, we’re pleased to release the new gameplay trailer On a Mission. The trailer highlights how JUST CAUSE 3’s sandbox gameplay flows into missions, as Rico makes use of his vast arsenal of weapons and abilities to defeat General Di Ravello’ forces.

In this mission, Rico must protect the town of Costa Del Porto from the General’s tanks before breaking his friend Mario out of prison and escorting him to safety. Di Ravello believes the odds are stacked in his favour, but with Rico the General may have bitten off more than he can chew.

Watch the JUST CAUSE 3 ON A MISSION trailer here

Get ready to ‘Set the World on Fire’ on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and high-end Windows PC on December 1st 2015.

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HITMAN Release Details Revealed

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COPENHAGEN, September 29th, 2015 – Io-Interactive today outlines the full release details for HITMAN.

“We’ve had a lot of feedback since we announced HITMAN that has helped us shape these next steps,” said Hannes Seifert, studio head at Io-Interactive. “It’s important that we listen to fans and that we’re open with what we’re doing. So today we’re sharing details on our release plan and we’re announcing something the community has asked for: a new price to enter the game at launch.”

HITMAN will begin on March 11, 2016.

Players can buy HITMAN for USD $59.99, which includes all of the content, access to all live events and guaranteed access to the HITMAN Beta.

Also announced today, the new Intro Pack will be available to pre-order from this November priced at $34.99 and will include all launch content available on March 11, 2016 only, including Live Events and Contracts for those locations.

Players will have an option to Upgrade their Intro Pack to include the remaining HITMAN content for $29.99.

Full Release Details

Initial launch content on March 11, 2016 will include:
·         Three huge sandbox locations: Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh
·         Six campaign missions with 40 unique ways to take out your main targets
·         Contracts mode[4] for all locations with around 800 potential targets

Post launch content will include:
·         One new sandbox location per month in April, May and June
·         Thailand in April, USA in May and Japan in June
·         Each location will come with additional missions, signature kills and more Contracts targets
·         New locations will open up new weapons, tools and disguises for all locations
·         Contracts mode for all locations

Live content* begins on 11 March, 2016 and will include:
·      Weekly live events – including targets which will appear one-time-only for limited time only
·      Weekly Io-Interactive developer team created Contracts
·      Monthly promoted best community created Contracts
·      New items such as weapons and disguises

About HITMAN
Players perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world in HITMAN, a creative stealth action game. HITMAN will be available for digital download from March 11, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC. A disc version of the game will also be available later in 2016.

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Official Website: hitman.com
Official Facebook Page: facebook.com/hitman
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