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Heroes & Generals – Videolog: ‘Devyatayev – Squad’ update

May 27th, 2016 Copenhagen — Reto-Moto introduces a new Squad experience for the popular WWII MMOFPS Heroes & Generals, changing the way players fight together, bringing them closer to each other, improving the gameplay experience and supporting their efforts towards victory.

Furthermore, the ‘Devyatayev – Squad’ Update brings the new Soviet T-20 Komsomolets terrain vehicle, new camouflage uniforms for all factions, the German Panzerwurfmine and more exciting news.

The new Squad feature helps new and Veteran players to get together and fight to succeed on the battlefield. Every Squad member benefits from each other by being awarded experience for fighting together in a Squad and for achievements on the battlefield. Additionally, for every Squad member with a Veteran Membership, every other member gets a five percent bonus of the Veteran Membership for free.

“Soldiers go to war fighting for their country but end up fighting for their friends. The new Squad system makes it much easier to stay and fight with your friends and find new ones” says Jacob Andersen, Game Director at Reto-Moto. “We all know that working together as a team greatly enhances your chance for success. The team at Reto-Moto has worked hard on this new feature for many months and we are all really proud to deliver the new Squad system so our players can be more successful on the battlefields.”

The Soviet T-20 Komsomolets is a Squad-friendly vehicle, with plenty of space for soldiers to hitch a ride to the frontline. Squads can quickly advance from one control point to the next, while being protected by light armor and supported by a light machine gun – an uber-useful vehicle for all Soviet Squads!

All factions receive new camouflage uniforms, which help soldiers to stay unseen in any kind of terrain. Additionally, having similar camouflage uniforms in a Squad can be a fantastic way to show you fight together, even if you fulfill different roles.

For the German troops, we introduce the new Panzerwurfmine, which is a throwing anti-tank grenade that grants more mobility than the existing ground or magnetic mines.

The ‘Devyatatev’ update is named after the Soviet Soldier Mikhael Petrovich Devyatayev, who managed to escape a labour camp with the help of three other soldiers. His story is representative of the whole update’s significance: Working together will lead to success.

The full changelog for the ‘Devyatayev – Squad’ update can be found here.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer – We Are Ghosts

May 26, 2016 – Watch this brand new trailer and see how the Ghosts decide to take on a massive and dangerous open-world. Sent behind enemy lines, Ghosts will have to cripple the Santa Blanca cartel’s operation, breaking alliances between the drug lords and the corrupted government, and saving the Bolivian population from the cruelty of El Sueño, Santa Blanca’s ruthless leader.  To do so, players will have a total freedom of choice to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions.

Fans of Ghost Recon Wildlands can pre-order the following editions:

Standard Edition available for $59.99 – Take down the cartel, become a ghost and explore Bolivia.  A few years from now, Bolivia has become the largest cocaine producer in the world.  As a Ghost, you must stop the cartel by any means necessary.  Create and fully customize your Ghost, weapons, and gear.  Lead your team and take down the cartel, either solo or with up to three friends.

Deluxe Edition available for $69.99 – Includes the Standard Edition and the digital Deluxe Pack which includes: the Huntsman rifle and motorbike, three emblems, three weapon camo, three character customization items and a XP booster.

Gold Edition available for $99.99 – Includes the Deluxe pack and Seasons Pass content, giving players access to two major expansions as well as exclusive digital content featuring equipment packs, an exclusive vehicle and epic weapons.

Collector’s Edition Standard available for $119.99, Deluxe available for $129.99 and Gold available for $159.99 – Includes the edition of your choice with a Santa Muerte figurine and collectible posters designed by Ken Taylor.

Fans who pre-order the game will also receive a bonus mission, “The Peruvian Connection.”  Players will embark on a perilous mission among the high mountains of Bolivia to break the alliance between Santa Blanca and the Peruvian Cartels.

These editions can be pre-ordered at the Uplay Shop by visiting http://shop.ubi.com/

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, please visit: http://ghostrecon.com

For the latest on all of Ubisoft’s games, please visit the UbiBlog: http://blog.ubi.com.

Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha 2 Now Available

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Cambridge, UK. 25 May 2016. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) has launched the second phase of Planet Coaster’s Early-Bird Alpha for PC, putting the most powerful creative tools ever designed for a simulation game in the hands of the Planet Coaster Alpha community.

Planet Coaster is the next great leap for creative gaming and coaster park simulation, building on a decade of experience from the studio behind the genre’s benchmark. At launch, Planet Coaster will deliver the most powerful creative tools, the deepest coaster park simulation, the most expressive and believable crowds, and the most comprehensive sharing and community features. All in the world’s most authentic coaster park game.

Planet Coaster’s Early-Bird Alpha launched in March, allowing players to build rides, lay paths, place scenery and explore the revolutionary modular construction system. The extraordinary success of the first Alpha has seen YouTube flooded with spectacular creations from the incredible Planet Coaster Alpha community.

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 takes another major step towards launch. Alpha 2’s new Terrain Sculpting toolset lets players reshape the earth itself, forging hills, mountains, craters and caverns to create something truly unique. Whether building the coaster park of your dreams, re-creating a natural wonder or crafting impossible floating islands in the sky,Planet Coaster lets you bring any creative vision to life.

And Alpha 2 players can now build their own rollercoasters with Planet Coaster’s advanced construction toolset. Planet Coaster Alpha 2 lets players build high into the sky, tunnel below ground and even carve through mountains as they build without limits.Alpha 2 introduces more authentic coaster types, new stations and all-new paint options to offer unprecedented opportunities for customization and creativity.

Planet Coaster Alpha 2 also adds dozens of new features to make construction easier than ever before. Advanced controls allow for precision editing of scenery, all-new building pieces unlock new design options, and new curved elevated paths let guests explore your parks from every angle.

This summer, Phase 3 of the Planet Coaster Early Bird Alpha will add further features on the road to Planet Coaster’s launch in Q4 2016.

We hope you’ll join us for the ride.

Planet Coaster’s Early Bird Alpha is available to play now at FrontierStore.net for £49.99 ($74.99, €67.99, 3,750 RUB).

Planet Coaster will be available at launch in Q4 for £29.99 ($49.99, €39.99, 2,250 RUB), and is available to pre-order today at the discounted price of £19.99 ($29.99, €26.99, 1,500 RUB).

See the Planet Coaster trailer, pre-order, get early access and even become part of the game at PlanetCoaster.com. Join Planet Coaster on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram all @PlanetCoaster.

New Screenshots from The Surge

May 25, 2016 – The Surge is the new sci-fi Action RPG from developer Deck 13, set in the near-future. Play as a CREO factory employee Warren, equipped with a highly advanced mechanical exoskeleton designed to assist in heavy industrial labour. Start your journey as a new CREO applicant, in a massive international company dedicated to repairing the atmosphere and addressing climate control. Soon, danger rears its ugly head, and you will have to upgrade your exoskeleton to fight and survive.

The Surge’s combat system is fast-paced, tactical, and brutal, with an innovative limb targeting system enabling you to attack and cut off specific limbs, farming materials to craft upgrades for your exo-suit. Some enemies will have less armour on their legs or their arms, making for an easy kill, but poor loot! You have to decide if you want to go for the easy kill, or instead opt for modules and crafting materials that will give you a combative edge.

The screenshots revealed today show off some of the security forces you’ll be facing in your adventure. They use the same exo-suit technology as you but have tools built for combat, making them incredibly deadly foes. In The Surge, you will not just be facing opponents your own size; towering mechanical enemies armed to the teeth are ready to face against you.

The Surge will be present at E3 2016 in Los Angeles on June 14-16.

SNOW Introduces Snowboards and Snowmobiles

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STOCKHOLM – May 24, 2016 – Poppermost Productions has announced that snowboards and snowmobiles are now available in SNOW! This highly anticipated development marks a key milestone in SNOW’s promise of providing the most fun and lifelike winter action sports experience to date.

“Snowboarding and snowmobiling have always been cornerstones of our vision for SNOW,” said Alexander Bergendahl, CEO at Poppermost. “We’ve put tremendous care and energy into capturing the very unique ways in which these sports feel in order to deliver that same level of enjoyable authenticity our community has come to expect from the game.”

Poppermost worked hand in hand with core community members to make snowboarding look and feel great from the first push, studying the sport to pinpoint the nuanced differences between how snowboarders and skiers share the mountain. The team will continue to fine-tune these mechanics in ongoing updates with feedback from players. And in true SNOW style, a handpicked selection of boards, bindings, boots and other gear from real-life snowboarding brands like Ride are now available in the in-game store, with additional brands to be revealed throughout the year.

Snowmobiles bring a new dimension of freedom to the game, as players can now drive up the mountain. These powerful vehicles are accessible from anywhere, making it easier than ever to get to those fresh powder cliff drops and backcountry trails. Snowmobiles even have their own sets of tricks and maneuvers for true adrenaline-seekers!

SNOW is now in open beta as a free-to-play title on Windows PC via Steam Early Access, with a beta test on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system expected later this year. Support for PlayStation®VR and Oculus Rift is also in development. For more information, visit SNOW’s official website at www.snowthegame.com, and follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.

New Screenshots from Vampyr

May 24, 2016 – Vampyr, the new action-RPG from acclaimed game-development studio DontNod, releases new images today depicting the duality of the central character. Set in London, 1918, Vampyr promises to offer a unique and deeply immersive experience, and a strong and engaging narrative steeped in vampire mythology.

In Vampyr, players take control of Dr. Jonathan Reid, a newly formed vampire who is torn between the Hippocratic Oath he swore as a doctor, and the bloodthirsty need to kill due to the monster within. While London suffers from the Spanish Flu pandemic, your first reflex as a doctor would be to help and heal people… but it will be impossible for you to ignore your inner, violent, nature of Vampyr – first and foremost, you are a lethal predator.

As a Vampyr, you have to accept your need to sacrifice people to survive. Feeding on people will be the basis of your character progression, as it will allow you to learn supernatural Vampyr powers and talents that will be useful in persuasion, locomotion, survivability, and combat. So the dilemma that’s offered to you isn’t “should I kill people?” but more “who will I kill”? And this decision won’t be without consequences. Killing one person will create a rippling effect on London’s ecosystem and you will have to live with both the repercussions and their death on your conscience. Decide to feed on a renowned doctor from the city hospital, and progressively see the health condition of the patients drop.

Every life saved and every life taken by Reid will have deadly ramifications to London and the people around it. When Vampyr releases in 2017, players will be asked: how far are you ready to go?

Vampyr will be present at E3 2016 in Los Angeles on June 14-16.

Deadlight: Director’s Cut ‘Survival Arena’ Mode Trailer

Larkspur, Calif., May 24, 2016 – Deep Silver today showcases the ‘Survival Arena’ Mode exclusive for Deadlight: Director’s Cut, co-developed by Tequila Works and Abstraction Games. In order to handle the oncoming wave of zombies, the player will need to act swiftly and decide wisely on which course of action will prolong their survival. Deadlight: Director’s Cut will launch June 21, 2016 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC digitally for $19.99.

In the all new Survival Arena Mode, pick-ups are essential to withstand the hordes, such as in-map weapons and ammunition. Changing the game, different weapons will also be introduced, including the Machine Gun, Molotov Cocktail and Sniper Rifle. A further helping hand will be offered though medical kits scattered across the map. Destructible environments are another strategic aid to look out for, such as walls and surfaces which can be demolished to access untrodden areas. Defenses can also be utilized to venture to new areas within the mode or to halt zombies. The Survival Arena mode will include a Leaderboard with the player rankings based on survival time.

The PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One versions of Deadlight: Directors Cut will now also offer the Nightmare Mode, revealing an alternate ending to Deadlight once the game has been completed.

Features:
• Separated from his family, search the ruins of a ‘1986’ Seattle and uncover the fate of Randall’s loved ones
• Solve puzzles and overcome environmental hazards in tense 2D platforming
• Decimate zombies with melee combat and weapons, or sneak past them
• Combat isn’t always the answer, especially when ammunition, weapons, and resources are scarce
• Survive endless waves of zombies in the new ‘Survival Arena’ mode! Use Interactive defenses to block zombies and access new areas, or fight back using different weapons like the Machine Gun, Molotov Cocktail and Sniper Rifle and try to rank above the rest in online-leader boards
• Take on the ultimate survival challenge on PS4 and Xbox One in the previously PC-exclusive ‘Nightmare’ difficulty mode
• Running at 1080p on all platforms, with superior controls and enhanced animations
• Watch the original Developer Diaries and learn more about the Deadlight series!
• Explore the gorgeous art of Deadlight in the Deadlight: Director’s Cut digital art book accessed in-game!

Product Details
Platforms: PS4™, Xbox One, PC
Release: June 21, 2016
Developers: Abstraction Games and Tequila Works
Publisher: Deep Silver
Genre: 2D Side-Scroller / Survival Horror
Players: Single Player with Online Leaderboards
ESRB Rating: M
MSRP: $19.99

Overwatch Launch Day Activities and Animated Short

In addition to the new animated short above, Blizzard has released some information regarding various cool Overwatch launch day events! Check out the following:

Clueless Gamer with Conan O’Brien

Tonight at 8pm PT / 11pm ET watch Game of Thrones stars Peter Dinklage and Lena Headey play Overwatch with Conan in this very special edition of Clueless Gamer.

More info is available here: https://twitter.com/TeamCoco/status/734514735559888898?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

 

“Hero” Animated Short Featuring Soldier: 76

Old habits die hard for one ex-Overwatch agent in the fourth and final animated short for this season. “Hero” follows the masked vigilante Soldier: 76 on a personal mission to Dorado where he’s set to investigate the illegal activities of the Los Muertos gang—but an unexpected complication threatens to compromise his objective.

Watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPRRupAM4DI

 

Overwatch Launch Protocols

Overwatch will launch in all gameplay regions on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at the same time globally, beginning at 4pm PT / 7pm ET. Here’s a link to the launch protocols, which outline everything you need to know for launch day!

Blog post:

https://playoverwatch.com/en-us/blog/20119623

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition Coming to Retail June 14

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May 23, 2016 – Nordic Games partners up with Microsoft Studios and Moon Studios to bring the Steam version of Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition to retail. The publisher will offer two editions – Standard and Limited Edition – which will both release on June 14, 2016.

“My colleagues and I at Nordic Games were Ori fans from the very beginning”, said Reinhard Pollice, Business and Product Development Director at Nordic Games. “There is a fundamental connection with platformers in our team. Combine this with the unique art style, the gripping atmosphere, and the immaculate gameplay of Ori and the Blind Forest, and you’ll see our team drooling all over this amazing game. In more formal words: We are more than happy to work together with Microsoft Studios and Moon Studios and publish this gem of a game in its PC retail version and give it the physical representation it deserves.”

“Since we released Ori and the Blind Forest, we’ve received many mails, tweets and requests from fans asking for a boxed retail release, so we’re extremely pleased to finally make everyone’s wish come true,” said Thomas Mahler, CEO of Moon Studios. “We hope that all of you will be pleased with what we’ve put together for this retail release of Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition. We can’t wait to finally see Ori and the Blind Forest on shelves and we once again want to thank all of our fans and everyone who supported Moon and Ori over the last few years – we’re deeply humbled and appreciative, thank you so much!”

The Standard retail version of the Definitive Edition retails at EUR/USD 19.99 and includes:

  • Premium Packaging
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Game DVD
  • A3 Poster

The Limited retail version of the Definitive Edition retails at EUR/USD 29.99 and includes:

  • Steelbox
  • Quickstart Guide
  • Game DVD
  • Audio-CD OST
  • 2 Postcards
  • 2 Double-Sided A3 Posters

And for those who enjoy playing Ori on Xbox One, Microsoft will – in partnership with stores across the US –release the critically-acclaimed Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition for Xbox One on June 14, 2016 for $19.99.

What’s new about the Definitive Edition?

  • Packed with new and additional content: new areas, new abilities, more story sequences, multiple difficulty modes, fast travel between areas and much more!
  • Discover Naru’s past in two brand new environments
  • Master two powerful new abilities – Dash and Light Burst
  • Find new secret areas and explore Nibel faster by teleporting between Spirit Wells

About Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition

Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive Edition is a must-play, award-winning franchise that tells the tale of a young orphan destined for heroics, through a visually stunning action-platformer. Featuring hand-painted artwork, meticulously animated character performance, a fully orchestrated score and dozens more features, Ori and the Blind Forest explores a deeply emotional story about love and sacrifi ce, and the hope that exists in us all.

The Technomancer – Companions Trailer

May 19, 2016 – The Technomancer, the sci-fi RPG set on Mars, releases on June 28 and will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. A few days ago the Gameplay Trailer unveiled deep RPG mechanics – character evolution, dynamic combat, crafting, equipment customization, multiple ways to solve quests – as well as a captivating story where all your choices will have a direct impact on the destiny of Mars.

Today, the Companions Trailer unveils how all these gameplay mechanics are enriched by the interactions and relationships you will create with the companions who will follow you in your journey through the Red Planet.

Each companion has his own story. Get to know them because some will join out of loyalty, others out of mere opportunity… or as a result of a chain of unfortunate events. When you are out there, exploring or fighting, you may select up to 2 companions in your party to come with you. Choose carefully, as they all have their own unique fighting styles that should complement your own, including special talents useful for utility, such as crafting, knowledge in science, or lockpicking. Picking one companion over another thus has a significant impact on the way you play The Technomancer, as well as there is an impact on the story you are living.

Your companions all have their agenda or preoccupations. They regularly ask you for help or for favors. Should you decide to accept their requests, you will trigger a special series of missions that let you learn more about their past. These quests follow their unique scenario that enriches the main story. Completing these side quests will add numerous hours of gameplay, and will improve your relationship with your companions…

Your companions level up alongside you. Each one gets his own inventory from where you can modify their gear at any time. Equip them with new weapons and armour that you can upgrade with your crafting talents. Make sure to provide them with the best equipment, you will drastically increase their survivability and lethality. And, you can also make sure they look appropriately badass as they run with you around the deadly place that is Mars.

Each of your companions has his/her own behavior, opinions, and moral code. If you act too much against their beliefs, they might get so upset that they would go so far as to leave your group. On the contrary, shine and prove worthy of their trust, and you’ll nurture friendships… or even romances. All your decisions will have irreversible consequences on Mars and its inhabitants!

This is perfectly illustrated in today’s 3 minute-long Companions Trailer!

Forge the destiny of Mars in this epic sci-fi RPG, available June 28 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.