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MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Announced with Pre-Alpha Footage

VANCOUVER – December 3, 2016 – Piranha Games announced MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries to a packed house of MechWarrior fans tonight via a live stage demo at Mech_Con 2016.

The first standalone single-player MechWarrior title in development for PC in nearly 15 years, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature intense PvE ‘Mech combat in an immersive, career-based Mercenary campaign driven by player choice. Featuring an advancing timeline starting in the year 3015, players will adopt the role of a green MechWarrior mercenary thrust into combat as the Third Succession War continues to fracture the Inner Sphere; the vast region of colonized space surrounding Earth. Victory, prestige, and profit will not only require skill on the battlefield, but in the maintenance and enhancement of your BattleMechs.

Set for release in 2018, MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is under development by a dedicated and separate development team at Piranha Games using Unreal Engine 4. MechWarrior Online, Piranha’s existing F2P multiplayer-focused tactical ‘Mech combat game (built with CryEngine) will continue its ongoing live development by the MWO team at Piranha.

“Our main goal with MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries is to provide fans with a standalone, story-driven single-player experience that allows for a great amount of flexibility in terms of player choice, built on a foundation of the intense, tactical ‘Mech combat the franchise is known for,” said Russ Bullock, president of Piranha Games. “Along with the release of MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries in 2018 we’re going to continue supporting our existing MechWarrior Online game and its fanbase with new updates and regular content releases. MWO is now in its fifth year of development and operation, and there’s still a lot of really cool stuff planned for it. For fans who have been waiting for the return of a true single-player MechWarrior game though, we are really happy to announce MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries.”

The game was revealed in a live playthrough during Russ Bullock’s keynote presentation before a packed crowd in attendance at Mech_Con 2016, and was livestreamed to the global online audience via Twitch.tv. That live demo from the event will be archived here: www.twitch.tv/piranhagames.

Hosted by Piranha Games and featuring a variety of partners – each with a deep history of involvement in the beloved franchise – Mech_Con is a special one-day event dedicated to the celebration of BattleTech and MechWarrior. Mech_Con 2016 was the first of its kind, but Piranha aims to make this an annual celebration of these long-lived and much-loved franchises. Attended by fans from around the world the evening was capped off by an exciting conclusion to the first ever MechWarrior Online World Championship Finals, where two teams of eight duked it out on the battlefield for their shot at the World Championship title and a share of the $143,000+ prize pool.

For more information about MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, and to keep up to date with Piranha Games and MechWarrior Online, make sure to visit the MechWarrior Online website, or follow Piranha Games on Twitter through @PiranhaGames and @MechWarriorF2P.

Path of Exile: Breach Update Launches

Auckland, New Zealand – December 2nd, 2016 – Grinding Gear Games announced today that their brand-new content update (2.5.0) for their hit online ARPG, Path of Exile will launch at noon pacific time today (Friday, Dec 2nd). Path of Exile: Breach is a massive game update that includes the Breach League, a new renderer (Direct X 11/64 bit) and numerous other improvements and additions. More information about Path of Exile: Breach can be found at www.pathofexile.com/breach

Path of Exile: Breach has already gotten a ton of praise in early previews. “The Grinding Gear team have a great handle on what the players want and continue to deliver content across all aspects of the game,” commented MMORPG

“We’re really proud of the Breach challenge league,” said Chris Wilson, managing director for Grinding Gear Games. “It creates tense situations where players have to weigh risk vs. reward. We’re looking forward to playing it ourselves alongside the community when it launches this weekend.”
Path of Exile: Breach Features:

Enter the Breach: Tears in the fabric of reality have formed throughout Wraeclast. Engage them to expose an alternate realm and reveal those who dwell there. Slay monsters inside the Breach to keep it open long enough to reap your bounty.
Challenge the Breachlords: Deep in the Breach, you may draw the ire of horrific new bosses: Breachlords. The more damage you inflict on them, the more treasure they’ll part with during their escape.

Conquer a Breachlord’s Domain: Among the riches found in the Breach, you may also encounter Splinters. Combine 100 Splinters of the same type together to create a Breachstone. When placed in the Map Device, a Breachstone allows travel into a Breachlord’s Domain, the one place where they are truly vulnerable.

Treasures of the Breach: Monsters from the Breach drop new unique items that are specific to their Domain. When slain in their Domain, Breachlords can drop Blessings that allow these new uniques to be upgraded.

Performance Improvements: Content Update 2.5.0 includes the release of our new 64-bit Path of Exile client that uses DirectX 11. It’s a lot faster than the previous version and includes technical improvements such as new fog and cloth physics systems.

Breach Supporter Packs: To celebrate the Breach league, we’re launching two new Supporter Packs. These exist alongside our current Atlas of Worlds Supporter Packs and feature points, forum titles, portrait frames, a weapon effect, a portal effect and an entirely new type of microtransaction: Cloaks.

And Much, Much More! Alongside the Breach league and the new renderer, this update also includes many other changes such as piles of new Unique items, a new Channelling Support Gem, Unique Golem Jewels, a revamped Forsaken Master levelling experience (with many usability improvements) and graphical improvements to early Act One areas.

Path of Exile Key Features Include:

  • Download and play for free, but never pay-to-win
  • A dark and deep action RPG
  • Unlimited character combinations with the game’s gigantic skill tree
  • Combine skill gems to create unique combat strategies
  • Explore a dark and gritty world rendered from a fixed 3D perspective
  • Explore randomly generated levels for nearly infinite replayability
  • Craft weapons, magic items and even end-game maps to become more powerful
  • Cooperate or compete with thousands of other Exiles in a persistent online world
  • Ascend online ladders in every game mode

Path of Exile was released in October 2013 to critical acclaim including winning GameSpot’s PC Game of the Year award. Since its launch, Path of Exile has become a world community of over 14 million players including localized versions in Traditional Chinese, Russian, Thai and Brazilian Portuguese.

Path of Exile: Breach, like every release of PoE, is completely free-to-play (and of course, never Pay to Win – This means that your success in the game is dependent on the depth of your skill, not your wallet).

Dauntless Announcement Trailer

Los Angeles – December 1, 2016 – Phoenix Labs, an independent game studio built on the foundation of delivering great games for players to enjoy together, has revealed their debut title at the 2016 Game Awards with Dauntless. Dauntless is an online co-op action role-playing game (RPG) set in an untamed science-fantasy world. Players take on the role of elite warriors known as Slayers who protect humanity by hunting ferocious Behemoths. Dauntless is being created by a team of industry veterans from BioWare, Riot Games, and other acclaimed studios, led by co-founders, Jesse Houston, Sean Bender and Robin Mayne.

The world of Dauntless has been shattered by a cataclysmic event, creating a vast array of uncharted and majestic floating islands. Behemoths, as cunning as they are vicious, consume the land, and it’s up to the Slayers to hunt them down before they destroy what remains of the world. Slayers will explore an ever-changing frontier, brimming with verdant flora and unique wildlife.

“Phoenix Labs is made up of the most talented and passionate game developers in the world,” said Jesse Houston, co-founder and President at Phoenix Labs. “We make games because we love to play them, and we want to share these experiences with gamers everywhere. We’ve taken inspiration from games like Dark Souls, Monster Hunter, and World of Warcraft to create a new, gripping gaming experience.”

In Dauntless, Slayers can go at it alone or join cooperative parties with up to four people to take on the Behemoth threat. No two encounters are alike – each brings its own unique challenges and rewards. To survive on the Shattered Isles, players collect rewards from their hunts to upgrade their arsenal of weapons and armor in a deep and robust crafting system.

Dauntless will be available as a free-to-play downloadable game on PC in 2017.

Aspiring Slayers can find out more information on Dauntless by visiting and registering at www.playdauntless.com. To be the first to hear updates, like Dauntless on Facebook www.facebook.com/playdauntless and follow the game on Twitter www.twitter.com/playdauntless.

Mass Effect: Andromeda Gameplay Trailer

December 2, 2016 – Today EA and BioWare revealed the next briefing video for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s the Andromeda Initiative, offering a deeper look at the Nexus space station and Ark spaceships. The Nexus, inspired by the Milky Way’s Citadel, alongside the Arks, will serve as the home base for aspiring explorers when they head to the Andromeda Galaxy when Mass Effect: Andromeda launches in 2017.

The new Andromeda Initiative briefing video can be viewed and shared with your readers via the following link: https://www.masseffect.com/andromeda-initiative/training-hub/arks-and-nexus

Fans can sign up for the Andromeda Initiative and receive news alerts for Mass Effect: Andromeda here: http://x.ea.com/25657

Last night at The Game Awards in Los Angeles, Bioware’s general manager, Aaryn Flynn, also took to the stage to unveil a brand-new gameplay walkthrough video for Mass Effect: Andromeda. Providing the first extended look at gameplay, the video highlights the array of planets and vast locations players will visit as they take on the role of Pathfinder. From the fresh new characters, races and alien wildlife to the dynamic combat and deep crafting system, players will experience the acclaimed Mass Effect series like never before in Mass Effect: Andromeda.

Dawn of Andromeda Early Access Trailer

Haarlem, The Netherlands –  December 1, 2016 –  Developer Greywolf Entertainment and publisher Iceberg Interactive announces today that their pausable, real time 4x space strategy game Dawn of Andromeda (PC), is now available in Steam Early Access. Both the developer and publisher invites fans of the 4x space RTS genre to lend a helping hand with their views and feedback in the coming months leading up to launch. During Early Access the development team will work on implementing new features, including the Eras feature, with unique scenarios and background stories. Moreover, the game will be tuned and improved with a strong focus on game configuration options, combat diplomacy and racial improvements.

Explore the Andromeda galaxy and see all it has to offer in the brand new Early Access trailer for Dawn of Andromeda available on Iceberg’s YouTube Channel.

Mike Domingues, lead developer at Greywolf Entertainment says, “We are delighted to finally have arrived at a point where we feel we are ready to show Dawn of Andromeda to the world. The journey isn’t over yet, and we are eagerly waiting for feedback from a wider audience to make sure we release the best game possible.”

Dawn of Andromeda is now available in Steam’s Early Access program at $24.99 with a 10% discount during the week of launch through Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/427570

Features:

  • Explore, expand, exploit and exterminate in this real-time space strategy game, featuring real-time combat in a dynamic and ever-evolving galaxy
  • New factions and characters can join the fray mid-game; artefacts, ruins, anomalies and a huge variety of fascinating elements are scattered throughout the galaxy and can yield new research opportunities. Various characters such as outlaws, merchants, travelers and others roam the galaxy
  • Asymmetric gameplay. Not all races discover space travel at the same time, some may have yet to discover it, some may have already built a mighty empire, and some races may be naturally stronger than others. However if you’d rather prefer a traditional 4X experience and start an entirely symmetric game, it’s up to you
  • Pre-designed, customizable and randomly generated races, each with their own unique backgrounds and traits
  • Accessible gameplay, featuring a highly-intuitive User Interface
  • Eras; unique scenarios, each with a pre-designed galaxy and background stories which you can play as one of the existing factions, each with their own victory conditions, traits, challenges and ongoing conflicts and relationships (Not Available at the start of Early Access)
  • Research incredible technology, from weapons so powerful they can destroy an entire planet, to Dyson Spheres
  • Explore ruins, anomalies and much more. You may even find artefacts you can study, projects you can start and come across interesting events and quests you can take on
  • In-depth diplomacy system. Make allies and enemies, but beware, each action you take can change how the rest of the galaxy will view you. Destroying an entire planet, or just praising or denouncing another race, can have a deep impact on the balance of the entire galaxy
  • Reduce micromanagement by appointing governors to your colonies and council members to your empire, all of whom can be leveled up. Each come with their own unique traits, happiness and experience
  • Multiple, customizable victory conditions, which can even be set to vary for each faction, changing how each faction operates and making for unpredictable friends and foes

For more information on Dawn of Andromeda, please visit the official website at http://www.dawnofandromedia.com or check out the Steam page http://store.steampowered.com/app/427570

Space Hulk: Deathwing Solo Campaign Gameplay Trailer

December 2, 2016 – Space Hulk: Deathwing, the upcoming first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, just ended its Technical Beta. Tens of thousands of players got their hands on the multiplayer co-op mode of the game – in the span of a few days, several millions of Genestealers were purged though relentless assaults led by players who were enthralled by spectacular co-op gameplay served in an immersive rendering of this much-loved setting.

The Beta has helped settle several gameplay adjustments and technical tweaks that the development team has already started to tackle tirelessly. Feedback from the community and players has proven invaluable for the teams at Streum On studio and Focus Home Interactive, who are now putting all their efforts into offering the best possible experience for players when the game releases.

To make the wait until release more bearable, here are 13 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from the single-player campaign. A new Xenos threat has risen from the depths of the Space Hulk. Your Deathwing squad must purge this newly discovered strain, which resembles the Ymgarl Genestealers. These creatures are even more cunning, tough and lethal than regular Genestealers, and their presence on the Space Hulk Olethros remains a mystery. The Psygate, a psychic bridgehead established by the Librarian, enables the Librarian to change equipment and Psychic powers during missions. This allows them adapt to various encounters while exploring the Space Hulk. Squad mates’ loadouts can be also be swapped using the same ability. For example, equipping them with shields and war hammers will transform your squad into a particularly strong and hard hitting force. But, of course, with this setup, your companions won’t be able to deal damage from a distance or heal teammates.

Pre-order now on Steam to get 15% off and one in-game weapon – the Lost Mace of Corswain. Space Hulk: Deathwing is available for download on PC, December 9 before landing on consoles in early 2017. Space Hulk: Deathwing, the upcoming first-person shooter set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, just ended its Technical Beta. Tens of thousands of players got their hands on the multiplayer co-op mode of the game – in the span of a few days, several millions of Genestealers were purged though relentless assaults led by players who were enthralled by spectacular co-op gameplay served in an immersive rendering of this much-loved setting.

The Beta has helped settle several gameplay adjustments and technical tweaks that the development team has already started to tackle tirelessly. Feedback from the community and players has proven invaluable for the teams at Streum On studio and Focus Home Interactive, who are now putting all their efforts into offering the best possible experience for players when the game releases.

To make the wait until release more bearable, here are 13 minutes of uncut gameplay footage from the single-player campaign. A new Xenos threat has risen from the depths of the Space Hulk. Your Deathwing squad must purge this newly discovered strain, which resembles the Ymgarl Genestealers. These creatures are even more cunning, tough and lethal than regular Genestealers, and their presence on the Space Hulk Olethros remains a mystery. The Psygate, a psychic bridgehead established by the Librarian, enables the Librarian to change equipment and Psychic powers during missions. This allows them adapt to various encounters while exploring the Space Hulk. Squad mates’ loadouts can be also be swapped using the same ability. For example, equipping them with shields and war hammers will transform your squad into a particularly strong and hard hitting force. But, of course, with this setup, your companions won’t be able to deal damage from a distance or heal teammates.

Pre-order now on Steam to get 15% off and one in-game weapon – the Lost Mace of Corswain. Space Hulk: Deathwing is available for download on PC, December 9 before landing on consoles in early 2017.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier Extended First Look

December 2, 2016 – Today we can share a first-ever extended first look at The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier, the all-new season in the critically-acclaimed series; and announce that its debut on December 20th will take the form of a special two-part premiere with two episodes debuting on the same day.

Revealed live on stage at The Game Awards tonight, this clip introduces newcomer Javier. We witness how the beginning of the zombie plague affected him and his family before we move forward in time to years later, where he encounters a very familiar face….

The first TWO of five episodes in The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier will premiere digitally worldwide starting Tuesday December 20th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One®, and on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4. The episode will be available the same day for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play. Release dates for additional platforms will be announced in the near future.

Beginning February 14th, the series will also be available for purchase on a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles, which will include the premiere episode for the third season, as well as access to all subsequent episodes in the five episode season for download as they become available.

Users can pre-order the season for their favorite platform now by visiting https://telltale.com/series/the-walking-dead-a-new-frontier/#buy. As a special bonus, PlayStation 4 digital preorders also receive a complimentary copy of The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Walking Dead: Michonne; while Steam users receive a discount of 10% for preordering.

When family is all you have left… how far will you go to protect it? Years after society was ripped apart by undead hands, pockets of civilization emerge from the chaos. But at what cost? Can the living be trusted on this new frontier? As Javier, a young man determined to protect his family, you meet a young girl who has experienced her own unimaginable loss. Her name is Clementine, and your fates are bound together in a story where every choice you make could be your last.

Also confirmed today, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier will act as both a new beginning for players fresh to the series and unfamiliar with Clementine, as well as a continuation for players who have experienced Seasons One and Two. Players new to the series will be able to start a story that is tailored to this new beginning. Players continuing onward from prior seasons will have multiple options for quickly configuring their tailored backstory, or importing past save files from various platforms. Additional information on this feature will be detailed in the coming week.

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series – A New Frontier is expected to receive a rating of ‘M’ (Mature) from the ESRB.

For more news and information on the season, stay tuned to telltale.com, follow @telltalegames on Twitter, and on follow our page on
Facebook.com/TheWalkingDeadGame.

PREY Gameplay Footage from The Game Awards

December 2, 2016 – We’ve just released an extended gameplay walkthrough for Prey, the first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and its recently released critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2. Prey blends simulation and narration, dropping you into a carefully crafted world, then setting you free to play as you want. You can check out the new walkthough video with narration from Creative Director, Raphael Colantonio and Lead Designer, Ricardo Bare

New details about Prey will be revealed in Game Informer’s upcoming exclusive cover story. Be sure to check out the game hub for features, videos and more at www.gameinformer.com/prey.

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities. Prey is slated for release in 2017 on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC. Prey has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information about the game please visit www.prey.com.

ROM: Extraction Release Date and Trailer

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Dec. 1, 2016 – First Contact Entertainment, the new studio formed by a team of virtual reality and AAA game development veterans, has announced its sci-fi action shooter VR title ROM: Extraction will be released on Steam for HTC Vive on December 7, 2016, and will come to the Oculus Store for Oculus Rift soon after. A new trailer has been released in celebration!

ROM: Extraction is a pick-up-and-play, addictive classic arcade shooter, built natively for VR. The heart of the gameplay mechanic is “Throw, Slow & Shoot.” Players will defend themselves against extraterrestrial robots by using the power to slow down time – called “Reflex” power -for an unprecedented style of strategic combat. The game features the first-person immersion of VR, intuitive, motion-based controls, multiple difficulty settings and global and local leaderboards.

The game’s initial release is just the beginning, with a full DLC plan that will unveil the ROM universe. Players can expect cooperative multiplayer, new levels, enemies, weapons, power-ups and more.

The ROM: Extraction Steam Store page can be visited here.

For more information as it develops, please visit www.firstcontactent.com, and follow the studio on Facebook and Twitter.

Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: Scarif – Official Trailer

December 1, 2016 – Today, DICE released the new Star Wars Battlefront Rogue One: Scarif Official Trailer, ahead of the fourth and final expansion pack launching for Season Pass members on December 6. In Rogue One: Scarif, players can experience all-new epic battles and content inspired by the upcoming film, Rogue One™: A Star Wars™ Story. Two new playable heroes, Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic join the battle, four new maps all set in the tropical jungles and beaches of Scarif are introduced, and a new multi-stage game mode with space and ground combat makes it’s debut.

Check out the new trailer here for a sneak peak of what players will experience in Rogue One: Scarif.