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Turok 2: Seeds of Evil Returns to PC

Vancouver, WA (February 28, 2017) – Nightdive Studios, a company specializing in the restoration of classic PC game titles and the publisher behind the successful release of Turok in 2015, is pleased to announce that it will be releasing the sequel, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil on March 16th, 2017.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil is a first person shooter where players assume the role of Turok, an intrepid warrior, fighting their way through a host of new enemies, weapons, and missions. When the game was first released for the Nintendo 64 console, it sold over one million copies, making it a smash success. As Turok, players can run, jump, climb ladders, swim, dive underwater, and even explore a futuristic setting. The remastered game transports players into a sprawling environment with vicious enemies lurking behind every corner. Fans can look forward to new grotesque bosses and over 20 new weapons, including the skull-drilling favorite – The Cerebral Bore – that will send enemy brains flying!

In a thrilling new feature, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil also adds a multiplayer game mode in “Last Turok Standing” where players can battle with friends for an even more visceral gaming experience.

Stephen Kick, CEO and Founder of Nightdive Studios, explains, “Turok 2: Seeds of Evil does more than just continue the series. From the moment that a player first begins their quest in the Port of Adia, they will face a whole new series of challenges and puzzles to solve. Players will also get to use a whole new series of weapons to overcome these challenges. And best of all, players will get to use these weapons against their friends in multiplayer mode!”

Stephen Kick added, “When restoring these classic games, it is important to ensure that they will play on as many different computer hardware configurations as possible. Working with Intel allows our developers to tune the game’s performance to achieve those results.” As a member of the Intel game development community, Nightdive Studios relies on Intel’s tools to optimize game PC performance and to ensure compatibility with today’s modern computers.

At this year’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, on March 1st, 2017, from 10AM until 2PM, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil will be available to play and demo at the Intel booth on the GDC Sky Bridges.

Turok 2: Seeds of Evil will be available to consumers on March 16th, 2017 for PC on digital platforms including Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Store. The pre-sale for the game is available now at: http://store.steampowered.com/app/405830/

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Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Story Trailer Released

February 27, 2017 – Today, People Can Fly and Gearbox Publishing are thrilled to reveal a brand-new story trailer for Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, the upcoming remastered release and definitive experience of the action-packed, critically-acclaimed FPS. Developed by original developer People Can Fly and published worldwide by Gearbox Publishing, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition will release on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Windows PC via Steam on April 7, 2017.

Experience the serious side of the over-the-top shooter through an epic new story trailer, which also provides a closer look at the remastered release’s stunning hi-res overhaul.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Official Announcement Trailer

Burbank, Calif. – February 27, 2017 Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Middle-earth: Shadow of War™, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor™, winner of more than 50 industry awards, including 2015 Game Developers Choice Awards’ Game of the Year, Outstanding Innovation in Gaming at the 2015 D.I.C.E. Awards and the BAFTA for Game Design. Developed by Monolith Productions, Middle-earth: Shadow of War features an original story with the return of Talion and Celebrimbor, who must go behind enemy lines to forge an army and turn all of Mordor against the Dark Lord, Sauron.

In Middle-earth: Shadow of War, players wield a new Ring of Power and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The open-world action-adventure game is brought to life through the expansion of the award-winning Nemesis System. The robust personalization from the first game is now applied to the entire world where the environments and characters are all shaped by player actions and decisions, creating a personal world unique to every gameplay experience.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be available for Xbox One, Project Scorpio, Windows 10 PC (Windows Store and Steam), PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®4 Pro beginning August 22, 2017.  Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be available as an Xbox Play Anywhere title.

“Monolith Productions continues to innovate by introducing deeper, more personalized gameplay experiences, coupled with authentic storytelling,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Middle-earth: Shadow of War truly drives the genre forward by taking the Nemesis System to new heights and allowing players to create their own personal journey within Middle-earth.”

“Following the amazing reception to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, we massively expanded every dimension of the game, including the world, the story, the RPG systems, the core gameplay and of course the personal player stories of the Nemesis System,” said Michael de Plater, Vice President, Creative, Monolith Productions. “As lifelong fans of Middle-earth, we are so grateful to have the privilege to bring to life the most incredible fantasy world ever created in a new way, for a new generation. With Middle-earth: Shadow of War, we can’t wait to see the amazing stories players are going to create and share.”

The innovative Nemesis System created unique personal stories through procedurally-generated enemies who remember every encounter and are differentiated by their personality, strengths and weaknesses. Middle-earth: Shadow of War expands this innovation with the introduction of Followers who bring about entirely new stories of loyalty, betrayal and revenge. The Nemesis System is also expanded to create a unique personal world through Nemesis Fortresses, which allows players to utilize different strategies to conquer dynamic strongholds and create personalized worlds with their unique Orc army.

Set between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of War continues the original narrative of Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Players will be engrossed in a richer, more personal and expansive world full of epic heroes and villains, iconic locations, original enemy types, even more personalities and a new cast of characters with untold stories.

As an Xbox Play Anywhere title, players can purchase a digital version of Middle-earth: Shadow of War once and play it on both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. Gamers can pick up where they left off on another Xbox One or Windows 10 PC, bringing all the saves, game add-ons and achievements with them at no additional cost.

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CCP Games Announces SPARC Virtual Sports Game

27 February 2017 – Atlanta, GA – Today, CCP Games is thrilled to announce Sparc, a unique virtual sport only possible in virtual reality. In Sparc, players connect online to compete with each other in fast and fun full-body VR gameplay.

Currently in development for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR, Sparc will be the first wholly original IP to be shipped by CCP outside of the EVE universe when it releases in 2017.

Sparc‘s skill-based, full-body gameplay makes for a fast-paced and fun physical sport. Players use their motion controllers to throw projectiles at their opponents from a distance, and in turn defend themselves by dodging, blocking, or deflecting the incoming attacks. Players can join one-on-one matches with friends online or find opponents via matchmaking.

Sparc enables players to connect and compete in an online community. Players can watch matches in-person and queue for the next match in VR through Courtside, a freeform social area for spectating in VR or on screen. Sparc includes multiple two-player game modes as well as single-player challenges and training modes, plus a range of customization and personalization options for competitors.

“After our early experiments with standing VR gameplay, we were excited by the idea of building an original sport designed for the current generation of VR hardware. We’ve designed Sparc so that players can express and improve their skill through their physical actions.” said Morgan Godat, Executive Producer at CCP Atlanta. “Ultimately, we want players to think of Sparc as a virtual court in their living room where they can meet and compete with other players from around the world.”

“At CCP games, our goal is to harness our passion for virtual reality as a new medium and create the killer apps for the first generation of VR technology,” said Hilmar Veigar Pétursson, CEO of CCP Games. “We set out to achieve that in mobile VR with Gunjack and in seated VR with EVE: Valkyrie, both released in the first year of VR becoming publicly available. With Sparc, we want to capitalize on the unique strengths of standing VR and deliver a game with all the depth and excitement to keep players returning long into the future.”

Today’s announcement is only the beginning for Sparc and CCP Games plans to reveal further information about Sparc‘s gameplay and feature-set ahead of release later this year.

For more details about the game, please visit www.playSparc.com. You can also find Sparc on Facebook via facebook.com/PlaySparc, or follow the game on Twitter via @PlaySparc.

Card Quest – A Preview (PC)

I love card games.  Outside of video games, card games are some of my favorite ways to spend an evening.  I’ve spent hours playing games such as Magic:  The Gathering, Marvel’s Legendary, Android:  Netrunner, and Dominion.  So, when it comes to card games on the PC, I’m usually up for the challenge, but always feel like there is something missing.  For me, the card game is also something that should be a social event.  I think that’s why Marvel’s Legendary is my all time favorite, as it is cooperative.  Still, I play the hell out of Hearthstone, so I was interested in previewing Card Quest when it came up.  Card Quest is an Steam Early Access game from developer WinterSpring Games and publisher Black Shell Media.  How is it shaping up?  Let’s take a closer look with my preview.

Game Play

The best way to describe the overall game play of Card Quest is as a card driven, dungeon crawler.  You select a class between the three major archetypes (fighter, mage, rogue), and set off on a specific adventure designed to test your class.  The game gives you a specific deck for your class, and sets up ten challenges in a given section of your dungeon.  Each deck has it’s own strengths for both attack and defense, and feel completely different from one another.

The main component of Card Quest is managing your stamina during these encounters.  A typical encounter could have five enemies that you need to kill before moving onto the next round, and each card you use to either attack or defend yourself uses stamina.  You can gain stamina slowly between rounds, or quickly using certain cards.  You also have to manage your stamina between the attack and defense phases of each round.  Using all of your stamina to attack works fine if you can kill all of the monsters.  Otherwise, you are getting hit when they attack you, and you don’t heal.  The smart money is to save some stamina to defend yourself.  You can also spend stamina to draw a card, though that usually is a desperate measure due to the amount of stamina it will cost you.

This stamina management is what really drives Card Quest and turned a fifteen minute game test, into a full hour long run trying to beat the first boss.  The first rounds really lull you into a false sense of security, then that 40 h.p. monster comes down and just beats you senseless, because you didn’t manage your stamina, can’t stun lock the boss, and need to do a ton of damage.  You also have to manage your combinations too.  Certain cards will have bonus effects if played in sequence, so the game makes it enticing enough to use more stamina, because you want to hit certain bonuses.

You gain experience every time you win a battle, and will level up.  As you level up,  you will gain more equipment that will give your character different bonuses, more hit points, or more stamina.  There isn’t any packs of cards or collectible aspect, at least as of now, so you will quickly learn what each card can do and the limits of the decks.  The challenge is definitely there, and I found Card Quest to be a little more difficult than I was initially expecting.

Aesthetics

Card Quest uses an older aesthetic that really brings back the early days of my PC gaming life.  Looking and sounding more like Bard’s Tale than Hearthstone, Card Quest revels in the older aesthetic and makes it feel right.  After my first hour of gameplay, I was so focused on beating that boss that the art and graphics blended into the background.  I feel that the aesthetics goes well with the gameplay, and it shouldn’t have been any other way.

Each card has it’s own artwork, so identifying cards becomes easier over time.  The cards are fairly easy to understand, though it will take some time to get used to what each card actually does, especially when it comes to the combo powers.  Due to the small space on each card, symbols are used and are fairly easy to understand.  I did love how the chain ability on the card would change color if you had done enough to combo the cards together.  That little bit right there helps out a lot in helping out deciding what card to use.

(Not So) Final Thoughts

Card Quest is in early access on Steam, so this preview is based on the build as of the last week or two.  While I never expect developers to make massive changes from one build to another, it can happen.  In its current state, Card Quest is a very challenging and fun card game that is deeper than it comes on to be.  What first seems like a bad card game clone of other popular card games, ends up being a huge test in how you can manage your stamina and plan both of your offence and defense, to protect your non-regenerating health.  I was absolutely sucked into Card Quest for the first two hours, just trying to beat the first boss.  If you are into card based games, Card Quest is a great way to spend an evening or two.  Card Quest is available now through Steam Early Access for $7.99.

The Mage’s Tale Announced for Oculus Touch

(Newport Beach, CA –  February 24, 2017) – inXile Entertainment announces The Mage’s Tale, a VR action RPG developed for Oculus Touch, and set for a 2017 launch. inXile Entertainment is the developer behind some of today’s most revered RPGs, such as game of the year Wasteland 2, and the soon to launch Torment: Tides of Numenera (Feb. 28th on PC and console).  In addition, inXile is currently developing both The Bard’s Tale IV and Wasteland 3.

“When I was a kid our dungeons consisted of playing Dungeons and Dragons on graph paper. From there I graduated to playing classic computer games in black and white like Wizardry, which inspired me to create a full color dungeon crawl with Bard’s Tale. The window for the players kept getting bigger, the graphics more advanced, and now with The Mage’s Tale, we are inside the dungeon,” said Brian Fargo, dungeon crawler expert and CEO of inXile Entertainment.

About The Mage’s Tale – VR Action, Adventure, Puzzle Solving RPG

Welcome, apprentice. Don your Wizard’s robe and become a mighty conjuror. The corrupted wizard, Gaufroi, has kidnapped your master, Mage Alguin, and it’s up to you to save him. To win the day, you must conquer eleven devious dungeons, from the stinking sewers of Skara Brae to the living tombs of evil Charm. Mind bending puzzles, terrifying traps, and deadly monsters stand in your way, all perfectly capable of sending you to an early grave.

But worry not. You wield raw elemental power in the palm of your hand, allowing you to sling gouts of flame, javelins of ice, arcs of lightning, and swirling tempests which can finish off any fiend that stands in your way – from the snarkiest goblin to the burliest giant. And as you delve deeper into the depths, you find and master forgotten secrets, ancient lore, and powerful spell reagents with which you can craft increasingly exotic spells to defeat even greater foes. You may be an apprentice now, but to save your master, this must become your Mage’s Tale.

Hellion Early Access Launch Trailer

February 24th 2017 – Independent developer Zero Gravity today launched their debut first-person space survival multiplayer title Hellion on Steam Early Access for $24.99/£18.99/€22.99. In the Hellion solar system, all in-game objects from planets and moons to ships and stations abide by Newtonian physics and full orbital mechanics. Players have to survive in the most hostile environment known to man by protecting themselves from the vacuum of space, gathering scarce life support resources, maintaining their base and interacting with other players.

Launching Hellion on Steam Early Access is a big step forward for us”, said Marko Smiljanic, Creative Director at Zero Gravity. “The PC player base is extremely varied and demanding so having access to it during the development process allows us shape Hellion into what sci-fi fans really want”.

The first Hellion Early Access build allows players to salvage derelict station modules in order to obtain parts and resources to build their base and upgrade their own equipment. Hellion colonists can also choose to EVA mine raw resources and refine them into fuel, air and crafting components. Survivors have to exchange the safety of the ship for a thrilling EVA experience as they explore the ruins of mankind’s first interstellar colony in search of intel, resources and equipment. Players will experience the unique feel of zero gravity movement without restrictions and master the use of inertia for maximum benefit. The Hellion Early Access build offers free multiplayer interactions so players are able to play as a lone wolf, team up to pilot multi-crew ships with realistic navigation, or engage in PvP close quarters combat.

Future patches will add fully modular ship and equipment customization, ship to ship combat, asteroid ship mining, gas giant harvesting, realistic wound mechanics, suit damage and degradation, as well as allow building and hacking a security system and much more. Full current and future feature lists can be found here: https://www.playhellion.com/features

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Railway Empire Unveiled with Teaser Trailer

Ridgewood NJ, February 23, 2017 – Kalypso Media and Gaming Minds Studios are excited to announce Railway Empire, a brand-new tycoon simulation game that promises to bring all the drama and excitement of running your own rail company, starting in 1830’s America as you expand your business from coast to coast across 100 years of booming industry. Out-think and outmaneuver your rivals, research innovative new technologies and expand your network across a huge gaming world. Railway Empire is currently planned for a Q4 2017 release.

Further details and gameplay will be shown as the game is revealed at GDC 2017 in San Francisco, where attendees will be welcome to see the game in action and find out all the details and features behind this expansive and ambitious new strategy title. Also in attendance will be Daniel Dumont, Creative Director at development studio Gaming Minds, who be on-hand to give insights direct from the studio itself.

To whet your appetite before the full gameplay demos at GDC, Kalypso Media has released a teaser trailer to give gamers a glimpse at what to expect as they forge their very own Railway Empire.

Coffee Stain to Publish Deep Rock Galactic

Skövde, Sweden (February 24, 2017), Coffee Stain, masters of Goat Simulation, takes a bite of danish developer Ghost Ship Games & becomes publisher of DEEP ROCK GALACTIC!

After six successful years, swedish indie developer and publisher Coffee Stain looks to grow the business, and one step towards that goal comes as Coffee Stain buys into danish developer Ghost Ship Games acquiring a minority stake of the company! Ghost Ship Games was founded in 2016 by a group of danish industry veterans on a mission to create amazing co-op experiences.  The first game of the studio, Deep Rock Galactic will be published by Coffee Stain Publishing, and launches later this year! The companies are forming a strong alliance to fight the future together!

“This is the start of something extremely exciting. Coffee Stain has for some time looked for good ways of expanding, and we see this as a perfect way. The crew sailing Ghost Ship will complement us well with their experience, and in return we will bring our goat-minds to their table!” – Anton Westbergh, CEO of Coffee Stain

“Right after my first meeting with Coffee Stain at Dreamhack in Sweden, I knew they would be the perfect business “co-op player” for us. Coffee Stain are developers by heart, but has again and again proven their sea-worthiness in the international games industry. This is going to be an amazing journey!” – Søren Lundgaard, CEO of Ghost Ship Games

“Coffee Stain is the perfect business partner for us. We strongly believe that their experience with the development and publishing of Goat Simulator, Sanctum 1 and 2, will help us reach a bigger audience than we could ever have dreamed doing ourself as a small indie developer….and they are really nice guys too.” – Mikkel Martin Pedersen, Game Director of Ghost Ship Games

DEEP ROCK GALACTIC

Get ready to dig deep into procedurally generated cave systems in this frantic fps co-op action game. In Deep Rock Galactic, you take the role as a space dwarf, ready to do what dwarves do best, dig for minerals and gold! As part of the recently announced publishing initiative from Coffee Stain, Deep Rock Galactic will be going out in 2017. Read more about Deep Rock Galactic over at http://www.ghostship.dk/

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Northgard Early Access Trailer

Bordeaux – 22nd of February – The new Viking strategy game Northgard will be available today on Steam Early Access for $19.99, bringing a unique mix of exploration, village building and combat heavily infused with Norse mythology.

Being developed by popular indie studio Shiro Games (Evoland 1 & 2), in Northgard players take control of a Viking clan who arrive on unknown and unforgiving shores, where they have to establish a village, gather resources, grow their society and defeat their opponents. In their quest to conquer this new and mysterious world, clans will face off against undead warriors, giants, dragons and other foes while surviving the harshest environments.

The Early Access version of Northgard allows players to:

  • Build settlements on the newly discovered hostile continent of Northgard while assigning and commanding vikings to various jobs (Merchant, Farmer, Warrior, Sailor, Loremaster…)
  • Manage resources carefully to survive the harsh winters and vicious enemies
  • Expand and discover new territory giving unique strategic opportunities
  • Achieve different victory conditions such as Conquest, Fame, Lore and Trading

“We have always been fans of strategy and simulation games, and with Northgard we have taken what we think are all the best bits, and added a lot of cool Viking themes and fantasy to the mix,” said Nicolas Cannasse, co-founder of Shiro Games. “Launching on Early Access will allow us to get direct feedback from our players which we’ll use in fine-tuning the development of Northgard. Not only that, we’ll also be bringing lots of cool new features to the game in the coming months, like new clans to play around with and a story driven campaign amongst other things.”

Early Access is just the start for Northgard, with Shiro Games continuing to add new content to the game during development. Extra features planned for Northgard include a full dedicated multiplayer mode, a story driven campaign mode, new playable clans and a host of new features such as an improved trading and diplomacy system, and more victory conditions.

More details can be found on the official website, Facebook and Twitter pages.