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Hood: Outlaws and Legends Gets A Cinematic Trailer

Early access for Hood: Outlaws and Legends, the new medieval co-op PvPvE heist game, is just a day away on May 7 for all pre-orders. But today Sumo Digital and Focus Home Interactive have a new cinematic trailer to get your blood pumping and set the stage for this intense game of teamwork, strategy, and action.

Hood: Outlaws & Legends offers a unique mix of stealth and combat. In each heist, two teams of four compete to steal and extract a heavily guarded vault of riches from the villainous Sheriff and his elite guards. Carefully coordinate with your team to infiltrate, gather information, take control of the map, grab the treasure and get out with it alive. Combine the skills and individual perks of four character classes to beat your opponents to victory and earn new prizes for the next match.

It’s your last chance to pre-order Hood: Outlaws & Legends now on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC to get exclusive early access on May 7 — three days before the official release on May 10. Pre-orders will get the “Forest Lords” cosmetic pack for free, featuring unique outfits and weapon skins for your characters. You can also pre-order the game’s Year 1 Edition, which includes three Battle Passes due to be released post-launch.

SQUARE ENIX, SEGA, BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT, and More Confirmed for E3 2021

The list of companies confirmed for the all-virtual E3 2021 continues to grow with the addition of several high-profile video game publishers and developers, as well as tech, hardware and streaming companies. SQUARE ENIX, SEGA, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment, XSEED Games / Marvelous USA, Inc., Gearbox Entertainment, Freedom Games, Devious Eye Entertainment, Turtle Beach, Verizon and Binge.com are joining the fray and preparing to bring major announcements and reveals to fans throughout E3, which takes place June 12 through June 15.

“E3 2021 is set to continue its legacy as the premier video game industry event as we add new publishers, sponsors and partners” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President & CEO of the ESA. “We can’t wait to share more details about this virtual event for audiences around the globe.”

Previously confirmed E3 partners include Nintendo, Xbox, Capcom, Ubisoft, Take-Two Interactive and Warner Bros. Games.

A growing list of publishers and participating partners can be found on the E3 2021 website. Please also visit the website for more updates about E3 2021, registration dates, portal and app details, and more.

New Strange Things 4 Teaser Released

A love letter to the ‘80s classic genre films that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is a thrilling drama set in the seemingly normal Midwestern town of Hawkins, Indiana. After a boy vanishes into thin air, his close-knit group of friends and family search for answers and are pulled into a high-stakes and deadly series of events. Beneath the surface of their ordinary town lurks an extraordinary supernatural mystery, along with top-secret government experiments and a dangerous gateway that connects our world to a powerful yet sinister realm. Friendships will be tested and lives will be altered as what they discover will change Hawkins and possibly the world — forever.

Since its release in 2016, the global phenomenon Stranger Things has garnered over 65 award wins and 175 award nominations, including those from the Emmys, Golden Globes, Grammys, SAG, DGA, PGA, WGA, BAFTA, a Peabody Award, AFI Program of the Year, the People’s Choice Awards, MTV Movie & TV Awards, Teen Choice Awards, and many others. The three-time Emmy Award Nominee for Best Drama is one of Netflix’s most watched titles, with Season 3 alone amassing 40.7 million household accounts in its first four days — more than any other Netflix film or series in that timeframe — and 64 million member households in the first four weeks.

Stranger Things, which was created by The Duffer Brothers and is produced by Monkey Massacre Productions & 21 Laps Entertainment, is currently underway on its fourth season. The Duffer Brothers serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps Entertainment, and Iain Paterson.

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Going Medieval Enters Early Access on June 1

Frantic base builders The Irregular Corporation and multi-skilled settlers Foxy Voxel are thrilled to announce that their long-awaited colony building sim Going Medieval has locked in its Early Access release for June 1 on Epic Games Store, Steam and GOG.com.

The game will be available for $24.99 with a 10% launch discount, and a copy of the game’s atmospheric soundtrack will also be available to buy. Promising a uniquely enjoyable blend of building, management and survival, Going Medieval will be shaped by a passionate community of dedicated players throughout the Early Access period.

Ahead of release, Foxy Voxel and The Irregular Corporation have also announced a final beta phase for the game taking place from May 21-24, giving would-be settlers one more opportunity to brandish their survival credentials and prepare for launch day. Players can access the Beta by visiting the Epic Games Store during this period, or by signing up for the Beta on Steam – either now or during the beta.

Going Medieval transports players back to the Dark Ages, as the known world recovers from a calamitous plague. Survivors have emerged from society’s ashes, and it’s up to you to help them settle in a dangerous land reclaimed by nature. Build your people a home, help shape their lives, and protect them from animals, bandits, and other dangers in a lawless post-calamity age.

Plan, create and build your settlement using a variety of materials at your disposal. Protect your settlers from the elements, including hunger, enemies and even the weather, and defend your colony from rival factions by building impenetrable, multistory fortresses or strategically placed archers and traps. Observe your settlers, all with unique histories and agendas, to figure out how to best serve them – happy people are productive people, after all.

Going Medieval puts you in control in one of the most dark and dangerous periods of humanity’s history – navigate the dangers or perish like so many before you. With almost infinite replayability options, no playthrough is the same.

Wishlist Going Medieval now on Epic Games Store, Steam and GOG.com. Keep up with the latest news on Twitter @going_medieval, connect with developers Foxy Voxel @FoxyVoxel and compare settlements with the folks at The Irregular Corporation @IrregularCorp.

V Rising Reveal Trailer

Stunlock Studios today revealed their new project, an open-world vampire survival game, V Rising, coming to PC on Steam with the Beta planned later this year. Awaken as a weakened vampire from centuries of slumber and survive a world full of peril. As a vampire, you need to hunt for blood in nearby settlements to regain your strength and quench your thirst. Build and customize your castle, invite friends to join your clan, and convert humans to vampires to grow your empire. Engage in real-time combat and compete for world domination with PvP and PvE challenges. Will you become the next Dracula?

“The team took inspiration from everything from classic gothic horror literature to Netflix’s Castlevania to create a world of conflict where vampires, humans, and mythical beasts co-exist in a delicate balance. We want to give players the full vampire experience of avoiding the burning sunlight, hunting for blood and building their castle. All this while competing against other players and being tracked by vampire hunters. This is our most ambitious game yet, and we can’t wait to reveal more information in the foreseeable future,” said Johan Ilves, Marketing Director at Stunlock Studios.

V Rising – revealed features:
  • SURVIVE AS A VAMPIRE. Play as a newly-awakened vampire, stripped from your dark powers. Feed on blood and evade the scorching sun to survive.
  • BUILD YOUR CASTLE. Become lord of your castle as you build and personalize your domain. Fortify and strengthen your base to combat the rising threat from other players.
  • CONVERT THE HUMANS. Prey on your victims from the shadows or seduce them to be your vampire servants to assist in your nefarious deeds, laboring at your crafting stations.
  • EXPLORE AN OPEN-WORLD. Embark on a blood-soaked journey in a vast open-world inhabited by other players, hostile humans, and supernatural creatures.
  • PLAY SOLO OR CO-OP. Play solo or create a clan with friends as you roam the night.
  • RISE IN POWER. Expand your castle, learn unholy abilities, and forge an arsenal of mighty weapons and armor as you rise in power and conquer the realm.

Sharpen your fangs and get ready to rule the twilight as V Rising enters Beta in 2021. Sign up for the V Rising Beta and newsletter here: https://playvrising.com/signup

HBO Unveils First Images from House of the Dragon

HBO has released the first official images from the upcoming drama series, HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” tells the story of House Targaryen. HOUSE OF THE DRAGON recently began production and will debut on HBO and be available to stream on HBO Max in 2022.

Featured cast include the following:

Emma D’Arcy as “Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen”: The king’s first-born child, she is of pure Valyrian blood, and she is a dragonrider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man.

Matt Smith as “Prince Daemon Targaryen”: The younger brother to King Viserys and heir to the throne. A peerless warrior and a dragonrider, Daemon possesses the true blood of the dragon. But it is said that whenever a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin in the air…

Steve Toussaint as “Lord Corlys Velaryon” (“The Sea Snake”): Lord of House Velaryon, a Valyrian bloodline as old as House Targaryen. As “The Sea Snake,” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world.

Olivia Cooke as “Alicent Hightower”: The daughter of Otto Hightower, the Hand of the King, and the most comely woman in the Seven Kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle; she possesses both a courtly grace and a keen political acumen.

Rhys Ifans as “Otto Hightower”: The Hand of the King, Ser Otto loyally and faithfully serves both his king and his realm. As the Hand sees it, the greatest threat to the realm is the king’s brother, Daemon, and his position as heir to the throne.

Credits:
Co-Creator/Executive Producer: George R.R. Martin
Co-Creator/Co-Showrunner/Executive Producer/Writer: Ryan Condal
Co-Showrunner/Director of Pilot and Additional Episodes/Executive Producer: Miguel Sapochnik
Executive Producer: Vince Gerardis
Executive Producer/Writer: Sara Hess
Executive Producer: Ron Schmidt
Director: Clare Kilner
Director: Geeta V. Patel
Director/Co-Executive Producer: Greg Yaitanes
Co-Executive Producer: David Hancock
Consulting Producer: Jocelyn Diaz
Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood.”

Train Sim World 2: Rush Hour Expansion Announced

Dovetail Games today announced Train Sim World 2: Rush Hour, a new expansion for their popular rail simulator Train Sim World 2, will release this summer for PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and will arrive with the base game for the first time on PlaySation®5 and Xbox Series X|S. Rush Hour takes the authentic simulation gameplay the series is known for and places players in the operators seat of commuter trains navigating busy rail networks with tight schedules.

“Rush Hour marks an exciting new step for Train Sim World 2. We’ve always wanted to recreate the feel of driving a train in the hectic peak hours and this release brings that tense experience to players for the first time,” said Rob O’Farrell, Chief Development Officer of Dovetail Games, “I’m looking forward to seeing our passionate community rise to this challenge and welcome new players joining as we launch on new platforms with PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.”

Train Sim World 2: Rush Hour comes with a brand-new passenger system. As players drive from station-to-station on the three busy routes they will see a greater variety in passengers, and higher passenger volumes at peak times on platforms. All recreating the hustle and bustle of rush hour.

Take on the busiest and fastest passenger rail line in the United States and explore the famed Northeast Corridor: Boston – Providence with Amtrak’s ACS-64 ‘City Sprinter’ and MBTA’s F40PH-3. Navigate the hectic Brighton Main Line: London Victoria – Brighton, with Southern’s BR Class 377/4 and Gatwick Express BR Class 387 EMUs. Master Regional, Express, S-Bahn or Inter-City Express services on Bahnstrecke Riesa – Dresden with four locomotives to master, including the iconic DB BR 442 ‘Talent 2’. All authentically recreated and officially licensed.

Alongside the release of Rush Hour, Train Sim World 2 will upgrade to Unreal Engine 4.26 along with new features focused on immersion and released on next generation for PS5™ and Xbox Series X|S. Playing on these new consoles gives the advantage of faster load times, higher frame rate and improved visuals resulting in a smooth gameplay experience. The Train Sim World 2 update and next generation versions will be released alongside Rush Hour.

For more information on Train Sim World 2: Rush Hour, visit www.trainsimworld.com and follow the game on Twitter @trainsimworld, Instagram @trainsim, and Facebook @trainsimworld. Keep up with all the latest simulation news from Dovetail Games at https://live.dovetailgames.com/.

SEGA Legacy II Scratch Ticket Collection for PSO2 Announced

SEGA today announced “PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2” (PSO2) will be launching the SEGA Legacy II Scratch Ticket Collection on May 5. This collection will feature in-game items from SEGA’s iconic games Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Space Channel 5, 7th Dragon (2&3), Shining Force Cross Exlesia, and Border Break.

ARKS Operatives are not always out on missions, and when they’re not they like to kick back and enjoy timeless video games, such as Yakuza: Like a Dragon. ARKS HQ would like to pay homage to this favorite pastime of operatives by hosting a collection that features looks from some of their favorite game characters! Introducing the SEGA Legacy II AC Scratch Ticket collection, coming May 5th for a limited time!

“We at PSO2 Team Global are huge fans of other SEGA games as well. They have given us so many amazing games over the years. We’re excited to have the chance to honor some of their iconic titles through the SEGA Legacy II Scratch Ticket Collection,” shared Fred White from PSO2 Team Global. “We are proud to be part of SEGA’s heritage, alongside unforgettable titles like Yakuza, and we look forward to continuing this legacy”!

Read more about the collection and what items will be included in today’s blog post.

Broken Veil Coming to KickStarter

Experience a dark and mysterious post-Soviet Russian town through the eyes of a small child as he searches for his lost mother in Broken Veil, announced today by Russian developer Sinsitrum Games. This 3D puzzle-platformer will keep players on the edge of their gaming chairs with its horror and survival gameplay when it heads onto crowd-funding platform KickStarter in late Q2 ahead of its Steam release later this year.

Broken Veil tells the story of a scared young boy searching for his mother following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Highlighting the struggles of those with Prosopagnosia (face blindness), Broken Veil’s young protagonist cannot easily recognize and distinguish facial features. His condition ensures that Broken Veil is no ordinary horror game, as Sinsitrum Games uses the uncertainty of his condition to pack its platform puzzles with terror in an ever-evolving gameplay experience. Gameplay will also be enhanced by offering players help in the form of cats that can solve puzzles, traverse unreachable spaces and calm players down when the atmosphere gets too tense. Players must learn not to let their fears get the best of them as they run, hide and solve problems within the unfamiliar locations they find themselves in.

The uncomfortable and terrifying surroundings of Broken Veil focus on a small provincial Russian town in the middle of nowhere. Sinsitrum Games has drawn upon its familiarity with the era to create an authentically stylised landscape that will pay homage to the distinctive post-Soviet feel of a small rural town in the world’s largest country. Apartment blocks, abandoned construction sites and a dilapidated orphanage all hide more than meets the eye. Are you brave enough to find out exactly who, or even what, lurks within?

Features:

  • Explore and uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath a seemingly ordinary but authentically recreated post-Soviet town
  • Use wits, agility and willpower to survive and complete the tests and trials that lie ahead
  • Wield a laser-pointer, an iconic toy from the era, and work together with feline friends to solve puzzles and reach objects

Broken Veil is available now for players to wishlist on Steam. The game will be playable in English and Russian at launch. Keep up to date on everything Broken Veil and the Kickstarter launch by following the game on Twitter and the official website.

The Empire Strikes Back – Symphonic Suite LP Reissued for Star Wars Day

In Celebration of Star Wars Day 2021, Varèse Sarabande Records is re-issuing the long out-of-print LP The Empire Strikes Back – Symphonic Suite from the Original Motion Picture Score by Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams. Out of print since 1980, the record is pressed on 180-gram black vinyl and housed in a gatefold jacket featuring the original Star Wars paintings and notes. Available now for pre-order along with two limited exclusive versions: “Ice Planet Hoth Blue” (Vinyl Me Please) and “Imperial Grey Marble” (Newbury Comics). A Canadian exclusive on “Cloud City Orange” will be available only at Sunrise retail shops as of July 23rd.

Click here to pre-order.

Originally released to supplement and not compete with the 2-LP Motion Picture Soundtrack, this 1-LP release skillfully combines a “Symphonic Suite” that John Williams created for concert performance with new arrangements of other cues from the film score. The Empire Strikes Back has become not only one of Williams’ most iconic scores, but one of the most iconic film scores of all time. The LP comes in a gatefold jacket with the original iconic Star Wars paintings by William Stout, images of John Williams, and notes from author Ray Bradbury, composer and critic Christopher Palmer, and from the maestro himself.

“The Suite, which I had specially written and adapted for concert performance […] had been skillfully augmented with other music from the film to form a unified whole. A great orchestra and Gerhardt’s opulent sound and dramatic phrasing combine to make a fine addition to a rapidly growing list of great recordings of film music.” – John Williams