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THQ Nordic Acquires Bugbear

Karlstad, SWEDEN, Helsinki, FINLAND, November 14th 2018; THQ Nordic today announced the completion of the acquisition of Bugbear, an experienced and world leading creator of niched racing games built on their proprietary game engine enabled with vehicle destruction physics tools. One of its recent games, Wreckfest, a demolition derby themed racing title, was successfully released for PC on Steam in June 2018 and is currently being developed to be released on consoles during 2019.

Since June 2017, THQ Nordic stepped in as the publisher for the digital distribution channels for Wreckfest, which has been one of the best performing games published by THQ Nordic on Steam since launch.

THQ Nordic strongly believes in Bugbear’s competence in developing successful action racing games and wants to make long term investments to support Bugbear’s future growth journey.

Fallout 76 Out Now

November 14, 2018 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, announced Fallout® 76 is available now digitally and at retail stores worldwide for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC.

From acclaimed developer Bethesda Game Studios®, creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® and Fallout® 4, Fallout 76 is the online prequel to the Fallout franchise where every surviving human is a real person. Discover a new and wild wasteland in the heart of West Virginia in what is the largest, my detailed open world in series history.

“Our passion has always been transporting players to new worlds and new experiences,” said Todd Howard, Executive Producer at Bethesda Game Studios. “And Fallout 76 is unlike anything else we’ve built or played. We can’t wait to experience it together with our fans.”

Explore post-nuclear Appalachia alone or with friends and embark on a quest to discover the fate of those who came before. Create, customize, and equip your character with hundreds of clothing, weapons, armor, and cosmetic items as you trek across six distinct regions with their own flora, fauna, and terrifying enemies inspired by local West Virginia legends and myths.

Along the way, build and craft anywhere in the world with the new Construction and Assembly Mobile Platform (C.A.M.P.) to provide much-needed shelter, supplies, and safety. With the power of the atom, take control of nuclear missiles to decide where and when to strike and create high-level areas. Harvest rare and valuable resources and crafting materials in the temporary blast zones formed in the wake of a nuclear fallout.

Fallout 76 is available now worldwide digitally and at retail for $59.99.

Fallout 76 is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, visit:

Bluefin Unveils Holiday Gift Ideas

Anaheim, CA, November 14, 2018 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, accents the holidays this year with highlights of a variety of unique collectibles that will make ideal gifts for that special fan or collection.

This year’s selections include an array of high quality 1/12 scale action figures based on popular characters from the Mortal Kombat and Ultra Street Fighter II video games from Storm Collectibles. Flame Toys also spotlights easy-to-assemble, snap together model kits depicting Optimus Prime and Starscream from the hit IDW Transformers graphic novel series. Bandai Shokugan also offers a variety of video game and anime-inspired products including items for Mega Man, Power Rangers, Kingdom Hearts, Dragon Ball and Mobile Suit Gundam. Many of these will make perfect stocking stuffers for that special fan.

All of the following products are available from authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets

Storm Collectibles

“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Goro Action Figure · MSRP $95.00

Prince Goro has brought tremendous honor to the Shokan race by serving Shao Kahn. His bloody achievements include rushed rebellions and conquered provinces. During the past 500 years, he has been celebrated for winning the last nine Mortal Kombat tournaments for Outworld. Should he defeat Earthrealm’s champion this time, he will become more than legendary. His victory is assured. There are none in the Earthrealm who can withstand the might of Goro! The figure features: 4 complete custom designed arms that are interchangeable with Goro’s intricately detailed torso. Also includes 2 interchangeable head sculpts, 6 pairs of hands, and 2 green fireballs.

“Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” 1/12 Scale Evil Ryu Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

Evil Ryu is an alternate form of Ryu who is heartless, mad, uncontrollable and nothing more than a demon! Evil Ryu enjoys absolute power and obsesses with fighting. He will defeat any fighters standing in front of him with no empathy or respect. Figure includes 4 Interchanging Evil Ryu Head-Sculpts, 4 Pairs of Hands, and an attachable Hadoken Effect and Stand.

“Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers” 1/12 Scale Violent Ken Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

Also known as Brainwashed Ken, M. Bison over-powered and brainwashed Ken with Psycho Power. Just like Evil Ryu, Violent Ken is obsessed with power and fighting and shows no empathy for others. Violent Ken shows up the first time as a main character in Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. Since then, he becomes the perfect rival in game with Evil Ryu. Figure includes a newly designed and developed Violent Ken torso as well as 4 interchangeable Violent Ken Head-Sculpts, 4 Pairs of Hands, as well as a Hadoken Effect and Stand and a Shoryuken Effect accessory.

Flame Toys

“Transformers” Optimus Prime (Attack Mode) Furai Model Kit · MSRP $36.00

This unique (non-transforming) rendering of the stoic leader of the heroic Autobots as he is featured in the hit IDW comic series is the first in a series of Transformers model kits forthcoming form Flame Toys and was designed by the famous 3D modelling company, TRGGER. The figure stands 6 inches tall and features more than 40 articulated joints that provide for maximum poseability. Constructed with high quality multi-colored ABS plastic parts, Optimus Prime features an innovative design that allows for simple snap-together assembly by model builders of all skill levels.

The Transformers Optimus Prime Furai Model Kit from Flame Toys is set for release in October by authorized Bluefin retailers nationwide and also from select leading online outlets. Pre-orders are available now; MSRP is $36.00. Bluefin is the official North American master distributor for Flame Toys.

“Transformers” Starscream Furai Model Kit · MSRP $38.00

Introducing the second entry of in Flame Toys’ Furai Model Kit series: the legendary Decepticon Starscream as depicted in the IDW comic series. The completed model stands nearly 6 inches tall and was designed by famous 3D modeling company, TRIGGER.

This updated and optimized Starscream features easy snap-together construction and has excellent articulation with over 40 movable joints, permitting a wide range of posing options. The Starscream model is ideal for model kit beginners but is also well-suited to experienced builders.

Bandai Shokugan

Special Gift for Gundam Fans:

Bandai Shokugan Gundam Converge White Base · MSRP: $300.00

From the Premium Bandai brand comes this stunning new product from the Gundam Converge series – the White Base – the mobile suit carrier deployed by the Earth Federation from the Gundam Universal Century timeline. Featuring an impressive size, this Premium Bandai version comes with 3 converge size figures from “Operation V,” Gundam, Gun Cannon and Guntank – which can be stored insider the White Base’s catapult deck. The figures also have special imprint, “WB.”

New Bandai Shokugan Super Mini Pla Releases:

Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Shogun Megazord Super Mini-Pla Set • MSRP $70.00

Straight out of Season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comes the Shogun Megazord. Fans can combine the Shogun Zords to build the impressive Shogun Megazord.  Set comes with Shogun’s main weapon accessory, the “Fire Saber.” The Shogun Megazord can be combined with the White Ninja Falconzord to form the mighty Shogun Megafalconzord and the powerful Ninja Megafalconzord.

Bandai Shokugan Power Rangers Ninja Megazord and White Ninja Falconzord Super Mini-Pla Set • MSRP $99.00

A special set that includes Falconzord and Ninja Megazord as seen in Season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. The Falconzord can be combined with the Ninja Megazord and the Shogun Megazord to form the mighty Shogun Megafalconzord and the powerful Ninja Megafalconzord.

Bandai Shokugan Super Mini-Pla Mega Man X Ride Armor Sets “Chimera Armor” & “Vile’s Ride Armor” · MSRP $40.00 each

Following the success of the Power Ranger Megazord and Dragonzord kits, fans can now enjoy a pair of special advance releases of Mega Man X with the Chimera Armor and Vile’s Ride Armor sets. The Chimera Armor set comes with a Kangaroo unit and Vile’s Ride Armor is outfitted with a Hawk unit.

Perfect Stocking Stuffers:

Bandai Shokugan Mega Man 66 Action Vol. 2 Blind Box Units · MSRP $9.00 each

Called “66 ACTION” because the figures each stand 66 mm (2.58”) tall, these compact, kits combine high quality molding with impressive articulation. These are the highly anticipated Vol. 2 releases and include X (Mega Man X), Vile (Mega Man X), Mega Man (Mega Man Star Force) Super Armor Mega Man and Cut Man. Each kit comes with multiple interchangeable hand accessories.  This item comes in a blind box.  All of these figures are able to be combined with the Super Mini-Pla Mega Man X Ride Armor for enhanced play and poseability value.

Bandai Shokugan Dragon Ball Adverge Set 8 · MSRP $8.00 each

Collectors will not want to miss the 8th volume of the popular Dragon Ball Adverge Series.   Available figures in Set 8 are each sold separately and include Super Saiyan4Gogeta, Omega Shenron, Goku (Kaio-Ken), Vegeta, Nappa and Turtles.

Bandai Shokugan Kingdom Hearts Key Blade Collection · MSRP $10.00 each

A collection of all die-cast renderings of the iconic weapons from the Kingdom Hearts anime series. The collection features Key Blade products of the Kingdom Key, Three Wishes, Crabclaw, Oathkeeper, Oblivion and the Ultima Weapon.  Each item is in a blind purchase box. A perfect Holiday item in anticipation of the release of new Square Enix video game, Kingdom Hearts III, slated for release in January 2019.

Bandai Shokugan Dragon Ball Shikishi Art Best Collection · MSRP $6.00 each

A fun decorative collectable for anime and Dragon Ball fans. Shikishi Art is a collection of illustration printed shikishi paper board with vivid artwork printed in a bold black ink paint style that recreates the appearance of the original illustrations. Randomly assorted blind bag packages feature 16 different designs.

About Bluefin

Bluefin has built its reputation as a leading master and channel distributor of Japanese toys, collectibles, novelty and hobby products. In recent years, Bluefin has grown to include a range of high quality collectible lines from Asia and has established itself as the official North American consumer products and retail development partner for Studio Ghibli. Selling to thousands of specialty, chain and independent stores, Bluefin is an official North American distributor for Bandai Spirits Hobby, Bandai Shokugan, and Storm Collectibles, and is the sole provider of Bandai Tamashii Nations products in North America. The company is also the exclusive and official distributor for Mr. Hobby, SEN-TI-NEL and Flame Toys. Additional information is available at:

Hell Fest Home Video Release Date

SANTA MONICA, CA (November 13, 2018) – Experience a terrifying celebration of the horror genre when Hell Fest arrives on Digital December 28 and on 4K Ultra HD™ Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), DVD, and On Demand January 8 from Lionsgate. From Gale Anne Hurd, an executive producer of TV’s “The Walking Dead,” executive producer Tucker Tooley (Limitless, Den of Thieves), and directed by Gregory Plotkin (editor of Get Out, Happy Death Day, and director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Hell Fest is one truly terrifying ride. The scary slasher film stars Amy Forsyth (TV’s “The Path,” “Rise,” “Defiance”), Reign Edwards (TV’s “Snowfall,” “MacGyver,” “The Bold and the Beautiful”), Bex Taylor-Klaus (TV’s “Scream: The TV Series,” “Arrow,” The Last Witch Hunter), and the legendary Tony Todd (Candyman, Night of the Living Dead, The Crow). Story by William Penick & Christopher Sey and Stephen Susco, Screenplay by Seth M. Sherwood and Blair Butler and Akela Cooper.

A group of friends are bound for a horror-themed Halloween event at a local amusement park — a sprawling labyrinth of rides, games, and mazes that travels the country and happens to be in town. But for one visitor, the ghoulish carnival of nightmares is not the attraction — it is a hunting ground. On the night the friends attend, a masked serial killer turns the amusement park into his own playground, terrorizing attendees while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show. As the body count and frenzied excitement of the crowd continues to rise, who will fight to survive the night?

Take home Hell Fest and go behind the scenes with an exclusive, never-before-seen featurette, “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest.” Experience four times the resolution of Full HD with the 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which includes Dolby Vision™ HDR, bringing entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality. When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker. The Hell Fest 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $42.99, $39.99, and $29.95, respectively.


  •  “Thrills and Kills: Making Hell Fest” Featurette
  •  Theatrical Trailer

Jam City Partners with Disney for Multi-Year Mobile Games Deal

LOS ANGELES; November 14, 2018 – Jam City, a leader in mobile entertainment, today announced a multi-year mobile games development partnership with Disney that includes Jam City taking over Disney’s popular mobile game, Disney Emoji Blitz. Members of Disney’s Glendale Games Studio will join Jam City and continue to operate and grow Disney Emoji Blitz as part of the Jam City team. Jam City will also have the right to develop new mobile games based on iconic characters and stories from Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. The first game Jam City and Disney plan to develop is a mobile game based on Disney Animation’s Frozen sequel.

“Jam City is proud to be teaming with Disney,” said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. “Disney is the world’s leader in beloved characters and brands that have engaged generations of fans for decades. Jam City’s leadership in mobile entertainment based on iconic entertainment IP, makes our company an ideal partner to develop a lineup of new mobile games with Disney’s most popular franchises.”

“While our licensing business for Disney Animation and Pixar games has grown over the last year and we have several top developers creating Disney games, this deal with Jam City represents a significant long-term opportunity for our games business and for the future slate of Disney and Pixar games,” said Kyle Laughlin, Senior Vice President of Games and Interactive Experiences at Disney. “We can’t wait to see how Jam City and the incredibly talented team behind Disney Emoji Blitz will grow the already successful game and franchise, and how Jam City will bring their global reach and expertise in developing successful, enduring mobile games to the upcoming titles.”

Through Disney Emoji Blitz, players collect and match hundreds of Disney Animation, Pixar and Star Wars emojis. The game’s players also earn prizes, complete missions, and discover new emoji characters from Disney Animation’s Wreck-It Ralph, Mickey Mouse & Friends, Disney Villains, Pixar’s Toy Story and more. Disney Emoji Blitz engages users by combining a unique match-3 blitz game with a deep emoji collection mechanic.

Disney Emoji Blitz is currently available on the App Store and Google Play. Other free-to-play mobile titles developed under the Jam City and Disney agreement will be available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play.

Viotek Unveils New GN Series Gaming Monitors

SOUTH BEND, IN (Nov. 13, 2018) – Viotek, a brand at the forefront of performance and value in gaming peripherals and other consumer electronics, today announces its new GN Series of high-performance gaming monitors. Engineered to maximize performance to value, Viotek’s GN monitors target PC and console gamers with features like WQHD resolution, 144hz refresh rates and AMD FreeSync™ compatibility.

The GN Series, ranging from 24 inches to an ultra-wide 34-inch display (and ranging in price from ($250 to $560 MSRP), rounds out the brand’s top-tier offerings.

“As we continue to refine our lineup, we’re listening to what gamers want,” says Brett Barbour, vice president. “We’re offering more of the features that matter in sleeker package that continues to provide exceptional value.”

The GN27D, GN32D and GN34Cx are built to bring today’s games to life with magnificent WQHD clarity and exceptional detail. Widescreen VA panels (27-inch, 32-inch and 34-inch Ultrawide, respectively) provide a vibrant 1440 WQHD resolution and give precise, accurate colors right out of the box. The GN24Cx packs a visual punch in a smaller package with a 1080p 24-inch panel. With a natural 1800R curvature, the 16:9 widescreen displays on the GN24Cx, GN27D and GN32D offer immersive gaming, while the 21:9 aspect of the Ultrawide GN34Cx brings out a truly cinematic experience.

Like all Viotek monitors, the GN Series features AMD FreeSync™ compatibility to virtually eliminate image tearing and stuttering. The GN24Cx, GN27D and GN32D feature 144hz refresh rates (GN34Cx boasts 100hz) for seamless, fluid gameplay even on graphic-intense, motion-heavy games. This also allows console gamers to get more out of their Xbox since Microsoft recently bumped the platform to 120hz and added FreeSync™—features unsupported by most traditional TVs.

VESA mounting makes it easy to personalize gaming setups, and gamers will also appreciate the built-in Gameplus crosshair functionality for increased accuracy in first-person shooters.

All monitors are available now at



  • 24-inch 16:9 widescreen display
  • Ultra-thin, bezel-less design
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 144hz Refresh Rate
  • 1920px1080 WQHD resolution
  • 1800R Curvature / 178° Viewing Angle
  • 1M:1 Dynamic Contrast, 16.7M Colors, 96% sRGB Gamut
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Gameplus Crosshair Functionality
  • Xbox Ready
  • Anti-Glare + Low Blue Light Mode
  • VESA Mountable
  • Internal Speakers
  • Available in Black or White
  • Backed by One-Year Warranty and Industry Leading Dead Pixel Policy
  • MSRP: $250 ($219.99 introductory price)



  • 27-inch 16:9 widescreen display
  • Ultra-thin, bezel-less design
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 144hz Refresh Rate
  • 2560px1440 WQHD resolution
  • 1800R Curvature / 178° Viewing Angle
  • 1M:1 Dynamic Contrast, 16.7M Colors, 96% sRGB Gamut
  • 4.8ms Response Time
  • Gameplus Crosshair Functionality
  • Xbox Ready
  • Anti-Glare Screen + Low Blue Light Mode
  • VESA Mountable
  • Internal Speakers
  • Available in Black or White
  • Backed by One-Year Warranty and Industry Leading Dead Pixel Policy
  • MSRP: $390 ($349.99 introductory price)



  • 32-inch 16:9 widescreen display
  • Ultra-thin, bezel-less design
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 144hz Refresh Rate
  • 2560px1440 WQHD resolution
  • 1800R Curvature / 178° Viewing Angle
  • 3M:1 Dynamic Contrast, 16.7M Colors, 115% sRGB Gamut
  • 4ms Response Time
  • Gameplus Crosshair Functionality
  • Xbox Ready
  • Anti-Glare Screen + Low Blue Light Mode
  • VESA Mountable
  • DVI, HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports
  • Available in Black
  • Backed by One-Year Warranty and Industry Leading Dead Pixel Policy
  • MSRP: $420 ($379.99 introductory price)



  • 34-inch 21:9 Ultrawide Display
  • Ultra-thin, bezel-less design
  • AMD FreeSync
  • 100hz Refresh Rate
  • Xbox Ready
  • 3440px1440 WQHD resolution
  • 1800R Curvature
  • 1M:1 Dynamic Contrast, 16.7M Colors, 115% sRGB Gamut
  • 6ms Response Time
  • Gameplus Crosshair Functionality
  • Anti-Glare Screen + Low Blue Light Mode
  • PIP and PBP Functions
  • VESA Mountable
  • Internal Speakers
  • Available in Black or White
  • Backed by One-Year Warranty and Industry Leading Dead Pixel Policy
  • MSRP: $560 ($499.99 introductory price)


Viotek is a different kind of tech company. Built on an unwavering will to innovate, Viotek is dedicated to making the best products at the best price for technology enthusiasts worldwide. With an imaginative research and development team and the resources to bring ideas to life, Viotek is committed to never follow but always lead.

Universal Studios Unveils Running Universal Fun Runs

Universal City, CA, November 13, 2018 – Universal Studios Hollywood is off to the races with its all-new “Running Universal,” a series of fun runs that kicks off with an energetic Minion–themed 5K on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The inaugural Minion Run, featuring Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride, invites participants ages five and older (of all experience levels) to wind their way around Universal Studios Hollywood and through parts of Universal Studios’ historic backlot, made famous in more than 8,000 movies and television shows.  The run will give participants an unprecedented insider’s view of the Entertainment Capital of L.A.

Starting at Universal Studios Hollywood’s iconic front gates, participants will pass through some of the theme park’s immersive areas and attractions before winding their way along the historic backlot and into the magical world of movie-making as they head toward  the finish line at CityWalk’s 5 Towers outdoor concert stage.

Along the 3.1 mile course, participants will be entertained by some of their favorite Universal Studios Hollywood characters including the Minions.

The program will begin at 6 a.m. and culminate at 7:30 a.m. with a memorable awards and closing ceremony.  Registration is now open and space is limited. For more information about the standard, VIP and Fan packages, visit

Knott’s Berry Farm Announces Calico River Rapids Ride

November 13, 2018 – A new expedition in an uncharted territory awaits eager explorers with the upcoming debut of Calico River Rapids, opening at Knott’s Berry Farm in summer 2019. Knott’s white water raft ride, currently known as BigFoot Rapids, will undergo a major renovation with the addition of new features to the attraction including new animatronics, themed show scenes, a new story overlay and plenty of dynamic water effects.

Calico River Rapids will take voyagers on a search for new land through the outskirts of Calico. Rafters will encounter a variety of wild surprises along the way, such as roaring rapids, and indigenous wildlife. The circular raft ride, which seats six passengers, will traverse through unexpected twists and turns, rushing waters and rapid currents as it navigates the unexplored river path.


Corsair Unveils Keyboard and Mouse Support for Xbox One

FREMONT, CA, November 13th, 2018 – CORSAIR®, a world leader in PC gaming peripherals and enthusiast components, today announced compatibility with the Microsoft® Xbox One for CORSAIR wired and wireless keyboards and mice, following Microsoft’s recent announcement of expanded peripheral support for the console. Now, players can take advantage of CORSAIR’s award-winning gaming peripherals to play keyboard and mouse-enabled games on a whole new platform—Xbox One.

With the console’s new compatibility with keyboards and mice, developers can now choose to add support for those devices to their games. The first announced Xbox One game titles to receive peripheral support include Fortnite, Warframe, and Minecraft, with many more games planned for future compatibility. Microsoft is focused on working with developers to ensure that these games are fun, fair, and properly balanced no matter how players decide to control them.

CORSAIR is proud to be Microsoft’s newest Xbox licensed hardware partner and is excited that the Xbox One team has opened up support for keyboards and mice. Xbox One players now have at their disposal the same precision and reliability that PC gamers have enjoyed from CORSAIR peripherals for years. CORSAIR is working to ensure a great experience on Xbox One and looks forward to collaborating with the Xbox team to deliver even more compatible peripherals in the future.

In addition to partnering with the Xbox team, CORSAIR is committed to working more closely with Microsoft on numerous other initiatives including Mixer, Microsoft’s next-generation interactive livestreaming service. Through Elgato, CORSAIR’s subsidiary brand for content creators, Mixer broadcasters will be empowered to improve their streams through integration with the powerful and versatile Elgato Stream Deck, along with other exciting initiatives currently in development.

Toy Story 4 Teaser Trailer 2

November 13, 2018 – Woody’s journey in “Toy Story 4” includes a visit to a carnival where he meets Ducky and Bunny, two carnival prizes who are eager to be won. But when their plans are rudely interrupted by Woody and his friends, they find themselves on an unexpected adventure with a group of toys who have no idea what it feels like to be tacked to a prize wall.

Check out the teaser trailer reaction video here:

“Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, who voice Ducky and Bunny, are two of the most brilliant minds I’ve ever seen,” said director Josh Cooley. “Of course, they are effortlessly funny, which would be enough. But they are incredible actors that understand story. Their improvs weren’t just for comedy sake, they were story motivated which elevated Ducky and Bunny and the film to a level I never could have expected.”