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Puzzle Game Maquette Release Dates Revealed

Annapurna Interactive’s upcoming puzzle game Maquette will launch onto PlayStation Plus on March 2. Maquette takes place in a recursive world where players experience the life cycle of a loving relationship and features Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards nominee Bryce Dallas Howard (“Jurassic World,” “The Help,” “As You Like It,” “The Village”) and Saturn Awards nominee Seth Gabel (“Fringe,” “Salem,” “Genius”, “Nip/Tuck”) as lead characters Kenzie and Michael. The game will also launch on March 2, 2021 for PC via Steam, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5 for $19.99.

Developed by Graceful Decay and published by Annapurna Interactive, Maquette is a first person recursive puzzle game filled with stunning environments and eye-opening moments, as well as an adventure of love, loss, and acceptance. Each chapter in this modern-day love story features unique interactive puzzles and invites players to navigate memories by exploring worlds-within-worlds filled with awe-inspiring architecture, influenced by the studio’s original home in San Francisco. The game’s unique use of a recursive environment and object size manipulation challenges players to use creative thinking in order to solve each MC Escher-esque puzzle. Watch Maquette’s latest trailer here.

Hanford Lemoore, Graceful Decay’s founder, first introduced Maquette’s original prototype at the 2011 Game Developers Conference and Experimental Gameplay Workshop, where it gained immediate praise and intrigue from developers and media.

To stay up to date on Maquette news, please visit maquettegame.com.

Dark Moonlight Announcement Trailer

Imagine living a life controlled by constant fear. Imagine being enslaved by phobias dictating what you can and cannot do. Picture yourself developing countless rituals intended to help you keep your fear under control, but which instead further enslaved you and only added to your burden. Imagine going to bed and waking up with mental pain that seems to grow and become more unbearable every day. Are you able to picture these things? Can you at least try to visualize what kind of a living hell this life must be? Rest assured that whatever you envision won’t come close to reality. Only then will you understand that you’d do anything and everything to make it all stop.

Add the game to your Steam Wishlist (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1465790/Dark_Moonlight), so you don’t miss any details of how this horrific story evolves.

Six Flags Great Adventure Announces Wage Increase and Launch of Guest Reservations

Six Flags Great Adventure, Wild Safari, and Hurricane Harbor today announced that it will raise the wages of many positions for the 2021 season. The parks also released the highly-anticipated launch dates of guest reservations. All three parks will offer safety-focused fun and thrills, plus exciting, new additions.

“Many positions will now pay $15 per hour, which is a $4 per hour increase, and leadership positions will pay even more. We want to recruit team members who will maintain our high standards of safety and guest service, and it’s crucial that we offer competitive wages to attract and retain these top employees,” said Park President John Winkler. “This wage increase is a demonstration of our commitment to being the employer of choice for central New Jersey,” he said.

Some positions will start at $15 per hour, while others will offer additional earning potential during certain shifts. The most significant wage increases will impact food and beverage operations, custodial services, security, shuttle drivers, and lifeguards.

“It’s a common misconception that we employ mostly teens. We offer incredible growth opportunities for all ages in careers from A to Z, aquatics to zoology,” said Human Resources Director Brad McClain. The parks employ team members as young as 14, and adults of all ages. “Teachers and second-wage earners enjoy our flexibility. Our ‘young at heart’ program for those aged 65 and up has been a staple for decades,” he added.

Virtual Hiring Fair February 27

As one of the largest seasonal employers in the state, Six Flags is currently hiring thousands of team members for the 2021 season. The safety of park guests and employees is always the company’s top priority, and applicants may now apply for jobs in a completely virtual and contact-free environment. Applications may be completed online and interviews and training will all be done virtually; onboarding is contact-free. Candidates should apply online at www.sixflagsjobs.com

Named one of the Nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® by The National Association for Business Resources for five years in a row, Six Flags offers a wide variety of positions in a fun, fast-paced environment, along with paid internships for students. The company offers a myriad of benefits for team members including advancement opportunities, educational scholarships, reward and recognition programs, free park admission, and much more.

Samurai Warriors 5 Announcement Trailer

KOEI TECMO America and developer Omega Force are excited to teleport gamers into an epic historical drama thanks to the return of one of its most iconic franchises, as SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 introduces a re-imagined experience – from the visuals to the storyline – to open the curtain on an all-new SAMURAI WARRIORS series. The electrifying 1 vs. 1,000 tactical action game is currently under development for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System (playable on PlayStation®5 via Backward Compatibility), the Xbox One consoles (playable on Xbox Series X|S via Backward Compatibility), and Windows PC via Steam®, and is set to launch across North America on July 27, 2021.

SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 takes place after the end of the Ōnin War, during the Sengoku period, and tells the story of two of the most preeminent military commanders of this period – Nobunaga Oda, and Mitsuhide Akechi. This title includes various eras from this period, including the younger years of Nobunaga, when he was known as “Owari’s Great Fool,” and the period of turmoil and upheaval leading to the Honnō-ji Incident.

All of the game’s character designs have been completely redesigned and re-imagined to help fit the storyline’s Sengoku time period. In total, SAMURAI WARRIORS 5 features 27 playable characters, including both new and returning warriors, from Ieyasu Tokugawa and Hideyoshi Hashiba to Nō, and Yoshimoto Imagawa. Original character Mitsuki – a Kōga Ninja, has also been added, with other new characters to be announced at a later date.

In addition, all-new Musou actions have been added to the series – including newly designed Musou Frenzy Attacks – elevating the thrill of blowing away hordes of enemy soldiers in exhilarating fashion. These actions are displayed in a vibrant new Japanese ink painting art style, elegantly evolving the SAMURAI WARRIORS series to showcase the Sengoku period in stunning fashion as the intertwining stories of Nobunaga and Mitsuhide unravel on screen like a Sengoku period picture scroll.

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Lumberjack’s Dynasty Launch Trailer

After a ten-month Early Access phase, Toplitz Productions is off to a strong start in the spring with the full release of Lumberjack’s Dynasty!

Cut down trees, plant trees – but STOP – this colourful genre mix offers so much more than pure forestry work! Lumberjack’s Dynasty is a unique mixture of life, economy and lumberjack simulation including the founding of your very own dynasty.

Toplitz Productions brings an extensive update to Lumberjack Dynasty with the release of the master version 1.0.

This final release version is set to inspire new lumberjacks while increasing the fun for all those who faithfully supported the Development Team during the Early Access phase, again and again!

Now it’s time to flirt and date – if you are successful you may end up getting married and starting your own virtual family. Besides the potential for home happiness, don’t get too distracted as you have a sawmill, woods, your farm with plenty of livestock to look after.

The role as lumberjack and landowner has now grown because there is the possibility to tackle large projects such as bridge-building. The graphical representations of the characters and environments have all been given an excellent polish to compliment the full game release.

The normal everyday madness of a lumberjack awaits you, where there is far too much to do for boredom to ever have a chance!

Find even more Lumberjack’s Dynasty in the Digital Supporter Pack! The Lumberjack’s Dynasty digital supporter pack grants access to various digital goodies with exclusive content such as the comprehensive “Getting Started Guide”, wallpapers, the original soundtrack, six Ponsse Feature Videos and a detailed World Map.

Outriders Demo Out Tomorrow

SQUARE ENIX® is excited to reveal a first-look at the free playable demo for OUTRIDERS™, the high-intensity RPG-Shooter from People Can Fly, the developers of Gears of War: Judgment and BULLETSTORM, and Square Enix External Studios, the minds behind JUST CAUSE® and SLEEPING DOGS®.

Broadcast #5 ‘Into the Fray’, gives a look at the exciting content on offer in the OUTRIDERS demo, coming February 25th, where players will be able to experience the entire opening chapter of the OUTRIDERS campaign. With around 3 hours of gameplay available, players can create multiple characters and try out all four classes in the game: Devastator, Pyromancer, Technomancer and Trickster.

Progress in the campaign will transfer to the full game for players who purchase OUTRIDERS on the same platform.

Additionally, Broadcast #5 includes a deep dive into the PC version of OUTRIDERS and how People Can Fly has gone to great lengths to create an RPG-Shooter that offers compatibility with a variety of system specs and include some of our favourite PC features.

For more information, watch the rest of OUTRIDERS Broadcast #5 ‘Into the Fray’ here:

The OUTRIDERS demo releases tomorrow, February 25th at 5pmGMT/6pmCET/9amPT, free for everyone to play on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC/Steam and GeForce NOW.

OUTRIDERS will release on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam, Epic Store and GeForce NOW on PC and Google Stadia on April 1, 2021.

For more information, visit www.outriders.net

Curse of the Dead Gods Launch Trailer

After a hugely successful early access period on Steam, Curse of the Dead Gods, the indie action roguelite from Passtech Games and Focus Home Interactive, launches today on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store! A divine wealth of temples, traps, enemies, weapons, riches, and the final confrontation with the God of Death himself are all ready for players everywhere to dive in.

A year of early access and incredible feedback from the community resulted in a massive amount of new content and features available today in Curse of the Dead Gods on all platforms, including a brand-new final thrilling encounter and more. Players will discover hours upon hours of adventuring within a variety of game modes boasting hundreds of combinations of items, relics and curses.

And now is the perfect time to jump in! For a limited time, Curse of the Dead Gods is available for 10% off on all platforms. What’s more, PC players can grab the Curse of the Dead Gods original soundtrack now on Steam and the Epic Games Store as either standalone content or bundled with the game at an additional discount.

For more information, visit www.curse-of-the-dead-gods.com.

Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead Official Release Date

Zack Snyder’s upcoming Netflix zombie action flick, Army of the Dead, is officially set to launch on May 21, 2021. Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries take the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.

New Poster Art

Directed By | Zack Snyder
Story By | Zack Snyder
Written By | Zack Snyder, Shay Hatten, Joby Harold
Produced By | Deborah Snyder, Wesley Coller, Zack Snyder
Cast | Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Omari Hardwick, Ana De La Reguera, Theo Rossi,
Matthias Schweighöfer, Nora Arnezeder, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Garret Dillahunt, Tig Notaro, Raúl Castillo, Huma Qureshi, Samantha Win, Richard Cetrone, Michael Cassidy

Disney+ Announces Secrets of Sulphur Springs

The riveting tale of mystery, suspense and time travel for kids and families, “Secrets of Sulphur Springs,” will premiere with five episodes on Friday, Feb. 26, on Disney+ with new episodes available to stream each Friday in March through April 9. Since its Disney Channel premiere, “Secrets of Sulphur Springs” has reached 3.5 million total viewers (P2+), has ranked as the #1 series across all basic cable with Girls 6-11 and is the #1 series on DisneyNOW. Its season finale debuts Friday, March 12, on Disney Channel.

Filmed and set in Louisiana, the series follows 12-year-old Griffin Campbell (Preston Oliver), whose world has been upended by his father, Ben (Josh Braaten), after he moves the family from Chicago to take ownership of an abandoned hotel property, The Tremont. Now, the family—which also includes Griffin’s mother, Sarah (Kelly Frye), and his younger twin siblings, Wyatt (Landon Gordon) and Zoey (Madeleine McGraw)—live in The Tremont in hopes of restoring it to the lively vacation destination it once was. On his first day at his new school, Griffin hears rumors that the hotel is haunted by the ghost of Savannah (Elle Graham), a girl who disappeared decades ago. He soon meets and befriends Harper (Kyliegh Curran), a thrill-seeking classmate, and they discover a secret portal that allows them to travel back in time and uncover clues about the town mystery.

“Secrets of Sulphur Springs” is from creator, writer and executive producer Tracey Thomson (“The Young and the Restless”). Charles Pratt Jr. (“STAR”) also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Gwave Productions, LLC, and carries a TV-PG parental guideline.

NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection Announced

Today, KOEI TECMO America and famed developer Team NINJA revealed the long-awaited and highly-anticipated NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection for the Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System (playable on PlayStation®5 via Backward Compatibility), the Xbox One consoles (playable on Xbox Series X|S via Backward Compatibility), and Windows PC via Steam®. The collection, slated to launch on June 10, 2021, will package the classic game NINJA GAIDEN Sigma alongside beloved titles NINJA GAIDEN Sigma 2 and NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge – with most of the previously released game modes and DLC costumes in one thrilling collection.

The NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection brings the renowned action games to PC and consoles, allowing fans and newcomers alike to experience the tale of “super ninja” Ryu Hayabusa as he battles deadly fiends causing chaos around the world. NINJA GAIDEN Sigma, originally released in 2007, set the standard of high-speed action for the series – introducing dual-wielding weapons, and a Mission Mode alongside its gripping Story Mode. NINJA GAIDEN Sigma 2, originally released in 2009, continued Hayabusa’s journey alongside characters Ayane, Rachel, and Momiji, with four difficulty levels testing player’s battle techniques with every heart-stopping fight. The latest entry, NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge, originally released in 2012, upped the challenge with powerful new enemies and fiercely violent depictions, as well as bringing Kasumi into the action, making it the series’ most alluring white-knuckle experience to date.

The nostalgic yet timeless action of the three games offers a highly responsive and challenging experience – with battles that require defensive and offensive moves similar to fighting games. Players can enjoy playing as the fan-favorite ninja, Ryu Hayabusa, alongside the additional characters such as Ayane, Rachel, Momiji and Kasumi as they appeared in the original version of the games. Master your favorite characters in intense action-packed battles like only the NINJA GAIDEN series can deliver.

“NINJA GAIDEN is one of the most important and monumental titles for the Team NINJA brand, but we haven’t been able to release the series title on current generation platforms, so I am very delighted to be able to release it in this format as a trilogy,” says Yosuke Hayashi, Chief Head of Team NINJA. “If you enjoy challenging action games, we hope you will give it a try.”

Adds Fumihiko Yasuda, Head of Team NINJA: “NINJA GAIDEN is the origin of Team NINJA’s action games, and I hope that not only fans of the series, but also fans of the Nioh series will play these games. I hope that the day will come soon when I can provide information about the next game in the NINJA GAIDEN series, which I’ve been continuously saying that I want to develop, but until then, please play as the ‘super ninja’ Ryu Hayabusa in the NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection.”

To celebrate the reveal of NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection, Team NINJA will also run a special collaboration with Nioh 2. The development team have created the “Dragon Ninja” skin, which players can use to transform themselves into Ryu Hayabusa, the protagonist of NINJA GAIDEN: Master Collection. Players who own Nioh 2 – The Complete Edition (PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, and Steam) or Nioh 2 (PS5 and PS4) can download this costume for use in-game starting on Feb. 18 – with further details on this collaboration detailed on the official Nioh 2 website.

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