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Star Control: Origins Launch Trailer

September 20, 2018 – After 5 years of development to become Stardock’s biggest release ever, we’re pleased to announce Star Control®: Origins™, our sci-fi adventure RPG is now available.

In Star Control: Origins’ adventure mode, players will take control of Earth’s first interstellar ship to discover dozens of unique alien races, one of which is the mysterious Scryve who apparently want to completely destroy all traces of human life. Befriend strange extraterrestrials, gather resources from thousands of planets, and engage any hostile aliens as you set out to save humanity from a number of unknown threats.

Players looking to directly engage in space combat will want to check out the Fleet Battles mode. In it, players can partake in multiplayer ship-to-ship combat against opponents both online and locally as they pilot vessels featured in adventure mode and custom ships created within the Ship Crafting system. Players have total control over how a custom ship looks, as well as what weapons and defenses it’ll wield.

For more information on today’s release and a look at our launch trailer, please check out our latest news post.

Star Control: Origins is now available for $39.99 on most major stores including Steam and direct from Stardock.

Bluefin Unveils Flame Flame Toys and Storm Collectibles NYCC Line-Up

Anaheim, CA, September 20, 2018 – Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has detailed a wide array of notable products and show exclusives that will be displayed and available for purchase at the 2018 New York Comic Con.

The product collection this year includes Comic Con exclusive and “First-to-Market” new releases from Flame Toys, and Storm Collectibles.

Bluefin will be located in Booth #1612.

The 2018 New York Comic Con takes place October 4th – 7th at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and is the East Coast’s biggest pop culture convention. The annual event plays host to the latest and greatest in comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. More information on New York Comic Con is available at:


Transformers Nemesis Prime (Attack Mode) 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Model Kit · MSRP $36.00

The 1st release of (FURAI MODEL) Optimus Prime (Attack Mode) is here! This exclusive variant depicts the Autobot leader in his Nemesis Prime color scheme. Designed by the famous 3D modeling company, TRIGGER, this is a unique Optimus Prime design that features over 40 articulated joints which allow for a variety of action poses. The model kit constructed of hard plastic ABS and features easy snap-together assembly. Joints are constructed of soft plastic to provide for stable joint performance. With different injection color of runner parts and a simple assembly design, this is also an ideal kit for beginners. The completed kit stands 6.1 inches tall.


Storm Collectibles is the premiere manufacturer of video game collectible action figures.  Storm creates unmatched quality figures from the likes of Street FighterMortal KombatTekken and more! Its founders are collectors themselves and their passion translates directly into their products as they feature authentic likenesses, fully sculpted, articulated bodies and a multitude of accessories!

Storm Collectibles 2018 New York Comic Con Exclusives from Bluefin

“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Rain 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $55.00

Rain is a refugee orphaned by Shao Kahn’s conquest and grew up under the protection of the Edenian Resistance. Rain’s offense drew on the power of weather as he able to harness water and lighting.

“Mortal Kombat” 1/12 Scale Smoke 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $55.00

Smoke is able to transform into a wisp of smoke. He has no memory of his childhood, his only family is the Lin Kuei, the younger Sub-Zero who is like a brother to him. It has been Smoke’s hope that through the Lin Kuei he will discover his past-and the origin of his power.

“Street Fighter V” 1/12 Scale Hot Chun-Li 2018 NY Comic Con Exclusive Edition Action Figure · MSRP $75.00

This is Chun Li as portrayed in her alternate Battle Costume from Street Fighter V! This figure features an entirely new sculpt, tooling and has over 30 points of articulation which allows you to pose her in all of her iconic battle poses!

Storm Collectibles Exclusive First-to-Market Releases from Bluefin

Don’t miss the very first opportunity anywhere to purchase these new releases from Storm Collectibles, more than a month ahead of the regular retail street dates.

“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.

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:

Ralph Breaks the Internet Official Trailer 2

September 20, 2018 — Check out a brand-new trailer for “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” introducing new characters, including the fierce and fun crew of racers from online racing game Slaughter Race. Ali Wong lends her voice to Felony, Timothy Simons voices Butcher Boy, Glozell Green brings Little Debbie to life and Hamish Blake provides the voice of Pyro. Also new to the roster of characters is Double Dan, the proprietor of the dark web’s apothecary. Voiced by Alfred Molina, Double Dan is massive, slimy and decidedly creepy with a second head called Little Dan tucked into his neck folds. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition for Nintendo Switch Announced

CHICAGO – Sept. 19, 2018 – Just in time for Halloween, the hellishly brutal arcade-style football game Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition is now coming to Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One at North American retail on Oct. 30. Players who already own the digital version will receive a free update of the Dynasty Mode content the same day.

Priced at $29.99, Dynasty Edition includes Dynasty Mode, a single player experience where you become the coach and GM of your favorite Mutant Football League team and take a group of unproven rookies and turn them into monstrous all-stars by winning multiple Mayhem Bowls over several seasons to become the league’s next Dynasty. It includes multiple season gameplay, player trades, cumulative player experience (XP), salary management, custom playbooks and free agent signings.

The Dynasty Edition also introduces two brand new species, six new teams, several new Dirty Tricks and of course, more fantastical arenas full of ruthless fans and deadly traps.

The Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition includes:

  • Retail Exclusive Team Content – New contenders are stomping onto the field, with the addition of two new teams, the Purple Mutant Eaters and Hexxon Oilers, each with their own arena;
  • Dynasty Mode – Become the coach and GM of your favorite MFL team. Win multiple championships to become the leagues next Dynasty. Includes roster management, team salary caps, custom playbooks, player trades, cumulative player XP, free agent signings and multiple season gameplay;
  • New Playable Races – Rampaging Werewolves and Hell-Spawned Demons join wisecracking Skeletal Deadheads, Armored Bruiserbots, Criminal Aliens, Mutated Humans, Monstrous Orcs on the field;
  • Multiplayer Options – Two-player online or four-player local multiplayer gives gamers the choice to clobber one another or team up and crush opposing miscreants;
  • 25 Unique Teams and Fields – Players can select from 25 teams including the Nuked London Hatriots, the Killadelphia Evils and the New Goreleans Zombies, and 24 unique fields that offer a slew of deadly obstacles including landmines, booby traps, fire pits, toxic moats and buzz saws;
  • Hall of Fame Commentary – Original announcer of NBA Jam and NFL Blitz, Tim Kitzrow delivers unforgettable, adult-oriented play-by-play commentary for every game;
  • Dirty Tricks Gameplay – Players can get their hands dirty for an advantage, with tactics such as Bribe the Ref, throw Bombs, or equip Shotguns and Chainsaws to inflict maximum carnage against the unsuspecting competition;
  • Multiple Play Modes – Punishing play modes include Training Camp, Exhibition, Practice, Playoffs and Full Season;
  • Post-Play Mayhem – Players can keep the action going even after the whistle blows by bludgeoning opponents with brass knuckles, body slams, and rib-crushing kicks.

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Developed by Digital Dreams Entertainment and distributed by Nighthawk Interactive at retail, the Mutant Football League: Dynasty Edition will be available for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One at North American retailers on Oct. 30 for $29.99. The game is rated M for Violence, Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Strong Language and Mature Humor.

The Surge: The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented First Screenshots

September 19, 2018 – Hardcore Action RPG The Surge will soon be getting brand new content with a new expansion as The Good, the Bad, and the Augmented is coming this October 2 to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Discover the first glimpses of the expansion’s wicked enemies awaiting you in the Mad Doctor’s testing chambers.

Enter the bowels of the CREO facility and explore an old and abandoned Quality Assurance lab created to push CREO’s tech to the limit. Warren will face Dr. Rischboter’s deadly test chambers that, for some reason, feel like torn straight out of a twisted Wild West TV show!

Fight through the mad doctor’s training rooms and try modifying them yourself for increased rewards by combining up to 4 of the 16 insane modifiers available. At the end of each stage, fight against distinct Challengers, powerful opponents forged from the training scenarios who are equipped with 30 unique new equipment pieces – armors, weapons, and implants – that you can take for yourself!


Transference Launch Trailer

SAN FRANCISCO  September 18, 2018 — Today, Ubisoft announced the first-person exploration game Transference™ is now available at the suggested retail price of $24.99 in both VR and non-VR on PlayStation®VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, as well as on PlayStation®4 system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One, Xbox One S and Xbox One X and Windows PC. The game is rated “M” for Mature.

“Whether playing in VR or non-VR, players will find themselves in an escape room like situation inside the experiment of a troubled scientist. They’ll shift between the three perspectives of family members and attempt to find out the disturbing truth,” said Transference producer Kévin Racapé. “Transference is a visceral, engaging experience, and we can’t wait for players to enjoy unraveling the mystery in this mind-bending psychological thriller.”

While exploring and solving the mysteries of the house, players will cross paths with a family where each member has a story and a unique perspective on the events buried in their memories.

There is a free downloadable demo, The Walter Test Case, available now on PlayStation VR and PlayStation 4 system in both VR and non-VR that serves as a prequel to the full game.

Transference was developed by Ubisoft Montreal in collaboration with SpectreVision, the production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and John C. Waller.

For further information about Transference, please visit:

MURDER CO: Hardcore Unveiled for Halloween Season

Upland, California, U.S.A: September 19th, 2018 — BLACK MARKET ESCAPE ROOMS, an immersive-based attraction company, announces the opening of MURDER CO: Hardcore for selected nights during the upcoming Halloween season!

More blood, more gore and intense as f*ck, Murder CO: Hardcore is a limited time complete re-design of our normal immersive horror escape room experience only available during October 2018. New story, new puzzles and a ramped-up experience for groups up to 8 people that are brave enough to become members of our exclusive club.

Returning members will also be able to actually become part of our story with our #SnakeInTheGrass immersive experience at no additional cost. Returning members simply need to mention “Snake in The Grass” to our host upon arrival and their experience will begin. Note: Limit of two “Snake in The Grass” spots available per show”

Murder CO: Hardcore was created by theme park industry veterans Jon Cooke and Ted Dougherty. Quotes about the limited time experience are below.

“Our mission from the initial launch of MurderCO has been to create a highly produced, blood pumping horror experience while maintaining a high “fun factor.” MurderCO: Hardcore is no different however, after high demand guests will no longer be voyeuristic bystanders. Our members will now have to get a little blood on their own hands as they are plunged right into the blood-soaked action and although this is now a more extreme experience it is still high in fun factor. Our members will be screaming from both joy and terror for their entire 60-minute experience.” – Jon Cooke Founder and CEO Black Market Escape Rooms

“By introducing MurderCo Hardcore, we want to give guests the chance of a lifetime by allowing them to dive deeper into the gritty world of MurderCo. Packed with even more gruesome elements, this limited presentation is perfect for repeat fans and a brutal introduction for brave new members. Our visitors’ senses will be bombarded at every turn as they uncover the gushing secrets behind MurderCo Hardcore.” Ted Dougherty Co-Writer & Director

-About Murder CO-

MURDER CO is more than simply solving puzzles, combinations or finding keys to break out of a locked room. The high-level adventure incorporates unique entertainment elements matched with intense scenes of harsh violence, pitfalls and physicality. Groups of up to eight members find themselves trapped in a gore and chaos-filled race for survival.

MURDER CO: A high-priced, high-society underground black-market sports ring enabling voyeuristic individuals to privately witness a live murder take place. Beyond the scant rumors found on the Black Web, not much is known about the enigmatic company. It is only after guest’s sign-up that the specific details of the ominous Murder Co will be revealed. If you’re still brave enough to make the plunge after signing a waiver, dangerous mystery awaits.

Murder CO includes state-of-the-art special effects typically seen inside major theme park attractions. Some of the other professionals Cooke has recruited include artists, technicians and designers who have worked with the Walt Disney Company, Universal Studios, Cedar Fair and the National Football League. Companies on board and supplying a stockpile of surprises are Gantom Lighting and Controls, Immortal Masks and Ghost Ride Productions.

Expect serious thrills as Cooke is no stranger to terrifying people based on his innovative haunted attraction designs for Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and Knott’s Scary Farm. When conceiving Murder Co, he admits, “It’s what I have always wanted to see and do in an immersive attraction.”


For more information on Murder Co: Hardcore, including tickets, operating hours and directions, visit and click on “Book Now”. Selected nights will show as “Murder CO: Hardcore”. You can also connect with us on Facebook (@BlackMarketEscapeRooms), Twitter (@BlackMarker_ER), and Instagram (@BlackMarketEscapeRooms)

THQ Nordic Acquires Act of War and Alone in the Dark

Vienna/AUSTRIA, Karlstad/SWEDEN, Paris/FRANCE, September 19, 2018THQ Nordic today announced that the acquisition of the intellectual properties “Alone in the Dark” and “Act of War” has been finalized with Atari Europe SAS, based in Paris, France.

The acquisition itself is being handled by THQ Nordic AB, based in Karlstad, Sweden, and daily operations (sales and distribution, evaluation of sequels & new content etc.) will be done via THQ Nordic GmbH in Vienna, Austria.

About Alone in the Dark
Alone in the Dark is a survival horror video game series. Early instalments of the series were based on the writings of H. P. Lovecraft, whereas later entries in the series drew inspiration from other sources including voodoo, the Wild West, and the works of H. R. Giger.

About Act of War
Act of War is a real-time strategy game developed by Eugen Systems that featured a fine-grained story, fabricated by NYT bestselling author Dale Brown.

Magic: The Gathering Arena Open Beta Launch Date

September 19, 2018 – Wizards of the Coast today announced the Open Beta launch date for Magic: The Gathering Arena, the free-to-play digital version of the world’s first and best strategy card game. For the past few months, Arena has been played in Closed Beta by Magic fans eager to try the latest digital environment for the game, and on September 27, Magic: The Gathering Arena will enter Open Beta and be available for all to play on PC!

For over 25 years, Magic: The Gathering has been the leading strategy card game in the world. In that time, the game has evolved in many ways, but at its core has always been about combining strategy gaming with unique fantasy settings and a compelling story. Arena brings this rich history to life with all the strategy you’ve come to expect of the legendary card game in a beautiful, epic, and fun digital environment!

What to expect from Arena

Arena is designed and built for digital gamers without compromising Magic’s core gameplay. The game rewards those who love a challenge with skillful and exciting gameplay that is a visual feast – the game is as much fun to watch as it is to play.

Every decision you make matters in Arena. With thousands of cards available, new synergies to uncover, and new strategies to develop, there are plenty of decisions to make. Existing CCG players and Magic fans will love the depth of the game and find new challenges with every selection.

What’s New 

For those returning to the Arena with the Open Beta launch, there are some exciting new features:

  • Bringing physical and digital together (limit one per account)

o Every Guilds of Ravnica Planeswalker deck will contain a unique code to unlock the same deck on Arena.

o Every Prerelease pack will contain a unique code to unlock entry to 1 sealed event on Arena

o Players can open Boosters and try and unlock 3 FREE boosters on Arena

  • New Music, New Art, New Battlefields
  • New Game Mode: Sealed Events
  • New Card Set: Guilds of Ravnica
  • Free Singleton Event Entry For All Players UntilOctober 2!

When can you play? Arena Open Beta launches to the public globally online on ​September 27 at 1PM PT​.

To learn more about Magic: The Gathering Arena, please visit:

The Council Episode 4 Release Date

September 18, 2018 – The fourth episode of The Council, the narrative adventure game redefining the genre with RPG mechanics and consequences for every choice, releases this month on September 25th. View the first screenshots of this new episode in the link above!

Episode 4: Burning Bridges sees allegiances explained, rivalries come to a head, and the ghosts of the past begin to catch up to the inhabitants of the island. Your decisions will haunt you as you decide the fate of Louis, Mortimer, and the world itself.

The Council has already enthralled players and press alike with a deep and captivating story, featuring intricate characters and smart writing. The Council’s innovative concept pushes the genre beyond its boundaries and allows for meaningful choices with impact-ridden consequences.

Witness Louis’ first encounter with the catacombs beneath Mortimer’s island in a set of new screenshots. The characters and their fates are bound to your choices, and shown here is just one way things can go – how will your endgame begin?

Owners of the Complete Season or the Season Pass can play Episode 4 on September 25th. Episode 4 will be available as a single episode two days later, on September 27th.