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Universal Studios Adds Second Day to Universal 5K Minion Run

Universal City, CA, March 13, 2019 – Universal Studios Hollywood adds a second day to its popular Running Universal 5K Minion Run due to registration sell out on Saturday, May 11, offering fitness buffs, runners and walkers alike another chance to partake in the fun on Sunday, May 12.

The inaugural Minion Run, featuring Illumination’s mischievous Minions from the popular “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” ride cheering from the side lines, 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 Minion Run will give participants an unprecedented insider’s view of the world renowned movie and television production lot.

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. Highlights along the way include the Psycho House, the eerie War of the Worlds set and the colorful Who-ville backdrop from Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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 in which all participants will receive a commemorative limited-edition Minion medallion that features an exuberant Minion running through the finish-line holding two bananas.

Register here for the event which will fill up quickly as space is limited. For more information about the standard, VIP and Fan packages, visit www.RunningUniversal.com.

World of Warships Getting British Carriers

February 27, 2019 – Following up on recent relaunch of the aircraft carrier line of naval ships in World of Warships, Wargaming is pleased to announce that British aircraft carriers will be added to the game, expanding upon the currently available US and Japanese Carrier lines!

Starting February 27 with the launch of Update 0.8.1, three Royal navy aircraft carriers enter the fray through early access. Mighty tier IV Hermes, tier VI Furious, and tier VIII Implacable will be made available upon completing new missions and Directives of the “Fly! Strike! Win!” in-game event. A full release of the Royal Navy aircraft carrier branch will follow in the next month’s patch update.

British planes come with generous HP, which allows more daring attacks against ships with strong AA defenses. And while these aircrafts are somewhat slower than the American and Japanese naval planes, they pack more of a wallop, thanks to extra rockets and high-level bombs, that makes them unique in this class.

Additionally, from February 28 to March 14, players who log in each day will receive free Air Supply containers in World of Warships. These containers include — Naval Aviation collection, camos, signal flags, resources, and combat missions that can help players earn additional ships.

Lastly, upcoming patch 0.8.1 will introduce three key new changes to the gameplay of World of Warships. These include changes to the way Search Radar works, along with interface updates, and a change to how ships suffer flooding damage. For more information, please see the developer diary here.

Trials Rising Launch Trailer

SAN FRANCISCO— February 26, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Trials® Rising is now available on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC for $24.99.

Ubisoft RedLynx, a studio based in Helsinki (Finland), returns with Trials Rising to bring the biggest and most compelling sequel of the franchise to date, combining the acclaimed classic gameplay, a fresh look, more competition and over-the-top action praised by fans, plus all-new features. The game was developed with Ubisoft Kiev (Ukraine) in collaboration with Ubisoft Odessa (Ukraine).

Set in epic locations around the world and featuring more than 120 tracks, Trials Rising lets riders travel to more than 30 countries and put their skills to the test through various levels of difficulty, beat the competition, grow their Fame under the eyes of experienced sponsors and work to become Trials champions. From the streets of New York to the Great Wall of China or from the Colosseum in Rome to the Pyramids in Egypt, riders will not be able to resist the thrill of astonishing exploits and crashes on their way.

Trials Rising places competition at the forefront: there is always someone to race against, whether you play single player or multiplayer. The ghost system displays actual riders and bikes as you play, so players can see how they overcome obstacles and beat them. Online Multiplayer mode features a Seasons & Divisions system that let players of similar skill levels race against each other, with the first season starting soon after launch. Each player will set out on a path to race against challengers to become the best Trials rider in the world and reach the top of the Leaderboard.

Party Mode makes a comeback, a “couch multiplayer” game mode where up to four players can compete on the same screen for even more wacky and fun gameplay. For even more couch gameplay, the new Tandem bike feature allows two players to ride a single bike and try to complete a track together.

Players will also have the freedom to customize their rider and bike gear with more than 2000 stickers and hundreds of customization items. Players can then share their custom gear with the community and earn in-game rewards when other players use them.

The Trials Rising Standard Edition includes the base game for $24.99. The Trials Rising Gold Edition includes the base game and 55+ additional tracks in the Expansion Pass with two major Expansions – Sixty Six and Crash & Sunburn – plus two Customization Packs, fun bikes and much more for $39.99.

For the latest news on Trials Rising and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2: Open Beta Trailer

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 Open Beta starts March 1! In the Beta you’ll be able to play three Main Missions solo or co-op, prove your skills in PVP, experience the endgame, and much more. Beta ends March 4.

Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 releases worldwide on March 15, 2019, on the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Led by Massive Entertainment in collaboration with seven other studios around the world*, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is the next evolution in the open-world online shooter RPG genre that the first game helped establish. Set seven months after a deadly virus was released in New York City, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will bring players into a fractured and collapsing Washington D.C. The world is on the brink, its people living through the biggest crisis ever faced in human history. As veteran Division agents, players are the last hope against the complete fall of society as enemy factions vie for control of the city. If Washington D.C. is lost, the entire nation falls. Building upon more than two years of listening to and learnings from The Division community, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 will offer a substantial campaign that organically flows into a robust endgame, to create a cohesive and meaningful experience for all types of players.

For more information on Tom Clancy’s The Division 2, please visit: tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com.

G.I. Joe Shoe Line Announced by HASBRO and ASICS

(PAWTUCKET, R.I. – Feb. 22, 2019) – Global play and entertainment group Hasbro Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced a collaboration with footwear brand ASICS to create all-new colorways inspired by two fan-favorite G.I. Joe characters: Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. The special edition GEL-LYTE III® shoes and coordinating apparel and accessories from New Era and Hex will be available exclusively at Foot Locker (NYSE: FL) stores worldwide February 22, 2019.

The line is inspired by an epic chapter in the G.I. Joe lore: the rivalry between Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. Once brothers in arms as part of the Arashikage Clan, they find themselves on opposing sides of the struggle between G.I. Joe and Cobra. Now Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes each adorn their own GEL-LYTE® III shoe designed by world renowned pop artist Anderson Bluu. Uncompromising on style and comfort, the GEL-LYTE® III boasts iconic and innovative design that wouldn’t be complete without the split tongue and ASICS’ famous GEL® technology cushioning; a silicone-like material that effectively absorbs shock and protects the feet from high-impact strikes.

The black Snake Eyes model features a crystal rubber outsole with a discovery element, premium emblem and reflective detailing with black leather; the model is elevated and modernized with custom art on the insert. The white Storm Shadow model features a crystal rubber outsole which masks the character beneath while the premium emblem detailing grounds the model in the story. Through the intertwining of story and design aesthetic the model is elevated and modernized with custom art on the insert. On the bottom of both shoe models is an iced outsole revealing Zartan – a shadowy figure who plays a key part in the Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow story.

“ASICS has a solid reputation of launching innovative designs to consumers across the globe and we are proud to bring G.I. Joe characters to life in an entirely original way,” said Casey Collins, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Entertainment and Licensing at Hasbro. “We know fans and collectors will appreciate the care and detail ASICS has taken in every aspect of the release from the shoe detailing to the packaging.”

“We were inspired by the story of Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes to create these shoes in collaboration with Hasbro,” said Lindsey Sweeney, Global GM Sportstyle Footwear, ASICS. “The characters represent a true Yin and Yang – a duality and symmetry that link their lives together – and we were excited to take that inspiration to our GEL-LYTE III® model.”

The ASICS x G.I. JOE shoes will be sold exclusively at FootLocker.com and select POP by Foot Locker doors because Knowing is Half the Battle.

G.I. JOE and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2019 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. Licensed by Hasbro.

Close to the Sun Coming Exclusively to Epic Games Store

February 22nd, 2019 –Watford, UK – Wired Productions are today delighted to announce the highly anticipated indie darling, Close to the Sun, will come exclusively to the EPIC Games Store on PC. Available now for pre-purchase worldwide, prospective adventurers can discover Close to the Sun at EpicGames.com, for $29.99 in North America and €29.99 in most European countries*.

Close to the Sun is an atmospheric horror adventure game developed by leading independent Italian studio Storm in a Teacup. Its launch on the Epic store is a success story for Epic and its support of the game creation ecosystem.

Storm in a Teacup switched from using Unity as a development engine to Unreal 4 with Close to the Sun, embracing leading-edge technology. The change in engine led to huge increases in fidelity and quality within the game, delivering a breathtaking experience for players. Storm in a Teacup’s early success secured the studio a coveted Unreal Development Grant before signing with independent publisher Wired Productions.

“It’s great news for independent developers and publishers that Epic has opened up these incredible opportunities for its partners,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “Success in this industry is hard to come by and the industry relies on each other to drive progress. Great games need great developers, who need great tech, who need great publishers, who need great distribution opportunities.”

Carlo Ivo Alimo Bianchi, CEO & Founder, Storm in a Teacup, said: “Our relationship with Epic and the decision to use the Unreal Engine have provided fantastic opportunities for our studio, enabling a greater creative freedom and the ability to double-down on quality for our games. To launch on the Epic games store feels like the perfect next step and we are delighted that our partnerships with both Wired Productions and Epic Games will help propel Close to the Sun to achieve our ambitions.”

Close to the Sun will launch on PC and console in 2019.

For more information, visit http://www.closetothesungame.com/ or follow the game now to receive future updates on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/closetothesungame.

*Regional pricing may vary

Tech Support: Error Unknown Release Date Confirmed

Haarlem, The Netherlands – February 19th, 2019 – Indie game publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Dragon Slumber have officially announced that Tech Support: Error Unknown will be launching for PC, Mac, and Linux on February 27th, 2019 on Steam and major digital retailers. The news is supported with the reveal of a trailer and key art, which highlight the many choices you’ll be forced to make during the game’s branching narrative.

The award-winning adventure (Best Indie Pitch, MIGS18) casts players as new employees of the IT department of Quasar Telecommunications, a multinational-juggernaut of a corporation. Players soon discover, though, that Quasar isn’t all the news media makes it out to be. Tech Support: Error Unknown follows the long-running, cyber-tug-of-war between Quasar and Tech Support’s hacker-faction, Indigo. Players can choose an alliance with the IT group as one of many available paths to pursue.

Using the Spectrum OS virtual desktop interface, you’ll chat with customers and colleagues through an organic, procedural dialogue system, solving puzzles and making discoveries to inform decisions that radically affect the narrative’s outcome. Will you remain loyal to your employment overlords, or sabotage them from within? Whatever you story – Every choice matters.

“The reception for the game thus far has completely blown me away, and I couldn’t be more excited to get the full version in player’s hands. Although I can’t condone Indigo’s vigilantism, I do believe that these allegations against Quasar should be reviewed under the due process of the law,” cheekily says Dragon Slumber’s Kevin Giguère.

Eager applicants can try a free demo on Steam, Gamejolt or Itch.io for PC, Mac and Linux, join the Launch Day Live Stream through the Steam store page, and wishlist the game to be notified as soon as the full version of Tech Support: Error Unknown is made available on February 27th 2019.

Good Company Announcement Trailer

LONDON – Feb. 19, 2019 – Business + economics + sales + marketing + profit + business again = SUCCESS! An equation anyone can stick to and a sure-fire way to turn your fledgling venture into a thriving empire. Good Company lets you build your own company from the ground up, starting out in your garage and making critical business decisions that will impact design, research, logistics, production and, ultimately, profit.

Good Company is a single-player and multiplayer management simulation game about building, automating, and optimizing your machine and robot manufacturing corporation, set in a colorful, 80s-inspired world. Start your Good Company literally with your own hands. Build your first products to turn a profit and invest in growing your workforce. Hire employees and scale your business! Only a firm foundation will pave your road to success.

“We’re very excited to be working alongside the Carrots to publish Good Company,” said Pete Simmons, marketing director for The Irregular Corporation. “Chasing Carrots have amassed a huge community following for this title in a very short space of time.”

“The long-standing experience in marketing and publishing Irregular brings into this partnership is what Good Company as a project was vitally missing,” said Dominik Schneider, co-founder of Chasing Carrots. ”For us, it’s a perfect fit. They are a very pleasant yet professional bunch, and we’re very happy to have signed with them.”

With great wealth comes great responsibility. Organize and automate your workflow, allowing you the freedom to dream even bigger. Design increasingly complex products to please the markets and take your enterprise to the next level. Remember to keep your employees in mind, though. Happy workers make better products, but then again, robots never sleep…

Be the first to get your hands on Good Company through Steam Early Access later this year. For more information on Good Company, please visit http://www.goodcompanygame.com/. Follow Good Company on Twitter, Twitch, Discord and Facebook for the latest news and updates. Details of early beta access will be announced through the Good Company Discord channel.

Neverwinter: Undermountain Announcement Trailer

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – February 19, 2019 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, and Cryptic Studios announced Neverwinter: Undermountain is coming to PC this spring, as well as PlayStation®4 and Xbox One at a later date. In the biggest expansion to date for the free-to-play MMORPG set in the Forgotten Realms, adventurers are summoned to the immense dungeon beneath Waterdeep following mysterious visions. Updates include a level cap increase to 80, five new Adventure Zones in the MANY caverns below Waterdeep, a new social hub in the Yawning Portal Tavern, a new Endgame Dungeon, an overhaul of Class Powers as well as Feats, revamped Boons system, richer loot drop experience and much more.

An unknown force beckons the people of the Forgotten Realms to the halls of Undermountain with visions of their deepest desires. Through a magical portal hidden along the Sword Coast, adventurers must seek a truth far more sinister. Renowned Waterdeep taproom, the Yawning Portal, acts as a hub for players looking to delve deeper into the hallowed halls shaped by Halaster Blackcloak’s twisted mind. Team up with Celeste, Durnan – proprietor of the Yawning Portal – as well as uneasy allies to uncover the wicked machinations at work below Mount Waterdeep.

Introducing five new adventure zones spanning several levels of Undermountain, this expansion offers adventurers the opportunity to grow their characters up to level 80 with improved level-scaling for earlier zones, class ability and balance overhauls, new rewards from encounters throughout Neverwinter and the first taste of new endgame content including the all-new Lair of the Mad Mage dungeon. In addition, Undermountain features an all-new Expeditions system – where players can explore the ever-changing caverns of Undermountain, even encountering the Mad Mage himself.

Ahead of launch, intrepid adventurers looking to explore Neverwinter’s biggest expansion early can begin doing so on our Preview server, Mimic. Players looking to access content ahead of PC updates can visit Neverwinter’s PTS guide to copy an existing character over to Mimic (or create a new character in-game) and begin playing all-new content ahead of release. Along with early access, players can also provide feedback of their experience on the PTS forums. For more information NeverwinterUndermountain including when players can access new content in Preview, visit: http://www.playneverwinter.com/

Additionally, Neverwinter players on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One can look forward to new bundles coming to Twitch Prime. The next bundle – Mottled Rage Drake Bundle – begins February 19, available until March 18; the final bundle will be available March 19. February’s bundle includes the Mottled Rage Drake Mount, 30 days in-game VIP, 3x Epic Insignia Choice Pack and Rank 13 Enchantment Choice Pack. For additional information on this promotion visit: https://twitch.amazon.com/prime/loot/neverwinter

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Aykroyd, Reitman, and Hudson To Attend Ghostbusters Fan Fest

CULVER CITY, Calif., February 19, 2019—Are you troubled by strange noises in the middle of the night? Do you experience feelings of dread in your basement or attic? Have you or your family ever seen a spook, specter or ghost? Well, if you have, Ghostbusters fans, get ready for mass hysteria! Tickets go on sale today for the first-ever Ghostbusters Fan Fest, presented by Wizard World, as Sony Pictures, Ghost Corps, and Wizard World announce an initial lineup of special guests, events, and treats that await attendees. The premier live event will be held June 7-8 on the famed Sony Pictures Studio Lot in Culver City, California.

Stars Dan Aykroyd (Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Ernie Hudson (Winston Zeddemore), director Ivan Reitman and Ghostbusters theme song singer-songwriter Ray Parker Jr. are all confirmed to attend. The stars of The Real Ghostbusters animated series (1986-91) will also be well-represented at Fan Fest, with Maurice LaMarche (Dr. Egon Spengler), Frank Welker (Dr. Raymond Stantz) and Dave Coulier (Dr. Peter Venkman) scheduled to attend.

Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World will be the ultimate celebration of the franchise. For the 35th anniversary of the legendary film (and the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters II), fans will participate in exclusive panels with the stars and original crew members, meet the Ghostbusters creators, talent and crew and experience Ghostbusters augmented reality gaming. Other planned Ghostbusters-themed activities include a screening of the original film, a special musical performance by Parker, costume contests, meet-ups, documentary screenings, laser tag, interactive photo booths, exhibitor booths, and much more.

Tickets for the premier event are on sale now at https://www.tixr.com/pr/gbffpr/12066.  Packages range in price from $499 to $1499 (and a $99 youth package), with autographs and photo ops included in some packages.

Fans can learn more about the Ghostbusters Fan Fest presented by Wizard World at http://www.ghostbusters.com/news/ghostbusters-fan-fest.

Jeffrey Godsick, Executive Vice President, Brand Strategy and Global Partnerships for Sony Pictures said: “We’re thrilled to be opening up our doors to Ghostbusters fans for the first time. For fans, this is the ultimate event – an insider’s look at the franchise from the people who created it and are bringing it into the future. As Winston Zeddemore might say, when someone asks you if you want to go to Ghostbusters Fan Fest, you say YES!”

John D. Maatta, CEO of Wizard Entertainment said: “The Ghostbusters Fan Fest is an extraordinary homage to all that is great about the iconic Ghostbusters. It is exciting news for Ghostbusters fans that Sony Pictures and Ghost Corps have worked with us to create this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Following the event on June 7-8, Wizard World will continue its Ghostbusters touring experience at its conventions throughout the country featuring a pop-up shop featuring exclusive Ghostbusters merchandise. Details will be linked at www.wizardword.com.

The original 1984 film starred Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Harold Ramis, Rick Moranis, and Ernie Hudson and was directed by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis.