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The Climb Out for Oculus Quest

FRANKFURT, Germany – Dec. 3, 2019 – Today Crytek is bringing the thrill of extreme free solo rock climbing to Oculus Quest with The Climb. The adrenaline-packed climbing game allows players to experience the rush of dangerous solo climbs in stunning, hyper-realistic settings from the comfort of almost anywhere with the incredible freedom offered by the completely wireless Oculus Quest. The Climb is available now for $29.99 in the Oculus Store and supports cross-buy, meaning players who already own The Climb on Oculus Rift will receive a copy for Quest for free (and vice versa).

Experience the ultimate in extreme sports: go beyond the point of no return and scale deadly cliff faces unaided, with three locations, tutorials, a practice wall, and six intense bouldering routes to beat. In Tourist mode, players can explore the expansive settings with simplified game mechanics to discover new routes, show friends and family, or just enjoy the scenery. Meanwhile, The Climb’s asynchronous multiplayer mode allows climbers to compete against other players’ ascents and send challenges to their friends.

The Climb’s three settings give climbers a variety of landscapes to explore—Alps, Bay and Canyon—each painstakingly created based on real-world locations. For example, Canyon takes inspiration from the geography of the Grand Canyon, drawing upon wider natural and cultural cues from across the U.S. and combining iconic elements to create an immersive blend of sights, sounds and adrenaline-pumping challenges. By night, fireworks from a music festival accompany the breathtaking ascents, while daylight reveals endless vistas marked by winding rivers, mysterious mine shafts and jets performing dramatic formation flyovers. The heat will be on as players feel the scale of the environment, the vertigo of the height and the challenge of the competition to achieve the best times on the leaderboards.

“From the very first prototype for The Climb, we knew that climbing and VR were the perfect combination. Virtual reality allows you to try something most people could never experience in real life—and with just as intense an adrenaline rush as the real thing,” said Producer Fatih Özbayram. “The Climb is so much fun to play on Oculus Rift, and the Quest offers even more freedom to players. No strings—or cables—attached!”

To complete The Climb’s host of vertical challenges, players will have to master different grip types, balance speed against stamina, and discover routes and shortcuts. More than 100 achievements are up for grabs as players unlock custom watches, gloves and wristbands, while amazing visual payoffs reward the completion of every ascent, demonstrating the power of CRYENGINE and VR.

To find out more about The Climb, visit the game’s official website at www.theclimbgame.com.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen Coming to City Walk

Universal City, CA, December 3, 2019 – Decadent desserts, artisanal milkshakes and eclectic culinary inspirations are signature creations of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen™, an original concept restaurant, opening at Universal CityWalk in 2021.

The visually stunning eatery will arrive to Universal CityWalk bringing an extensive menu of brunch, lunch and dinner items, sumptuous milkshakes and desserts and delectable confectionery treats to L.A. residents and guests visiting from around the globe.

Hearty items will feature palate pleasing twists on classic steaks, seafood and pasta entrees to gourmet burgers and sandwiches and all-day brunch.

The arrival of Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen marks the ongoing celebration of Universal CityWalk and will be located adjacent to the popular Universal Cinema and joins recent dining establishment additions, including Antojitos Cocina Mexicana, VIVO Italian Kitchen, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Voodoo Doughnut.

The spotlight continues to shine brightly on Universal CityWalk, one of L.A.’s most influential lifestyle centers, which has boosted the city’s rhythm with a variety of memorable experiences for over 25 years.

More information about Universal CityWalk and Universal Studios Hollywood is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Regular updates can be found on Universal Studios Hollywood’s Twitter @UniStudios, Facebook-Universal Studios Hollywood and Instagram @UniStudios.

They Are Billions Campaign Mode Console Launch Trailer

Barcelona, Spain – December 3rd, 2019 – Numantian Games and BlitWorks are proud to announce that They Are Billions campaign mode is available now on PS4 and Xbox One! Console gamers can learn the secrets of the zombie apocalypse as they make their way through 48 missions in this 60 hour campaign.

This update also includes tweaked and refined gamepad controls, something that players have clamoring for, and that reworks covers both survival and campaign modes. Alongside those improved controls is a redone contextual quick-help system, which makes for a more approachable experience.

Campaign mode arrives for console players starting today, and is free for those who already purchased the game. With the launch of the campaign, the price of They Are Billions on XBO and PS4 has increased to $29.99 USD to match the price of the PC version on Steam.

Arise: A Simple Story Launch Trailer

December 3, 2019 — Techland Publishing today announced that Arise: A Simple Story is now available as a digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Epic Games Store. A beautiful and deeply moving platform adventure game, Arise is Barcelona-based developer Piccolo Studio’s first game to ever be released.

Arise invites players to take the first step on a journey into the afterlife. The game is a heartfelt tale of an old man’s life, interwoven with love and loss, through the symbolic landscapes of his memories and a unique traversal mechanic that allows players to manipulate time in single player or light cooperative play. As each chapter represents a pivotal moment from the protagonist’s past, Arise’s touching love story will take the old man—and the players themselves—on an impassioned emotional rollercoaster of empowering highs and visceral lows.

Arise is artistically enchanting with beautiful landscapes and an emotional soundtrack composed by BAFTA Award winning composer David García.

“Arise is a deep narrative, carefully crafted to transcend both the literal and metaphorical. We travel together with an old man across artistically stunning landscapes, each of which represents a crucially poignant moment of his life, lush with love and loss,” said Alexis Corominas, one of the founders of Piccolo. “We hope players will find themselves walking alongside him on a path of self-reflection, and, with each step, relate to the heartfelt magic in his story. We can’t wait for the players to discover what—or whom—they and the old man will find throughout the journey.”

Piccolo was established by three friends who quit their corporate jobs to pursue their long-time dream of creating handcrafted video games. Piccolo, Italian for “small,” is a tight-knit, 15-person strong team.

Arise is now available as a digital download on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Epic Games Store for $19.99 USD. This title has an ESRB rating of “E” for everyone.

For more information, please visit arise-game.com

Black Widow Teaser Trailer

12/3/2019 – Check out the new teaser trailer for “Black Widow,” which just debuted. Plus, a new poster is also available. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha/Black Widow in Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow”—the first film in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Florence Pugh stars as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige, “Black Widow” hits U.S. theaters on May 1, 2020.

 

Neverwinter Nights Coming to Console Platforms

Dec. 3, 3019 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Skybound Games and Beamdog announced that the enhanced edition of the classic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing videogame Neverwinter Nights is available on modern consoles for the very first time starting today. The boxed version of this legendary title can be purchased at major retailers globally for $49.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition delivers the original 2002 Computer RPG of the Year and over 100 hours of DLC, including 10 standalone D&D-based adventures featuring co-op and online multiplayer gameplay*. The disk contains the base campaign, as well as the Shadows of Undrentide and Hordes of the Underdark expansions with numerous premium modules such as Wyvern Crown of Cormyr and Pirates of the Sword Coast available as free downloads with purchase. Fully customize your hero’s class, skills and appearance, gather your party, and embark on an epic adventure of magic, wonder and danger.

Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition gives longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play this critically acclaimed adventure from the formative age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded the game with support for high-resolution widescreen displays, controls optimized for consoles, new content, improved UI and UX, bug fixes, rebalancing and an updated rendering engine that vastly improves the game’s visual quality.

Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is also available today for digital download on the PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Xbox One Store, and Nintendo eShop. For more information, visit: https://www.skybound.com/neverwinter-nights-enhanced-edition.

*Multiplayer gameplay is available today for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 via a patch that players will be automatically prompted to download. More information can be found in the system settings as well. Multiplayer gameplay for Xbox One will be released in a separate patch in January 2020. Stay tuned to Beamdog’s Twitter for further details.

Starship Troopers – Terran Command Gameplay Teaser

Epsom, UK, December 2nd, 2019. Slitherine LTD, the world’s leading publisher of digital wargames and strategy games, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, announced today “Starship Troopers – Terran Command,” a real time strategy game based on TriStar Pictures’s iconic 1997 movie to be released for PC in 2020.

“If you take one of the most iconic movies from the 90s and shape it into a strategy game of survival, that mixes classic real-time mechanics, tower defense and tactical deployment of units then you have ‘Starship Troopers – Terran Command’ in a nutshell”, says Iain McNeil, Development Director at Slitherine. “Modern strategy games are fast-paced and they successfully blend unit management, survival and captivating storytelling. Nothing is more suited to this type of gameplay than the Starship Troopers universe, where there is a continuous sense of danger and uncertainty”.

Set in the same universe of the original movie, “Starship Troopers – Terran Command” drops players right at the heart of a human colony overrun by the Arachnids. They must take the fight into bug territory, where they will lead an army of elite soldiers to defeat the alien menace. They will deploy their units in strategic locations to cover vital choke-points, build defence emplacements, and achieve superior firepower through the tactical use of elevation levels.

“When creating this game, we aimed to capture the essence of the original movie and its universe. This is not only achieved by creating a coherent set of units and scenarios, but also by mimicking the language, visual elements, dialogues and the little details that made the film such an iconic, cult feature.”, Iain McNeil continues.

Slitherine is also a core strategy games publisher though and that doesn’t go away. This is why the British publisher is working with strategy games developer The Artistocrats to create a product that features complex mechanics, deep gameplay systems and a wide variety of options to turn a fast-paced strategy game into a mind-bending experience that involves multiple solutions to a very basic problem: to kill a lot of bugs.

The Artistocrats are the Belgian development studio behind the Order of Battle series and Commander: the Great War. Studio owner and lead designer Lukas Nijsten has been working on “Starship Troopers – Terran Command” for over two years now. The game is set to release in 2020.

Six Flags Great Adventure Riders Ready for Polar Coaster Challenge

Jackson, NJ — December 2, 2019 — As the tri-state area braces for today’s bitter winter weather, some are focused on the temperatures forecasted for Saturday, Dec. 7 — Six Flags Great Adventure’s Polar Coaster Challenge. Named after the meteorological term for dramatically fluctuating temperatures expected for this winter, the Polar Coaster Challenge dares guests to ride the 80-pmh, 230-foot-tall Nitro roller coaster wearing just tank tops and shorts in frigid winter temperatures.

While pre-registration is not required, some hopefuls have committed to taking the challenge, which will benefit Special Olympics New Jersey:

New Jersey:

  • Bergen County: Nick Nicastro and Kristy Olivier – This adventurous couple from Lyndhurst can’t resist a thrill on their favorite roller coaster;
  • Middlesex County: Kyle Majkowksi and Richard Wanamaker – These Plainsboro residents are true roller coaster enthusiasts who have participated in marathons and game shows on coasters, and are ready for their next coaster challenge;
  • Middlesex County: Shawn Smith – This newlywed and former Six Flags team member from Plainsboro is ready to experience the chill on a coaster he once helped to operate;
  • Ocean County: Leah and John Emmons – Nurse Leah and her husband John, from Brick, have taken the Polar Plunge with Special Olympics and want to raise awareness for those with special needs;
  • Ocean County: Jessica Geneski – Bayville resident Geneski is battling neurofibromatosis and wants to challenge herself on her favorite roller coaster; and
  • Camden County: Kyrus Keenan Wescott – This ultimate thrillseeker from Bellmawr is passionate about roller coasters and considers Nitro among his most favorite.

Pennsylvania:

  • Bucks County: Dan and Kristen Murter – Dan survived the Coffin Challenge in 2018, and now he and his wife Kristen, who hail from Levittown, are ready for their next challenge;
  • Bucks County: David and Mikaylah Lee – David and his eight-year-old daughter Mikaylah, from Quakertown, are theme park enthusiasts who look for unique and fun ways to spend quality time together while making lifelong memories; and
  • Delaware County: Bill Kneass – This Clifton Heights resident wants to combine his love of the holidays, Nitro and Six Flags while challenging himself in a new way.

Townsquare Media’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Zarrow will celebrate the polar coaster as he helps launch the first riders. Zarrow also intends to face the winds of winter on his own freezing Nitro ride.

To participate in the Polar Coaster Challenge, participants must:

  • Reach the height requirement of 54 inches to ride Nitro;
  • Wear a tank top or T-shirt (sleeves must be elbow length or shorter), and shorts (to the knee or shorter);
  • Wear closed-toed shoes;
  • Sign a photo and video release form and a safety waiver. Anyone under 18 years of age will require a parent or legal guardian signature; and
  • Provide a Membership, Season Pass or one-day ticket to enter the theme park.

Gloves and hats may be worn. Hats must be secured. No loose articles are permitted on the ride.

The theme park has partnered with Special Olympics New Jersey to host the event, kicking off the plunge season, which includes their popular Polar Bear Plunges at Wildwood in January and Seaside Heights in February of 2020. The Polar Coaster Challenge is free with theme park admission, Membership and Season Pass. Discounted admission tickets are available on sixflags.com using the promo code “polar” and $2 from every admission ticket will be donated to Special Olympics New Jersey.

Polar Coaster Challenge check is at 11 a.m., and the event begins at 12 p.m. A group photo will be taken at 12:45 p.m., and the theme park opens to the public at 1 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to sixflags.com/greatadventure.

The Polar Coaster Challenge is part of Holiday in the Park, an annual festival which transforms the theme park into a winter wonderland with more than a million glittering lights, festive food and holiday entertainment in addition to its world-class thrill rides. Holiday in the Park operates weekends and select days through Jan. 1, 2020.

Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack Coming to Theaters

November 27, 2019 – Re-mastered 1988 animated Mecha animated film “Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack” is coming to the U.S. for a special one-night event: “Gundam 40th Anniversary Celebration: Char’s Counterattack.” “Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack,” set in the Universal Century timeline of the celebrated franchise, was the first original Mobile Suit Gundam theatrical release and marks the culmination of the original saga started in “Mobile Suit Gundam” and continued in “Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam” and “Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ.”

As an exciting bonus, fans will also view an exclusive interview with the creator of the Gundam anime franchise Yoshiyuki Tomino, as well as newly captured content from ANIME NYC 2019.

WHO:

Fathom Events and Sunrise Inc.

WHEN:

Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)

WHERE:

Tickets for Gundam 40th Anniversary Celebration: Char’s Counterattackcan be purchased online by visiting www.FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices. Moviegoers throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy this event in approximately 400 select movie theaters. A complete list of theater locations will be available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

SYNOPSIS:

Amuro and Char, two best mobile suit pilots who fought together against Titans after the Jion’s independency war, must face each other in a fateful duel where the Char-led Neo-Jion, attempt to drop a gigantic meteor and nuclear weapons on Earth in order to cause Nuclear Winter to wipe out its inhabitants.

Total War: Warhammer II The Shadow & The Blade DLC Trailer

11/27/2019 – Tz’arkan, the Drinker of Worlds has escaped from his eternal prison within the Realm of Chaos and latched himself onto the mind of Malus Darkblade, forging a deadly partnership that reverberates throughout the New World. Sensing the potential of this daemonic entity, the Nightlord of Clan Eshin has dispatched his most trusted assassin, Deathmaster Snikch, to track down the daemon and investigate its true power.

Who will prevail in this daemonic power struggle? Find out in the new trailer.

Out December 12th and playable in both the Eye of The Vortex and Mortal Empire campaigns, the Shadow & The Blade introduces two legendary lords to Total War: WARHAMMER II, both with an insatiable desire to spread destruction across the battlefields of the world. With swarms of sneaky rats, nightmarish Medusa-bound blood shrines, stealth magic lore, and a unique and intertwined campaign, players have an arsenal of new ways to inflict death upon their enemies.

Shadow and Blade:

  • 2 playable factions – Clan Eshin (Skaven) and Hag Graef (Dark Elves)
  • 2 legendary lords – Death Master Snikch, Malus Darkblade
  • 12 units; High Beast Master, Bloodwrack Medusa, Master Assassins, Eshin Triads and more.
  • Lore of Stealth (Skaven)

Free Content Update:

  • Legendary lord – Rapanse de Lyonesse (Bretonnia)
  • Legendary hero – Henri Le Massif (Bretonnia)

In addition to this, some significant quality of life improvements has been made to enemy turn time duration. Players can now expect to see up to a 60% decrease in wait times between turns, however this will be dependent on their current game state.

Details on the Shadow & The Blade can be found on the total war FAQ here.

Click here to pre-order Shadow & the Blade and receive 10% off.