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WASHINGTON—February 7, 2019—Today, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) welcomed as new members Intellivision Entertainment, Natsume Inc., Riot Games, SEGA of America, THQ Nordic, and Wizards of the Coast. The American video game industry enters the new year with its economic and social impact at an all-time high. During the last five years, the industry almost doubled in size, growing from $22.4 billion in revenue to $43.4 billion in revenue in 2018. Video games influence the world far beyond just entertainment, with numerous other industries, including education, healthcare, and engineering, using them.
Video games are a fixture of American life: 150 million Americans play video games, two-thirds of American parents play video games with their children, the industry employs 220,000 people across the nation, and more than 500 colleges and universities across 46 states offer programs or degrees in video-game related areas of study. The ESA’s advocacy and representation on the national and global stage unites publishers and developers in providing premier interactive entertainment experiences and responding to consumers.
“We are stronger as an industry when the most innovative video game companies come together to champion the positive impact of video games before policymakers around the country,” said acting ESA President and CEO Stanley Pierre-Louis. “We look forward to working with our expanding membership to leverage their support of a unified industry that shares ideas, engages with policymakers, and nurtures the next generation of creators.”
The ESA advances the video game industry’s interests on key issues including First Amendment rights, intellectual property protection, and international trade, including digital trade protections. The association also promotes the industry’s influence in dynamic new areas like the growing esports sector and virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies.
Burbank, Calif. – Feb. 5, 2019 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and Marvel Entertainment today announced the LEGO® Marvel Collection, bringing the top-selling videogames LEGO® Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2 and LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers together in one package. The three-game compilation will be available March 12, 2019 for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices.
This colossal Marvel adventure also includes previously released DLC packs for the games, including Black Panther and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War character and level packs for LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 inspired by Marvel Studios’ hit films.
In LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, players take on the role of their favorite Marvel characters Spider-Man, Iron Man, Wolverine, Thor, Captain America and the Hulk, as they assemble in a completely original story. Players will battle against some of the most menacing Marvel Super Villains, including dastardly Doctor Octopus, the ghastly Green Goblin, the ruthless Red Skull, the vicious Venom, Thor’s vexing brother, Loki, as well as the Devourer of Worlds, Galactus.
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 picks up directly where LEGO Marvel Super Heroes left off featuring a completely original branching storyline co-written by award-winning comic writer Kurt Busiek. This story brings together a diverse roster of iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different time periods and realities including Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Cosmo the Spacedog, Cowboy Captain America, Doctor Octopus, Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, Green Goblin, Groot, Gwenpool, Hawkeye, Howard the Duck, Hulk, Iron Man, Luke Cage, Ms. Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, She-Hulk, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, and many more. Players can roam and explore 18 different Marvel locations within the incredible Open Hub World of Chronopolis, from the vibrant jungle of Wakanda to the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, along with Asgard, Attilan, Knowhere, the Coliseum, Hala, Hydra Empire, Kang’s Citadel, K’un-Lun, Lemuria, Manhattan, Medieval England, Noir New York, 2099 Nueva York, Old West, The Swamp, and Xandar.
LEGO Marvel’s Avengers features storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers and its sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and players can unlock more than 200 characters, including Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hulk, Thor and Iron Man. The game features a unique take on open world gameplay, with eight different environments to explore within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including the expansive streets of Marvel’s New York, as well as Asgard, Barton’s Farm, Malibu, the S.H.I.E.L.D. Base Exterior, Sokovia, South Africa and Washington, D.C. Players can freely roam around these open world locations in any way they’d like, such as super jumping off skyscrapers with Hulk, speed running over water with Quicksilver or even play as giant characters, like the menacing Fing Fang Foom, who can grow to the size of tall buildings.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Feb. 6, 2019 – inXile Entertainment, the studio led by Interplay founder and industry icon Brian Fargo, is proud to announce the release of The Mage’s Tale on Playstation VR. The title will be available for PSVR users starting today with a retail price of $29.99. inXile plans a post launch patch for PS4 Pro Enhanced The Mage’s Tale, exact date will be announced soon.
For fans of The Bard’s Tale series, The Mage’s Tale is an exciting opportunity. Set between the events of The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate and The Bard’s Tale IV: Barrows Deep, The Mage’s Tale offers players a unique chance to revisit – and step inside – the world.
The Mage’s Tale, a finalist for Game of the Year at the 2018 VR Awards, is a 10+ hour dungeon crawler RPG set in the dungeons below Skara Brae. The Mage’s Tale offers players the ability to craft hundreds of spells, explore dungeons, solve puzzles,and fight creatures. The Mage’s Tale score was produced and composed by Ged Grimes of Simple Minds and features some of the top Gaelic singers in the world.
“Our first VR title was all about realizing a vision that we had as game designers decades ago.”, said inXile CEO Brian Fargo. “With The Mage’s Tale, we’re taking players from looking at a dungeon to placing them directly inside it. These advances in technology and the uniqueness of VR’s ‘being there’ experience allow players to more fully immerse themselves and connect with gameplay in a whole new way. Between The Mage’s Tale and our recently released Bard’s Tale IV, it’s a great time to be a Bard’s Tale fan.”
The Mage’s Tale can be found here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/games/the-mages-tale-ps4/
LOS ANGELES (Jan. 31, 2019) – SQUARE ENIX® commemorates the first anniversary of the hit mobile RPG DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY® OPERA OMNIA™ with generous rewards and exciting limited-time events. Fans can look forward to special login bonuses, deluxe daily missions, an appearance by FINAL FANTASY IX’s trusted warrior Beatrix and much more over the entire month of February.
With dozens of playable characters from the FINAL FANTASY pantheon featured, millions of players across the world have embarked upon the roleplaying journey of DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA, with new quests, characters, costumes and more added regularly.
All players can enjoy the following limited-time events and promotions in-game as a part of this celebration:
- Global-First Character – Players can recruit the fearsome Alexandrian general Beatrix fromFINAL FANTASY IX, available in early February.
- Free Multi Draws – The first Multi Draw will be free to players for six banners. The first two are now available, and the subsequent banners will become available throughout the month of February.
- First-Anniversary Event Quests – Four sets of event quests await players, with one set being released each week. Players can challenge these quests to earn Anniversary Tokens, which can be exchanged for five-star weapons.
- Anniversary Login Bonuses – Players will be treated to generous login bonuses, including Armor Tokens, Draw Tickets, newly introduced Power Tokens and more.
- Anniversary Daily Missions – Players can earn High Shards, Gems, and other valuable character upgrade materials by completing daily missions.
- Limited-Time Cloud Costume Pack – This limited-time offer includes 9,000 Gems and the Buster Sword NT Ver., which previously was only available through a select promotional campaign.
- Anniversary Stickers – New stickers commemorating the first anniversary have been added to the Dissidia Point Shop.
- Additional Rewards – Double rewards from Cycle Quests, half SP Cost for World of Illusions: Carbuncle’s Treasures quests and triple rewards for standard Daily Missions are available throughout the month, while Co-op First Meet Rewards are also reset.
SAN FRANCISCO — January 30, 2019 — Today, Ubisoft® announced the content of Tom Clancy’s The Division® 2 Private Beta, including early game and endgame missions, running from February 7 at 1am PT through February 11 at 1am PT. Private Beta preload begins on February 6 at 1am PT. Xbox One, PS4, and PC players can secure their access to the Private Beta by pre-ordering The Division 2 at participating retailers. Already the fastest registering beta in Ubisoft history, players can register for beta access now for a chance to play at http://thedivisiongame.com/
In the Private Beta, players will be able to get a taste of what awaits them in Tom Clancy’s The Division 2. After establishing their Base of Operations in the White House, Agents will be able to venture into a transformed Washington D.C., unlocking new skills and abilities while they upgrade to a level cap of seven and discover the eastern part of the open world featuring the following content:
- Two main missions, available in Story, Normal and Hard Mode
- Five side missions and additional activities in the open world
- Unique PvPvE gameplay in one of the three new Dark Zones
- Organized PvP gameplay in one Conflict mode, Skirmish
In addition to this content, beginning February 8 at 8am PT, The Division 2 fans will have the opportunity to have a first hands-on with endgame content with one Invaded mission. Players will experience gameplay at the level cap of 30 and unlock brand new Survivalist, Sharpshooter or Demolitionist specializations.
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.
January 29, 2019 – Today, New Wave Toys announced the launch of limited edition RepliCade X Tempest, a fully-playable 12-inch tall replica of the original Tempest arcade cabinet officially licensed by Atari. RepliCade X Tempest is now available for purchase on newwavetoys.com for $119.99.
Arcade-accurate sixth-scale replica Tempest arcade machine
Plays the original Tempest arcade game
Mini Rotary control with swappable spinner caps
Wood cabinet construction
Illuminated marquee & cabinet accents
Amplified-mono audio reproduction
Diecast metal coin door with storage compartment
Hi-res cabinet art reproduction on quality 3M vinyl overlays
Built-in rechargeable battery
Hi-res screen optimized for vector graphics
Officially licensed by Atari
New Wave Toys is dedicated to recreating the authentic arcade experience in 1/6-scale with a high quality wood cabinet in perfect profile, illuminated marquee and cabinet accents, original control schemes, die cast metal coin door, and cabinet artwork professionally reproduced by EscapePod.
For more information, please visit https://newwavetoys.com/
Larkspur, Calif. – Jan. 28, 2019 – Epic Games and Deep Silver today announced a partnership that will see the digitally-distributed PC version of the highly anticipated Metro Exodus release on February 15th 2019 solely through the Epic Games store.
Players worldwide can now pre-purchase both Standard and Gold Editions at EpicGames.com, from $49.99 in North America and €59.99 in most European countries*. All pre-orders include the Metro Exodus Original Soundtrack and ‘The World of Metro’ Digital Art Book.
“Metro Exodus is amazing and is deservedly one of the most anticipated PC titles of 2019,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic. “We are partnering with Deep Silver to launch Metro Exodus, underpinned by Epic’s marketing support and commitment to offering an 88 percent revenue split, enabling game creators to further reinvest in building great games and improving the economics of game stores for everybody.”
“We are delighted to partner with Epic to bring the digital PC version of Metro Exodus to market,” said Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO at Deep Silver. “Epic’s generous revenue terms are a game changer that will allow publishers to invest more into content creation, or pass on savings to the players. By teaming up with Epic we will be able to invest more into the future of Metro and our ongoing partnership with series developer 4A Games, to the benefit of our Metro fans.”
Any customer with an outstanding pre-order for Metro Exodus on PC through any digital retailer will receive their game as expected.
Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first-person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Explore the Russian wilderness across vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter. Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus continues Artyom’s story in the greatest Metro adventure yet.
Metro Exodus will be released on February 15 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, and PC.
In addition, Deep Silver will release Metro 2033 Redux and Metro: Last Light Redux to the Epic Games store later this year.
For more information, visit www.metrothegame.com.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today unveiled the latest high-performance gaming gear and accessories to be given the popular Quartz Pink treatment.
- Razer Basilisk mouse
- Razer Goliathus Extended Chroma mouse mat
- Razer Huntsman keyboard
- Razer Kraken headset
- Razer Raiju Tournament Edition controller for PS4
- Razer Seiren X microphone
- Razer Base Station Chroma headset stand
- Quartz case for Razer Phone 2
- Razer’s Quartz Pink colorway was first launched in 2018 to the delight of gamers, streamers and influencers worldwide. With a humble lineup of 4 peripherals to choose from, it was the beginning of a ‘pink phenomenon’.
Fans on the quest for Quartz to refresh their setups with bold color themes – balancing power in pink. We’ve paid attention. With more than double the gear available this year, one can enjoy a new series that lets you stand out even further from the crowd…in style.
“Our fans told us they could not get enough of our Quartz Pink editions,” said Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. “We listened and we have given the stunning pink treatment to our latest gaming gear, giving you the unfair advantage in both performance and looks.”
Discover the entire Quartz family here: https://www.razer.com/quartz.
Chicago, Illinois (January 25, 2019) — World of Tanks: Mercenaries is renowned for throwing players into epic battles waged between huge metal war machines. With a new limited-time mode, Core Breach, launching on PS4 and Xbox at the end of January, that hot metal action is about to get cranked up all the way to 11 as huge mechs will be taking to the battlefield! 2019 also marks the launch of the Winter Games, a new event that gives players the opportunity to earn monthly rewards and Premium gift tanks!
From January 29 through February 4, the new Core Breach mode will bring explosive mech battles to World of Tanks: Mercenaries! Popularized by Hollywood blockbusters and various beloved anime series, mechs are metal monsters piloted by humans in explosive battles. In Core Breach, players will be able to swap their trusty tanks for these titanium titans and duke it out in epic 4 v 4 death matches!
Beginning January 29, pilots can start clobbering their way to victory in one of two mechs: the gigantic US Iron Soldier, or the sleek and deadly USSR Steel Comrade. Each mech is equipped with lasers, missiles, machine guns, and a whole lot of health. Shoot and crush your way through the snow-covered Old River City map and its plethora of destructible environments, then decimate all opposing mechs to reign supreme. Be careful out there, Pilot, as destroyed mechs will experience a core breach explosion capable of leveling city blocks and your mech as well. The action doesn’t stop if you get knocked down – just eject, respawn, and get right back at it again!
While mechs may be a surprising addition to World of Tanks: Mercenaries, this mode marks a return to the roots of Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore (formerly known as Day 1 Studios), with some of the key talents behind Microsoft’s machine-mashing MechAssault series working to bring Core Breach to life. This special event is the latest in a series of crazy fan-favorite modes that flip World of Tanks: Mercenaries’ core gameplay on its head, with previous events featuring sea-faring battles, tank warfare on Mars, and even an alien invasion of Earth!
Elsewhere in the World of Tanks, the Winter Games have begun! This new event encourages players to fight to earn daily, monthly, quarterly, and annual rewards by earning points through in-game Ops. Winter Games Bravo, the second phase of this event, starts on February 1. Players who complete it can look forward to a hefty discount on a new Premium tank, the electrifying Thunderbolt!
This month also sees the launch of some new tanking heroes to give a boost to your armory! Fans of German engineering can spearhead their assault with the Javelin Krupp-Steyr Waffenträger, a new Tank Destroyer that won’t fail to hit its mark. This metal hero is kitted out with welded-on spaced armor, keeps a stealthy profile, and can dish out punishment with a quick and accurate gun. Coming on January 28, the Skullcap is the newest original Premium Mercenary vehicle to join the roster. This hellraising tank mounts a gun which handles like a dream while on the move, and with armor specifically designed to counter flanking attacks and a fast-firing gun on hand, it provides awesome frontline support.
Stay on top of all the latest news and releases for World of Tanks: Mercenaries by keeping an eye on the official website!