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A Total War Saga: TROY Ajax & Diomedes Faction Pack Trailer

Out January 28th, the Ajax & Diomedes Faction Pack unleashes two of the most renowned warriors from the Iliad onto the battlegrounds of A Total War Saga: TROY, both eager to rip the fabled city down to its foundations. These formidable characters welcome in new and unique campaign mechanics, as well as a multitude of era-inspired warriors, veteran paragon units and more.

Ajax the Great is the shield that protects the Achaean Host, known for his unsurpassed strength and huge stature. His unit roster relies on slow, but very heavily equipped defensive infantry to hold the line, while his powerful missile units take advantage of protected positions.

Diomedes – the King of Argos – is a veteran in the ways of war and has used his martial might to establish Argos as an exceedingly powerful city, second only to great Mycenae. His unit roster is specialized in crushing attacks with well-rounded axe and sword infantry, combined with quick flanking units from surprising locations.

The Ajax & Diomedes Faction Pack also introduces free content for all players of A Total War Saga: TROY. This includes access to Hephaestus the god of blacksmiths and volcanoes, and the Divine Craftsman Epic Agent.

Details on Ajax & Diomedes can be found on the total war FAQ here.

Ajax & Diomedes Faction Pack:

  • 2 New Factions – Salamis (Ajax) and Argos (Diomedes).
  • 18 new units – Including Salamis Marines, Argive Swordmasters , Ajax’ Wall and more.
  • Paragon units – Veteran versions of regular units led by an officer.
  • 4 new faction mechanics & diplomatic options.
  • New Troy event – Stealing the Palladium.
  • Thebes and its seven gates campaign model and battle map.

Free Content:

  • New god – Hephaestus
  • New Epic Agent – The Divine Craftsman

AtGames ArcadeNet Arcade Game Streaming Service Available Now

AtGames®, a leader in interactive entertainment products today announced the immediate availability of the ArcadeNet® streaming games service exclusively for Legends Arcade Family products. Now out of beta, the ArcadeNet® service provides instant access to a growing library of arcade, console, and pinball games.

With ArcadeNet® you get easy-to-use, one-click-play of a growing library of amazing arcade, console, and pinball titles that are optimized for Legends Arcade Family devices. To start, there are a diverse range of titles to play, with many more added on a regular basis. You can see more details and sign up here: https://www.atgames.net/arcadenet/. Visit the AtGames E-Store for the latest specials and holiday deals: https://www.atgames.us/.

ArcadeNet® offers a choice of two subscriptions, one free and one paid. The options are:

ArcadeNet® Basic ($0 per month)

With ArcadeNet® Basic, you have access to a limited selection of games from the full ArcadeNet® library and can stream them in up to 720p/30fps quality on one Legends Arcade Family device (one UUID per month). Your ArcadeNet® friends list is unlimited. Multiplayer and voice chat supports up to two (2) players with this service option.

You’ll have streaming access to this limited selection of games for the remainder of the monthly cycle with up to two (2) hours total of arcade and console game streaming and up to one (1) hour total of Cloud pinball streaming. Available titles for ArcadeNet® Basic are rotated on a regular basis and you can assign access to a different Legends Arcade Family device’s UUID after the end of the current monthly cycle.

ArcadeNet® Standard ($20 per month)

With ArcadeNet® Standard, you have access to the full ArcadeNet® library, including arcade, console, and Cloud pinball, and can stream them in up to 1080p/60fps quality on any Legends Arcade Family device you log into. Up to six (6) concurrent device UUIDs can be shared with one ArcadeNet® ID, with one (1) device streaming at a time. Your ArcadeNet® friends list is unlimited. Multiplayer and voice chat supports up to four (4) players with this service option. And like with Cloud BYOG™, subscriptions are stackable, so you can add more months at any time, e.g., buying a 6 month subscription after a 1 month subscription gets you 7 months total.

Active ArcadeNet® Standard subscribers also receive a 10% discount on all Direct2Drive.com (https://www.direct2drive.com/) purchases (automatically applied with ArcadeNet® login), as well as access to additional deals, exclusive giveaways, and other coupons.

Full Pricing Options and Current ArcadeNet® Standard Deals

The Legends Arcade Family includes the full-size Legends Ultimate home arcade and Legends Pinball machine, Legends Gamer Pro and Gamer Mini wireless tabletop controllers, Legends Core open and connected streaming arcade game console, and other devices with authentic controls running on the Legends Arcade Platform. This platform allows for a range of impressive connected features, including ArcadeNet®, BYOG™, and universal global leaderboards. More information can be found at https://arcades.atgames.net/.

The Medium Live-Action Trailer Released

Bloober Team, the studio behind acclaimed horror games including Blair Witch, Observer: System Redux and Layers of Fear, today released a live action trailer for its upcoming psychological horror title, The Medium.

The cinematic two-and-half-minute trailer was produced in cooperation with award-winning VFX and animation studio Platige Image, with academy award nominee Tomasz Bagiński serving as Writer and Creative Producer, and talented Paweł Maślona as Director.

The trailer brings to life in stunning detail the game’s unique atmosphere and art style inspired by painter Zdzisław Beksiński – in addition the key characters central to the game’s mystery, including Marianna the titular medium, an enigmatic man named Thomas, a spirit called Sadness, and The Maw, a deceptive and hostile entity who can travel between the material and spirit world.

“The Medium is a game with a very strong narrative backbone. The most important thing for me was to understand what the essence of this story is, who its heroes are and its tone,” said Writer & Creative Producer, Bagiński. “The task was to lean as hard as possible on the emotional side of the story while trying to keep as many of the twists as possible a secret. The script is supposed to build a certain mood rather than reveal a story.”

Bagiński is an academy award-nominated and Bafta-winning filmmaker, visualist and storyteller. He was responsible for directing the now-iconic cinematics for such games as The Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077, as well as Microsoft and Ubisoft productions.

While the live-action trailer takes a thematic, atmospheric and character-driven approach to The Medium, Bloober Team also recently released an extended 14-minute gameplay trailer that can be seen at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJi-7Ue_7ms. Players will be able to fully recognize and appreciate the many references and interesting details included as part of the live-action trailer once they have the chance to play the game later this month.

“The Medium is our biggest and most ambitious project to date,” said Piotr Babieno, CEO, Bloober Team. “When we thought who could write a live action trailer for the game, Tomasz Bagiński quickly became the most natural choice. After all, his Oscar-nominated The Cathedral was also inspired by the art of Zdzisław Beksiński, just like the spirit world in our game. I’m personally very happy that we could create something together.”

Players can head to www.themediumgame.com to preorder on Steam, Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store at the price of $49.99/€49.99/£41.74 with a 10% off discount before launch. Players who pre order via Steam will receive The Medium Original Soundtrack (by Akira Yamaoka and Arkadiusz Reikowski) and The Art of The Medium (digital artbook).

Developed and published by Bloober Team, and rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB and PEGI 18, The Medium will launch on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store on Jan. 28.

For more information on The Medium, please visit www.themediumgame.com

Edifier Unveils Three New Products for CES 2021

Edifier, the award-winning manufacturer of premium sound systems and bookshelf speakers, introduced its newest audio and gaming products, TWS B2 Pro, GM5 and D12, at CES today.

“With consumer needs changing in an instant, we strive to be just as flexible without cutting any corners on quality,” said Stanley Wen, Edifier’s CTO. “We continue to bring our users the unmatched audio experience in a more convenient, travel and budget-friendly package for gaming, music and video enjoyment. Our newest products highlight Edifier’s attention to aesthetic and ergonomic design detail matched with superior sound quality and affordability.”

TWS NB2 Pro

Distinct from other noise cancellation headphones on the market and re-envisioned from its predecessor, the TWS NB, the TWS NB2 Pro boasts innovative immersive analog noise-canceling technology offering over-ear noise-canceling headphone technology in a stylish low-profile true wireless earphone package. Through extensive testing, all components of the earphones are certified to block medium to low environmental frequencies while giving the user a completely balanced sound with no outside interruptions. The user can also enable the ambient sound function to be aware of their surroundings while still enjoying their music. With its unmatched audio quality, Bluetooth 5.0 and IP54 rating, the TWS NB2 Pro is equipped to be your most reliable companion on your busiest days.

Thanks to the Qualcomm low power-consumption chipset and small high-capacity lithium battery, users can take advantage of the seven-hour playback with the active noise cancellation on or nine hours with it off. There is also the added security of knowing that the travel-friendly charging case gives an additional 23-hour playback time. The TWS NB2 Pro also utilizes fast charging, which allows for a two hour play-back time with only a 15-minute charge. With the seamless and sleek design of the earphone and charging case, comfort, style, and great technology are at the user’s disposal. TWS NB2 Pro will launch in March 2021 with a retail price of $99.

GM5

With the GM5’s eight-hour playback time and additional 32 hours via its portable charging case, combined with Qualcomm AptX low-latency technology, level after level can be completed without any lagging or low battery notifications for gamers, streamers, or mobile show bingers. With mobile gaming and video streaming being top of mind, countless trials and tests were conducted to ensure that the truly wireless earbuds would meet the true gamer’s specific needs. With its environmental noise-canceling technology (ENC) and four microphones, mobile gaming and on-call communication is now truly portable and allows you to clearly communicate from anywhere, regardless of environmental background noise. With two different audio profiles, your listening experience is enhanced and modified to further immerse yourself in your game, video, or music. When coming back to the real world, simply pause by removing an earbud or switch from dual to single earbud mode in one swift motion. GM5 will launch in March 2021 with a retail price of $79.

D12

Edifier’s D12 Bluetooth speakers allow users to create their own personal sound oasis no matter where they are. The speaker’s acoustic structure, which features Bluetooth V5.0, provides a pure, undistorted, high-quality sound in a portable package with a solid frame in a stylish wood grain finish. Made with 4 sound units, the D12 speakers offer beautifully balanced sound with high-low frequency separation and deeper tones not previously found in traditional desktop speakers. Boasting a 20W*2 bass and a 15W*2 treble, every song will be heard as the artist intended, creating a pure auditory experience. D12 will launch on February 20, 2021 with a retail price of $99.

For more information on earbuds, headsets, speakers, and other Edifier products, please visit http://edifier.com/.

Monstrum 2 New Early Access Teaser Trailer

BAFTA-nominated and Dundee-based developer Junkfish is excited to announce that Monstrum 2, the asymmetric survival-horror game, will enter Steam Early Access on January 28th, 2021.

The multiplayer sequel to the cult-favourite original, Monstrum 2 features new monsters, new puzzles, and new procedurally-generated environments, as up to four prisoners attempt to escape Sparrow Lock, a sea-stranded research facility, from one of its monstrous experiments.

Will you escape Sparrow Lock?

As a prisoner, explore Sparrow Lock to clear obstacles, unlock new areas, and find useful items that can help you outwit the monster. But remember: stay hidden and out of sight. If spotted, you’ll enter an intense game of cat-and-mouse, vaulting and sliding your way to safety if you hope to survive the chase.

Combining first-person stealth gameplay with a puzzle-first focus on survival horror, players will need to strategize a means of escape together, rather than confronting the monster head-on. With scalable difficulty adjusting to the number of players and procedurally generated layouts, traps, rooms, and puzzles, no playthrough will be the same!

Or relish the thrill of the hunt?

Master three distinct monsters when Monstrum 2 launches on Steam Early Access, each with their own unique abilities and playstyle. Smash through walls, climb on ceilings, leap across distances, or teleport to your prey. Each monster leverages the environment in unique ways to ambush unsuspecting players.

Revealed in the brand-new trailer today, players will be able to terrify their competition with the Malacosm; a molluscan, Lovecraftian nightmare. Place locator traps to damage prisoners and teleport across the map, phase through walls, and take a glimpse through your prey’s eyes with the clairvoyance skill for a hint to where they’re hiding.

Open Beta Weekend

In anticipation of launch, Monstrum 2 will also receive an Open Beta weekend on January 23-24. Join on Steam to be among the first to scavenge the depths of Sparrow Lock and all the horror contained within.

HITMAN 3 Deluxe Edition Unboxing Video

The culmination to the World Of Assasination Trilogy will be drawing to a close in less than a week with the release of HITMAN 3. Today, IO Interactive unveiled a look at everything players who have purchased the Deluxe Edition will receive. The Deluxe Edition includes the following:

  • Director Commentary by Mattias Engström

  • Digital Soundtracks for all three HITMAN games

  • Deluxe Suit & Items

  • Deluxe Escalations

  • Digital Book: The World Of HITMAN 

Those who pre-order the game will receive the Trinity Pack, which includes new suits, briefcases, and weapons.

You can watch IOI’s unboxing video for even more details on the pack right here:

In case you missed it, you can also watch a behind-the-scenes look at IO’s narrative work on HITMAN 3 which was released yesterday, here:

HITMAN 3 will be available on 20 January 2021 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Google Stadia and PC. HITMAN 3 will also be coming to Nintendo Switch, playable via cloud streaming technology.

Turtle Beach Acquires Neat Microphones

Leading gaming accessory company Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced the acquisition of Neat Microphones. Neat creates, manufactures, and sells high-quality digital USB and analog microphones that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Neat’s accomplished leadership team includes the former founders of Blue Microphones, inventors of the first high-performance USB microphone, and pioneers behind other award-winning microphones that have revolutionized how professionals and consumers capture their voice, music, and more. The acquisition also enables Turtle Beach’s entry into the $2.3 billion global microphone market, which is experiencing rapid growth in the digital/USB accessories segment where Neat’s product innovation is focused.

“We are entering the growing global streaming and microphone market with two significant advantages – the visionary leadership and engineering expertise behind some of the most renowned mics of the past 30-plus years, and Neat’s impressive 2021 product lineup,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “Neat is a great fit with Turtle Beach’s 45-year legacy of audio innovation and expertise, and we’re thrilled to welcome Skipper Wise, Martins Saulespurens, and the rest of the Neat Microphones team to the Turtle Beach family.”

Stark continued, “This is another significant milestone for Turtle Beach. Entering the global microphone market with Neat diversifies our product portfolio into new categories, while complimenting Turtle Beach and ROCCAT’s offerings in console and PC accessories. The total addressable market for our diversified products and brands expands from $5.1B to $7.4B with this acquisition. Turtle Beach is already well-known for the excellent mic performance in our gaming headsets, and Neat’s technology will further enhance our future industry-leading Turtle Beach and ROCCAT products. Additionally, the Neat brand expands our reach beyond gaming with a broader assortment of consumer and prosumer audio products.”

Skipper Wise, President of Neat Microphones, added, “We are absolutely thrilled to bring our team’s 100+ combined years of expertise to Turtle Beach to create groundbreaking microphone products. The market is ready for a new, high-quality, easy-to-use portfolio of digital microphones. Neat is the digitally native microphone brand that, with Turtle Beach’s extensive retail relationships and best-in-class global distribution, can bring this innovation to more people all over the world.”

Wise continued, “2020 showed all of us – family and friends, coworkers, musicians, gamers, streamers, podcasters, creators, influencers, educators and students – the importance of our voices being heard more than ever before. In 2021, Neat will launch new, updated versions of some of our most popular analog and digital microphones. We’re also currently developing the next generation of our products to meet the growing demand for high-quality, affordable microphones.”

The Neat Microphones team is comprised of the best microphone creators in the world, and between them they have launched over 60 products since originally founding Blue Microphones in 1995. Through this acquisition, Turtle Beach adds nearly 40 Neat patents and nearly 70 Neat trademark registrations to its overall portfolio. With decades of knowledge in the engineering, design, and production of microphones for studio and home, the Neat team changed the way people view, use, and value quality recording tools, and they are set to do it again in 2021 and beyond as part of Turtle Beach.

For the latest information on the Neat Microphones lineup of professional and consumer microphones, visit https://www.neatmic.com/.

For the latest information on Turtle Beach products, accessories, and stories, visit the Turtle Beach website at www.turtlebeach.com and the Turtle Beach Blog at https://blog.turtlebeach.com. Fans can also follow Turtle Beach on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information on ROCCAT’s lineup of high-quality, German-engineered PC gaming accessories, visit https://roccat.org.

King Arthur: Knight’s Tale New Steam Early Access Date

In the past few weeks, we here at NeocoreGames have been working on delivering the Early Access version of King Arthur: Knight’s Tale. We’re very nearly there. However, there are still a few bumps to iron out, and as a result we’ve taken the decision to push back the Early Access release of King Arthur: Knight’s Tale by a few days.

While we are aware that Early Access is called that name for a reason, we want to ensure everything is polished and bugs are squashed before you begin your adventure in Avalon, and we need to a little more time to do that.

The Early Access version of KING ARTHUR: KNIGHT’S TALE will now launch on Steam on January 26, 2021.

Based on the Arthurian mythology, KING ARTHUR: KNIGHT’S TALE is a turn-based tactical role playing game – a unique hybrid between turn-based tactical games and traditional, character-centric RPGs. KING ARTHUR: KNIGHT’S TALE is a modern retelling of a classic Arthurian mythology story filtered through the dark fantasy tropes, a twist on the traditional tales of chivalry.

Razer Unveils GeForce RTX 30 Equipped Blade Laptops

Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the all-new Razer Blade 15 and Razer Blade Pro 17 gaming laptops powered by NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop GPUs. To take advantage of the powerful new GPUs, the laptops are now available with new display options at higher refresh rates and higher resolutions. The new Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 gaming laptops form the most powerful and diverse lineup of gaming laptops from Razer ever – and with new configurations starting at only $1,699, now anyone can experience a Razer Blade.

“The new Razer Blade line is the best place for gamers to play the next generation of games,” said Brad Wildes, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Razer’ Systems business unit. “Our new line features the latest graphics technology, giving gamers the most immersive experience available. With the fastest displays on the market and one of our smallest chassis ever, gamers can enjoy ultra-smooth gameplay anywhere and everywhere. Simply put: The Razer Blades are the ultimate way to play.”

The Most Powerful

The all-new Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 offer gamers the most powerful graphics technology currently available, armed with the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs, up to the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080. NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series Laptop GPUs, powered by the NVIDIA Ampere architecture, increase energy efficiency by up to 2x, accelerate performance dramatically and introduce third-generation Max-Q technologies such as Advanced Optimus for improved battery life when playing on the go, Dynamic Boost 2.0 for optimized GPU performance when gaming or creating, and Whisper Mode 2.0 for improved acoustic control when working in quiet environments. GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs deliver stunning ray-traced gaming experiences in Cyberpunk 2077 and other top titles and enable creators to produce incredible content using hundreds of GPU-accelerated apps.

The Fastest

The Blade 15 and Blade Pro 17 continue a legacy of being the fastest around, featuring new display types with higher refresh rates and more resolution options to take full advantage of the powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series Laptop GPUs. For the first time ever, the Blade 15 Advanced Model will be available with three unique 15.6” display options: Full HD at 360Hz, Quad HD at 240Hz with NVIDIA® G-SYNC®, and a stunning Ultra HD OLED with a wide color space at 60Hz. The Blade Pro 17 will also be available with three different 17.3” display options: Full HD at 360Hz, Quad HD at 165Hz, and Ultra HD at 120Hz.

The high refresh rate Full HD display is perfect for hardcore gamers for whom every frame counts to maintain the competitive advantage. The Ultra HD displays are the ultimate way to work for content creators needing the power of a gaming laptop but the visual fidelity of a studio workstation. The Quad HD displays offer the best of both worlds, featuring a high refresh rate for fast-paced gaming and a high resolution for content creation. Whether gaming, creating, or gaming and creating, there is now the perfect Razer Blade for everyone.

The Smallest

In 2011, Razer broke the mold and introduced the world’s first true gaming laptop, a machine capable of playing the latest titles while maintaining a sleek and mobile form factor capable of being taken anywhere. Today, Razer continues that legacy, launching the smallest 15-inch gaming laptop powered by an NVIDIA RTX 30 Series Laptop GPU currently available. The Blade Pro 17 remains one of the thinnest 17-inch gaming laptops on the market, measuring in at a mere 19.9mm x 260mm x 395mm, making it the perfect mobile desktop replacement. The compact form factor of both laptops lets users break free from their desk and take their game anywhere.

The new Razer Blades make the most of their small form factor, packing every inch of space with something to make every user’s life easier. The sides are lined with a variety of inputs ranging from USB-C to HDMI 2.1 to a UHS-III SD card reader, so users can connect to anything, without hunting for a dongle. The keyboards are powered by Razer Chroma RGB that can be customized for productivity or gaming with front-facing speakers flanking the sides to keep work and play fun and engaging.

In addition, Razer Blade users will gain immersive audio for a 360-degree soundscape when listening to movies, music, or games with THX® Spatial Audio over any analog headphones or the device speakers. Internally, the laptops feature expansive storage and memory options, up to 1TB and 32GB respectively, to keep up with the rise of demanding games and creative applications.

To learn more about the all-new Razer Blades go to razer.com/gaming-laptops

PRICING & AVAILABILITY

The new Razer Blade 15 starts at only $1699.99/1799.99€ MSRP and will be available for pre-order exclusively at Razer.com and Razer Store locations on January 12 and for purchase from select retailers starting January 26.

The new Razer Blade Pro 17 starts at $2299.99/2399.99€ MSRP and will be available for pre-order exclusively at Razer.com and Razer Store locations on January 12 and for purchase from select retailers in Q1 2021.

D&D Candlekeep Mysteries Anthology Series Announced

While there’s a lot to love about long D&D campaigns full of twists, drama and character development, sometimes Dungeon Masters and players are looking for quick one-shots, a light-hearted palate-cleanser, or … a little mystery.

Introducing Candlekeep Mysteries, an anthology of seventeen mystery-themed adventures each centered around a single book found in the iconic library fortress. All of these adventures–many written by new authors—are intended to be played as one-shots in-person or online or simply dropped into any existing campaign. Candlekeep Mysteries is perfect for Dungeon Masters who are looking to inject new characters, story hooks, magic items, and monsters into their game without tons of prep.

Available everywhere on March 16 with a cover by Clint Cearley, and in game stores with an alternate cover by Simen Meyer, Candlekeep Mysteries presents each adventure as a tome on its infinite shelves, plus background information about the library fortress that’s enchanted fans of the Forgotten Realms for decades.

“I got my start in the gaming industry by writing short D&D adventures,” said Chris Perkins, Principal Story Designer for Dungeons & Dragons. “I’m grateful to be able to work on a product that gives other authors the same opportunity. The adventures in this anthology reflect the incredible creativity of the D&D community.”

Candlekeep Mysteries features adventures written by authors, including:

  • Graeme Barber (@POCGamer)
  • Kelly Lynne D’Angelo (@kellylynnedang)
  • Alison Huang (@Drazillion)
  • Mark Hulmes (@sherlock_hulmes)
  • Jennifer Kretchmer (@dreamwisp)
  • Daniel Kwan (@danielhkwan)
  • Adam Lee (@adamofadventure)
  • Ari Levitch (@AriLevitch)
  • Sarah Madsen (@UnfetteredMuse)
  • Christopher Perkins (@ChrisPerkinsDnD)
  • Michael Polkinghorn (@MiketheGoalie)
  • Taymoor Rehman (@DarkestCrows)
  • Derek Ruiz (@ElvenTower)
  • Kienna Shaw (@kiennas)
  • Brandes Stoddard (@BrandesStoddard)
  • Amy Vorpahl (@vorpahlsword)
  • Toni Winslow-Brill (@vorgryth)