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Amnesia: Rebirth Adventure Mod Update Released

One of the top horror games launched in 2020, Amnesia: Rebirth, is now welcoming adventure fans to experience this unique game; safe from monsters, darkness, and jumpscares. Swedish studio, Frictional Games, launched today Amnesia: Rebirth Adventure Mode on Steam, GOG.com, and Epic Games Store, celebrating the release with a fantastic 40% discount! PlayStation will receive Adventure Mode in the next few weeks.

In a Dev Diary, Fredrik Olsson Creative Lead on Amnesia: Rebirth explains the new mode and what to expect!

What’s Adventure Mode?

Amnesia: Rebirth Adventure Mode is a new way to experience the fantastic quest of Tasi Trianon with its captivating narrative, cool environments, unique theme, and challenging puzzles, without the anxiety-inducing, and very distressing elements present in the original game.

“The game still has its very serious theme and sometimes unnerving ambiance, but the new mode feels a lot more like an Indiana Jones type of adventure in places where it would otherwise be more of a horror experience,” explains Fredrik Olsson.

The game is still the same at its core. Following the story of Tasi Trianon, she finds herself in the desolate landscape of the Algerian desert, battling against her fears and pain as she fights to save the ones closest to her. Amnesia: Rebirth will take you through a wide variety of uncanny environments, from scorched deserts and dark caves to forgotten ruins and alien landscapes.

How is Adventure Mode different?

The new mode removes all life-threatening encounters with monsters, as well as the harrowing sound and visual effects that would affect Tasi’s fear levels. The environments are now lit up to a point where you won’t have the same feeling of claustrophobia and trepidation, allowing you to explore freely without worrying about monsters or Tasi’s mental state.

In addition, Adventure Mode includes a number of bonus puzzles that add up to the experience of a true Lovecraftian mystery adventure novel.

“We believe that anyone who loves a good story-driven adventure game will be stoked about this new mode. Not everyone is into horror and we don’t want that to block people from experiencing Tasi’s story,” comments Fredrik. “We did something very similar when we released the Safe mode for SOMA. It was extremely well received and opened up the game to a much broader audience, something we hope will happen with Rebirth as well.”

Without spoiling anything for you, expect a creepy adventure thriller game that takes you on a journey through a wonderfully crafted world. The game conserves much of its dramatic essence going full out with a compelling story – a tense, slowly-building plot to uncover the mystery surrounding Tasi’s situation and her fight for survival.

Adventure Mode is now out on Steam, GOG.com, and Epic Games Store at 40% off. PlayStation will receive Adventure Mode in the next few weeks. If you haven’t already picked up any of Frictional Games’ previous titles you can do so now at an 80% discount, as part of celebrating the release of the new free mode for Rebirth.

For more information, visit the official website at http://amnesiarebirth.com/ or follow on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Universal Studios Hollywood Set to Re-Open

At long last, Universal Studios Hollywood rolls out the red carpet to resume operations and welcome guests back to the theme park beginning on Friday, April 16. The momentous occasion will commence with a special park preview for Annual and Season Pass Members starting on Thursday, April 15.

While most rides will be operational, some rides and attractions will reopen at a later date as the theme park complies with government restrictions. Universal Studios Hollywood continues to work in partnership with health and government officials to implement new health and safety procedures that include controlled capacity to enforce physical distancing and required face coverings. In accordance with government guidelines, only California residents may visit the theme park at this time

“We are incredibly thrilled to finally be able to open Universal Studios Hollywood, return team members to work and welcome guests back to enjoy our amazing rides,” said Karen Irwin, President & COO, Universal Studios Hollywood. “It has been a very challenging year and we are overjoyed to have arrived at this moment.”

Tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood will be available to California residents only and can be purchased online beginning on Thursday, April 8. The theme park will also celebrate Annual and Season Pass Members—who will be among the first to visit—with a series of complimentary Bonus Days on select days from Thursday, April 15 through Sunday, May 16; these Bonus Days can be reserved by Annual and Season Pass Members online starting on Monday, April 5. Annual and Season Pass Members will be able to resume regular use of their passes starting on Monday, May 17.

Due to capacity limits, until further notice, guests with unredeemed tickets purchased prior to April 8, 2021 will need to make an advance reservation at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for their visit dates.

For more information about Annual and Season Passes, including Pass Members Bonus Days and re-activation of Passes, reservations for previously purchased tickets or to purchase theme park tickets, visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com.

After more than a year of closure, Universal Studios Hollywood is ready for its close-up and set to call “action” on the all-new “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” and “Jurassic World—The Ride,” which features the spectacularly realistic new dinosaur, Indominus rex.

Here’s what guests can expect:

A stroll along the cleverly themed Pets Place will bring guests to the front of Katie’s NYC apartment building where the innovative “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash!” ride resides.

This all-new tech-savvy adventure inspired by Illumination’s blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets films, answers the question, “What are your pets really doing when you’re not at home?”

This impressive new ride combines 64 technologically-advanced animated figures with hyper-realistic media and projection mapping designed to take guests on a journey to meet some of their favorite Illumination characters from the movies, including Max, Snowball, Gidget, Chloe and Duke, along with a host of other animal friends, who have all been transformed and transported into the live-action world. From blinking eyes to eyebrow movements, from head tilts to head nods, from moving mouths to smiles, from ear curls to lip curls, from full torso twists to physically walking, the depth of mobility and function programmed within each of these loveable characters creates an experience unlike any other theme park ride.

The grand reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood also brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.

Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.

Of course, these new experiences are among the many welcoming attractions and themed environments that await guests upon their return to Universal Studios Hollywood, including “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and the critically-acclaimed rides, “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey™” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, “Transformers™: The Ride-3D,” “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride,” Despicable Me’s “Super Silly Fun Land,” and “Springfield, U.S.A.,” home of America’s favorite animated family, “The Simpsons.” The theme park’s signature attraction and world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind-the-scenes of an authentic production movie and television studio and where they can experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D,” will also open.

Because the safety and well-being of guests and team members is a top priority for Universal Studios Hollywood, the following guidelines outline the theme park’s new health and safety protocols, also highlighted in this video and detailed on the Universal Studios Hollywood website.

· Temperature checks for all Guests upon arrival. If temperatures exceed 100.4° Fahrenheit / 38° Celsius or greater, Guests will not be permitted to enter.
· Face coverings required for all Guests throughout their visit. Face coverings also will be available for purchase.
· Controlled capacity within the theme park, and limited occupancy at all CityWalk venues to help enforce physical distancing. Some areas and programs may remain temporarily closed.
· Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting at all food locations, restrooms, and all other high touch points.
· Physical distancing practices at all locations throughout the park and at rides and attractions.
· Eating and drinking permitted only in designated dining areas.
· Contactless payment options wherever possible.
More information about Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal CityWalk 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.

ROCCAT Unveils Vulcan Pro Optical-Tactile Gaming Keyboard

ROCCAT®, Turtle Beach Corporation’s (Nasdaq: HEAR) Hamburg, Germany-based PC peripheral brand, today unveiled the new Vulcan Pro Optical-Tactile RGB Gaming Keyboard as the latest addition to its award-winning line of Vulcan keyboards. The new Vulcan Pro Optical-Tactile variant combines the ridiculously fast speed of ROCCAT’s groundbreaking Titan Optical Switch technology with the brand’s fan-favorite Tactile mechanical switch feeling. The combination provides gamers with unrivaled speed and precision as the Titan Optical Switch registers response rates up to 100 times faster than conventional mechanical switches, plus double the lifespan. ROCCAT’s Vulcan Pro Optical-Tactile RGB Gaming Keyboard is available at participating retailers in the U.S. for a MSRP of $199.99 and will be available in select regions across the EU later this year.

“Now serious PC gamers have two very fast optical switch options – Tactile or Linear – for the Vulcan Pro, which is our fastest keyboard yet,” said René Korte, ROCCAT Founder and General Manager of PC Products at Turtle Beach. “Some PC gamers love the smooth ease of our Speed switches, while others prefer a bit more feedback which is where the Tactile switches come into play. Whatever your preference, the Vulcan Pro keyboards feel great, look beautiful on your desktop with their AIMO RGB lighting, and offer a true advantage by being faster than the competition.”

Following last fall’s debut of ROCCAT’s Titan Optical Switch technology which launched in the Vulcan Pro Optical-Linear and Vulcan TKL Pro (recent recipient of a 5/5 Star Review + Platinum Award from T3), ROCCAT now introduces the Tactile variant of its acclaimed switch, in Optical form. ROCCAT’s Titan Optical-Tactile switch has a 1.8m actuation point, making it perfect for gaming and typing. Beyond being one of the fastest gaming keyboards available, the full-size Vulcan Pro Optical-Tactile RGB Gaming Keyboard also has a 100 million keystroke lifecycle that’s double the lifespan of keyboards with standard mechanical switches. It also includes a magnetically detachable palm rest and mixer-style audio controls. The ergonomic design combines ROCCAT’s renowned build quality with an ultra-low-profile, tailored to maximize comfort and eliminate wrist strain. The Vulcan Pro Optical RGB Gaming Keyboard comes with a premium braided cable and AIMO intelligent RGB lighting capabilities so it can be synchronized with other AIMO enabled devices.

For more information on the latest ROCCAT PC gaming products and accessories, visit ROCCAT.org and be sure to follow ROCCAT on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

DOOM 3: VR Edition PSVR Launch Trailer

DOOM 3: VR Edition is available today for PlayStation VR. Developed by Archiact in collaboration with id Software, DOOM 3: VR Edition transforms the action-horror shooter into a white-knuckle VR experience.

Complete and Enhanced DOOM 3 Experience

Featuring both DOOM 3 and its expansions – Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission – DOOM 3: VR Edition retools id Software’s classic shooter for PSVR technology. Uncover the truth behind the UAC’s dark experiments, fight unholy creatures in terrifying environments and wield an arsenal of iconic weaponry with new textures, shaders and sound effects as you survive against the forces of Hell across over 15 hours of heart-stopping action.
Refined for VR

Immerse yourself deeper in the terror thanks to all-new enhancements for virtual reality, including head tracking to peer around corners, angling shots with your flashlight-mounted weapons, 180-degree quick-turn functionality to catch sneaking demons in their tracks and a wrist-mounted display to track your health, armor and ammo.

AIM Controller Support

Take the powerful demon-killing arsenal into your own hands with full AIM controller support. Use the AIM controller’s precision to land the perfect headshot, easily check corners or blind fire from cover, and dodge attacks without pulling your finger off the trigger.

Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Casting Announced

“Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the new Disney+ special event series starring Ewan McGregor as the iconic Jedi Master, will begin shooting in April. The story begins 10 years after the dramatic events of “Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith” where Kenobi faced his greatest defeat, the downfall and corruption of his best friend and Jedi apprentice, Anakin Skywalker turned evil Sith Lord Darth Vader.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is directed by Deborah Chow, director of two critically acclaimed episodes of “The Mandalorian,” Season 1.

The series also marks the return of Hayden Christensen in the role of Darth Vader.

Joining the cast are Moses Ingram, Joel Edgerton, Bonnie Piesse, Kumail Nanjiani, Indira Varma, Rupert Friend, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Sung Kang, Simone Kessell and Benny Safdie.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” is executive-produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Michelle Rejwan, Deborah Chow, Ewan McGregor and writer Joby Harold. The casting director is Carmen Cuba.

“Obi-Wan Kenobi” will be available exclusively on Disney+.

Enlisted Announces Closed Beta Testing

Gaijin Entertainment announces that the military online shooter Enlisted (PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S) is going from Closed Beta Testing (CBT) to Open Beta on April 8th, 2021. On that day, players will experience a completely new meta game system, as well as new missions, vehicles, and weapons.

In Enlisted players control infantry squads, tank crews, or aircraft pilots that combine to re-enact massive famous WWII battles. In the CBT, two huge campaigns (Battle for Moscow and Invasion of Normandy) were introduced. The Open Beta version will bring more historically accurate war machines, i.e. US P-38J fighter, Soviet RM-50 mortar, German Pz.Kpfw. IV Ausf. H. tank and others. As with all Gaijin Entertainment games, Enlisted will receive a constant flow of updates, new content, and new campaigns.

The CBT brought hundreds of implement changes in the game based on player feedback and data. Improvements included enhanced soldier AI, upgraded weapon and vehicle balance, adjusting the maximum number of soldiers in various class squads. The Open Beta launch will include a significantly improved progression system, the influence of random mechanics will be decreased, and players will get more control over the leveling up process. Completing battle tasks to move forward through the Battle Pass levels will be rewarded with unique weapons and high-level soldiers, as well as vehicle skins, experience boosters, in-game currency, and more.

“Founder’s Packs” that give access to Enlisted CBT will remain available for purchase until April 8th and will be removed from the store forever after that, so their content will remain exclusive for the first Enlisted adopters.

More information on Enlisted is available at the official website.

Red Wings: Aces of the Sky Announced

Meridiem Games is thrilled to announce that the first title to be released in the recently announced publishing and distribution partnership with All in! Games will be World War I aerial combat game Red Wings: Aces of the Sky. Meridiem Games will be releasing a special physical boxed edition of Red Wings: Aces of the Sky for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on 2nd July 2021 across key European territories.

Meridiem Games work with developers to publish and manufacture physical boxed products of their games and distribute to retail stores across International territories.

Feast your eyes on the thrilling announcement trailer for Red Wings: Aces of the Sky here:

The physical boxed edition of Red Wings: Aces of the Sky will include a specially created slip case, an art book containing some of the concept art from the game and a poster featuring key artwork. The boxed edition will be available across key European territories for both Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4.

SEGA Announces Total War: ROME REMASTERED

A new day for Rome has beckoned: SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced Total War: ROME REMASTERED is scheduled for release on April 29th. Created in collaboration with Feral Interactive, this comprehensive remaster allows players to relive the legacy that defined the award-winning strategy game series thanks to a suite of visual and gameplay improvements. Revisit a truly beloved classic as you build your empire, command ferocious battles, and conquer ancient Rome like never before.

Total War: ROME REMASTERED delivers a modern gaming experience all whilst maintaining the original Total War formula which has captivated strategy gamers for over two decades. With new and improved features such as fully overhauled visuals, ultra-high-definition resolution support, an expanded faction roster and improved accessibility, there has never been a better time to take back your empire.

“What better excuse than the 20th year of Total War to revisit a grand master?” says Rob Bartholomew, Chief Product Officer at Creative Assembly, “The original release of Rome marks a special time for us as our first major break-out title; it’s amazing to get the opportunity to Remaster it with our friends at Feral”.

“Working to remaster a classic such as Rome, has been an exhilarating challenge: a bit like recutting the crown jewels” says David Stephen, Managing Director of Feral Interactive. “We are delighted with the result and hope that fans of this fantastic franchise will be too.

Total War: ROME REMASTERED Features:

  • Improved Visuals: Total War: ROME REMASTERED ushers the classic strategy title into the modern gaming era with full 4K visuals, native support for ultra-high-definition resolution and overhauled environment, battlefield, and character models.
  • New Gameplay Content: Wage war across new fronts with 16 previously unplayable factions to play on top of the original 22, and send the new Merchant agents on missions to establish lucrative trade networks across the map, buy out rival
  • Merchants, and assert your empire’s economic power.
  • Modernised Features: Players can exercise more control than ever with new features such as a tactical map during battles, plus heat maps and icon overlays in campaign mode. Existing mechanics have also been improved, including an overhauled diplomacy system, wider camera zoom levels throughout the game, and camera rotation on the campaign map.
  • Improved Help Systems: A swathe of improved support has been added, including a redesigned tutorial, a new in-game Wiki, expansive advice and tooltips, and improved accessibility for colour blind players.
  • Cross-platform Multiplayer: Players can enjoy cross-platform PVP multiplayer between Windows, macOS and Linux, a first for the Total War franchise.
  • Complete Original Content: Total War: ROME REMASTERED includes the Barbarian Invasion and Alexander expansions in glorious new detail, and players will also gain access to the original ROME: Total War Collection (only playable on Windows).

Pre-order Total War: ROME REMASTERED from Steam today, or directly from Creative Assembly via the Rome

Remastered Store, or from Feral Interactive via the Feral Store. Players who already own the original game on Steam can purchase Total War: ROME REMASTERED for 50% off until June 1st 2021. Further details can be found on the Total War FAQ here.

For more information about Total War: ROME REMASTERED and the other Total War games in development, visit www.totalwar.com and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Subscribe to Total War’s Youtube Channel for future news about gameplay videos.

Biomutant Combat Trailer Released

Just two months to go until your adventure begins! Biomutant will be out for PC, PlayStation®4, and Xbox One™ on May 25th, 2021. And we know, many of you have been waiting for some new gameplay footage – so here it is. Check out the new action-packed combat trailer, showcasing various aspects of Biomutant’s versatile combat system.

Digital Pre-order starts today
Today, the digital pre-order for Biomutant kicks off on PlayStation®4, Xbox One™ and PC. You can pre-order the game now at your favorite store for an SRP of $ 59.99 / € 59.99 / 54.99 £. The game will offer the mercenary class as a pre-order bonus.

PC Pre-Order links:
Pre-order on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/597820/BIOMUTAN…
Pre-order on Gog.com: https://www.gog.com/game/biomutant
Pre-order on Epic Game Store: https://www.epicgames.com/store/p/biomutant
Pre-order on Origin: https://www.origin.com/store/biomutant/biomutant

Pre-order on Xbox https://www.microsoft.com/store/productid/bsn8bs8f…
Pre-order on PlayStation: https://store.playstation.com/concept/229899

Pre-order via Biomutant’s website with all our trusted partners:
https://biomutant.com/order-biomutant/

Pre-order Bonus: The Mercenary
The Mercenary offers a unique combination of perks and is playable from the start through this DLC only. The Mercenary has dual-wield as a starting ability and is geared up with a classic Katana and the shorter Wakizashi blades to explain it in real-world terms. Simply put, it’ll let you experience the world of Biomutant as classic samurai-looking warrior from the very beginning.

Who gets the Merc Class as a preorder incentive?
The Merc class will be included in all digital preorders, as well as all physical Super SKUs of Biomutant (no matter if it is a preorder or not); inside there will be a little leaflet with the access codes on it. Preorders for the physical Standard Edition will not get the Mercenary.

Will it be exclusive or is there a difference for PC and consoles in terms of digital preorder?
No, they are basically the same; the only item that will be exclusive to the console will be a PS4 theme of Biomutant.

Will I be able to buy the Merc after release?
Yes, we will offer it also as a DLC post-release; the preorder incentive gives you get a slightly better deal if you preorder (base game plus “free” merc DLC) versus buying the game on release day, and then buying the Merc Class on top of that.

Collector’s Editions available for pre-order:
The Atomic Edition is unique at its very core, and contains the following components:

  • High Detail Diorama – 60cm/23″ long, 25cm/10″ width, 30cm/12″ height
  • Game Biomutant
  • Steelbook
  • T-Shirt in L/XL
  • Oversized Mousepad 80cm/31″ x 35cm/14″
  • The Artwork on Fabric A1 size
  • Soundtrack
  • Premium Box
  • The Mercenary DLC

The Biomutant Atomic Edition will be available at selected retailers for an SRP of € 399.99 | $ 399.99 | £ 349.99.

View the mockup here: http://n.thq.com/9BSB30plnDz
Pre-order here: https://biomutant.com/

Biomutant Collector’s Edition
Mutate your living room! The Biomutant Collector’s Edition will be available for an SRP of € 109.99 | $ 109.99 | £ 99.99 for PC and € 119.99 | $ 119.99 | £ 109.99 for consoles. The genetic code of this edition has the following sequence:

  • Game Biomutant
  • Game hero figurine
  • The Artwork on Fabric A1 size
  • Soundtrack
  • Premium Box
  • The Mercenary DLC

View the mockup here: http://n.thq.com/REjF30plnDQ
Pre-order here: https://biomutant.com/

Stay up to date with Biomutant and visit the game’s website or follow the social media channels.

Website: https://biomutant.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/biomutantgame/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/biomutant

Paradise Lost Out Now

Publisher All in! Games and developer PolyAmorous are very pleased to officially launch Paradise Lost today on Windows PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Watch the new launch trailer and check out the launch sale promotions below.

Paradise Lost is now available for PC on Steam and GOG.com for 34% off the base price of $14.99 USD. Console players can get the game for 20% off the base price on Xbox One and on PlayStation 4 for PS Plus members. Sale promotions will run from March 24 until April 1.

Get Paradise Lost for PC directly from the publisher’s website 34% off:

Paradise Lost I Buy Now

To celebrate the launch of the game, PolyAmorous is sharing a pair of Dev Diaries offering a glimpse into the creation of Paradise Lost and hints at what waits inside. Watch the developer diaries:

Paradise Lost I Dev Diary #1
Paradise Lost I Dev Diary #2