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Fleet Carriers Coming to Elite Dangerous

Cambridge, UK – 26 March 2020. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today revealed the first details on Fleet Carriers, an eagerly awaited update to the long running space simulator, Elite Dangerous. As mobile starships and trading hubs capable of transporting multiple allies, Fleet Carriers will be available to players in two betas ahead of full launch in June. A Frontier stream on April 2 at 18:00 GMT/ 11:00 PST / 14:00 EST will reveal further details. Tune in to watch here.

Experienced Commanders rejoice, as the long awaited Fleet Carriers venture forth into the galaxy, offering a range of new ways to experience Elite Dangerous with expanded emergent gameplay possibilities. Will you be a friend to the galaxy and support wayward travelers, or a tyrant who taxes those in need?

The most expensive investment to date and costing 5,000,000,000 credits, Fleet Carriers are individually owned and contain 16 landing pads of varying sizes for other players to dock their starships in, with a galaxy-spanning jump range of 500 light years.

Once purchased, Commanders can choose whether to invest and open up new services on their mobile hubs, including repair docks, refueling stations, shipyards and more. Incorporating player-to-player commerce for the first time in Elite Dangerous, Fleet Carrier owners can also set tariffs on all goods traded on their Carrier’s services to support the weekly upkeep costs, from wear and tear maintenance to crew wages and Tritium, a new fuel commodity needed to power the megaships.

Aspiring Commanders will be able to customize their Fleet Carriers to their hearts’ content, adapting these majestic spaceships to their preferred playstyle, but they will also need to plan and balance their finances to cover running costs, as persistent debt that eventually exceeds the debt threshold could see carriers decommissioned and sold for parts.

Two open betas will allow all players to experience Fleet Carriers ahead of their launch into the live game. Beta 1 is open to PC players and will commence in April 7. Beta 2 will include PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players and will take place in May. Fleet Carriers officially launch into the live game on June 2020.

A Frontier livestream on April 2 at 18:00 GMT/ 10:00 PST / 13:00 EST will premiere gameplay, reveal further details including customisation options and additional features, and take questions from the community. Join in to hear more here.

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Horizon Zero Dawn Getting Comic Book Series

[London, United Kingdom] – March 26, 2020 – Titan Comics and Guerrilla embark on an exciting adventure together, as they announce the first original comic book series set in the world of the global smash-hit PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn. The hotly-anticipated debut issue is set to arrive in stores summer 2020 with a cover by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

Set on a far future Earth, where nature has reclaimed the planet but massive, animal-like machines now rule the land, Horizon Zero Dawn follows the story of Aloy, an extraordinary young woman whose quest to solve the riddle of her mysterious origins takes her deep into the ruins of the ancient past.

Released in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn garnered praise from both fans and critics alike, receiving numerous awards including the 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Achievement in Videogame Writing and the 2018 BAFTA Games Award for Original Property.

Titan’s new comic book series – co-created by Anne Toole, one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn, with artwork by fan-favorite artist Ann Maulina – takes place after the events of the game as Talanah, a strong and determined hunter, struggles to find purpose after her trusted friend Aloy disappears. When a mysterious threat emerges in the wilds, she sets out to hunt and to defeat it, only to learn that a whole new breed of killer machines stalk the land!

Issue #1 is set to debut in comic stores on July 22, 2020, with a range of amazing variant covers to collect, including artwork by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, fan-favorite digital illustrator Loish, Peach Momoko (Captain Marvel, Black Widow), original game art, plus much more!

Fans of Horizon Zero Dawn can also look forward to a one-shot prequel comic book, which leads into this brand-new issue #1 to be released as part of Free Comic Book Day 2020

“Fans are going to absolutely love the stories we have to tell of Talanah and Aloy as we expand the Horizon Zero Dawn universe in this new comic series. I’m really excited to see their reaction when this explosive new story arrives.” – Tolly Mags – Horizon Zero Dawn comic editor.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 hits comic stores and digital devices on July 22, 2020, and will be available to pre-order from the Diamond Previews May catalog.

V2. Escape from Hell Director Utilizing War Thunder for Dogfight Staging

March 25, 2020 – Gaijin Entertainment announces that the military online action game War Thunder is being used by director Timur Bekmambetov (‘Searching’, ‘Unfriended’, ‘Wanted’) in his upcoming World War 2 film ‘V2. Escape from Hell’. It is based on the life of Mikhail Devyatayev, a Soviet fighter pilot who escaped from a concentration camp in a hijacked Nazi military aircraft. Bekmambetov is utilizing technology to safely continue the film’s production during the COVID-19 pandemic which includes filming a full air battle scene using War Thunder’s realistic gameplay.

Using War Thunder, the full air battle scene had leading actor Pavel Priluchny (‘Silver Spoon’) piloting a Bell P-39 Airacobra fighter plane while sitting in a replica of a real cockpit specifically built for the film. The scene involved experienced War Thunder virtual pilots and content makers who played with Priluchny. The shooting was set up remotely amid coronavirus concerns: the crew was located in Lenfilm studio in St. Petersburg while the director was running the process from Kazan.

“’V2. Escape from Hell’ will be the first movie about World War II designed for GenZ. It will be the first vertical format blockbuster to be released for smartphone viewing. So we would like to narrate this story using modern and high-tech visual means. Shooting inside a computer game will add entertainment to the project and fully immerse the viewer in what is happening on the screen – an experience that today’s gamers get from Russian-made computer games with their high realism and attention to detail,” the project director Timur Bekmambetov said.

The pilots and the actor played out several dozens of gameplay sessions with no starting conditions based on the film scenario. Also the best War Thunder pilots, participants of the international aerobatic festivals, played out several other air battle scenarios using flight simulation joysticks and VR devices. Gaijin Entertainment provided the full replays with all the flight and other technical data to the CG production team of the Bazelevs studio. The best moments will be used by the director to stage the air battle scenes, while the CG specialists will use the flight data to model graphics and special effects.

“We are pleased that the realistic air battle simulation is sought after not only by gamers, but also by movie makers,” commented Anton Yudintsev, CEO and co-founder of Gaijin Entertainment, creator of War Thunder.

‘V2. Escape from Hell’ (co-production of Bazelevs, Voenfilm and MTS) will be released in 2021. The movie plot is based on the real life story of Mikhail Devyataev, a Soviet pilot and war hero who managed to escape from a Nazi concentration camp in a captured He 111 bomber aircraft and went on to tell the Soviet command about a secret V2 rocket testing range on an island in the Baltic sea.

Sharpshooter Class Revealed in Torchlight III

March 25, 2020 – Perfect World Entertainment and Echtra Games are excited to unveil the Sharpshooter, the latest hero class for Torchlight III, the newly announced successor to the critically acclaimed Torchlight series. This new class combines careful precision skills with ranged weapons and magical trinkets to strike down enemies from afar. The Sharpshooter is cunning and willing to bend the rules in order to survive the hordes of creatures running rampant in each of the game’s diverse biomes. This new hero class is currently featured in the Closed Alpha for Torchlight III on Steam and will be available to players worldwide when the game officially launches on PC later this year. Check out the reveal trailer below to see this nimble character in action:

Armed with a signature bow, the Sharpshooter can fire off a barrage of shots to destroy enemies from a distance. While exploring the different biomes featured in Torchlight III, players can level up powerful skills that help the Sharpshooter deploy a series of dirty tricks and regenerate precious ammo (additional details available on the game’s official blog). The Sharpshooter joins previously announced hero classes including the magical Dusk Mage, mechanized Forged and locomotive-conducting Railmaster.

Torchlight III is the latest successor to the ARPG cult classics, Torchlight I and II, originally developed by Runic Games. This fast-paced dungeon crawler brings fans back to the beloved Torchlight universe to hack and slash their way through a brand new world filled with hordes of goblins, undead and other dangerous Netherim creatures. Adventurers can party up with friends or venture into the vast wilderness alone, where they will find loot, explore dungeons, collect epic gear and build their very own fort to show off to the world. Torchlight III features four unique hero classes (Dusk Mage, Forged, Railmaster and Sharpshooter), plus a myriad of new and familiar combat pets to help players fight their way to fame and glory.

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Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition Launch Trailer

Prague, Czech Republic – March 24, 2020 — 1C Entertainment and Snowhound Games announce that the tactical rogue-like RPG with card combat Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition has launched today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC. The game is available in digital stores for 24.99 USD / 24,99 EUR.

After a successful launch on PC, Deep Sky Derelicts is now making its debut on consoles. The Definitive Edition combines the overhauled base game with content from the two DLCs that were recently released on PC: New Prospects and Station Life. The included updates bring new gameplay features, character upgrades, home base improvements, monsters, missions, and a lot more!

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition features an original board game-like turn-based combat system with a unique card mechanic that makes every battle encounter feel tactically diverse. The core RPG exploration gameplay is further enriched with rogue-like elements, while the distinctive hand-drawn inky art style, heavily inspired by retro-futuristic sci-fi comic books, creates a compelling gritty world of the dark dystopian future.

Key Features:

  • Enhanced base game and two DLC packs included
  • Fresh take on turn-based combat with cards
  • Distinctive sci-fi comic book look & feel
  • Endless customization options for characters and scavenging teams
  • High replay value thanks to procedurally generated content
  • Dozens of enthralling little stories of the outcast life in the grim Deep Sky universe
  • Two game modes: Story Campaign and Arena

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is developed by Snowhound Games and published by 1C Entertainment. The title is rated PEGI 12 – Violence and Bad Language.

Bless Unleashed Combos and Blessings Trailer

March 24, 2020 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today released a new trailer for its recently released free-to-play title. Combat is a key feature in Bless Unleashed and with a unique combo system, players can dive deep into making their character unleash devastating attacks and powerful blessings. Bless Unleashed launched as a free-to-play title on Xbox One on March 12, 2020.

Bless Unleashed takes place in the untamed world of Lumios; presenting a rich backstory created with hardcore MMO players in mind featuring deep combo-driven mechanics, player customization, and cooperative (PvE) and competitive (PvP) multiplayer. At launch, the land of Lumios featured 13 zones for players to explore and do battle against countless foes within. There are seven powerful Field Bosses scattered across the wilds and 26 Elite Bosses who will drop amazing rewards for those who can defeat them. Additionally, there are six unique Dungeons to explore enabling players to truly feel the dangers of Lumios. Players will also engage in battle in eight Arena Challenges and eight Lairs belonging to powerful foes who are eagerly waiting to dispatch players. Developed using Unreal Engine 4, Bless Unleashed brings unparalleled visuals to a fully realized fantasy world, offering one of the most stunning MMORPGs developed specifically for console players. Players adventure across an open persistent world where mythical beasts roam the land and player vs. player battles can take place at any time.

To deck your character out in unique armor sets, get Valor Perks, receive extra in-game currency, ride fantastic mounts, and more please visit https://blessunleashed.com/packs to learn more about the Ultimate, Exalted, and Deluxe Founder’s Packs.

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Moons of Madness Now Out on Consoles

OSLO, Norway – March 24th, 2020 – Today you can finally launch into space and experience Lovecraftian horror on your PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, as developer Rock Pocket Games and publisher Funcom announce the console release of Moons of Madness.

Assume the role of Shane Newehart, chief engineer on a research facility on Mars, where something is about to go horribly wrong. Strange and terrifying creatures emerge, and nightmares begin to blend in with reality. In order to survive, you’ll have to rely on your calm, your problem-solving skills and your quick feet, as you delve deeper and deeper into a world of fear, conspiracy and madness.

“We’re happy to see that the game was well-received on PC, but we are well aware that many players prefer to play horror games on console, on a bigger screen and with the curtains closed,” says Ivan Moen, CEO of Rock Pocket Games. “And so today, we’re very excited to finally bring the game to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 players,” he says.

Moons of Madness was released on PC in October 2019 and is set in the same thematic universe as Funcom’s The Secret World, where conspiracies and dark secrets are commonplace. The Secret World-players may recognize certain names and themes, but having played one is by no means a prerequisite to enjoy the other.

The PlayStation 4 release of Moons of Madness in Japan, South Korea and select Asian countries will follow later this week.

For more information, please visit www.moonsofmadness.com.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme vs Maxiboost On Release Date

March 23, 2020 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. announced today that MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON will be launching in the Americas on July 30, 2020 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. The 2-on-2 EXTREME VS mecha combat game was originally released exclusively for Japanese arcades and will now head to living rooms in the west.

In anticipation of the upcoming launch, a Closed Beta Test will be hosted for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON from April 25–27 on PlayStation 4. Registration for MOBILE SUIT is open now through April 10 and can be found at the following link: https://www.bandainamcoent.com/landing/msge-vs-mbon-closed-network-test. Participants who are selected to participate will be notified on April 17, and a pre-download period will be open April 17–25.

Set in the globally iconic GUNDAM universe, MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON enables players to take 2-on-2 PVP combat to the next level with Mobile Suits spanning the entire breadth of the franchise’s history. MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON features 185 playable units from 36 different GUNDAM iterations, each with unique abilities designed to match any fan’s personal playstyle. Players can choose between three different EX Burst Systems—Fighting Burst, Extend Burst, and Shooting Burst—to coordinate with allies and lay waste to all that stand (or fly) in their way.

In addition, fans who purchase MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM EXTREME VS. MAXIBOOST ON early will receive a bonus playable mobile suit, the fierce Gundam Barbatos Lupus Rex.

Half-Life: Alyx Out Now

March 23, 2020 – Valve, the creators of Half-Life and the Steam platform, today announced the official release of Half-Life: Alyx, a new, full-length virtual reality entry in the Half-Life series. It is compatible with all PC-based VR headsets.

Set between the events of Half-Life and Half-Life 2, Alyx Vance and her father Eli secretly mount the resistance to the brutal occupation of Earth by a mysterious alien race known as The Combine. As Alyx, players take the fight to the Combine to save the future of humanity.

Designed from the ground up for virtual reality, Half-Life: Alyx features all of the hallmarks of a classic Half-Life game: world exploration, puzzle solving, visceral combat, and an intricately woven story that connects it all with the series’ iconic characters.

“Half-Life: Alyx represents the culmination of Valve’s technological advancement over the past few years,” says Valve founder Gabe Newell. “We have built SteamVR, our game engine, our tools, and VR hardware specifically to enable us to ship the best content we know how to create. Today, as we ship Alyx remotely from our homes, we are hoping that everyone stays safe and has a great time playing the game. Please let us know what you think.”

Half-Life: Alyx is powered by SteamVR on Valve’s Source 2 engine, and can be played on Steam with all PC-based VR headsets.

Available for purchase now on Steam for $59.99: https://store.steampowered.com/app/546560/HalfLife_Alyx/

Final Fantasy VIII Books Announced

LOS ANGELES (March 23, 2020) – SQUARE ENIX® announced two new books being published by the company’s Square Enix Manga & Books imprints, FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE: World Preview and FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, which will celebrate the iconic characters, massive world and beautiful visuals of one of the most anticipated video games of the year, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE. The titles will be releasing this Fall through all major book sales channels as well as from the SQUARE ENIX Store for $24.99 each.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE: World Preview, releasing on September 8th, is a lavishly illustrated, full-color introduction to the world of the beloved game. The hardcover volume offers both new players and long-time fans essential information on characters, gameplay and more, in addition to exclusive commentary from Director Tetsuya Nomura and Producer Yoshinori Kitase.

FINAL FANTASY VII Poster Collection, shipping on November 17th, is a collection of 22 full-color, premium-quality removable posters celebrating the game’s rich legacy, with images depicted from the world of FINAL FANTASY VII, including FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN®, DIRGE OF CERBERUS®, CRISIS CORE®, FINAL FANTASY VII and FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.

FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is rated T (Teen) and will be available first on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on April 10, 2020. The FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE Demo is available to download now for the PlayStation®4 system at: http://sqex.link/FF7RDemo. For more information, visit: www.ffvii-remake.com

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