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Second Round of QuakeCon Online Pre-Registration Today

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March 11, 2015 — We’re pleased to announce that QuakeCon 2015 online pre-registration for the BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick’ package is set to open for attendees today, March 11th at 7pm CT/8pm ET at:registration.quakecon.org. The BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick’ package, which includes fast passes for the entire event, contains:

BYOC Select-a-Seat with QuakeCon done Quick

Includes Fast Passes for the Duration of the Event

$175 (Limit of 300 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Express lane fast-pass registration for the BYOC
  • Express lane fast-pass to every panel, presentation, and public event at QuakeCon
  • Limited reserved access seating for all panels, presentations, and events
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 QdQ Lanyard
  • QuakeCon 2015 branded 4400 mAh Power Bank

Additional packages will become available for purchase in the coming weeks via the QuakeCon pre-registration site. Full descriptions for each of the limited packages, and the dates they will be available for purchase are below.

PREMIUM PACKAGES | DESCRIPTIONS & AVAILABILITY

Round 3 | Wednesday, March 18th at 7pm CT/8pm ET

BYOC Select-a-Seat + Swag Pack

Full of Limited Edition Items and Guaranteed Reserved Seating

$170 (Limit of 500 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 Lanyard
  • TWO Special Limited Edition T-Shirts
  • QuakeCon Exclusive Hoodie
  • QuakeCon 2015 branded 4400 mAh Power Bank

Round 4 | Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm CT/8pm ET

BYOC Select-a-Seat

Includes Guaranteed Reserved Seating

$55 (Limit of 1,600 packages available)

  • Select and Reserve a guaranteed seat of your choice in the BYOC area
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 BYOC T-Shirt
  • Official QuakeCon 2015 Lanyard

Round 5 | Wednesday, April 1st at 7pm CT/8pm ET

Swag Pack

Full of Limited Edition Items

$125 (Limit of 500 packages available)

  • Official QuakeCon 2015 T-Shirt
  • TWO Special Limited Edition T-Shirts
  • QuakeCon Exclusive Hoodie
  • QuakeCon 2015 branded 4400 mAh Power Bank

While general attendance remains free, attendees wishing to participate in the QuakeCon 2015 BYOC must pre-purchase one of the ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages through our online registration site to guarantee a seat. As ‘BYOC Select-a-Seat’ packages are limited and all seats will be accounted for prior to the show, we won’t have seats available on-site or on a first-come-first serve basis. Once the packages sell out, we’ll be giving people the opportunity to win a limited number of BYOC seats via social media giveaways, contests, and via our event partners leading up to the show. Be sure to keep an eye on our QuakeCon Twitter account and QuakeConFacebook page for all the details on how to win!

About QuakeCon 

QuakeCon, the ultimate video game festival, will take place on-site at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, TX onThursday, July 23rd – Sunday, July 26th. Doors to QuakeCon will open on Thursday, July 23rd at 10:00am CT and will remain open through July 26th. For more information visit: www.quakecon.org.

15 Years of Total War Video and Hint of Next Title

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March 10, 2015 — This year Total War becomes one of the longest-running series in gaming with 11 titles spanning over 2000 years of historical warfare.

Empires have risen, and many a brave warrior has fallen with an estimated 4.8 billion battles waged in the last 15 years.

Over 1 million people play Total War every month now, spending an average of 104 hours apiece in each game. 2015 will be our biggest year yet, and this latest trailer will give you a hint of what’s to come. Digital and tablet title Total War Battles: KINGDOM, 10v10 team strategy in Total War: ARENA, and more.

Visit us at the EGX Rezzed show in London this weekend for some retro and modern gaming on all our titles, plus a huge Total War prize giveaway.

Get the latest news at www.totalwar.com.

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Zoolander and Hansel Crash Paris Fashion Show

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Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson reprised their roles as Derek Zoolander and Hansel, respectively, as they walked the runway at the Valentino Women’s Collection Fall/Winter 2015-16 Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week on March 10, 2015 in Paris, France. This served as the official announcement for the upcoming Zoolander 2, which is due out in theaters February 12, 2016.

Nyko’s Xbox One Intercooler Available Now

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LOS ANGELES – March 10, 2015Leading video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today announced the release of the Intercooler for Xbox One, a console clip-on that improves the ambient temperature of the system. The Intercooler can be found online at Nyko.com, Amazon, and other select retail locations in North America for MSRP $24.99.

The Intercooler for Xbox One is a clip-on extension that dramatically increases the rate at which hot air is pulled away from the console without complicating its design. Built with one quiet, high-efficiency fan, the Intercooler for Xbox One helps ameliorate heat dissipation concerns for gamers who store their console in enclosed spaces or in close proximity with other electronic devices. The Intercooler is powered by a short cord that plugs into one of the console’s USB ports.

“Gamers today rarely restrict themselves to a single device,” said Chris Arbogast, director of marketing at Nyko Technologies. “Their game cabinets are bristling with hardware, consoles stacked on consoles in close quarters – under these conditions, ventilation could be an issue. The Intercooler for Xbox One is the answer to this problem.”

To keep up with the latest news from Nyko, follow them on Twitter and Facebook.
To purchase any product from Nyko’s full lineup of video game accessories for all current and previous-gen consoles, visit the online store at www.Nyko.com.

Toukiden: Kiwami Demo On March 25

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March 9, 2015 — KOEI TECMO America is happy to announce today the imminent release of a playable demo for upcoming demon-slaying epic Toukiden: Kiwami, available from the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and the PlayStation®Vita computer entertainment systems in North America on March 25, 2015.

The playable demo serves as an early introduction to the world of Toukiden: Kiwami and features two distinct game modes. The first is an ‘introductory demo’ and is comprised of the first two chapters of Toukiden: Kiwami, including the edit mode where players can create and customize their own unique Slayer. This mode will also allow players to choose to equip their character with one of the three brand new weapon types (naginata, club, and rifle).

The second portion of the demo is a set of ‘special missions’ that can also be enjoyed by those who have played Toukiden: The Age of Demons. These special missions have been specifically designed for this demo and are set to a very high difficulty level.

For those players who have never before played a game in the Toukiden series, these missions may prove to be too difficult. However, the full version of the game will increase the difficulty of missions in a much more gradual manner, so even more difficult stages than these can eventually be cleared after powering up your equipment and character.

Although these missions are not recommended for newcomers to the series, they do include a selection of weapons, armor, and Mitama the player can equip before heading out to the field, and more importantly, they will remain available for gamers to come back to for another try after they have mastered their battle skills in the full game.

Clearing all the available missions will allow a gamer to start playing the game from Chapter 8,where the brand new Kiwami portion of the story begins. Additionally, clearing all missions unlocks various special features and items that can be carried over to the full game.

This part of the demo will also feature a few of the brand new Oni — the demons that Slayers are called to face. A selection of battle screenshots and new Oni types has been released today to display the variety and beauty of the Toukiden: Kiwami world.

Additionally, KOEI TECMO America has released a batch of assets relating to Tenko, the fan-favorite animal companion of every Slayer. Tenko are an invaluable ally, as they can be sent to gather ingredients and material for crafting, and their relationship with the Slayer determines the wealth and variety of items collected. In Toukiden: Kiwami, players can customise their Tenko before sending it out on missions, equip it with Mitama that help with item collection, and can even feed it snacks that change its color!

Summary

In the deeply rich world of Toukiden: Kiwami, Demons (Oni) have hid in the shadows aiming to torment mankind. Through history, a secret caste of warriors, the Slayers, have been trained to dispose of the demonic threat before it could consume the world. However, an event called the ‘Awakening’ caused rifts to appear in space and time, causing places that had long disappeared from the world to resurface, unleashing  hordes of demons that relentlessly drive hunted humans.

These demons would consume the souls of those they killed and imprison the ones of brave heroes. Using their souls, Oni can regenerate at a rapid rate and only Slayers are trained in the proper way to battle them.

As the extinction of humanity was not far from reality, the Slayers opened their villages as sanctuaries, to protect those who escaped, and provided a last line of defense against the horror.

The player’s role is to complete various missions, strengthen his relationships with the other warriors in the village and eventually start battling the largest of the Oni to banish them back to their dimension and free the souls of the heroes they’ve trapped. In turn, when these souls are free, they stay with the player and provide him with a variety of equipable abilities for his weapons.

Toukiden: Kiwami is published by KOEI TECMO America in North America and will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita on March 31, 2015. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

For the latest KOEI TECMO America news follow us on www.facebook.com/koeitecmous or@KoeiTecmoUS or visit the official website at: www.koeitecmoamerica.com. Additional details can be found on the official site:  http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/toukidenkiwami/

KOEI TECMO America is happy to announce today the imminent release of a playable demo for upcoming demon-slaying epic Toukiden: Kiwami, available from the PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®4 and the PlayStation®Vita computer entertainment systems in North America on March 25, 2015.

The playable demo serves as an early introduction to the world of Toukiden: Kiwami and features two distinct game modes. The first is an ‘introductory demo’ and is comprised of the first two chapters of Toukiden: Kiwami, including the edit mode where players can create and customize their own unique Slayer. This mode will also allow players to choose to equip their character with one of the three brand new weapon types (naginata, club, and rifle).

The second portion of the demo is a set of ‘special missions’ that can also be enjoyed by those who have played Toukiden: The Age of Demons. These special missions have been specifically designed for this demo and are set to a very high difficulty level.

For those players who have never before played a game in the Toukiden series, these missions may prove to be too difficult. However, the full version of the game will increase the difficulty of missions in a much more gradual manner, so even more difficult stages than these can eventually be cleared after powering up your equipment and character.

Although these missions are not recommended for newcomers to the series, they do include a selection of weapons, armor, and Mitama the player can equip before heading out to the field, and more importantly, they will remain available for gamers to come back to for another try after they have mastered their battle skills in the full game.

Clearing all the available missions will allow a gamer to start playing the game from Chapter 8,where the brand new Kiwami portion of the story begins. Additionally, clearing all missions unlocks various special features and items that can be carried over to the full game.

This part of the demo will also feature a few of the brand new Oni — the demons that Slayers are called to face. A selection of battle screenshots and new Oni types has been released today to display the variety and beauty of the Toukiden: Kiwami world.

Additionally, KOEI TECMO America has released a batch of assets relating to Tenko, the fan-favorite animal companion of every Slayer. Tenko are an invaluable ally, as they can be sent to gather ingredients and material for crafting, and their relationship with the Slayer determines the wealth and variety of items collected. In Toukiden: Kiwami, players can customise their Tenko before sending it out on missions, equip it with Mitama that help with item collection, and can even feed it snacks that change its color!

Summary

In the deeply rich world of Toukiden: Kiwami, Demons (Oni) have hid in the shadows aiming to torment mankind. Through history, a secret caste of warriors, the Slayers, have been trained to dispose of the demonic threat before it could consume the world. However, an event called the ‘Awakening’ caused rifts to appear in space and time, causing places that had long disappeared from the world to resurface, unleashing  hordes of demons that relentlessly drive hunted humans.

These demons would consume the souls of those they killed and imprison the ones of brave heroes. Using their souls, Oni can regenerate at a rapid rate and only Slayers are trained in the proper way to battle them.

As the extinction of humanity was not far from reality, the Slayers opened their villages as sanctuaries, to protect those who escaped, and provided a last line of defense against the horror.

The player’s role is to complete various missions, strengthen his relationships with the other warriors in the village and eventually start battling the largest of the Oni to banish them back to their dimension and free the souls of the heroes they’ve trapped. In turn, when these souls are free, they stay with the player and provide him with a variety of equipable abilities for his weapons.

Toukiden: Kiwami is published by KOEI TECMO America in North America and will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita on March 31, 2015. This game has not yet been rated by the ESRB.

For the latest KOEI TECMO America news follow us on www.facebook.com/koeitecmous or@KoeiTecmoUS or visit the official website at: www.koeitecmoamerica.com. Additional details can be found on the official site:  http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/toukidenkiwami/

Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Release Date Announced

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LOS ANGELES (Mar. 9, 2015) – This past weekend at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) East, Square Enix, Inc. announced that FINAL FANTASY® XIV: HEAVENSWARD™, the highly-anticipated first expansion for the popular MMORPG, will be released on June 23, 2015, in North America.

Also, alongside versions available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC, a Mac OS version of the title will be available for the first time, and can be acquired through the Square Enix Online Store. Players who preorder will be able to get early access to the online title starting June 19, 2015.

FINAL FANTASY XIV: HEAVENSWARD will feature a new story which plunges adventurers into the heart of the Dragonsong War, the bloody thousand-year conflict between the knights of Ishgard and the dragons of Dravania. Adventurers can also look forward to an increased level cap from 50 to 60 for all disciplines, a new playable race, new dungeons and raids, new primal battles, and new mounts that allow players to take to the skies—flying black chocobos®, single-rider airships, dragons and more!

Related Links
HEAVENSWARD Official Website: http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/heavensward/
The Lodestone: http://na.finalfantasyxiv.com/lodestone/
Official Website: www.finalfantasyxiv.com
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyXIV
Official YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/FINALFANTASYXIV
Official Twitter: @FF_XIV_EN

Blackrock Mountain Coming to Hearthstone

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BOSTON, MA.—March 6, 2015Blizzard Entertainment revealed today what’s in the cards for Hearthstone®: Heroes of Warcraft —an all-new Adventure that will challenge brave duelists to venture forth from the comfort of the tavern and plunge into the depths of Blackrock Mountain! The newest addition to Hearthstone’s Adventure Mode will introduce a slew of new hot-headed bosses to put players’ dueling skills to the test.

The Blackrock Mountain Adventure thrusts Hearthstone players into the middle of a war between powerful forces battling for control of the mountain. There, duelists will encounter fierce minions, including Dark Iron dwarves, fire elementals, and dragons, before facing off against iconic menaces from theWarcraft® universe, such as Ragnaros, the Firelord. Card-slingers who take down these villains will reap a mighty reward—31 scorching new cards inspired by the legendary mountain and its denizens, bringing a wealth of new tactical options to the ever-evolving Hearthstone metagame.

Coming this April to PC, Windows and Android tablets, and iPad®, Blackrock Mountain will open up one wing per week over the course of a month. As with the game’s first Adventure, Curse of Naxxramas, it will be accessible for either 700 in-game gold per wing or $6.99 per wing, with the entire Adventure purchasable for $24.99. Further details, including specific launch timing, will be announced in the weeks ahead. Preorders (real money only) for Blackrock Mountain will be available starting March 19, and will include an exclusive card back to those duelists ready to take on what lies within the mountain when it opens.

To read up on all things Blackrock Mountain, visit www.playhearthstone.com.

Star Hammer Now in Beta Testing

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Epsom, UK – March 04, 2015 — 22nd Century – Exiled on Novus – a distant exoplanet – as Earth was not able to shelter humanity anymore, a few courageous settlers struggle to survive in one of the most dangerous places in the universe. Their First Contact War with the nautilid species is still fresh in everyone’s mind. Communicating with such aggressive aliens has never been an option. And the new furtive offensive they are preparing is another step towards bloody war!

Today we are excited to announce the development of a new 3D tactical space battles game called Star Hammer : The Vanguard Prophecy. Developer Black Lab Games is focused on designing a fascinating sci-fi game in which players will not only step into the shoes of a fleet commander – carefully selecting their spaceships and crew members – but also be at the spearhead of their squadron, maneuvering their capital ships like a hard-boiled captain!

The nautilid threat is as varied as it is innumerable and the game offers plenty of tactical situations in which players will have to take painful decisions. To succeed, players will need to be quick-learners to identify the weaknesses of the enemy and adopt an offensive behavior only when a clear breach appears. We have lost count of all the daredevil commanders who have already sacrificed all in the service of Humanity

This approachable tactical game is now ready to enter the beta phase on PC! And we invite players to help us test it! By signing up for the beta, players will have a chance to be selected to be one of the lucky few who will be able experience Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy before release and help us with the final touches, ensuring a smooth release in a few months.

Players can sign up for the beta by clicking here.

Get more information on Star Hammer : The Vanguard Prophecy from its official product page.

Warhammer: End Times Vermintide Gameplay Trailer

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March 4, 2015 — Independent developer, Fatshark, released a new gameplay trailer today, showcasing some of the co-operative action and first person shooter/melee combat in Warhammer: End Times Vermintide.

The footage shows one of the earlier missions in the game, where the heroes weave their way through the streets of Ubersreik in an attempt to reach the city garrison to warn them of the Skaven invasion.

Vermintide is scheduled for release in the second half of 2015, for Windows PC, the Xbox One, and PS4.

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Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Official Gameplay Trailer

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March 4, 2015 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™, the standalone prequel to the critically-acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein®: The New Order™. In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally for $19.99 on May 5, 2015 for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 system, and PC.

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one ofWolfenstein: The Old BloodRudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said Jerk Gustafsson, executive producer at MachineGames. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.”

Wolfenstein: The New Order, released in May 2014, enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success with over 75 Game of the Year awards, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the very best releases of the year.”

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

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