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Arma 3 Marksmen DLC available on April 8th

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March 19, 2015 — Bohemia Interactive today announced the official release date for the upcoming Arma 3 downloadable content pack, Arma 3 Marksmen. Flexing its guns on April 8th, the Marksmen DLC looks to build upon Arma 3‘s infantry experience by adding new premium weapons, attachments, and gear. Alongside the new DLC, Bohemia Interactive will also release a major platform update, which implements a new multiplayer mode, training courses and showcase scenario, plus several much-anticipated platform features related to weapon handling (#bipods) and sound.

Serving as the backbone of the Marksmen DLC are the seven new weapons. Among these are five marksman rifles, namely the Cyrus 9.3 mm, MAR-10 .338, Mk-I EMR 7.62 mm, Mk14 7.62 mm, and ASP-1 Kir. The other two weapons are the SPMG .338 and Navid 9.3 mm medium machine guns. The weapons will be complemented by the AMS and Kahlia medium range scopes. There will also be new ghillie suits for the NATO, CSAT, and AAF factions to provide camouflage for various terrain types. Furthermore, the Marksmen DLC will add two Remote Designators, which can be used to spot and laser designate targets from afar. Those who want to hone their shooting skills can pay a visit to the shooting range for brand new firing drills, or go on a reconnaissance mission in the Marksmen showcase scenario.

Overall, the Marksmen DLC aims to redefine what it means to fire a weapon in Arma 3. This idea will be reinforced by a major upcoming platform update, that will be released alongside the Marksmen DLC, and will be free to everyone who owns Arma 3. Besides new playable content and major upgrades to weapon handling, this update will include suppressor and bipod weapon attachments, as well as nine new types of face paint, and three new heavy and grenadier vests designed specifically for improved explosive shielding and ballistic protection.

In terms of playable content, the aforementioned platform update will deliver a brand new multiplayer mode called End Game. Here, two teams compete to locate and secure valuable schematics. On top of this new multiplayer mode, the update will also include the Firing From Vehicles showcase scenario, as well as new VR training courses, objects for content creators, and a brand new set of Steam achievements.

With regards to platform features, the upcoming Arma 3 update will introduce weapon resting and weapon deployment – which have been on the list of most requested features by the Arma 3 community. Weapon resting means that players will benefit from an accuracy bonus whenever they are near a stable surface, while weapon deployment will enable players to use bipods for a more steady shot. Together with improvements made to the simulation of recoil, and improvements to enemy AI suppression, this should provide a more tactical, intuitive, and rich experience to the players of Arma 3. Finally, the new platform update will make significant upgrades to sound by adding more sound samples and new sound technology. These improvements should enhance the immersion and contribute to gameplay by providing players with a better situational awareness.

To round out the Marksmen DLC package and the supporting platform update, Bohemia Interactive will be expanding Arma 3’s existing Virtual Arsenal feature with Virtual Garage. This means players will not only be able to preview soldiers, weapons, and gear, and create custom loadouts for their characters, but also examine and customize the extensive collection of vehicles in Arma 3. In addition, the new update will open up Virtual Arsenal so that people will be able to try out all of Arma 3’s premium weapons, vehicles, and other DLC content, without restrictions – even if they do not own the DLC. A more in-depth explanation of Bohemia Interactive’s approach to DLC for Arma 3, and how it prevents a split in the game’s multiplayer community between those who own DLC and those who do not, can be found in the studio’s previously released blog.

The Arma 3 Marksmen DLC will be available from April 8th for 12.99 EUR/10.99 GBP/15.99 USD onSteam and Store.bistudio.com. People can already purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle, which includes the Arma 3 Karts, Arma 3 Helicopters, and the upcoming Marksmen DLC, for 19.99 EUR/16.99 GBP/24.99 USD – saving them more than 25% over buying the DLC packs separately.

To enlist for regular Arma 3 service, people can purchase the standard edition of Arma 3 (44.99 EUR/39.99 GBP/59.99 USD) and the Arma 3 Digital Deluxe Edition (49.99 EUR/42.99 GBP/64.99 USD) from Steam and Store.bistudio.com. A boxed version of Arma 3 is sold at many of the major high-street retailers. For more information about Arma 3, please visit www.arma3.com and/or follow Arma 3 on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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6 More LucasArts Games Hit GoG

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March 19, 2015: Good things come in pairs, and great things come in threes! For the third time, Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm are brining classic titles to GOG.com. Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm and GOG.com have already released 18 DRM-free games together – including fan favorites like the Star Wars™: X-Wing series and adventure classics like Sam & Max Hit the Road. Today, they’re uncovering a true treasure trove of long-lost intrigue, action and adventure. The latest additions include:

Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders (digital distribution premiere)

Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb (digital distribution premiere)

Outlaws (digital distribution premiere)

Monkey Island: LeChuck’s Revenge – 20% off launch discount

The Dig – 20% off launch discount

Loom – 20% off launch discount

Disney Interactive, Lucasfilm and GOG.com are dedicated to reviving gaming classics, and players can look forward to even more Lucasfilm games showing up on GOG.com in the coming months.

Crews Begin Competing in Battlefield Hardline Competition

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March 19, 2015 — Last night saw the first crews compete in Battlefield Hardline: Live(#BFHardlineLive), a competition giving players the chance to lead their crew in a high adrenaline, high stakes experience that could see them win £10,000. PlayStation Access had a preview of the experience and a video of them fulfilling their criminal fantasies has just been released:

Players wanting to win a place to lead their crew in Battlefield Hardline: Live can still enter at www.battlefield.com/hardline/live where an ongoing leaderboard of crews that have taken part will be listed. Entry is open until 23:59 this coming Sunday 22nd March.

Those that win the opportunity to take part in Battlefield Hardline: Liveagainst other crews will lead their chosen crew in to a murky world where deceit and destruction are all in a day’s work. Can crews get in, get the goods, then get out without being caught to pull off the perfect crime?

Theatre company differencEngine are hosting Battlefield Hardline: Live at a secret Central London location for eight days until Wednesday 25th March 2015. It is a one-hour controlled yet immersive experience with the winning crew leader claiming the £10,000 bounty but then facing a dilemma – keep it all or share with their crew?

Battlefield Hardline: Live draws inspiration from three of Battlefield Hardline’s new game modes – Heist, Blood Money and Rescue as well as the multiplayer maps Growhouse, The Block and Derailed.

Dan Sheridan (@EA_ActionMan), UK Social & Community Marketing Manager, said: “We hope our fans in the UK enjoy this real-world competition inspired by Battlefield Hardline. If I had some advice for crews taking part, I’d say focus on playing the objective (PTO), play as a team and define a winning strategy!”

Battlefield Hardline will be available Friday 20th March 2015 in the United Kingdom on Origin™ for PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system.

For full information and Terms and Conditions for Battlefield Hardline: Livevisit http://www.battlefield.com/hardline/live .

Prior Games Announces Verona at PAX East

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Budapest, Hungary – March 17, 2015 – During the PAX East 2015 show, Prior Games revealed Verona, the studio’s next project – a “value extraction adventure” game.

Set on a pre-apocalyptic Earth already left behind by the wealthy and the privileged, Verona follows a team of extractors – 22nd century treasure hunters – who secure and transport anything desirable from our dying planet to the colonies, regardless of size. Inspired by the cult television series Firefly and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Verona is a third-person action-adventure that keeps on challenging players to ponder the material or emotional value of the riches they find.

“The extraction of valuable assets is key to Verona – the story is shaped not only by the choices you make and your relationship with your fellow crew members, but primarily by the amount of money you make on the various stages,” said Theodore Reiker, CEO of Prior Games. “There is no alien threat in the game and the protagonists’ role is not to save the universe. It’s a tale about greed, cruelty, love, and staying human in an inhuman world.”

For more information about Verona and Prior Games, please visit the official homepage of the game, located at www.veronagame.com.

Tesoro Unleashes Lobera Spectrum RBG Mechanical Keyboard on North America

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March 17, 2015, Milpitas CA, USA – Tesoro Technology USA Inc., announces the Lobera Spectrum mechanical keyboard, featuring RGB per-key illumination, 9 LED effect modes, instant recording capabilities for every key and USB pass-through.

Full Spectrum, Full Customization

The Lobera Spectrum allows gamers to individually customize virtually any color, to any key. With 9 different LED effects, such as dimming, full zone, trigger, ripple, firework, radiation, rainbow wave, and per key customized mode as well as 5 levels of brightness and 5 distinct profiles to store them. There are endless combinations for a truly unique configuration.

Audio Mode

When Audio Mode is activated, the LEDs of each individual key dance to the beats and bass of your favorite tunes.

Switchable N-Key Rollover / USB 6 Key Rollover

Allowing gamers to switch between N-Key Rollover (NKRO) and USB 6 Key Rollover, the Lobera Spectrum is immune to ghosting or jamming issues. A fast 1000Hz polling rate helps makes sure no keystroke is missed, and with instant game mode switching, users don’t have to worry about accidental key presses taking them away from the heat of battle.

USB and Audio Jack Pass-Through

The Lobera Spectrum comes with a pass-through hub with audio/mic jacks and 2x USB 2.0 ports with a DC-in jack allowing gamers to charge their smart phones and tablets directly through the keyboard.

Instant Recording / 512kb Built-in Storage

Gamers are able to instantly program macros across the whole keyboard on the Lobera Spectrum. Profiles can be switched in just a couple keystrokes, and all the media keys are accessible with one hand. Built-in storage gives players the freedom to carry their preferences with them, even on different computers, preventing any tedious reprogramming.

Built to Last, Designed for Play

The Lobera Spectrum uses Kailh switches rated for 60 million keystrokes and high quality Costar stabilizers. Rubberized feet with tilt control, preventing slipping even during intense play.

Price and Availability

The Tesoro Lobera Spectrum is available now in North America at Amazon and Newegg for the suggested retail price of $149 USD in Kailh Blue, Black, Brown and Red mechanical switches.

While supplies last, those who order the Lobera Spectrum will receive a free Virtus.Pro X3 or Aegis X3 mousepad. The offer is only available till the end of March.

Tesoro Lobera Spectrum YouTube Video:

https://youtu.be/siHcluV_fTQ

For more information on the Tesoro Lobera Spectrum, please visit:

http://tesorotec.com/lobera-spectrum/

About Tesoro Technology USA Inc.

Established in 2011, Tesoro Technology USA Inc is a team of multinational gaming enthusiasts with over 30 years industry experience with one objective – make ultra-durable products that give the best gaming experience. To achieve this, Tesoro conceptualizes products from the input and feedback from the gaming community, and then builds them using the highest grade components. As a gamers company, Tesoro continues to expand into new horizons and push the limit further with each product unveiling. To learn more visit Tesoro’s website: http://www.tesorotec.com.

Jason Vorhees Announced for Mortal Kombat X

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March 13, 2015 — In celebration of Friday 13th, today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment confirmed details for the Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack, the ultimate pass providing fans with Mortal Kombat X downloadable content (DLC), some of which will be available beginning at launch. The Kombat Pack will include access to four playable characters still in development, including horror icon from the Friday the 13th films, Jason Voorhees, as well as two Klassic Mortal Kombat Kombatants and another special guest character. In the Americas, the Kombat Pack is included in the Mortal Kombat X Kollector’s Edition by Coarse, Limited Edition and Premium Edition, and will be available for purchase separately for $29.99.**

Starting April 14, 2015, when Mortal Kombat X launches worldwide, fans who purchase the Kombat Pack will receive the Samurai Pack containing three new character skins: Ronin Kenshi, Samurai Shinnok and Jingu Kitana, as well as an accompanying skin pack with each playable character. Kombat Pack owners will gain early access to the following future DLC content before it is available for sale individually.

Etherium Release Date and New Gameplay Trailer

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March 13, 2015 — Etherium, the new real-time strategy game for PC from Tindalos Interactive, will release in two weeks, on March 25.

Anticipating the release, and following the previous gameplay video that offered a global overview of the game’s features, Etherium details its Conquest mode through a dedicated gameplay video.

In Conquest mode, a real galactic conquest awaits you. In this entirely non-linear mode, plan your tactics in turn-based, building invasion fleets, developing your technology tree to unlock new units and skills, spying on the enemy and sabotaging them, and ultimately invading their territories and planets in real-time strategy battles! You are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents.

When invading an enemy planet or territory, you are sent to real-time strategy mode, where epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several dozens of meters high; real machines of destruction! Technological advancements made during turn-based view will let you use increasingly more powerful or specialized units: use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills.

Etherium is currently available for pre-order with a 10% discount offer. The game will release on PC on March 25.

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