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BlizzCon 2015 Dates and Ticket Sale Details

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IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– Get ready for two days of nonstop Blizzard gaming with a few thousand of your closest friends. Blizzard Entertainment today announced that its ninth BlizzCon® will be turning the Anaheim Convention Center into community central for all Blizzard games on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, with tickets going on sale in two batches on April 15 and April 18.

“There’s no better way to connect with the ever-expanding Blizzard community than by bringing everyone together at BlizzCon,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With more games in development than ever before, we’ll have plenty of exciting updates to share and lots of great eSports competition to look forward to—we can’t wait to see everyone there.”

BlizzCon is an epic celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes and the global player communities that bring them to life. At this year’s event, attendees will have a chance to enjoy:

  • Hands-on play time with the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment games
  • Global Finals for Blizzard eSports, including the StarCraft® II World Championship Series andHearthstone® World Championship
  • In-depth discussion panels with Blizzard game developers and artists
  • Community contests with great prizes
  • Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard’s game universes
  • More activities and attractions to be announced

Tickets to attend BlizzCon 2015 will be priced at $199 USD (plus applicable taxes and fees) each and will be available for purchase from the online event ticketing service Eventbrite via their website (www.blizzcon2015.eventbrite.com) in two separate batches. The first batch goes on sale at 7 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, April 15, and the second batch goes on sale at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday, April 18.

An exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will also be held the evening of Thursday, November 5, giving attendees the chance to eat, drink, and be merry alongside Blizzard developers, artists, and community representatives while supporting a great cause. Further details on the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, including ticket pricing and availability, will be announced at a later date.

Anyone looking to enjoy BlizzCon from the comfort of their own home will once again have the option to order a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering comprehensive live coverage of the event via a multichannel online stream. Further details on the Virtual Ticket, including pricing, availability, and programming information, will be announced at a later date.

For more information on BlizzCon 2015, visit the official website (www.blizzcon.com). Additional details will be posted as the event draws near. Those interested in attending the show in person can make advance hotel reservations now and receive special BlizzCon rates by booking through the BlizzCon hotel website.

Blizzard Entertainment is currently hiring for numerous open positions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at www.blizzard.com/jobs.

StarDrive 2 Gameplay Trailer

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Haarlem, The Netherlands – March 12, 2015 Zero Sum Games and Iceberg Interactive released today an all new trailer for the upcoming 4X turn-based space strategy game, StarDrive 2. The trailer is packed with some of the key gameplay components, from designing one’s own ship (and fleet) to discovering new galaxies, friends and/or foes, to entering into real-time space combat or fighting in turn-based ground combat, StarDrive 2 is rich with everything 4X fans love – including friendly space bears and studious gun-toting owls. Of equal importance is that Iceberg is currently offering Steam code to media interested in previewing the game before its launch on Steam April 9, 2015.

StarDrive 2 is a turn-based 4X strategy game where the goal is to build an empire to span the stars. In StarDrive 2players will explore a vibrant galaxy filled with danger and intrigue in a deep turn-based strategy layer. Fans will design custom spaceships and deploy them into real-time battles with spectacular graphics and effects. They’ll hire heroes to lead your forces as they conquer worlds in turn-based tactical ground-combat mode. StarDrive 2 is the 4X game that fans have been waiting years for.

For more news and information about StarDrive 2, please visit the official Website at www.stardrivegame.com or check out the Facebook page www.facebook.com/stardrivegame.

Razer Blade Pro 2015 Announced

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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced the release of the new Razer Blade Pro laptop, a premier 17-inch gaming laptop and mobile studio for creative professionals.

Engineered with the all-new NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 960M GPU with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, the new Razer Blade Pro is designed for extreme game play and professional work. An Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ quad-core processor powers the computing functions of this portable multi-purpose laptop.

The new Razer Blade Pro also offers dual storage for higher speed and more capacity than its predecessor, featuring an SSD up to 512 GB and up to a 1 TB hard drive.

“The original Blade shifted the paradigm of mobile PC design and started the transition to gaming laptops being both portable and powerful,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “With the new Blade Pro, we’ve continued that heritage in a way that will push the envelope for gamers and creative professionals even further.”

The Razer Blade Pro’s performance is driven by the engineering principles of localized heating. This approach focuses on directing heat away from the main touch surfaces of the notebook, to areas that can dissipate heat quickly and are not commonly touched by the user. This allows the laptop to pack in the highest performance available with NVIDIA’s critically acclaimed GTX graphics.

With a 17.3-inch full-HD matte anti-glare display, the new Razer Blade Pro gives users the freedom to work and play without missing anything. At 0.88 inches thin and weighing only 6.76 pounds, the notebook delivers desktop-class performance without sacrificing portability. With an aluminum body, the Blade Pro is not only durable but is sleek, slim and light, all the way down to the compact power supply.

The Razer Blade Pro’s Switchblade User Interface (SBUI) is designed for a more efficient and intuitive experience for professionals and gamers. Featuring 10 customizable tactile keys and an LCD track pad to put additional tools at one’s fingertips, the SBUI makes gestures feel more natural and intuitive for editing, designing, and gaming.
The new Razer Blade Pro also includes a backlit anti-ghosting keyboard that registers simultaneous key presses with precision.

Availability:

Order now: www.razerzone.com/bladepro

Price:

Starts at $2299.99

Product Features:

  • Intel® Core i7-4720HQ Quad Core Processor (2.6GHz / 3.6GHz)
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 960M (4GB GDDR5 VRAM), Optimus™ Technology
  • 16GB System Memory (DDR3L-1600 MHz)
  • Windows® 8.1 64-Bit
  • 128GB SSD + 500GB HDD / 256GB SSD + 500GB HDD / 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD options
  • 17.3″ Full HD 16:9 Ratio, 1920 x 1080 LED backlit
  • Intel® Wireless-AC 7260HMW (802.11a/b/g/n/ac + Bluetooth® 4.0)
  • Gigabit Ethernet port
  • (3x) USB 3.0 port (SuperSpeed)
  • HDMI 1.4a audio and video output
  • Dolby® Digital Plus Home Theater Edition
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3.5 mm microphone/headphone combo jack
  • Array microphone
  • 7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
  • Built-in full-HD webcam (2.0 MP)
  • Compact 150 W Power Adapter
  • Built-in 74 Wh Rechargeable lithium ion polymer battery
  • Razer Switchblade User Interface (SBUI)
  • Razer Anti-Ghosting Keyboard (with adjustable backlight)
  • Razer Synapse Enabled
  • Kensington™ Lock interface
  • 16.8 in. (427 mm) Width x 0.88 in. (22.4 mm) Height x 10.9 in. (277 mm) Depth
  • 6.76 lbs. / 3.07 kg

Space Colony: Steam Edition Revealed with Trailer

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March 12, 2015 — Today Firefly Studios announced Space Colony: Steam Edition in London, with the first playable build on show at EGX Rezzed. Developed and self-published by Firefly, Space Colony: Steam Edition is a remaster of the original sci-fi base builder that expands the game with new missions and features. It will release exclusively on Steam in Q2 2015:

Fans of base builders, management sims and the closely-related Stronghold series can soon return to the world of Space Colony in HD. Faithful to the original game Space Colony: Steam Edition includes military and civilian campaigns with more than 80 missions in total, including brand new single player content. Steam Workshop functionality also has been added to the game’s map editor, allowing players to share custom maps with the Steam community. Fans can discover old favourites, upload new creations and even download whole new campaigns designed by the Space Colony community.

“As an indie dev self-publishing on Steam we’re in total control. That’s a daunting prospect but without Steam’s help, empowering developers like Firefly, this new release wouldn’t be happening.”, said Simon Bradbury, Creative Director of Firefly Studios. “Many of the original Space Colony team still work at Firefly and we’re all thrilled to see the game finally getting the exposure it deserves! I really hope players enjoy the new single player content and cool Steam features.”

Nearly twelve years after release, Space Colony: Steam Edition is more feature rich and visually enhanced than ever before. Created exclusively for Steam, this new remastered version will include Steam Achievements, Trading Cards, Steam Workshop support and Steam Cloud for saved games. Space Colony: Steam Edition is the definitive version for fans of the original and the Stronghold series, with which it shares DNA in both gameplay and an irreverent sense of humour. Also supported are new high resolution graphics settings, allowing players to view their entire colony while playing on a single screen.

For more information about Space Colony: Steam Edition visit: http://store.steampowered.com/app/297920

For more information on Space Colony visit: http://www.spacecolonyhd.com/

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.

15 Years of Total War

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/