Author - Jerry Paxton

Train Sim World 3 First Dev Diary Talks Freedom

Dovetail Games, developer and publisher of authentic simulation titles, today released their first development diary video for Train Sim World 3, coming to PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store on Sept. 6. This is the first of three videos focused on three topics core to Train Sim World 3: Freedom, power, and weather.

Freedom forms an important part of what sets Train Sim World 3 apart from previous releases. At the heart of this is the new Training Center where players can get to grips with the locomotive controls through a series of tutorials, and experienced players can experiment in a sandbox fashion. The Training Center area, effectively a whole new route, is inspired by a real-world test track in Germany with an area to explore at will in the cab of any of the game’s locomotives.

Training Center marks the beginning of an area of development in Train Sim World 3 that will ultimately ensure that future locomotive add-ons are not pinned to set routes, as they were in previous releases. In addition, all tutorials, regardless of where they are set, will be accessed through the Training Center interface giving players an easy place to navigate when learning the different modes of operation.

Outside of Training Center, players of Train Sim World 2 will be able to continue enjoying any previously purchased routes* in addition to the three routes new to Train Sim World 3: Kassel-Würzburg, Cajon Pass and the extended Southeastern Highspeed route.

Those purchasing Train Sim World 3: Deluxe Edition will also have the freedom of choosing steam, diesel or electric locomotives, with the addition of an upgraded version of the popular Spirit of Steam add-on.

Developed and published by Dovetail Games, Train Sim World 3 will release for Windows PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles on Sept. 6, 2022. The title is available for pre-purchase digitally now on Steam and the Epic Games Store, PlayStation®Store, and Microsoft Store with a Deluxe Edition available for £49.99/€59.99/$59.99 and four ‘Starter Packs’ each available for £29.99/€35.99/$39.99. The ‘Deluxe Edition’ can be pre-ordered with a 10% discount and all pre-order purchases will grant a 4-day Early Access pass to the game, as well as a bonus decal pack to use within the livery editor to share on Creators Club, the home of player customization in Train Sim World.

For more information about Train Sim World 3 fans can visit www.trainsimworld.com, and follow along on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok, Discord, YouTube, and Twitch.

*Routes and locomotives from Train Sim World 2, whilst compatible with Train Sim World 3, will not include the new features.

Broken Roads Official Gamescom Trailer

Super indie publisher Versus Evil, in partnership with indie development studio Drop Bear Bytes, today announced that they will publish Broken Roads, a traditional isometric RPG coming to PC, Switch, PlayStation and Xbox in 2023. Broken Roads presents a post-apocalypse future with real-world locations and landmarks serving as the backdrop for the complex stories of Australia’s survivors wrapped in an intricate hand-drawn aesthetic.

Drop Bear Bytes headquartered in Australia, brings a wealth of revered industry talent to the fold with a team comprised of talented developers, artists and writers from Australia, South Africa, Canada, USA and the UK. RPG genre professionals including Colin McComb (Fallout 2 and Wasteland 2) Creative Lead, and Leanne Taylor-Giles (Rainbow Six Siege and Torment: Tides of Numenera), Narrative Director, have also contributed their expertise to the whole team.

Broken Roads skillfully blends traditional and all-new role-playing elements on top of a classless system offering near-unlimited character development options built around four philosophies: Humanist, Utilitarian, Machiavellian, and Nihilist. Furthermore the game presents players with an original morality system: the Moral Compass which sees dialogue options and questing decisions influence, and be influenced by, a character’s philosophical leaning and the tough decisions they make along the way. In addition, the in-game locations are all authentic recreated from the team visiting towns and landmarks in West Australia and taking photos, videos and audio recordings for it to be as true as possible . Furthermore, even the game’s atmospheric soundtrack composed by Tim Sunderland is composed with instruments constructed from everyday objects which brings a wholly unique and distinctive tone to the game.

“Versus Evil has a history of partnering with some of the best creatives in the industry and publishing highly engaging RPG titles enriched with deep narratives and killer visuals. Drop Bear Bytes have a clear vision and a collective talent that will bring an exciting addition to the Versus Evil RPG family of published titles and we look forward to sharing their passion project fans of the genre” Said Steve Escalante, General Manager of Versus Evil.

Broken Roads is another compelling addition to Versus Evil’s impressive RPG catalog and joins other critically acclaimed titles in the genre such as The Banner Saga Trilogy, The Hand of Merlin and Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire.

Broken Roads will be at Gamescom next week for press and gamers to check out an updated version of the game more closely, along with the publisher’s other new signing, Eville: a multiplayer social deduction game which adds a new twist to the genre with its medieval RPG style, character roles, and individualized motives.

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter Release Date Trailer

Iron Wolf Studio has entered a publishing partnership with the acclaimed German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment to launch Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter. The title’s development will continue to be helmed by the Katowice (Poland) – based studio. However, Destroyer will now be featured as a part of Daedalic’s publishing line-up and will see the light of day on September 28th when it becomes available on Windows PC through Steam Early Access.

In Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter, get ready to immerse yourself in a comprehensive World War II simulator that will have you take on the role of a Fletcher-class destroyer captain. This means that you will be tasked with all the crucial responsibilities of an anti-submarine destroyer attack team. You can choose to automate certain tasks to focus more on the operational side of things, but you can also do it all yourself, from identifying enemy vessels in the distance and plotting their projected inbound trajectories to positioning and commanding allied forces to intercept and attack enemy hostiles. Take complete control of your destroyer and engage in combat in any way you believe is necessary to protect the allied convoy entrusted to you.

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter is tailor-made for experienced simulator veterans that are looking for the most realistic experience in the market. The game will have you jumping on the controls of a fully-equipped battleship with limited battlefield awareness, using authentic instruments and naval attack procedures to locate and eliminate enemy U-Boats. The intricacy and attention to detail present in each navigation tool, plotting table, radar, battle-station, etc. Will provide you with a level of immersion rarely seen in the genre.

Main Features:

  • Blast from the past: The most realistic and comprehensive WW2 anti-submarine warfare simulation available
  • Impressive realism: Take full control of a Fletcher-class destroyer, using authentic instruments and attack procedures
  • Find your bearings: Learn to track U-boats and analyze their maneuvers with the help of painstakingly recreated plot tables and specialized displays
  • Full immersion: Engage in combat with limited battlefield awareness in an experience tailor-made for simulator veterans.
  • Put your skills to the test: Command an anti-submarine warship with the tactical challenge of managing a whole escort group protecting convoys against relentless AI-controlled enemies

Destroyer: The U-Boat Hunter will be available on Windows PC via Steam Early Access on September 28th, 2022. For more information, please visit the official Steam game page and follow Daedalic Entertainment.

Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Bloody Ties Teaser Trailer

It’s time to unveil Dying Light 2 Stay Human: Bloody Ties—the first DLC coming to the City.

What dangers await? How can you beat them? What will you get in return? One thing is certain… it will be brutal!

Click here to check out the teaser of the upcoming DLC. But this is just an appetizer for Carnage Hall’s true horrors. Prepare for an even bigger rush of adrenaline and excitement when Techland uncovers more during gamescom Opening Night Live on August 23. See you there!

WW1 FPS Beyond the Wire Release Date Revealed

Offworld Industries is excited to announce the release date for their massive 50 versus 50 World War I FPS title, Beyond the Wire. On August 31, 2022, Beyond the Wire will launch out of Early Access on Steam with a new Player Customization system allowing players to earn clothing, non-combat gear, and decorations fitting the era of the game.

New flamethrowers, Canadian autocar vehicles, environmental effects, dynamic environmental damage, and revised maps will be added at launch. As development progresses beyond launch, more customization options and faction options are planned to be included in future updates.

The team is releasing an Early Access update today testing new content ahead of release. Details can be found here.

This announcement follows on a sizable May Early Access update deploying the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) to assist Britain with war efforts. Tanks, including the British Mk. IV, French Renault FT, and German A7V made their appearance in Beyond the Wire for the first time alongside an armoury full of new weapons.

Beyond the Wire and its development team, Redstone Interactive, was acquired earlier this year by Squad developers Offworld Industries, as the two teams come together to share technology and resources to improve both titles. Beyond the Wire is currently available for PC on Steam in English, French, German, and Simplified Chinese.

Dakar Desert Rally Pre-Order Trailer

Saber Interactive has announced that Dakar Desert Rally, the biggest open world rally racing game ever based on the world-famous Dakar Rally, will release on Oct. 4, 2022, for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. Experience intense off-road action from the official 2020, 2021 and 2022 Dakar raids with a wide range of authentic vehicles, realistic physics and visuals, and dynamic seasons and weather.

Fans can pre-order Dakar Desert Rally today at major digital and retail stores for $39.99. The Deluxe Edition is also available to pre-order for $59.99 and includes the full base game plus the Dakar Desert Rally Season Pass, featuring the DAF Truck Turbo-Twin and the Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 as day one vehicle unlocks, along with five upcoming DLC packs containing a new map, new vehicles, and two new rally events, all at a discounted price. Pre-ordering any version of Dakar Desert Rally will unlock the exclusive Audi RS Q e-tron, which made history by winning the 2022 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, becoming the first electric vehicle to win a desert rally.

Developed by Saber Porto, Dakar Desert Rally captures the genuine speed and excitement of Amaury Sport Organisation’s largest rally race on the planet, featuring a wide variety of licensed vehicles from the world’s top makers, including motorcycles, cars, trucks, quads and SSVs. Take on unique challenges for off-road simulation diehards and casual racing fans alike. Compete online in fierce four-player multiplayer races or navigate the vast wilds in single-player offline.

Key Features:

  • The Authentic Dakar Rally Experience: Discover more than 30 stages of full rally racing from the official 2020, 2021, and 2022 Dakar Rally with officially licensed vehicles, teams and pilots.
  • Immense Open World Action: Compete at high speeds across vast and extreme open world environments in both multiplayer and single-player modes.
  • Dynamic Seasons & Weather: Dakar Desert Rally features all four seasons and a full day-night cycle. Whether facing billowing sandstorms, blazing desert sunlight, grueling rain and snow, or deep mud, you’ll need to overcome the elements and your competition to win.
  • Single-Player & Online Multiplayer: Evolve your rally raid career in single-player or compete in online multiplayer events with up to three of your friends.

For more on Dakar Desert Rally, check out www.dakarthegame.com, and #DaretoDrive by following the game on Twitter, Instagram, Discord and Facebook.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Returning to IMAX with Exclusive Look at Andor

Lucasfilm announced today that IMAX will be showcasing the feature film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and exclusive, special footage from “Andor,” Lucasfilm’s newest, upcoming series for Disney+, in 150 IMAX theaters across the U.S. and Canada for one week beginning on August 26. Tickets are on sale now at participating IMAX theaters: https://www.imax.com/RogueOne and at fandango.com/RogueOneIMAX.

The IMAX release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images, coupled with IMAX’s customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio, create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has garnered over $1 billion at the worldwide box office since its release in 2016. The story follows a group of unlikely heroes, who, in a time of conflict, band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” was directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, with Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur and Simon Emanuel are the producers, and John Knoll and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. The story is by John Knoll and Gary Whitta, and the screenplay is by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy.

“Andor” premieres on September 21, with the first three episodes of the 12-episode series. The original series from Lucasfilm will stream exclusively on Disney+.

“Andor” takes place five years before the events of “Rogue One,” when the seeds of rebellion against the Empire were germinating. The special footage from “Andor” offers audiences a look at the story, which explores a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make. The series brings forward the tale of the burgeoning rebellion against the Empire and how people and planets became involved. It is an era filled with danger, deception and intrigue where Cassian will embark on the path that is destined to turn him into the rebel hero that we see in “Rogue One.”

The series stars Diego Luna, Genevieve O’Reilly, Stellan Skarsgård, Adria Arjona, Denise Gough, Kyle Soller, Fiona Shaw and Faye Marsay.

Tony Gilroy is the creator/showrunner, and Toby Haynes, Susanna White and Benjamin Caron direct specific episodes. The writers for specific episodes are Tony Gilroy, Dan Gilroy, Stephen Schiff and Beau Willimon. Kathleen Kennedy, Tony Gilroy, Sanne Wohlenberg, Diego Luna and Michelle Rejwan serve as executive producers.

About IMAX Corporation

IMAX, an innovator in entertainment technology, combines proprietary software, architecture, and equipment to create experiences that take you beyond the edge of your seat to a world you’ve never imagined. Top filmmakers and studios are utilizing IMAX theaters to connect with audiences in extraordinary ways, and, as such, IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe.

IMAX is headquartered in New York, Toronto, and Los Angeles, with additional offices in London, Dublin, Tokyo, and Shanghai. As of December 31, 2021, there were 1,683 IMAX theater systems (1,599 commercial multiplexes, 12 commercial destinations, 72 institutional) operating in 87 countries and territories. Shares of IMAX China Holding, Inc., a subsidiary of IMAX Corporation, trade on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange under the stock code “1970.”

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Spirit Halloween Unveils Two Exclusive Funko Pop! Figures

Spirit Halloween and Funko are teaming up to unveil two all-new, exclusive Funko Pop! figures from two of today’s most beloved Halloween films.

Fans can add a petrifying pop to any space with Blacklight Jumbo, from Killer Klowns from Outer Space, and Chuckles, from Trick ‘r Treat:

  • Blacklight Jumbo: Bring the macabre madness of cult-classic Killer Klowns from Outer Space to any home or desk with the new Blacklight Jumbo. Standing at 6.25 inches tall, this exclusive blacklight take on fan-favorite Jumbo features bold and bright colors that come to life under blacklight. For an extra frightening feature, this one-of-a-kind Jumbo is complete with a mallet hidden behind the character’s back.
  • Chuckles: Diehard Trick ‘r Treat fans will be dying to get their hands on the first-ever Chuckles Funko Pop! figure. The all-new Chuckles figure features the creepy clown’s instantly recognizable mass of red hair and signature sinister smile for a terrifying take that’s nothing to laugh at. Standing at 6.25 inches tall, Chuckles is the perfect collectible to haunt any space.

Both exclusive figures are available for $14.99 on SpiritHalloween.com now and in select Spirit Halloween stores starting this week.

Top Gun: Maverick Home Video and Blu-ray Release Date

Tom Cruise stars in the global phenomenon TOP GUN: MAVERICK, the #1 film of 2022 with over $1.3 billion in worldwide box office and the highest grossing film of the producer/actor’s acclaimed career.  Hailed as “spectacular” (Brian Truitt, USA Today), “breathtaking” (Don Kaye, Den of Geek) and “jaw-dropping” (Sean O’Connell, Cinemablend) TOP GUN: MAVERICK lands on Digital August 23, 2022 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD November 1 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

The TOP GUN: MAVERICK Digitalrelease takes fans deep inside the making of the global smash hit with over 110 minutes of action-packed bonus content.  Witness the cast’s intense flight training program, go behind-the-scenes as the filmmakers capture the most spectacular aerial sequences ever, and push the limits beyond Mach-10 with an experimental aircraft specially designed for the movie.  Plus, Tom Cruise shares his passion for aviation as he pilots his own aircraft and discusses his incredible career at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.  Finally, enjoy two music videos from Lady Gaga and OneRepublic.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Digital* Bonus Content

Cleared For Take Off—Witness the most intense film training program as the cast prepare themselves for filming while pulling multiple G’s in a fighter plane.

Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick—Prepare to take flight as you go behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick on a journey to capture the most spectacular aerial sequences ever!

A Love Letter To Aviation—Tom Cruise shares his passion for aviation as he pilots his own aircraft, a vintage World War II P-51 Mustang, which would have been the Top Gun aircraft of its day.

Forging The Darkstar—Pushing the limits beyond Mach-10, the future of aviation is unveiled through an impressive experimental aircraft specially designed for the movie.

Masterclass with Tom Cruise – Cannes Film Festival—Tom Cruise discusses his incredible career at the flagship event of the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

“Hold My Hand” – Lady Gaga Music Video—Watch Lady Gaga’s music video for her standout lead single hit on the Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack.

“I Ain’t Worried” – OneRepublic Music Video—Check out the music video to the original new song from OneRepublic.

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One Teaser Trailer – We all share the same fate. Watch the official teaser trailer for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One starring Tom Cruise. Coming to theatres 2023.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK 4K Ultra HD
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc boasts a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, and Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), which delivers greater brightness and contrast, as well as a fuller palette of rich colors.**  The film will also be available in a 4K Ultra HD SteelBook. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as “Cleared For Take Off,” “Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter To Aviation,” “Forging The Darkstar,” “Masterclass with Tom Cruise – Cannes Film Festival,” and the two music videos.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Blu-ray
The TOP GUN: MAVERICK Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with Dolby Atmos. The Blu-ray includes access to a Digital copy of the film as well as “Cleared For Take Off,” “Breaking New Ground – Filming Top Gun: Maverick,” “A Love Letter To Aviation,” “Forging The Darkstar,” and the two music videos.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK DVD
The DVD includes the feature film in standard definition.

TOP GUN: MAVERICK Synopsis
After more than 30 years of service as a top naval aviator, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot. Yet, Maverick must confront the ghosts of his past when he returns to TOP GUN to train a group of elite graduates and comes face-to-face with Lt. Bradshaw (Miles Teller), the son of his former wingman, “Goose”. Bitter rivalries ignite as the pilots prepare for a specialized mission, which will require the ultimate sacrifice from those chosen to fly it.

Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE Announced for D23 Expo

Live from D23 Expo presented by Visa, Disney is streaming the Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE to fans worldwide on Friday, September 9 at 1 p.m. PT. Tune in to the showcase, hosted by Kinda Funny’s Blessing Adeoye Jr.

The digital showcase will feature incredible new content from Disney & Pixar Games, Marvel Games, Lucasfilm Games, and 20th Century Games. In addition to all-new announcements, fans can expect new reveals from titles including Disney Dreamlight Valley, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, and a sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel ensemble game from Skydance New Media.

The Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE will be streamed live from D23 Expo 2022 and available to watch on a variety of platforms, including:

  • D23Expo.com, @DisneyD23 on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Disney on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook
  • Marvel Entertainment on YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, and Facebook

Fans attending D23 Expo 2022 in person will be able to watch the showcase live on the Premiere Stage, with a presentation following the livestream featuring developer interviews, special guests, and exclusive giveaways.

On the D23 Expo show floor, fans can visit Aniplex’s Disney Twisted-Wonderland booth to learn more about the unique anime-style game inspired by iconic Disney Villains. Attendees will be able to discover the different dorms of Night Raven College with a fun photo opportunity and see Twisted-Wonderland characters at the Infinity Cube, an immersive experience featuring live 2D animation. While supplies last, everyone who visits the Disney Twisted-Wonderland booth will receive a hand-fan featuring Grim, a cat-like monster who aspires to be a great mage and your roommate in the game.

D23 Expo is sold out. The Disney & Marvel GAMES SHOWCASE and select additional presentations will be streamed for guests at D23 Expo Live! throughout the show, September 9 through 11. For more information, visit D23Expo.com.

Schedule and talent are subject to change.