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Toy Soldiers HD Gets Big Update

Toy Soldiers HD is the digital embodiment of our childhood imagination mixed with strategy and military action. WWI era toy soldiers and military vehicles locked in strategic combat filled with authentic sights and sounds.

Relive your childhood Toy Soldiers HD is a diorama of military action set in a child’s bedroom, a library, lounge, and more. At your command are toy army soldiers, tanks, biplanes, bombers, machine guns, mortars, fixed upgradeable emplacements to defend your base from waves of increasingly challenging attacks. These ingredients make Toy Soldiers HD a lot of fun to play.

Like many strategy games, you carefully build your defenses and plot your offensive moves, but one of the things that makes Toy Soldiers HD unique is the ability to instantly pop in and out of the battlefield from both third-person top-down strategic perspective and first-person POV shooter perspective in both single and multiplayer. Watch the battle play out as you build, upgrade, and repair your defenses or jump feet first into it and wage war against your opponent. Don’t worry, when you go full first-person POV, AI takes over your units.

Authentic sights and sounds of WWI create an immersive experience. Toy Soldiers HD will include never-before played content, enhanced HD graphics (hence the name), and improved camera and sound. All previously released DLC will be included in the campaign flow.

PC PATCH UPDATE

Online Play

  • Fixed issues with matchmaking and online sign in status so the player is recognized as online and able to play online matches.

  • Fixed random crash attempting to join Quick Match and Private Match play.

  • Fixed issues with leaderboard stats properly updating.

  • Fixed game desync issues.

  • Improved Tank and Airplane handling and control.

Random crashes

  • Fixed random crashes reported.

Save Data

  • Fixed issue with progress sometimes being lost after playing split screen mode.

Tsar Tank Boss

  • Fixed issue where the level ends once the boss appears.

Double Turrets

  • Fixed issues here the player can sometimes place more than one turret on a placement location.

Level Completion – Back Button

  • Fixed issue with being able to exit to the main menu from the end of level results screen.

Expansion Level Progress

  • Fixed issue with campaign progression sometimes not being able to properly access new expansion levels added to the campaign.

Achievements and Golden Cubes

  • Fixed issue with all Achievements and Golden Cubes being achieved and collected.

PC Frame Rate

  • PC frame rate running at 60 fps for both campaign and multiplayer.

General Improvements (All Platforms)

  • Aiming/Bullet trajectories and targeting reticle behavior

  • Camera movement in game movement and use

  • Turret user control improvement pass

  • Turret selecting/de-selecting

  • Turret tracking and movement

  • Adjustments made to improve in-game level ranking and scoring

  • Vehicle respawn restored in most levels/places.

  • Improved post effects and lighting

  • UI Fixes/Polish

  • Redid level camera fly ins

  • Polish pass on LEVEL SELECT MENU

  • Polish pass on Victory Screen

  • Polish pass on Surrender Screen

  • Polish pass on Stat Screen layout

  • Adjusted layouts and Increased font sizes in many places for readability

Hunt: Showdown Gets New Quest System

Crytek has expanded Hunt: Showdown by adding a new quest system to the game with the launch today of Update 1.8.1 on PC. Players will be able to “summon” quests to complete when they enter the bayou, with challenges like taking down specific enemies, killing grunts, locating boss lairs, and more. There are five quest categories to choose from, ranging from Simple to Legendary. Players will earn more stars for completing more difficult challenges. Each week players can earn up to 30 stars, which will offer a maximum reward of 25 Blood Bonds. Additional rewards for completing quests will include in-game items like explosives and pistols, and available quests will rotate and reset every Monday.

The Hunt: Showdown community is invited to help shape the development of this new feature by giving their feedback on the game’s social channels. Players have the chance to see their ideas for quests come to the game. Ideas can be submitted on social media channels using the hashtag “#SuggestAQuest.” Qualifying quest ideas will be collated by the Hunt: Showdown team and a community vote will be held based on a shortlist. The winning idea will be added to a future update to the game.

“The new quest system will give players more control over the in-game challenges they wish to take on and the chance to earn more rewards every day,” said Fatih Özbayram, Senior Producer for Hunt: Showdown. “Hunt is a community-driven game, and this exciting new system will expand and evolve as we progress, shaped by player feedback. We’re also delighted to offer fans the chance to see their idea for a quest implemented in the game. The Hunt community is full of creativity, and we can’t wait to see what ideas players come up with!”

Find out more about the new quest system by checking out the full update notes on Steam.

Update 1.8.1 is expected to arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this week.

MultiVersus Cinematic Trailer Released and Open Beta News

Warner Bros. Games today released a new MultiVersus cinematic trailer revealing Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz (Looney Tunes), The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) and Velma (Scooby-Doo), all of whom will all be joining the ever-expanding roster for the free-to-play platform fighter videogame in development by Player First Games. The fun-filled trailer showcases an epic clash of characters, with Taz’s frenzied demeanor on full display alongside Iron Giant’s aerial prowess, while also confirming the astute problem-solver Velma, as they join the fight against a host of heroes and personalities, from Batman (DC) and Shaggy (Scooby-Doo) to Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) and Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), and more.

Also announced today, the MultiVersus Open Beta will be coming July 2022, and the MultiVersus official key art has been revealed.

Players can register now at MultiVersus.com for a chance to participate in the recently announced Closed Alpha, beginning this week on May 19 and running through May 27. Please note, registration does not guarantee entry into the test as space is limited. The Closed Alpha will feature 15 playable characters including Taz and Velma; seven different maps including the Batcave (DC), Tree Fort (Adventure Time), and Scooby’s Haunted Mansion (Scooby-Doo); and a variety of different ways to experience the game including the 2 vs. 2 team-based cooperative mode, 1 vs. 1 matches, 4-player free-for-all, and The Lab (practice mode).

World of Tanks Celebrates One Year on Steam

World of Tanks has been live on Steam for one whole year already and that means it’s time for a party! From May 13 through May 23, Steam players can participate in the Anniversary Giveaway, enjoy exciting in-game activities and get the iconic British Tier VI tank Cromwell B as part of the free ‘Lightweight Fighter Pack’ DLC (worth 18.99 USD).

Celebrate with Tankers from around the Globe

In World of Tanks on Steam, players can master five different vehicle types with 11 different nations and over 600 vehicles, explore unique maps based on fields and cities from all across the world and perfect their skills in different game modes that will challenge their teamwork or individual tactics.

Bolster Your Tank Stable with the Cromwell B… for free!

Obviously, it’s not a birthday party without presents and that is why Wargaming has decided that everyone who joins in the festivities on Steam will have their own gift to unwrap: the Tier VI British Cromwell B tank. That means all budding commanders will get an enjoyable battle-ready vehicle as a part of a DLC bundle worth 18.99 USD for free! But what makes it such a joy to play?

The famous British Cromwell tank is super fun because of its decent speed, mobility and rapid reload time. Tankers can outmanoeuvre or flank their enemies and go help teammates or just spot from one side of a map to the other quickly. The Cromwell B allows for various styles to play and can be the difference between victory and defeat!

The ‘Lightweight Fighter Pack’ DLC includes the Cromwell B, a 100% crew featuring a Commander with Sixth Sense, 700,000 Credits and more. Players can claim the bundle for free on Steam from May 13 at 19:00 CEST until May 23 at 19:00 CEST by using this link, so don’t miss out!

Complete Combat Missions and Earn Anniversary Tokens!

In the “MISSIONS” section of the Garage, each player can find special Anniversary Missions, available until the end of the event on May 23rd. There are five missions in total, and they can be completed consecutively. Tankers will be rewarded with in-game resources and special anniversary tokens after completing these missions, and the token rewards can be used to purchase various anniversary rewards, such as: Garage Slots, Consumables, Credits, a Universal Manual for crews, the ‘Flora’ 2D Style and more. Additionally, players should also check out the in-game store as they will find a surprise package there waiting for them.

For more information about the Steam Anniversary event, check out the Steam page.

RESURRECTION First Teaser Trailer

IFC Films invites you to screen writer and director Andrew Seman’s jaw-dropping sophomore feature, RESURRECTION which had its world premiere at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. Margaret (Rebecca Hall) leads a successful and orderly life, perfectly balancing the demands of her busy career and single parenthood to her fiercely independent daughter Abbie. Everything is under control. But that careful balance is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past, David (Tim Roth) returns, carrying with him the horrors of Margaret’s past. Battling her rising fear, Margaret must confront the monster she’s evaded for two decades who has come to conclude their unfinished business. RESURRECTION will be released by IFC Films in theaters and on-demand August 5th. Shudder will be the exclusive streaming home in November 2022.

ABOUT WRITER/DIRECTOR – ANDREW SEMANS
Andrew Semans is a filmmaker and screenwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. His sophomore feature as writer/director, RESURRECTION, premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival and will be released theatrically by IFC Films in 2022. The psychological thriller stars Rebecca Hall and Tim Roth and was produced by Lars Knudsen / Square Peg, Alex Scharfman & Drew Houpt / Secret Engine, and Tory Lenosky / Rosetory, based on an original screenplay that appeared on the 2019 Black List. NANCY, PLEASE, Andrew’s debut feature as writer/director, premiered in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival and was distributed theatrically by Factory 25. He is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts film school in New York City.

Stephanie Beatriz to Star in Peacock’s Twisted Metal Series

Stephanie Beatriz set to star in new peacock comedy series twisted metal, a live-action adaptation of the global video game phenomenon. Beatriz (Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) to Co-Star Opposite Previously Announced Star and Executive Producer Anthony Mackie in Series from Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television. Kitao Sakurai Set to Executive Produce and Direct Multiple Episodes Alongside Previously Announced Executive Producers Will Arnett, Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick.

  • Peacock announced today that Stephanie Beatriz (Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will star in the new action-comedy series TWISTED METAL, a live-action adaptation of the global video game phenomenon.
  • Kitao Sakurai (The Eric Andre Show, Bad Trip) will executive produce and direct multiple episodes of the series.
  • Anthony Mackie (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) is also starring and executive producing.
  • Will Arnett and Marc Forman from Electric Avenue (Murderville), who secured the rights to the material and helped put the project together from the beginning, are also set to executive produce.
  • Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai) will serve as showrunner, writer and executive producer for the live-action comedy from Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group.
  • TWISTED METAL, a half-hour live-action TV series based on the classic PlayStation game series, is a high-octane action comedy, based on an original take by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (DeadpoolZombieland) about a motor-mouthed outsider offered a chance at a better life, but only if he can successfully deliver a mysterious package across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. With the help of a trigger-happy car thief, he’ll face savage marauders driving vehicles of destruction and other dangers of the open road, including a deranged clown who drives an all too familiar ice cream truck.

NEW SERIES LEAD AND CHARACTER DESCRIPTION:
STEPHANIE BEATRIZ (Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) will play “Quiet,” a ferocious, badass car thief who acts purely on instinct – you couldn’t stop her any more than a manhole could stop a volcano. Coming from a community that oppressed her into silence, Quiet’s wish is to find her place in this dark, chaotic world. But when she becomes clouded by her need for revenge, Quiet forms an unlikely, antagonistic bond with John Doe.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SERIES LEADS: 
ANTHONY MACKIE (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) will play “John Doe,” a smart ass, motor-mouthed Milkman who talks as fast as he drives, facing savage vehicles of destruction as he delivers much needed supplies from one post apocalyptic settlement to another. With no memory of his family or past, John’s only goal is survival, until he gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make his wish of finding community come true.

ABOUT THE SERIES

  • Showrunner / Executive Producer / Writer: Michael Jonathan Smith (Cobra Kai)
  • Executive Producers: Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Deadpool, Zombieland), Will Arnett and Marc Forman (Electric Avenue), Jason Spire (Inspire Entertainment), Peter Principato (Artists First), Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan from PlayStation Productions and Hermen Hulst, Head of PlayStation Studios
  • Executive Producer / Star: Anthony Mackie (Make It With Gravy Productions)
  • Executive Producer / Director (Multiple Episodes): Kitao Sakurai (The Eric Andre Show, Bad Trip)
  • Produced by: Sony Pictures Television, PlayStation Productions and Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group 
  • Format: half-hour live-action comedy  

Dead Space Remake Official Launch Date

Motive, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced during their Crafting the Tension Art Developer Livestream that Dead Space™ will officially launch on January 27, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC. Dead Space is a remake of the classic sci-fi survival horror game that is being rebuilt from the ground up leveraging the Frostbite™ game engine. Still remaining true to the original game’s thrilling vision, the remake offers enhanced audio and crisp, harrowing visuals that have been carefully reimagined to evoke a new level of immersion and quality.

“Developing this remake has been a lot of fun for us at Motive, as we’re true fans of the franchise and want to treat it with the respect it deserves. It’s been equally exciting to see players’ reactions as we’re taking them on this development journey with us,” said Phillippe Ducharme, Senior Producer of Dead Space. “We’re making great progress on our road to hitting Alpha and we’re happy to announce that the game will be launching in January next year. We can’t wait for players, both old and new, to see how we’ve elevated the original experience in the remake to be just as impactful for this generation.”

Dead Space puts players in the boots of Isaac Clarke, an everyman engineer on a routine mission to fix a gigantic mining starship, the USG Ishimura. But aboard the Ishimura, a living nightmare awaits. The ship’s crew has been slaughtered and infected, and Isaac’s girlfriend, Nicole, is missing somewhere on board. Alone and trapped, with only his engineering tools and skills, Isaac faces a battle for survival – not only against terrifying monsters called Necromorphs, but his own crumbling sanity.

Also revealed today in the Dead Space livestream, the team at Motive showcased an early look at how the remake visually evolves and updates the original with in-game props, tools, environments and more being reconstructed to a level of polish and details fit for the next generation of hardware and PCs. Moreover, by combining enhancements like dynamic, volumetric lighting with atmospheric and environmental VFX rendered in full-HDR, Dead Space allows players to confront the frighteningly tight corridors and shadowed hallways of the USG Ishimura with unprecedented levels of immersion for the beloved franchise.

Will Isaac live to unravel the dreadful mystery of what happened to the slaughtered crew and ship, or be forever lost to the cold vacuum of space? Find out when Dead Space officially launches worldwide on January 27, 2023 for PlayStationⓇ5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

For more information and to stay up to date on the remake, visit the official website, like Dead Space on Facebook and Instagram, follow the franchise on Twitter and subscribe to its YouTube channel.

Dark Point Games Achilles: Legends Untold Early Access Trailer

Dark Point Games’ first game Achilles: Legends Untold is launching into Early Access today. The game features isometric gameplay with a strong focus on skill based combat and an in-house built AI system (GAIA) that allows for smart and collaborative enemy behavior that will challenge the player during their journey across Greece and the Underworld.

For players that are looking for a more cooperative experience, Achilles: Legends Untold features an additional co-op mode to challenge Ancient Greece’s more fearsome monsters with a friend.

During Early Access, Dark Point Games is committed to regularly update Achilles: Legends Untold with new features, bosses and dungeons.

Achilles: Legends Untold will be available on Steam for $19.99 / EUR 18.99.

Players can buy on Steam now and join the Discord for the latest updates.

Norm Macdonald Secretly Filmed a Netflix Comedy Special Before his Passing

Iconic comedian Norm Macdonald, known for his singular style and delivery, shares a final, posthumous stand-up special on Netflix, launching May 30, 2022. Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special, which he named, was self-taped in the comedian’s home.

Macdonald kept his illness a secret for many years. In the summer of 2020, venues were shut down due to the pandemic, but Norm wanted to record the comedy special that he had worked so hard to prepare. He performed it alone in his living room. Being Norm, he did it in one take.

“Norm worked so hard on a new hour of material and wanted it to be seen. While this version of Nothing Special was not originally meant to be the final product, Covid restrictions prevented him from filming in front of an audience. We want to make sure his fans see this very funny hour. He left this gift for all of us,” said Lori Jo Hoekstra, Norm’s long-time producing partner and executive producer of Norm Macdonald: Nothing Special.

Following the special is a bonus featurette with Adam Sandler, Conan O’Brien, Dave Chappelle, David Letterman, David Spade and Molly Shannon, who discuss their friend Norm, a fearless comedian and joyful human being. The conversation was taped earlier this month during a tribute to Norm at Netflix is a Joke: The Festival.

Evil Dead: The Game Official Launch Trailer

Come get some! Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games have released the long-awaited new co-op PvP|PvE multiplayer action title Evil Dead: The Game on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. Evil Dead: The Game Deluxe Edition, also available today, comes with Season Pass 1, which includes the Classics Bundle, full of outfits that take the team back to their roots, as well as three upcoming DLC packs, which will feature new characters and cosmetics.

Evil Dead: The Game’s launch trailer showcases its spooky and massive game world and intense survivor vs. Kandarian Demon gameplay experience. The trailer is filled with homages and nods to fan-favorite Evil Dead lore and scenes and features the original new song “Come Get Some,” a groovy homage to the Evil Dead franchise created by legendary recording artist and hardcore Evil Dead fan Method Man and hip-hop producer Statik Selektah.

Inspired by the iconic horror, humor and action of the Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead: The Game brings the series’ biggest characters together in a pulse-pounding battle with the forces of darkness. Work as a team of four survivors to kick Deadite butt and banish the vile Kandarian Demon. Or become the Demon yourself, using its powers of possession to stop the good guys dead and swallow their souls!

Evil Dead: The Game delivers the ultimate Evil Dead action experience. Choose your squad with fan-favorite characters from every era of the franchise, including Ash, Kelly Maxwell, Pablo Simon Bolivar, Annie Knowby, Scotty and Lord Arthur. Battle with more than 25 hard-hitting weapons, like the good ol’ chainsaw and boomstick, and level up a variety of character classes with their own unique abilities to survive the night in multiplayer and bonus single-player missions.

The title is officially licensed by Boss Team Games from Renaissance Pictures, leading European production and distribution company STUDIOCANAL, leading entertainment company Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) to develop the first multi-platform console and PC game based on “The Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn,” and “Army of Darkness” films and the STARZ “Ash vs Evil Dead” television series. The game is developed and published by Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games.

Players with NVIDIA graphics cards can experience Evil Dead: The Game with AI-accelerated NVIDIA DLSS for maximum performance and image quality. The game can also be played via GeForce NOW, NVIDIA’s cloud gaming service.

For more information, visit www.EvilDeadtheGame.com, and follow the action on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.