Author - Jerry Paxton

Arma 3 Creator DLC: S.O.G. Prairie Fire Out Today

Publisher Bohemia Interactive and third-party developer Savage Game Design are pleased to announce today’s release of the major Arma 3 Creator DLC: S.O.G. Prairie Fire. The launch is being celebrated with a new trailer. This brand new expansion for Arma 3 takes players back to the Vietnam War and delivers a massive 300 km2 terrain, 4 factions, 100+ weapons and vehicles (including variants), a co-op campaign for up to 14 players, 9 multiplayer scenarios, 5 singleplayer missions, and more.

The S.O.G. Prairie Fire DLC is available now on Steam for $22.99 USD (€22.99 EUR / £19.99 GBP). Those who purchase the DLC in the first week of its release will receive a 15% discount (price with discount: $19.54 USD / €19.54 EUR / £16.99 GBP).

In support of the DLC’s release, the Arma 3 base game is currently on sale on Steam at 75% off. All other Arma 3 DLCs will also receive temporary discounts of up to 66%. This time-limited offer lasts until May 13.

Key features of the S.O.G. Prairie Fire Creator DLC include:

  • 300 km2 Cam Lao Nam terrain
  • 4 factions
  • 50+ weapons
  • 50+ vehicles & static weapons
  • Multiplayer co-op campaign
  • 9 multiplayer scenarios
  • 5 singleplayer scenarios
  • New sounds & sound effects
  • New music
  • New unique gameplay modules
  • New objects and buildings

Furthermore, S.O.G. Prairie Fire supports 8 of Arma 3’s more popular community-made game modes at launch, all of which were prepared in collaboration with their original authors. People who wish to listen to S.O.G. Prairie Fire’s atmospheric music outside of the game itself can also purchase the soundtrack separately in high-quality digital format over on Steam. For a complete overview of the DLC, please visit the Arma 3 Creator DLC: S.O.G. Prairie Fire store page on Steam – or go to the project’s official website at https://www.sogpf.com.

Developer Savage Game Design will be sharing further development insights on their project via their social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

To keep track of all the latest Arma 3 news, be sure to follow the game on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Steam.

Turtle Beach Unveils 60mm Driver Equipped Recon 500 Headphones

Leading gaming headset and audio accessory brand Turtle Beach (NASDAQ: HEAR) today unveiled the Recon 500 as a groundbreaking new addition to the Company’s popular Recon line of gaming headsets. The Recon 500 debuts Turtle Beach’s patented, first-of-their-kind 60mm Eclipse™ Dual Drivers and custom-crafted AccuTune™ wood composite-injected earcups which combine to deliver unprecedented sound quality at every frequency. The Recon 500 also features Turtle Beach’s noise-cancelling TruSpeak™ microphone while memory foam cushions, ProSpecs™ glasses-friendly technology, and a lightweight frame deliver extraordinary comfort. The Recon 500 features a standard 3.5mm audio interface for multiplatform connectivity with Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Nintendo Switch™, PC, and compatible mobile devices. With a MSRP of $79.95, the Recon 500 is a top choice for gamers seeking to elevate their performance with a powerful, affordable headset. Available in Black and Arctic Camo colorways, fans can pre-order the Recon 500 now from participating retailers and at turtlebeach.com. Turtle Beach’s Recon 500 gaming headset launches in North America on May 30, 2021 and at participating retailers across Europe on June 18, 2021.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8726155-turtle-beach-recon-500-gaming-headset/

“With our all-new, patented Eclipse™ Dual Drivers, Turtle Beach is once again first-to-market with groundbreaking gaming audio technology that makes the Recon 500 one of the best sounding headsets,” said Juergen Stark, Chairman and CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. “The Recon 500 delivers some of the most impressive engineering advances our Recon series gaming headsets have ever achieved. It redefines what gamers will expect in a headset at this price point, offering an innovative design, masterful audio performance, and plush comfort.”

Gamers can experience a revolution in gaming audio with the Recon 500. Turtle Beach’s all-new, patented 60mm Eclipse™ Dual Drivers separate high and low frequencies for ultra-detailed gaming audio across a massive soundstage. The Recon 500’s earcups are precision-engineered and injected with AccuTune™ wood composite, lending to enhanced acoustics for realistic sound imaging. The removable TruSpeak™ noise-cancelling mic delivers reliable, clear, pro-level communication with teammates and other players, and on-ear controls put Volume and Mic Mute right within reach when you need it.

For comfort, soft memory foam cushions wrapped in highly breathable athletic fabric surround the Recon 500’s powerful drivers, allowing gamers to stay cool in the heat of battle. The Recon 500’s adjustable, metal-reinforced headband is built to last while still being lightweight and flexible to stay cozy during long gaming sessions, and Turtle Beach’s patented ProSpecs™ glasses-friendly design removes pressure on your spectacles to add further comfort while you play.

For more information on the latest Turtle Beach products and accessories, visit www.turtlebeach.com and be sure to follow Turtle Beach on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous Release Date and Beta News

Owlcat Games has announced that the second beta for Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous is now available on Steam for backers who contributed to the title’s Kickstarter or Slacker Backer campaigns in the relevant tiers. Fans that had access to the game’s first beta may simply update their file to participate in the second beta. As the last playable version of the game before launch, the second beta, which spans the title’s first four chapters, includes new content such as Crusade gameplay, new side quests, an intelligent weapon companion, a weather system and more. Additionally, the second beta comprises all content featured in the first beta.

The studio also announced that the final retail version of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will launch September 2 for PC via Steam and GOG. Fans may wishlist the game on their preferred platform today. Owlcat will share its plans for consoles in the near future.

Fans are able to learn more regarding the core experience of Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous’ Crusade gameplay during the title’s second beta. As its name suggests, players will be able to lead armies as a Crusade commander and fight against demonic armies through strategic army management and tactical turn-based combat (inspired by Heroes of Might and Magic III classics). New side quests will also be available to fans for the first time during this beta, in addition to a talking enchanted weapon that acts as a mini-companion. Finnean, a weapon/mini-companion whose development was funded after reaching a Kickstarter goal, will be available to players at the Ancientries and Wonders Shop.

Other features making their debut during Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous’ second beta include a new weather effects system that simulates wind, snow, rain and lightning storms, enemy dismemberment, Slacker Backer-funded dinosaur pets and mounts, the final UI design for most in-game systems, including combat, character creation, and inventory, enhanced tutorials for newcomers, never-before-seen art assets, balance fixes for the Core difficulty level, and new abilities and archetypes for certain classes.

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous will launch for PC via Steam and GOG on September 2. Fans may wishlist the game on their preferred platform today or pre-order at wrath.owlcatgames.com.

The Amazing American Circus Release Date and Story Trailer

Klabater is pleased to announce that The Amazing American Circus – a unique card game with sim elements, on which the studio works with the talented Juggler Games team – will hit PC and consoles on August 12 this year. The first stage of the beta tests of the game will start tomorrow.

The game will debut on PC and consoles at the price of 19.00 (USD / EUR) for the basic version and 29.99 (USD / EUR) for the Ringmaster’s Edition containing, among others, country-folk OST and a set of digital extras, including a stunning cookbook and a lore book.

In The Amazing American Circus, you’ll build a circus empire from scratch. Flesh and blood opponents, as well as characters known from the American folklore, will stand in your way to success. As a novice owner of a small and run-down circus, you’ll have to face the historic giant of this industry – P.T. Barnum. Can you defeat him?

The Amazing American Circus tells a story of the most iconic entertainment in American history. The USA, during the Gilded Age, is a turbulent place. The new era is coming, and this is the last right moment for the circus to flourish! Discover Weird America where history blends with a dash of magical realism and ethnical folklore. Meet Wendigo, Big Foot, and many more!

Your main task in the game is to give circus performances. You will face an often extremely bored audience. Deciding which artists you put on the show is crucial since each of them has their own unique cards. Circus performance is a special card duel played between you and the audience. Their boredom or anger is your enemy, and your best weapons are brilliant performances and effective tricks performed by selected circus artists. Choose your cards wisely and try to skillfully identify the mood of the crowd.

Tons of Pre-Launch Mass Effect Legendary Edition Content Released

In anticipation of the upcoming launch of Mass Effect Legendary Edition, BioWare has released several fun pieces of content for fans to enjoy, including a Mass Effect soundtrack mega-cut, a unique custom key art creator experience, and a free Mass Effect Bonus Content Download.

BioWare put together a web experience allowing players to customize their own Mass Effect Legendary Edition key art. New and veteran Shepards alike can choose their squadmates, morality, and even key location to create their own personalized key art to share with friends or social media, or use the randomizer to create one of the billions of permutations. Images can then be downloaded in several formats, including 4K and slip cover sizing for players who want to personalize their physical copies! The web experience is available here.

For fans looking for some space-age beats to pilot the Normandy to, BioWare has compiled a lengthy, 88-track soundtrack video with music from all three games in the trilogy, which includes three pieces of custom art made exclusively for the occasion. It also features the song “Resynthesis,” which is new to the Mass Effect Trilogy. Get in the Mass Effect spirit with the greatest hits from the series’ soundtrack here:

Finally, BioWare has published a sizable amount of bonus content previously available through the Deluxe Editions of Mass Effect 2 and 3, which fans can now download for free. This content drop contains 88 music tracks from across the trilogy including Resynthesis, 2 digital art books, 2 digital comic books, and a digital lithograph of the Normandy in action. This Bonus Content Download is available here.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition launches on May 14.

Wizards of the Coast and G4 Partner for D&D Live 2021

This morning I rolled a critical success on a d20, valiantly earning the right to announce Wizards of the Coast and G4 are partnering for D&D Live 2021, a special two-day streaming event on July 16-17 and continuing with four all-new limited-run campaign series to premiere on G4 this Fall.

“D&D Live 2021 is going to be an innovative event with new forms of interactivity for a live streaming audience and the perfect D&D introduction for new audiences,” said Brian Terwilliger, 12th level VP of Programming and Creative Strategy at G4. “We’re thrilled to partner with Wizards of the Coast to give fans adventure, comedy, and an incredibly entertaining journey into the theater of the mind.”

“D&D Live has been such an exciting event for both fans and Wizards, and it’s amazing how it has grown each year. In 2021, we are expanding D&D Live’s impact by partnering with G4,” said Nathan Stewart, Level 20 Wizard of the Coast, Head of Franchise. “With G4 joining our party, we aim to bring even more fans to Dungeons & Dragons by showcasing friends adventuring together.”

D&D Live 2021 will take place on the 16th and 17th of Flamerule (which is equivalent to “July” in the Forgotten Realms calendar in case you were rusty). The two-day event will feature four games with star-studded casts playing with expert DMs, as well as hosted content featuring games, interviews, special product announcements, a Dungeon Master roundtable, and exclusive giveaways for those with high enough INT rolls. The timing and casts will be announced soon, and my halfling rogue is always good to go in case they need backups.

This alignment – which I’d totally call Chaotic Good – will continue through G4’s official launch later this year as the two brands party up for a limited series premiering after the network’s launch. The series will follow four campaigns with a mix of G4 talent, veteran D&D players, and celebrities for a new generation of D&D fans.

“As we continue to interact with our audience leading up to the launch of the network, one of the most resounding requests was for tabletop gaming content,” said Kevin Sabbe, Head of Content, G4, who looks great in a hooded traveler’s cloak, I must admit. “This partnership reinforces our focus on authentic gaming content that will entertain existing D&D fans and those new to the world of tabletop as well.”

The announcement comes as G4 continues its Epic April celebration, a classic G4 tradition where the network unveils an ogre’s load of talent/programming announcements, summons big giveaways, and generally behaves like a dwarven berserker nine espressos in. Previous announcements include G4’s partnership with WWE for a competition video game series, the return of the fan-favorite classic Ninja Warrior to the network, and the introduction of Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez and Kassem G as G4’s newest cast members.

Roll for excitement – nat 20!

Sincerely,

Phil “Philandraell” from the Marketing Guild

Marvel Studios Loki to Launch on June 9th

The God of Mischief strikes again! Watch Tom Hiddleston’s video message announcing the new premiere date and weekly release day for Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” a brand-new, original series exclusively on Disney+.

Marvel Studios’ “Loki” features the God of Mischief as he steps out of his brother’s shadow in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston returns as the title character, joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs “Loki,” and Michael Waldron is head writer.

Twitter: @LokiOfficial, @DisneyPlus
Facebook: @LokiOfficial, @DisneyPlus
Instagram: @OfficialLoki, @DisneyPlus

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark Announces Re-Opening Date

Orange County’s largest water park, Knott’s Soak City Waterpark, reopens for the 2021 season with limited capacity and reservation requirements. Guests can catch a ride down 23 different speed, tube, and body slides or take a relaxing trip down one of the longest lazy rivers in the country. The 15-acre water park has something for each member of the family, an interactive kid’s area, and for the more adventurous families, The Wedge, a rip-roaring family raft ride. Guests can also enjoy new additions to the food lineup, such as a poke bowl, chicken taco sandwiches, and so much more.

Knott’s Soak City Waterpark will safely reopen to Gold and Platinum Season Passholders for a special preview on May 22 and May 23, with plans to reopen to the public select dates beginning on May 29 through September 12.

To properly manage physical distancing of guests, capacity will be limited each day and may sell out. Ticket sales and reservations will be available starting May 10 at 10am PST.

The safety and health of our guests remain our top priority. Knott’s Soak City Waterpark follows state, county and local health guidelines. There are several safety measures and operational changes established to ensure guests’ safety.

For all details regarding Knott’s Soak City and the water park’s current health and safety screenings, please visit knotts.com/soak-city.

The water park will open to Gold and Platinum Season Passholders for preview days on May 22 and May 23 with the water park fully reopening to the public, select dates starting May 29 through September 12.

Knott’s Soak City
8200 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90620

NACON Unveils RIG Pro Compact Xbox Controller with Dolby Atmos

NACON announces the RIG PRO Compact, its first customizable wired controller and app for Xbox available in North America from May 20. The PRO Compact is also the world’s first game controller to include Dolby Atmos® for Headphones.

Dolby Atmos places game audio all around the player with three-dimensional precision, so they can react faster and more accurately. Gamers are immersed in a more intense experience that brings crystal clear, hair-raising realism to every battlefield, so they can catch the subtle, potentially game-changing sounds they’ve been missing.

Exceptional audio, optimized form factor and complete customization give the PRO Compact an impressive combination of features. Gamers can create custom button maps, change trigger sensitivity and control dead zones using the PRO Compact app for Xbox.

“We’re excited to introduce the RIG PRO Compact controller to North America,” said RIG VP of Global Sales & Marketing, Peter Petrides. “Being able to leverage Nacon’s expertise as the #1 third-party controller brand in Europe, means we’re bringing RIG gamers a product that stays true to our brand promise. Which is to develop next generation gear that helps gamers improve their performance.”

“This is the perfect controller for competitive players who prefer, and play better, using a smaller form factor not available in other elite products,” continued Petrides. “The PRO Compact provides unparalleled levels of customization through its dedicated PRO Compact app. This, coupled with the inclusion of Dolby Atmos, makes it an extremely compelling controller for its price.”

“Dolby Atmos heightens your situational awareness and helps you reach competitive excellence,” said Mahesh Balakrishnan, Vice President of Dolby’s Audio Business. “It’s great to work again with RIG to make immersive gaming experiences more accessible to people around the world through the RIG PRO Compact.”

To enjoy Dolby Atmos for Headphones, simply download the Dolby Access app from the Windows Store on Xbox or Windows 10, plug in the controller via USB and connect a headset to experience immersive audio while gaming.

Pricing and Availability

The PRO Compact will be available in-store in the U.S. at Best Buy on May 20 and available for online pre-order from GameStop, Walmart and Target on May 5. In Canada, the PRO Compact will be exclusively available at Walmart stores.

  •  PRO Compact Black: officially licensed for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: $49.99 (USD) /
    $79.96 (CAN)
  •  PRO Compact White: officially licensed for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: $49.99 (USD) /
    $79.96 (CAN)

NACON also announces new versions of its popular RIG 500 PRO Series and the RIG 700 Series gaming headsets.

The RIG 500 PRO Gen 2 takes everything gamers love about the first generation 500 PRO and adds a few upgrades. All models of the 500 PRO Gen 2 feature a comfort-enhanced steel headband that is both highly durable and flexible while also being lightweight. Signature RIG exoskeleton earcup design isolates low distortion 50mm drivers that have been specifically tuned for immersive game audio.

RIG 500 PRO Series has a number of models for use with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Windows 10. The 500 PRO HC Gen 2 is available now at GameStop, with all other variants available at major retailers on 20 May:

  •  RIG 500 PRO HX Gen 2: for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: $69.99 (USD) / $89.96 (CAN)
  •  RIG 500 PRO HS Gen 2: for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4: $69.99 (USD) / $89.96 (CAN)
  •  RIG 500 PRO HC Gen 2: for multiplatform console and portable gaming: $69.99 (USD)
  •  RIG 500 PRO HA Gen 2: for PC gaming and includes longer cables and y-splitter: $79.99 (USD)

Lastly, the RIG 700 PRO Series delivers unreal wireless comfort with zero lag in an ultralightweight design. Weighing no more than 241 grams, it remains one of the lightest wireless headsets available for Xbox and PlayStation gaming. Featuring a self-adjusting head strap along with dual-material ear cushions, the RIG 700 PRO Series provides hours of fatigue-free gaming.

RIG 700 PRO Series has models for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One and also PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. Both models are available exclusively at GameStop today:

  •  RIG 700 PRO HX: officially licensed for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One: $119.99
  •  RIG 700 PRO HS: PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4: $119.99

For more information on the features of the RIG 500 PRO Gen 2 Series, RIG 700 PRO Series or PRO Compact Controller, please view the product information sheet or visit: www.nacongaming.com/en-US

For setup and support, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/riggaming

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries Unveils Cross-Platform Gameplay

Developer Piranha Games is excited to announce that MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries will feature cross-platform play for the first time in franchise history. Players can look forward to joining forces with fellow MechWarriors for co-op on Xbox Series X|S and PC via Steam and GOG.com on May 27. A free, major update will be available at launch including over 30 new and enhanced features. The team is also pleased to confirm that players will be able to join a friend to experience the entirety of the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC Career Mode campaign.

To celebrate the upcoming features in MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC, the base game price has been dropped to $29.99 USD. In addition, the special Kobold Hero Mech will be an exclusive for the Microsoft PC and Xbox platforms with a custom load-out and paint job, plus a special new Goblin AI pilot with all-new dialogue. MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries can currently be wishlisted on Steam and GOG.com.

“The MechWarrior community feedback has been vital for the 30+ quality-of-life updates and new content at launch,” said Russ Bullock, President and Executive Producer at Piranha Games. “We’ve strived to meet fan expectations for what a MechWarrior experience is with this release – including a new co-op cross-platform experience, base game price drop, and DLC content with the ability to join a friend for free – and look forward to hearing from them on May 27.”

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries finds players in the battlefields of the future, dominated by BattleMechs, hulking machines of war capable of leveling entire cities. As the inheritor of a once-glorious Mercenary company, the quest for glory and revenge will stretch light years, chasing the threads of interstellar intrigue on the journey to become an elite MechWarrior and mercenary commander.

The merc life of a MechWarrior BattleMech pilot continues in the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC. Follow your chosen career path from War Dog to Treasure Hunter in the new Career Mode. Explore new warzones, new quests, and new missions that span the full scope of the Inner Sphere. Hunt the Heroes with special quests that tell the story of seven new heroes and their lostech mechs. Find new mech chassis and variants, weapons, equipment, as well as blueprints to quirk your prized mechs.

Piranha Games has spent a year addressing player concerns for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries, implementing enhancements and crushing pain points resulting in over 30 major updates.

Highlighted New Features Include:
  • Cross-platform play – Fight alongside your friends with four-player PvE co-op support on PC (Steam, GOG, Epic) and Xbox
  • DLC sharing – Play co-op games with players that own the DLC to experience the content
  • Extreme conditions
  • Loads of gameplay changes – Including Infantry present throughout game, full 360 LOD radar (with BAP available with DLC), more extreme conditions and effects, enhanced AI, enhanced salvage crates, AND SO MUCH MORE
  • Campaign changes – New story beginning and optional tutorial
  • UI changes – Ability to track encounters and where to hunt desired ‘Mechs, instant action loading previously selected mechs and pilots, modding updates, amongst others

MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries and the Heroes of the Inner Sphere DLC is developed by Piranha Games and will be co-published with Sold Out, both companies in the EG7 group, for Xbox Series X|S (digital), Steam, and GOG.com on May 27 for $29.99 USD. The game can currently be wishlisted on Steam and GOG.com, and was previously released on the Epic Game Store. The ESRB rating is T (Teen) for MechWarrior 5: Mercenaries on Xbox Series X|S.