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Six Flags Great Adventure Unveils Five New Species for 2020

JACKSON, NJ – February 26, 2020 – Six Flags Great Adventure will celebrate “the fast and the curious” as it introduces five new species to park Guests in 2020: the swift and nimble cheetah, majestic great horned owl, stealth American kestrel, social Patagonian cavy and mischievous ferret.

When Six Flags Great Adventure opens for the season April 4, Guests will find these intriguing animals in the theme park’s Wild Walkway and Camp Aventura on the Safari Off Road Adventure. Park admission includes both attractions.

  1. Cheetahs “Bear” and “Bo” – These large cats are known for their signature yellowish tan or rufous coat uniformly covered with nearly 2,000 solid black spots. Native to Africa and parts of Iran, cheetahs rank as the fastest land animal. They can launch from 0 to 45 mph in 4.5 seconds, and run up to 75 mph during short, powerful sprints. Large members of the cat family, cheetahs are carnivores with a prowess for hunting. They are most closely related to the cougar and jaguarundi and are considered “vulnerable” on the IUCN Red List.
  2. Great Horned Owl “Luna” – These aggressive predators are sometimes known as the “tiger owl” and are native to the Americas. Signature feather tufts on their heads known as “plumicorns” resemble horns or even catlike ears. Great horned owls are powerful and protective parents. Females are larger than males and have much lower-pitched calls. These carnivores are largely nocturnal with an impressive wingspan of 3.3 to 4.8 feet.
  3. American Kestrel “Tyrion” – Despite being the littlest falcon in North America, the American kestrel is a fierce predator with a very distinctive hunting behavior. Kestrels hover before diving for their prey and are sometimes known as a “windhover.” They are ultraviolet sensitive, which helps them hunt mice in the dark by following their trails. They are one of the most colorful of all raptors.
  4. Patagonian Cavy “Amelia” – Also known as the Patagonian mara, the Patagonian cavy is a large, rabbit-like rodent in the guinea pig family. Cavies can run at speeds up to 45 mph and bounce on all fours, which is known as a “stot.” They are herbivores, eating only plants. Cavy pairs mate for life and raise their young communally. They are considered a “near threatened” species, greatly impacted by hunting and habitat loss in South America.
  5. Ferrets “Johnny” and “David” – The name “ferret” is derived from Latin and means “little thief,” which is a likely reference to their penchant for stealing small items. These very curious, active and playful mammals in the weasel family are a domesticated form of the European polecat. They have long, slender bodies – approximately 15 inches without the tail. Males are much larger than females. These carnivores sleep 14 to 18 hours a day and are crepuscular, meaning most active around dawn and dusk.

Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari has focused on animal conservation since 1974. The park is home to more than 75 species of animals from six continents. The great horned owl, kestrel, cavy and pair of playful ferrets also will participate in the park’s Safari Off Road Education, Silver Safari and Wild Encounters outreach programs that visit schools, clubs and other special events. For information on these programs, visit

House Flipper Out on PS4 and Xbox One

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 25th, Cracow, Poland. Have you always been a fan of makeovers? Would you like to try them yourself while relaxing on your couch and playing with your favorite gamepad? House Flipper is a makeover game where all that matters is either flipping a property for fast cash or spending your hard-earned money on designing and creating your dream house, choosing from hundreds of design options. This best-selling title, after a long period of regular improvements and polishing, will now be available for PS4 and Xbox One fans!

House Flipper launches on the 25th of February (8:00 p.m. CET/7:00 p.m. GMT/11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST) on PS4 ( and the 26th of February (8:00 p.m. CET/7:00 p.m. GMT/11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST) on Xbox One (, for the price of $29.99!

“It’s been almost two years since House Flipper first saw the light of day on PC. Since then we’ve seen many PlayStation and Xbox enthusiasts fall in love with our game, but we’ve also felt their disappointment at the inability to play it on their favorite platforms. That’s why we decided to port House Flipper to PlayStation and Xbox – we gathered a team of specialists just for this purpose. It was a very ambitious project – we admit that it turned into a long, bumpy journey – but it was absolutely worth all the time and effort.” – Krzysztof Krej, CEO

“We also wanted to give our players the possibility of making their interior design ideas a reality… a virtual reality, but still! To make that happen, we’ve introduced hundreds of furnishing and decorating options, as well as a variety of tools. This way, the player can unleash their imagination and take on any kind of problem that awaits them in dozens of properties available for purchase in the game.” – Jakub Bujas, Leader of porting team

House Flipper is designed for the players who look for relief and relaxation in their gaming experience. Taking on renovation jobs, arranging, and decorating a house doesn’t require a lot of time. This way, the player can experience the feeling of accomplishment after only a few hours of gameplay.

What you can expect:

  • Full HD resolution for all PS4 / Xbox One hardware revisions.
  • Up to 60 FPS on PS4 Pro (unlockable in the in-game graphics options).
  • Stable 30 FPS on the standard PS4 and all of the Xbox One hardware versions.
  • Mouse and keyboard support.

House Flipper is launching on PlayStation 4 today with the Xbox One release coming tomorrow. The game has been available on Steam ( for almost two years now.

SnowRunner New Gameplay Trailer

PARIS — Feb. 25, 2020 — SnowRunner, the sequel to the best-selling off-road driving sim MudRunner, expands and improves on the original experience in massive ways. Today’s new “Conquer the Wilderness” trailer takes you to the deepest reaches of North America and Russia for an exciting preview of the huge open environments and challenges you’ll face when the game arrives on April 28 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store:

Developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus Home Interactive, SnowRunner is the ultimate off-road driving experience, set across the vast untamed wilds of Alaska, Michigan and Siberia. Brave torrential waters, frozen lakes, colossal snowbanks, muddy lowlands and treacherous peaks, but stay sharp — you’re always just a slip away from derailing your journey.

Scout the map from watchtowers, plan your route and execute new missions and contracts, from delivering supplies and clearing paths to rebuilding infrastructure and rescuing stranded vehicles. Master 40 vehicles from brands like Western Star, Ford, Chevrolet and Freightliner, and customize your rigs with new tires, engines, suspension, bumpers, floodlights and more in the garage to conquer the elements.

SnowRunner is playable solo or with friends in fully synchronous 4-player co-op. PC players can expect full mod support at launch, allowing for near infinite off-road experiences created by the community. Mod support for consoles is also in development.

SnowRunner and SnowRunner – Premium Edition, featuring the base game and its Season Pass, are available to pre-order now with a special bonus vehicle on the Epic Games Store. SnowRunner is also available to pre-order on consoles at major retailers.

Square Enix Unveils PAX EAST 2020 Lineup

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 21, 2020) – SQUARE ENIX® revealed today plans for an action-packed PAX East 2020 with playable demos, developer panels, exclusive promotions, special events and much more taking place throughout the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from February 27-March 1.

Among the top attractions will be the SQUARE ENIX Booths – #12011 and #15010 – where attendees will be able to play the highly anticipated FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE and fan favorite, FINAL FANTASY XIV Online. The company has also created a variety of ways for show-goers to engage with their favorite games.  Following are the details:

    • Playable gameplay demo – Fans can get hands-on with the game at the SQUARE ENIX booth.
    • Signing session – Voice actors Britt Baron (Tifa), John Eric Bentley (Barret), Briana White (Aerith), Erica Lindbeck (Jessie) and Gideon Emery (Biggs) will sign for players on Saturday, February 29: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (EST). A limited number of tickets for the signing session will be available at 10:30 a.m. (EST) each morning in the signing session area of Booth #12011.
    • Epic photo opportunity – Players can have their photo snapped with Cloud’s iconic Hardy Daytona motorcycle.
    • Giveaways – double-sided posters featuring the new artwork of the captivating cast of FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, Barret and Red XIII will be available at the booth.
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online (Booth #15010)
    • Ruby Weapon Battle Challenge – Attendees can take on the fearsome Ruby Weapon—the latest 8-player trial released with Patch 5.2. Those who emerge victorious will receive an “I BEAT RUBY WEAPON” t-shirt.
    • Photo Opportunity – Fans will have the chance to snap a photo in front of our expansive themed backdrop while posing with a selection of “real-life” weapons from Shadowbringers™.
    • Poster Giveaway – PAX attendees who visit the FINAL FANTASY XIV booth can receive a double-sided poster featuring artwork of the jobs of FINAL FANTASY XIV drawn by Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi, while supplies last.
    • Developer Livestream – Join FINAL FANTASY XIV Producer and Director Naoki Yoshida and Lead Character Concept Artist Yusuke Mogi for a special livestream titled “The Artwork of FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Look Behind the Screen.” The stream will be hosted on the official FINAL FANTASY XIV Twitch channel on Saturday, February 29 at 8:00 p.m (EST).
    • Postcard Giveaway – Fans can receive a free postcard for the upcoming tactical mobile RPG, WAR OF THE VISIONS™ FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS®, featuring artwork of Y’shtola in her FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers attire. In addition, attendees who have pre-registered for the game can receive a double-sided art card. Both items will be available at the FINAL FANTASY XIV booth, while supplies last.

Complete details on all FINAL FANTASY XIV Online PAX activities may be found on The Lodestone here.

  • Outriders
    • People Can Fly Developer panel – “A New Flavor of Sci-Fi: Creating the Universe of Outriders,” will take place on Saturday, February 29 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. (EST) at the Albatross Theatre.
      • Join Lead Writer Joshua Rubin and key members of the Outriders team as they discuss the process of creating a dark and brutal Sci-Fi universe from scratch. Featuring exclusive new content and information about Outriders, the highly anticipated upcoming RPG Shooter from Square Enix External Studios and People Can Fly.

Additionally, fans can visit the Square Enix Booth #12011 to purchase the latest SQUARE ENIX merchandise from BRING ARTS, PLAY ARTS KAI, plush toys, FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (FFTCG) and tabletop games:

  • Attendees will be able to purchase FINAL FANTASY XIV: Shadowbringers acrylic stands of favorite characters ahead of their release on the Square Enix Store.
  • Purchase cards and learn to play the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game; earn promotional cards and get tips on how best to use the newly released Cloud vs. Sephiroth 2-player deck.

The full lineup of titles from SQUARE ENIX includes:

Platform: PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system
Developer: SQUARE ENIX
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: April 10, 2020
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE is a reimagining of the iconic original game that re-defined the RPG genre.  The new game series will allow player to dive deeper into the vast game world and its characters than ever before. The first game in this project will be set in the eclectic city of Midgar and presents a fully standalone gaming experience that provides a great starting point to the series. Along with unforgettable characters and a powerful story, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE features a hybrid battle system that merges real-time action with strategic, command-based combat.

Platform: PlayStation®4 system, Windows, STEAM®, Mac
Developer: SQUARE ENIX
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: Out Now
FINAL FANTASY XIV Online is celebrating its highest number of active subscribers in the title’s history, and recently surpassed 18 million total registered users. A free trial is available now, inviting new players to access content up to level 35, create up to eight playable characters, and experience the different playable races, classes, and jobs with no restrictions on playtime. New players who wish to experience the free trial may register here:, the latest chapter in the critically acclaimed FINAL FANTASY XIV story, is now available, and includes breathtaking new environments, exotic new races, exciting new jobs and more.

Platform: Xbox Series X, PlayStation 5, PC, PlayStation®4 system and Xbox One
Developer: People Can Fly
ESRB: RP (Rating Pending)
Available: Holiday 2020
Outriders is a 1-3 player co-op RPG shooter set in an original, dark and desperate sci-fi universe. As mankind bleeds out in the trenches of Enoch, you’ll create your own Outrider and embark on a journey across the hostile planet. With rich storytelling spanning a diverse world, you’ll leave behind the slums and shanty towns of the First City and traverse forests, mountains and desert in the pursuit of a mysterious signal. Combining intense gunplay with violent powers and an arsenal of increasingly twisted weaponry and gear-sets, Outriders offers countless hours of gameplay from one of the finest shooter developers in the industry – People Can Fly.

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FINAL FANTASY XIV Patch 5.2 Echoes of a Fallen Star Launch Trailer

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 18, 2020) – The Shadowbringers™ saga continues in FINAL FANTASY® XIV Online as SQUARE ENIX® today released Patch 5.2: Echoes of a Fallen Star.

This latest update to the critically acclaimed MMO brings new challenges to Warriors of Light not only on the First, but also on their home of the Source, where the Eorzean forces continue their fight against the Garlean Empire.

The Patch 5.2x series brings a wealth of new content for all playstyles:

  • New Main Scenario Quests – With Eulmore on the path to a brighter tomorrow, the Scions await such time as the Exarch might return them home. Not in idleness, however─for when has any world been content to grant its heroes respite?
  • New Raid: Eden’s Verse – The second chapter in the 8-player Eden raid series will feature challenging new battles in both normal and savage difficulties. Eden’s Verse introduces the character of Gaia, created by famed FINAL FANTASY developer Tetsuya Nomura.
  • New Dungeon: Anamnesis Anyder – Tackle this new challenge alongside fellow adventurers, or a party of non-player characters using the Trust system.
  • New Trial: Cinder Drift – The Ruby Weapon represents the latest advances in Garlean military technology, and can be challenged by players in both normal and extreme difficulties.
  • New Beast Tribe Quests – The Qitari tribe will provide new quests for Disciples of the Land classes.
  • New Chronicles of a New Era Quest “The Sorrow of Werlyt” – Discover the lore behind this new quest series, as the Garlean Empire seeks to break the stalemate with Eorzean forces by unleashing this culmination of its twisted experimentation.
  • Ocean Fishing – This Fisher-exclusive content will allow players to board a ship at specified times to enjoy fishing on the high seas, receiving experience and scrips based off the fish caught. Meeting certain conditions while aboard will grant all passengers the chance of a big haul.
  • Ishgardian Restoration Update (Patch 5.21) – The next update in this content for Disciples of the Hand and Land will feature gatherer-specific content in the Diadem, high-level crafting challenges, a new ranking system and more.
  • New “Resistance Weapon” Equipment Enhancement Quest Series: Save the Queen: Blades of Gunnhildr”  (Patch 5.25) – This new quest series will feature regular updates from Patch 5.25 onward, allowing players to obtain powerful equipment as they learn more about the Hrothgar homeland, the Bozja Citadel.
  • In-Game Adjustments – Players can look forward to adjustments to PvE and PvP actions, the addition of Chronicles of a New Era and side story quests to New Game+, and several new Crafter and Gatherer updates.
  • New Mounts, Minions, Hairstyle, Emote, Crafting Recipes, and more.

Baldur’s Gate 3 Announcement Set for PAX East

DUBLIN – Feb. 18, 2020 – Larian Studios is excited to announce that the eagerly anticipated gameplay reveal of Baldur’s Gate 3 is coming next week to PAX East! On February 27 at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT, Larian Creative Director Swen Vincke will be live on stage with a very special guest to reveal more about the game’s story and mechanics. The show will offer seating for 1,000 people, and those in attendance can take part in a live Q&A with the developers, but don’t worry if you can’t make it in person – the action will also be streamed on YouTube.

Larian will also be bringing the excitement to fans at PAX East all weekend with an all-new booth (#14309) dedicated to Baldur’s Gate 3, where the team will be serving up live gameplay presentations starting after the big reveal.

Baldur’s Gate 3 was announced at E3 last year, and since then Larian has grown to nearly 350 people. The studio continues working on new technology to create a truly next-generation RPG, spanning over 100 hours of content with all the depth you’d expect, and many surprises along the way that even fans of the critically acclaimed Divinity Original Sin 2 won’t expect.

You are burdened with a great power devouring you from within.
How far down the path of darkness will you let it take you?
The fate of Faerûn is on your party’s shoulders.
Will you carry it to salvation, or descend with it to hell?

Tune in on Thursday, February 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT to discover what Larian has been up to and what direction the studio is heading.

Stranger Things 4 Teaser Trailer

February 14, 2020 – “We’re excited to officially confirm that production on Stranger Things 4 is now underway — and even more excited to announce the return of Hopper! Although it’s not all good news for our “American”; he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human…and other. Meanwhile, back in the states, a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything….

Season 4 is shaping up to be the biggest and most frightening season yet, and we cannot wait for everyone to see more. In the meantime — pray for the American.”

From Russia with love,

The Duffer Brothers

E3 2020 Registration Opens Feb 15th

Washington, DC – FEBRUARY 12, 2020 – The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) today announced that registration for E3 2020: EVERYONE PLAYS will open February 15 at 11:00 AM EST, exclusively at The show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 9-11, with an industry day on June 9, followed by two days open to all badge holders.

E3, the world’s premier event for computer and video games and related products, has been reimagined to include new stage experiences, experiential zones, and live events to showcase new titles and innovations in video games and to celebrate video game culture.

E3 2020 will feature special guest gamers, celebrities, and digital programming on the show floor while connecting with global audiences through extended livestreaming. A highlight will be the debut of an all-new floor experience that will be streamed to bring exclusive conversations with leading industry innovators and creators to attendees and fans worldwide.

“We are working to make E3 2020 a more interactive and immersive experience with a show floor that will amplify our exhibitors, their innovations, and announcements,” said Stanley Pierre-Louis, President and CEO of the ESA. “The E3 experience is an industry showcase like no other. It connects media, brands, innovators, and super fans with one another.”

Several leading video game companies have already committed to participating in E3 2020, including Xbox, Nintendo, Ubisoft, Bethesda Softworks, SEGA, Capcom, Square Enix, Take-Two Interactive Software, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., and Warner Bros. Games, among others.

Registration Information

  • Online Registration
    • Available online exclusively at, starting February 15 at 11:00 AM EST
  • Show Hours
    • Industry Badge Holders: Tuesday, June 9: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • All Badge Holders: Wednesday, June 10: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    • All Badge Holders: Thursday, June 11: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Badge Levels:
    • Qualified Industry Attendees including Exhibitors, VIP Buyers, Industry Pro, and Media (Complimentary; June 9-11)
    • Premium Badge including exclusive benefits ($995; June 9-11)

Gamer Badge ($165; June 10-11)

Liberated 9 Minute Gameplay Trailer

February 11, 2020 – Liberated, one of the most exciting Polish video games of the first half of the year, is a groundbreaking, award winning, new vision of the future of digital comics. Panel by panel, you’ll switch between action, stealth, puzzles, and an engaging comic book story with compelling player-led choices. Liberated is coming first to Nintendo Switch in 2020, shortly followed by PC on GOG and Steam.

Liberated is set in a near-future, tech-noir society slipping into the throes of authoritarianism. Powered by corporations and enabled by new technology, join the fight against state-driven misinformation. As government surveillance and weaponised personal data have painted the world in shades of grey, knowing where to draw the line between revolution and terrorism has never been more paramount.

Publisher Walkabout Games have released nine minutes of brand new direct feed gameplay of the game. In this footage, you’ll see the main character Barry Edwards being taken to the headquarters of the mysterious insurgent group “Liberated” after being intercepted by one of its members. The video shows off the seamless transitions between storytelling and gameplay, as told through Barry’s first infiltration mission, including some precision shooting and an exciting driving segment.

Wizard World Cleveland Presents Animation Celebration

CLEVELAND, February 11, 2020 – Pour out a bowl of your favorite cereal and fire up your favorite Saturday morning cartoons, because it will be a true “Animation Celebration” when Wizard World Cleveland debuts its “Animation Celebration,” featuring creators and voice actors from some of the most iconic animated films and TV shows in history, March 6-8 at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland. The weekend will feature appearances by the superstars as well as hands-on drawing and voice acting workshops, screenings and cereal breakfast with the animators and more.

Attendees can meet superstar artists like Jeff Pidgeon (“Tiny Toon Adventures,” “Taz-Mania”), Bill Morrison (“Futurama,” “The Little Mermaid”), Kurt Lehner (“Space Jam,” “Gargoyles”), Greg Peters (“Pinky and the Brain,” “The Lion King”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons,” “Tiny Toon Adventures”),  Jonathan Hallett (“The Aquabots Super Show!”), Joe Wos (“Charlie the Tuna”), Tom Cook (“He-Man,” “Superfriends”) and more. The animators, storyboard artists and other creators in the field of animation have worked on hundreds of animated films and TV shows.

Voice acting talent on hand includes Wallace Shawn (“Toy Story”), Phil LaMarr (“Futurama,” “Samurai Jack”), Aaron Roberts (“My Hero Academia”), Kyle Phillips (“My Hero Academia,” “Fire Force”) and the “Overwatch” video game foursome of Anjali Bhimani, Benz Antoine, Carolina Ravassa and Chloe Hollings. Author Marty Gitlin, the co-author (along with Wos) of An Animation Celebration: The Top 100 Animated TV Characters will also be prominent.

The Animation Celebration supplements the world class Artist Alley at Wizard World Cleveland, with artists and writers from across the globe and close to home in Ohio. Jim Steranko (“Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Captain America”), Barbara Kaalberg (“Barbie,” “Wonder Woman”), Mike Watson (Freestyle Komics), Tone Rodriguez (“The Simpsons,” “Dexter”), Dan Gorman (“Mississippi Zombie,” Marvel, DC trading cards) and dozens of others will display their amazing work, and many will demonstrate their talents on the Creative State and are available for commissions.

The Animation Celebration and Artist Alley supplement an event teeming with star power. Stars of the hit series “Outlander” (Caitriona Balfe, Richard Rankin, Colin McFarlane, Duncan Lacroix) and “Teen Wolf” (Tyler Hoechlin, Khylin Rhambo, Ian Bowen, Dylan Sprayberry), classic film The Princess Bride standouts (Wallace and Cary Elwes), Emily Swallow (“The Mandalorian”) and Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”) are among the headliners also scheduled to appear.

The sixth annual Wizard World Cleveland will feature an outstanding array of programming, live entertainment, cosplay contests, gaming, dedicated Kids Zone and more. Kato Kaelin serves as entertainment host on the main show stage.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The third event scheduled on the 2020 Wizard World calendar, Cleveland show hours are Friday, March 6, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Cleveland is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.