Author - Jerry Paxton

World of Tanks Blitz Oliver Tree Event Announced

This Fall, World of Tanks Blitz joins the weird and the wonderful world of chart-topping, genre-bending artist Oliver Tree for the upcoming Scooter Army event! Musician, producer, and former pro-scooter riding champ Oliver Tree will have his trademark eclectic sound rampaging through the game from September 24 – October 4, 2021. Known for his extravagantly executed videos and eccentric persona, Oliver Tree is an artist that must be experienced to be believed.

Victories will earn participating players Oliver-themed prizes like Headphones, Sunglasses, and an accumulative avatar, in addition to Premium Account days and an American Tier IV Medium Tank, the M3 Lee. Collectible items won can be combined into Legendary items and kept as souvenirs or exchanged for Free XP (2000 Free XP for each Legendary item). Players will also have the chance to see an animated model of Tree’s Guinness World record-smashing scooter appear in-game.

The most coveted prize of all, however, is sure to be Oliver’s digital autograph, which players can win on making it to the 6th stage of the event. This is the first time Tree has licensed his digital autograph in any game.

“World of Tanks Blitz loves doing its own stunts, just like Oliver Tree. From taking our tankers to Mars and bending the rules of gravity, to battling in the depths of the ocean, we’re continually surprising our players by pushing genre boundaries and adding even more fun to the game. And what could be more fun than listening to Oliver’s blood-pumping beats while battling it out?!”, said Natasha Pershyts, Publishing Product Director at World of Tanks Blitz.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Trailers Talk About Leading the Team

Today, Eidos-Montréal released two new videos for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, each featuring insights directly from Senior Gameplay Director Patrick Fortier. In the first video, Fortier hones in on how the Guardians synergize in battle, while the second focuses on how players can lead the Guardians outside of it.

Just as they all have their own distinct personalities out of combat, each Guardian similarly boasts their own unique specialties and abilities on the battlefield, with their strategic management proving paramount for players hoping to take down the vast array of different enemies they’ll encounter while adventuring through the cosmos. Rocket serves as the group’s multi-target explosive specialist, Groot as its protector and healer, Drax as its staggering wrecking ball, Gamora as its high-damage single-target assassin, and Star-Lord as, of course, its versatile “so-called” leader.

In Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, players won’t only have the opportunity to lead the Guardians in combat. As seen in the second video, they’ll also be responsible for steering their teammates in the right direction while journeying to and from a plethora of iconic Marvel locations on the Milano. Making choices (and dealing with the consequences) is a core part of being a leader, and it’s similarly at the core of the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy experience, from deciding how to approach a conversation, to allocating ability points, to choosing between comic-accurate and original outfits, and beyond.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, PC, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Cloud Version for Nintendo Switch also coming to select regions October 26.

Space Shooter Chorus Gets A New Gameplay Trailer

Today Deep Silver together with developer FISHLABS released a brand-new trailer for the dark space-shooter Chorus. The ‘Chorus 101’ trailer introduces players to the story and gameplay mechanics of the title. Today’s trailer was created to celebrate the announcement of the December 3 launch date. Pre-orders for Chorus are now open at https://www.chorusthegame.com/.

In Chorus you take control of ace pilot Nara, a fugitive on a quest to destroy the dark cult that created her while facing her haunted past along the way. Along with her sentient starfighter, Forsaken, she explores ancient temples, engaging in exhilarating zero-g combat and fighting to unite the resistance forces against the cult (known as the Circle) and their leader, the Great Prophet.

The 101 trailer highlights the trials that Nara and Forsaken will need to endure if they hope to overthrow the Circle. Only by taking on dangerous quests across the galaxy will they have a chance.

Pre-order now and receive the Elder Armor skin set, resplendent in gold and purple livery, reserved only for the most exalted members of the Circle. The Elder Armor harks back to Nara’s military past. This cosmetic pack can be applied to Forsaken as well as all three of the starting weapons; the Gatling Gun, Missile Launcher, and Laser Cannon.

Chorus will be available on December 3, 2021 for Xbox Series X and Xbox One, the PlayStation®5 and PlayStation®4, Google Stadia, PC via Epic Games Store and Steam, and Amazon Luna.

Key features of Chorus:

  • A compelling single-player experience
  • Play as dual protagonists Nara and her sentient AI companion and starfighter, Forsaken, on a personal journey of redemption
  • Experience fast-paced, frenetic action that evolves the spirit of classic space shooters
  • Fight to unite resistance forces against the Circle and their ominous leader, the Great Prophet
  • Face down hordes of enemy starfighters, titanic battleships and unknown Void entities
  • Reclaim, upgrade, and wield devastating weapons and powers in zero-g dogfights
  • Explore a dark new sci-fi universe, teeming with mystery and conflict
  • Enjoy gorgeous next gen sci-fi visuals in 4K, from cosmic vistas to sprawling space stations
  • Engineered to take advantage of next-gen hardware, enhancements include:
  • 4K resolution at 60fps
  • Advanced enemy ship destruction
  • Higher quality volumetric
  • Richer environmental effects

For more information about Chorus, please visit one of the following official sites:
Website: ChorusTheGame.com
Twitter: @ChorusTheGame
Facebook: @ChorusTheGame
Instagram: @ChorusTheGame

Disney+ Brings A Trailer for Muppets Haunted Mansion

Today, Disney+ released the trailer for The Muppets’ first-ever Halloween special “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” which premieres Friday, October 8, exclusively on Disney+. Starring in the special alongside fan-favorite Muppets, are Will Arnett (as The Ghost Host), Yvette Nicole Brown (as The Hearse Driver), Darren Criss (as The Caretaker), and Taraji P. Henson (as The Bride).

In “Muppets Haunted Mansion” the Great Gonzo – world famous daredevil artiste, has done it all, seen it all, and survived it all. But on Halloween night, the fearless Gonzo takes on the greatest challenge of his life by spending one very daring night in the most grim grinning place on Earth …The Haunted Mansion.

“Muppets Haunted Mansion” will also feature special appearances from Chrissy Metz (as Harriet), Alfonso Ribeiro (as Fred), Edward Asner (as Claude), Jeannie Mai (as Maude), Danny Trejo (as Huet), Sasheer Zamata (as Mary), Craig Robinson (as Bust), Skai Jackson (as Bust), Pat Sajak (as Bust), Geoff Keighley (as Bust), Justina Machado (as Bust), John Stamos (as Himself) and Kim Irvine (as Haunted Mansion Maid).

The “Muppets Haunted Mansion” EP will be set for release on Friday, October 8 from Walt Disney Records and will include three new original songs titled “Rest in Peace,” “Life Hereafter” and “Tie the Knot Tango,” plus a cover of “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

Razer Announces New Console Lineup with Headsets, Charging Stands, and More

Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers (Hong Kong Stock Code: 1337), today announced several new additions to its expanding console range with the Kaira X for Xbox and Kaira X for PlayStation, the Kaira and Kaira Pro for Xbox White, and Wolverine V2 White Edition. Also launching today is the Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox, in a range of vibrant colors that perfectly match official Xbox Wireless Controllers.

“With the new Kaira X, gamers now have even more choice when it comes to picking their perfect Razer headset for either Xbox, PlayStation or PC,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior Vice President of Razer’s peripherals business unit. “And with the vibrant new range of colors on the Kaira X and charging stands, and the sleek white colors on the Kaira, Kaira Pro, and Wolverine V2, gamers can be as bold and bright as their hardware.”

Kaira X for Xbox and Kaira X for PlayStation

Taking a cue from Razer’s award-winning PC headsets, the Kaira X for Xbox and Kaira X for PlayStation both utilize Razer TriForce 50mm drivers to deliver high-quality gaming audio. With improved frequency separation, the TriForce Drivers provide crisp highs, clear mids and rumbling bass, for encompassing, immersive audio. In-game comms will be crystal clear thanks to the flexible, boom-mounted Razer HyperClear Cardioid Microphone, with a focused pick-up pattern to exclude unwanted background noise.

With on-headset controls for on-the-fly audio-adjustment and Flowknit Memory Foam Ear Cushions and headband padding, the Kaira X is built for comfort and convenience. Using a wired 3.5mm analog connection, the Kaira X range is cross-platform compatible, for use with most consoles, PC and mobile. The Kaira X for Xbox is available in classic black and white that match the Xbox Series X|S. Additional colors that match official Xbox Wireless Controllers are also announced in Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt. Lastly, the Kaira X for PlayStation is available in a theme that matches the PS5™ DualSense™ Wireless Controller.

For more information on the Kaira X console range, please see here for Xbox and here for PlayStation.

Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox controllers

Completing Razer’s new colorful console line up is a range of Universal Quick Charging Stands, compatible with Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One and Xbox Elite Series 1 controllers. Using a magnetic docking system, the Universal Quick Charging Stands support quick charging for minimal gaming downtime and are available in Carbon Black, Shock Blue, Robot White, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt colors that match official Xbox Wireless Controllers. A special edition Aqua Shift color is also available at retailers Best Buy and Microsoft.

For more information on the Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox, please see here.

Kaira, Kaira Pro, and Wolverine V2 White Edition

Also announced today are the new Kaira, Kaira Pro, and Wolverine V2, all in White, creating a bold, clean, and fresh suite of Xbox Series X|S peripherals for gamers wanting style and performance from their Xbox peripherals.

With Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers and a HyperClear Supercardioid Microphone, the Kaira Pro delivers stellar audio performance over Xbox Wireless and Bluetooth 5.0, for seamless, low latency gaming audio both on Xbox Series X|S and mobile. The Kaira for Xbox shares the same TriForce drivers as the Kaira Pro with a cardioid microphone, but supports Xbox Wireless only. Both headsets feature Flowknit Memory Foam Ear Cushions for long-term comfort, on-headset controls and EQ presets for music, movies, and gaming.

The Wolverine V2 uses Razer’s Mecha-Tactile Action Buttons and D-Pad, tuned for greater responsiveness and accuracy in-game. Two additional remappable bumpers add more customization and flexibility to button layouts, giving gamers more control over their game, including the all-important hair trigger mode for fast-paced action games.

For more information on the Razer Xbox White Suite, please see here.

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

Razer Kaira X for Xbox

  • Black/White
  • $59.99 USD / 69,99€ MSRP
  • Razer.com & Authorized Retailers – September 23rd, 2021
  • Shock Blue, Pulse Red, and Electric Volt colors
  • $59.99 USD / 69,99€ MSRP
  • Razer.com – Pre-orders from October 14th, 2021

Razer Kaira X for PlayStation

  • $59.99 USD / 69,99€ MSRP
  • Razer.com & Authorized Retailers – September 23rd, 2021
  • Razer Universal Quick Charging Stand for Xbox
  • Carbon Black, Robot White, Pulse Red, Shock Blue, Electric Volt colors
  • $39.99 USD / 59,99€ MSRP
  • Razer.com & Authorized Retailers – September 23rd, 2021

Aqua Shift color

  • $49.99 USD MSRP
  • Available for pre-order from Best Buy, Microsoft, and Razer.com from September 23rd, 2021

Razer Xbox White Suite

  • Razer Kaira for Xbox
    • $99.99 USD / 109,99€ MSRP
  • Razer Kaira Pro for Xbox
    • $149.99 USD / 159,99€ MSRP

Razer Wolverine V2

  • $99.99 USD / 119,99€ MSRP
  • Razer.com & Authorized Retailers – September 23rd, 2021

Ancient Relics Story Pack Coming to Stellaris: Console Edition

Paradox Interactive, a company adept at uncovering bygone civilizations, today announced that the Ancient Relics Story Pack is coming to Stellaris: Console Edition next week. On September 30th, the latest add-on to Expansion Pass Four will be available for fans on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles for $9.99/ £7.19/ €9.99*.

Players can also choose to purchase Ancient Relics along with the Federations and Necroids Species packs, as part of the fourth expansion pass for $24.99/ £21.99/ €24.99*

Uncover the ruins of long-dead civilizations in Relic Worlds to piece together the story of their rise and eventual downfall. Mine their derelict cities and ships to unearth the truth, discover powerful relics and harness them for your own empire’s ambitions.

In all, Stellaris: Ancient Relics includes:

  • Said Ancient Relics: Collect and acquire valuable relics in your adventures as rewards for overcoming major crises or after completing a dig at an archaeological site and solving the chapters. Each relic gives significant benefits to your empire to aid in your interstellar escapades.
  • Those Who Came Before: Encounter clues about two extinct Precursor civilizations, the Baol and the Zroni, the former a sprawling hivemind of plantoids, the latter some of the most the most powerful psionics to have ever lived. Players can investigate these home systems to understand who they were and, more importantly, what one can learn from their demise.
  • Relic Worlds: Once filled with teeming life, these Relic Worlds now lie dead, replete with desolate ruins and dormant mysteries. Players can excavate guaranteed archeological sites on these worlds to explore these remnants and bring to light powerful relics and artifacts.
  • Dig In: Hit the dirt on a variety of enigmatic and alien worlds with more archeology sites available for your empire to study… or plunder. Each site begins a story with between one and six chapters to investigate. Retrace the history to discover artifacts and relics that can be boons to your empire.
  • Matter of Artifacts: Learning from history is much more than parables and antiques, it can often be the key to understanding one’s own place in the galaxy. Utilizing archaeological research, discover Minor Artifacts, a new resource type which can help empower one’s empire.

For more information about Stellaris: Console Edition, visit https://www.stellaris.com/en/console

Comica Audio Unveils VDLive10 Wireless Microphone System

Comica Audio www.comica-audio.com, a leading professional broadcast level audio company, launched today the VDLive10 line of versatile high quality 2.4GHz wireless USB-A/USB-C, Lightning, and 3.5mm Microphones for shooting video and live streaming with smartphones, cameras, computers and other devices. The VDLive10 line includes 2 lightweight models: the VDLive10 USB (for USB-A/USB-C) and VDLive10 MI (for Lightning). Both models also support 3.5mm output for cameras or smartphones. The wireless mics shoot live and recorded video, including music, interviews, YouTube and Instagram videos, and Facebook live, TikTok and Snapchat posts, Zoom and Skype business meetings, online teaching, and training live streams and webinars with high quality stereo audio support.

VDLive10 mics are dual-channel 2.4G wireless microphones that feature clear recordings, stereo modes, and switchable Simplex/Duplex transmission with two output modes for 3.5mm analog and USB/Lightning digital. The mics support Two-way Monitoring and Interaction to monitor audio of the transmitter and receiver. Compatible with a wide variety of smartphones, cameras, computers, and other devices, the VDLive10 line offers Intelligent Noise Reduction and a working distance of up to 98 feet (30m) for stable transmission at all times. The IPS Screen provides intuitive operation and usage with real-time monitoring of volume, audio dynamics, and output modes with an internal and external mic and a low latency at <20ms with stable transmission.

Superiority of 2.4GHz v. Bluetooth for Live Streaming

Comica Audio chose 2.4GHz transmission over Bluetooth because of its superiority in audio quality, live streaming, and social media apps. Bluetooth is not compatible with live streaming/social media; does not support high quality sound and creates a confusing audio delay. In addition, Bluetooth is not compatible with dual-channel transmission; is not plug-and-play and also has a delay in connection time. Therefore, 2.4GHz transmission is an overall superior choice for live streaming audio.

VDLive10 Features:

  • Dual-channel 2.4G wireless microphone ensures clear recordings with the microphone working properly at all times.
  • Provides switchable Simplex/Duplex transmission.
  • Built-in antenna.
  • Supports Two-way Monitoring and Interaction to monitor audio of transmitter and receiver.
  • Wide compatibility of use with smartphones, cameras, computers, and other devices.
  • Intelligent Noise Reduction.
  • Working distance of up to 98 feet (30m) for stable transmission.
  • Two output modes: 3.5mm analog and USB-C/USB-A or Lightning digital modes.
  • Stereo mode is available for USB digital and 3.5mm analog output to camera.
  • USB version is equipped with a USB-C to USB-A adapter, compatible with all USB-C and USB-A devices.
  • Dual track audio output is convenient to edit.
  • Includes rechargeable case for storage, charging, and pairing.
  • IPS Screen for intuitive operation and usage: real-time monitoring of volume, audio dynamics and output mode.
  • Mono/Stereo Switch, Volume Adjustment, and Mute Functions.
  • Internal and external mic with two input modes.
  • Low Latency at <20ms with stable transmission.

Availability

Available immediately through Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FT1BMKD, the VDLive10 has two versions, the VDLive10 USB (USB-C version) is priced at $179, and the VDLive10 MI (Lightning version) is priced at $199. Each version is available in black, white or pink. For more information, see Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09FT1BMKD and the website at: www.comica-audio.com.

Jurassic World Evolution 2 Gets Another Video Dev Diary

Frontier welcomes you to the second developer diary for the much anticipated Jurassic World Evolution 2.

In this latest instalment, join Game Director Rich Newbold, Executive Producer Adam Woods, Principle Designer Dan Davies, and Dialogue Manager James Stant, as they dive deeper into the process of creating Jurassic World Evolution 2’s original story.

From when and where the game’s narrative picks up, to how the story remains authentic to the Jurassic World franchise, find out more about the exciting events that will unfold. Take a closer look at the diverse locations players can build in, the dangers that they’ll come up against, and the iconic characters reprising their roles.

Learn more about Chaos Theory, an exciting new mode that revisits key moments from the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World films. Explore how the developers put players in control, while maintaining the authenticity of the Jurassic franchise fans know and love.

Jurassic World Evolution 2 launches November 9, 2021 on PC, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

V Rising Dev Blog Talks Vampire Building, Hunting, and Crafting

Stunlock Studios today have published their latest dev blog in which Creative Director Martin Lövgren and Game Director Peter Ilves were consulted about what to expect when playing their open-world vampire survival game, V Rising, coming to PC on Steam with the Beta coming later this year. This Dev blog is full of information regarding the building of your castle – the base of all your vampiric operations and the foundation of your dark empire, hunting, combat and the importance of blood.

In the wake of the latest gameplay trailer, this Dev blog explores the setting and core mechanics that you will need to conquer in order to amass a vampire empire. Unlike in typical survival games, in V Rising you play as a vampire returning to greatness while hunting to survive and satisfy your sanguineous needs. Stalk the night and tactically plan your kills to brave the hostile world, crafting weapons and tools to appease your primal desires. As a vampire, blood is everything:

“Vampire society is an engine that runs on blood, and in the world of V Rising, that is perhaps more true than in many other vampire-themed games. Blood isn’t just what the undead drink to sustain themselves, but like veins running through a body, blood pumps through every aspect of what makes an unholy empire… In this game, you’re a predator. The focus on harvesting prey to advance your abilities is essential to living that fantasy, and you’ll find yourself cutting through endless enemies as you claw your way to the top”

Sharpen your fangs and get ready to rule the twilight as V Rising enters Beta in 2021. Sign up for the V Rising Beta and Newsletter here: http://www.playvrising.com

More on V Rising

V Rising is an open-world vampire survival game. Awaken as a weakened vampire from centuries of slumber and survive a world full of peril. As a vampire, you need to hunt for blood in nearby settlements to regain your strength and quench your thirst. Build and customize your castle, invite friends to join your clan, and convert humans to servants to grow your empire. Engage in real-time combat and compete for world domination with PvP and PvE challenges. Will you become the next Dracula?

Inaugural Disney+ Day Announced

On Friday, November 12, The Walt Disney Company will host Disney+ Day, a global celebration that will come to life across all dimensions of the Company. Subscribers to Disney+ will be treated to new content releases across the service’s iconic brands, Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and Star in international markets, along with a special presentation on Disney+ for fans with sneak peeks into what’s to come. Additionally, the service will continue to engage new audiences around the world, as Disney+ expands into new Asia-Pacific markets on November 12.

In honor of the second anniversary of Disney+, subscribers will have access to promotions and experiences across the Company. Disney Parks and Resorts around the world and Disney  Cruise Line will roll out the blue carpet for Disney+ fans with some surprise and delight moments including photo opportunities, character moments and more; shopDisney.com will have special offers; popular network shows and syndicated series will join in the celebration along with talent and series across ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN+, Freeform, FX, Hulu, National Geographic in the U.S., and on owned channels abroad.

“The inaugural Disney+ Day will be a grand-scale celebration of our subscribers across the entire company,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “This day of appreciation brings to life our mission to entertain, inform, and inspire fans and families around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, and will become an annual tentpole event to be amplified across our global businesses.”

Disney+ Day Content Premieres from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic

Disney+ Day will feature content premieres from all of the marquee brands on service, including:

  • The streaming premiere of Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
  • The beloved Disney family-friendly adventure film “Jungle Cruise,” available to all subscribers
  • The new Disney+ Original movie “Home Sweet Home Alone,” a reimagining of the popular holiday franchise
  • An all-new original series of shorts from Walt Disney Animation Studios called “Olaf Presents,” which sees Frozen’s beloved snowman retelling several classic Disney tales as only he can
  • The domestic Disney+ streaming debut of fan favorite shorts from Walt Disney Animation Studios including “Frozen Fever,” Oscar®-winning shorts “Feast” and ”Paperman,” Oscar-nominated Mickey Mouse short, “Get A Horse!” and more
  • An animated short film “Ciao Alberto” from Pixar, featuring characters from this summer’s animated hit breakout film “Luca”
  • A new short from The Simpsons that pays tribute to Disney+’s marquee brands
  • The first five episodes from season 2 of “The World According to Jeff Goldblum” from National Geographic
  • A special celebrating the origins and legacy of Star Wars’ legendary bounty hunter, Boba Fett
  • A special celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ with an exciting look towards the future
  • Dopesick,” an original series starring Michael Keaton, which will be released in international markets as part of the Star general entertainment content offering

Subscribers to the service will be entertained with an inaugural Disney+ Day fan celebration on Disney+, which will include breaking news, first looks, new trailers, exclusive clips, and appearances from Disney+ creators and stars.

Global Launches in South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong

In honor of Disney+ Day, Disney+ will make its debut in South Korea and Taiwan on November 12, and in Hong Kong on November 16, bringing Disney’s iconic characters and stories into the homes of new audiences around the globe.

More exciting content premieres, consumer offers, and news will be announced leading up to Disney+ Day.