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Warhammer: Chaosbane Coming to Next-Gen Consoles

NACON and Eko Software are pleased to announce that Warhammer: Chaosbane will be available on next-generation consoles with the Slayer Edition. The first hack-and-slash available on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation®5, this edition includes the most complete version of the game with all DLC packs (12 in total), all the updates, among them Keela, the Tower of Chaos and a 4K 60FPS visual experience. A new character, Jurgen Haider the Witch Hunter and additional content will also be available on November 10 for the Xbox Series X|S and PC, then from the 12 and 19 November on PlayStation®5 according to the date of availability of the console in each country.

Wearing the distinctive hat and long coat of his order, the Witch Hunter’s skilled use of two weapons makes him particularly formidable: in close combat with his sword and from a distance with his pistol. He wanders the roads of the Old World to purge it of Chaos. This inquisitor draws his power directly from his faith in Sigmar, and he becomes judge and executioner when he cleanses the heresy and Chaos he exposes.

As well as the introduction of this new character, there is also a free patch that adds improvements for new players and fans of the first hour of the game. The two hubs of Act 1 and Act 2 have been expanded. The area around the camp of Act 2 has also been enhanced with new enemies to fight. There is also a new area – the cemetery – which adds a new environment and a larger bestiary. This includes new enemies, including Daemon Princes, Skullcrushers (mounted and on foot), a Chaos Warrior and new cultists.

The new Witch Hunter character is part of the Slayer Edition on the new consoles and available as DLC for current-generation consoles. The patch with improved environments, new area and bestiary is free for everyone on all platforms.

The first hack-and-slash set in the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world, Warhammer: Chaosbane thrusts players into the heart of the Old World, a continent scarred by the Great War Against Chaos – a bloody conflict that has ravaged the Empire of Man. You can play as a Human, High Elf, Wood Elf, Dwarf, Dwarf Engineer or Witch Hunter as you explore the iconic areas of the Warhammer Fantasy Battles world, which has captivated millions of fans worldwide.

Warhammer Chaosbane is available on PC Steam, Xbox One and PlayStation®4.

The new character and additional content patch will be available on November 10 on these platforms.

The new character and additional content patch will be part of the Slayer Edition of Warhammer Chaosbane from November 10, 2020 on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®4, PC Steam, and on PlayStation®5 from the 12 or 19 November, according to the date of availability of the console in each country.

Welcome to the Blumhouse Announces Next Four Films in Series

Following the highly-anticipated global launch of “Welcome to the Blumhouse”, Prime Video announced today the next chapter of four films in this collection of eight genre-movies produced by Amazon Studios and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Television. The slate of titles are: The Manor written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, Black as Night from director Maritte Lee Go, Madres directed by Ryan Zaragoza and Bingo from director Gigi Saul Guerrero. The suspenseful thrillers will launch in 2021 on Prime Video in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The “Welcome to the Blumhouse” program continues the legacy of original, elevated, genre storytelling that is a Blumhouse signature. Centered around unsettling themes of institutional horrors and personal phobias, the films tap into people’s deepest fears. These social thrillers present a distinctive vision and unique perspective. Similar to the first four films of the program, the slate continues with a thruline theme making it the first ever program of Amazon Original movies on Prime Video that are thematically connected. The films continue to showcase exciting up-and-coming filmmakers, alongside established actors in exceptional and shocking new roles.

“Coming off the successful launch of the first four films of the program, which has surpassed our expectations, we are excited to reveal the next chapter coming in 2021,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “The spine-tingling, edge of your seat thrills continues in this next collection of titles that will surely entertain, surprise and shock our global customers.”

“We’re thrilled to see how audiences around the world have responded to the films in the “Welcome to the Blumhouse” slate. We couldn’t be prouder of the work of these talented filmmakers, cast and crew on all the movies,” said Jeremy Gold, President Blumhouse Television. “And we’re excited to introduce the next wave of films and the incredible filmmakers at their helm.”

The Manor is written and directed by Axelle Carolyn, and stars Barbara Hershey, Bruce Davison, Nicholas Alexander, Jill Larsen, Fran Bennett and Katie Amanda Keane. After suffering a stroke, Judith Albright moves into a historic nursing home, where she begins to suspect something supernatural is preying on the residents. In order to escape she’ll need to convince everyone around her that she doesn’t actually belong there after all. Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Sandy King and Richard J Bosner.

Black as Night is directed by Maritte Lee Go and written by Sherman Payne. The cast stars Asjha Cooper, Fabrizio Guido, Craig Tate, Keith David, Mason Beauchamp, Abbie Gayle and Frankie Smith. A teenage girl with self-esteem issues finds confidence in the most unlikely way, by spending her summer battling vampires that prey on New Orleans’ disenfranchised with the help of her best friend, the boy she’s always pined for, and a peculiar rich girl. Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Maggie Malina and Guy Stodel.

Madres is directed by first-time feature director Ryan Zaragoza and written by Marcella Ochoa & Mario Miscione. Starring Tenoch Huerta, Ariana Guerra, Evelyn Gonzalez, Kerry Cahill, and Elpidia Carrillo. A Mexican-American couple expecting their first child relocate to a migrant farming community in 1970’s California. When the wife begins to experience strange symptoms and terrifying visions, she tries to determine if it’s related to a legendary curse or something more nefarious. Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman, Lisa Bruce, Sanjay Sharma and Matthew Myers.

Bingo is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero and written by Shane McKenzie & Gigi Saul Guerrero, along with Perry Blackshear. In the Barrio of Oak Springs live a strong and stubborn group of elderly friends who refuse to be gentrified. Their leader, Lupita, keeps them together as a community, a family. But little did they know, their beloved Bingo hall is about to be sold to a much more powerful force than money itself. Executive produced by Jason Blum, Jeremy Gold, Marci Wiseman and Raynor Shima.

Currently on Prime Video, the initial slate of films launched earlier this month with The Lie from acclaimed writer/director Veena Sud, Black Box from up-and-coming writer/director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour Jr., Evil Eye from promising young directors Elan Dassani and Rajeev Dassani, and Nocturne from filmmaker Zu Quirke.

All in! Games to Distribute Chernobylite on Console Platforms

All in! Games has announced a new partnership with The Farm 51, bringing another dimension of resources to the distribution of Chernobylite on consoles.

Chernobylite is available now on Steam in Early Access and on GOG in Games in Development. The game will be published by All in! Games and launch in 2021 on current-gen and next-gen consoles.

Thanks to the cooperation, the game will utilize many more distribution channels (including streaming platforms) and will be professionally localized in more languages than originally planned.

“We’re thrilled that just a week after the successful premiere of Ghostrunner we can announce other important news. We believe that Chernobylite will be just as popular as our cyberpunk title and will meet the expectations of players all around the world,” said Piotr Żygadło, CEO at All in! Games SA a publishing house listed on the stock exchange in Warsaw. “Usually we don’t engage in projects without ownership of the IP, but the quality of The Farm 51’s production and its potential convinced us to make an exception,” he added.

Xbox Announces Global Livestream Event for November 10th

Microsoft has announced they will host a global livestream on November 10th to honor the launch of the new Xbox generation. They invite you, players of all identities and backgrounds, console generations and devices, skill sets and tastes, to celebrate, connect, and play together. They invite you to grab your device of choice and play alongside Team Xbox, your favorite creators, and our partners, right from your homes around the world. Tune in to the global livestream in celebration of play on November 10th at 2PM ET / 11AM PT on YouTube, Twitch and Facebook Gaming.

 

The Cromwell Adults-Only Casino Re-Opens in Las Vegas

In accordance with directives from Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak and the Nevada Gaming Control Board, Caesars Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: CZR) (“Caesars” or “the Company”) has resumed hospitality and gaming operations at The Cromwell today, Oct. 29, as the final property to reopen on the Las Vegas Strip. The boutique hotel and gaming floor is now open seven days a week for guests 21 and over. Guests of all ages are welcome at GIADA, the award-winning restaurant of notable chef Giada De Laurentiis.

This follows the successful reopening of all Caesars Entertainment operations on the Las Vegas Strip, including Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Paris Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, The LINQ Hotel + Experience and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. As previously announced, the Company has also reopened The LINQ Promenade, High Roller Observation Wheel, FLY LINQ and Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck.

“In addition to The Cromwell being the only standalone boutique hotel, it is now the first adults-only hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip,” said Senior Vice President and The Cromwell General Manager Ken Janssen. “We are thrilled to welcome our dedicated Associates back, and our guests can once again enjoy The Cromwell’s personalized service and unique amenities like the new Drai’s Lounge and GIADA, with enhanced health and safety protocols.”

While closed to guests, The Cromwell was home to the U.S. version of the international reality sensation, “LOVE ISLAND,” which filmed its second season at Drai’s Nightclub sequestered in a “bubble” for five weeks over the summer. After finding love and receiving the top prize on the show, it was only fitting that season two winners, Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew, returned to Las Vegas to help reopen the boutique hotel and casino. The fan-favorite couple joined Caesars Entertainment Regional President Gary Selesner, and Senior Vice President and The Cromwell General Manager Ken Janssen, in a countdown to officially reopen the doors, which culminated in a spectacle of confetti cannons and cheers. Once inside, the “LOVE ISLAND” stars ceremoniously rolled the first dice at The Cromwell’s craps table.

The following amenities are now open at The Cromwell:

Restaurants

  • GIADA – open to guests of all ages, beginning Oct. 30
    • Dinner service: Friday through Sunday, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • eatwell – open for fast-casual service, as well as mobile ordering
    • Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
    • Friday through Sunday, 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Bars and Lounges

  • Bound Cocktail Lounge
    • Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. – 1 a.m.
    • Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Interlude Casino Lounge
    • Daily, 24 hours
  • Drai’s Lounge – located at Drai’s After Hours, beginning Oct. 30 (by reservation only)
    • Friday through Sunday, 10 p.m. – close

Gaming

  • William Hill Sports Book
  • Gaming offerings like:
    • Single “0” Roulette
    • EZ Baccarat
    • 3-2 Shoe and Double-Deck Blackjack
    • 100X Odds on Craps
  • The Abbey, the high-limit slot area

Fitness Center

  • Fitness Center

Retail

  • Curios

Located on the bustling corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road – directly across from Caesars Palace – The Cromwell keeps it intimate with 188 rooms including 19 suites and has received the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Award for several consecutive years. The standalone boutique hotel also features a 40,000-square-foot casino with gaming offerings from single “0” roulette to EZ Baccarat to 100X odds on Craps to 3-2 shoe and double-deck blackjack, making playing at The Cromwell one of the best odds to win big in Vegas. Additional amenities include Bound – the elevated lobby bar, Interlude Casino Lounge, award-winning GIADA – the first-ever restaurant by celebrity chef and television personality Giada De Laurentiis and the fast-casual eatwell.

Drai’s After Hours is now Drai’s Lounge, a sleek, sexy lounge with multiple rooms where DJs play chart-topping songs of today, including top 40, EDM and hip hop. In addition to bottle service, Drai’s Lounge serves craft cocktails, including the club’s famed Drai’s Lemonade, plus a signature grilled cheese sandwich and a dessert tray. Reservations can be made on the website at www.draisgroup.com or by emailing info@draislv.com

Additionally, The Cromwell offers the newly branded William Hill Sports Book, with new customer offerings that include self-service sports betting kiosks and an expanded betting menu featuring LIVE InPlay Wagering.

Guests can save up to 30 percent on their next stay at The Cromwell with Caesars’ Halloween Sale from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2, as well as the Fall Savings Sale from Nov. 2-23, for select travel dates through September 2021. These hotel offers are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer codes: SEMI20 and FALL20.

As the Company previously announced, self-parking will remain free for Nevada residents with valid identification, registered hotel guests, and Caesars Rewards loyalty members rated Platinum and above. Beginning on Friday, Oct. 30, all other guests will be charged to self-park at Caesars’ Las Vegas resorts, including The Cromwell. The Cromwell valet will remain closed at this time. Caesars Entertainment will donate all parking fee profits collected to several charitable organizations who support Caesars team members and local communities in need, through the end of the first quarter in 2021.

The resumption of business at The Cromwell follows the reopening of Caesars regional casinos and hotels across the country, in addition to the Las Vegas properties mentioned above. Caesars will open its remaining Las Vegas properties in line with customer demand, regulatory requirements and any additional health and safety considerations.

The Cromwell has implemented Caesars’ new health and safety protocols, which enhance its existing plans and practices in these areas. All Caesars properties are focused on the well-being of team members, guests and the community, and continue to work to create an environment with high standards of sanitization and physical distancing practices. Among the enhanced health and safety protocols include more frequent cleaning and sanitization. Caesars has also implemented a health screening program for all employees. Team members and guests are required to wear masks, which the Company makes available, at all Caesars properties.

For more information on the Company’s health and safety protocols, visit: www.Caesars.com/health.

Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition Launch Trailer

Today, Bloober Team, the creative minds behind critically acclaimed titles Layers of Fear and Observer, and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) announced the release of Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition. This brand-new version of Bloober Team’s take on the Blair Witch story is built specifically as a VR experience and is available today at 10am PT / 1pm ET in the Oculus Store for $29.99.

Blair Witch: Oculus Quest Edition is a story-driven, psychological VR horror game that immerses players in with the terror hidden in the Black Hills Forest. Bloober Team’s original story, inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, was rebuilt for the Oculus Quest platform and features a new control system optimized for VR gameplay, new creature encounters, and spine-chilling in-game events to surprise and scare.

PACER PlayStation 4 Launch Trailer

The start line is here for R8 Games’ high-octane anti-gravity combat racing game PACER. The game launches today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PS4 PRO and PC via STEAM with the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X coming shortly after.

PACER is an explosive anti-gravity combat racing game where players can race in a variety of single player modes or with up to 10 players via online multiplayer.

“We’re thrilled to be here today to launch the fastest and most explosive game of its kind. I’m so proud of what the team has achieved, and we’ll be enjoying a social distanced launch drink to mark the occasion,” said Steve Iles, Senior Producer, PACER. “But this is just the beginning, we have a lot of plans for the competitive gaming side of PACER so watch this space.

PACER is fully optimized for online and competitive gaming with 10 player multiplayer, online ranked mode to see how you compete against the best in the world and online tournament/spectator mode for easy streaming and fun events at all levels.

Featuring music from the original anti-gravity racing composer Tim Wright aka CoLD SToRAGE alongside an incredible line-up including; MethLab, Ed Harrison, DubFX and a selection of artists from one of the most creative independent record labels in the world, Warp Records. In total there are more than 80 tracks from 45 artists featured in the game.

Poker Club Gameplay Trailer

Ripstone Games today revealed the first gameplay video features for its new IP Poker Club. ‘Welcome to Poker Club’ is a developer walkthrough video feature that reveals everything players need to know about Ripstone’s vision for the ultimate poker experience on PC and consoles. Launching on November 19th for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Poker Club will offer players the most immersive and social poker simulation ever seen on next and current-generation platforms. A Nintendo Switch version of Poker Club will launch in 2021.

In ‘Welcome to Poker Club’, Creative Director Phil Gaskell takes players through a guided tour of the game, providing an overview of what Poker Club will offer players when they join the table next month. In addition, Phil plays through a few hands at the 80s inspired Number One Park Hill penthouse. This first gameplay reveal shows off the immersive first-person camera perspective Ripstone has employed, which really allows the level of detail to shine. You’ll also see some lovely ray tracing effects, high quality assets built for up to 4K resolutions and the silky smooth 60fps performance. Built using Unreal Engine 4 and leveraging the latest technologies for state of the art PCs and next-generation consoles, Poker Club is the ultimate Texas Hold’em experience of 2020 and beyond. Watch ‘Welcome to Poker Club’ on Ripstone’s YouTube channel:

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall Announced

From Carbon Studio, the developers of the critically acclaimed game The Wizards, comes Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall, a VR-only Warhammer action-adventure RPG game.

Set in the Age of Sigmar universe, Tempestfall begins following the Necroquake. From the domain of Nagash and across all the Realms, Nighthaunt forces are rising. A specially assembled retinue of Stormcast Eternals embarks on a quest to investigate a new threat to the Mortal Realms. Side by side with these elite soldiers, you must explore the dread-filled realm of Shyish and battle your way through the Nighthaunt in a quest to protect the Forces of Order from a sinister plot.

Coupling immersive melee combat with powerful, motion-based spellcasting, your pursuit will take you through seven-plus hours of action-packed gameplay in a world full of Warhammer lore, lurking secrets, and hidden dangers.

We are the Stormcast Eternals. We are Sigmar’s wrath manifest. In His name, we wage war.

From cities to catacombs, swamps to prisons, the farther into the world of Tempestfall you go, the more dangerous it becomes, and you must rise to meet the challenges. But tread carefully – the Realm of Shyish is rife with wraiths and revenants, and death always lurks near.

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Tempestfall is slated for release on VR platforms in 2021. For more information, visit www.tempestfall.com.

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope Launch Trailer

As skies turn gray and the season of fright approaches, now is the perfect time to prepare yourself for a terrifying journey to Little Hope. Turn down the lights, get your family or roommates to join you or play alone, if you dare…

Abandoned and all alone, four college students and their teacher become stranded in an isolated town miles from anywhere after their bus crashes in bad weather. Trapped by a mysterious fog in the town of Little Hope, they search desperately for a means of escape whilst visions from the past haunt them from the shadows. Will your decisions and quick actions be enough to save each character in the party?

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Little Hope officially launches in the Americas on October 30, 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PCs via STEAM. Additionally, both entries of The Dark Pictures Anthology, Man of Medan and Little Hope, will be compatible with PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X.