Author - Jerry Paxton

Halloween Horror Nights is Now Open

Universal City, CA, September 14, 2018 – Legendary Hollywood icon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Caleb McLaughlin and Gaten Matarazzo from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” GRAMMY® Award-winning musician SLASH, filmmaker Jason Blum (The First PurgeGet Out), director Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat) and filmmaker Eli Roth (The House with Clocks in Its WallsHostel) were among the stars on the red carpet to celebrate the opening of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

Halloween Horror Nights,” Southern California’s most extreme Halloween event, continues on September 15-16, 20-22, 26-30, October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31, and November 1-3, 2018.

Other celebrities attending the event premiere included Priah Ferguson, Sadie Sink and Jake Busey from Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Vanessa Hudgens (Dog Days, “So You Think You Can Dance”), musician Travis Barker, Lex Scott Davis (The First Purge), Gabriel Chavarria (“The Purge”), Jessica Garza (“The Purge”), Quinn Lord (Trick ‘r Treat), Danielle Harris and director Dwight Little from Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Oliver Robins (Poltergeist), Chandler Riggs (“The Walking Dead”), Pollyanna McIntosh (“The Walking Dead”), Kyla Kenedy (“Speechless,” “The Walking Dead”), Jaime Camill (“Jane the Virgin”), Emma Kenny (“The Connors”), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Nolan Gould (“Modern Family”), Violett Beane (Truth or Dare), Matthew Bohrer (Unfriended), Moses Storm (Unfriended), Olympic Gold Medalist, Chloe Kim, Cody Christian (“All American”), the Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew, Angélica Vale, Angélica Maria, and John Murdy, Executive Producer of “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood.

This year’s terrifying lineup of “Halloween Horror Nights” lineup mazes and attractions includes:

  • “Stranger Things”  Netflix’s critically-acclaimed series comes to life for the first time in an all-new maze featuring the Upside Down and the predatory Demogorgon.
  • “Poltergeist”  Inspired by MGM’s iconic supernatural horror film characterized as one of the scariest movies of all time.
  • “Universal Monsters” – A contemporary twist on Universal’s original cinematic Monsters featuring an original score produced and composed by GRAMMY® Award-winning musician, SLASH.
  • “Trick ‘R Treat” – Based on the Legendary Pictures’ cult Halloween classic movie directed by Michael Dougherty.
  • “The First Purge”  Inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller franchise, where all crime is legal for 12 hours.
  • “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers”  The iconic slasher is back in an all-new maze based on the classic Halloween franchise.
  • “The Horrors of Blumhouse: Chapter Two”  A killer maze that unites two hit movies produced by Jason Blum – Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare and Unfriended.
  • “The Walking Dead” – Universal Studios Hollywood’s permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series
  • “Terror Tram: Hollywood Harry’s Dreadtime Storiez” – The notorious serial killer clown that terrorized Universal’s famed backlot returns as the host of this year’s Terror Tram.
  • Jabbawockeez -The award-winning hip hop dance crew returns.

Tickets can be purchased at Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.  Following are the various tickets options:

  • All-new R.I.P. Tour:  Groups of up to 12 can scare in style with all-new R.I.P.  Tour featuring exclusive experiences with a VIP guide, trolley transportation, valet parking, a gourmet buffet dinner and drinks plus unlimited Universal Express privileges to mazes and attractions.
  • After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo:  Experience the park’s popular attractions, by day and remain for the terror that awaits by night.
  • Multi-Night Passes options:    Frequent Fear Pass – Visit up to 21 select nights.

Ultimate Fear Pass – Scare every single night of the event.

2 Nights of Fear Pass – Scare for two select nights.

  • Universal Express™   This in-demand pass enables guests to enjoy one-time express access to mazes, attractions, Terror Tram experience Jabbawockeez performance.

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit Hollywood.HalloweenHorrorNights.com, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on InstagramTwitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

Reign of Terror Returns to Thousand Oaks for 2018 Haunt Season

SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 — THOUSAND OAKS, CA — Janss Marketplace announces the 2018 dates for the 15-night Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the top ranked immersive haunt attractions in the U.S.  Now entering its 19th-annual season, Reign of Terror, will be open to the public on September 29October 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31 and November 3 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Each year, the annual haunted house at Janss Marketplace adds new exciting features. For the 2018 season, each of Reign of Terror’s 8 separate attractions has been expanded or updated with new special effects, new scenes and new fear inducing characters. In all, the haunted house contains 105 separate rooms. Reign of Terror’s 2018 edition marks the largest production with the most rooms inReign of Terror’s 19-year history.

Included in the updates for 2018 is an entirely new attraction, called “Inbred”, which features a group of strange and creepy family members living in a ramshackle shack in a forgotten corner of the countryside. Also new for 2018 is “The White-Out Experience”, located inside Reign of Terror’s Fun House attraction. The “White-Out Experience” gives visitors a uniquely unsettling sense of time and place. In addition, on November 3Reign of Terror will host its first-ever “Lights OUT” event. Visitors to “Lights OUT” will walk through all 105 rooms in total darkness, lit only by one small glow stick per person. This will allow guests to experience Reign of Terror like never before.

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 for general admission and $25 to $35 for express entry admission.  Tickets are available for purchase now online at https://rothauntedhouse.com/. At Janss Marketplace, the Reign of Terror Box Office will also be open starting 6:30 p.m. each night, so tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Anyone holding a ticket and in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.

Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill-seeking fans, but it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with younger children, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 20 and October 27 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults, payable at the Box Office. Additional information is available on our website: https://rothauntedhouse.com/.

Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than a good scare by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 23,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.

Each year, Janss Marketplace’s annual donation benefits the District’s Thousand Oaks Teen Center, Young Artists Ensemble programs and the Conejo Theatre for Everyone, which gives special needs youth the opportunity to perform. Over the past nine years Reign of Terror at Janss Marketplace has generated over $200,000 in donations.

Reign of Terror Haunted House 2018 Quick Facts

  • Open 15 nights. Our biggest season ever.
  • Over 105 separate, custom designed rooms.
  • 8 separate, interconnected attractions target a different type of fear.
  • Covers 23,000 sq feet of indoor floor space, making it the single largest indoor haunted house in all of Southern California.
  • New Attraction: “Inbred” – Visit this creepy family who live OFF the grid, but unnaturally.
  • New Experience: “The White-Out Experience”- You won’t believe your eyes.
  • New Adventure: “Lights OUT” – After you see Reign of Terror once, come back again onNovember 3 to be terrified all over again, this time in TOTAL darkness.
  • New Features, New Effects and a Horde of New Characters added throughout the entire Haunt.

Reign of Terror Haunted House won numerous haunt industry awards including,

  • “Best Professional Haunt”, from CreepyLA
  • “Oscares Award, Best Haunt”, from The Haunted Attraction Association
  • “Must See Haunt in the U.S. (one of 31 nationwide)” from Haunted Attraction Magazine
  • “Best Halloween Attraction in Los Angeles”, from Hollywood Gothique

Knott’s Spooky Farm Returns for 2018

Buena Park, Calif. (August 2018) –The spooktacular family-friendly, daytime Halloween event, Knott’s Spooky Farm, invites families with little ghouls ages 3-11 to celebrate the delightfully spooky season as the park is transformed with themed décor and wicked fun around every corner. The fall Season of Fun offers Halloween themed activities that celebrate the season including trick-or-treating, the debut of new shows, pumpkin decorating and a guest-favorite the PEANUTS costume contest. Knott’s Spooky Farm takes place weekendsSeptember 29 – October 28 and Halloween Day.

Charlie Brown, his best friend Snoopy and the beloved PEANUTS Gang will all be celebrating the spooky holiday with their own Halloween costumes and will be available for special meet & greets and fun photo encounters in Camp Snoopy and Calico Park.   Kids ages 3 -11 can participate in the newly expanded trick-or-treating experience available through Ghost Town and extending all the way to Mission Row. During trick-or-treating, kids will interact with an array of spooky but friendly Shopkeepers as little ones have the opportunity to show-off their festive Halloween costumes. In Ghost Town, Stanley Scarecrow has opened the Livery Stable for guests of all ages to get close and personal with the Creepy Critters of Calico.

Whimsical jack-o-lanterns will adorn Calico Park’s surroundings as it transforms into an enchanting location for families to enjoy personalizing miniature pumpkins or decorating scrumptious Halloween cookies, for a nominal fee. As a part of the exclusive festivities, Knott’s Spooky Farm guests will also encounter new Halloween-themed shows with the arrival of a new friendly magician who will mystify little ones with spell-binding magic tricks at the Calico Saloon.  The Spooky Story Time at the Birdcage Theatre is where kids will find more fiendish fun as they partake in interactive group storytelling with eerie tales celebrating the season.

At Camp Snoopy, families can hop aboard the Grand Sierra Railroad to experience a one-of-a-kind adventure with A Trip to Camp Spooky as riders travel with the PEANUTS Gang® and spot fun surprises along the trail. Then at the Camp Snoopy Theatre little ghouls and gals are encouraged to show off their Halloween costume at the Peanuts Costume Contest. Additionally, families can watch the Peanuts Gang in The Monsters Are Coming, Charlie Brown, where they’ll have guests of all ages singing and dancing along to classic Halloween tunes.

The residents of the Timber Mountain Log Ride will once again celebrate the Halloween Hootenanny which, adds a family friendly seasonal twist to a park favorite.  Mysterious creatures of Timber Mountain that live out in the woods and caverns join the citizens as they honor the season at the Halloween Hootenanny.  The ride’s interior will feature fun surprises as guests venture past the Calico Coffin Creeper band, the town’s green witch and splash down Skull Mountain through a labyrinth of jack-o-lanterns.  The seasonal ride will also feature an original song performed by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies. It is the perfect family experience for all to enjoy this Halloween season.

A 2019 Season Pass is the best way to experience Knott’s Spooky Farm. With a 2019 Season Pass you will get to enjoy all of the Seasons of Fun next year but can also use your pass for one free admission to use in 2018. You can get your Season Pass now at the Best Offer of the Year! A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2019 to Knott’s Berry Farm with no blackout dates, and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2019 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and the recently expanded Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates.  Regular passes are just $95 or eleven easy payments of $7.50 after an initial payment and Gold Season Passes are $115 or eleven payments of just $9.00 after an initial payment. These offers end October 28, 2018. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com.

Knott’s Spooky Farm runs weekends September 29 – October 28 from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Halloween Day from 10:00am to 5:30 pm, and is included with regular park admission. For more information on all the exciting things that are going on at Knott’s Berry Farm, visit us online at knotts.com and follow the conversation using #KnottsSpookyFarm.

Castle Dark in Riverside Returns for 2018

Riverside, CA. August 29, 2018 – Tricksters of all ages can rejoice! The Inland Empire’s favorite daytime and nighttime Halloween events are returning for another season at Castle Park. During the day while the sun is bright, the family-friendly Halloween fun-tivities are returning with a new theme, Dia De Los Muertos, filled with arts and crafts, contests, and entertainment. When darkness falls, Castle Park transforms itself for another year of terrifying and exhilarating Halloween haunts at Castle Dark.

Dia De Los Muertos

For families looking for more cheer than fear, Castle Park’s Dia De Los Muertos daytime fun-tivities is the perfect place. Reveling in Mexico’s annual celebration of the connection between family members that have passed and those still present, Guests 12 and under can enjoy fright-less family fun every Saturday and Sunday, September 29th through October 28th The fun begins at noon when the ride park opens with arts and crafts such as sugar skull decorating, pumpkin painting, Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, entertainment throughout the park, and more!

Castle Dark

Beginning Saturday, September 29th, beware when the sun goes down, because every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 28th, the real Halloween scares will howl. The Castle Dark lineup includes 4 new haunted maze attractions all interwoven with a brand new theme, The Lady in White! Guests will search to find the Lady in White’s hidden soul, heart, and mind and restore them to rescue her and themselves from oblivion.

2018 NEW Mazes include:

• Nightmare – Dare to enter a dark, twisted bedroom where a young girl has been thrown into a cursed nightmare by her evil stepmother, the Lady in White.
• Along Came a Spider – The Lady in White’s favorite nursery rhyme takes a life altering turn. Take a journey into this picturesque cottage that has been overrun by soul stealing spiders. Can you escape this lair without losing your soul?
• La Vey Institute – Follow the Lady in White’s heart as you venture into the torturous institute that has become a scientific nightmare with ghastly creatures born half man and half beast. As you enter you’ll see the master summoning the last spell to release Oblivion.
• Oblivion – Enter through the gates of Oblivion to find the Lady in White’s mind. Try to escape the tormenting demons and monsters to restore balance and release her from her nightmare. Returning to the park for a second year, The Ghost Manor™ VR Experience, brought to you by Modal, will be spookier than ever! Enter into a fun and chilling virtual reality walk-through experience like no other. Explore haunted grounds full of magical illusions, eerie sights, and frightening encounters with the unknown. The Ghost Manor™ VR Experience will be available evenings during Castle Dark.

One Ticket – Two Experiences

Dia De Los Muertos daytime fun-tivities and Castle Dark admission tickets start as low as $9.99 for both events when you buy online in advance. Rides, arcade, and miniature golf will be open day and night. Hours of operation may vary. Visit castlepark.com for more details.

About Castle Park and Palace Entertainment:

Castle Park, located in the heart of Riverside, is the inland empire’s favorite destination for family fun. The park features over 25 family friendly rides and attractions, four championship miniature golf courses, a vast selection of carnival midway games, a water playground, and a video arcade. Castle Park is owned and operated by Palace Entertainment, one of the leading leisure park operators in the United States. Palace Entertainment owns and operates eight water parks, six theme parks, two animal parks, and five family entertainment centers across 10 different states. For more information, please visit Castlepark.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Halloween Horror Nights Maze Preview 2018

Getting the chance to take a behind-the-scenes maze tour at Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights was always something that interested me. So I was over the moon when actually invited to attend one. I had the chance to take a walk-through of both the Stranger Things and Trick r Treat mazes while still under construction. So, I entered the studio through an employee-only gate and got carted down to the backlot. Now, we were only able to take photographs of certain parts of each maze, but I tried to get the best shots I could for you guys.

Trick r Treat

Located in the same spot as The Shining was last year, Trick r Treat sets out to recreate various scenes from the cult classic horror film. It accomplishes this in a similar style as The Shining did, using spartan, black hallways with chapter titles on the walls to introduce the scene guests are about to encounter. The maze goes through most of the big chapters of the film, and it should please fans of the movie. Guests who have not scene Trick r Treat may feel a bit lost – my advice to them is, naturally, SEE Trick r Treat! It is an amazing horror film that has become a yearly part of my Halloween tradition. One of the standout scenes we previewed was the school bus that was driven off the cliff and into the quarry. They have fabricated an entire school bus front end and the set dressing is amazing. They even have “Rhonda” there holding her lit Jack-o’-Lantern.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things is going to be outstanding. Not only does it represent the first time the studio has allowed a maze to be built inside a sound stage, but the production value and design going into it look top notch. This maze is housed in Stage 29, which was used by a large number of movies including To Kill A Mockingbird, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and even Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Its tall ceiling allows for very big sets to be built within and can definitely see plenty of room to accommodate a “Mind Flayer” hovering above guests should the maze return next year. This year, however, is all about season one of the hit Netflix show, and the maze takes you through all the locations of the season – from the woods to the Byers house and even Hawkins elementary school.

Photo Gallery

We had a great time getting the chance to see early looks at both of these mazes and can’t wait to check out the finished product later this week!

17 Years Later: Remembering 9-11

17 years ago this morning, a group of terrorists carried out a well-planned and organized attack on our nation. Today, in anniversary of this infamous attack, we should say “Thank you” to the first responders and military servicemen and women who ran and still run towards danger. We should say “I love you” to those important to us as we never know just what life has in store. We should say “We remember” to one another and educate our youth on the gravity of that day. And we should always remember that, while the world is full of people hoping for a better tomorrow, there are those that would have that tomorrow come at our expense.

“The price of peace is eternal vigilance”
-Leonard H. Courtney

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice TGS 2018 Trailer

September 10, 2018 – We have a new Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice trailer to share today that debuted at Tokyo Game Show. View it here:

Your death won’t come easily. Introducing Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, a fantastical, dark and twisted new gameplay experience from developer FromSoftware, creators of Bloodborne and the Dark Souls series. Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, and published by Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, actionadventure game with RPG elements. The single-player game puts players in the protagonist role of a hardhearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord who is the descendant of an ancient bloodline, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis. Set in the re-imagined world of late 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal, bloody period of constant life-and-death conflict, in Sekiro™: Shadows Die Twice you are the “one-armed wolf,” a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be available on March 22, 2019 for PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro computer entertainment systems, Xbox One video
game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, including the Xbox One X and PC via Steam.

WB Studio Tour Horror Made Here 2018 Quick Interview with Gary Soloff

Recently, we got to ask Gary Soloff, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood Director of Marketing, a few questions about the upcoming return of their Horror Made Here event. Horror Made Here, taking place on the Warner Bros. Studio lot, provides guests with a plethora of scary things to do and see during the Halloween season. You can find our review of last year’s event here, and out interview questions with Gary below:

1.) How did these new mazes/experiences for Horror Made Here come together? How was it working with the filmmakers to create them?

A) They really came together through us sitting down and brainstorming what horror films, storylines and characters from our franchises would resonate with guests. Working with the filmmakers and executives at New Line Cinema was an incredible experience. They helped guide us with certain aspects of the mazes/scares and really made it so that we could create something that was just as scary as the films and authentic to the filmmakers vision. When guests come to experience Horror Made Here they will feel as if they are a character in the film.

2.) What were some of the challenges or unexpected surprises in designing this year’s Horror Made Here event as a whole?

A) I think one of the challenges was that we had to be selective in the attractions and mazes we were creating. We wanted to dive a little bit deeper and give fans what they wanted to see, but also provide an intimate and authentic experience. So, narrowing down our selections for this year’s event was difficult.

IT’s Neibolt House from 2017 Horror Made Here

3.) Has the Horror Made Here footprint changed at all this year from last time – will it still be mainly located in the Stars Hollow area?

A) The event will take place on our Midwest backlot (home to Stars Hollow and Rosewood). We are including more mazes, expanding the footprint of each maze (for example The Conjuring maze will encompass two sets this years) and we are adding active waiting so the scares begin the moment you get in line. We also are activating the whole Midwest backlot, with the addition of our Fangtasia bar, Lost Boys retro-arcade, Crave Inn Café, our Devil Drop ride and our center stage. Guests will truly be partying on hallowed ground.

4.) Aside from the new mazes/experiences, should guests be on the lookout for any differences or changes from last year’s event? — And thanks for taking the time to answer these!

A) Guests should be on the lookout for an expanded experience with more mazes and scares. We really tried to create a deeper intimate experience for guests such as active waiting, more food selections in more locations instead of food trucks. We are excited to add two unique experiences, the Exorcist Forbidden Screening (Set in the church on the backlot) and Nightmare on Camp Crystal Lake. Nightmare on Camp Crystal lake is a stop on the back lot tour where guests will have to get off the cart and walk through our Jungle backlot set. We are bring the final dream sequence to life from Freddy vs Jason…no sleeping bag required.

The Warner Bros. Studios Tour’s Horror Made Here event runs various days in October. You can find dates/times, ticket information, and more over at their official website!

theHunter: Call of the Wild 2019 Edition announced

Vienna, Austria; Stockholm, Sweden, September 3rd 2018: Passionate digital Hunters all over the world have brought home their prey, since theHunter: Call of the Wild™ was released in 2017. Through the idyllic german farmlands of Hirschfelden, the Layton Lake District in North America or the icy Medved-Taiga National Park in Siberia hunters have proven their skills. But soon it will be time to be challenged with the largest and most dangerous animals, in the wild and savage landscapes of the Vurhonga Savanna in Africa!

This latest, upcoming DLC will already be part of theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition, that will include the main game as well as all previous DLCs plus the new Vurhonga Savanna for an SRP of 39.99 $ on PC and 44.99 $ on consoles. theHunter: Call of the Wild™ 2019 Edition will be available soon for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X.

Watch the latest trailers here:

Square Enix Unveils PAX West 2018 Lineup

LOS ANGELES (Aug. 23, 2018) – From August 31 – September 3, SQUARE ENIX® will host gameplay demos, giveaways, panels and a variety of interactive events at PAX West 2018, held at the Washington State Convention Center. At Booth #2141 attendees will be able to play DRAGON QUEST® XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age™, KINGDOM HEARTS III, LIFE IS STRANGE® 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, andTHE QUIET MAN™. Advance tickets to play the KINGDOM HEARTS III demo will be distributed at the booth at 10:00 a.m. Pacific each day.

SQUARE ENIX will also host a series of developer panels and events at PAX West, providing fans with an in-depth look at the latest game developments and upcoming updates.

EXPANDING THE LIFE IS STRANGE UNIVERSE
Friday, August 31, 12:00 PM, Wyvern Theater
Join writer Christian Divine and key figures from the LIFE IS STRANGE 2 development team as they take you behind the scenes of their most ambitious game in the series to date. Discover how they apply the core concepts of the LIFE IS STRANGE franchise to bring the relatable characters and realistic environments in the LIFE IS STRANGE Universe to life. Learn how they tackle the challenges of telling a branching story of education and brotherhood within an evolving episodic narrative adventure.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 FAN MEET UP PARTY with What’s Good Games
Friday, August 31 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM at  Unicorn 1118 E. Pike Street
Relax at PAX with the team from What’s Good Games and developers from DONTNOD Entertainment to celebrate the upcoming launch of the first episode of LIFE IS STRANGE 2. Share your favorite moments from the series, enjoy refreshments and a chance to win games, SQUARE ENIX prizes and custom What’s Good Games items.  For additional information about the event visit: https://www.facebook.com/WhatsGoodGames/.

JUST CAUSE 4 SHOWCASE
Saturday, September 1, 11:30 AM, Hydra Theater
Join key members of the JUST CAUSE 4™ development team – Avalanche Studios – as they talk exclusively about the next game in the hugely popular, multi-million selling JUST CAUSE series. Set in the fictional South American world of Solis, JUST CAUSE 4 takes the incredible destruction and unique physics the series is known for to a whole new level with the introduction of fully simulated tornadoes and other Extreme Weather events. Rico Rodriguez returns in JUST CAUSE 4 with his trademark parachute, wingsuit and, of course his grappling hook, now enhanced with new functionality and fully customisable, making it the most powerful and creative tool the player has ever had.

SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER – Uncovering the Hidden City of Paititi
Saturday, September 1, 4;30 PM, Wyvern Theater
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is filled with many surprises and secrets. Perhaps the biggest discovery Lara Croft® will make is the hidden city of Paititi, a civilization untouched by modern culture and the largest hub ever created in a Tomb Raider® game. Moderated by Andrea Rene, join the team behind Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. The panel will feature Dan Chayer-Bisson (Game Director), Mario Chabtini (Senior Producer), and Rich Briggs (Senior Brand Director).

Creator of the legendary DRAGON QUEST series, Yuji Horii, will also be attending and participating in photo sessions at the SQUARE ENIX booth on Saturday, September 1, at the following times:

  • Session #1: 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • Session #2: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Session #3: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be distributed at the DRAGON QUEST area of the booth starting at 10:00 a.m. the day before each session and the day of each session. Lucky attendees who receive a ticket will have the chance to meet the famed creator and receive one photograph together.

Other activities at the SQUARE ENIX booth include:

  • Win a Shadow of the Tomb Raider inspired custom Xbox One X console by participating in an Instagram Relic Hunt
  • Have a chance to win early copies of DRAGON QUEST XI for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system by participating in a photo contest on site
  • Check out members of the talented FINAL FANTASY® XV modding community as they create mods for FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION live on the show floor
  • Participate in a photo booth featuring backgrounds from KINGDOM HEARTS IIIDISSIDIA®FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA™ and STAR OCEAN®: ANAMNESIS™
  • View the KINGDOM HEARTS III Toy Story Keyblade and Shooting Star Keyblade on display

Daily giveaways at the booth, while supplies last, include:

  • JUST CAUSE 4 merchandise
  • DRAGON QUEST XI t-shirts and double-sided posters
  • KINGDOM HEARTS III PopSockets, each day at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™ hand fans
  • FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS® bags
  • DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA and STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS buttons featuring the characters of the game
  • THE QUIET MAN posters

Fans can compete in the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game (“FFTCG”) Crystal Cup tournament, held at the Westin Seattle Hotel’s Pine Ballroom on September 1st & 2nd. Players who pre-register for the tournament will compete for a seat at this year’s FFTCG North American Championship. New players are invited to visit the SQUARE ENIX booth for lessons, while experienced players can participate in Gunslinger Challenges to earn Premium Foil FFTCG Cards! Chocobo™’s Crystal Hunt card game demos and tournaments will also be available at the booth’s merchandise section. More information, including how to pre-register for the FINAL FANTASY Trading Card Game Crystal Cup tournament, is available at:fftradingcardgame.com.

The full lineup of SQUARE ENIX games includes:

DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA 
Platform: iOS® and Android®
Developer: Square Enix, Koei Tecmo
Available: Now Available
DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY OPERA OMNIA continues the DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY adventure on mobile devices, where players can form parties from dozens of their favorite FINAL FANTASY heroes and villains and equip them with a variety of weapons from the series. The mobile game features an extensive story and strategic turn-based combat that the FINAL FANTASY series is known for.

DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, STEAM®
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: September 4, 2018
DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age tells a captivating tale of a hunted hero and is the long-awaited role-playing game from series creator Yuji Horii, character designer Akira Toriyama, and composer Koichi Sugiyama. While it is the eleventh mainline entry in the critically acclaimed series,DRAGON QUEST XI is a completely standalone experience that features entirely new characters, a beautifully detailed world, finely tuned strategic combat, and an immersive story that will appeal to longtime fans and franchise newcomers alike.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS 
Platform: iOS, Android, Amazon
Developer: Square Enix, gumi Inc.
Available: Available Now
Reaching its second anniversary earlier this year and recently surpassing 30 million downloads worldwide, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is a full-scale FINAL FANTASY adventure made for mobile devices. Fusing together the epic features of all FINAL FANTASY titles, including a captivating story and a classic turn-based battle system with a simplified mobile interface and pixel art style, FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is an adventure appealing to both newcomers and long-term fans alike.

FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION 
Platform: STEAM, Origin, Windows 10
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: Now
FINAL FANTASY XV WINDOWS EDITION brings ultimate 4K quality to the acclaimed RPG along with add-on content and new features. Join Prince Noctis and his closest friends as they fight against the empire in an effort to reclaim their fallen kingdom. Players can now enjoy the FINAL FANTASY XV base game, all season pass content, all-new side quests and enemies, and more.

KINGDOM HEARTS III
Platform: Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: January 29, 2019
In the upcoming action RPG, KINGDOM HEARTS III, players can join forces with Donald Duck and Goofy for the adventure of a lifetime traveling across worlds based on beloved films like Disney•Pixar’sToy Story, and Monsters, Inc., and Walt Disney Studios’ Pirates of the Caribbean, Big Hero 6, Tangled, Frozen and more. Attendees will be able to experience a boss battle against the Rock Titan from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Hercules and uncover the Toy Box world from Toy Story alongside Woody and Buzz.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: DONTNOD Entertainment
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: September 27, 2018
The award winning LIFE IS STRANGE series continues with an incredible new 5-episode story from original developers, DONTNOD Entertainment. Experience an all-new journey into the LIFE IS STRANGE universe, a diverse world of storytelling that will solidify the franchise as a source of immersive narrative adventures for years to come.

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY 
Platform: iOS, Android and STEAM
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T (Teen)
Available: Now Available
MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is an all-original FINAL FANTASY RPG game custom-tailored for mobile platforms, featuring in-depth character customization, ongoing live events, and HD graphics that push the boundaries of the mobile platform. The story centers around a man who wakes up in a world called Palamecia with no memories of his past, tasked with bringing hope to the world by unraveling a mysterious prophecy around the legendary warrior of light. Played by well over 10 million players worldwide, the game was created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima.

SHADOW OF THE TOMB RAIDER
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: Eidos-Montréal™
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: September 14, 2018
Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS 
Platform: iOS, Android
Developer: tri-Ace
ESRB: M (Mature)
Available: Now Available
A brand new journey in the popular sci-fi STAR OCEAN series, STAR OCEAN: ANAMNESIS, the mobile action RPG, puts players in the captain’s chair as they lead a squad of heroes across the galaxy. With fast-paced real-time combat, gorgeous 3D graphics, and a brand new co-op multiplayer mode, players have the freedom to build endless strategic and iconic teams with returning all-star characters from the beloved series.

THE QUIET MAN
Platform: PlayStation®4 system, STEAM
Developer: Human Head Studios
ESRB: M (Mature)
Available: TBD
THE QUIET MAN takes players beyond sound and words to deliver an immersive story-driven cinematic action experience, which players can complete in one sitting, seamlessly blending high-production live action, realistic CG and pulse-pounding action gameplay. The story unravels across a single night with the player taking the role of deaf protagonist, Dane. He fights through a “soundless” world to discover the reason behind the kidnapping of songstress Lala.

About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix group of companies. Square Enix, Inc. is affiliated with a global network of leading development studios such as Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal™. The Square Enix group of companies boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 141 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 76 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER, which has sold over 66 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

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