Author - Jerry Paxton

Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters DLC Announced

Cambridge, UK. 22 May 2019. Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters content pack is coming soon to Steam.

Featuring an all new story-driven scenario, new gameplay mechanics, plus new rides, characters and scenery straight from the classic 1984 movie, this new Planet Coaster content pack provides everything players need to create the most authentic Ghostbusters entertainment park seen in a videogame.

The Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters content pack announcement trailer premiered today, PEGI version here:

The Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters content pack also sees Dan Aykroyd voice his original role as the iconic Raymond Stantz, mentoring players throughout their campaign as they build their park and take care of the ghostly issues that besiege their rides. Joining Aykroyd, William Atherton will also voice his role as Ghostbusters antagonist Walter Peck.

Ghostbusters fans will be steeped in nostalgia as other fan-favourite ghosts and characters make appearances as the story progresses, including Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and even the legendary ECTO-1 car. A new in-game interactive dark ride, The Ghostbusters Experience, allows Planet Coaster players to engage with the game in a whole new way as they take on the role of a Ghostbuster to bust ghosts with their particle throwers and log their high score.

The most ambitious content pack for Planet Coaster to date, Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters includes:

  • A fully-voiced, narrative campaign featuring the voice talents of Dan Aykroyd and William Atherton.
  • A new in-game interactive ghostbusting ride, The Ghostbusters Experience.
  • A new, in-game Slimer-themed kiddie coaster, the RollerGhoster.
  • Classic Ghostbusters characters such as Raymond Stantz, Slimer, the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and a few surprises!
  • Authentic scenery pieces and sounds straight from the 1984 original movie, including the Ghostbusters HQ, ECTO-1 and Ray Parker Jr’s classic Ghostbusters theme.

For further information and reveals on Planet Coaster: Ghostbusters DLC pack, follow @PlanetCoaster on Twitter.

The ALIEN RPG Available for Pre-Order on May 25

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 22, 2019) – On May 25, 1979, Alien first graced the silver screen. Forty years after the Alien franchise first inspired and shocked the world, Free League Publishing has a xenomorphic surprise of their own in store. Quite literally.

Last month on Alien Day (4/26), Free League and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products announced their upcoming tabletop RPG series set within the Alien universe, which is set to release this holiday season. Yet for fans eager to explore that universe for themselves, they don’t need to wait any longer.

In celebration of the official 40th Anniversary this Saturday, Free League will offer a meaty 168-page Cinematic Starter Kit for their highly-anticipated Alien RPG – debuting their first Cinematic module Chariot of the Gods written by Alien RPG setting writer and sci-fi novelist Andrew E.C. Gaska – as a complimentary bonus gift for anyone who pre-orders the Alien RPG Core Rulebook at alien-rpg.com. The Cinematic Starter Kit will be available for download as soon as the pre-order purchase is confirmed.

Based upon Free League’s award-winning Year Zero game engine, the full Alien RPG Core Rulebookcontains 300+ pages of mythology, artwork, and custom mechanics for open-world campaigns and deep, diverse space explorations on the Frontier. While Campaign Mode provides the tools for long-term gameplay, Cinematic Mode challenges players to start and complete an accessible, authentic tabletop RPG experience in one game session with no prior preparation necessary. A streamlined version of the Year Zero engine, Cinematics deliver only the most crucial game rules for each scenario with pre-generated characters, stories, and challenges – capturing the intense drama of an Alien film.

Free League has big plans for Alien and their new Cinematic mode, which is why they’re sharing the Starter Kit months ahead of the Core Rulebook.

“We’re trying something new and we want to know what people think,” says Free League co-founder and Alien RPG game director Tomas Härenstam. “In fact, anyone who pre-orders the Core Rulebook will receive exclusive access to our development process with opportunities to provide feedback and earn a play-tester credit in the final publication.”

The Starter Kit isn’t the last Cinematic module that fans can expect from Free League. “Chariot is the first in a trilogy of Cinematic modules from Andrew E.C. Gaska in the future,” shares Härenstam. Each Cinematic in the trilogy will explore a different style of gameplay, introducing a different perspective in the Alien universe and a different source of antagonism. Yet while each Cinematic module is designed as a stand-alone experience with new characters, settings, and challenges, the overarching narrative of the trilogy is connected – telling one complete, canonical story by the end.

“That’s what so liberating/challenging about designing and playing in Cinematic mode. You could be space truckers one session. Colonial Marines the next,” says Gaska. “The fun is figuring out how to work together, learn on the fly when the stakes are high, and try your best to survive the night. The constraints really make the whole experience feel more thrilling and terrifying. Like you’ve been dropped into your own Alien movie. And even if your character dies, the night is far from over for you as a player.”

As all characters aren’t likely to survive, Cinematics are engineered with death and replay value in mind, providing an ensemble cast of playable characters and branching narratives with multiple story paths and possible endings. “It’s rewarding to play and replay each Cinematic event, as you learn with experience, try new characters and creative solutions, and encounter new challenges over time,” shares Gaska.

Starting on May 25, Free League will accept pre-orders for the Alien tabletop RPG Core Rulebook and a variety of limited-edition 40th Anniversary goodies and gear exclusively at alien-rpg.com:

  • STANDARD EDITION includes the Alien RPG Core Rulebook in a hardcover format with approximately 300 full-color pages of beautiful artwork and complete game rules for both the Cinematic and long-term Campaign game modes. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $49.99
  • STANDARD BUNDLE includes the standard Alien RPG Core Rulebook, along with a deluxe Gamemaster Screen, two sets of custom dice (one set of 10 Base Dice and one set of 10 Stress Dice), a set of 50 custom cards (for initiative, weapons, and NPCs), and a set of useful maps and markers. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $99.99 ($50 discount on the total retail price)
  • 40th ANNIVERSARY LIMITED-EDITION offers the Alien RPG Core Rulebook with a special commemorative book cover. Exclusive to this pre-order campaign, the 40th Anniversary Limited-Edition will never be printed again. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $89.99
  • 40th ANNIVERSARY BUNDLE includes the Alien RPG 40th Anniversary Limited-Edition Core Rulebook, along with the deluxe gamemaster screen, two sets of custom dice (one set of 10 Base Dice and one set of 10 Stress Dice), a set of 50 custom cards (for initiative, weapons, and NPCs), and a set of useful maps and markers. A PDF of the book is included. Price: $139.99
  • THE COMPANY SPECIAL EDITION includes everything from the 40th Anniversary Limited-Edition Bundle, as well as signatures from the Free League team on both the commemorative cover and a Limited-Edition 27” X 40” poster of the Alien RPG cover art by Martin Grip. Price: $249.99

Fans can also customize their own package with individually priced add-ons.

The 40th Anniversary Edition of the Alien RPG Core Rulebook is exclusive to the Free League storeand its 40th Anniversary Pre-Order Event, which begins 5/25/19 at 9am EST and ends 8/4/2019 at 11:59pm EST. Official retail solicitations for the Standard Edition will begin in July, but retailers are encouraged to contact Free League with any questions to welcome them into the 40th Anniversary fun as well.

Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 Ventrue Clan Introduction

May 21, 2019 – Paradox Interactive has today revealed the fourth full-blood Vampire clan in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2: Ventrue! Known throughout history as kings and kingmakers, the Ventrue are Machiavellian vampires who utilize their cunning, patience and iron will to rule.

Check out this video to learn more about the Ventrue, their motives, and see one of their abilities in action:

The blood of rulers flows through the Ventrue’s veins. While that once meant embracing high-priests and aristocrats, they now recruit from investment bankers and corporate executives. The “Clan of Kings” see themselves as the architects of vampire society who hold lineage and loyalty above all. Unusually for the clan, the Ventrue of Seattle were drawn to the dream of building their own power structure without oversight from elder generations. Now that the Camarilla has gained control, many Ventrue have realigned to join these new rulers, or have doubled down on their autonomy. Enterprising Ventrue have entrenched themselves in the business of the 21st century, paving the way for a prosperous future and making enemies of anyone who prefers the old ways.

Head over to the Paradox Interactive Twitch channel now (9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern) where the Bloodlines 2 team has just gone live with more details and a Q&A on the Ventrue clan: https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.

The Ventrue are the guardians of the Masquerade and Princes of uncounted cities. It runs in their blood to be obeyed. Using their signature Discipline, Dominate, a Ventrue gains the power to control the actions and manipulate the memories of others. Fortitude is the Ventrue’s Discipline of physical resilience and allows them to outlast their foes.

Dominate

  • Mesmerize – Allows the Ventrue to place one NPC in a brief hypnotic trance. The person so affected is oblivious to the world around them, ignoring sound, touch and even pain.

  • Command – Significantly extends the Ventrue’s control over the Mesmerized NPC. They can now be ordered to move, remove obstacles, or even attack others.

Using Dominate powers is not a Masquerade violation.

Fortitude

  • Absorb – Allows the vampire to take a brief defensive stance in which they may deflect all attacks they can see, healing their wounds for every would-be strike.

  • Personal Armor – Hardens the vampire’s skin into a stone-like barrier.

Allowing a mortal to witness your Fortitude under attack is a Masquerade Violation.

Dungeons & Dragons – Ghosts of Saltmarsh Out Now

May 21, 2019 – Dungeons & Dragons newest adventure book, Ghosts of Saltmarsh, is available everywhere today! The newest adventure takes classic sea-faring adventures and updates and expands upon them for use with D&D fifth edition.

The book details the port town of Saltmarsh and the surrounding lands players can explore using their own ship and the vehicle mechanics included in the 256-page book. Fans can play through the whole story in a seafaring campaign leading characters from level 1 through level 12, while Dungeon Masters can easily pull out sections to place in ongoing campaigns in any setting. The appendices cover mechanics for ship-to-ship combat, new magic items, monsters and more.

Ghosts of Saltmarsh is available everywhere today including game stores and digitally. An alternate art cover is available exclusively at game stores and features a soft-touch finish and a distinctive design of a snarling sahuagin created by N. C. Winters.

For more information on Ghosts of Saltmarsh and all things D&D,  go to dungeonsanddragons.com and check out the breadth of live D&D programming and interviews available on twitch.tv/dnd. You can also listen to interviews about Ghosts of Saltmarsh as well as D&D mechanics and lore on Dragon Talk, the official D&D podcast.

Hearthstone’s Rise of the Mech Event Details

May 21, 2019 – Blastmaster Boom is headed back to the drawing board to upgrade his arsenal and perfect some of his favorite pet projects with Hearthstone’s Rise of the Mech event, starting June 3, which will include:

  • A brand new Legendary Mech, SN1P-SN4P
  • Buffs to cards from every class
  • New Arena draft rotation
  • A Mech-vitational event spanning over several days

See below for an overview of each of the updates or visit the blog for an even deeper dive: https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/22990355?linkId=100000006342996

Behold Your New Mechanical Overlord, SN1P-SN4P

Make the most of the Rise of the Mech event by logging in anytime between June 3 and July 1 and you’ll earn a golden copy of the new neutral Legendary Mech SN1P-SN4P! After July 1, the regular version of SN1P-SN4P can be crafted for the usual cost of 1600 dust.

Card Buffs for Every Class

The terrible tinkerer Blastmaster Boom has been busy in the lab and has cooked up some buffs to cards from every class! Changes to these cards will be permanent, and these cards will keep their updated stats after The Boomsday Project rotates out of Standard next year.

Druid

  • Gloop Sprayer to (7) Mana. (Down from 8)
  • Mulchmuncher to (9) Mana. (Down from 10)

Hunter

  • Necromechanic to (4) Mana. (Down from 5)
  • Flark’s Boom-Zooka to (7) Mana. (Down from 8)

Mage

  • Unexpected Results to (3) Mana. (Down from 4)
  • Luna’s Pocket Galaxy to (5) Mana. (Down from 7)

Paladin

  • Crystology to (1) Mana. (Down from 2)
  • Glowstone Technician to (5) Mana. (Down from 6)

Priest

  • Extra Arms to (2) Mana. (Down from 3)
  • Cloning Device to (1) Mana. (Down from 2)

Rogue

  • Pogo-Hopper to (1) Mana. (Down from 2)
  • Violet Haze to (2) Mana. (Down from 3)

Shaman

  • The Storm Bringer to (6) Mana. (Down from 7)
  • Thunderhead to 3/6/ (Up from 3/5)

Warlock

  • Spirit Bomb to (1) Mana. (Down from 2)
  • Dr. Morrigan to (6) Mana. (Down from 8)

Warrior

  • Security Rover to 2/6 stats. (Up from 2/5)
  • Beryllium Nullifier to 4/8 stats. (Up from 3/8)

Our Next Arena Season will be Electrifying

Blastmaster Boom needs more test subjects, and what better place to find them than the Arena? Starting with the Rise of the Mech update on June 3, the available cards in Arena drafts will be rotating to the following explosively exciting sets:

  • Classic
  • Basic
  • Goblins vs. Gnomes
  • The Grand Tournament
  • Karazhan
  • The Boomsday Project
  • Rise of Shadows

Mech-vitational Coming June 3-4

Want to see these cards in action? Be sure to tune in to the Mech-vitational event being held June 3-4. For more information on the Mech-vitational, check out the blog: https://playhearthstone.com/en-us/blog/22992774

Just Cause 4: Los Demonios DLC Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA (MAY 21, 2019) – The premier over-the-top action sandbox experience gets even crazier! Prepare for an all-out battle against the demonic forces from an ancient past, in the all-new Los Demonios DLC for JUST CAUSE 4, releasing July 3rd, 2019, on XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

When Rico & Javi, investigate a newly discovered temple off the shore of Solis, an archaeologist working with the Black Hand unexpectedly releases an ancient demonic force from its imprisonment.

A parasitic infestation now spreads across Solis, terrorizing its inhabitants and attacking any Black Hand forces that stand in its way. Rico must tackle a horrifying new threat and seek out answers to eradicate the demon invasion from the island permanently, before it’s too late!

Discover a completely new sandbox gameplay experience with Los Demonios, as demonic hordes, pulsing tendrils and spore-filled clouds infest the towns and people of Solis in an exciting new supernatural addition to JUST CAUSE 4.

Face the demons across new missions that will require all the skills and tools at Rico’s disposal to emerge victorious. Vicious demons spit corrosive projectiles, possess soldiers, and even take over military vehicles and turn them against Rico.

Seamlessly integrating into the JUST CAUSE 4 sandbox, the new missions enhance the crazy open world experience further and provide a return to the popular liberation gameplay of the JUST CAUSE 3. Introducing new weapons and equipment to unlock, including the Demon Crossbow and Demon Egg Supply Drop, Los Demonios lets you take the new tools of destruction into the open-world sandbox of JUST CAUSE 4 for explosive new action packed moments of glorious mayhem.

“Los Demonios is the second DLC pack in the ‘Dare Devils, Demons and Danger’ Expansion Pass, and it brings a totally new experience to JUST CAUSE 4,” said Bryan Rodriguez, Creative Producer at Avalanche Studios. “For the first time, Rico is tangling with an otherwordly threat that will push him to his limits. This is our chance to see if Rico is as good at squashing demons as he is at toppling dictators!”

The JUST CAUSE 4 Spring Update is in full effect! JUST CAUSE 4 has improved vastly since launch, with improved graphical elements across the board on all formats, as well as gameplay tweaks for a smoother player experience. Today, a massive patch rolled out that completely changes the world lighting, improving the way light interacts with the environment and bringing considerable visual upgrades to the JUST CAUSE 4 sandbox world. In addition to this, it also includes destructible statues & train bridges, new chaos objects to destroy in the open world, more ammo and a dialled-up ‘heat’ system that will have the Black Hand challenging Rico like never before.

You can read more about the improvements to JUST CAUSE 4 on the Developer Blog: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/topic/jc4-dev-updates

Gold Edition purchasers will receive 7 days early access to the JUST CAUSE 4 Los Demonios DLC. Gold access begins on June 26th, 2019.

For more information on the Gold Edition visit: http://justcause.com/buy-now
For exclusive news and information visit: https://www.youtube.com/justcausegame

Ace Combat 7 Gets Thrustmaster Plug-and-Play Support on PC

Rennes, May 21, 2019 — Thrustmaster is going full throttle and switching to dogfight mode in the lead up to the first downloadable content for ACE COMBAT™ 7:SKIES UNKNOWN.

It’s now official: owners of Thrustmaster PC joysticks will now be able to take to the skies and head off on a mission to experience ACE COMBAT™ 7:SKIES UNKNOWN and its amazing add-ons in the most intuitive, immersive way possible!

The following is a list of Thrustmaster accessories which now feature plug-and-play compatibility (presets and mapping included) with the PC version of the game ACE COMBAT™ 7:SKIES UNKNOWN.

  • T.Flight Hotas range:
  • T.Flight Hotas X
  • T.Flight Hotas 4
  • T.Flight Hotas One
  • T.Flight Hotas 4 Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown Edition
  • T.Flight Hotas One Ace Combat 7 Skies Unknown Edition
  • T.16000M range:
  • T.16000M
  • T.16000M FCS
  • T.16000M FCS Hotas
  • T.16000M FCS Flight Pack
  • T.Flight Rudder Pedals
  • TWCS Throttle
  • HOTAS Warthog range:
  • HOTAS Warthog
  • HOTAS Warthog Flight Stick
  • HOTAS Warthog Dual Throttles
  • Thrustmaster Pendular Rudder

Be sure to follow Thrustmaster on social media for exclusive, jaw-dropping ACE COMBAT™ 7:SKIES UNKNOWN content!

Ready for takeoff?

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https://www.instagram.com/tmthrustmaster/

https://twitter.com/TMThrustmaster

For any question, please get in touch with our support:

https://support.thrustmaster.com/en/contact-en/

Phantom: Covert Ops Revealed

May 21, 2019 – nDreams, the award-winning virtual reality developer and publisher, are thrilled to reveal Phantom: Covert Ops, the studio’s first title in development for the newly released Oculus Quest. Created in partnership with Oculus Studios, the stealth action game, which will also be released on the Oculus Rift platform, will immerse players in the role of an elite and deadly covert operative dispatched into remote, hostile wetlands in a military kayak.

The year is 1991. The Cold War is over, yet intelligence indicates a significant force consolidating at an inaccessible former Soviet naval base off the coast of the Black Sea. As an elite Phantom operative, you have been tasked with infiltrating the facility, and eliminating the threat if deemed necessary.

Phantom: Covert Ops delivers the tension and thrill of becoming a lethal military asset in virtual reality. The body-awareness technology, tactile interactions, and an array of weapons and tools combine to deliver incredible immersion.

“We have been developing VR games for more than five years, and Phantom: Covert Ops is the culmination of all that hard work and learning,” said Patrick O?Luanaigh, CEO at nDreams, “I?m immensely proud of what the team has achieved, breaking new grounds in VR immersion to create a stealth action game built around 1:1 interactions, player choice, and an innovative and intuitive on-water movement mechanic.”

The game encourages players to approach each enemy encounter in their own way across an explosive campaign of missions with diverse objectives. Utilise an expanding, upgradable arsenal of weapons and equipment to sneak silently in the shadows, causing distractions to create a path to the objective. Or ambush hostiles head on by setting explosives and using the sniper rifle.

Phantom: Covert Ops will be available on Oculus Quest and the Rift platform in 2019.

Conan Unconquered Co-op Multiplayer Trailer

May 21, 2019 – While most comparable RTS games are purely single-player games or 1v1, the development team behind Conan Unconquered were faced with a new challenge; namely producing a game that works equally well in co-op mode.

“We’re trying to make it as cooperative an experience as possible,” explains Executive Producer Ted Morris, who in addition to working on Command & Conquer can boast of having been the Development Director on the critically acclaimed RTS Star Wars: Empire at War.

In co-op mode each player will have their own hero and army, but they will share resources and most of the buildings. “Where the challenge comes in, is in trying to coordinate between the two of you, in order to fight more difficult mobs,” says Senior Game Designer Patrick Pannullo, adding that it is not simply going to be about double the number of enemies. Instead the increased difficulty will mainly be about what kind of mobs you face and where the attacks will come from.

The upcoming game will also feature a previously unannounced mechanism called challenge mode, which allows you to create and share a link with the exact same map, settings and unlockable feats as in the game you just had. This allows you to challenge your friends to beat your own score in a much more comparable way than it would have been with everything randomized. Each link will also come with its own leaderboard.

The new feature should be particularly welcome news for streamers, who can challenge their own fan base to beat their score on the exact same map as they played on stream.

Appearing in the video are:
Michael Legg, Co-founder and Senior Programmer
Patrick Pannullo, Senior Game Designer
Jeff Troutman, Art Director
Ted Morris, Executive Producer

Conan Unconquered is a fast-paced strategy game where players face wave after wave of enemies in ever-increasing numbers and difficulty. To withstand the savage hordes players must build an unconquerable stronghold and put up walls and other defensive measures to avoid utter destruction. While the game can be played entirely in single-player, two players can also play together online to build a shared stronghold while fending off the enemy hordes allowing for a unique, cooperative multiplayer experience.

Toy Story 4 Final Trailer Released

May 21, 2019 – Woody (voice of Tom Hanks) has always been confident about his place in the world, and that his priority is taking care of his kid, whether that’s Andy or Bonnie. So, when Bonnie’s beloved new craft-project-turned-toy, Forky (voice of Tony Hale), declares himself as “trash” and not a toy, Woody takes it upon himself to show Forky why he should embrace being a toy. But when Bonnie takes the whole gang on her family’s road trip excursion, Woody ends up on an unexpected detour that includes a reunion with his long-lost friend Bo Peep (voice of Annie Potts).

After years of being on her own, Bo’s adventurous spirit and life on the road belie her delicate porcelain exterior. As Woody and Bo realize they’re worlds apart when it comes to life as a toy, they soon come to find that’s the least of their worries. Directed by Josh Cooley (“Riley’s First Date?”), and produced by Mark Nielsen (associate producer “Inside Out”) and Jonas Rivera (“Inside Out,” “Up”), Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story 4” ventures to U.S. theaters on June 21, 2019.

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U.S. Release Date: June 21, 2019