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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Expansion Available on PC

January 9, 2020 – Gear up, PC hunters! Monster Hunter World: Iceborne, the critically acclaimed massive expansion to Capcom’s best-selling Monster Hunter: World, is now available globally for PC players on Steam. Also currently available on PlayStation®4 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, Iceborne builds on every aspect of Monster Hunter: World by offering an enormous amount of new content. Featuring a new storyline, Iceborne hunters can explore an icy new locale called Hoarfrost Reach, which progressively expands to become the largest region in the game thus far and is home to the mysterious new Elder Dragon Velkhana. Players face off against a multitude of challenging new monsters and fierce subspecies variations, while utilizing exciting new gameplay mechanics that offer increased depth to the combat system.

The expansion amps up every aspect of Monster Hunter: World including a higher difficulty rank, called Master Rank. Hunters must have completed the main story in Monster Hunter: World through Hunter Rank 16 in order to access Master Rank and the new Iceborne content. To help hunters along their journey, new gameplay features have been added, including the new Clutch Claw mechanic and updates to all 14 weapon types. Other new “series first” gameplay features include a two-player balanced difficulty scale, the ability to ride small monsters to traverse maps and a Hunter Helper player incentive to encourage more experienced Master Rank hunters to help Low and High Rank players progress through the World game. Also, for hunters who have yet to complete the story from Monster Hunter: World, free Defender Weapons and a Guardian Armor set help them progress through the main story in order to get to Iceborne.

The PC version of Iceborne includes features such as a high resolution texture pack, customizable graphical settings, DirectX 12 support, plus optimization for FidelityFX CAS and upscaling. Additionally, mouse-and-keyboard controls have been revamped across the board to better suit the new actions and abilities on PC. To celebrate the launch of Iceborne on PC, two different item packs offering free consumable items are being offered as login bonuses to PC hunters. The first item pack is being provided to all PC players and the second pack is only available for players who purchased Iceborne on PC. Both item packs are available for a limited time and can be claimed by logging in between now and February 5th. More info on the PC version of Iceborne can be found at the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne website.

As with previous series iterations, Iceborne will include a robust amount of free post-launch support, with the first PC title updates planned for early February and March. Title updates for Iceborne on PC are planned to align with the console update release schedule in the future. More details on the upcoming post-launch content will be shared on January 18, 2020 US time.

For existing owners, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is available now as a digital download for MSRP $39.99 / €39.99. A Digital Deluxe version, including both the expansion and a Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Deluxe Kit DLC of cosmetic items, is offered for MSRP $49.99 / €49.99. For newcomers, the Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition containing both the main game and the Iceborne expansion can be purchased digitally for MSRP $59.99 / €59.99. The Monster Hunter: World base game is required to play Iceborne.

Creative Labs Unveils SXFI Carrier Soundbar at CES 2020

SINGAPORE – 6 January, 2020 – Creative Technology will be previewing at CES 2020 the Creative SXFI CARRIER, a home theater soundbar jointly developed with Dolby Laboratories. Combining the cutting-edge competencies of both companies in audio engineering, design, and surround sound technologies, The SXFI CARRIER has redefined the performance limits of what a compact soundbar can achieve.

First-of-its-kind Dolby Atmos® Speaker System (DASS) Soundbar

The audio quality of compact soundbars is typically compromised by its smaller footprint which limits their ability to create an expansive soundstage. SXFI CARRIER, despite measuring just 880 mm in length, delivers breathtaking, moving audio from a soundbar based on a custom Dolby design for a first-of-its-kind DASS soundbar.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with Creative to bring this first-of-its-kind sound bar experience to consumers around the world,” said Mahesh Balakrishnan, Vice President, Dolby Laboratories. “Consumers will be able to enjoy a breathtaking Dolby Atmos experience through an innovative acoustic design developed by Dolby, which is unheard of from such a small compact form factor.”

The SXFI CARRIER carries on from the engineering marvel of Creative’s award-winning soundbar, the X-Fi Sonic Carrier, dubbed by industry experts as ‘the soundbar of the gods’. The development of the SXFI CARRIER involved meticulously arranging the acoustic concepts to achieve a pristine, unadulterated, and powerful acoustic performance that sings the prowess of a home theater system in an incredibly compact form factor. The finishing touch is a powerful 10-inch wireless subwoofer, which serves to maximize the full potential of a compelling soundbar solution.

First Soundbar with Super X-Fi®

The SXFI Carrier breaks yet another dimension by being the world’s first soundbar with Super X-Fi Headphone Holography – that swept 15 best-of awards at CES 2019. Super X-Fi recreates the soundstage of a surround speaker system in headphones, and personalizes it with Artificial Intelligence for a natural listening experience. Users will be able to experience this through SXFI CARRIER’s headphone output, and enjoy cinematic audio as if they were listening in speaker mode; a feature that is especially useful when watching late-night movies.

Beyond this, the SXFI CARRIER will also feature a versatile connectivity profile, including Bluetooth, USB-C and USB-A ports, a HDMI eARC port for uncompressed and lossless HD audio, and two HDMI 2.1 inputs, which will allow rich sound and high-resolution picture quality to pass through from an 8K video source.

“The SXFI CARRIER is the result of a defining collaboration between Dolby and ourselves, which has broken through so many boundaries and realized so many possibilities of what a compact soundbar can achieve, which of course was only possible with the full dedication and commitment from both teams. With this, SXFI CARRIER is able to achieve the same audio signature as the Sonic Carrier, at half the size and at a fraction of the price. Moreover, with Super X-Fi Headphone Holography, users can enjoy the definitive Dolby Atmos experience through headphones as well,” said Sim Wong Hoo, CEO of Creative.

Pricing and Availability

The SXFI Carrier is slated to be launched in Q2 2020 and will be priced attractively under USD1,000.

It is being showcased at the Creative suite at CES 2020, located at the Venetian, Veronese Meeting Room 2504 from 7-10 January, 2020.

Elgato and Corsair Bring New Products to CES 2020

CES 2020, LAS VEGAS, NV, January 6th, 2020 – Elgato, the leading provider of hardware and software for content creators, today announced the launch of both Elgato 4K60 S+, a cutting-edge external 4K60 HDR10 capture solution capable of standalone SD card recording, and Elgato Key Light Air, a compact model of the wildly popular Key Light LED panel. Elgato’s parent company CORSAIR also announced the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT mechanical gaming keyboard – the first keyboard to integrate Elgato Stream Deck software, enabling powerful instant control of streaming apps and devices at just the press of a key.

4K60 S+ debuts as Elgato’s most powerful external capture device yet. In addition to USB 3.0 connectivity for live streaming via a PC, 4K60 S+ features a memory card slot to record gorgeous 4K60 HDR10 gameplay directly to an SD card without the need for a connected computer. Onboard HEVC encoding keeps file sizes manageable, while true zero-lag passthrough displays high-fidelity Xbox One X and PS4 Pro games in their original format for an uninterrupted, authentic gaming experience.

When connected to a PC, 4K60 S+ records unlimited footage directly to a hard drive and takes advantage of versatile Elgato software features such as Flashback Recording to easily save gameplay retroactively and Live Commentary to record microphone audio as a separate track. Compatible with leading PC broadcasting software such as OBS Studio, 4K60 S+ is the most complete external capture solution for recording high-fidelity console footage in 4K60 HDR10 quality, with or without a computer.

Following the success of Elgato Key Light, launched at CES 2019, Key Light Air offers the same powerful customizable LED studio lighting in a compact form factor that fits effortlessly into any setup. Equipped with 80 premium OSRAM LEDs and multi-layer diffusion technology, the edge-lit LED panel outputs 1,400 lumens and a wide range of warm to cold color temperatures between 2,900-7,000K. A free app available on iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac enables wireless control of Key Light Air, making it easy to turn on/off, dim, and adjust on the fly. Key Light Air mounts using a telescopic pole attached to a compact, freestanding base, or via Elgato Multi Mount (not included), while Stream Deck compatibility enables seamless studio integration.

The result of close collaboration between the engineers at both Elgato and CORSAIR, the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is the first keyboard to leverage both Elgato Stream Deck software and CORSAIR iCUE software out of the box. Fully equipped with all the features that made the original K95 RGB PLATINUM one of the most awarded mechanical keyboards on the market, such as dynamic per-key RGB backlighting with an iconic 19-zone LightEdge, a durable brushed aluminum frame, and 100% CHERRY MX mechanical keyswitches, the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT ups the ante with several key upgrades.

With Elgato Stream Deck software, users can program custom streaming commands onto the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT’s dedicated macro keys, just as they would for the Stream Deck broadcast controller. The keyboard comes with an alternate set of blue S-key keycaps for the macro keys to visually denote streaming commands, and the remaining keys feature ultra-durable PBT double-shot keycaps. The K95 RGB PLATINUM XT provides plush comfort with a cushioned leatherette detachable palm rest, and is available with three different types of keyswitches: CHERRY MX Brown and SPEED Silver – both now guaranteed for 100 million keystrokes – or standard CHERRY MX Blue keyswitches.

With versatile hardware from both Elgato and CORSAIR opening up new possibilities for both console and PC streaming, it’s already an exciting new year for content creators.

Availability, Warranty and Pricing

Elgato 4K60 S+, Key Light Air, and the CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM XT are available immediately from the Elgato and CORSAIR worldwide network of authorized retailers and distributors.

The CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM XT is only available in North American (NA), British (UK), Nordic (ND), or Chinese (CN) layouts.

Elgato 4K60 S+, Key Light Air, and the CORSAIR K95 RGB PLATINUM XT are backed by a two-year warranty and the CORSAIR & Elgato worldwide customer service and technical support network.

For up-to-date pricing of all newly released Elgato and CORSAIR products, please refer to the Elgato website or contact your local CORSAIR/Elgato sales or PR representative.

Web Pages

For more information on 4K60 S+, please visit:

https://www.elgato.com/game-capture-4k60-s-plus

For more information on Key Light Air, please visit:

https://www.elgato.com/key-light-air

For more information on the K95 RGB PLATINUM XT, please visit:

https://www.corsair.com/k95-xt-gaming-keyboard

Razer Unveils New Products for CES 2020

LAS VEGAS (CES 2020) – Razer™, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announces the new Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers, the Razer Sila 5G Home Router, the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop, and a new Razer Eracing Simulator concept created in collaboration with several game publishers and technology vendors.

At Razer’s CES booth (#21000), visitors are invited to enjoy a dedicated cloud gaming experience zone including a preview of NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW cloud gaming, check out Razer’s industry-leading gaming systems including the new modular, ultra-compact gaming desktop, and participate in a three-lap challenge on the Razer Eracing Simulator.

For more details about Razer’s CES 2020 highlights, please read on.

PAVING THE WAY FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE CLOUD GAMING

As the undisputed innovation leader in gaming hardware, software and services, Razer is looking to get players ready for the future of cloud and mobile gaming. With a view to creating a unique ecosystem of high-performance input devices and infrastructure solutions, the company introduces the Razer Kishi, a universal cloud-gaming compatible controller for iOS and Android phones, and the Razer Sila 5G Home Router, the first gaming-focused 5G router.

The Razer Kishi universal mobile gaming controllers support low latency gameplay on either Android or iOS devices. Building on the compact ergonomic form of the Razer Junglecat which primarily targeted Razer Phone 2 owners, Razer’s new Kishi cloud-compatible controllers provide clickable analog controls and thumbsticks on both sides of the phone with a universal fit created in partnership with Gamevice for compatibility with most smartphones.

Ultra-low latency native and cloud game control is now delivered through a hidden USB-C or Apple Lightning® connection, and pass-through charging ports on the Kishi allow for device charging during game play. The Kishi for Android offers support for most Android or iOS games that are compatible with mobile controllers, including both native titles and cloud services.

“Razer is excited to strengthen its collaboration with NVIDIA by joining their GeForce NOW Recommended program,” said Jason Schwartz, Head of Mobile Gaming at Razer. “GeForce NOW is PC gaming in the cloud, transforming underpowered or incompatible hardware into a powerful GeForce gaming PC. Razer mobile gaming controllers are perfect complementary devices to enhance this type of gameplay which we are pleased to feature here at the Razer CES booth.”

The Razer Kishi mobile controllers (for Android or iOS) will be available in early 2020.

Razer’s Sila 5G Home Router concept is a high-speed networking device tailored for gamers to offer ultra-low latency during both stationary and mobile gameplay, featuring Razer’s proprietary FasTrack engine. A built-in rechargeable battery also adds capability as a mobile 5G hotspot for impromptu, latency-free tournaments wherever you go.

Razer’s FasTrack engine is an intelligent, continuously adaptive QoS (quality of service) feature that prioritizes bandwidth for applications and devices for high-speed gaming & streaming. A unique Gaming Mode allows for online gameplay with no interruptions.

The Razer Sila 5G Home Router lets users prioritize between client hardware, such as Xbox or desktop PC, and is designed to optimize cloud gaming services. Additionally, a manual indicator will notify users when the priority has changed so that they’re always in-the-know.

The router can be easily controlled through the available Android or iOS apps with the option to prioritize individual apps or games, or alternatively, to prioritize the categories of those apps. The accompanying app allows users quick and easy control of guest networks, to set security protocols, or adjust device priorities.

REDEFINING COMPACT GAMING SYSTEMS

In partnership with Intel®, Razer introduces the Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop – the first truly modular desktop system utilizing the new ultra-compact Razer Tomahawk N1 chassis.

A perfect fit for the Intel® NUC 9 Extreme Compute Element, the Razer Tomahawk N1 is a sleek, compact desktop chassis with an advanced modular layout, infusing Razer’s minimalistic design language into a gaming chassis to create a one-of-a-kind desktop case, capable of achieving high clock speeds and framerates without the bulk of a full-sized desktop.

The Razer Tomahawk N1’s all-aluminum body is flanked by tempered glass on both sides, highlighting the vertically mounted GPU in all its glory, with an open vent design at the top to maintain cooling performance. The rear features a lock-and-slide sled mechanism that opens with minimal effort, allowing for quick access to internal components without the need for tools.

The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop will feature up to an Intel® Core-i9 processor, 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and NVIDIA™ GeForce RTX™ 2080 Super graphics. Both the RAM and SSD modules on the NUC card will be upgradeable as well as the fans, GPU and NUC itself, to satisfy the needs of the most demanding gamers, streamers, and content creators alike.

The Razer Tomahawk Gaming Desktop will be available in the first half of 2020. The Tomahawk N1 case will be available as a standalone product for hardware-savvy PC enthusiasts looking to build their own compact yet powerful gaming PCs.

With the increasing need for processing power in next-gen games and an ever demanding user base, Razer will also launch the next generation of Razer Blade gaming laptops later this year. Featuring the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ H-Series Processors to meet those expectations, they will pack up to 300Hz refresh rate panels, powerful graphics processors, and optimized designs to stay ahead of the game.

TAKING POLE POSITION IN NEW ERACING ESPORTS CATEGORY

For the Razer Eracing Simulator concept, Razer brought together some of the leading companies in sim racing to deliver the most immersive racing experience to date, offering a preview and demo of the future of competitive eracing. Running Project CARS Pro, the concept model features technology from Vesaro, Simpit, Fanatec and Synthesis VR, creating a thrilling and immersive eracing setup with a 202-degree projection system, a hydraulic racing platform, full manual controls, and a steering wheel with paddle shift.

The simulator chassis is built with an ultra-strong hand-crafted center core designed around an advanced modular upgrade system, allowing for many simulation scenarios. The center core sits on a motion platform powered by two actuators and a gaming control box for a professional racing training setup that maps terrain surfaces, G-force and sounds into motion for a completely immersive experience. Real surround visuals provided by Simpit come from two Full-HD projectors beaming onto a 128-inch custom black projection surface with 202-degree field-of-view with vibrant colors and deep blacks.

Driver controls from Fanatec feature an anodized aluminum and carbon fiber steering wheel sheathed in smooth leather, magnetic paddles and adjustable buttons for gear shifting and precise driver aide, paired to a three-pedal system below. The racing harness simulates the effects of G-forces by applying pressure, allowing the body to feel the fast acceleration speeds and tightest corners.

“The competitive eracing scene is an untapped but growing sector of esports for which Razer has brought a new innovation, making the games more enjoyable, more immersive and more exciting for fans,” says David Tse, Global Esports Director at Razer. “We are ready to invest resources into growing this area of competition.”

“We are very excited to be working alongside Razer as they enter the racing esports space at CES 2020; combining one of our professional grade systems with Razer’s racing sim effort, we can’t wait to see how this will push virtual racing further into the mainstream spotlight and take the sport to the next level,” says Nevil Slade, CEO & Designer for Vesaro.

Razer will continue to develop and build the ultimate eracing simulator, rallying together the best hardware and software technology companies in the industry. Razer will also invest in eracing competitions and leagues in the near future.

ABOUT THE RAZER KISHI MOBILE GAMING CONTROLLERS

  • USB-C or Apple Lightning™ connection
  • Android smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/S9/S9+/S10e/S10/S10+/Note 8/Note 9/Note 10/Note 10+, Google Pixel 2/2 XL/3/3XL/4/4XL, and other Android 7.0 Nougat or higher devices
  • iOS Smartphones: iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus
  • Pass through charging
  • Latency-free connectivity

ABOUT THE RAZER SILA 5G HOME ROUTER

  • Qualcomm SDX55 + Hawkeye IPQ8072A
  • 5G NR (Sub-6 and mmWave), and 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 4×4
  • 1 x 2.5Gbps WAN, 4 x 1Gbps LAN, 1 x USB 3.0 port
  • 1 x SIM slot

Mesh Node Specifications

  • Qualcomm Atheros IPQ6000
  • Wi-Fi 6 11ax 2×2
  • 1 x 1Gbps WAN, 4 x 1Gbps LAN, 1 x USB 3.0 port

ABOUT THE RAZER TOMAHAWK GAMING DESKTOP

Intel NUC

  • Up to Intel 9th Gen i9 8-Core CPU
  • Up to 64GB DDR4
  • Dual M.2 SSD Slots
  • Wi-Fi 6

Graphics

  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 20 Series, Support for full-length PCI graphics cards

Design

  • Toolless design
  • Compact footprint
  • Open vents for efficient cooling

Ports

  • 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x 1G Ethernet, 2x HDMI 2.0A, 6x USB 3.2 Gen 2

Creative Labs to Unveil Super X-Fi Gen 2 at CES 2020

SINGAPORE – 2 January, 2020 – A year on after sweeping 15 best-of-CES awards with its breakthrough Super X-Fi Headphone Holography, Creative Technology will be unveiling the all-new Super X-Fi Gen2 audio profile, which features key improvements to provide users with a more natural headphone audio experience than ever before.

Unprecedented Realism in Headphones

Super X-Fi recreates the soundstage of a high-end surround speaker system in headphones, and personalizes it with Artificial Intelligence (AI) for a natural listening experience. Since its worldwide launch at CES 2019, users and critics have been blown away by the realism of personalized audio, which is tailored according to their anthropometric profiles.

“At the beginning, our user profile base was in the range of tens of thousands. Over the past year, riding on the successful launch of Super X-Fi, we have accumulated hundreds of thousands of user profiles. This significant jump in real-world data has provided us with the capacity for more research, and importantly, it has enabled us to train the Super X-Fi AI engine to be even more accurate in personalizing the audio experience for our users. This was key in our development of the Super X-Fi Gen2 profile,” said Lee Teck Chee, Vice-President of Technology at Creative and inventor of Super X-Fi.

Super X-Fi Gen2 incorporates other important enhancements as well, including the preservation of more details in the surround sound configuration, along with higher positioning accuracy. Audio fidelity is improved, resulting in a clearer sound signature. This translates to more pristine audio across a broader range of content, and a much higher level of enjoyment for users overall. For movies, dialogue becomes clearer, and audio cue positioning is more precise, with an enhanced bass performance. This is also better across various genres of music, as the improved restoration of details moves users closer to a studio environment.

For gaming, the Super X-Fi experience is improved across a broad range of game types, with better perception of distance and position. Furthermore, Creative will be showcasing at CES 2020 a special gaming sound profile designed for first-person-shooter games in a preview of the SXFI GAMER headset.

The benefits of the new Super X-Fi Gen2 profile do not end there. With its new approach in design methodology, power consumption becomes more efficient. For instance, the SXFI AIR headphone will gain more than 10% of battery life.

The Super X-Fi Gen2 profile will be implemented on all existing user profiles worldwide during CES 2020, and users just need to perform simple firmware updates on their products, and download their new profiles through the SXFI APP to experience the all-new holographic audio.

Lee added – “Super X-Fi Gen2 is the new fruit of our unrelenting research for audio excellence. Also, while Gen2 is the best sound profile we have, we are constantly looking into developing the next higher standard. Gen3 is already on the horizon.”

Seagate Unveils New External Storage Options at CES 2020

LAS VEGAS, NV – CES 2020 – The Venetian, Level 3 San Polo Ballroom – January 6, 2020 – Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX), a global leader in data solutions, today added new high-performance external solutions to its industry-leading line of storage for gamers. The Seagate® FireCuda® Gaming SSD and BarraCuda® Fast SSD deliver elite performance and convenience for gamers and power users on the go.

Designed as the perfect companion to Seagate’s recently released FireCuda Gaming Dock, the portable FireCuda Gaming SSD delivers performance to help scorch the competition. Purpose-built for gamers, it marries Seagate’s premium FireCuda NVMe 510 SSD and the latest cutting-edge SuperSpeed USB 20Gb/s (USB 3.2 Gen2×2) interface, delivering staggering read speeds of up to 2000MB/s1.

Optimized for performance and high on style, the drive offers capacities of 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB and features a signature chisel metal enclosure with customizable RGB LED lighting. Gamers can personalize the drive’s full-range RGB LED with the free Seagate Toolkit software and synchronize the LEDs with a FireCuda Gaming Dock, creating an immersive setup.

Also new to the Seagate SSD line-up is the BarraCuda Fast SSD offering 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB of capacity. With mobile gamers and active power users in mind, the SATA SSD external drive features rapid read/write speeds of up to 540 MB/s1 for improved gameplay and quick file transfers. Pocket-sized, the sleek drive features an attractive green LED and offers versatility with a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port. It is PC and Mac (exFAT) compatible out of the box, includes Seagate’s Toolkit with simple backup and sync, and a complimentary two-month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud® Photography Plan2.

Available in March, the FireCuda Gaming SSD includes a five-year limited warranty and retails for $189.99 (500GB), $259.99 (1TB), and $499.99 (2TB). Seagate’s BarraCuda Fast SSD is available this February, offers a three-year limited warranty, and retails for $94.99 (500GB), $169.99 (1TB), and $299.99 (2TB).

Knott’s Berry Farm Unveils NYE Celebration

BUENA PARK, CA (December 2019) – The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place to experience an unforgettable night.

Unique one-night-only entertainment serves up fun for a variety of ages and interests including a family-friendly comedian, dancing lessons and more. Guests are invited to count down to the New Year with festive music, party hats, noisemakers, and endless fun. To culminate the evening and the final seconds of 2019 Knott’s will light up the night sky with a dazzling firework display at the stroke of midnight.

  • Martini Pop Swing Band is on hand to play the slickest standards ever. Professional swing dancers and instructors will be there to make sure guests don’t miss a single step.
  • The Calico Mine Stage will blast timeless pop and rock music courtesy of Hiatus.
  • DJ Howly brings the party to the farm for a special New Year’s celebration with high-energy music and dancing taking place at the Calico Mine Stage.
  • Next to the Calico Mine Stage, the PEANUTS characters will be posing for pictures with guests to celebrate the New Year.
  • The stage will be set at Boardwalk BBQ as two sets of piano players go head to head in full keys wage war with PianoMania Dueling Pianos.
  • Family-friendly comedian, Chipper Lowell, brings his hilarious comedy, magic and audience participation to the Bird Cage Theatre.
  • Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies, four country boys from deep in the hills of Anaheim will have the crowd’s toes tappin’, hands clappin’ and guts bustin’. The best darn tootin’ entertainment this side of the Santa Ana freeway. The comical and musical number can be seen at the Wagon Camp.
  • Fiesta Plaza will feature DJ JC playing upbeat music and will host a dance instruction to teach guests how to dance the Latin way.
  • Midnight Fireworks Spectacular, guests can ring in the New Year with a bang as the park’s skies wonderfully light up for a firework display that will leave the young and young at heart in awe.
  • A New Year’s Eve celebration is not complete without a delicious meal. Spur’s Restaurant is serving up a special New Year’s Eve buffet from 4pm-10pm; prices are $34.99+tax for adults, $29.99 for Seniors (62 and over0 and $18.99+ tax for kids (11 and under).

In addition to the special New Year’s Eve entertainment, guests can experience all the magic of Knott’s Merry Farm’s festive lineup of entertainment, delectable food, holiday shopping and much more. Showtimes vary, check knotts.com for more information:

  • Merry Christmas, Snoopy! In this exciting show filled with whimsical and spectacular ice skating, Snoopy enjoys all of the best parts of the season including trimming the Christmas tree, awaiting Santa’s arrival and attending the festive Christmas Ball!
  • When the sun sets on the farm, the buildings and paths in Ghost Town twinkle brightly to the beat of holiday favorites as snow gently falls. Park goers can enjoy the nightly Snow and Glow experience on School House Road and Main Street in Ghost Town.
  • Another nighttime tradition at Knott’s Merry Farm is the joyous Tree Lighting Ceremony. TheCalico Tree Lighting Ceremony features the Calico Bell Choir and the mayor of Calico gathering around the tree for an illuminating Christmas celebration.
  • The holiday season celebration continues in Camp Snoopy with a lively performance at the Camp Snoopy Theater A Peanuts Guide to Christmas features delightful mash ups of holiday songs with a cheerful and heartwarming dose of the Peanuts Gang.
  • In the intimate setting of Ghost Town’s historic Bird Cage Theatre, catch a live performance ofCharles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol or its brand-new holiday sequel, Marley’s Wings.
  • Savor the ultimate comfort foods with Knott’s world-famous holiday treats. Santa’s Christmas Cabin serves up an array of holiday treats like warm roasted nuts, mouthwatering pastries and handheld cookie shots filled with a cold drink of milk or warm chocolate. Guests can also enjoy more holiday dishes throughout the park like an apple pie pizza sprinkled with a warm brown sugar crumble topped with cream cheese icing at Beechy Keens Pizza or savor the legendary cooking at Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant.
  • In Ghost Town, the streets transform into a shopping wonderland with the Knott’s Christmas Crafts Village that offers dozens of local artisans selling their unique gifts.

 

Knott’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is included with regular daytime admission.  Park hours on New Year’s Eve are 9am to 1am. A new 2020 Season Pass includes one free visit to enjoy Merry Farm in 2019, unlimited visits in 2020 with no blackout dates, discounts on select food and merchandise, and access to exciting year-round seasonal events. A Regular Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to Knott’s Berry Farm and a Gold Season Pass includes unlimited admission in 2020 to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City Waterpark with no blackout dates. Now at the lowest price of the year, Regular Season Passes start at just $99 or nine easy payments of $9.50 after initial payment and Gold Season Passes are $120 or nine payments of just $11.50 after initial payment. These offers end January 5, 2020. Applicable taxes and fees apply. Payment plans are only available at knotts.com. To purchase Season Passes or tickets, or for more information about Knott’s Berry Farm, visit www.knotts.com or download the Knott’s mobile app for your smartphone today. And join the conversation using #KnottsNYE.

McFarlane Toys Unveils Cyberpunk 2077 Action Figure Deal

Tempe, Ariz. – December 26, 2020 – Entering into the new year, McFarlane Toys announced today that it has begun a licensing agreement with CD PROJEKT RED to create action figures for Cyberpunk 2077! For the next 3 years, McFarlane Toys will be bringing fans the newest figures from the role-playing video game Cyberpunk 2077. Today, you can pre-order the latest figures online at GameStop.

The first wave of the McFarlane Toys Cyberpunk 2077 range will feature two sizes of the Johnny Silverhand action figure, including a 7-inch and 12-inch version. It will also include a 7-inch (Male) V figure as well. The 7-inch figures will have 22 points of articulation and replicate the likeness of the character, for the price of $24.99. The 12-inch Johnny Silverhand has an MSRP of $39.99. All figures will be available to purchase at major retailers in Spring 2020!

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released April 16, 2020 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, with the version for Google Stadia set to launch the same year. The game has won more than 200 awards, including the Golden Joystick Award for Most Anticipated Game. Recently, Cyberpunk 2077 has also received media and fan attention for its star-studded soundtrack.

Fans of both McFarlane Toys and Cyberpunk 2077 can check www.mcfarlane.com and the McFarlane Toys social media channels for updates and news, www.mcfarlane.com; www.instagram.com/mcfarlane_toys_official; and www.facebook.com/mcfarlanetoys;

Happy Holidays 2019

From all of us at GamingShogun.com, we hope you and yours have an incredible holiday celebration. We will see you all in a couple days once the crazy gift exchanges, caroling, and big meals are done with. Thanks for an amazing year so far.