Author - Jerry Paxton

Do Not Open PSVR Teaser Trailer

Madrid, June 22nd. – Sony Interactive Entertainment Spain (SIE Spain) and Quasar Dynamics reveal today a new teaser trailer for Do Not Open, a PlayStation®VR exclusive title developed as part of the PlayStation®Talents initiative. Do Not Open is a survival horror that features escape room mechanics as well. Michael J. Goreng, the main character, is a well-known zoologist and epidemiologist trapped in his own house where his wife and daughter are held against their will. Goreng will have to solve different puzzles to escape from a mysterious threat while dealing with paranormal activity. The release date of Do Not Open will be confirmed soon.

Quasar Dynamics promises high replayability: in every new game players will have to solve different riddles and events won’t happen exactly as before. This feature will allow players to unlock different endings in order to discover the mystery that surrounds the house. The studio was founded as a spin-off of Quasar Dynamics, a company with years of expertise in VR, AR, and XR. In Do Not Open they are turning all their knowledge to video games in a title that will last in VR players’ minds for years.

KEY FEATURES

  • Experience an interactive escape room. Solve riddles and puzzles to escape from this nightmare and unravel its secrets.
  • Beware of an evil presence lurking in the shadows. Think fast and don’t take too long solving the puzzles and choose wisely. A dark entity is watching you…
  • Play a different game every time. There are no savepoints. The rooms of the house will change every time you play depicting Alan’s disturbed mind.

World of Warships: Legends Gets WH40K Ships and New 2.4 Update

AUSTIN, TX (June 22, 2020) – Grim darkness invades World of Warships: Legends. The 2.4 update is live today and filled with Warhammer 40,000 themed content, a new branch of American Light Cruisers in Early Access, the new “Lone Veteran” campaign, and an event project in the Bureau. Players will have plenty of ships and goals to shoot for in-game.

Wargaming brings the gothic splendor of Warhammer 40,000 to World of Warships: Legends. Players can choose between different bundles containing themed ship skins, commanders with unique voiceovers, camouflages and flags from two of the biggest factions in the Warhammer 40,000 universe – the Imperium of Man, a galaxy-spanning interstellar human empire; and Chaos, those devoted to serving the Chaos Gods.

Imperium of Man and Chaos will be represented through unique and dreadful ships helmed by their fearless commanders: Justinian Lyons XIII and Arthas Roqthar the Cold.

To coincide with the 4th of July celebrations coming up, a pair of American light cruisers are arriving in early access. These cruisers, Dallas at Tier V and Helena at Tier VI, are well armed with rapid-fire 6-inch guns capable of dishing out damage and setting fires at a startling rate. However, these ships will require skillful sailing in order to avoid taking hits from the enemy. The Helena is especially well armed with 15 main guns, a true expression of American firepower.

There’s also the new “Lone Veteran” campaign tying in with 4th of July celebrations. At the end of this campaign sits the unique American heavy cruiser Wichita. This battle-hardened ship was a sort of hybrid between a Brooklyn-class light cruiser and a New Orleans-class heavy cruiser. Wichita went on to serve all over in World War II, from start to finish. As a prototype for the Baltimore-class, her playstyle is very similar—delivering powerful AP shells onto enemy ships. Wichita also has access to Sonar and Radar, giving her many options in combat. There are 95 levels of the “Lone Veteran” campaign to complete, with the 5 weeks following the update to finish, but determined captains can complete more difficult, optional, tasks to finish the campaign one week earlier.

The most intrepid players will begin completing the first Bureau projects quickly, so a new one has been prepared—the “Red, White, and Blue” project. Players can unlock permanent Stars N’ Stripes camouflages for several US Cruisers and the Tier VII battleship Iowa on their way to unlock the final prize: the Tier V Premium Battleship California. This highly modernized battleship is heavily armed and armored, but is quite slow. California had an interesting career in World War II, she was severely damaged in the attack on Pearl Harbor and sank shortly afterwards, but that wasn’t the end. A few months later, a massive salvage and rebuilding effort began that put her back in service at the start of 1944. California then fought through the rest of the war including the last battleship engagement in history at the Battle of Surigao Strait. The “Red, White, and Blue” project is shorter than the other main bureau projects, so it will be less of a long-term goal than the Legendary Tier ships introduced in the last update.

There’s plenty of Independence Day related content, plus the Warhammer 40,000 collaboration on the way to the seas of World of Warships: Legends in this update. Get ready for a ton of events, and Turn the Tide!

Hamilton Official Trailer Released

June 21, 2020 – Tonight, as part of the 2020 ESPYs airing on ESPN and ESPN2, Disney+ debuted the trailer for “Hamilton,” the filmed version of the original Broadway production, ahead of its global premiere on the streaming service on July 3, 2020.

An unforgettable cinematic stage performance, the filmed version of the original Broadway production of “Hamilton” combines the best elements of live theater, film and streaming to bring the cultural phenomenon to homes around the world for a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime experience. “Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.

Filmed at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in June of 2016, the film transports its audience into the world of the Broadway show in a uniquely intimate way. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and direction by Thomas Kail, “Hamilton” is inspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow and produced by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeffrey Seller, with Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman serving as executive producers. Filming was produced by RadicalMedia. The 11-time-Tony Award®-, GRAMMY Award®-, Olivier Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical stars: Daveed Diggs as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler; Jonathan Groff as King George; Christopher Jackson as George Washington; Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton.

Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden D&D Sourcebook Revealed

June 18, 2020 – Embark on a tale of dark terror in the forlorn civilization of Ten-Towers and the bone-chilling areas surrounding these frontier settlements in Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden. Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden contains fantastic secrets and treasures are entombed in the sunless heart of the glacier – what will their discovery mean for the denizens of Icewind Dale? You can even pre-order on D&D Beyond to immediately receive a few bonuses – icy character sheet backdrops and a set of glacial digital dice!

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The sourcebook is also one of horror… In fact, one of the influences for the game was John Carpenter’s The Thing (ed. note. One of the greatest horror films in the history of film).

In addition to Rime of the Frostmaiden, several new D&D products were announced to come out in 2020:

  • Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden takes adventurers to the beloved setting made famous by Drizzt Do’Urden and the Companions of the Hall in a way never seen before. The tale of dark terror revisits the forlorn, flickering candle lights of civilization known as Ten-Towns and sheds light on the many bone-chilly locations that surround these frontier settlements.  Developed by Chris Perkins, the adventure book takes players from level 1 to 12 and will release everywhere September 15 with a standard cover featuring a painting by Tyler Jacobson, with an alternate cover designed by Hydro74 available only in game stores. More info can be found here.
  • Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Dice and Miscellany allows you to prepare for a cold reception by arming yourself with dice that bring the heat! Based on the successful form factors of the Descent into Avernus and Laeral Silverhand dice sets, “Icey Dicey” features 11 dice in a frosty metallic blue, and two d20s to roll disadvantage. The dice are packaged in a beautiful, durable box that doubles as a felted dice tray. The Miscellany contains a player-friendly foldout map of Icewind Dale and Ten-Towns and 20 double-sided cards with descriptions and illustrations of characters and creatures one might encounter in Icewind Dale. Available for pre-order here. [Sept. 15; $24.95]
  • Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden Platinum Edition from Beadle & Grimm’s will also release this Fall. This limited edition set from Matthew Lillard and company builds on the success of previously released boxes providing prop and visual aids for DMs. More info can be found here. [Date Oct, $499]
  • WizKids is again creating amazing licensed D&D miniatures for this adventure including: D&D Set 17 Configurations featuring a Premium set + 8ct Booster Brick; D&D Icons of the Realms: Adult White Dragon Premium Figure and D&D Icons of the Realms: Sapphire Dragon Premium Figure [Aug; $69.99/each]. Everything is available for preorder through game stores now and more info can be found here.
  • From the authors of Art & Arcana comes a D&D cookbook to add some spice to your game night, Heroes’ Feast. Michael Witwer, Jon Petersen and Kyle Newman crafted in-world food & drink recipes from the Forgotten Realms. Use Heroes Feast to serve dishes for your gaming group in that tavern session, or just to impress guests. Pre-order now at Penguin Random House. [Oct 27; $35].
  • Halloween will be even more fantastic this year as D&D has partnered with Spirit Halloween, the only authorized D&D Costume retailer, with the teams working hand-in-hand to create three amazing costumes. Cattie-Brie is the selection for the empowered action heroine including deluxe sculpted shoulder armor piece, and paired with the Heartseeker (Bow & Arrow accessory $29.99) makes for a badass Halloween costume. The Drizzt Do’Urden costume features faux leather straps, a silver wig, and you can kit yourself out with Twinkle ($29.99) and Icing Death ($29.99) sword accessories to complete the fantasy. The Dungeon Master is the classic from the 80s D&D cartoon and comes with the cool bald pate and wig. Each costume will retail for $49.99 and are available for preorder now at: https://www.spirithalloween.com/dnd.
  • Two comic book collaborations are also coming later this year. IDW will release At the Spine of the World  [Oct. 21] from amazing storytellers new to D&D, Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) and AJ Mendez (former WWE Superstar). On November 4, Dark Horse will release Stranger Things & Dungeons & Dragons from comic-writing veterans Jody Hauser & Jim Zub. More information can be found on the D&D product pages, online here and here.

CYBERPUNK 2077 Pushed to November 19

JUNE 18, 2020 – cd Projekt RED has announced that it is pushing back its highly-anticipated CYBERPUNK 2077 until November 19, 2020. This, from an official social media statement by the company’s leads. The game was previously set for release on September 17, 2020.

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According to the statement, the game is already content and gameplay complete, so this time will be spent on tweaks, balancing, and polishing – always a good thing that not enough companies do in these times of “early access”. While this news is sure to frustrate some fans, just remember that this will ensure a more immersive and amazing experience upon launch.

Be sure to check out the “Night City Wire” stream on June 25th for more gameplay, details, and more to whet your appetites until November!

Othercide Release Date Trailer

PARIS — June 17, 2020 — Focus Home Interactive and Lightbulb Crew have announced that the tactical horror RPG Othercide will launch on PC via Steam, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on July 28. The team has also revealed that the game is expected to arrive on Nintendo Switch later this summer. Othercide marries the dark art design and world-building of the horror genre with the deep systems and challenges of a strategy game for a truly gripping experience.

The Daughters, echoes of the greatest warrior to ever live, are all who stand before the Suffering — dread creatures made from humanity’s worst sins. Lead your army of Daughters in turn-based battles, shape their abilities and personalities, and if you must, sacrifice one to save another. Those who survive will become stronger, ready to fight again.

Othercide’s combat is a spectacular dance of actions and counters: plan ahead and set up intricate chains of abilities using the Dynamic Timeline System to vanquish your enemies. Fight, fail and rise again against nightmarish bosses in a stunningly ruthless gothic noir world.

Pre-orders for Othercide are now live on Steam and Xbox One. PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch pre-orders will be available soon.

WB Unveils DC FanDome Virtual Convention

BURBANK, CA, June 16, 2020 – Save the date and prep your cosplay! On Saturday, August 22, starting at 10 a.m. PDT, Warner Bros. will welcome fans everywhere into the DC FanDome—a free virtual fan experience where no badge is required.

Imagine all the Super Heroes and Super-Villains you’ve ever loved finally coming together in one place to celebrate DC’s past, present and future. Accessible for 24 hours at DCFanDome.com, the global event will immerse fans into the DC Multiverse, with new announcements from WB Games, Film and TV, and comics, as well as an unprecedented opportunity to hear from the casts and creators behind your favorite feature films and TV series, including: AquamanThe BatmanBatwomanBlack AdamBlack LightningDC Super Hero GirlsDC’s Legends of TomorrowDC’s StargirlDoom PatrolThe FlashHarley Quinnthe SnyderCut of Justice LeagueLuciferPennyworthSHAZAM!The Suicide SquadSupergirlSuperman & LoisTeen Titans GO!TitansWatchmenYoung Justice: Outsiders and, coming this fall to theaters worldwide, Wonder Woman 1984.

The DC FanDome is the place to hear highly anticipated announcements and the latest news, see exclusive footage, and venture into themed worlds designed to entertain everyone from movie and TV superfans to gamers and readers, to families and kids. With special presentations to engage fans in every time zone across the globe, you’ll have the opportunity to have an experience that’s all your own. Inside this virtual world, fans will also get access to localized events, featuring the faces and voices from countries around the world in their local language. No matter where you live, your age or your level of fandom, there is something for you.

Ann Sarnoff, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Warner Bros., said, “There is no fan like a DC fan. For more than 85 years, the world has turned to DC’s inspiring heroes and stories to lift us up and entertain us, and this massive, immersive digital event will give everyone new ways to personalize their journey through the DC Universe without lines, without tickets and without boundaries. With DC FanDome, we’re able to give fans from around the world an exciting and unparalleled way to connect with all their favorite DC characters, as well as the incredible talent who bring them to life on the page and screen.”

Exploring the DC FanDome

The epicenter of the DC FanDome is the Hall of Heroes, where you can experience special programming, panels and content reveals from a wide variety of films, TV series and games, available in several languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. From there, navigate deeper into the DC Multiverse, exploring five additional satellite worlds, each with its own localized content and unique activities and one world fully devoted to our younger fans:

  • DC WatchVerse: Here’s where you grab a seat, sit back and join our virtual audience and become completely engrossed in hours of must-see content from around the world. Everything from panels and exclusive screenings to never-before-seen footage, featuring cast, creators and behind-the-scenes crew from across DC Films, TV, Home Entertainment and Games.
  • DC YouVerse: Venture into this world where the FANS are the stars to see the most amazing user-generated content, cosplay and fan art from around the world, including, perhaps, your own.
  • DC KidsVerse: Need a way to entertain your kids for hours on end? We’ve got you covered inside a special world, which can be accessed directly at DCKidsFanDome.com. This area features a broad range of family-friendly activations for our younger fans.
  • DC InsiderVerse: This creativity-based world contains a centerpiece video featuring legendary artist and DC CCO/Publisher Jim Lee, President of DC-Based Film Production Walter Hamada, and creator of the DC TV Arrowverse, Executive Producer Greg Berlanti, welcoming fans with a 101-style introduction to the DC Multiverse. From there, go behind the scenes with the master artisans who bring DC to life in all its forms, from comic books to games, TV, movies, theme parks, consumer products and more.
  • DC FunVerse: Take your DC FanDome experience and gather cool shareables; check out our comic book reader; DIY cool WW84 Golden Armor and Batmobile kits; plus digital giveaways and a store filled with merchandise, including some limited-edition exclusives.

Pull Up to the Blerd & Boujee House

Where my Blerds at? The second annual celebration of Black nerd culture returns with the all-new Blerd & Boujee House at DC FanDome, bringing Blerds, LatinxGeeks and all nerds “party-with-a-purpose” vibes. As anyone lucky enough to get into the first-ever Blerd & Boujee boat party (featuring DJ D-Nice) at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 can attest, fans will not want to miss connections and conversations designed for the culture.

Calling All Fans!

There’s nothing more important to DC than our fans, and we want to showcase you! In partnership with Talenthouse, DC FanDome today launched a call for your best DC Fan Art & Fandom displays. Show us your cosplay, makeup, tattoos and even your own Batcave! Be sure to submit your best at create.DCFanDome.com for a chance to be featured inside this virtual world event, and demonstrate to people in your home country and across the globe that you are the ultimate DC Super Fan. Selected artists on the day of our event will be voted on by the community in each of our two competitions in order to help our judges pick selected artist winners. Selected artist winners will receive part of a cash prize pool courtesy of DC and Talenthouse.*

Be sure to check back at our official site, DCFanDome.com, frequently for additional updates on what will be happening inside the DC FanDome, including exciting new content on our new blog, the Daily Star, which kicks off with a welcoming note from Jim Lee himself. Also, follow the social channels below for frequent updates about participating cast members, creators, writers, artists and game developers you can expect to see.

Running Universal Virtual Race Announced Featuring Trolls

Universal City, CA, June 15, 2020 – Universal Studios Hollywood invites guests to bring the excitement and colorful exuberance of DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls to their front door by participating in the all-new 5K, 10K or Kids’ 1K “Running Universal” Virtual Race.

Registration is now open at www.RunningUniversal.com with multiple standard and VIP packages available. Registration is limited and the Virtual Race can be completed at any time.

All participants will receive a collectible finisher medal featuring their favorite Trolls World Tour characters, complete with touchable hair. Runners who complete the virtual 5K can choose between colorful Poppy or Branch medals, while those who complete the virtual 10K will receive a sparkly medal featuring the energetic Guy Diamond. Guests can also choose to purchase the Trolls Party Package which includes all three medals. Kids who run the 1K will receive their own exclusive Trolls medallion.

Guests can choose between several different running packages to commemorate their own hair-raising Trolls tribute to the popular “Running Universal” series. The Standard 5K or 10K package will include one collectible medal, a themed drawstring backpack, a collectible Trolls pin and a downloadable bib and certificate. The VIP 5K or 10K package will include the Standard package items plus a Running Universal reusable water bottle. Young racers participating in the Kids’ 1K will receive an exclusive medallion, a themed drawstring backpack and a collectible Trolls pin along with a downloadable bib and certificate. The ultimate Trolls fan can select the Trolls Party Package, which includes all three medals along with the Standard Package items and reusable water bottle.

Runners can enhance their at-home experience by listening to the “Running Universal” playlist on Spotify as they train and complete the race. To further engage with fans nationwide, participants can share their experience on their social media channels using the hashtag #RunningUniversal and use brand-new Virtual Race stickers on GIPHY.

“Running Universal,” featuring DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls continues Universal Studios Hollywood’s popular “Running Universal” series, which launched last year with the popular “Minion Race” and was followed by the “Jurassic World Race.”

For more information about “Running Universal” events, visit www.RunningUniversal.com.

Star Wars: Squadrons Announced for October 2

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Calling all pilots! Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), Motive Studios and Lucasfilm today announced Star Wars™: Squadrons , an immersive, first-person space dogfighting experience set in the beloved Star Wars™ galaxy. Star Wars: Squadrons will feature thrilling 5v5 multiplayer dogfights, monumental fleet battles, and an original story set during the final days of the Galactic Empire and the rise of the New Republic after the events of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™. The game will launch October 2, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox® One, PC via Origin™, Steam and the Epic Games Store, and will be playable via Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation® 4 and PC with cross-play support. Tune into EA Play Live on June 18 at 4:00pm PT for the gameplay reveal of Star Wars: Squadrons.

“We created this game for every Star Wars fan who has ever dreamt about soaring across the galaxy in their favorite starfighter,” said Ian Frazier, Creative Director, Motive Studios. “Through the collaboration of the teams at Motive and Lucasfilm, we’ve been able to create a high-fidelity starfighter experience with an authentic storyline that invites Star Wars fans to explore never-before-seen corners of the galaxy in their own ship. We’re excited to show all this in action this week at EA Play Live.”

In Star Wars: Squadrons, players will enlist as starfighter pilots, stepping into the cockpits of iconic starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets. They’ll plan skirmishes with their squadron in the briefing room before taking off for space battles across the galaxy. Players will engage in strategic 5v5 multiplayer space battles with the goal of demolishing the opposing flagship in Fleet Battles and will feel the rush of first-person multiplayer combat as they work with their squadron to defeat as many opponents as possible in Dogfights. Pilots will triumph as a team, adjusting the composition of their squadrons to suit their playstyles as they progress, crushing their opponents and completing objectives across known and never-before-seen locations, including the gas giant of Yavin Prime and the shattered moon of Galitan.

Star Wars: Squadrons will offer rich cosmetic and gameplay customization options with rewards and bonuses that are earned solely through gameplay. As players move up the ranks, they’ll earn components such as weapons, hulls, engines and shields to customize the performance of their starfighters; and gain cosmetic items to customize their cockpit, ship exteriors, and appearance of their pilot. In addition, players will be able to squad up with their friends and play against others, regardless of platform, as cross-play will be supported on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and VR.

Star Wars: Squadrons will also feature a single-player story that brings to life events following the Battle of Endor when the Rebel Alliance has successfully destroyed the Death Star II. Through the story, players will learn what it means to be a pilot as they battle from the alternating perspectives of two customizable pilots, one serving in the New Republic’s heroic Vanguard Squadron, while the other fights for the Galactic Empire’s fearsome Titan Squadron. The authentic story features a diverse cast of original characters, as well as some cameos from familiar faces in the Star Wars galaxy.

Star Wars: Squadrons is available now for pre-order* and lands on retail and digital storefronts on October 2 for $39.99. EA Access** and Origin™ Access Basic** subscribers can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time at launch, along with 10% off the purchase of the full game. Origin Access Premier** subscribers will get full access to Star Wars: Squadrons on PC along with all the benefits of Basic as long as they subscribe. For more details, visit https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/squadrons.

Follow the EA Star Wars channels on Twitter and Facebook, or visit https://www.ea.com/games/starwars to stay updated on the latest news.

New World Announcement Trailer

Seattle – June 13, 2020 – During today’s PC Gaming Show, Amazon Games announced the closed beta for its upcoming massively multiplayer online (MMO) PC game, New World, will begin on July 23, 2020. Information surrounding the closed beta date was revealed alongside a new gameplay trailer highlighting the game’s rich player-versus-player combat experience. Players who pre-order New World will secure automatic access to the closed beta when it begins, plus in-game rewards. New World will launch globally for PC on August 25, 2020.

New World is an Open World MMO that pits players against the haunted wilderness of Aeternum, a mysterious island during the twilight of the Age of Exploration. Success in New World ultimately depends on a player’s ability to conquer not only rival players, but Aeternum itself as it unleashes undead legions, hell-bent on purging them from its shores.

Massive battles set New World apart, with fortress sieges against other players and supernatural invasions that feature up to 100 players on the battlefield at once. Combat in New World is visceral and skill-based, giving players direct control over their movements and attacks. Aeternum is rife with danger and conflict, but rich in opportunity for soldiers, explorers, artisans and empire-builders. Players can band together to form powerful Companies operating out of fortified strongholds, or play alone and acquire and customize their own homes as they contribute to the growth of the larger community around them. New World provides near-limitless play, with classless character progression, social systems, and rich crafting mechanics.

New World is being developed at Amazon Games’ development studio in Orange County, California, by a team comprised of industry veterans with experience building some of the world’s most beloved multiplayer games, including Destiny, World of Warcraft, and Everquest.

The new combat gameplay trailer can be found here. To pre-order New World visit https://www.newworld.com/en-us/game-editions. For more information on New World, please visit https://newworld.com, and follow the game on Twitch, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.