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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Third Expansion Released

March 23, 2020 – The third free title update for the acclaimed Monster Hunter World: Iceborne expansion is now available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X. It offers two powerful monster variants, a number of system updates, and a new seasonal in-game event. In an accompanying developer update video, the Monster Hunter team also teased future updates coming to Iceborne; hunters can look forward to a Master Rank hunt for the gilded Kulve Taroth, the emergence of Arch-Tempered Namielle, and the calamitous appearance of Alatreon in the New World.

New Challengers Enter the Ring
Only the boldest hunters can successfully counterattack Rajang when in its enraged golden state. Its variant, Furious Rajang, embraces this seething anger to amp up its attacks even further. With its golden coat crackling with energy, every clash with this predator is an all-out assault. From a devastating pin attack to a number of new medium and long range attacks, Furious Rajang ensures no distance is safe. Since Furious Rajang also has fewer weak points to exploit, hunters will have no choice but to tackle this agile threat head-on.

Variant Raging Brachydios brings some explosive changes with an even more volatile coating of slime seeping from multiple areas on its body. Hunters can force the slime to drop off by attacking specific body parts, but must be prepared to avoid an even wider explosive zone once the slime reaches the ground. This hulked up version of the fan-favorite blast from the past can also trap hunters in a no-holds-barred cage match where retreat is not an option.

Hunters brave enough to attempt these encounters will be rewarded with materials to forge brand new top-tier Palico gear, weapons, armors featuring new set bonus skills, and decorative pendants.

Layered Weapons, Hunter Helper Updates, and More
Title Update 3 also introduces layered weapons, which alter the appearance of weapons without impacting their stats. The first round of layered weapons is available now, and allows players to customize fully upgraded weapons with a distinct base frame and monster part attachments. Later in April, weapons with unique designs will join the layered weapon pool. Hunter Helper is also overhauled, with increased monetary rewards when assisting hunters with a lower Master Rank, and enhanced drop rates for various quest types. Assisting hunters with Assignments now offers a chance of receiving rare decorations through Carved Feystones, while other regular quests award armor-enhancing King Armor Spheres. Those spheres will come in handy now that rarity 12 armors can be enhanced to level 20.

Guiding Lands aficionados will now have access to a new tool: the Banishing Ball. Now quest leaders can force unwanted monsters out of a region immediately while on a hunt. Hunters relaxing after a quest have a new swath of Paid DLC options for Your Room, including new monster figures, music options, and décor. Fashion hunters also have reason to celebrate, as all NPC hairstyles from World are now available as part of a free character customization update. When paired with new paid DLC pendants and sticker sets, hunters can flex their style even more.

New Seasonal Event
A day after Title Update 3 arrives for PC players on April 8th, both the PC and consoles communities will celebrate the new Seliana seasonal event, Full Bloom Fest, and simultaneous content updates for all platforms going forward! The whole base is getting into the rosy spirit, with new gathering hub decorations, new canteen meals, a new Poogie costume, seasonal Palico gear, pendants, paid seasonal Handler costume, and new guild card options. During Full Bloom Fest, log-in bonuses and bounties will offer tickets for crafting the elegant event armor, in addition to brand new event quests that provide materials for layered headgear based on the rare endemic creature Downy Crakes, and a pair of Whetfish Dual Blades.

Future Updates
In April, hunters will have even more challenges to overcome, with the Master Rank arrival of the glimmering Kulve Taroth, and the emergence of Arch-Tempered Namielle. The new Kulve Taroth Event Quest provides groups of four hunters the chance to gather upgrade materials that can bring the High Rank siege’s gear up to Master Rank muster. Hunters will also need their sharpest wits, weapons, and strategies for the approaching arrival of the fearsome walking natural disaster Alatreon. More info on this calamitous Elder Dragon coming soon

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 Launch Trailer

Lesquin, France, March 19, 2020 – Motorcycle racers around the world, make your way to the starting line! NACON and KT Racing are pleased to announce the release of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2. Ride in the world’s most iconic motorcycling race with the official game!

In TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2, you ride the roads of the Snaefell Mountain course, where the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy has been contested for over a century. The Isle of Man TT course is very different from a classic circuit. The route is full of imperfections and includes fast corners, tight bends and long straights where riders can exceed speeds of 186 mph (300 kmh)! TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 faithfully recreates the demanding course of this legendary race in which unerring anticipation is the key to victory.

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 takes realism to new heights, including improved bike physics, wear and tear of various parts, and inclusion of official TT bikes and riders. KT Racing worked closely with two professional riders to help meet the high expectations of players: Julien Toniutti, the fastest French rider in the TT; and Davey Todd, ranked second in the game’s worldwide leaderboards and the second fastest newcomer of all time in the real race.

To prolong the fun, explore a new area, a true biker’s paradise: the ideal place to adjust your bike’s set-up and attempt a variety of challenges like pursuits and time attacks. In addition, the redesigned Career mode offers each player the chance to move from amateur rider to winner of the Senior TT! Choose the teams you want to race with over the seasons, customise your bikes, plan your calendar and manage your career to win the ultimate accolade.

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is the most detailed motorcycling simulation in its genre thanks to the following features:

  • Realistic bike physics and challenging gameplay
  • All 38 miles (60km) of the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy meticulously recreated
  • 17 additional circuits to explore and for improving riding skills
  • An open-world area for testing reflexes and bike set-ups
  • A deep Career mode offering the chance to move up from amateur rider to winner of the Senior TT
  • 27 riders and 13 official TT bikes available, as well as 5 legendary bikes
  • A unique helmet cam for increased immersion

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is now available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC. Its release on Nintendo Switch™ is planned for later in 2020.

Conan O’Brien Announces iPhone-Shot Shows

LOS ANGELES – March 18, 2020 – Beginning on Monday, March 30, CONAN will begin airing new episodes on TBS that will have been shot remotely on an iPhone, without an audience and with guest interviews being filmed via video chat. O’Brien’s production staff will remain working from home.

“The quality of my work will not go down because technically that’s not possible,” said O’Brien.

“Our first priority is the health and well-being of everyone in the Team Coco family, and our second priority is to try and find a way that we can do our jobs safely, from home, and contribute some entertainment for our fans out there who may be hungry for silly distraction,” said Jeff Ross, Executive Producer.

CONAN has been on a pre scheduled hiatus since March 16 but due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, O’Brien has been filming short videos all throughout this week aiming to bring laughter to people in self isolation. He’s also recorded a special “Quarantine Edition” of his popular podcast Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend that was released on March 13.

CONAN airs Monday-Thursday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS. The show is produced by Conaco LLC, with Jeff Ross serving as Executive Producer.

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Panzer Corps 2 Out Now

EPSOM, March 19th 2020. Slitherine, the publisher totally focused on strategy games, along with developer Flashback Games bring you Panzer Corps 2, now available on the Slitherine e-shop, Steam, and other digital download sites.
Panzer Corps 2 has been available for pre-order for the last two months, making it one of the most wishlisted games on Steam in March.

In Panzer Corps 2, players take control of the Wehrmacht war machine, from the invasion in Poland in 1939 to the final defense of Berlin in 1945. You’ll fight battle after battle using the classic turn-based hex system all wargamers have loved since Panzer General, the father of a genre to which Panzer Corps 2 is the spiritual successor.

Panzer Corps 2 – the long awaited sequel to the first Panzer Corps, Slitherine’s best seller with more than one million copies sold – is finally out with a brand new, shiny 3D engine built on Unreal. There’s a massive amount of content, including more than a thousand unique 3D unit models, over 60 scenarios forming the Wehrmacht grand campaign, an advanced random map generator for playing new skirmishes against the game AI or other players. Since the modding community was such a great part of the first Panzer Corps, in the sequel players will find the much improved Scenario Editor available to support mods from day one.

“Panzer Corps started ten years ago as a passion project by a single modder. We took it to the market with the idea of bringing back a genre that made the history of gaming as we know it, and we are proud to have achieved that”, said Iain McNeil, Slitherine CEO. “Not only Panzer Corps became a very successful game, it also contributed to inspire others to reinvent turn-based strategy and make it one of the core genre of the 21st century. We see Panzer Corps 2 as the testament of all this journey and we are confident players will celebrate it with us”.

Players will be able to choose Panzer Corps 2 base edition, the General Edition or the ultimate Field Marshal Edition, each one with exclusive bonus materials.

Total War: Three Kingdoms A World Betrayed DLC Out Now

March 19, 2020 – In the north, the tyrant Dong Zhuo has fallen to the blade of his adopted son, Lü Bu: a fierce warrior hellbent on defeating the great heroes of China. In the south, Sun Ce mourns the death of his father, the noble Sun Jian, and pledges his life to continue his father’s legacy. The day has come where they must stand alone, the future theirs to take…

194CE Timeline

Rewrite history as THREE KINGDOMS transitions into 194CE, a time in which rebellions have been thwarted but discontent and turmoil remain at large. Amid the conflict China’s foremost warlords clash as they hasten to fill the power vacuum left vacant at the heart of the Han Dynasty.

Expanded Warlord Roster

With the indomitable Lü Bu and the ambitious Sun Ce, A World Betrayed features two of China’s most prodigious warlords of the period as playable factions within the new campaign. Both peerless warriors feature unique story arcs, new mechanics, and faction specific elites ready to lay waste to the false claimants of China.

Free Update

A World Betrayed also ushers in the next update for all THREE KINGDOMS players. Patch 1.5.0 grants access to a brand-new warlord in the form of Yan Baihu, unique commanders, powerful warriors and eminent statesmen, as well as revamps to the spies and bandit factions, plus much more. Additional details on the accompanying patch can be found here.

Retail Information:

Release Date: March 19th, 3PM GMT.

Suggested Retail Price: £7.99, $9.99, €9.99

Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1209110/Total_War_THREE_KINGDOMS__A_World_Betrayed/

Shadow Man Getting A Remastered Edition

March 18, 2020 (Vancouver, CA) – Valiant Entertainment has partnered with Nightdive Studios to develop a remastered edition of the classic action-adventure video game SHADOW MAN. The remastered edition will be coming to Windows PC via the Steam and GOG platforms, as well as to the PlayStation, Xbox, and Switch consoles. This partnership continues Valiant’s expansion into other mediums in addition to publishing.

Valiant Entertainment is home to the third-largest connected universe in comics, behind Marvel and DC, with over 2,000 characters. Since DMG Entertainment’s acquisition of Valiant in late 2018, the global media and entertainment company has proven its ambitious plans to grow its presence in Hollywood, making its first foray into theaters with “Bloodshot”, starring Vin Diesel, opening #1 worldwide this past weekend.

“As part of our continued growth into the video game industry, we’re happy to bring Valiant fans this immensely popular Shadow Man character as the next title we release,” said Dan Mintz, Chairman and CEO of Valiant Entertainment. “Using this platform allows the Valiant fans to experience and explore the universe creatively.”

Shadow Man is the brave and powerful supernatural hero who protects humanity from the sinister demons that lurk in the Deadside and spill into our world. The Shadow Man video game was originally developed by Acclaim Studios and published for the PC, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, and Dreamcast console in 1999. Considered a “lost classic” for years, the PC version of the game was published again in its original form by Nightdive Studios in 2014.

Now the title is being updated using Nightdive’s proprietary KEX engine which has been used to restore classic video games across all digital platforms including System Shock: Enhanced Edition, Turok, Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, Blood: Fresh Supply, and Forsaken Remastered.

The Remastered version adds a host of features in addition to console support:

* 4K widescreen display
* Dynamic shadow mapping
* Dynamic per-pixel lighting
* Antialiasing, and other post-process effects
* Higher density of particle effects
* Refined art, audio, and assets
* Refined gameplay experience
* Reintroduction of missing content cut from the original game
* Xbox, PS4, Controller Pro support
* HDR Rendering

Stephen Kick, CEO at Nightdive Studios explained: “Our goal with the remaster is to give today’s generation of gamers all the features that they expect from a modern title while preserving the qualities that made Valiant’s iconic character and the original Shadow Man game such memorable classics to begin with.”

Shadowman will also have a brand-new comic book series this year! From master of horror Cullen Bunn (Venom) and bone-chilling artist Jon Davis-Hunt (The Wildstorm), SHADOWMAN #1 will release on May 20th. Fans can contact their local comic shop to preorder a copy now.

Vampire: The Masquerade Audio Book Series Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (New York, NY – March 18, 2020) – HarperCollins is pleased to announce the publication of VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE: WALK AMONG US (Harper Voyager US; June 16, 2020), an audio-first trio of horror novellas set in World of Darkness’ Vampire: The Masquerade, one of the most popular role-playing properties in the world.

“The World of Darkness is a transmedia brand that today encompasses everything from video games to immersive events. But it started with books: the written word created our complex dark fantasy world, and it’s in our blood,” Sean Greaney, Brand Manager for the World of Darkness at Paradox Interactive, said. “For years, fiction audiences have thirsted after deep and complex vampire stories. With this partnership, HarperCollins will introduce vampire fans to a whole universe filled with intriguing and intricate stories. We are thrilled to return Vampire: The Masquerade to mainstream fiction with these audiobooks.”

The subtle horror and infernal politics of the World of Darkness are shown in a new light in VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE: WALK AMONG US, spotlighting the terror, hunger, and power of the Kindred as they’ve never been seen before.

In A SHEEP AMONG WOLVES by Genevieve Gornichec, depression and radicalization go hand-in-hand as a young woman finds companionship in the darkness… In FINE PRINT by Cassandra Khaw, an arrogant tech bro learns the importance of reading the fine print in the contract for immortality… And in LAND OF MILK AND HONEY by Caitlin Starling, ideals and ethics bump heads with appetite on a blood farm.

Three very different stories from three brilliant, distinct voices, but all with one thing in common: the hunger never stops, and for someone to experience power, many others are going to have to feel pain.

Says Harper Voyager US Editorial Director David Pomerico, “Vampire: The Masquerade has always been such a powerful force in the gaming community, it was almost shocking there wasn’t much in print set in the World of Darkness. The opportunity to tell three very different, very powerful stories with three incredible young writers is so exciting, and clearly a no-brainer for Harper Voyager and Harper Audio.”

GTFO Gets Massive Update this Month

March 18, 2020 Swedish independent game developer 10 Chambers Collective – formed in 2015 by nine industry veterans known for titles such as PAYDAY: The Heist and PAYDAY 2 – released their first game GTFO, a 4-player co-op action/horror FPS, as Early Access in December last year. It’s been described as “Left 4 Dead meets Aliens”, and on March 31st it’s getting a massive update as a part of their Rundown concept, where the game is regularly updated with new expeditions (i.e. maps, enemies, etc.) that replace the previous ones. The new update, which has been in development since November, includes a new environment laid out over 10 new maps, new weapons, enemies and objectives – and today they are teasing it by releasing a developer playthrough of one of the new levels.

GTFO is a 4-player co-op action/horror FPS game, made for hardcore gamers looking for a challenge. The game takes place in a terrifying underground facility called “the Complex”, where your team’s survival relies on your ability to communicate, coordinate – and count your bullets, as ammunition is scarce. Today, they are showing a recorded gameplay session the developers had, revealing the first expedition of their next big update (Rundown #002), which will be named “Infection” – hinting its theme.

In the video, you can see the group of four put on the objective to locate a “TERMINAL_546” and from that, establish an external uplink. It’s up to the team to find out how to get to this terminal, GTFO doesn’t give any waypoints or name clues. This can involve looking for signs on walls and doors, and to type in commands on computers placed out over the maps, called Terminals.

“GTFO doesn’t hold any hands and places demand on cooperation from the start; communicate with your team to find out if they see any signs on the walls or doors, to make progress. On this particular level we’re playing in the video, a new puzzle is introduced where everyone needs to cooperate to establish an external uplink form a terminal. One team member will need to type in commands that are only visible on the screens of the three other players – who will need to shout them, while also combating an onslaught of monsters. It gets intense, as you can see in the video”, Ulf Andersson, founder of 10 Chambers, says.

Visible in the video are also two new weapons, a machine pistol, and a burst rifle. When it releases – and is made available free for everyone that owns GTFO – on March 31st, it will also include a total of 10 new maps, some of them needing unlocking, new enemies and objectives.

“The update will include 10 new maps in total but we’re trying out an exciting new feature as well, that we call Community Lock. When we release the update, it will have a number of the maps unlocked. When a certain number of people have completed the first batch of levels, the rest will be unlocked as well”, says Simon Viklund, co-founder of 10 Chambers. “We hope this will encourage even more help and engagement between our community members, which we have seen a lot of already – and we feel very grateful to have such a nice and friendly community.”

GTFO already has a very active community, especially on Discord where they’re one of the largest servers right now with over 175 000 members. This is used for people to find new team members as well as discussing the game or helping new people understand the game.

This new update, named Infection (Rundown #002), will be available March 31st, 1 PM CET, to everyone that owns GTFO Early Access.

GTFO Early Access is available on Steam for $34,99. The game will be regularly updated with new content.

SnowRunner Gameplay Overview Trailer Released

March 17, 2020 – SnowRunner, the new off-road driving experience from Saber Interactive and Focus Home Interactive, is just a few weeks away, but you can find out everything you need to know about how it works now with the game’s new Overview Trailer!

SnowRunner puts you behind the wheel of 40 heavy-duty, customizable, off-road vehicles from makers like Chevrolet, Caterpillar, Freightliner and more in some of the world’s most unforgiving environments. Explore three new regions with 11 interconnected sandbox maps, bringing you more than three times the square mileage of the original MudRunner for a true test of how you fare against the elements.

Master extreme hazards like snowbanks, ice, rivers and mud — each with their own unique physics and challenges — to get the job done as cleanly as possible. SnowRunner offers a huge variety of missions to take on alone or with friends online in fully synchronous four-player co-op multiplayer! And with mod support at launch on PC made possible by a new partnership with mod.io, you’ll be able to expand your experience even further with great content from the community.

SnowRunner is coming April 28 to PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Games Store. SnowRunner: Premium Edition includes the base game and its season pass, which will deliver new vehicles, maps, activities and more after release. Pre-orders and an exclusive pre-order bonus are available via the game’s official store.

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition Announcement Trailer

Prague, Czech Republic – March 13, 2020 – 1C Entertainment and Snowhound Games announce Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is coming for PC, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and Switch. Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is set to release March 24th and be priced at $24.99 USD / 24,99 EUR.

Check out the trailer:

Following Deep Sky Derelicts initial launch into Steam Early Access in 2017 and its positive reception by fans of tactical rogue-like RPGs, the game has been requested by numerous players to hit the shelves of Microsoft Xbox One, Sony Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch stores. Since its successful release on PC, Deep Sky Derelicts has been remarkably polished, expanded, and enhanced with fresh content and multiple new features, which now creates a perfect moment to gratify the console gamers and finally bring it on their favorite platforms!

In a grim dystopian future, mankind has scattered across the galaxy and human society has split into two distinct classes. You are a poor, stateless outcast forced to live off scraps from derelict stations and ships in outer space. A fabled alien derelict ship rumored to be hidden within the Deep Sky sector of space is your ticket for citizenship and a cozy life on a hospitable planet.

Begin your search by building a crack team of scavengers, then enhance their skills and equipment through exploring decrepit space stations, hazardous planets, and derelict alien ships. Fight monsters for loot and return to home base to upgrade your gear, all in distinctive retro-futuristic comic book art style.

Experience Deep Sky Derelicts in its ultimate, definitive edition, which combines the overhauled base game with its two DLCs: New Prospects and Station Life. Both additions bring new gameplay features, character upgrades, home base improvements, monsters, missions and much more!

Key Features:

  • Enhanced base game and two DLC packs included
  • Fresh take on turn-based combat with cards
  • Dynamic sci-fi comic book look & feel
  • Endless customization options for characters and scavenging teams
  • High replay value thanks to procedurally generated content
  • Dozens of enthralling little stories of the outcast life in the grim Deep Sky universe
  • Two game modes: Story Campaign and Arena

Deep Sky Derelicts: Definitive Edition is developed by Snowhound Games and published by 1C Entertainment. The title is rated PEGI 12 – Violence and Bad Language.