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Conan Exiles: Age of Sorcery Announcement Trailer

Today, Funcom are proud to announce that Sorcery is coming to Conan Exiles in Q3 2022, bringing both a huge free content update and a fundamental change in how the game will continue to grow for ages to come.

With Age of Sorcery, Conan Exiles fulfills the Sword & Sorcery promise that lies at the heart of Conan the Barbarian, and thrusts a choice into the hands of every Exile: What manner of power do you choose? Join Funcom’s developers in today’s trailer as they explore the cornucopia of content coming in Age of Sorcery.

Ages are a new way for Conan Exiles to expand its world and experience. Including the Age of Sorcery, each following Age will continue to have its own theme, free gameplay updates, and paid Battle Passes, which replace the current DLC model. Ages look to the future, in order to deliver evenly paced content drops and an easy way for any player to support the game’s growth and receive exclusive themed cosmetics.

In Age of Sorcery, players will choose whether to grasp the virulent powers of sorcery, sacrificing a portion of their life force to cast deadly spells and summon unholy creatures. Additionally, thanks to an improved attributes and perks system that gives players choices between perks at certain milestones, character progression and combat is deepened.

Building has never been better in Conan Exiles; with a complete overhaul adding a faster, easier to use interface for both keyboards and controllers, and a tailored Creative Mode that lets players fly through the air to build without restrictions.

The update includes a host of further improvements and additions, including tweaks to followers, new placeables and crafting materials related to sorcery and rituals, updates to the world to make it even more alive and dangerous, and more!Su

Age of Sorcery will arrive in Q3 2022, and will be preceded by a number of in-depth articles, videos, posts, and more covering its major features.

The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle Chapter Available Now On Consoles

Today, ZeniMax Online Studios and Bethesda Softworks are excited to release the latest Chapter in the ESO saga, The Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle, available now on Xbox and PlayStation consoles.

This never-before-seen Elder Scrolls world is home to a brand-new Elder Scrolls story which focuses on political intrigue. The lands of High Isle present the perfect getaway destination for alliance delegates to take on peace talks that would put an end to the Three Banners War. While the summit is hosted by the noble Society of the Steadfast, players should beware of The Ascendant Order and their chaotic motives. ESO’s more than 20 million players will experience an island paradise steeped in medieval culture and architecture, complete with magnificent castles and exciting tournament grounds.

A previously unexplored region, the Systres Archipelago takes inspiration from the beautiful, windswept shores of the Mediterranean. Here lies the stunning world of High Isle, home of the Bretons, descendants of both humans and elves. The social elite live in the feudalistic society of Gonfalon Bay, the center point of all political dealings on High Isle. Above all, ruthlessness is a virtue here, so players will have to watch their backs!

Last year, ESO brought Companions to players, and in 2022, ZeniMax Online Studios is doubling down on the system. Players will have access to two all-new companions, Ember, a Khajiit who grew up on the streets and has a knack for magic, and Isobel, a Breton and aspiring knight who feels called to do right by players.

Also new in 2022 is a brand-new card game called Tales of Tribute, playable within the world of ESO. Invented in High Isle, this is a unique, resource-building game complete with PvP and PvE. Players can even increase their rank through Tales’ own leveling system. Plus, there are cool rewards to be unlocked like furnishings, transmute stones, and even advancing a storyline by competing against specific NPCs around the world.

Players can purchase the new Chapter through the ESO Store, retailer or platform store of their choice. For the latest updates and information, remember to keep an eye on our official website and forums

D23 Expo 2022 Merchandise Experiences Announced

For the ultimate Disney fans, D23 Expo 2022 will feature never-before-seen, limited-edition merchandise from across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more. Author appearances, engaging panels with iconic Disney personalities, and interactive social moments on the show floor will give attendees a variety of ways to celebrate the magic of Disney and kick off 100 Years of Wonder. The Ultimate Fan Event, presented by Visa, takes place in Anaheim, Calif., from September 9 through 11, 2022.

WHERE TO SHOP

  • D23 EXPO MARKETPLACE: Debuting on the show floor this year is an all-new shopping experience, D23 Expo Marketplace. This 27,000-square-foot retail location offers merchandise from fan-favorite collections and characters across Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more, including limited-edition merchandise and the availability of the first items celebrating Disney’s 100th Anniversary. The D23 Expo Marketplace brings together the most exciting offerings from shopDisney, Disney store, and Disney Parks into one shopping destination for a wide assortment of curated brand collections, specialty items, and milestone anniversary collectibles.
  • MICKEY’S OF GLENDALE: Mickey’s of Glendale, the Walt Disney Imagineering store, will have three unique retail spaces for D23 Expo attendees to check out at the Anaheim Convention Center.
    • Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store — Featuring merchandise designed by Imagineers, including hats, T-shirts, accessories, and more. Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to shop collections celebrating the upcoming Walt Disney Imagineering 70th Anniversary.
    • Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store — Disney pin enthusiasts will want to stop by this space, which will feature a large assortment of limited-edition pins.
    • D23 Expo Shop x Mickey’s of Glendale — The Official Disney Fan Club and Mickey’s of Glendale have joined forces to bring you the official merchandise of D23 Expo 2022.
  • DISNEY PUBLISHING: The shopping destination for Disney book fans returns this year with an array of exciting first-to-market books available for purchase. Disney Publishing continues its tradition of celebrating great storytelling by hosting a variety of authors behind well-loved Disney stories. Join these world-building creators for book signings within the booth, including Disney historian and 100 Disney Adventures of a Lifetime author Marcy Carriker Smothers, DisneyBound’s Leslie Kay, Shinji Takahashi and the Mark of the Coatl’s Julie Kagawa, and Cautionary Tales’ Ridley Pearson.

WHAT TO BUY

Jam-packed with gear for every fan, from nostalgic collectibles, to fun twists on beloved classics, to playful merchandise from the newest series, movies, and characters, D23 Expo is the best place for fans to discover their next favorite treasure. A few highlights include:

  • D23 Expo attendees will have the first opportunity to purchase items celebrating Disney100.
  • Inspired by the vibrant landscape of Wakanda, and brought to life on-screen in Black PantherWorld of Wakanda merchandise from Marvel will debut at D23 Expo Marketplace and on shopDisney.
  • Guided by the Light, a new collection by Ashley Eckstein (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), is inspired by Ahsoka Tano’s strength amid darkness. The collection will also be available on shopDisney.
  • With the help of some magic, a new line of adorable plush inspired by tasty treats from Disney Parks Main Street Bakery will debut at D23 Expo: Disney Munchlings. These cute collectibles include a scented Mickey Mouse Cinnamon Swirl Bun and Minnie Mouse Wild Strawberry Cupcake. Disney Munchlings will also be available for purchase on shopDisney.

HOW TO SHOP

A few ways for attendees to navigate the shopping experience with ease:

  • Virtual Queue: Attendees will be able to sign up for an available boarding group in a virtual queue for D23 Expo Marketplace, Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store, or Mickey’s of Glendale Pin Store by using the Disneyland Resort app and scanning a QR code located at the store’s entrance.
  • Merchandise Mobile Checkout: Pay for items from D23 Expo Marketplace, D23 Expo Shop x Mickey’s of Glendale, or Mickey’s of Glendale Main Store via the Disneyland Resort app to save time!
  • StorePass: To shop select limited-edition collection items, attendees will be able to reserve via StorePass, an online reservation system prior to the start of D23 Expo. Details on how to get a StorePass reservation will be announced later this summer.

INSPIRED BY STORIES: WHAT TO SEE

Throughout the weekend, Disney will give fans the chance to get the very latest in product innovations, listen to revered authors, and explore fashion trends through an array of content. Highlights include:

  • Women in Disney Fashion: Step into the minds of major Disney fashion icons as they share an exclusive look at their upcoming Disney collaborations.
  • It’s a Small Disney World: Celebrating the Art of Disney Parks: Ever wondered what it’s like to be an official Disney Parks artist? Disney will gather six artists to dive into their art, ideas for the future, and behind-the-scenes insights.
  • Cautionary Tales with the Disney Villains: The Imagination of Ridley Pearson: Cautionary Tales author Ridley Pearson and Walt Disney Archives Director Becky Cline will delight fans and spark creativity with insider Disney stories.
  • National Geographic’s 100 Disney Adventures of a LifetimeFrom a dessert cruise with fireworks views to an exclusive dinner in Walt’s Disneyland apartment, discover one-of-a-kind magical Disney experiences in this memorable discussion with expert Marcy Carriker Smothers.
  • Hey Disney! — a custom voice assistant built on Amazon’s Alexa technology — will be highlighted on the D23 Expo show floor (stay tuned for more details). Whether at home or in a Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort hotel room, fans will be able to use an Echo device to interact with their favorite Disney, Star Wars, or Pixar characters.
  • On the Show Floor: Attendees can also check out activations from Visa, Amazon, Target, Aniplex, BoxLunch, Citizen, Enterprise, Funko / Loungefly, IMAX, Pandora, Ravensburger and Sunglass Hut, along with many others.

D23 Expo Guests should get ready to be wowed by the assortment of fan-favorite merchandise, books, clothing, and collectibles.

A limited number of single-day tickets for Sunday of D23 Expo 2022 are available for $99 for one-day adult admission and $79 for children ages 3–12. Gold Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $89 for a one-day adult admission. Single-day Friday and Saturday tickets and three-day passes are sold out. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2022, visit D23Expo.com.

Universal Studios Hollywood Extends 4th of July Events for Full Weekend

Universal Studios Hollywood celebrates 4th of July by extending its Independence Day festivities throughout the weekend from Saturday, July 2 – Monday, July 4, inclusive of dazzling nightly fireworks displays, live music performances, specially themed décor and more, all included in the price of admission to the theme park.

From the moment guests walk along the iconic red carpet and enter the theme park, they will be immersed in July 4th festivities from themed décor to the sounds of a fife and drum band. Then, beginning nightly at 9:00 p.m., an elaborate fireworks display will splash across the sky, synchronized to a score of Universal-themed music and patriotic favorites from two locations inside of the theme park.

Universal Studios Hollywood continues to provide endless entertainment with one-of-a-kind blockbuster attractions; from the “Jurassic World—The Ride” mega-attraction inspired by the JURASSIC WORLD film series and featuring a stunningly realistic and fully articulating dinosaur, the Indominus rex, to becoming a stray puppy looking to be adopted on Illumination’s award-winning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” ride and getting swept up in the excitement as you enroll in Minion training with Gru, Margo, Edith, Agnes and the mischievous Minions on Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem.”

The non-stop excitement continues as guests visit Springfield, U.S.A. and “The Simpsons Ride™,” take a behind-the-scenes look at an authentic working movie and television production studio along the world-famous Studio Tour, which now features several electric trams, or experience heart-pounding thrills on “Transformers™:  The Ride-3D” and “Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride.”

Adding to the summer fun, guests can delight in the popular return of “The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle,” featuring an incredible light projection experience, while they enjoy the magical land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.” The program runs nightly through Sunday, August 14.

Universal Orlando Resort is also celebrating with special in-park activities on Monday, July 4 including live music, meet and greets with favorite characters, themed performers and an exciting pyrotechnics display.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

SHAQTOBERFEST Haunted Attraction Announced

15-time All-Star and basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal and ABG Entertainment today announced a partnership with Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, the producers of world-class live events and location-based entertainment experiences including LA’s own Haunted Hayride, for the first-ever SHAQTOBERFEST Halloween event, taking place at the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA this October. Officially open to the public beginning late September through Halloween, the interactive experience will be the ultimate Halloween destination for family-friendly trick-or-treating, ghoulish games, delicious treats, specialty libations, frightfully fun nighttime haunted trails and exciting live entertainment that encapsulates O’Neal’s playful personality.

“Halloween can’t come soon enough,” said O’Neal. “Thirteenth Floor Entertainment and I have some tricks up our sleeves to make this the most spook-tacular Halloween event ever!”

Located alongside one of Los Angeles’ most haunted landmarks, SHAQTOBERFEST will include six thrilling Halloween-themed areas for guests to explore, each featuring Halloween trails, games, live entertainment, food and beverage vendors and more. The experience will be narrated by O’Neal’s instantly recognizable voice.

“We are beyond thrilled to be partnering with Shaq and ABG Entertainment for a truly unique Halloween experience coming this fall,” said Chris Strafford, CEO and Founding Partner of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment. “SHAQTOBERFEST will be unlike any other Halloween attraction that we have ever produced, and we couldn’t be more excited to be launching it at one of the area’s most well-known locations and show our fans what we’ve created for them. Not to mention, we’re really excited to be able to produce an event in Long Beach, which has a long running history of hosting amazing Halloween celebrations.”

Each afternoon will provide family fun trick-or-treat offerings and entertainment for children of all ages who are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes. Come nighttime, the energetic lights and music turn on as the witching hour begins, unleashing O’Neal’s ghoulish minions into the haunted trails and midways as the spirits of SHAQTOBERFEST are brought to life.

“We are incredibly excited to launch the first-ever Shaqtoberfest,” said Matt Goldstein, SVP, Entertainment and Special Projects at ABG Entertainment. “Fans of all ages are going to have the time of their lives celebrating Halloween with Shaq.”

For more information and to stay up to date on ticket information, activations and location announcements visit Shaqtoberfest.com and follow us on Instagram at @Shaqtoberfest.

OUTRIDERS Free Play Week Announced

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that OUTRIDERS™ will be available to play for free on Steam from Monday June 20th to Thursday June 23rd.

Players on Steam can experience the full original OUTRIDERS game with no restrictions during this time, including cross-play with other platforms. Any progress players make as part of the Free Play Days will be waiting for them when they purchase OUTRIDERS on the same platform. Additionally, anyone who played the OUTRIDERS demo previously will be able to continue their progress from where they left off.

OUTRIDERS is a hard-hitting Looter Shooter set in an original dark sci-fi world. Humanity slowly bleeds out on the storm-ravaged planet of Enoch. You awaken as one of the last of the Outriders, somehow Altered by the terrifying Anomaly, infused with incredible powers. Embark on an epic journey across a hostile planet where everything has hyper-evolved to kill you to lead humanity to safety. Choose from four different classes and use deep and flexible character customisation to build your own play style, collect twisted and beautiful guns and gear, and wield destructive and dominating powers. Stay aggressive, kill to heal and take the fight to your enemies in single player or with up to three players in co-op, as you explore the unknown across an epic story campaign.

The Steam Free Play Days will begin on June 20th at 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm BST / 7:00pm CEST, and end on Thursday June 23rd at 10:00am PDT / 6:00pm BST / 7:00pm CEST.

Experience the intense action and deep character customization of OUTRIDERS free for a limited time now, before the next step in the OUTRIDERS universe, OUTRIDERS WORLDSLAYER, arrives on PC Steam, Epic and Windows Store, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now on June 30th, 2022.

Existing OUTRIDERS owners can purchase the WORLDSLAYER Upgrade to access WORLDSLAYER content. Digital pre-orders will be granted Early Access from June 28th across all platforms where pre-order is available.

For more information, visit www.outriders.net

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LEGO Brawls Release Date Trailer

The first team action brawler set in the LEGO® universe, LEGO Brawls, will hit gaming consoles worldwide on September 2, 2022. The LEGO Group premiered the official game trailer during LEGO CON 2022 in support of the release date announcement. Pre-orders are now available for Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation® 5, PlayStation® 4, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One. PC players can try out their brick bashing skills with an exclusive gameplay demo on Steam.

A first for the genre, LEGO Brawls enables players to build and compete with customizable minifigures and load-outs tailored to each player’s preference and play style. The multiplayer platformer combines competitive gameplay strategy with light-hearted minifigure mayhem and roughhousing. Players will battle with unique LEGO power-ups, from chickens to hot dog stand shooters to a flying rocket shaped like a fist. They’ll unlock minifigures, power-ups, and emotes as they play through fan-favorite LEGO themes and tussle their way to the top of the global leaderboard.

“With LEGO Brawls we really showcase the possibilities of LEGO games. The game is packed with LEGO fun, with it’s family-friendly gameplay and awesome minifigure customisation. We can’t wait for LEGO fans of all ages to build their minifigure hero and begin their action-packed adventures in LEGO Brawls,” said Murray Andrews, Head of Publishing, LEGO Games.

Developed and published in partnership with Red Games Co. and distributed in physical format for consoles by Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., LEGO Brawls has a range of multiplayer modes, unique challenges, and win conditions. Players can team up and brawl 4v4, party with friends, or play a game mode where it’s every minifigure for themself.

“LEGO Brawls was built on the concept that anyone, anywhere, can be a champion through a rare combination of self-expression, team collaboration, and spunk,” said Brian Lovell, CEO of Red Games Co. “We’re thrilled that the game will enable friends, families, and fellow LEGO fans near and far to connect and compete through fun, friendly brick battles.”

Pre-orders are now available via Microsoft Store for Xbox, Bandai Namco Store, and retailers around the world, and will be coming to Nintendo eShop this week. Stay up-to-date on the latest LEGO Brawls news, special events, and offers at www.legobrawlsgame.com.

Lumberjack’s Dynasty Console Announcement Trailer

Forestry life sim, Lumberjack’s Dynasty, is officially heading to consoles later this year. Marking the occasion with a brand new trailer and set to launch on June 30 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for €29,99, players will have the opportunity to live out their lumberjack fantasy.

Retreat from the bright city lights and enter the serenity of the forest in Lumberjack’s Dynasty. This unique life simulation game allows players to take on the role of a lumberjack who is new to the area. The game starts off with the player managing a run-down logging camp in an effort to restore it back to its former glory. Get behind the controls of heavy logging equipment to manage forests, harvest prime timber, and produce high-quality lumber among other products for sale.

Set to launch on June 30th across PlayStation and Xbox platforms for €29,99, players can learn more about the series as well as other Toplitz Productions titles by following their social media.

Zorro The Chronicles Launch Trailer

NACON, PVP GAMES, and BKOM studios, in collaboration with Zorro Productions, Inc. and the Canada Media Fund, are pleased to announce that Zorro The Chronicles, the game is now available on PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Nintendo Switch™. The all-new, action-packed adventure game, adapted from the hit animated series of the same name, offers epic adventures, combining thrilling combat, exciting exploration, and a nail-biting stealth experience.

Zorro The Chronicles is a family-friendly action-adventure game that features a variety of game mechanics, from sword combos to infiltration, as well as a parrying system. There is something for every play style in Zorro’s new saga.

Zorro The Chronicles, the game offers players a variety of characters to choose from, including Diego and his fearless sister, Ines. Each hero has specific abilities that they use to bring justice to Spanish-dominated 19th Century California.

Before every mission, players get to choose a starting location on the map, which directly affects the game’s style, and can lead to a stealthy approach or more of a frontal assault. To vanquish villain Monasterio’s soldiers, Zorro can employ a range of techniques, including using sound as a distraction, reaching high places with the aid of his famous whip, and leveraging the environment to his advantage. Experience points are earned with each successful parries and combos made while disarming enemies or marking them with a “Z”.

Zorro The Chronicles features teenager Don Diego, who faces the greatest challenges of his life as he fights for justice against numerous unscrupulous – and well-armed – tyrants! The action-packed series, like the game, presents villains’ evil plots and Zorro’s cunning tricks and jokes, all wrapped up in exciting and humorous action, including spectacular fights as he tries to protect vulnerable and innocent people.

Zorro The Chronicles, the game is adapted from Cyber Group Studios’ hit animated series of the same name, produced in collaboration with Zorro Productions, Inc. for France Télévisions (France) and RAI (Italy). The blockbuster show has been sold in over 100 countries to major broadcasters such as Turner (France), RTVE (Spain), RTS (Switzerland), Télé-Québec (Canada), Globosat (Brazil), TV5 Worldwide, and many others. The animated program was nominated for two awards, the 13th edition of the TV France International Export Awards and a Pulcinella Award for “Best Kids TV series” at Cartoons on the Bay (Italy).

All NACON games and accessories can be found on nacongaming.com

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Comic-Con Hall H Panel Announced

Prime Video confirmed today that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series will be coming to Comic-Con International: San Diego this July. Creators and stars of the much-anticipated new series will take to the coveted Hall H stage for the very first time, inviting fans of the much beloved franchise to experience Middle-earth as they never have before.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power panel will introduce the international team of actors bringing the show’s roster of new and legendary characters of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age to life.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is led by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay and stars a celebrated cast led by Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

Joining Payne & McKay are executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, as well as producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and directs, along with J.A. Bayona and Charlotte Brändström.

The multi-season drama will premiere in multiple languages and in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide on Friday, September 2, exclusively on Prime Video, with new episodes available weekly.