Author - Jerry Paxton

Dragonbone Vale Update Now Available for Neverwinter

Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of online games, and Cryptic Studios announced that Neverwinter’s 22nd module, Dragonbone Vale, is now available on PC (Arc Games, Epic Games Store and Steam), and will launch on PlayStation and Xbox consoles on February 8. The latest module for the free-to-play Dungeons & Dragons® MMORPG marks the return of the game’s main antagonist, Valindra Shadowmantle, as she’s joined forces with the Cult of the Dragon in the Sword Mountains to bring undeath to dragons across Faerûn. In addition to familiar foes coming back to Neverwinter, the module introduces plenty of new content for adventurers, including a new adventure zone that brings brand-new grappling hook traversal mechanics and a new faction reputation system to earn rewards, a new 10-player trial featuring Valindra, new heroic encounters, and more.

Adventurers can expect even more content to enjoy in Neverwinter, as an additional content update bringing a new Epic Adventure, Scaleblight Mythal, will soon be available for players to experience the ending of the Dragonbone Vale story, and it will offer a new region in the Sword Mountains to explore. Adventurers will have access to this content on PC beginning February 8 and on consoles starting March 8.

About Dragonbone Vale

In Dragonbone Vale, the evil lich Valindra Shadowmantle has returned to threaten the Sword Coast alongside the Cult of the Dragon, who have come to possess an ancient artifact with the potential to amplify their foul rituals of undeath. Under the leadership of famed wizard Elminster Aumar, the brave Heroes of Neverwinter will need to work with the allied factions of Protector’s Enclave, to reclaim the Dragonbone Vale and put a stop to the Cult’s plans.

Dragonbone Vale introduces plenty of playable content and exciting updates for PC players to explore:

  • Dragonbone Vale Adventure Zone & Campaign – In this new adventure zone, Heroes of Neverwinter set out from the encampment of the four allied factions and work their way through four distinct regions of the Sword Mountains: Whetstone Thicket, Quellwater Tarn, Wyrmbone Marrows, and Scaleblight Summit. The adventure zone includes the following unique features:

    • Grappling Hook Mechanics – For the first time ever in Neverwinter you can grapple around specific, designated spots of the Dragonbone Vale adventure zone with a grappling hook, allowing vertical exploration and new ways to travel the zone. These mechanics won’t be available in other zones outside of Dragonbone Vale at this time.

    • Faction Reputation System: By completing faction-specific quests, such as heroic encounters, defending supply lines, gathering dragonsight treasures and more, players can build reputation with each of the four factions,which they can use to unlock various rewards and features, including faction cosmetics, companion gear, and more.

  • The Crown of Keldegonn Trial – A new 10-player trial where heroes confront Valindra and the dracolich Palhavorithyn atop the dwarven ruins of Keldegonn. Players can begin to unlock the trial on January 18.

  • Scaleblight Mythal (Epic Adventure) – The story’s culmination in Sword Mountain’s Scaleblight Summit region. Members of the Shield of the North Alliance assault the location of the great ritual and fight to stop Valindra and the Cult of the Dragon from invoking Rite of the Dracolich to bring undeath to all dragons. Adventurers will have access to this content on PC beginning February 8 and on consoles starting March 8.

  • Enchantment and Refinement Overhaul – This update brings quality of life improvements to the refinement system and all-new enchantments.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG featuring fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding lands, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is available on PC and is free to play digitally on Xbox One (Xbox Live Gold membership not required) and PlayStation®4 (PlayStation®Plus not required).

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Bunker Builder Simulator Official Trailer Released

Have you ever wondered how the best bunker builders work? You can find out for yourself in Bunker Builder Simulator, a new game from HyperStudio.

Each day media are telling us about disasters waiting for humankind in near future. Viruses, asteroids, nuclear warfare – you can choose one of many. You have seen titles informing about those. If you want to prepare yourself for those disasters you can build your bunker.

That’s where a new game from HyperStudio comes into play – Bunker Builder Simulator puts you into the position of the owner of the bunker builder company. You will have to manage the needs and safety of your clients. If you will make a good job you will earn a fortune. Acquire new contracts and make a name for your company. A good reputation will bring new customers to you.

With new contracts comes new abilities and items. As you progress you will gain access to a wide array of building tools, machines, and furniture. Thanks to them you will be able to work even more effectively.

Bunker Builder Simulator will be available on Steam. Add it to your Steam Wishlist to not miss any pieces of information about the game.

The Legend of Vox Machina Official Red Band Trailer Released

Prime Video starts off the new year with the release of the official trailer for The Legend of Vox Machina, the upcoming highly anticipated adult animated fantasy-adventure series from Critical Role and Titmouse. The first season will consist of 12 episodes, with three episodes premiering every week starting January 28 in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

About The Legend of Vox Machina:

Based on the beloved characters and adventures of Critical Role’s first livestreamed tabletop role-playing game (RPG) campaign, The Legend of Vox Machina is an animated fantasy-adventure series for adults that follows Vox Machina, a band of misfits with a fondness for boozing and brawling. In a desperate attempt to pay off their mounting bar tab, these unlikely heroes end up on a quest to save the realm of Exandria from dark magical forces. From a sinister necromancer to a powerful curse, the group confronts a variety of obstacles that not only test their skills, but also the strength of their bond.

The Legend of Vox Machina is a production of Amazon Studios, Critical Role, and Titmouse for Prime Video. The series stars Critical Role founders and cast members Laura Bailey (The Last of Us: Part II), Taliesin Jaffe (Final Fantasy XIV), Ashley Johnson (The Last of Us), Liam O’Brien (Star Wars: The Bad Batch), Matthew Mercer (Overwatch), Marisha Ray (Final Fantasy XV), Sam Riegel (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Travis Willingham (Marvel’s Avengers). The Critical Role cast also serves as executive producers, alongside Brandon Auman (Star Wars: Resistance), Chris Prynoski (Metalocalypse), Shannon Prynoski (Fairfax), and Ben Kalina (Big Mouth).

Critical Role is a story-driven media company created by a group of nerdy-ass voice actors that started out sitting around a table together as friends creating epic stories. In 2019, they launched a Kickstarter campaign to produce a 22-minute animated special based on the characters and adventures of Vox Machina, Critical Role’s original livestreamed tabletop RPG campaign. They met their initial funding goal within minutes, and thanks to Critical Role’s passionate fanbase, the campaign continued to gain traction, raising over $11.3 million and becoming one of the most funded Film & Video projects in Kickstarter history. The fan support allowed Critical Role to expand the special into a 10-episode season. When Amazon Studios picked up the series, it built on that record-breaking support by ordering an additional 14 episodes, bringing the total number of episodes to 24 across two seasons, which will stream exclusively on Prime Video.

RØDE Unveils VideoMic GO II Compact Shotgun Microphone

RØDE is excited to introduce another game-changing addition to its legendary range of on-camera microphones. Introducing the VideoMic GO II, an ultra-lightweight and compact shotgun microphone that’s packed with innovative features for today’s content creators. Like the original VideoMic GO, one of RØDE’s best-selling on-camera microphones, the VideoMic GO II offers superb sound quality while being very simple to use, but it also has a few new tricks up its sleeve that make it extremely powerful and versatile.

KEY FEATURES OF THE VIDEOMIC GO II:

  • Revolutionary acoustic design, first introduced with the VideoMic NTG and NTG5 shotgun microphones – delivers unmatched transparency and rich, full-bodied sound
  • 3.5mm TRS output for use with cameras and USB-C output for use with smartphones, tablets and computers
  • Ultra-lightweight (just 89 grams) and compact, making it highly portable and useful in a wide range of content creation applications
  • Incredibly easy to use – no batteries required and no complicated switches or controls
  • Compatible with RØDE apps for accessing advanced features, powerful audio processing, and studio-quality recording on any device
  • Designed and made in RØDE’s state-of-the-art facilities in Sydney, Australia

PROFESSIONAL AUDIO WITH EASE

The VideoMic GO II makes capturing professional-quality audio simple. It features the same revolutionary acoustic design as the VideoMic NTG and NTG5 professional shotgun microphones, which utilises RØDE’s innovative annular line tube technology to deliver unmatched transparency and rich, full-bodied sound that enhances the audio quality of any device it is connected to. The VideoMic GO II runs off plug-in or USB power, meaning no batteries are required to operate, and with no complicated switches or controls, it is incredibly simple to use, allowing creators to just pick it up, plug it in and go.

ONE MIC FOR EVERY DEVICE

Like all RØDE VideoMics, the VideoMic GO II features a 3.5mm TRS output and is an excellent solution for filmmakers and content creators in need of a compact, easy-to-use microphone for capturing high-quality audio with a camera. It also features a USB-C output for plugging directly into smartphones, tablets and computers – a highly innovative feature also found on the VideoMic NTG.

This ground-breaking patent-pending technology unlocks huge creative potential, making the VideoMic GO II suitable for everything from creating content for TikTok on a smartphone to recording a podcast on a computer. When used in USB mode, the 3.5mm port functions as a headphone output for zero-latency audio monitoring and playback, essentially turning the VideoMic GO II into a fully-featured USB mic.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

Weighing a mere 89 grams and measuring just 150mm in length, the VideoMic GO II is ultra-lightweight and compact. It is perfect for use with compact cameras, smartphone recording rigs or as a desktop USB microphone, and is small enough to be taken anywhere – ideal for creators on the move. Despite its diminutive size, the VideoMic GO II packs a punch, with a professional-grade shockmount and high-quality windshield included, rugged all-metal body, and renowned RØDE build quality ensuring it can take on the rigours of creating day in, day out.

SUPERCHARGED WITH USB POWER

The ability to connect the VideoMic GO II to a smartphone, tablet or computer via USB not only opens up a world of creative possibilities for users but also unlocks access to supercharged features via the RØDE app suite: RØDE Connect, RØDE Central and RØDE Reporter.

RØDE Central is a handy desktop and mobile companion app that gives users access to advanced features, including a high-pass filter, high-frequency boost, pad, and complete control over the input level and headphone output level.

The VideoMic GO II is fully compatible with RØDE Connect, RØDE’s free podcasting and streaming software. This allows up to four VideoMic GO IIs (and other compatible RØDE microphones) to be connected to a computer, with complete control over the microphone’s input level, access to the high-pass filter, high-frequency boost and pad, plus studio-grade audio processing, including the legendary APHEX Aural Exciter and Big Bottom effects, and a compressor and noise gate.

For creators looking for a simple solution for recording broadcast-quality audio on a mobile device, the VideoMic GO II can also be used with the RØDE Reporter app for iOS and Android devices.

Compatibility with RØDE Central, RØDE Connect and RØDE Reporter via its unique USB audio output transforms the VideoMic GO II into an incredibly powerful and versatile microphone unlike anything else in its class, perfect for everyone from mobile content creators to podcasters and livestreamers.

The VideoMic GO II is so much more than just an on-camera microphone. Like the VideoMic NTG before it, it is a supremely versatile audio tool with unlimited creative potential.

“When we released the VideoMic NTG in 2019, we completely revolutionised on-camera audio, as we have been doing for well over a decade,” says RØDE CEO Damien Wilson. “With its highly innovative acoustic design and USB recording capabilities, it pushed the boundaries of what a compact shotgun mic was capable of. Not only was it ideal for on-camera use, but it also became a go-to for mobile content creators, an excellent portable recording solution for podcasters and streamers, and a do-it-all microphone for filmmakers.”

He continues: “The VideoMic GO II combines these same features with the ultra-lightweight and easy-to-use form factor of the original VideoMic GO to offer a highly versatile yet approachable microphone ideal for a wide variety of creators, from beginners to seasoned professionals. The next generation of compact shotgun microphones has well and truly arrived, and once again, RØDE is leading the charge.”

The VideoMic GO II is shipping worldwide now. Check out it at rode.com/videomicgoii.

Not For Broadcast Leaves Early Access on January 25

Publisher tinyBuild and developers NotGames are making headlines as Not For Broadcast launches on Steam, GOG and Epic Games Store on January 25th. This darkly comedic news management game is already a massive Early Access success story, selling over 300,000 copies, and currently holding Steam’s coveted Overwhelmingly Positive user review score at 95%.

Featuring over 43 hours of satirical live-action newsreel, surreal ads and strange TV clips from a familiar yet twisted parallel Britain, Not For Broadcast sits players at the broadcasting desk for the National Nightly News. While the TV show rolls, your job is to pick the camera angles, bleep the swearing and make the occasional career-defining editorial decision, all live and under pressure. Easy, right? And here’s you thinking you were just here to clean the office.

Not For Broadcast gives players a complex and powerful interface to bend the airwaves to their will. You’re not just watching the news here; you’re making it. Keep the broadcast compelling and static-free to keep audiences glued to their screens. Your choices will have wide-reaching effects, changing the fate of everything from corporate sponsors to national governments.

With thousands of glowing user reviews and over 300,000 copies sold, tune in for Not For Broadcast’s long-awaited finale. Early Access players have been able to experience the first two Episodes of the scathingly satirical story (as well as several bonus modes), but the best is yet to come. When the game leaves early access on January 25th, players will have access to the thrilling last Episode, featuring many hours of new footage, fresh gameplay challenges and plenty of major decisions to be made that will affect the story ending.

Not For Broadcast is available now on Steam and GOG in Early Access, with the final version coming to these stores as well as to Epic Games Store on January 25th.

HUMANKIND First DLC is Cultures of Africa

When we first created HUMANKIND™, our turn-based historical strategy game, selecting only 10 cultures per era was quite the challenging process. Today we’re happy to announce the first additions to our original roster of 60 cultures, with the “Cultures of Africa” DLC.

Experience thousands of years of history from the world’s second largest continent with 6 new cultures spanning all eras, new natural and built wonders, independent people, and 15 new narrative events.

Plus, purchase from now through January 20th and get 10% off!

Here’s some additional detail about what’s included in the DLC:

SIX NEW CULTURES

  • Era 1 – Bantu (Expansionist) The Bantu expansion is a postulated series of major migrations of an original Ntu-speaking group from Central- West-Africa across much of sub-Saharan Africa.

Pick this culture if you want to grab a lot of land fast and early!

  • Era 2 – Garamantes (Agrarian)  The Garamantes emerged as a major regional power in the mid-second century AD. Their growth and expansion rested on a complex and extensive qanat irrigation system (known as foggaras in Berber), which supported a strong agricultural economy and large population.Pick this culture if you want to get food from arid Territories!

•     Era 3 – Swahili (Merchant)  The rise of the Swahili coast city-states can be largely attributed to the region’s extensive participation in a trade network that spanned the Indian Ocean.
Pick this culture if you have lots of coasts and want to take advantage of them!

  • Era 4 – Maasai (Agrarian) A fierce pastoralist people with a Nilotic (rather than Bantu or Swahili) language. For the Maasai, achieving warrior status meant single-handedly killing a lion with a spear.Pick this culture if you want to optimize your growth rate!

•     Era 5 – Ethiopians (Militarist)  During the Scramble for Africa, Ethiopia and Liberia were the only two nations that preserved their sovereignty from long-term colonization by a European colonial  power. By weaving the natural cliffs and ledges into the creation of their fortresses, Ethiopia was able to fend off most colonial forces.

Pick this culture if you’d like to quickly catch up on military and science!

  • Era 6 – Nigerians (Agrarian)  Nigeria unites a wide variety of cultures under the rule of one state. The variety of its terrain and the abundance of its hydraulic resources offer it significant agricultural possibilities and make it one of West Africa’s foremost producers.Pick this culture to increase your oil deposits and agricultural workforce!

5 NEW WONDERS

  • Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Victoria Falls
  • Zuma Rock
  • Lake Natron
  • Great Mosque of Djenné

….PLUS 7 INDEPENDENT PEOPLE & 15 NEW NARRATIVE EVENTS

The “Cultures of Africa” DLC will be released on Steam, Epic Games Store, and Microsoft Store on January 20th for $8.99/€8.99/£6.99.

We hope you enjoy!

– the Amplitude team

Far Cry 6 Pagan: Control DLC Out Now

Pagan: Control, the second major DLC coming to Far Cry 6 as part of the Season Pass, is now available worldwide on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Stadia, as well as Windows PC through the Ubisoft Store and the Epic Games Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+* on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna.** Players must own Far Cry 6 to access Pagan: Control.

Players will embody Pagan Min, the iconic villain from Far Cry® 4, in a brand-new experience inspired by the roguelite genre taking place in the depths of the villain’s troubled psyche. Blending intense action and storytelling, Pagan: Control will provide a unique opportunity for players to explore Pagan’s mind, learn more about his past, and face off against familiar faces as he struggles to break free from his cycle of guilt and regrets.

Joseph: Collapse, the third and final DLC to release as part of the Season Pass, will be available later this year and allow players to dive into the mind of Far Cry 5 ‘s villain.

Led by Ubisoft Toronto***, Far Cry 6 is an open-world first-person shooter that plunges players into the heart of a modern-day guerrilla revolution. On the island of Yara, President Antón Castillo vows to restore his nation to its former glory while grooming his son Diego to follow in his footsteps. Yet, paradise comes at a cost and enriching his country means subjugating those who don’t follow his vision. Players will take up the cause to liberate Yara as Dani Rojas – a local Yaran and military drop out – tries to escape Yara but ends up joining revolutionary group, Libertad. As Dani, players will experience the adrenaline and chaos of “resolver” guerrilla combat, Far Cry style, with the most creative and innovative arsenal yet.

For more information on Far Cry 6, please visit Farcry.com

Universal Studios Hollywood Unveils New Annual Pass Offer

It’s time for resolutions, and what better personal challenge is there than to experience Universal Studios Hollywood as many times as possible this new year with an Annual Pass, saving up to $50 online now through April 7, 2022.

Universal Studios Hollywood is the place to create picture perfect memories as guests bravely face the stunningly realistic Indominus rex in “Jurassic World—The Ride” or become one of the stray pups adopted on Illumination’s award-winnning “The Secret Life of Pets: Off the Leash” ride.

For anyone looking to enjoy endless entertainment throughout the year, Universal Studios Hollywood offers memorable experiences, from the magical land, “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” to the animated worlds of Illumination’s “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “The Simpsons Ride” in Springfield, U.S.A.  Guests also can enjoy the world-famous behind-the-scenes Studio Tour along with delectable food delights and unique and popular merchandise.

Pass Members benefit from a variety of exclusive incentives devised especially for these valued ticket holders. Discounts on general admission tickets for friends and family to the theme park along with the popular seasonal event “Halloween Horror Nights” and other special events are included in the Pass Member program. Additionally, Pass Members can enjoy sweepstakes opportunities and discounts at participating CityWalk locations.

More information about Annual Pass options are available here. Blackout dates apply to select passes, and reservations may be required for return visits. Additional restrictions apply. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

ELEX II Pre-Orders on Now Along with New Combat Trailer

The invasion has begun! An enemy force has landed on Magalan, bringing death and destruction to the planet and all its inhabitants. There’s only one way to stop them; fight them with everything you’ve got. Let fire rain on them, shoot them with guns, bows, rockets or laser weapons. Hack, slash and smite them with your sword, axe or chainsaw – whatever weapon suits you best. ELEX II lets you choose how to fight using melee, magic or ranged combat, or a combination of all three. You can learn every skill and you can master every weapon – it’s all up to you.

Check out how Jax gets rid of his enemies in the new ELEX II Combat trailer.

Pre-Order starts today
ELEX II will release on March 1st, 2022 for PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One™, and the Xbox Series S/X™. ELEX II is available for pre-order now, the SRP is $ 49.99 | € 49.99 | £ 38.99 on PC and $59.99 | € 59.99 | £ 48.99 on consoles.

PlayStation
https://thqn.net/elex2-ps

Xbox
https://thqn.net/elex2-xbox

PC
ELEX II on Steam: https://store.steampowered.com/app/900040
ELEX II on GOG.com: https://www.gog.com/game/elex_ii
ELEX II on the Epic Games Store: https://www.epicgames.com/store/p/elex-ii

Jackass Forever Official Trailer Released

Celebrating the joy of being back together with your best friends and a perfectly executed shot to the dingdong, the original jackass crew return for another round of hilarious, wildly absurd, and often dangerous displays of comedy with a little help from some exciting new cast. Johnny and the team push the envelope even further in jackass forever.

Paramount Pictures and MTV Entertainment Studios Present

A Dickhouse Production