Author - Jerry Paxton

Call of the Sea Announcement Trailer

STOCKHOLM — May 7, 2020 — As part of Microsoft’s Inside Xbox livestream, video game publisher Raw Fury and indie game studio Out of the Blue have announced Call of the Sea — an otherworldly first-person puzzle adventure game launching as an Xbox Game Pass title and coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox One and PC in late 2020.

An otherworldly tale of mystery and self-discovery set in the 1930s, Call of the Sea is a love letter to the adventure game genre that follows one woman’s desperate search for her missing husband in the isolated reaches of the South Pacific. On an uncharted island paradise, you’ll discover the remnants of a lost civilization and unlock puzzles and secrets to reveal the fate of your husband’s ill-fated expedition. But in the course of your search, you may soon come to realize that not everything on this strange island is as it seems…

FEATURES:

  • Explore a lush tropical island gorgeously modeled in Unreal Engine 4, brimming with amazing sights, lost ruins and occult mysteries.
  • Investigate clues left by previous inhabitants and solve a variety of puzzles to unlock the mystery of what really happened.
  • Experience a suspenseful, emotional journey of self-discovery, fully voiced by BAFTA-winning actress Cissy Jones (Firewatch, Life Is Strange, The Walking Dead).
  • For more on Call of the Sea, venture to its official webpages at www.calloftheseagame.com and rawfury.com/portfolio/call-of-the-sea.

Those Who Remain – Welcome to Dormont Trailer

Watford, UK – MAY 7, 2020 – Award-winning publisher, Wired Productions, and up-and-coming independent studio, Camel 101, today announced that the PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam® for Windows PC version of their first-person psychological-thriller, Those Who Remain, is confirmed for digital release on May 28th, with a retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition set to launch globally later in the summer, alongside a Nintendo Switch™ edition.

Those Who Remain will be available in Standard and a retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition for PS4 and PC, which will include a digital download of the beautifully illustrated comic prequel story ‘Those Who Remain: Lights Out’.

Get a glimpse of the unique atmospheric horror awaiting players in Those Who Remain by checking out the new ‘Welcome to Dormont’ trailer:

“Those Who Remain is a game Camel 101 should be proud of,” said Leo Zullo, Managing Director, Wired Productions. “With the announcement of the digital release, we are set to offer fans of thrillers and adventure a unique supernatural experience. Later this summer, our offering expands with the retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition, and to compliment this, we’ll welcome Nintendo Switch owners to their own chilling adventure.”

Set in the sleepy town of Dormont, a town in a spiraling split from the fabric of reality, warped by darkness and the deeds of the citizens who reside, Those Who Remain is a story-driven, first-person adventure thriller combining a deeply atmospheric game world with tense psychological horror that delves deep into the human psyche.

Edward, a man who had previously enjoyed the perfect life, is attempting to break off an affair to put his life back on track by driving into the night, unaware of the darkness brewing below Dormont and the cause of recent disappearances. Players must confront the unknown horrors reflected by the darkness and survive the night as Edward is faced with a test of his sanity, morality and the shadows of evil that lurks below.

Those Who Remain is rated PEGI 16 and will release on digital stores for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Steam® for Windows PC on May 28th, 2020 with a launch SRP of £15.99 / €19.99 / $19.99. The retail-exclusive Deluxe Edition will be available for PS4 and PC and is open for pre-orders now via http://www.ThoseWhoRemain.com. Add the game to your Steam Wish List here.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners PSVR Launch Trailer

May 5, 2020 – Skydance Interactive, a division of Skydance Media, and Skybound Entertainment released its survival horror virtual reality game, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, for PlayStation VR (PSVR) today. Since its launch earlier this year for PC platforms, including Oculus Rift, Rift S, Quest (via Link cable only) and HTC Vive, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners has been praised by critics for its deep crafting system and visceral, physics-based combat system and appeared as one Steam’s Global Top Sellers. Now optimized for PSVR, The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners allows players to fight the undead, scavenge for food and materials while they face gut-wrenching choices for themselves and others in order to survive in the flooded remains of New Orleans.

Skydance Interactive is thrilled to open the floodgates for PSVR players to dive into The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ overflown and infested streets of New Orleans. Players will fight their way through walker-infested streets and negotiate with the factions vying for power throughout the city. The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is optimized for PSVR to allow players to use the PlayStation Move controllers for the first time to survive an ever-changing landscape that’ll have them deciding whether they want to be a saint or a sinner.

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Standard Edition for PSVR is available for $39.99 via the PlayStation Store and The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ official website, and includes an exclusive PlayStation 4 theme. Players looking for more content can purchase either the Tourist Edition (Digital Deluxe Edition at launch, which offers more in-game bonuses and exclusive items as well as an exclusive PlayStation 4 dynamic theme. Details on the exclusives can also be found on The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners’ official website.

To keep up to date on news for The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners visit www.vrwalkingdead.com and follow the official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter channels for the game.

MicroProse is Back with Three New Games

May 5, 2020 – This would probably be enough to send shivers down the spine of every strategy and simulation gamer out there. MicroProse has always been about the games, and this announcement is intended to show everybody how we intend to take the market by the storm with original and high-quality games in the strategy and simulation genres.

We are proud to announce three new games that are in development right now and on Steam.

This is only the beginning, though. Other announcements will follow soon as our line-up is constantly growing, together with our ambitious plans. Enough with bragging, let’s get to the games!

Sea Power – Developer: Triassic Games

Brought to you by the lead designer of Cold Waters, Sea Power lets you control NATO and Warsaw Pact forces in a modern naval conflict.

Whether it’s gunning it out with Boghammars in a surface duel, fighting off aerial attackers armed with long-range missiles, or hunting for enemy submarines with aircraft and surface ships, advanced weaponry and sensors are at your disposal.

Can you successfully hide your forces while detecting and tracking theirs? It is up to you to play an advanced game of cat and mouse on the high seas, to seize the initiative and attack with the advantage of surprise on your side. And at all times, you have to observe rules of engagement and take care not to cause an unnecessary incident that could lead to escalation. After all, you cannot really be sure just who that radar contact at 30.000 feet is, can you?

Second Front – Developer: Hexdraw

Second Front is the tactical WWII game that genre enthusiasts always wanted and never really got. Sporting a full-fledged 3D engine and an easy to use user interface, the game is easy to play but hard to master.

Playing a tactical game that is deeper than your average X-Com clone, with a competent AI and a powerful editor to create scenarios and campaigns has been the dream of tactical players for long.

Second Front comes with multiple campaigns covering different fronts of World War II and sporting German, American and Russian units. Scenarios are fought in a 60 turns battle cycle, from morning to night. Fight and rest or push your troops to the limit and press the attack. These are not set-pieces scripted battles but continuous emergent skirmishes with persistent loss, fatigue, and experience.

Task Force Admiral – Developer: Drydock Dreams Games

Task Force Admiral Vol.1: American Carrier Battles is a single-player experience centred on the command of an early Pacific War US Navy carrier task force.

As the overall commander, you are in charge of seeking the destruction of the enemy naval forces and preventing your opponent, the Japanese Navy, from accomplishing its objectives. To achieve your aims, you have at your disposal the most fearsome sea projection weapon known to Man in 1942: your carrier air groups and the task forces that support them.

Forget about the limitations of the past and let the best of wargaming and simulation blend and blossom together in this new take on command at sea! Re-live the great battles of the first year of the Pacific War as if you were there yourself. In here there is no dice roll, no artificial skill-tree, no arbitrary stats, selective fog of war or supernatural crystal-clear communications. It is real-time crisis management for you, realism and historicity without concession, as little abstraction as can be, and loads of action, suspense and refreshing gameplay packed in the same single computer software.

About MicroProse

Founded in 1982, is a world-famous simulation software company, known for developing groundbreaking, classics and cult titles like, the Falcon, F15 Strike Eagle, Silent Service, Gunship, Grand Prix, Civilization, B-17 The Mighty Eighth and X-COM series and many more simulation products, that sold millions of copies each at retail. Today, MicroProse is not only remaking select classics from its past but also paving the road to next-generation, state of the art games that will create the memories and experiences of the demanding new generations of gamers.

Skater XL Launch Date and New in-Game Brands Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 5, 2020 – Easy Day Studios announced today that Skater XL, a game that delivers unparalleled access to skateboarding culture, will be launching on July 7 for digital release on PlayStation@4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC, and to brick and mortar retailers on PS4 and Xbox One. Preorder for Xbox One and PlayStation@4 discs is available now at select retailers. Click HERE for more information.

Easy Day Studios also announced today that Skater XL will feature apparel, footwear, decks, wheels, and more from top skate brands, including:

  • New Balance – Numeric Shoes and Apparel
  • Etnies – Footwear and Apparel
  • Enjoi – Skateboards and Apparel
  • Blind – Skateboards and Apparel
  • Almost – Skateboards and Apparel
  • DC Shoes – Footwear and Apparel
  • Santa Cruz Skateboards – Decks
  • Vans – Shoes
  • Primitive – Decks and Apparel
  • Element – Decks and Apparel
  • Independent Truck Co. – Trucks and Apparel
  • Venture – Trucks
  • Thunder – Trucks
  • Spitfire – Wheels
  • Lakai – Footwear and Apparel
  • ẻS – Footwear and Apparel
  • Emerica – Footwear and Apparel
  • Grimple Stix – Decks
  • Sk8Mafia – Decks and Apparel
  • SOVRN – Decks and Apparel
  • Ricta – Wheels
  • Mob Grip – Grip tape
  • Bones – Wheels and Apparel
  • Crupie – Wheels
  • Grizzly – Grip tape and Apparel
  • Dickies – Apparel
  • Old Friends – Apparel
  • Transworld Skateboarding – Apparel
  • 411VM – Apparel
  • The Nine Club – Apparel

Taika Waititi to Direct Star Wars Film

May 4, 2020 – Academy Award® winner Taika Waititi, who recently won Best Adapted Screenplay for “Jojo Rabbit” and directed the widely-acclaimed first season finale episode of “The Mandalorian” on Disney+, will direct and co-write a new “Star Wars” feature film for theatrical release. Joining Waititi on the screenplay will be Academy Award nominee Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917,” “Last Night in Soho”), who received a BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year on the three-time Oscar®-winning film, “1917.”

In addition, Emmy®-nominated writer Leslye Headland (“Russian Doll,” “Bachelorette”) is currently developing a new untitled “Star Wars” series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner for the in-development series, which adds to a growing list of “Star Wars” stories for Disney’s streaming platform including “The Mandalorian,” now in post-production on season 2, and two other previously ordered series: one based on Cassian Andor prior to the events of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” and another following the adventures of Obi-Wan Kenobi between “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.”

The release date for Waititi’s project has not yet been announced, while Headland’s project is in development. For breaking news, check out: StarWars.com.

Keighley Announces Summer Game Fest

May 1, 2020 – This Summer, get ready to see the future of video games when Summer Game Fest brings fans a season of breaking news, in-game events, and free playable content. Designed from the ground-up as a first-of-its-kind, all-digital consumer celebration, Summer Game Fest is a multi-month global festival that highlights video games, the world’s leading form of entertainment.

Summer Game Fest season will run from May – August 2020 and feature updates for fans from the following game publishers and platforms: 2K, Activision Publishing, Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bethesda, Blizzard Entertainment, Bungie, CD Projekt Red, Digital Extremes, Electronic Arts, Microsoft (more details coming next week), Sony Interactive Entertainment, SQUARE ENIX, Private Division, Riot Games, Steam and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Specific event details will be shared by each game publisher, with additional publishers set to be announced in the coming weeks.

“In these uncertain and challenging times, it’s more important than ever that video games serve as a common and virtual connection point between us all,” said Geoff Keighley, curator, Summer Game Fest. “SGF is an organizing principle that promises fans a whole season of video game news and other surprises from the comfort of home.”

As part of Summer Game Fest season, Steam, Xbox and other platforms will offer fans access to playable, limited time demonstrations and trials of select game content. Specific game content and timing will vary by platform. Steam Game Festival: Summer Edition will run June 9 – 14, with other platform dates to be announced.

Programming that is a part of Summer Game Fest will be distributed across all major streaming platforms, including publisher owned and operated channels on Facebook, Mixer, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and more global outlets and media partners.

Geoff Keighley will host special pre and post shows for flagship publisher events and partner with events and collectibles innovator, iam8bit, to produce a showcase highlighting upcoming games. On August 24, Keighley will host and produce gamescom: Opening Night Live, a spectacular, industry-wide finale to the SGF season.

For more information and an updating schedule of events please visit summergamefest.com or follow @summergamefest on Facebook, Instagram, Tiktok and Twitter.

WRC 9 New Zealand Gameplay Trailer

Lesquin, France, April 30, 2020 – NACON and its development studio KT Racing are pleased to unveil the first gameplay video for WRC 9, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship. It is planned for release on September 3, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC from the Epic Games Store, then on PlayStation®5, Xbox One Series X and Nintendo Switch™ at a later date.

This gameplay video gives fans of the competition a glimpse of the work put in by KT Racing to recreate the iconic Rally New Zealand, which is making a big return to the FIA World Rally Championship calendar after a seven-year absence. It is one of three new rallies this season, along with the Safari Rally in Kenya and Rally Japan, which fans and players of WRC are eagerly anticipating.

In this brand-new rally, players will face a tough challenge along the rugged coastline and wild lands around Auckland in the heart of the North Island.

“Roads in New-Zealand are amongst the most beautiful and the most appreciated in the Championship’s history.” tells Benoît Gomes, Lead Level Designer at KT Racing. “Famous for its fast chains of turns and a sustained pace rhythm, along with breath-taking landscapes, Rally New-Zealand truly offers a particular experience. A long preparation work allowed us to replicate, as closely as possible, the luxuriant vegetation, the light and unique ocean views, as well as the road’s topography and surfaces, mainly composed of gravel. We’re convinced that players will enjoy taking up this challenge as much as we did in WRC 9.” concludes Benoît Gomes.

WRC 9 will be available on September 3rd, 2020 on Xbox One, PS4™ and PC from the Epic Games Store. Release timing for Xbox Series X, PS5™ and Nintendo Switch will be announced at a later date.

Jackbox Games Announces Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving

CHICAGO — April 30, 2020 — Jackbox Games, the studio that brought you the best-selling party game sensations YOU DON’T KNOW JACK and The Jackbox Party Pack, has announced Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving a new, ten-episode live-streaming series featuring famous guests playing Jackbox games from their homes to support not-for-profit organizations battling the effects of COVID-19.

Produced in partnership with Mission Control Media and 3 Arts Entertainment, Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving will premiere this Friday, May 1, at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT on Twitch, YouTube, Mixer, and Facebook Live. Every episode, a new crew of famous personalities will play a variety of games from Jackbox’s collection of 30 titles while highlighting a new organization responding to the intense and sudden needs of those impacted by COVID-19. Jackbox Games will make a $100,000 donation to each featured organization, for a combined $1 million in donations over the series’ run.

The first episode of Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving will feature special guests Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things, It), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley, Middleditch & Schwartz), Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog, Middleditch & Schwartz), Jillian Bell (Brittany Runs a Marathon, Workaholics), and Josh Hutcherson (Future Man, Hunger Games) in support of Direct Relief, which helps provide protective gear and critical care medications to healthcare workers.

Fans will be able to play along from home as audience members, too! Just go to Jackbox.tv on your mobile device, enter the onscreen code, and you can influence the outcome of each game by voting for your favorite answers and awarding bonus points to the players. Viewers will also learn more about the critical work being done right now by each organization, with links to donate on their own if they choose.

What: Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving, a 10-episode streaming entertainment series to raise awareness and support for not-for-profit organizations working to alleviate pandemic-related hardships for first responders, displaced workers, victims and their families, and healthcare and service workers.

Jackbox Games is donating $100,000 per episode for a combined total of $1 million in donations.

When: First episode streaming live on Friday, May 1, at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT, featuring Finn Wolfhard, Ben Schwartz, Jillian Bell, Thomas Middleditch, and Josh Hutcherson in support of Direct Relief: www.directrelief.org.

New episodes will stream live on May 8, 15, 22, 29 and June 5 (all Fridays) at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT (additional episode dates to be announced soon).

Where:

  • Twitch.tv/JackboxGames
  • YouTube.com/JackboxGames
  • Mixer.com/JackboxGames
  • Facebook.com/JackboxGames

For more information on Jackbox Games and Celebrity Jackbox: Games & Giving, visit www.jackboxgames.com. For the latest updates on new guests and charities each week, as well as notifications when new episodes air, follow Jackbox on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

DJI Unveils Osmo Mobile 3 Mother’s Day Gift Combo

April 29, 2020 – DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, will release 1,500 “Transform Your Memories” limited-edition Mother’s Day gift boxes this year, the perfect gift to easily capture and transform those unforgettable moments. The “Transform Your Memories” box includes the Osmo Mobile 3 combo, which consists of the travel-friendly Osmo Mobile 3, a wrist strap, storage pouch, anti-slip pads, the Osmo Grip Tripod and the Osmo Carrying Case, a high-quality digital photo frame to display those special moments, and a 8GB SD card. All of these elements are packed inside a thoughtfully pre-wrapped gift box.From May 1-10 , the limited edition boxes will be available on DJI’s1 online store as well as participating stores for $139 USD.

DJI will also host a special giveaway to customers who share photos of their gift boxes with the hashtag #TransformYourMemories on social media. 10 winners will be selected on May 17 to receive a DJI canvas bag, branded water bottle and notebook.

The latest addition to the renowned Osmo series, the Osmo Mobile 3 is a portable, foldable mobile phone stabilizer. Osmo Mobile 3 features an ideal lightweight design with vital controls that can be managed with just one hand. Thanks to convenient buttons on the handle, users can control the gimbal’s movement and access useful features with ease. With the ability to quickly unfold and mount a mobile phone, plus 15 hours of battery, users are sure to never miss life’s most memorable moments. Paired with the latest version of the DJI Mimo app, users can capture ultra-steady video footage and access unique content using intelligent features.

The “Transform Your Memories” limited-edition Mother’s Day Gift Box will be available for purchase online and at participating retailers across the United States and Canada for $139.