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Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu Release Date

11/8/2018 – Frontier Developments plc today announced Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu DLC, coming 20 November for PC, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Based on Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s blockbuster franchise, and created in collaboration with Universal, Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu expands the Jurassic World Evolution campaign with new missions and an all-new Jurassic World story.

See the new trailer here:

Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu unlocks new campaign missions, putting players in control of two hidden research facilities on Isla Muerta and Isla Tacaño where Dr. Henry Wu, voiced by BD Wong, is developing a new generation of hybrid dinosaurs. Players will confront an elevated level of chaos and threat caused by Wu’s machinations as they work alongside the doctor and discover new dig sites, facility upgrades and research opportunities.

Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu also introduces the herbivore Olorotitan and the venomous Troodon to Jurassic World Evolution, alongside three new Wu-created hybrids: the Stegoceratops, Ankylodocus and Spinoraptor. Players can progress through Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu missions to unlock new upgrades and research options that can be used throughout the Jurassic World Evolution campaign, including the Indominus Rex’s unique camouflage gene as seen in 2015’s Jurassic World.

New campaign missions unlock after players achieve a four-star rating on Isla Muerta. For full details on Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu content, visit JurassicWorldEvolution.com.

Also on November 20, all Jurassic World Evolution players will receive a free game update introducing an optional day/night cycle to the campaign, new dinosaur grouping and sleeping behaviours, new contracts and new large-capacity feeders.

Jurassic World Evolution: Secrets of Dr. Wu launches November 20 for $14.99 on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One digital stores. Downloadable content requires Jurassic World Evolution to play.

Mad Catz Releases New Line of R.A.T. Gaming Mice

Kowloon, Hong Kong – November 7th, 2018, – Mad Catz Global Limited, leading gaming hardware innovators for nearly 30 years, today announced the shipping of an all-new range of R.A.T. mice, the first line of products to ship from the reborn Mad Catz Global. The first territories to receive the new line of mice will be Germany, Austria and France with the rest of Europe, North America and beyond receiving product shortly.

With a reputation built on first-rate adjustability and comfort, the multi-award winning R.A.T. mice return featuring cutting-edge sensor technology and a host of upgrades, supercharging the range for a modern gaming audience and utilizing the latest technology to provide gamers with a winning edge.

Products shipping in the new R.A.T. range include:

  • R.A.T.4+™ Featuring industry leading OMRON switches with a lifecycle of 20 million clicks, the R.A.T.4+ has been designed to deliver flawless precision. Powerful LEDs provide multi-zone backlighting and the Pixart PMW 3330 optical sensor provides trusted performance that gamers can rely on.
  • R.A.T.6+™ Extending the customization options, the R.A.T.6+ features nine programmable buttons and an adjustable palm rest, in addition to a removable weight system that allows gamers to find the ideal weight for their personal preference. Chameleon RGB Intelligent Lighting illuminates the mouse across three separate zones, bathing the R.A.T. with over 16 million lighting combinations, while luxury OMRON switches have been tested to up to 50 million clicks for superior performance.
  • R.A.T.8+™ Designed for the professional gamer, the state-of-the-art Pixart PMW 3389 optical sensor delivers unrivalled precision for any gaming genre. Fully customisable, the R.A.T.8+ features an adjustable palm rest and thumb rest, as well as removable pinkie grip. 18G of removable weights enable gamers to perfect the feel of their R.A.T.while the three stage Chameleon RGB lighting keeps the mouse looking as good as it performs. Onboard memory allows gamers to save up to three profiles, allowing for personalized macro button, sensor and lighting settings when travelling to tournaments.
  • R.A.T. Pro S3™ Lightweight, ergonomic and unmistakably R.A.T., the PRO S3concentrates on delivering the essentials professional gamers demand. The powerful Pixart PMW 3330 sensor delivers proven gaming performance, while ultra-reliable OMRON switches have been tested to an impressive 50 million clicks. The palm rest is fully adjustable, tilting plus or minus 15 degrees, side-to-side and extending up to 12mm from the mainframe. The PRO S3 also features Chameleon RGB lighting for stunning visual effects during gaming sessions.

Since announcing our comeback earlier in the year, gamers have inundated us with requests for new R.A.T. mice, and the passion and enthusiasm we’ve encountered from the community is truly inspiring. We’ve been working hard to ensure the new products do justice to the incredible Mad Catz legacy and we’re delighted to start shipping the first products in the new range,” said Selena Chang, Director of Sales and Operations for Mad Catz Global Limited, “The R.A.T. range continues to be a beacon of innovation and we’re confident gamers will be thrilled with the new mice, which we believe offer superb value and unsurpassed quality for all budgets and gaming abilities.”

Additional information on all products is available at: www.madcatz.com.

Book of Demons 21 Facts Trailer

Warsaw, Poland – November 7, 2018 — Book of Demons, Thing Trunk’s unique deck-building, papercraft Hack and Slash announces its exit from Early Access this December 13th. Enjoying a hugely successful development cycle, the Book of Demons launch brings with it many improvements based on community feedback, new cards, and even a grand finale special surprise for those of you who can defeat the ever-dangerous Archdemon.

To herald this exciting event, Thing Trunk has created a new video with 21 Facts about Book of Demons that everyone should know as game launch nears!

“Early access has been very successful for Book of Demons. It’s allowed players to give us constant feedback on the game and allowed us to balance and add features according to their feedback. We’re almost sad that early access is ending, but it means that it is almost time to launch the full game and that is what we’re most excited about now.” – Filip Starzynski, Thing Trunk co-founder.

Thing Trunk is proudly a Polish game developer and Book of Demons is taking part in the Polish Sale on Steam running November 6 through November 9. This is the largest sale for Book of Demons to date with 50% off the retail price. It is also the last sale before Book of Demons leaves Early Access, so act fast before it bumps its regular price to $24.99.

Book of Demons is a Hack & Slash deckbuilding hybrid in which YOU decide the length of quests. Wield magic cards instead of weapons and slay the armies of darkness in the dungeons below the Old Cathedral. Save the terror-stricken Paperverse from the clutches of the Archdemon himself! Featuring:

  • Procedurally Generated Dungeons
  • 40 magic cards including magical and legendary variants per character class
  • Roguelike Mode for fans of an extreme challenge
  • 70+ different types of monsters, with different traits and custom mechanics
  • Xbox and Steam controller support
  • 3 underground realms and epic Quest Boss battles
  • Monthly and all-time Leaderboards, 200+ Achievements

Book of Demons is the first installment of Return 2 Games – a series of original mid-core titles, inspired by the early golden days of PC gaming coming from Thing Trunk. Book of Demons launches for PC and Mac OSX gamers on December 13, 2018.

Netflix Unveils Host of New Children’s Programming

Hollywood, Calif. – Nov. 6, 2018 Nearly 60% of Netflix members on a global basis enjoy kids and family content every month, so the company today unveiled a robust slate of animated event programming – both feature films and original series – to give kids and families around the world more of what they love.

The six all-new projects together with Netflix’s previously announced titles now comprise a slate that features a variety of animation styles – including CG (Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys), 2D (Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon), and stop-motion (Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio). The programming is designed to meet the tastes of every member of the family – from preschoolers (Rajiv Chilaka’s Mighty Little Bheem) to kids (Craig McCracken’s Kid Cosmic) to parents and their children together (Jorge Gutierrez’ Maya and the Three) – so that families everywhere can find something that fits their unique DNA.

“We know that there is no one type of family. We embrace all kinds of creators so we can tell unique and diverse stories that resonate with each and every Netflix family,” said Melissa Cobb, Vice President of Kids and Family at Netflix. “With our slate of global original animated feature films and series, we want to give families more moments to share the laughter, wonder and connection that comes from being immersed in a great story.”

New titles announced today include the following.

MAYA AND THE THREE (2021) is an animated limited series created, written, and directed by Jorge Gutierrez (The Book of Life, El Tigre). Set in a mythical Mesoamerican inspired world, a warrior princess embarks on a quest to recruit three legendary fighters to help save the world of men and gods. Silvia Olivas (Elena of Avalor) is co-writer and co-executive producer, and Jeff Ranjo (Moana) is head of story.

MY FATHER’S DRAGON (2021) is a 2D animated family feature film from director Nora Twomey (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner) and written by Meg LeFauve (Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur), with story by Meg LeFauve and John Morgan, who are also executive producers. Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures are producing together with Paul Young of Cartoon Saloon (The Secret of Kells, The Breadwinner) and Tomm Moore. Based on the Newbery Honored children’s novels by Ruth Stiles Gannett, My Father’s Dragon tells the story of young run-away Elmer Elevator, who searches for a captive Dragon on Wild Island and finds much more than he could ever have anticipated. Alan Moloney and Ruth Coady of Parallel Films will also serve as executive producers alongside Gerry Shirren.

GO! GO! CORY CARSON (2019) is an animated preschool series from Kuku Studios in Berkeley, CA executive produced by Alex Woo (Wall•e, Ratatouille), Stanley Moore (Finding Dory, Monster’s University) and Tone Thyne (Wonder Pets!, The Adventures of Napkin Man!). Based on the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels from VTech Electronics, Go! Go! Cory Carson follows the adventures of kid car Cory Carson as he navigates the winding roads of childhood in Bumperton Hills.

KID COSMIC (2020) is an animated series in production from Craig McCracken (The Powerpuff Girls, Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends). This is a show about a young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, and when he stumbles across some cosmic stones of power his dreams appear to have come true! Unfortunately the reality of being a hero vs. the fantasy of being a hero are completely different and this challenge becomes the biggest battle he has to face. The Kid may be the good guy, but he’s really bad at it!

TRASH TRUCK (2020) is an animated series in production from Max Keane (Dear Basketball). Hank is a free-range, dirt-covered 6 year old boy with a big imagination and an even bigger best pal… a giant honking, snorting trash truck. From learning to fly to going to the dentist, there is no adventure too big or too small for these two best friends. Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast) and Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball) serve as executive producers alongside Max Keane.

THE WILLOUGHBYS (2020) is a highly stylized CG animated feature film currently in production with BRON Animation in Vancouver from writer/director Kris Pearn (Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2). When the four Willoughby children are abandoned by their selfish parents, they must learn how to adapt their old-fashioned values to the contemporary world in order to create a new and modern family. Based on the book by Newbery Award-winning author, Lois Lowry. Starring Ricky Gervais, Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, Alessia Cara and Jane Krakowski.

Other Netflix family animated titles that have been previously announced include the following.

JACOB AND THE SEA BEAST (2022) is a CG animated feature film written and directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker Chris Williams (Moana, Big Hero 6, Bolt). Jacob and the Sea Beast tells the epic story of a charming seafarer who sails into uncharted waters and discovers an unlikely ally in a sea monster.

KLAUS (Holiday 2019) is a 2D animated family feature film from writer/director Sergio Pablos, co-creator of Despicable Me. When a selfish young postman is assigned to a remote Scandinavian town, his unlikely friendship with a reclusive toymaker leads to the origin story of Santa Claus. This timeless story is visualised through a unique combination of classical hand drawn animation and cutting edge digital technology. The world features volumetric lighting and texturing typically seen in CG animated films. Voice actors include Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons and Joan Cusack. Written by Pablos, Zach Lewis and Jim Mahoney, the screenplay is based on an original story by Pablos. Matthew Teevan, Gustavo Ferrada and Marisa Roman are producers, and Jinko Gotoh (The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, The Little Prince) is executive producer. Sergio Pablos’ SPA Studios is producing the film in Madrid, Spain, with Atresmedia Cine, with Toon Boom as a technological partner.

MIGHTY LITTLE BHEEM (2019)  is an animated preschool series in production in India from Director Rajiv Chilaka (Chhota Bheem). Mighty Little Bheem will be the first preschool series of the popular Bheem franchise. It is a non-verbal slapstick adventure comedy in which its ultra strong, brave and intelligent hero, Mighty Little Bheem travels through his hometown on crazy adventures, often in search of ladoos (his favorite treat).

MOTOWN MAGIC (Nov. 20, 2018) is a family-friendly animated series from Josh Wakely (Beat Bugs) that brings together 52 newly recorded versions of classic Motown hits from such musicians as The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Smokey Robinson, who serves as executive music producer. The series follows Ben, a wide-eyed 8-year-old with a big heart and an amazing imagination, who uses a magic paintbrush to bring the street art in Motown to life.

OVER THE MOON (2020) is a CG musical adventure about a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove to her father that a legendary Moon Goddess really exists.  When she gets to the “other side” she unexpectedly discovers a whimsical world filled with fantastical creatures – some of whom threaten her and others who ultimately help her find her way home. Directed by Glen Keane (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast), written by Audrey Wells (Under the Tuscan Sun, George of the Jungle), produced by Gennie Rim (Dear Basketball), and executive produced by Janet Yang (Joy Luck Club). Songs written by Christopher Curtis, Marjorie Duffield, and Helen Park. Co-production with Pearl Studio.

PINOCCHIO (2021) is the animated feature film directorial debut of Academy Award winning filmmaker Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water). Pinocchio is his lifelong passion project, which he will also write and produce as a stop motion musical. Del Toro has set his retelling of the classic tale of Pinocchio in Italy during the 1930s. Pinocchio is a production of Guillermo del Toro, The Jim Henson Company (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), and ShadowMachine (Bojack Horseman), which will house the stop-motion animation production. Alongside del Toro, Lisa Henson, ShadowMachine’s Alex Bulkley, Corey Campodonico, and Gary Ungar of Exile Entertainment will produce. Blanca Lista will co-produce. Also alongside del Toro, Patrick McHale (Over The Garden Wall) will co-write the script, Mark Gustafson (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will co-direct, and Guy Davis will serve as co-production designer, taking inspiration from Gris Grimly’s original design for the Pinocchio character. The film’s puppets will be built by Mackinnon and Saunders (Corpse Bride).

WENDELL & WILD (2021) is an animated feature film from writer/director Henry Selick (Nightmare Before Christmas, Coraline) and writer Jordan Peele (Key & Peele, Get Out) with Monkeypaw Productions. Two demon brothers (voiced by Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele) escape the Underworld and find themselves in a town where they must evade a demon-duster teenager, Kat, who is trying to destroy them. Peele is also producing through his Monkeypaw company along with Selick and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein from the Gotham Group. Sarah Serata will co-produce. Executive producers are Win Rosenfeld for Monkeypaw, Peter Principato and Joel Zadak for Principato-Young, Lindsay Williams and Eddie Gamarra for The Gotham Group. Argentinian artist Pablo Lobato will design the characters.

Surviving Mars Space Race Features Trailer

STOCKHOLM – Nov. 5, 2018 – Paradox Interactive and Haemimont Games have today announced that Surviving Mars’ first expansion Space Race will launch on November 15th, 2018 for PC, Xbox and PlayStation. With the introduction of rival colonies, players can look forward to a whole new side of extraterrestrial colonization with other settlements racing for milestones and key colonists as competitors, or issuing distress calls and trading as crucial allies. Either way, the cold expanse of space just got far less isolated with new rival colonies and new mission sponsors footing the bills.

Whether your approach to colonization of alien planets is fast and furious, or slow and steady wins the space, get all the information you need to get ahead in the new feature breakdown trailer here:

Or, check out the new expansion for yourself! Paradox is hosting a streaming event called Space Race – Rival Colonies Stream on the 7th of November at 17:00 CET08:00 PST at the Paradox Mixer channel, and you can follow the Space Race here: https://mixer.com/paradoxinteractive

Surviving Mars: Space Race features include:

  • A Challenger Appears: Compete for milestones and anomalies with several other AI colonies backed by rival sponsors attempting to set roots on Mars and vie to become this planet’s superpower. You can trade with, respond to distress calls for, issue distress calls to, and even steal important colonists from these competitor colonies as you establish your territory on Mars.

  • Earth to Mars, repeat, Earth to Mars: No matter how deep in space you go, you need to follow the money. Each sponsor comes with unique, new sets of goals to complete as you further their individual goals for colonization.

  • Represent the Home Team: Each sponsor has their own unique vehicle and building that only their colonies can construct and take advantage of in their mission. Express the individuality of your space-faring conglomerate inside and out of your domes.

  • New Money, New Problems: Meet two new players in the fight for the final frontier. Japan and Brazil are now available as brand new mission sponsors and are ready to move heaven and Mars to make their mark!

  • Expect the Unexpected: Experience narrative events throughout your colonization process that help reveal the realities of life in the dome and challenge your management skills.

Surviving Mars: Space Race Plus also features the Marsvision Song Contest and Colony Design Set content packs for the colonizer who appreciates the finer things in life on Mars:

  • Human Music, I Like It: Mars hasn’t killed the radio star (yet)! With Marsvision Song Contest players get a new radio station featuring all the top pop songs from the sponsor countries. Bop along to some J-pop, Bollywood and more as you fend off mortal peril for your colonists!

  • Smarten Up Your Streets: Deck out your dome with 25 new buildings to give a fresh look to your living, working, and playing quarters. Whether it’s a Stirling Generator or a Spacebar, make sure you spruce up your space to be out of this world.

Get a headstart in the race and sign up for a pre-order here: https://www.paradoxplaza.com/surviving-mars-space-race/SUSM01ESK0000063-MASTER.html

To find out more about Surviving Mars take a look at here for upcoming news and community activities: www.survivingmars.com/

Star Trek Fleet Command Announced

LOS ANGELES – Nov. 2, 2018 Scopely, an interactive entertainment company and mobile games publisher, and CBS Interactive, today announced the development of Star Trek Fleet Command, a new multiplayer real-time strategy and role-play game that brings an entire galaxy of characters and ships to life for the ultimate Star Trek gaming experience. Based on the 2009, 2013 and 2016 cinematic Star Trek universe, the upcoming game is now available for pre-registration on Google Play and will be available worldwide as a free download on the App Store and Google Play Thursday, November 29th.

Star Trek Fleet Command is the first free-roaming multiplayer Star Trek experience to combine role-playing game style progression and real-time battles with enemy ships—all on mobile devices. A fast-paced strategy experience, the game brings players unparalleled access to the Star Trek universe along with an epic narrative that unfolds as they travel to the furthest corners of the galaxy.

“We’re thrilled to work with CBS Interactive on such iconic IP and believe we’ve designed an expansive, dynamic and super social Star Trek experience for both strategy and role-play gaming fans,” said Tim O’Brien, Chief Revenue Officer at Scopely. “We wanted to create a cinematic, action-packed, genre-defying game that embraces the heart of the franchise—exploration, to allow players to experience an entire galaxy of quests and missions for endless adventure.”

“We are always looking for new ways to bring fans more robust, interactive Star Trek experiences,” said Rob Gelick, Executive Vice President and General Manager at CBS Entertainment Digital, CBS Interactive. “Star Trek Fleet Command is a unique new Star Trek game that lets fans decide their own fate in a vibrant galaxy full of epic ships and iconic characters. By bringing a massive multiplayer universe to mobile devices, Star Trek Fleet Command expands the franchise in a bold new way.”

In Star Trek Fleet Command, players are able to customize their gameplay experience as narrative paths branch and diverge depending on which of the hundreds of available missions they choose to complete and how they approach interactions with other deep-space denizens. Fans of the series will have the opportunity to meet and build dream teams made up of their favorite characters including Captain Kirk, Spock and Uhura, and factions such as the Federation, Klingons and Romulans to fight alongside and determine their place in the cosmos. With each faction offering unique officers, ships and technologies to progress and utilize as strategic assets, the amount of personalization offered in Star Trek Fleet Command is about as limitless as the universe.

Star Trek Fleet Command is the latest in Scopely’s line of mobile games based on renowned entertainment properties such as the award-winning WWE Champions, The Walking Dead: Road to Survival™, YAHTZEE® With Buddies, Wheel of Fortune®: Free Play and the upcoming Looney Tunes: World of Mayhem.

Published by Scopely, Star Trek Fleet Command is created and developed in partnership with DIGIT Game Studios.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game Opus VII Set Now Available

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 2, 2018) – The popular FINAL FANTASY® TRADING CARD GAME (“FFTCG”) released its seventh card expansion, “Opus VII” today. The “Opus VII” set features original, never before revealed, exclusive artwork by Toshitaka Matsuda (FINAL FANTASY V), Toshiyuki Itahana (FINAL FANTASY Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates), Akira Oguro (FINAL FANTASY Legends) and Kumiko Koike (FINAL FANTASY, various monsters).

Featuring 138 unique cards, the set also introduces individual characters, Noctis (FINAL FANTASY XV) and Lasswell (FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS®) for the first time, with more support coming for both titles next year. Each “Opus VII” Booster Pack features twelve total cards with one premium foil card, bringing players even closer to completing their FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME collection.

Players who purchase a full Booster Display Box from participating retailers can receive a full art version of Noctis while supplies last.

Further information on the new “Opus VII” card set is available at: https://fftcg.square-enix-games.com/.

The FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME also recently released its first Two Player Starter Set: Villains & Heroes, themed around DISSIDIA® FINAL FANTASY NT. The new Starter Set features two decks and is a full two-player game without need for additional cards. Both decks contain popular, powerful cards, including Genesis (Crisis Core: FINAL FANTASY VII) and Vivi (FINAL FANTASY IX), that can be used to supplement existing FINAL FANTASY TRADING CARD GAME decks.

Related Links:
Official Website: https://www.fftradingcardgame.com/na
Official FINAL FANTASY TCG Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/FinalFantasyTCG
Official FINAL FANTASY Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/finalfantasy
Official FINAL FANTASY Twitter: @FINALFANTASY
Official FINAL FANTASY Instagram: @FINALFANTASY

The Quiet Man Available Now

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 1, 2018) – THE QUIET MAN™ is now available digitally for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM® for $14.99.

THE QUIET MAN brings an adrenaline-fueled, cinematic gameplay experience from an all-star development team, including Human Head Studios (Lost Within, Prey, Rune), action director Tatsuro Koike (Yakuza series), renowned comic book writer team Man of Action Entertainment (BEN 10, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man, and the characters and team of BIG HERO 6). Talented Grammy award winning artist Imogen Heap also lends her talent in creating and performing THE QUIET MAN theme song, and original track titled “The Quiet.”

In a story that unravels across a single night, players take the role of deaf protagonist Dane as he fights his way to discover the motives behind the kidnapping of songstress Lala by a mysterious masked man.

A free patch will also be available approximately one week after release, titled THE QUIET MAN – ANSWERED –, which will offer answers to the unique mysteries of THE QUIET MAN by providing another play through with sound and voices.

THE QUIET MAN supports subtitles in 29 languages, including French (Canada), Spanish (Latin America) and Portugese (Brazil).*

Insurgency: Sandstorm Beta Update Trailer

October 31, 2018 – Insurgency: Sandstorm, the intense FPS sequel to indie smash-hit Insurgency, is already entertaining thousands of players in its ongoing pre-order beta. Now, a major update on November 8 will bring many much-requested changes as developers New World Interactive prepare for launch on December 12. This update includes a brand new map, Precinct, a new Insurgent weapon, as well as various new options, tweaks, and fixes.

The new update teaser trailer showcases Precinct, a large scale urban map set in a city within the fictional, contemporary conflict of Insurgency: Sandstorm. Tight corners, broken barricades, destroyed streets of burnt-out cars and makeshift roadblocks epitomize this map, bringing the frenetic action and tactical squad-based play of Insurgency to a brand new, urban locale.

Other improvements include graphical options, anti-aliasing, animation and character models, plus related optimisation improvements to help the game run better on more systems, along with additional cosmetics, and a new Alpha AK weapon. These, plus additional server browser improvements, will continue to see changes in the run up to release.

Finally, gameplay changes will target everything from hundreds of improvements and bug fixes to the specifics of movement speeds, weapon statistics, map layouts, an Unreal Engine update to version 4.20, and more. A full changelist will be available upon release.

Insurgency: Sandstorm releases on December 12 for PC. Steam pre-orders are available now and give instant access to the ongoing beta testing phase. Insurgency: Sandstorm will come to consoles in 2019.

Shroud of the Avatar Now Free to Play

AUSTIN, Texas, October 30, 2018 — Shroud of the Avatar™: Forsaken Virtues, the record-setting crowdfunded game from famed game designer Richard Garriott, is now available for anyone to play…no purchase necessary! The makers of Shroud of the Avatar, Portalarium™, expanded the free to play features last week and also turned on an overhauled new user experience, a highly anticipated update to the game which should be a welcome addition to all new players ready to venture in Garriott’s fantasy world of New Britannia.

“We are thrilled to open up Shroud to a larger audience of gamers,” said Creative Director Garriott. “We have removed almost all gameplay restrictions from our free players. Now those players can trade freely with other players, own land and play through the entire story! This means that you no longer need to make a purchase to have the Shroud of the Avatar experience!”

The new user experience is an important addition to Shroud. Executive Producer Starr Long explained, “We’ve separated our tutorials from the story-telling spaces in the starting areas. We now have a focused tutorial area in the Isle of Storms where we walk players through the game basics. These progress in a gated fashion so the players must finish learning a skill and utilizing it before they can travel to the next part of the tutorial. We’ve been working on this for several months and are excited to roll this out at the same time we are launching free to play.”

Also choosing one’s story path is now independent of a player’s starting decks. Players start with three decks: Blades, Ranged, and Magic. Once all the tutorials are completed, players will then journey through the lunar rift to one of the three starting areas. Those areas are now polished to be more focused and tighter in their direction. Plus with no more tutorial elements in those areas, those starting scenes are now entirely focused on story.

Shroud of the Avatar launched in March and since that time the Portalarium team launched a new website and has added a multitude of quality of life updates and major features to the game world including:

• Player made heraldry
• Brewing
• Obsidian trials (risk free PVP)
• Major expansions to the fishing system including different water types, more than 25 different fish types with scaling sizes of trophy fish
• Player made dungeons
• Seasonal enemies (Atavists of Purity, Aether Creatures tied to a comet, Pumpkin Head)
• Global banks (they were local before)
• Global chat
• Ability to bypass town sieges & control points
• Elimination of experience point decay on death
• Automatic open multiplayer in towns/overworld/starting areas to increase connectivity with players
• Looking for Group system
• Performance enhancements (frame rate and load times)
• Doubled XP gains across the board (crafting and adventuring)
• And much more

Shroud of the Avatar is the largest crowdfunded video game to ship digital and physical products. The game raised more than $12.3 million when it launched in March. Portalarium has now shipped the boxed version of the game, including the beloved cloth maps and manual illustrated by Denis Loubet, to more than 8,000 backers. More backers are scheduled to receive their boxes in the coming weeks. A version of the box can be purchased via Amazon or directly from the Shroud of the Avatar store(this version is signed by Lord British).