Posts Tagged ‘Press Releases’

Earthlock: Festival of Magic Announced For PlayStation 4, Wii U, & Xbox One

Earthlock: Festival of Magic is a story driven adventure RPG featuring classic turn based combat, with some original twists: Players grow and harvest magical ammunition on their own island, and pair up different character classes to unleash devastating attacks.

Earthlock takes the players on a grand journey on a planet that mysteriously stopped spinning ages ago, where war is now brewing. As the desert scavenger Amon, you must unlock the mysteries of Umbra to prevent an ancient magical cult from seizing power.

Snowcastle Games recently received developer approvals for Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U. The game will be out in the first half of 2015 for PC and MAC, and the Xbox One, PS4 and Wii U will follow as soon as possible.

The latest video of the game can be found here:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/171497873/1463728532?token=fe147adc

·         Development of Earthlock: Festival of Magic began in early 2011
·         The game was nominated as Selected Game at Game Connection America 2013
·         We showcased a working alpha for the first time to the public at PAX PRIME 2013 in Seattle and received a wonderful positive response
·         After PAX we breezed through the Steam Greenlight process in 14 days
·         We launched a kickstarter for Earthlock: Festival of Magic (known then only as Festival of Magic) in December 2013. Due to unfortunate timing with the launch of new consoles,  as well as the Holiday Season the campaign was postponed
·         Development has continued in the meantime, and we are now back with an even better Kickstarter campaign and a lot better timing!
·         Unity has chosen Earthlock as one of their showcase titles at their stand at GDC in San Francisco in March, and we will be there with the latest build of our alpha!
·         Following our recent developer approvals, we are happy to announce the release of Earthlock on Xbox One, Wii U and PS4 in addition to the PC/MAC!

Source: GamesPress

VisualDreams’ Slam Dunk Basketball 2 Reaches 1 Million Downloads

Norrköping, Sweden, Mars 10th, 2014 – VisualDreams is living up to the expectations of being one of Sweden’s hottest IT companies this year. Slam Dunk Basketball 2 reached 1 million downloads within 3 weeks and is without a doubt the most popular basketball game on the US App Store.

VisualDreams is a rising star in the mobile games industry and the release of Slam Dunk Basketball 2 could not have gone any better. The game is the most popular basketball game on the US App Store and passed 1 million downloads within 3 weeks. Players love the game and engagement and ratings are strong with 5 star ratings across the board.

With over 10 million matches played and overall strong kpi:s the game is a becoming the App Store success all developers dream of. Updates and improvements are in the works and the next game is in early prototype stage already and looks promising.

”It´s really rewarding to see our vision come true and this is only the beginning of it all. We have another 3 sport titles scheduled for release this year and with one of the best development teams in the world we are confident VisualDreams will be the next mobile success story” – Kristofer Boman, CEO at VisualDreams

AppDaily.ru – Addictive gameplay, very high-quality graphics and free!
AppSpin – Slam Dunk Basketball 2 out does the first iteration by leaps and bounds

Source: GamesPress

Disney & Abertay University Launch The Future Internet Games Contest

The Future Internet Games Contest is being launched today by Disney and the Future Internet Consortium partners (10 March) in association with Abertay University, looking for experimental pervasive games that enable large groups of people to play together in the real world.

Ideas for games in the areas of augmented reality, blending real and virtual worlds, and city-wide play will be assessed by a panel of experts from the Europe-wide Future Internet (FI) Content initiative.

This Disney-led project comprises major European and global companies and research centres, who have joined their skills to drive innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks and creativity.

Entries can be made at http://www.daretobedigital.com/220_Future-Internet-Games-Contest-.html until 10 June, with a £2000 prize for the winning web or mobile game – and potential opportunities to work with the Disney-led consortium.

Professor Kenny Mitchell, Research Lead at Disney Research, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for budding game developers and veterans alike across Europe to show their skills on a highly visible and important stage as part of our Future Internet Content project.”

The partnership between Abertay University and FI Content is to focus on the Pervasive Games platform (http://mediafi.org/open-platforms/), where the real world and internet experiences are playfully mixed together.

The platform focuses on multiplayer mobile gaming, using cutting-edge internet technology to enable large groups of people to play together, and moving games beyond playing on a console at home or remotely interacting with friends through social games.

Game developers are invited to think about how a mobile game can be an augmented version of the real world, offering play between real people that creates something more exciting and interactive for everyone.

Professor Louis Natanson, who leads computer games education at Abertay University, said: “Abertay University is delighted to work with Disney on the Future Internet Games Contest, and we look forward to seeing how game developers address this challenge.

“Games have incredible power to bring people together, to entertain and to change how we perceive the world around us.

“Future internet technologies, and the hugely powerful smartphones everyone carries with them, offer an unprecedented opportunity for designers and programmers to build entirely new ways for large groups of people to play together in the real world.”

The Future Internet Games Contest is led by Disney and associated partners in association with Abertay University.

This initiative aims at developing and experimenting across Europe cutting-edge ICT platforms devoted to applications and services in the emerging area of pervasive games for virtual and augmented reality.

For more information, and to apply, please visit http://www.daretobedigital.com/220_Future-Internet-Games-Contest.html

Source: GamesPress

Global eSports Management (GEM) Opens New eSports Facilities

LONDON – March 10, 2014 – Global eSports Management (GEM) today launched their full-service organization to provide talent services to eSports professionals. GEM’s primary services include eSports talent representation, sales, marketing and consulting. Management is available to everyone from competitive gamers and coaches to shoutcasters and commentators.

The eSports industry is experiencing explosive growth as live streams of matches, events and personal streams set viewership records. Top players are achieving celebrity status, and live events all over the world are selling out large arenas. With this explosion of viewership, a loyal fan base and burgeoning consumer interest, major sponsors are recognizing the value in marketing to the eSports industry. To capitalize on this interest, GEM works to create innovative new revenue streams for their clients.

Global eSports Management was founded by Tobias Sherman, Hwanni Kim and Min-Sik Ko, harnessing their combined 25 years of experience to create a premier full-service agency. “Each person brings unique skills to the team, providing the best possible experience for our clients,” said Tobias Sherman. “Individually, we’ve already enjoyed eSports success by providing talent with opportunities and support. Now unified, we will amplify our services for a truly global reach. We will advance eSports talent in their careers as well as foster new avenues for players looking to break into the industries.”

Today, Global eSports Management also announced the launch of a gaming house in Düsseldorf, Germany as part of GEM’s global initiative to provide support to eSports talent. Built as a full-service training facility, it includes pro-grade computers, catering, off-hours entertainment and even maid services. The goal is to create an environment where players can focus on improving their game without distractions. With close proximity to Cologne, the house functions as a boot camp to help players acclimate before major tournaments such as DreamHack and Intel Extreme Masters.

Finally, GEM today announced the construction of a video production studio located in Seoul, South Korea. With full broadcasting capabilities, the studio provides a hub for both foreign and domestic talent in Seoul, allowing them to create content for popular eSports outlets.

For more information on GEM please visit www.gem.gg

 Source: GamesPress

Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force Scheduled For Wii U eShop Release This Week

The first expansion in the critically acclaimed Star Wars™ Pinball series is rolling to the Nintendo Wii U eShop in NOA ($9.99) and NOE (€9.99) territories on Thursday, March 13th.

Trailers for Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force are available on the Zen Studios YouTube Channel.

Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force will integrate seamlessly into Star Wars Pinball, which is currently available on the Nintendo Wii U eShop.

Star Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force table lineup:
The fate of the galaxy is in your hands! Help the Rebellion destroy the Sith and the fearsome Death Star in the Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi table. Aid Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, R2-D2, and C-3PO in their fight against the Sith in order to restore peace in the galaxy.

Pay tribute to the Sith Lord in a table dedicated to the life of Darth Vader. Use the dark side of the Force™ to mercilessly pursue the Jedi and Rebel Alliance and face off with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker.

Support the Rebel Alliance’s Fleet or the Galactic Empire’s Armada, as you lead your side to victory in the Star Wars: Starfighter Assault table. This features legendary Starfighters like the X-wing and TIE fighter, and iconic vessels like the Millennium Falcon and Death Star II.

For more information, please visit www.starwarspinball.com.

Source: GamesPress

Midnight City Announced As Publisher For Costume Quest 2 & Gone Home

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Midnight City, indie label of Majesco Entertainment Company, an innovative provider of games for the mass market, has joined forces with two of the most well-known names in indie games. First up, Midnight City will publish Double Fine Productions’ first big sequel, Costume Quest 2, coming to PC and consoles. Next, Midnight City will bring The Fullbright Company’s award-winning Gone Home to consoles. Both titles are slated for digital release later this year.

In Double Fine’s triumphant return to Auburn Pines, our candy-crazed crusaders Wren and Reynold must once again protect Halloween from untold horrors, and grown-ups! Your favorite trick-or-treaters will come armed with a new batch of costumes they wear to transform into giant super powered fantasy Hallowarriors. Yeah, we totally just made that up. Fans of the original can look forward to a sweet upgraded battle system and a story that is unmistakably Double Fine.

The Fullbright Company’s runaway hit Gone Home is making the highly-anticipated move to console, bringing the explorative Greenbriar family experience to a whole new audience. Heralded as one of the best games of 2013, Gone Home extends an invitation into an ordinary family’s mysterious past as a young woman who discovers an empty house that’s much more than it seems.

“For the last couple of years,” said Tim Schafer, Creative Director of Double Fine Productions, “whenever Halloween came around, I felt like something was missing. No matter how many pumpkins I carved, apples I bobbed, or candy I ate, it just couldn’t fill the big spooky hole inside of me. But then I realized what was missing: I needed more Costume Quest. And also, I really wanted a T-Shirt with glowing skulls on it.”

“Ever since we released Gone Home on PC, we’ve had people asking us – ‘When’s it coming to console?” said Steve Gaynor, writer, designer and co-founder of The Fullbright Company. We’ve been looking and looking for the right partner to help us, and finally after much searching, Midnight City fit the bill. They have a great understanding of what an indie needs, how to get the word out about the game, and help us get the best versions of the game possible to all those players that have been waiting patiently to experience Gone Home in their living rooms. Viva la Midnight City!”

“It’s not every day that you’re able to work with talent like Double Fine and The Fullbright Company,” said Casey Lynch, VP of Publishing at Midnight City. “The opportunity to partner with one of the most beloved, well-established studios in the indie scene along with one of the most brilliant teams in development represents a sea change for games publishing. We’re moving into a brand new middle that’s taking shape in the widening gap between word of mouth indie and triple A.”

Costume Quest 2 and Gone Home join Midnight City’s growing roster of indie titles alongside handcrafted puzzler The Bridge, the infamous madness-inducing Slender: The Arrival, and innovative minimalist e-sport VIDEOBALL.

Source: All Games Beta

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – Jackdaw Edition – European Box Art & Details

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Today, Ubisoft announced details of the Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition which will be released on March 28 in the UK as an Amazon exclusive. It will be available for PlayStation 4 from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and for the Xbox One video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition includes

• Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag full game

• The following Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Jackdaw Edition downloadable content

- Death Vessel Pack – Show your enemies that you are ready to bring death upon them with the Death Vessel sails, figurehead and wheel.

- Kraken Ship Pack – This pack includes a sail, wheel, and figurehead inspired by the legendary sea monster known for swallowing ships, men and whales.

- Crusader & Florentine Pack – With these new cosmetic sets, sail with Altaïr or Ezio’s colors with 4 customization items for your ship and 2 new weapons for Edward.

- Illustrious Pirates Pack – This pack adds 3 new islands to explore with its hidden treasure chests, new outfits, weapons, ship items and more; ready to be discovered. Customize your multiplayer
experience with new skins and items!

- Multiplayer #1 – Blackbeard’s Wrath – Blackbeard’s Wrath Pack extends the multiplayer experience with three new fearsome playable characters including the Orchid, Blackbeard himself and the Jaguar!

- Multiplayer #2 – Guild of Rogues – The Guild of Rogues Pack extends the multiplayer experience with three additional playable characters including the Stowaway, the Shaman and the Siren! This pack also comes with new customization options, and new moves!

• Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag Freedom Cry – This nine mission self-contained story featuring Edward Kenway’s first mate Adewale. Born a slave, Adewale found freedom as a pirate aboard the Jackdaw where he became Edward Kenway’s second-in-command. 15 years later, Adewale has become a trained Assassin who finds himself shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or crew, starting a new adventure of his own.

About Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag

The year is 1715. Pirates rule the Caribbean and have established their own lawless Republic where corruption, greediness and cruelty are commonplace.
Among these outlaws is a brash young captain named Edward Kenway. His fight for glory has earned him the respect of legends like Blackbeard, but also drawn him into the ancient war between Assassins and Templars, a war that may destroy everything the pirates have built.

Experience the lives of ruthless and merciless pirates in History’s Golden Age of Piracy! Impersonate great adventurers of the Caribbean and unleash lethal new skills and weapons. Explore mysterious islands and with the colors of your sails, strike fear into the hearts of any sailor daring to cross your path!

Source: All Games Beta

CastleStorm – The Warrior Queen DLC – Logo, Screenshots, Trailer, Release Date, & Press Release

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All hail The Warrior Queen, the newest CastleStorm expansion available Thursday, March 13th on the Nintendo Wii U eShop in NOA and NOE territories. The story twists and turns as Freia’s fate is determined and unlikely faces show up in places least expected. Will the realm find peace once again, or will Chief Ramhorn continue his streak of evil domination?

The Warrior Queen reveals a new Viking Elite troop class, plus huge additions to the arsenal of weapons available for the destruction of your enemy’s castles. We’re not joking around here: Meteor Showers, Exploding Barrels, Stormbringers, Golem Hostages, and you heard it here first: FROZEN SWORDFISH. Throw in 20 new battles and new achievements and you have an excellent addition to your favorite super 2D physics destruction tower defense brawler mashup.

Source: GamesPress (1, 2, 3, & 4) & Nintendo Enthusiast

Yrminsul – Screenshots & Press Release

Bordeaux, France-March 10, 2014--Studio Black Flag today announced Yrminsul, a fast-paced tower defense-style strategy game set in a persistent, fully 3D universe. In Yrminsul, the path to infamy is clear: annihilate the pathetic (and unfashionable) forces of good as they attempt to breach your formidable defenses. Yrminsul is the mutant evolution of tower defense games, offering a rich strategy experience and a wonderfully twisted sense of humor. Filled with detailed enemies and a colorful cast of characters, the game offers an addictive new direction to the frantic tower defense genre. The only thing better than being famous is being infamous!

Yrminsul is a strategy game in which the battles are in the form of a tower defense. In a huge campaign spanning 31 unique levels, players encounter over 30 enemies (fools who think they can destroy you), three types of armies (Goblins, Monsters and Elves), 15 upgradable turrets (everyone needs a lair!) and 16 spells (shazam!). In Yrminsul, your opponents try to reclaim the islands you rightfully stole from them-rude! You will have to defend your territory from your enemies’ sneaky attacks while invading their Islands in order to expand your glorious empire. You can go back and forth between the islands because the universe is persistent: when you build a turret, it will stay on its island unless the enemies gain control of the island. Each level has its own features and secrets to discover, and the story of Yrminsul is unveiled in more than 10 interactive comics. Perfect for elves since they have more pictures than words.

In Yrminsul, you have to manage one main resource: infamy. The infamy is your potential evilness and allows you to build defenses and research new towers and spells. Manage it carefully in order to unlock new powers and face the strongest enemies-as if mere mortals could ever destroy you. But in doing so, would you have sufficient resources to defend your territory? Will you bring forth a powerful new reality where darkness reigns, or will you succumb to the traps that the good guys think you’ll fall for? (Fools.)

Yrminsul is expected to be released next month for PC and Mac, and a Linux version is being tested. Studio Black Flag is supplementing development for the game via an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. All backers receive a 13-level demo version within 48 hours of pledging support. A shorter demo is available for anyone to download and enjoy. For more information, visit http://studioblackflag.com/en/yrminsul

Source: GamesPress (1 & 2)