Monthly Archives: March 2015
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES EXTENSIVE MOBILE GAMES LINE-UP
Bringing Top Entertainment Franchises, Cross -Platform Connectivity, and Proven Brand Marketing Expertise to the Mobile Space With Free-to-Play and Premium Games
3rd March, 2015 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the company’s slate of upcoming mobile game releases, showcasing diverse free-to-play and premium gaming experiences and leveraging some of the world’s most powerful franchises, including Batman™, DC Comics, Mortal Kombat™, the LEGO® brand and Game of Thrones®.
“Our mobile business has been a key priority for the company, and we are utilizing our incredibly talented internal development teams to create games with marquee franchises,” said David Haddad, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We’ve seen tremendous growth with our mobile business and expect to increase our market share by applying our best in class development, publishing and brand marketing to this impressive slate of games.”
The following are five new games under development with Warner Bros.’ wholly-owned development studios:
· Mortal Kombat™ X , NetherRealm Studios
The game blends fighting and card collection for a whole new way to experience Mortal Kombat on mobile platforms. Featuring cinematic gameplay and visceral Fatalities, play as legendary and all-new fighters created for Mortal Kombat X. Players who also own a forthcoming console or PC version of the game will have the ability to unlock content in the mobile game and vice versa.
· Batman™: Arkham Underworld , Turbine
Rule Gotham City! Build your hideout, then recruit and train an army of henchmen to do your bidding. Command iconic super-villains from the Batman: Arkham universe, including the Riddler, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, to become Gotham City’s next criminal kingpin. Sign up for beta at www.arkhamunderworld.com.
· LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham, TT Games
The Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe in this premium game and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Now the greatest super heroes and the most cunning villains must unite and stop Brainiac before it’s too late.
· DC Comics Legends, WB Games San Francisco
Gamers will grow their collection of legendary DC Comics super heroes and villains, customizing super teams with the right heroes for each encounter in this mobile RPG.
· Game of Thrones, Turbine
(Game title to be revealed at a later time)
Conquer Westeros in an epic combat strategy game based on the hit television series from HBO®. Prove the wit of your spies and the might of your forces on the battlefield as you extend your dominance across the seven Kingdoms. Join an alliance, rise to power, and then try to take the Iron Throne if you dare!
“In just four years, we have launched 25 games with more than 150 million installs worldwide across diverse fighting, strategy, puzzle and action adventure genres, and we will focus our business on a strong games-as-a-service model in 2015,” said Greg Ballard, Senior Vice President, Mobile, Social and Emerging Platforms, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Our line-up of strong titles will deliver deep player engagement, as well as innovation like console game connectivity with games including Mortal Kombat X and Batman Arkham Underworld.”
This line-up of forthcoming games is accompanied by two titles launched earlier in 2015: WWE Immortals, which has achieved more than 7 million installs since going live January 15, andThe LEGO® Movie™ Videogame for mobile devices, which delivered one of WBIE’s highest grossing launch weeks ever for a LEGO mobile game.
For more information, please visit http://www.warnerbros.com/
Mad Max™ – Pre-order Bonus, Box Art & Ship Date Revealed
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed new pre-order bonus details for Mad Max™. All those who pre-order Mad Max™ will receive an additional Magnum Opus car body called “The Ripper,” which packs a powerful V8 engine, upgraded exhaust with custom off-road tires, a ramming grill and a tuned suspension so it can take on a variety of Wasteland surfaces. Also revealed today was box art for the game.
Mad Max™ is set to launch 4th September in the UK for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, PC and SteamOS.
Mad Max™ delivers open world gameplay in a post-apocalyptic setting where cars are the key to survival. Developed by Avalanche Studios, gamers become Mad Max, a lone warrior who must fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using vicious on-ground and vehicular combat against savage bandits. Following the theft of his iconic Interceptor, Max must align himself with a gifted, but peculiar, mechanic named Chumbucket and others to build the ultimate war vehicle as he works to escape from the dangerous Wasteland. For more information visit MadMaxGame.com
London, UK – 3rd March, 2015 – OSome Studio, the French independent development company, today announced that their original, narrative-driven survival horror game – White Night – has arrived.
White Night lures horror fans back to the old-school style the genre was built on, focusing on gripping tension, compelling mystery and clever puzzle design. Stranded alone in a seemingly abandoned mansion, players will have to explore the estate and confront its tortured past to dispel the spirits that haunt its halls. White Night draws from the classic themes of the jazz age and film noir storytelling to bring its rich world and atmosphere to life, reinforced by chilling sound effects, music and voice acting.
Plunged in darkness, White Night’s striking black-and-white visuals are also its most thrilling mechanic. Your surroundings can only be revealed by light and anything from the flicker of a match to the glow of the moon can expose new paths, secrets and story details. Moreover, light provides a safe haven against the terrors lurking in the shadows, making it a crucial resource to manage until the sun rises.
White Night is now available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux via Steam. It will be available on 4th March on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation®Network and on 6th March on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, through the Xbox Games Store.
This title is rated PEGI 12. For more from the developer, please visit www.osome-studio.com/WhiteNight and follow along at www.facebook.com/OSomeStudio and www.twitter.com/OSomeStudio.
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RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS 2 – EPISODE 2 PREMIERES IN EUROPE TODAY!
The next chilling instalment of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is available today with the release of episode two – Contemplation.
Picking up from where we left the four protagonists at the end of the season premiere, Contemplation sees Barry Burton still reeling from the news that the radio message from his daughter, Claire, that drew him to the island is six months old, but leaves him now even more determined to track her down, while Natalia has an encounter with a figure from her past that leaves her…
Prepare to get X-cited about the today’s out of this world X Universe news!
Egosoft and Deep Silver are happy to announce the Free X Weekend on Steam together with an exciting new UPDATE for X Rebirth, new Linux support and reduced prices.
Starting today, you can buy the X Rebirth games on Steam for new reduced prices:
– X: Rebirth: £34.99
– X: Rebirth including The Teladi Outpost: £39.99
– X: Rebirth Collectors Edition including The Teladi Outpost: £44.99
and the all new complete Egosoft collection for £54.99
Free X Weekend:
Over the weekend from March 13th to March 15th ALL X games, from the very first X: Beyond The Frontier over the beloved X3 series to the very latestX Rebirth: The Teladi Outpost will be available for an intensive weekend of free test playing through the Steam platform. Decide for yourself if you prefer the somewhat more hardcore X3 games, like X3: Albion Prelude or the all new X Rebirth universe. Try them all with the newest updates and on any Operating System supported by Steam Play.
Update 3.50 for X Rebirth:
March 13th will also be the release date of update 3.50 for X Rebirth bringing among many other improvements:
• New generic missions and new upkeep missions for easier station management
• New ships: The new Onil mining ships available in the Canteran shipyard in DeVries.
• New “Container Magnet” which helps to attract nearby collectables to the player ship.
• Easier navigation through text search field in map.
• New FXAA graphics option.
Among the many improvements in 3.50 are:
• Improved station manager and station owned ship trade behaviour.
• Improved balancing and accuracy of combat calculations when player is not present.
• Improved response of player owned stations to nearby player ships being attacked.
• Completely reworked Russian localisation.
• Improved support for UI-modding
and much more…
Alpha version of X Rebirth for Linux:
With the release of Update 3.50 we will also enter the public Alpha test of our own native port to the Linux Operating system. Get the Linux port through Steamplay for free and help testing on this exciting new platform.
Among other news in the X Universe: In addition to the Steam platform, all X3 games ported by Egosoft to MAC OS are now ALSO available on the MAC appstore.
Ubisoft and Amblyotech
Create Dig Rush, the First Therapeutic Video Game Based on a Patented Method for the Treatment of Amblyopia
A new form of treatment for Amblyopia, also known as “Lazy Eye”
Ubisoft and Amblyotech Inc. have announced their collaboration on the development of Dig Rush, the first video game based on a patented method exclusively used for the treatment of Amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye.”
Using inventions initially patented by Drs. Robert Hess, Benjamin Thompson, Behzad Mansouri, Jeremy Cooperstock, Long To and Jeff Blum at McGill University, and subsequently licensed to Amblyotech, Ubisoft is applying gameplay principles to create an entertaining method that can improve patients’ engagement and experience during Amblyopia therapy. This new video game offers the potential of long-lasting treatment for this condition.
“While current treatments options, such as eye patching, provide limited relief and have poor patient compliance due to discomfort and social stigmas, the Amblyotech-patented electronic therapy has been tested clinically to significantly increase the visual acuity of both children and adults who suffer from this condition without the use of an eye patch. With our agreement with Ubisoft, we are further able to provide physicians with a complete and accurate picture of treatment compliance to help them monitor patient progress throughout therapy”, stated Joseph Koziak, CEO of Amblyotech.
“The development of Dig Rush was a great opportunity for us to contribute our knowledge and skills in video game development to help materialise a breakthrough novel medical treatment.” said Mathieu Ferland, Senior Producer, Ubisoft. “The team from Ubisoft Montreal has been able to create a more engaging and enjoyable experience for patients being treated for Amblyopia, and we’re proud to be involved in such a positive illustration of the impact of video game technology.”
Instead of training just the weak eye, the new game uses both eyes, binocularly, to train the brain in order to improve visual acuity of the patient by using different contrasts levels of red and blue that can be seen through stereoscopic glasses. Using this method, the physician can adjust the game’s settings in accordance with the specific patient’s weak eye’s condition, allowing both eyes to see the gameplay unfolding.
“McGill University has a proud history of innovation and product development in numerous fields, especially life sciences. It is our pleasure to see one of our invented technologies take the next step to commercialisation” stated Dr. Michèle Beaulieu, Associate Director of the Invention Development and Entrepreneurship Assistance Team in the Office of Innovation and Partnership of McGill University.
Amblyopia is an ocular disorder that involves decreased vision in one eye as the result of a turned eye or unequal refractive error (meaning that one eye is more powerful than the other). Traditional treatments which include patching of the sighted eye have had minimal effect due to poor compliance and other issues such as social stigma, a longer treatment time and a high relapse rate among adolescents and adults. This medical condition affects up to 3%1 of children internationally, and if unsuccessfully treated, is a leading cause of blindness in adults.
Amblyotech will be seeking FDA clearance to market this therapy in the US. Upon receipt of all regulatory approvals the treatment will be available worldwide.
The 2015 Call of Duty® European Championship brought together the best players from across Europe, and in the end 14 teams punched their ticket to Los Angeles and the 2015 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox. Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and Xbox’s Graeme Boyd take a look back at all of the action from the weekend-long tournament.
The 2015 Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox takes place 27th-29th March, streamed live from Los Angeles. Watch the best Call of Duty eSports teams from around the world compete for a $1 million dollar prize pool and the title of “World Champion.”
WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD
Standalone Prequel to the Award-Winning Game
Wolfenstein: The New Order Available From May 5, 2015
March 4, 2015 (London, UK) – Bethesda, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™, the standalone prequel to the critically-acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein®: The New Order™. In development at MachineGames,Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally and in retail for £14.99 / €19.99 / AUD$39.95 from May 5, 2015 for the PlayStation®4 system and PC, and digital only for the Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favour, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artefacts that threaten o unleash a dark and ancient power.
“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said Jerk Gustafsson, executive producer at MachineGames. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.”
Wolfenstein: The New Order, released in May 2014, enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success with over 75 Game of the Year awards, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the very best releases of the year.”
For more information on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood visit: www.wolfenstein.com.