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Friday, March 9, 2012

03/09/2012 - Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Coming to PS Vita

Fan-Favorites From The Metal Gear Solid Series To Become Playable On New Platform

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – March 9, 2012 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection will become available for the new PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system this Summer. From the critically acclaimed director, Hideo Kojima, METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection offers two classics with vast feature upgrades catering to the new platform.

"The new PlayStation®Vita will provide fanatics with an exciting new way to enjoy METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection," said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "We're confident that gamers will be pleased with their experience and what the PlayStation®Vita has to offer with its sleek design, HD graphics and unique controls."

METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection features two complete games, METAL GEAR SOLID 2: Sons of Liberty and METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater. Both titles have received high accolades from nearly all major publications and websites.

The METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection includes stunning HD graphics, optimized controls designed to take full advantage of the PlayStation®Vita system touchscreen capabilities, and trophies that are shared via TRANSFARRING (save data sharing) with the PlayStation®3 system.

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Since its inception in 1998, the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise has been one of the most successful franchises in videogame history, receiving recognition and praise worldwide. METAL GEAR SOLID 2: Sons of Liberty received high accolades from nearly all major publications and websites when it released on the PlayStation®2 system in 2001. Following in its footsteps, the second METAL GEAR game on the PlayStation®2 system arrived in 2004 with METAL GEAR SOLID 3: SNAKE EATER. As a prequel to the entire METAL GEAR series, the title also received high accolades and garnered several top gaming industry awards and honors.

About Konami Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and onami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at

"PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

03/08/2012 - Fishlans Releases Galaxy on Fire 2 Add-On
Valkyrie HD – Off to new Adventures on iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and the new iPad!

Fishlabs releases ValkyrieTM, the first add-on for their sci-fi flagship title Galaxy on Fire 2TM, in a graphically enhanced HD version specifically designed for iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Furthermore, all iOS versions of the main game and the add-on support the Retina display of the new iPad.

Hamburg, Germany - March 8th, 2012 – The wait is over: Valkyrie™, the first add-on for the award-winning science fiction epic Galaxy on Fire 2™ by Fishlabs Entertainment, is now available in High Definition for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and does already support the new iPad (aka iPad 3) Retina display. The add-on takes up where the main game Galaxy on Fire 2™ left off and puts the series’ protagonist, Keith T. Maxwell, right in the middle of another impending crisis with evil aliens, ruthless space pirates and power-crazy wretches all casting a dark shadow over the universe. Mac users will presumably be able to experience the add-on about four weeks after its iOS release: Valkyrie™ Full HD is currently scheduled for April 2012.

In the last couple of months, the complete graphical overhaul of Fishlabs’ popular outer space adventure’s first add-on was right on top of the company’s agenda together with the development of the recently announced second expansion pack Supernova™. With elaborate new 3D assets for all space crafts, space stations and heavenly bodies as well as spectacular new post-, explosion- and special effects, Valkyrie™ HD looks more stunning than ever before and offers its fans a cinematic experience in  AAA-console game quality.

To celebrate the release of Valkyrie™ HD and say “Thank you” for the loyalty and support of its long-time fans, Fishlabs also has two nice surprises up its sleeve. One the one hand, the regular version of Galaxy on Fire 2™ (SD) will be sold for half its original price ($ 4,99/ EUR 3,99/ GBP 2,99) until March 11th, 2012. And on the other hand, all fans, who own the afore-mentioned SD-version of the game, will be able to unlock the red-hot HD-version of the add-on for free. However, the installation of Valkyrie™ HD still requires the possession of an iPhone 4S or iPad 2 as well as the previous purchase of HD-version of the main game Galaxy on Fire 2™ (HD).

Simultaneously with the new add-on, Fishlabs has also released a free Retina update, which optimizes all iOS versions of the main game Galaxy on Fire 2™ and the add-on Valkyrie™ (SD and HD) for the new iPad. Hence, all space adventurers exploring the galaxy on the new iPad will be able to fully showcase the new hardware and enjoy Fishlabs’ flagship title in stunning 2048 by 1536 pixel resolution as soon as Apple’s highly anticipated new tablet is available on the market. As a matter of course, the title’s user interface and all control elements have been re-adjusted for a perfect gaming experience on the new iPad.

Features of Valkyrie™ HD:
• All 3D models rebuilt from scratch for console-quality visuals and a crystal-clear gaming experience on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
• Assets, such as jump gates and asteroids, feature even more textures and up to four-times the original resolution
• Individual texture sets for all 30 spaceships including diffuse, normal, and specular maps in High Definition
• Enhanced background images and resolution on space environments and planets for a crystal-clear gaming experience on iPad 2 and iPhone 4S
• Additional light sources for atmosphere and breathtaking realism
• Additional OpenGL shaders and post effects as well as heavily revised explosion, engine flare and muzzle flash special effects
• Native support for HD resolutions of 2048 by 1536 pixel (new iPad / iPad 3), 1024 by 768 pixel (iPad 2) or 960 by 640 pixel (iPhone 4S)

Valkyrie™ HD is now available via in-app purchase for the price of $ 4,99/ EUR 3,99/ GBP 2,99

In the course of the launch of Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD – Valkyrie, Fishlabs has also made the infamous Kaamo Club available in High Definition. This floating den of iniquity can either be obtained in-game or purchased via in-app purchase and used as a storage facility for valuable goods and additional space ships.

About  Galaxy on Fire 2™ HD - Valkyrie:
The new storyline of Valkyrie™ HD confronts Keith T. Maxwell, the hot-headed protagonist of Galaxy on Fire 2™, with a sly and devious opponent. When a high-ranking scientist is kidnapped and the prototype of a revolutionary new technology is stolen, Keith has to team up with the secretive Deep Science society once again in order to save the universe from its impending doom on the hands of a power-crazy maniac. On board of the mysterious Valkyrie station, which is commanded by the shady weapons dealer Alice, he ends up right in the middle of a tight net of betrayals and intrigues, whose sudden conclusion results in an unexpected twist and thundering show-down that puts the safety and freedom of the whole galaxy at stake.   

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

03/07/2012 - Jet Set Radio Coming This Summer

Iconic Dreamcast Skate-em-Up to Make a Fresh Mark on Consoles and Windows PC this Summer

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON— February 28, 2012 — SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the upcoming digital release of fan-favourite: Jet Set Radio™, the wall-tagging, trend-setting Dreamcast™ classic from 2000. DJ Professor K, Beat, Gum, and all the GGs are taking to the streets in this upgraded HD version of Jet Set Radio, which sees players vying for control of the futuristic Tokyo-to by marking their turf with graffiti tagged across walls, billboards and rival gang members. The slick gameplay, genre-blending soundtrack and pioneering art style of Jet Set Radio will be coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network, and Windows PC Digital Download this summer.

Jet Set Radio lets players join the GGs, an up-and-coming street gang in the futuristic city of Tokyo-to, fighting for the right to self-expression against an overbearing, corporate-controlled police force. Rolling and leaping through crowded urban environments on magnetically driven inline skates, players take control of gang leader Beat and his growing posse of deviant artists as they steal turf from the local gangs by covering the city with colorful graffiti. Guided by Professor K, DJ for the hottest pirate broadcast in town – “Jet Set Radio” – the GGs will ultimately uncover the sinister plot hatched by the controlling powers of Tokyo-to.

SEGA has also announced an upcoming contest that will let US and UK Jet Set Radio fans share their own love for (digital) graffiti. Eager fans will get a shot at designing eighteen brand new pieces of in-game art that will be seen by players the world over. Winners will receive a prize pack that includes a Rukus from Etón Corporation – the world’s first Bluetooth sound system with solar power - and a number of other wicked rewards.* For contest dates and details on how to participate, visit

“Every time we look at our favourite SEGA classics, the fans never fail to ask about Jet Set Radio,” said Haruki Satomi, Senior Vice President of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “The game was unlike anything else when it first came out, and was one of the first games in history to use cel-shading. More importantly, Jet Set Radio is a game that celebrates self-expression, and we’re looking forward to seeing how gamers and artists come together to leave their mark on Tokyo-to.”

For more information on  Jet Set Radio, please visit 

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*Contest rules and restrictions apply. See

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

03/06/2012 - Temple Run Comes to Android
Imangi Studios Brings Temple Run to the Android Marketplace March 27

WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 6, 2012 -  Imangi Studios today announced that Temple Run, the Top Grossing App and Top Free App in the App Store in January 2012, will be released for Android devices on March 27. Free to download, Temple Run challenges players to test their reflexes as they race down ancient temple walls and along sheer cliffs. With endless gameplay, players collect coins as they jump, slide and run to escape the evil monkeys guarding the temple while avoiding obstacles.

“We are excited to finally share the Android release date with our fans who have been so enthusiastic and supportive of Temple Run,” said Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi Studios. “By expanding to more mobile devices, we hope to provide the same addictive and fast-paced gameplay to an entirely new group of players.”

The iOS version of Temple Run for iPhone and iPad boasts over 40 million downloads in the App Store since its debut in August 2011.

About Imangi Studios
Imangi Studios was founded by husband and wife team Keith Shepherd and Natalia Luckyanova in 2008. With the addition of artist Kiril Tchangov in 2009, the three-person studio has developed mega-hit Temple Run, which has been downloaded by 6% of the entire United States population since its release in August 2011. Based in Washington, D.C., the self-funded, fully independent studio previously developed Harbor Master, geoSpark, Hippo High Dive and Max Adventure for iOS.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

03/05/2012 - Razer Hydra Gets New Game Support
Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2 and Team Fortress 2 Now Support Full Motion Play With The Razer Hydra

Razer and Sixense launch full motion gaming support for Valve game titles and software integration with Steam

Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, Calif. – March 5th, 2012 – Razer, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, together with Sixense Entertainment, the leader in precision motion technology, announce fully integrated motion gaming support for Valve’s game titles including Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2, and Team Fortress 2 using the Razer Hydra motion sensing controller. Future Valve titles Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will also support full motion play with the Razer Hydra.

Additionally, Sixense and Valve have now integrated Sixense MotionCreatorTM 2.0 software with Valve’s Steam gaming platform, enabling backward compatibility for motion gaming with the Razer Hydra for over 250 of the most popular titles on Steam. Now, Steam users will receive automatic motion control updates for current and future game titles, and a new in-game overlay allows gamers to view control maps for the Razer Hydra as they play.

“The Razer Hydra’s magnetic motion-sensing technology is the fastest and most precise to deliver a level of gaming immersion other motion-sensing tech in the industry right now can only dream of. Gamers are going to experience Valve’s new and legacy games in an amazing and fun way,” said Robert ‘RazerGuy’ Krakoff, President, Razer USA.

“Sixense is excited to bring the Razer Hydra motion gaming experience to the Steam community,” said Amir Rubin, CEO and Co-Founder, Sixense. “By wrapping Sixense MotionCreator inside Steam, the PC and Mac gaming platform of choice for both gamers and developers, we are able to provide plug-and-play functionality for the Razer Hydra to showcase our innovative motion gaming modes across game genres.”

The Razer Hydra is the world’s first PC gaming-grade motion-sensing peripheral to use an electromagnetic field to track your hand movements as you hold two ultra-precise motion sensing controllers. Because the Razer Hydra tracks the position of your hands down to a millimeter and degree, saving the world in Half-Life 2, cutting down zombies in Left 4 Dead 2, and pushing the cart in Team Fortress 2 will be a highly intuitive and immersive affair.

In response to significant demand from developers, Sixense has created Mac OS and Linux versions of the Sixense SDK (Software Development Kit) for the Razer Hydra. The Mac, Linux and Windows versions are now available for download from Steam. The Sixense SDK allows developers to quickly and easily create immersive gaming experiences that take advantage of the Razer Hydra’s full six degrees of motion freedom.

Game developers and independent software vendors who are interested in porting their current games or developing future games based on the Razer Hydra and Sixense motion sensing platform are invited to write to

About the Razer Hydra Motion Sensing Controllers
The Razer Hydra is the first gaming-grade motion-sensing controller to bring a whole new dimension of gameplay and immersion to the PC and Mac. With compatibility for over 250 games out of the box and future support for gamers to self-configure controls for any PC or Mac game, the entertainment possibilities are virtually endless. Built to deliver ultra-low latency and location-orientation tracking exact to the millimeter and degree, the precision and speed of the Razer Hydra make it unrivalled amongst its kind.

Razer Hydra standalone (via RazerStore):  € 99.99
Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Half-Life 2 and Sixense MotionCreatorTM2.0 – Available March 2012
Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive – Available at title release

Product features:
(Per controller)
·         Thumb-ergonomic analog stick for fluid control
·         4 Hyperesponse action buttons
·         Rapid-fire trigger and bumper for faster in-game response
·         Non-slip satin grip surface
·         True six degree-of-freedom magnetic motion tracking
·         Lightweight, anti-tangle braided cable

(Base station)
·         Low-power magnetic field, low power consumption
·         Ultra precise sensor for 1mm and 1 degree tracks
·         No line of sight to controllers required
·         Low latency feedback

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