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Friday, May 18, 2012

05/18/2012 - Wemade Announces E3 Lineup
WEMADE AIMS FOR THE TOP OF THE MOBILE WORLD AT ELECTRONIC ENTERTAINMENT EXPO (E3)

WeMade Announces Its E3 plans, With A Lineup To Include Eight Titles For iOS/Android Including A Never-Before-Seen New Blockbuster At E3

May 18, 2012-- WeMade Entertainment (WeMade), one of the most recognized publishers in Korea, today announced the details behind its exhibition plans at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 5-7, 2012.  WeMade will showcase its ambitious mobile and social lineup of eight titles for the iOS/Android systems. The company will also be making announcements highlighting its roster of games which includes a highly anticipated never-before-seen blockbuster. WeMade will also hold an off-site press conference providing the media a more personal perspective from the CEO.

CEO of WeMade, Namgung Hun, declared, “We will aim to become the No. 1 global game company, starting with E3. Combining WeMade’s core competency and experience, we believe our mobile game lineup will bring unforeseen changes in the industry throughout the globe.”

Founded in 2000, WeMade is a leading Korean online game developer and publisher.  WeMade is best known for its masterpiece MMORPG, Legend of Mir 2, which has 200 million users worldwide. Following its success in the online market, WeMade is now focusing its resources on developing and publishing mobile and social titles for iOS/Android systems. WeMade plans to release globally a formidable portfolio of 20 mobile games in 2012 alone.

WeMade will compete with console games which have been the incumbents of the gaming industry and E3 leading up to now. The company intends to let the attendees witness firsthand the radical progress that its mobile games have gone through in an environment where substantial shifts in paradigm are being brought about. The company will exhibit eight mobile titles including Chaos & Defense, Viking Island and several other titles including an action MMORPG, a fighting/action game, a side-scrolling action RPG and more during the exhibition. 

WeMade will be in the South Hall in booth 2847 June 5-7, 2012.

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About WeMade
WeMade Entertainment, traditionally an online game developer and publisher, is now entering the mobile game for smart devices platform such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad. WeMade gladly takes on the challenge of creating a new gaming niche in a rapidly changing world.  A leading player in the gaming industry, WeMade combines the coding experience of industry veterans with the game server technology accumulated through the company’s online PC game development.  Meet a new age of smart games where everyone meets through one game.
 
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

05/17/2012 - Metal Gear Solid HD Collection Coming to PS Vita June 12th
KONAMI ANNOUNCES METAL GEAR SOLID HD COLLECTION AVAILABLE JUNE 12 FOR THE PLAYSTATION®VITA SYSTEM

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today unveiled the launch date for METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection, coming to the Playstation®Vita system on June 12. From the critically acclaimed director, Hideo Kojima, METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection includes two beloved classics, METAL GEAR SOLID 2: Sons of Liberty and METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater. Featuring stunning, upgraded graphics from the original releases on the PlayStation®2, both titles include Transfarring. Players can transfer and save data from their PlayStation®3 METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection to their PlayStation®Vita system and start the action from where they left off. 

METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection for the PlayStation®Vita allows fans to experience the series like never before with optimized controls that take full advantage of the Vita's unique touch-screen and rear touchpad. Using just their fingers, gamers can zoom in on captivating cut-scenes, peek around corners, interrogate enemies, cycle through weapons, and perform rapid attacks with their knife.

METAL GEAR SOLID HD Collection will be available for the Playstation®Vita system on June 12. 

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

05/16/2012 - Halo 4 Introduces New Infinity Multiplayer Experience
“Halo 4” Redefines Iconic Franchise with “Halo Infinity Multiplayer” Experience
Available for pre-order today, “Halo 4” Limited Edition provides the ultimate multiplayer experience and “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition
As millions of fans worldwide eagerly await the return of the Master Chief with the launch of “Halo 4” on 6 November, Microsoft and 343 Industries today revealed all-new details around the year’s most anticipated blockbuster.

Set almost five years after the events of “Halo 3,” “Halo 4” takes the series in a bold new direction and sets the stage for an epic new sci-fi saga, in which the Master Chief returns to confront his destiny and face an ancient evil that threatens the fate of the entire universe. In addition to a rich story and campaign, “Halo 4” introduces a groundbreaking new multiplayer offering, called “Halo Infinity Multiplayer,” that builds off of the “Halo” franchise’s rich multiplayer history and promises to continue to innovate and redefine the way people think about storytelling and multiplayer experiences.

Introducing “Halo Infinity Multiplayer”*

The hub of the “Halo 4” multiplayer experience is the UNSC Infinity – the largest starship in the UNSC fleet that serves as the centre of your Spartan career. Here you’ll build your custom Spartan-IV supersoldier, and progress your multiplayer career across all “Halo 4” competitive and cooperative game modes. Surrounded by the sights, sounds and crew of the biggest vessel in the UNSC fleet, your multiplayer experience will be embedded in the fiction of “Halo” like never before, where your progress and game choices affect your appearance, arsenal, and role on the battlefield.

·         Spartan Ops. The story of the UNSC Infinity intersects with the “Halo 4” campaign, then continues on in a brand-new, story-driven experience known as Spartan Ops. A first of its kind and an exciting new addition to the “Halo” franchise, Spartan Ops is an episodic adventure that blends immersive storytelling, high-quality cinematics, and action-packed gameplay to deliver an unprecedented serialised experience.

Through a weekly series of cinematic episodes on Xbox LIVE, Spartan Ops will tell the continuing story of the UNSC Infinity, following the events of “Halo 4.” These episodes will centre on the UNSC Infinity leaders and crew, and a new team of Spartans – Majestic Squad. These cinematic episodes will provide the backdrop for the weekly Spartan Ops gameplay missions. Playable in single-player or cooperatively (with up to three friends), explore the corners of Requiem in these objective-based missions, and help uncover the secrets of the mysterious Forerunner world.

A massive-scale adventure that builds off the “Halo 4” story, access to Spartan Ops is included with “Halo 4” at no additional charge – effectively delivering two campaign experiences in one game.*

·         War Games. The competitive multiplayer modes of “Halo 4,” known as War Games, take place on the combat deck of the UNSC Infinity and revive the visceral and immersive experiences that “Halo” multiplayer is famous for. “Halo 4” introduces fresh, immersive new game modes and strategies to help you progress your Spartan-IV career, while also delivering an experience that’s still distinctly and uniquely “Halo.” More details on all the modes of War Games will be released at a later time.

·         Total Combat Freedom and Player Progression. “Halo 4” features a vastly expanded suite of new multiplayer modes, weapons, vehicles, armour abilities, a new loadout and player progression system, and a new armour modification system that introduces gameplay-enhancing customisations for the first time in a “Halo” game. These advancements can be used in both Spartan Ops and certain War Games matchmaking playlists, empowering player choice, vastly expanding their creative options, and make the experience deeper for core fans and more approachable for newcomers.

The “Halo 4” player progression system goes beyond simple aesthetic upgrades, encouraging players to invest time and effort to create a Spartan that looks and plays the way they want. Players can earn and activate combat enhancements called “Specialisations” based on the style of play they engage in, from stealth to all-out assault, and everything in between.

“Halo 4” Limited Edition

Available for pre-order today, the “Halo 4” Limited Edition maximises your multiplayer experience and puts you in the boots of a Spartan-IV aboard the UNSC Infinity – the hub of your “Halo” multiplayer career.

Available for $99.99**, the “Halo 4” Limited Edition includes:
·         War Games Map Pack Access – The Limited Edition includes access to nine maps – three future competitive multiplayer map packs, each including three locations, available for download post-launch on Xbox LIVE.
(A detailed release schedule for the map packs will be announced at a later time)
·         Specializations – Receive early access to six Specialisations, available at launch on Xbox LIVE, to achieve higher ranks in your Spartan career. In addition to gaining access to new ranks, Specialisations unlock new customisation options. Purchasers of the “Halo 4” Limited Edition will get access on launch day, while others will have to wait as Specialisations are released over time.
·         The Limited Edition also contains the UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet, which includes an armour customisation schematic, a blueprint of the massive ship itself, and insight into what it means to be one of humanity’s finest warriors: the Spartan-IVs.
·         Bonus digital content through Xbox LIVE:
o   Unique in-game Spartan-IV armour skin
o   Unique in-game weapon skin for the Assault Rifle
o   An exclusive in-game emblem
o   Xbox LIVE Avatar prop
o   Xbox LIVE Avatar Spartan-IV armour set
·         “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition – An extended 90-minute version of the live-action digital series that will bring the “Halo” universe to life as you’ve never seen it, and provide an enthralling backstory leading up to the events of “Halo 4.”
o   “Halo 4” Limited Edition also includes the following exclusive videos:
§  Bonus in-fiction content expanding the characters and stories of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”
§  Special Featurette : Bringing Gaming into Reality
§  Making of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn”

“Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” – A Groundbreaking Live-Action Digital Series

Premiering this October on a soon-to-be-announced Machinima channel on YouTube, and on
Halo Waypoint, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” is a live-action digital series that takes fans back to the terrifying beginning of the Human/Covenant war, when the Master Chief inspired a young cadet who would eventually become a leader aboard the UNSC’s greatest vessel: the UNSC Infinity. “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” tells a story leading into the events of “Halo 4,” the biggest entertainment event of 2012.

Created in partnership with top Hollywood talent from film, television and new media, “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” brings a brand new “Halo” story to life on a scale never before seen in the “Halo” Universe.   The series will debut this October on the new Machinima channel on YouTube and on Halo Waypoint as a series of five episodes.  The “Halo 4” Limited Edition will also include access to the “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” Special Edition via Halo Waypoint, with never-before-seen bonus footage, as well as exclusive fiction and behind the scenes videos.

*Online multiplayer and Spartan Ops missions require Xbox LIVE Gold membership (sold separately). System requirements forthcoming. See
http://www.xbox.com/halo

**Estimated Retail Price. Actual retail prices may vary.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

05/15/2012 - Classic Game North & South Reborn on iPad
“North & South” is back

- bitComposer issues a contemporary remake for iPads -

Eschborn, May 15, 2012: bitComposer Games has secured the rights to North & South and will soon be marketing an updated, newly interpreted version of this most popular strategy game, designed specifically for Apple iPads. In addition to the well-known gameplay, the new version is loaded with brand new features, such as the action-packed “Mole Game”, as well as controls especially developed for iPad.
The game will be available throughout Europe and the United States.

Like the original, North & South for iPad gets top ratings for its comic-like graphics – carefully redesigned in a contemporary new style - , for its very unique humor and for its ingeniously combined action and strategy elements. A comprehensive single player campaign ushers the player through the Civil War years. Aspects such as weather, ships, Western cities, Indians or Mexicans influence the course of events, requiring the player to adapt his/her strategy. Several multiplayer modes provide excellent gaming in pairs (á deux), either locally on one iPad or online on two iPads – just apply the matchmaking function!

KEY FEATURES

·         Discover North & South on iPad!
·         North or South – where do your loyalties lie?
·         3 distinct game modes fused into one, for amazingly unique gaming!
·         Play solo or compete against others!
·         No chance of getting bored here!
·         Easy to learn, hard to master!

Further information on North & South can be found on the official website under
www.north-and-south.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/North.and.South.The.Game

About bitComposer Games
bitComposer Games is a brand of bitComposer Entertainment AG, an independent publisher of PC and videogames. The company focuses on the international marketing of software entertainment products for the classic PC, console and handheld platforms whereas the subsidiary bitComposer Online is focused on the fast growing market of Online Games. bitComposer Entertainment works with experienced development teams and service providers worldwide to develop in-house projects, licensed titles and commissioned productions. For more informa  

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Monday, May 14, 2012

05/14/2012 - E3 Press Conference Time and Date Chart
E3 Press Conference Global Time and Dates Chart

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This beautiful chart was created by Clipper, a user of the NeoGAF message board. This chart shows the time and dates for all the important E3 Press Events. Special thanks to Clipper for all his hard work, and thanks to the NeoGAF forum for helping distribute this handy press conference guide.

For all the latest E3 Expo news please visit our Official E3 Expo Newswire Page.

http://digthatbox.com/e3_expo_2012.html

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