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Friday, December 7, 2012

12/07/2012 - Team Ninja Announces 2 New Games for PSV
TEAM NINJA Announces Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus and Dead or Alive 5 Plus for PlayStation Vita

Superb Graphics, System-specific Features, and Enhanced Gameplay Bring Topnotch Console-style Action Experiences to Handheld Gaming

HertfordshireDECEMBER 7, 2012 – Team NINJA today revealed that the new generation of DEAD OR ALIVE® combat, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS, is coming to the PlayStation®Vita handheld system alongside NINJA GAIDEN® SIGMA 2 PLUS, the highly anticipated sequel to the hit PS Vita launch title.

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS brings the signature fighting style of the popular DOA series to PS Vita with all-new system-specific features, complementing the stunning graphics and new martial arts techniques of the recent console release.
Faster, bloodier and more beautiful than ever, NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS takes the legendary action game on a versatile new battleground.
Developed by Team NINJA, both games will be published by TECMO KOEI America and are scheduled to ship in the first quarter of 2013.

DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS and NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS both bring the art of combat alive with graphics that rival any console game, alongside tight controls designed to fully harness the power of the PS Vita,” said Yosuke Hayashi, Team NINJA leader. “Whether unleashing martial arts moves or striking down enemies as a deadly ninja, players will discover that handheld gaming has never looked—or played—better.”

Building on the popular DOA series’ signature fighting style, DEAD OR ALIVE 5 PLUS brings the spectacular graphics and new martial arts techniques of the recent console release to the PS Vita with all-new system-specific features. Players will take on the roles of the cast of DEAD OR ALIVE fighters in an intense, action-packed brawler set in visually striking locations from around the world, with each stage featuring backdrops that change and interact with players. With a sensual yet realistic style, characters are rendered in incredibly lifelike detail. New touch controls bring a completely new experience to fighting games. Simple taps, swipes, and pinches on your opponent trigger a variety of devastating moves. Using the Vita’s motion sensor, you can even play vertically for a first-person, full-screen view of your opponent. Both novice and expert players will also find even more ways to up their game with new training-focused modes and a new display of advanced frame data that reveals twice the amount of information for each move compared to previous versions. Tournament players will spend hours analyzing the best moves for their fights.

NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS brings the most intense, action-packed ninja adventure to PS Vita with stunning graphics, new modes, and plenty of blood. In the game, Ryu Hayabusa, the iconic super ninja of the Ninja Gaiden franchise, returns to the Sigma series to prevent the resurrection of the evil Archfiend by hunting down the Demon Statue stolen by the wicked Black Spider Ninja Clan. Players will battle from Tokyo to New York as Ryu encounters vicious enemies and acquires an extensive assortment of ninja weaponry along the way. The action lights up the Vita’s impressive OLED screen with graphical quality exceeding the original Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus. An intuitive control system uses the front and rear touch screens and motion controls of the PS Vita, and new players will appreciate the inclusion of Hero Mode, which automatically boosts their attacks when their health is low. New modes include “Ninja Race,” where players compete with enemies at breakneck speed to reach the end goal, and “Tag Mission,” in which players can switch between two ninjas in real-time while defending the AI-controlled partner.

Team NINJA will release more information on both titles in the coming weeks/months.

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

12/06/2012 - Social Game Developer Kixeye Opens New Canadian Studio

Ex-Zynga Director of Development Appointed as General Manager for KIXEYE Canada

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and VICTORIA, BC – December 6, 2012 – KIXEYE, the leader in competitive online combat strategy games, announced today that it is expanding to Canada, and will be opening a new game development studio based in Victoria, British Columbia.  This marks the third office for KIXEYE, and second international studio opened this year, previously announcing its expansion to Brisbane, Australia.  KIXEYE Canada is actively staffing up to begin work on new special projects. 

“Our search for top talent is not limited by international boundaries,” said Will Harbin, CEO at KIXEYE.  “Victoria is a hotbed of technical talent and Clayton and his team have aggressive goals to expand KIXEYE Canada.”

Newly appointed General Manager, Clayton Stark, will lead the efforts to assemble a studio of top technical and creative talent in his hometown of Victoria.  With over 20 years of experience in building powerhouse teams and delivering disruptive technology across numerous industries, Stark previously served as Chief Operating Officer at Mercurial Communications, which helped to develop and restart the 8.0 browser for Netscape, and was the Chief Technology Officer and VP of Engineering at Flock, which created "the social browser."  Flock was later acquired by Zynga in 2010, and Stark stayed on to serve as their Director of Development.

“Victoria is exploding with engineering talent and is one of the largest tech hubs outside of Silicon Valley, especially for game companies, said Stark.  “It’s also consistently ranked among the most beautiful cities in the world, and we’re setting up KIXEYE Canada right along the inner harbor at Bastion Square.  For developers, it doesn’t get any better than working on projects they’re super passionate about, and having an incredible amount of fun while doing it.

KIXEYE currently has over 300 employees based in its San Francisco headquarters. Thinking about joining the KIXEYE team? Watch this: www.beawesomer.com, or visit our newly launched company blog at blog.KIXEYE.com

To download the latest images and other assets, please visit www.kixeye.com/press.

To receive the latest news and updates about KIXEYE, LIKE us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kixeye or follow us on Twitter @KIXEYE. 

Founded in 2007, KIXEYE is an online gaming company that plays to win.  Responsible for popular titles like Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates and War Commander, KIXEYE is redefining the intersection of game development and technology to create innovative browser-based experiences for competitive gamers.  The company is based in San Francisco.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

12/05/2012 - Zen Pinball 2 Coming to Wii U in December
Zen Pinball 2TM Coming to the Nintendo eShop on Wii UTM December 2012

Hugely popular pinball game comes to Wii U as a free platform download with purchasable add-on content

Los Angeles, CA –December 5, 2012 – Zen Studios, the definitive leader in pinball videogames, today announced that their critically acclaimed arcade style pinball game Zen Pinball 2 will be available for download on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U™ later this month in both North America and Europe. Zen Pinball 2 will be a free platform download for all users, including free trials for each table and a huge library of exciting pinball tables for purchase, including the Super Hero themed Marvel Pinball™ series, and the zombie themed Plants vs. Zombies™ table.

Zen Studios also released a Zen Pinball 2 trailer, which can be linked from the Zen Studios YouTube account, or downloaded from the Zen Studios press center, along with screenshots and other assets.

Zen Pinball 2 is full of exciting Wii U™ GamePad features such as controlling the plunger on the touch screen, rotating camera views, accessing information via the dot matrix, and Free View control by tilting the Wii U GamePad. Additional features include:
  • Unprecedented table visuals and the most advanced ball physics on Wii U
  • Trial version for all tables, try them out before you buy!
  • Local Hotseat multiplayer, and fast paced Split-screen multiplayer game modes
  • Action cameras to guide and emphasize spectacular moments
  • Ranking support for all tables, National Ranking, and Worldwide tournaments
  • Continue playing on the Wii U GamePad if the TV is occupied!
  • Robust social features with Challenges, Pro Score, and Team Score. It’s up to you to become the Pinball Champion!
  • Awards for each table
  • Regular table releases through the Nintendo eShop
  • Zen Pinball 2 is a free download for any user on the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, featuring demos of each table.
  • Zen Pinball 2 on Wii U will release with a huge content library available, including three Marvel Pinball packs, a collection of Zen Studios’ original designs, and several individual tables:
  • Zen Classic Pack featuring Tesla, El Dorado, V12, Shaman
  • Marvel Pinball featuring Spider-Man, Wolverine, Blade and Iron Man
  • Marvel Pinball: Avengers Chronicles featuring Marvel’s The Avengers, Infinity Gauntlet, World War Hulk, Fear Itself
  • Marvel Pinball: Vengeance and Virtue featuring X-Men, Thor, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight
  • Individual DLC Tables: Plants vs. Zombies, Excalibur, Earth Defense, Sorcerer’s Lair, Paranormal, Mars, Epic Quest, Captain America, Fantastic Four
For more information, please visit www.zenstudios.com.

About Zen Studios
Zen Studios is a global producer and digital publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading game platforms including Microsoft Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo 3DS™, Wii U™, iTunes App®Store, Mac App®Store and Google Play™. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in North America. Zen Studios has worked with some of the largest intellectual properties in the videogame industry, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, Tecmo’s Ninja Gaiden, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies, and Marvel Entertainment. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox LIVE® Arcade is one of the most popular titles on the platform, has garnered numerous awards, and was named the best selling game of 2011. Zen Studios is hard at work on two new original titles, CastleStorm and KickBeat, both scheduled for release in 2013. For more information about Zen Studios, please visit

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12/03/2012 - Imminent Games Announces iOS Version of Hit Game Drip Drip
Imminent Games Announces The Mac Version Of Indie Game Drip Drip Is Now Available On The Mac App Store

Drip Drip is a casual strategy/time management game that has a classic 2D feel with RTS inspired point and click controls.

A severe storm has brought in devastating weather conditions to the cities of the USA and many buildings standing in the intense storm’s destructive path are in dire need of assistance. Water dripping everywhere threatens to flood the basements and cause excessive water damage that will collapse the buildings.

The player is an elite drip collector and manages the Disaster Response Team. With a team of tools and their water collecting and building fixing skills, the player will travel across the USA and visit 24 exciting cities on a mission to ensure the safety of each building. From inside small houses to towering skyscrapers, containers like pans, buckets, and barrels will have to be moved around the floors to catch the dripping water and then be emptied to save the buildings from extreme damage, flooding, and destruction. The water dumped out of windows will earn the player money so other containers and tools can be bought to keep the buildings standing while they withstand a constant barrage of pouring rain and never-ending threats like the UFO, Ghost, Witch Doctor, and Lightning Bolts during each storm cycle.
  • 24 unique buildings - Travel from Mansions to Apartment Slums to Towering Skyscrapers, each with varying heights and increased difficulty.
  • 10 different containers and tools that can be leveled up to Super Power abilities.
  • Real time water drop and puddle simulation, and real time weather effects.
*44 Achievements to unlock!
*3 levels of difficulty – Easy for the casual beginner, Medium for the experienced gamer, and Hard for the hard core gamer looking for a tough challenge.

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Monday, December 3, 2012

12/03/2012 - Dead Space 3 Pre Order Bonus Through GameStop and Amazon
Exclusive Pre-Order Bonuses Available Now Through GameStop and Amazon

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Dec. 3, 2012 – Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, today announced that fans who pre-order Dead Space™ 3 from GameStop* will receive the  EG-900 SMG and from Amazon* the Tesla Enervator. These exclusive weapons will help players on their mission to destroy the horrifying and mysterious Markers and stop the bloody Necromorph infestation once and for all. Throughout Dead Space 3, unwilling heroes Isaac and Carver put their engineering and military skills to the test as they scavenge for parts and assemble their ultimate tools for survival. While exploring different locations, players can hunt for parts, break down tools, build devastating new weapons and share them with a friend to defeat whatever terrors stand in their way.

The bonus pre-order items** include:

·EG-900 SMG available at GameStop: This EarthGov-issued sub machinegun is built for urban warfare. It’s compact but deadly, sporting an internal hyper-accelerator maximum damage.

·Tesla Enervator available at Amazon: Sovereign Colonies scientists developed the “Enervator” from an overdriven focus coil to “humanely” eliminate dangerous specimens. The Enervator delivers a precision blast causing instantaneous electrocution and molecular destabilization in the target. In test subjects, death was instantaneous.

Winner of more than 15 critic awards at E3 2012 including Best of Show from  Game Informer Magazine, Dead Space 3  cuts to the heart of deep space terror. The game is recognized by game critics worldwide for its incredible craftsmanship in horror, action, suspense and sound design. Players will embark on a thrilling ride through space that takes them to a hostile new planet, Tau Volantis. Fortunately, they are not alone this time around. The fully integrated drop-in/drop-out co-op feature gives players the option to play alone or team-up with a friend anytime. Players that choose to take down the terror together will experience additional story details, side missions and gameplay mechanics only found when playing as John Carver.

Dead Space 3 will be available on February 5, 2013 in North America and February 8, 2013 in Europe for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PC.

For additional information and news, please visit
www.deadspace.com, follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/deadspace, or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deadspace.

  • Retailers may vary depending on country.
** These bonus weapons will come in addition to the Dead Space 3 Limited Edition package, which include the “First Contact” and “Witness the Truth” bundles that are available to those who pre-order at participating retailers.

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