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Friday, February 15, 2013

02/15/2013 - Angry Birds Trilogy Sells 1 Million Units Wii U Version Coming
ACTIVISION AND ROVIO SOAR PAST ONE MILLION ANGRY BIRDSTM TRILOGY UNITS WORLDWIDE
Companies Confirm Plan to Release Angry Birds Trilogy on Wii UTM This Year

London, UK – 14th February 2013 – Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq:
ATVI), and Rovio Entertainment today announced that Angry Birds™ Trilogy has soared past one million units sold worldwide. Released in September 2012 on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft with Kinect™ for Xbox 360 compatibility, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system with full PlayStation®Move support and the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, Angry Birds Trilogy won fans over by combining Rovio’s three legendary mobile titles, Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio, along with new content, levels and features.  Building on this success, Activision and Rovio will release Angry Birds Trilogy for Nintendo’s Wii™ and Wii U™ systems in 2013.

Angry Birds' proven formula for fun and addicting gameplay translated perfectly to the big screen and the consumer response has been overwhelming,” said Jennifer Mirabelli, VP of Sales and Marketing for Activision Publishing, Inc.

"It was certainly satisfying to see Angry Birds gameplay adapt so well to other platforms in 2012,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games for Rovio. “The features specific to the Wii U are very intriguing to us, so we’re excited to release this version to fans.”

Completely recreated in striking HD with refined controls, gamers can play Angry Birds Trilogy with all-new animations and interactive backgrounds through 700+ levels with more than 150 hours of addictive gameplay.  Angry Birds Trilogy: Anger Management, the recently released DLC pack, features even more content with 130 fan-favourite puzzles like Wreck the Halls and Birdday Party.

Angry Birds Trilogy is rated PEGI 3 and is available now for the Xbox 360 system, the PlayStation3 system and the Nintendo 3DS™ system.  For more information, please visit
www.activision.com.

About Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Rovio Entertainment Ltd is an industry-changing entertainment media company headquartered in Finland and the creator of the globally successful Angry Birds franchise. Angry Birds, a casual puzzle game, became an international phenomenon within a few months of its release and is now the number one paid app of all time. Angry Birds have expanded rapidly in entertainment, publishing and licensing to become a beloved international brand.
www.rovio.com

About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, China and the region of Taiwan.  More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website,
www.activision.com

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

02/14/2013 - James Hannigan to Score Tranformers Universe
British Academy Award-Winning Composer James Hannigan Scores TransformersTM Universe

LONDON, England, Feb. 14, 2013 - BAFTA award winner and five-time Original Music nominee James Hannigan is composing an original music score for Jagex Games Studio's upcoming Massively Multiplayer Online Game TRANSFORMERS: UNIVERSE. Based on the iconic TRANSFORMERS brand from Hasbro, Inc., TRANSFORMERS UNIVERSE puts players at the heart of battles between Autobots and Decepticons. Hannigan's original score features rousing themes recorded with full orchestra as well as a hybrid mechanistic soundtrack to reflect the heavy action-driven style of gameplay. TRANSFORMERS fans can register for BETA at www.TransformersUniverse.com.
 
Widely recognized as a leading composer for interactive entertainment, James Hannigan's scoring career encompasses an array of genres including popular sci-fi titles such as Command & Conquer: Tiberium Twilight, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, Chris Roberts' space combat simulation, Freelancer, and several entries in the Harry Potter series. Most recently James Hannigan composed original music for Visceral Games / Electronic Arts' blockbuster sci-fi horror sequel Dead Space 3, winner of more than 15 critic awards at E3 2012, as well as new and updated themes for Jagex Games Studio's massively multiplayer online role-playing fantasy game Runescape, recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's most popular free MMORPG. In addition to scoring video games, James composes for film and television, contributing to TV series such as BBC America's Primeval.

James Hannigan's music has been recorded with orchestras around the world including The Philharmonia, Skywalker Symphony Orchestra, The Chamber Orchestra of London and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra - recording at world-famous studios Abbey Road, Skywalker Ranch and Air-Lyndhurst - and has worked with countless renowned ensembles and soloists. James is currently scoring several TV and video game projects yet to be announced. For more information visit:  
www.jameshannigan.co.uk.

About Jagex  
Jagex is a multi-award winning online games developer based in Cambridge, England. Jagex specialises in the development of high quality browser-based games with supporting platform and technology. Jagex is also the largest independent games developer and publisher in the UK.

Jagex has a long-standing reputation for creating the world's best online games and for developing hugely popular, high quality, accessible, free-to-play games and for providing an unbeatable community experience for millions of players around the world. Jagex has developed and self-published over 40 online titles, including the world's most popular free multiplayer online game, RuneScape.com.

HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. © 2013 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

02/13/2013 - Imperium Galactic Stargazer Launched
Imperium Galactica: Stargazer Launched

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – February 13, 2013 – Digital Reality (DR) just released a technological demo exhibiting its new Stargazer engine capable of generating customized planets in real-time. The client is now available on the company’s new website, imperiumgalactica.com. This release is the first major step toward a new Imperium Galactica game that will use this engine.

The new game is still in its initial stages, but, when completed, it will stand as an online game set in the Imperium Galactica universe. This will involve a long-term development of several playable phases published in the future. DR aims to update the Imperium Galactica: Stargazer site and the game by frequently deployed releases until they realize the company’s vision, while doing it as quickly as possible. As the project forms, DR continues to recruit new team members to fulfill the game’s utmost potentials. Constructive feedbacks are always welcome on its forums that can be reached at
forum.imperiumgalactica.com. Digital Reality is inviting the gaming community to be part of its expanding universe.

About Digital Reality
Originally founded under the name of Amnesty Design in 1991, and with 20 years experience in game development, Digital Reality is now full-fledged online publisher. The company’s first game, Reunion, was released on Amiga and PC in 1991, while in 1994, the company began working on the Imperium Galactica series. The company’s other popular published games include: Haegemonia- Legions of Iron, Platoon, Desert Rats vs. Afrika Korps and more recently Skydrift, Bang Bang Racing and Sine Mora. Since 2009, Digital Reality is a part of Docler Holding.

About the Imperium Galactica series
The first Imperium Galactica game was released in 1997. Players got a chance to continue their conquest in the universe, when the second chapter Imperium Galactica II: Alliances was released in 1999. This second game was later re-released for iPad in 2012.

The Imperium Galactica series was one of the most popular sci-fi PC game series of its time with major successes in both Europe and the United States, and the second title received a BAFTA award for its haunting and beautiful musical score.

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02/13/2013 - Renaissance Heroes Release Date Announced
Renaissance Heroes Release date Announced

Run and Gun, Renaissance Style!

SANTA CLARA, CA (February 13, 2013) – ChangYou.com (US) Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of ChangYou.com Ltd. (NASDAQ: CYOU), and a leading publisher of online interactive entertainment in North America, is pleased to announce the launch of the first ever 16th century first-person arena shooter, Renaissance Heroes. Renaissance Heroes is set for release on February 19th, 2012 in both North America and Europe.

“We are very excited at the thought of showcasing our final product to the community,” said Matthew Lenehan, Producer at ChangYou.com (US) Inc. “After our Closed Beta and Open Beta periods, we received valuable feedback from both our community and all those involved in the testing. Because of this, we were able to fix certain issues that needed to be addressed, as well as add more exciting content that players can look forward to. Our goal is to provide the community with ongoing updates and new content that will enhance their gameplay experience in Renaissance Heroes.”

Renaissance Heroes is an online multiplayer first-person arena shooter (FPS) set in the beautifully rendered and re-imagined world of 16th century Renaissance Europe. In Renaissance Heroes, players can expect the fast-paced, adrenaline pumping action of the FPS genre, while also being provided with a unique blend of bold, stylistic characters and weapons that can only be described as epic. With the upcoming launch, players can expect new, never-before-seen maps, one new character, powerful new weapons, and the competitive game modes that are destined to awaken the intense competitive experience that is: “Run and Gun, Renaissance Style.”

Download the game now at
GameFuse and be sure to join the Renaissance Heroes Facebook community to get updates on news, events, and exciting giveaways.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

02/12/2013 - Rocketbirds Hardboiled Chicken Arrives on PS Vita Today

Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken Hatches On PlayStation Vita Today

Los Angeles, CA - February 12, 2013 - Look out in the hen house! Ratloop Asia, an independent publisher and developer of high quality, innovative games, today launched its cinematic platform adventure game, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken, on PlayStation(r) Vita. With a variety of unique new features including new chapters, puzzles, and plenty of fowl humor, Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken is rated "M" for Mature by the ESRB and will retail for $9.99 USD.

The current PS3 version has been amped up for the PS Vita and notable differences with the PlayStation 3 game include tilting screens, both Adhoc and Online Co-op and two difficulty settings. The Vita version has a new end boss as well as improved graphics - several chapters have been modified to improve both graphics and flow.

Players who have already launched into Rocketbirds on the PlayStation 3 will be rewarded with two additional co-op characters, Sniper Budgie and Agent H - the bird behind the sci-fi rock band New World Revolution.  We hope that fans who already own the PlayStation 3 version don't get their feathers ruffled too quickly - there was a bit of a "cluck-up". We are working hard to get the planned discount of 20% for current owners landing shortly on PSN America.

In Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken for PS Vita, players will take control of Hardboiled Chicken, the original Coq of War (a chicken so tough, he survived being boiled as a fetus), to lead the rebellion against the draconian penguin oppressors to overthrow their hold on Albatropolis! It's an old-school cinematic action-adventure set in the Rocketbirds universe, a world filled with some despicable and often violent birds.  The game sports jetpacking sections, stab-action in the Hardboiled difficulty setting, mind controlling brainbugs, some pretty nifty PS Vita controls, sweet music videos and an Ad-Hoc / Online cooperative mode with its own separate campaign!

The single player campaign in Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken takes players through 15 chapters of Penguin destruction. For the PS Vita version, Ratloop has wired the screens to the built-in motion sensors, so players can tilt the detailed, non-scrolling screens at will. For more information about the game, please visit: http://www.rocketbirds.com/psvita/  

Follow us on Twitter @ratloop. "Like" us on Facebook.com/Rocketbirds.Hardboiled.Chicken

For additional information on Ratloop Asia, please visit: http://www.ratloop.com/.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

02/10/2013 - Epic Mech Wars by Tiny Utopia Now Available on iOS
Indie Developer Launches Action-Packed Head-to-Head Online Robot Battle App for iOS

Epic Mech Wars by Tiny Utopia takes aim at competitors with next gen graphics, ample customization, and deep gameplay.

Tiny Utopia, indie developer of premium mobile applications and games, is pleased to announce the launch of Epic Mech Wars; a fast paced, head-to-head battle arena game out now for iOS and Android. Epic Mech Wars lets players control a fully customizable mech warrior as they fight against other players in a massive world battle league.

Epic Mech Wars is a competitive, asynchronous multiplayer battle arena game where players square off against one another in intense robotic combat. Every mech is rendered in beautiful 3D graphics by the powerful Unity 3D game engine, created by lead developer Neal Nellans. The game features stunning movie-like special effects and an original stereo soundtrack by award-winning composer, Sean Beeson. Battles are controlled by a simple one-touch system, and as players helm the controls of their destructive battle mechs, they will unlock new and rare abilities, mission items, and upgrades. Battle mechs can be modified with over 100 customizable character options like various head caskets, weapons protective armor, rocket packs, and much more. Epic battles take place in 10 different progressive battle arenas.

"Epic Mech Wars is our biggest mobile release to date. We've seen how much mobile has changed in the past twelve months and now we can keep enough core players to maintain an online RPG type fighting league,” states Neal Nellans, founder of Tiny Utopia.  “Connectivity will only improve as mobile grows up and begins to approximate today's consoles, and we can scale the game with those advancements."

Neal Nellans, founder of Tiny Utopia and creator of Epic Mech Wars, has over 14 years of professional game making experience. After being awarded the Gold Medal for animation in the 25th annual Student Academy Awards, Nellans began work alongside Steven Spielberg first at DreamWorks SKG, then at Electronics Arts on the critically acclaimed WWII original, Medal of Honor. He would continue to work with the Medal of Honor series for the next 2 titles until he left to pursue other avenues. In 2008 he founded Tiny Utopia to create epic big screen arcade experiences in the tiny screen casual games market. Beyond Epic Mech Wars, mobile game titles that Tiny Utopia has released include Astro Wars, Assassins, Formula Racing, and Stock Racing.

About Tiny Utopia:
Established in 2008 by a team of AAA game developers, with resumes that include work with Electronic Arts, DreamWorks, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Digital Domain, and Rhythm and Hues Studio, Tiny Utopia strives to bring quality original artwork and design to their clients while bringing fresh exciting experiences to players. Tiny Utopia develops and produces in-house original titles, such as Epic Mech Wars and Soda Star, as well as work with third party publishers and marketing teams to extend their existing brands into new interactive IPs.

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02/10/2013 - Pre Orders Now Available for March of the Eagles
Pre-Orders Now Available for March of the Eagles

Paradox Begins Preparations for February’s Attack On Available Time

NEW YORK – February 11, 2013 – With its release one short week away, armchair strategists and desktop generals can get a jump on their planning by pre-ordering March of the Eagles, the latest historical strategy game from Paradox Development Studio and Paradox Interactive, makers of last year’s hit game Crusader Kings II.

Available February 18 on major digital distribution channels for $19.99, March of the Eagles serves as a perfect introduction to Paradox’s celebrated grand strategy games with a laser focus on a single decade of play and one major focus of attention – warfare! When placing a pre-order, future conquerors of Europe will receive a 10% discount off the game, as well as a free copy of Sengoku, Paradox Interactive's character driven grand strategy game, where you play as the head of an illustrious Samurai family in feudal Japan. To purchase March of the Eagles, head to the official site at
www.marchoftheeagles.com.

Lead one of the great powers or any of the minor nations of Europe through the eventful years of the Napoleonic Wars. Research new ideas to improve your military skills, seize the objective provinces to establish your dominance, and take down anyone that stands in your way. March of the Eagles is also a cutthroat multiplayer game for players of all skill levels, as alliances shift to whoever has the advantage while always keeping an eye on the balance of power.

Pre-order March of the Eagles now, and don’t forget to tune in to a special multiplayer streaming event on at 7 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. PST) on Monday, February 11 as the development team will split into teams of four and then proceed to backstab each other, showing you how to make yourself the master of Europe. To view the broadcast, head over to Paradox Interactive’s official Twitch TV channel at
www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.

For more information on March of the Eagles visit
www.marchoftheeagles.com

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02/10/2013 - Week 2 of Injustice Battle Arena Challengers Revealed
Week 2 of Injustice Battle Arena Challengers Revealed – Vote for your Favorite DC Superhero
Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment reveal the next round of challengers in this week’s Injustice Battle Arena.

In week 2 of competition, The Flash enters the ring against Shazam in a battle of velocity versus mystic powers. Rounding out this week’s competition, the brilliant but merciless Lex Luthor challenges The Joker, the most psychopathic of supervillains.

Visit [YouTube]
to view the latest Injustice Battle Arena videos, analyzing each contender’s strengths, offering celebrity commentary on the matches, and posing the question – who would win? (To request this video as a standalone asset please respond to this email.)

To cast your vote , visit:
http://ema.io/MzAz

The victors of these two legendary matchups will be announced this Friday, with two new gameplay videos featuring the winning contenders.

For participating in these show-downs, fans in the UK will be rewarded with an Injustice avatar item when they register on the site and an exciting piece of DLC content when they first vote. Voice your opinion via Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and join the debate!

Injustice: Gods Among Us is an all-new game in development by award-winning NetherRealm Studios. The title debuts a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale. 

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