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Friday, November 15, 2013

11/15/2013 - Warframe Now Available on PS4
WARFRAME MAKES NEXT-GEN DEBUT WITH LAUNCH OF PLAYSTATION®4 COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEM IN NORTH AMERICA

Ninjas Play Free On November 15th

November 14, 2013 – London, ON, Canada – Digital Extremes, the independent developer and now, publisher, announced today that Warframe®, the fastest growing Free-to-Play action game this year on PC, is available on Day 1 for the new PS4™ system beginning with Midnight launch events on November 15th throughout North America.  With a simple download via the PlayStation® Store, all PS4™ system owners can play the highly stylized sci-fi third-person action co-op game for free.  Warframe does not require a PlayStation®Plus membership.

Warframe was announced for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system earlier this year and has quickly become one of the top Day 1 launch titles to watch; primarily due to the rapid success of the title on PC when it went Open Beta in March.  In addition to enjoying a Triple-A gaming experience for free, PS4™ system owners can expect to see frequent free content and feature updates that will continue to broaden the scope and depth of the game over time.  To help influence future content and features, players are encouraged to join the dedicated, passionate community found in the official Warframe forums at Warframe.com.

“Warframe offers an incredibly rich gaming experience for the low, low price of Free,” said Steve Sinclair, creative director at Digital Extremes.  “It’s a win-win situation for everyone.  The Free-to-Play model allows independent developers like us the opportunity to take risks on new ideas that otherwise would never see the light of day in a traditional retail scenario; and the low price-point barrier for gamers gives them the opportunity to experience the game, provide us feedback and then choose to support the game and its continued development.”

Players are introduced to Warframe as Tenno warriors, who have discovered an ancient exo-skeletal technology only they can operate. These Warframes bring unimaginable power and skill to the Tenno and provide unique offensive and defensive powers to explore and master.  Players go solo or band together in squads of 4 to complete co-op based raids to locate ancient artifacts that will help customize and upgrade their Warframe and weapons and win the war against the genocidal Grineer, Corpus and Infested enemies.

A special cinematic trailer was released earlier this week on the Warframe YouTube channel to commemorate the launch.  Warframe can be downloaded for free through the SEN web store or via the PlayStation® Store on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system starting November 15th.  For more information on the game, visit the official website at Warframe.com.

About Digital Extremes

Founded in 1993 by James Schmalz, Digital Extremes ranks as one of the world’s top independent development studios in the interactive entertainment industry. The Canadian-based developer has a rich history in developing some of the industry’s top first-person shooter and action games.  Originating with the co-creation of Epic Games’ multi-million unit selling Unreal® franchise including Unreal, Unreal Tournament – and all its iterations - and continuing with such hits as Dark Sector®, BioShock® for the PlayStation®3 and the multi-player campaign of BioShock 2.  Most recently, Digital Extremes earned critical acclaim for the development of first-person shooter, The Darkness® II, based on the comic book series of the same name and the use of its proprietary technology, the Evolution Engine™.

The studio is currently developing the Free-To-Play action game, Warframe®.  For more information about Digital Extremes, visit the company website at
www.digitalextremes.com.  To sign up for Warframe, visit www.warframe.com.

Submitted by: E. Thomas

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11/14/2013 - New Awesomenauts skin helps Make a Wish Foundation
New Awesomenauts skin helps wishes come true!

Over the course of the development of Awesomenauts quite a few visitors made it to the Ronimo Games' studio. Some of these have been kids, brought in by the Make-A-Wish foundation. This Foundation is a non-profit organisation that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. Visiting an actual game studio had been a big wish for these children. At the same time these nice visitors provide inspiration and insight which always finds its way back into the games.

And today Ronimo Games is proud to present a skin designed by one of them as part of the new update for Awesomenauts! Private Mels is a new skin for Sheriff Lonestar, donning him in a tough looking military uniform while also visually upgrading his Bull-throwing special ability. As a thank you to the kids visiting the studio and the Make-a-Wish foundation, all of the revenue generated by the skin in 2013 will be dontaed to the foundation!

Apart from Private Mels, update 1.25 also contains the option to change the announcer's voice. Currently this feature only holds two kickstarter backer exclusive options: Pappa Gnaw and Voltar and will not be available to non-backers for the time being. Meanwhile the first Starstorm character, Ted McPain, has entered beta testing this Tuesday. Kickstarter backers with beta access are able to testdrive him until he's ready to be released to everyone.

Submitted by: E. Thomas

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

11/14/2013 - GTA Online Beach Bum Update Hits Next Week
GTA Online Free Beach Bum Update Hits Next Week: New Weapons, Vehicles, Jobs and More

Get ready to hit the beach with all new Jobs with the Beach Bum update for Grand Theft Auto Online, coming November 19th.

Get ready to tear up the coast and kick up some sand with the free 
Grand Theft Auto Online Beach Bum update that will be coming next week Tuesday November 19th. All the new Beach Bum content will be added automatically to GTA Online through our next title update (1.06), and will include two new weapons, a quartet of rugged and fun new vehicles for land and sea, lots of new action-packed Jobs, plus a wide variety of suitably rad new apparel, hairstyle and tattoo customization options. Read on for more details.

New Jobs
The Beach Bum update will bring a slew of new action-packed Jobs to GTA Online next week. These include new beach-themed Races, Deathmatches, Parachutes, Last Team Standings, Survivals as well as Gang Attacks for those who enjoy a good territorial skirmish.

 Better not kick sand in the wrong face. Beach blankets may run red by the time the sun sets on Vespucci.

Here are just a few of our favorite new ones that are on the way:
  • "Grass Route II" (Race): In this sequel to the original popular  Grass Route  Race, go off-road in an epic heat starting on the North bank of the Zancudo River through the treacherous wetlands with a triumphant finish on the beach in North Chumash.
  • "Survival on Del Perro Pier" (Survival): Skip the ferris wheel for a deadlier kind of thrill ride as you take on waves of relentless enemies at this beachfront attraction.
  • "View of Vespucci" (Parachuting): This leap sends you from 2,980 feet, down towards Vespucci Beach, weaving through palm trees to land on the basketball courts of the rec center. If you've got skills, it's possible to freefall through the first few checkpoints before even opening your chute.
  • "Paleto Beach" (Team Deathmatch): The locals complain that not a lot happens in this sleepy town, so do them a favor and wake 'em up with a barrage of gunfire exchanged between you and a rival team. This Team Deathmatch takes place right on the romantic shoreline for 4-8 players.
  • "Sundae Driving" (Bike Race): Sure to be a new fan-favorite motorbike race, menace Vespucci Beach on your two-wheel rocket, taking breakneck corners as you try and best the competition.

Expect these and lots more Jobs to be added to Grand Theft Auto Online next week.
New Vehicles
Hit the shore with four sand-and-surf-ready vehicles perfect to take on the all new Beach Bum Races and Vehicle Deathmatches: the BF Bifta dune buggy, the rugged Canis Kalahari off-road truck, the Bravado Paradise beach camper van and making a special return to the GTA series, the fast and stylish Speeder speedboat. All four vehicles will be available at no in-game cost, with the land-based vehicles accessible from the southernsanandreassuperautos.com website and the Speeder available via docktease.com on your in-game phone (call Pegasus for delivery). These vehicles are also available in Story Mode for Michael, Trevor and Franklin to enjoy - to access them, visit your garage property and the Marina property for the vehicles and the boat respectively.

Take to the seas and waterways in the classic, nimble Speeder.

New Weapons
Expand your arsenal with two new free weapons - the compact yet deadly  SNS Pistol and the brutal new Broken Bottle melee weapon which is quite effective at delivering the appropriate message in up close and personal encounters. Each weapon will be available gratis from any Ammu-Nation location in GTA Online and will be added straight into each of the three characters' inventory in Story Mode.

Beach bums with attitude. Hit the coast with all new customization options to style up your GTA Online character.
New Customization Options
You'll be able to deck out your GTA Online character with all new beach-ready customization options including stylish board shorts, neon surfer attire, wild tribal tattoos, shaggy hair for that West Coast
laissez-faire vibe and more...

This is just the first of many new content updates we're working on for Grand Theft Auto Online in the weeks and months ahead. Please stay tuned here at the Newswire for word on the forthcoming Content Creator, full on cooperative Heists, and GTA Online's take on Capture the Flag - plus info on some exciting new Story Mode updates as well. We'll have new info to share on all of this very soon.

Submitted by: E. Thomas


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11/13/2013 - G4Box Free to Play MMORPG Arcade Hearts New Open Beta
Free-to-Play Browser-Based MMORPG Arcane Hearts Enters Open Beta


Journey to the Past in this Classic MMORPG

Toronto, Ontario November 13, 2013 – G4Box, a leading North American free-to-play game publisher, announced today the Open Beta of its new browser MMORPG title, “Arcane Hearts,” which was developed by Playworks. Arcane Hearts is a brand new classic RPG game offering real time PVP action and fluid in-game mechanics. The Playworks team has been revamping Arcane Hearts since the Closed Beta ended, implementing a higher level of customization, adding more in-game rewards, and emphasizing community game play. Players will enter an immersive and dynamic world with challenging quests and complex dungeons. On this epic Journey to the Past, players can engage in ruthless PVP battles, create and manage guilds, and reclaim the lost land of Eldline.

Arcane Hearts is set in the medieval period drawing inspiration from ancient spiritual beliefs and mythologies. “It is and always will be important that we cater Arcane Hearts for the players. We’ve learned so much from the Beta and improved the game based on the feedback we received from the community” said Joan Kim, Arcane Hearts producer at G4Box. “Users were happy to find a great depth of game play and expansive environments to explore, so this game definitely should not be judged by its cover.”

Arcane Hearts Main Features:
Ø  Interactive Worlds: Navigate in real-time the dynamic world with random events and fight alongside thousands of other players.
Ø  Customization: Create your own persona and craft powerful weapons with limitless possibilities.
Ø  Anti-Grind: Experience the auto-hunting function allowing users to level efficiently.
Ø  PVP: Battle to the death with other players and gain the power of the lost Elims.
Ø  Guild Battles: Engage in war with other guilds and claim your dominance.
Ø  Cooperative Play: Gather with friends and take on any one of the challenges and missions in Arcane Hearts. Players can easily teleport to their friends to explore the depths of every dungeon.
Ø  VIP Treatment: Players deserve the best, so we will continually reward players as they advance in Arcane Hearts with experience bonuses, special weapons, pets and mounts.

To celebrate the Open Beta of Arcane Hearts, the entire team is ready to engage new players with giveaways, in-game events, and community play times. Arcane Hearts will offer 3 classic character classes: Warrior, Mage, and Shaman. Arcane Hearts is constantly being updated with new items, quests, and areas to explore.

For up-to-date information on Arcane Hearts and to play instantly, check out the following links:

Arcane Hearts :
Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/playarcanehearts
Websitehttp://arcane-hearts.com/

About Arcane Hearts
Developed by Playworks, Arcane Hearts is a Free-to-Play browser-based MMORPG that will bring players around the world together to fight monsters of the past and stand up to the challenges that abound in the world of Eldline.

About G4Box INC
G4Box is a leading publisher of free-to-play online games. Founded in 2006 in Toronto, Ontario, G4Box’s mission is to become the number one online game publisher in North America, Europe, and South America. G4Box currently publishes the popular MMO first-person shooter CrossFire in North and South America through its proprietary online gaming portal,
http://z8games.com.

Submitted by: E. Thomas


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Monday, November 11, 2013

11/11/2013 - PixelJunk Shooter Now Available on PC, MAC and Linux
PixelJunk Shooter is now available on PC, MAC and Linux!

Double Eleven announced the impending release of PixelJunk Shooter earlier this month, as part of their on-going collaboration with Kyoto based developer Q-Games. The day has finally arrived to flick the switch from pre-order to launch and Shooter is now live!

Today, the indie-developer and publisher has brought the original PixelJunk Shooter to PC, Mac and Linux. This simultaneous, triple platform release also serves as milestone for Double Eleven, who has been building its operations to allow it this level of coordinated release.

In PixelJunk™ Shooter, players pilot their spacecraft through a range of cavernous environments in a bid to save the scientists trapped underground. Making your way through the game requires you to solve environmental puzzles by manipulating fire, ice, water and even a strange black magnetic liquid. All while coming under fire from a vast range of enemies and all set to a buttery soundtrack!

Double Eleven’s first update to the PixelJunk franchise was PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate which has earned a respectable 87% on Metacritic.

PixelJunk Shooter is available via Steam and selected partners on the 11th of November. The game is on sale for $8.99/£5.99/€6.99 with a special launch discount to celebrate the release for all those who have been waiting for the game.

Be sure to follow @DoubleElevenLtd for future announcements and updates!

Submitted by: E. Thomas

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