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Friday, March 21, 2014

03/21/2014 - Airships RTS Early Access Release Date Announced
Build & Destroy Airships: early access release date set

Airships is a real-time strategy game where you design airships and then fight with them. An early access version of the game will be released on Tuesday, March 25. The game will be available for $5, for Windows, Mac and Linux.

At its core, the game is about designing airships and fighting with them. Ships are put together out of modules, and the layout of modules matters a great deal: everything on board is done by individual airsailors who need to run around, ferrying coal, ammunition, water and repair tools - and sometimes their fallen comrades.

You can command fleets of airships both against the computer and against other players across the Internet. (A match-making and ladder service is planned, but right now, you just enter your opponent's IP address.)

In addition, there is a single-player strategic mode, where you use your fleet to conquer city after city, unlocking new modules and bonuses with each of them.

The game has an authentic-ish system of heraldry where you can create your own coat of arms, and register it with the game forums as unique to you.

Website & news: 
http://zarkonnen.com/airships/

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

03/20/2014 - Call of Duty Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack Free Trial Weekend Starts Friday
Call of Duty: Ghosts ONSLAUGHT DLC PACK 1 FREE TRIAL WEEKEND KICKS OFF FRIDAY, 21ST MARCH ON XBOX LIVE

London, UK – 20th March, 2014 - Activision and Infinity Ward will be offering a Call of Duty®: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack 1 Free Trial on Xbox Live this coming weekend. Starting Friday, 21st March and going through Monday, 24th March, gamers on Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be able to try out Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack 1 at no cost. The free trial includes the four new small-to-medium multiplayer maps – Fog, BayView, Containment and Ignition; the dual-purpose Maverick weapon; and the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative – Episode 1: Nightfall. Come Friday, owners of Call of Duty: Ghosts will just need to sign-in to Xbox Live, download the Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught DLC Pack 1 from the in-game store and jump into a match.

Keep up with the latest news about  Call of Duty: Ghosts by following us on 
Facebook  and Twitter (@CallofDuty and @InfinityWard).

* The DLC trial will arrive on other platforms at a later date.

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03/20/2014 - X-Men Battle of the Atom Now on Android Devices
MARVEL’S X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM MOBILE GAME LANDS ON ANDROID DEVICES


Time-Bending Card Battle Game Now Available in the Google Play Store

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 20, 2014 – The Uncanny X-Men are now recruiting more heroes than ever before to help save the past, present and future! By popular demand,
Marvel Entertainment, in conjunction with developer Aeria Mobile, has announced the availability of Marvel’s  X-Men: Battle of the Atom on AndroidTM 4.0+ devices.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom has quickly become a top-50 game in the Apple® App Store since its launch this past January, amassing a user rating of 4.5 stars. Now Android owners will be able to join in the fun as well, and the game’s cross-platform functionality ensures that both iPhone® and Android users will be able to play with all of their friends and rivals.

“Tremendous fan support has made X-Men: Battle of the Atom one of the most popular new mobile games since our initial launch,” said JT Nguyen, Chief Operating Officer, Aeria Games. “Since then we’ve heard many requests to bring the game to the Android platform, and we’re glad to be able to expand our user base to include these enthusiastic players.”

“With the launch of  X-Men: Battle of the Atom  on Google Play, a whole new audience of Marvel fans can now experience the thrilling card battle action of this title,” said Peter Phillips, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Interactive and Digital Distribution at Marvel Entertainment. “Aeria Games has done a great job in adapting the characters and story lines into an exciting mobile game.”

X-Men: Battle of the Atom’s community-driven gameplay revolves around alliances of players called X-Teams. 20 vs. 20 multiplayer matches called XvX battles pit X-Teams against each other in strategic combat for rankings and rewards. X-Teams also band together during new raid events every month that retell classic storylines accompanied by new comic panel art and new rare mutant recruits. These events culminate in cooperative battles against infamous Super Villains.

X-Men: Battle of the Atom is available as a free download for Android Phones and iPhones. For more information, find the game on the
Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Stay up-to-date with the latest news, contests, and giveaways at the official Facebook page.

About Marvel Entertainment

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information, visit
marvel.com.

About Aeria Mobile

Aeria Mobile is a subsidiary of Aeria Games & Entertainment, Inc., focusing on fun and engaging free-to-play multiplayer games for mid- and hard-core mobile gamers. Aeria Mobile delivers games that busy players can enjoy for a few minutes at a time, while also providing high quality, extensive experiences to those who invest significant time playing mobile games. Aeria Mobile is rapidly expanding through both internal development and the acquisition of new titles through strategic global partnerships. Learn more about Aeria Mobile’s current and upcoming mobile and tablet offerings at
http://www.aeriagames.com/games/mobile.  

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

03/19/2014 - Carbine Studios Sci-Fi MMO WildStar Now Available for Pre-Order
Carbine StudiosTM’ Sci-Fi MMO WildStar® Now Available for Pre-Order
Exclusive Bonuses Include Early Beta Event Access
Pre-orders are now live for NCSOFT® and Carbine Studios’ highly anticipated MMORPG, WildStar. Unlike anything currently available, WildStar engages players with a beautiful and distinctive animation style, robust housing customisation and high-action combat that truly tests players’ skill with its combination of movement, aiming and ‘telegraphs’. In addition, the game’s personality is distinct in its own right; humorous but laced with a mysterious undercurrent that implies there is more happening on planet Nexus than meets the eye. WildStar’s innovative Path system rewards players for their individual style of play, while providing an unprecedented level of exploration and discovery within the world.

Players who pre-order have early access to several closed and open beta events and will receive a variety of exclusive in-game items and perks, including:
  • Early game access beginning Saturday, 31st May (three days prior to the game’s official launch)
  • An exclusive Rocket House
  • A mini-ship housing decoration, which grants players additional rest experience points
  • A 10-slot storage bag to increase character inventory
  • The opportunity to reserve character and guild names prior to launch
Two versions of the game are available for pre-order: Standard and Deluxe, with the latter available digitally or at retail as a limited edition collectable Steelbook™. More information can be found at www.wildstar-online.com/en/preorder or through select third party retailers such as Game and Amazon.

WildStar officially launches on Tuesday, 3rd June 2014.

About WildStar
Set on the legendary planet Nexus, WildStar is a sci-fi MMO that has gained popularity for its wildly entertaining personality. The game gives players the freedom to play the way they want to play via the game’s unique Path system, while mixing humour and whimsy with a novel approach to combat. To learn more about WildStar, check out the website at
www.wildstar-online.com.

About Carbine Studios
Carbine Studios is a software development company focused on making high-quality, conceptually innovative Massively Multiplayer Online games. Located in Aliso Viejo, CA, Carbine was founded in 2005 as a division of NCSOFT Corporation by a dedicated team of game industry veterans of watershed franchises such as World of Warcraft®, EverQuest®, Diablo® II and Fallout®. The studio is currently hard at work on their sci-fi themed MMORPG, WildStar. For more information on Carbine Studios, please visit
www.carbinestudios.com.

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03/19/2014 - Widget Revolt Announces Double Barrel
Widget Revolt Announces Double Barrel

Double Barrel is the first in a series of free ultra-retro arcade games for iOS, the Eight Bit Follies

San Mateo, California – Go Ahead, Give ‘em the Barrel. Double Barrel is the first in a series of ultra-retro arcade games for iOS, the Eight Bit Follies. Double Barrel is a classic shooter. With two cannons, there are endless birds to target across dozens of levels. With Game Center integration, bonus birds and extra points for expert shooting, Double Barrel is a game to play anywhere you find yourself. Play it any time you’ve got a little time.

Eight Bit Follies games are a series of free, ultra-retro games for iOS. New titles in the Eight Bit Follies series will be released every month in advance of our next major gaming title. “We have some great bonus content in our upcoming larger title,” says Brian Chen, co-founder of Widget Revolt. “They were so fun to play on their own, we decided to break out some mini games just to do it. There’s nothing to buy. They’re just addictive little games with an ultra-retro feel. We’re going to release a few on their own. If you want to play all of them, the rest of them will be in our next major title due out later this year. The bonus games in the larger title will only be available to players who score well.”

Devices Requirements:

*iOS 6.0 and greater

*5.9MB

*Pricing and Availability:
 The ad-support version of Double Barrel is available for Free worldwide on the App Store.

Located in San Mateo, California, Widget Revolt writes revolutionary apps for Android, iOS and the web. Copyright © 2014 Widget Revolt. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPod touch, and Mac are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

03/18/2014 - First Gameplay Trailer for Retro Styled Dukes of War
First Gameplay Trailer Revealed for Retro Turn-Based Strategy Game Dukes of War


Tablet TBS Dukes of War looking for allies on Kickstarter

Hanover, Germany – 18 March 2014: After more than a year of development and with a Kickstarter campaign (
http://kck.st/1gktmlo) underway, German indie outfit Mosaic Mask Studio is ready to show off their retro turn-based strategy game Dukes of War in its first-ever gameplay trailer.

The trailer can be viewed here:
https://vimeo.com/89293798

Dukes of War is a turn-based strategy game set in a gritty fantasy world ruled by the Dukes and rampaged by the undead, that aims to revive and enhance the popular gameplay of 90s TBS classics in full English and German on iOS and Android.

“With this first trailer for Dukes of War, we can finally show the world its strong gameplay we all know and love from classic turn-based strategy. It also gives a small glimpse to the epic storyline and the adventure the player will embark on,“ said Seçkin Ölmex, lead designer at Mosaic Mask Studio.

With 25 days left in the Kickstarter campaign (
http://kck.st/1gktmlo), Mosaic Mask Studio is aiming to launch Dukes of War on iPad and Android tablets in fall 2014.
To help make it happen, please check out the Kickstarter campaign page here:
http://kck.st/1gktmlo.

For more information and the latest Dukes of War news, please visit the official website:
http://www.dukesofwar.de.

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03/18/2014 - SimCity Now Playable Offline
SIMCITY NOW PLAYABLE OFFLINE
Offline Play Comes to SimCity in New Single-Player Mode, Available for All Owners
LONDON, UK – March 4, 2014 – Planes, trains or automobiles; play SimCity™ anytime, anywhere. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced that SimCity is now playable without a persistent online connection. Available as a downloadable game Update at no additional cost to past and future owners of SimCity on PC and Mac, the new Single-Player Mode lets players unplug, build, and destroy their cities from anywhere in the world.

“We’ve listened to our players and today we are delivering against their most direct feedback with the release of the new Single-Player Mode,” said Patrick Buechner, GM of Maxis Emeryville. “Player feedback has helped us deliver 10 major gameplay Updates that have improved the experience with better tuning, new features and free content. This is the most definitive SimCity experience whether you choose to play Online or Offline.”

Originally designed from the ground-up as an always-connected experience, Maxis reengineered the game in order to move the calculations locally to the player’s PC or Mac. Gains in optimization to the GlassBox Engine allow players to have a similar gameplay experience, whether they choose to play Online or Offline.

Players will automatically receive the Update the next time they log-in to SimCity. From there they will have the option to play either way; the new Single-Player Mode, which enables Offline Play, or continue to play in the Multiplayer Mode. The Single-Player Mode retains the same expansive feel of the core SimCity gameplay while adding more control over when and how their progress is saved. Multiplayer Mode continues to deliver the SimCity experience that includes SimCity World, Leaderboards, Achievements, dynamic pricing of resources in the Global Market and Cloud Saves.

SimCity is available worldwide for PC and Mac and is rated PEGI 7. For more information please visit
www.SimCity.com. For the latest assets please visit: www.info.ea.com.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

03/17/2013 - Zen Studios Announces New Games for Next Gen Consoles
Zen Studios GDC 2014 News

Pinball FX2, CastleStorm – Definitive Edition and KickBeat – Special Edition coming soon to Xbox One

CastleStorm – Definitive Edition and KickBeat – Special Edition coming soon to PlayStation 4

GDC - San Francisco, CA - March 17, 2014 – Zen Studios is proud to announce their slate of upcoming titles for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, via ID@Xbox and PlayStation 4.

Pinball FX2, CastleStorm – Definitive Edition, and KickBeat – Special Edition will release on Xbox One in the coming months. CastleStorm – Definitive Edition will be playable at the ID@Xbox Showcase on Tuesday, March 18th.

CastleStorm – Definitive Edition, and KickBeat – Special Edition will release on PlayStation 4 in the coming months.

“It is an exciting time for independent developers and we definitely feel strong support from both Microsoft and Sony in helping us bring our games to these new consoles,” said Mel Kirk, Vice President of Publishing at Zen Studios. “Our community has been shouting at us to bring games to Xbox One and PlaySation 4. Today it is a relief to let them know that games are on the way!”

Pinball FX2 has been a staple in the digital download space for the past 4 years and was the bestselling game on Xbox Live Arcade in 2011. Zen Studios remains deeply committed to releasing new pinball tables based on amazing themes like Marvel, Star Wars and Plants vs. Zombies. Zen Studios has secured new, unannounced IPs that will make their way to Xbox One this year. These new tables will also release for Zen Pinball 2 on PlayStation 4.

Super-genre mashup CastleStorm – Definitive Edition is invading Xbox One and PlayStation 4, featuring brand new content from its original installment which released in May of 2013. New battles, modes, spells and features are being added to the experience.

Zen Studios has released a trailer for CastleStorm – Definitive Edition which can be linked from the Zen Studios YouTube channel.

Finally, kung-fu themed rhythm fighter KickBeat gets a Special Edition for its release on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. New features, additional soundtracks and other enhancements are being added to the original campaign. KickBeat – Special Edition offers players several innovative ways to interact with music. The game combines beat-matching mechanics with an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle. The game also features a music analyzer that allows players to create new tracks from their own music libraries.

Players can expect additional news on all three titles in the coming months.

www.zenstudios.com

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