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Friday, July 18, 2014

07/18/2014 - Rockstar Adds 10 New GTA Online Jobs
Rockstar Verified: 10 New GTA Online Jobs Including the #IMNOTAHIPSTER Selections

During the "I'm Not a Hipster" Event Weekend, we issued a challenge for players to create custom GTA Online Jobs using the new content from  The "I'm Not a Hipster" Update, and tag them #IMNOTAHIPSTER on  Social Club for the chance to earn Rockstar Verified glory, along with GTA$1M and an exclusive HIPSTER vanity plate. Below are our five chosen favorites, along with an additional quintet of user-created selections from recent months to complete our latest full batch of new Rockstar Verified Jobs that are now available to play in GTA Online. Just bookmark any of the Jobs by clicking on the titles below or play through them all with your Crew by creating your own Playlist.

#IMNOTAHIPSTER Selections


Get to grips with the 6-wheeled Dubsta in  Dubsta Warz.

  Dubsta Warz - created by  Darteyld
Put the climbing ability of your new Dubsta to the test in this point-to-point Race where roads are for the weak. Starting out on Chumash Beach, get to the edge of the Grand Senora Desert as the crow flies, crossing mountains and scaling vertiginous slopes under twilight.

  The 80’s Turf War - created by  GAMRZ_UK_SLiCkZ3
This neighborhood gang shootout uses over the top, action movie inspired weapons and careful placement of the cars included in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update to give Grove Street a vintage feel. Players start with a Micro SMG and a handful of ammo, though more powerful weapons can be picked up if you can find them. The scarcity of ammo here encourages a varied approach, whether it's stalking the rooftops or demonstrating that the bonnet of a Glendale is not the best cover when there are RPGs flying around.

  Panto-monium Microcircuit - created by  THEKerles
Proving that the Panto isn't just for old ladies and tree huggers, this intimate Lap Race is a test of car control and the ability to find the correct racing line. Expect tense bumper-to-bumper action, with very little runoff around some of the sharpest corners. You'll want to make the most of the few overtaking opportunities available.


Go off road in the  Swedish Folkrace.

  Swedish Folkrace - created by  MaximilianR18
Swedish Folkrace is a mixture of tarmac and off-road racing for inexpensive road vehicles - perfect for some of the cars featured in the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update. MaximilianR18 - a member of both the  CREATOR CORE CLUB and  GTA Content Creators Crews - has introduced this local pastime to GTA Online, adding slippery turns that make for an intense Lap Race with plenty of sideways action. As the description suggests, try this one in your customized Warrener.

HIPSTER DEATH RALLY - created by  diggzzzz
The dirt roads by Senora Airstrip are the stage for this high speed off-road Race well suited to the "I'm Not a Hipster" Update cars. Watch out for the oil container on the first corner, or you could find yourself going out with the wrong kind of bang. There's also a ramp around half way to potentially slow you down or, if you come off a slipstream at just the right time, provide an opportunity for a stylish aerial overtake.

5 Additional Rockstar Verified Jobs

  The Coil - Created by  Wormbo
A hair-raising Race for Supercars that snakes around the oval ring roads at Los Santos International Airport and then down a sharp detour past the Sightings restaurant and back again. Prepare for white knuckles gripping steering wheels and game controllers as you hurtle around fast sweeping curves, along single track overpasses or through the chicanes and hairpins around the restaurant. Long narrow sections overlap several times, maximizing potential for some spectacular high-speed crashes.

  The Los Santos Triangle - Created by  Ma1evo1ent Cheese
After the  Verification of Farm Fresh, Ma1evo1ent Cheese comes up with the goods once again with this short, technical Race with tight, Grand Prix-style corners that will push your car handling skills to the breaking point. Leave traffic off and go with Non-Contact to ensure that there are no distractions as you gun each lap trying to improve on your personal best. The default Supercar class will get around the course pretty quick, so go for a full 4 laps to really get a feel for it.


Don't take your eyes of the road as you  Loop The Lake.

  Loop the Lake - created by  twisterrk
This is a beautifully simple Lap Race around the Vinewood Lake that provides fantastic views of the Vinewood sign, the Galileo Observatory and the Downtown Los Santos skyline. Try not to get distracted by the scenery as you battle for position on a narrow curving road. Aggressive maneuvers will pay off, but don't be afraid to use the brake to avoid getting trapped behind the low tire walls at several corners. This Race plays well with most vehicle classes but try Muscle or Sports for a more technical challenge. Creator twisterrk is a member of the  Reddit Dads Crew - specifically designed for those whose family commitments limit the time that they have to play GTA Online. If that's a familiar issue, get involved!

  Pit Stop - Created by  IckyQualms
Thematically similar to previous verified Deathmatch  Lodge Battle, this is a tight TDM map with plenty of hazards - don't linger too long by the fuel tanks! Pit Stop takes place in an underappreciated area of the map just off the Palomino freeway. Head off-piste to find the lone sniper rifle or make a play for the array of melee weapons to get a jump on unsuspecting opponents coming around corners.


Running for cover in  Retaliate.

  Retaliate - Created by  gun_harmony
A tight Deathmatch map that makes for a small, frantic 2-team TDM or compact free-for-all. A compact setup with good use of vertical space, plenty of cover and opportunities to flank the enemy team. Head in with your Crew for an 8v8 battle and seek retribution on any Crews you've got beef with.

With some spectacular Jobs released in this batch, we're really looking forward to playing them in upcoming Crew Battles and on our special guest streams. Keep an eye out on the Rockstar Twitch channel (twitch.tv/rockstargames) this Friday at around 4pm for a run through of these new Jobs in a special Rockstar Verified Edition livestream hosted by our friend  Swiftor and featuring special guest players including  TypicalGamer who’s been known to  enjoy previous Rockstar Verified releases. If you haven't already, head over to  our Twitch page now to hit the follow button and get an email notification whenever we go live, or  follow us on Twitter for all the latest updates. You can also watch the stream here on the Rockstar Newswire where we'll be embedding it for the duration of the broadcast.

Please note that in addition to occasionally changing Job names due to taste, copyright or other reasons - we also from time to time will make other small edits to players' Jobs before making them Rockstar Verified. This includes, but is not limited to modifying spawn points, improving checkpoints or increasing/decreasing the amount of weapon picks ups for a particular Job. Once Jobs are Rockstar Verified, they become available for play across both platforms, so whether you're on Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll have all these newly Verified creations available in your next Freemode session (you can also bookmark them at the Social Club for easy access in your next session).

Go ahead and post your Job on the Newswire comments (only once, please don't spam) with a punchy explanation of why it's worth checking out. We're always looking for new player-created Jobs to add to the Rockstar Verified program and the best way to get noticed is to have a solid Race or Deathmatch that's been thoroughly tested by the community and refined into the most fun and fair experience it can be.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

07/17/2014 - World of Tanks Xbox 360 Rapid Fire Update Now LIVE
World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition Rapid Fire Update is Now Live

Powerful and iconic American autoloaders debut in-game, a new line of U.S. and German tanks, and two new maps

July 17, 2014 — Wargaming today deployed another exciting slew of content—Rapid Fire Update—for World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition. Available worldwide, this content update to the successful multiplayer tank warfare game allows tankers to command some of history’s most dominant U.S. autoloader tanks and adds a total of thirteen brand new American and German tanks. Two dynamic new maps have also been included in the Rapid Fire Update, delivering variety to the battlefields.

Players can now research advanced autoloaders, including the deadly T-57 heavy, and roll them into battle. Further expansion of the U.S. and German tech trees and the addition of the high-tier autoloaders give players more options to strategize and engage in battle, while adding a new tactical element to their tank play.

Each map in the Rapid Fire Update offers different tactics for various tanks. The Arctic Region presents large areas covered in ice and snow, rocky outcrops, hills and ridges. The turns and twists in this icy deathtrap make Arctic Region an engaging battlefield. The Erlenberg map offers green hills adjacent to a close-packed town which is bisected by a river with three bridges. These bridges and the different types of terrain in this map create natural contact points between opposing forces and allow for a variety of viable tactics.

For more information about the Rapid Fire Update, visit  http://worldoftanksxbox360edition.com/en/news/news/rapid-fire/

To download and join the global phenomenon of World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition for free, please visit:

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

07/16/2014 - Warframe Limited Edition Excalibur Statue on Sale at Comic-Con
SYMBIOTE STUDIOS TO MAKE WARFRAME® TOYS AND STATUES

Limited Edition Excalibur Statue Available At QuakeCon and Comic-Con

Seattle, WA - Symbiote Studios LLC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of toys and high-end collectibles, has obtained the rights to create stylized vinyl toys and high-end statues based on Digital Extremes’ hit video game franchise, Warframe®. 

"As big fans of the game we are excited to bring the Tenno warriors of Warframe alive with toys and statues," said Joseph Reiter, CEO of Symbiote Studios. "Warframe is the future of gaming and we are honored to be able to create products fans will love."

“The character design in Warframe begs to be made into collectible statues and toys,” said Meridith Braun, VP Publishing at Digital Extremes.  “The team at Symbiote approached us with such passion for Warframe that we knew they would be the perfect choice to start a line of high-quality collectible statues for us and they have certainly delivered.  The Excalibur statue is impressively detailed and will certainly be a standout on any collector’s shelf.”


First in the line is a Limited Edition Collector’s Statue of the very popular Warframe - Excalibur.  Made of high-quality poly-resin and hand painted to the finest detail, Excalibur stands over eight inches tall and is fully equipped with his signature Skana Blade in hand, an Aklato Pistol on each hip and the Latron Rifle holstered on his back.

Fans attending QuakeCon 2014 (July 17-20) and San Diego Comic-Con 2014 (July 24-27) will have the first chance to own Excalibur in this Limited Edition run of only 1000. Visit the Symbiote Studios booth at either show to purchase the statue at the special conference price of $69.99.

Those unable to attend the shows may pre-order the statue for $79.99 online now while quantities last via the Official Warframe Merch Store at http://store.warframe.com/.  Expected ship date for the statues is late August.

For more details on Warframe products from Symbiote Studios, please visit
http://www.warframe.com/ and http://www.symbiotestudios.com/.

About Symbiote Studios
Symbiote Studios LLC is a premier manufacturer of figures, statues and busts for the comic, movie and video game markets. Comprising of today's leading artists, sculptors and licensors, Symbiote Studios LLC is committed to creating innovative and high-quality products.


The wide array of Symbiote Studios products are currently sold in specialty, trend, collectible and comic shops, as well as on the World Wide Web at http://www.symbiotestudios.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 and publishing the Free-To-Play action game, Warframe®.  For more information about Digital Extremes, visit the company website at http://www.digitalextremes.com/.  To sign up for Warframe, visit http://www.warframe.com/.


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

07/15/2014 - Marvel HeroClix Guardians of the Galaxy at SDCC 2014
Take Tabletop Gaming to a Galactic Level of Fun with Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy


WizKids Games, the industry leader in Collectible Miniature Games, is pleased to announce the launch of its latest HeroClix set, Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the upcoming feature film.
                                               
This all-new set features a 24-figure gravity feed display and a six-figure starter set!

Get ready to relive the battle between Star-Lord and Ronan the Accuser! Featuring fan favorites like Rocket Raccoon and Groot, the new movie-based Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy is available now at your local game store!

For more information, please
visit the following link. Can’t wait to play? Find a HeroClix event in your area with the all-new WizKids Event System today!

WizKids will have Marvel HeroClix: Guardians of the Galaxy on display in booth # 3145 at San Diego Comic-Con from July 24-27.


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 over 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 WizKids  
WizKids/NECA, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NECA, is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. WizKids first pioneered the Combat Dial system featured in HeroClix, the leading collectible miniatures game on the market, with over 500 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. WizKids continues to produce new proprietary game platforms and properties including the award-winning fantasy board game Mage Knight, the groundbreaking Dice Building Game engine used in the critically-acclaimed game Quarriors and the launched in the first part of 2014 Dice Masters, as well as its widely hailed execution of Star Trek: Attack Wing. For additional information, visit
www.wizkidsgames.com.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

07/14/2014 - Square Enix and Deep Silver Partner to Host Comic-Con Arcade Event
SQUARE ENIX AND DEEP SILVER PARTNER TO HOST SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON ARCADE FOR FANS
‘Deep Silver/Square Enix Arcade’ to be Held in Historic San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
SAN DIEGO – July 14, 2014 – Square Enix, Inc. and Deep Silver, a division of Koch Media GmbH,have partnered to host a Deep Silver / Square Enix Arcade at the Whiskey Girl restaurant and bar during the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con. Open to the public, fans will get an early look at the award nominated upcoming lineup from both publishers.

Fans can visit the Deep Silver / Square Enix Arcade at the address below:

WHEN:          
Friday & Saturday, July 25-26
11:00am – 2:00am

WHERE:       
Whiskey Girl
702 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92101

The Square Enix lineup for the Arcade includes the recently announced Lara Croft® and the Temple of Osiris™, the team-based multiplayer title Nosgoth™ and the latest mobile games from Square Enix Montreal: Hitman: Sniper and Hitman GO. Deep Silver will showcase its latest titles, including Escape Dead Island®, Metro™ Redux and Sacred™ 3.

Attendees can also check out the recently announced KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX, THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL™ and Hitman GO at Booth #3829 between Lobby D and E in the San Diego Comic-Con Exhibit Hall.

Square Enix Titles

LARA CROFT® AND THE TEMPLE OF OSIRIS
Platform: Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: Crystal Dynamics
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: Coming Soon
Developed by Crystal Dynamics,  Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris is the sequel to the critically-acclaimed  Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. In her new adventure, Lara Croft travels to Egypt and must join forces with rival treasure hunter Carter Bell and imprisoned gods Horus and Isis, to defeat the evil god Set. Featuring a four-player co-op story, players must work together to explore the temple, defeat hordes of enemies from the Egyptian underworld, solve devious puzzles, and avoid deadly traps. All the while, players will compete for treasure, powerful artifacts, and ultimate bragging rights. 

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX
Platform: PlayStation®3 system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: December 2, 2014
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is a fully remastered HD compilation of KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX and KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX. Both games will be available for the first time in North America for the PlayStation®3 system. Theatrical cut-scenes from KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will also be included in the compilation. The game is a follow-up to last year’s KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX and will also lead into the highly anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS III.

NOSGOTH
Platform: Steam/Windows PC
Developer: Psyonix
ESRB: Rating Pending
Available: In Closed Beta
Developed by Psyonix, Nosgoth is a fast paced competitive team-based multiplayer game pitting a variety of brutal humans and vampires in a fight for survival. The two races have very different play styles: Humans have an arsenal of devastating raged weaponry and lethal devices while Vampires specialize in visceral close-up melee attacks augmented by their inhuman abilities. Nosgoth is set in the dark fantasy world of the Legacy of Kain series and is currently in Closed Beta.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL
Platform: Nintendo 3DS™ system
Developer: Square Enix
ESRB: T for Teen
Available: September 16, 2014
Combining hallmark FINAL FANTASY music with role playing game (RPG) elements, the new THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL is bursting with new content, including the new “Versus Battle” mode where players can now compete head-to-head with friends and other players. The game also includes 221 songs and over 60 playable characters from the entire FINAL FANTASY series. Players can relive nostalgic moments as they tap their way through key FINAL FANTASY events, field themes and battle arrangements.

HITMAN: SNIPER
Platform: iOS and Android
Developer: Square Enix Montréal
Age Rating:  17+
Available: Fall 2014
Hitman: Sniper is an upcoming free-to-play, massively competitive sniper game. Take on the role of Agent 47 and scope in on your marks using skill, subtlety, smarts and subterfuge to complete your contracts. Spend your hard earned blood money on a wealth of powerful rifles and authentic, game-changing upgrades. Engage your friends in leaderboard driven challenges and prove you have what it takes to be the deadliest marksman around. 

HITMAN GO
Platform: iOS and Android
Developer: Square Enix Montréal
Age Rating:  17+
Available: Now
Hitman GO is a turn-based strategy game where you will strategically navigate fixed spaces on a grid to avoid enemies, infiltrate well-guarded locations and take out your target on beautifully rendered diorama-style set pieces. You really have to think about each move and all the Hitman tools of the trade you would expect are included; disguises distractions, sniper rifles and even 47’s iconic Silverballers. The recently released Airport box update offers an array of added extras.  These include new gameplay mechanics, a new civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns as well as new enemies. The Airport box contains 15 new levels and will be unlockable through natural progression or a purchase of $0.99.

Deep Silver Titles

Escape Dead Island®    (Press only)
Platform: Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3 system and PC
Developer: Fatshark Studios
Age Rating:  TBA
Available: Fall 2014
Escape Dead Island is an adventure game that takes players back to the island chain of Banoi and puts their sleuthing skills and their psyche to the test, revealing the mysterious origin of the virus. With nonstop thrills and a noir art style, Escape Dead Island is just what the doctor ordered.

Metro Redux™  
Platform:  Xbox One, PlayStation®4 system, Windows PC
Developer: 4a Games
Age Rating:  ESRB: M (17+)
Available: August 26, 2014
Metro Redux is the ultimate double game collection, including the definitive versions of both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light, each rebuilt in the latest and greatest iteration of the 4A Engine for next-gen consoles and PC. For the first time, console owners can expect silky smooth 60FPS gameplay and state of the art visuals that were once only available on high-end PC hardware.

Sacred™ 3
Platform: Xbox 360™, PlayStation®3 system and PC
Developer: Keen Games
Age Rating:  ESRB: M (17+)
Available: August 5, 2014
The path to glory is paved with great danger. Sacred 3, the next installment in the Sacred series, is an arcade Hack ‘n’ Slash game for up to four players, set in the war for Ancaria. Choose your heroes and fight together against the rise of evil. Play fan-favorite character classes such as the Safiri, Seraphim, Ancarian, Khukuri as well as the brand new character, Malakhim.  Whilst upgrading your weapons and armor, you will face hoards of Grimmorcs, brute beasts, legions of mercenaries and undead wizards.  Develop your character’s skills and abilities the way you want and team up together to use powerful cooperative abilities. Drop in, drop out co-op multiplayer is available for both offline (2 players) and online play (4 players). Victory is Ours. Glory is Mine.


About Square Enix, Inc.
Square Enix, Inc. develops, publishes, distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content throughout the Americas as part of the Square Enix Group. The Square  of intellectual property, including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 110 million units worldwide; DRAGON QUEST®, which has sold over 64 million units worldwide; TOMB RAIDER®, which has sold over 42 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®. Square Enix, Inc. is a U.S.-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.

More information on Square Enix, Inc. can be found at http://www.na.square-enix.com/.

About Deep Silver
Deep Silver develops and publishes interactive games for all platforms, seeking to deliver top-quality products that provide immersive game experiences driven by the desires of the gaming community.  The company has published more than 200 games worldwide since 2003, including the best-selling zombie action Dead Island™ franchise, the critically-acclaimed Metro™: Last Light and the smash hit action adventure Saints Row IV™. Deep Silver is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Media, GmbH, and includes the renowned development studio Deep Silver Volition, based in Champaign, IL. For more information, please visit www.deepsilver.com or follow us on twitter at @deepsilver.

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