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Friday, December 26, 2014

12/26/2014 - NIKITA ONLINE and Aratog Games Launch Astro Lords via GameXP Connect
NIKITA ONLINE and Aratog Games Launch Astro Lords via GameXP Connect

26th  of December 2014, Moscow. — NIKITA ONLINE and Aratog Games are pleased to announce the release of the web-based MMORTS Astro Lords on the GameXP entertainment web-portal.

Designed as an embodiment of NIKITA ONLINE’s supportive stance toward independent developers, GameXP Connect, a leading Russian publisher’s channeling solution, will allow Aratog Games to present their sci-fi MMORTS Atro Lords to more than 11.8 million-worth audience.  

“Being solid adherents of multiplatform approach, we invest our greatest efforts in making our games as accessible as possible. Launching on GameXP provides technically sound and efficient means to extend our title’s user base,” states Lyubov Nazarenko, Aratog Games’ Co-Founder.

Astro Lords (
http://al.gamexp.ru/) is a sci-fi MMORTS setting a player on the epic quest of exploring new space frontier on the outermost reaches of the Solar System. A newly-minted Astro Lord is put in charge of an asteroid which will later become a stronghold of technological and military power among stars. It is a matter of capturing new asteroids and discovering lost artefacts of the ancient alien race for a player to expend his or her effective zone of influence. And even in the most perilous endeavors a player can always count on steadfast generals. These characters gain experience and learn a number of skills arranged in 7 different classes from ruthless warrior to shrewd scientist. Bought either by battle prowess or by smart calculation, a player’s success can always be converted in actual income: the game has a special feature allowing its users to trade virtual currency for real money.  

GameXP Connect will grant the Astro Lords an opportunity to reach fast-growing audience of the entertainment web-portal GameXP (
http://www.gamexp.ru/) as well as utilize an extensive set of advanced services from voice chat to 24/7 support team.

Currently more than 11.8 million unique users are registered on the GameXP entertainment web-portal. A number of titles of different types and genres are available for them, including four projects launched via GameXP Connect (
http://channeling.gamexp.ru/). Such companies as Gala Lab., RosIgra, Labbit Games, Vision Games, Crazy Bit, Amber Games, Oofsource and Aratog Games have already appraised this platform’s advantages.
  

NIKITA ONLINE was founded in 1991 and became the first game company in Russia. It has two offices — in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don. Currently NIKITA ONLINE operates in Russia, CIS and the Baltic states with 21 MMO and browser-based titles, including social and mobile game The Panic Room: Outrage. The company has developed more than 100 titles and localized more than 70. Today there are more than 11.8 million unique users registered in NIKITA ONLINE’s projects. For more information please head to
www.nikitaonline.ru.

Aratog Games is an experienced development team specialized in multiplatform games and headquartered in Odessa (Ukraine). The studio utilizes a complete set of professional tools required to perform a full-cycle of development of PC, handheld and web-based games in 2D and 3D.

GameXP Connect is a platform which allows a devstudio quickly and painlessly put their game on the GameXP entertainment web-portal and thus get access to its multi-million audience (over 11.8 million unique users) along with the elaborate infrastructure — from billing system to in-game voice chat and 24/7 support service. For more information please head to
http://channeling.gamexp.ru/en.php.

GameXP (
www.gamexp.ru) is an entertainment web-portal which unites more than 11.8 million users offering them the dozens of free-to-play online games along with the wide array of user-friendly services and diverse content provided by both professional journalists and gamers themselves. The portal embodies the social network with well-developed recommendation functionality which allows the users to easily learn of their friends’ preferences as well as share the information of their own tastes. In 2013 the Gameland magazine awarded GameXP with ‘The trendiest online games web-portal’ title.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

12/23/2014 - Guide Robots coming to Wii U Jan 8th
Guide robots in Underground, coming to the Wii U eShop January 8th!

A few years ago at Grendel Games we started developing Underground for surgical doctors-in-training using Nintendo Wii technology. A project that started out as an innovative and entertaining training tool, turned out to be the most amazing and fun game we've created thus far. We would like to share this experience both within and outside of the medical world. We are excited to let you know that Underground is coming to the Wii U eShop on Thursday January 8th in Europe for €19,99/£15,99. A North American release is planned as well.

It would be fantastic if you can share this news with your community, whether it is an article on your website, a share on Facebook or just a little tweet, everything is appreciated!

About Underground
Step into the world of Underground, a challenging and seriously fun puzzle game with a heartwarming story about a little girl trying to save her robot friend. Travel through a unique underground while puzzling and building your way up to the surface using your imagination and two robotic arms! Each part of the underground cavern features its own threats and opportunities for you as a player to explore.

Interested to try the game? Want to know more about the development? Feel free to send us a message through
press@undergroundthegame.com and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Go to presskit

More about Underground
Underground is a challenging and seriously fun puzzle game by Grendel Games. Created especially for the Nintendo Wii U, the award winning game features a heartwarming storyline about a little girl named Sari and Sw4nk, her butler robot friend. When Sw4nk does an unsatisfying job, Sari’s father sends him away to work in the mines. Sari goes against her fathers will and tries to break him out. While traveling through the underground caverns, Sari and the robots get themselves into a world of trouble and it's up to you to help them out of their predicament. During their quest for safety you will be presented with challenging situations in four unique worlds; each with their own threats and opportunities.

Discover all the different building blocks and build your way up to the surface in this charming game about friendship, robots and a little girl who loves to dance.

Features
  • Unique and challenging gameplay mechanism using 2 robotic arms
  • Freedom to explore and build your own way out of the mine
  • Four unique worlds to travel through, including boss fights
  • Additional difficulty level (for players who love a challenge)
  • Incredible soundtrack performed by a full orchestra
  • A specially designed controller for medical trainings

Underground Origin
The game finds its origin in the medical world where Underground is currently being used to help surgeons train their laparoscopic surgery motor skills.  What’s truly unique about this game is that it’s designed to be an entertainment product as well as an innovative training tool. Underground manages this by offering a fun experience to all of its players through a series of exciting challenges and a mesmerizing storyline.

The medical version of the game comes with a set of controllers designed to mimic the laparoscopic equipment and surgery motion to a very high degree of accuracy. However being an entertainment game at heart, Underground invites specialists to play the game by offering an immersive experience in a fantasy world.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

12/22/2014 - Bravely Default DLC Coming to Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call
BRAVELY DEFAULT DLC AND MORE COMING TO THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL
SQUARE ENIX® announced today that the Bravely Default™ add-on tracks, previously only released in Japan, will be available for North American fans of THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL™ on December 24, 2014. This update, entitled the “Second Performance,” also includes an all-new batch of DLC containing fan favorite tracks from not only the FINAL FANTASY® series, but a variety of classic Square Enix titles including CHRONO TRIGGER®, Secret of Mana® and more. Each track will be priced at $0.99.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL was recently selected as a “Fan Favorite” in a Club Nintendo member survey.

On Sale Wednesday, December 24th:

Battle Music Sequence (BMS)
  • “He of the Name” (Bravely Default)
  • “Evil Wings” (Bravely Default)
  • “The Serpent That Devours the Horizon” (Bravely Default)
  • “Ultima” (FINAL FANTASY XIV)
  • “Hard to Miss” (FINAL FANTASY XIV)
  • “Zero” (FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0 ™)
  • “Ardent Rhythm” (Romancing SaGa ® : Minstrel Song)
  • “Battle #4” (SaGa Frontier)
  • “Meridian Dance” (Secret of Mana)
  • “Chrono Trigger” (CHRONO TRIGGER)
 
Field Music Sequence (FMS)
  • “Horizon of Light and Shadow” (Bravely Default)
  • “Title Screen” (Romancing SaGa 2)
 
Fans of the series will also be able to play a new set of add-on tracks arriving on January 8, 2015.

THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL is available for $39.99 exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ system. The game is rated T (Teen). Fans can download a demo of the game from the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at
www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

Related Links
Official Homepage: 
www.theatrhythm.com
Official Facebook® Page: https://www.facebook.com/theatrhythm
Official Twitter®: @FINALFANTASY

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12/22/2014 - Fat Chicken Available Free for The Holidays
'Fat Chicken' Bets The Farm And Goes Free For The Holidays

To celebrate the holidays, Relevant Games’ tower offense game Fat Chicken has gone free for a limited time.

Fat Chicken believes games can make a positive impact while still putting fun first. The recently released game is a commentary on the injustices and greed present in today’s industrial production of meat and poultry, in the style of an addictive single-player tower offense game for all ages.

Fat Chicken is available for free (previously the game was $4.99) for a limited time on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. For more information on titles from Relevant Games, please visit
www.RelevantGames.com, and join the conversation at www.facebook.com/RelevantGames and www.twitter.com/RelevantGames.

About Relevant Games
Relevant Games is a joint venture of two major media companies, the EW Scripps Company and Capitol Broadcasting. We are made of up industry veterans who have worked for Ubisoft, Epic Games, Insomniac Games, Westwood Studios, EA and cdv Software and worked on franchises like Ratchet and Clank, Ghost Recon, Command & Conquer, Rainbow Six, Gears of War and Sacred.

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12/22/2014 - KONAMI Adds More Than 1,500 Players to PES Manager
KONAMI Adds More Than 1,500 New Players to Popular PES MANAGER Mobile Gaming App

El Segundo, CAKonami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announces that its PES MANAGER mobile soccer gaming app will be updated with new players as the new 2014-2015 season starts. 

PES MANAGER is available now for iOS and Android platforms in more than 54 countries worldwide and recently achieved more than 7 million downloads since launching in May 2014.

As the new soccer season kicks off in Europe, the superstars that are available in PES MANAGER have also been updated based on the season rosters for 2014/15. The new players also bring with them brand-new uniforms and skillsets to keep users at the top of their game. Also, as a limited time offer, users will receive a special item upon logging into the game.

The updates to the game include the availability of a group of national player badges called “National Dream Greats” (NDG) and the even stronger “National Dream STARS” (NDS), which are available in the game from teams such as Germany, Spain, Brazil and more. In addition, as the season moves forward, a group of players from UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE called the “Champions League STARS” will be added as well. With these updates, users will be able to enjoy PES MANAGER with the latest sensations in line with the latest European soccer trends.

About PES MANAGER
PES MANAGER is the global version for the casual soccer simulation mobile game app known as “World Soccer Collection S”. The game offers users a chance to collect famous players from around the globe to create a dream team with the goal to win full-scale soccer game matches in Konami’s soccer simulation for mobile devices.

The game features more than 1,500 player badges with real pictures of the European soccer players. The matches in the game are presented in 3D. Users can watch their players as they perform in game, where players’ special skills can be activated at certain points during matches and the abilities shown through their unique movements. Also, the matches are presented with real voice-overs.

Product site:
http://www.konami.jp/pesm/
Download “PES MANAGER” from:

App Store: 
https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/pes-manager/id849563885?mt=8 ;

Google Play: 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.konami.pesm&hl=en 

About Konami Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. KONAMI's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Pro Evolution Soccer, and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about KONAMI can be found on the Web at
www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiaries Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment B.V. in Windsor, UK. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by KONAMI can be found at http://www.konami.com

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12/22/2014 - Bundles Stars announces King Arthur Complete Bundle
Announcing King Arthur Complete, a royal feast of a bundle!

Press release for immediate release

December 22nd, 2014 – Bundle Stars (
http://www.bundlestars.com) invites gamers to suit up their armour and prepare for the ultimate dark fantasy wargame experience with the newly announced King Arthur Complete Bundle.

An innovative gaming mixture of RPG and Strategy, this comprehensive bundle contains King Arthur - The Role-playing Wargame, King Arthur II: The Role-Playing Wargame, King Arthur II: Dead Legions, King Arthur: Fallen Champions, King Arthur: Knights and Vassals DLC, King Arthur: Legendary Artifacts DLC, King Arthur: The Druids, and King Arthur: The Saxons. That’s eight Steam products for just $4.99.

Guide the legendary King Arthur in his effort to conquer the warring provinces of Britannia, unite the kingdom and bring lasting peace. Recruit the fabled Knights of the Round Table, dispatching them to all corners of the realm on a variety of missions, improving them to become the most powerful of heroes. Build the majestic and awe inspiring Camelot, govern a growing kingdom, and oversee spectacular battles where thousands of skilled warriors, powerful magicians and fearsome creatures clash in bloody fights to the death.

From building up armies to slaying mystical beasts, this grand strategy bundle will transport you back to the time of Merlin and Sir Lancelot. Can you prove that Arthur is the Once and Future King of prophecies?

Every decision you make will determine Arthur’s morality as a King, creating your own legend; will he be a kind and benevolent ruler or a ruthless monarch? A Christian king or a Pagan leader? Destiny shall decide…
After redeeming your bundle keys on Steam (a free user account is required), you can download your games and start playing instantly.
The King Arthur Complete Bundle is available for just 2 weeks, exclusively from www.bundlestars.com. Don’t miss it!

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12/22/2014 - Choice of Games announces The Last Monster Master
The Last Monster Master - Will your monsters save the world, or destroy it?


SAN FRANCISCO - December 22nd, 2014 - Choice of Games announced today that "The Last Monster Master," the latest in their popular line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available on iOS, Android, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Will your monsters save the world, or destroy it? As a Monster Master, you'll telepathically train wild monsters to be treasure guardians, royal pets, or giant stone masons. As war breaks out with the kingdom to the north, will you train monsters to be vicious soldiers and mindless power generators?

"The Last Monster Master" is an epic 250,000-word interactive fantasy novel by Ben Serviss, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based-without graphics or sound effects-and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

For example, when one of your more timid monsters starts to fail during combat training, what will you do?

A) Tell the monsters to go easier on him. He's not ready for this yet.
B) Keep him going at the same pace. He's got to get over his fears before he can make progress.
C) Push him even harder! He's got potential just waiting to be unleashed.
D) Read his mind.

How you care for your monsters will determine their fate-and yours-as the your kingdom faces a grave threat. Can you discipline your monsters with gentle compassion, or will you use cruel punishments to bring them in line? Will you lead your monsters to victory and prosperity? Or will you go down in history as the last Monster Master?

                • Embark on a 250,000-word journey of kinship, sacrifice and heart-breaking decisions.
                • Master Telepathy or Body Language detection skills to read monster minds.
                • Will your clan be ready to protect the realm when the time comes?

https://www.choiceofgames.com/last-monster-master/


About the Author

Ben Serviss is a game designer, writer and software engineer from New York. He makes games with indie game developer collective Studio Mercato.

"You know how some stories have monsters that guard glittering treasure caves, lead armies into battle, or live peaceful lives of mystery in the wild?" said Ben Serviss, author of "The Last Monster Master." "Well, how do you think they got there? Each one was raised by a Monster Master to fulfill a specific purpose-and you are the last one."

About Choice of Games

Choice of Games was founded by Dan Fabulich and Adam Strong-Morse in 2009. They produce text-based interactive novels for mobile platforms and the web, combining the delicious freedom of the 1980s' choose-a-path gamebooks with the depth and scope of a bestselling novel. Choice of Games adventures have been awarded First Place in IntroComp 2011 (Choice of Zombies), "Best Roleplaying Game of the Year" by JayIsGames (Choice of the Dragon), and Honorable Mention in the IGF Nuovo Awards (Choice of Broadsides).

In addition to developing their own games in-house, Choice of Games has created an easy-to-use programming language for writing text-based games, ChoiceScript, and publishes games written by other designers.

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