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Friday, January 9, 2015

01/09/2015 - Call of Duty Championship Presented by Xbox
ACTIVISION’S CALL OF DUTY CHAMPIONSHIP, PRESENTED BY XBOX PREPARES TO BOOST ESPORTS TO NEW HEIGHTS

Top Professional Call of Duty Teams Return to Los Angeles 27th-29th March to Play Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for $1 Million Prize Pool

Semi-Finals and Final Match to Be Broadcast on Xbox Live on Sunday, 29th March
                        
London, UK– 9th January, 2015 – It’s time to determine who is the best of the best as the third annual Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox tournament will bring the top Call of Duty® eSport athletes in the world to Los Angeles, 27th – 29th March, in the definitive Call of Duty competition. Activision, Sledgehammer Games and Xbox, in partnership with Major League Gaming (MLG) and additional international eSports partners, will play host to 32 of the best Call of Duty teams from around the world, as they compete in Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare and the rights to be called the Call of Duty “World Champions,” and ultimately claim the lion’s share of the tournament’s $1 million prize purse in the crowning contest where Power Changes Everything. This year's tournament will include a variety of compelling programming covering the weekend's non-stop excitement and hard fought matches, with the final match live streamed on the Xbox Live online entertainment network and other broadcast partners for the world to experience in real time.

“From Day 1, the team at Sledgehammer Games set out to bring a new way to play Call of Duty multiplayer to fans. We couldn’t be more thrilled of how the competitive community has embraced and mastered the new player movements and game modes of Advanced Warfare”, said Michael Condrey, Co-founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games. “This is posed to be one of the most exciting Call of Duty competitive seasons with the Call of Duty Championship being one of the best eSports tournaments of the year.”

Glen Schofield, Co-Founder and Studio Head, Sledgehammer Games added: “We developed Advanced Warfare with the competitive community in mind and we can’t wait for the top talent from around the world to compete in the Call of Duty Championships.”

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare drops players into an adrenaline-filled multiplayer experience, allowing fans to take the exoskeleton and its array of special abilities online.  A first for the franchise, the power of the exoskeleton introduces all-new ways to manoeuvre combat situations on the ground and in the air, alongside an arsenal of futuristic weapon technology that gives players more ways to take opponents on, all while maintaining the signature breakneck Call of Duty multiplayer feel. In addition, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s robust in-game eSports offering allows fans to compete the same way the pros do.

The best Call of Duty teams from five continents, covering Asia, Australia, North America, South America and Europe, will contend for their place in Call of Duty history at the Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament in a range of qualifying events hosted by eSports organisations. Qualifying for the  Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox will be handled through online tournaments played on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and broadcasted on MLG.tv, with select live regional finals taking place February through early March in Australia, Brazil, the U. K. and the U.S. The regional finals will be played on Xbox One and will also be broadcasted live on MLG.tv and additional broadcast partners.

The Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox tournament is open to all qualified players, whether professional gamers or not, provided they meet the requirements of the official rules and regulations. Further details on the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox can be found at
http://www.majorleaguegaming.com/news/qualify-2015-call-of-duty-championship.
Additional tournament information will be made available at
https://callofduty.com/esports.

Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq:
ATVI), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, is developed by Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software specifically for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and PC and is available via direct digital download.  A current gen version for Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is developed by High Moon Studios. The title is rated PEGI 18.

For the latest intel, check out:
www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website,
www.activision.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

01/08/2015 - New Alpha for Tachyon Reef Now Available
Indie Game Press Release Submission: Tachyon Reef


Tachyon Reef Offers Players Casual Gaming in a Wondrous Underwater World to Explore and Discover

Offering a new take to submarine explorer games, Tachyon Reef is available in alpha and is seeking the Greenlight on Steam.  Currently available for download from TachyonReef.com, Tachyon Reef gives players a unique approach to the underwater exploration genre with a low-poly graphic style and a world like no other.

Players assume the role of commander of a high-tech submersible with the mission of attaining new technologies for humanity.  After entering a portal discovered in the Arctic Ocean which leads to a new an distant and unexplored portion of the ocean, the player will discover new creatures and artifacts as they upgrade their submersible to go deeper and further into the sea.

Creator Quentin Preik, developer at Five Archers, tells us that the game will be a relaxing experience with few tense moments.  Players will not require sharp gamer reflexes to succeed at Tachyon Reef, but will instead rely on management skills and the knowledge they gain through the game.  Players will have the option to remain in calmer, safer waters or venture into the dark and dangerous distance.

Tachyon Reef is full of unique and colorful creatures and will offer players an exciting visual experience.  The variety of the game pays homage to the mass of undiscovered ocean we have yet to explore and is sure to feature several Easter Eggs.

“I’d like to have things feel realistic but also not be too intimidating,” says Preik.  “I will definitely come down on the side of fun. The game will also lean towards scifi.”

Tachyon Reef appeals to a wide range of gamers to include casual and scifi fans and will be available across all platforms; PC, Mac, and Linux.  Players will use a familiar in-game points system to earn and redeem points as they drop deeper and further into the game.

Tachyon Reef is scheduled for release in the final quarter of 2015 and has been featured on HardcoreGamer.com (
http://goo.gl/vfnFCI) and in an interview on CounterFrag.com (http://goo.gl/ZKY4aX).

Get your copy of the Alpha Release of Tachyon Reef here for only $4.99:
http://tachyonreef.com

Be sure to visit Tachyon Reef on Steam and cast your vote for the Greenlight:
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=327472365

Be sure to Follow Tachyon Reef on Twitter for the most up-to-date news:
http://twitter.com/tachyonreef

Find Five Archers on the web:
http://fivearchers.com
http://twitter.com/fivearchers

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

01/07/2014 - Star Trek Alien Domain Announces Second Closed Beta
Star Trek: Alien Domain Announces Second Closed Beta
 
Details Revealed Regarding In-Game Officer System

Everett, Wash. - January 7, 2015 - GameSamba today announced the upcoming second closed beta test of the new free-to-play online strategy game, Star Trek: Alien Domain™, and has also revealed details regarding the in-game Officer System.

Set many years after the events of Star Trek: Voyager™, Star Trek: Alien Domain™ allows players to take on the role of a new Federation or Klingon captain as they become trapped in the unexplored realm of fluidic space. Following the game's first closed beta test, which ran from December 1-12, Closed Beta 2 will begin later this month on January 15 at 6:00p.m. PST.

The Officer System is one of several features improved in response to feedback received during the first closed beta test. After reaching a designated point in the game's quest line, players will have the opportunity to recruit officers from their respective factions who have also been stranded in fluidic space. These recruitable officers are non-playable characters whose roles span the full variety of crew positions that Star Trek fans will be familiar with, including captains, engineers, scientists, security officers, and more.
 
Each NPC has his or her own unique set of skills that will help players in exploration or battle, and by leveling these officers, their bonus effects can be improved. In addition, the official Star Trek: Alien Domain™ website will feature short biographical information on each of the NPC officers. GameSamba is currently hosting a community event on the official ST:AD forum where fans of the game can compete for their chance to name and create a personal backstory for some of these characters.

For more information on Star Trek: Alien Domain™, you can visit the
official website, or follow the game on Facebook and Twitter.

Official website:
http://StarTrek.GameSamba.com 
Facebook:
www.facebook.com/StarTrekAD 
Twitter:
www.twitter.com/StarTrekAD
 
About GameSamba
Headquartered in Everett, Washington, GameSamba is an energetic startup that has built a diverse team of industry veterans committed to creating innovative online gaming experiences. The company is part of Group 1200 Media, and is a sister company of 
FUNimation Entertainment, the leader in bringing the best of Japanese Anime to North America. www.gamesamba.com 

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01/07/2014 - Puzzle & Dragons Celebrates 6 Million North American Downloads
GUNGHO ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT TO COMMEMORATE PUZZLE & DRAGONS SURPASSING 6 MILLION NORTH AMERICAN DOWNLOADS WITH IN-GAME CELEBRATION EVENT

TOKYO - Jan. 7, 2015 - GungHo Online Entertainment (GOE) today announced that its highly successful mobile game Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed 6 million downloads in North America. GOE will host an in-game celebration event to mark this milestone later this month. (Event details will be released at a later date.)

Featuring an addictive combination of puzzle, dungeon-crawling, and monster-collecting gameplay, Puzzle & Dragons is a mobile gaming phenomenon that continues to see tremendous growth. In the game, players capture, collect, and evolve hundreds of elemental monsters while using quick thinking to chain combos and maximize the abilities and skills of their monsters. Puzzle & Dragons has surpassed 41 million downloads worldwide.

Puzzle & Dragons is available for free on the 
App StoreGoogle Play, and Amazon Appstore.

For information on GungHo Online Entertainment America, visit 
www.gunghoonline.com. Fans can also follow the latest Puzzle & Dragons news on  Facebook and  Twitter.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

01/06/2014 - Dragon Laser has arrived on Google Play Store
DRAGON LASER HAS ARRIVED IN PLAY STORE!

Dreamrocket announced that it has launched DRAGON LASER, a nifty little app that will make that shiny high tech watch of yours even more desirable, especially during all those lull moments. This new sweet distraction will keep your sanity, or maybe not (in a good way). Easy to pick up, yet challenging to master, it is guaranteed to bring smile to your face each time that little guy springs out and dance after you beat your previous best.

Simple and entertaining gameplay
With taps, you decide when to release the block pieces into the matching slots below. Progress through the fresh and procedurally generated layers of pure unadulterated joy as you strive to trounce your high score.

Perfectly fun and tailored for wearable devices
You can choose to blitz through or take a little more time while you gain your focus to release the ever shifting blocks. Be rewarded with the satisfaction each time you reach a new high and get ready to conquer an ever higher peak. The adorable pixel art of dancing green guy is just a cherry on top of your euphoria.
Don’t be fooled by the seemingly simple visuals. It is carefully crafted and designed to maximize the amusement without overwhelming you with unnecessary eye candy on your wearables.

One of the first wearable apps from Singapore
“This entirely free to play game is a small project done in just a few days while working on a much grander scale and ambitious mobile game,” says Eisaku Fujimoto, Executive Producer in Dreamrocket. “This is Dreamrocket’s first foray to a new frontier that is wearables and highlighting our vision on always embracing new technology. We are glad to say that this game delivers what it was aimed to be and then some more.”

DRAGON LASER is available on Google Play store!
Follow this link
http://bit.ly/1BzJZli. The app is compatible with all Android Wear powered devices.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

01/05/2014 - Alphadia Genesis available on Steam January 12th
Alphadia Genesis for Steam: Available January 12th 2015!


London: January 5th, 2015 - Marvelous Europe has today announced that the charming retro-styled JRPG Alphadia Genesis will be available to purchase on Steam from January 12th 2015. Alphadia genesis is a Japanese Role-Playing Game that is perfectly suited to those who love the genre. The classic turn-based battle system, the exploration, the rich characterisation and the twisting narrative are all traits of a great JRPG, and the gameplay is wrapped in a 16-bit style which bears resemblance to classic SNES RPGs of the ‘90s.

Alphadia Genesis will launch with an introductory price of € 11.99/£8.79 and will be the first KEMCO RPG released on Steam. “We can’t wait for the Steam Community to get their hands on Alphadia Genesis” says Jonathan Nevill, Project Manager, Marvelous Games. “It’s a great game for JRPG enthusiasts to get stuck into. Good luck to those that aim to 100% the game content, and reach the TRUE ending! Pro-tip: Be prepared!”

For trailers, screenshots and more information visit:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/323450/
©2013-2015 KEMCO/EXE-CREATE

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