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Friday, April 17, 2015

04/17/2015 - XSEED Games Confirms Launch Date for Y's VI on PC

Latest Ys Installment from Nihon Falcom to Hit Digital Storefronts on April 28

Torrance, CA, (April 17, 2015) – XSEED Games, the independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced that the Windows PC version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will launch worldwide on April 28 via Steam, the Humble Store powered by Humble Bundle, and GOG.com, at a retail price of $19.99, €17.99, and £13.99. One of the longest-running roleplaying series to come out of Japan, Ys fans will soon be able to reunite with Adol Christin and his loyal companion Dogi in this latest continuation of their epic adventures filled with frenetic action, expansive quests and incredible music. To celebrate Adol’s return, the title will be sold at a 15% discount from its regular list price for the first week of its release.

Previously only available in North America on the PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®Portable systems, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim delivers a storyline rich with memorable characters and themes on top of engaging hack-and-slash action RPG gameplay that would later go on to influence other Ys titles, setting the foundation that series favorites Ys: The Oath in Felghana and Ys Origin were built upon. Originally the first 3D entry in Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed Ys series, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim is scheduled to launch with game-changing features exclusive to this PC release that aim to create a modernized gameplay experience more in line with these future titles. In addition to a brand new translation, high-resolution graphics, full USB controller support and true widescreen gameplay, this PC version also introduces the ability to warp among checkpoints, as well as an optional “Catastrophe Mode” in which healing items can’t be purchased or stored and are instead used automatically on pickup.

The minimum system requirements to run the Windows PC version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim are as follows:
  • OS: Windows XP
  • Processor: Pentium III 800 MHz
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
  • DirectX: Version 8.0
  • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
  • Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c

And the recommended system requirements to run the Windows PC version of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim are as follows:
OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
Processor: Pentium III 1 GHz or higher
Memory: 1 GB RAM
Graphics: 32 MB VRAM, 3D accelerator compatible w/ DirectX 9.0c
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Sound Card: Compatible with DirectX 9.0c

Developed by Nihon Falcom, Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim will be published worldwide by XSEED Games and is scheduled to launch April 28, 2015 on PC via Steam, the Humble Store powered by Humble Bundle, and GOG.com. The game will be discounted by 15% during its first week of release from the regular price of $19.99, €17.99, and £13.99. This game has not been rated by the ESRB.

For more information on XSEED Games products, please visit 
www.xseedgames.com . Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and on Twitter at  www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

04/16/2015 - Halo Spartan Strike OST Now Available
New York (April 16, 2015) - Following his recent collaborations with 343 Industries on the re-imagined soundtrack to "Halo 2: Anniversary" and original score for "Halo Spartan: Assault," award-winning composer and music producer Tom Salta returns to the iconic "Halo" video game series to provide an original score for "Halo: Spartan Strike," the newest mobile top-down shooter from the "Halo" universe launching today for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, and Steam. The game's original soundtrack is available for digital download on iTunes, Xbox Music, and all other digital music services. Sample tracks are streaming at  https://soundcloud.com/343ndustries.

Tom Salta's second solo outing in the "Halo" universe, "Halo: Spartan Strike" continues the legacy sound of the "Halo" soundtracks - featuring ethereal choral arrangements, piano motifs, synth ambience and sweeping sci-fi orchestral compositions that are distinctly identifiable and authentic to the franchise.

Expanding on his "Halo: Spartan Assault" score, which received "Best Original Soundtrack" at the 2014 Game Audio Network Guild Awards, Salta further develops his contemporary musical voice in the "Halo" universe with original sounds to complement the musical blueprint of the first trilogy, combined with a full modern sound production to create a new, classic "Halo" soundtrack.

The score was recorded with the New York Film Chorale and Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra and features solo performances by celebrated musicians Jillian Aversa (vocal) and Steve Ouimette (guitar).

Intimately familiar with the "Halo" universe, Salta previously created synthesis, drums, and percussion for "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" and the re-imagined score for "Halo 2: Anniversary" released as part of the "Halo: Master Chief Collection."

"Tom continues to be a great partner for our franchise, and has crafted a stunning musical offering that enhances the overall mix of the game and captures the sonic essence of the Halo experience," said Paul Lipson, Senior Audio Director at 343 Industries.

Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging music for interactive media, Tom Salta has received widespread industry acclaim for his world-class produced scores featured in video game titles such as "Halo 2: Anniversary," "Halo: Spartan Assault," "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary," "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands," "Red Steel," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon," and "Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X" series.

Prior to his composing career, Salta toured with and worked on releases by a diverse array of popular music artists such as Peter Gabriel, Everything But The Girl, Deep Forest and Sinead O'Connor. After several years of touring, he transitioned to more studio work including producing, remixing and songwriting. Recording under the artist name "Atlas Plug," Salta released the critically acclaimed electronic / orchestral music album "2 Days or Die" which introduced a new hybrid sound to the visual entertainment industry at large, garnering high-profile placements on numerous television shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, NBC as well as national commercials, movie trailers, and video games.

Developed by 343 Industries in conjunction with Vanguard Games, "Halo: Spartan Strike" is an all new story in the "Halo" universe. You are a Spartan supersoldier in a classified ONI simulation of New Mombasa set during the events of "Halo 2". Delve into 30 challenging missions using an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities, and vehicles. "Halo: Spartan Strike" includes a compelling new story, improved touch controls, updated graphics, for an enhanced pick-up-and-play experience.

To learn more about "Halo: Spartan Strike," please visit Halo Waypoint:

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

04/15/2015 - Ziggurat Coming Soon to PS4
Ziggurat coming to PS4 really soon!

Ziggurat, the fast-paced FPS dungeon crawler, will be making its debut on PS4 next week.

The game carefully mixes first person shooting with procedural generation and roguelike elements to offer a fun, challenging and replayable experience.

With dozens of enemies with different attack patterns and strategies, over 30 weapons and more than 100 available perks, each game is guaranteed to be a whole new experience. If that's not enough, the game has over 10 unlockable characters, and additional game modes to explore!

Release dates:
America region: April 21st
Europe and regions: April 22nd
Release is not planned for Japan.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

04/14/2015 - Sega Announces New 3D Classics Coming to 3DS

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON – April 14, 2015 – SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced the addition of three more titles to the second batch of 3D re-masterings exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system. Featuring some of the most iconic games from SEGA’s Genesis™ console, The SEGA 3D Classics Series will let fans relive SEGA’s legendary console era and take them on a 3D ride through gaming’s golden age with 3D Streets of Rage 2™ in July, 3D Gunstar Heroes™ in August and 3D Sonic™ The Hedgehog 2 in September 2015. These games will follow the releases of 3D Fantasy Zone II (April 16, 2015) and 3D Thunder Blade™ (May 14, 2015).

Just like the previously released arcade classics, each game in the series delivers a full-fledged re-mastered vintage experience, stunning 3D visuals and optimized for the platform. All games in the series will include brand new modes and features, letting you play the game how you remember it but also in an entirely new way.

All games will be priced at MSRP $5.99/€4.99/£4.49 and will be available for download in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

For more information on the creation of the SEGA 3D Classics, head over to the SEGA Blog.
http://blogs.sega.com/2015/01/23/sega-3d-classics-developer-interviews/. For press assets visit www.sega-press.com.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

04/13/2015 - Rockstar Games Announces New Video Editor for GTA V
Introducing the Rockstar Editor

Presenting the Rockstar Editor – a special feature in Grand Theft Auto V for PC that allows players to record, edit, and share videos created from footage in both Story Mode and GTA Online.

Watch today’s video “
An Introduction to the Rockstar Editor” and download it below, for an overview of just some of the features of this powerful video creation tool including special camera modes, filters, depth of field and audio customization options - as well as the unique Director Mode feature that allows players to stage creative moviemaking sequences from a cast of characters ranging from familiar faces from Story Mode, to pedestrians and even animals.

Players will be able to upload finished videos to YouTube and to the Rockstar Games Social Club to share with friends.

Rockstar Editor will be available for use in GTAV PC when the game is released tomorrow, April 14th. For more information on the Rockstar Editor’s features, controls and settings, check out the full Rockstar Editor Online Guide at the Social Club website.

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