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Friday, April 24, 2015

04/24/2015 - Alien Tribe 2 Gets Major Update
Alien Tribe 2 gets major update with enhanced gameplay and a bigger map


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Munich, Germany - April 24, 2015 - Alien Tribe 2, the refreshing mix of real-time strategy, tower defense and civilization for iOS gets a major update with the release of version 2.0. The Alien Tribe story continues with additional solar systems, a never seen before enemy, various weapons, updated graphics and sounds and last but not least an extended gameplay! With version 2.0 the player faces a special task after he has found all the ark ship parts: He has to produce the right fuel for the ark ship and this is a quite challenging job. The new version also adds language support for Spanish, French and Swedish besides English, Russian and German.

For those who haven't heard about Alien Tribe 2: Alien Tribe 2 is a critically acclaimed 4X space game for iOS  that combines several genres. Imagine a universe sandbox that meets real-time strategy and a pinch of tower defense. With real-time gameplay, objective-based unlocks, and tower-defense flavored combat, Alien Tribe 2 brings something new to strategy gaming on iOS devices. Alien Tribe 2 offers all the 4X strategies that players love to play - from exploring the galaxy to extracting raw materials or fending off hostile attacks. The 4X approach is supported by over 45 missions in the areas of "Military", "Economy", "Exploration" & "Expansion" which faces the player constantly with new challenges.

Stefan Hasslbauer, main developer and owner of Ukando Software says: „We listened to our players for their requested features. So we extended the world size and gameplay and added some new cool stuff - from new graphics and sounds to a new enemy that require all new tactics. So far the game has entered the App Store Top 10 in the categories Strategy/Games and Simulation/Games in more than 35 countries and we got great user reviews all around the world. Alien Tribe 2 has an average 4.5 stars rating in several countries (USA, UK, Germany, Russia etc.) but we think we can top this because we made the best Alien Tribe 2 version ever."

Pricing and Availability:
Alien Tribe 2 will be available for the iPhone and iPad as an universal app on the Apple App Store on April 24th, 2015 for $4.99. Review copies are available upon request.

ABOUT Ukando Software
Ukando Software is a German based indie game studio established in 2010. Alien Tribe 2 was developed with the help of Stefan Ritter, owner of Ritter Mobile Technology, based in Dingolfing, Germany. Mutual friend Christian Wirsig, band leader of the transatlantic electro pop duo 'no:carrier', contributed music & sound FX to Alien Tribe 2.

PRESS CONTACT:
For more information or media inquiries, contact Stefan Ritter of Ritter Mobile Technology on behalf of Ukando Software at +49 170 585 0357 or
stefan.ritter@ritter-mobile.com.

Digital Presskit:
http://bit.ly/1EgObe0

Website: http://www.alientribe2.com
Media Kit:
http://bitly.com/1DrLWUI
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alientribe2
Twitter:
http://www.twitter.com/alientribe2
App Store:
http://itunes.apple.com/app/id653463017

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

04/23/2015 - Final Fantasy IV The After Years Headed to Steam in May
FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS HEADED TO STEAM THIS MAY
Game Available for Pre-Order Now
LOS ANGELES (April 23, 2015) – SQUARE ENIX® today announced that its class role-playing game (RPG) FINAL FANTASY® IV: THE AFTER YEARS® is headed to STEAM® on May 12th. A direct sequel to FINAL FANTASY IV, FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is set two decades later than its predecessor and focuses on the arrival of the “second moon.” The game is now available for pre-order via STEAM for a 10% discount off of the MSRP ($15.99).

Originally released for Japanese mobile phones in 2008, the game has undergone a full 3-D make-over, with a new opening movie by Visual Works and a number of STEAM achievements. Take part in the epic sequel that unfolds nearly two decades after the events of FINAL FANTASY IV. Classic characters make their return alongside several new heroes, such as Ceodore, son of Cecil and Rosa.

Story
Seventeen years have passed since the war's end, and the son born to King Cecil and Queen Rosa of Baron has grown into a young man. Prince Ceodore has enlisted in the airship fleet known as the Red Wings, eager to meet the expectations demanded of his blood and station. Yet once more another moon has appeared in the sky, and with it vast hordes of monsters intent on destruction. The brief peace enjoyed by the Blue Planet now stands threatened under the shadow of impending catastrophe.

Key Features
·Ten Playable Chapters - Begin your journey with "Ceodore's Tale." Complete it to unlock the chapters of six additional characters, which can be played in any order, and then return to the core story with "Kain's Tale," "The Lunarian's Tale," and "The Crystals." FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS features the extensive story of all ten chapters.

·Active Time Battle - Take control of exhilarating combat made possible by the non-stop action in Square Enix's iconic battle system.

·Lunar Phases - Feel the moon's presence in combat, as its waxing and waning influences the potency of attacks and abilities of all combatants. Lunar phases cycle naturally with the passage of in-game time, or when resting at an inn, tent, or cottage.

·Band Abilities - Combine the strength of your party members to awesome effect with Band abilities that can be unlocked through in-game events or by leveling your characters' Affinity.

·STEAM Trading Cards and Achievements

FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is rated E/10+ (everyone 10 years of age and up).  Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at
www.esrb.org for more information about ratings. 

The new trailer can be found on YouTube (
http://bit.ly/fftay_steam) and can be downloaded on the press site: press.na.square-enix.com. For more information, please visit: http://store.steampowered.com/app/346830

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 Enix Group operates a global network of leading development studios and boasts a valuable portfolio 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/ .
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

04/23/2015 - Konami Launches Contra Inspired Star Wars The Force Collection
Contra Minigame Launches for STAR WARSTM: FORCE COLLECTION


Classic Run-and-gun Platforming Action Comes to A Galaxy Far Far Away, along with New Cards and Anniversary Event

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - April 22, 2015 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today released their newest update for STAR WARS™: FORCE COLLECTION, which includes a Star Wars™-themed Contra minigame. The update also includes additional cards and a new Boss Event to further expand the STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTION player experience. For more information about the update and to download STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTION, visit:

- Google Play Store: LINK

- App Store: LINK

Capturing all of the fast-paced platforming action of the arcade and NES classic, the minigame puts players in control of Chewbacca as he fights off Stormtroopers across four levels inspired by the original game, ranging from the forests of Endor and the treacherous halls of an Imperial facility to help the cause of the Rebel Alliance. After completing the tutorial for STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTION, players will be able to access the Contra minigame and will be rewarded with a special trophy for playing.

In addition, the update introduces iconic Droids™ C-3PO and R2-D2 Cards to STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTION, adding to the more than 300 heroes, villains, and vehicles available for players to construct a winning deck. Players will need all of the help they can get to take on Super Star Destroyer in a new Boss Event, also introduced in the update.

For more information about  STAR WARS: FORCE COLLECTION, visit:
- Website: 
www.starwars.com/explore/video-games/star-wars-force-collection/
- Facebook: 
www.facebook.com/konami
- Twitter: 
www.twitter.com/konami
- YouTube: 
www.youtube.com/konami
- Trailer: 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qWaGEChyf38

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

04/21/2015 - The Iconian Begins Today in Star Trek Online
THE ICONIAN WAR BEGINS TODAY IN STAR TREK ONLINE

Newest Season is the Catalyst for a Battle Five Years in the Making

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – April 21, 2015 – Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios released Star Trek Online: Season 10 – The Iconian War, a new in-game story arc that begins the conclusion of a five-year-old conflict that has been brewing in Star Trek Online. In addition to the new narrative, Season 10 will also bring gameplay enhancements including a re-vamped sector space and updated specializations all within a free update.

Star Trek Online: Season 10 – The Iconian War focuses on the Iconians – an ancient race that has remained dormant for years waiting for their time to strike – and their dangerous personal guards, the Heralds. As the war approaches, new captains will emerge from Delta Recruitment to bolster forces in defense of the galaxy. It is up to Star Trek Online players to push back the forces of the Iconians. If they don’t succeed, there might be no galaxy to fight for. The newest season for Star Trek Online also introduces two Star Trek: Voyager cast members – Robert McNeill and Lisa LoCicero – who will reprise their roles of Tom and Miral Paris, and add to the already large pool of Star Trek franchise actors.

In addition to the new Star Trek lore available in Season 10, Star Trek Online will also receive additional in-game updates including a re-vamp of sector space that allows players to navigate the Alpha, Beta and Delta Quadrants uninhibited. Players will also be able to participate in additional queues and develop their pilot specialization further as it moves from a secondary to primary specialization.

More details can be found HERE


Star Trek Online
is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship, become a Klingon Warrior and champion the Empire through the far reaches of the galaxy, or rebuild the Romulan legacy as the commander of a Romulan Republic Warbird. Its last expansion, Star Trek Online: Delta Rising, brought players into the Delta Quadrant and reintroduced them to iconic members from the Star Trek: Voyager cast including Seven of Nine, The Doctor, Harry Kim, Neelix and Tuvok. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek universe, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.
To download and play Star Trek Online today for free, visit
http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/star-trek-online

Star Trek Online is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.

® & © 2015 CBS Studios Inc. STAR TREK and related marks and logos are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

04/20/2015 - The Vita Lounge Magazine Issue One Revealed
The Vita Lounge Magazine Issue One Released


Date 20th April 2015 -  Canvey Island, United Kingdom

The first issue of The Vita Lounge Magazine - a publication dedicated to Sony’s PlayStation Vita - is now available digitally. Featuring the latest Vita news, hottest games, and 20 PS Vita game reviews from the first quarter of 2015, all packed into more than 48 pages; this magazine is the best way to stay in the know with everything to do with the handheld.

Highlights include reviews for Grim Fandango Remastered, OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood, Helldivers and an interview with Bafta award winning developers Roll 7, our tips for ten Vita games to look out for and even some community content.
Paul Murphy, The Vita Lounge’s Founder, said:

“The struggles of the PS Vita are well documented, but this doesn’t mean that there isn’t a following for the system. The Vita Lounge was created to cater for the dedicated and niche support that craves this information and I felt that a digital magazine could be a more convenient way for gamers to grab more news in one place.”

The first issue is available digitally (for free) via Calameo at the link below. A limited edition print version was made available to those that backed the Patreon campaign.

http://en.calameo.com/read/004256142f68815403d87

About The Vita Lounge
Founded in July 2012, The Vita Lounge is an independent PlayStation Vita enthusiast website dedicated completely to the PlayStation Vita. With almost 4000 Vita news posts and close to 300 native PS Vita reviews, the website is one of the leading sources of Vita content online and the best way to stay in touch with all of your Vita needs.

As well as receiving over a million visits to the website in the last year, The Vita Lounge also has a weekly Vita-only podcast called The Vita Cast - available on iTunes.

Website -
http://thevitalounge.net

Podcast - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-vita-cast/id879477677?mt=2

If you have any upcoming Vita content and want to get in touch with The Vita Lounge, please send an email to press@thevitalounge.net

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