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Friday, May 22, 2015

05/22/2015 - Atlus Reveals New Info on Dungeon Travelers 2
Dungeon Travelers 2's Five Basic Classes Provide Rock Solid Foundation for Specialized Parties

 To Build Your Party Out Big, You Have to Start Small!

One of the key elements in Dungeon Travelers 2 is building a party around the many, MANY classes in the game. But every character starts off as one of five basic classes, which this brand new trailer covers! Here are the main five; and stick with it, because while three of them may be familiar, you try telling ME what a spieler does before watching this video.
  • Fighter: Standard melee damage dealer, has skills for basic defense as well as attacks. With high HP and strength, they can be the vanguard of the party. 
  • Magic User: The basic class can use all elemental damage-dealing spells. They can use the basic healing spell as well, making them an invaluable asset to the party. 
  • Scout: A master of speed that can attack when the enemy lets their guard down, and can also steal money. Because they can use both daggers and bows, they can change their fighting style to fit your needs. 
  • Maid: Though not good with physical attacks or magic, they can provide special support without using TP or needing casting time. The unsung hero type.
  • Spieler: This class is literally a wild card. The most powerful of the Spieler abilities are high-risk, high-reward gamles, so choose them for your party carefully! They can make a HUGE difference in battle. 
The girls are fixed in their basic classes, but when you get to the point of choosing a new intermediate or advanced class, it's still possible to put skill points into some of the basic class skills. It's always nice to have a good, low-cost healing spell around or a strong defensive guard spell. 

One other thing you might not know about Dungeon Travelers 2 is that all the characters have unique art - there's not just one generic "fighter" outfit, etc. Each has their own hand-drawn art for every class. (That's a lot of art!) 

We'll have more on the intermediate/advanced classes in the coming weeks, but here's the basic classes trailer for you: 

YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ILLes9uefc

Reminder! All retail pre-orders and launch editions will come with the "Ladies of Dungeon Travelers 2" 17-month pin-up calendar!
 
About ATLUS
Atlus U.S.A., Inc. has become known across the industry as a mark of high-quality, deeply immersive, uniquely Japanese video game experiences.  With award-winning titles that reach across a variety of genres and platforms, including the Shin Megami Tensei® and Persona® series of role-playing games, the ground-breaking action-adventure/puzzle game Catherine™, and the much-celebrated RPG Demon's Souls™, Atlus is committed to offering the highest standard in interactive entertainment experiences.
www.atlus.com   

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

05/21/2015 Carmageddon Reincarnation Goes Gold
FULL RELEASE DAY! Carmageddon: Reincarnation Goes GOLD!

In 1997, a videogame was released that caused establishment scandal and media hysteria around the world. Banned in some countries, censored in others, and even condemned by a Pope, overnight it became the poster child for everything that’s wrong in society… and therefore right in a videogame.

The game was CARMAGEDDON. For a generation of gamers coming to the end of a decade of 2D, wireframe, and corridor combat, it was an awesome introduction to the concept of the “real” 3D open world, do-whatever-the-feck-you-like, chuck-out-the-rulebook-and-just-BE-STUPID gameplay. And in doing so it also introduced the gaming world to the whole concept of realistic physics and real-time dynamic damage. What’s more, it was the FUNNIEST GAME EVER.

And now, Stainless Games is proud to announce the FULL RELEASE of the latest ground-breaking game in the series. Yes, Carmageddon: Reincarnation is HERE. And with it comes everything that was great about the original Carmageddon, plus MORE! MORE carnage! MORE LOLZ! MOAR GRANNIES! It’s got Career, Freeplay and Multiplayer modes plus CarMODgeddon modding support.

It’s the latter-day high-octane car smashing ped mashing antidote to racing games, and it’s available on the Steam Store TODAY!

So what have we done to update the game that was not only one of the most controversial titles of its day, but also the most innovative and technically advanced of its generation? Well controversy is pretty hard to whip up these days, but we are still proudly offering you the chance to turn PEDESTRIANS into POINTS (which continues to get certain sections of society hot under the collar) using your car or a whole host of hilarious ped pulping POWERUPS! And we continue to be boldly innovative and technically bloody clever – our CAR CRUSHING CODE continues to be the envy of anything else out there. Plus it’s all more HILARIOUS than ever!

All this means that what you get is a Carmageddon fit for the 21st Century, tuned for today’s fun-seeking bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie game fans… Just get a load of THIS:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bo42NWQrIOM

Carmageddon: Reincarnation’s got a Career Mode with 50 events over 9 wildly varied levels, 6 game modes, 24 custom killing machines, nearly 100 warped out PowerUps and a huge menagerie of innocent peds. There’s 6 player Multiplayer mode, Freeplay and CarMODgeddon modding mode. PLUS – Smelly Bush collectibles, Upgrade Tokens, Achievements and Leaderboards!

So here is your key to the mayhem that is Carmageddon: Reincarnation and show us the power of your “Wrecked Em” in the killing fields of Carmageddon!

Oh, and P.S… The Pope who condemned Carmageddon back in 1997 was Greg Pope, Member of Parliament for Hyndburn, Lancs (1992 to 2010). Cheers for the priceless front page headline, Mr. Pope!

Carmageddon: Reincarnation: Celebrating 18 years of Cunning Stunts and Granny Mangling!!

We hope you enjoy the carnage!

Warm regards
Tracy

Join our team playing Carmageddon: Reincarnation live on Twitch
http://www.twitch.tv/carmageddon every weekday evening

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http://www.carmageddon.com/presskit

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www.carmageddon.com , follow us at facebook.com/carmageddon, tweet us on twitter.com/Max_Damage or subscribe to our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/CarmageddonVideo

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

05/20/2015 - Bandai Namco Celebrates 35 Years of Pac-Man
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. Celebrates 35 Years of PAC-MAN!


New update to PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN Lite on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch headlines birthday bash for one of gaming’s biggest icons

SAN FRANCISCO – May 20, 2015 – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. has kicked off a multitude of festivities to commemorate the 35th anniversary of its flagship maze-running arcade game series and mascot, PAC-MAN, which first arrived in Japan on May 22, 1980. To celebrate, the publisher is updating the mobile releases of PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN Lite with a new, classic-inspired user interface, which players can enjoy on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

“From arcades and consoles to digital and mobile, PAC-MAN has remained a fixture in our gaming lives. The endless appeal of the series’ simple but masterful design after all this time is nothing short of remarkable,” said Jeferson Valadares, General Manager and Vice President of Product Development at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “But more than anything else, this is an anniversary for the fans. If you treasure any fond PAC-MAN memories of your own from the past 35 years, we hope you share them with someone special today and make some new ones together.”

“We are excited to bring a new, refreshing look to PAC-MAN for PAC-MAN’s 35th birthday celebration,” said Ben Acevedo, Producer of PAC-MAN mobile products. “This is an almost totally new PAC-MAN. Everything has been redesigned to enhance the player’s experience. We have brought a pixel-to-pixel recreation of the classic game with the same difficulty, and we have also introduced new mazes and challenges. We are planning to continue to bring new elements to PAC-MAN and evolve the franchise!”

PAC-MAN’s official 35th birthday party will be held on May 22nd at Level 257, NAMCO USA Inc.’s chic restaurant and entertainment venue in Schaumburg, Ill., just outside of Chicago. The party will feature industry VIPs, including the lead creator of the original PAC-MAN game, Professor Toru Iwatani; food and drinks; and special PAC-MAN-themed games and events, including the presentation of the official 35th birthday cake to PAC-MAN himself!

The newly updated PAC-MAN is currently available for $6.99 on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. A free trial version of the game – PAC-MAN Lite – is also available on the App Store. For more information from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment throughout the celebration and beyond, please visit
www.bandainamcoent.com , and follow the company on Facebook.

About BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., part of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online. The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry's top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, TEKKEN®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®. More information about the company and its products can be found at 
www.bandainamcoent.com  or  www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS .

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

05/19/2015 - SpeedRunners Update Adds 50 New Characters
SpeedRunners update adds 50 new characters, puzzles free to play analysts
 
At tinyBuild, we take our user analysis very seriously. Through extensive research we have determined players need constant positive reinforcement through neuron responses. Our goal was to increase DAUs and their daily engagement factors by at least 30% to justify investment and have a positive return. 

It was obvious players weren't happy with getting negative user loops in their daily game sessions, because when you lose a ranked game in SpeedRunners you get negative points. These points decide your Rank, and determine whom you get matched against. 

After consulting with former [free to play company] analysts, we concluded we needed to introduce a completely useless, cosmetic metric that would always count up. However when the discussion went into a graph of "so you acquire 500k users, your stickiness is 2%, and your conversion rate is 5% based on an ARPPU of $0.02" I suddenly sobered up and remembered we are talking about free to play games. 

Having tried to explain how tinyBuild "doesn't acquire users", evoked confusion and awkward stares in the room. Even more so, "why _don't_ you do free to play?" someone asked, genuinely puzzled by my response. Then I remembered we make games for the fun of it, and said we "are assholes and take money in advance, then people play for free later". Waking up in cold sweat, I realized this was all a horrible nightmare, a flashback from my web game development days.
 
Seriously though. 

We design games that are fun, and it was a great and fun way to make SpeedRunners more interesting. The paragraphs above refer to an actual nightmare I had, and actual meetings with genuinely puzzled and confused free-to-play people. 

However, our stats did indicate (no joke), that we now have 50% more players day over day according to Steamcharts. 
A jump from 500 peak users to 750 in a day.

Introducing the Biggest Update To SpeedRunners yet, 50 new characters and an XP system!
  • Added 50 new character skins including secret characters, a bulldog detective, and more
  • A new XP system creates an unlocks experience. People now gradually unlock content.
  • SpeedRunners is now building up towards a story-driven unlocks system, where players unlock both new content, and snippets of the story through comic books
  • SpeedRunners is getting a price increase on June 1st to $15
  • Increased daily players by 50% overnight
If this is not the weirdest press release you read today, I got nothing.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

05/18/2015 - BioShock Soundtrack Composer Signs fo iOmoon
Former Rockstar Games Art Director Signs BioShock Soundtrack Composer for Sci-Fi Adventure VR Experience


Industry Veteran Drew Medina has signed Composer Garry Schyman to create the original score for the sci-fi adventure VR experience "iOmoon" being produced by Drew’s studio Headtrip Games.

(Boston, Mass) –(
Headtrip Games) Award winning composer Garry Schyman (BioShock®, BioShock 2®, and BioShock Infinite®, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor®, Destroy All Humans!® Series-Credits-) has contracted with the new indie studio Headtrip Games, founded by Drew Medina (Grand Theft Auto V®, Max Payne 3®, Tomb Raider: Legend® -Credits-), to create a one of a kind soundtrack for the virtual reality adventure experience/game, "iOmoon".

Considering Garry's last few projects were with large game studios and established technology, it is interesting he has chosen to work both in a newer gaming technology, VR, and with a start-up indie studio, Headtrip Games. So, what are Garry's feelings? "I think VR represents the future of gaming.  The technology is spectacular and is only going to get better and better. ...The team [Headtrip Games] showed me a demo of their game and I was floored!  It’s spectacular and I was hooked.  Plus they are great people who are extraordinarily talented and who wouldn’t want to work with folks like that." (See Garry's recent Reddit AMA
here)

"
iOmoon" is a virtual reality adventure experience being created by Drew Medina and his studio, Headtrip Games. The studio's website describes iOmoon as "an immersive Virtual Reality experience in development for the Oculus Rift®, and other virtual reality headgear. It's an amazingly immersive experience where you pilot a probe into iO  ...Hot steamy caves precede burning red hot lava flows, while not too far away awaits liquid filled caves and pools of exotic liquids. You will have the opportunity to explore like no game has before, you are there in virtual reality." 

For more information visit
Headtrip Games.

PRESS: For interview and demo requests contact
contact@headtripgames.com.

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