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Friday, August 14, 2015

08/14/2015 - Habbo Celebrates 15th Anniversary
HABBO TURNS 15 TOMORROW!

The long-running social hang-out and community platform reaches 15 years of continued service, and will celebrate by revealing the winner of their grand prize draw.

Helsinki, August 14th 2015 – Habbo – the longest running teen virtual world – is happy to be celebrating 15 years of active service! From humble beginnings as a chat room for a Finnish music band, this iconic free-to-play game has grown and evolved, thanks to the support of its community.

For the past month, Habbo's creator, Sulake, has been honouring their devoted community of over 3,000,000 highly-active monthly players with a series of competitions and prize giveaways. Over 15 million prizes both physical and virtual have been given out to players over the six weeks – including a chance to be immortalised in the game forever in the brand new Hall of Fame, and a grand-prize package worth a game-changing 4000 Euros!

The winner of the grand-prize will be announced on the 28th August.

“Habbo means different things to different people, but we can all agree it is a very special place,” said Antti-Jussi Suominen, CEO of Sulake.

“We’re thrilled to have hit the 15 year mark that so few games manage to reach, and we’re looking forward to seeing what the next 15 bring!”

The last decade and a half has seen Habbo hold the title for number one virtual world for teens, with over 300 million registered avatars to date, with over 5 million app downloads. The recent addition of iOS and Android apps means that players can now hang-out, chat and create their own personal spaces wherever they are, whenever they want.

For more information on Habbo, visit their website:
www.habbo.com

About Habbo
Habbo is available for mobile on iOS and Android devices as well as PC via web browser. Habbo offers a unified experience across platforms, so you can take the game anywhere you go. Express yourself, build rooms and make friends in a popular role play virtual world! Explore and create awesome rooms in a vibrant retro-pixel-art style virtual world. Take the community wherever you go and role play in daily activities and competitions. Habbo is completely free to play. Includes optional in-app purchases.
:: Features ::
  • MAKE FRIENDS & CHAT with millions of teens worldwide
  • ROLE PLAY & EXPRESS YOURSELF with awesome clothing and accessories
  • BUILD YOUR OWN WORLD and hang out with friends
  • CREATE YOUR AVATAR to impress with the right gear for any occasion
  • JOIN COMMUNITY GROUPS like armies and mafias
  • CREATE EPIC ROOMS and explore millions of spaces made by others
  • TRADE RARE ITEMS with other players and run your own stores using a trading pass
  • COMPETE IN COMPETITIONS like quizzes, events and quests
  • 24/7 Live Moderation

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

08/13/2015 - Unity Games Brings Robot Invader's Wind-Up Knight 2 to Wii U
UNITY GAMES BRINGS ROBOT INVADER’S WIND-UP KNIGHT 2 TO Wii UTM


Popular Mobile Platformer Comes to Nintendo eShop; Updated and Optimized for Console Gaming

Tokyo – August 13, 2015 – Unity Games, the game publishing division of Unity Technologies Japan, today announced the release of the popular Wind-up Knight 2 for the Wii U™ system.  Originally developed by Robot Invader for Android and iOS, Wind-up Knight 2 has since become one of today’s most popular mobile platform games.  The game has been extensively updated and rebalanced for the console experience and is available now on Wii U in the Nintendo eShop for $7.50 USD SRP.

As the game publishing studio behind the Unity engine, Unity Games is directly involved in showcasing the engine’s platform extensibility by identifying exceptional games and introducing them to entirely new gaming audiences on entirely new gaming systems.  With Wind-up Knight 2, Unity Games went one step further, by directly managing the game’s transition from iOS and Android to Wii U.  The studio curated an internal development team who focused on updating the title and making sure the popular mobile platform game was even more accessible and easy-to-use for Wii U fans.  Wind-up Knight 2, represents the first ever Wii U title from Unity Games and the studio’s North American debut as a Nintendo publisher.

“We’re tremendously excited to help bring such a great example of what the Unity engine allows developers to creatively accomplish to an entirely new platform,” said Yukimi Shimura, Strategic Contents Manager and Producer of Unity Games.  “Robot Invader’s ability to focus on Wind-up Knight 2’s clever platforming, fantastic character design and beautiful visuals is a testament to Unity making platform dynamics so extensible.”

Wind-up Knight 2 is a clever and highly challenging platform game where players control Sir Sprint, a clockwork knight tasked with completing a host of increasingly diabolical challenges.  Armed with a powerful sword and a stout shield the windup knight must double-jump, duck & roll, attack and block his way to victory in a beautifully rendered world filled with humorous hazards and inventive obstacles.  Players collect coins, discover secrets, use special abilities, purchase powerful new equipment all in an effort to achieve better rankings and conquer level-specific goals.  With more than 40 levels, the new Tournament mode, multitudes of secrets and power-ups, unique stage challenges and much more, Wind-up Knight 2 is guaranteed to offer a near endless amount of whimsical fun and soul-crushing excitement for Wii U.

Wind-up Knight 2 is now available in North America on Wii U in the Nintendo eShop for $7.50 USD SRP.  To learn more about Wind-up Knight 2, please visit the official website at
windupknight2.com

About Robot Invader
Robot Invader is an independent developer dedicated to warping the minds of millions with video games for phones, tablets, consoles, and VR.  Founded in 2011, Robot Invader’s small team of veterans have released six titles, including  Wind-up Knight, Wind-up Knight 2,  and  Rise of the Blobs.  Their seventh title, Dead Secret, is a murder mystery designed specifically for virtual reality headsets .  Robot Invader is physically housed in Menlo Park, California, and exists on the web at 
http://robotinvader.com and @robotinvader.
About Unity Games
Unity Games is the game publishing brand of Unity Technologies Japan.  Unity Games provides global publishing and localization support for game developers who use Unity engine.  In addition, Unity Games also directly supports best-in-class examples of Unity engine development on the PC and mobile platforms in order to bring those exceptional titles to the gaming communities on the home consoles.

About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform used to create rich interactive 3D and 2D experiences. Unity's powerful graphics engine and full-featured editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them to multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games, boosting productivity, and connecting with audiences including the Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Game Performance Reporting, Unity Ads, and Unity Everyplay. Unity Technologies serves over 700,000 monthly active developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit:
http://unity3d.com.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

08/12/2015 - Line Ninja Coming to Android August 30th
Become the new Linejitsu master: Line Ninja Coming Soon


The new fun-packed 2D game for Android coming on August 30th

East Grinstead, United Kingdom. - August 12, 2015 - Line Ninja, a new casual game by ComboPear Games featuring 2D gameplay and fun visuals will be launching on Android on August 30th.

In Line Ninja, players take on the role of a ninja. Whose challenge is to master the art of Linejitsu. Linejitsu is an art of speed and courage. The Ninja must learn to overcome these challeges and master the terrible spikes. Gain points and achievements, climb up the leaderboard and become the Linejitsu master

A presskit with images and information about the game is available here:
http://combopeargaming.wix.com/line-ninja#!press-kit/c17c7

About ComboPear Games
ComboPear Games is a UK based independent game studio that is currently working on their fifth mobile game. ComboPear Games is very passionate and enthusiastic about mobile game development. More information can be found on their official website
http://www.combopear.com/

Twitter
https://twitter.com/combopeargames  

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

08/11/2015 - Stardock Announces New Features and Events for Galactic Civilizations 3
Stardock Announces 3D Printing, Map Sharing and Mega Events DLC in Latest Galactic Civilizations III Update


Players can 3D print their ship designs and share maps, while the new DLC adds additional gameplay depth

Plymouth, MI – August 11, 2015 – Today Stardock announced the availability of the Galactic Civilizations III 1.2 update which adds the ability for users to get their in-game assets 3D printed, along with the ability for users to share maps, as well as new DLC for galaxy-wide Mega Events.

Players have always been able to design their own ships, and now they can bring those creations to life using 3D printing. With the single click of a button players will be taken to a site where their submission will be evaluated, and if the file conforms to standards players can complete the purchase of their 3D printed model. More details for the process are outlined in-game.

This update also allows players to share the maps they’ve created using Galactic Civilizations III’s map generator. This user-generated content can add more replayability as well as allow users to share their creations and game experiences with their friends.
New DLC provides additional gameplay excitement with the addition of Mega Events.
“Mega Events,” says Galactic Civilizations III designer Paul Boyer, “are galactic events that shake up the game. You might be heading toward diplomatic victory when suddenly a leader is assassinated. Maybe you’re trying for a conquest victory when the Dread Lords return. Each event is an unexpected incident that will require your skill and strategy to overcome if you hope to be victorious. ”

The Mega Events DLC is free for all Galactic Civilizations III Elite Founders and $4.99 for other players.

For more information about Galactic Civilizations III, the 1.2 update and the Mega Events DLC, please visit
www.galciv3.com .

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

08/11/2015 - Vikings War of Clans Arrives on Android and iOS
Plarium’s Vikings: War of Clans Thrashes Its Way to Android and iOS

Viking-Themed Massively-Mulitplayer Online Strategy Game Goes Live

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – August 10, 2015 –
Plarium, one of the world’s fastest growing developers of social and mobile games, announced the worldwide release of Vikings: War of Clans for Android and iOS devices. This fierce strategy title, inspired by the historical era of Vikings from 750 to 1050 AD, takes players to a ruthless world of Vikings, governed by freedom, power, fear and violence, where players must lead brave warriors into battle, conquer the world and prove their mighty rule against other clans from all over the world. It is now available on Google Play and the App Store.

With cutting edge 3D graphics, a compelling story and dynamic battles, Vikings: War of Clans tasks you to choose a hero, build their palace, take part in strategic campaigns and boost coffers by plundering rich loot. Many original and innovative gameplay elements allow players to experience a fresh take on strategy games for mobile devices.

Key features of Vikings: War of Clans include:
  • Build your Valiant Army: Create units from many different warriors including mercenaries, horsemen, furies, archers, among others.
  • Build your stronghold: Raise your Palace, Mead Hall, Shrine of Odin and other buildings while making your town grow.
  • Crafting: Prepare Hero for combat by crafting weapons and gear.
  •  To the Victor Go the Spoils: Partake in global battles and quests by yourself or with friends to yield rewards.
  • Mighty Clans that help Jarls join forces and vanquish all enemies!

Vikings: War of Clans welcomes suggestions from players to improve the experience and make it even more engaging. The title is currently available in English and Russian with more translations to follow (Italian, Spanish, French, and German) and can be found on Google Play and the App Store:

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.plarium.vikings

App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/vikings-war-of-clans/id966810173?mt=8

About Plarium:
Founded in 2009, Plarium Global Ltd. is dedicated to creating the best mobile and social experience for hardcore gamers worldwide. With over 150 million registered users, we are consistently ranked among Facebook’s top hardcore game developers. Plarium employs more than 800 individuals and is headquartered in Israel with four global offices and development studios across Europe. Our hardcore social and mobile games are available on all major social networks, including Facebook, Vkontakte, Odnoklassniki and Mail.ru, as well as web browsers, iOS and Android.

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08/10/2015 - Rising Star Games to Publish Boxed Edition of Zombie Vikings
Rising Star Games to Publish Physical Boxed Edition of Zoink Games’ Zombie Vikings on PS4TM System This Fall
Holy möther fafnir! These hacking dead are going BERSERK!
August 10, 2015 – The promised land of Valhalla awaits you my brothers and sisters! Rising Star Games are happy to announce that today they have formed a partnership with acclaimed Swedish developer, Zoink Games. The partnership will see the release of Zombie Vikings: Ragnarök Editiön, a physical boxed version of the comedy-filled hack n' slash adventure game, on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system replete with exclusive gaming content.

From the creators of last years' indie hit Stick It to The Man! comes Zombie Vikings, a new co-op 4 player brawler with a dead funny adventure written by comedic genius and Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator , Zach Weinersmith.

Plunging you deep into the Nordic cosmos, the eye-popping adventure begins when the antics of the mischievous Norse gods cause a heap of trouble. Loki snatches Odin's last magic eye right out of his eye-socket and hastily runs away with his prize. With Thor and the other gods too busy partying to notice, blind-as-a-bat Odin is forced to make a desperate move: raising four of the most fearsome Zombie Vikings out of Norse soil – Gunborg, Seagurd, Hedgy and Caw-kaa – and tasking the putrid posse with a mission to retrieve the magic eye and make peace with their rotten pasts.

In Zombie Vikings players will hack through the most epic of worlds: the boiling gingerbread swamps of Molgaga, take a cruise through the intestines of the Midgaard Serpent, fight giant troll poultry and find out how Söccer was really invented. It’s going to be a gloriously grotesque adventure!

“When we first laid our eyes on Zombie Vikings it was immediately apparent that the development team at Zoink are an incredibly creative bunch, with talent bursting at the seams,” said Phil Robinson, Vice President of Rising Star Games Inc. “Zombie Vikings: Ragnarök Editiön is not only going to split sides with its insane humor, hack n’ slash style gameplay, but also offers loads of additional content that is exclusive to the physical boxed release.”

"There is something really special about a boxed version of your game, a real product you can actually hold in your hands," said Klaus Lyngeled, CEO of Zoink Games. "Rising Star has a ton of experience and we are excited to partner with them to get our little gem out in the shops and into the hands of our players."

Zombie Vikings Key Features:
  • 1 to 4-player brawler featuring online or couch co-op gameplay
  • Hilarious story written by Zach Weinersmith (Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal)
  • Exclusive to the physical box version, Zombie Vikings: Ragnarök Editiön:
    • 5 bonus Versus Arenas
    • 2 additional playable characters
    • An unlockable “Making of” Zombie Vikings development video
 
Watch the official teaser trailer for Zombie Vikings, and try to hold on to your lunch:
https://youtu.be/pXL5I8CMbJ4
 
Information and details about Zombie Vikings can be found on the game’s website:
www.zombie-vikings.com .

For more information on all Rising Star Games titles, please visit the official site:
www.risingstargames.com .

About Rising Star Games
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Rising Star Games is a video games publisher with a global reach. With decades of combined experience and a genuine passion for interactive entertainment, Rising Star Games opened a southern California satellite office in 2012, and publishes video games across all platforms from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Steam for North American and South American markets.  
www.risingstargames.com

About Zoink Games
Zoink is an award winning developer in Sweden who loves to innovate and create. Zoink's last game Stick It to The Man was released on a multitude of consoles and gained critical acclaim. Besides working on their own titles, Zoink also creates for companies such as Disney, Cartoon Network, and Google.
www.zoinkgames.com  

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