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Friday, March 18, 2016

03/18/2016 - Former Halo Developers Create New Dev Studio

GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE: SAN FRANCISCO; March 18, 2016 – Today game industry veterans Kevin Franklin, Brian Lemon and Doug Barnes formally announce the formation of  First Strike Games, a new studio focused on multiplayer PC and console games. Co-founded by key development talent from such AAA developers and publishers as 343 Industries, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Epic and Ensemble Studios, the team has joined forces with fourth co-founder and industry power house business development and management advisor Jeff Hilbert, founder, former co-CEO and current board member of the world’s largest game representation agency, DDM.

team collectively represents more than 50 years of expertise, predominately in developing multiplayer games such as  Age of Empires 3, and the  SOCOM and  Halo franchises. It is helmed by Franklin in the role of CEO and design director, Lemon as COO and executive producer, and Barnes as CTO and technical director; Hilbert will serve as chief business development officer.

“Our team holds a lifelong passion for competitive multiplayer; in recent years the meteoric rise in this market has been incredibly exciting for us to experience,” said Kevin Franklin, CEO and co-founder of First Strike Games. “This is a fabulous time to start a new studio and we are in active discussions with potential publishing partners that share our vision for multiplayer gaming.”    

About First Strike Games:
Established in March, 2016 and based in Seattle, Washington, First Strike Games is a development studio focused on delivering the best multiplayer experiences on for PC and console. 

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

03/17/2016 - Daydreamer Awakened Edition Announced for PS4 and Xbox One
Wake up to a Nightmarish World in Daydreamer: Awakened Edition

Indie Developer Roland Studios Puts a Surreal Sci-Fi Twist to a Classic Genre For PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

IRVINE, Calif. - March 17, 2016 -  Awaken into a nightmare filled with malicious aliens, grotesque mutants, emotionless robots, and giant bugs in Daydreamer: Awakened Edition, coming soonfor PlayStation®4 and Xbox One systems. The side-scrolling platformer/shoot-em-up game was originally released on the PC, but the new Awakened Edition includes major gameplay updates and numerous refinements for those brave enough to walk the perilous path of the daydreamer. This uniquely outlandish arcade game will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store and Xbox store in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. It will retail in the United States for $9.99, and the prices for the other regions will be revealed at a later date.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition is the story of the last human who rouses from an eternal sleep to an unfamiliar Earth, since Aliens took over the planet thousands of years ago. The nameless protagonist was kept in a stasis chamber as a twisted relic to memorialize their victory. However, the mysterious Immortal Gate Keeper liberates her and sets her on a dangerous expedition to the Earth's core. Be warned though-the aliens will do whatever it takes to get their trophy back, and the Earth is filled with frightening creatures that hunger for human flesh.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition features:
  • Twitchy Retro Gameplay - Those who live for intense side-scrolling, platforming, and shooting action will feel right at home, because players will shoot, whip, shield, jump, and warp their way to the Earth's core. The design choices in the game harken back to gaming's arcade classics!
  • A Varied Combat System - With a dearth of different weapons and abilities at the daydreamer's disposal, she will eradicate aliens with energy, homing, ray, helix, and flamethrower blasters, and melee mutants with her whips. She also has the abilities to shield against damage, warp to hard-to-reach areas, slow down time, and more. But they don't come cheap-players must hunt for Psymatter in order to buy the weapons and items that will aid her along her hazardous journey.
  • Powerful Pets - Psymatter also can be used to purchase/sustain a loyal pet companion to stay by your side to the death (or until you run out of Psymatter). From fuzzy turtles to vicious weasels, pets will offer invaluable support in varied forms to the daydreamer.   
  • Frightening Bosses - If normal aliens, mutants, robots, and bugs aren't bad enough, the bosses of Daydreamer: Awakened Edition are truly terrifying to behold. The disturbing Mr. Smiles, the repulsive Grimeboy, and ferocious, but still kind of cute, Rabies Rabbit are just some of the creepy boss monsters brought to life in the game.
  • Numerous Improvements - Since this is the Awakened Edition, that means there are a multitude of improvements and additions to the original release. Besides gameplay tweaks and balancing, there are now more difficulties, enhanced controls, improved combat, a ranked mode/leaderboard for the competitive, world map function, a brand new ending, and much more.

Daydreamer was single-handedly created by Roland Womack, who is the founder-and sole creative force-of indie development house Roland Studios. Inspired by the 8-bit era of classic arcade-style games, Womack incorporated their timeless appeal with his creatively twisted vision of Earth in this upcoming digital console title.

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition will be available digitally on the PlayStation Store on May 31 and Xbox Store on June 3. The game will be priced at $9.99 in the United States, and is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. For more information, please visit 
http://www.atlus.com/daydreamer .

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.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

03/16/2016 - Tiny Explorers Coming Soon to Mobile and Tablet Devices
“Tiny Explorers” – Coming Soon to Mobile and Tablet Devices!

Leeds, United Kingdom – March 16th 2016 – Alternative Software Ltd, are proud to announce the forthcoming release of “Tiny Explorers” developed by RedBee. 

Tiny Explorers is a super brand new free to play game, designed for smartphones and tablets created especially for youngsters Tiny Explores allows youngsters to play in an exciting virtual world full of adventure and imagination.

Game Features
The game is set during the summer holiday of the main characters, who start out on an exciting mysterious adventure. Each character has its own very distinct appearance and mood, so that the player can choose the character that most appeals to them, and then play as that character during the game. None of the characters will “die” if they fail to do a task; which ensures that young players will not get needlessly frustrated by having to start a level of the game all over again.
The game consists of 30 levels, each of which is a stunning colourful 3D visualisation. Tiny Explorers is super arcade romp adventure, letting players walk, jump, run and escape from the baddies, whilst collecting points. In this fun game – young players will get to explore many levels, whilst working out how to use the many objects that are available to collect. Tiny Explorers is great “jump‘n‘run” fun!
Both Android and iOS versions will be due out soon

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The game’s first video trailer can be found here: -

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

03/15/2016- Bundle Stars Offering Free Steam Game and New Contest
Get a FREE Planetary Annihilation Steam key worth $30 a pop! …AND… Be the envy of your friends with a MSI Gaming Laptop!

Press release for immediate release

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 – Game discount store Bundle Stars (
https://www.bundlestars.com/ ) is offering you a free Steam game AND the chance to win an amazing Intel i7 laptop from MSI.

Planetary Annihilation, which normally costs $29.99 from Steam, can be grabbed free of charge from the Bundle Stars website, while stocks last. The game runs on Windows®, Mac and Linux.

Colonize solar systems, annihilate homeworlds, and exterminate your foes in epic interplanetary battles. Blow up everything, anywhere; dominate with punishing spacecraft, robots, and other futuristic machines of war. Arm asteroids and send them on planet-destroying collision courses. And take over an entire galaxy in a dynamic single-player mode with procedurally generated content.

Head straight to
https://www.bundlestars.com/en/giveaway and pick up your Steam key for this epic real-time strategy game, before they’re all gone.

On the same web page, you can also enter the contest to win a top-spec GE62 6QD Apache Pro gaming laptop courtesy of MSI and Bundle Stars. With the latest 6th Generation Intel i7 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 960M graphics, get your free entry in now for the chance to win big!

For a limited time, you can also get a massive 70% off the standalone expansion, Planetary Annihilation: TITANS, only at Bundle Stars:

Elevate your game with new units, new planets that feature multi-level terrain available in both single and multiplayer. Get up to speed faster with a new, streamlined tutorial experience, then take your game to the next level with the new Bounty Mode option for AI skirmish and multiplayer.

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Monday, March 14, 2016

0314/2016 - Battlezone's VR Campaign Revealed

Rebellion promises dynamic content and impressive longevity

Oxford, UK - March 14th 2016 - Independent developer and publisher Rebellion has lifted the lid on the explosive tank-busting campaign included in its upcoming Battlezone reboot for PlayStation VR.

Watch the new campaign gameplay trailer  >>
Download new screenshots >>

No two campaigns will play the same

Delivering a dynamic campaign that blends procedural and randomised content, no two players will experience the same playthrough - offering a substantial campaign experience with near unlimited replayability.

Whenever a player starts a new campaign, the game’s “Hex” campaign map is re-generated procedurally, and dozens of environments, levels and mission types are blended together in new combinations for a completely different experience each time. Then it’s up to the players to forge their own path to the game’s epic finale.

A first look at the new cockpit and environments

Battlezone’s latest campaign trailer also showcases the game’s impressive revamped VR cockpit, brand new enemies and diverse environments including a new night-time arena, glowing industrial environments, windswept ice wastes, and a heavily updated version of the “neon” level made famous in the game’s
original teaser

Rebellion CEO and Creative Director Jason Kingsley doesn’t shy away from what the independent studio wants to offer with its PlayStation VR launch title:

"I think VR has an unfair reputation for just offering cool bitesize experiences, but we want to come out firing and deliver the kind of substantial content early adopters are crying out for. 

"Obviously we're hoping that Battlezone will be one of the first PlayStation VR games players buy, but we're also designing it to be the one they return to time and time again... once VR has taken over the world of course!" 

About Rebellion

Founded in 1992, Rebellion® is one of Europe’s leading independent game developers and comic book publishers. The studio’s flagship Sniper Elite games series leads the way for authentic stealth and sniping gameplay with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Whether it’s the breathtaking intensity of Sniper Elite 3, the face-hugging terror of Aliens vs. Predator or the grindhouse frenzy of Zombie Army Trilogy, the Oxford-based studio is known for creating stand-out games that thrill players.  

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