Friday, July 15, 2016
07/15/2016 - Mushroom Wars 2 Closed Beta Begins July 28th
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July 15, 2016 -
Mushroom Wars 2, sequel to one of the hit RTS games of the last generation, will be entering Closed Beta
on PC from Thursday, July 28 at 7 a.m. Pacific to Sunday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Pacific. Participants will be able
to try out some of the all-new hero characters, test their skills with online competitive multiplayer, and play with their
friends in custom free-for-all or team matches.
Mushroom Wars 2 Heads into Closed Beta July 28 - Sign Up Now
Sign up here for a chance to play the Mushroom Wars 2 Closed Beta.
will receive their keys starting July 28.
Owners of Mushroom Wars on Steam will be granted automatic
access to the Closed Beta―no need to sign up! Simply log into Mushroom Wars before the Beta ends on
July 31 to obtain a key.
Mushroom Wars 2 builds upon its predecessor by introducing hero characters,
reimagined campaigns for each tribe of mushroom folk, even wilder co-op and competitive multiplayer, as well as a visual overhaul,
while preserving the core gameplay mechanics that made the original Mushroom Wars so enjoyable.
the announcement trailer for Mushroom Wars 2 on YouTube:
Mushroom Wars 2 recently
took Best Strategy Game at the White Nights conference in Saint-Petersburg. It releases in full later this
For more information on Mushroom Wars 2, follow the game on Facebook or on Twitter @Mushroom Wars.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Thursday, July 14, 2016
07/14/2016 - Fruit Ninja New Ghostbusters Update
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IP integration gets a sequel
Bust ghosts in the new Fruit Ninja Ghostbusters update
BRISBANE, Australia – July 14th, 2016
Halfbrick Studios, creator of hit mobile games Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, is excited to announce the
return of the Ghostbusters™ franchise to Fruit Ninja.
Created in collaboration with
Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the Fruit Ninja Ghostbusters update sees players battling with iconic Ghostbusters
characters and ghosts from the new and old films in an epic tournament mode. The update also introduces a new gameplay mechanic,
in which players must draw circles around ghosts in order to ‘capture’ them and turn them into tokens which can
then be redeemed for the grand prize: a powerful new blade and dojo.
The update, slated to go live on iOS and Google
Play on July 11th, coincides with the release of the new Ghostbuster s movie on July 15.
Sony Pictures previously collaborated on updates for Fruit Ninja and Monster Dash as part of the Ghostbusters
30th year anniversary in 2014. The Ghostbusters blade and dojo are still available for purchase within Fruit Ninja,
while Monster Dash players can purchase Peter Venkman as a playable character and the Proton Pack as a special weapon.
“Our brands have worked well together and when the new Ghostbusters was announced, we knew we had to
bring the latest characters, proton gear and ghosts back to Fruit Ninja. Our fans are in for a treat with what Halfbrick
has done in this update,” said Mark Caplan, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products, for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
“The original Ghostbusters update is one of our most successful brand integrations. The opportunity
to work on such a beloved franchise and bring something new for Fruit Ninja fans was an easy decision because we
know our fans will love it,” said Nicholas Cornelius, Chief Marketing Officer at Halfbrick.
To further celebrate
the update, Halfbrick is teaming up with digital agency SXM Entertainment to broadcast a real-life Fruit Ninja tournament
on Facebook Live. Warriors will use their weapon of choice to chop a cocktail of different fruits coming at them in real time,
and viewers will be able to vote on their favourite and crown them champion of the tournament.
Submitted by: E.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
07/13/2016 - Square-Enix Collective Raises Over One Million USD for Indie Devs
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July 13: Square Enix Collective™, the indie-support and publishing initiative from Square Enix®, is celebrating
a major milestone today as the total money raised via crowdfunding by teams assisted by Collective has now surpassed the $1,000,000
SQUARE ENIX COLLECTIVE HAS HELPED RAISE OVER $1,000,000 USD FOR INDIE DEVELOPERS
With the exception of last month’s successful Fear Effect Sedna™ campaign, all of the projects supported were based on original IP,
from small teams all around the world.
Since 2014, Square Enix Collective has helped around 100 developers build
awareness and collect feedback via the Collective website, and some of those selected projects have been successfully crowdfunded
as a result.
2016 brings the first games to be published by Square Enix Collective, with upcoming E3 hits The Turing
Test™ (August 2016) and Black The Fall™ (Late 2016) joining the platform’s first release, Goetia, which
enjoys a 98% positive rating on Steam and a Metacritic rating of 82 at the time of writing.
With the aim of publishing
up to ten games per year, Square Enix Collective enables developers to retain all rights to any original IP, as well as creative
control and the majority of net revenue.
Later this year, similar to Fear Effect, Square Enix Collective plans
to open up further selected Eidos® IP for developers to pitch for as a means of helping them generate greater awareness.
Meanwhile, every project that is supported through crowdfunding by Square Enix Collective undergoes a Team Assessment
to check on the development team’s experience, capabilities, and planning.
“The data clearly shows
that new teams with their own projects are finding it increasingly challenging to build awareness for their games, and even
harder to raise meaningful amounts via crowdfunding,” said Phil Elliott, creator and project lead on Square Enix
“We’re delighted to have been able to use our Team Assessments to help build greater
trust between blossoming talent and forward-thinking gamers, as well as open up our channels to spread the word and help drive
Square Enix Collective was first announced in 2013 and fully launched in 2014. Since then,
it has posted almost 100 pitches on the Collective website, helped teams raise over $1,000,000 USD via Kickstarter, and signed
a number of teams to investment and/or publishing deals.
-Square Enix Collective is an initiative that provides
a range of services to independent developers to help them raise the profile of their projects, and bring them to market.
via the Collective Feedback platform
- Support through
crowdfunding for selected projects
- Publishing and
marketing services (including QA and platform relations)
limited number of production investments for specific projects
For more information on Square Enix Collective, or if you wish to talk to any of the developers featured on the Feedback
platform or supported through funding, please contact your local PR rep or directly via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Square Enix Collective website:
Follow @SQEX Collective on Twitter®: twitter.com/sqexcollective
by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
07/12/2016 - 7th Dragon III Code VFD Now Available in the Americas
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7th Dragon III Code: VFD
Now Available in the Americas - Just Don't Let the Dragons Consume You
SEGA of America's Newest Dungeon Crawler is Now Available Physically and Digitally for the Nintendo 3DS
IRVINE, Calif. - July 12, 2016 - Prepare to fight through the fire and flames, because 7th Dragon
III Code: VFD is now available in the Americas. With dragons descending upon humanity and darkness shrouding the Earth,
it's time to suit and go hunting in this turn-based, dungeon-crawling JRPG game spanning three distinct time periods. Prospective
heroes will have a wealth of character customization options and unique classes to choose from in order to build the perfect
dragon hunting squad. Players will also have the chance to upgrade their base at Nodens HQ, date and build relationships with
team members, manage a cat café (you read that correctly), and much more! 7th Dragon III Code: VFD is now
available for $39.99/CA$54.99 in retail stores and on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS.
In 7th Dragon
III Code: VFD, the world is engulfed in a time of darkness and great peril. In the year 2100, dragons have descended
upon Earth and humanity is at the mercy of these terrifying beasts. However, not all is lost. As the protagonist, the player
will team up with Nodens Enterprises - a video game company dedicated to stopping the dragon menace - to become a dragon hunter
and eventual savior of the universe. Although times are bleak, Nodens Enterprises has found a way to tip the scales in favor
of mankind: By traveling through time to three different eras, the protagonist can upset the balance of the dragons' power.
This will give them the edge to defeat the True Dragons, and stand a chance against the most powerful one of them all... the
7th Dragon: VFD.
In a quest for the ages, players will explore numerous dungeons in the mythical kingdom of Atlantis,
futuristic capital of the land of Eden, and present-day Tokyo. Fighting enemies and dragons can't be done by just one person,
so thankfully the protagonist won't be doing it alone. The main character can be joined by two squad members in the field,
and have up to nine characters in their party. With eight distinct classes, 40 voice options, and 96 appearance variations,
gamers can create and customize the perfect dragon hunting team to their heart's content. Each dragon takes immense skill
and cunning strategy to defeat, so choosing the right squad - and right look - is paramount.
through time and desperately trying to save the Earth , the team can unwind at Nodens Enterprises HQ where they can develop
character skills, participate in numerous side quests, and even go on dates. Moreover, new floors can be added to the building
with essential support areas such as a library, skylounge, cat café, and evacuation wards. Wait, cat café? That's
right - stray cats can be rescued during dungeon crawls and brought back HQ to lounge at the cat café. And yes, while
people can be rescued as well, cats are clearly the priority.
7th Dragon III Code: VFD will is now
available exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS systems in the Americas for $39.99/CA$54.99. The game is rated T by the ESRB. For
more information, please visit 7thdragon.sega.com
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, July 11, 2016
07/12/2016 - Drinkbox Releasing Game Bundle for PS Vita
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DRINKBOX RELEASING GAME
BUNDLE FOR PS VITA
Posted today on the Sony Blog, Drinkbox Studios, developer of popular titles including Guacamelee!
and Mutant Blobs Attack, are pleased to announced that starting Wednesday, July 13,
all of their PS Vita titles will be available in a single special-priced bundle via the PlayStation® Store.
The "Drinkbox Vita Collection" includes:
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
– Designed for the PlayStation Vita as a launch title, Mutant Blobs Attack puts you in control
of a hungry blob who escapes from the confines of an evil scientist’s lab and sets out to seek revenge on all mankind.
Mutant Blobs Attack Trailer - www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hjjkiRREsI
- A “Metroidvania” style action-platformer set in a magical Mexican-inspired world. The special bundle also includes
two DLC packs that were released for the game: A costume pack which allows you to change the appearance and gameplay statistics
of your character, and El Diablo’s Domain, a series of challenge levels with completion rewards.
is also a cross-buy title, so you’ll be able to download the PS3 versions of all of these items as well!
Guacamelee! Launch Trailer - www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyUo53bfl4s
The latest PS Vita game from Drinkbox, Severed is custom-crafted for the PS Vita, making heavy use of the touchscreen for
combat and the D-pad for navigation (lefties can use the face buttons for navigation). Severed has
you playing as Sasha, a one-armed warrior who embarks on a journey through a surreal fantasy world in search of her missing
Severed Release Trailer - www.youtube.com/watch?v=JsOLRN8vJa0
If you haven’t had a chance
to try out Drinkbox’s Vita games, then now is your chance!
Submitted by: E. Thomas