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Friday, March 24, 2017

03/24/2017 - 88 Heroes Now Available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Physical boxed PlayStation®4 edition with exclusive content also available in stores from today

LONDON, UK – March 24, 2017  Rising Star Games today announced that 88 Heroes, the fast, frantic, funny and fan-pleasing platformer releases today on digital stores, and also as a physical retail release for PlayStation®4 in Europe. In the USA and Canada the boxed PlayStation®4 edition releases on March 28th. In addition, the boxed PlayStation®4 edition features exclusive content not available in any of the digital versions.

From the creative minds at acclaimed development studio Bitmap Bureau, 88 Heroes is a 2D platformer that is as fun to watch as it is to play. Each level completed or untimely death brings a new uniquely skilled hero into the action and, with just 88 minutes to complete all 88 levels, players will need every one of the 88 heroes to stop the dastardly Dr. H8 from destroying the Earth!

Exclusive to the physical retail version of 88 Heroes on PlayStation®4 are two additional heroes, Cath Letics and The Mime, as well as the exclusive new H8 Mode, which features eight brand new levels offering a super-charged hardcore challenge.

Watch the 88 Heroes launch trailer

Download the trailer and image assets for 88 Heroes

88 Heroes Key Features:

  • 88 unique and original playable characters, each with their own skills and abilities that may help - or hinder! - the player.
  • Hero order is randomly selected with each play, meaning players will always face a fresh and varied challenge.
  • 88 levels across 4 zones to conquer, each with its own unique boss encounter.
  • Multiple game modes including: Magnificent 8 mode - choose a team of just 8 heroes to tackle the entire game with; Solo mode – pick just one hero and master their skills in order to survive as long as you can.
  • 2 additional heroes and 8 new levels in H8 Mode are featured exclusively to the physical boxed edition.
  • Watch the action from Dr. H8’s lair as he tries to thwart your plans, drinks coffee, takes bathroom breaks and berates his accident-prone henchmen.
  • More heroes incoming with post-launch DLC!

For more information on 88 Heroes, please visit the official site: 88heroes.com

Follow Rising Star Games on Twitter and visit the official Rising Star Games website.

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Bitmap Bureau is a creatively ambitious UK games studio. Founded by Mike Tucker, Stefan Barnett and Matt Cope, they boast over 50 years combined industry experience. Nothing will stop these hard bitten game-making gumshoes, trying to crack the case of video game perfection! www.bitmapbureau.com

Rising Star Games is a privately held video games publisher with a global reach. With operating offices in Europe and USA the company publishes video game entertainment across all gaming platforms from Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo and via Steam. With decades of combined experience and a genuine passion for interactive entertainment, Rising Star Games is proud of its ever-expanding and enormously diverse catalogue of over 120 titles. www.risingstargames.com

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

03/23/2017 - New Content Update for Riders of Icarus

Legendary Riders Receive New Zones, Mounts and Dungeons to Explore

LOS ANGELES - MARCH 23, 2017 - Nexon America and WeMade have rolled out the latest content update for their free-to-play MMORPG
Riders of Icarus. As the game moves toward commercial launch, the Corruption of Light content update delivers all-new zones to the Kingdom of Hakanas along with dangerous new dungeons and over 30 familiars to fight, capture and tame.

Riders have access to two new zones in Corruption of Light, Ellora Sanctuary and Windhome Canyon, as they are tasked with helping the light elves of Ellora Sanctuary reclaim the Demonic Stone from the Chaos Legion before the God of Ruin is summoned. Along with an increased level cap of 55 and two new field bosses to tackle, players can further upgrade their characters with all new gear sets from the Forgotten Sanctuary - where the Demonic Stone is held behind a powerful barrier. In addition, the update features three new Legendary Dungeons for the best players to explore and conquer.

Corruption of Light also features the Transcendence System for players to further increase their strength. Riders can enhance their favorite equipment by consuming the exact same item to increase the attributes. By transcending their best weapons and armor up to five times, players will wield an unprecedented level of power to prepare for legendary dungeons, future foes and beyond.

Nexon also recently released two new trailers for the Corruption of Light update for Riders of Icarus, the
Corruption of Light Update Official Trailer and the Corruption of Light Update Mount Trailer. New screenshots showcasing two mounts from the update can be found here: http://bit.ly/RoI_CoL_Screens

To download Riders of Icarus and embark on the ride of your life, and to stay up-to-date on the latest news and announcements, join the community today: ridersoficarus.com

Riders of Icarus is also available as a free download on Steam and through the Nexon Launcher.

About Nexon America Inc. http://www.nexon.net  
Nexon America Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEXON Co., Ltd. (“Nexon”) (3659.TO) a worldwide leader in online games. Based in Los Angeles, Nexon America was founded in 2005 to bring the best of online entertainment to the North American audience. The company's growing library of titles includes fan-favorites MapleStory, the classic side-scrolling MMORPG, and Vindictus, an action-packed combat MMO. New titles now in open beta include Riders of Icarus, a mount-taming MMO that allows players to fly and fight on the backs of dragons; and First Assault, a first-person shooter based on the critically acclaimed “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” IP. Upcoming titles from Nexon America include LawBreakers, a Steam exclusive and the first title from Cliff Bleszinski’s studio Boss Key Productions; and an unannounced title from QC Games.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

03/22/2017 - Sudden Strike Quiz App Announced for iOS and Android
Sudden Strike Quiz App Announced for iOS and Android Devices

Challenge your friends and earn additional discounts on Sudden Strike 4 pre-orders on Steam

Hamburg, Germany,  22nd March, 2017 – Kalypso Media Mobile has today announced the launch of the Sudden Strike Quiz, a mobile companion app for upcoming strategy RTS game Sudden Strike 4, which will not only test players’ knowledge of World War II but also give them the opportunity to earn exclusive discounts on the pre-purchase of the game on Steam.

Available to download for free now on iOS (
here) and Android (here) devices, the Sudden Strike Quiz presents gamers with a fun way to earn some serious discounts on the pre-order version of Sudden Strike 4 on Steam. Players will compete against both friends and random opponents on a wide range of topics surrounding World War II, including weapons and vehicles, important dates, historical figures and geography in three frantic rounds of questions against the clock. Win and you will unlock medals, which will accumulate to reward players with a stackable discount, up to a maximum of 25% when stacked with the existing Steam 15% off pre-order offer. Other bonuses such as joker cards will stack the odds in your favour as you battle in ‘skirmishes’ for the greatest rewards! Can you make it to the top of the worldwide leaderboard?

As well as competing against each other, players will also have the chance to play against staff from Kalypso Media and Kite Games in special timed events leading up to the launch of Sudden Strike 4. Stay tuned to Kalypso Media’s social media channels for more information.
  • View Sudden Strike Quiz on the App Store here
  • View Sudden Strike Quiz on Google Play here
About Sudden Strike 4
Developed as a fully-fledged series entry and not a remake or reboot, Sudden Strike 4 sends you off on three extensive campaigns set amongst the battlefields of World War II. Commanding the British and American, German or Soviet troops, you will lead over 100 different units into battle, including the German bomber Heinkel He111, the Russian T-34 tank, the British Hawker Typhoon fighter plane and the notorious German Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger. In a first for the Sudden Strike series, you can now choose from one of nine individual commanders, such as George Patton or Bernard Montgomery, who will each allow for different approaches to combat and boast unique abilities.

Prove your tactical expertise in over 20 demanding single player scenarios, the challenge-focused skirmish mode, and the competitive multiplayer mode. A new reward system rewards clever and tactical play, awarding the player with skill points and bonus content, such as historical film footage of the era.

Sudden Strike 4 offers countless ways to vanquish your opponents. Exploit the weak spots of tanks, set up an ambush, occupy buildings with infantry, outmanoeuvre the enemy with clever positioning or unleash devastating air strikes – how you approach each mission is up to you!

Features of Sudden Strike 4:
  • Sudden Strike 4 offers realistic real-time strategy gameplay with tactical depth and a historical setting
  • Three campaigns with over 20 missions to test your tactical skills and determining the outcome of significant WWII battles
  • As one of nine commanders, lead your army on the battlegrounds of the biggest military conflict in history
  • Command more than 100 authentic units – including the Königstiger tank, the Katyusha rocket launcher and the Hawker Typhoon fighter plane
  • ‘Pause and play’ system allows you to suspend the action while issuing detailed commands and manoeuvres to your units
  • Pit yourself against other commanders in the competitive multiplayer mode
  • The PC version features modding support with Steam Workshop integration

For more information on Sudden Strike 4 and other Kalypso Media products, please visit

About The Kalypso Media Group
Celebrating its 10th year in the video games industry, the Kalypso Media Group is a global, independent developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment software with close to 100 employees worldwide with seven offices across Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States.  Kalypso Media also enjoys very strong global digital distribution through its Kalypso Media Digital Ltd. subsidiary, owns two development studios – Realmforge Studios GmbH and Gaming Minds Studios GmbH – and works with multiple leading independent developers. In 2015, Kalypso Media Mobile was founded in Hamburg, Germany to deliver great games globally for mobile devices.

Kalypso Media‘s titles include the critically acclaimed Tropico 3, Tropico 4, Tropico 5 (PC, Xbox 360, PS4), Sins of a Solar Empire (Europe and Asia), Dungeons and Dungeons 2. Upcoming titles include, Vikings - Wolves of Midgard (PC, PS4, Xbox One), Sudden Strike 4 (PC, PS4), Valhalla Hills – Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One), Shadow Tactics – Blades of the Shogun (PS4, Xbox One) and Blackguards 2 (PS4, Xbox One), Dungeons 3 (PC, PS4, Xbox One) and Railway Empire (PC, PS4, Xbox One). Further information about Kalypso Media is available at

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

03/21/2017 - InnoGames Countdowns to Easter with New In game Events
InnoGames Countdowns to Easter with New In game Events

Hamburg, March 21. Leading up to Easter, InnoGames announces a whole series of new events in its games. From today on, Elvenar players can look forward to collecting mysterious Phoenix eggs. Additionally, Forge of Empires starts a new spring questline on March 28 followed by the events in The West and Grepolis, starting on April 3 and 13.

In Elvenar, players will be able to collect a mysterious new resource until April 17: Sky essence. This supply will allow players to open three different sized Phoenix eggs and get great prizes. In addition, some of these eggs will contain valuable Phoenix feathers. Those who collect enough of these feathers can look forward to particularly valuable rewards including one of three new buildings.

To welcome the Spring, InnoGames' strategy city-builder, Forge of Empires, takes fans on a tour of Japan. From March 28 until April 17, players will be rewarded with spring lanterns after successfully completing quests. With these, they can then open three different types of chests which hold different rewards including various new buildings.

This year, Grepolis brings back their "Trial of Slingers" event until May 1. Players will act as mentors to young Greeks as they teach the art of shooting by smashing three kinds of vases. Hidden in the pots are eggs which allow players to add them to their collection. By completing a collection, players will gain various awards and rewards.

The annual Easter event in The West runs from April 3 to April 24.

With 130 million registered players, InnoGames is one of the world's leading developers and providers of online games. Currently, the Hamburg-based company employs 350 professionals from 25 nations. InnoGames has scored major success with games such as Tribal Wars, Grepolis and Forge of Empires.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

03/20/2017 - LoZ Ocarina of Time Gets Live Orchestral CD and Vinyl
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Gets Live Orchestral CD and Vinyl

Materia Collective offers an epic re-imagining of the iconic score by Nintendo's Koji Kondo recorded with a live 64-piece orchestra, now available for pre-order

SEATTLE - March 20, 2017 - Materia Collective is pleased to present Hero of Time, an epic re-imagining of the soundtrack to Nintendo's timeless adventure RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Hero of Time is unprecedented in many ways, setting out to arrange and record with a full 64-piece orchestra the most poignant moments from the game. After finding success on Kickstarter with over 1,000 backers contributing over $50,000, this dream has become a reality, and will be available in digital and limited edition CD formats on March 27, 2017 with pre-orders opening March 20, as well as a gorgeous vinyl release to follow via iam8bit in the coming months:

Hero of Time
 pre-order on Bandcamp (digital/LE CD)
Hero of Time pre-order on iam8bit (vinyl)
Hero of Time pre-order on iTunes
Hero of Time on Spotify (March 27)

"Orchestral recordings of music from The Legend of Zelda have become increasingly popular over the last several years," notes arranger and project director Eric Buchholz. "With Hero of Time, we sought to create a single, cohesive experience that weaves all of the complex underlying themes of the game, like impermanence and mortality, with Koji Kondo's timeless melodies that have become as iconic as the game itself. The orchestration takes an 'east-meets-west' approach, with the inclusion of taiko ensembles, eastern woodwinds, and harmonies found prevalent in Japanese film and game scores."

Fans will relive their favorite memories from the game, such as riding through Hyrule field for the first time, meeting the angelic Princess Zelda, exploring the Lost Woods, facing off against the vile Ganon, and discovering all the hidden ocarina melodies hidden throughout the album. The full track listing is as follows:

01. Hero of Time
02. The Man with Evil Eyes
03. Fateful Morning
04. Hyrule Field
05. Castle Town Market
06. Princess Zelda
07. Lon Lon Ranch
08. Dungeon Dwellers
09. The Legendary Blade
10. Seven Years
11. Sheik
12. Memories of the Forest
13. Feast for the Fire Dragon
14. Dark Waters
15. Village of the Shadows
16. Spirit of the Valley
17. Courage, Wisdom, and Light
18. Ganon's Tower
19. Great King of Evil
20. The Desecration of Power
21. Epilogue ~ End Credits

Learn more on the official Materia Collective website:

About Materia Collective

Founded in 2015, Materia Collective exists to connect musicians, create opportunities and outlets for those musicians, and act as a liaison between creators, artists, and performers in the world of video game music on an international level. It acts as a record label to help members deal with the financial, legal, and production aspects of music releases by providing a face that represents the needs and values of its members, such as acquiring licensing for music rights.

Most importantly, the collective seeks to constantly adapt and grow, just like the video game industry itself, so that the passion and artistry of its creators combines with imagination and technology to bring innovation to video game music.

Learn more: http://www.materiacollective.com
Follow Materia Collective on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and SoundCloud

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