Tuesday, June 18, 2013
06/18/2013 - Dungeons & Dragons Chronicles of Mystara Launches Today
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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS:
CHRONICLES OF MYSTARA LAUNCHES TODAY
Two Fan Favorite Side-Scrolling
Action RPG Games in One Digital Package
San Mateo, Calif. – June 18, 2013
– Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games is pleased to announce that Dungeons
& Dragons®: Chronicles of Mystara™ is available today as a digital download from the North American
PlayStation®Network and globally via Steam® and coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for Xbox 360®video game and entertainment
system from Microsoft and the European PlayStation®Network from tomorrow, June 19. The title will be available for the
Nintendo eShop on Wii U™ soon after.
Capcom worked closely with Wizards of the Coast to bring these
beloved games back for all the D&D® fans on today’s consoles. Developed by Iron Galaxy, Dungeons
& Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara brings together two arcade classics – Dungeons & Dragons®:
Tower of Doom™ and its sequel Dungeons & Dragons®: Shadow over Mystara™ – fully updated
with HD graphics and a wealth of additional features. The highly requested games had previously only been available in arcades
in the west and can now be enjoyed by a wider gaming audience.
Both titles mix intense 2D side scrolling action
RPG to deliver a truly deep gameplay experience for up to four players as they battle online or locally against the iconic
monsters of Dungeons & Dragons with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles
of Mystara is powered by GGPO to offer seamless drop-in/drop-out online gameplay for up to four players in each
of the title’s two modes. In addition to the classic arcade mode with its branching paths and multiple endings, players
can utilize the all new House Rules feature which offers stackable game options to customize gameplay for a completely different
experience. For instance, “Vampirism” awards health for every attack dealt to an enemy and “Lockpick”
causes all chests to be open.
Further additions include a dynamic Challenge system that sets players in-game goals
in return for character level-ups and points which can be spent in the Vault: a treasure trove of unlockables and gameplay
loot. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara also features the Character Visualizer which
lets players track which characters they and their friends use most often and can help create a more balanced multiplayer
dungeon party, or point out which characters are most under-used; with further gameplay stats tracked via a global leaderboard.
Lastly, owners of the Wii U version will be able to use the GamePad touch screen to select spells and items with ease, allowing
for a more streamlined gameplay experience.
Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara
will be priced at $14.99/€14.99/£11.99/1200MSP.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, June 17, 2013
06/17/2013 - DigThatBox Picks the Best of E3 2013
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The Best of E3 2013:
for the Best of Show
See our favorite products and software
from the 2013 E3 Expo. There are many big surprises on our list. Find out who really won the show. Plus we have a few "best
of" categories you won't find on any other web site. We cover the expo like no one else. Its all just a click away.
Thursday, June 13, 2013
06/13/2013 - Tom Salta Scoress Halo Spartan Assault
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AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER/PRODUCER TOM SALTA SCORES "HALO: SPARTAN ASSAULT"
New York (June 13, 2013) - MTV VMA nominated
composer Tom Salta, one of the most versatile and prolific music artists/producers working in film, television, advertising
and video games, provides the original score for 343 Industries' first mobile title "Halo: Spartan Assault,"
an epic "Halo" experience for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 launching in July 2013.
Tom Salta provides
an authentic "Halo" original score for "Spartan Assault," featuring ethereal choral arrangements, piano
motifs, rock guitars, synth ambience and sweeping sci-fi orchestral compositions that are distinctly representative of the
franchise. Salta also expands the "Halo" universe with original sounds to complement the musical blueprint of the
first trilogy and beyond, combined with a full modern sound production to create a contemporary and classic "Halo"
Paul Lipson, Music/Audio Director for "Halo: Spartan Assault" at 343 Industries: "Tom
has been a great partner, and his core understanding of the 'Halo' universe and related musical language was essential in
crafting the sound of 'Halo: Spartan Assault.' Drawing on our experience working together on 'Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary,'
we've been able to create a new musical score that is both fresh and familiar for 'Halo' fans around the globe."
Renowned for crafting emotionally engaging music for interactive media, Tom Salta has received widespread industry acclaim
for his world-class produced scores featured in video game titles such as "Galactic Reign," "Halo: Combat Evolved
Anniversary," "Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands," "Red Steel," "Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon,"
and "Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X" series. Intimately familiar with the "Halo" universe, Salta previously created
synthesis, drums, and percussion for "Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary" in collaboration with Pyramind Studios and
"Having been involved in the re-creation of the original 'Halo' score for 'Halo Anniversary,'
I gained a very deep understanding of the DNA of the 'Halo' sound, which I drew inspiration from when creating a completely
new and authentic original score for 'Halo: Spartan Assault,'" said Salta. "As a huge fan of the 'Halo' series,
I wanted to be sure that the music I created felt true to what franchise fans around the world would identify as the 'Halo'
sound, while still feeling new."
Prior to his composing career, Salta toured with and worked on releases by
a diverse array of popular artists such as Peter Gabriel, Everything But The Girl, Deep Forest and Sinead O'Connor. After
several years of touring, he became more immersed in studio work including producing, remixing and songwriting. When "Halo:
Combat Evolved" was released on the original Xbox, his passion for writing music and the interactive art form of video
games collided. "I was so impressed by the use of music while playing 'Halo: Combat Evolved' back in 2001," says
Salta. "It created such a rich and immersive experience, and that's one of the many aspects I wanted to capture in my
quest to create an authentic 'Halo' score for 'Spartan Assault.'"
Inspired by gaming's unique musical challenges
and growing potential for creative opportunities, Salta embraced this exciting new medium. Recording under the artist name
"Atlas Plug," Salta released the critically acclaimed electronic / orchestral music album "2 Days or Die"
which quickly caught the attention of major video game developers and publishers. His album introduced a new hybrid sound
to the visual entertainment industry at large, garnering high-profile placements on numerous television shows on ABC, CBS,
MTV, NBC as well as national commercials and movie trailers, and simultaneously launched his music career in video games.
"'Halo' is what inspired me more than any other to pursue scoring games," enthuses Tom Salta. "This
has been a long-time dream of mine that has finally come true and I was not going to settle for anything that didn't feel
exactly right; I wanted to ensure that the music truly felt like a 'Halo' game. I am grateful to Music/Audio Director Paul
Lipson, Microsoft and 343 for giving me the opportunity to score 'Halo: Spartan Assault.'"
To watch the trailer
and learn more about "Halo: Spartan Assault," please visit Halo Waypoint: http://www.halowaypoint.com/en-us/games/halospartanassaultAbout the "Halo" Franchise
The "Halo" franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon.
Beginning with the original "Halo: Combat Evolved" (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series
of games has since inspired multiple New York Times bestselling novels, comic books, action figures, apparel and more. Published
by Microsoft Studios, the "Halo" franchise of games is exclusive to the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system
and the Xbox Live online entertainment network. "Halo: Spartan Assault" will be released worldwide on Windows 8
PCs, Tablets, and Windows Phone 8 devices. To date, more than 50 million copies of "Halo" games have been sold worldwide,
driving more than 5 billion hours of gameplay by people connected to Xbox Live.
About 343 Industries
343 Industries is the publisher and developer of the blockbuster "Halo" series of videogames and, as part of Microsoft
Studios, oversees the "Halo" franchise, including novels, comics, licensed collectibles, apparel and more. 343 Industries
is home to world-class developers working on the Reclaimer Saga, which commenced with the arrival of "Halo 4" on
Nov. 6, 2012, exclusively on Xbox 360.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
06/12/2013 - NeocoreGames Announces The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
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The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II
Hungary – June 12, 2013 – Esteemed indie developer NeocoreGames announced today The Incredible
Adventures of Van Helsing II for PC, bringing players the follow-up to the popular gothic-noir steampunk action-RPG
influenced by Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Returning fans will be able to import their characters from the first
adventure, while new hunters will have the opportunity to create their own legendary monster-hunter.
first game it all seemed so simple," said Viktor Juhász, narrative designer at Neocore Games, "defeat the
mad scientist, free the land and ride into the sunset, but sometimes the fall of a villain only opens the way to more sinister
The incredible adventures continue, and Van Helsing, the famous monster-hunter returns to save the
day again with the help of his charming, ghostly companion, Lady Katarina. The gothic metropolis of weird science is on the
brink of destruction as chaos rules the streets and a new enemy plots revenge. It’s time to enter the dark side of Borgova
and the forbidden wilderness, but beware: you are not the only one behind a mask.
Adventures of Van Helsing, currently available worldwide $14.99 via Steam on Windows® PC, is a one-of-a-kind action-RPG that pits players in fierce battles against familiar supernatural
foes and enables players to partake in a tower-defense mini-game within Van Helsing’s upgradable lair to ward off evil
that attempt to overrun the base by way of force.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
06/11/2013 - Final Fantasy XV in Development for Next Gen Consoles
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SQUARE ENIX UNVEILS THE
FUTURE OF FINAL FANTASY
FANTASY XV in Development for Next Generation Consoles
FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII Becomes FINAL FANTASY
for the Next Installment in the Best-Selling Series
LONDON (June 11th,
2013) – Square Enix Ltd. , the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products
in Europe and other PAL territories, today announced FINAL FANTASY® XV for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One®,
the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
Previously known as FINAL FANTASY Versus XIII,
the title’s development expanded and evolved to take full advantage of the capabilities of next-generation platforms.
While the main concept, world and story continue to be developed as originally envisioned, the First Production Development
Team has further improved FINAL FANTASY XV’ s action, gameplay elements and graphic quality to match the technology
of the next-generation hardware, as well as the expectations of players eagerly awaiting the game’s release.
The new trailer can be viewed on YouTube
Story of FINAL FANTASY XV
The armed forces of Niflheim launch a devastating assault upon the Kingdom of Lucis, casting Crown Prince Noctis and his
comrades out of their homes and into the fray. The engaging tale to follow draws audiences into an awe-inspiring world steeped
in the rich storytelling traditions of SQUARE ENIX’s renowned First Production Development team.
FANTASY XV will be available for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One®.
Square Enix Ltd.
Square Enix Ltd., a part of the Square Enix Europe business unit, develops, publishes,
distributes and licenses SQUARE ENIX, EIDOS® and TAITO® branded entertainment content in Europe and other PAL territories
as part of the Square Enix Group. Square Enix Ltd. also has a global network of leading development studios such as IO Interactive™,
Crystal Dynamics® and Eidos Montréal. The Square Enix Group boasts a valuable portfolio of intellectual property
including: FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 100 million units worldwide, DRAGON QUEST® which has sold over 61 million
units worldwide and TOMB RAIDER® which has sold over 35 million units worldwide; and the legendary SPACE INVADERS®.
Square Enix Ltd. is a London-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.
on Square Enix Ltd. can be found at http://www.square-enix.com/eu/en/
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, June 10, 2013
06/10/2013 - The Witcher 3 comes to Xbox One in 2014
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Today’s announcement marks a special moment for CD Projekt RED as the company unveils its plans to release
the genre-defining threequel of the critically acclaimed franchise - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on Xbox One®, the all-in-one
games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Bolstering the initial Xbox One games line up, CD Projekt RED believes that
it can help set the course for next-generation RPGs on the next generation games and entertainment system from Microsoft.
A Pivotal Achievement of the RPG Genre, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to Be
Released for Xbox One in 2014
“We’re really thrilled to be able to participate in this industry-defining moment and be among such critically
acclaimed developers” - said Adam Badowski, CD Projekt RED Studio Head.
“There’s a lot of magic
between the third Witcher and Xbox One - we felt it since receiving development kits some time ago. A lot of effort on our
side was made to usher the potential of the next generation with a new kind of RPG experience - for the first time we could
open the world to the extent we wanted and tell the story with the flair it deserves. I’m confident that we’ll
deliver something groundbreaking and I hope, based on what we’ve released today, you’re seeing this as well.”,
“Microsoft delivered some pretty amazing technology and we’re extremely excited that
we’ll be able to show the full potential of REDengine 3. No boundaries, no technological limitations - the hardware’s
pure power and our creative vision will produce some outstanding visuals and unparalleled gameplay.” Said John Mamais,
Head of Production at CD Projekt RED.
The Studio has also released an exclusive gameplay montage showing The Witcher
3: Wild Hunt for the first time ever - experience the tantalizing combination of sound and video here:
Watch The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Gameplay Video Debut
on YouTube.To provide even more background and insight into the development
process, CD Projekt RED has also released The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt The Beginning, an epic video filmed in Scotland in which
the team shares many details about the game and the creative process.
Watch The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - The Beginning Video
on YouTube.During its presence at E3, CD Projekt RED will present exclusive
video materials and behind-closed-doors live gameplay for press and partners. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released in
2014 and will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC.
About The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a unique combination of a non-linear story and an open world – a fantasy RPG focused on
player choice, tactical combat and a rich, living environment. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be the crowning achievement for
the critically acclaimed game developer, CD Projekt RED, and the final episode of one of the best RPG trilogies. With a re-envisioned
approach to the narrative, the game will be accessible to both newcomers and old time fans.
About CD Projekt
Development studio established in 2002 and based in Warsaw, Poland. Creators of The Witcher and The Witcher
2: Assassins of Kings. Both RPGs were praised by critics and fans, gathering over 200 awards and selling over 5 million copies
to date. Originally a PC developer, CD Projekt RED has released The Witcher on Mac and The Witcher 2 both on the Xbox 360®
games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Mac. The studio is now working on The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the grand finale
of the Geralt of Rivia saga. The game will be released in 2014 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. The developer is also working
on Cyberpunk 2077 in collaboration with Mike Pondsmith, the original designer of the pen-and-paper Cyberpunk® futuristic
RPG system, in which the upcoming game is set. CD Projekt RED developers’ mission is to take the passion they have for
games and harness it to make the best RPGs in the world. Along with GOG.COM, the prime destination for the retro gaming enthusiast,
CD Projekt RED is owned by the Warsaw Stock Exchange listed (ISIN: PLOPTTC00011) CD Projekt Group.
Friday, June 7, 2013
06/07/2013 - ATLUS Announces New Survival Horror Game
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Daylight Releases Worldwide in Q1 2014 as a Downloadable Title for PC and PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System
Escape the Shadows in Daylight - Next-Gen Horror Game from Zombie Studios
SEATTLE and IRVINE Calif. - June 7, 2013
- Next-gen will be a scary place thanks to Daylight, a psychological thriller built on Unreal Engine 4. Developed
by Zombie Studios and published worldwide by ATLUS, Daylight will release in early 2014 simultaneously for the PC
and as a console exclusive for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. Only the bravest souls will find all the
messages and clues scattered through Daylight's labyrinthine twists of derelict hospital corridors and other creepy
environments, where procedurally generated levels ensure no two playthroughs will be the same. More details on the downloadable
title Daylight are available on the game's official website at http://www.playDaylight.com.
Daylight is told in the first-person perspective and
begins with players regaining consciousness in an abandoned hospital with only a cell phone to use as a source of light. The
ominous atmosphere, powered by Unreal Engine 4 gives players the immediate feeling that they need to escape. But since each
level is procedurally generated, no clues, haunted corridors, life-saving flares or lurking specter will ever be in the same
place twice. Daylight was written by industry veteran Jessica Chobot, who also provides the quavering, terrified
voice of the protagonist.
"Since showing off a pre-alpha build of Daylight at PAX East the attention
on the project has grown tremendously! With the gained attention, we were approached with the opportunity to partner with
ATLUS to help release Daylight worldwide on Steam and exclusively to the PlayStation 4 system," said Jared Gerritzen,
studio director, Zombie Studios. "ATLUS has a long history of great games and is an accomplished publisher with worldwide
reach. Working with them will allow us to reach a global audience, so we'll be able to scare even more people."
For the PlayStation 4 system, Daylight will take full advantage of the upcoming console's features, including:
Daylight will release
in Q1 of 2014 for a global audience on both PC and as a console exclusive for the upcoming PlayStation 4 system. Price is
still to be determined, and the game is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, please visit the Daylight website.
- Using every ounce of processing power: Daylight
uses Unreal Engine 4 to create an atmospheric setting with some of the most immersive graphics to date.
- Share gameplay online: Scare friends with the system's new "share" feature
to stream gameplay to friends.
- Capturing the moment: Daylight
uses the PS4 system's integrated PlayStation Eye camera to take pictures of the exact moment that a scare happens. Keep the
pictures of the reactions as a novelty or bravely share them with friends on social networks.
- RealD 3D Support: Daylight uses the latest 3D technology from RealD to expand its haunting atmosphere into
the third dimension.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Thursday, June 6, 2013
05/06/2013 - Join iam8bit for the unveiling of the iam8bit Entertainment System
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iam8bit for the unveiling of the iam8bit Entertainment System – a home console designed specifically with retro
gaming in mind. Beginning June 7, the iam8bit Entertainment System will be displayed at iam8bit Entertainment System, the videogame-themed art extravaganza and this year's cornerstone event.
The elegant console was designed and hand assembled
by LA-based artist, Travis Chen. Full hardware specs will be revealed at the exhibition, and those interested in ordering
the iam8bit Entertainment System can do so in-person (or will soon be available for order online at iam8bit.com).
Please spread the word about the show: promote it, tweet about it, attend
it, see featured work from more than 80 artists and meet the iam8bit team and artists like Jose Emroca Flores and Jude Buffum.
Also at the event: DuckTales:
Remastered fans will be invited to dive into a real-life recreation of Uncle Scrooge McDuck's magnificent Money
Bin. Hundreds of oversized gold coins, gems and even the Green Cheese of Longevity will be amongst the treasures attendees
can wade in, all contained in a massive, 10-by-10 foot structure.
Location: iam8bit Gallery, 2147 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026
VIP opening night on Thursday,
June 6, 7-11 p.m (21+/press only; must RSVP)
General public opening night on Friday, June 7, 7-11
p.m. (exhibit to run through June 30)
Thursdays and Fridays: 3-9pm
*Special E3 Extended Hours:
Tuesday, June 11, 5-9 pm
Wednesday, June 12, 3-9pm
About iam8bit Entertainment
Entertainment System, the videogame-themed art extravaganza, launches in Los Angeles this summer, opening June 7, 2013
(and running until June 30). The event will debut an international showcase, featuring the work of a variety of returning
and first-time artists, as inspired by classic 1980's videogames. iam8bit is best known for their expertise in curating uniquely
personal artwork and pop-culture inspired exhibits. Most recently, iam8bit hosted It's the shizNICK!, inspired by Nickelodeon
TV shows of the 1990s, and Grace & Ritual, which showcased contemporary female artists, exclusively. This year's
show puts the spotlight on a wide range of over 80 artists from around the globe, including Jose Emroca Flores, Becky Dreistadt, Gerald
de Jesus, JC Richard, Rex Crowle, Hine Mizushima, Jim Mahfood, Edison Yan, Olly Moss and Aled Lewis, among many
other tremendous talents.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
05/05/2013 - DigThatBox.com Reveals 2013 Arcade Tokens
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Reveals New 2013 Arcade Tokens
New Design Available in Silver and Gold!
HOLLYWOOD, CA June 1st, 2013 – DigThatBox.com proudly announces the 2013 Arcade Token Give-Away.
In honor of the 4th anniversary of the Arcade Token Give-away the site has created two coins with a brand new design available
in both silver and gold. Members of the site will be giving away 2,000 beautifully crafted custom made arcade tokens at the
2013 E3 Expo. These highly collectible coins will also be made available through an online promotion.
Since the beginning of this unique promotion DigThatBox.com has distributed over
10,000 arcade tokens worldwide. Tokens have been sent to all 50 of the United States and to 28 different countries around
For the past three years DigThatBox.com has produced
five different arcade tokens all featuring the classic Space Invader icon, known worldwide as the universal symbol of video
games. The mold for the original series has now been retired and classic invader style tokens are out of production.
This year a brand new design has been created featuring the original works artist
Christian George-Morehouse, based on the vision of the site founder Elliott S. Thomas. The new coin has been dubbed the "Space
Battle Token." One side of the coin features the sleek “attack fighter” while the other side features the
deadly “pixel invader.” The text around the logo reads “Dig That Box.com Can You Dig It?” The coins
will be available in yellow brass (gold) and nickel (silver) with a limit of 1000 units for each coin. (2000 total.)
These beautiful and unique collectible coins are produced in co-operation with
Osborne Coinage®. These freshly minted coins are made right here in the USA. Once again the coin layout is a tribute to
the famous Chuck E. Cheese® token.
DigThatBox.com will also
be giving away tokens to its loyal online readers. Additional details for the online give-away will be released on June 4th.
Tokens will also be available at the Los Angeles Anime Expo and Comic-Con International 2013. The coins will also be available
through a global mail order give-away. Check the site on June 4th for additional details.
For more information on each of the new 2013 Arcade Tokens please visit:
DigThatBox.com is a video
game and pop culture web site based in the heart of Hollywood California. Our content is a unique blend of pop culture topics,
underground art and video game news. The name for the site comes from the company logo, which is the platonic cube. The site
has the important distinction of being the only video game related web site based in Hollywood California. For more information
please visit www.DigThatBox.com
About Artist Christian George-Morehouse:
is an expert in the field of Movie and Television Props. He has also produced several amazing custom made toys that have been
sold to dealers and collectors all around the Globe. His work is often imitated but never duplicated. His attention to detail
and his commitment to perfection are unmatched.
Osborne Coinage® America’s oldest and most esteemed private mint. Their brands
include, Tokens Direct, Roger Williams Mint, Kilmartin Industries, and Van Brook of Lexington. The company produces high quality
custom coins, tokens, key chains, and medallions. Please visit: http://www.tokensdirect.com/
About E3 Expo™ 2012:
E3 Expo™ is
the world's premiere trade show for computer and video games and related products. The show is owned by the Entertainment
Software Association (ESA®), the U.S. association dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of the companies,
publishing interactive games for video game consoles, handheld devices, personal computers, and the Internet. For more information,
please visit www.E3Expo.com or www.theESA.com.
If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment
with a member of our staff, please call contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Saturday, June 1, 2013
06/01/2013 - Kixeye Raises Over $50,000 to Support US Veterans
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RAISES OVER $50,000 TO SUPPORT IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN VETERANS OF AMERICA (IAVA)
100% of proceeds to be donated from special in-game promotion
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 31, 2013
– KIXEYE, the leader in online combat strategy games, today announced it has raised over $50,000 through a special charity
drive to support the non-profit organization, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). In partnership with VirtGood,
which connects leading non-profits with online game companies, players had the opportunity to purchase for a limited-time
$2 gold bundles in Battle Pirates, and as an added bonus would receive a custom IAVA badge displayed on their base through
the duration of the charity drive. The promotion generated more than $50,000 in revenue over the course of the six-day
promotion and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to support IAVA.
"We felt that it was important to recognize our
veterans this Memorial Day by running this promotion and donating all proceeds," said Will Harbin, CEO at KIXEYE.
"Many of our employees have family members and close friends that have and are still serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We plan to organize more charity events in the future, and this was just one small way of showing our support.”
communities like KIXEYE's are incredibly valuable for leading non-profits like IAVA, and we're thrilled with the outcome of
this IAVA Memorial Day campaign,“ said Daniel Hayes, founder and CEO at Virtgood. “It's amazing to see how
two very different organizations who might not have previously thought to partner, can collaborate for the greater good.
VirtGood is looking forward to coming out of our closed beta to make a broader impact across both industries.”
IAVA is the first
and largest non-profit, non-partisan organization for new veterans, with over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide.
IAVA is dedicated to standing with the 2.5 million veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan from their first day home through the
rest of their lives. The mission for the IAVA is to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable
leadership for our country and their local communities. They work toward this vision through programs in four key impact
areas: supporting new veterans in health, education, employment and building a lasting community for vets and their families.
can't thank KIXEYE enough for their critical leadership in helping improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and
their families," said Paul Rieckhoff, founder and CEO at IAVA. "KIXEYE's innovative support allows us to continue
fighting to ensure all veterans receive the care and benefits they deserve, and we hope they will inspire more companies to
join them in supporting our mission."
IAVA has been awarded 4 stars - the highest rating - from Charity Navigator, America's
largest independent charity evaluator, and TIME magazine added that the "IAVA remains the most important organization
representing the new generation of veterans." To find out more information, please visit IAVA.org.
Founded in 2007, KIXEYE is an online gaming company that plays to win. KIXEYE
currently has over 450 employees based in its San Francisco headquarters, along with international offices in Brisbane, Australia
and Victoria, Canada. Responsible for popular titles like Backyard Monsters, Battle Pirates and War Commander, KIXEYE
is redefining the intersection of fidelity and accessibility to create innovative experiences for competitive gamers.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
06/01/2013 - Combat Cats new Kickstarter Campaign
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Texas—May 28, 2013— Indie studio New Horizon Games has unveiled a Kickstarter for their upcoming RPG
Puzzle Adventure, Combat Cats. The Kickstarter will run until June 20, 2013 and has a funding goal of $1,600.
The official Kickstarter campaign for Combat Cats is currently live at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1248339394/combat-catsCombat Cats is a bejeweled style game
with unique combat aspects that add RPG and adventure elements. Kitty Island is in shambles. This once purrfect paradise is
now without an ounce of catnip. You, a member of the Kitty Island Homeland Security’s veteran Ace Fighter Pilots, are
the last hope to return peace and harmony. Go against impawsible odds and battle waves of enemies in the world of Combat
Help avoid catastrophe at Kitty Island in this RPG Puzzle Adventure!
The game features a variety of offensive and defensive actions that can be used by matching various
combinations of icons. These icons will unlock things such as rockets, bullets, repairs and much more. Longer combinations
will unlock various sized nukes which will destroy rows, columns, and chunks of blocks when detonated.
Cats can be pre-ordered through the Kickstarter for as low as $1 for the mobile versions (Android, iOS) and $5 for
the PC, Mac, and Linux version. Ever wanted to immortalize your cat for eternity? Well, now is your chance to have your cat’s
name in the credits or even have them added to the game in pixel form!
If you are a fan of fun, fast-paced puzzle
games then please consider supporting this campaign. The majority of the funds will go towards licensing fees for releases
and to add a retro soundtrack from the pawsome Michael Staple. Do it right meow!
And coming soon! The Combat
Cats Photo Contest for Facebook and Twitter. All you have to do is send a photo of your own cat with the Combat Cat
logo written or somewhere in the background to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a custom pixel piece by Ryan,
the director of Combat Cats. More information about the #CombatCats contest will be available on our Facebook and Twitter.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewHorizonGamesTwitter: https://twitter.com/CombatCatsNew Horizon Games LLC
Games LLC is comprised of a small team of developers. Ryan, the founder and pixel artist, works on story, game design and
concepts. Luke & David handle screenplay, story, concept, and design elements. Chris is a knowledge programmer who is
fast with his tools, and James is the talented agent who handles public relations.
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
05/30/2013 - Dragon' Crown DLC Free for First Month
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Dragon's Crown, the multiplayer action beat-em-up from ATLUS will offer players the ability to customize
their story with different narrator voices from each of the six playable characters in the game: Amazon, Dwarf, Elf, Fighter,
Sorceress, and Wizard. These character voices replace the game's original narration with their own distinct voice.
Customize Dragon's Crown with Voice Pack DLC - Free for the First Month
Brave adventurers who play D ragon's Crown right at launch will have a special offer - for the first month after
the game's release on Aug. 6, the game's DLC will be completely free. After the first month, the voice pack will revert to
a price of $1.99.
Dragon's Crown will be playable at E3 this year! Stop by the ATLUS booth (West
Hall #5010) and check out all the side-scrolling, dragon-slaying, butt-kicking action!
Dragon's Crown will
be exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively and is available for pre-orders
now from major retailers. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. More details about the game will be revealed in the
future, with updates on the official Dragon's Crown website at: http://www.atlus.com/dragonscrown/Submitted by: E. Thomas
05/31/2013 - PDP Announces to Reveal Xbox One Accessories at E3
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PDP ANNOUNCES DEAL WITH MICROSOFT TO CREATE OFFICIALLY LICENSED XBOX ONE
Hear more about PDP's product plans at E3 EXPO June 11-13 in Los Angeles
SHERMAN OAKS, CA, May
24, 2013 - Performance Designed Products LLC (PDP) today announced it has entered into
a licensing agreement with Microsoft to design, manufacture and sell officially-licensed accessories for Xbox One, the all-in-one
games and entertainment system from Microsoft. More information will be revealed prior to E3, and at E3 Expo June 11-13
in Los Angeles.
"PDP is proud to announce that we will be creating officially-licensed accessories designed
for Xbox One," said Bill Otte, SVP of Sales and Marketing for PDP. "Our long-standing relationship with the
Microsoft Xbox team has been a crucial element of our success, and we look forward to providing Xbox One users with the highest
quality gaming and entertainment accessories on the market."
PDP will be located at E3 in Booth #2803 in South
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
05/29/2013 - Nintendo E3 Demos Coming to Best Buy Stores
Nintendo has announced that certain Best Buy store
locations will be receiving exclusive Wii U game demos from the E3 Expo. This unique event will bring the excitement of the
E3 Expo into Best Buy stores across the country. The event will begin on June 12th, which is the second day of the E3 Expo.
Gamers will have access to four different game demos. The event ends on Saturday, June 15th at 5:00 pm.
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complete list of locations please visit this LINK.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
05/29/2013 - Complete Metal Gear Rising Available on Games On Demand
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Complete METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE Experience Available Now on Games
Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is now available on Games On Demand for the
Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
In addition to the full game, fans will also
be able to download the Cyborg Ninja Armor Skin with the powerful "Fox Blade", White Armor Skin with a healing power
increase and an Inferno Armor Skin with maximum throwing weapons increase. Fans can also download the additional DLCs, "Jetstream"
and "Blade Wolf".
Developed by Kojima Productions and PlatinumGames, METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE takes
the renowned METAL GEAR franchise into exciting new territory by delivering an action experience unlike anything seen before.
The title brings two of the world's most respected development teams together with a common goal of providing players with
a fresh synergetic experience that combines the best elements of pure action together with epic storytelling, all within the
expansive METAL GEAR universe.
METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE is available now on Games on Demand for $49.99 for
the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.
For more information, please visit: http://www.metalgearsolid.comSubmitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, May 27, 2013
05/27/2013 - Adrenaline Crew reveals Urban Assault for iOS + Android
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Hollywood, CA - 05/13/2013: Adrenaline Crew is known for motorcycle stunts, racing, and generally reckless behavior,
but that wasn’t enough. They had to go and release their own mobile games! (There goes the neighborhood.) Urban
Assault is their latest attack, taking on the endless-runner genre that Temple Run helped make famous. Whether
you’re loyal to iOS or Android devices (or maybe you’re one of those nuts that likes both), you’re
covered. Adrenaline Crew likes freedom, so they said “screw it”, and made the game FREE. (Go on! Git!) Check out
the trailer, or just download it now!
ADRENALINE CREW'S URBAN ASSAULT, ENDLESS RACING & SHOOT-’EM-UP
GAME FOR iOS/ANDROID
More About Urban Assault:
From the creators of the top selling Race Stunt Fight series comes Urban Assault. Drive down the road
shooting at whatever comes your way to gain coins that help you unlock each vehicle's true potential! Pick from a Mustang,
Hummer, Cop Car, Motorcycle, or just run in your shoes, as you zoom through over 40 maps each with new and exciting things
to blow up!
The bullet points!...
● Each vehicle has a special weapon,
including EMP, Flamethrower, and Fireball.
● Each level has new and exciting objects to
blow up including, Chickens, Toxic Barrels, and Police Roadblocks.
● Tons of Achievements
For More Information:
http://youtu.be/3H3ukHM9YiYSubmitted by: E. Thomas
Friday, May 24, 2013
05/024/2013 - Tommo Sets Release Date for NeoGeo X Classics and Mega Pack
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System Update, New Features, and 15 New Games set to Blossom in June
Tommo Sets Release Date for NEOGEO X Classics: Volumes I-V, Announces NEOGEO
X Mega Pack: Volume I
CA - May 24, 2013 - Tommo Inc., in partnership with SNK PLAYMORE, today announced a list of new features, fixes,
and a release date for NEOGEO X Classics: Volumes I-V, and the NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I, made exclusively for use with
the NEOGEO X Handheld entertainment system.
Set to release on set to release on June 25, 2013 across North America,
the NEOGEO X Classics series will contain 3 pedigree titles from the NEOGEO library of games, for a total of 15 new titles
across all Volumes. And for fans who want it all, Tommo has introduced the NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I. Containing
ALL 15 titles from the NEOGEO Classics: Volumes I-V on one game card, and coming packed in a hard, "clam
shell" collector case, packed with bonus items for fans and collectors alike, the NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I
is the perfect way for fans to build their NEOGEO X game library! As an added bonus, Tommo will also be including the ROCKET
CABLE, High-speed Charging Travel Cable, at no additional cost, with the Classics: Volumes I-V and Mega Pack: Volume
Full listing of titles that will be contained on NEOGEO X Classics: Volume I-V, and NEOGEO X Mega
Pack: Volume I:
As part of Tommo's continued support and development of the NEOGEO X, Tommo will
also be including NEOGEO X System Update 1.0 with each copy of NEOGEO X Classics: Volumes I-V,
and NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I. The hefty system update will apply fixes to audio, control inputs, video enhancements
and more! One of the many new features included in NEOGEO X System Update 1.0 is the ability to save game data for existing
and upcoming games. For full list of the items included with the NEOGEO X System Update 1.0 please visit:
I: SENGOKU, METAL SLUG 2, TOP HUNTER: RODDY AND CATHY
- Vol II: SAMURAI SHODOWN 3, SAVAGE REIGN, SUPER SIDEKICKS 3
- Vol III: THE KING OF FIGHTERS '96, BLAZING STAR, KIZUNA ENCOUNTER
- Vol IV: GAROU: MARK OF THE WOLVES, SHOCK TROOPERS, WORLD HEROES 2 JET
- Vol V: THE LAST BLADE, BLUE'S JOURNEY, ART OF FIGHTING 3
- NEOGEO X Mega Pack: Volume I: All 15 Titles included!
NEOGEO X Classics: Volumes I-V are now available for
pre-order in the United States from amazon.com, gamestop.com, and bestsku.com. Pre-orders for Canada will be opening soon through EB Canada, Future Shop,
and Best Buy, with more online retailers for all regions on the way. Please visit www.NEOGEOX.com for the latest info.
About the NEOGEO X:
Following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console, the NEOGEO X entertainment system provides players
with all of the features of a home arcade and the convenience of a handheld gaming device.
information regarding the NEOGEO X entertainment system, NEOGEO X Classics, NEOGEO X Update 1.0, and other NEOGEO X news,
please visit: www.NEOGEOX.com.
About SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION:
in Osaka, Japan, SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (SNK) develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software in
Japan, North America, Europe and Asia. Founded in 1978, SNK is one of the largest privately held interactive entertainment
content providers in the world.
Known for such franchises as THE KING OF FIGHTERS, METAL SLUG, and SAMURAI SHODOWN
SNK continues to be an industry leader by focusing on their rich arcade history. More information on SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION
can be found at www.snkplaymore.co.jp SNK PLAYMORE USA is a wholly owned subsidiary of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION.
About Tommo, Inc.:
With over 20 years of experience in logistics and sales, a knowledgeable
staff and sales representatives available nationwide, Tommo Inc. is one of North America's largest distributors of video gaming
merchandises. Founded in 1989, Tommo has grown from a wholesaler of imported video games to becoming one of the nation's main
suppliers of video gaming content to national retail chain stores as well as independent retailers. More information can be
found at www.tommo.com.
"THE KING OF FIGHTERS" and "SAMURAI SHODOWN"
are registered trademarks of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION.
© SNK PLAYMORE "NEOGEO" is a
registered trademark of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION. Used under license from SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION.
by: E. Thomas
Thursday, May 23, 2013
05/23/2013 - Full E3 Press Conference Schedule
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E3 Expo 2013 Press Conference Schedule
Thursday, June 6th:
Konami Pre-E3 Event - 10:00am PDT
Monday, June 10th:
Microsoft - 9:00am PDT - 11:00am PDT
Electronic Arts - 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT
Ubisoft - 3:00pm - 4:00pm PDT
Sony - 6:00pm - 8:00pm PDT
Tuesday, June 11th:
Nintendo Direct E3 Presentation (Streamed Online) 7:00am PDT
Sqauare-Enix will hosting
a livestream event at their E3 Expo booth all week. Click this LINK for more details.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
05/21/2012 - Microsoft Unveils Xbox One
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Microsoft unveils Xbox One: the ultimate all-in-one home entertainment system
Blockbuster titles, Steven Spielberg-produced
Halo TV series, and exclusive agreements with the NFL transform games, TV and entertainment for the 21st century living room.
REDMOND, Wash. — May 21, 2013 — A new vision for the future comes to life today as Microsoft
Corp. unveils Xbox One, the all-in-one gaming and entertainment system created for today and the next generation. At Microsoft
headquarters in Redmond, Wash., the company showcased how Xbox One puts you at the center of all your games, TV, movies, music,
sports and Skype.
“Xbox One is designed to deliver a whole new generation of blockbuster games, television
and entertainment in a powerful, all-in-one device,” said Don Mattrick, president, Interactive Entertainment Business
at Microsoft. “Our unique, modern architecture brings simplicity to the living room and, for the first time ever, the
ability to instantly switch across your games and entertainment.”
Introducing Xbox One
One, games push the boundaries of realism, and TV obeys your commands.1 Say “Xbox On” to launch your personalized
Xbox One Home screen, discover what is popular on TV or see friends’ latest gaming achievements all using the most natural
interface — your voice. The more you interact with Xbox One, the more it gets to know you and learns what you like.
Some of the breakthrough Xbox One features that put you at the center of your living room entertainment include the following:
TV on Xbox One.1 Navigate and watch live TV from your cable, telco or satellite set-top box through your
Xbox One. Microsoft is committed to bringing live TV through various solutions to all the markets where Xbox One will be available.3
Home. Turn on your entertainment system with two powerful words, “Xbox On,” and a custom-tailored
Home dashboard welcomes you with your favorite games, TV and entertainment.
Snap. Do two things at once
on the biggest screen in your home. Use Snap to jump into a multiplayer battle while watching your favorite movie, talk with
friends on Skype while watching live TV, or track your fantasy team on TV as you watch the big game and more.
Skype for Xbox One. Specially designed for Xbox One, talk with friends on your TV in stunning HD, or for the first time ever,
hold group Skype calls on your TV.
Trending.1 Stay on top of what is hot on TV by discovering the entertainment
that is popular among your friends, and see what is trending within the Xbox community.
Find your favorite entertainment easily, searching by network, name or time, all with the sound of your voice and presented
in a tailored program guide.
To create the most advanced Xbox system ever designed for games, TV and entertainment,
Microsoft created a state-of-the-art gaming operating system and fused it with an equally amazing entertainment platform,
so you will not have to switch inputs to watch TV or play a game. An eight-core, x86 processor and more than 5 billion transistors
helps make lag and load times a thing of the past, so you can instantly jump between a game and your entertainment at lightning
speed or run a host of apps right alongside your game with no loss in performance.
Introducing Xbox One titles and exclusives
Gaming on Xbox One immerses gamers in cinematic worlds that look like real life, with characters that feel more human
than ever before. AAA blockbuster titles unveiled for Xbox One include the following:
5” from Turn 10 Studios is the latest edition of the highest-rated racing franchise of the past 10 years.3 Built from
the ground up to take advantage of Xbox One and the infinite power of the cloud, no game better delivers the sensation of
being behind the wheel. “Forza Motorsport 5” sets a new bar for racing games and will be available exclusively
for Xbox One at launch.
“Call of Duty: Ghosts” is the next generation of “Call of Duty”
and a stunning leap forward for the franchise. It delivers an all-new world, an all-new cast of characters and an all-new
story, built on a new, next-generation engine. The next-generation technical innovations built to support the incredible gameplay
advancements make this the most beautiful and immersive “Call of Duty” experience yet. Activision and Microsoft
also announced the renewal of their close partnership that will see both the return of the “Call of Duty® Championship,”
presented by Xbox, as well as all-new downloadable content debuting first and exclusively on the Xbox platform.
“FIFA 14,” “Madden NFL 25,” “NBA LIVE 14,” and “EA SPORTS UFC” from EA SPORTS
will change the way consumers experience and play sports games. Driven by the new EA SPORTS Ignite engine, these new EA SPORTS
games will deliver massive innovations in human intelligence, true player motion and living worlds. Adding to its commitment
to Xbox One, EA SPORTS also announced the promise of exclusive content to be revealed in the coming months.
“Quantum Break” from Remedy Entertainment is a revolutionary entertainment experience from the creators of “Max
Payne” and “Alan Wake” that blurs the line between gaming and TV by integrating drama and gameplay into
one seamless, uniquely immersive experience. How you play the game impacts the show, and the show informs how you play the
In addition to the amazing lineup of games coming to Xbox One, Microsoft unveiled exclusive content partnerships
with some of the top names in TV, sports and entertainment.
“Halo” television series. Award-winning
filmmaker, director and producer, Steven Spielberg will executive-produce an original “Halo” live-action television
series with exclusive interactive Xbox One content, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Xbox Entertainment Studios.
National Football League (NFL).1 A multiyear, landmark partnership will deliver the ultimate interactive
NFL television experiences for the next-generation Xbox One and leverage Microsoft devices and services to evolve both in-game
and on the sideline. The NFL on Xbox will redefine broadcast experiences through innovations around Skype, Xbox SmartGlass
and player-worn technology; add an all-new fantasy football solution for the biggest screen in the house; and create a personalized
NFL destination only available on Xbox One.
Introducing a new generation of Xbox Live
Xbox One is built
to amplify an all-new generation of Xbox Live that is more powerful, more personal and more intelligent. Unleashing the virtually
unlimited power of the cloud makes everything more convenient and accessible, from allowing games to be installed in segments
so that gameplay can start quickly to updates downloading in the background. Save and store your personalized profile, games
and entertainment in the cloud to access them anytime, from any Xbox One console.4 In addition, existing Xbox Live Gold Membership
for Xbox 360 will
seamlessly carry over to Xbox One.5 Xbox Live takes you deeper into the games you love with all-new
Smart Match. A new Smart Match matchmaking system virtually eliminates waiting in lobbies by
estimating wait times and finding people you want to play with while you are enjoying other activities — reputation
fundamentally matters and helps find best matches.
Game DVR. A dedicated Game DVR captures and accesses
your magic moments, all saved to the cloud. Along with sharing tools, you will have the most amazing bragging rights with
Living Games.6 Dynamic, living worlds evolve and improve the more you play, and advanced artificial
intelligence can learn to play like you, so friends can play against your shadow.
A new and expanded achievements system captures video of your epic moments, continues to grow a game’s achievements
over time and rewards you in new ways, and your Gamerscore carries over from Xbox 360.
Xbox SmartGlass is natively part of the Xbox One platform, built in from the beginning with the ability to quickly render
content directly onto your device, and now more devices can connect at one time for multiplayer and shared entertainment.
Introducing the Xbox One look and feel
New Xbox One hardware is sleek and modern and complements any décor.
The console is shaped in the 16:9 aspect ratio and employs a horizontal orientation optimized for its high-speed Blu-ray™
disc player. It is molded in a deep and rich liquid black color and includes a distinctive beveled edge.
redesigned, revolutionary 1080p Kinect is more precise, more responsive and more intuitive. Its unparalleled vision, motion
and voice technology let you reach into games and entertainment like never before by dramatically expanding its field of view
and fidelity. It works in nearly any lighting condition, recognizes precise motion control from a slight wrist rotation, and
distinguishes your voice even in a noisy room using advanced noise isolation.
The class-leading Xbox controller
is refreshed with more than 40 technical and design innovations. Updated directional pad, thumb stick and ergonomic fit immerse
all gamers in ways that are uniquely Xbox, and precision and control have been dramatically increased with all new vibrating
impulse triggers.6 The Xbox One Wireless Controller is designed to work in concert with the new Kinect, allowing the two to
be paired automatically to create seamless player syncing.
Xbox One will launch in markets around the world later
this year. Visit the new Xbox Wire blog at http://news.xbox.com for in-depth features on the new system, including photos and videos from
the unveiling event and new and rotating content from Xbox. More details about Xbox One and blockbuster games will be explored
at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in June.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, May 20, 2013
05/20/2013 - CastleStorm Releasing May 29th on XBLA
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May 29 on Xbox LIVE® Arcade
Because Building and Destroying Castles is So Much Fun
Super genre mashup CastleStorm will
release on Xbox LIVE® Arcade on May 29th, 2013 for 800 MSP.
Built on the fond childhood memory of
building and destroying Lego castles, CastleStorm mixes things up with 2D physics destruction mashed with tower defense
brawler and comical story, allowing players to control their offences and defenses in real time over a 12 level single player
campaign, and multiple co-op and multiplayer modes.
Link to the release date announcement trailer!
features a dynamic castle editor allowing players to construct their own castles which can be used during gameplay, including
It’s Knights vs. Vikings in CastleStorm, where medieval warfare
meets 2D physics-based destruction! Controlling the battle in real time, players will harness the power of medieval artillery,
manage a fearsome ground attack, and cast powerful spells! CastleStorm features a story-driven solo campaign, a custom
castle editor, online multiplayer, co-op modes, and more. Building castles and knocking them down has never been so much fun!
Submitted by: E.