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INTRODUCING ALL-NEW CAST OF WARRIORS IN TECMO KOEI’S LATEST BRAWLER

New Playable Characters Detailed for DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION and DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS

TECMO KOEI America today introduced the line-up of new warriors that expand the existing mammoth roster of over 80 playable characters in DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION and DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREMELEGENDS. Chen Gong, Fa Zheng, Lu Lingqi, Yu Jin and Zhu Ran now join the historic struggle for dominance in DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®Vita handheld system and DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

Both titles will be released simultaneously across North America on March 25, 2014.

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  • Chen Gong– An ambitious and humorous strategist for Lu Bu, he is willing to make any sacrifice to see himself rise to the top. He once served under Cao Cao, but switched sides when he realized his ambitions would not be satisfied.
  • Fa Zheng– A strategist without morals and a key figure in Liu Bei’s efforts to take over the land of Shu. He is a brilliant tactician who has pacified Yi Province with his strategies, and participated in the invasion of Hanzhong. He strongly believes in repaying his debts, whether it be for good or ill.
  • Lu Lingqi– A brave warrior princess, and daughter of Lu Bu, who possesses great fighting ability much like her father, she uses her courage to stand in the front lines of any battle.
  • Yu Jin– An invincible general promoted by Wei leader Cao Cao. He places a strong emphasis on military discipline, and his unyielding personality causes him to be feared by friend and foe alike.
  • Zhu Ran– A fledgling warrior who has since been promoted within the Wu ranks. Although young, he distinguished himself in the suppression of a group of mountain bandits and during the Battle of Ruxukou.

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS (DW8XL) for PlayStation®3, is a stand-alone expansion of the highly successful Dynasty Warriors 8, which was released in July 2013 to critical acclaim. It will include new episodes that add to the story of the three kingdoms the game revolves around, focusing on the exploits of the mightiest of warriors, Lu Bu. Additionally, DW8XL will see the introduction of five new characters, giving players the option to choose between 82 warriors in total. DW8XL will also feature multiple hypothetical scenarios that alter the plotlines of various episodes throughout the ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ story, an expanded Ambition Mode and the popular Challenge Mode. The Free Mode has also been significantly enhanced, featuring among other things, the Xtreme Legendsdifficulty level.

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DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION for the PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®Vita, is a treat for Dynasty Warriors fans that have migrated to the new generation of consoles. The Complete Edition includes all of the content from both DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 and DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS, thus giving new fans the opportunity to play through both titles. As an added bonus, PlayStation®3 system Dynasty Warriors 8 save data is transferable across all platforms.

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS COMPLETE EDITION and DYNASTY WARRIORS 8: XTREME LEGENDS have been rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 is a historical tactical action game that follows the stories of the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu and Jin through the actions of historical military and political figures of the time as they fight to gain control over the Three Kingdoms of China. It features more than 40 completely new stages: verdant plains, desolate wastelands, sharp ravines, huge castles, and other breath-taking sites, giving stronger emphasis in the stage of these epic battles and inspired by ancient landscapes.

For more DYNASTY WARRIORS 8 news please visit www.facebook.com/koeigames or http://www.tecmokoeiamerica.com/dw8 and follow us on twitter @TecmoKoeiUS.

The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 2 – ‘A House Divided’ – NEW TRAILER and Release Dates

Today we would like to share the first official trailer for ‘A House Divided,’ the next episode of The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series. 

We are also pleased to announce that Episode 2 – ‘A House Divided’ will release on Tuesday, March 4th for PlayStation 3 via PlayStation®Network in North America for $4.99 USD individually, or as part of a season pass option including access to Episodes 1-5 as they are released. The episode will also release on Tuesday, March 4th for PC/Mac via Steam, the Telltale Games online store, and other digital distribution outlets as part of a season pass.   

Dates for Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation®Network in Europe, and the iOS App Store will be confirmed shortly. Please standby and stay tuned to @telltalegames on Twitter for further release date details as they become available. 

We can also confirm today that the PlayStation Vita version of The Walking Dead: Season Two is tracking for release towards the end of March. Episode 1 and Episode 2 will be available for $4.99 USD each, or as part of a season pass option including access to Episodes 1-5 as they are released.

The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 2: ‘A House Divided’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Violence, Blood, and Strong Language by the ESRB.

For more information on the game, visit the official website, Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter.

El Presidente Wants You! March Beta Test Confirmed for Tropico 5

Do you want the chance to play the upcoming and highly anticipated fifth installment of the Tropico series? Under the wise and benevolent guidance of El Presidente, players can help make Tropico 5 the best game possible by taking part in a Beta test this March. Registration begins today – so potential applicants should apply right now. We’re looking for gamers who have a huge enthusiasm for city-building titles and with a wide experience playing within the genre. Please note that all communication within the beta will be in English language only.

Register for the Tropico 5 Beta test here: http://betatest.kalypsomedia.com/TROPICO5

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Packed with a whole host of new gameplay features and all new artwork designed from scratch, Tropico 5 takes the series into a new and exciting direction – dynasties!

You, as El Presidente, will first take control of the infamous island of Tropico during early colonial times and then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves ever forward. You must tackle the changing needs of your people, as well as opposing governments and factions, and thus lay the foundations for your own dynasty. As you move through your years in office you can promote members of your extended family on the island to positions of power: such as ambassador, commanding general or even Supreme Ruler, to ensure your legacy thrives through the eras.

As well as a wealth of other new features, including advanced trading mechanics, technology, scientific research trees and island exploration, Tropico 5 will add cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players for the first time in the series’ history! Viva El Presidente!

For more information on Tropico 5 please visit the Kalypso Media website at www.kalypsomedia.com or the official Tropico 5 website at www.tropico5.com.

Awesomenauts PS4 coming next week!

They’ve been honing their skills, charging their lasers, and gearing up for battle – but now the Awesomenauts are ready to get back into the fight! Awesomenauts Assemble! will be available on PlayStation 4 through PlayStation®Network, starting March 4th in North America and March 5th in European territories.

Awesomenauts Assemble! is the next-generation console version of the popular 2D MOBA Awesomenauts by Ronimo Games. With more than a million copies sold around and a strong community, Awesomenauts Assemble! will offer an accessible MOBA-experience for new players and veterans from the previous console-generation alike.

Take on the role of one of fifteen Awesomenauts and square off against online opponents in fast-paced 3 vs. 3 battles. Go at it alone or join the fight with two friends at your side in local splitscreen mode, and never worry about being stuck in a lobby or queue – the drop-in/drop-out matchmaking system ensures you can always jump right into the action!

Fabian Akker, designer and co-founder of Ronimo Games, is excited to bring the Awesomenauts to the next generation of consoles: “Releasing Awesomenauts Assemble! on Playstation 4 feels like we’re bringing the Awesomenauts home. We originally created Awesomenauts as a console experience, so what better place to release it than the PlayStation 4? It’s the only MOBA you can play together with your buddies on a couch!”

“On top of that, there is a lot of cool new stuff for fans who’ve played Awesomenauts during the previous generation of consoles: Awesomenauts Assemble! brings 7 all-new characters to the console, a boatload of skins to customize your characters, a new map, improved controls, and a lot more upcoming content! In short, it’s bigger, it’s better, and it’s more awesome!”

Awesomenauts Assemble! will be available on Playstation Network for USD $9.99 / EUR €9,99. The game was developed by Ronimo Games in cooperation with Abstraction Games.

 

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot Now in Open Beta

Ubisoft has announced that The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is welcoming all players into its open beta on Steam and Windows PC. The game is now accessible to everyone willing to stockpile gold, loot neighbors’ chests and brag about maniacal castle defenses in their quest to become the undisputed master of Opulencia.

To kick off the permanent opening of the kingdom in the skies, The Runaway is officially joining the quest. She brings the epic looting team of the Knight a.k.a Sir Painhammer, the Archer a.k.a Blackeye Bowgart and the Mage a.k.a The Earl of Evilosity to four. Experienced looters as well as newcomers will enjoy her striking speed that gives her a clear edge during combat. This rocker girl shows no mercy when it comes to hacking and slashing; she rocks the axe like nobody else.

Adding to the slew of new features launching today, five Diamond packs are now available for players looking to get a head start in the game. The Runaway will be playable with the Attacker Pack, the Trio Combo and the Ultimate Pack for players looking to get their hands on Opulencia’s newest looter.

Players beware, Opulencia is now more dangerous than ever thanks to the new deadly possibilities offered by the brand-new Open Creation tools. Closed-beta revealed how imaginative looters could be when their precious treasure was threatened and to spice up the variety of castle defense options, Open Creation was put into place. The open beta allows players to stretch the limits of their creativity and cleverness by customizing trap setups and creature placement to fully control their (almost) impenetrable defenses. Open beta is just the beginning of the adventure, as the Mighty Quest will only keep evolving and improving over time.

To get looting sign up with a Uplay account at www.themightyquest.com.

 

ICEBERG INTERACTIVE AND ZERO SUM GAMES ANNOUNCE STARDRIVE 2

Following last year’s barnstorming debut for real-time 4X strategy game StarDrive, publisher Iceberg Interactive and developer Zero Sum Games have teamed up again to publish StarDrive 2, the revolutionary turn-based sequel, featuring real-time combat, coming to Steam, other digital channels, and boxed retail in September 2014.  With an SRP of $29.99, Iceberg and Zero Sum plan to reward owners of the original StarDrive with a loyalty discount of 33% on StarDrive 2.

“StarDrive 2 represents the culmination of two decades of love for the 4X genre and five years of work on the StarDrive universe,” says Daniel DiCicco, CEO of Zero Sum Games. “Here we have taken everything we have learned — our successes, our failures, and our passion — and made a 4X game that we are incredibly proud of. We are dedicated to our community and we’re excited to start showing off StarDrive 2 to our fans.”

In Zero Sum Games’ sequel to the popular original PC title, players can build a space empire and command huge fleets turn-by-turn in an immersive, living galaxy filled with nine alien races, pirate factions, galactic lore and mystery. Gamers can research hundreds of technologies, including technologies unique to their race, and build ships in the custom ship design mode before taking them into real-time battles packed with stunning visuals and sound effects.

Additionally, Zero Sum Games plans to double down on its commitment to user-generated content with StarDrive 2 by integrating Steam Workshop support directly into the game. StarDrive 2 will make its debut at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Ca, in March.

“We believe that fans of this genre will rejoice when they get their hands on StarDrive 2,” DiCicco continues. “It will bring them back to the golden age of 4X gaming with familiar strategic gameplay while using the full power of the Unity game engine to push AAA visuals.”

StarDrive 2 is an exciting and evolutionary step forward for the StarDrive franchise. In this eagerly anticipated sequel, the core mechanics have evolved to incorporate a turn-based strategic layer, featuring spectacular real-time battles. As the galactic ruler of a race, gamers will lead their people into a procedurally-generated galaxy, exploring and expanding their space empire to greatness. Players can exploit planets, navigate asteroid belts, and overcome deep space dangers while handling interspecies relations to gain the upper hand. They will conduct diplomacy and espionage, make alien friends that will deliver thriving trade treaties – or enemies that will seek to exterminate them at all costs. Players will research new technologies and design powerful warships to defend their claims; and they will discover the extensive lore of the StarDrive universe by encountering many dozens of anomalies, heroes, and galactic mysteries that will ensure no two games will ever play the same.

StarDrive 2 Features Include:

  • Players can build a space empire turn by turn in an immersive, living galaxy filled with nine alien races, pirate factions, galactic lore and mystery.
  • Gamers can hire unique heroes to govern their worlds or to command their mighty fleets in battle.
  • Populate the universe and colonize planets, moons, asteroid belts, gas giants, and more!
  • Gamers can research hundreds of technologies, including technologies that are unique to their race. Find even more technologies through in-game events and galactic exploration.
  • Build ships in the custom ship design mode and take them into real-time battles featuring stunning visuals and sound effects.
  • Enter a Battle Arena mode for quick-fix battles against cunning AI opponents. In this mode, players will earn rewards as they fight through the challenges, allowing them to unlock new weapons, ship hulls, and ship modules to upgrade their ships and to purchase new ships to add to your fleet.
  • Created with the Unity engine for simultaneous release on PC, Mac and Linux.
  • Will include various Steam features such as Trading Cards, Achievements and Steam Workshop, allowing modders to create and share their own in-game heroes, events, Battle Arena campaigns, ship modules, weapons, sound effects, and more.

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For more information on StarDrive 2, please visit the official forum: www.stardrivegame.com

 

 

SHOOTERS JUST GOT WEIRD – PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES GARDEN WARFARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR XBOX ONE AND XBOX 360

PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. today released Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare, a best-in-class multiplayer shooter that combines the power of the Frostbite™ 3 engine with the fresh humor, wild action and vibrant landscapes of the incredibly popular Plants vs. Zombies series. Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare lets players choose a side and wage all-out war on their plant or zombie enemies in a variety of gameplay modes and with a jaw-dropping arsenal of outrageous weapons. 

“Creating a shooter based on the Plants vs. Zombies franchise was something few people would have ever expected, but we think the real surprise will come when fans get their hands-on the game,” said Brian Lindley, Producer on Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare. “While it’s a totally different genre for the series, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is every bit as accessible as the original game and offers the same level of depth, strategy and insane fun fans expect from the Plants vs. Zombies universe.”

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare features adored favorites in the series, such as the Peashooter and Sunflower, along with a new cast of characters including Ice Cactus, Hot Rod Chomper and all the Zombies players can get their hands on. Players can jump into three distinct modes including two 12 vs. 12 competitive multiplayer modes called “Garden & Graveyards” and “Team Vanquish,” or a four-player co-operative mode called “Garden Ops.” An amazingly deep set of customization options gives players an opportunity to personalize plants and zombies with fun costumes, items, hats and more, some of which give all-new abilities to each of the characters.

Two additional modes will be available exclusively on Xbox® One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The first allows for local cooperative split screen so players can team up with a friend on the couch, and the second is Boss Mode which allows for a third friend to join via a SmartGlass device to support their teams with a top-down view of the battlefield from where they can drop health, artillery strikes and more. Boss mode is also available on Kinect for a full screen experience.

Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare is now available for the Xbox One and the Xbox 360 videogame and entertainment systems in North America. A digital version of the game can be downloaded for Xbox One or Xbox 360. A PC version will be available at a later date. Join the Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare community at https://www.facebook.com/GardenWarfarePvZ and follow us on Twitter @PlantsvsZombies. For information about Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare visit http://www.popcap.com/plants-vs-zombies-garden-warfare.

Dracula Emerges Today in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Dracula emerges from the shadows yet again as Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is now available at retail stores in North and South America for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox Live Games on Demand, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Network, and Steam® for PC.

Set in a modern day open world, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 offers a shocking conclusion to the Gabriel Belmont story arc that began in Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. For the first time, players assume the role of Dracula, who has been resurrected by an old ally in exchange for help defeating a powerful threat as old as time itself – Satan. Looking to settle an old score, Satan has returned to bring about the apocalypse as an act of final revenge for his defeat years ago, and Dracula must face him head on as the fight between good and evil comes to an end.

“We upped the ante with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 by creating a vast open-world setting to give players a dark and explorative universe,” said Dave Cox, Producer and Studio Head for Konami Digital Entertainment BV’s European Production. “Concluding Gabriel’s saga was an exciting challenge, and fans should be ready to experience a shocking ending.”

The game’s orchestral score – composed by award winning songwriter Oscar Araujo – is also available today, adding to the game’s suitably Gothic atmosphere that explores the bonds of inescapable destiny.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 includes the following key features:

  • Play as Dracula – Assume the role of Dracula and explore the world through his point of view
  • Explore Expansive Environments – Intricately linked, play in both a modern city and Dracula’s castle
  • Experience Enhanced Combat – With the addition of the Void Sword that steals life force from stricken foes, and Chaos Claws that smash through even the strongest protection, players can level up through an elaborate mastery system, unlocking new moves and powerful vampiric abilities
  • Controllable Camera – Players can pan around with the all-new fully moveable camera, exploring and battling their way through the vast levels

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 is available now on the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox Live Games on Demand, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Network, and Steam® for PC at a SRP of $59.99, with a rating of “M” for Mature by the ESRB.

For more information, please visit: www.konami-castlevania.com

PlayStation 4-Exclusive BASEMENT CRAWL to Release Feb 25 in NA, Feb 26 in EU

Bloober Team, an independent developer based in Krakow, Poland, has updated the release date for their PlayStation®4-exclusive game, Basement Crawl, and will now unleash the highly anticipated multiplayer game February 25 in North America and February 26 in Europe. The game will be available only on the PlayStation 4 for download via the PlayStation Network.

“After our slight delay, we’re truly excited to deliver a completed and enhanced Basement Crawl to the more than 5.3 million PlayStation 4 owners around the world,” said Piotr Babieno, CEO, Bloober Team. “There really is no other game like Basement Crawl, a game that both revives the classic fun of crushing your friends face-to-face while also allowing international battles for supremacy. If you want to prove you’re a better gamer than your friends, Basement Crawl is the ultimate measure.”

With wildly creepy characters and blood-curdling environments, Basement Crawl combines the Bomberman-style maze-based mayhem gamers have known and loved for years with high intensity action, explosive traps and potent multiplayer competition. Players can choose to grab extra controllers and challenge their friends in-person via four-player local multiplayer or jump onto the PlayStation Network for an eight-player battle for global domination. Players can even gather their friends and go online together from the same PS4 to battle four additional players from around the world.

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Basement Crawl will be available on February 25 in North America and February 26 in Europe, exclusively for PlayStation 4 via PlayStation Network for $9.99 USD / €9.99 / ₤7.99.  For more information, please visit Bloober Team’s official web site at www.blooberteam.com or the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BlooberTeam.