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Masterpiece of Horror, Layers of Fear, Out Now on PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Aspyr Media and developer Bloober Team are very proud to unleash their landmark horror title, Layers of Fear, now available to players around the world on PC and consoles. To commemorate this haunting occasion, we’re unveiling the game’s launch trailer and Bloober Team has put together a brief letter to fans and media:

We would like to take this opportunity and thank all of our fans and the media who covered Layers of Fear prior to its full release. The abundance of your comments, constructive critique, ideas and general feedback greatly influenced the final product. Without you Layers of Fear would have been a different game, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking the time and having the will to help us shape this Masterpiece of Fear.

The title “Layers of Fear” was obliging for us – we developed the game with different layers in mind that would slowly reveal themselves to a patient player. It’s not just another horror on the market; Layers of Fear is a kind of personal journey, a unique experience for everyone willing to play it. If you think you have discovered everything that is there to see in the game, then you are probably wrong. Here each and every element serves a purpose – not only to push the plot forward but to help you discover something about you as a person. We know it sounds a little pompous, but believe us when we say that if you take the time to reflect on what’s happening around you it will be the biggest reward you will get from playing the game.

You have probably read the first reviews that hit the web this week, and you may have noticed a discrepancy between them. While a number of reviewers have given the game perfect marks, there are also a few dissenting opinions. We don’t want to start a discussion on who is right or wrong here; what you need to take from this is that Layers of Fear is a game which you either love or hate. The game has been tailored to be a unique experience for everyone, and nothing will be perfect for everyone.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone involved in co-producing Layers of Fear! Have a great scare with our game, ponder on the themes presented within, and never look back!

 

RISE UP! STREET FIGHTER® V RELEASES ON PLAYSTATION®4 AND WINDOWS PC

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced the release of Street Fighter® V exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Through a strategic partnership between Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Capcom, the latest game in the renowned series offers cross-platform play that unites Street Fighter® fans into a unified player base for the first time ever. In North America, the game is currently available physically and digitally on PlayStation 4 and as a digital download on Windows PC for MSRP $59.99. European consumers can purchase both platform releases at retail and digitally. For European pricing, please check local retailers.

The legendary fighting franchise returns today with Street Fighter V! Stunning visuals depict the next generation of World Warriors in unprecedented detail, while exciting and accessible battle mechanics deliver endless fighting fun that both beginners and veterans can enjoy. Challenge friends online, or compete for fame and glory on the Capcom Pro Tour.

The initial Street Fighter V purchase will be the only one that consumers need to make to ensure they always have the most up to date version of the title. A cinematic story expansion will be released in June 2016 as a free update and over the course of 2016 (and beyond) further gameplay content, costumes, new challenges and balance system updates will continually be made available to all players. For the first time in Street Fighter history, all of the post launch gameplay content will be earnable completely free of charge through completing various in-game challenges and receiving earned in-game currency, called Fight Money. For those who just can’t wait to unlock each piece of new content, content can also be obtained instantly using purchased in-game currency, called Zenny.

The first of the 2016 content updates will come in March, when the in-game store opens and adds a new World Warrior to the roster – Alex. Players who have played through the majority of the single player content at launch will have earned enough in-game Fight Money to be able to add Alex to their Street Fighter V rosters for no additional cost.

Street Fighter V for PlayStation 4 and Windows PC is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.

BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE: BETRAYAL BRINGS NEW MAPS AND MORE

So, it’s all come down to this. You’ve assembled a crew, pulled off the perfect heist, and made a whirlwind escape from the police. Now, there are enemies lurking in the frozen shadows, dark figures hiding behind crumbling mausoleums, and confrontations brewing in back alleys and federal prisons. Battlefield™ Hardline: Betrayal* is coming this March 2016, and brings new maps, weapons, vehicles, and more.

Here’s what’s on deck for owners of Battlefield™ Hardline: Betrayal

  • Four intricate maps: Alcatraz, Cemetery, Chinatown, and Thin Ice
  • 7 new weapons
  • 2 new vehicles
  • Customize primary weapons and uniforms with the Gun Bench Super Feature, and test them at the Gun Range
  • New Assignments and Legendary weapon camos

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In addition, all users will receive a base game update that includes 11 new weapons and new server presets. After the update, every Gold Battlepack you open may also contain a weapon license voucher –a Distinguished class item that unlocks an entire weapon license. Check the forums when the update is released for our official patch notes to learn all about the stability and usability improvements that will be included in this upcoming release.

Battlefield™ Hardline: Betrayal is bursting with new experiences, whether you’re customizing your weapons and uniforms with the Gun Bench or getting into gunfights in Alcatraz. Get ready – it’s coming for Battlefield Hardline Premium members in March 2016. Visit the Battlefield Hardline blog here.

*REQUIRES BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE FULL GAME ON APPLICABLE PLATFORM (SOLD SEPARATELY).

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Begins This Month

Today we can share release dates and all-new screens for the first of three episodes in The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries.

The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries will premiere its first of three episodes, ‘In Too Deep,’ this February 23rd on PC/Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, followed by a release on compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon App Store starting February 25th. The second episode in the miniseries, ‘Give No Shelter,’ will follow in the month of March, and conclude with the third episode, ‘What We Deserve,’ in April. All three episodes in the miniseries will be available for purchase at the cost of $14.99 USD or equivalent when the first episode debuts, including access to the second and third episodes as they become available.  TWD_Michonne_4

In this premiere episode, ‘In Too Deep,’ Michonne joins Pete and his crew on the sailing ship The Companion as they cruise the coast for survivors and supplies. When a desperate signal for help draws them to a scene of horrific massacre, Michonne and the crew are lead further to the floating survivors’ colony of Monroe, which may just be harboring the person responsible for the carnage.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries stars the iconic, blade-wielding character from Robert Kirkman’s best-selling comic books, portrayed in-game by award-winning actress Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black). Haunted by her past, and coping with unimaginable loss and regret, the story explores Michonne’s absence between issues #126 and #139 of the comic book. Over the three episodes of the miniseries, players will discover what took Michonne away from Rick, Ezekiel, and the rest of her trusted group… and what brought her back.

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Ahead of its release, fans are invited to get an exclusive extended preview of the first episode of the series on Youtube.com/TelltaleGames this Sunday February 14th at 8:30pm EST / 5:30pm PST. The development team will introduce the series allowing fans to experience the first five minutes of the premiere episode, exploring Michonne’s struggle to remain among the living while being haunted by her past.

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To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid and GamesRadar, and was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game.

The Walking Dead is set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book series and offers an emotionally-charged, tailored game experience where a player’s actions and choices affect how their story plays out across the entire series.

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The Walking Dead: Michonne – A Telltale Miniseries Episode 1 – ‘In Too Deep’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood & Gore, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB.

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

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For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com.

The Guest will release on Steam on March 10th

505 Games has revealed the release date for The Guest; from rookie studio, Team Gotham, this moody and stylish first person exploration experience will open its doors on March 10th.

The thrilling and mysterious tale will be available on Steam for $9.99. The Guest begins when you check in to the rundown Oakwood hotel as Dr. Evgueni Leonov, an old Russian scientist who plans on making the Oakwood his new residence for a few days. However, things are not as they seem when Dr. Leonov discovers that he is being held captive in his room. His only escape is to solve riddles and work through complex puzzles in order to discover the identity of his captor and their motives. All of the pieces and players are hidden in plain view; it’s up to the player to decipher the clues!

  • Immersive storytelling – As you delve deeper into The Guest, you begin to unravel the enigma behind Dr. Evgueni Leonov’s backstory which makes you wonder if all is really what it seems. The layers of mystery and intrigue in the narrative make The Guest a unique and compelling experience.
  • Evocative Environment – Set against the distinctive backdrop of the 80’s in a dilapidated and eerie building, ‘The Guest’ draws players in with its foreboding and mysterious atmosphere.
  • Challenging Gameplay Experience – A combination of classic adventure gameplay mechanics and challenging puzzles with a multifaceted narrative to tie it all together ensures that players will be captive to The Guest’s engaging plot.

The Guest will be released digitally on March 10th on Steam, but you can have a sneak peek at www.theguestgame.com

Rocket League to Hit Xbox One February 17

rocketleagueIndependent video game developer and publisher, Psyonix, is pleased to announce that the sports-action hit, Rocket League, will be available for digital download on Xbox One today via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program Wednesday, February 17 for $19.99 USD (or regional equivalent).

Fully optimized for Microsoft’s all-in-one system, Rocket League offers the same excellent content, upgrades, and features found in the PlayStation®4 and Steam versions, but comes jam-packed with exclusives and bonuses from new cars to antennas, wheels, and rocket trails.

One of the most critically-acclaimed games of 2015, Rocket League was one of the best-selling games of last year and boasts a community that is already more than 11 million players strong. Available digitally on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via PlayStation™Network and on Windows PC via Steam,Rocket League brings gamers a high-powered hybrid of arcade-style soccer and vehicular mayhem.

To learn more about Rocket League, please visit www.RocketLeagueGame.com, “Like” it on Facebook, and follow it on Twitter @RocketLeague for all the latest developer updates and news.

 

Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China gets Steam Trading Cards

Today we’ve made Steam Trading Cards available for Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China for everyone! Steam Trading Cards are virtual cards earned just by playing, and can be turned into game badges and tradable Steam community items.

In addition, three high-end aviation art wallpapers have been released on the game’s official website, motifs include the American-built P-51D (flying nationalist China insignia) and the Japanese amphibious fighter A6M2-N “Rufe”. Both aircraft will be flyable in the game soon.

Currently in Steam Early Access, Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that flew against Japan in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of World War 2. Secretly recruited under President Roosevelt’s authority in 1941, the Flying Tigers were officially known as the “American Volunteer Group”. The clandestine unit was commanded by Claire Lee Chennault, a resigned US military-aviator and an advisor to Chinese Air Force.

EA AND COLDWOOD INTERACTIVE LAUNCH UNRAVEL TODAY

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and Coldwood Interactive today launched Unravel™ via digital download on Origin™ for PC, Xbox One®, and PlayStation®4. Unravel is a unique physics-based puzzle platformer centered around a tiny, endearing character named Yarny. Small in size, but big in heart, Yarny is a positive force in a world filled with life’s challenges.

“I wanted to make something more personal, something with more impact. The game didn’t have to change the world, or even try, but it had to be genuine, it had to have a deeper meaning. It had to have heart.” – Martin Sahlin, Creative Director at Coldwood

Yarny begins tethered to something important at the start of the game and goes on an adventure riddled with challenges, attempting to make it to the end without unraveling. Some challenges are simple, like using Yarny’s thread to swing across a gap, or rappel down a tree. But others are more complex, and players will need to use Yarny’s thread in clever and creative ways to find the path forward. Along the way, players will unlock a heartfelt story about love and longing, and the ties that bind, with Yarny as the red thread that runs through it all.

Unravel’s stunning environments are inspired by the nature of northern Sweden, where the game was created. The visuals showcase the beauty in the ordinary – getting down on Yarny’s eye level helps immerse players in the splendor of even the most common things. The environment is more than simply a backdrop though, with clues and hints about the story entrenched throughout, for the player to uncover. In addition to the landscape, players will experience the game’s emotion and story come to life through the original music score. Unravel’s story is told in very few words so music plays a critical role in setting the atmosphere. Composed entirely by local Swedish musicians, Unravel’s soundtrack is inspired by local folk music and traditional instruments and beautifully captures the tone of the game’s environments.

What makes Yarny’s journey and Unravel’s story unique, is that it isn’t there to be told – it’s there to be discovered. This allows for a more personal player journey and a deeper connection instilled throughout the game, because ultimately Unravel is all about connection – physical and emotional. Unravel is a story of love and mending broken bonds; a story of courage and persistence made only more vivid through the perspective of Yarny’s small size in a sometimes big and overwhelming world.

Available worldwide on February 9, Unravel will capture your imagination, test your cleverness, and steal your heart.

Unravel is developed in Umeå, Sweden by Coldwood Interactive and i­s available as a digital download for $19.99 in North America. EA Access and Origin Access members can save 10% when they buy the digital version of Unravel on Xbox One and Origin, respectively*. This title has been rated E for everyone by the ESRB.

To join the Unravel conversation, please follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/unravel_game, Facebook at www.facebook.com/unravel.game/ and Instagram at www.instagram.com/unravel_game/.

For more information, visit www.unravelgame.com.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION OPEN BETA

Today, Ubisoft® announced an Open Beta for Tom Clancy’s the Division which will take place February 19-21 on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC and everyone can pre-load the content starting February 16. Xbox One players will also have exclusive 24-hour early access beginning on February 18.

With the highly anticipated release of Tom Clancy’s The Division just weeks away, and following the recent Closed Beta, the Open Beta is an invitation for all players to get a taste of the game’s mid-crisis New York ahead of its official launch on March 8. This Beta will test the game systems further, and provide player feedback that will benefit the game experience at launch.

In addition to the content that was featured in the Closed Beta, the Open Beta will include an all new story mission for players to explore in their pursuit to save the city. Furthermore, everyone who participates in this latest testing phase will receive a special in-game reward which will unlock for players when the full game is released.

Tom Clancy’s The Division takes place weeks after a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday. One by one, basic services fail and in only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, is activated to save society. Team up with other players to investigate the source of the virus, protect civilians from dangerous factions, and reclaim the city from the overwhelming turmoil.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s The Division, please visit www.thedivisiongame.com.