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ACTIVISION AND INFINITY WARD’S CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS ONSLAUGHT REVEALED AS THE FIRST OF FOUR EPIC DLC PACKS PLANNED FOR 2014

Launching First, Exclusively on Xbox Live on January 28th Onslaught Will Feature Four New Multiplayer Maps, the All-New “Maverick” Dual-Purpose Weapon, and “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the First Installment in Call of Duty: Ghosts Extinction’s Four-Part Episodic Storyline

Fans Can Purchase Onslaught Individually, or as Part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass Discounted Bundle

Gamers mark your calendars as the first of four massive Downloadable Content (DLC) Pack offerings for Call of Duty: Ghosts, the #1 most played multiplayer title currently for Xbox 360 on Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft, is on the way with Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught.  Set to launch on January 28th first, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for both Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Onslaught debuts four unique multiplayer maps, each with their own distinct environments, small to medium scale, and varied gameplay, as well as the all-new “Maverick” dual-purpose Assault Rifle/Sniper Rifle. Anchoring Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught is “Episode 1: Nightfall,” the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative that delves deeper into the storyline, and features new characters, a new weapon and new alien species including a towering, three-story tall alien enemy.

Onslaught is also included as part of the Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Season Pass, which gives fans access to four epic Call of Duty: Ghosts DLC Packs** planned to release in 2014 – Onslaught, Devastation, Invasion and Nemesis – at the discounted* suggested retail price of $49.99. Additionally, Call of Duty Ghosts DLC Season Pass holders get instant access to the downloadable multiplayer map, “Free Fall,” as well as the Team Leader Digital Pack, which comes with a unique multiplayer character head, weapon camo, reticle, player patch, player card and player background.

“We know our fans have an appetite for new gameplay content all year long, and the team here is committed to delivering a full season’s worth of amazing new maps, weapons and more, starting with Onslaught in January,” said Mark Rubin, Executive Producer at Infinity Ward. “This year will see an assortment of content for players to dig into, with new, uniquely themed maps, new multiplayer weapons, and an episodic Extinction story arc that introduces new characters, new locations, and new weapons as they try to uncover the genesis of the aliens’ existence.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught will deliver the fast-paced multiplayer experience fans love, with four classically designed Call of Duty® multiplayer maps, each with their own distinct environments, small to medium scale, and varying gameplay. The first map, “Fog,” is a small to medium sized map set alongside the banks of a murky lake. Every area within “Fog” is a chilling homage to classic horror films, from an eerie campsite, flickering TVs, torture chamber, and seemingly abandoned structures as players try to unlock the map’s dark secret.  If a player happens to find and complete a specific Field Order, they become the embodiment of evil and don the persona of one of cinema’s most iconic horror characters, Michael Myers.  Additionally, the entire soundscape changes to the eerily familiar Halloween theme music so other players know to run for their lives.  Next is “BayView,” a close-quarters map set on a coastal Californian boardwalk packed with seaside gift stores and an aquarium, offering players fast-paced run-and-gun matches. Players must also be wary of the deadly artillery strike enemies can call-in from a Naval Destroyer anchored just offshore.

The third map “Containment,” transports players to a war-torn Mexican village, where the battle rages along both banks of the dried out riverbed.  The action in this compact map centers on the remains of a small bridge holding a hi-jacked truck filled with leaking radioactive material. Surrounded by a myriad of abandoned bars, cafes, a church and a pool hall, “Containment” also features elevated rooftop vantage points for players who prefer longer-range engagements. Onslaught’s fourth map “Ignition,” launches players into an aging Florida space launch facility. Inspired by “Scrapyard” – the fan-favorite multiplayer map from Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 2, reimagined with dynamic gameplay elements – “Ignition” packs plenty of action both above and below ground amongst abandoned warehouses, flame trenches, and a massive transport crawler. As if rockets crash-landing into the map weren’t enough, the close-quarters combat is further complicated via two separate rocket test engines sites that opposing forces can trigger, sending massive fireballs into the already intense firefights, and the failed launch of a massive rocket has a dramatic effect on the combat.

Call of Duty: Ghosts Onslaught also arms players with a deadly new addition to the Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ weapons arsenal with the “Maverick,” a dual-purpose Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle that players can choose how to use depending on their tactical needs – a first for Call of Duty.  Outfitted with a lightweight wood stock this weapon can be selected in either the Assault or the Sniper Rifle class.  As an Assault Rifle the weapon’s fire rate becomes fully-automatic with high damage at a decent range, and as a Sniper Rifle the “Maverick” sports an advanced scope and a semi-auto rate of fire.

Included in Call of Duty: Ghosts‘ initial DLC Pack is the first installment in Extinction’s four-part episodic narrative, “Episode 1: Nightfall.” Introducing a narrative driven by two new characters, and featuring two all-new alien species and an exclusive weapon, “Episode 1: Nightfall” is a fast and frenetic, action-packed continuation of the original Extinction experience in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Set in a remote facility hidden deep within the Alaskan wilderness, the shadowy Nightfall Program has been researching the origins of the newly revealed alien threat. A small recon team of elite soldiers must infiltrate the site to retrieve intel and exterminate the hordes of savage creatures, and along the way uncover a three-story tall terror unlike anything they’ve faced before.

NASCAR ’14 Is Coming to Xbox 360, PlayStation and PC on February 18

Deep Silver has announced that the racing game NASCAR ’14, developed by Eutechnyx, will launch in North America on February 18, 2014 on the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC for the suggested retail price of $49.99. Pre-order offers at Walmart, Gamestop, Best Buy, Target and Amazon may include diecast cars, exclusive paint schemes and more. Fueled by high-octane intensity and the opportunity to relive the best NASCAR moments from both the 2013 season packed into the game plus regular downloadable content updates as the upcoming season progresses, NASCAR ’14 offers fans the most complete NASCAR® experience yet.

Recently NASCAR revealed that more than 700,000 votes were cast worldwide in the “Drive for the Cover” contest as fans voted Tony Stewart, the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to appear onto the cover of NASCAR ’14. The injury that kept Stewart off the track didn’t stop fans of the driver of the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops / Mobil 1 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing from beating another fan favorite, four-time champion Jeff Gordon. Stewart plans to return to the track for the Daytona 500 race in February, the same month NASCAR ’14 hits store shelves.

For a first look at the game and Stewart on the cover, checkout the new  trailer:

“Deep Silver is releasing the best NASCAR racing experience yet to hit video game consoles,” said Deep Silver Inc. COO, Geoff Mulligan. “Fans will soon be able to compete in recent high profile races, experiencing the exact same conditions the real drivers faced. With an aggressive post-release content plan, NASCAR ’14 is a game NASCAR fans can enjoy all year long.”

“With a February launch date, NASCAR ’14 will make a great racing season companion for NASCAR fans,” said Blake Davidson, NASCAR vice president of licensing and consumer products. “If history repeats itself, the new cover recognition for Tony Stewart will serve as a good luck charm as he heads back on the track and Smoke rises again.”

 

KickBeat Steam Edition Coming January 20th

kickbeatbannerZen Studios today announced KickBeat Steam Edition, an expanded edition of the experimental rhythm game featuring fully 3D characters, combat and high-energy music, set to release January 20th, 2014 on Steam for $9.99 in North America and €8.99 in Europe.

KickBeat Steam Edition offers players several innovative ways to interact with music. The game combines beat-matching mechanics with an acrobatic style of martial arts, turning every song into a raucous battle. The game also features a music analyzer that allows players to create new tracks from their own music libraries.

The KickBeat Steam Edition soundtrack has been expanded for the special Steam release, and now includes 6 tracks from the awesome indie game Electronic Super Joy, from artist EnV as part of the game’s single player campaign. The game features tracks from a diverse lineup of artists ranging from well-known bands such as Pendulum and Marilyn Manson, to indie pioneers Celldweller and Blue Stahli, to hidden talents like electronic music producer Voicians and Taiwanese rapper Shen Yi.

Zen Studios listened to feedback from players and press from the PlayStation®3 release, and made several key changes and additions to the game for Steam.

  • Advanced difficulty is now available in Free Play mode
  • Beat Your Music mode is available much earlier in the campaign, allowing you to create your own custom tracks without having to complete the single player campaign
  • Adjustments have been made to the difficulty progression, helping players adjust to higher levels of play on a better curve

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Additionally, KickBeat Steam Edition features enhanced visual fidelity; customizable keyboard controls plus full X input controller support, Steam Achievements, Steam Trading Cards and Steam Cloud Support.

KickBeat is also available on PlayStation®3 and PS Vita with Cross Buy entitlement.

Official Republique Launch Trailer

First Installment of Dystopian Thriller République Now Available on the App Store

All-star cast brings jaw-dropping visuals and groundbreaking touchscreen stealth-survival gameplay to life, releasing first for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch

Independent development studio Camouflaj announced tadventure game République is now available on the App Store. Created by industry veterans behind such AAA games as F.E.A.R., quality gameplay and graphical fidelity to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

“We’ve spent the past two years crafting stealth action that doesn’t require 17 buttons, or even a controller,” said Ryan Payton, designer at Camouflaj. “Using our smart AI and logic-based input systems, République’s ‘one touch’ input method is something we’re incredibly proud of, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.”

République secured a substantial portion of its funding via crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, concluding a successful campaign in May of 2012. Kickstarter backers will receive a free season pass ($14.99 value) for all five episodes of République, with new episodes released every two to three months.

In République, players assist Hope, a desperate young woman struggling to escape from a secret, Orwellian state. Communicating using a stolen phone, Hope contacts the player and asks them to hack into the nation’s surveillance system, assume control, and guide her out of the clutches of the omnipresent Overseer.

Literary works such as 1984 and Brave New World, and current geopolitical events including global surveillance and Internet censorship serve as key sources of inspiration for both the narrative and the stealth-survival gameplay. Players expand their control over surveillance cameras and other network-enabled devices, growing into an active threat to the Overseer and his grip over his shadowy nation.

République introduces Rena Strober as the voice of Hope, backed by an all-star voice talent team. Jennifer Hale (Commander Shepard, Mass Effect series) plays Hope’s mentor, Mireille Prideaux, while David Hayter (Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid series) gives voice to Zager, revolutionary and ghost in the political machine. Also featured are veteran voice actors Matthew Mercer (Resident Evil 6), Khary Payton (Batman: Arkham Origins), and Dwight Schultz (killer7). Developed using the Unity games development platform, République also showcases Faceware Technologies’ cutting-edge facial motion capture hardware and software used to create the believable character animations.

Available in French, German, Spanish, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese, the first episode of République is available for $4.99 exclusively on the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.AppStore.com/Republique. République is also scheduled for release on PC and Mac in 2014. For more information, visit www.camouflaj.com.

 

 

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO DRIVE THE ALL-NEW FORD MUSTANG IN NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS WITH A FREE IN-GAME DOWNLOAD

Ford and EA are teaming up to provide a free in-game download of the all-new Mustang, available starting December 13th.  Players of Need for Speed Rivals video game can choose from five customized designs for their game car – four of which are highest-voted designs created on popular Mustang Customizer site.

Gamers are being given the first chance to get behind the wheel of the all-new Ford Mustang. EA and Ford are teaming up to let players of the recently released Need for Speed™ Rivals video game to virtually drive the hotly-anticipated, next-generation Mustang* before it hits the streets next year.

Just days after the all-new Mustang– loaded with innovative technologies and delivering world-class levels of performance – was revealed around the world, it will automatically appear in the garage of cars available to drive for everyone playing the arcade style racing game.

“During the past five decades, Mustang has become so much more than just a car,” said Andrea Zuehlk, Ford digital marketing manager. “The feeling of freedom and independence Mustang inspires has made it popular around the world, with more than half of its 5 million-plus Facebook fans coming from outside of North America.”

With well beyond 9 million cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production, the Mustang has made a significant impact in pop culture, including gaming as it has been featured in the Need for Speed video game franchise since 2005. It has also made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook with more than 5.6 million fans.

“We worked closely with the development team at EA to provide them with engineering data for the new Mustang, several months before we showed it to the rest of the world,” said Mark Bentley, Ford product licensing manager. “Computer design models enabled the game developers to create an accurate representation of the new Mustang before it goes on sale.”

The exclusive, customized Mustang “hero car” from the upcoming Need for Speed movie has also been playable in the game since it launched in November. Need for Speed players can also choose to get behind the wheel of the Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang, which is available as a police chase vehicle.

“In the game, players can choose from five custom designs to give their new Mustang a unique look,” said Zuehlk. “Four are selected from the designs that received the most votes in Ford’s award-winning Mustang Customizer online, mobile and tablet application, plus a special bonus design created by RTR founder and Drift champion Vaughn Gittin Jr.”

Available now, Need for Speed Rivals has reached worldwide critical acclaim earning the Gold Award with a 9/10 from Game Informer Magazine who calls the game, “an exceptional experience.” Need for Speed Rivals has also received an 8.5/10 from AusGamers and a 9/10 from Eurogamer.net praising it as, “a racer that any of its competitors would do well to match in the new generation.”

Need for Speed Rivals glorifies the street’s ultimate rivalry, daring gamers to cross the line as either a cop or racer to gain the upper hand by any means necessary. Playing as either side of the law comes with its own distinct career experiences, each with their own set of high-stakes challenges, rewards, pursuit tech and cars. But this time, the stakes are at its highest level with an all-new scoring system where gamers put their Speed Points on the line and risk losing it all if busted.

Need for Speed Rivals is now in stores for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system , PlayStation 3, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 and PC via Origin™ worldwide. Visit http://www.origin.com to purchase. To join the conversation on Need for Speed Rivals, please visit http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/needforspeed and #NeedforSpeed. Press assets for Need for Speed Rivals are available at http://info.ea.com.

Assassin’s Creed IV Multiplayer DLC Blackbeard’s Wrath Now Available

First Add-On Content Pack Brings Three New Lethal Characters: Blackbeard, The Orchid and The Jaguar

Ubisoft® announced that the first add-on content pack for Assassin’s Creed® IV Black Flag™ multiplayer, Blackbeard’s Wrath, is now available for download on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC for $2.99, and is included in the Season Pass.

Three new characters join the hunt: Blackbeard, The Jaguar and The Orchid, each bringing their unique set of skills to battle for the title of best Assassin.

Blackbeard, wielding his sword and short temper, is not to be trifled with. His reputation as a feared pirate is justly received, and his preferred kill moves include using his tremendous strength to throw his targets off balance and quickly finishing them with one clean strike.

The Orchid, a deadly Assassin, grew up in China and served as a military advisor during the Qing Dynasty, honing her murderous skills. She executes opponents swiftly and gracefully with her blade, an extension of her mind and body.

The Jaguar, Cuali, an Aztec warrior from Mexico, took to the sea to fight against the Spanish conquest of Central America. A fighter, he survived the destruction of his community and joined forces with a growing contingent of native Templars who sought renewed peace and order. Driven by a mystical force, The Jaguar strikes swiftly and quietly with his preferred weapon, a discreet axe.

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All three characters are available for download from online marketplaces starting tomorrow in Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer, where they will join the hunt for survival.

For players interested in the Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Season Pass, it’s available now for $19.99 and includes Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Freedom Cry – a nine mission, self-contained story featuring Edward Kenway’s first mate Adewale, as well as the exclusive Kraken Ship Pack, additional single-player missions, weapons, skins, and collectibles, including the Blackbeard’s Wrath add-on content as well as upcoming new characters for an expansive multiplayer experience.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag, please visit assassinscreed.com and facebook.com/assassinscreed. For information on Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag multiplayer, please visit assassinscreed.ubi.com/en-us/players/multiplayer.

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Infographic: 459,000 EA SPORTS FIFA 14 Games are Being Played Every 90 Minutes

With the excitement around the launch of next-gen consoles still in full force, we thought you might be interested in an infographic from EA SPORTS FIFA 14, the world’s most popular sports videogame and the highest rated next-gen videogame (#1 on Xbox One, #2 on PS4).  The infographic highlights the immense popularity of the game along with some interesting in-game stats that may surprise soccer fans.

Some highlights include:

  • Every 90 minutes:
    • 459,000 games of FIFA 14 are being played around the world
    • 3.66 million shots are made
    • 991,000 goals are scored
  • Top Goal Scorers: Cristiano Ronaldo (35.2 million), Karim Benzema (26.7 million), Mario Mandžukić (20.2 million)
  • Most Played Match-Up: Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich (9.6 million matches)
  • Most Transferred Players: Christian Benteke, Felipe Santana and Ignazio Abate
  • German football club, Bayern Munich, posting more wins in match-ups against Real Madrid and Barcelona, the two highest ranked soccer clubs in world,.

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FIFA 14 makes gameplay feel more alive than ever with players who think, move, and behave like world-class athletes. Players have four times the decision making ability with human-like reactions, anticipation, and instincts.  With 10 times more animation depth and detail than previous games, FIFA 14 delivers the dynamic movements and biomechanics of elite athletes, and the increased fidelity has a game-changing effect on gameplay.

Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse Episode One Now Available on Steam and GOG.com

George and Nico embark on their greatest adventure yet

BAFTA award-winning game designer Charles Cecil and Revolution Software have today released the first episode of their most ambitious Broken Sword adventure title to date. Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode One is now available on PC, Mac and Linux, priced $24.99 for both episodes.

The adventure game sees the series return to point and click for the first time since Broken Sword 2 – to the genre in which Revolution has truly excelled. Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse has reunited key members from the original Broken Sword team, with layout artists from studios such as Disney, Aardman, and Universal who have created sumptuous, classically drawn backgrounds. The rich, lavish HD art evolves the art-style so loved in the previous Broken Sword games.

When a mysterious painting is stolen during an armed raid on a Paris gallery, George Stobbart and Nico Collard are thrown, seemingly by chance, into the investigation together. From Paris to London and beyond, the trail becomes a race against time as dark forces from Europe’s turbulent past are woken from their slumber. Broken Sword characters old and new are encountered—but who can George and Nico trust? The journey they are on reveals a conspiracy as old as the written word, whose ancient heresies will cause innocent blood to spill once more…

“This has been a labor of love not just for us here at Revolution but the entire Broken Sword community too,” says Charles Cecil, founder, Revolution Software. “We have been privileged to be able to make the game we’ve wanted to thanks to the generous support of our Kickstarter supporters, who really have given us the freedom to take the series to new heights.

“But this is only the beginning – we’ve a concluding episode due early next year which will complete the story of what I hope will be seen as our most ambitious Broken Sword game ever. We’re really excited to finally unveil the start of George and Nico’s greatest adventure.”

Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode One is available now for PC, Linux and Mac from Steam and GOG.com, priced $24.99. A PlayStation Vita version will be available shortly, with iOS, Android, and other formats to follow in the new year.

Critically-Acclaimed THE WOLF AMONG US Arriving Tonight on iOS

Today we would like to confirm that the critically-acclaimed season premiere of our new series, ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be arriving for download on the iOS App Store later today.

We would also like to share an all-new behind the scenes video feature, ‘Exploring the World of FABLES,’ as we sit down with the team at Telltale to talk about the game series and the award-winning comic on which it is based.

In their review of the Season Premiere episode of the series, IGN.com awarded the game an Editor’s Choice rating of 9 out of 10, saying that the first episode, “…immediately stakes its claim as one of the most exciting adventure games of the year.” PC Gamer also awarded the premiere an Editor’s Choice rating, saying, “The Wolf Among Us deftly merges Walking Dead’s moral quandaries with a noir murder mystery starring Fables’ cast of Fairy tale legends.”

The Wolf Among Us Season Premiere episode, ‘Faith,‘ will be available later this evening in this week’s iOS App Store update for $4.99 USD.* Players can then also purchase the full season multi-pack for $14.99 USD from within the app, which will include access to Episodes 2 through 5 as they are released.