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Activision Announces Free Upgrade to Next-Gen for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

As fans around the world prepare for a new era of Call of Duty® this November with the release of Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), just delivered a smooth transition for Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system fans interested in playing Sledgehammer Games’ new title on next gen.

Through Activision’s program to ease the transition between console generations, gamers who purchase a copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare digitally for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft by March 31 can download the version for Xbox One, all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft for free. The same goes for PlayStation® fans, those who purchase the game digitally on “PS3,” can also download the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system version for free.

This offer for full-game free upgrade within console family is limited to purchases of Xbox 360 and PS3 digital versions made by March 31, 2015, and does not apply to physical game copies. Additionally, all multiplayer stats transfer. Plus, all DLC purchased for in-game use, including Season Pass transfers too for free, as long as players’ Xbox Gamertag or PSN ID, remains the same.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches worldwide November 4. Anyone who purchases a physical or digital Day Zero version of the game, for the first time ever, can start playing as much as a day early, on Day Zero, Monday, November 3*. Beyond the special early access to the game, the Day Zero Edition also comes with two custom weapons: the AK-12G Assault Rifle and Crossbow-B2, as well as Double XP on November 3. Additional offers may be available at retailer partners worldwide. Check with local retail outlets for further information.

Xbox One digital copies will be available for pre-order starting soon, and PlayStation digital copies are available for pre-order now. Additionally the Season Pass is available for purchase on all platforms.

For further information on the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Free Upgrade to Next Gen Plan, Season Pass, Pre-Download, Day Zero Edition and more please visit www.callofduty.com, www.facebook.com/callofduty, www.youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

Led by Sledgehammer Games, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is being developed for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation®4, “PS3,” and PC. The title is published by Activision Publishing, Inc. Designed for next gen systems, Advanced Warfare is the first Call of Duty utilizing an expanded three-year development delivering a new experience on all platforms. The title is rated M for Mature with Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, Intense Violence and Strong Language.

*Day Zero Edition quantities limited, availability subject to demand and inventory at retailer locations. If Day Zero Edition not available at retailer, pre-order customer may receive a pre-order refund, or may purchase a launch unit and obtain a code to download all Day Zero Edition special content. Visit www.callofduty.com/dayzero for more information.

 

BATTLEFIELD 4 PREMIUM EDITION COMING THIS OCTOBER

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Get ready to own more and be more with the Battlefield 4 Premium Edition. Packed with content, the Battlefield 4 Premium Edition includes an intense single-player campaign as well as the award-winning multiplayer experience found in Battlefield 4 that lets players experience the rush of all-out-warfare on land, air and sea.

The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition also delivers fans a Battlefield 4 Premium membership* which provides access to five themed digital expansion packs with tons of multiplayer content including 20 maps, game modes, a variety of weapons and vehicles and more. The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition will be available for $59.99 in North America for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Origin for PC starting October 21.

The Battlefield 4 Premium Edition includes all of the following:

  • Engage in all-out warfare with award-winning multiplayer and intense single-player missions delivered in Battlefield 4
  • 5 expansion packs featuring multiplayer maps and in-game content:
    • Battlefield 4 Second Assault
    • Battlefield 4 China Rising
    • Battlefield 4 Naval Strike
    • Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth
    • Battlefield 4 Final Stand coming Fall 2014
  • Exclusive personalization options including camos, paints, emblems, dog tags and more
  • Priority position in server queues
  • 12 bonus Battlefield 4 Gold Battlepacks

Battlefield 4 is an action-packed blockbuster with unrivaled team-based multiplayer, dynamic destructible environments and epic vehicular combat. Featuring best-in-class multiplayer and first-person shooter action, the Battlefield 4 Premium Edition lets players experience deep, rich content ranging from the majestic landscape in Battlefield 4 China Rising amphibious action in Battlefield 4 Naval Strike to urban combat in Battlefield 4 Dragon’s Teeth to the experimental high-tech warfare in the arctic landscape of Battlefield 4 Final Stand.

To join the conversation on Battlefield 4, please visit www.facebook.com/battlefield, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/battlefield and #BF4, or sign up for the official Battlefield newsletter at www.battlefield.com.

Konami Announces Steam Date for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced today that it will release the PC version of METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES via Steam on December 18th, 2014. The Company also confirmed that it will be 4K compatible and will feature an increase in the number of simultaneous light sources, the number of models that can be displayed on-screen, and increased shadow resolution. 

METAL GEAR SOLID V: GROUND ZEROES takes place in 1975 and sets in motion a series of events that culminate in the stunning plotlines of METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAINGROUND ZEROES centers on Big Boss – legendary hero and mercenary – as he infiltrates a sprawling secret prison base called ‘Camp Omega’ in Cuba on a rescue mission. He soon finds himself alone behind enemy lines with a truly non-linear mission that showcases key advances to the series made possible by its use of Kojima Productions’ FOX Engine.

GROUND ZEROES is centered on a large open environment, with missions where time of day and weather have a dynamic effect on the game and its content. The game offers a total freedom of movement within its missions, with users choosing how they engage guards, the route they pick, and who they rescue. As such, it offers incredible replay value and encourages the player to revisit its content in order to find more of its many secrets. Furthermore, the game features an online global ranking system where players can compete in unique in-game and mission challenges and achievements to see how they compare against others around the world.

SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM ON STORE SHELVES NOW

Behold, Portal Masters! Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. is pleased to announce that Skylanders Trap Team is officially available at major retailers nationwide on Xbox 360™ and Xbox One™video game and entertainment systems from Microsoft, PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems, Nintendo’s Wii™ system, Nintendo’s Wii U™ system, and a completely unique adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system.  The launch of Skylanders Trap Team also ushers in the complete console gaming experience on Tablet*, introducing a Starter Pack that supports iPad®, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

“The Skylanders® franchise was built on a foundation of creativity and innovation,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “And with Skylanders Trap Team, we’re taking that tradition of innovation to new heights. For the last three years we’ve allowed kids to bring their toys to life in a video game, and this year, we’re letting them reach into the game, and pull characters out into the physical world by letting players trap and play as the villains. Skylanders Trap Team is also the first console game to simultaneously bring the entire AAA experience to tablet devices. Overall, we think Skylanders Trap Team represents our most magical innovation yet. But most importantly, it’s just a great game.”

The latest installment of the franchise that pioneered the Toys-to-Life genre is already poised to become one of the top family games this holiday season. Toys”R”Us® recently named Skylanders Trap Team as one of the “Fabulous 15” on the company’s 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, while Target named Skylanders Trap Team to their Top Toys for the Holidays List.  In addition, the game was featured in Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Holiday Toys of 2014, which highlights the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season.

Skylanders continues to lead and evolve the category with Skylanders Trap Team by letting fans seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pull them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Once they’ve defeated the villains, players will be able to place a Trap into the new Traptanium Portal™ to capture them. Players can then send villains back into the game where they can play as them to fight for good, reversing the magic. They will also be able to hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys.

“Since it launched four years ago, the Skylanders brand has continued to captivate young fans around the world who eagerly crowd our stores every time a new collectible character is introduced,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys”R”Us, Inc. “In preparation for the debut of Skylanders Trap Team, which truly reinvents the franchise’s signature gameplay, our teams across the globe have worked year-long to ensure Toys”R”Us is THE destination for Portal Masters ready to experience all the fun the new game – and our exclusive Legendary Skylanders toys – have to offer.”

Portal Masters everywhere can get into the Skylanders Trap Team spirit by taking advantage of exclusive Skylanders products at retailers nationwide:

  • Get Legendary at Toys”R”Us – Toys”R”Us stores in North America and online at Toysrus.com will be the only places fans will find the limited edition Legendary Series of Skylanders toys at launch. The Legendary Series features alternative versions of new Trap Master characters and packs, such as Jawbreaker, Déjà Vu and the Nightmare Express Adventure Pack, all of which feature in-game stat boosts.
  • Meet the Minis at WalmartSkylanders fans can visit participating Walmart stores or go to Walmart.com to participate in the ‘Meet the Minis’ program to unlock special content featuring the fully playable and upgradeable Minis, including Gill Runt, Stealth Elf, Weeruptor, Pet Vac and Small Fry via the official Skylanders Collection Vault™ app.  Walmart will also be the only place fans can find the Skylanders Minis Buddy Pack, featuring Tidal Wave Gill Grunt and Gill Runt.
  • NITRO Trap Masters at Target – U.S. Target stores nationwide and Target.com will once again be the only place where fans can get their hands on the Skylanders NITRO series of toys, which features the powerful Trap Master NITRO Krypt King.
  • Portals for Punch Pop Fizz at GameStop – During the first week of launch, fans that bring in a Portal of Power® from any Skylanders game can trade it in to receive a free Punch Pop Fizz character, a bright red version of the fan-favorite Skylander.
  • Three Skylanders for Two at Best Buy – Players that purchase any two Skylanders Trap Team game products at Best Buy will receive a free Volcanic Eruptor character, who’s unique appearance is visible in-game. This promotion is available only at Best Buy.

Skylanders Trap Team introduces heroes known as Trap Masters that wield powerful Traptanium™ weapons used to defeat Skylands’ most notorious villains including Kaos, as well as brand new Core Skylanders characters and reposed fan-favorite Skylanders characters. The game also features a variety of elementally aligned Traps with unique and interesting designs. In addition, Skylanders Trap Team welcomes Skylanders Minis, 16 small but powerful Skylanders now fully playable, who join the battle against Skylands’ most nefarious villains. Coming to Skylanders fans worldwide on November 1, Eon’s Elite collectors’ toys feature never-before-seen decoration with a distinct, metallic finish and a golden base that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys.

Skylanders Trap Team is compatible with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games — Skylanders SWAP Force™, Skylanders Giants™ and Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure® — every character also will be able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections.

To celebrate the launch of Skylanders Trap Team, Activision hid a “villain” inside a seemingly normal Skylanders Trap Team demo kiosk. Starting October 6 at 10 a.m. PDT, watch what happened here on the official YouTube channel: www.YouTube.com/SkylandersGame.

Critically-Acclaimed The Walking Dead Season Two Coming to Retail October 21st

Critically-Acclaimed Seasons of ‘The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series’ Coming to PlayStation 4 & Xbox One This Month

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The Walking Dead: Season Two will be available to purchase at retailers in North America on October 21st, available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time, as well as on disc on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for the first time. The second season will also be available for purchase on these consoles at retailers in Europe on October 24th.

The Walking Dead: Season Two will also be available for purchase on PlayStation Vita at retail for the first time on November 4th in North America.

Each retail edition of The Walking Dead: Season Two will include all five episodes from the critically-acclaimed series. The full season will also be available for download on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in North America and Europe.

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Also coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for the first time, the Game of the Year winning first season of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series will be available at retail in North America on October 14th, and in Europe on October 24th. The package will include all five episodes of the first season, including the special sixth episode, ‘400 Days,’ which tells the story of the first 400 days of the apocalypse from the perspective of multiple survivors who also appear within Clementine’s continued story in The Walking Dead: Season Two.

On PC/Mac, each season is available as part of a season pass, and also available on the iOS App Store. 

The Walking Dead: Season Two is also available on Android-based platforms, including the Amazon Appstore for supported devices, and the Google Play store for over 6000 supported devices, including the NVIDIA Shield.

The Walking Dead: Season Two – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 5: ‘No Going Back’ is rated ‘M’ (Mature) for Intense Violence, Blood and Gore, Sexual Themes, and Strong Language by the ESRB. 

 

 

 

Grand Theft Auto Online- The Last Team Standing Update Now Available

We’re happy to announce that the latest update for GTA Online is now available.

The Last Team Standing Update introduces powerful weaponry, tactical gear, high-performance vehicles and all-new Creator features, as well as 10 new Last Team Standing Jobs spread out across Los Santos and Blaine County. We have also made additional gameplay changes to allow for a greater range of game types and enhanced matchmaking.

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Using the Last Team Standing Creator, players can now design original GTA Online Jobs in this strategic and deadly mode that pits teams against one another with no second chances. This Creator update also features the ability to add Rounds to Captures and Last Team Standing Jobs, or raise the stakes by adding rounds to Rockstar Created LTS, Captures and Versus Missions. We have also added the new Forced Weapon setting, allowing you to limit weapons for specific options like “Snipers-Only”.

Additional new items

Weapons
  • Heavy Shotgun
  • Marksman Rifle
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Vehicles
  • Shitzu Hakuchou sport bike
  • LCC Innovation chopper
  • Lampadati Furore GT sports car
  • As well as new outfits, Masks, Tops, Pants, Bulletproof Helmets and more.

Additional gameplay changes

As part of today’s automatic update, we’ve now globally synchronized the Job voting screens, allowing us to merge sessions where players have voted on the same Job. This, combined with the on-call matchmaking introduced in a previous update allows players to find the Jobs they like more easily, and to stay with as many like-minded players as possible.

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Other gameplay changes include:

  • Players are now able to go On-call for activities (Arm-Wrestling, Darts, Golf etc.).
  • Players are now able to Quick Match with friends or alone to activities (Arm-Wrestling, Darts, Golf etc.) using the option in the phone.
  • Betting limits have been increased from GTA$2,500 to GTA$10,000.

You can find the full list of additions, tweaks and fixes at the Rockstar Support site.

Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype Coming to PS Vita

Today, Eastasiasoft Limited—the Hong Kong–based developer and publisher of interactive entertainment— and development partner SideQuest Studios are excited to announce that their shoot ’em up game Söldner-X2: Final Prototype is coming to PlayStation®Vita system this winter. The game will support Cross-Buy functionality.

Söldner-X2: Final Prototype on PlayStation®Vita system will be a console perfect port, running at 60 frames per second with next to no load times. The game will support a new trophy set and new high score tables. Check out this new teaser videos:

Originally released on PlayStation®3 system, Söldner-X 2: Final Prototype delivers a must-have shoot’ em up experience, blending classic gameplay with astonishing audio-visuals. Gameplay features include up to 10 action-packed stages, a dynamic score-linked difficulty system, a challenge mode that allows players to unlock bonus features and rewards, online high score tables and replay file sharing, devastating limit attacks, an adrenaline pumping soundtrack with 30 unique tracks, and much more.

More information are available on the game’s official website at http://www.soldner-x.com/sx2.

F.E.A.R. Online launches on Steam on October 17

Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games, today announced F.E.A.R. Online will launch on the Steam platform on October 17. The game will be available prior to the Steam release for open beta via the Aeria Games portal on October 8. Players can sign up now on the F.E.A.R. website.

Fans of the celebrated horror franchise will be able to engage in new, terrifying experiences within the F.E.A.R. universe. Following player feedback from the closed beta, an extensive redesign and gameplay adjustments make for a truly unique first-person shooter game. With the addition of new maps, a new scenario, and a redesigned crafting system which allows for making one-of-a-kind weapons, F.E.A.R. Online will deliver what fans have been asking for.

“We are excited to introduce F.E.A.R. Online to millions of PC gamers with the launch on the Steam platform,” said Dr. Pascal Zuta, CEO of Aeria Games. “Taking player feedback to heart, our team has redesigned elements of the game that are most important to players to deliver an experience that we hope will please the vast and dedicated fan base of the F.E.A.R. series.”

In F.E.A.R. Online, tensions reach a boiling point as the F.E.A.R. task force investigates Armacham Technology Corporation’s unsettling experiments.With several team combat modes spanning more than ten ominous maps, the game is packed with chilling details. The storyline continues in cooperative scenarios that detail the terrifying occurrences surrounding the F.E.A.R. team, in parallel to the events of F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. Up to four players can team up and fight for their lives against both hostile Armacham personnel and hideous monsters lurking around every corner.

Players who are interested in jumping into the game early can sign up for the beta on the F.E.A.R. Online site and keep up-to-date on additional news about the game on the official Facebook page.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION FOR XBOX ONE & PLAYSTATION 4

Ubisoft has announced that Rocksmith® 2014 Edition will launch on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on November 4, 2014. More than two million people have learned to play guitar and bass through the award-winning Rocksmith® method, the fastest way to learn guitar.*

Players will be able to use integrated streaming and capture features on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system to record and share their best performances, as well as show off their favorite custom tones from Tone Designer. Rocksmith 2014 Edition is better than ever on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 system with 1080p HD graphics for greater clarity and visual quality.

On PlayStation®4 system, Rocksmith 2014 Edition will support Remote Play through PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, where players can view songs at a locked mastery level without any scoring or input required; this is perfect for players looking to review a song in its entirety without feedback, study specific sections of songs or practice in another room when it’s more convenient.

Rocksmith 2014 Edition comes with more than 50 tracks; there are currently more than 300 additional songs available for purchase, with new add-on content added every week. For players making the jump to next-gen consoles, track libraries can be imported across Xbox 360 to Xbox One and PlayStation®3 to PlayStation®4 systems without having to repurchase content or pay additional licensing costs.

The standard edition includes the Rocksmith® Real Tone Cable, a unique 1/4″-to-USB cable developed exclusively for Rocksmith. This revolutionary cable turns the guitar’s signal from analog to digital, allowing it to be recognized and played through video game consoles, as well as Windows PC and Mac®.

For more information on Rocksmith 2014 Edition, please visit rocksmith.com.

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