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Gauntlet Arrives Today for Steam

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released Gauntlet, a fully modernized reboot of the celebrated dungeon crawler, on Steam for PC, offering full support for SteamOS and the upcoming Steam Machines shipping next year. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, the game is available for an M.S.R.P. of $19.99.

“This new digital version of Gauntlet innovates on past titles while staying true to the brand’s legendary four-player format,” said David Haddad, Executive Vice President, Publishing Operations, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Multiplayer gameplay is at the core of Gauntlet‘s appeal and now gamers have the option to play with friends and family locally and online.”

Players select from four classic fantasy-based characters: Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, or Elf. Each character has its own distinctive play style and unique strengths and weaknesses. Upon selecting a playable character, the gameplay is set within dungeons where the object is to fight through the chambers slaying evil creatures and completing challenges. An assortment of special items can be located in each dungeon that can restore the player’s health, unlock doors, and shift the odds in the player’s favor with magical relics which can aid the player in surviving longer in the Gauntlet. The enemies are a vast assortment of fantasy-based monsters, including ghosts, grunts, demons, spiders, sorcerers and skeleton warriors.

Players can improve their heroes’ abilities and powers by unlocking achievements called “perks.” Multiple difficulty settings add to the game’s replayability.

“The Gauntlet franchise has always been a great source of inspiration to us and we’re extremely proud to work with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment to bring back this classic,” said Johan Pilestedt, CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios. “We wanted to create a Gauntlet that was true to the original, with updated visuals and a feature set that resonates with what the original game could have been, had it not been for the technical limitations at the time.”

Gauntlet consists of environments like dusty crypts, dark caves, and fiery dungeons, each with varying styles of gameplay. Some dungeon maps allow players to explore and fight their way through chambers slaying evil creatures, completing challenges and discovering hidden secrets and gold. In other levels, Death itself chases players through an unpredictable labyrinth. There are also endurance maps where players must defeat waves of monsters to survive.

Gauntlet is rated Mature for Violence, Blood and Gore, with a setting to disable the game’s gore.

For more information on Gauntlet, please visit http://www.gauntlet.com,  https://www.facebook.com/PlayGauntlet or https://twitter.com/PlayGauntlet

NEED FOR SPEED RIVALS COMPLETE EDITION RACES TO THE STREETS STARTING OCTOBER 21

Ghost Games™, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today that the critically acclaimed Need for Speed™ Rivals Complete Edition will be in-store on October 21 in North America and October 24 in Europe. Players will get the chance to take the rivalry between cops and racers to Redview County with even more cars. Play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. Risk everything in the ultimate high stakes rivalry.

Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition will include all six of the previously released downloadable content:

  • Ferrari Edition Special Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of these extreme machines – The Ferrari F40 and the Ferrari F50.
  • Simply Jaguar Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the Jaguar C-X75, the most advanced Jaguar ever created, and the Jaguar XJ220 – the world’s first Hypercar.
  • Concept Lamborghini Complete Pack – Includes both Cop and Racer versions of the astonishing Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo and the stunning Lamborghini Miura Concept.
  • The Koenigsegg Agera One – The Koenigsegg One:1 is in a category of its own. It´s not a Supercar, not a Hypercar…It´s a One:1. The name refers to the almost impossible and highly sought-after ratio of one horsepower per kilogram.
  • Complete Movie Pack – Includes Cop and Racer versions of the GTA Spano; and Lamborghini Sesto Elemento. Plus, the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR 722 Edition as a Cop and the Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR Roadster 722 S as a Racer.
  • Loaded Garage Pack – Complete your vehicle collection with the Loaded Garage Pack which includes the Ultimate Cop Pack, Ultimate Racer Pack, Premium Livery Pack, Classic Muscle Livery, Track Day Livery, VIP Matte Kit Livery and Digital Revolution Livery.

Need for Speed Rivals Complete Edition will be in-stores October 21 in North America and October 24 in Europe for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC via Origin™. Fans can preorder the game now at their favorite retailer.

 

ENDLESS LEGEND NOW AVAILABLE ON STEAM

Veteran Publisher Iceberg Interactive and award-winning developer Amplitude Studios are proud to announce that their highly anticipated 4X fantasy-strategy game Endless Legend will officially leave Early Access and launch on Steam later today.

The European boxed release for Endless Legend will hit retail stores in Germany, France and the UK one day later, and will include a full color manual and a beautifully crafted art book, showing the eight dynamic factions and dozens of examples of the French developer’s rich and distinct art style.  Witness Endless Legend in all its depth and beauty in the brand new official launch trailer

“Endless Legend has been a long time in the making and we are extremely excited for players to experience the final version of the game,” said Erik Schreuder, CEO of Iceberg Interactive. “Amplitude has done it again by delivering a beautiful, intriguing, absorbing and astonishingly fun game to add to the Endless Universe.”

“Endless Legend is our biggest and most complex game to date,” said Romain du Waubert, COO and Creative Director at Amplitude Studios. “By tapping into our responsive community and constantly looking to improve, we believe we’re offering 4X and strategy gamers something completely different to what’s on the market today. As with our previous game Endless Space and its many free upgrades, the release is the beginning of a great collaborative adventure between the studio and the players.”

 

ALIEN: ISOLATION’S SURVIVOR MODE TO BRING SIX MONTHS OF CONTENT

SEGA® of America, Inc., SEGA® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today officially announced Alien: Isolation™’s Survivor Mode, and a supporting series of five challenging and terrifying Survivor Mode add-on packs available to purchase from October 28, 2014, either individually or collectively through the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, now available from GameStop* in North America.

First revealed at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Survivor Mode is an exciting new game mode for Alien: Isolation which challenges players to participate in a one-to-one confrontation with the universe’s deadliest killer, deep within the bowels of Sevastopol Station. With limited resources on each map and a hunter on the loose, players will need to take advantage of every item they find to help them complete a unique set of objectives which will ultimately lead to their escape.

“At this year’s E3 and a number of subsequent events, we put the Survivor Mode demo into the hands of the world’s press and consumers and the reception was incredible,” said Al Hope, Creative Lead on Alien: Isolation. “This is the game in its purest form; it’s you against the creature and it’s against the clock. It was just fantastic watching players leave the demo with a strange mix of joy, terror and relief at simply surviving, before jumping back in and try to tackle it in a different way to beat their time!”

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Alien: Isolation will ship with a Survivor Mode demo featuring one playable map, ‘Basement’. On October 28th, the first of the five Survivor Mode add-on packs will be available for purchase featuring three new maps, each with their own set objective and challenges, a new playable character and a variety of enemy types between you and your escape. Over the following months, four more add-on packs will release, each featuring a new playable character, and a mix of new maps and game modes to challenge even the most proficient player.

Also available to purchase from launch will be the Alien: Isolation Season Pass, offering access to all five Survivor Mode add-on packs, at up to a 25% discount. All add-on content packs are scheduled to be released by March 2015.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

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Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

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Destiny Universe Expands with Raids Beginning Today

Today marks the debut of Destiny’s first six-player Raid, The Vault of Glass, which is the most intense and uniquely challenging end-game activity in Destiny, requiring strategic communication and close cooperation to win. The raid opens up a new way to play Destiny, and a new location in the game. Hidden on Venus, Guardians level 26 and above can fight for a chance to enter The Vault of Glass in search of gear and glory.

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“Raids introduce the sixth activity to Destiny, in which players will have to battle their way through intense encounters the likes of which they have yet to experience in the game,” said Harold Ryan, Bungie president. “It’s humbling to see millions of guardians enjoying Destiny already. We can’t wait for people to experience this exciting, new way to play the game and are committed to continuing to deliver new experiences to the Destiny community. 

The introduction of new content in Destiny will continue later this week when Destiny’s competitive multiplayer includes the chance to play the Combined Arms playlist for the first time this weekend, which pits Guardians against one another in two game modes on vehicle maps.

Destiny will also debut its first timed event, called Queen’s Wrath, from September 23 to October 6, offering all Destiny players additional Bounties to complete, challenging mission modes to unlock, and more Rare and Legendary rewards to earn.

 

‘Fibbage’ Tells A Lie On Playstation 4

“YOU DON’T KNOW JACK® Studio Releases Critically-Acclaimed Fibbage™ Today on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3

8 Players Can Play Using Mobile Phones and Tablets as Controllers

 PlayStation®4 Twitch Integration Allows Multiplayer Fibbage Sessions Over Livestream

Independent developer Jackbox Games today announced the release of Fibbage™: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game as a digital-only title on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. The game was recently released to rave reviews as a digital-only title on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft via the ID@Xbox self-publishing program.

Fibbage is the studio’s newest, comedy-infused trivia party game. The game challenges players to fool their friends with lies, avoid selecting their friends’ lies, and find the (usually zany) truths to some very unusual facts.

Up to 8 players can play together on their PlayStation®3 system, PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One or Amazon Fire TV, simply by using their mobile phones or tablets (or even laptops) as controllers. Players log in via a website and type in a room code to join the game, thus eliminating the need for multiple controllers and expanding the number of people who can play on a console in one room at a game night or party.

While Fibbage is primarily a live, couch-play game, it is also easily streamable and playable via Twitch. All you need is a device with an internet connection; find a Fibbage Twitch stream, enter the host-provided code on fibbage.com or scan the QR code on the page and you’re in!

“Fibbage, like all of the games we are working on, is easy-in,” said Mike Bilder, GM of Jackbox Games. “You just need a mobile phone or tablet connected to the Internet. We’ve eliminated what we feel is the major sticking point for party video games – the need for a bunch of controllers and/or an entire set of fake musical instruments.”

Fibbage features outrageous but incomplete facts. For example, if asked the question: “The French have a pastry called Nun’s ____,” players could enter lies such as “Buns,” “Muffin,” or “Delight.” Players can get as creative as they want, or use a suggestion if they get stuck. The game is hosted by popular YOU DON’T KNOW JACK emcee Cookie Masterson.

Fibbage is a cross-buy title, meaning that if you buy it on the PlayStation®4 system, you also get it on the PlayStation®3 system, and vice versa.

Fibbage was released recently on Xbox One and Amazon Fire TV to overwhelmingly positive reviews. Both games use mobile devices as controllers, eliminating a major friction point for live gameplay with big groups. For more information visit http://jackboxgames.com/.

 

Rockstar Games Announces Grand Theft Auto V Release Dates and Exclusive Content Details for PlayStation4, Xbox One and PC

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Rockstar Games® is proud to announce that Grand Theft Auto V® will arrive on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft on November 18, 2014, with the PC version to follow on January 27, 2015.

Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC will feature a range of major visual and technical upgrades to make Los Santos and Blaine County more immersive than ever. In addition to increased draw distances and higher resolution, players can expect a range of additions and improvements including:

  • New activities
  • New weapons
  • New vehicles
  • Additional wildlife
  • Denser traffic
  • New foliage system
  • Enhanced damage and weather effects, and much more

Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC will also feature enhanced radio selections, with over 100 additional new songs and new DJ mixes from returning DJs across the game’s 17 radio stations.

All players who pre-order the game will receive $1,000,000 in-game cash to spend across Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online.

A host of new, exclusive content also awaits for players returning from the PlayStation®3  and Xbox 360 versions including rare versions of classic vehicles to collect from across the Grand Theft Auto series such as the Dukes, the Dodo Seaplane and a faster, more maneuverable Blimp; activities, including wildlife photography; and new shooting range challenges, new weapons and more.

Enhancements to Grand Theft Auto Online include an increased player count, with online play now for up to 30 players on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. All existing gameplay upgrades and Rockstar-created content released since the launch of Grand Theft Auto Online will also be available for the PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC with much more to come.

Existing players on PlayStation®3 or Xbox 360 will be able to transfer their current Grand Theft Auto Online characters and progression to their choice of PlayStation®4, Xbox One or PC. For more information about Grand Theft Auto V and Grand Theft Auto Online for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC, including a gallery of new screenshots, please visit www.rockstargames.com/V.

For more information about gaining access to exclusive content for returning players, please visit www.rockstargames.com/V/bonuscontent

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EA SPORTS FIFA 15 DEMO AVAILABLE TODAY

Pre-Season Starts Today for Fans of the World’s Most Popular Football Franchise

Electronic Arts Inc. today announced that the playable demo of EA SPORTS™ FIFA 15* is available to download for PC on Origin™, Xbox One® and Xbox 360® games and entertainment systems from Microsoft for Xbox Live® Gold members, and for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The FIFA 15 demo in North America on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system will arrive later today. The FIFA 15 demo on Xbox 360 will be available to Xbox Live Silver members beginning September 16. Fans can download the demo by visiting http://easports.com/fifa/demo.

Fans will be able to play in Anfield as Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, Chelsea FC, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, SSC Napoli, Manchester City, and Boca Juniors, or as one of five unique squads in FIFA Ultimate Team™.

“The launch of the FIFA 15 Demo is like our pre-season and the first chance for millions of FIFA fans to get hands-on with the game,” said Nick Channon, Senior Producer, EA SPORTS FIFA. “The demo is an early representation and taste of this year’s game, and we welcome the chance to get fan feedback on our innovations and new features.”

FIFA 15 brings football to life in stunning visual detail so fans can experience the emotion and intensity of football like never before. Fans are encouraged to send their first impressions of the game by using #FIFA15Demo on Facebook and Twitter. Fans across the world have already played FIFA 15 and praised innovations made to gameplay responsiveness and heightened player control; the FIFA 15 team continue to listen to fans, refine gameplay and improve the fidelity of goalkeepers on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

In addition to all the new gameplay and visual features available in the demo, fans will have the chance to listen to eight new songs from the FIFA 15 soundtrack including: Elliphant – All or Nothing; Polock – Everlasting; Sante les Amis – Brasil; Magic Man – Tonight; FMLYBND – Come Alive; Slaptop – Sunrise; Milky Chance – Down by the River; Jungle – Busy Earnin’.

Fans who pre-order FIFA 15 Ultimate Team Edition** will receive up to $40 USD value of FIFA Ultimate Team content including new EA SPORTS Football Club items and game celebrations.

EA SPORTS NHL 15 IN STORES TODAY

This is the start of a new generation of hockey videogames. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced today that EA SPORTS NHL®15 is now available in retail stores throughout North America and for direct download on Xbox Live® and PlayStation® Store. From the players, to the fans and arenas, to the revolutionary broadcast package, NHL 15 brings to life the sights, sounds and feel of the fastest team sport on the planet like no other game before. Fans can expect more free content from the game post-launch with the NHL 15 Content Update program for the Xbox One and PlayStation®4. This will include gameplay updates based on fan feedback, the upcoming release of Online Team Play and a new Playoff mode that allows for customizable bracket sizes. Fans can follow the NHL 15 website for more information on new content updates.

“In our first year of development on the new generation of consoles, NHL 15 marks the start of next generation hockey and sets the foundation for our franchise for years to come,” said Dean Richards, General Manager, EA SPORTS NHL. From the Next-Generation Hockey Player and Real Hockey Physics to the Unrivalled In-Arena Experience and all new Broadcast Presentation, I couldn’t be more excited for our fans to get their hands on NHL 15.”

NHL 15 ushers in an exciting new era of hockey videogames with the most detailed and authentic hockey experience ever delivered. Introducing true collision physics for all 12 players on the ice, NHL 15 delivers a level of realism for a new generation of game consoles that allows players to be immersed in the sights, sounds and feel of the sport like never before. Players can now look, move, play and think like an NHL athlete with detailed new player modeling and an expansive new set of tools, including the Superstar Skill Stick and Vision AI that heighten on-ice control and player intelligence.

Emotions run high in NHL 15 as players compete in arenas filled with dynamically modeled fans that react to the play on the ice like they would in real life. Announced by an all-new broadcast team led by veteran NBC Sports hockey commentators Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and TSN on-ice analyst Ray Ferraro, NHL 15 takes revolutionary steps forward in authentic game commentary.

NHL 15 will hit retailers on September 11 in Europe. NHL 15 is developed at EA Canada in Vancouver and is available on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.