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Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut – Available Now for Next-Gen Consoles and PC

Born Ready Games is pleased to announce that Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is available today for the PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and for Windows PC. Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut is available now on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 for $19.99 USD in North America, and  will be available later today for PC via Steam.

Strike Suit Zero features highly detailed mecha and spaceship designs by renowned mecha designer Junji Okubo (Steel Battalion, Appleseed), and a wonderfully atmospheric score created by Paul Ruskay (Homeworld) and Kokia (Tales of Innocence, Origins: Spirits Of The Past ).

The Director’s Cut offers the definitive next-gen Strike Suit Zero experience, with a restructured campaign, all new ship models, greatly enhanced textures and lighting, two additional Strike Suits (the Marauder, and the Raptor) and the Heroes of the Fleet campaign. Further details on Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut can be found here — http://strikesuitzero.com/blog.

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About Strike Suit Zero

In the year 2299, an interstellar war rages on. In a bid to save Earth from destruction, you must take control of the Strike Suit – a revolutionary fighter craft with the ability to transform into a lethal suit of space armor. Immerse yourself in massive fleet battles where your dog-fighting skills will directly affect the fate of the cosmos.

Discover a colorful and vibrant universe, with an epic story where the fate of Earth hangs in the balance and your actions will determine the outcome: preventing Earth’s destruction is your immediate concern but preserving its future is your ultimate goal.

Engage intelligent enemy fighters and take on colossal capital ships, exploiting weak points in their super-structure to blow them apart. Upgrade your ships and customize your weapon load-outs to tailor combat to your tastes. Take advantage of four unique craft, including the Strike Suit, to experience dogfighting action as you’ve never seen it before.

For further information about the game please visit www.strikesuitzero.com.

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The Elder Scrolls Online Now Available – New Cinematic Trailer

Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that The Elder Scrolls Online is now available for PC and Mac at retailers worldwide and on the official online store. Developed by ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online is the latest chapter in the award-winning franchise and brings the legendary experience online for the first time.

The Elder Scrolls Online allows gamers to choose their own style of play as they embark upon an epic adventure across all of Tamriel. Players can adventure alone on heroic quests as in previous Elder Scrolls games, explore the huge, rich world with a few friends, or join with hundreds of others in massive Player vs. Player (PvP) battles to save the Empire.

“We are grateful for the overwhelming response to The Elder Scrolls Online,” said Matt Firor, Game Director of The Elder Scrolls Online. “With 5 million people registered for beta, it’s clear that a large number of fans are eager to jump online and experience everything the game has to offer. We couldn’t be more excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”

The Elder Scrolls Online was named Best Role Playing Game at E3 2013 by the Game Critics, a panel of leading North American media outlets, and is considered one of the industry’s most anticipated titles for 2014. The previous chapter in this franchise was The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. As the sequel to the 2002 Role-Playing Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind®, and the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.

In addition to today’s PC and Mac release, The Elder Scrolls Online is in development for the PlayStation®4 system, and Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. The Elder Scrolls Online has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on The Elder Scrolls Online visit http://elderscrollsonline.com.

Shadow of Mordor Reveals: Release Date, Story Trailer, Box Art, Pre-order Bonus

Witness the return of Sauron’s army to Mordor, the attack on the Black Gate and the origins behind Talion’s quest for vengeance in the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Banished from Death.

Also today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions confirmed the Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor ship date for October 7, 2014, and revealed the game’s official box art and pre-order bonus pack.

Pre-order bonus details:

Fans who pre-order Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will get access at the game’s launch to The Dark Ranger exclusive bonus pack. Available at all participating retailers, the pack will provide exclusive content and challenges for players including:  

  • Dark Ranger Character Skin
    • Begin your own quest for vengeance with a new Dark Ranger character skin that embodies Talion’s darker side
  • “Test of Power” Challenge Mode
    • Face Sauron’s Captains and defeat them to earn powerful Runes and gain a head start in the game
  • Access to Exclusive Leaderboards for “Test of Power” Challenge Mode
    • Test your speed, skill and strategy and measure yourself against your friends on the leaderboards in this challenge mode

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The Palantir app, which is available on the Apple Story here, will sync with game assets and the final game, to reveal additional layers of information, insights and fan-authored content, creating a unique second-screen experience. Enable Palantir’s sync mode while the Official Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer – Banished from Death plays to try it out.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor delivers a dynamic game environment where the player orchestrates their personal plan of vengeance as they bend Mordor to their will. The game begins on the night of Sauron’s return to Mordor, as his Black Captains brutally execute the Rangers of the Black Gate. Players become Talion, a ranger who loses his family and everything he holds dear, only to be returned from death by a mysterious Spirit of vengeance. As Talion’s personal vendetta unfolds, players uncover the mystery of the Spirit that compels him, discover the origin of the Rings of Power and confront the ultimate nemesis. 

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on October 7, 2014 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC.

Tropico 5 PC Global Release Date Announced for May

Start a bright new future for you and your family by moving to the beautiful land of opportunity known as Tropico. On May 23rd, El Presidente has declared that Tropico 5 will be available globally on PC so make sure you’ve packed your sunglasses and swim shorts. The Xbox 360® and Mac versions will be releasing this summer with a version for the PlayStation®4 platform following in autumn. Kalypso is also working on an extensive Steam OS (Linux) version which will release with the respective new hardware.

The brand new website also launches today: which provides potential visitors with all the information they need to know about the fantastic standard of living on our island paradise. View gorgeous pictures, impressive videos and inspiring speeches from our benevolent leader El Presidente. Imagine a place where the people never go hungry, all work has a decent wage and the weather is forever bright and sunny – just make sure you always vote El Presidente. Check out the official website for Tropico 5 here: www.tropico5.com.

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!

Tropico 5 will be available for PC globally on May 23rd. Xbox 360® and Mac will be available this summer – with a version for the PlayStation®4 platform following in autumn.  For more information on Tropico 5 don’t forget to visit the official Tropico 5 website at www.tropico5.com.

Daylight Release Delayed and Reveal for The Final Area

First news you need to know about Daylight is that the release date has been delayed by several weeks. Here’s the thing: the way Daylight is developed is completely different because of its procedural generation. In a lot of ways it really helped the team by streamlining the environment creation, but it’s taken extra time to make sure all the scare cues are properly implemented for maximum player effect.

Daylight’s new release date is April 29.

The silver lining to this cloud? We have some great news about Daylight’s price:

  1. Starting on April 29 for 2 weeks, PS+ subscribers will be able to get Daylight for $9.99, non-subscribers $11.99.
  2. You can pre-order Daylight on PC right now through April 29 for $9.99, which is 33% off the original price.

After the promotional periods, Daylight will be its regular $14.99 price.

And finally, here is a new trailer to keep you going until the end of April.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Available Now!

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today are releasing Batman™: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition for digital download on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (Americas), Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system (Americas) and PC.  Developed by Armature Studio, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition enhances the core pillars of the previously released handheld version of the game with high-definition visuals, an all-new map system, new enemy encounters, difficulty levels, and batsuits. Fans can begin downloading the game today on the PlayStation®Network (Americas), Xbox Live Games Store, Nintendo eShop (Americas) and STEAM for $19.99.  The game is scheduled for release in Europe and other international territories beginning April 2 on the PS3™, and later in April on the Wii U.

Previously only available for PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Nintendo 3DS™ handheld system, and created as a companion game to Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition features enhanced high-definition 2.5-D graphics and, 5.1 surround sound. Players will be able to guide their way through Blackgate prison with the new navigational system created for this version of the game. In addition, they can suit up with the exclusive Zero Year Batsuit skin which players can unlock by registering for a Warner Bros. ID (WBID) account.

Set three months after Batman: Arkham Origins, Batman is summoned to restore peace and order within the walls of Blackgate Prison. Players will explore the depths of the island penitentiary as Batman investigates and realizes that there is more to the henchman uprising than initially meets the eye.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB.  Fans can visit www.batmanarkhamorigins.com for more information about the game.

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Revelations DLC Now Available

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. announced ‘Revelations’, the extensive new DLC for CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2, is now available on Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network, and Steam® for PC.

‘Revelations’ follows fan-favorite Alucard as exclusive new branches of the immersive storyline are uncovered. Alucard, the turned son of Gabriel, has shunned human life for many years, choosing to hunt only creatures of the night. The DLC takes place just before the apocalyptic events of CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2, where Alucard readies for his father’s return and the forthcoming battle against Satan. As the plot unfolds, it begins to reveal how the lone vampire is inextricably linked to his father’s fate.

‘Revelations’ takes place within the epic world seen in CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2. Playing as Alucard, gamers must discover the legendary vampire’s secrets, unearth the true extent of his involvement in Dracula’s story, and set in motion the events of CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW 2. The DLC expands the incredible story of the recently-released sequel, with the fate of the Belmont clan unveiled. Alucard has his own unique, powerful abilities, including use of the Glaciem and Igneas powers, in addition to vampiric abilities which allow him to transform into a wolf, a swarm of bats and even turn back time. Blood also fuels capabilities, as drinking the blood of enemies intensifies Alucard’s immortal powers.

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.  The ‘Revelations’ DLC is available now for Xbox Live, PlayStation®Network, and Steam® for PC for $7.99. Exclusive Pre-Order incentives including the Armored Dracula Skin, Dark Dracula Skin, and Relic Rune Pack are also available now for $0.99.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PS3 Ships Today!

Aksys Games is pleased to announce that BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, the 2D fighting game for the PlayStation®3 entertainment system, is now shipping to retailers and customers in North America and Canada!

Order today and get the Yuuki Terumi Launch Bonus DLC found in the first print run of the game, for both standard and limited editions.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma is the latest installment of the acclaimed BlazBlue series. With the Cauldron shattered and the cycle broken, Ragna the Bloodedge begins his final mission: Hunt down the villainous Yuuki Terumi. BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma features a new fighting system, new characters, and network mode upgrades.

  • New Fighting System – BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma implements a new fighting system called “Overdrive.” Each character has a unique “Overdrive” that when used, will power up the character. To make things more interesting, the “Overdrive” system becomes stronger as your health depletes, meaning that players can turn the tide of the battle easily.
  • New Faces – BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma adds seven new characters (four in-game, one unlockable, and two DLC) to the roster! From the elegant yet deadly Amane Nishiki to the brute Azrael, each of these characters are ready for you to master.
  • New DLC – Immediately available for purchase is Kokonoe, the mad scientist who uses her large arsenal of weapons to fight. Yuuki Terumi will be available on May 27, 2014.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Releases April 1st on PlayStation®Network 

For PlayStation®Network and PlayStation®Plus users, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma can be preordered from now until April 1. For those who preorder on PlayStation®Network, you’ll receive a free voucher code for DLC character Kokonoe. If you are a PlayStation®Plus user, not only will you receive Kokonoe, but also a special 10% discount! Offer lasts through March 31, so preorder your copy today!

The BlazBlue Universe Expands!

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation®Vita system Coming Summer 2014

Announced in February, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will also be available for the PlayStation®Vita system this summer! Be sure to pick up your copy and so you can play on the go! For more information, visit the official website for more information.  BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PlayStation®Vita system has been rated Teen (T) by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board.

A New Visual Novel Based on the BlazBlue Universe Comes to Life!

Set 150 years before the events of BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, XBlaze Code: Embryo is a visual novel that follows Touya Kagari, a high school student whose world is turned upside down when he is attacked by a seemingly otherworldly being and saved by a mysterious girl named Es. Delve deeper into the BlazBlue mythos and learn about events prior to Ragna the Bloodedge’s epic journey! For more information visit the official XBlaze Code: Embryo website today!

Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within Coming Soon for Digital Stores

Zen Studios invites you to play alongside the biggest heroes from the Star Wars™ universe in Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within, a brand new set of four pinball tables featuring iconic characters and memorable moments from Star Wars.

“The Heroes Within tables are tributes to some of the biggest heroes of Star Wars, and I am so excited we were able to give dedicated tables to our droid friends C-3PO and R2-D2,” said Peter Grafl, Zen Studios Pinball Designer. “Han Solo is a pretty big deal as well, and with so many memorable moments, he has his own table as well!”

Players will find an exciting and diverse lineup of tables in Heroes Within.

“Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid” – Han Solo. A table dedicated to the smuggler, it’s packed full with his most memorable lines and gadgets, and of course his fuzzball sidekick, Chewbacca.

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Droids! The fate of the galaxy rests with C-3PO and R2-D2! Guide the friendly droids in their quest to deliver the Death Star plans and save the galaxy!

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Relive the most memorable moments from the very first film, Star Wars™: Episode IV A New Hope! Join the cast in their mission to destroy the Death Star.

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Use the power of the Force™ wisely and you will become a true Star Wars Pinball master. Star Wars Pinball: Masters of the Force is a special tribute to the highest powers in the universe – both good and evil.

Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within will release on digital stores for Zen Studios pinball platforms on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PS Vita, Xbox LIVE Arcade, Steam, iOS, Google Play, Amazon and OSX.