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SEGA TAKES TO THE STREETS IN CRAZY TAXI: CITY RUSH

SEGA Networks, Inc. is pleased to announce the newest game in one of the company’s most iconic franchises: Crazy Taxi™: City Rush. From Kenji Kanno, the creator of the original Crazy Taxi arcade smash hit and Hardlight Studios, one of SEGA’s top mobile developers comes a game reimagined for a new generation of mobile gamers. Crazy Taxi™: City Rush captures the spirit of the beloved Crazy Taxi series with one-touch, intuitive controls that make for a fun and frantic ride everyone can enjoy. In Crazy Taxi™: City Rush, there’s no mission too insane, no stunt too dangerous and no passenger too outrageous…nothing is safe!

Free to download and play for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android devices, Crazy Taxi™: City Rush was designed exclusively for mobile and will release globally later this year.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to share with you the first news of Crazy Taxi™: City Rush,” said Executive Producer and creator of the arcade original, Kenji Kanno. “We are delivering a truly fun game that captures everything our fans love about the original and infusing it with several new features to create an even more fantastic and memorable experience.”

Swipe to quickly change lanes, whip around corners, onto sidewalks and ramps to send your cab soaring through the air. Drive crazy through an all-new big city setting.

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush will launch with a wide variety of adrenaline-fueled missions, wild challenges – and unique areas to unlock, explore, and master as you progress through the campaign. Customize your cab to increase its power and visual appeal with a wide variety of over-the-top upgrades. Take your friends for a ride and blaze a trail through the city, sidewalks, and alleyways for special rewards.

“Creating a new game for our Crazy Taxi fans is extremely rewarding,” said Chris Olson, Senior Vice President of SEGA Networks. “City Rush embodies the spirit of Crazy Taxi with its signature frantic arcade action and crazy stunts and also delivers a new mobile experience with easy one touch controls and social features.”

Crazy Taxi™: City Rush has soft launched in limited global regions, with plans for a full global release later this year. More information will be released leading up to the game’s official launch.

As a special ‘thank you’ to longtime fans, SEGA is also pleased to announce that the first game, Crazy Taxi, is now free to download on the App Store and Google Play for a limited time.

 

Infinite Crisis: Trailer & Open Beta LAUNCH!

Whether you fight for peace, hope, justice, mayhem or chaos – get ready to dive into the DC Multiverse, because Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Turbine have just launched the Infinite Crisis OPEN BETA. Fans can sign up now, and gain instant access to the game!

Infinite Crisis is the highly anticipated, free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) with a robust lineup of DC Comics Champions, including Batman, Superman, The Joker, Wonder Woman, and more. With Open Beta, Green Arrow, Aquaman and Mecha Superman join the cast of characters that fans can choose to play.

In Open Beta, players will be able to test their skills on three different maps including the recently announced “Gotham Divided,” a tri-lane map where two universes collide and players can battle across Gotham City and its Multiverse variant, Gotham by Gaslight. Since the beginning of Closed Beta in 2013, Infinite Crisis has gained an enthusiastic fan base and dozens of Champions have already been revealed, offering bountiful choices to players of all skills and styles.

Players can sign up now and play for free at www.infinitecrisis.com.

Petroglyph Announces ‘Grey Goo’ RTS for PC

Award-winning, independent videogame developer Petroglyph, in conjunction with publishing partner Grey Box, today announced Grey Goo™, an all-new real-time strategy (RTS) game set for release this fall on PC. Grey Goo breathes new life into the RTS genre by blending classic, established gameplay mechanics and tropes with modern design tools and technology to create a thoughtful, exhilarating strategy experience.

Grey Goo has been a real labor of love for us for some time now, and we’re incredibly excited to finally start talking about it,” said Ted Morris, Executive Producer at Petroglyph. “We have a rich, lengthy background as RTS developers, dating all the way back to our time on the original Command & Conquer at Westwood Studios. We want to bring back some of what made those ‘traditional’ RTS games great while addressing all the lessons we’ve learned along the way. Grey Goo is an experience informed by the collective history of the RTS genre, infused with innovative ideas and a forward-thinking spirit that accomplish something original by incorporating new amalgams for the genre.”

Petroglyph is bringing decades of combined RTS expertise to bear with Grey Goo. The game draws on the best aspects of base building, unit management and all-out warfare for an all-new space saga, removing the tedium and frustration often associated with the genre and focusing on deep, engaging tactical systems modeled on vintage RTS gameplay.

Grey Goo features three distinct factions – the Beta, Humans and Goo – each with its own truly distinctive style, strategies and “epic” units (very powerful, rare combatants that tower over the battlefield). The game features an immersive single-player campaign and competitive multiplayer options. Both single and multiplayer modes require diligent planning and intelligent decision making to capitalize on the sophisticated build tree system and multiple tech upgrades available. Built from the ground up based on real-world Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) concepts, Grey Goo’s adaptive AI studies and reacts to players’ actions, learning rather than running off scripts for a truly unique play experience and near-infinite replay value. In short, every game is different.

Grey Goo is scheduled for release this fall for PC via Steam. For more information, visit www.greygoo.com, follow @greygoogame on Twitter, and like Grey Goo Game on Facebook.

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5PB GAMES ANNOUNCES CONSTANT C NOW AVAILABLE ON XBOX LIVE ARCADE AND STEAM

Today, 5pb.Games / Mages, publisher of interactive software, announced the release of IGS’s puzzle-platform game, Constant C on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and Steam.

In the not-too-distant future… The [Superluminal Project] was initiated by the most brilliant scientists on earth under the guidance of the President and Professor Nicholas in the hopes of controlling the flow of time and space itself. The project was developed in a remote outer space research station with the full backing of the earth government. No expense was spared and the amount of resources dedicated to the project was unheard of in human history. This monumental undertaking bore with it the hopes and the expectations of all mankind regarding space and time travel.

But one day, time just suddenly stopped at the space station… The experiment, the people, everything was frozen in space and time.  A rescue robot is immediately dispatched to survey the damage to the space station and return things to normal operating parameters. However, things are in a worse state than imagined and now it’s up to the rescue robot to fulfill all the duties entrusted to it…
Solve the mystery of what went wrong and save the universe from destruction!

Key Features

  • Over 100 mind-blowing levels Unique physics-based gameplay that lets you control gravity, momentum, and time.
  • Aesthetically pleasing hand drawn 2D graphics Lush soundtrack and ambient sound effects      complement the sci-fi setting.
  • Unravel the mystery Explore the depths of the space station to discover what went wrong and save the universe from imploding on itself!
  • Time Attack Mode New game mode to put your platforming skills to the test!

Constant C has been rated E10+ by the ESRB and will retail for $9.99 on both Xbox Live Arcade and Steam.

 

Dark Souls II Launches for the Americas

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced that DARK SOULS II for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft have launched in retail stores in the Americas. Dark Souls II is the highly anticipated sequel to 2011’s hit Dark Souls, a game that has been lauded as one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences in videogame history. In Dark Souls II, players face sadistic enemies and vile bosses as they journey through a devastated world where every step can turn into a struggle for survival. Only those with battle-hardened skills, strong intestinal fortitude, and cunning will survive their DARK SOULS II experience and achieve ultimate glory. Perseverance is key to achieving victory against the unrelenting bloodthirsty enemies and diabolical environments that await adventurers on this arduous journey.

Dark Souls II immerses players in a bleak setting full of danger and adventure while allowing them to discover what lies beneath the anguish and pain that engulfs the world. With Dark Souls II, Tokyo based developer FromSoftware has taken steps to enrich players’ experiences through improved visuals, life-like animations and dynamic lighting, while preserving the game’s core tenants to provide challenging gameplay and deliver true emotional elation from each hard-fought victory.

“Possessing both technical and esthetic improvements over its predecessor, Dark Souls II represents the pinnacle of FromSoftware’s development prowess on both the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360 systems,” says Chris Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. “No other game combines the technical craft of videogame development with the delivery of true emotional highs and lows quite like the Dark Souls franchise. Players must prepare themselves for a truly unique gaming experience and go beyond death once they enter the world of Dark Souls II.”

Dark Souls II is rated T for Teen by the ESRB and is available for purchase at videogame retailers today in the Americas for the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. DARK SOULS II is available in a standard edition as well as a Black Armor Edition which includes DARK SOULS II software, collectable metal case, and soundtrack for a MSRP of $59.99. The DARK SOULS II Collector’s Edition features the contents of the DARK SOULS II Black Armor Edition along with a 12” tall Warrior Knight figurine, exclusive hardbound art book, and cloth map for a MSRP of $119.99. Early access vouchers for the Black Armor Weapons Pack are available within the Black Armor Edition or Collector’s Edition of Dark Souls II. The Black Armor Weapons Pack early access voucher will not be available within the standard edition versions of Dark Souls II.

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Dark Souls II for the PC platform will launch in the Americas on April 25, 2014 and will provide players with the opportunity to experience the harsh and unforgiving world of Dark Souls that can only be produced on the PC with increased texture resolution with enhanced frame rates. Dark Souls II on PC will support both gamepads and mouse-and-keyboard control options.

Brazilian Portuguese will be supported in DARK SOULS II; more news regarding when Brazilian Portuguese localization will be available is coming soon.

To learn more about Dark Souls II please visit http://www.darksoulsii.com. Join the DARK SOULS II community for all news and updates pertaining to the game by visiting the DARK SOULS Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/darksouls.

Need for Speed Rivals Koenigsegg Agera One:1 DLC Now Available!

Today, EA and Need for Speed Rivals released the Koenigsegg Agera One:1 as a free download pack. The Koenigsegg Agera One:1 is debuting at the Geneva Auto Showand will not only be the most powerful Koenigsegg ever built, but possibly the fastest car ever built, full stop. The car is said to produce 1340bhp and weigh in at just 1340kg. Fans will be able to get their hands-on this super-exclusive car even before it hits the streets with the update that will be live starting today, March 4 on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC.

Check out the trailer and make sure to get your hands-on the fastest Koenigsegg today!

Blood Bowl 2: The stadiums open just in time for some frenzied Blood Bowl action

Blood Bowl 2, published by Focus Home Interactive, is the sequel to Blood Bowl, the video game developed by Cyanide studios based on the famous board game created by Games Workshop that combines American football with the fantastic universe of Warhammer. Development is going full steam ahead for the scheduled release date in Q4 2014, and we can now unveil a series of exclusive screenshots to show you the vast, impressive orc and human stadiums.

Bloodbowl2-05The magnificent stadiums in Blood Bowl 2 are scalable and can be developed to become increasingly imposing as the player spends the winnings earned in the solo and multiplayer campaigns to upgrade them and add new infrastructures. Players can build their stadiums up from modest training grounds to truly grandiose edifices that rival the most prestigious structures in the real world. They also play an active part in recreating the supercharged atmosphere of a Blood Bowl match, where volatile fans pack the stands ready to cheer on their favourite team or invade the pitch and trample on the players!
Bloodbowl2-06But the improvements and extensions designed by the players are not for aesthetic purposes alone; they will also have a direct impact on the game experience. Additional stands and infrastructures not only generate extra opportunities and bonuses for the team, but will also mean a greater number of spectators and higher revenues from every match! What could be better than to crush your opponent amid the clamour of a volatile crowd!
Bloodbowl2-07Blood Bowl 2 is even more ambitious than the previous installment with an overhauled look and a variety of new features. Its brand new graphics engine was specifically developed for this sequel, enabling the game to display high-quality visuals, graphics, and effects that take the Blood Bowl license to the next level. Animations have been overhauled, dynamic cameras bring more punch to the matches, and the “Cabalvision” interface and corrosive commentators Jim Johnson and Bob Bifford all faithfully recreate the thrills and atmosphere of intense Blood Bowl games.
Bloodbowl2-08Blood Bowl 2 also brings a bunch of new features to Solo and Multiplayer modes making it more accessible for first-time players and more enjoyable for seasoned veterans. A stunning and ambitious Solo campaign puts players at the head of one of Blood Bowl’s most famous teams and challenges them to climb to the top through a series of original and truly unique matches. League mode lets players manage their own team, club, and even stadium. We’ll soon be showing off some of these substantial and striking innovations that make Multiplayer mode even more thrilling.

We look forward to revealing more of Blood Bowl 2 over the coming weeks and months with new screenshots and the first game videos.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces Batman: Arkham Knight

Today, Batman: Arkham Knight has been officially announced for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC, and is scheduled for release worldwide in 2014. The game is the epic conclusion to Rocksteady Studios’ award-winning, best selling Batman: Arkham videogame series and will introduce a drivable Batmobile and a fully-realized Gotham City.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios’ conclusion to the series of award-winning, best-selling titles Batman™: Arkham Asylum and Batman™: Arkham City.  Batman: Arkham Knight is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC.  The game is scheduled for release worldwide in 2014.

In the explosive finale to the Arkham series, Batman faces the ultimate threat against the city he is sworn to protect. The Scarecrow returns to unite an impressive roster of super villains, including Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn, to destroy The Dark Knight forever. Batman: Arkham Knight introduces Rocksteady’s uniquely designed version of the Batmobile, which is drivable for the first time in the franchise. The addition of this legendary vehicle, combined with the acclaimed gameplay of the Batman Arkham series, offers gamers the ultimate and complete Batman experience as they tear through the streets and soar across the skyline of the entirety of Gotham City.

“Batman: Arkham Knight is the pinnacle game of our hugely successful franchise, and we are giving players the most expansive, impressive title in the series,” said Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “The Rocksteady Studios team is continuing to focus on the excellent gameplay for which they are known while delivering a thrilling new experience for gamers and Batman fans.”

“The team at Rocksteady Studios is putting a tremendous amount of work into delivering the final chapter of our Batman: Arkham trilogy so that fans can feel what it’s like to be the Batman,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director at Rocksteady Studios.  “We’re excited to be developing the game for next-gen platforms, which has allowed us to bring to life the design elements that we envisioned from the beginning such as the Batmobile and how it augments Batman’s abilities, to the fully detailed and realized Gotham City.”

For more information on Batman: Arkham Knight, please visit www.batmanarkhamknight.com