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“Gauntlet” Returns Summer 2014

March 17th, 2014

BURBANK, Calif. – March 17, 2014 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Gauntlet, a completely modernized action RPG version of the celebrated dungeon crawler, will be available this summer via Steam for PC, offering full support for SteamOS and the upcoming Steam Machines shipping the second half of this year. The game will lead the launch of WB Games Vault, a direct-to-digital portfolio that will deliver paid games based on popular Warner Bros. and Midway brands, plus original IP, across multiple digital networks.

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“Murdered: Soul Suspect” Set for June

March 4th, 2014

LOS ANGELES (March. 4th, 2014) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in the Americas today confirmed supernatural detective thriller Murdered: Soul Suspect will go on sale in North America June 3rd, 2014. Outside of the Americas, Murdered: Soul Suspect will go on sale June 6th, 2014.

Square Enix also announced US customers who preorder Murdered: Soul Suspect from select retailers* will receive an interactive digital strategy map. The map, accessible via computer or tablet, will help players unearth all of Salem’s secrets, including the location of hundreds of in-game items including quest givers, collectibles, and Easter Eggs.

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“Blackguards” DLC Released

March 4th, 2014

Hamburg, March 4, 2014 – Available now, Untold Legends is the first DLC for Blackguards, and features a new story of conflict and vengeance that sends players into the traumatic past of the former gladiator, Takate. Additionally a new teaser highlights the latest features:

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“Project Spark” Beta Now Available on Xbox One

March 4th, 2014

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Microsoft and Team Dakota today extend the “Project Spark” Beta Program onto Xbox One, enabling more fans and creators to have a direct impact on the final build.

Since the “Project Spark” Beta released on Windows 8.1 devices in December 2013, more than 250,000 fans signed up – with hundreds of new requests daily – taking advantage of the game’s revolutionary toolset to create custom adventures and unique worlds such as “Pinball Raid!,” “Blaze Jumper,” and “Colour.”

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PlayStation 4 Surges Beyond 6 Million

March 4th, 2014

Who would have thought that finally releasing in Japan could have bolstered the number of PlayStation 4’s sold?

Tokyo, March 4, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 6.0 million units*1 globally as of March 2, 2014 (JST). This also includes the 370,000 units sold through in Japan since its launch on February 22.

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Canadian at the Helm of Xbox Division

February 24th, 2014

As reported by Gamasutra along with multiple other news outlets, Stephen Elop (formerly of Nokia and before that Microsoft), has been appointed head of Microsoft’s Xbox Division. What this means in the long run for Xbox is up for rampant speculation, especially in light of the reports as recently as November 2013 that “Elop could… sell Xbox if he’s made CEO.

“Divinity: Original Sin” Pushed to Spring 2014 Launch

February 24th, 2014

Currently available on Steam Early Access, Divinity: Original Sin, which exists largely because of a successful Kickstarter campaign, should be ready to go this Spring. Larian Studios recently released a short gameplay clip.

Microsoft Announces “Titanfall” Xbox One Bundle

February 24th, 2014

Starting March 11, 2014, consumers will be able to grab a an Xbox One bundled with Titanfall for $499.99*. The bundles reportedly includes:

  • Download code for a digital copy of “Titanfall”
  • Standard Xbox One console and Kinect sensor
  • Standard Xbox One wireless controller
  • Standard Xbox One Chat Headset
  • One month Xbox Live Gold membership

*Estimated retail price. Actual retail prices may vary. Available at select retailers, while supplies last.

PlayStation 4 Crosses 5 Million Mark

February 18th, 2014

Tokyo, February 18, 2014 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced that the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) computer entertainment system has cumulatively sold through more than 5.3 million units*1 around the world as of February 8, 2014 (JST), and is continuing to demonstrate strong growth and momentum [and the console still isn't out in Japan].

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“Earth Defense Force 2025″ Infests Retail

February 18th, 2014

LOS ANGELES – February 18, 2014 – Just when you thought the battle was over, the mayhem continues in Earth Defense Force 2025, now available in North America from D3Publisher (D3P) for the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system for the suggested retail price of $49.95. The first of three mission packs (Special Ops Mission Pack) is also available starting today as downloadable content (DLC) for $2.99. Players can earn this mission pack for free (through February 24th) by visiting the Earth Defense Force (EDF) Facebook page and taking part in sharing a special EDF newscast (details here – www.facebook.com/EarthDefenseForce).

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Irrational Games Rationalized; Layoffs Abound

February 18th, 2014
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Ken Levine
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Ken Levine, founder of Irrational Games (recently of BioShock Infinite fame), made a somewhat startling announcement today regarding the studio:

When Jon Chey, Rob Fermier and I founded Irrational Games seventeen years ago, our mission was to make visually unique worlds and populate them with singular characters.

We built Rapture and Columbia, the Von Braun and The Rickenbacker, the Freedom Fortress and some of the nastiest basements a SWAT team ever set foot into. We created Booker and Elizabeth, the Big Daddy and the Little Sister, MidWives and ManBot. In that time, Irrational has grown larger and more successful than we could have conceived when we began our three-person studio in a living room in Cambridge, MA. It’s been the defining project of my professional life.

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“Broforce” Incoming

February 11th, 2014

Capetown, South Africa – In what industry pundits are calling the most obvious pairing ever, developer Free Lives and rogue publisher Devolver Digital are joining forces to bringBroforce to Steam Early Access in March 2014 with a full PC and console release this summer. Born during Ludum Dare 23, Broforce has been through an extended training montage over the past year and is now poised to dominate international politics and possibly end terrorism through a sheer show of force.

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Latest “Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Breeze” Promo Begs for “Arrested Development” Reference

February 11th, 2014

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“There’s money in the banana stand.” And there are bananas in a big block of ice, but just how many? Make a guess!

Vancouver, B.C., Feb. 10, 2014 – A week after a mysterious crate was discovered deep in the Canadian wilderness, information about its contents are finally being released.  Examined in a secure facility near Whistler, British Columbia, television personality Ajay Fry and Donkey Kong himself have revealed what the  much-speculated crate contained – and it’s totally bananas! In fact, it’s an ice block full of bananas!

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“GTA Online” Serves Up a Massacre

February 11th, 2014

Rockstar has announced another free update with a nod to Valentine’s Day:

NEW WEAPON: GUSENBERG SWEEPER
Nothing says “I love you” quite like the warm wooden grip and cold steel barrel of a Gusenberg Sweeper machine gun. Get it from any Ammu-Nation location in GTA Online (in Story Mode, the Sweeper is automatically deposited into each character’s weapon inventory with two full clips and additional ammo can be purchased at Ammu-Nation).
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EA Trolls Valentine’s Day with “Titanfall” Beta

February 11th, 2014

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The future of first person multiplayer action is upon us, and now’s your chance to be among the first to fall forTitanfall. Starting today, Respawn Entertainment and EA are inviting gamers to sign up and register for a chance to be a part of the upcoming Titanfall closed beta, a large-scale event coming February 14 to Xbox One and PC. For complete details on the beta and to register, please visit www.Titanfall.com/beta.

Already the winner of more than 80 awards from critics around the world, Titanfall is one of the most anticipated games of the year. Fans around the world from Tokyo to Seattle to London and beyond have been impressed with its thrilling and dynamic multiplayer gameplay featuring elite assault pilots and agile, heavily armored 24-foot tall titans.
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