Welcome to today’s Daily News, where we bring you up to speed with what’s happening in the gaming industry! In the news today…
Intel Extreme Masters, Season 11 Finals Confirmed for Two Weekends in March, with More than $600,000 in prizing
Intel Extreme Masters returns to Katowice, Poland, for the fifth year in a row with the 2017 World Championship, bringing the 11th season of the longest running esports circuit in the world to its conclusion. The elite gaming competitions will span two consecutive weekends for the first time, February 25 – 26 and March 3 – 5, 2017, with more than $600,000 in prizing.
The League of Legends finals will take place February 25-26 in the Spodek Arena. The culmination of Counter-Strike:Global Offensive and StarCraft II competitions will be held the following weekend, March 3-5, in both the Spodek Arena and the adjacent International Convention Center (ICC). During the weekend of March 3-5, the ICC also will be home to the IEM Expo where visitors can experience additional activities, including Free To Play zones, Meet & Greet with well-known influencers, concerts, raffles with prizes from event sponsors, and more. Additional activities and tournaments on dedicated stages will be announced in the coming weeks.
In March 2016, IEM Katowice shattered ESL records as one of the most watched esports events in history, attracting over 34 million unique viewers with peak concurrent viewership online reaching 2 million. For 2017, both weekends will be broadcast live across the globe on Twitch, Yahoo, Hitbox, and HuoMaoTV in China. The IEM Season 11 World Championship will be sponsored by INTEL, HyperX, Gillette, GFUEL, Kinguin, Acer.
Bounce launches on HTC Vive via Steam
Steel Wool Studios — an independent VR development studio formed by creative veterans of Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, and Telltale Games — today announced that Bounce, their VR physics-based puzzle adventure, is now available for HTC Vive on Steam. Under the supervision of H8-Bit and 2Bit, two robots tasked with overseeing security of the intergalactic spaceship, players must help D1G-B, their spherical robot companion, traverse 50 in-game levels using an array of gadgets at their disposal to exit each level’s portal. To celebrate the launch of Bounce, players can pick up the game on Steam at a sale price of $19.99 ( for a limited time.
For a glimpse into the physics contraption gameplay players can expect, check out the Bounce launch trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAxoAZEHzQM&feature=youtu.be
Earth’s Dawn releasing December 7th with a 20% Steam Launch Discount!
Videogame publisher Rising Star Games announced today that the fast-paced, side-scrolling action title Earth’s Dawn will be available for PC on December 7. Combining slick anime-like visuals, accessible combat mechanics, and unrivaled weapon and skill customization options, Earth’s Dawn is a tour de force 2D action experience. When purchased via Steam, there is a 20% launch period discount.
Earth’s Dawn takes place after the Earth was decimated by an invasion from an alien race known to humans as E.B.E. The E.B.E. moved across the planet, consuming anything in their path, and proved impervious to existing weapons. Ahead of the impending annihilation, a breakthrough was made – the E.B.E. was susceptible to damage by weaponry designed using its very own technology. The power to fight back was now in the hands of an elite fighting force!
Long Awaited Mobile MMO, Durango, invites fans to register for a Limited Beta!
MMORPG fans, rejoice! NEXON Korea Corporation, a global leader in online games for PC and mobile, invites fans to register for the public Limited Beta and experience the immense world of Durango, a sandbox massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) on mobile. Durango is a pioneering MMORPG with an endless number of islands, full of primitive dinosaurs awaiting player discovery. Durango begins limited beta testing on Dec. 13. Beginning today, beta keys will be distributed to registrants across the world, excluding mainland China and Japan. Eager gamers may now register on the Durango website: https://i.nx.com/0Ux.
As one of the developers behind the popular MMO PC game Vindictus, Eunseok Yi’s What! Studio will thrust players into an unknown world where dinosaurs still roam around freely in Durango. Players will get a glimpse into a beautiful, but dangerous world where survival is the number one priority. Jampacked with a fully-immersive and interactive experience, players will lead their characters as they learn to build communities, hunt, scavenge and battle to keep their clan alive in the foreign land plagued by rival clans and dinosaurs.
During this round of limited beta, MMO fans from all around the world will learn to tame and ride diverse dinosaurs. Players can also build villages with fellow players, and battle against rivaling clans to protect one’s homeland in massive clan battles in a seamless MMO world. Players can also customize their characters with unique clothing styles and colors – there is no limit in self-expression in Durango.
‘The Dwarves’ releasing on PC, XBONE and PS4 tomorrow – New Djerun Character Trailer!
Only one day left until The Dwarves will finally be released! Today, THQ Nordic wants to introduce to you another one of Tungdil’s companions: Djerun, the ten feat high chunk of metal and bodyguard of the Maga Andokai.
Be careful where to unleash this combat machine because many of his special attacks will hurt not only his enemies, but also his allies. Even with his basic attacks this slow melee fighter can hit many foes at once.
Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/LBgqeTVqp18
Djerun is one of 15 playable characters in The Dwarves. In this new fantasy RPG, players will have to fight in real-time against overwhelming superior forces with just a handful of heroes. Next week, the series will continue with Bavragor, the stonemason.
The Dwarves will be available for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on December 1, 2016 at a retailer near you or as a digital download.
Space Overlords Releasing on 6th December 2016 for PS4 and PS Vita
Space Overlords, the game that allows players to create, share & destroy galaxies will release next week for PS4 and PS Vita! Tuesday 6th December 2016 is the date when we’ll open up Space Overlords to a wealth of PlayStation gamers at an amazing price of approximately $7.99/€7.99/£6.49/, or at a discount for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
A PS3 version of Space Overlords is also in development, and will release in early 2017.
Space Overlords allows players to name their own galaxy, and create their own system of planets. Starting by selecting from multiple planet base options, such as forest, concrete and metal, the player can build upon this foundation. By entirely customising each planet’s population, buildings, atmosphere type and more, players truly become Space Overlords.
As if that wasn’t already a huge enough game for players to get their teeth into, Space Overlords also features several single player campaigns and various local multiplayer modes!
For a game this huge, its pocket-money price is almost a steal – and what’s more, Space Overlords supports Cross-Buy! If players purchase the game on either PS4 or PS Vita, they’ll automatically receive the other version at no extra cost.
Townsmen released on Steam with a 17% Discount!
Make yourself comfortable, grab a hot drink, boot up your PC and build your very own kingdom. Headup Games is pleased to announce that Townsmen,the highly anticipated strategy franchise, is out now on Steam.
Grow your tiny village into a grand medieval empire with a thriving economy and happy villagers! Find spots for mining ore, harvest crops and collect taxes from your citizenry. Build jousting fields, taverns, and marketplaces, while you beautify your city with impressive statues, magnificent monuments and lush gardens.
But there are also dangers lurking close by. Bandits are in the area, looking to plunder and pillage your peaceful town. Build barracks and guard towers as you recruit brave soldiers to protect your citizens from harm. You rule the whole empire from your castle and make sure your inhabitants have fun and stay happy!
Headup Games celebrates today’s Steam release of Townsmen with a 17% launch discount – grab the game now for only $9.99/9,99€!
God Wars: Future Past – Story Trailer & Battle System Information released!
GOD WARS Future Past is a tactical RPG that explores the untold history of Japan through folklore and tactical combat. Gamers will experience the traditional stories of Japan’s origin through the lens of three warring nations, with a massive expanse of tactical options to develop their strategies from including a myriad of character classes and equipment within innovative and challenging stages.
That’s all for now – Ciao!