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Quake Champions Closed Beta Applications open NOW!!

It’s almost time to return to the Arenas, so dust off your rocket jumping and Railgun skills – sign-ups for the highly anticipated Closed Beta for Quake Champions are now open on the game’s new web site, launched today at www.Quake.com. The Closed Beta is expected to begin in the coming weeks.

Fans looking for more details about Quake Champions can hit the web site for information about Arenas, weapons, and Champions. Also, keep an eye out this week for more details and gameplay videos profiling both the first Champion, Nyx, coming Wednesday, and the first Arena, Blood Covenant, arriving this Thursday.

Can’t wait to play? Well good news for you — Quake Champions will be available for free play this week at PAX East in the Bethesda booth (#18007 and 20007).

To celebrate the Closed Beta, Bethesda has released a new gameplay trailer, showing off all the frantic, skill-based fragging and intense speed players can expect from the next great Quake multiplayer game. You can download the new trailer from Press Vault, or alternatively view it here: https://youtu.be/mir02TwFjtA

So hit the web site. Sign up for Beta. And prepare to head back to the Arena.

Dystopian World of NIER: AUTOMATA comes to PS4 today in North America!!

The battle between androids and machines is underway as SQUARE ENIX today announced that NieR: Automata is now available in North America for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system. The game will also be available on Steam beginning March 17.

Developed in collaboration with PlatinumGames Inc., NieR: Automata delivers the perfect mix of action and RPG gameplay. Players will battle as androids 2B, 9S and A2 as they fight to reclaim the world for their human creators and uncover truths long forgotten.

Fans can also now download two free PlayStation®4 system themes from the PlayStation®Store, depicting androids 2B and 9S in their flight suits, at:

NieR: Automata’s launch trailer is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/8XInv0ZJ9n4.*

Players can download a free demo for the PlayStation 4 system from the PlayStation Store at: http://bit.ly/NieRDemo.

Story of NieR: Automata

Invaders from another world attack without warning, unleashing their secret weapon: the machines. In the face of this insurmountable threat, the human race is driven from the earth and takes refuge on the moon.

The humans develop an army of android soldiers to fight back against the mechanical horde, but succeed only in slowing its advance. To break the deadlock, a new breed of android infantry is sent into the fray: the YoRHa squad.

In the forsaken wasteland below, the war between the machines and the androids rages on. A war that is soon to unveil the long-forgotten truth of this world…

Explore The Wondrous World Of Atelier Firis: The Alchemist And The Mysterious Journey!

KOEI TECMO America today proudly announced the release of the latest entry in developer GUST Studios’ long-running Atelier series, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, now available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, digitally for the PlayStation Vita handheld system, and on Windows PC via Steam. In the 18thentry in the beloved franchise, players will follow the adventures of the wanderlust alchemist Firis as she takes her first steps into the outside world to become a certified alchemist and embark on a grand journey.

After spending her entire life in an isolated village, Firis Mistlud learns of the Alchemy Exam and decides to set off and discover the mysteries that life has to offer. In the game’s vast new world, towns, environments and other locations reach up to ten times the size of those in the series’ previous entry, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, with views ranging from busy harbors to murmuring rivers, to imposing mountains, and more. With a host of new gameplay features and so much to explore, the element of choice plays a bigger role in Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey than ever before, and players are able to switch freely between three narrative paths that encapsulate the key themes of the Atelier series – Alchemy, Combat and Character relationships.

Among other exciting new features to complement the game’s nomadic nature, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey debuts the Atelier Tent – the series’ first mobile Atelier – which enables Firis to synthesize wherever there is a campfire. In addition, Mass Synthesis allows Firis to create large items to overcome obstacles in her path, such as a bridge to cross a river, or a boat to cruise across a lake. Players’ decisions on what to build not only change the appearance and accessibility of various locations, but can also affect the course of the story!

For more information on Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey, please visit the official website at koeitecmoamerica.com/firis

WEBZEN Soft-Launches New Mobile RPG “Knight Fever”

WEBZEN, a global developer and publisher of free-to-play games, today soft-launched a new pixel hero RPG, Knight Fever, in Canada and Germany.

Knight Fever is a retro-style RPG, featuring fast-paced casual gameplay and intense strategic battles. A sequel to Buff Knight, the massive hit and 2014 Korea Indie Game winner, Knight Fever allows players to delve into the world of swords and pixels while battling numerous monsters to protect each lane.

WEBZEN has partnered with the developer, Buff Studio, to bring Knight Fever to the global market.

Knight Fever is now available for free download on Android devices via Google Play in Canada and Germany.

To accompany the soft launch, WEBZEN also today released an official trailer for the game. Interested players can check out the trailer on the official WEBZEN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V_JSevPGPs

Ora et Labora: Monks and Mystics Now Available

In a world ruled by fear of the afterlife, the wise person takes good care of their soul. Do good works. Build new churches. Defend the faith against heretics, heathens and the corruption that lurks in the heart of all. But what if there were more to the spiritual world than charity and chants? What if you could unlock the secrets of the universe – or turn your back on God entirely? Are you ready to gamble your eternal soul in Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics?

Monks and Mystics is the newest expansion to Paradox Development Studio’s beloved classic Crusader Kings II. In this new add-on, your ruler has the chance to join religious societies to improve their standing with both humankind and God (or the gods). Join a monastic order and pursue traditional virtues and learning, or seek out the kind of knowledge only available to those skilled in alchemy and astrology. You can even join underground religious cults to weaken the church or pray to elemental forces of darkness to unlock new and terrible powers.

Monks and Mystics features include:

  • Monastic Orders: Special societies devoted to religious learning and pious behavior for most of the world’s faiths.
  • Secret Societies: Assassins, underground religious orders, and devil worshipers operate in the shadows to undermine the established order.
  • Relics and Treasures: Find religious relics, craft masterwork weapons, or commission spectacular jewelry to add to the glory and power of your realm.
  • New Councilor Commands: No more idle advisers, as your councilors can put their skills to work while attending court.

Crusader Kings II: Monks and Mystics is available now on Steam and the official Paradox store for $14.99, and includes new units and portraits for the English and German cultures.


Independent game developer Fatshark announced today that Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide has surpassed one million copies sold.

To celebrate this momentous milestone, we are giving the players a treat – the Lorebook DLC. Totally free, but you got to work for it. The pages have been ripped out of the book and scattered around Ubersreik. As you collect them, you will unlock the stories behind various locations, enemies, and the heroes, as well as information about the Warhammer Fantasy world. A must read for the FANtastic players of Vermintide. Console players can also enjoy a free DLC; Quests & Contract.

“We are ecstatic to have reached the one million milestone, and are very humbled that so many have invested their time and money in our game” says Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark.

Lorebook on Steam

Tanki X “Modules” update. Now tanks might get faster, stronger or even go invisible.

The last major update in Tanki X brought us Modules, devices that players can install on their machines and get active abilities that can be used in battles, or passive bonuses that will permanently improve the stats of the tank.


By combining various turrets and hulls, players can build their own machines called X tanks. With the Modules release, tank customization capabilities have grown — every hull has received different module slots in which four types of devices (Scouting, Defence, Support, and Special) can be installed by the players.

Now, if you face two tanks which look similar (let’s say both use heavy hulls and plasma guns) in a battle, it will be wrong to assume that they pose an identical amount of threat: one of the tanks may be loaded with defensive modules and mine the road behind him, while the second one might have some maneuverability added to his tank and play aggressively. Thus, taking into consideration the equipped module sets is now important for both controlling your tank as well as playing against others.

For now, а batch of 11 modules was added to the game, and the AlternativaPlatform developers have promised to improve the current set of modules by adding new mechanics, which will make the customization of the tank more flexible and make the gameplay more rocking and fun.

Farming Simulator 18 announces its release on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS this summer with fresh new images!

Farming Simulator 18, developed by Giants Software, reveals a brand new batch of screenshots to welcome you back on board of the largest handheld farming simulation series ever made! After enticing millions of players on PC and consoles, Farming Simulator comes back this summer to PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS with Farming Simulator 18. Today, we unveil the first exclusive screenshots of the game, showing some of the new content landing on the handheld versions of Farming Simulator, including a new environment, a host of new vehicles and brands, new crops, new animals and more!

Become a modern farmer in Farming Simulator 18! Immerse yourself in a new engaging Southern US environment, harvesting wheat, canola, corn, sugar beet, potatoes and, for the first time, sunflowers. Take care of your livestock with new animals to breed and transport, as pigs are now joining the indispensable sheep and cows! Also take part in forestry – an activity new to the Nintendo 3DS version. Sell your products on a dynamic market to expand your farm. As your career progresses, gain access to a huge selection of over 50 farming vehicles and machines. These are faithfully recreated from over 30 of the biggest names in the industry, including, for the first time, AGCO’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

With a deep and powerful simulation experience, Farming Simulator 18 brings an array of new features for virtual farmers who enjoy harvesting fields from the palms of their hands!

Farming Simulator 18 will be available June 2017 on PlayStation®Vita and Nintendo 3DS at retail, and for download on the PlayStation Store and Nintendo eShop.

That’s all for today!