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Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun arrives on Consoles in July

Kalypso Media is excited to announce that it will be publishing Daedalic Entertainment and Mimimi Production’s critically-acclaimed real time tactics game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 28th July 2017 in Europe, and on 1st August 2017 in North America.

Originally released on PC earlier this year, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun has been received overwhelmingly positively by both players and critics alike. This summer, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gamers will finally get the chance to hone their tactical skills as they make their way through a challenging campaign with more than 25 hours of gameplay. A beautiful and detailed environment set in ancient Japan creates a compelling and engrossing atmosphere, where players must simultaneously control up to five characters, each with their own unique and versatile skills that will prove crucial in mastering the game’s missions. You’ll need to use stealth and plan each move carefully to overcome fiendish enemies and complete your objectives.

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun will be available for as a digital download from the PlayStation Store and Xbox Games Store, as well as a boxed retail edition on both platforms. Also launching on the same day, the demo version of the game will let players work their way through the first map in its entirety, and also a short glimpse of the second, giving a hands-on preview of the absorbing atmosphere, detailed characters, challenging missions and slick controls that await in the full game.

Frieder Mielke, Technical Director at Mimimi Productions, says: “Porting Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun to console was a big challenge. We wanted to make sure that console players would be able to enjoy the exact same experience as on PC, and I believe we’ve achieved that. But no one can be a better judge of that than the players, and that’s why we also decided to release a demo version for both platforms, so that every console player can try the game for free and decide for themselves.”

Shadow Tactics – Blades of the Shogun will release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 28th July 2017 on consoles and 1st August in North America.

SEIZE THE DEAD! ZOMBIES ARE YOUR WEAPON IN THE NEW TEAM-BASED MULTIPLAYER SHOOTER DEAD ALLIANCE

Leading publisher Maximum Games has announced Dead Alliance, an inventive take on zombie games and team-based first-person shooters expected to launch Aug. 29 on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC. Zombies in Dead Alliance are not just the enemy; they are weapons that can be strategically used to distract and destroy unsuspecting human foes in combat. Seize the dead – or find yourself counted among them.

Set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where military bases are humanity’s last city-states, Dead Alliance pits warring teams of players against each other for survival in a world ravaged by the zombie plague. It features a variety of single-player and 4v4 multiplayer modes, including Team Deathmatch, Free for All, King of the Hill, and Capture and Hold, as well as the MOBA-inspired Attrition mode and Solo Survival mode.

Dead Alliance lets players customize and upgrade their loadouts with an arsenal of high-powered, military-grade weapons and advanced zombie-controlling tech called zMods. Examples of zMods include the Enrager – a pheromone bomb that turns a single zombie into a soldier of superior strength and resistance on your side – and the PAM grenade, which puts four zombies to work for you, but does not increase their damage resistance. Use these and many more zMods available in the game to get the undead to join forces with you!

Those who pre-order Dead Alliance for $39.99 will receive the “Rapid Dominance” Day One Edition of the game, which contains three bonus loadouts featuring unique weapons and perks for use in multiplayer. Pre-orders are available now at major retailers.

For more information as Dead Alliance approaches release, visit www.DeadAlliance.com , and follow the game on Facebook and @DeadAllianceGame on Twitter.

May Update for FINAL FANTASY XV Available Now

Square Enix Ltd., today announced that the latest free update for FINAL FANTASY XV is available to download now. The release of the May update adds a whole plethora of content geared for the global community, including a new “Stinky Tofu” recipe based on a survey conducted with players from Taiwan.

Additionally, the winners of the second community photo contest can see their snapshots on display at the Hammerhead restaurant. To see all of the FFXV Snapshot Contest 2 – Gladiolus Amicitia entries, visit: http://bit.ly/2rJTrDY. Also as part of the latest update, the development team has created an in-game survey, available from today until next month’s update, allowing players to provide feedback on future game updates and DLC. Players can also look forward to a new “Trendy Outfit” for Noctis, which will be available as a free download from 30th May through the Xbox Games Store and PlayStation®Store. For more information, visit: https://finalfantasyxv.com/en/updates.

CROWD-PLEASING MULTIPLAYER SLASH ’EM UP NINJA SHODOWN TO BE PUBLISHED BY RISING STAR GAMES

Rising Star Games announced today that it has entered into a publishing partnership with UK-based development studio Bitmap Bureau to bring their latest title, Ninja Shodown, to all major console and PC gaming formats later this year.

Developed by the team that brought you the critically-acclaimed pixel action platform games Super House of Dead Ninjas and 88 Heroes, Ninja Shodown sees every ninja for themselves in the ultimate battle for the Jade Katana! Fight alone, team up with, or take on, friends in intense multiplayer arena-based combat where the mighty prevail and the weak pay the ultimate price: death and dishonour!

The year is 199X and the world teeters on the brink of total destruction. The mystical Jade Katana is stolen. Its power is so lethal that in the wrong hands, humanity will surely fall. And so, the Viper Clan, sworn guardians of the Jade Katana, prepare to embark on their most perilous mission yet: retrieve the sword at all costs! Use katanas, shurikens, bombs, machine guns, shotguns, bazookas and more as you battle your way through a variety of locations to become the ultimate ninja and fulfill the ancient vow of the Viper Clan.

Ninja Shodown Key Features:

  • Intense local multiplayer action for one to four players, either competitively or co-operatively… you choose!
  • Six distinct game modes – Last Ninja, Battle, Coin, Crown, Arcade and Infinite – and five unique locations – Temple, Dojo, Downtown, Museum and Area 88 – each with their own gameplay features.
  • Customize your ninja, then use a range of deadly ninja (and not-so-ninja) weapons to destroy anyone who gets in your way!
  • Awesome stereo techno soundtrack by Matt Gray… feel the retro vibe!

Visit the official Ninja Shodown website for more information and visit the Bitmap Bureau website. Follow Rising Star Games on Twitter and visit the official Rising Star Games website.

CLASSIC MINIATURE RACING RETURNS IN THE LATEST MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES TRAILER

Codemasters & Koch Media today released the second gameplay trailer for the eagerly anticipated Micro Machines World Series ahead of its release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam (PC) on 23rd June. You can watch the miniature mayhem unfold in the second Micro Machines World Series gameplay trailer, playing at www.micromachinesgame.com .

Racing has always been at the heart of Micro Machines, and Micro Machines World Series sees that heart beat back into action. With hundreds of customisations available, you can race in style and make sure you are seen on the start line. Chief Game Designer Gavin Cooper says: “For the first time in a Micro Machines game, every car has its own entirely distinct personality… and arsenal! Each gives players a different way to play and enjoy the game, meaning fans of the series will have plenty to sink their teeth into.”

“Players will quickly gain an affinity with a particular vehicle and find it suits their style of play.” and continued “You can master one vehicle collecting all the 25+ customisations, but then have a whole host of variety choosing and mastering all the other vehicles in the game”.

Each vehicle has a slightly different feel, and even sound, in Micro Machines World Series. Choose from 12 very individual vehicles, from the twitchy but agile rear wheel drive hotrod of El Incendio to the scarily good all-rounder of Hank N. Stein’s monster truck.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/ow8eLMD_5ys
Screenshots: https://we.tl/KuKLW1bLsb

Micro Machines World Series also boasts a great mix of classic and new tracks and arenas. Art Director Stuart Campbell says: “new locations like the workshop complement Micro Machines classics like the games room and classroom. Dodging pool balls while trying to shoot a G.I. JOE MOBAT has never looked so good or felt so fun!”

Players will also pick up items on the track in the form of Hasbro branded NERF blasters and NERF power-ups. All these can be deployed in and around Hasbro branded locations including a Ouija board or driving across a Hungry Hungry Hippos battle.

The huge and unmistakable voice talent of Brian Blessed OBE is once again excitedly alerting you to all the madness and chaotic mayhem  – commentating on the action as players race and battle for the win.

Follow updates from the Micro Machines team on Facebook.

22cans partners with NetEase to bring Peter Molyneux’s The Trail to China

British Independent Developer, 22cans and leading Chinese publisher, NetEase are pleased to announce that they have partnered to bring Peter Molynuex’s hit mobile title, The Trail, to China in the second half of 2017.

During NetEase’s annual ‘520’ event, held in Guangzhou, China on the 20th May, the partnership was officially announced.

“We have had a great relationship with NetEase for some time, so it’s with huge honor that we can announce our partnership with them for The Trail. They share our passion for innovation and great games. I’m confident that with their vast experience and professional ability we will see The Trail also become successful in China”, said Simon Phillips, CEO, 22cans.

Dewei Zheng, Marketing Manager of NetEase Games – “We at NetEase Games are paying great attention to the indie game sector, which continues to rapidly grow in both China and overseas. Last week we were delighted to have guests from 22cans, including the legendary game designer Peter Molyneux, announce our partnership to release The Trail in China at our famous annual “520” event. We plan to publish the game on both iOS and Android in Q3 2017. The Trail has performed outstandingly in overseas markets, and we’re confident that this fascinating, beautiful game will be attractive to Chinese audiences and bring them an utterly unique gaming experience.

Peter Molyneux, Creative Director, 22cans added – “It is truly an honor to present The Trail with NetEase to Chinese gamers. I will be fascinated to see how Chinese gamers work together, what clothes will players make, how far will they explore and whose town will be the best.”

Farming Simulator 18 for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita announces release date with gameplay trailer!

Farming Simulator 18, developed by GIANTS Software, today reveals its Gameplay Trailer and invites you on board the largest handheld farming simulation series ever! After enticing millions of players on PC and consoles, Farming Simulator returns June 6th 2017 to Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita with Farming Simulator 18.

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 try your hand at forestry – an activity new to the Nintendo 3DS version.

Sell your products on a dynamic market, and use the profits 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, some of AGCO’s most respected brands: Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

Offering 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 6th 2017 on Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita system at retail, and for download on the Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store.

That’s all for the news today!
~Ciao!

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