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FRIMA RAISES THE CURTAIN AS TALENT NOT INCLUDED LAUNCHES ON XBOX ONE

Curtain up! Frima, independent Canadian game developer, and its creative team are announcing that Talent Not Included has launched on Xbox One! This humor-filled action/combat platformer is now available for download for $14.99 (or regional equivalent) on Xbox One. Ready? Action!

Watch the Talent Not Included launch trailer here: http://bit.ly/TNITrailerXbox

Talent Not Included brings a whole new platformer gameplay experience, with its cylinder-based action machinery! This exciting mechanic is suited for casual and hardcore gamers alike, as it introduces a completely innovative and never-seen-before kind of game.

Talent Not Included begins on a night where three monster friends, bored out of their minds, decided to put on their very own dramatic performance, a.k.a. a play. Unfortunately, nothing went as planned… Mostly because Zot, a demonic critic hired as stage director, enlisted three mediocre actors, all with very strong personalities, to star in the show, hoping to create hell on stage for his and the public’s amusement.

For the latest Talent Not Included news from the development team, take a look at their new blog post on the official Xbox blog here: https://news.xbox.com/

COOKING MAMA: SWEET SHOP CONFIRMED FOR DIGITAL RELEASE ON MAY 25 WITH BOX VERSION RELEASING ON MAY 26

Rising Star Games today announced that Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop is confirmed for retail box release on May 26 in Europe, and will release digitally on May 25, for systems in the Nintendo 3DS™ family. In partnership with Japanese development studio Office Create, gamers will create a myriad of sweet treats and dazzling desserts in the fun and adorable style of the beloved Cooking Mama series.

View the trailer here!

With over 60 different recipes to create, spread across 160 different mini-games, players use the Nintendo 3DS™ stylus to slice, stir, bake and decorate their creations – you can even use the microphone to blow and cool your delicacies! Create a wide assortment of delicious looking sweets and puddings, and serve customers in the shop to keep them happy. The more sweets you create and complete, the more your shop expands. You may even trigger a special event!

Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop also features a competitive multiplayer mode for two to four players – challenge your friends and see who can make the tastiest treats. And just like always, don’t worry if you make a mistake – Mama will fix it for you!

Developed by Office Create and published by Rising Star Games, Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop will release at physical retail and digitally on systems in the Nintendo 3DS™ family with a recommend retail price of €29.99/£29.99. For more information follow Rising Star Games on Twitter and visit the official Rising Star Games website.

‘ENTER THE GUNGEON’ NOW AVAILABLE ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10

Independent developer Dodge Roll Games and co-dependent publisher Devolver Digital have released Enter the Gungeon on Xbox One and the Windows 10 Store! The gunfight dungeon crawler is part of the Xbox Play Anywhere initiative and supports both cross-buy and cross-save features between Xbox One and Windows 10.

Enter the Gungeon is a gunfighting dungeon crawler following a band of misfits seeking to shoot, loot, dodge roll and table-flip their way to personal absolution by reaching the legendary Gungeon’s ultimate treasure: the gun that can kill the past. Launching last year to critical acclaim and commercial success, Enter the Gungeon has gone on to sell more than 850,000 copies.

“With the unchecked proliferation of firearms in the world we wanted to do our part and release Enter the Gungeon on both Xbox One and the Windows 10 store,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Kids love guns and who are we to deny them the simple pleasures in life.”

MouseBot: Escape From CatLab is now live on iOS, Android and Amazon devices everywhere

Independent developer Vector Unit announced today that its newest title, MouseBot: Escape From CatLab is now available for iOS, Google Play, and Amazon devices.

iPhone, iPad, Apple TV
Android Phones and Tablets, Android TV, SHIELD TV
Fire Tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick

MouseBot is a zany and exciting free-to-play platforming game that will test players’ reflexes, skills, timing, and love of cheese! With over 65 challenging platform-style levels, players guide MouseBot through mazes of fantastical mechanical mouse traps created by the cat scientists of CatLab. Dodge giant metal Kitty Krushers, evade scary Mines and Lasers, leap over mouse-grinding Roller Graters, and platform your way across pools of bot-melting Acid on an epic quest for cheese and freedom.

Players can also “Go Premium”, which removes all advertising and recharge times. The game supports touch screen controls, as well as gamepad and remote options.

Official Website
http://www.vectorunit.com/mousebot

CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE CONTINUUM BOLSTERS THE MULTIPLAYER AND CO-OP EXPERIENCE, COMING FIRST TO PLAYSTATION 4 ON APRIL 18th

Activision and Infinity Ward have released the first details for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum, the second DLC Map Pack for 2016’s No. 1 top-selling console video game in the U.K. (excluding hardware bundle sales), Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Featuring four diverse, new multiplayer maps, and a new zombies co-op experience called Shaolin Shuffle, set in a ‘70s era New York disco-zombie fright fest, Continuum is scheduled for release April 18th, first on the PlayStation Network for the PlayStation®4, with other platforms to follow.

“We couldn’t be more excited to deliver a new co-op zombies chapter with Shaolin Shuffle, with an all-new setting and story, that continues the wild and increasingly twisted narrative,” said Dave Stohl, Studio Head of Infinity Ward. “For multiplayer, we’re creating a diverse set of maps from Turista and Scrap, to Archive, that cater to various play styles in cool ways and allow fans to experiment with different rigs and loadouts. And then there’s Rust, one of our all-time favourite maps from Modern Warfare 2, re-imagined and now called Excess to complete the multiplayer package.”

Shaolin Shuffle, the next thrilling chapter of the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare zombies experience, features the return of Willard Wyler, the mysterious movie director villain portrayed with voice and likeness by Paul Reubens (Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, Gotham). This time, Wyler has trapped the four protagonists inside a new horror film, set in the unforgettable 1970s. Players will face all-new zombie enemies across a variety of disco-era New York locations, including subways, flashy nightclubs and a martial arts dojo headed up by the “Shaolin Sister,” played with voice and likeness by Pam Grier (Jackie Brown, Foxy Brown). In addition to hallmark Call of Duty action, Shaolin Shuffle introduces four unlockable kung-fu fighting styles, each with its own set of unique combat moves. Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Austin Powers) as “the Punk Rocker;” Ike Barinholtz (Neighbours, Suicide Squad) as “the Sleazebag;” Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live, Ride Along) as “the Street Poet;” and Sasheer Zamata (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer) as “the Disco Chick,” all return from the ongoing story in this all-new experience.

In addition to the Shaolin Shuffle zombies content, Continuum will also include four new multiplayer maps:

  • Turista – A plush spa and resort, Turista is nestled in the middle of a giant skeleton of an ancient creature. With sniper spots scattered across a majestic, central waterfall, Turista also boasts tight interiors for fans of close-quartered combat and a three-lane design that caters to a variety of play styles.
  • Scrap – Set in an abandoned junkyard on the Moon, Scrap features a combination of extended sightlines and tactical pathways that reward players who engage in both long and short range combat.
  • Archive – Fast, frenetic engagements set the pace in Archive, a post-futurist art gallery where tight engagements contrast with open exterior battlegrounds in this wide three-lane style map.
  • Excess – Perched atop a gilded penthouse in a sprawling future metropolis, Excess is a small, circular map re-imagined from the classic Modern Warfare 2 map, Rust, that retains the intense, fast-paced combat from the original.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Continuum DLC Map Pack is available for a great value via the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Season Pass, which can be purchased on its own or obtained as part of the Legacy Pro or Digital Deluxe editions of the game. Season Pass gives discounted access to all four Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC Map Packs released during 2017. Upon purchase, Season Pass owners also receive the three new base weapons released to date, as well as 10 Rare Supply Drops and 1,000 bonus Salvage Credits to craft new prototype weapons.

Award winning VR shooter Drunk or Dead will support Oculus.

Indie studio 4 I Lab is glad to announce an update that will be released on April the 5-th. It will enable support of Oculus controllers for their award winning game named Drunk or Dead.

Drunk or Dead is a VR zombie shooting game.  You are caught by zombie apocalypse caused by a virus, which affects only sober people. If you want to stay alive, you have to drink and shoot zombies

Drinking has its own mechanics. If you are close to sober you shoot accurately. When you get more drunk, your accuracy drops, but time begins to run slower.
You have a scale that measures your drunkenness (also HP because you get sober when zombies hit you). If you get too drunk or too sober – you loose.
When you kill zombies you get points, amount of which depend on your drunkenness level.

Drunk or Dead is available on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/577290/

Runes: The Forgotten Path new “Rise and Shine” Teaser Trailer – Kickstarter Campaign Launching on April 27

Italian game developer Stormborn Studio is very pleased to share the new “Rise and Shine” teaser trailer for their fantasy VR adventure game Runes: The Forgotten Path. The studio is also excited to announce that a Kickstarter campaign for the game will be launched on April 27, with further details to be revealed later this month.

Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaAtXDmjoYA
“After opening up the studio last summer and giving all of our time and dedication to the game, we realized our dream was finally coming true,” said Alejandro Castedo of Stormborn Studio. “This game is the product of a long and hard adventure and now we want to finish it in the right way. The Kickstarter is the final push needed to make this game as we envisioned the first time we put a VR headset on and we want you to share this amazing adventure with us!”
Runes: The Forgotten Path is a fantasy game designed exclusively for VR (PC, Vive and Oculus Rift) in which the player can cast spells by drawing in the air with motion controllers. It features an innovative locomotion system called “4th Wall“ to provide a seamless experience devoid of motion sickness and an extra layer of narrative power.

Runes tells the story of Leth, a powerful wizard trying to escape from the Oblivion, a magical sleep prison of the mind. Astray from the path of righteousness and trapped inside himself by the tyrannical order of the Panopticon, he will have to face a blank beginning. With the use of his powerful spells and wits he will fight enemies, solve puzzles and pursue the recollection of all his lost memories.

Neverwinter: Shroud of Souls Update Coming to PC on May 2

The Cloaked Ascendancy has been defeated, but a new menace threatens the city in their wake. The next update for the free-to-play MMORPG based on the Dungeons & Dragons franchise, Neverwinter: Shroud of Souls will launch on May 2 for PC, following on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this spring. This update focuses on closing out the story of the Cloaked Ascendancy and brings several quality of life updates to Neverwinter. This includes an all-new adventure which sends players after a dangerous new foe, the Loadouts feature, a new Stronghold Siege event, a new Guild Hall social space and more.

In the wake of the Cloaked Ascendancy’s occupancy of the River District, a mysterious dragonborn necromancer emerges wielding a powerful artifact, the Shroud of Souls. Released from beneath the River District, she now controls an army of wraiths, and is set on summoning even more powerful spirits to lead her forces. Adventurers must set out to stop this evil plan and restore peace to the River District once more.

The long-awaited Loadouts feature debuts in Shroud of Souls, allowing players to create customized character builds, complete with gear configurations, for quick swapping across Neverwinter’s PvE, dungeons, PvP and more. Several improvements to Strongholds guild gameplay are introduced, including a dynamic Siege and an all-new customizable Guild Hall social space where players can relive their adventures with others and showcase their achievements in Neverwinter.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its nearby lands, learning the vivid history of the Forgotten Realms while battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is available on PC and is free to play digitally on Xbox One (with Xbox Live Gold) and PlayStation 4 (PlayStation Plus not required).

HARVEST MOON LIL’ FARMERS SPROUTING ON SMART DEVICES SOON!!

Videogame publisher Rising Star Games, in cooperation with publisher Natsume and game developer Daredevil Development, announced today its first ever app for smart devices, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers.

Available worldwide from May 25 this year, Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is a digital activity playset for young children – and the young at heart! Simple enough for young children to play alone, as well as with help from a caregiver, players can enjoy all the fun of farming and animal care with just a tap, swipe, drag and press of the screen.

Harvest Moon Lil’ Farmers is the first app published by Rising Star Games and is a mobile incarnation of the critically acclaimed and cherished Harvest Moon farming game series, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The app was created by the talented creative team at Daredevil Development, the studio behind recent popular apps based on classic kids’ franchises, including Postman Pat, Bob the Builder and Paddington Bear.

“We are thrilled to enter the app market with a title based on Harvest Moon, a series whose name has been synonymous with family-friendly gaming for 20 years”, said Martin Defries, Managing Director at Rising Star Games. “We worked in close partnership with the series’ originator Natsume for complete authenticity, and partnered with developer Daredevil for its impressive experience in delivering engaging and kid-friendly experiences based on trusted children’s brands. We can’t wait to share the outstanding results of this combined project with youngsters across the globe.”

That’s it for today!
~Ciao!

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