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War Thunder: ‘Regia Aeronautica’ released!
Gaijin Entertainment today announced the release of Update 1.69 ‘Regia Aeronautica’ for its vehicular combat MMOG War Thunder. “Regia Aeronautica” unlocks Italy as War Thunder’s sixth nation, initially offering a formidable line-up of 35 of the most historically accurate representations of their famous Air Force in any computer game ever. Other features include new aircraft and tanks for four other nations, the long-awaited ability to launch smoke shells and smokescreens from tanks, new realistic recreations of battlefields, and support for PlayStation 4 Pro.
The Regia Aeronautica
The new Italian aircraft tree stretches from Italy’s famous biplanes of the 1930’s to its powerful jet fighters of the 1960s. Among the latter is the Fiat G.91, a light, fast and agile fighter-bomber that is highly versatile in combat, thanks to its rapid-firing, heavy Browning machine guns, bombs and 38 rockets. Italian bombers include highlights such as the heavy four-engined Piaggio P.108B, which can carry a staggering 3.5 tons of bombs or three torpedoes. Its sister model, the ship hunter P.108A, comes equipped with a massive 102mm anti-ship cannon with 50 rounds of ammunition, which is now the largest aviation weapon in the game by far. All players will get gradual access to the new nation’s aircraft, with new models being unlocked for research every few days. More information will follow in the Developer’s Blog at: http://www.warthunder.com/en/devblog
New ground vehicles
The United States gets access to a new top-rank vehicle, the M60A2 “Starship”, which can fire both conventional shells and guided-missiles from its 152mm cannon. For the Soviet Union, the T-55A is introduced as a worthy successor to the T-54, sporting excellent close combat and flanking capabilities. The German tree sees its first armored car, the Sd.Kfz. 234/2 “Puma” with a rapid-firing 50mm cannon.
Smoke shells and smokescreen launchers
Two completely new features in War Thunder are smoke shells and smokescreen launchers. The former, will allow tankers to deploy protective smoke over large distances, while the latter is an effective method to hide from enemy fire while repairing on the battlefield or defending a capture point.
Three new locations
The ground battles location ‘Kuban’ has been greatly revamped, which will make tank combat on the new location much more tactical and varied. For pilots, the hot sands of ‘Tunisia’ await, while naval captains can now assault the Black Sea on the new ‘Black Sea Port’ map.
PlayStation 4 Pro support
Now, thanks to the improved performance of the PlayStation 4 Pro console, owners can play War Thunder in native 4K resolution.
For more information, visit: http://warthunder.com/en/news/4726-update-1-69-regia-aeronautica-released-en
VR Game of the Year, SUPERHOT VR, Comes to VIVE
Winner of the D.I.C.E. award for Immersive Reality Game of the Year and the fastest-selling game for Oculus Touch, SUPERHOT VR is available today for VIVE.
SUPERHOT VR for VIVE comes complete with the recent FOREVER update, expanding the experience even further with new modes, challenges, and endgame content. Early-adopters save 20% with a launch week discount, with the option of bundling the original SUPERHOT for even more savings.
Watch the SUPERHOT VR for VIVE launch trailer:
No regenerating health bars. No conveniently placed ammo drops. It’s just you, outnumbered and outgunned, grabbing the weapons of fallen enemies to shoot, slice, and maneuver through a hurricane of slow-motion bullets.
SUPERHOT VR is a title reimagined and redesigned from the ground up for VR and hand-tracking controllers. Since releasing last December, SUPERHOT VR has been named VR Game of the Year by the New York Game Awards, Unity Vision Summit, and nominated for additional awards at GDCA, Digital Dragons, and many more.
SUPERHOT VR is available now for VIVE on Steam:
LEGO Worlds Expands the Creative Building Experience with New Sandbox Mode
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today released the first game update for LEGO Worlds , a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO bricks. The new content, available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and STEAM, expands the LEGO Worlds universe with Sandbox Mode and adds highly requested game features, new themes and smoother UI.
To view the trailer, please visit the WB Games UK YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/lYurUl71G4w.
- Sandbox Mode – An immersive building experience where players can let their imaginations run wild with all of the game’s tools, objects and bricks instantly available at their fingertips. This mode will skip the LEGO Worlds’ tutorial worlds, so new players will want to try Adventure Mode first in order to fully understand the tools – and some of the rarest, harder to find creatures are locked until they’re found in Adventure Mode.
- New Models for the Brick Build Showcase Coming Soon – Players should keep an eye out for new models coming soon to the Brick Build Showcase. The brick built models will include new characters, creatures, vehicles, props and items from the Nexo Knight and City Emergency themes, with even more themes to follow.
- Updated UI – The LEGO Worlds updated user interface includes a new Front Menu and the removal of a few prompts from in-game.
Announcement of Executive Assault 2
Executive Assault; the real time strategy/first person shooter game which has sold over 50,000 copies is now moving into outer space with a sequel.
Orbiting the planet, your HQ now floats majestically through the heavens. Connect spaceship factories, robot assemblers, trading ports, and defence platforms to help take over the quadrant. Then go into FPS mode and defend the station from the inside, take control of the turrets, get into a fighter ship and have a fly about or just simply enjoy the view as you watch your station run.
In Executive Assault 2 you can play the game in RTS mode building your space station, trade with passing merchants, manufacture a fleet of huge star ships, assemble robots to help protect your station or attack someone else’s, setup station security with forcefields and turrets, power management and research new and exciting technologies.
You can also play in FPS mode walking around the space station you just built, interact with various systems, help out by manning turrets or just grabbing a gun, take fighter ships out for a spin to explore new systems or defend the station or board a star ship and join the fleet attacking an opponents station.
Executive Assault 2 is also multiplayer so you can join your friends and play cooperatively or against each other in exciting space battles.
The game is hopefully set to be released by the end of the year.
Terror Comes to Ancient Greece Today: Medusa’s Labyrinth VR Now Available on Steam
Guru Games unleashes a whole new level of terror in Ancient Greece today with the launch of Medusa’s Labyrinth on VR for Oculus Touch and HTC Vive. Downloaded over 250,000 times on Steam, Medusa’s Labyrinth immerses players in a beautiful yet terrifying environment where they must survive the horrors of the labyrinth in order to discover its sinister secrets and make it out alive.
“From the beginning we’ve always thought that Medusa’s Labyrinth would be a terrifying experience on VR”, said CEO of Guru Games, Daniel Strom. “It’s a great use of the technology to completely immerse you in this creepy environment and really make you jump out of your skin. We highly recommend it to horror fans”.
Set in ancient Greece, Medusa’s Labyrinth brings horror to one of the most recognizable and epic chapters of history, immersing you in stories written more than two thousand years ago that are still with us today. Using stealthy prowess and a few precious resources, you must maneuver through claustrophobic caverns, encountering horrific monsters along the way in order to survive the labyrinth and discover its sinister secrets. Medusa’s Labyrinth has been downloaded more than 250,000 times on Steam and is now available on Oculus Touch and HTC Vive for 9.99€/£6.99/$9.99.
Steam page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/624560/Medusas_Labyrinth_VR/
Grim Dawn sells over 1 million copies
Crate Entertainment are thrilled to announce that Grim Dawn has now sold over one million copies on PC, plus over 200k copies of the Crucible arena mode DLC!
In celebration of this epic milestone, we’ve marked Grim Dawn 50% off through our website until the end of May. It is also currently 50% off through Humble Store, during their spring encore sale!
It’s crazy to think that this success story somehow arose from such humble and uncertain beginnings, overcoming so many setbacks and challenges. I repeatedly questioned what I was doing those first three, hard years of development. Looking back, I think the only thing that kept me going on the bad days, was the responsibility I felt to see it through, for the people who had invested time in the project and those who supported us early on through our website. Even with that drive to see it through, no matter my doubts, the later support of thousands more backers on Kickstarter and Early Access, validated what we were doing and gave us a real shot at making the dream a reality.
It was still a long road and lot of sweat and tears, from the 2012 Kickstarter to our 2016 release but I had the great fortune to find amazing teammates who made that journey a lot easier and the game much better than it could have been otherwise. Much thanks must also go to my long-time friends “Rhis,” “Jmack” and Brian Parnell (now working on his own project Praey for the Gods) – without their early help; Grim Dawn may have never got off the ground.
Since the release of Grim Dawn, the Crate team has grown to 14 developers. We’re now working to finish up the Grim Dawn expansion and, because we can never seem to make things easy on ourselves, we’ve started some other projects as well.
We’re looking forward to getting the Grim Dawn expansion into the hands of fans and we can’t wait to share news about our future projects. Until then, keep perfecting your builds, collecting those crafting mats, making morally questionable quest choices and remember it’s not healthy to spend too much time in the void!
…Oh and try not to piss off any gods (or do?), keep away from Loxmere and don’t eat too many untouched meals – who knows where they’ve been!
Arthur and the Crate Team
Prison Architect: Mobile Available to Download Free Today
Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games you’ll play from 30 years to life, today released Prison Architect: Mobile, a touch-screen version of the BAFTA award-winning management simulation game from Introversion Software. Prison Architect: Mobile, a game that challenges players to design, build, and maintain their own maximum security prison, is available today for iPad and Android tablets. The game is free to download and play, while additional in-game features and content are available for purchase.
Prison Architect: Mobile is available at these links:
Prison Architect: Mobile, developed by Introversion Software and Tag Games, challenges players to construct and manage a maximum security prison, from laying out cell blocks and inmate facilities to managing staff pay and prisoner morale. Prison designs will include basic necessities like cells, canteens, guard rooms, and infrastructure, but players can also include features like solitary confinement, workout areas, and even an execution chamber. Careful consideration and strategy will be required to keep prisons operating and growing – and avoiding budget shortfalls or violent riots. Players can begin the game for free and play through the game’s opening campaign chapter, with more challenges and storylines available in additional chapters via in-game purchase.
For more information on Prison Architect: Mobile, visit https://www.paradoxplaza.com/prison-architect .
Jump into Action with Magikarp Jump!
The Pokémon Company International announced today that Magikarp Jump is now available for download at no charge on the App Store and on Google Play.
Train your Magikarp to soar as high as possible in Magikarp Jump! The lowly Magikarp now gets its time in the spotlight with this fun app for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Feed and develop your Magikarp to maximize the Pokémon’s jump power to reach new heights. Then compete to see if your Magikarp is the best. Can your Magikarp rise to the level of League Champion?
During your training, if Magikarp gets knocked out, or retires upon reaching Lv. 20, you’ll start over with a new generation of Magikarp. But not all progress is lost—your new Pokémon will start off a little bit stronger than your last. Keep training every Magikarp until you can make it to the top of the in-game tournament ladder!
While you’re raising your Magikarp, keep an eye out for Pokémon that want to help you. For example, some Pokémon you encounter will give you food to keep your Magikarp nourished.
When you do well in jumping tournaments, you can get commemorative photos of your achievement. You can share these photos online and with friends to show the world how well you’ve trained your Magikarp.
Magikarp Jump also features in-app purchases, where you can spend real money on a variety of things to speed up your training, replenish your food stock, and catch more Magikarp. You can also purchase decor to customize your Magikarp’s habitat.
For more information about Magikarp Jump, please visit: pokemon.com/uk/app/pokemon-magikarp-jump/
That’s all for the news today!