SEGA Europe Ltd and The Creative Assembly Ltd. today announced that the physical release of A Total War Saga: TROY™ will release on Thursday 5 November.
This follows A Total War Saga: TROY’s enormously successful debut on Epic Games Store in August, where it was claimed by over 7.5 million players in its first 24 hours on launch.
To celebrate that success, the physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will initially be released in a limited edition steelbook. This steelbook package includes the Amazons DLC, bringing warrior queen Penthesilea and her sister Hippolyta to the Bronze Age battle, along with new Epic Missions, cavalry units, unique faction mechanics and much more.
Using Total War’s BAFTA award-winning marriage of grand turn-based strategy and spectacular real-time battles, A Total War Saga: TROY™ plunges players into the legendary Bronze-Age conflict of the Trojan War, where they assume the roles of Achilles, Hector, and many other legendary heroes as they fight to defend the great city of Troy… or raze it to the ground.
The physical edition of A Total War Saga: TROY will be released on 5 November and will cost £39.99. Further details on TROY can be found here.
More than three billion people on the planet play games for fun, escape, and human connection.
Unlike any other medium, games empower people to engage in creativity, strategic thinking and teamwork, immersing them into interactive stories and worlds created by some of the world’s most amazing creators.
The cultural phenomenon of gaming has made it the largest and fastest-growing form of entertainment in the world—an industry that is expected to be more than $200 billion in annual revenue in 2021.
As the gaming industry transforms from a device-centric era to a player-centric era powered by new technology that provides the freedom to play with friends anywhere on any device, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) on Monday announced plans to acquire ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, one of the largest, privately held game developers and publishers in the world.
Creators of critically acclaimed and best-selling gaming franchises including The Elder Scrolls and Fallout among many others, Bethesda brings an impressive portfolio of games, technology, talent, as well as a track record of blockbuster commercial success, to Xbox. Under the terms of the agreement, Microsoft will acquire ZeniMax Media for $7.5 billion in cash.
With unique investments in content, community, and the cloud, Microsoft’s gaming strategy differs from others by empowering people to play the games they want, with the people they want, anywhere they want. Games are the primary growth engine in gaming, and games are fueling new cloud-gaming services like Xbox Game Pass, which has reached a new milestone of over 15 million subscribers. With the addition of Bethesda, Microsoft will grow from 15 to 23 creative studio teams and will be adding Bethesda’s iconic franchises to Xbox Game Pass. This includes Microsoft’s intent to bring Bethesda’s future games into Xbox Game Pass the same day they launch on Xbox or PC, like Starfield, the highly anticipated, new space epic currently in development by Bethesda Game Studios.
“Gaming is the most expansive category in the entertainment industry, as people everywhere turn to gaming to connect, socialize and play with their friends,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass—from Minecraft to Flight Simulator. As a proven game developer and publisher, Bethesda has seen success across every category of games, and together, we will further our ambition to empower the more than three billion gamers worldwide.”
“This is an awesome time to be an Xbox fan. In the last 10 days alone, we’ve released details on our two new consoles which go on pre-order tomorrow, launched cloud gaming in Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, and now we’re making another investment in the most critical part of our strategy: the games,” said Phil Spencer, executive vice president, Gaming at Microsoft. “Generations of gamers have been captivated by the renowned franchises in the Bethesda portfolio and will continue to be so for years to come as part of Xbox.”
The planned acquisition includes publishing offices and development studios spanning the globe with over 2,300 employees, including Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, ZeniMax Online Studios, Arkane, MachineGames, Tango Gameworks, Alpha Dog, and Roundhouse Studios. Bethesda’s critically acclaimed and best-selling franchises include The Elder Scrolls, Fallout, DOOM, Quake, Wolfenstein, and Dishonored, among others.
Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media was founded in 1999 by Chairman and CEO Robert A. Altman; Bethesda’s structure and leadership will remain in place.
“This is a thrilling day for this company, our employees, and our fans. We have enjoyed a close partnership with Microsoft for decades, and this deal is a natural progression of those years working together,” said Altman. “The big winners today are our fans. We are continuing to develop our slate of AAA games, but now with Microsoft’s scale and entire Game Stack, our games can only get better.”
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and completion of regulatory review. Microsoft expects the acquisition to close in the second half of fiscal year 2021 and to have minimal impact to non-GAAP operating income in fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Non-GAAP excludes the expected impact of purchase accounting adjustments, as well as integration and transaction-related expenses.
For more information, please visit the blog post from Phil Spencer, EVP Gaming at Microsoft.
Novatech Ltd, specialist providers of high-end Gaming PCs, Workstations and Servers, has just launched three new Gaming PC’s equipped with the latest NVIDIA 3080 Graphics Cards.
Novatech’s Reign Paladin MKI, a ‘workstation that meets a Gaming PC’, the Reign Paladin MKI is designed for 1440p, 4K Gaming & Content Creation. Novatech are offering the option for gamers to build their own dream rig, using the base option of either an Intel or AMD machine and completely design a custom PC from scratch.
The two additional new Gaming PCs, Elite Panther and Elite Python are equipped with the brand new state of the art GeForce RTX 30 series GPUs to deliver the ultimate performance for gamers and creators. They’re powered by Ampere-NVIDIAs 2nd gen RTX architecture-with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors for the most realistic ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge AI features. Novatech’s Elite Gaming PCs are complete machines for easy use, beautifully simple yet engineered for high performance. Novatech’s Elite Panther is quietly powerful, harnessing the raw processing capabilities of the Ryzen 9 3900X and GeForce RTX 3080 to tear through gaming along with photo and video editing, streaming anything else you want to throw at it! The Panther is illuminated by subtly RGB and housed in the sleep BeQuiet Pure 500, ideal for gamers and streamers alike.
The Elite Python is designed for frame crushing performance, using the latest and greatest hardware offerings from Intel and NVIDIA, creating the pinnacle of gaming performance. Squeezing every last frame out of your game, no matter how big or tough it might be has never been easier. The Python is ready and waiting for you.
Elite Python Specifications: ● Intel i9 Processor, 10th Generation CPU ● 16GB RGB Memory ● Brand new NVIDIA RTX 3080 GPU ● 2TB Hard drive ● 500GB NVME SSD
NVIDIA DLSS is groundbreaking AI rendering that boosts frame rates by 1.5X* or more with uncompromised image quality using the dedicated AI processing Tensor cores on GeForce RTX. This gives you the performance headroom to crank up settings and resolutions for an incredible visual experience like no other.
NVIDIA’s CEO Jensen Huang was as quite enthusiastic about NVIDIA’s latest advances in ray tracing and DLSS technology, and both seemed to be used a lot in their testing at higher resolutions for the new Graphics Cards.
NVIDIA’S new GPUs were reviewed by Dave James at PC Gamer and here’s what he said “ There is potentially more competition in the high-end GPU space again, and with the RTX 30-series lineup announced so far it looks like the green team is going for some shock and awe tactics ahead of the upcoming Radeon launch. So, thanks AMD for pushing Nvidia, because we’re getting some great cards being released to loom over Big Navi”
“No matter the genre, Nintendo Switch owners will find a game they are looking for from our creative development and publishing partners,” said Steve Singer, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Publisher and Developer Relations. “We appreciate the innovative experiences our partners continue delivering for Nintendo Switch, and are happy to share their latest games in these Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase videos.”
Some of the highlights revealed in the Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase and the Monster Hunter spotlight video include:
MONSTER HUNTER RISE: This latest entry in the action-RPG series finds players battling fearsome monsters and reaching new heights. Prepare to be transported to the colorful Kamura Village, a new serene mountain locale where players will experience unique culture and innovative hunting technologies. Using a special insect called a Wirebug, hunters will be able to grapple themselves in any direction, making it possible to scale towering cliffs and structures. All combat areas within each quest are seamlessly connected, allowing for exploration of the vast and vertical landscapes with no loading times. MONSTER HUNTER RISE launches for Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021. Additionally, a Deluxe Edition will also be available, which offers the full game and bonus DLC. Pre-ordering the base or Deluxe version will unlock bonus in-game items like layered armor and more. Players will be able to get even more in-game extras with Monster Hunter amiibo accessories. The three standalone amiibo accessories will be available exclusively at GameStop locations in the U.S. and EB Games in Canada. Visit Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch today for details about how to pre-order the game.
MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: Wings of Ruin: Currently in development, MONSTER HUNTER STORIES 2: Wings of Ruin puts players in the role of a Monster Rider who befriends iconic monsters from the Monster Hunter series as they embark on epic adventures together. More information about this story-based role-playing game coming to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021 will be revealed in the future.
Ori and the Will of the Wisps: The little spirit Ori is no stranger to peril, but when a fateful flight puts the owlet Ku in harm’s way, it will take more than bravery to bring a family back together, heal a broken land and discover Ori’s true destiny. From Moon Studios, the creators of the acclaimed action-platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, comes a new adventure in a vast, vibrant world filled with new friends and foes that come to life in stunning, hand-painted artwork. Set to a fully orchestrated original score, Ori and the Will of the Wisps continues the Moon Studios tradition of tightly crafted platforming action and deeply emotional storytelling. Ori and the Will of the Wisps launches for Nintendo Switch … today! Plus, the “Ori Collector’s Edition” is available for pre-order from iam8bit.
Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise: The sequel to Fitness Boxing has entered the ring! Grab the Joy-Con controllers, select the music and courses, and get to a variety of boxing exercises! Players can pick any one of nine instructors, each with their own distinctive personality, with three making their debut in the game: Karen, Janice and Hiro. As players continue exercising, their bond with the instructors will grow. Players can even customize their outfits, providing more variety to their workouts. Several features are included in this installment, including a two-player mode, an alarm function and the ability to remove certain boxing actions. Save data can even be carried over from the first Fitness Boxing game! Fitness Boxing 2: Rhythm & Exercise launches on Nintendo Switch on Dec. 4.
Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny: As a result of Super Reincarnation, the boastful zombie Zed gets stronger the more he dies! By reincarnating their way through a variety of worlds, players will face off against the strongest God of Destruction. Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny marks the first time the series uses 3D models, with vibrant characters full of personality and the return of the series’ over-the-top battle system. Get ready for an experience that defies common sense, genre and destiny when Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny comes exclusively to Nintendo Switch in summer 2021. But the Disgaea news doesn’t stop there: Beginning Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. PT until Sept. 29 at 11:59 p.m. PT, Nintendo Switch Online members* will be able to download and play the full version of Disgaea 5 Complete.
Hades: Defy the god of the dead in this Greek mythology-inspired dungeon crawler. Thousands of story events and ability combinations ensure a unique experience each time players hack and slash their way out of the Underworld, wielding the powers and mythical weapons of Olympus to aid in their escape. Hades launches for Nintendo Switch … today!
Empire of Sin: In this new strategy game, players enter the criminal underworld of Prohibition-era Chicago in the 1920s. It’s up to players to hustle, charm and intimidate their way to the top of the pile and do whatever it takes to stay there. Empire of Sin launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 1 and is available for pre-order staring today.
Sniper Elite 4: Across the largest and most diverse world ever seen in a Sniper Elite game, players can look forward to the series-defining ballistics, tense stealth and third-person action. Sniper Elite 4 launches for Nintendo Switch this holiday season.
PGA TOUR 2K21: The fairway is open in PGA TOUR 2K21! Play against the in-game pros on visually stunning real-life courses, hit the links with friends locally and online*, or run full seasons and tournaments with Online Societies. Design and share the ultimate golf course using tons of custom options with the Course Designer. The digital version of PGA TOUR 2K21 is now available in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, with the physical version of the game launching on Sept. 25.
The Long Dark: In this exploration-survival game, players are on their own as they journey through a frozen wilderness in the aftermath of a geomagnetic disaster. A chilling narrative awaits players in the WINTERMUTE Story Mode, or they can choose to enjoy hours of permadeath gameplay in Survival Mode. Experience true survival on Nintendo Switch when The Long Dark launches … today!
BALAN WONDERWORLD: As Leo and Emma, players will don costumes to wield a variety of abilities. A costume with a gear ability, for example, lets players rotate gears to open doors or access new paths. There are more than 80 costumes to find, with the ability to carry up to three at once. Change between costumes to collect crystals and Statues scattered throughout stages. A two-player mode is also available! By combining costume abilities with friends, players may be able to reach new locations. BALAN WONDERWORLD will make its grand entrance on Nintendo Switch on March 26, 2021.
Rune Factory 5: Build a new life amidst a grand adventure in this heartwarming RPG. As a young man or woman with no memories, players will get a fresh start in the rural town of Rigbarth as a peacekeeping ranger. In addition to protecting the town, players’ day-to-day lives will include harvesting crops, fishing in the river and participating in local festivals. They may even find a special someone to start dating, fall in love with … and get married to! A new battle system allows players to perform combo attacks with allies to take down monsters. Begin life anew in a fantasy world when Rune Factory 5 launches on Nintendo Switch in 2021.
Details about the next Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase will be revealed in the future.
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) today announced launch date and price details for its highly anticipated next-generation videogame system, PlayStation®5.
SIE also revealed new updates to the PS5™ game portfolio, including Final Fantasy XVI, Fortnite, Hogwarts Legacy, and a new God of War title.
On November 12, PS5 will launch in seven key markets: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea. The global rollout will continue on November 19 with launches throughout the rest of the world, including Europe, Middle East, South America, Asia and South Africa.
The PS5 Digital Edition will be available for a recommended retail price (RRP) of $399.99/¥39,980/€399.99/£360, and PS5 with an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc drive will be available for an RRP of $499.99/¥49,980/€499.99/£449.
Pre-orders will be available starting today at select retailers.
Both PS5 models use the same custom processor with integrated CPU and GPU for high-fidelity graphics up to 4K, as well as the same ultra-high speed SSD with integrated I/O that will deliver lightning-fast loading. Both PS5 models also offer a deepened sense of immersion through the DualSense wireless controller and 3D audio capabilities, so players will enjoy the same transformative gameplay experiences regardless of which PS5 they choose.
“Since we first announced our next generation console last year, we have received astounding support from developers and gaming fans all around the world, and it’s truly humbling,” said Jim Ryan, president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment. “Now we are just a couple of months away from launching PS5, which will offer a new generation of experiences that go beyond players’ expectations of how games can look, feel, sound, and play. We can’t wait for our fans to experience for themselves the incredible speed, the heightened immersion and the breathtaking games on PS5 when we launch this November.”
Adding to its growing games portfolio, SIE today unveiled several new titles coming to PS5, including:
Devil May Cry 5™ Special Edition (Capcom)
Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix)
Five Nights at Freddy’s Security Breach (Steel Wool Studios and ScottGames)
Hogwarts Legacy (Warner Bros. Games)
A new God of War title (Santa Monica Studio)
With titles such as Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and Demon’s Souls, the breadth of unique gaming experiences coming to PS5 represent the best lineup in PlayStation history.
To support the PlayStation®4 community as they transition to the next generation when they’re ready, SIE will launch PS4™ versions of a few exclusive titles: Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Sackboy A Big Adventure, and Horizon Forbidden West.
While these three games were designed to take advantage of PS5 and its unique next-gen features like the ultra-high speed SSD and DualSense controller, PS4 owners will also be able to enjoy these experiences when they launch. The PS4 digital versions of launch games include a free upgrade on both PS5 consoles, while the PS4 disc versions of these games include a free upgrade on the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc drive.
In addition, SIE today revealed the PlayStation Plus Collection, a curated lineup of PS4 games that defined the generation, which will be available to PS Plus members to download and play on PS5. The PS Plus Collection features critically acclaimed games, including Batman™ Arkham Knight, Bloodborne, Fallout 4, God of War, Monster Hunter: World, Persona 5 and many more.
PlayStation 5 Launch Day Games from SIE Worldwide Studios
Astro’s Playroom (Japan Studio) – pre-installed on PS5
Demon’s Souls (Bluepoint Games / Japan Studio) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Destruction AllStars (Lucid Games / XDEV) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (Insomniac Games) – US$49.99/¥5,900/€59.99 (RRP)
Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles MoralesUltimate Edition (Insomniac Games) – US$69.99/¥7,900/€79.99 (RRP)
Sackboy A Big Adventure (Sumo Digital / XDEV) – US$59.99/¥6,900/€69.99 (RRP)
CPU x86-64-AMD Ryzen™ “Zen 2” 8 Cores / 16 Threads Variable frequency, up to 3.5 GHz GPU AMD Radeon™ RDNA 2-based graphics engine Ray Tracing Acceleration Variable frequency, up to 2.23 GHz (10.3 TFLOPS) System Memory GDDR6 16GB 448GB/s Bandwidth SSD 825GB 5.5GB/s Read Bandwidth (Raw) Optical Drive Ultra HD Blu-ray (66G/100G) ~10xCAV BD-ROM (25G/50G) ~8xCAV BD-R/RE (25G/50G) ~8xCAV DVD ~3.2xCLV PS5 Game Disc Ultra HD Blu-ray, up to 100GB/disc Video Out HDMI™ OUT port Support of 4K 120Hz TVs, 8K TVs, VRR (specified by HDMI ver.2.1) Audio “Tempest” 3D AudioTech Dimensions PS5: Approx. 390mm x 104mm x 260mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection, excludes Base) PS5 Digital Edition: Approx. 390mm x 92mm x 260mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection, excludes Base) Weight PS5: 4.5kg PS5 Digital Edition: 3.9kg Power PS5: 350W PS5 Digital Edition: 340W Input/Output USB Type-A port (Hi-Speed USB) USB Type-A port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) x2 USB Type-C® port (Super-Speed USB 10Gbps) Networking Ethernet (10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T) IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Bluetooth® 5.1 DualSense™ Wireless Controller Specifications
Dimensions Approx. 160mm x 66mm x 106mm (excludes largest projection) (width x height x depth) Weight Approx. 280g Buttons PS button, Create button, Options button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1 button, R2/L2 button (with Trigger Effect) Left stick / L3 button, Right stick / R3 button, Touch Pad button, MUTE button Touch Pad 2 Point Touch Pad, Capacitive Type, Click Mechanism Motion Sensor Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope + three-axis accelerometer) Audio Built-in Microphone Array, Built-in Mono Speaker, Stereo Headset Jack Output : 48kHz/16bit, Input : 24kHz/16bit Feedback Trigger Effect (on R2/L2 button), Vibration (haptic feedback by dual actuators), Indicators (Light bar / Player indicator / MUTE status) Ports USB Type-C® port (Hi-Speed USB), Stereo Headset Jack, Charging Terminals CommunicationWireless Bluetooth® Ver5.1 Wired USB connection (HID, Audio) BatteryType Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery Voltage DC 3.65V
Jagex, creators and custodians of the iconic living game RuneScape, today introduced a refresh of Distractions and Diversions, marking 12 years of D&D content in the game.
The developers took a closer look at the classic Distraction and Diversion Penguin Hide and Seek and have added new rewards, updated graphics, and an elusive bunch of frosty secret agent penguins. Additionally, a new advanced Distraction and Diversion has been introduced – The Effigy Incubator.
Penguin Hide and Seek Building on the popular Penguin quest line, Penguin Hide and Seek challenges players to seek out and find members of the KGP (Killer Gentoo Penguins) who have infiltrated Gielinor. The PBJ (Polar Bears for Justice) has noticed an increase in KGP activity thanks to an influx of new Secret Agent penguins. Players who participate in this improved Distraction and Diversion will be able to gain new rewards including the Sheldon the Baby Penguin pet, new titles, and a penguin tracking device.
The Effigy Incubator Players who have completed the recently released Desperate Measures quest will be able to take part in a new advanced Distraction and Diversion – The Effigy Incubator. A frenzied, time-based D&D that gives windfalls of XP every month, but also pumps out best-in-slot urns. Players can use these urns while they are out in the world to aid their skilling. The powerful effigies have existed and been appreciated in game since June 2010, and successful adventurers will discover Kerapac’s secret lab to make their own, while revealing intriguing new dragonkin lore.
Distractions and Diversions – a popular content type in RuneScape – offer minigames for when players want a break from the game’s everyday cycle of quests, combat and skilling. With over 30 different activities, these minigames renew on a daily, weekly or monthly basis and ensure that there is always extra entertainment to be had outside of the core gameplay.
RuneScape players can join in these and other Distractions and Diversions at www.runescape.com
Originally released in 2003, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time redefined action-adventure gaming thanks to innovative gameplay, a compelling story and charismatic characters. Praised by the players, the original game was also acclaimed by the press with a 92 Metacritic score.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake marks Ubisoft’s first full-scale remake.
Amidst the scorched sands of ancient Persia, there is a legend spun in an ancient tongue. It speaks of a time borne of blood and ruled by deceit. Drawn to the dark powers of a magic dagger, a young Prince is led to unleash a deadly evil upon a beautiful kingdom. Embark on a journey as the Prince to defeat the treacherous Vizier and return the Sands to the hourglass. Master the Sands of Time and use your dagger to control time itself. Fight cursed enemies and solve puzzles along the way.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake has been rebuilt from the ground up in the Anvil engine for the PlayStation® 4 systems, Xbox One systems and PC. Experience a fresh take on the genre defining classic with completely rebuilt textures, contrasted lightings for strong atmospheres, and new cinematics. In addition experience modernised combat mechanics.
A CLASSIC REBORN Experience the original epic tale of the Prince on his journey for redemption. Travel back in time with the return of the Prince’s original voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal.
REIMAGINED FOR TODAY Fight new enemy character models and enjoy entirely new cinematic sequences along with enhanced voices, sounds, parkour animations, and soundtrack.
WIELD THE POWER OF TIME Master the Sands of Time and use your dagger to reverse, accelerate, freeze, and slow time itself while solving puzzles along the way.
BREATHTAKING GRAPHICAL UPDATES Immerse yourself in ancient Persia with more realistic graphics, pre-baked rendering, and VFX as you fight cursed enemies along your journey.
MODERNISED CONTROLS Camera, controls, and combat have been completely rebuilt and updated for todays standards. Choose between the original or modernised mapping.
EXPAND YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH BONUSES Unlock Prince of Persia, the original game from 1989(’92 Mac version) along your adventure. Access it from main menu whenever you want. And more surprises await! Short Description Experience the classic tale that redefined action-adventure gaming in this full-scale remake for a new generation.
Embark on a journey as the Prince to prevent the powerful Sands of Time to fall into the hands of the treacherous Vizier. Master the Sands of Time and use your dagger to control time itself. Fight cursed enemies and solve puzzles along the way.
Pre-Order BonusPre-order and get additional in-game content, the Back to the Origins Set. Including:
The Original Outfit: Travel back in time with the original costume of the Prince.
The Original Weapons Set: Mythical weapons of the past are back and will be yours!
A Classic Screen Filter: Change the graphics of your game and give it an old-school feeling.
Players can now pre-order the Day One edition or the TV Edition of Little Nightmares IIon Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC Digital. Pre-orders of the Day One edition will receive the Mokujin Mask for Mono, inspired from the popular character from TEKKEN. Digital pre-orders will be available at a later date.
The Day One edition of the game will give players access to the Nomes’ Attic, an exclusive DLC for Little Nightmares II as well as a mini-soundtrack, composed by Tobias Lilja.
The TV Edition will add, in addition to the Nomes’ Attic DLC and Mokujin mask, the complete soundtrack of the game as well as an exclusive diorama of Mono & Six, an artbook, a steelbook case and stickers for the game. This edition is available for pre-order starting today in Europe.
Visit the BNEE E-Commerce Store to get the Mono keychain added to pre-orders of the Day One Edition, and a 3D lenticular art for the TV Edition. In addition to these, an exclusive limited edition figurine is available to be purchased now at this link.
Little Nightmares II will be available starting February 11, 2021 on Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC Digital, and later in 2021 for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X with a free upgrade for owners of the PlayStation 4 or Xbox One version.
Days of Wonder is excited to announce the release of Small World® of Warcraft® today in stores and online, including the Blizzard Gear Store.
Small World® of Warcraft® is a new board game combining the Small World game mechanics with Blizzard Entertainment’s acclaimed Warcraft® universe. The game is set on Blizzard’s fantasy world of Azeroth, where the races of the Alliance and the Horde—including Orcs, Dwarves, Trolls, and Worgen—clash in a world-consuming conflict.
In Small World of Warcraft, players choose combinations of special powers and races from the Warcraft universe, such as Portal Mage Pandaren or Herbalist Goblins, and vie for control of Azeroth. To help them achieve dominance, players will occupy legendary places and seek control of powerful artifacts. However, all empires must eventually fall, so players will have to make hard decisions and allow an overextended race under their control to fall into decline and allow a new one to vie for control of Azeroth.
Days of Wonder worked closely with Blizzard to create a game that seamlessly brings together both universes. Small World of Warcraft features a variety of new and exclusive artwork that captures the feel of the colorful and vibrant Warcraft universe, with races and special powers designed to be familiar to the millions of WoW® players around the world.
“Working alongside Blizzard has been an amazing experience. Not only did our vision for the game align quickly, but the creative work we’ve done together has been intense and extremely satisfying,” said Adrien Martinot, head of Days of Wonder. “Blizzard allowed us to dive deep into the rich Warcraft universe, and I’m eager to see this incredible cooperation come to light with the game’s release.”
Small World of Warcraft is a standalone game designed for 2 to 5 players and can be completed in 40 to 80 minutes. It includes 6 double-sided boards, 16 Warcraft Race banners, 182 Matching Race tokens and 15 Murloc tokens, 20 Unique Special Power badges, 5 Player Summary Sheets, 12 Artifact and Legendary place markers, 10 Mountains, 9 Wisp Walls, 4 Harmony tokens, 12 Bombs, 1 Champion, 10 Forts, 2 Military Objectives, 5 Beasts, 6 Watch Towers, 110 Victory coins, 1 Custom Reinforcement die, 1 Game turn track, 1 Game turn marker, 1 rulebook and 1 Team Variant Rules sheet.
Small World of Warcraft is available now in North America and Europe at a suggested retail price of $59.99/£60 and will be available in the following languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Slovak, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Fans can purchase the game from the Blizzard Gear Store as well as other retails stores and online.
Small World is a registered trademark of Days of Wonder, and World of Warcraft and Warcraft are registered trademarks of Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.
Just AI, the international vendor of conversational AI tools and technologies, today announced the release of Lovecraft World for Google Assistant and Google Nest Hub smart display. The release marks the first-ever voice-controlled animated game of its kind for smart displays.
With 100 million households set to own a smart display by 2023 and 90 million adults already smart speaker owners, platforms must provide immersive content to attract and retain consumers. Gaming is poised to play an instrumental part in the shaping of these newly burgeoning markets with platforms such as smart displays offering distinct advantages over traditional mobile gaming. Pairing voice with smart screen elements further unlocks content creation possibilities by enabling immersive gaming experiences developed in a comic style for quicker gaming production and better results.
Just AI’s Lovecraft World game is a thrilling interactive audio story based on Howard Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu” book and provides players with over 60 scenes with unique video content. Each episode consists of one minute of action, followed by an interactive component in which the player is asked to choose the next step from multiple scenarios or to solve a puzzle. Some of the choices presented to the player could be the wrong ones, in which case the player must start from the last checkpoint.
Lovecraft World is the third voice-game released by Just AI, after previous games that included interactive dramas for smart speakers, and Da, Milord, which amassed 1.5 million players on Google Assistant and Yandex’s assistant, Alice. Just AI also provides open-source tools by which other developers can create voice games for voice assistant platforms and smart displays.
The Lovecraft World game was built using the open-source Kotlin-based framework JAICF and Google Interactive Canvas framework. JAICF allows the development of agile and complex conversational voice apps and integrates them natively with game engines. The Google Interactive Canvas framework delivers rich and addictive gaming mechanics and effects to the Google Nest smart display along with the porting of existing web-browser games (like games for Facebook) to Google smart displays.
“Just AI’s launch of Lovecraft on Google Assistant devices is a pioneering moment in smart display games, as it marks one of the first times that both voice and touch controls are integrated into the gaming experience,” said Kirill Petrov, CEO and Founder, of Just AI. “Aside from creating a great game, Just AI is showing other developers what is possible and providing even more of the top-notch content that players love.”