As part of RuneScape’s programme of 20th anniversary-themed content, the first instalment of ‘Once Upon A Time’, the living game’s multi-part anniversary storyline, launches in-game today.
Titled ‘Foreshadowing’, it begins a celebratory adventure that will run across the entire year and sees players journeying through the living game’s past, present and future as the story unravels.
In Once Upon A Time: Foreshadowing, players will meet both allies and antagonists who will establish the story’s themes and plot.
Players will encounter Relomia, emissary of the now deceased Sliske, as she attempts to find her place in a world without her idol and long-time players will recognise a few familiar faces as her adventure unfolds.
Completing Foreshadowing rewards players with a new kind of hat called ‘Relomia’s Party Hat’, paying tribute to the beloved and much sought-after party hat.
While RuneScape has already received more than 1,000 game and content updates in its two decades, 2021 is packed with 20th anniversary excitement and much more for both RuneScape and Old School RuneScape.
The Label’s annual Indie Showdown competition which celebrates indie game makers and honors excellence in the indie mobile game community is open through February 19, 2021.
Past winners include Levelhead by Butterscotch Shenanigans, What the Golf? by Triband, Mushroom 11 by Untame, Tiny Bubbles by Pine Street Codeworks, Old Man’s Journey by Broken Rules, and Bring You Home by Alike Studios.
Indie Showdown submissions will be judged not only on fun-factor, but on all aspects of the game’s craftsmanship – its design, technical, visual, and audio elements. With no cost to enter and cash prizes totaling $17,000, the world’s top mobile indie game makers are encouraged to submit today https://www.thelabel.game/indie-showdown.
“This is our sixth annual Indie Showdown and we’re excited to see what undiscovered games capture the judges’ attention and eventually land on the top charts,” said Mike Ouye, VP and General Manager, The Label. “While the year is just getting underway, there’s a lot to look forward to in 2021 when it comes to mobile games!”
The panel of judges will include the original Indie Showdown contest winner, Tim Garbos, Creative Director on What the Golf? as well as Itay Keren, founder of Untame Games and creator of Mushroom 11, and Joshua Babich, The Label’s Director of Product.
The top 10 games will be revealed on March 10, with winners announced shortly after. Prizes include: $10,000 for the grand first-place winner, $5,000 for the second place prize, and $2,000 for the third place winner.
Pre-launch: Your game must not be launched worldwide.
Indie: You must not have a publisher or signed publishing agreement.
Gayming Magazine are thrilled to announce that The Gayming Awards presented by EA Games will be exclusively broadcast worldwide on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/gaymingmag/, February 24th 2021, 20:00 GMT.
The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of video gaming.
Alongside this announcement, Gayming Magazine will also be welcoming several new sponsors for the 2021 Gayming Awards. Xbox, PlayStation, Hangar 13, Sold Out Games and Rocksteady will be joining the cohort of sponsors already partnered with the event.
Each award category will be represented by a different sponsor, the list you can find below:
Game of the Year – EA Games
Gayming Magazine Reader’s Award – PlayStation
Best LGBTQ Indie Game – Xbox
LGBTQ Streamer of the Year – Twitch
Industry Diversity Award – Square Enix
Authentic Representation Award – Green Man Gaming
Best LGBTQ Character – Rocksteady
Best LGBTQ Narrative – Hangar 13
On the Gayming Awards, Erin Wayne, Head of Community and Creator Marketing at Twitch, had the following to say: “Twitch is a place where people from all walks of life come together to share experiences and build community. The LGTBQIA+ community is one of the most passionate, welcoming, and engaging communities on Twitch and we are proud to support and recognize their achievements. We look forward to being the home for this year’s Gayming Awards, as well as presenting the award for the LGBTQ Streamer of the Year.”
Gayming Magazine has also revealed the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt, made in collaboration with Seven Squared. Proceeds from the shirt will be going to the video games mental health charity Safe In Our World. The t-shirt is available now at this link.
Kim Parker-Adcock, trustee of Safe In Our World, had the following to say on the collaboration, “We’re delighted to see Gayming Magazine and Seven Squared’s collaboration to create the official Gayming Awards 2021 t-shirt – this will support Safe In Our World in our mission and allow us to keep making positive change within the industry and beyond.”
Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.
Are you ready to boldly go where no game has gone before? You are? Excellent, because Thunderbox Entertainment are looking for intrepid space explorers to help them put the final coat of polish on their new game, The Captain is Dead!
If you reckon you’ve got what it takes to kick alien ass, fix a busted spaceship, and save your crazy crew, then be sure to join the beta for this intense, Dilithium-fuelled strategy that’s the perfect mash-up of board and video game.
The only prerequisite to join in, is any kind of computer or mobile device! If you’ve got one of those, then you’ll be able to play the game for free for an entire month – all you have to do is sign up, and then let the dev team know if you spot anything a little bit woo (as they say in the Orion Nebula).
And don’t beat about the binary star system… be sure to proceed at maximum warp, because spots on the beta are limited to a few hundred per platform!
Featuring next-gen visuals from the 90’s, a banging, synthwave soundtrack, better-than-average voice acting, and more lasers than a Skrillex gig, The Captain is Dead will be dropping out of warp on Steam, iOS and Android on February the 1st, 2021… but all you speedy space cadets can join the beta to start playing before anyone else, so sign up today!
HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of HyperX SoloCastTM USB microphone for streamers and content creators.
SoloCast offers Plug N Play audio recording capability and a tap-to-mute feature that indicates the mute status when the red LED is flashing. Using a cardioid recording pattern, it provides a clear sound ideal for streamers, casters, students, and working from home.
SoloCast microphone offers an easy Plug N Play setup. It utilises a cardioid polar pattern that is more sensitive to sound sources directly in front of the microphone, making it great for in-game voice chat, streaming voice audio, and audio recordings for content creation.
“We are excited to expand our USB microphone line with the addition of HyperX SoloCast,” said Bianca Walter, Business Manager, HyperX EMEA. “We are always looking for new ways to deliver an amazing user experience, expanding our USB microphone lineup with our new SoloCast brings a different option to streamers and content creators.”
The SoloCast small size and rotatable stand with adjustable tilt positions gives it the ability to fit in small or tight places, such as under a monitor. The included mount adapter fits both 3/8” and 5/8” thread sizes and is compatible with most stands and boom arms.
The SoloCast microphone joins the HyperX microphone lineup with the recently launched QuadCast S microphone with RGB lighting. Both microphones are compatible with PC, PS4, and Mac® and works on major streaming platforms like Streamlabs OBS, OBS Studio, and XSplit and is certified by Discord and TeamSpeakTM.
Availability HyperX SoloCast USB microphone is available for €74.99 / £64.99 MSRP through HyperX’s Online Shop. For more information on the HyperX SoloCast USB microphone global availability, please visit the SoloCast USB microphone product page
Following the success of GGJ NEXT Online – the Global Game Jam event for younger participants that takes place each summer, and this year also moved to a digital format – GGJ Online is officially announced to take place January 27-31, 2021. Join thousands of hobbyist, student, and professional game developers from over 115 countries across the world online this January to celebrate creation, collaboration and togetherness despite being apart!
Additionally, Seattle video game industry veteran and champion for game development and climate science, Tim Cullings, joins Global Game Jam, Inc as Director of Operations, replacing Jo Summers who served as the GGJ Executive Producer for over three years. A Systems Engineer at Oculus and Founding Board Member for Seattle Indies, Cullings also helped found GUILD, a support group for indie game developer community organizers, as well as Games For Our Future, a multi-city game jam that brings together climate science researchers and game developers to make games about climate change related issues.
“We’ve been discussing GGJ Online with our community on social media for a few months already. Given the current global situation, it was really never an ‘if’, it was a ‘when’ and ‘how’,” said Kate Edwards, Executive Director of Global Game Jam. “The tenets of Global Game Jam – creativity, collaboration, inclusion and fun – are more important now than ever, and we are so excited to have Tim Cullings joining our staff. His extensive background in supporting indie developers and organizing charity game jam events for change will prove invaluable as we steer into the uncharted waters ahead.”
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the globe, typically at physical locations. A “game jam” is essentially a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
For individuals interested in running a GGJ Online site, please click here to fill out the application.
Stormzy has unveiled the incredible music video for ‘Rainfall’ (feat. Tiana Major9). Produced by Jay Weathers, ‘Rainfall’ is the latest single to be taken from his number #1, gold-selling album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’.
The video has been created entirely inside Watch Dogs: Legion, a brand-new video game set in a near-future London which is set for release on 29th October. In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the game features an exclusive mission titled ‘Fall on My Enemies’ which sees Stormzy enlisting the help of the resistance group, ‘DedSec’ to protect the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.
Stormzy is one of UK’s most inspiring and influential cultural figures. His two albums to date; ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ and ‘Heavy Is The Head’ both reached #1 in the UK album chart and were subsequently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. His remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character – a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, he has consistently stood up for people from all areas of life; encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights.
“We are thrilled for Stormzy to be a part of Watch Dogs: Legion. His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game,” commented Clint Hocking, Creative Director at Ubisoft Toronto. He added, “It’s been almost a year since we had Stormzy in the studio to film his performance. He lit up the room, and captivated us all. He’s a great collaborator, and it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.“
Led by Ubisoft Toronto, Watch Dogs: Legion will release on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia and for Windows PC on Epic Games and Uplay on 29th October, 2020. The game will also be available on UPLAY+. Watch Dogs: Legion will also release on Xbox Series X|S on November 10th and PlayStation®5 upon the launch of those consoles.
For more information about Watch Dogs: Legion, please visit watchdogs.com, and join the conversation by using #watchdogslegion
In Drone Swarm, you slip into the role of Captain Carter, the commander of the Argo, mankind’s only FTL ship. On your journey into the depths of an unknown galaxy, your main mission is to jump from system to system and battle powerful alien fleets in action-packed space battles. To this end, you need to take control of the impressive swarm of 32,000 individually simulated drones. Destroy enemy vessels, slam them into one another, block attacks and outsmart defenses. Quickly analyze attacks of your adversaries in order to develop the best defense strategy and to launch a strong counterattack.
To be successful, your tactics must always be adapted to the different types of opponents you will encounter, because they too have different weapons, special defenses, and unique behaviors in their arsenal. During the fast, action-packed fights, players therefore should always keep a cool head and make use of all the possibilities the drone swarm has to offer if they want to turn the tide of each battle and claim their victory.
The strategy adventure is accompanied by a gripping sci-fi story
In the year 2118 the earth lies in ruins, after it was attacked and destroyed by a gigantic swarm of alien drones. The psionics among the few surviving humans found a way to control the drones and stop the attack. After the swarm was finally under human control, the interstellar spaceship Argo could be built and sent out with the mission to find a New Earth for mankind.
The universe and story of Drone Swarm is a result of a collaboration between studio 451 Media from New York and the game’s developer, stillalive studios. 451 Media, co-founded by star director Michael Bay, will publish Drone Swarm comics that tell the prequel to the space adventure.
Next to a unique space soundtrack, English and German voiceovers contribute to the very special atmosphere of Drone Swarm, that will take all players on a journey far beyond the stars. Subtitles are also available in a total of 13 languages.
Drone Swarm will be released digitally on Steam™ today. The Standard Edition will cost 19.99 Euro/24.99 USD/17.99 GBP and the Deluxe Edition 24.99 Euro/29.99 USD/22.49 GBP.
The Deluxe Edition provides next to the base game additional digital content such as the first issue of the official comic by 451 Media, two additional weapon upgrades for your mothership and a soundtrack exclusively composed for Drone Swarm. Next to the main theme, this soundtrack includes 23 tracks that manage to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the exceptional space adventure that is Drone Swarm.
To celebrate astragon’s website revamp there will be a special offer for all Drone Swarm fans: Until October 28, 2020 the Deluxe Edition can be ordered at the discounted price of 19.99 Euro/24.99 USD/17.99 GBP on astragon.com
The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support esports, has teamed up with SpecialEffect and Percent as part of World Esports Day.
The global gaming celebration takes place on October 24th 2020 and will see various organisations and members of the esports community running streams and activities to spread awareness of the positives of esports.
Money raised throughout UK-based activities will go to SpecialEffect, the charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, SpecialEffect finds a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.
Tom Donegan, Fundraising Lead at SpecialEffect, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for World Esports Day here in the UK. Over recent years we have received fantastic support from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the esports community, who have shown a strong affinity with our work enabling more people with severe physical disabilities to play to the best of their ability.
“We’re proud to join with the British Esports Association, Percent and our friends across the world in celebrating the positive impact of esports in bringing people together to enjoy the games we all love.”
During the World Esports Day activities, fans, viewers and those involved will be able to make donations to a number of charitable causes around the world. Monies raised in the UK will go to UK-based SpecialEffect, with each other national esports federation nominating a charity for their respective country.
As a global payments platform for charitable donations, Percent will utilise its global giving API that makes charitable payments safe, secure and easy.
The Percent API enables businesses to build unique giving and sustainability experiences into their products. For World Esports Day, this also means that all charities will be completely vetted and validated by Percent.
The company will carry out the necessary due diligence and charity vetting to ensure donations end up in the right pockets around the globe.
Henry Ludlam, CEO of Percent, commented: “We’re very happy to be partnering with British Esports to build charitable purpose into esports and power donations in the World Esports Day platform across 70 countries worldwide.”
British Esports is one of several founding members of World Esports Day, the others being the Global Esports Federation, Twitch Student and the Singapore Esports Association.
Chester King, CEO and founder of the British Esports Association, and VP and chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission at the Global Esports Federation, added: “We’re delighted to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause in SpecialEffect, and to have found a partner to ensure the donations made as part of World Esports Day are transacted safely and securely.
“We’re excited to see how the day goes and to raise money for a number of great causes and charities around the world.”
Worldwide family entertainment publisher Outright Games™ in partnership with p.w Games™, the gaming division of kids entertainment studios pocket.watch™, and Sunlight Entertainment get into gear and today have released the Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition.
Bringing together every racer, track and the original game in the perfect bundle gift for fans of the hugely popular YouTube sensation Ryan’s World that receives over 1.4 billion views per month. Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is now available to play on Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and Steam priced at $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99.
Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the ultimate Race With Ryan experience bringing together the original title and all new content released since launch for a total of 16 tracks and 33 fan favourite racers. The brand new DLC pack adds 2 new tracks and 7 racers including Montana Panda, Nevada Ryan and Wisconsin Lexa. Fans of all ages can take to the track with their favourite racer and cruise along Route 66, Icy Land, Forest, Redwood and New York, New York, before zooming to the finish line. With kid friendly controls, 2-4 player split-screen races, Ryan’s Mystery Egg surprise items, and career mode for the most ambitious racers, Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of Ryan and colourful kart racers alike!!
“It’s been amazing to see the popularity of Ryan’s World continue to increase since we released the original game last year and we wanted to give fans of the game the ultimate gift leading up to holiday 2020” said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games “We’re thrilled to bring Ryan fans the full Race With Ryan experience and add to the ever expanding Ryan’s World universe.”
“We’ve seen the popularity continue to expand this year, through increased viewership on his channels as well as new TV shows and wildly popular content on streaming platforms’” says Stone Newman, Chief Revenue Officer of pocket.watch. “Working with Outright Games has allowed us to create distinctly unique experience on game consoles that we know fans will absolutely love playing together this Christmas”” Race With Ryan is the hit multiplayer kart racer from the global kids entertainment phenomenon Ryan’s World starring Ryan, the most popular kid in the world and top creator on YouTube.
Race With Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC Digital and will be exclusively at Walmart and Smyths Toys Superstores.