Friday, 18 January 2019



NEW DiRT RALLY 2.0 TRAILER SHOWCASES OFFICIAL FIA WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENT  

Codemasters has today released the latest trailer for DiRT Rally 2.0™. The new video, ‘World RX In Motion’, showcases the pace, intensity and thrill of playing through FIA World Rallycross Championship events. 


Alongside all the traditional rally content in the career and historic rally modes, Dirt Rally 2.0 will launch with eight tracks from the 2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship, including new locations to the series: Mettet, Silverstone  and Circuit de Barcelona - Catalunya. Four different classes of rallycross cars will be available at launch in DiRT Rally 2.0: the official FIA World Rallycross Championship Supercars, RX2, RX Super 1600s, and RX Crosskarts. New Supercars to the DiRT Rally franchise include the GCK competition World Rallycross team’s Prodrive-built Renault Megane RS RX, the Audi S1 EKS RX quattro, and 2018 FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristofferson’s PSRX Volkswagen Polo R Supercar. 




Paul Bellamy, Senior Vice President of IMG Motorsports, the promoters of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, said: 
  
The partnership with Codemasters gives us the chance to inspire the next generation of World RX drivers through our engagement with Codemasters’ vast gaming community. 

With the release of DiRT Rally 2.0™, which features eight FIA World Rallycross tracks, we are able to provide players with more world-class rallycross content than ever before. 

The innovations Codemasters have brought to the game through enhanced visual effects and the introduction of weather conditions, and the Joker Lap, really does put fans firmly at the heart of the action. 

Jonathan Bunney, SVP of Publishing at Codemasters said: “Working so closely with IMG and World Rallycross has enabled us to create our most accurate World Rallycross experience. Working with official reference data from tracks, having great relationships with race teams and close access to the incredibly talented drivers gives us amazing insight into this really exciting and accessible sport.  We are extremely pleased to have eight of the World Rallycross tracks in the game, with more to come in the post launch service.” 

Further World Rallycross circuits and vehicles will arrive post-launch via DiRT Rally 2.0’s seasonal content, including the introduction of the Group B Rallycross class.
 

Rallycross will also form as part of DiRT Rally 2.0’s online multiplayer offering, giving players the opportunity to race wheel-to-wheel with their peers in eight-player online sessions. A new Rallycross Championship mode has also been added to the game, so players can choose to focus their experience on multi-car racing. Players will have the ability to jump into their favourite driver’s car and go through the full heats, semi-final and final structure of an official FIA World Rallycross event in their bid for victory. 


DiRT Rally 2.0™, including official licensed content of the FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy, will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam) on Tuesday 26th February 2019. The retail versions of the DiRT Rally 2.0 Day One Edition includes the stunning Porsche 911 RGT Rally Spec along with early unlocks for the Fiat 131 Abarth Rally and Alpine Renault A110 1600 S. Players
 who pre-order the Deluxe Edition will have early access to the game from 22 February 2019, also receiving the first two seasons of post-release content once available. 

With more news to come on the forthcoming release of DiRT Rally 2.0 you can keep up with all the news and follow updates from the studio on Facebook and Twitter.

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT REVEALS FIRST LOOK AT MORTAL KOMBAT™ 11 WITH GLOBAL CELEBRATION SHOWCASING CRUSHING NEW GAMEPLAY, ORIGINAL AND RETURNING FIGHTERS AND A MORE PERSONALISED EXPERIENCE THAN EVER BEFORE

First Female UFC Champion, Olympic Medalist and WWE Superstar, Ronda Rousey, 
Announced as the Voice of Sonya Blade  



Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed the first look at Mortal Kombat™ 11 with a showcase of crushing new gameplay, new and returning fighters, immersive story elements and innovative features that offer a more personalised experience than ever before.  Live streamed to a global audience, the experiential, community celebration featured multiple reveals, including an appearance by UFC Champion, Olympic medalist and WWE Superstar, Ronda Rousey, who was announced as the voice of Sonya Blade, at the US reveal event.
 
To view and share the official Mortal Kombat™ 11: The Reveal event livestream, visit: https://www.twitch.tv/wbgameslive

“I’ve been a lifelong Mortal Kombat™ fan, and Sonya Blade was the first kick-ass, female video game character that I related to,” said Ronda Rousey. “Now I get to voice her in Mortal Kombat™ 11. It’s a dream come true to be a part of the Mortal Kombat™ franchise that I grew up playing.”

“We’re thrilled to showcase Mortal Kombat™ 11 and reveal the gameplay, new features and epic characters to the fans,” said Ed Boon, Creative Director, NetherRealm Studios. “We have an amazing community, and it’s an honour to share this celebration of the Mortal Kombat™ franchise with all of our passionate fans around the world.”

Today’s Mortal Kombat™ 11 announcements included:
  • UFC champion, Olympic Medalist and WWE superstar, Ronda Rousey, was announced as the voice of Sonya Blade
  • The first Gameplay Reveal Trailer featuring an original music track created in collaboration with international DJ Dimitri Vegas, titled “You’re Next.” 
  • Introduction to the Story Mode, teasing the all-new, time-bending narrative featuring Kronika, the first female boss character in Mortal Kombat™ history, who is the Keeper of Time and creator of existence. 
  • Announced new fighter Geras, a powerful and loyal servant of Kronika who is able to manipulate time, along with fan-favourite characters, including, BarakaRaidenSkarletScorpionSonya Blade and Sub-Zero
  • A montage of Mortal Kombat’s most iconic feature, Fatalities, showcasing the most gruesome, over-the-top Fatalities in Mortal Kombat™ history. T
  • Exclusive Mortal Kombat™ 11-inspired Under Armour Anatomix Spawn basketball footwear showcased via six custom designs by top sneaker artist and MK Kollective ambassador, Mache.
  • Pre-order Mortal Kombat™ 11 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation, Xbox One or Xbox One X to receive access to the beta, available 28th March 2019. Pre-orders will receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn.
  • Mortal Kombat™ 11 Kollector’s Edition revealed, which includes the main game, Kombat Pack, Scorpion mask bust, exclusive steel case, commemorative magnet coin and authenticity plate.
 Mortal Kombat™ 11 is the latest installment in the critically-acclaimed franchise, developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios, and is scheduled for release beginning 23rd April 2019 for PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation® 4 Pro computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, Nintendo Switch™ system and PC.

Mortal Kombat™ 11 is available for pre-order now; visit www.mortalkombat.comfor more information. Pre-orders will receive the in-game, playable character, Shao Kahn. Those who pre-order on PlayStation® 4, PlayStation® 4 Pro, Xbox One or Xbox One X at select retailers, will also receive access to the beta, which will be available on 28th March 2019 for those platforms.
 








To learn more about Mortal Kombat™ 11, please visit www.mortalkombat.com or join the community conversation on Facebook (MortalKombat), Instagram (@MortalKombat), Twitter (@MortalKombat), Twitch (NetherRealm), YouTube (Mortal Kombat), Discord (MortalKombat) or Reddit (MortalKombat).  

Creative Launches Super X-Fi® Worldwide
Mind-blowing Headphone Holography Technology
Rewrites Headphone History


Creative Technology today announced the worldwide launch of the Super X-Fi headphone holography technology – an industry game-changer which will change the way one listens to headphones forever.

Super X-Fi recreates the soundstage of a multi-speaker surround system in a pair of headphones, and personalizes it by scanning the user’s head and ears, so that the custom-fit audio experience becomes natural like never before.

Previewed in its prototype form last year, Super X-Fi was awarded ‘Best of CES 2018’ by AVS Forum, and many audio pundits, reviewers and users were blown away by the unprecedented levels of realism created by Super X-Fi in headphones. Since then, Super X-Fi has captured the imagination of users with the release of the first commercial product, the SXFI AMP - which packs the mind-blowing headphone holography technology and a premium headphone amplifier into a dongle no larger than a finger. The SXFI AMP offers the best of these two worlds for users who prefer to use their own headphones to enjoy Super X-Fi.

Following up on that is the latest addition to the product range - the Creative SXFI AIR series, the world’s first headphones to incorporate the Super X-Fi UltraDSP chip. The SXFI AIR is a Bluetooth and USB headphone with Super X-Fi and other innovative features. The SXFI AIR C is an entry-level USB headphone with Super X-Fi aimed at the gaming market. These innovations offer compatibility options for Android and iOS devices, and for platforms including PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mac and PC.

“Super X-Fi is the latest manifestation of Creative’s ethos to create the ultimate audio experience for our users; I consider it no lesser than an audio revolution. With just a pair of headphones powered by Super X-Fi, one can now watch movies as if at the cinema, listen to music as if at a live concert, and play games feeling like being in the game environment itself. Listening to headphones will never be the same again,” said Sim Wong Hoo, CEO of Creative Technology.

For more information on Super X-Fi technology and products, visit creative.com/sxfi.

About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for driving the multimedia revolution - which established a user base of 400 million - Creative drives digital entertainment with cutting-edge audio solutions that include premium wireless speakers, wireless headphones, powerful audiophile-grade digital amplifiers and next-generation home-theatre systems. Aiming at the new mobile networked generation by bridging the worlds of the computer, smartphones, and tablets, Creative continues to reinvent the Sound Blaster, with its ground-breaking Sound Blaster Roar series and USB-audio class of products such as the Sound Blaster X7.

In 2016, Creative unveiled the X-Fi Sonic Carrier: a brand-new concept in hi-res audio and video delivery for home entertainment. This technology powerhouse dubbed ‘the soundbar of the gods' personifies the Audio of Tomorrow.

In 2018, Creative launched an all-new award-winning game-changing technology for headphones called Super X-Fi. This technology uses computational audio to recreate the listening experience of a high-end multi-speaker system in a professional studio, and delivers the same expansive experience - with the same original depth, detail, realism, and immersiveness - in headphones. Super X-Fi further uses Artificial Intelligence to compute a custom audio profile based on a person's unique anthropometry. The magic of Super X-Fi brings holography into audio, for headphones.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019



WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT AND IO INTERACTIVE LAUNCH
HITMAN™ HD ENHANCED COLLECTION  


Remastered Versions of Hitman™: Blood Money and Hitman™: Absolution Available Now for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One  


Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive today announced the launch of Hitman™ HD Enhanced Collection, featuring Hitman™: Blood Moneyand Hitman™: Absolutioin 4K resolution and 60 frames per second (fps). The two remastered classics are now available digitally for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X.




Hitman™ HD Enhanced Collection will feature 4K visuals at 60 fps, along with increased texture resolution, upgraded texture formats, super-sampling, upscale support, heightened shadow map and mirror resolutions, improved lighting and updated controls for a more fluid experience.

Relive some of Agent 47’s most iconic hits in Hitman™: Blood Money and experience a globe-trotting adventure from the vineyards of Chile, to the Paris Opera House and even the White House itself in a face-off against a group of assassins known as “The Franchise.”

Rediscover the cinematic story of Hitman™: Absolution and experience the deep and personal story of Agent 47 as he pursues redemption across 20 intense missions. Enjoy a distinctive art style that combines with rich dialogue and performances by an impressive Hollywood cast to create a unique gameplay experience.

Hitman™ HD Enhanced Collection is available now digitally only for £49.99. To learn more, please visit www.hitman.com or join the Hitman™ conversation on Twitter (@Hitman), Facebook (@Hitman), Instagram (@Hitman), YouTube (Hitman), Twitch (Hitman), Discord (Hitman), Reddit (Hitman) or the Hitman Forum.

Thursday, 13 December 2018



FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER: COMRADES STANDALONE EDITION NOW AVAILABLE

Journey with the Mysterious Miqo’te in the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online Collaborative Quest Starting Today

Square Enix Ltd., continues to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the award-winning FINAL FANTASY XV® with the release of a standalone edition of FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER: COMRADES. Players can also jump into the game for a special collaboration with the popular MMO FINAL FANTASY XIV Online beginning today, featuring a new in-game quest, “Adventurer from Another World.”

In the FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER: COMRADES standalone edition, available for the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, players can partake in various Hunt, Defense and Escort quests in co-op gameplay with up to four players. The new update offers 10 powerful bosses (one will be available at a later date), including Fierce, Cerberus and Melusine for players to square up against. Current owners of FINAL FANTASY XV MULTIPLAYER EXPANSION: COMRADES who wish to continue playing on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 can download the standalone edition for free. PC players will be able to download ongoing updates for the COMRADES expansion.

In the main game, players can also participate in the FINAL FANTASY XIV Online collaborative quest,  “Adventurer from Another World,” beginning today. In the quest, Noctis embarks on a journey with the mysterious Miqo’te, Y’jhimei to Perpetouss Keep, which culminates in an epic battle against the primal Garuda. Upon completion of the quest, especially brave players may challenge “The Howling Eye (Extreme)” in a higher difficulty setting. Special FINAL FANTASY XIV-themed costumes for Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus and Prompto will be awarded to adventurers who successfully complete the quest, while new weapons, including a new Sword, Greatsword, Dagger and Firearm inspired by the Garuda weapon, may be acquired by exchanging items at the trade shop inside the Perpetouss Keep after the quest is finished.
As anticipation builds for the release of the EPISODE ARDYN DLC in March 2019, fans can look forward to a new trailer for a special anime episode titled, FINAL FANTASY XV EPISODE ARDYN - PROLOGUE, on Saturday, December 15 on the official YouTube Channel.
Related Links:
FINAL FANTASY XV YouTube: https://YouTube.com/FinalFantasyXV
FINAL FANTASY XV Twitter®: @FFXVEN
FINAL FANTASY XV Instagram: @FFXV    
FINAL FANTASY XV Facebook: https://en-gb.facebook.com/ffxv/

 

HITMAN 2 Upcoming Free Live Content Details; New “How to Hitman” Video Shows Players How to Hide in Plain Sight

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and IO Interactive recently released details on the free live content coming to HITMAN 2 this month, including new Contracts, Escalations and the next Elusive Target mission. Below is snapshot of what is in store for Agent 47. 

  • New Featured Contracts: Occupational Hazards (Available Now) – All Featured Contracts are created by members of the community and then added to the game for all players to enjoy. For HITMAN 2, Featured Contracts will be chosen based on themes – and the first is ‘Occupational Hazards,’ as all contracts are focused on jobs, occupations and professions.

  • New Escalation Contract: The Aelwin Augment (13th Dec) – Escalation Contracts focus on how players can adapt their skills and playstyles to the various complications that can be thrown Agent 47’s way. This new Escalation Contract takes place on the mysterious Isle of Sgàil and it is sure to be a memorable visit.

  • Holiday Surprise! (16th Dec) – Stay tuned for a time-limited, Christmas-themed surprise coming later this month.

  • New Elusive Target: The Revolutionary (21st Dec) – A new Elusive Target will arrive in Santa Fortuna for 10 days, and you’ll be able to unlock the Casual Tourist with gloves suit if you manage to complete it. More details on this contract will be available in the coming weeks. In the meantime, check out the Elusive Target Rewards blog post for a full overview of the ET rewards.

  • New Escalation: The Turms Infatuation (27th Dec) – The month will be wrapped up (pun intended) with an Escalation Contract in Santa Fortuna. 
To check out the full HITMAN 2 December Live Content 
HITMAN 2 is the follow-up to the internationally acclaimed video game, HITMAN. Featuring entirely new hyper-detailed sandbox locations full of living, breathing environments to explore, HITMAN 2 offers players the freedom to plan the ultimate assassination utilising an assortment of tools, weapons, disguises and a variety of stealth techniques to creatively trigger their own unique chain of events.

HITMAN 2 introduces new ways to play with the Sniper Assassin mode, a standalone feature that brings a co-op experience to the Hitman series for the first time, allowing two players to work together online to take down their targets.  HITMAN 2 will also feature a unique and brand-new take on 1-versus-1 multiplayer competition with Ghost Mode. Players will put their assassination skills to the ultimate test as they compete against each other online, both as Agent 47, to assassinate the most targets faster and cleaner than their opponent, while utilising weapons, items, outfits and ghost crate supply drops to help accomplish the overall mission.

HITMAN 2 is now available for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X and PC.

To learn more about HITMAN 2, please visit www.hitman.com or join the HITMAN 2 conversation on Twitter (@Hitman), Facebook (@Hitman), Instagram (@Hitman), YouTube (Hitman), Twitch (Hitman), Discord (Hitman), Reddit (Hitman) or the Hitman Forum.





TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON® WILDLANDS PAYS HOMAGE TO TOM CLANCY’S GHOST RECON FUTURE SOLDIER® IN A TWO-PART SPECIAL MISSION



Experience the Expansive Universe of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon in this Unique Event Starting December 11

Today, Ubisoft announced that Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands will introduce a free Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon®Future Soldier®themed special mission featuring iconic characters Scott Mitchell and John Kozak as part of Special Operation 3. In this third major update of Year 2 content, players will be able to team up with Mitchell and Kozak for this free two-part special crossover event starting tomorrow, December 11, on all platforms. 


Exclusive Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Future Soldierthemed content will be introduced to the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands main campaign and PvP mode, including two new Future Soldierinspired Ghost War PvP classes and a PvE mission, Operation Silent Spade. In Operation Silent Spade, Ghost Leader Scott Mitchell calls on Nomad and his team to help rookie John Kozak investigate a plot that links the Santa Blanca Cartel to a nuclear threat. The special challenge is playable solo or with up to four players in co-op.

Upon completing Operation Silent Spade, players will be rewarded with the Optical Camo Backpack, perfect for a stealth approach. In addition to the rewards for completing the challenge, players can further customise and arm their Ghosts with the Silent Spade Pack, which include a weapon and new customisation items.

Special Operation 3 will also bring two new Ghost War PvP classes, Vanguard and Sharpshooter, inspired by Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Future Soldier characters. Vanguard uses sensor grenades to uncover and highlight hidden enemies in the area of effect to his team, while Sharpshooter charges his shots by using his Long Range Specialist ability, which at a full charge enables him to negate the effects of sway and bullet drop. In addition to two new classes, this update will also contain two new PvP maps, Lithium Mine and Outskirts.


Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Wildlands Year 2 Pass offers seven-day early access to the two new Ghost War classes starting December 11, along with one exclusive customisation pack. Non-owners of the Year 2 Pass will be able to access the new Ghost War classes starting December 18.

PC players wanting to share the experience with friends can gain Battle Crate rewards including Spec Ops and Ghost War Crates, via the PC Referral Program from December 11 - February 11, 2019. Invited friends who purchase the game will also receive Battle Crate rewards, including one Ghost War Crate and One Spec Ops Crate. The more friends players invite, the more rewards they will receive.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Year 2 will continue to expand the Ghost Recon universe with free major Special Operation updates, each featuring a unique theme, updates to the PvE campaign with free special content and special challenges with exclusive rewards, community-requested features and updates for the Ghost War 4v4 PvP experience. The development team is committed to supporting the game with free new content and improvements to the core experience.

Developed by Ubisoft Paris,* Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands is a military shooter entirely playable in up to four-player co-op or single-player from beginning to end. Players have total freedom to accomplish their missions how they want and watch as the world reacts to their actions. Players can choose to move quietly in the night, go in hot at dawn or work together to execute a sync shot that takes out enemies in one fell swoop. Each choice has a consequence, and players must improvise or adapt their plans to ensure the completion and success of each mission. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Ghost War allows players to live the ultimate co-op experience in 4v4 modes. Featuring a growing roster of classes, maps and modes, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Ghost War focuses on teamwork, strategy and tense tactical engagements.












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