KINGDOM HEARTS III NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

SQUARE ENIX and Disney Take Players on the Adventure of a Lifetime Exploring Beloved Disney and Pixar Worlds of Toy Story, Frozen, Tangled, Big Hero 6 and More

SQUARE ENIX and Disney are proud to announce KINGDOM HEARTS III, the long-awaited installment in the beloved action role-playing game series, is now available worldwide. The critically-acclaimed game holds an 88 on Metacritic at launch, with Game Informer calling it “a main attraction worth waiting for” and GamesBeat claiming, “Kingdom Hearts is perfect for me.”

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Longtime fans and newcomers alike will follow the exciting new adventures of Sora, a young Keyblade wielder tasked with protecting the universe from an evil force known as the Heartless. Sora, helped by his loyal companions, Donald and Goofy, who are emissaries sent by King Mickey from Disney Castle, will team up with other iconic Disney and Pixar characters in an attempt to defeat the darkness and save the universe.
 
“I am thrilled that KINGDOM HEARTS III is now officially out,” said Tetsuya Nomura, Director of the KINGDOM HEARTS series. “There are many mysteries in the story, so players will want to take their time so that they don’t miss anything. The adventure lies within the journey, and not just the destination. This story marks one of the greatest experiences Sora will have with his friends, so I hope that the players enjoy it. To all of our fans around the world, thank you for eagerly awaiting this day.”
 
KINGDOM HEARTS III is the continuation of an amazing, longstanding creative collaboration between Tetsuya Nomura, Square Enix and Disney’s characters and worlds,” said Sean Shoptaw, SVP, Global Games and Interactive Experiences, Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products. “This installment of the fan-favorite franchise is a perfect testament of our approach to matching Disney and Pixar characters and worlds with best-in-class games partners, and giving them the flexibility to create something magical and unexpected. We are elated that today, fans will be able to experience the game for themselves.”

 

Watch the launch trailer for Kingdom Hearts III

 

Check out the Kingdom Hearts III Gameplay Overview Video

 

KINGDOM HEARTS III features a star-studded voice cast who brought to life beloved characters across popular Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios films. Those reprising their Disney Animation roles for the game include Frozen’s Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff, Tangled’s Zachary Levi, Big Hero 6’s Jamie Chung and more.
 
The opening theme song, “Face My Fears,” from eight-time Grammy Award winner and long-time self-professed fan of the KINGDOM HEARTS series, Skrillex, and internationally-renowned singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada, is available on the iTunes Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/face-my-fears-ep/1444855032?app=itunes.
 
KINGDOM HEARTS III is now available for $59.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X. This title is rated E10+ (Everyone 10+). Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.
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Date published: 30/01/19 

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Sqaure Enix

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CALLING ALL FREELANCERS, ANTHEM VIP DEMO AVAILABLE NOW ON ORIGIN FOR PC, XBOX ONE AND PS4

Anthem Open Demo Takes Flight Feb 1

Today players can officially get their first taste of flying, combat and the intrigue of Anthem™, as the VIP Demo is now available for Freelancers who pre-ordered* the game, as well as EA Access and Origin Access Subscribers, through January 27.**† After months of anticipation, the time has finally come for players to don their javelin and begin exploring the dangerous, mysterious and ever-changing world outside the walls of Ft. Tarsis. For those who come away from the demo excited to see more,Anthem launches on Friday, February 22 on all platforms, and Origin Access Premier subscribers will be able to play the full game early, starting on Fri, February 15. VIP demo players will also get access to three demo codes to share with friends.

 Full details can be found here.

 

 
Demo players will start out at level 10, with level-appropriate gear and weapons for their Ranger javelin. Freelancers will have the opportunity to explore Ft. Tarsis, begin meeting some of the game’s most important characters, delve the story and pick up missions to complete out in the field. Players will have the chance to battle their way through select story missions either solo or with others, as well as explore the environment in search of materials, lore and secrets in Freeplay. Those looking for an additional challenge in the demo can link up with three other Freelancers and unleash their combined power on a dangerous stronghold, one piece of the full game’s most intense, yet rewarding, content. 
 
Those who miss out on this weekend’s fun will still get their chance to see the world of Anthem first-hand, as the Open Demo will launch on Fri, February 1 on Origin for PC, Xbox One and PS4. Even those who participated in the VIP Demo should come back, as there may be something dangerous brewing on the horizon…
 
*CONDITIONS AND RESTRICTIONS APPLY. SEE https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/pre-order-disclaimer FOR DETAILS.
 
**CONDITIONS, LIMITATIONS AND EXCLUSIONS APPLY. SEE ea.com/ea-access/terms AND origin.com/store/origin-access/terms FOR DETAILS.
 
†DEMO DETAILS AVAILABLE AT https://www.ea.com/games/anthem/anthem-demos. PERSISTENT INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED TO PLAY.

 

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Date published: 27/01/19 

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) EA

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JUMP FORCE ADDS DAI FROM DRAGON QUEST: THE ADVENTURES OF DAI TO ITS ROSTER

Dai, the protagonist from the long-running Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai, enters the fray and drops into the middle of an all-out drag-out fight in the manga crossover event of the year! Dai utilizes his trusty sword and spell casting abilities while in battle.

 

 
In addition to the new screenshots of Dai, a new story trailer has also been released. The trailer focuses on the mysterious Umbras Cubes that are transforming humans into deadly mindless drones called Venoms. What are these cubes and how have all these manga characters appeared in our world? The new trailer can be found at the following YouTube address: 

 

 

JUMP FORCE celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Japan’s influential Weekly Shonen Jump magazine by pitting its most popular franchises together including DRAGON BALL ZONE PIECENARUTO SHIPPUDEN, and many more in this electrifying area-based brawler. JUMP FORCE will be available for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM on February 15, 2019. Fans who pre-order the JUMP FORCE Ultimate Edition will be able to start playing JUMP FORCE three days early on February 12, 2019!

 

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Date published: 26/01/19 

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Bandai Namco Entertainment 

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Soon It Will Be Even Harder to Escape From Crossing Fate…

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Officially Arriving in Arcades in Japan

Arc System Works America, Inc. is proud to announce that BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle will be making its arcade debut this Spring in Japan! Revealed at the Japan Amusement Expo (JAEPO), the Arcade Version will open up BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle to a whole new group of fighting game fans.

Arc System Works will begin deploying BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle to arcades in Japan starting in the Spring of 2019. The dream cross-over 2D Fighting game, featuring characters from BlazBlue, Persona 4, Under Night In-Birth and RWBY took the world by storm in 2018.

The Arcade Version will include all the current updates deployed to its console equivalent, and include all the additional characters that have been released thus far.

*Console versions will be receiving the same v1.5 update as well.

BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Arcade Edition will launch on both the “NESiCAxLive2” and “ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Ver.3.” platforms. Also, by using the Guild website, you can view all of the combat data from either one.

  • A COMPLETELY NEW MENU
    • Unlike previous versions that featured 1 Credit per Play, we have implemented a point system for this release. The amount of points consumed will vary, depending on game mode and type, allowing players greater freedom in choosing how to play at arcades.
       
  • LOCATION TESTS CONFIRMED
    • Get your chance to play-test the new v1.5 update before the rest of the world gets to see it. 
    • Location Tests will be held on the NESiCAxLive2 Platform only. 
      • Dates – February 9th and 10th, 2019
      • Locations – Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya

 
BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle Arcade Version Teaser Site
http://www.blazblue.jp/tag/ac/

 

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Date published: 25/01/19 

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Strangely Compeling

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THREE NEW CHARACTERS REVEALED FOR TOKYO GHOUL:re CALL to EXIST

 

TOKYO GHOUL fans get ready! Nishiki Nishio, the S-rank ghoul nicknamed “Serpent;” Shu Tsukiyama, the infamous ghoul known as “Gourmet;” and Touka Kirishima, the ghoul who manages the ‘:re” coffee shop, are the newest characters set to join the battle for survival in TOKYO GHOUL:re CALL to EXISTthe upcoming action game based on the popular anime series.
 
TOKYO GHOUL:re CALL to EXIST will unite characters from across the franchise, including TOKYO GHOULTOKYO GHOUL √A and TOKYO GHOUL:re in the fight for survival as either a Ghoul or Investigator. Players can choose their sides and challenge friends in gruesome battles to the death when the game launches for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PCs via STEAM® in 2019.

 

 

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Date published: 25/01/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Bandai Namco Entertainment 

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LIFE IS STRANGE 2 EPISODE 2 IS AVAILABLE NOW

The Second Episode is Entitled Rules in the All-New Five-Episode Season

Square Enix is delighted to announce that Life is Strange™ 2 Episode 2: ‘Rules’, the next entry in the critically-acclaimed and award-winning franchise is available now.
 
The second episode in the all-new five-episode season of Life is Strange 2 from Square Enix External Studios and DONTNOD Entertainment, is out now on XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.
 

Watch the Life is Strange 2 Episode 2: ‘Rules’

 

Check out the screenshots for Life is Strange 2 Episode 2:

Episode 2: Rules reunites players with Sean and Daniel Diaz a few months after the events of the first episode, as the brothers are on the run from law enforcement following a tragic incident in Seattle and the manifestation of a strange supernatural power. The journey is long and the story of Life is Strange 2takes place over the course of a year in-game, as they make their way across the USA in an effort to get to Mexico.
 
The power takes a central position in Episode 2, as Daniel is slowly coming to terms with his supernatural abilities. The brothers must attempt to find the balance between practicing Daniel’s control of his power, while also hiding his abilities from a world that won’t understand. Guiding them is a set of rules they’ve set for themselves: Never in public. Never talk about it. Run from danger.
 
Can Daniel truly hide the truth from the people around them, or will the temptation to explore the immense power within him be too much? Will he break the rules in a time of need?
 
“One of the main themes in Life is Strange 2 is coming-of-age, and the rules you sometimes have to follow, or break, when you’re on the run like Sean and Daniel is. In this episode, the power will be a very interesting element the brothers will have to deal with. It allows us to create compelling situations that will evolve the relationship between the two brothers. We can’t wait for the players to discover the new environments and characters the brothers will meet in this episode.” said Michel Koch and Raoul Barbet, Co-Creators and Directors of Life is Strange 2. “And of course, we are really happy to give the players the chance to meet Chris again, our beloved lead character in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. We strongly advise the fans to play this game before playing Episode 2, as the experience will be more enjoyable. Also, it’s free!”

Previously featured in the The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit, a 100% free narrative adventure demo on XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC, Captain Spirit returns in Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2. Seeking shelter from the winter cold, Sean and Daniel encounter next-door neighbour Chris Eriksen and come face to face with his superhero alter ego, Captain Spirit. Episode 2 takes into account players’ save games, and certain actions taken in The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit will have repercussions in Episode 2.
 
“The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit is a highlight in our portfolio. We’re all very fond of Chris and his story and we’re excited to bring him back in Episode 2” said Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios. “Episode 2 of Life is Strange 2 is a pivotal moment for this story, and the season will only become even more intense from here.”
 
Tune in here to find the latest updates from the Life is Strange 2 developer blog:
http://lifeisstrange-blog.tumblr.com/

Visit the LIFE IS STRANGE official website: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com
LIFE IS STRANGE official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifeIsStrangeGame/
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LifeIsStrange
 

 

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Date published: 25/01/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Square Enix 

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Overwatch’s Year of the Pig is now live

 It’s the Year of the Pig in Overwatch!

The new Lunar New Year has begun, and from January 24th until February 18, you can ring in the Year of the Pig in Overwatch style. Collect hundreds of themed seasonal cosmetic items, enjoy a festive Capture-the-Flag version of Busan, or welcome the return of our previous Lunar New Year-themed maps: Ayutthaya and Lijang Tower. Of course, the real highlight of this seasonal event is the skins! Unlock new legendary skins like Lü Bu Reaper, Guan Yu Reinhardt, Zhuge Liang Zenyatta, Hong Gildong Tracer, Zhang Fei Torbjörn, and Huang Zhong Hanzo. Don’t forget to also collect epic skins Sanye Orisa and General Brigitte.

 

 

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You can download hi-res Year of the Pig screenshots here on FTP, and check out the brand-new Year of the Pig sizzle video here on YouTube.

 

 

Wishing you great fortune on your future skins!

In addition to the Lunar New Year festivities, we’ve permanently reduced the price of Overwatch: Standard Edition and Overwatch: Legendary Edition for PC on the Blizzard Shop. Participating retailers have also permanently reduced the price of Overwatch: Legendary Edition on all platforms—see their respective websites for details.

 

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Date published: 25/01/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Blizzard Entertainment 

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SEGA Heads Back to Angel Island with Brand New Remixes from Sonic Mania Adventures

The First Track, “Big Arms”, Is Out Now 
 
Grab your headphones, Sonic fans! Today, SEGA has announced plans to release brand new remixes of select songs from the popular animated web-series, Sonic Mania Adventures. Revisit Sonic’s quest to outsmart the evil Doctor Eggman on Angel Island, with reimagined tracks from iconic Sonic series by composers Jun Senoue and Tee Lopes.
 
The remixes include the iconic sonnet, “Big Arms,” which plays during the legendary, final boss battle in Sonic 3, as well as more recent tracks including Sonic Mania’s title theme song. The duo will release a total of four tracks together with a fifth by Tee Lopes, all arriving exclusively on the Sonic the Hedgehog official YouTube and social media pages.
 
Head over to the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube channel now to hear the first track release, “Big Arms”, here.

 
Sonic fans can hear more high-energy music tracks from Jun Senoue and Tee Lopes in upcoming kart-racing experience, Team Sonic Racing. Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC.   To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visit www.teamsonicracing.com.
 
To stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on Twitter and Instagram, like him on Facebook, and subscribe to the Twitch channel and the YouTube channel.
 
For more information, please visit www.sonicthehedgehog.com 

 

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Date published: 24/01/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) SEGA

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Nintendo Announces Two Upcoming Tournaments for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2

Compete in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2 for the Chance to be Crowned the Champion

Have you always wanted to participate in a video game tournament? Nintendo has two upcoming tournaments for you! Starting in February, Nintendo is hosting a series of online qualifying events for the Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 and the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 – two tournaments for two competitive Nintendo Switch games. These open qualifiers lead up to a final event at the PAX East video game conference in Boston on March 30. There are multiple ways to play and participate … and players of all experience levels are welcome. You can check out the announcement video here for more details about these exciting events.

This inclusive pair of tournaments is a great way for anyone to show off their skills while playing two of their favorite Nintendo Switch games,” said Doug Bowser, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “Nintendo games are for everyone, and offer a unique combination of social competitive fun. That’s why we’re opening the qualifying rounds to fans of all skill levels.”

The schedule for the online qualifying events for both the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019 and Splatoon 2 North America Inkling Open 2019 tournaments are below. For the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate North America Open 2019, players will have the chance to qualify in one of four regions across North America. Three individual rounds of qualifying online events will give players three separate chances to represent their region at PAX East.

 

Nintendo Switch Game
Region*
Online Event
Date
All times are approximate
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Northeast Region
Online Event 1
Qualifiers
Feb. 2, 9 a.m. PT
Finals
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. PT
Online Event 2
Qualifiers
Feb. 16, 9 a.m. PT
Finals
March 2, 11 a.m. PT
Online Event 3
Qualifiers
March 9, 9 a.m. PT
Finals
March 16, 9 a.m. PT
Southeast Region
Online Event 1
Qualifiers
Feb. 2, 10 a.m. PT
Finals
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. PT
Online Event 2
Qualifiers
Feb. 16, 10 a.m. PT
Finals
March 2, 11 a.m. PT
Online Event 3
Qualifiers
March 9, 10 a.m. PT
Finals
March 16, 9 a.m. PT
Southwest Region
Online Event 1
Qualifiers
Feb. 2, 11 a.m. PT
Finals
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. PT
Online Event 2
Qualifiers
Feb. 16, 11 a.m. PT
Finals
March 2, 11 a.m. PT
Online Event 3
Qualifiers
March 9, 11 a.m. PT
Finals
March 16, 9 a.m. PT
Northwest
Region
Online Event 1
Qualifiers
Feb. 2, 12 p.m. PT
Finals
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. PT
Online Event 2
Qualifiers
Feb. 16, 12 p.m. PT
Finals
March 2, 11 a.m. PT
Online Event 3
Qualifiers
March 9, 12 p.m. PT
Finals
March 16, 9 a.m. PT

 

Nintendo Switch Game
Online Event
Date
All times are approximate
Splatoon 2
Ink Pools
Feb. 10, 9 a.m. PT
Online Qualifier Finals
March 2, 9 a.m. PT

*Each region has a cap of 2,048 check-in players for each qualifier, for a total of 8,192 players per qualifier series across the four regions of play.

More details about how to enter the online qualifier events can be found at https://www.nintendo.com/switch/events/.

If you just want to watch, the finals for each online event will be livestreamed, so you can follow your favorites as they compete for a chance to attend the final event, or cheer on newcomers when they shock more experienced players with stunning upsets.

The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 games are both currently available for the Nintendo Switch system. If you’re interested in taking part in the tournaments, head online to start practicing. Online play can be accessed in both of these games with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. If you aren’t a member yet, you can easily sign up for a free seven-day trial directly through your Nintendo Switch system.

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

 

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Date published: 22/01/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Nintendo 

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