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Lara Croft GO – HD Launch Trailer     Lara Croft GO – HD Launch Trailer Square Enix Montreal is happy to announce that Lara Croft GO is available now for iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile devices. The follow-up to the hugely successful Hitman GO, Lara Croft GO is a turn-based puzzle adventure that casts players as the iconic Tomb Raider. Over the span of five chapters, players must help Lara fight menacing enemies, overcome dangerous obstacles and traps, and ultimately, uncover the myth of the Queen of Venom. Along the way, players can collect ancient relics hidden throughout the game world to earn extra Lara Croft features and costumes for the most nostalgic fans. Read more ► Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament – HD Trailer     Hearthstone: The Grand Tournament – HD Trailer Mount up and make your way to the most fun festival in all of Hearthstone! Champions, noble steeds, pirates, and more await you in Hearthstone’s second expansion: The Grand Tournament! When the Lich King and his undead Scourge threatened the world, the Argent Crusade called upon Azeroth’s mightiest heroes to prove their mettle in a magnificent tournament. Knights of all races flocked to Northrend, vying for glory in epic battles against fearsome monsters. Though the Lich King’s evil has been vanquished, the Grand Tournament continues… the competitive atmosphere’s just a bit more playful than it used to be. And why shouldn’t the show go on? Would-be champions are arriving in droves from all over the world, hankering to prove their worth and claim the honor of flying their colors in the name of victory! Who will be the victor of The Grand Tournament? You and your friends, of course! Participating in a Grand Tournament isn’t just friendly rivalry, mug-slamming, and eating with your hands. A grand total of 132 unique cards will bring fresh new blood to your Hearthstone games with original play mechanics and valiant knights galore, ready to charge into your favorite deck or help you craft a new one. Raise Your Banners High! Read more ► Hearthstone – New Hero: Alleria Windrunner – HD Gameplay Trailer     Hearthstone – New Hero: Alleria Windrunner – HD Gameplay Trailer Track down your opposition as the courageous Huntress Alleria Windrunner in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft! Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone – the fast paced strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy. With powerful prebuilt decks, and hundreds of additional cards to win, craft or purchase – your collection never stops evolving. Challenge players of all skill levels on Battle.net or hone your skills in practice matches against some of the greatest strategists of Azeroth – Thrall, Uther, Gul’dan, and more! Read more ► Hearthstone – New Hero: Magni Bronzebeard – HD Gameplay Trailer     Hearthstone – New Hero: Magni Bronzebeard – HD Gameplay Trailer Command the awesome strength of King Magni Bronzebeard and bring down the hammer upon your foes in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft! Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone – the fast paced strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy. With powerful prebuilt decks, and hundreds of additional cards to win, craft or purchase – your collection never stops evolving. Challenge players of all skill levels on Battle.net or hone your skills in practice matches against some of the greatest strategists of Azeroth – Thrall, Uther, Gul’dan, and more! Read more ► Halo: Spartan Strike – HD Gamepay Trailer     Halo: Spartan Strike – HD Gamepay Trailer The newest mobile top-down shooter from the Halo universe has officially arrived. Today, Microsoft Studios and 343 Industries, in conjunction with Vanguard Games, launched Halo: Spartan Strike on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, iPhone, iPad, and Steam as a digital download. Halo: Spartan Strike tells a compelling new story in the Halo universe set during the events of Halo 2 on New Mombasa in 2552. As a Spartan supersoldier in a classified ONI simulation, delve into 30 challenging missions while leading UNSC troops through cities and jungles with an all new arsenal of weapons, abilities and vehicles. No matter where you are, Halo: Spartan Strike provides fans a piece of the Halo universe with improved touch controls and updated graphics for an enhanced pick-up-and-play experience. In addition to the campaign, players on Windows 8 devices can compare performance against friends in weekly challenges and attempt to take the top spot on the leaderboard. Earn Achievements that unlock an exclusive emblem, nameplate and avatar in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One2. Enjoy a new musical score from award-winning composer Tom Salta, whose previous work includes Halo 2: Anniversary, Halo: Spartan Assault, and Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. Also available on iPad, iPhone, and Steam is the Halo: Spartan Bundle. The bundle includes both Halo: Spartan Assault – the original Halo top-down shooter that plays through the historic first missions of the Spartan Ops program as Commander Palmer – and Halo: Spartan Strike for $9.99 ERP1. Be sure to check Halo Waypoint for updated Halo information and keep tuning into Xbox Wire for the latest on Halo: Spartan Strike, Xbox and more. Features: Crush your enemies using the iconic Warthog or sweep them from the battlefield using the all-new Kestrel VTOL. Face off against Promethean enemies; deadly mechanical warriors who seek mankind’s annihilation. Experience an all-new story that will take you from New Mombasa on Earth to the enigmatic Gamma Halo located at the edge of charted space. Share progress between your Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices, or on Steam via Steam Cloud. Purchase through the Windows or Windows Phone store and receive access to the Windows and Windows Phone versions of the title for one price. Complete weekly challenges and take the top position against friends in leaderboards that showcase your Halo gaming skills. Take control with precision touch-based controls for the mobile experience and optional support for both keyboard and mouse or USB Xbox controller on PCs. Earn achievements in Halo: Spartan Strike to unlock an exclusive emblem, nameplate, and avatar in Halo: The Master Chief Collection on Xbox One. Read more ► Hearthstone     Hearthstone: Blackrock Mountain Expansion – HD Cinematic Trailer Blackrock Mountain: A Hearthstone Adventure is coming soon! Face fearsome foes in Blackrock Mountain, Hearthstone’s next single player Adventure. Log in and test your wits against five fiery wings, each packed with iconic bosses. Earn powerful new cards for your Hearthstone decks! The smoldering Blackrock Mountain looms on the horizon. Elementals, dwarves, and dragons lie in wait within… and they’ll be ready for you to unearth in Hearthstone’s second Adventure Mode, Blackrock Mountain, announced today at PAX East! Blackrock Your World Blackrock Mountain is home to a wealth of creatures with a burning desire to meet you: From the elementals of the Molten Core that find 1300°F “comfortable” to the dragons that lie in wait within Blackrock Spire, Hearthstone’s second adventure mode pits players against single-player bosses and their unique abilities that are guaranteed to put you in the hot seat. Each boss within Blackrock Mountain has unique cards at their disposal, and they’re guaranteed to challenge any adventurer ready to brave the challenges within. A total of five unique wings make up the massive expanse of Blackrock Mountain, and each wing is a unique experience to one of the five iconic zones found within it. Cards Too Hot to Handle Battling your way through the unique wings of Blackrock Mountain will reward players will all-new Hearthstone cards to add to their collection! Once these cards have been earned by defeating each individual Blackrock Mountain boss, they can immediately be added to your deck. 31 new cards will be added with Blackrock Mountain! Delving into Blackrock Depths Players that enter the adventure will immediately be greeted by the Dark Iron Dwarves that dwell deep within the depths Blackrock Mountain. They’re a bit hot-headed, but can you blame them; there’s no air conditioning in Blackrock Depths! If you’re thinking about grabbing a refreshment at the Grim Guzzler Bar while you’re there, keep your cards ready – a good ol’ fashioned Hearthstone brawl could break out at any time! Rockin’ New Game Board! Blackrock Mountain has its own unique game board that you’ll battle on while you’re in the Adventure. Best of all, as soon as Blackrock Mountain is hot off the presses, the game board will be a part of the normal board rotation in Play and Arena modes! What new surprises await you? New Class Challenges If you enjoyed the class challenges within Curse of Naxxramas, they’re back with a vengeance in Blackrock Mountain! Nine new class challenges are prepared for you to put your skills with a specific class to the test. Conquering these Class Challenges will reward you with new class-specific cards to add to your collection. Rock the Heroic Modes Prepare to fight fire with even more fire! Once you’re defeated all of the bosses within any given wing for the first time, you’ll unlock the Heroic mode of that wing. Heroic mode bosses do not play fair – they are significantly more difficult than their normal mode versions, and they will prove to be a challenge for even the most veteran Hearthstone players. Defeating all of Blackrock Mountain’s bosses on Heroic mode will unlock a new card back for your collection. Fortune Favors the Boulder Blackrock Mountain will unearth its secrets over the course of 5 weeks. Starting with Blackrock Depths, each wing opens one week at a time with a new wing opening each week, until all five wings are open. As each wing is released, the cards contained within each wing will also show up in your Arena picks, even if you have not earned them for your personal collection yet. For those of you that can’t wait to get your oven mitts on Blackrock Mountain, pre-orders of the full Adventure will be available starting March 19! Pre-ordering Blackrock Mountain not only allows players to dive into the Adventure as soon as it becomes available in their region, but it also cooks up a unique card back for their collection! This card back is only available to players that pre-order Blackrock Mountain. Out of the Frying Pan Can you take the heat? Grab your fire resistance gear and get ready to brave the mountain! Blackrock Mountain is planned to release simultaneously for PC, Mac, iPad, and Android tablets next month! Read more ► Unreal Engine 4     Unreal Engine 4 Is Free! Watch This Stunning HD Open World Cinematic Tech Demo At GDC 2015, Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney revealed that Unreal Engine 4 is now free. Free for games, free for VR, free for architecture, free for film, free for education. That’s right – they’re completely and very generously ditching the monthly fee and will only be requiring 5% of any profits made from any game made with the engine once it reaches over $3000 in sales. The kite cinematic above is completely created in Unreal Engine 4, featuring a diverse and beautifully realized 100 square mile landscape. Everything you see was generated in real-time by Unreal Engine 4 at 30fps and includes fully dynamic lighting, cinematic post effects and procedurally placed trees and foliage. Read more ► Game of Thrones – Episode 1: ‘Iron From Ice’ – HD Launch Trailer     Game of Thrones – Episode 1: ‘Iron From Ice’ – HD Launch Trailer Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series is a new six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO’s groundbreaking TV show. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart. You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you. Developed by the creators of the award-winning The Walking Dead – A Telltale Games Series, and The Wolf Among Us Meet and interact with characters from HBO’s hit TV show Visit King’s Landing, The Wall and other familiar locations Feel what it is like to play the Game of Thrones, where you win… or you die Read more ► Goat Simulator Gets Free MMORPG Expansion – HD Gameplay Trailer     Goat Simulator Gets Free MMORPG Expansion – HD Gameplay Trailer Those crazy ingenious Swedes at Coffee Stain Studios are at it again, this time bringing us “Goat MMO Simulator”, a free expansion for Goat Simulator. In a quip to Blizzard’s World of Warcraft, Coffee Stain’s PR manager joked: “The level cap will be 101, 1 level higher than you-know-what” – Armin Ibrisagic, Game Designer & PR Manager at Coffee Stain Studios While the company boss added: “If anyone from Blizzard Legal is reading this then please don’t sue, be cool.” – Anton Westbergh, Programmer & CEO at Coffee Stain Studios The free expansion will be released as a free DLC on Steam on Thursday 20th November 2014. Read more ► Hearthstone – Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion – HD Trailer     Hearthstone – Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion – HD Trailer Powering up and exploding onto the scene: Goblins vs Gnomes, Hearthstone’s first expansion, has been officially EXPLODING revealed today at BlizzCon! Expand-o-Matic 5000! Goblins vs Gnomes throws players smack dab in the middle of a rivalry between cunning goblin engineers and their eternally-tinkering gnome counterparts. These pint-size foes don’t always have the upper hand over the myriad mechanical contraptions they cook up, and the results can be . . . unpredictable. Over 120 New Cards The expansion brings a slew of brand-new cards that are ready to wreak a wealth of mechanized havoc on your opponent: Our own tinkerers and explosives aficionados have assembled over 120 new cards that will be sure to throw a wrench in your opponent’s gears—literally. Check out a few of the wild and wacky inventions that have been engineered for your collection below! Meet the Mechs The new expansion brings with it an all-new minion type—Mechs. Much like the Alarm-o-Bot and Harvest Golem, these quirky contraptions have been built to pack a creative spring-loaded punch to your game. Goblins vs Gnomes will introduce both neutral and class-specific Mechs, so prepare for things to get interesting*! Big Trouble, Little Packages Stirring up trouble this December for Windows®, Mac®, and iPad®, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be available by purchasing Goblins vs Gnomes-specific card packs in the in-game shop with either gold or real money, whichever you prefer (same pricing as expert card packs). As with Curse of Naxxramas, Goblins vs Gnomes cards will be made available in your Arena picks as soon as the cards have been released; even if you haven’t added them to your personal collection! Prepare (Your Kneecaps) for Battle! Read more ► Asphalt Overdrive     Asphalt Overdrive – CGI Trailer It looks like Gameloft have taken serious cues from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City with their overhaul of the brilliant Asphalt racing series, and by no means do I see that as a bad thing! If you ever enjoyed the Burnout racing games you’ll know what to expect from the Asphalt series and with this new version set in the 80s with that gorgeous over-the-top fluro aesthetic and epic 80s music, this could be the definitive version for me. 🙂 Discover the award-winning Asphalt series’ first spinoff with Asphalt Overdrive, an intense experience packed to go! Outrun the cops in an exciting game set in a “new ’80s” version of California. Read more ► Minecraft     Head of Xbox Phil Spencer Discusses Microsoft’s $2.5bn Acquisition of Minecraft See Head of Xbox Phil Spencer discuss Microsoft’s acquisition of Minecraft and the future of the Minecraft community in the video above. Minecraft is one of the most popular video games of all time, with more than 100 million downloads, on PC alone, from players since its launch in 2009. Minecraft inspires millions to create together, connects people across the globe, and is a community that is among the most active and passionate in the world. Earlier today the creator of Minecraft, Markus “Notch” Persson, sold the Minecraft IP and the company that developes Mincraft to Microsoft for a reported $2.5bn. “Minecraft is more than a great game franchise – it is an open world platform, driven by a vibrant community we care deeply about, and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft.” – Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO Mojang’s founder, Markus “Notch” Persson, has previously criticised Microsoft’s policies, and commented that the market for Windows phones was “tiny” and not worth developing apps for. In a statement earlier today, Notch had this to say: “I’m aware this goes against a lot of what I’ve said in public. I have no good response to that. I’m also aware a lot of you were using me as a symbol of some perceived struggle. I’m not. I’m a person, and I’m right there struggling with you. It’s not about the money. It’s about my sanity.” – Markus “Notch” Persson Minecraft has a large and enthusiastic cult following, many of whom have reacted angrily to what they see as a corporate takeover of a communally-spirited independent company. Although Microsoft was quick to assure the community that ‘nothing will change’ in the short term and they will continue to support Minecraft in its current form on all platforms. As for the forthcoming Minecraft 2 game? As yet no one knows and it’ll be interesting to see whether Microsoft choose to make it an Xbox One exclusive in order to sell consoles. Read more ►