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Watch: Microsoft Announces Xbox One Backward Compatibility

At the E3, Microsoft announced the XBox One will be backwards compatible with XBox 360 titles.

Watch the video above for the announcement, which includes a demonstration with it mentioned both digital and retails disks will work.

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Now you can play a growing number of your Xbox 360 games on Xbox One at no additional cost. With over 100 titles slated for this fall, and hundreds more added every month, Xbox One is now the best place to play your Xbox 360 games. Experience the greatest games lineup in Xbox history—exclusively on Xbox One.

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PSN Still Down; XBox Live Back Up After Christmas DDoS Attack

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If you woke up on Christmas morning and found Santa placed something XBox or Playstation under the tree, you also found that someone placed coal in your stocking as XBox Live and the Playstation Network were down.

As of today, XBox is back up, but PSN is still down.

The official XBox Live service status reads everything is up and running.

PSN status says it’s still down, and it appears the status page can’t handle all the regular traffic as at times it says there is an error – which isn’t directly related to the DDoS attack – it’s everyone checking to see if the PSN is back up, and ironically, the server can’t handle all the requests.

The good news is that early this morning the official AskPlaystation Twitter feed posted that the PSN is gradually coming back online. I just checked mine, and it’s still down; you may want to check to see if the PSN is up and running for you.

The group claiming to be responsible for the attack is the “Lizard Squad,” who have now moved on from attacking XBox Live and PSN to go after the TOR browser.

What the Lizard Squad did is basically gather a zombie army of computers and directed them all at the PSN and XBox Live. The Squad hacked into other computers, controlled them remotely without the users knowledge, and sent tons of requests aimed at the Playstation Network and XBox Live, which crashed the servers due too much bot traffic. Some of these botnet networks are actually millions of computers strong, and if they are repeatedly hitting the server over and over (in various ways), that’s when the server fails.

So why did the Lizard Squad do it?

Too much time on their hands? Maybe. Need of a girlfriend? Probably (comic book readers get this all the time, too, guys). One member claimed they did it to raise awareness due to the fact that Microsoft and Sony charge too much, and they don’t put anything back into their security. A member claimed that said DDoS attack could have easily been prevented, and the Lizard Squad did give at least a month’s notice. The bad news is that the Squad is stating the attacks won’t stop until Sony and Microsoft both learn from the attack and upgrade their security accordingly.

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XBox Live Down Possibly Due To Hackers

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Attempting to sign on to XBox Live may result in a connection error.

Now it’s learned hackers may be responsible for taking down the XBox Live network, which affects XBox 360 and XBox One.

The Lizard Squad on Twitter are taking responsibility for the attack, who also were said to be behind a similar attack against Sony’s Playstation network earlier this year.

The group has also promised to take XBox Live down again this Christmas.

Microsoft has yet to comment.

Update: It’s said users in Canada and the United States were affected as a result of a denial-of-service attack. The XBox Live servers are now back online (3:04 am ET).

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The Avengers Coming To MineCraft For XBox 360

The Avengers skins are now avaible for the XBox 360 edition of MineCraft.

The price is $2.99.

Update: The pack should be released soon.

Update #2: Released on Monday, December 23rd.

All 35 of the following skins will be available in “Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition”: Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Nick Fury, A-Bomb, Abomination, AIM Agent, Ant-Man, Arnim Zola, Black Panther, Captain America (Bucky Barnes), Falcon, Giant-Man, Hydra Agent, Iron Man Mark 1, Iron Man Mark 7, Iron Man Mark 16, Iron Man Mark 41, Iron Man Mark 42, Iron Patriot, Wasp, Kang, Loki, Moon Knight, Red Hulk, Red Skull, Spider-Woman, Taskmaster, Vision, Maria Hill, Agent Coulson, Leader, Hercules, Hawkeye, and Black Widow.

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Official Call of Duty: Ghosts Gameplay Launch Trailer Now Online

Actvision has released the Call of Duty: Ghosts gameplay launch trailer.

Outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched. Call of Duty: Ghosts takes players to a world altered by a devastating mass event. Following an elite squad of soldiers known as the “Ghosts,” lead the fight back against a newly emerged global power. Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives 11.5.13. 

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GTA 5 Excitement and Next-Gen Considerations

GTA 5 Excitement and Next Gen Considerations

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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We are mere days away from the release of what everybody, their mothers, grandmothers and so on and so forth have dubbed as the biggest, best and de facto “Game of the Year” of 2013 in the form of Grand Theft Auto 5. Few video games these days have that legitimate, widespread and cultural excitement factor attached to its release, but then not every franchise is as impactful as the crown jewel of Rockstar’s library. GTA 5 was meant to have been released earlier than the tail end of this generation’s counsel cycle, but as it stands between Xbox 360 and PS3, the end has been loaded with so many software goodies that it begs the question whether we really “need” the Xbox One or PS4 this November. I certainly thought so since it’s been almost ten years since the HD generation launched with the 360 back in 2005. Thus, as soon as the rumors of the next gen started becoming more tangible, I began to consolidate my collection, played out the games I really wanted to revisit in my back log and traded in just about everything else once pre-orders commenced at GameStop. Yet here we are talking about one of the biggest franchises in the gaming industry extending the current generation’s life cycle well into the next as nothing has been officially announced regarding this game on newer machines . . . yet.

“You ain’t gotta like it ‘cause the hood gone love it.”
GTA 5 is currently the most expensive game created in video game history with a budget around $265 million dollars employing over 300 designers, artists and programmers to bring us the next evolution of GTA. If anyone had any doubts regarding “Triple A” game production mirroring Hollywood, just consider the immensity of that starting dollar amount. With such a huge investment on the front end, I found it incredibly curious how Rockstar had zero plans (publicly) to have this incredible game release with the next generation counsels. One would think it a no-brainer considering it would be an automatic attached software sale linked to every hardware unit sold. Other major franchises such as Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed are completely on board with this initiative and releasing their software on as many platforms as possible maximizes their profitability. Yes, Activision and Ubisoft are fans of money, but that doesn’t mean Rockstar isn’t. Pre-orders for GTA 5 on Xbox 360 and PS3 alone seem to have units sold; outpacing even the annual Call of Duty juggernaut. Clearly, the people want their GTA now!

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“All you hear is radio ga-ga.”
For me, the only thing more exciting than the release of a marquee game is the release of a brand new and more powerful platform. When it was announced that GTA 5 would not launch with the next generation I was disappointed; so much so that I was fully prepared to overlook GTA 5 this year because I knew (as everyone else seems to know) that this game will eventually exist for Xbox One and PS4 (and PC) at some point and probably sooner than later in 2014. This is a foregone conclusion what with Rockstar’s history of “Game of the Year” re-releases for several titles in their library. Money seems to get tighter and tighter, and so I chose the next generation plus Watch Dogs as my primary entertainment later this year, but then I had an epiphany. I was honestly banking on two things to hold me over between now and November: BioShock Infinite DLC and The Last of Us multiplayer. Unfortunately, the release timing for BioShock’s DLC has been sluggish and TLoU multiplayer, though satisfying at first, has become bland and frustrating recently. I found myself with a two month dead zone that nothing else in my back log would fulfill, and then details regarding GTA Online (the multiplayer extension of GTA 5) started to cycle about the internet and I was sold on getting on board ASAP! GTA Online, though not quite an MMO evolution of the franchise, offers the potential immersion, customization and variety of a multiplayer experience that GTA 4 failed to fully realize and few could have predicted as possible on the current generation. Rockstar’s well conceived advertising and information control campaign regarding this game was very compelling and with various online media entities broadcasting so much potential, I simply could not miss out.

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“I don’t think Hank done it this way.”
As anticipated as GTA 5 is, the timing of its release is curiously atypical for a “Triple A” title of its caliber. A game this big usually drops somewhere in the middle of a generation where developers have had plenty of experience with the hardware and the consumer base is already established and continues to grow. Software releases at the end of a generation are populated with more titles that exist on both generations than exclusives on one or the other to accommodate consumers who jump in feet first as well as those that hold back on the next generation. However, it is inevitable that developers will eventually cease all production on old technology. So far, Rockstar is banking on the current gen, but the dawn of a new generation means the virtual countdown for the current one has begun. We will see GTA 5 on next gen machines, but that game has been in development for a number of years and sometimes making a “port” of a finished product to run on beefier machines that can deliver better graphics and functionality isn’t as simple and cost-effective as one would think. Rockstar wants some return on its investment now before going further into the hole.

If Rockstar was determined to release this game this year, why do it so close to the launch date of the next generation for which you won’t even be participating in initially? First, you cannot argue with the allure of a Fall release and the enhanced sales every software title receives thanks to its proximity to the holidays. Historically, for games to take full advantage of retail promotions directly linked to Christmas, they tend to release in October. The genius of releasing in September gives GTA a full month of sales unopposed by any other major title which won’t appear until the likes of Lego: Marvel Super Heroes, Batman: Arkham Origins, Assassin’s Creed 4 and Battlefield 4 release in late October. By then, GTA Online will have hit its stride allowing GTA 5 to continue to compete with the rest of the major titles for the remainder of the Fall. This also leaves the window wide open for Rockstar to re-release GTA 5 with any and all DLC and enhanced features for the next generation as a “new” game based on a completed product sometime in the future.

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Will the next generation release in November break this game’s momentum? I actually don’t think so, and the main reason for this will be consumer prudence regarding the new machines. Yes, it’s true that this upcoming generation has the best pre-order numbers of any previous generation, but the bulk of a counsel’s sales success is not solely determined by the launch window. Not every game enthusiast has $4-500 dollars to get in on the ground floor, and the shear existence of new machines means that the old ones will continue to get marked down, making the current generation much more lucrative especially when games like GTA 5 exist for machines that continue to get less expensive. Both Microsoft and Sony are talking about the healthy legs left on their current machines despite the excitement surrounding their new ones and this can only mean good things for GTA and Rockstar.

Hardcore gamers are the ones that are fueling the hype for the Xbox One and PS4, and given the choice between playing GTA 5 on current or next gen counsels, most would prefer a more powerful machine. It remains to be seen how “upset” consumers who invest in the new technology right away might be once GTA 5 releases for the next generation, but much of that will be determined when that actually happens. If GTA 5 comes out for XB1 and PS4 in January of 2014, for instance, we might be witness to some severe responses on the internet. It would be interesting to see if Rockstar would spearhead an upgrade campaign similar to what GameStop is doing in regards to consumers who want a certain game now, would also want it for next gen counsels, but don’t want to pay $59.99 twice for the same game. Such an incentive would be a show of good faith to everyone who bought into GTA 5 immediately, regardless of the release date of its evolved iteration, and I would like to think Rockstar has some kind of plan addressing the next gen conundrum that doesn’t involve purely sticking it to the consumer.

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The Walking Dead Minecraft X-Box 360 Skin Screen Shots

TellTale Games announced a new skin for MineCraft for XBox 360 with The Walking Dead featuring Lee Everett, Kenny, Female Walker, Molly, Male Walker, Christa, and Omid.

Skin Pack 5 for Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition arrives Wednesday, July 31 at 160 Microsoft Points. 

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E3: The Walking Dead: 400 Days Announced & Trailer

TellTale Games announced The Walking Dead: 400 Days at the E3 and released the following trailer.

The game will be available this Summer as a download for the XBLA, PS3, PSVita, PC/Mac and iOS, and coming soon with Season One of The Walking Dead: The Game to PlayStation Vita for the first time. 

About:

The Walking Dead: 400 Days chronicles the horrific aftermath of the undead outbreak through the eyes of five new characters as they struggle to survive the first 400 days of the apocalypse. Playable in any order, the five connected short stories are centered in and around a Georgia truck stop, where players will be thrust into horrifying situations that will test their morals and control the flow of the story through their decisions and actions. 

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E3: Mad Max Video Game Announced, Trailer & Screen Shots

WB and Avalanche Studios announced a new Mad Max video game coming in 2014, releasing a trailer and following screen shots at the E3.

About:

Play as Mad Max, a lone warrior who must embark on a dangerous journey after his Interceptor is stolen by a deadly gang of marauders. A reluctant hero with an instinct for survival, Max wants nothing more than to leave the madness behind and find solace in the storied “Plains of Silence”. 

KEY FEATURES

Be Mad Max
* Become the legendary lone warrior as you craft and upgrade his equipment and weapons in order to survive in a brutal post-apocalyptic world
* Fight with savage moves and combos to brutalize the deranged bandits of the Wasteland

Intense Vehicular Combat
* Engage in dynamic, physics-based vehicular combat, taking down enemy vehicles with a slew of deadly weapons and customizable parts
* Choose from different car bodies and construct the ultimate war vehicle with dozens of upgrade combinations 

Brave the Wasteland
* Explore an immense post-apocalyptic open world full of unique missions and side quests 
* Scavenge every scrap you can find to build upgrades for your equipment and vehicles
* Take down eccentric bandits & gangs that roam the Wasteland

General Information

GENRE: Open World / 3rd Person Action

PLATFORMS: PS4, Xbox One, PS3, X360, PC

DEVELOPER: Avalanche Studios

PLAYERS: Single Player 

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Press Release

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announces post-apocalyptic open world action game Mad Max

Debuting for Next-Gen, Current-Gen Consoles and PC in 2014

 

 

LONDON UK. – 11th June, 2013 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mad Max , a new open world, third-person action game where players become Mad Max, a lone warrior in a savage post-apocalyptic world where cars are the key to survival. The game will debut for PlayStation®4, Xbox One® the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Xbox 360® games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 system and Windows® PC.

Scheduled for release in 2014, Mad Max will deliver dynamic, open-world gameplay where gamers fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using brutal on-ground and vehicular combat against vicious gangs of bandits. Players are challenged with treacherous missions as they scavenge the dangerous landscape for supplies to build the ultimate combat vehicle.

“ Mad Max places gamers directly into the driver’s seat of their ultimate customized vehicle to battle it out in the action-packed, open world of The Wasteland,” saidSamantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production & Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are very pleased to work with Avalanche Studios to provide a next generation gaming experience with robust fighting paired with dynamic vehicular combat.”

“Over a decade of creating open world experiences has led us to this point,” said Christofer Sundberg, Avalanche Studios Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer. “The Wasteland lends itself incredibly well to the high level of player freedom with which Avalanche Studios has become synonymous. This unforgiving environment inspired us to create a gritty and perse experience where driving, fighting and scavenging are essential for survival.”

Mad Max is under development by Avalanche Studios. For more information, visit www.madmaxgame.comFacebook.com/MadMaxGame and Twitter.com/MadMaxGame.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Officially Announced For PS3, XBox 360 & Next-Gen Consoles; Teaser Trailer Released

Activision has officially announced that Call of Duty: Ghosts will have a November 5th release for the PS3, PC and XBox 360.

In addition, Call of Duty: Ghosts will be made available for next-gen consoles as more will become known at the XBox Next-Generation Console Reveal on May 21st.

The game is available to pre-order at various retail stores.

We learn that Call of Duty: Ghosts will feature an all-new story and characters as well as an all-new game engine.

See the full press release below for more.

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Press Release

 

Call of Duty: Ghosts will set a new Benchmark for the Next Generation

All-New World, Story, Characters and Experience, All Powered by New, Next Gen Call of Duty Engine from the Developer that started it all, Infinity Ward

For an Exclusive First Look at the Game, Tune in to Xbox: The New Generation Revealed, May 21 at 10AM PDT on Xbox.com, Xbox Live or SPIKE TV

Groundbreaking Title Lands on November 5

 

SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Prepare for the next generation of Call of Duty®. The franchise that has defined a generation of gaming is set to raise the bar once again with the all-new Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Published by Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® series, Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise. The new title delivers a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation.

“Infinity Ward set the gold standard for first-person action for a generation, and they’re going to do it again with Call of Duty: Ghosts,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing, Inc. “Ghosts delivers an all-new story, all-new characters, an all-newCall of Duty world, all powered by a next generation Call of Duty engine, which is a leap forward for the franchise. Infinity Ward is going all-in to create the next generation of Call of Duty worthy of the world’s greatest fans.”

“Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we’re not resting on our laurels,” said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. “We saw the console transition as the perfect opportunity to start a new chapter for Call of Duty. So we’re building a new sub-brand, a new engine, and a lot of new ideas and experiences for our players. We can’t wait to share them with our community.”

To see an exclusive first look at Call of Duty: Ghosts tune in to Xbox: the Next Generation Revealed on May 21 at 10AM PDT on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE or SPIKE TV for the debut of the all-new game from Infinity Ward.

“We are consistently thrilled with the overwhelming response received from critics and consumers alike to the Call of Duty series, which has firmly established its home on the Xbox 360 with the game’s largest and most engaged community,” said Don Mattrick, president of the interactive entertainment business at Microsoft. “With Call of Duty: Ghosts, we have no doubt that our longtime partners, Activision and Infinity Ward, will raise the bar higher than ever before for this incredible franchise.”

Starting today, fans can begin pre-ordering their copy of Call of Duty: Ghosts at retail outlets worldwide.

“There’s no other video game property like Call of Duty. It’s the biggest game franchise on the planet that has had some of the biggest game entertainment launches in history,” said Tony Bartel, president of GameStop. “We are very excited for the launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, as we transition to next generation consoles.”

Call of Duty: Ghosts will release on Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC on November 5Call of Duty: Ghosts will also be available for next generation platforms. For the latest intel, check out: www.callofduty.com/ghosts, www.facebook.com/CODGhosts, or follow on Twitter @InfinityWard. Call of Duty: Ghosts is not yet rated.

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Deadpool Video Game Gets Mr. Sinister, Psylocke, Cable, Domino & Death

New characters have been revealed as part of the upcoming Deadpool video game with Mr. Sinister and Psylocke revealed today as well as Cable, Domino and Death previously.

Check out some art below.

The Deadpool video game is a third-person-shooter written by comic book scribe Daniel Way and will be available June 25, 2013 for the PS3 and XBox 360.

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Next-Gen XBox Announcement Coming May 21st

Microsoft has revealed that they will announce the next-gen XBox on May 21st.

A Facebook event has been set up as well with the following announcement image including:

A New Generation Revealed. Be part of this historic online event, featuring a live stream, video, images, updates and more.

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Dubbed the “XBox 720,” it’s rumored the new console might be slightly less powerful than the PS4, but have a better capability to do other tasks than gaming (like their new “TV series” programming), might not be backwards compatible; however, an add-on is rumored, and might require users to be “always online.”

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NBC’s Heroes Might Get Relaunched

We get word that the popular hero/anti-hero series that aired for four seasons on NBC, Heroes, might actually be getting a relaunch.

TV Line has learned that there are talks to launch a new Heroes show via MSN on Xbox as part of their new programming.

Yes, not a game — a new “TV” show.

It’s also said that the new Heroes series wouldn’t be a total reboot as characters from the original show would cameo, depending on the actors’ schedules.

The new Heroes would feature a new group of heroes and their stories.

MSN has recently launched a new an original programming initiative through the XBox.

Heroes ran on NBC from September 2006 to February 2010 featuring a cast consisting of Zachar Quinto, Hayden Panettiere, Kristin Bell, Greg Grunberg and more.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising DLC Now Available For XBox 360

Press Release

 

ACTIVISION & TREYARCH’S CALL OF DUTY®: BLACK OPS II UPRISING DLC MAP PACK – ONE OF THE MOST CREATIVE AND AMBITIOUS DLC OFFERINGS YET – LAUNCHES FIRST, EXCLUSIVELY ON XBOX LIVE

Legendary Hollywood Actors Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano and Michael Madsen Unite as Four Prohibition-Era Mobsters Battling the Undead on Alcatraz, the World’s Most Inescapable Prison, in the Groundbreaking, All-New Zombies Experience, “Mob of the Dead”

 

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London, UK – 17th April, 2013 – Coming out right on the heels of the inaugural Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox, which set records as the biggest live event ever streamed on Xbox LIVE®, and the largest concurrent viewership for a live streamed console game tournament on Twitch, Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Uprising, is available now, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, with other platforms to follow.  The second Downloadable Content (DLC) Map Pack from Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard (Nasdaq: ATVI), and its award-winning studio Treyarch, Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising includes four new, diverse multiplayer maps and the groundbreaking “Mob of the Dead” Zombies experience, featuring legendary Hollywood actors Ray Liotta, Chazz Palminteri, Joe Pantoliano, and Michael Madsen as four mobster inmates trying to escape a zombie infested Alcatraz. 

“Uprising is equal parts creativity and passion, all rolled into four amazing multiplayer maps and an entirely new and ambitious ‘Mob of the Dead’ Zombies experience,” said Mark Lamia, Treyarch’s Studio Head.  “We’ve packed a ton of gameplay into the multiplayer maps, including game-changing environmental challenges and opportunities.  And with ‘Mob of the Dead,’ the team has pushed the boundaries of the Zombies fiction into new territory, anchored by top Hollywood talent.”

Following tradition of the original Call of Duty: Black Ops fan-favourite Zombies mode “Call of the Dead,” Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising’s chilling new “Mob of the Dead” Zombies experience puts players in the shoes of four prohibition-era mobsters, Billy Handsome (Liotta), Al “The Weasel” Arlington (Pantoliano), Salvatore “Sal” DeLuca (Palminteri), and Michael “Finn” O’Leary (Madsen), serving time in Alcatraz Prison only to discover that being behind bars is the least of their problems.  In order to survive, players must work their way through the steel cells and aging concrete buildings while fighting off a multitude of zombified prisoners and guards trapped on the island with them. 

Uprising also debuts four new, exotic and unique multiplayer maps set around the globe:  “Magma” is a modern Japanese village with volcanic eruptions carving multiple paths throughout the town; “Encore” takes place in the aftermath of a deserted London music festival and leaves numerous opportunities for plenty of run-and-gun, close quarters combat; “Vertigo” is a futuristic high-rise mega-structure located in India and features dizzying vistas and multi-tiered pathways; finally, “Studio” is a contemporary re-imagining of “Firing Range,” the fan-favourite multiplayer map from the originalCall of Duty: Black Ops.  “Studio” is a Hollywood movie back lot with a variety of cinematic themes that range from Sci-Fi to the Old West.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising is out now first, exclusively on Xbox LIVE for 1200 Microsoft Points.  The Uprising DLC Map Pack is also included in theCall of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass*, where fans can purchase all four epic DLC Map Packs planned for the year, and also receive the Nuketown Zombies bonus map, and an exclusive in-game calling card as part of the discounted bundle offered at a suggested 4000 Microsoft Points – a discount of 800 Microsoft Points off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs**.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is rated PEGI 18.  More information on Call of Duty: Black Ops II can be found at http://www.callofduty.com/blackops2 or on www.facebook.com/codblackops.  Fans can also follow @Treyarch on Twitter.

About Twitch
Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.  More than 30 million gamers gather every month on Twitch to broadcast, watch and chat about gaming.  Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for leading video game broadcasters including casual gamers, pro players, tournaments, leagues, developers and gaming media organisations.  Twitch is leading a revolution in the gaming community, working to create a participatory experience that transcends gameplay. Learn more at http://twitch.tv.

About Treyarch
Treyarch is an industry-leading game developer, wholly owned by Activision Publishing, Inc. whose Call of Duty: Black Ops II set world-wide launch day records, and whose previous game Call of Duty: Black Ops set an entertainment launch opening record upon its release in 2010 and continues to be one of the best-selling games of all time, according to NPD and GfK Chart-Track.

About Activision Publishing, Inc.
Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and leisure products.

Activision maintains operations in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, South Korea, mainland China and the region of Taiwan. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company’s website, www.activision.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements: Information in this press release that involves Activision Publishing’s expectations, plans, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including statements about the expected Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC release date of April 16, 2013, are forward-looking statements that are not facts and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause Activision Publishing’s actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements set forth in this release include unanticipated product delays and other factors identified in the risk factors sections of Activision Blizzard’s most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. The forward-looking statements in this release are based upon information available to Activision Publishing and Activision Blizzard as of the date of this release, and neither Activision Publishing nor Activision Blizzard assumes any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements believed to be true when made may ultimately prove to be incorrect. These statements are not guarantees of the future performance of Activision Publishing or Activision Blizzard and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond its control and may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, Wonder Woman & Lex Luthor Demo Available April 3rd On PS3 & XBox360

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We don’t have to wait long to play the new DC Comics video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, as the demo will be officially available on the PS3 and XBox 360 tomorrow, April 3rd.

The fighter game pits hero vs. hero and villain vs. villain, and everything in-between, in a story that sees Superman gone bad.

Heroes side up and choose sides in all out action.

Tomorrow fans will get to try out the Injustice: Gods Among Us Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor demos for free.

See full details below.

 

Press Release

 

 Injustice: Gods Among Us Demo Confirmed for Xbox 360 and PS3

 
 
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that a free demo for the upcoming DC Comics fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us will be available for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.  Fans can find the demo beginning April 3 on the PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Marketplace. 

The Injustice: Gods Among Us demo features Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor – three playable characters pulled from the game’s robust DC Comics roster.  Set in the Gotham City arena, fans can get a taste of the included characters’ unique super powers and individual move-sets as they destroy elements of the world and fight through the multi-tiered arena. 

Injustice: Gods Among Us is an all-new game developed by award-winning NetherRealm Studios. The title debuts a bold new fighting game franchise that introduces a deep, original story featuring a large cast of favorite DC Comics icons such as Batman, Green Arrow, Cyborg, Harley Quinn, Nightwing, Solomon Grundy, Superman, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and many others. Set in a world where the lines between good and evil are blurred, players will experience heroes and villains engaging in epic battles on a massive scale. 

Injustice: Gods Among Us is scheduled for release on 19th April 2013 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Wii U™ system from Nintendo.

Visit www.injustice.com for more information.

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SyFy Defiance MMO Now Available: Launch Trailer & Screen Shots

The new MMO Defiance is now available.

SyFy and Trion Worlds have teamed up to deliver a unique experience with Defiance as it takes place in both the world of gaming and TV.

The Defiance MMO launched today, and you can check out the new trailer below; the TV show on SyFy debuts April 15th.

Check out the Defiance launch trailer and find more details below.

 

Press Release

 

DEFIANCE LAUNCHES WORLDWIDE TODAY

Massive Online Shooter Opens the World of Defiance
Ahead of the Syfy Network TV Show Premiere
 
 
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – APRIL 2, 2013 – Trion Worlds, the leading publisher and developer of premium games for the connected era, is proud to announce the launch of Defiance™, the groundbreaking futuristic online open world shooter for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. The Defiance Universe expands even further on April 15th, with the premiere of Syfy Network’s Defiance series.

“We’re incredibly proud that after five years of development, we are bringing this ambitious project to life,” said Nathan Richardsson, VP of Development for Trion and Executive Producer of Defiance. “The game launch is just the beginning of a truly unique entertainment experience and, in a couple weeks’ time, you’ll be able to tune into Syfy to see the story unfold, the characters develop, and realize transmedia entertainment unlike ever before.”

In Defiance, thousands of players, who take on the role of an Ark Hunter, scour a transformed Earth in search of valuable alien technology. Each Ark Hunter can play to its strength, customizing special abilities as well as upgrading a huge variety of both modern and alien weaponry at its disposal. Players can hunt alone or with others as they engage in massive co-op boss battles and fierce multiplayer combat known as Shadow War, in addition to taking on dynamic missions in campaign mode while exploring this constantly evolving world.

Digital copies of Defiance can be purchased online at http://defiance.com/en and both digital and physical copies of the game are available at all major video game retailers. Standard Editions start at USD $59.99.  Premium bundles, including the digital Deluxe Edition for PC and physical Collector’s Edition for console and PC, are available for USD $99.99. A limited run Ultimate Edition is also available for console and PC for USD $149.99, and includes a season pass, all Standard and Collector’s editions items and an exclusive Hellbug figurine.

Digital PC customers who have already bought a digital Standard Edition can upgrade to the digital Deluxe Edition for $39.99.  Full details can be found on http://defiance.com/en.

 
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Revolution DLC Available for PS3 February 28th

Finally we find out when the new “Revolution” DLC for Call of Duty: Black Ops II will be available for the PS3 (as well as PC).

While XBox 360 users have had the DLC for a little while, Activision announced a February 28th availability for “Revolution.”

The new DLC comes with a new gun, new levels of play and lets gamers play as zombies.

See below for more.

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Press Release

 

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Revolution DLC Map Pack will be available for PlayStation®3 and Windows PC fans on 28th February.

 

Call of Duty®: Black Ops II players on PlayStation®3 and Windows PC will have access to the game’s first DLC Map Pack – Revolution – on 28th February.  Revolution delivers an unparalleled amount of variety and content for all types of Call of Duty: Black Ops II players, featuring four all-new multiplayer maps set around the globe: 

– Hydro: Located in Pakistan, this hydro-electric plant comes complete with a lethal spillway that floods with very little warning.
– Grind: Set in a skate park in Venice Beach (the birthplace of skateboarding!), quarter-pipes and curved surfaces drive players away from easy cover and into intense firefights.
– Downhill: A ski resort in the French Alps, this snowy map is complete with a moving gondola system that can both offer cover and crush you to death.
–  Mirage: Located in China’s Gobi Desert, this luxury resort has been ravaged by a sandstorm.

Zombies fans get a terrifying double-dose of undead action in Revolution. First, the new map, “Die Rise,” drops players inside a maze of crumbling skyscrapers amidst a ravaged Chinese city, where all-new Wonder Weaponry will play a crucial role as they make a valiant stand against the impending zombie hoard.  Additionally, Revolution’s new Zombies mode, “Turned,” flips this new fan-favourite mode around, allowing players to become the undead and play as a zombie, offering an entirely new style of bragging rights.

Fans can either purchase Revolution as a standalone Map Pack, or they can purchase the Call of Duty: Black Ops II DLC Season Pass.  Season Pass holders not only get all four epic DLC Map Packs*, but they also get the Nuketown Zombies bonus map, plus an exclusive in-game calling card.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II game sold separately and is required to play this Map Pack.

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Xbox 360 sold 750,000 Plus Consoles On Black Friday

Press Release

 

November NPD – Impressive Black Friday sales keep Xbox 360 in the top spot for 23rd consecutive month

Xbox 360 closed another impressive month, strengthening its position in the console market with U.S. sales of 1.26 million units in November.

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:4512:]]Xbox 360 closed another impressive month, strengthening its position in the console market with U.S. sales of 1.26 million units in November. Over the week of Black Friday, Xbox 360 sold more than 750,000 consoles in the U.S. alone,* marking an impressive and exciting start to the holiday sales period.

November 2012 NPD highlights:

·  Xbox 360 sold 1.26 million units in November, maintaining the number-one console spot in the U.S. for the 23rd consecutive month. (Source: NPD Group, November 2012)
·  Total retail spend on the Xbox 360 platform in November (hardware, software and accessories) reached $1.2 billion, the most for any console in the U.S. (Source: NPD Group, November 2012)
·  During the month of November, Xbox 360 held four of the top 10 console game titles including: “Halo 4,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2,” “Assassin’s Creed 3,” and “NFL Madden 13.” (Source: NPD Group, November 2012)

Xbox is providing fun for everyone this holiday season with exclusive blockbuster games like “Halo 4” (which generated more than $220 million worldwide in the first 24-hours of its release), “Dance Central 3,” “Fable: The Journey” and “Forza Horizon,” as well as new family friendly titles such as “Kinect Nat Geo TV,” “Kinect Sesame Street TV,” and “Nike + Kinect Training.” In fact, since its launch on Oct. 23, “Forza Horizon” players have driven an equivalent distance from Earth to the moon and back 434 times in the game.

Xbox 360 will continue to offer consumers great value throughout the holiday season with a variety of special offers and pricing plans. A $50-off pricing promotion on select Xbox 360 consoles and three holiday bundles that include everything your family will need to experience all Xbox 360 has to offer are available now at participating retailers through Jan. 5, while supplies last.** Consumers can also get the best all-in-one entertainment experience starting at $99 with a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold commitment at $14.99/month. The Xbox 360 Entertainment For All Plan offers access to the best entertainment experiences including TV, movies, music, and sports, plus the hottest blockbuster games – all in one package. ***

*(Source: Internal data, Sunday, Nov. 18 – Friday, Nov. 23)
**Savings based on estimated retail prices. Actual retail prices may vary.
***Applicable taxes extra. Early termination fee and other restrictions apply. See retailer for offer terms. Prices are Estimated Retail Prices. Actual retailer prices may vary.

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The Walking Dead Video Game Disc Edition (PS3, XBox 360, PC) Includes Robert Kirkman Comic Book

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TellTale games is now offering a hard copy of the popular The Walking Dead Video Game.

If you have already purchased the game online, they are offering special incentives to purchase the in-store version.

If you pre-order the collector’s edition from Gamestop, you get an exclusive edition of The Walking Dead Compendium One: over 1,000 pages of Robert Kirkman’s original comic book, collecting the first 48 issues of Rick Grimes’ story.

Best Buy is also offering a limited edition cover variant for all platforms, along with an exclusive poster insert, and is also the only place you can buy the game on disc for PC.

The game becomes available in North America on December 11th for the PS3, XBox 360 and PC, with international release dates to be announced soon.

The retail edition of The Walking Dead compiles all five episodes of the game series for the suggested price of $29.99.

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Target Black Friday 2012 PS3, XBox 360, Nintendo Deals (Official)

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Target released information on their upcoming Black Friday deals related to the PS3, XBox 360 and Nintendo, though noticeably absent is information regarding the new Nintendo Wii U, most likely because the Wii U is just about all sold out.

Target also released information on their pre-Black Friday gaming deals as well.

 

Press Release

 

Target’s Black Friday Deals Feature This Season’s Top Gaming Gifts

Shop at Target on Black Friday (beginning this Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 p.m. and all day on Target.com) and find the best value on Target’s selection of must-have electronics and games. This week’s deal’s include:

•  Save $100 on 4GB Xbox 360 Kinect Bundle including 4GB Xbox 360, Kinect sensor, two games shown, wireless controller and one month free of Xbox Live (on sale for $199.99, regularly $299.99)

•  $199.99 for Playstation 3 250GB Game System Bundle including PS3 console, 2 games and one wireless controller

•  Save $50 on PS Vita with Wi-Fi Bundle including free LEGO batman 2 game (on sale for $199.99, regularly $249.99)
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•  Save $149.99 for Nintendo 3DS Game System including free pre-installed Super Mario Bros. 3D land game
•  Purchase Assassin’s Creed 3, Halo 4 or Forza Horizon and receive a FREE $20 Target Gift Card

For even more ways to save this season, shop with the Target REDCard to receive 5 percent savings or trade in used electronics and DVDs for a Target GiftCard. With TV delivery and installation services and 24 hours-a-day toll-free support from 1-877-myTGTtech, Target’s services will help families get up and running with their new gadget fast and easy. Visit Target.com to view Target’s Black Friday ad with surprise doorbuster deals on TVs.

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