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TERA's Gunner Now Live on Consoles
En Masse Entertainment announced today that the gunner, a new playable class is now available for TERA on Xbox One and PlayStation®4 as a free update. The gunner is a high damage class who wields a massive arcannon to mow down mobs of enemies. The team at En Masse is celebrating the launch of the gunner with some special events and challenges: Starting today and going through July 8, players will receive one free additional Character Slot upon their first-time log in to TERA which they can use to create a gunner (or any of TERA’s eleven character classes). Through July 22, gunners unlock special rewards as they level-up. If players manage to get all the way to level 65, they’ll unlock an exclusive costume and weapon skin for their gunner! The first gunner to reach level 65 on each server will also earn a special achievement and “Cutting Edge” title. - The gunner has one EXPLOSIVE personality. The gunner is the first new class to come to TERA on consoles and is available to the female castanic and high-elf races at character creation. At first glance, the massive guns make this class seem limited to long-range combat; however, the gunner is surprisingly versatile, making her an excellent choice for utility players who want to be effective in a variety of situations. Tough, deadly, and crafty, the gunner comes fully loaded with abilities that help her stand apart on the battlefield. 1) Battlefield-Clearing Attacks: Powerful area-of-effect attacks, including the visually-stunning Balder’s Vengeance, let the gunner mow down hordes of enemies without breaking a sweat. 2) Big-Ass Guns: This class is defined by the arcannon—a huge weapon with huge damage potential. Why settle on small when you can go big? 3) Summoned Constructs: With her ability to place turrets and constructs around the battlefield, the gunner never has to fight alone. It’s like having a party with you wherever you go! 4) Heavy Armor: With huge guns and heavy armor, the gunner is a tank. Fight with ranged attacks or hit hard from up close. The ability to mix up attacks keeps enemies guessing until they’re blown away.
TERA hits 2 million players on consoles
En Masse Entertainment announced today that its action-MMO TERA has now hit two million console players since its launch on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One last month. Alongside this milestone, En Masse Entertainment has announced that PlayStation® Plus members will have access to a unique TERA PS Plus Pack, via an exclusive promotion that runs from May 15 through June 12. TERA PS Plus Pack features: Shadowmare: A spectral horse mount that will help you traverse the world of TERA. Blue Baseball Cap: This unique head accessory says, “you’re here to celebrate the summer in style” 15 Days of TERA Elite Status: Over two weeks of double XP, double gold from quests and monsters, fast travel, daily gift boxes, and more
Update Kicks off Jam-Packed Month Full of Free Content and Events for TERA Console Players
En Masse Entertainment is pleased to announce that Corsairs’ Stronghold, a new PvP Battleground for Level 65 players, arrives today for TERA players on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One. In Corsairs’ Stronghold, two teams of 20 players will alternate between attacking and defending the stronghold. As the attacking team, utilize airships, tanks, or battle on foot to fight your way to the heart of the keep and destroy the crystal inside. On defense, do everything in your power to prevent the oncoming siege! To celebrate the release of this exciting new battleground, all TERA players will receive a free Pirate Eyepatch to their in-game parcel post when they log in before May 15! Corsairs’ Stronghold is just the beginning of a month packed with free events and content for TERA players on console this May. More player events and massive content updates are coming hard and fast and - just like TERA - it’s all completely free. For more information on TERA, please visit the official site tera.enmasse.com and follow the game on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
TERA Console Beta Opens Again This Weekend
Last weekend, En Masse Entertainment held a very successful open beta for TERA on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, and they’re doing it again this weekend. TERA will open to the public again on Friday, March 16 at 6:00 AM Pacific and will close on Saturday, March 17 at 9:00 PM Pacific. The beta will be open on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles, however it is available to participants from last weekend's test only. The game client is not available for new players to download at this time. TERA brings true action combat into a high fantasy MMORPG world in an experience that combines a massive map to explore with skill-based battles that require precise timing, real-time targeting, and evasion. Explore a vast world and battle a variety of fantastic foes as you unleash epic combos against Big Ass Monsters (BAMs). TERA will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Spring 2018.
TERA Open beat on PS4 and XBO is now live
En Masse Entertainment announced today that the open beta for TERA on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is now live and runs from March 9, 2018 at 6:00 AM Pacific (PST) until March 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM Pacific (PST). PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players will have access to the open beta by visiting the PlayStation Store or Xbox Marketplace beginning March 9. TERA brings true action combat into a high fantasy MMORPG world in an experience that combines a massive map to explore with skill-based battles that require precise timing, real-time targeting, and evasion. Explore a vast world and battle a variety of fantastic foes as you unleash epic combos against Big Ass Monsters (BAMs). TERA will be available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 Spring 2018. For more information on TERA, please visit the official site tera.enmasse.com and follow the progress of the game on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
TERA Brings true action control and new gameplay features to consoles
New Trailer Showcases Console-Specific Features to Deliver the Perfect TERA Experience to Xbox One and PS4 Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers that have been clamoring for a MMO title with high combat action, and En Masse Entertainment is readying the release of the MMO-action epic TERA to deliver true action combat with optimized game controls. The new trailer released today demonstrates the detail of improvements made to TERA: streamlined interfaces, intelligent button mapping, and new gameplay systems compliment TERA’s trademark fast-paced combos, dodging, and targeting mechanics. Gamers can be among the first to experience these all-new elements for themselves when the official Open Beta begins later this week on March 9 at 6 am Pacific (PST).
Battlecursed Dungeon Crawls onto Steam Early Access Today
Codex Worlds' Battlecursed, a dungeon crawler with roguelike elements in which a single player directs a four-hero party through real-time first-person battles, hits Steam Early Access today. An Xbox One, Playstation 4, and full PC release is planned for Q3 2018. As parties traverse Battlecursed's generated labyrinths, they must dispatch hordes of menacing enemies, carefully coordinating the strengths and weaknesses of all four party members. Only through strategic use of each hero and his or her abilities will the group reach the maze's cavernous depths. Players can select from a range of classes, including the supportive Cleric, the storm-wielding Elementalist, the tank-like Grave Knight, and range-based Hunter. Each class can combine powers with their allies to form devastating cooperative attacks. Adventurers will lead each party through a dangerous labyrinth of interconnected dungeons to challenge the resurrected Lich Lord Xelo Van. Plunged into darkness, the land of Pylandria awaits the aid of brave heroes capable of vanquishing Xelo Van and his legions of nightmarish beasts. "Battlecursed's combat system will challenge RPG fans to build, manage, and lead powerful parties through tense bouts against a seemingly unstoppable dark army," said Dexter Chow, creative director of Codex Worlds. "Only through wise class pairings, unwavering attention to detail, and mastery of enemy vulnerabilities can players surmount Battlecursed's relentless waves of foes and save Pylandria."
Gunstar Heroes Joins the SEGA Forever Collection
Today Gunstar Heroes, the critically acclaimed run-and-gun shooter from 1993, joins SEGA Forever. All games in the SEGA Forever collection are available to download for free from the App Store for iPhone and iPad or Google Play Store for Android devices. Players who want to experience the games without ads can remove them for a one-time in-app purchase priced at $1.99/ €2.29 / £1.99. Gunstar Heroes was developed by Treasure, the Japanese studio known for frantic action games and innovative gameplay systems, and first published by SEGA for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive. The game has two playable characters, ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’ - two members of the Gunstar family - who are on a mission to stop the Empire, an evil organization that has set out to destroy civilization. At the time of release, Gunstar Heroes met widespread approval from critics and fans alike and has been listed by multiple publications as one of the best video games of all time. Like other games in the SEGA Forever collection, Gunstar Heroes offers added features like leaderboards, cloud saves, controller support, and cross-platform local multiplayer capabilities.
Ultimate Chicken Horse Lands on PlayStation 4 in the Americas, Jumps to Xbox One 15 Dec., PlayStation 4 Europe 18 Dec.
Ultimate Chicken Horse, the critically-acclaimed party platformer where friends build the level as they play, arrives today on PlayStation 4 in North and South America. Clever Endeavour Games will bring Ultimate Chicken Horse to PlayStation 4 in Japan on Thursday, 14 Dec., Xbox One worldwide on Friday, 15 Dec., PlayStation 4 in Europe Monday, 18 Dec., then to Nintendo Switch as early as possible in 2018. Test the limits of friendships by placing platforms and deadly traps throughout a stage, before jumping to the end of the level. Any animal that successfully navigates the player-made obstacle course gets points towards victory. Whether playing online or locally, there's always a way to sabotage pals. A trunkful of new content debuts today on PlayStation 4 while simultaneously landing on PC via the free Elephantastic Update. The new content will be available at launch for Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. A new Elephant character, Jungle Temple and Volcano levels, new platforms and traps, and a Challenge Mode are included in the update. Players can build, save, and share custom levels in Challenge Mode. Show stages off to friends or take them global and compete on leaderboards for the best times. The new level discovery system highlights trending stages and also allows players to search for levels by difficulty or look for their friends' creations. Features - Play with friends online and locally via PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play - Alternate between strategic block placement and twitch control platforming - Select from a huge library of blocks to create an infinite variety of levels - Discover locations such as the Farm, Iceberg, Dance Party, Pyramids and more - Create, save, and share custom levels - Challenge friends to beat your levels in Challenge Mode, with global leaderboards - Play as a chicken, horse, sheep, and other animals - Enjoy the fun, cartoony art style - Party to a sweet funky soundtrack
'The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection' Is Now Available Both Digitally and at Retail on Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Leading publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and multiplatform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment today launched The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection at retailers across North America and Europe, gathering all 19 episodes in the award-winning series onto one disc for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection is also now available for download on both platforms. The collection includes the recent third season, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, as well as visually enhanced versions of Season One, Season Two, horror anthology 400 Days, and the three-part Michonne mini-series. For more information on the collection's visual improvements, please see Telltale's most recent developer blog, which details the specific actions undertaken to achieve this substantial visual upgrade. The Walking Dead is an unparalleled journey into the heart of what it means to be human in a world that's lost its humanity. Set in Robert Kirkman's award-winning comic book universe, your story is determined by the choices you make. Season One of The Walking Dead: A Telltale Series redefined expectations for storytelling in video games. To date, The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series has sold more than 50 million episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards from outlets including Metacritic, USA Today, Wired, Yahoo!, The Telegraph, Mashable, Polygon, Destructoid, and GamesRadar. It was also the recipient of two BAFTA Video Games Awards for Best Story and Best Mobile Game. "Clementine has meant so much to fans since the series premiered in 2012," said Melissa Hutchison, the award-winning actress behind the iconic character. "It's incredible to see this series collection arriving all in one place for players to relive the journey or catch up on her tragic tale of survival before we head into the final chapters of her storyline next year." The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection is available at retail and digitally on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One starting today, December 5th, 2017, for the suggested retail price of $49.99 USD or equivalent. The Walking Dead: The Final Season (working title) will debut in 2018 on consoles, PC, and Mac, as well as iOS- and Android-based devices. Additional platforms are yet to be announced. For more information on the game, visit the official website and Facebook page, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter. For more information on The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, and all of his titles, visit Skybound.com.
The Deer God reborn on Nintendo Switch 21 Dec. 2017
The Deer God, the breathtaking 3D pixel art adventure from Blowfish Studios and Crescent Moon Games, will release 21 December 2017 for the Nintendo Switch™. Downloaded by more than 1.5 million players across PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation Vita, PC, and mobile platforms, The Deer God will challenge players' religion and platforming skills in a gorgeous world filled with challenging puzzles and dangerous wildlife. The journey begins with a weary hunter tracking a deer. Just as his scope looms over a majestic buck, wolves attack him and his shot misses, killing a nearby fawn. The hunter awakens in the afterlife and finds himself face-to-face with the Deer God, who in an act of karmic retribution reincarnates the hunter as a fawn. The hunter seeks to regain his humanity, but quickly acclimates to his new body, utilizing his newfound strength and speed to survive in the wild. Behind every cliff, canyon, and crevasse lay quests to help him acquire new skills. As each day passes, the deer grows older and stronger, eventually allowing players to mate and reproduce, which in turn provides extra lives to continue the cycle of reincarnation on the road to enlightenment. Depending on which creatures players pacify or harm along the way and how they interact with humans they come across, the hunter can become purer or more evil, either satiating the Deer God, or acquiring the destructive powers that evil karma offers. "It's been an amazing journey bringing The Deer God and its tale of karmic retribution to so many players across so many platforms, and now we're thrilled continue this ride by sharing the experience with the Nintendo Switch community," said Ben Lee, CEO, Blowfish Studios. "The Deer God's procedurally-generated levels lend themselves incredibly well to being able to play on the go, and we're delighted to allow players to take the game with them on adventures." The Deer God will be available for $7.99 USD / €7.99 on the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo Switch™. For more information, please visit The Deer God's official website.
PAST CURE: Devs celebrate preorder period beginning with new gameplay videos
Berlin-based indie developer Phantom 8 is kicking off the preorder period of its action stealth thriller PAST CURE with two new walkthrough videos. In today’s first walkthrough Nick Mallinder, animation artist at Phantom 8, introduces the skills and abilities players will need to master the world of PAST CURE. The video not only features the special skills Ian possesses as a consequence of the experiments he underwent, it also demonstrates the game’s core weapon as well as the melee and stealth skills players can choose from. The first new walkthrough video is accessible under this link. Many levels can be approached in different ways with Ian‘s abilities, allowing for full on action or a more stealth orientated approach. Players who wish to avoid direct battle can use astral projection to scout the area and create distractions for patrolling enemies by disabling security cameras. The time manipulation skill on the other hand helps the player to evade enemies, execute stealth kills or pull off the perfect head shot during combat. The gunplay is supported by melee combat and stealth kills motion captured in collaboration with specialist MMA fighters. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of PAST CURE are available for preorder now from various national and international retailers. In addition, players who preorder the game will receive the official soundtrack from the Belgium band Seiren. Front woman Charlotte Jacobs can also be heard in PAST CURE itself, as she voiced the ingame character Sophia. PAST CURE’s PC version will be available on Steam and further digital distributional platforms. The details for the bonus for digital preorders will be announced soon.
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Joins the SEGA Forever Collection
25 years ago today, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 was released in Japan for the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis. Today, in celebration of that anniversary, we are declaring this November 21st, 2017 “Sonic 2sday” and setting Sonic The Hedgehog 2 free, as it joins SEGA Forever, a growing collection of classic SEGA games that are free-to-play (with ad support) for mobile devices. Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is the second main entry in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It was developed as a combined effort by both Sonic Team and SEGA Technical Institute, with a soundtrack composed by Masato Nakamura. The game saw both critical and commercial success at launch, and has sold over six million copies; it is considered to be one of the greatest of all time. The remastered version, which is made by the team behind the recent Sonic Mania, lends itself flawlessly to the mobile gameplay experience. Like all games in the SEGA Forever collection, Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is available to download for free from the App Store for iPhone and iPad or Google Play Store for Android devices and boasts added features like leaderboards, cloud saves, and controller support. Players who want to experience the games without ads can remove them for a one-time in-app purchase priced at $1.99 / €2.29 / £1.99.
Celebrate Brave Frontier’s Fourth Anniversary with the Latest Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Collaboration
Brave Frontier turns four this November and is delighted to bring to fans a new feature as well as a collaboration with the popular fighting game, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2! With the Brave Frontier x Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Collaboration set in motion by gumi Inc. and ARC SYSTEM WORKS, fans of the popular fighting game can now bring the fight to Brave Frontier. The collaboration runs for a limited time from Nov 8th to Dec 6th. Details are as follows: NEW Collaboration Units Four new Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Units have joined the fight! Each Unit is available for summoning for a limited time during the collaboration period: Baiken, a skilled one-armed swordswoman who had given up her womanhood for vengeance. Leo Whitefang, a shrewd and proud king with an unsurpassable combat prowess to outplay his foes in battle. May, an energetic young pirate who wields an anchor around as her weapon using her monstrous strength. Johnny, leader of the Jellyfish Pirates and a master swordsman. He cuts down his opponents with his unparalleled battoujutsu. Returned Collaboration Units Returning are the quartet from Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 who can also be summoned during the collaboration period: Millia, a beautiful ex-assassin who eliminates targets with her magic-infused hair. Dizzy, a half-gear half-human and the wife of Ky Kiske. Jack-O’, a carefree beauty who is capable of summoning minions to do her bidding. Ramlethal, an enigmatic girl from another world who fights by summoning two gigantic swords around her. New Collaboration Frontier Rift: “Battle Royale” (Nov 16th - Nov 29th) New to Brave Frontier is the Frontier Rift feature, an Advanced Summoner Program that provide players with new strategic gameplay. To welcome the Guilty Gear heroes, creator Noel has introduced a new Frontier Rift! Have an ultimate showdown with these Guilty Gear heroes and obtain special Collaboration Spheres when you defeat them. Players who are able to successfully clear the Rifts will be rewarded with Rift Tokens that can be exchanged for valuable items (such as the much anticipated Omni Tridon) at the Rift Bazaar. The Top 1000 ranked players will get extra rewards, including an exclusive Collaboration Sphere! Now, who will be the last man standing? Collaboration Dungeons Return: “Neo New York”, “Royal Court” and “Neo New York Again” (Nov 8th - Dec 6th) Get the following exclusive Guilty Gear Omni Units free when you successfully clear the “Neo New York” and “Royal Court” dungeons! Sol – A gruff bounty hunter with overwhelming fire power. Ky – A king, a husband, a father, and a talented swordsman with the gift of lightning magic proficiency. Prove your mettle and clear the “Neo New York Again” dungeon to acquire Junkyard Dog - Sol’s Summoner Avatar weapon! Collaboration Dungeon Returns: “The Magnum Wedding” (Nov 16th - Nov 29th) Sol, Ky, Millia, Dizzy, Jack-O and Ramlethal are shaking things up at “The Magnum Wedding” dungeon as Elphelt makes a special appearance to a lucky and formidable few. Grab the rare opportunity to challenge these ultimate fighting masters and gather exclusive materials to craft special Collaboration Spheres! Login and Milestone Campaign On top of the current running anniversary login campaign, log in for 7 days during the collaboration period to enjoy exciting rewards, including up to 5 Gems and 1 Summon Ticket! Players can receive additional rewards of up to 20 Imps, 10 Elementum Tomes and 1 Summon Ticket by meeting the Milestone Target Scores of “Battle Royale” Frontier Rift. To find out more details about the events, visit https://goo.gl/yM2CZE and follow Brave Frontier’s social media channels. Brave Frontier is available for download globally on iOS, Android, Amazon, and Windows Phone devices. Note: All dates mentioned are PST. Brave Frontier updates are available on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BraveFrontierGlobal Twitter: https://twitter.com/bravefrontiergl YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/BraveFrontierGlobal Official Site: http://bravefrontier.gumi.sg/
ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED LAUNCHES TODAY ON XBOX ONE X
Studio Wildcard today announced that its dinosaur survival-adventure game ARK: Survival Evolved is now available as a launch title for Xbox One X from Microsoft. Provided as a free update to Xbox players, ARK on Xbox One X takes full advantage of the new system’s power, delivering next-generation gaming with brilliant HDR visuals, 1440p high-resolution options, longer draw distances and enhanced visual effects, higher framerates, significantly reduced load times and much more. All these new features make ARK: Survival Evolved on Xbox One X the ultimate visually and technically advanced dinosaur survival experience on any console. Watch the ARK “Respawn” live action trailer HERE: youtu.be/FmSEarAfAHg Download the "Respawn" trailer HERE: www.dropbox.com/s/wfdd2brpju21gsc/ARK%20RESPAWN%20FINAL%20110317%20ESRB.mp4?dl=0 Watch the ARK Xbox / Xbox One X1 Comparison Trailer HERE: youtu.be/Xw4J6HCY0Ok Download the Comparison Trailer HERE: www.dropbox.com/s/2c1o7y64x0e0dki/Xbox_One_X_Comp_final.mp4?dl=1 "Ever since the original announcement of the Xbox One X, we've been excited to see how far Microsoft would push the hardware specs, and how far that would let us push ARK," said Jeremy Stieglitz, Lead Designer, Lead Programmer, Development Director, Co-Creative Director, Co-Founder of Studio Wildcard. "When gamers get their hands on this powerful new console, and of course, on the new build of ARK, we expect they'll be just as impressed as we are with how much more visually immersive the world of ARK becomes." More than 10 million players have washed up on the shores of the mysterious ARK island thus far, vying to survive by hunting, taming, training and breeding more than 100 dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures found wandering the vast open-world. Xbox One X owners of ARK will have immediate access to these Xbox One X enhancements, with progression following players from platform to platform. Xbox One X Enhancements: The "Eyes" Have It - Enjoy “Detail Mode” with buttery smooth 30 FPS gameplay at 1440p or 60 FPS at 1080p in “Medium Quality” See Farther, and With More Detail: In 1440p "Detail Mode”, long-range shadows, high quality textures and extended draw distances enhance visual fidelity, while the "TrueSky" system renders volumetric clouds, realistic atmospheric fog & sunlight scattering, and dynamic weather systems. Split Screen and Split Up: In local splitscreen multiplayer mode, players can now split up to independently explore the islands. More Power Means More Players: With increased hardware performance, Xbox One X servers can now host 70 players in a game. Get There Faster: Improved loading and streaming times get you where you want to go on the ARK faster than before! Powered by Unreal Engine 4, ARK: Survival Evolved takes on the survival genre with a unique blend of emergent multiplayer cooperation and competition. Players awake stranded and starving on the beach of a mysterious island among a herd of other confused humans. On ARK, they must then hunt, harvest, craft, research technology, and build shelters to protect against scorching days, freezing nights, volatile weather systems, dangerous wildlife, and potential enemies. Tame, train, ride and breed one of 100 amazing dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts, including gargantuan creatures on a scale never before seen in video games! Fly a Pteranodon squadron over the snow-capped mountains, race through the deep jungle with your pack of trained Raptors, tromp through a fortified enemy base along a convoy of gigantic Brontosaurus, or chase down prey on the back of a raging T-Rex. ARK: Survival Evolved is rated “T” for Teen (Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, Use of Alcohol) by the ESRB. Feel like riding a dinosaur? Join the ARK growing band of survivors in the community forums HERE: https://survivetheark.com/forums/ For the latest updates follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to us on YouTube, visit the Website at playark.com and watch us tame and train leviathan dinosaurs on Twitch.TV.
Assault Android Cactus Lands on Xbox One X Today
Assault Android Cactus, the action-packed arcade-style twin-stick shooter by Witch Beam, arrives on the Xbox One Marketplace today for $14.99 USD. Supporting the Xbox One X with native 4K 60fps and debuting an optional developer commentary, this multi-award winning title has a 30-minute free trial to give potential players a taste of what is to come. The battery is life in Assault Android Cactus, but its power slips away with every second. Dive, guns blazing, into massive mobs of mechanical monstrosities to collect power-ups or batteries from fallen foes and keep the android heroines in battle. With the Genki Star space freighter in trouble from renegade robots, Junior Constable Cactus and her friends plunge head first into 25 action-packed levels and battle against five massive bosses to take back control of the ship. Thumbs will be put to the test in a sea of bullets at every turn. Once the vessel is safe, players can launch into new modes pitting them against endless waves of enemies or taking on all the bosses at once. Androids itching to test their skills in new ways can try their hand at Daily Drive, the mode that offers a new challenge each day. Unlock EX options to switch up the game with powerful MEGA weapons, enter first-person mode, or gain an A.I. partner. The end of the story is just the beginning for Assault Android Cactus. "The spirit of our game comes from a love of the arcade culture we grew up with," says Santana Mishra, director, Witch Beam. "Now Xbox One owners will get to experience Cactus's non-stop action in glorious 4K HD on the Xbox One X." Assault Android Cactus is also available for PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac and Linux. It supports the English, French, Italian, German, Spanish and Japanese languages.
The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes – Aonuma Eiji PD Joint Interview
On January 29, Nintendo Korea had a joint interview with Aonuma Eiji belonging to Nintendo Japan at conference room of its company in Seoul Metropolitan. The joint interview was proceeded for celebrating the release of cooperative action adventure game ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’ that is only played by officially released Nintendo 3DS in domestic. Aonuma producer who came to Korea for attending the user event that will be holding on January 30 introduced characteristics of the game and answered to the questions. We heard about what ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’ is, and how ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ entering the 30th anniversary in this year, will be developed. ▲ The producer of ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ Aonuma Eiji’s joint interview was proceeded. Q1. Unlike the previous ‘The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords,’ what is the reason of creating a game to play through a Link of three players in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’? I think it is important to quickly make a decision during multi-play. When four people are playing and opinions are divided into 2:2, it will be difficult to make a decision. However, if there are three people playing and opinions are divided into 2:1, a rhythm of the game will be smoothly connected by quickly making decisions by majority. Also, when four people are playing and working separately into 2:2, a team that had done their job has to wait for another team. But if three people are working, a team of two people has to care about another one player, so they will easily feel the sense of unity. Q2. Unlike English version of ‘Triforce Heroes,’ is there any special reason that it is released into different name, ‘Triforce Trio’ for Japanese version? Since the size of the North American market is big, I couldn’t care less. Therefore, as ‘~force’ means special forces of military in English, ‘Triforce’ naturally has the meaning of ‘three forces’, and by adding ‘Heroes’, it became a nice name. However, in Japan, I can’t easily explain all the meanings with the word ‘Triforce,’ I made a new name. I want to make a name in hope that not only fans of ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ but also young users that haven’t enjoyed the series will play the game. Also, there is a famous novel called ‘Trio,’ so I used it to convey the meaning of ‘a game with three players.’ Q3. What is the reason of creating ‘totem system’ which is riding on the other player’s shoulders, and why is it impossible for the Link ridden on the shoulders to come down by itself? When developing the previous game ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds,’ I came up with an idea of a play with a three-dimensional effect and the sense of height. Especially, I had many thoughts that it is possible to reach high place by building three levels. However, at that time, I couldn’t use it as the game was not a cooperative game. ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’ is played by three players’ cooperation, so I had thinking of using ‘totem system’ in this game. The reason why I decided that the Link ridden on the shoulders cannot come down by itself is that totem system doesn’t work when it is possible. The character which has the other character ridden on its shoulders has firm will to go to the specific spot and behave, but the ridden character gets confused and comes down when it is not sure. As a result, there are some cases that a ‘totem’ cannot reach a final goal, so, in the full version, I attached more importance on wills of the character having other characters on its shoulders. Of course a character might be confused, but I made it understand what to behave after watching where it is going. I believe that a user might feel interested in how a play is changed by the other user in multi-play, because the user has to control all the items and a totem in single play. Q4. What is the reason that configuration and play patterns of dungeon and series are changed compared to the original ‘The Legend of Zelda’? (What is the reason that configuration and play patterns of dungeon are changed compared to the original ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series?) I think a user will be interested during multi-play since a result comes out in short time, and a play will naturally be connected to the next. As many users have their own different circumstances, it might be hard to spend much time on playing together. Therefore, if one course can be finished in 10-15 minutes, I thought that a user will not be pressured, and easily enjoy the game. As the situation is like this, I also thought that a sequential of stages is not matched multi-play. Q5. As this work is configured into a comic story like ‘the legend of totem hero,’ the atmosphere is little bit different from the previous works, why? Unlike ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series games so far, the reason why I didn’t put a deep story is that I thought that playing multi-play and concentrating on complicated story at the same time would be difficult. Therefore, I configured it simple so that many people can easily share. Especially in case of a game with complicated story, several mysteries are solved and connecting to the deeper story. Since a multi-play is the main, I thought that it is troublesome if a gap between users enjoyed much and other users enjoyed less occurs. Q6. There are many tricks in the game, and how were they produced? And is there any stage recommended? In many cases, I have been using tricks that we had in mind during production of many works so far in ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series. This time, also, I recycled tricks come up from ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds’ or developed things that couldn’t be used at that time. I usually get inspirations from my real-life, especially when taking a shower. The stage that I recommend is volcano stage. You can see that a character caught on fire is running around with its hip on fire, and it’s interesting that a user is in panic. Q7. A changing-outfit system is also one of the specific elements, and why did you put it? In this game, you can make and wear new outfits with materials collected by clearing each course. By doing it, I made it affect the game that the character will be stronger and more easily clear a dungeon instead. (By doing it, I made it affect the game that more easily clear a dungeon instead of the character will be stronger.) It is only the level of helping other users and providing little convenience. Since the game begins with the story ‘the princess of a dress kingdom is in trouble with her clothes,’ I thought that changing outfits of characters will make users be curious and more concentrate on the game. Q8. Traditionally, ‘The Legend of Zelda’ is strong at single-play, so what is the reason that you emphasize a multi-play in this work? In the past, there was the game ‘The Legend of Zelds: Four Swords Adventures,’ but I wanted to challenge to a multi-play by internet. I had been thinking for a long time about style of the game, but when I develop ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between World’, I thought that I can make an interesting multi-play game by using this system. Q9. In case of multi-play game, characters or maps are sometimes added, so is there any content update ready? In case of the countries where the game was released prior to Korea, added updated contents are distributed, but in Korean version, the game was released in a full-version with added updated contents. Q10. Although the game is multi-play, there is no voice chatting, why? Of course, users could play freely with voice chatting, but when thinking about the case that young users and adult users are playing it together, verbal abuse might occur. Also, as puzzle-solving is an important element, if the game style is that users simply direct in language and follow, it will be passive. So I thought that they will lose interests. What’s more, if there are too many icons, communication will probably be complicated, and I hope you will enjoy pleasure created from successful communication by using limited icons. ▲ He highlighted that new fun is in the game emphasizing a multi-play. Q11. Among the colors of characters in ‘Four Sword Adventures,’ the purple one is disappeared, and why did you decide the colors of characters as blue, green and red? The reason why the purple Link is disappeared is that it is the mixed color of red and blue. Thus, I got to make characters based on the standard of three colors, R-G-B. Q12. What do you think about people who keep saying Link as Zelda? In fact, while making ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ I also had a doubt why it is named ‘Zelda’ although Link is a main character. When Miyamoto Shigeru first made ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ he decided not to put a main character’s name in the title for giving mystique. So he put the name of princess ‘Zelda’ instead, and made the game as Link saving the princess. Honestly, it doesn’t really matter whether you call it Link or Zelda. The main characters eventually are users(smile). Q13. Some users are curious about what a real Link is among the three Links, and which Link do you think is the real one? When I made a promotional video in the past, it was green at that time. This is because the green Link has been a main character for generations. I have heard that why not it is blue since my name is Aonuma(靑沼).(smile) As I talk about it, I can’t also lose the blue Link. Q14. In a single-play, a character that cannot control becomes a dopple-man, and how did you make that concept? Before I make ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series, the game that I was in charge of directing was ‘Marvelous: Another Treasure Island,’ a game that a person has to control three characters to solve puzzles. At that time, I used a system controlling a character by putting a hat on another character. I actually designed a similar system to a totem in ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes,’ but it was difficult to realize it due to limitation of expressing screen into three-dimensional. I could say that I realized the ideas and systems planned at that time. Q15. How did you come up with putting the element of letting users listen BGM of the series while waiting for other users in a multi-play mode? Nintendo sound team is a group that not only simply composes a game music or puts sound effect, but also wants to put special elements in the game. I looked for what kind of elements they are going to put in this work. When playing a multi-play mode, if you bump into the wall at a lobby for waiting other users, you can hear original series BGM in mini-game format, so I thought ‘what’s this thing?’ When I tried it, I could pound a button while listening to the music with the sense of playing a rhythm game by matching speed of the music. So sometimes I forgot to wait for other users in the lobby since I was absorbed in music with thinking ‘how much music did they put in?’ I heard that the sound team put a lot of effort to put music as much as possible until the date of release. Q16. What if you made not only Link but also various characters in ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series have an adventure? Of course I thought about controlling various characters. Although users sometimes change clothes, I decided that it would be better to start a game at the same line with no difference by playing the same character, Link. Q17. If you define ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series, what can you call it? The first thing that comes to mind is ‘solving puzzle.’ A user might put a controller down at the part of a puzzle when feeling stuck, but the user can feel great sense of achievement when playing a game again and finally solving the puzzle. It is important to stay away from the game, think carefully and challenge again rather than continuously playing the game without rest. Even though it is only the story of sword and magic, I think ‘The Legend of Zelda’ is the game came up in real-life, reflecting real world and always with us. Q18. What is your impression of having the 30th anniversary of ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ and how will you develop it? Why do I keep making only ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series? I don’t know either(smile). I entered Nintendo and came up with many ideas, but they were all eventually for ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series. When an idea flashes, I unconsciously think that the idea would be good in “The Legend of Zelda.’ Thinking those things so far, I even think that I cannot make other games. I think that I was possible to make ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series for this long time with users having been playing and enjoying the game. For those users, I want to make a very fun and amazing game. Though I feel that my game developing life became ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ I rather feel very pleasure for being like that. It is hard to simply describe coming ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ but I want to make a game making people have fun with various forms as it has been so far. Please play series of ‘The Legend of Zelda,’ and send many comments whether it is positive or negative. Then, I will make a new ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series with much consideration. Q19. Lastly, what can you say to users in Korea? I wanted to show ‘The Legend of Zelda: Triforce Heroes’ to users in Korea, but I’m sorry to being late for some circumstances. Instead, I could show a full-version including all the updates. I told that the main character of ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Link Between World’ is that of this game, but it is that game that made me able to produce this game, and a new ‘The Legend of Zelda’ is a combination of various elements from the past systems to new system. I hope that users will enjoy with friends, and please have entirely different fun. Thank you. ▲ He said that the launch is little delayed but hoping to enjoy great time with a ‘full-version.’