Treasure Stack Unveiled in Nindies Presentation at PAX West

Nintendo has just unveiled Treasure Stack in today’s Nindies Summer Showcase presentation! Treasure Stack joins a roster of exciting indies soon to launch on the Nintendo Switch. A brand new trailer shows off the game’s retro puzzle-platforming antics. Those eager to get grappling and stacking can do so at Nintendo’s PAX West booth, where the devs will be demoing the game from August 31 to September 3, 2018.

Treasure Stack takes falling block mechanics and fuses them with grappling hooks and platforming heroes to create an addictive puzzler you won’t be able to put down. Test your skill in Challenge mode, compete with friends in Local Versus mode, or jump into Online Versus and battle head to head!

Game Features:

• Play solo, against one or more friends locally, or hop into Online Versus

• Choose from over 50 heroes

• Customize your character with different grappling hooks

If you’re not at PAX, not to worry, PIXELAKES have you covered with a PC demo for members of the official Treasure Stack Discord.

Join the Treasure Stack community:

Facebook: Facebook.com/TreasureStack

Twitter: Twitter.com/TreasureStack

Discord: Discord.gg/rRAzZh

THQ Nordic and Feld Entertainment Announce Global, Multi-Year, Multi-Platform Monster Jam Video Game Licensing Agreement

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Press Release: 

THQ Nordic and Feld Entertainment today announced the first details of their global, multi-year, multi-platform Monster Jam® video game licensing agreement. The two companies are collaborating to bring Monster Jam – the most action-packed, live event on four wheels – to video game systems worldwide beginning in 2019.

THQ Nordic developer Rainbow Studios, creators of the off-road racing franchise MX vs ATV, has been tapped to develop video games based on the Monster Jam truck racing and freestyle experience that consistently packs stadiums worldwide, drawing more than four million attendees annually and spawning a massive merchandising program that touches all ages.

“As long-time Monster Jam fans, we’re thrilled to see the recent, rapid international expansion of the sport; its unique combination of trucks, tracks, drivers and dirt leaving stadium audiences across the globe awestruck and begging for more,” said Klemens Kreuzer, Managing Director, THQ Nordic. “We intend to create an experience that makes fans feel like they are in the driver’s seat, performing gravity-defying feats in front of packed stadiums inside the most recognizable trucks on planet Earth!”

“THQ Nordic was the best choice to bring the world of Monster Jam to life in the video game space,” said Jeff Bialosky, Vice President of Licensing & Retail Development, Feld Entertainment. “Our drivers are true athletes and entertainers that train to drive hard and perform at the highest level on the Monster Jam track. We look forward to Rainbow Studios capturing every step of the journey from starting out at the Monster Jam University training facility learning the ropes all the way to competing and taking home the championship at Monster Jam World Finals®!”

About Monster Jam

Monster Jam® is the most action-packed live event on four wheels where world class drivers compete in front of capacity crowds in both monster truck racing and freestyle competitions. The brand’s ongoing, global expansion now includes events in 56 international cities across 30 countries, as well as multiple lifestyle extensions from Monster Jam toys and apparel to eyeglasses and more! Monster Jam features the most recognizable trucks in the world including Grave Digger®, Max-Dä, El Toro Loco®, Monster Mutt® and many more. For more information, visit Monster Jam.

Physical editions of Dead Cells out today

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Press Release: The reception of Dead Cells has been overwhelmingly positive. Released digitally ten days ago, Dead Cells has been critically acclaimed by by the press and fans alike. Now it’s the turn of the boxed versions to be released.

Gamers who prefer a hard copy of their game will be able to get their hands on a physical copy of PlayStation4. Available from stores and online from today, Dead Cells on PlayStation4 version costs $29.99.

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Collectors will be pleased to hear that a Signature Edition version is also available for PlayStation4. Available directly from the Signature Edition Games website, this versions include:

  • A region free PlayStation4 ‘Dead Cells’ Game
  • A double-CD digipak soundtrack
  • An exclusive enamel character pin
  • A fifty-six-page hardback artbook
  • A certificate of authenticity featuring the autographs of the developers, Motion Twin
  • An outer box featuring exclusive artwork in a matt finish with spot gloss

Dead Cells puts you in control of a failed alchemic experiment trying to figure out what’s happening on a sprawling, ever-changing and seemingly cursed Island. Tough but fair combat, responsive controls, challenging foes, permadeath and of course, the emergency panic roll to get you out of trouble, make for a demanding, visceral and cathartic action game.

Experience a roguevania, mixing an interconnected world, branching paths and unlockable skills with the constant adrenaline-pumping threat of permadeath.  No checkpoints. You either vanquish the final boss in one go, or you try again. However, you keep some of your progress for successive runs; new paths you’ve unlocked, access to new levels, mutations, abilities and weapons.

Speaking of weapons, Dead Cells features a plethora of ways to slay your enemies. A large variety of swords, bows and of course spells, but also whips, grenades and turrets, each one with its own unique twist. Plus, mutations and scrolls allow you to build and customize your character differently with each and every run.

At the end of the day though, it’s YOUR skills as a player that matter most! Roguelites are about constantly sharpening your skills, until what was an insurmountable obstacle becomes a walk in the park. Patience, you’ll get better!… eventually.

  • Roguevania: The progressive exploration of an interconnected world, with the replayability of a rogue-lite and the adrenaline pumping threat of permadeath.
  • 2D Souls-lite Action: Tough but fair combat, the iconic dodge roll, more than 90 weapons and spells with unique gameplay… The unforgiving action wed to the absence of any kind of safety net makes for an adrenalin pumping ride each and every run.
  • Nonlinear progression: Sewers, Ossuary or Ramparts? Once unlocked, special permanent abilities allow you to access new paths to reach your objective. Opt for the path that suits your current build, your play style, or just your mood.
  • Exploration: Secret rooms, hidden passages, charming landscapes. Take a moment to stroll the towers and breath in that fresh sea mist infused air…

Vampyr: FOX21 secures the rights to develop the TV series

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Press Release: FOX21 has secured the rights to DONTNOD Entertainment and Focus Home Interactive’s hit RPG video game, VAMPYR, for Wonderland Sound & Vision and DJ2 Entertainment to adapt for television.

VAMPYR launched worldwide last June, reaching #1 on STEAM, the internet’s largest video game distribution platform. VAMPYR is game developer DONTNOD’s follow-up to its Peabody and BAFTA Award Winning game, LIFE IS STRANGE, which DJ2 Entertainment is also set to executive produce.

As the developers of VAMPYR, DONTNOD CEO Oskar Guilbert goes on the record to say, “we believe it is a fantastic premise for a television show. This is a new and exciting way for fans of the game, as well as the uninitiated, to enter and engage with VAMPYR’S rich, deep story. We cannot wait to see how the talented team at FOX21 will bring out the darkly atmospheric universe of our game into television.”

Focus’ CEO Jurgen Goeldner agrees and says, “we are delighted to partner with FOX21 for the adaptation of VAMPYR into a TV series. DONTNOD has created a uniquely dark, immersive world with deep narration, which has made VAMPYR already a modern video game classic. We cannot wait to see FOX21 bring all of their talent and experience in launching a TV show that will allow an even wider audience to discover the fantastic universe of VAMPYR.”

The DJ2 team loves the creative vision DONTNOD & Focus devote to all of their projects,” says DJ2 CEO, Dmitri Johnson. “The great relationship we’ve built with them since partnering on their incredible game, LIFE IS STRANGE, allowed us to get on board for VAMPYR well before its release. Like them, we’re excited to collaborate with our friends at FOX21, Wonderland, and the rest of the creative team we’re assembling.” 

Vampyr is available on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Retro co-op adventure Robbotto out now on Switch & PC

Press Release: When it comes to video games, nostalgia is king. Many of us have fond memories of the games we played when we were young, and of those retro aesthetics that captured our imagination and became synonymous with a sense of play. Robbotto, the new 2D co-op adventure from indie studio JMJ Interactive, captures the spirit of retro arcade fun, and is out right now on PC and Nintendo Switch.

The story of Robbotto is simple and engaging: join Robb and Otto, two intrepid maintenance robots, as they travel through a malfunctioning spaces cruiser in an effort to shutdown the machines rampaging through the ship. Controlling either character, the player must master platforming and shooting to conquer each level. Tackle the adventure alone, or with a friend through local co-op.  On the couch, in the park, at a bar — the possibilities for solo or co-op play are endless.

“I have put a lot of heart into Robbotto, so to finally be able to release it feels great,” said JMJ Interactive founder and Robbotto developer, Marten Jonsson. “Creating a game is like laying a puzzle, every piece has to fit together, and I can only hope that people will appreciate the complete image. So cheers to the game being released, I hope you have fun!””

Game features:

• Retro aesthetic: Inspired by retro arcade titles, Robbotto is a nod to classic bar games.

• A plethora of levels and enemies: With over 100 levels, 20 different enemy types, and 10 massive bosses, Robbotto offers a wide variety of content to enjoy.

• Single player or local co-op: Play through the campaign solo or with a friend in asynchronous co-op.

• PC controller support: Play with a controller or keyboard on PC.

Experience retro co-op in Robbotto, out now on PC and Nintendo Switch

CI Games announces Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Press Release: Today, CI Games announced the next game in its acclaimed tactical shooter series: Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts. The title takes its genre-defining sniping gameplay to the harsh climates of the Siberian wilderness and introduces a brand new way to play – the contracts system. The game features both single player and multiplayer modes, and is set to release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2019.

Drawing upon community feedback, Contracts delivers tense, mission-based scenarios with CI Games’ best sniping ever. This is all thanks to the new contracts system, which takes a step back from Sniper Ghost Warrior 3’s open world. In the single player campaign, players dive headfirst into tailor-made contract missions that offer a clear main objective with a fixed monetary reward, and have the option to complete secondary objectives for bonus payouts. Feel like you can do better? Jump back in and tackle the mission from a different angle — players can repeat every contract to earn more money.

Contracts distills the core sniping gameplay that series fans have come to love, offering dense, more focused maps that reward tactical thinking. With a wealth of optional objectives to complete, the combination of open-ended missions and emergent gameplay ensure these scenarios are wildly replayable. Couple this with the intense environmental obstacles presented by the harsh, modern-day Siberian wilderness, as well as hundreds of ways to take down a wide range of targets, and Contracts offers sniping gameplay at its absolute best.

“It is exciting to see the team really motivated and working hard on our next sniping game,” said CI Games Chief Executive Officer, Marek Tymiński. “They don’t have to start from scratch this time and can now – on top of developing new content – spend way more time on improving things they already have.” This highlights CI Games’ commitment to listening to their community and iterating on their feedback.

Tymiński continued, “We were too ambitious in terms of the scope of Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, but we’ve learned from our missteps. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts will be more focused on emergent gameplay with an open-ended mission design that the team feels strong about, but it will not be set in an open world. It is going to be a more tactical, more condensed experience and the game will offer plenty of replayability, both on the single player campaign and on the multiplayer modes.”

All of this is coupled with a more optimized game engine, minimizing load times and maintaining a stable FPS, keeping players grounded in the rich, moment-to-moment sniping gameplay. Between the introduction of its Siberian setting, a return-to-form with an intense mission-based system, and sniping at its best, Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts is locked and loaded to impress genre and first-person fans alike.

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts will launch in 2019 on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Stay tuned for additional details, coming closer to launch. For more information about CI Games and the Sniper Ghost Warrior series, head to cigames.com, follow the team on Facebook, or join the conversation on Twitter.

Mothergunship has “Big Update in the Works”. Includes New Rooms

The Mothergunship Twitter account posted the following image saying “There’s a big update in the works, and it even includes some new shiny rooms! Perfect for a bullet showdown”

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This is exciting because the developers said at launch that the first update would drop in August on “all platforms, bringing online co-op gameplay and additional gun parts to expand the players’ arsenal.” They didn’t mention new rooms at the time. What do you think? Are you excited about this update that will bring online co-op to all platforms and new rooms to run through?

Check out the first 35mins of Mothergunship and let us know what you’re most excited about with the new update.