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Final Symphony concert album now available worldwide

Final_Symphony_Cover_ArtworkComposer Nobuo Uematsu and the internationally renowned London Symphony Orchestra come together for the ultimate Final Fantasy album

Leading video game concert production company, Merregnon Studios, is pleased to announce that Final Symphony, a brand new album of FINAL FANTASY® concert music, is now available to purchase globally as a digital download, courtesy of popular online music distributor, X5 Music Group.

Based on the sell-out Final Symphony concert tour, and performed by the world-famous London Symphony Orchestra in the presence of composer Nobuo Uematsu at Abbey Road Studios, Final Symphony the album features breathtaking new arrangements of some of Uematsu’s most beloved music from Final Fantasy VI, VII and X.

Boasting the talents of conductor Eckehard Stier and solo pianist Katharina Treutler, as well as sound engineering from the team behind scores for films such as Skyfall, Avatar and The Lord of the Rings, Final Symphony has been expertly Mastered for iTunes for unrivalled audio quality, making it the ultimate Final Fantasy music experience.

In the words of legendary composer Nobuo Uematsu, who was at the studio throughout the recording: “I never imagined twenty years ago that I would be able to work with the London Symphony Orchestra. It’s just wonderful that there are so many people who like Final Fantasy music; and to have it arranged by such incredibly talented people, Final Symphony is like a dream come true!”

Thomas Böcker, producer of Final Symphony added: “This album is a once in a lifetime production. The world’s greatest video game composer, orchestra and recording studio have all come together to create something truly remarkable out of the amazing arrangements. This is the music of Final Fantasy as you’ve never heard it before.”

Final Symphony is available now in Mastered for iTunes format and via other digital music retailers.

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/final-symphony-music-from/id965183547?ls=1

Gfinity stake claim for Call of Duty $1m prize pot

Gfinity button             gmPEurope’s elite teams will battle it out in the finals of the Call of Duty European Championships for a $10,000 prize pot

Gfinity (AIM: GFIN), a leading eSports business, is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by Activision Publishing (“Activision”) to exclusively host the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare European Championships.

The live event will take place in one of Britain’s most prestigious venues, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. The action will also be streamed online live and exclusively at MLG.tv/Gfinity as teams compete for the ultimate prize in eSports.

Gfinity will organise, promote and deliver the championship event to be held from 28th February to 1st March 2015. It is the second consecutive year Gfinity has partnered with Activision to host the Call of Duty European Championships.

International eSports competitions featuring leading electronic video games and star players have become a global spectator sport attracting thousands of fee-paying fans to live fixtures as well as millions of online fans who watch streamed broadcasts on personal computers or mobile devices.

This year spectators will get the chance to watch the 28 best teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, the rest of Europe and the Middle East compete for a $10,000 prize pot.

The top 14 teams will go on to qualify for a global Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox, in Los Angeles at the end of March for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.

FORSAKEN WORLD FREEDOM FALLS AVAILABLE NOW

Forsaken World Freedom Falls                                   GmPRefined Starting Experience and a New Playable Class Await

Today, Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a leading publisher of free-to-play MMORPGs, announced the latest expansion for Forsaken World: Freedom Falls is available now. In the newest expansion, the world of Eyrda is transformed into dangerous territory where players can roam new zones as the deceptive Demon race or alter battles as the debuff-focused, trident-wielding Tormentor class.

Following the Storm Legion invasion, the Land of Origination was forged and with it Nightfall Citadel, a new safe haven for adventurers beginning their quest. The expansion also introduces the Polar Borderlands region – a brand-new zone for players to explore in their quest to fight off the Storm Legion.

A perfect time for new and returning players to jump right into the action, Forsaken World: Freedom Falls has been widely optimized for player quality of life including a redesigned UI, smoothed skill training and a new set of instances and events for players on their quest to recapture their independence.

More details about Forsaken World: Freedom Falls can be found here: http://www.arcgames.com/en/games/forsaken-world

Call of Duty pro-players head to London for $1 million prize tournament

Call of Duty            Hastr0 pro player            GmP  image profile 1Teams from across Europe will battle it out for a place in LA and a shot at the $1million prize

The best Call of Duty® players from across Europe are descending on London to battle it out in the finals of the Call of Duty® European Championships.

28 teams from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, the rest of Europe and Middle East will go head-to-head for a chance to represent their country at the Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox being held 27th -29th March 2015 in Los Angeles for a share of the tournament’s $1 million total prize purse.

Hosted by Activision Publishing in partnership for the second year running with Gfinity, the Call of Duty® European Championships will take place from 28th February to 1st March, in one of England’s most iconic cultural venues, the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London, where teams will compete for a $10,000 prize pot. The top 14 teams will go on to qualify for the global Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox at the end of March in Los Angeles.

Over the last month, more than 740 teams across Europe competed for a spot in London this weekend. Eight UK teams qualified for the Call of Duty® European Championships and will face-off against each other, with the top four teams heading to California for the global Call of Duty® Championship, presented by Xbox.

Follow your favourite team(s) in London and watch the action live and exclusively at MLG.tv as they compete for the ultimate prize in eSports.

Six Million Play Battlefield Hardline Beta

Battlefield Hardline                          GmP               image  logo 3EA have confirmed that their highly anticipated ‘cops and robbers’ title Battlefield Hardline has surpassed even that of the much hyped sci-fi flop Destiny as it breaks the six million user barrier.

Visceral Games supremo, Steve Papoutis, was thrilled at the response from gamers for the beta, and with the game barely five weeks away from launch the invaluable information collected and collated throughout the weekend’s stress-testing has proved invaluable as Papoutis and his team implement changes into the game based on suggestions and issues raised in the successful beta period.

“We’ve already been prioritizing changes for things fans are talking about,” he wrote in a post on the EA website.

“So you’ve still got a chance to be heard.”

After spending a good amount of time partaking in the multiplayer mayhem that is Battlefield Hardline ourselves this weekend, we can assure those gamers currently sitting on the fence regarding the purchase of the upcoming title that they should pre-order their own copy of the game at the earliest opportunity to avoid what will be certain disappointment on launch day should they fail to do so.

Battlefield Hardline is due for release on

Pre-order you slice of Cops and Robbers brilliance by following this link to the EA Origin store.

Assassin’s Creed Rogue Benchmarks New Era in Gaming with Tobii Eye Tracking Integration

Tobii Eye              SteelSeries     Ubisoft                        GmP image 1Tobii Tech, the global leader in eye tracking, in partnership with Ubisoft®, the leading creator, publisher and distributor of games, announced today that Assassin’s Creed® Rogue, the new installment in the multimillion dollar Assassin’s Creed franchise, will feature integrated eye-tracking input in its PC version.

This makes it the world’s first AAA game to incorporate eye tracking as a component of gameplay. Packaged with SteelSeries Sentry, the world’s first gaming eye tracker, Assassin’s Creed® Rogue showcases the next evolution of human interfaces in gaming.

“Eye tracking is such a natural way to interact with a game and creates tons of potential opportunities for gameplay immersion,” said Corneliu Vasiliu, Producer at Ubisoft® Kiev. “We are one of the first to integrate this technology in a video game, and the first to implement eye tracking as a gameplay input in a game of that scale – providing Assassin’s Creed® Rogue gamers with an entirely new, complementary input to the keyboard and mouse. We recognized the power of eye tracking early and were quick to work with Tobii to create a completely new way to experience a game – We are really proud of the result with Assassin’s Creed® Rogue.”

“This is only the beginning of eye-tracking in gaming. It is an important step in Tobii’s long term vision to create a strong ecosystem of games and apps that use eye tracking to create even more immersive experiences”, said Oscar Werner, President of Tobii Tech, a division of Tobii.

There is currently no direct revenue to Tobii as a result of this specific integration, but there is a strong indirect business value for Tobii as every new application such as this AAA game integration will increase the usability of the company’s eye-tracking platforms, thereby driving the sales long term.

WOOLFE THE RED HOOD DIARIES OUT NOW ON EARLY ACCESS

Woolfe The Red Hood Diaries               GmPGRIN Studio’s cinematic fable -set to release on March 17th- is available on Steam Early Access starting today.

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign last summer GRIN Studios has been hard at work on its first PC title Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries, a cinematic fable featuring a vengeful Red Riding Hood, scheduled for release on March 17, 2015. Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries launched on Steam Early Access* today

GRIN’s founder and CEO Wim Wouters said:

“The team at GRIN’s has been working hard on the game and we’re looking forward to receiving valuable player feedback through Early Access so that we can deliver an exciting experience that Red would be proud of.”

All grown up, cried out and armed with an axe, our heroine Red Riding Hood embarks on an odyssey to avenge the death of her parents. Buckle up for a surprising take on the classic tale as you know it, some good old-fashioned action platforming, fun combo-based hack ‘n slash combat and rewarding environment puzzles exploring the attractive fantasy universe.

“This is not a fairytale. There’s nothing fair about it.”

To enter into the Steam Early Access for GRIN’s darkly told tale then click the link below:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/281940

The first of two fully fledged, stand-alone yet successive volumes, Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is now available on Steam for $9.99, €9.99, £6.99 and CDN $10.99. Red’s journey will continue in Volume 2, which is scheduled for release on PC during August 2015. Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries is also planned for release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this year.

* Early Access only applies to the first volume of Woolfe: The Red Hood Diaries.

RIFT Storm at Sea launches 28th of January

RIFT Nightmare Tide                  GmP                image logo 1The wind stills. Mist shrouds your vision, leaving you to fend for yourself as you attempt to dock at the harbor, the curious scent of metal in the air. Ice crunches below your feet as you step onto land and you know that you’ve reached that mysterious disc of earth and iron – the island of Tyrant’s Throne.

Saddle up, as RIFT 3.1 Storm at Sea is nearly ashore. On the 28th of January, players will take on the threats that plague Tyrant’s Throne, the new battlefield sketched out for chaos. Players must face the old fearsome gods of akvan within one week, all the while with the risk of Crucia and her monstrous army rising up within the chaos at their back…

A new Raid Rift, “The Darkest Magic”, a 20-Player Raid in the form of Tyrant’s Forge, and akvan within the open seas… all are new enemies and challenges, which if players conquer, awaits the face of the storm herself: Crucia.

Find out more about RIFT 3.1: Storm at Sea in the blog post here.

SAVE THE WORLD OF LIGHT IN THE UPCOMING SANDBOX ACTION-ADVENTURE RPG, IZLE

IZLE                         GmP image logoIzle Gives Players Ultimate Freedom and Terraforming Power on Steam and Next-Gen Consoles

Designer and developer, Area Effect, announced today its upcoming 3D action-adventure RPG, Izle.   In development for Steam, XBLA (Xbox 360, Xbox One) PlayStation Network (PS3, PS4) and Nintendo Wii U to launch in 2016. Izle invites its players to build their own world by summoning the power of the gods and terraforming a variety of islands.  Each unique island is randomly created and ready for players to explore, harness abilities and forge items into endless possibilities to create new character classes. Izle is currently in its Alpha stage. Players can register now to be a part of the upcoming closed alpha test at www.izlegame.com

Developed and published by Area Effect, a studio made up of Ubisoft veterans, Izle players will use terraforming to build their own unique island worlds.  Players will acquire new items and abilities and combine them into endless possibilities to create their very own class.  But with great freedom comes great responsibility, and if not defended, the kingdom will be shattered by the forces of shadows!

Izle has already created great buzz and interest, taking top honors at the European Game Connection Development Awards in October 2014. Izle won Most Creative and Original Project, Best Hardcore Game and Best Desktop and Downloadable Game awards.

Izle is truly a passion project for us, and we are so proud of the reaction we have received at its early stages,” said Alexis Bacot, Founder of Area Affect.  “Izle is a very ambitious project that we are excited to see come to life as our development continues and as the Izle community grows and flourishes.”

Izle will launch a Kickstarter this Spring to support the development of the Steam and Next Gen Console versions. Players can register now at www.izlegame.com to become an Ambassador of Izle, which will earn them special rewards.  All the latest game news, art, videos and Kickstarter details will be revealed over the next few months atwww.izlegame.com.  Players can also join the community on Facebook and Twitter.

Mad Catz Make Mobile Gaming Made Massively Affordable – Now Only $149.99

Mad Catz       MOJO                     GmPMad Catz announced today a new lower price point for its M.O.J.O. Micro-Console for Android.  Starting today,M.O.J.O. will retail across North America for an MSRP of just $149.99 with similar price adjustments taking place across all leading territories.

The most versatile micro-console for Android available, Mad Catz’ feature-rich M.O.J.O. is the ideal all-in-one gaming and media center for today’s mobile-connected lifestyle. Offering the deepest catalog of content available, the M.O.J.O. delivers high performance gaming, streaming, movies and more.  Built on the open standard Android operating system, gamers have instant access to content via Google Play and other digital store fronts of their choice, providing a nearly endless selection of gaming, movies and apps.  With full access to hundreds of OUYA® games, OnLive® cloud gaming service and the Limelight PC Streaming App, the M.O.J.O. also allows gamers to stream and play a broadening array of AAA quality titles.

Representing remarkable value for money, the M.O.J.O. is powerful enough to handle with ease even the most demanding Android games and streaming content, enabling users to bring all of their favorite Android content into the living room in full HD quality, with the ability to output content in 4K native resolution to take advantage of the latest generation of UHD TV’s.

Packaged complete with Mad Catz’ Bluetooth 4.0 enabled C.T.R.L.R Mobile Gamepad, HDMI cable, and Male-to-Male USB 2.0 cable for easy rooting – the M.O.J.O. delivers high definition Android gaming right out of the box.  Fully compatible with Mad Catz’ GameSmart suite of mobile accessories, the M.O.J.O. enables users to expand their experience with Bluetooth enabled keyboards, mice and headsets.

“As a pioneer in mobile gaming, Mad Catz’ M.O.J.O. is leading the charge in the growing micro-console for Android market with the deepest catalog of content available today. CES 2015 saw the introduction of several new micro-consoles, a move which we believe validates our strategic focus in mobile gaming, while helping to grow the category as a whole,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. “Benefiting from a full ecosystem of compatible GameSmart mobile products, the M.O.J.O. is adaptable to almost any task, and with a new high-value price-point and expansive suite of applications already available, we look forward to growing M.O.J.O.’s installed base in 2015.”

For additional information and to order your own M.O.J.O. please visit: www.madcatz.com/mojo/

Learn more facts about M.O.J.O. at http://madcatz.com/mobile-gaming-made-massively-affordable-moj0