Patent Claims Against Activision Blizzard’s Use of Lip Synchronization & Facial Expression Technology in Call of Duty(R), Skylanders(R) and StarCraft(R) II Are Dismissed

Dismissal Follows The Supreme Court’s Recent Ruling Confirming that Abstract Ideas are NOT Patentable

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SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced that the United States District Court, Central District of California has invalidated all patent claims asserted against the Company by McRO, Inc. d.b.a. Planet Blue.

The Court concluded that two patents for automatically animating lip synchronization and facial expressions of 3D characters were invalid, and as a result, the case against Activision Blizzard has been dismissed.

Meritless patent cases such as this stifle innovation and the creative process across the industry, said Chris Walther, Chief Legal Officer of Activision Blizzard.We will aggressively defend our investments in the innovative franchises at Activision Publishing and Blizzard Entertainment, as we did in this case with Call of Duty®, Skylanders® and StarCraft® II, from entities whose sole purpose is to use patent litigation to hold innovative companies captive for monetary gain.

Image Comics: “OUTCAST” BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA FLYING OFF SHELVES

The first issue of Skybound’s hot series
will head into 5th & final printing

The first issue of Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta’s breakthrough bestselling series, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA, has sold out again and Skybound/Image Comics has fast-tracked it for a 5th and final printing. The new series has achieved THE WALKING DEAD-level success—garnering comics industry praise alongside mainstream attention early on—and has a pilot television episode underway with Cinemax.

The hot new horror series follows the afflicted life of Kyle Barnes, a man with a tragic past and a horrifying gift. Demonic possession and a creeping, unnerving sense of dread permeate the series, and critics have likened it to classics like The Exorcist.

First Gameplay Footage For Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Now Live

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New 101 Trailer teaches you everything you need to know

SQUARE ENIX, INC. LOGO Los Angeles (25th September 2014) – Square Enix and United Front Games today release a brand new 101 Trailer that details everything you need to know about SLEEPING DOGS™: DEFINITIVE EDITION.

Game improvements include native 1080p and new high resolution textures for the new generation of consoles, increased traffic and pedestrian density, new lighting, ambient fog and improved gameplay. In addition, a total of 24 pieces of downloadable content have been integrated into the gaming experience, including the story-extending episode Year of the Snake and the horror-themed add-on Nightmare in North Point.

Sega’s Steampunk Dystopia Themed JRPG “Resonance Of Fate” Now On Playstation Network For PS3!

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SegaLogo_transSEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe, Ltd. today announced that fan-favorite Japanese role-playing-game (RPG) Resonance of Fate™ is now available for purchase for the first time on PlayStation® Network for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Resonance of Fate is a unique RPG set in a dystopian future where Earth is no longer capable of sustaining life. Adding a fresh spin to the RPG genre, the game features a cinematic action gameplay system centered around gun-play and a fascinating steampunk-styled world.

As part of the Private Military Firm, our heroes (Vashyron, Zephyr and Leanne) seek out and complete quests for their clients but are eventually led on a journey that will reveal the dark secrets behind the world they live in. Key features of the game include:

Call of Duty Publisher Activision Moves to Dismiss Former Military Dictator Manuel Noriega’s Absurd Lawsuit

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani Named as Co-Counsel Today –  Discusses Noriega’s Claims

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), the creators of the popular Call of Duty franchise, today will file a motion to dismiss the frivolous lawsuit by former dictator and convicted murderer Manuel Noriega. Former New York City Mayor and U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani who is now a named partner of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, will serve as co-counsel and defend the company on the grounds that Noriega’s depiction in Call of Duty is a protected right to free speech.

General Manuel NoriegaWhat’s astonishing is that Manuel Noriega, a notorious dictator who is in prison for the heinous crimes he committed, is upset about being portrayed as a criminal and enemy of the state in the game Call of Duty. Quite simply, it’s absurd, said Rudy Giuliani. I’m not interested in giving handouts to a convicted murderer and drug smuggler like Manuel Noriega who is demanding money from Activision and its popular Call of Duty franchise for simply exercising its right to free speech. Noriega’s attack on the rights of Call of Duty comes as no surprise considering he’s a lawless tyrant who trampled over the rights of his own people.

New Alien: Isolation Trailers – More in the #HowWillYouSurvive Series

 

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AlienIsolationSeptember 18, 2014 – The second release of trailers in Alien: Isolation’s #HowWillYouSurvive series of shorts – Don’t Shoot, In The Vents and Hear You Scream – reminds players of the dangers that wait around every corner of the station. Patience and cunning are the watchwords for survival, panic and it’s all over.

Alien: Isolation is a first-person survival horror game capturing the fear and tension evoked by Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic film. Players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Xenomorph is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation will be available from October 7, 2014, for Xbox One, PS4™, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PS3™.

Destiny is the BIGGEST Console Game Launch of the Year So Far On Twitch

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destiny1September 18, 2014 - In its first week since launch, Destiny has garnered more viewership on Twitch than any other console game launch in 2014.

To date, Destiny is the biggest console game launch of the year on Twitch,” said Matthew DiPietro, VP of Marketing, Twitch. Our passionate community of broadcasters attracted more than 5 million unique viewers in the first week.

Destiny content was viewed nearly 20 million times in the first week with fans watching almost 240 million minutes of gameplay.

Our community has always blown us away with their desire to share, entertain, and inspire, said David Dague, Community Manager at Bungie.Watching them broadcast their Destiny experiences on Twitch – from the Tower to the Crucible to the Vault of Glass Raid – has been nothing short of amazing. We’re humbled by the enthusiasm and we hope our community knows we’re watching and laughing and applauding back home at the studio.

FINAL FANTASY XIII Series Announced for Windows PC

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final-fantasy-xiii-lightning-render-1LOS ANGELES (Sep.18, 2014) – SQUARE ENIX®, today announced the FINAL FANTASY® XIII trilogy of games will be heading to Windows PC, with the first in the series, FINAL FANTASY XIII, due for release on October 9th, 2014.

The game will be available to download via the Square Enix online store and the Steam™ PC digital service (amongst others), priced at $15.99. The game is available to pre-order now, with those pre-ordering the Steam version receiving 10% off. FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will also offer a set of Steam Trading Cards for players to collect and exchange.

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On its original console release in 2010, FINAL FANTASY XIII marked the dawning of a new era for the celebrated series, bringing the game to multiple hi-definition consoles simultaneously for the first time in its history. The original game and subsequent adventures in the FINAL FANTASY XIII trilogy will soon be available for PC gamers to play for the very first time, with all games in the series due for release by next Spring.

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IDW Publishing & Yoe Books Gives Us A Tour of Milton Gross’ New York

“Lost” Graphic Novel From One of The Most Influential Men In Comics Uncovered

San Diego, CA (September 8, 2014) To those to that know Milt Gross and his work, he is a legend among legends. For those that don’t, in 1930, Gross wrote and drew one of the very first graphic novels, the acclaimed He Done Her Wrong. Gross was also a popular comic-strip creator (with hilarious cartoon-style Yiddish-isms), novelist, produced animation (for Disney and MGM), and was a screenwriter (and co-writer of films with no less than Charlie Chaplin).

IDW Publishing and Yoe Books are very proud to be releasing the “lost” graphic novel, Milt Gross’ New York,this December. In a mind-blowing, laugh-filled, freewheeling tour of New York, Gross’ character, Pop, and his sidekick son, blast through the East Side, the West Side, Chinatown, and Harlem. The demented duo roar through Yankee Stadium, the New York Public Library and Coney Island! This is really the Big Apple like you have never seen before and it’s all kinds of amazing!

THE WALKING DEAD: All Out War As Never Seen Before!

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October’s Hardcover Reproduces Charlie Adlard’s Pencils for Monumental Story Arc…

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In October, fans of Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD will see the New York Times best-selling comic as never before with the publication of THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION. In this 248-page hardcover from Image Comics/Skybound, artist Charlie Adlard’s raw pencils for the twelve-issue arc are reproduced, uninked and unaltered from how they appear on his artboard.

The ALL OUT WAR story arc marks a major turning point in THE WALKING DEAD, as Rick Grimes unites several communities to fight the villainous Negan and his “Saviors,” while around them the dead continue to roam. The future of the Survivors, Hilltop, and Kingdom communities depends precariously on Negan’s right-hand man, who has turned against him — and not everyone is going to see it through the war alive.

I’ve always enjoyed books that show the ‘process,’ and All Out War certainly does that, said Adlard.Presenting the pencils as they are is an interesting thing, because they were done to show an inker what to do. So, at times, they are rough, fudged, incorrect…etc, but hopefully still provide an insight as to what goes into making a comic book.

Adlard has penciled and inked more than one hundred issues of THE WALKING DEAD. Inker Stefano Gaudiano was brought onto the art team (which includes toner Cliff Rathburn and letterer Rus Wooten) at the start of the ALL OUT WAR story arc.

And just sometimes it’s nice not to have a finished thing, continued Adlard. To be able to see the little bits of ‘magic’ occurring in the happy accidents of random pencil marks, which were never intended for anyone other than Stefano to see, where I wasn’t caring that it would be seen by a wider audience, makes it all a little bit bolder.

ALL OUT WAR has never before been collected in a single volume, and this edition presents the monumental story in a whole new way. THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION will be in comic book stores on October 1 and in bookstores on October 8. It is available for pre-order now.

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THE WALKING DEAD: ALL OUT WAR ARTIST PROOF EDITION
by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-038-7
  • Diamond Comic order code AUG140613
  • 248 pages, hardcover, black and white
  • $34.99
  • In comic book stores October 1, bookstores October 8
  • Rated Mature
  • Collects THE WALKING DEAD #115-126

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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN
Robert Kirkman’s success and passionate advocacy for creator-owned comics led him to become the first person invited to become a partner at Image Comics since the company’s inception twenty years ago. Kirkman is the creator/writer of the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, all-ages Super Dinosaur and Thief of Thieves. In 2010, Kirkman formed his own Image imprint, Skybound, which publishes his own work and Witch Doctor, Invincible Universe and Clone.  Kirkman has earned the respect of the comic, writing and television communities and topped the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels in 2011 and 2012. In April 2012, he took the top five spots on both the hardcover and paperback lists. He’s the creator/executive producer and writer of the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, The Walking Dead and all Skybound titles are www.Skybound.com andwww.TheWalkingDead.com

ABOUT SKYBOUND
Skybound is the home of Robert Kirkman’s creator-owned work including his Eisner Award-winning comic book series, THE WALKING DEAD, long-running Invincible, all-ages SUPER DINOSAUR, THIEF OF THIEVES, and CLONE, as well as WITCH DOCTOR and INVINCIBLE UNIVERSE. Since its inception, Skybound has created television shows, merchandise and a wide spectrum of platforms, games (The Walking Dead: Assault iOS app), and entertainment events (The Walking Dead Escape). Skybound’s successes include the comic behind the hit Emmy®-winning television show, AMC’s The Walking Dead, the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time in the U.S, also an international success in 122 countries and 37 languages. Skybound/Kirkman frequently top the hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. Your destinations for all news and merchandise from Robert Kirkman, THE WALKING DEAD, and all Skybound titles are www.Skybound.com and www.TheWalkingDead.com.

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