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“The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” Announces “Master Quest” New York Tour Date and More

Due to Popular Demand, Zelda Symphony Adds New U.S. Tour Dates in 2015

ZeldaREDMOND, Wash. – March 23, 2015The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” concert series has announced new tour dates for the U.S. and Europe for the 2015 worldwide tour of “Master Quest.” Due to popular demand, a New York tour date has been announced at Barclays Center which will feature a special event at the Nintendo World store in New York City, as well as other cities in the Mid-Atlantic and Midwest regions of the U.S. and additional locations in Europe.

Zelda2Featuring brand new music and visuals, including pieces from the recently remastered The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D and the addition of The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, the concert series will maintain the beloved experience fans have come to expect while remaining the ultimate Zelda experience currently available to fans. “Master Quest” has already embarked on its world tour with much acclaim in the U.S. and Japan, and is set to make its next stops across Canada and Europe. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of music from Nintendo’s classic The Legend of Zelda franchise. The newly announced dates include:

  • Durham, Durham Performing Arts Center; September 10
  • St. Louis, Powell Hall; September 11, September 12, September 13
  • Philadelphia, Mann Center; September 18
  • Providence, Providence Performing Arts Center; September 25
  • Chicago, Auditorium Theatre; October 1
  • Indianapolis, Old National Centre; October 2
  • Milwaukee, Milwaukee Theatre; October 3
  • New York, Barclays Center; October 13
  • Salt Lake City, Abravanel Hall; October 15
  • Hamburg, O2 World; November 8
  • Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall; November 11
  • Brussels, Palais 12; November 12
  • Madrid, Palacio Vista Alegre; November 13
  • Barcelona, Auditori Forum; November 14
  • Rome, Auditorium Conciliazione; November 15
  • Zurich, Hallenstadion; November 21
  • Dublin, Convention Centre; November 22

Somewhere In Time: 8 New Assassin’s Creed Setting Proposals

 

 

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Written by Derek Sun

After Victorian England, Here Are Some
Proposals for New
Assassin’s Creed Game Locations:

After taking us through the Golden Age of Piracy in the Caribbean islands and the Paris during the French Revolution, the Assassin’s Creed franchise is visiting London during the Victorian era. The setting for countless books, movies, and games, Victorian England has always had a certain vibe to it that makes it catnip for storytellers. The intimidating architecture, twistingly dark alleys, and fascinating historical figures are always great fodder for writers to work with.

With all that said, the Victorian age is still a pretty safe choice for a new AC game. It’s not an entirely surprising selection, and there’s no shortage of works that have already featured Cockney chimney sweeps, pith helmet-wearing explorers, and bobbies eating fish & chips, and saying “guv’nor” a lot. The historical period and setting have made AC games memorable and unique, and if the series is to continue attracting fans and sales, it should try exploring new territory that other franchises haven’t focused on. Here are ideas on new locations and eras for future AC games to try out, and why they would be exciting to play in.

  1. Satsuma-samurai-during-boshin-war-periodJapan during the Meiji Restoration

Ever since Desmond got into the Animus for the first time, people have been promoting Japan as an ideal setting for an AC game. Most of the time, it’s medieval Japan, with its ninja, clan warfare, and samurai that gets brought up as a new virtual playground. However, we’re missing a golden opportunity by not having a game exploring the rise of Japan as a modern nation and the shedding of its shogun past. Even if everything you know about the Meiji Restoration comes from watching The Last Samurai and Rurouni Kenshin, you’ll know how crazy the late 19th century was for Japan. Westerners were arriving en masse, the Tokugawa shogunate was falling, and the country was modernizing, building its own empire, and changing faster than anyone can imagine. The game could have us play through the Boshin War and see the collapse of the samurai system as the Assassins struggle to survive the changes, but some more adventurous ideas include having us witnessing Japan’s invasions of its neighbors and expansion of its colonies, assassinating rival politicians, and navigating a mixture of traditional Japanese and Western architecture and weapons that makes for great scenery porn. Larger-than-life figures like Yukichi Fukuzawa, Heihachiro Togo, Ryoma Sakamoto, Hirobumi Ito, and Saigo Takamori would be awesome to meet, and all the wars, political intrigue, and reforms taking place would give us enough craziness for a whole season of Game of Thrones.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: HYRULE HISTORIA IS DIAMOND’S #1 BOOK FOR 2014!

zeldaJanuary 16, 2015 – MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics has secured its place in video-game-art history with The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia™, which charted as the number-one best-selling book at Diamond Comic Distributors for 2014*!

In February 2013, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia soared to the top of the Nielsen BookScan charts, making it the number-one book in America. The book also reached number one on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestseller lists. Dark Horse announced a record print run, and the number continues to grow as The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia dominates orders in the UK, China, Italy, Spain, and Canada.

This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an insightful introduction by the legendary producer and video-game designer of Donkey Kong™, Mario™, and The Legend of Zelda™, Shigeru Miyamoto, this book is crammed full of information about the storied history of Link™’s adventures from the creators themselves! As a bonus, The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia includes an exclusive comic by the foremost creative team of The Legend of Zelda manga—Akira Himekawa!

* Additionally, Dark Horse Comics’ The Sakai Project, which celebrates thirty years of Stan Sakai’s marvelous samurai-rabbit saga Usagi Yojimbo, charted as the sixth-best-selling book of 2014.

 

New Book Series to Detail World of Warcraft’s Mythology!

 

wow book seriesJanuary 8, 2015 — MILWAUKIE, OR – Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce a multi-volume series detailing the history of the Warcraft universe: World of Warcraft: Chronicle.

World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 is a journey through an age of myth and legend, a time long before the Horde and the Alliance came to be. This definitive tome of Warcraft history reveals untold stories about the birth of the cosmos, the rise of ancient empires, and the forces that shaped the world of Azeroth and its people.

Bungie: Destiny Tumbler Sparrow Announcement!

unnamedbungie_logoGuardians who purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion Pass or Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below by January 15, 2015 will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow, enabling its riders to drive fast, take flight, and perform a set of mid-air tricks. 

See the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow in action:


Guardians who have already purchased or will purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion Pass will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow from the in-game Postmaster at the time of redemption.

Guardians who have already purchased or will purchase and redeem Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will receive the EV-30 Tumbler Sparrow from the in-game Postmaster starting on December 9, 2014

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Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Has Gone Gold!

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New “Puzzles 101” Developer Diary available now

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Crystal Dynamics is pleased to announce that Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris has officially gone gold and is set to launch on December 9 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. To celebrate this milestone, the team has released a second Developer Diary that goes into detail on the puzzles of Temple of Osiris.

Check out the new developer diary!
Lara Croft returns in Temple of Osiris, ready to use her brains and brawn to best a gauntlet of new puzzles. In the second Developer Diary, Executive Producer Scot Amos is joined by Lead Level Designer Jeff Wajcs, who discuss the difficult task of perfectly challenging a player. Take a peek at the mirrors, time bombs, twisting gears, and falling platforms you’ll need to manipulate to solve your way out of trouble, alone or with friends.

“AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed” PS4 Launch Date Confirmed

Tongue-in-Cheek Vampire Beat-‘em-up to Launch for PlayStation 4 on November 25, 2014

unnamedNovember 5, 2014 – The outrageous action RPG title, AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, will be launching for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system onNovember 25, 2014, just in time for the holidays. This PS4™ system version introduces a wealth of new features, including a “Toybox Mode” that allows players to begin the game with one of every item, a “Visual Editor” that grants the freedom to change virtually every aspect of the game’s graphical presentation, interactive livestreaming capabilities and more. The company has released a brand new trailer showcasing some of these next-generation features.

In AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, the player must repel a brooding malevolence that has fallen over Tokyo’s popular Akihabara electronics district (Akiba for short). Akiba has been invaded by creatures known as “Synthisters,” who prey on its anime- and game-obsessed patrons like vampires, but feast on their social energy and will to live rather than their blood. Only direct exposure to sunlight can stop this menace.

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Collector’s Edition Announced!

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LOS ANGELES (Nov. 5, 2014) – Created for every Disney and Square Enix fan, SQUARE ENIX, Inc. today announced a glorious Collector’s Edition for KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX. Those who purchase the Collector’s Edition will receive both the original 1.5 and new 2.5 ReMIX game discs, and can also enjoy a variety of premium items.

The Collector’s Edition will include the following:

· Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX Game Discs

· Collector’s Steelbook Case – The steelbook case contains both KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX and KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX discs and features premium artwork from the series Director, Tetsuya Nomura.

· Collector’s Edition Box
· Shadow Heartless Plush Toy – 9.4 inch tall plush of the classic KINGDOM HEARTS foe

· Exclusive Official Disney Collectible Pin- Features Sora and Mickey Mouse back to back, with the iconic keyblade with Mickey dangler. Made out of a soft enamel coating on metal, this pin’s height stretches out to 1.68 inches.

· 30-Page Art Book and Dust Jacket – This art book includes an exclusive foreword and a sketch from Nomura, along with art from the series.

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KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX will be available for North America on December 2, 2014 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and will be priced at $39.99. Limited quantities of the Collector’s Edition will be sold exclusively through the KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX Official Site for $99.99. Players can also pre-order the Standard Edition of the game at participating retailers to receive a complimentary upgrade to the Limited Edition, which includes the exclusive official Disney collectible pin (while supplies last).

MMORPG “SEVENCORE” Available Now on WEBZEN.COM

Players will be able to access English & Spanish servers to play SEVENCORE

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WEBZEN CISeoul, Korea, November 5, 2014 – WEBZEN, a global developer and publisher of free-to-play games, has announced free-to-play MMORPG SEVENCORE is available now on its global game portal, WEBZEN.com.

As of  Tuesday, 4th November 2014, all players with active WEBZEN accounts will be able to access SEVENCORE. Players without a WEBZEN account can create one for free at: http://www.webzen.com

Additionally, SEVENCORE’s previous provider, Route Entertainment Korea membership, was merged into WEBZEN so that previous players can easily access the game after a simple account transfer process.

After installing the game (available for free download on the official website),  English game client and Spanish game client  players will be able to choose between two available each language’s servers, although there are plans for launching the service in other languages such as Portuguese, French, and German.

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The Music of Grand Theft Auto V: Limited Edition Soundtrack CD & Vinyl Box Sets Coming this December

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New York City – November 3, 2014 – To celebrate the release of the new, enhanced versions of Grand Theft Auto V for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, Rockstar Games will be releasing limited edition collections of the game’s star-studded soundtrack on both CD and Vinyl, in collaboration with Mass Appeal Records.

music of GTAV‘The Music of Grand Theft Auto V’ limited edition collections include 59 tracks with original music from A$AP Rocky, Tyler, The Creator, Twin Shadow, Wavves, Flying Lotus, Yeasayer and more. In addition, these limited editions will feature the original score composed by Tangerine Dream, Woody Jackson, The Alchemist + Oh No, mixed by DJ Shadow, along with the other incredible music featured in Grand Theft Auto V. Limited to a production run of under 5,000 units worldwide, these limited editions will be available from December 9 at top online and physical record stores.

The vinyl collection will feature a total of six vinyl records, a full color booklet and an exclusive lithograph poster in a classic box-set. The CD collection includes three discs along with a branded Grand Theft Auto V gold brick-shaped USB Drive, artwork and poster all sealed in a special die-cut package.

gtav soundtrackAlso, as previously announced, a number of DJs returning to add new radio content to their respective stations include Danny McBride (Duane Earl of Blaine County Talk Radio) and JB Smoove, (Dr. Ray De Angelo Harris of Chakra Attack), as well as DJ mixes and additional commentary from returning DJ’s including:

  • Big Boy (Radio Los Santos)
  • DJ Pooh (West Coast Classics)
  • Nathan and Stephen of WAVVES (Vinewood Boulevard Radio)
  • DJ George (Twin Shadow) (Radio Mirror Park)
  • Kenny Loggins (Los Santos Rock Radio)
  • Cara Delevigne (Non-Stop Pop FM)