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Alone in the Dark: Illumination private beta begins tomorrow

Alone in the Dark: IlluminationTM Invites Fans to Private Beta

Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced the beta period for its latest PC title, Alone in the Dark: Illumination, beginning on January 29th, 2015. To pre-order Alone in the Dark: Illumination and access the private beta, visit the Steam page.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination features several campaigns with multiple levels that take players through the blasted landscape of Lorwich, Virginia, and deep below ground to unearth the mysteries of the forsaken township. Players fight off hordes of eldritch nightmares while using the power of illumination to light up maps and create safe zones to damage foes. This latest installment of the Alone in the Dark® franchise also includes a cooperative multiplayer option that allows gamers to battle The Darkness together with four distinct heroes – the Hunter, the Witch, the Priest and the Engineer, each of them leveling up their different skills.

As part of the pre-order package on Steam, the private beta launch grants fans early access to the survival-action-horror game on January 29, 2015, with a chance to explore and provide feedback on the first campaign in single-player mode. One additional beta period will be announced in the weeks leading up to launch.

“Alone in the Dark has a passionate following of players who have kept up with the series since the original 1992 release,” said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “By introducing cooperative multiplayer, this new game engages the nostalgic fan-base and introduces a new generation of PC gamers to the franchise. We have a long-term plan for Alone in the Dark and there will be much more to come.”

“With the introduction of a single-player mode with the merciless Hunter, within the first environment, the menacing Coal Mine, we are laying the foundation of Alone in the Dark: Illumination,” said Peter Banks, Senior Product Lead, Atari. “Subsequent updates will introduce new, compelling elements building on this first beta period. The multiplayer mode will also enhance the strategic light-based gameplay, complement the diverse character capabilities, and ensure ongoing fun.”

The full release of Alone in the Dark: Illumination is set to debut on Steam for $29.99 in Spring 2015. Visit Steam for the latest details or AITD.com.

Alone in the Dark: Illumination is being developed by PURE FPS. Fans can keep up with the latest updates on the game on Twitter at @AITDGame or Facebook at facebook.com/aloneinthedarkgame.

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Rumor: Ubisoft showed Unity, Victory, AC VII locations back in 2013, Japan next?

Mind blown! Ubisoft gave us Unity, Victory and AC VII locations back in 2013!!

First of all, I’ll start by saying this is not some crazy conspiracy theory that I made up, but speculation based on true facts, as you’re about to see. If I am correct, Ubisoft gave us the key to figure out the next 3 AC locations back in 2013, when Black Flag was released. If this information has already been uncovered, please excuse me because I had no idea. For now, let me explain.

Last November, I bought Assassin's Creed Unity: The Complete Official Guide from Piggyback, as I do every year (I have all the guides and art books, they are awesome). I read the whole thing, enjoyed the artwork and all the info, and that was it. But a couple of days ago, as I was checking some facts again, a particular piece of artwork caught my attention like it didn’t before. For a moment I had a weird feeling. I looked a it again, this time in detail. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I thought it couldn’t be real. But no, It was there and was VERY real.

So I go back to Black Flag’s official guide from last year, and oh my God! There it was, near the end. And I check The Art of Assassin’s Creed IV: Blag Flag, and again, it was there in full page, in all its glory, with none of us suspecting anything! Hell, you can even find it in the Abstergo Entertainment: Employee Handbook (that I also own). Right in front of us the whole time, but no one though anything of it (not even me). So what does it show? Keep reading.

The piece I’m talking about, drawn by Ubisoft artist Martin Deschambault, shows one possible Abstergo Entertainment lobby area for the present day part, different from the one seen in the final game. It’s gorgeous. There are some Abstergo employees walking around, a fountain and one information desk, but the really interesting part is the huge flat screen that is behind the desk. This screen shows several historical places and landmarks from all over the world (6, to be exact). Some are clear references from previous games, but others… refer to future locations. Let’s take a look.

The first one is very small and not very clear. It looks like the front of a church. I’d like to think it’s a reference to the very first Assassins Creed, but it’s hard to say:

No doubt in the second one. It shows Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, a clear reference to Assassins Creed II and the Ezio saga:

The next one shows a tropical island, which can only refer to AC IV Black Flag:

And now is when things get really interesting. You should recognize the fourth one, which is… that right, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris! Way before Unity was leaked by Kotaku.

But wait there’s more. The next one shows… The Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in London!! Like in Victory, as you already know thanks to Kotaku’s leak. Yeah!

In the last one, the screen shows another location which has not been touch in any AC yet, and which (considering all the above) should be AC VII location. Where are we going? It’s Japan!! Which makes sense, considering people have been asking for it for a long time. The image clearly shows a Japanese temple surrounded by houses. I’m not sure, but I’d say it’s Sensoji Temple, Tokyo's oldest temple and one of its most significant.


Advanced Warfare Havoc DLC now available on Xbox One & Xbox 360

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc Available Now

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc, the first DLC pack of the top-selling console video game in the world in 2014, based on physical game unit sell-through data from NPD and Gfk, is available now, first on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Delivering a new level of DLC value, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc includes four new, epic multiplayer maps, access to the versatile AE4 directed energy assault rifle, the AE4 Widowmaker custom variant, plus an exciting all-new zombies cooperative mode called Exo Zombies.

Havoc’s four new, exotic and diverse multiplayer maps are set around the globe and are tailor-made for players to unleash their exoskeleton’s abilities:

Core: Deploy to the Gobi desert where the ravaged ruins of a nuclear fusion plant set the stage for a high-octane warzone. Take down enemies through the wreckage in long-range combat or get up-close and personal in the tunnels surrounding the central turbine. Activate decontamination drones using the map-based scorestreak to help clean out the competition.

Urban: Prepare yourself for brutal, high-speed combat in Dallas Ward 3, a future mega structure, funneling players into a close-quarters free-for-all. This modular compound’s verticality unleashes the exoskeleton’s capabilities. Stay focused during the timed event as blast doors alter the map’s flow and sightlines.

Sideshow: In the shadow of Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, this abandoned inn’s open layout amplifies its creep factor. Blast your way through the clown inn with close-quarters battles or use long-range site-lines from the mining facilities and natural terrain. Use the map-based scorestreak to activate the lights, music and magic of the clown marquee and rain down a barrage of rainbow smoke-trailed cannonballs.

Drift: An idyllic ski resort high in the Rocky Mountains is transformed into a festive high-altitude playground, perfect for an all-out firefight. Make your way to the highly contested over watch in the glass observation deck or take a ride on the carousel to deliver 360 degrees of carnage. Players can use the map-altering timed event to their advantage as an avalanche of snow and debris disorients players, intensifying the battle.

Havoc includes a new cooperative experience, Exo Zombies. Featuring a story told through the eyes of four employees of the Atlas corporation and played by a celebrity cast consisting of John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, RED, Burn After Reading), Bill Paxton (Aliens, Titanic, Edge of Tomorrow), Rose McGowan (Planet Terror, Scream) and Jon Bernthal (Fury, The Wolf of Wall Street), Exo Zombies ushers in a new breed of zombies and a truly unique experience, all included first in the Havoc DLC Pack. The actors provide their voice over and likeness in a dark and cinematic adventure new to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. These four performers help enlist players into a world where a DNA bioweapon unexpectedly spawns a bloodthirsty, ravenous mutant horde infecting a secret Atlas research facility and sending personnel running for their lives. Following a failed evacuation, four survivors, un-trained and underprepared, must face the most vicious mutations ever unleashed.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Havoc is available now, first, exclusively on Xbox Live for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft The Havoc DLC Pack is also included in the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare DLC Season Pass. The Havoc DLC Pack also includes the AE4 directed energy assault rifle and its custom weapon variant, the AE4 Widowmaker, combine a versatile firing mechanism with all-around movement speed and handling.

For the latest intel, check out: callofduty.com, facebook.com/callofduty, youtube.com/callofduty or follow @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram.

Far Cry 4 'Hurk Deluxe Pack' DLC Now Available

New Far Cry 4 Downloadable Content Available Now

Today, Ubisoft announced that Hurk Deluxe, a new piece of downloadable content for Far Cry 4, is available now on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, and PC. Hurk Deluxe includes five missions playable in single-player, including Yak Farm, Blood Ruby and Hurk’s Redemption. This new content also gives access to an arsenal of new weapons including a harpoon gun for Hurk.

Hurk Deluxe is available as part of the Far Cry 4 Season Pass or can be purchased separately. The Season Pass includes Hurk Deluxe as well as the following content: The Syringe and Escape from Durgesh Prison, which are already available, and Overrun and Valley of the Yetis, both of which will be available soon.

The Far Cry 4 Season Pass is available from PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, uPlay, Game, Amazon, and selected games retailers.

In Far Cry 4 players will experience the most expansive and immersive Far Cry game ever, in an entirely new, massive open-world. Players will find themselves in Kyrat, a breath taking, perilous and wild region of the Himalayas struggling under the regime of a despotic self-appointed king. Using a vast array of weapons, vehicles and animals, players will write their own story across an exotic open-world landscape. Developed by Ubisoft Montréal in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, Far Cry 4 is now available worldwide on PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC.

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