HARMONIX ANNOUNCES ROCK BAND 4 COMING TO PLAYSTATION®4 AND XBOX ONE™

Cambridge, Mass. – March 5th, 2015 – Harmonix is excited to announce that it is teaming up with Mad Catz to bring Rock Band™ 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music gaming platform, to PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft®.

Players can guarantee that they can be ready to rock with new hardware on release day by signing up to be alerted when pre-orders go live at http://www.rockband.com/preorder.

Additionally, fans attending PAX East in Boston between March 6 and March 8 can pre-order an exclusive Penny Arcade-themed guitar in person at Harmonix’s booth, #4224.

START A BAND. ROCK THE WORLD.

Rock Band 4 brings the critically-acclaimed franchise to a new generation of consoles, focusing on the features and gameplay that people love, and expanding the franchise in innovative ways that were informed by how fans play and what they want.

“With Rock Band 4, we’re doubling down on the energy and excitement of playing music live with your friends,” says Harmonix Chief Executive Officer Steve Janiak. “Focusing on the core experience that our fans have told us they love allows us to evolve established gameplay in meaningful ways that we can’t wait to share with everyone later this year.”

“We couldn’t be happier to be working with Harmonix and help bring the band back together for the launch of Rock Band 4,” added Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “Harmonix possesses unrivalled passion and vision for music gaming and we can’t wait to introduce the next generation music platform to passionate gamers.”

Harmonix will reveal to its fans more details about exciting new features of Rock Band 4 this coming May.

STILL THE MOST MUSIC. PERIOD.

In addition to a killer on-disc soundtrack, Rock Band 4 will support over 2000 tracks released since the 2007 launch of the original Rock Band, accounting for more than 500 of rock music’s most legendary artists.

“Since the beginning, we’ve called Rock Band a music platform. Players responded by downloading hundreds of their favorite tracks, and building a massive library of playable music,” says Rock Band 4 Product Manager Daniel Sussman. “It’s important for us to respect those purchases and enable our fans to bring that content over to the Rock Band platform on new generation consoles.”

Players who’ve purchased or downloaded playable tracks on last-generation consoles will be able to download and play those tracks on their new platforms at no additional charge*. Hundreds of tracks will be available at launch, with more back catalog music – and new tracks – to be added regularly after launch.

CELEBRATE WITH FREE DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT FOR ROCK BAND 3, AVAILABLE NOW

To celebrate the long-awaited announcement of Rock Band 4, Harmonix is offering a free downloadable track. “I Still Believe,” recorded by UK-based songwriter Frank Turner for his fourth EP, Rock & Roll, is available now for download today, free of charge, on PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®. Playable today in Rock Band 3 and Rock Band Blitz, this is one of the hundreds of songs that will be compatible with Rock Band 4 when it ships later this year for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One!

Rock Band 4 will be available later this year. For more information, head over to http://www.harmonixmusic.com and follow @RockBand on Twitter for updates.

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For more information on Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems please visit http://www.harmonixmusic.com.

* The timing of release of “legacy” DLC on next-generation consoles is to be determined and may be subject to change.  “Legacy” DLC will be downloadable and playable in Rock Band 4 only after the DLC is released on next-generation consoles.
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BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES WOLFENSTEIN: THE OLD BLOOD

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March 4, 2015 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, today announced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™, the standalone prequel to the critically-acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter, Wolfenstein®: The New Order™. In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Bloodwill be available digitally for $19.99 on May 5, 2015 for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 system, and PC.

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old BloodRudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said Jerk Gustafsson, executive producer at MachineGames. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.”

Wolfenstein: The New Order, released in May 2014, enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success with over 75 Game of the Year awards, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the very best releases of the year.”

 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information on Wolfenstein: The Old Blood visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

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White Night

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OSome Studio, the French independent development company, today announced that their original, narrative-driven survival horror game – White Night – has arrived.

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White Night lures horror fans back to the old-school style the genre was built on, focusing on gripping tension, compelling mystery and clever puzzle design. Stranded alone in a seemingly abandoned mansion, players will have to explore the estate and confront its tortured past to dispel the spirits that haunt its halls. White Night draws from the classic themes of the jazz age and film noir storytelling to bring its rich world and atmosphere to life, reinforced by chilling sound effects, music and voice acting.

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Plunged in darkness, White Night’s striking black-and-white visuals are also its most thrilling mechanic. Your surroundings can only be revealed by light, and anything from the flicker of a match to the glow of the moon can expose new paths, secrets and story details. Moreover, light provides a safe haven against the terrors lurking in the shadows, making it a crucial resource to manage until the sun rises.

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White Night is now available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system via the PlayStation®Network and Windows PC, Mac and Linux via Steam for $14.99. It will be available for the same price on March 6 on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, through the Xbox Games Store.

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This title is rated M (Mature) by the ESRB. For more from the developer, please visit www.osome-studio.com/WhiteNight, and follow along atwww.facebook.com/OSomeStudio and www.twitter.com/OSomeStudio.

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World of Tanks to Advance onto Xbox One

February 19, 2015 — Wargaming today announced its free-to-play multiplayer game World of Tanks is coming to Xbox One in 2015. Now the action of World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition will expand onto the battle arena of Xbox One as Wargaming’s iconic tanks deploy a new generation of tank warfare. Just like the Xbox 360 Edition, this title will be available as a free download for all Xbox Live Gold members*.

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“A year ago, World of Tanks arrived on Xbox 360 and has flourished, adding millions of players to the global ranks of Wargaming tankers,” stated T.J. Wagner, Executive Producer of Wargaming Chicago-Baltimore. “Wargaming’s invasion into the console space is fully underway. Our forces are aligned and we are proud to advance to the next level on the Xbox One platform.”

Cross platform play between Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be available ensuring that tankers on both consoles stay in the fight. Both versions of the game will share a common battle server, identical content updates and the same active community of players. With the game available on Xbox One and Xbox 360, the opportunity for battle grows, as the number of combatants swells across the two, server linked consoles.

Additionally, for those upgrading from the Xbox 360 to the Xbox One, all existing World of Tanks accounts and in-game progress will automatically transfer to the new platform. Tankers can continue to play with confidence, knowing that no matter the Xbox platform, the battle will rage on.

For more information about World of Tanks: Xbox 360 Edition and the upcoming game for Xbox One, visit:

*Xbox Live Gold membership (sold separately) required. Additional in-game content available and sold separately.

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PRESS PLAY’S KALIMBA STACKS UP THE CHALLENGE WITH XBOX ONE LAUNCH

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – December 17, 2014 – Today Press Play, the critically praised Danish development company, and Microsoft Studios launched their latest video game – Kalimba – as a digital release on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Introduced to press and the public as ‘Project Totem,’ this playfully challenging platformer features a dedicated single-player campaign and separate adventure for local cooperative action.

“The whole idea for the game came about as a way to blow off steam while my brother, Bo, and I were putting the final touches on our last title, Max: The Curse of Brotherhood,” said Press Play’s Creative Director, Asger Strandby. “Both as a premise and a product, Kalimba is a story of two individuals coming together to achieve something far greater than either of them combined.”

Players command pairs of animated totems in Kalimba, using these elements in clever ways to overcome environmental hazards and topple a dark shaman to reclaim the island of Kalimba. Discovering how to use the varying powers and attributes of these totems in conjunction with one another is crucial to surviving each obstacle with a high score intact.

The island of Kalimba spans three worlds, each encompassing multiple levels and brought to life with a special trixelated graphical style in which everything is built from triangles. This original art design provides each character and setting a distinctive look and identity to balance their unique twists. As they progress, players will scale a totem pole that evolves in an increasingly ornate manner based on players’ scores for each stage, creating a living embodiment of a leaderboard.

Kalimba’s old-school two-person couch co-op mode, in which each player controls two totems of their own, has been described by the team as a friendship tester, forcing both partners to work together as a cohesive unit. “The goal is to slap each other on the back – and hopefully nowhere else,” added Strandby. “So either play it with someone you like, or someone you really, really don’t.”

Kalimba is now available on Xbox One for $9.99 through the Xbox Games Store, with a PC release expected in January 2015. This game is rated E (Everyone) by the ESRB. For more information on current and future projects from Press Play, please visit http://pressplay.dk, or follow Press Play onTwitter and Facebook, and be sure to visit the Kalimba YouTube channel for helpful hints.

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Many Thanks for One Year with Xbox One

By Major Nelson

Saturday, November 22, marks the official one year anniversary of Xbox One. It’s been an unbelievable year, but we never would have gotten to this point without our incredible fans. We want to thank you for being a part of an amazing 12 months by celebrating with you all weekend long.

First, if you’re in one of our original 13 markets and have opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails*, you’ll receive a personalized email detailing what you’ve accomplished since Xbox One launched last November. Here’s a look at some of the community achievements made on Xbox One this past year:

  • Overall, the total community Gamerscore earned on Xbox One is more than 11 billion
  • Fans spent more than 2 billion hours playing games on Xbox One
  • The top four most popular achievements unlocked include:
    • Forza Motorsport 5: Welcome to Forza Motorsport
    • Titanfall: Build Yourself
    • Destiny: Ship Rite
    • Call of Duty: Ghosts: Spatial Awareness

But that’s not all! To show our appreciation for your loyal and continued support for Xbox One, we’ll have several gifts available for our fans, celebrating one year on Xbox One. Beginning Friday, everyone** will get:

  • A Year One Gamer Picture
  • New Xbox One backgrounds: A special Year One background as well as an exclusive Day One background for those who unlocked the Day One achievement
  • A Year One background image for use on Twitter, your desktop, etc.
  • A free rental of “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” (for a limited time)
  • A free rental of “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods” movie and a sampler pack of “Dragon Ball Z” TV episodes (for a limited time, available in the U.S. and Canada only)

And in addition, fans will be selected at random to receive a special gift from us. The full list of possible gifts include:

  • Xbox One Limited Edition Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Bundle (U.S. only)
  • Xbox One Special Edition Sunset Overdrive Bundle (U.S. only)
  • One month membership for Xbox One-exclusive EA Access service
  • Tiger Shark cash card for Grand Theft Auto V, worth $200,000 in-game GTA Onlinedollars
  • Forza gift pack with Forza RallyCross hat, Lamborghini Huracán 1/24 scale replica, and Xbox One Controller (launch team edition) signed by Tanner Foust, host of Top Gear America, Global RallyCross champion and professional stunt driver (U.S. only)
  • Forza Horizon 2 Limited Edition Casio G-Shock Men’s Black Multi-Function Digital Sports Watch (U.S. only)
  • Grand Theft Auto V gift pack with the Los Santos Sheriff Trucker cap, Michael, Franklin and Trevor Posters, and a Grand Theft Auto V sticker pack (U.S. only)
  • Xbox Live Gold 12-month membership digital code
  • Killer Instinct Season 1 Combo Breaker Pack, the retail version of Killer Instinct Xbox One’s first season and includes all eight season one characters: Jago, Sabrewulf, Glacius, Thunder, Sadira, Orchid, and Spinal. Also includes Fulgore DLC character.
  • Special limited edition Nissan 370Z, featuring a custom Casio livery for Forza Horizon 2
  • Air Vehicle shortcut for Battlefield 4 for immediate access to all available unlocks for helicopters and jets available in the main Battlefield 4 game
  • Arno’s French Rapier for Assassin’s Creed Unity to improve your combat skills
  • 75 Platinum in Warframe
  • Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare Costume Pack for Peggle 2
  • Epic Quest Table in Pinball FX2
  • Dance Central Spotlight (full game token)
  • Project Spark Premium – 15 days: Grants 2x gain of Spark XP, credits, and champion XP, as well as the ability to purchase new token-only content for earned in-game credits

While we’re just getting started in some markets, we remain committed to all of our incredible fans worldwide and we’re so grateful for your support over the last year. Thank you for helping us celebrate this incredible milestone.

*The achievements celebration email will be sent to Xbox One customers who purchased prior to October 1, 2014, in our 13 launch markets who opted in to receive Xbox Marketing emails prior to Nov 11, 2014, are 17 years or older and have 10+ hours of usage on Xbox One. You can see which email address (if any) you have opted in, by signing in to your Xbox Live account on Xbox.com, clicking your Gamertag in the upper right, then Profile > Privacy Settings > Contact Preferences.
**The Year One Celebration gift box email will be sent to Xbox One customers who purchased the console between 11/22/13 – 11/11/14, in our 13 launch markets, are 17 years or older and have 10+ hours of usage on Xbox One. 

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WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES, DC ENTERTAINMENT AND THE LEGO GROUP BLAST OFF TO UNCHARTED TERRITORY WITH LAUNCH OF LEGO® BATMAN™ 3: BEYOND GOTHAM

Best-Selling LEGO Batman Videogame Franchise Goes to Space and Beyond for the First Time with New Worlds, More Than 150 Characters, Season Pass and Stellar Voice Cast

Burbank, Calif. – Nov. 11, 2014 – LEGO® Batman™ 3: Beyond Gotham launches in North America today for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system (also playable on PlayStation® TV), Xbox® One all-in-one games and entertainment system and Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system from Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system and Windows PC.

“LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is without a doubt this year’s ultimate Super Hero game for all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “From free-roam gameplay, to flying LEGO big figures and exploring Lantern Worlds with DC Comics’ most amazing characters, the fun and possibilities in LEGO Batman 3 are endless.”

In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, the Caped Crusader joins forces with the super heroes of the DC Comics universe and blasts off to outer space to stop the evil Brainiac from destroying Earth. Using the power of the Lantern Rings, Brainiac shrinks worlds to add to his twisted collection of miniature cities from across the universe and the greatest Super Heroes and most cunning Super Villains must unite and journey to different Lantern Worlds to stop him.

Players will unlock and play as more than 150 characters, including members of the Justice League and the Legion of Doom, as well as LEGO big figures such as Arkillo, Atrocitus and many more, each with their own gadgets and abilities. In LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham players will explore iconic locations such as the Hall of Justice, the Batcave and the Justice League Watchtower, as well as visit and freely explore various Lantern planets like Odym, Zamaron and Okaara.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also features an incredible line-up of voice actors, many of whom are reprising their roles in the LEGO Batman videogame franchise, including:  Troy Baker (Batman); Travis Willingham (Superman); Christopher Cory Smith (The Joker); Laura Bailey (Wonder Woman and Catwoman); Dee Bradley Baker (Brainiac); Josh Keaton (Green Lantern); Scott Porter (Aquaman), and none other than 1960s Batman himself, Adam West! The game also features star-studded appearances by Conan O’Brien and Kevin Smith as themselves and Stephen Amell, star of the hit TV series Arrow, as Green Arrow.

In addition to the wealth of new environments, characters and features in the game, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham also marks another first for the LEGO videogame franchise – a Season Pass. The Season Pass will include six downloadable packs, each with a uniquely themed mission level with story and free play modes. Players will be able to unlock more than 40 characters, vehicles, achievements and more.  Three add-on content packs will be available at launch: The Dark Knight, Man of Steel and Batman 75th (a great chance for kids and parents to celebrate Batman’s 75th Anniversary). Players who can’t get enough of the game can also look forward to more add-on content, including the Arrow pack and two others, to be released at a later date.

The handheld version of LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham includes more than 100 characters from the DC Comics universe and 45 missions spanning an original storyline focused on dynamic, fast-paced gameplay.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is rated “E10+” for everyone 10 and older by the ESRB and is now available for Xbox One and PS4™ for the suggested retail price of $59.99 and for Xbox 360, PS3™ and Wii U for the suggested retail price of $49.99. The game is also available now for PS®Vita, PS® TV and Nintendo 3DS for the suggested retail price of $29.99. The LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Season Pass will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC for the suggested retail price of $14.99. Add-on content packs can also be purchased individually for the suggested retail price of $2.99.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  For more information, please visit:

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