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Wednesday, Jul 20, 2016


BANDAI NAMCO announces PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2, a new installment in the maze-running series that started back in the pre-arcade days. This is coming in September to PCs via Steam as well as to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Here's a trailer showing off the latest incarnation in the series, and here's word:
Currently under development at BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc. in Tokyo, Japan; PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 features new eye-popping 3D mazes with unique visuals, a wide variety of dynamic mazes, the new ability to bump ghosts, and the addition of intense giant sized ghost boss battles. PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 will also build upon PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX’s “Chain Eating” mechanics by enabling fans to build up to four ghost trains before chowing down for maximum chompage points. PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 returns with the fan favorite Score Attack mode where players need to gather as many points within a specified time and a new Adventure mode that will have players chasing fast moving fruit, battling big bad bosses, and experiencing fun new ways of playing PAC-MAN.

“Terrific gameplay is always in fashion and after 36 years as a videogame icon, PAC-MAN still brings fun and smiles to the faces of countless gamers around the world.” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “PAC-MAN has always promoted friendly competition, and we’re chomping at the bit to see PAC-MAN CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION 2 ignite friendly rivalries among friends and families to achieve the highest score.”
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Anno 2205 DLC

UbiBlog announces the release of Anno 2205: Orbit, the second DLC pack for the strategy sequel. Here's word on the DLC and the accompanying patch:
Anno 2205: Orbit – Anno’s second major DLC release – is now available, along with a free update for all Anno 2205 players. In Anno 2205: Orbit, players will leave the confines of the planet and head towards space, where they will be tasked with building and maintaining a modular space station. Before getting there, they’ll have to train and prepare their citizens on the planet below for life amongst the stars by placing Orbital Institutes in their cities, as well as Arctic and Moon sectors. Doing so creates three types of astronauts – biologist, physicist, and engineer – that represent different facets of the space station.

Upon entering orbit for the first time, players will have access to the space station’s main module. From there, they can unlock up to 12 different module types to build, customize, and optimize their station. As the station grows, players can earn additional Expertise, which can then be used to unlock new bonus effects for other regions via the Nexus.

Even if you don’t own an Anno 2205 Season Pass, the patch arriving alongside the Orbit DLC will have some new features, including Steam achievements and time-limited summer events with new ornaments. For more information on Anno 2205, check out our previous coverage:

Urban Empire in January

A first developer diary video for Urban Empire, the upcoming simulation publisher Kalypso Media and developer Reborn call a "city ruler." They also announce a January 17, 1017 release date and that pre-purchases of the game are now being accepted on Steam, an advance commitment that comes with a 15% discount and a Half Timbered Building Pack with some rustic buildings. Here's word on the game's loose take on politics that puts you in command of a 200 year mayoral dynasty:
In Urban Empire you take control of a mayoral dynasty and lead your city and people through 200 years of history. Establish infrastructures, plan city districts, debate political decisions at the town council, bribe or blackmail your opponents, empower the democratic rights of your people or ignore them and reign supremely by yourself – the decision is yours!

Beginning in the 1820s, establish your city through five different eras, each with its own threats and opportunities. Master the challenges of the centuries, face political struggles, experience world-changing events and pioneering inventions, and create your own unique Urban Empire!

Urban Empire is a city ruler, pioneering a new breed of strategy game that combines city builder features with political scheming and adds profound social and historical events into the mix, creating a whole new gameplay experience where players must employ strategic planning and political savvy to successfully grow their cities in their role as Mayor.
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Diablo III Season 7 Rewards

There's more on the upcoming season 7 for Diablo III on where they outline the rewards for participants. They say the new season is coming soon, as version 2.4.2 is now on the PTR, and they previously announced season 7 will begin on August 7th. Here's word on this season's cosmetic rewards: "In Season 7, we’re continuing the tradition of introducing new cosmetic rewards with each Season! In addition to an exclusive Portrait Frame and the usual rotating pieces of the Conqueror’s Transmogrification set, Season 7 will include a unique cosmetic pet for players who complete the fourth chapter of the Season Journey."

Life is Strange Episode 1 Going Free

Publisher Square Enix and developer DONTDOD Entertainment announce that the first episode of Life is Strange will be released tomorrow as a free download for Windows, OS X, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. This trailer celebrates the news with a look at the game and its accolades. "By making the first episode of Life is Strange free, we’re really excited to welcome new players to the world of Arcadia Bay and our passionate, vibrant community," said Square Enix's Jon Brooke. "We’re incredibly pleased with the awards that the series has won to date as well as the support that our community have given us throughout the campaign." Here's a refresher on the game:
LIFE IS STRANGE follows the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price. The pair soon finds themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay.
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Rocket League Soars Past 19M Players

A tweet from Rocket League announces another new milestone for the surprise mechanized sports game. Word is: "Congrats everyone! We've officially reached 19 million players for Rocket League! We are humbled by your passion. Thank you!" Thanks GameSpot.

Arthas Statue

Blizzard announces to mark this year's 25th anniversary of the company they have unveiled a giant Arthas statue in Taiwan, saying this bad boy stands 14 feet tall and weighs two tons. They say this celebration will extend to Heroes of the Storm in an upcoming patch for the MOBA, offering this previously released trailer to show off a related mount and skin combo coming this month. Word is: "To coincide with the introduction of Arthas to the real world, we are also bringing an epic new Mystic Kingdoms Arthas skin and Crimson Hare mount combo to the Nexus based on the iconic East Asian hero, Guan Yu! The new Mystic Kingdoms Arthas skin embodies Guan Yu’s honor, loyalty, and strength and has been made a reality thanks to a collaboration between the artists at Blizzard Entertainment and our partner in China, NetEase Games." Continue here to read the full story.

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