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Yen Press to Publish Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks

Yen Press has announced the acquisition of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks, a collection of artwork from the hit video game that includes character profiles and concept designs. The imagery included in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks covers all aspects of the game including backgrounds, weapons, monsters, and more. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is the latest video game created by FromSoftware, the iconic studio responsible for the Dark Souls series and Bloodbourne. It was one of best-selling games of 2019 with over 4 million units sold and won Game of the Year 2019 by GameSpot’s The Game Awards. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is a must-have for many fans eager to re-experience and learn more about the mysterious fantasy world of the game.

Experience SEKIRO’s unique take on the blood-soaked history of Japan’s Sengoku Period with over 300 pages of storyboards, character designs, and concept art!

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Official Artworks is scheduled for an October 2020 release. Yen Press will also release Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying, a manga prequel of the video game, in print in June 2020.

Black Widow Joins the Contest – MARVEL Contest of Champions

She was forged as a tool, trained to push both body and mind to the limit. Complete your mission and become Champion with Black Widow as she enters the contest on Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions. Her character design is inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Widow in theaters November 6th.

Recruited into the KGB at an early age and trained in the Red Room, Natasha Alianovna Romanoff developed into one of the world’s greatest and most ruthless assassins. After drawing the attention of Nick Fury, she was recruited to join S.H.I.E.L.D. at Clint Barton’s recommendation, even going on to become a founding member of The Avengers. Following the events of The Avengers Civil War, Romanoff is forced to confront the darkness of her past in the Red Room and the possibility of future generations of Black Widow assassins.

Check out her special moves:

Find out about her fighting style:

Check out Black Widow’s Champion Spotlight, which details her abilities, history, strengths and weaknesses.

WWE Superstars are Crossing Over with The King of Fighters Allstar

The King of Fighters Allstar

Netmarble has revealed an official collaboration with WWE to bring its roster of larger-than-life Superstars to the world of The King of Fighters Allstar. Fans can collect and add WWE Superstars The Rock, John Cena, Undertaker, Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, and Kofi Kingston to their respective rosters. Different versions of The Rock and Kingston will also be available for free to anybody who downloads the game through Wednesday, June 3. 

Netmarble has recreated each Superstars’ mannerisms and move-sets for players to experience. Beyond securing WWE Superstars for the player’s roster, fans also have several WWE-themed events, and much more to experience, including:

  • Time Attack Mode: Players compete by taking control of WWE Superstars and clearing three powerful bosses in a row.
  • WWE-Themed Summon Banner: Players can obtain Superstars via two new Banners
  • Super Mission: Players can obtain ‘The Rock’ by completing a new Super Mission
  • WWE-Themed Dungeons: Kofi Kingston is obtainable by gathering rewards from a Rush Event Dungeon; there is a WWE-themed Mini-Dungeon to get various rewards
  • WWE-Themed Roulette:  Players can spin a new Roulette Wheel for a chance to unlock ‘The Doctor of Thuganomics’ John Cena.

The King of Fighters Allstar boasts fast-paced fighting action as players battle through waves of enemies, giant bosses, and rival fighter teams. The excitement is paired with cutting edge graphics, bold colors, and lightning-fast animations. In addition, this game features all of KOF’s classic fighters from ’94 to XIV, with more than 130 fighters available to collect, along with more to come with seasonal events, collaborations with popular IP such as TEKKEN 7 and SAMURAI SHODOWN, and additional content updates for players to enjoy.

The King of Fighters Allstar is available to download on Google Play and the App Store in more than 175 countries and comes with support for English, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Thai, Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese, Russian, and German languages.

The King of Fighters Allstar WWE

Marvel Future Fight Celebrates 5th Anniversary with Special In-Game Events

Netmarble’s groundbreaking Super Hero mobile game MARVEL Future Fight is celebrating its 5th Anniversary! In April 2015, MARVEL Future Fight was launched simultaneously in 148 countries around the world and immediately ranked in the top 10 in popular charts in 118 countries including Korea, Taiwan, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Netmarble released a special 5th Anniversary video.

Since launch, over 120 million Agents from around the world have teamed up with Nick Fury to take a stand against the destruction of the Marvel timeline, with new agents joining the fight every day. In the last five years MARVEL Future Fight Agents have:

  • Formed a community of over 120 million players across 148 countries.
  • Played with over 200 Marvel characters, including the Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many more!
  • Dressed for success with over 250 uniforms.
  • Defeated Ebony Maw in World Boss Raid over 190 million times. 
  • Used 15 million Titan’s Records to upgrade 1.5 million Tier -3 characters, the highest-ranking character tier in the game.

To celebrate, MARVEL Future Fight has planned some exciting events including:

  • 5th Anniversary Countdown Event: One of the biggest in-game events in MARVEL Future Fight history, the ‘Countdown Event’ gives special rewards every day to players. On the last day (4/30), players can get Selector – a Tier-3 character and the highest-ranking Super Hero in the game. Rewards can be received until 5/13.
  • 8 Week Check-in Attendance Event: Between 4/30- 6/30, players who check-in daily will receive special rewards
  • 5th Anniversary Character Rework Voting: Players can improve the ability of the No.1 character through player voting. Additionally, game content can be directly improved with the power of player voting between 4/30-5/13.
  • 5th Anniversary Comics Card: A Special Comics Card will be given during the event from 4/30-5/13.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire Original Video Game Soundtrack to be released on LP for the first time

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire original soundtrack

May the 4th be with you! In celebration of Star Wars DayVarèse Sarabande Records is thrilled to announce the upcoming special release of the Original Video Game Soundtrack for Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire by GRAMMY-nominated composer Joel McNeely. The soundtrack will be released for the first time on LP and reissued on CD on August 7, 2020, exclusively from Varèse Sarabande Records.

Pre-order for LP and CD is available now.

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire was developed and published by LucasArts for Nintendo 64 on December 3, 1996, and sold one million copies in its first year. A version for Microsoft Windows followed in 1997, and sold out reissues have kept the game alive amongst the Star Wars fan base since its release over 20 years ago.

As part of the Shadows of the Empire multimedia project, a full soundtrack was composed by Joel McNeely and recorded with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Samples of the soundtrack were used in both versions of the game, with the Windows version containing many of the full tracks. The album art features the main Star Wars characters and was created by legendary illustrator Drew Struzan (Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future).

In the game, which serves as backstory between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, the player controls the mercenary Dash Rendar in his efforts to help Luke Skywalker and rescue Princess Leia from Prince Xizor.


TRACK LISTING Side A:

  1. Main Theme from Star Wars and Leia’s Nightmare (3:41)
  2. The Battle of Gall (7:59)
  3. Imperial City (8:02)
  4. Beggar’s Canyon Chase (2:56)
  5. The Southern Underground (1:48)

 Side B:

  1. Xizor’s Theme (4:35)
  2. The Seduction of Princess Leia (3:38)
  3. Night Skies (4:17)
  4. Into the Sewers (2:55)
  5. The Destruction of Xizor’s Palace (10:44) 

It’s Red By Dawn as Black Widow and Red Guardian Enter the Battlerealm of Marvel Contest of Champions

Tools break. Weapons fail. But Champions… endure. The Contest continues as Kabam debuted an all-new motion comic teasing two new Champions coming to the popular mobile brawler MARVEL Contest of ChampionsBlack Widow and Red Guardian. These character designs are inspired by Marvel Studios’ Black Widow in theaters on November 6th. Here is a quick look at what the Contest has in store this upcoming month:

In the wake of the Cabal’s collapse, Black Widow has been tasked with locating and recovering a lost mind control weapon. To accomplish her mission, Agent Romanoff will need the help of an old friend. Red Guardian is a fellow former soviet and an honorable and trustworthy ally. However, they soon discover that they are not the only ones chasing the lost Cabal technology. A secretive mastermind has employed the skills of Taskmaster, the photo-reflexive mercenary, to stop Black Widow from finding this weapon at all costs!

It’s a race across The Battlerealm, with new foes to fight and where old allegiances will be tested in this month’s Event Quest: Black Widow: Red By Dawn!

Both characters will arrive to the game in May, and fans can now check out the all-new motion comic!

Other MARVEL Contest of Champions updates, including bug fixes, balance updates, and more can be found HERE.

Pokémon Masters Players Can Now Hatch Eggs to Team Up with Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle

DeNA Co., Ltd., in partnership with The Pokémon Company, has announced that Pokémon Masters players now have the ability to obtain Eggs that hatch into one of the three partner Pokémon from the Kanto region: Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. Players can then pair their partner Pokémon with the game’s Main Character and battle alongside one another. Pokémon Masters, a real-time battling and strategy game, can be downloaded on compatible iOS and Android devices.

All players  will be able to obtain an Egg from Profesor Bellis when they log into the game. Players will be able to choose if they want their Egg to hatch into Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle. Eggs hatch after players complete a certain number of battles, and they will also be able to choose their own names for these Pokémon. In addition, more Pokémon hatchable from Eggs will be made available in future updates—all of which can be paired with the game’s Main Character to form a sync pair.

DeNA also announced that the following content updates are now available or coming soon to Pokémon Masters:

  • New Legendary Event Featuring Silver & Ho-Oh: The sync pair of Silver & Ho-Oh star in an in-game event titled “Pure Hearts and Rainbow Wings,” which will be available from 30th April at 7am BST until 14th May at 06:59am BST for those that have completed Chapter 1 of the Main Story. In this event, players will embark on an adventure with Trainers Silver and Ethan of the Johto region to learn more about why Ho-Oh has come to the island of Pasio. Players who complete the Legendary Event will be able to add the sync pair of Silver & Ho-Oh to their teams.
  • Wallace & Milotic Are Coming to Pasio: The Water-type sync pair of Wallace & Milotic will make their debut in the sync pair Spotlight Scout from 30th April at 7am BST until 14th May at 06:59am BST.
  • Daily Scout Offers One Attempt to Add Sync Pair and Items Per Day: The Daily Scout feature has been added to the game, where once a day, players can attempt to obtain sync pairs and items without the use of gems.

Players can check the in-game menus for more information. Note that in-game event dates are subject to change without notice.

Pokémon Mastersis a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible Android and iOS devices.

Storm (Pyramid X) Joins the Contest – MARVEL Contest of Champions

Storm (Pyramid X)

Submit yourself to En Sabah Nur as Storm (Pyramid X) enters the contest on Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions.

This is not the Storm you know. She has been indoctrinated into Pyramid X by her God Apocalypse. Storm is able to channel her weather-bending abilities through her ornate wand Heset’s Ruin, to raze entire cities and subjugate those who do not submit to En Sabah Nur.

Check out Storm (Pyramid X)’s Champion Spotlight, which details her abilities, history, strengths and weaknesses.

Storm (Pyramid X)

Black Widow Infiltrates Marvel Future Fight

Netmarble has announced a new update inspired by Marvel’s highly anticipated film Marvel’s Black Widow for their popular mobile game MARVEL Future Fight. All-new Black Widow characters, gameplay improvements, uniforms and more can now be collected and experienced by players worldwide.

Two new characters – Yelena Belova and Red Guardian – have officially stepped in to join the fight to save the universe as both are now available for players to collect. Four new uniforms have been added, including movie themed uniforms for Black WidowYelena BelovaRed Guardian, and Taskmaster.

Today’s update also introduces a new Black Widow-themed Legendary Battle. The new battle adds three new stages consisting of backgrounds and characters that appear in Marvel’s Black WidowFuture Pass, a new system that lets players earn pass points by progressing through existing content during the season for rewards at each pass point, has also been added to the game. By purchasing a Pass product, you can upgrade the Future Pass to get better rewards.

Additionally, Black Widow has new ultimate skills and can now be upgraded to Tier-3, while the ‘Awaken Potential’ feature for Red Guardian is now unlocked. The ‘Realize Potential’ feature is also unlocked for Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, Daredevil, Mockingbird, and Agent 13. Also, new stages 11-15 have been added to MARVEL Future Fight’s Dimensional Mission mode. Other improvements have been made for players’ convenience including updates to the S.H.I.E.L.D Academy.

MARVEL Future Fight is currently available worldwide in the App Store and Google Play.

Marvel Future Fight

Marvel Realm of Champions Reveals House Pyramid X

A powerful nation is only as strong as its citizens…are you fit enough to survive under those ideals? The choice is yours as Kabam reveals new details on one of the MARVEL Realm of Champions’ houses, Pyramid X. Here is a brief overview of the new house revealed in the Battleworld:

CAPITAL: Mutopia
BARON TITLE: Pharaoh
HIGHEST ELEVATION: 4,000 feet (Measured from the golden capstone at the top of Pyramid X, Lord Apocalypse’s floating seat of power, to the ground level at Mutopia’s central Agora)

BRIEF HISTORY:

The glorious kingdom of Egyptia was founded by APOCALYPSE, our Eternal Pharaoh, Light of the East and First Among Mutants, 5,500 years ago. From a backwater full of warring tribes, Our Lord transformed Egyptia into the envy of the world, a unified kingdom of knowledge and peace. Behind this revolution was a triad policy: Telepathic Education, Compulsory Eugenics and Nanite Sterilization. “Sageness, Fitness and Cleanliness are the goals of every Mutant under my leadership”, Lord Apocalypse preached.

But this Golden Age of Egytptia was constantly threatened by incursions from other nations, like the barbaric Gamma Horde, and the imperialistic Asgardians. The foreign forces envied Mutopia’s affluence; but their conquering ambitions were thwarted time and again by the scorching desert belt surrounding the capital, as well as the Horsemen’s armies stationed alongside those territories. However, even their failed attempts were more than a mere nuisance. Constant protection of the kingdom from invaders has cost many precious Mutant lives.

That all changed after the coming of the MAESTRO. The Green Emperor unified the barbarians into a single banner, severely punishing rebellious Houses with his god-like powers. When his army arrived at Egyptia, the Maestro changed his attitude: he recognized Apocalypse as an equal, offering an alliance instead of war. He named our Kingdom a protectorate: the crown jewel of a new Realm, and primary exporter of culture and knowledge to a chaotic Battleworld.

Learn more about Pyramid X’s house history and system of government.

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