Playstation 4 News: Madcatz and Harmonix to bring Rock Band 4 to PS4 This year

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Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (“Mad Catz”) (NYSE MKT/TSX: MCZ) announced today an agreement with Harmonix Music Systems™, Inc. (“Harmonix”) to launch  Rock Band 4, the next generation of the award-winning social and interactive music-gaming platform, later this year for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Mad Catz will develop and manufacture a new generation of wireless  Rock Band 4 music game controllers.  The launch products include:

  • Band-in-a-Box Bundle, which includes the  Rock Band 4 game, a Wireless Fender™ Stratocaster™ Guitar Controller, a Wireless Drum Kit Controller and a Microphone.
  • Guitar Bundle, which includes the  Rock Band 4 game and a Wireless Fender Stratocaster Guitar Controller.

For more information on the  Rock Band 4 bundles, visit: http://madcatz.com/rock-band-is-back/

To celebrate the announcement of  Rock Band 4,  Harmonix are offering a special edition, Wireless Stratocaster Guitar Controller, featuring custom artwork of “Gabe” from the immensely popular Penny Arcade webcomic.  This limited-edition collectible is only available for on-site pre-orders at the Harmonix booth during the PAX East video game festival.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz said: “We are very excited to bring the band back together, and re-team with Harmonix to deliver the next installment of the legendary  Rock Band franchise to a new generation of consoles, Harmonix understands music gaming better than anyone, and we are confident that the unrivalled music selection and next generation features will prove incredibly enticing to passionate gamers and music fans alike.”

Daniel Sussman, Product Manager for Harmonix commented, “The creative energy and excitement at the studio right now is at an all-time high. We’re thrilled to have Mad Catz as an important partner as we move the franchise to a new generation of consoles, and we can’t wait to show our fans how we’re evolving the gameplay they love.”

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 informed by how fans play and what they want.  In addition to a killer on-disc soundtrack,  Rock Band 4 will support the over 2000 tracks released since the 2007 debut of the original  Rock Band, accounting for more than 500 of rock music’s most legendary artists.

In addition, players who have purchased or downloaded music 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 – added regularly after launch.

For more information on  Rock Band and Harmonix Music Systems, visit: http://www.harmonixmusic.com/games/rock-band/

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Video Game News: Watch BAFTA’s British Academy Games Awards live via Twitch.tv

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Those unable to attend the British Academy Games Awards on the 12th March will be able to watch the action unfold from the comfort of their own home via a Twitch stream that evening.

Across 17 categories there are a total of 51 games that are nominated including Alien Isolation with 6 nominations, Far Cry with 5, 80 days, Destiny, Mario Kart and Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor with 4 each.

Streaming kicks off at 5:30pm GMT with all the pre-show events including interviews on the red carpet followed by the ceremony presented by actor and comedian Rufus Hound at 7pm GMT on Thursday, 12th March.

Watch the stream here: www.twitch.tv/bafta

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Xbox News: Call of Duty ‘European Finals’ Recap Video

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The 2015 Call of Duty European Championship brought together the best players from across Europe, and in the end 14 teams punched their ticket to Los Angeles and the 2015 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox. Justine Ezarik (iJustine) and Xbox’s Graeme Boyd take a look back at all of the action from the weekend-long tournament.

The 2015 Call of Duty Championship, presented by Xbox takes place 27th-29th March, streamed live from Los Angeles. Watch the best Call of Duty eSports teams from around the world compete for a $1 million dollar prize pool and the title of “World Champion.”

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Xbox One News: Frontier Developments announces Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One

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Frontier Developments plc (AIM: FDEV) today announced plans to bring the definitive massively multiplayer space epic Elite: Dangerous to Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, in this calendar year.

Elite: Dangerous is the critically acclaimed third sequel to the genre-definingElite, created in 1984 by David Braben and Ian Bell. Elite: Dangerous brings gaming’s original open world adventure into the modern generation with a connected galaxy, evolving narrative and the entirety of the Milky Way re-created at its full galactic proportions.

Starting with only a small starship and a few credits, players do whatever it takes to earn the skill, knowledge, wealth and power to survive in a futuristic cutthroat galaxy and to stand among the ranks of the iconic Elite. In an age of galactic superpowers and interstellar war, every player’s story influences the unique connected gaming experience and handcrafted evolving narrative. Governments fall, battles are lost and won, and humanity’s frontier is reshaped, all by players’ actions.

Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One will include all content added to the PC version by February’s Community Goals content update and March’s Wings content update. Available for free next week on PC, Wings unites players to cooperate and collaborate across the galaxy and share in the rewards together. Wings will empower players to help protect friends on a risky trade run, spread out to map systems or hunt prey, and work together to reshape the galaxy.

Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One is planned to launch in 2015. For further information and to subscribe to the Elite: Dangerous for Xbox One mailing list, visit http://www.elitedangerous.com/xboxone

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MARVEL News: New ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Trailer Released

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Following the release of character posters for the Avengers team in ‘Age of Utron’, MARVEL have also released a new trailer for the film due out on April 23rd in the UK and May 1st in the US

Ultron lays out his plans for decimating Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the latest trailer for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” in theaters May 1!

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Playstation 4 News : New Magicka 2 Trailer is Aflame with Groans, May 26th Release

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Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games and a singer/songwriter of ice and fire, today published a completely fair-use trailer for Magicka 2, the forthcoming magick-mixing game for PC and the PlayStation 4. The trailer, containing all-new gameplay and allegedly new ideas, celebrates the upcoming launch of Magicka 2, which will arrive on PC and PS4 on May 26, 2015. The game can be pre-ordered on PC beginning today, with PS4 pre-orders starting soon, according to the alarm Paradox has set on its Night Watch. Magicka 2 will be available for $14.99 on both platforms.

Apart from the opportunity to get your wizard robes to the cleaners and back in time to play the game on launch day, pre-orders of Magicka 2 also include an exclusive hands-on sneak peek of the game. Early supporters will gain access for themselves and three friends to the sneak peek, taking place on both PC and PS4 on May 5th (May 6th for European PSN).

All pre-orders will also allow players to sample the Game of Robes by gifting them a unique in-game robe, available in both Magicka 2 and Magicka: Wizard Wars; Paradox knows that a robe is the best way to stay warm when winter is coming.

For more information on the game and how to pre-order it, direct your magical spirit portal (AKA, your browser) over to www.Magicka2.com .

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Playstation 4 News: Wolfenstein – Before The New Order… there was The Old Blood!

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Watch the gameplay debut trailer for the all-new standalone prequel to everyone’s favorite Nazi-blasting first-person shooter of 2014, Wolfenstein: The New Order! See the live gameplay debut live from PAX East 2015 on Twitch.TV/Twitch. Streams start at 10:30 am est on both Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th!

Available digitally and in retail for £14.99 from May 5 for the PlayStation 4 and PC, and digital only for the Xbox One, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood takes our hero BJ Blazkowicz back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order.

Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi 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.

For more on The Old Blood, stay tuned for updates through these channels:

Official Site – http://www.wolfenstein.com
Bethesda Blog – http://www.bethblog.com
Twitter – @wolfenstein
Facebook – https://facebook.com/wolfenstein

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