War Thunder 1.75 “La Resistance” released

Major content update also adds new game mechanics, maps, vehicles and sets stage for the popular New Year’s Marathon offering free unique vehicles to all players

Gaijin Entertainment released Update 1.75 “La Resistance” for its vehicular combat MMO War Thunder. Besides adding more than a dozen aircraft, new locations, and a new reconnaissance mechanic for light tanks, the update introduces the previously announced Ground Forces research tree for France. Furthermore, the update sets the stage for the popular New Year’s marathon, where players can obtain tanks and aircraft unique to this year’s event.

The French Ground Forces research tree starts with a staggering amount of 35 vehicles from Rank I all the way to Rank VI, encompassing early tanks of the 1930s as well as modern vehicles from the late stages of the Cold War. The production of the most modern model in War Thunder, the AMX-30V2, began in 1982 and it is still in service today with several armies worldwide.

Together with the French Ground Forces comes the new combined battles location “Maginot Line”, portraying one of the sectors of France’s famous fortification line against Germany with its bunkers, a small town and even a medieval castle. Another new location, “Middle East”, sees combat between a ruined city and an oil plant located in the blazing desert sand.

A new reconnaissance game mechanic has been introduced for light tanks of all nations, which greatly expands the teamplay value for this type of vehicles. Now, light tanks can transmit information about enemy vehicles to their teammates and can assist all allies with repairs on the battlefield. More information about this is available here:

The air forces of War Thunder have received more than a dozen of new machines, including the twin-engined World War II machines Yak-2, Yak-4 for the Soviet Union and the British Whirlwind. New post-war fighters wait for the US and Japan, with the F3D-1 Skyknight and F-86-F40 Kyokko, respectively.

To celebrate the festive season, pilots and tankers of War Thunder can obtain unique Premium vehicles for free. For pilots, the P-40C for the USA and a captured Fw 190 A-8 in the French tree are available, while tankers can get the British wheeled armored car AEK Mark II, which is equipped with a tank turret, and a German Panther tank that is disguised as an American M10 tank destroyer. Specifically created for the New Year’s marathon this year, these vehicles can only be obtained during this event by fulfilling specific tasks available from 22 December to 22 January. Further rewards include boosters, decals and 3D decorative items.

About War Thunder
War Thunder is a free-to-play, cross-platform, massively multiplayer military masterpiece with millions of fans worldwide, that allows players to fight their way across air, land, and sea in the same battlefield. War Thunder offers 1,000+ playable aircraft, armored vehicles and ships from the early 1930s to the Cold War, including ground vehicles from the 1960s and 1970s that feature technologies typical for modern tank construction. The US, Soviet, British, German, Italian, Japanese, and French military vehicles represented in game are carefully researched, historically accurate recreations of their real world counterparts. Fans can expect hundreds more added as Gaijin Entertainment commits to ongoing development via regular updates. Official website: http://warthunder.com

About Gaijin Entertainment
Gaijin Entertainment is the developer and publisher of the online games War Thunder, Crossout and Star Conflict as well as PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android titles across several genres. The company’s diverse portfolio has received a range of mass media and game industry awards including such as KRI Awards, Gamescom Award and many more. Official website: http://gaijinent.com/

ARK : Survival Arrives on Windows 10 Store with Cross-play


Seattle, WA –  20th December , 2017 – Studio Wildcard today announced the release of the multi-million selling dinosaur action-adventure survival game, ARK: Survival Evolved on the Windows 10 store. Already available for Xbox One and Xbox One X enhanced, ARK is now an Xbox Play Anywhere title that allows players who purchase the game digitally to play on both platforms at no additional cost. Tied to the players’ Microsoft account, ARK survivors can now pick up their adventure where they left off, switching between their Xbox One and PC while taking their saved progress, Gamerscore, DLC, and achievements with them.

Additionally, ARK for Windows 10 version supports Microsoft’s cross-play feature, which means Xbox One and Win 10 players will be able to cooperate or compete on the same servers to capture, tame and train some of the Jurassic-era’s most powerful beasts, from the vicious Velociraptor, to the earth-shaking Titanosaur!

Windows 10 purchasers of ARK: Survival Evolved can also purchase its Expansion Packs including Scorched Earth and last week’s update – the derelict, malfunctioning underground world of Aberration, loaded with fascinating items including five new Biomes, 14 new Creatures and 30 new Engrams to craft. Aberration is available now for $19.99 USD or is free for download for owners of the ARK Season Pass.

“Aberration” Expansion Pack Features

  • Tame New Creatures: The intense radiation of Aberration has led to incredible genetic mutations, resulting in dozens of new creatures with amazing abilities! Clamber up walls & glide through the air on the back of a camouflaging chameleon-like ‘Rock Drake’, keep the dark at bay with one of four friendly ‘Lantern Pets’, or grab and toss multiple creatures simultaneously with a massive ‘Cave Crustacean’, or – if you are brave enough – allow the horrific “Reaper Queen” to impregnate you, and spawn a vicious male Reaper alien lifeform you can tame and control.


  • Craft 50+ Unique Items: Use cave-climbing picks, gliding wingsuits, and ziplines to traverse this new ARK. Learn advanced engrams to dominate the harsh environment, protect yourself with hazmat outfits, charge lanterns, flashbangs, batteries, glowsticks, railguns and much more. Thrive by gathering new resources, using fishing baskets, gas collectors, fortify your home within the caverns using cliff structures, and much more!


  • Conquer New Challenges: With the maintenance systems of this new ARK malfunctioning, earthquakes, radiation exposure, gas leaks, and Element chambers are among the many hazards that survivors will learn to grapple with Aberration’s varied biomes, both aboveground and below the surface. Gear-up to take on the horrifying threat lurking within the deepest depths of Aberration…

Since its launch into Steam’s early access program in June 2015, over 12 Million survivors have been stranded on the ARK island, wandering into an incredible land to discover how to tame, train, ride, and breed the 100+ dinosaurs and primeval creatures roaming the land.

ARK: Survival Evolved is rated “T” for Teen (Violence, Blood, Crude Humor, Use of Alcohol) by the ESRB.

Feel like riding a dinosaur? Join the ARK growing band of survivors in the community forums HERE: https://survivetheark.com/forums/

For the latest updates follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to us onYouTube, visit the Website at playark.com and watch us tame and train leviathan dinosaurs on Twitch.TV.

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Studio Wildcard was co-founded in 2014 by industry veteran Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, former Technical Art Director at Microsoft Game Studios, with the mission of bringing AAA quality to ambitious indie productions that are designed for core gamers. With combined 25 years of industry experience across multiple independent and studio-backed titles, Jeremy and Jesse have teamed up with other veteran developers for Seattle, WA-based and Gainesville, FL-based development studios that also include distributed team members across multiple continents. Wherever talented, driven developers may reside, Studio Wildcard intends to seek out and work with them!

Bridge Constructor Portal is now available on iTunes, Google Play and Steam

“Make no attempt to solve it.”

Headup Games proudly announce today’s release of Bridge Constructor Portal. The unique puzzle game is now available on Steam for PC, MacOS and Linux (9.99 USD / 9.99 Euro) as well as iTunes and Google Play (4.99 USD / 5.49 Euro).

To end our outstandingly long marketing campaign of the last two weeks, here is a brand new gameplay trailer just your pleasure. Enjoy!

And HO HO HO – since it’s this season of the year: Everyone who purchases Bridge Constructor Portal on Steam will also receive the original Bridge Constructor for free – unless it’s already part of the user’s Steam library. Merry Christmas!

Bridge Constructor Portal blends the laws of structural engineering and technology straight from Aperture Laboratories into an exciting new game experience. Versions for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One will follow in early 2018.

About Bridge Constructor Portal 

Enter the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and experience Bridge Constructor Portal – the unique merging of the classic Portal™ and Bridge Constructor™ games.

As a new employee in the Aperture Science test lab, it’s your job to build bridges, ramps, slides, and other constructions in 60 test chambers and get the Bendies safely across the finish line in their vehicles.

Make use of the many Portal gadgets, like portals, propulsion gel, repulsion gel, aerial faith plates, cubes, and more to bypass the sentry turrets, acid pools and laser barriers, solve switch puzzles, and make it through the test chambers unscathed.

Let Ellen McLain, the original voice of GLaDOS, guide you through the tutorial, and learn all the tips and tricks that make a true Aperture Science employee.

The bridge is a lie!


  • The merging of two worlds: the first Bridge Constructor™ with an official Portal™ license
  • Create complex constructions in the Aperture Science labs
  • Let GLaDOS accompany you through tricky physics adventures
  • Use portals, aerial faith plates, propulsion gel, repulsion gel, and much more to master the complicated tasks
  • Evade dangers such as sentry turrets, emancipation grills, laser fields, and acid

About Headup Games

Headup Games is a hybrid games publishing and development company providing players worldwide with the best content in the independent gaming sector. Active on all major platforms such as consoles, mobile devices and PC, the company has released over 100 titles since its establishment in 2009. With over 50 million customers served on mobile and further several million players on the PC and consoles, Headup Games is always looking to raise awareness and commercial success for developers thinking outside the box. More information can be found at www.headupgames.com .

About ClockStone Software

ClockStone Software is an Austrian company specialized in game development across numerous platforms such as iOS, Android, PC, and Xbox One. Their many years of experience with the Unity 3D technology allows for state-of-the-art graphics as well as efficient product deployment to various mobile market places. Their product range is multifaceted – from action role playing to simulation and puzzle games. ClockStone published their mobile game hit “Bridge Constructor” on Android in 2012 and have since developed two also very well received successors with their publishing partner Headup Games. Please find more information at www.clockstone.com .

Copyright © 2017 Headup Games GmbH & Co. KG, All rights reserved.
“Bridge Constructor Portal” is being developed by ClockStone Software in close collaboration with Headup Games. “Bridge Constructor” is a registered trademark of Headup Games GmbH & Co. KG.

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Preview : SuperTrucks OffRoad

Back when I first started gaming on an Atari 2600 (yeah, I’m getting on), thinking of someone in NZ creating and publishing a game was never on my mind. As far as I was concerned, all the games came from America and Japan.

Until I got my Amiga.

Now, when the Amiga 500 was released, game developers jumped on board from all over the world, with many of the best Amiga games coming from the UK. But NZ was still quiet on the gaming development scene, until approx 1990 when Acid / Vision software appeared on the scene. They had a couple of popular public domain releases and eventually branched out into the world of commercial development in 1993 with Skidmarks.

Skidmarks was an absolute hoot of a game, especially when playing with friends, it combined aspects of Micro Machines, Supercars II and most of all in my opinion, Super Off Road.

Since then, no top down/isometric racing game has really impressed me, with most either looking amazing but no playability, or too repetitive for their own good.

But hopefully, SuperTrucks OffRoad will change that – and being NZ made, be a boost for the local gaming development community, as there has not really been any NZ games mentioned much these days except for Path of Exile (an excellent MMORPG).

SuperTrucks OffRoad takes the Super Off Road concept and brings it to the modern age.

The developer, Meltdown Interactive, has been working on this title for the past eight years and in their own words,

after 8 years of blood, sweat and toil, and a lot of money and time, here are the fruits of my labour

There will be crates available in the game which offer upgrades, but are not necessary to enjoy the game.

There will be a premium version on Steam and a free to play version with microtransactions available on mobile devices.

Release date is the 13th January 2018 globally.

Meltdown Interactive Media is a game development company based in Auckland, New Zealand.

We aim to make addictive adrenaline-fueled games while developing a loyal fan base.


New RTS From Petroglyph and Team17 Arriving on Steam Early Access January 16th

18th December 2017, UK – Award-winning international games label Team17 today announced that Forged Battalion, the innovative and dynamic new take on the real-time strategy genre from Command & Conquer veterans Petroglyph will be available via Steam early access on 16th January 2018.

In Forged Battalion players build and customise their own unique faction as they fight in a variety of skirmish, solo and multiplayer battles. They will create, customise, and develop the blueprints of their emerging faction to create ever-evolving factories and units. Using resources gained from each battle, they will unlock new options through the tech tree allowing them to choose the archetype, and an array of armours, locomotors, weapons, and special abilities such as stealth and regeneration that will make each player’s faction one of a kind.

“The early access release of Forged Battalion is a vital part of developing the game.” Chuck Kroegel CEO of Petroglyph said. “We want fans to truly help forge what the game becomes so it’s important to get them into the game as soon as possible and start giving us their feedback. We can’t wait to see the unique factions that the community will create. We’ll see you on the battlefield!”

Early Access Launch Content available on January 16th will be as follows:

· Campaign missions comprising the first act of a multi-act storyline
· Skirmish maps supporting up to eight players
· Multiple Skirmish game modes including HQ Destruction and Annihilation
· Dedicated servers to support multiplayer
· Five customisable archetypes of vehicles (infantry, light vehicle, heavy vehicle, air and turrets)
· Resource management of tech tree points earned in tactical battles

The Early Access period for Forged Battalion is planned to run for several months, during which there will be regular content drops which will be outlined via a roadmap on the Steam forum.

To keep up to date with all the information on Forged Battalion please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Team17 Digital Ltd
Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital Limited is a leading international games label that hosts The EscapistsGenesis Alpha OneOvercookedYoku’s Island ExpressYooka-Laylee, the Worms franchise, Aven Colony and many more from developers around the world. Visit www.team17.com  for more info.

About Petroglyph 
Founded by Westwood Studios veterans, and based in Las Vegas, Petroglyph has been responsible for a range of tactical and strategic PC games including Star Wars: Empire at WarGrey Goo and the recent ‘8-Bit’ RTS series.

About Forged Battalion
Forged Battalion. Developed by Petroglyph. © 2017. Forged Battalion and Petroglyph are trademarks or registered trademarks of Petroglyph. Published by Team17. © 2017. Team17 is a registered trademark of Team17 Digital Limited. All other trademarks, copyrights and logos are property of their respective owners.

Star Wars Battlefront II : The Last Jedi™

13 December 2017 – Today, in the first free season of content in Star Wars Battlefront II, fans can jump into the action and experience the excitement of Star Wars™The Last Jedi™. Finn joins the battle as a playable hero for the Resistance striving to keep the galaxy from oppression, while Captain Phasma is playable as a new villain leading the First Order in combat. Both characters are now unlocked without any Credits required for players who log in during the season. Players can also immerse themselves in the authentic sounds and high-fidelity visuals of two all new locations straight out of the film. Battle on Crait in epic 20 vs 20 Galactic Assault matches or go above the Resistance Base on the planet D’Qar in intense 12 vs 12 Starfighter Assault dogfights in space. To begin Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season, players must first choose to fight for the Resistance or The First Order. This choice will be linked to recurring Challenges that rewards players on both the individual and faction-wide levels.

In Star Wars Battlefront II Resurrection, also available for free as a part of Star Wars Battlefront II The Last Jedi Season, players can continue Iden Versio’s journey through the First Order’s rise to power. Taking place after completion of the single player campaign, Iden returns to search for answers in three all new chapters. In her pursuit, she uncovers secrets of the First Order that leads into the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars Battlefront II is powered by three powerhouse studios – DICE, Criterion Games, and Motive Studios – and in partnership with Lucasfilm, delivers three times the content than its predecessor. Spanning all three cinematic eras, the game allows players to live out their deepest Star Wars fantasies as a trooper on the ground, an ace pilot dogfighting in space, and an epic hero dominating the battlefront.

Star Wars Battlefront II is now available worldwide on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC. To join the Star Wars Battlefront II conversation, please visit www.facebook.com/EAStarWars , follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/EAStarWars or sign up for the official EA Star Wars newsletter at http://starwars.ea.com/newsletter. Press assets for Star Wars Battlefront II are available at ea.gamespress.com/.