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The Seventh Annual Award Consideration Starts Today Until June 11, 2019 in U.S. and U.K.

The Call of Duty Endowment today begins its application process for the seventh annual “Seal of Distinction” Awards, recognizing U.S. and U.K. based non-profits that demonstrate the highest levels of effectiveness, efficiency, and integrity in placing veterans into high-quality jobs.

The prestigious award for grantees is accompanied by a $30,000 unrestricted grant, as well as provides the opportunity to apply for future funding. Last year’s winners were: Workshops for Warriors and FourBlock.

To be considered, organizations must complete an online application at: www.callofdutyendowment.org/seal

Applications will be accepted now through June 11, 2019. Nominees for the “Seal of Distinction” must meet a number of criteria, including:

  • Organization must be a charitable, non-profit, with 501©(3) status (or, in the case of the U.K., a charity determined to have the equivalent status of a U.S. non-profit with 501 ©(3) status);
  • Mission must include directly assisting unemployed and underemployed veterans to find high quality jobs;
  • Group must complete an application, provide requested documentation and be prepared to submit to verification procedures by Deloitte;
  • Applicants will be assessed by metrics including the number of veterans placed in jobs, the quality of those placements, average cost-per-placement, average starting salary, six- and twelve-month retention rate, key employee background checks, and a variety of organizational and financial health indicators; and
  • Applicants must not be a previous “Seal of Distinction” winner.

The “Seal of Distinction” is the preeminent standard of excellence in the veteran employment sector. In the last year alone, organizations supported by the Endowment placed 10,697 veterans in jobs at an average cost-per-placement of $521.

“We are honored to continue the ‘Seal of Distinction’ program into its seventh year,” said Dan Goldenberg, Executive Director of the Call of Duty Endowment. “2018 was a pivotal year for the Endowment. We hit our initial goal of placing 50,000 veterans and have renewed our push, setting the new goal of placing 100,000 veterans into high quality careers by 2024.”

All applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the Call of Duty Endowment’s outside Board of Advisors. Semi-finalists will be independently assessed on a pro bono basis by Deloitte, and ultimately approved by the Endowment’s Grants Committee.

The Call of Duty Endowment launched the “Seal of Distinction” in August 2013. In its seventh year of operation, the program has awarded $32.9 million in grants to previous winners. With an ambitious goal of placing 100,000 veterans into high-quality jobs by 2024, the program has placed more than 57,261 veterans into full-time jobs with a 2018 average starting salary of $58,295. As a result, the Endowment has helped veterans capture more than $3.2 billion in first year salaries and demonstrated the value of veterans in the civilian workplace to companies across the U.S. and the U.K.

About the Call of Duty Endowment

The Call of Duty Endowment is a non-profit organization co-founded by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. The Endowment seeks to help veterans find high-quality careers by supporting groups that prepare them for the job market and by raising awareness of the value vets bring to the workplace. For more information about the Call of Duty Endowment, please visit www.callofdutyendowment.org.

ACTIVISION and CALL OF DUTY are trademarks of Activision Publishing, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the properties of their respective owners.

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Date published: 23/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Activision Blizzard, Inc.

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Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced that Pokémon GO will be kicking off its June Community Day on June 8 featuring one of the laziest Pokémon around, Slakoth! Don’t miss your chance to encounter the Slacker Pokémon in the real world:

Don’t slack off on June Community Day, featuring Slakoth! - YouTube

With the days getting longer and warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and explore where these lounging Slakoth are relaxing in the wild.

Pokémon GO’s June Community Day will kick off at 3PM – 6PM local time on Saturday, June 8th. Save the date and don’t slack-off or you’ll miss this opportunity to add this charming Pokémon to your Pokédex.

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Date published: 22/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Indigo Pearl, Niantic Labs for Pokémon GO

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SQUARE ENIX today introduced a variety of Daemons that will assist the player in battle in ONINAKI , the upcoming all-new action-RPG developed by the talented Tokyo RPG Factory team.

As players journey as Kagachi, a young Watcher who ushers Lost Souls into the next world, they will bond with and harness the power of Daemons, a special type of Lost Soul who could not be reincarnated. These powerful souls will assist the player in battle, with each Daemon representing a different weapon type. Players will be able to manage their Daemon’s skills and switch between them in real-time to deal devastating blows to their enemies with unique attacks and power up skills.

To watch the ONINAKI Daemon Introduction, go to:

ONINAKI – Daemon Trailer - YouTube
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Contain The Outbreak, Before It’s Too Late

The premier over-the-top action sandbox experience gets even crazier! Prepare for an all-out battle against the demonic forces from an ancient past, in the all-new Los Demonios DLC for JUST CAUSE 4, releasing July 3rd, 2019, on XBOX ONE, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.

Watch the JUST CAUSE 4 Los Demonios trailer here:

Just Cause 4: Los Demonios [ESRB] - YouTube

When Rico & Javi, investigate a newly discovered temple off the shore of Solis, an archaeologist working with the Black Hand unexpectedly releases an ancient demonic force from its imprisonment.

A parasitic infestation now spreads across Solis, terrorizing its inhabitants and attacking any Black Hand forces that stand in its way. Rico must tackle a horrifying new threat and seek out answers to eradicate the demon invasion from the island permanently, before it’s too late.

Discover a completely new sandbox gameplay experience with Los Demonios, as demonic hordes, pulsing tendrils and spore-filled clouds infest the towns and people of Solis in an exciting new supernatural addition to JUST CAUSE 4.

Face the demons across new missions that will require all the skills and tools at Rico’s disposal to emerge victorious. Vicious demons spit corrosive projectiles, possess soldiers, and even take over military vehicles and turn them against Rico.

Seamlessly integrating into the JUST CAUSE 4 sandbox, the new missions enhance the crazy open world experience further and provide a return to the popular liberation gameplay of the JUST CAUSE 3. Introducing new weapons and equipment to unlock, including the Demon Crossbow and Demon Egg Supply Drop, Los Demonios lets you take the new tools of destruction into the open-world sandbox of JUST CAUSE 4 for explosive new action packed moments of glorious mayhem.

“Los Demonios is the second DLC pack in the ‘Dare Devils, Demons and Danger’ Expansion Pass, and it brings a totally new experience to JUST CAUSE 4,” said Bryan Rodriguez, Creative Producer at Avalanche Studios. “For the first time, Rico is tangling with an otherwordly threat that will push him to his limits. This is our chance to see if Rico is as good at squashing demons as he is at toppling dictators!”

The JUST CAUSE 4 Spring Update is in full effect! JUST CAUSE 4 has improved vastly since launch, with improved graphical elements across the board on all formats, as well as gameplay tweaks for a smoother player experience. Today, a massive patch rolled out that completely changes the world lighting, improving the way light interacts with the environment and bringing considerable visual upgrades to the JUST CAUSE 4 sandbox world. In addition to this, it also includes destructible statues & train bridges, new chaos objects to destroy in the open world, more ammo and a dialled-up ‘heat’ system that will have the Black Hand challenging Rico like never before.

You can read more about the improvements to JUST CAUSE 4 on the Developer Blog: https://square-enix-games.com/en_GB/topic/jc4-dev-updates

Gold Edition purchasers will receive 7 days early access to the JUST CAUSE 4 Los Demonios DLC. Gold access begins on June 26th, 2019.

For more information on the Gold Edition visit: http://justcause.com/buy-now
For exclusive news and information visit: https://www.youtube.com/justcausegame

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Date published: 21/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Square Enix 

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Race Together and Win Together with Sonic & Friends in the Ultimate 
Arcade and Fast-Paced Competitive Style Racing Experience

Get ready to rev your engines, Sonic Fans! Today, SEGA announced that the all-new, arcade-style, team-based, kart racing experience, Team Sonic Racing is now available worldwide. Featuring beloved Sonic characters and 21 tracks from across the Sonic Universe, Team Sonic Racing combines the best elements of fast-paced competitive style racing as you face-off with friends in intense multiplayer action. Racing fans can purchase Team Sonic Racing both digitally and physically today on PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch at participating retailers for £34.99, with a digital-only release on PC.

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Today, Ubisoft announced that Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, including Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered, is now available for the Nintendo Switch system. Additionally, all solo DLC from the original game will be included: Benedict Arnold missions, Hidden Secrets and The Tyranny of King Washington.

Developed by Ubisoft Chengdu and Ubisoft Barcelona, Assassin’s Creed III Remastered takes full advantage of the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch, featuring a touch screen interface, motion-control aiming, optimized HUD and HD rumble. Additionally, gameplay mechanics and ergonomics have been improved for an optimal gaming experience.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered: Launch Trailer - YouTube

In Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, relive the American Revolution and play as Connor, the warrior son of a Native American mother and British father. As the bloody revolution draws near, your clan is threatened by a powerful group seeking to crush the American Revolution and control the thirteen colonies. After the devastation of your village, you pledge your life to preserve freedom. Unleash your deadly skills in a decades-long quest that will take you from the chaotic city streets to blood-soaked battlefields in the hostile American wilderness and beyond. Explore colonial Boston, New York, the frontier and various epic naval missions, meeting legendary American heroes as you conspire to annihilate all those who threaten liberty.

Assassin’s Creed III Remastered includes Assassin’s Creed Liberation Remastered, which tells the unforgettable journey that takes Aveline from the crowded streets of New Orleans to voodoo-haunted swamps and ancient Mayan ruins.

For more information on Assassin’s Creed III Remastered, please visit assassinscreed.com.

For the latest on Assassin’s Creed III Remastered and other Ubisoft games, visit news.ubisoft.com.

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Date published: 21/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: (1) Ubisoft 

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Sony Interactive Entertainment, are introducing a new PlayStation Productions which will produce TV shows and films based on PlayStation IPs

According to Polygon my source of information, PlayStation are implementing a new studio to create Television shows and feature length movies based on PlayStation franchises, the studio is a new business enterprise called PlayStation Productions, Asad Qizilbash the vice president of marketing for PlayStation exclusive games and worldwide studios IP expansion at Sony Interactive Entertainment and chairman of worldwide studios at Sony Interactive Entertainment , Shawn Layden are already producing the first projects in Sony Pictures Culver City .

“We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories,” Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We feel that now is a good time to look at other media opportunities across streaming or film or television to give our worlds life in another spectrum.”

Sony’s PlayStation division, Sony Interactive Entertainment, is bolstering efforts to bring its video game properties to film and television with a new enterprise called PlayStation Productions. According to an interview with PlayStation Productions’ leads in The Hollywood Reporter, the new PlayStation division wants to “give our worlds life in another spectrum.”

PlayStation Productions is being led by Asad Qizilbash, an 11-year veteran of Sony’s PlayStation marketing group, and overseen by Shawn Layden, chairman of SIE Worldwide Studios. The new production company will develop and produce projects internally, as opposed to licensing PlayStation properties out to external Hollywood studios, Qizilbash told The Hollywood Reporter.

Sony Pictures Studios will handle distribution of PlayStation Productions’ film and TV projects, which Qizilbash and Layden hope will give the PlayStation team time to find the right mediums and creative teams for its projects.

PlayStation titles such as Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, God of War, The Last of Us, Ratchet & Clank and many others have grossed billions worldwide and sold millions of copies. Layden and Qizilbash see the diversity of PlayStation Productions’ library as one of its major selling points. 

“We want to create an opportunity for fans of our games to have more touch points with our franchises,” says Layden. “When fans beat a 40-50 hour game and have to wait three-four years for a sequel, we want to give them places they can go and still have more of that experience and see the characters they love evolve in different ways.”

This is interesting, the scope of video game movies and TV shows are growing, with movies such as Pokémon Detective Pikachu and the Sonic the Hedgehog movie, Nintendo and Sony Interactive Entertainment are bridging the gap and ensuring video games are here to stay and should be represented in all forms of media. 

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Date published: 21/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source:(1) Polygon    (2) Hollywood Reporter 

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Celebrating the million-selling medieval roleplaying Game Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Warhorse Studios and Deep Silver proudly announce the Royal Collector’s Edition for PlayStation®4, the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X as well as Windows PC. Fans will get the complete experience of what has been one of the critically most acclaimed games of the year 2018 as of 25 of June 2019. The Royal Collector’s Edition includes the base game in its enhanced version as well as all DLCs and additional exclusive content.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance: Live Concert from Soundtrack Poděbrady - YouTube

Press Material for Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Collector’s Edition as Download: 

Content overview Royal Collector’s Edition: 

–    Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition*
–    Double-Sided Poster featuring “A Woman’s Lot”-Artwork and world map
–    15cm tall Polyresin Figurine of Theresa, painted in silver and with an antique finish
–    Selection of the official Kingdom Come: Deliverance soundtrack on Audio-CD
–    Deliverance – Making of Kingdom Come and Fechtbuch: The Real Swordfighting behind Kingdom Come on Blu-Ray
–    Decorative Metal-Pin with Kingdom Come: Deliverance Logo

  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance Royal Edition includes all DLCs:

–    Treasures of the Past
The Treasures of the Past unlocks unique treasure maps and additional ingame armour for Henry.

–    From The Ashes
As the newly appointed bailiff players have to decide which structures to build first, how they want to attract people  and how to settle disputes amongst the citizens. A bailiff’s lot is hard for sure, but even he can enjoy some fun after a hard day’s work. Taking one of the new horses for a ride, rolling the dice or just visit the local tavern – which he just ordered to be assembled – are just some of the activities that are introduced to the game with From the Ashes.

–    The Amorous Adventures of bold Sir Hans Capon
Amorous Adventures challenges players to help their friend Hans Capon. Hans is in love and he needs Henry’s guidance to conquer the heart of beautiful Karolina. However, things turn out to be trickier than expected. A lost family jewel, a magic love potion and the most romantic poem of all promise many hours of new fun moments in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. 

–    Band of Bastards
This add-on lets players accompany a group of mercenaries guarding the roads. Caught in a web of old, well fertilized hatred between Radzig Kobyla and another noble family they are hired to protect Radzig’s realm. Players will join this group of troubling men, led by the notorious Sir Kuno Baron von Rychwald, not only to assist them, but also to keep them in line.

–    A Woman’s Lot
In “A Woman’s Lot” you play as Theresa accompanied by her loyal dog Tinker in a standalone questline. You will experience the ordinary life in Skalitz and later witness fateful events of Sigismund’s raid from a completely  different perspective. “A Woman’s Lot” provides the last puzzle of the Skalitz story, as you find out what happened just before Henry was found unconscious.

About Kingdom Come: Deliverance Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a story-driven open-world RPG that immerses you in an epic adventure in the Holy Roman Empire. Avenge your parents’ death as you battle invading forces, go on game-changing quests, and make influential choices. Explore majestic castles, deep forests, thriving villages and countless other realistic settings in medieval Bohemia!

·    Massive realistic open world: Majestic castles, vast fields, all rendered in stunning high-end graphics
·    Non-linear story: Solve quests in multiple ways, then face the consequences of your decisions
·    Challenging combat: Distance, stealth, or melee. Choose your weapons and execute dozens of unique combos in battles that are as thrilling as they are merciless
·    Character development: Choose your equipment, improve your skills, and earn new perks
·    Dynamic world: Your actions influence the reactions of the people around you. Fight, steal, seduce, threaten, persuade, or bribe. It’s all up to you
·    Historically inspired: Meet real historical characters and experience the genuine look and feel of medieval Bohemia

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Date published: 20/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: Koch Media 

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THE FAN FAVOURITE RPGS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON ONE DISC FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON PLAYSTATION® 4, NINTENDO SWITCHTM AND XBOX ONE

Steven Universe Save The Light & OK K.O.! Let's Play Heroes Combo Pack - YouTube

Join Steven and the Crystal Gems on their biggest quest yet in ‘Steven Universe Save The Light’! A mysterious new Homeworld Gem has stolen the Prism, a powerful weapon that can create an entire army from light–and she’s already started destroying Beach City. Only you and your team can battle back to save the light (and the world) in this hybrid RPG based on the hit Cartoon Network show.

Features:

  • PARTY TIME – Team up any of the Crystal Gems plus Greg and Connie, each with unique puzzle-solving, combat and fusion abilities
  • FIGHT WITH FUSIONS – Incredible Gem Fusions let you play as Stevonnie, Smoky Quartz, Opal, Sardonyx, and Sugilite
  • A NEW GEM – Created by Rebecca Sugar, who is Hessonite and why is she wrecking Earth?

OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes
Based on the hit Cartoon Network show, ‘OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes’ stars pint-sized hero K.O. as he punches, slide-kicks, combos and power-moves his way through hordes of evil Boxmore robots on an epic quest to save Lakewood Plaza Turbo from the maniacal Lord Boxman. In this story-driven adventure game meets action-packed cartoon brawler, level up your stats to unlock powerful new fight moves, collect the cards of all your favorite Plaza characters and then call them into battle to unleash off-the-wall attacks across tons of crazy quests.

Features:

  • PLAY AS K.O.! – Unlock tons of sweet abilities, including righteous ‘Super Moves’ and unleash cool hero assists with each Pow Card he collects.
  • ORIGINAL CAST – Voiced by fan-favorite cast and overseen by creator Ian Jones-Quartey.
  • KICK ROBOT RUMP – Pulverize Lord Boxman’s evil army with punches, slide-kicks, combos and Power Moves

‘Steven Universe Save The Light’ & ‘OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes’ are now available in one physical bundle exclusively at retail globally.

Available to buy now at Amazon: amzn.to/2YbTCZ2  

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Date published: 19/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: Scarlet Moon Productions 

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Full-length metal tribute to one of the greatest games of all time by guitarist and arranger Ferdk courtesy of Materia Collective

 Materia Collective is thrilled to make available Battle With the Colossus, an 11-track symphonic metal tribute to Kow Otani’s timeless soundtrack to Shadow of the Colossus. Battle With the Colossus dives deep into the riveting battle themes from the game and closes with the softer ambient track, “The Farthest Land,” capping off a nostalgic trip back to The Forbidden Lands through the game’s iconic music. Battle With the Colossus is licensed and available today:

Battle with the Colossus embodies the duality of conflict versus beauty,” notes arranger Ferdk. “Guitar riffs challenge the beasts. Orchestral melodies capture their majesty. I vividly remember encountering the very first colossus, way back in 2005. I was in awe, I hadn’t seen something like this in gaming before. I found myself climbing this huge beast as the score charged into a triumphant orchestral epic, a one-of-a-kind experience. The soundtrack to this game is almost like a character of its own. It defines the experience just as much as the art direction and gameplay. It’s truly a masterpiece of a game and one of my all-time favorites, so I’m pleased to be able to release my tribute to the game and its soundtrack.”
The full track list for Battle With the Colossus is as follows:
01. Revived Power 
02. The Opened Way
03. In Awe of the Power
04. A Messenger from Behind
05. A Violent Encounter
06. Liberated Guardians
07. Gatekeeper of the Castle Ruins
08. A Despair-filled Farewell
09. Counterattack
10. Final Battle
11. The Farthest Land

 

About Ferdk

 

Ferdk is a musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina. While mostly associated with videogame music arranged into Symphonic Metal (where he combines the gritty feel of distorted guitars with the bombastic impact of heavy orchestration to create soundscapes akin to what one would hear if film scores were metal), he also likes to explore other genres throughout his arrangements.
Most of Ferdk’s work can be found on his YouTube channel where he has amassed millions of views with over a hundred videos throughout the past five years.
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Date published: 19/05/19

Written by: Joseph Opoku

Source: Scarlet Moon Productions 

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