ThinkGeek Offers Exclusives at PAX East 2018

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ThinkGeek, the destination for unique one-of-a-kind products for the global geek community, invites you to Join In and Geek Out at PAX East from April 5th to April 8th at booth #15909. ThinkGeek will have an exciting selection of fan favorites, new releases, and collectibles for attendees and geeks at home.

To make PAX East even sweeter, ThinkGeek will be selling an exclusive Cerberus three-headed “hound of Hades” Pinny Arcade trading pin at its booth for $10 every day of the show. Limited quantities will be available each day, and will be available from the time the show floor opens and until sold out for the day.

ThinkGeek will also have a Cuphead photo booth available for all PAX East attendees to enjoy. They can choose from three in-game backgrounds and will be emailed the memento photos, which will also give them a chance to enter to win some amazing loot!

Cuphead gamers can also check out and purchase ($14.99) ThinkGeek’s exclusive Cagney Carnation Funko POP! while at the booth. Fans will be able to add this pretty little innocent flower to their collectibles’ shelf.

For more information on ThinkGeek and all its geeky offerings, visit ThinkGeek.com and follow @ThinkGeek on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

UDON Brings Exclusives to PAX East 2018

UDON Entertainment is excited to be making a return to PAX East in Boston this week on April 5-8th!

Mega Man fans! We will be limited supply of our special silver foil t-shirts to Pax East! These t-shirts have sold out very quickly at every show so be sure to make a stop first to the UDON booth #10024!

We will also have art books and some exclusive pins from some of your favorites like Monster Hunter, Okami, Persona 4, Dark Souls, and Mega Man!

We will be hosting a random PERSONA 4 TEDDIE PIN Blind bag LUCKY DRAW! The beloved PERSONA 4 character Teddie is immortalized in this 1.75 inch collectors pin form, with 5 different expressions you can collect. Limited quantities will be available for PAX East, so once we sell out, that’s it. Who will be the lucky fan to collect all 5 Teddie pins

 

Be the 1st to Play Aftercharge at PAX East 2018

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Chainsawesome Games, the Quebec-City indie studio behind fan-favorite Knight Squad and second place winner of the 2018 Ubisoft Indie Challenge, today announced that its new 3v3 asymmetrical competitive shooter-brawler Aftercharge will release on the best-selling Nintendo Switch™ home and portable console! Chainsawesome today also announces support for three-way online cross-platform play between Nintendo Switch and previously announced Windows PC and Xbox One Aftercharge versions. Prepare for high-voltage cat-and-mouse action as teams of invisible robots battle against invincible security guards when Aftercharge ships later this summer!

“Having Aftercharge support cross-play with the three platforms at launch has always been super important for us, so we can’t wait to see the three gaming worlds collide this summer,” said Laurent Mercure, Communications Officer at Chainsawesome Games. “Aftercharge on the Switch not only makes the game playable on-the-go, but also opens the door to building a more unified gaming community without platform-based borders. And for those gamers who want to get an early look at the game, we’ll be showcasing a playable PC build at PAX East 2018, as well as holding a special Alpha playtest in April. So, stay tuned for more details!”

In Aftercharge, six glowing structures called extractors are at the center of each match and serve as the objective for both teams — the attacking Workonics droids and the defending Enforcers guards. Choose from a total of eight unique characters, each with their own attacks, defensive abilities and weapons for a variety of tactical options. Although the objective of the game is simple, Aftercharge’s team-based gameplay relies heavily on strategy and stealth, where every player is vital to obtaining victory!

Aftercharge Key Features:
  • Unique Blend of Fresh Mechanics: An invisible team fighting an invincible team, reviving allies instantly with no limit and zero cooldown on abilities are only a few mechanics that make Aftercharge a shooter you’ve never played before.
  • Bite-Size Competitive Matches: The teams are small, the maps are small, the rounds are short, the action is always within sight and it never stops.
  • Asymmetrical Characters: Choose from a different character pool on each side with widely different abilities and roles to vary your team’s strategy.
  • Online Multiplayer and Matchmaking: Team up with players anywhere around the world and face-off against opponents of similar skill level thanks to Windows PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch cross-platform play.

Aftercharge is set on the distant planet of Dusk 11, exploited by the titular corporation for the energy at its core. Designed originally to avoid industrial espionage, the company’s workonics worker robots are defecting due to the planet’s now unstable energy, which has put the company’s extractors (and all life on the planet) at risk. The Workonics set out to destroy the extractors and must face off against human Enforcers guards who are invulnerable to robot attacks. Luckily for them, the Workonics have invisibility on their side.

Chainsawesome Games will showcase and make playable a brand new map and two new classes for Aftercharge at PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from April 5 – April 8, 2018. Attendees can take part in intense Aftercharge tournaments at Booth #15104.

Golem Gates Premieres at PAX East 2018

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Laser Guided Games and Hollow Earth will be in attendance at PAX East 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from April 5 – April 8, 2018 to talk all things Golem Gates and showcase the launch version of the game to attendees. Get an inside look into the game by visiting them in the Indie Megabooth area (Booth #14079).

Laser Guided Games LLC — an independent developer made up of industry veterans from Epic Games — and Hollow Earth Inc., the studio responsible for character design in blockbuster Marvel films Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, are proud to officially launch today their dark fantasy real-time strategy game Golem Gates on Steam for Windows PC! Golem Gates is a wholly original strategy game set within a lore-rich world where players can experience a thrilling single-player campaign and go to war online with and against friends.

“We’re beyond excited to launch Golem Gates today and introduce a game that we feel will resonate with a variety of strategy game fans,” said Matt Oelfke, Founder and Lead Developer at Laser Guided Games. “Our four months in Steam Early Access enabled us to shape this original concept into an approachable yet layered experience that anyone can learn. We’re excited to say hello to new players and show existing owners of Golem Gates just what we’ve accomplished thanks to their help.”

“From the beginning, we knew that we wanted Golem Gates to stand out,” said Josh Nizzi, Head of Hollow Earth Inc. “Together Laser Guided Games and Hollow Earth crafted a game that not only has unique gameplay mechanics but is set within a world steeped in mystery and lore. Players are in for some big surprises throughout the campaign. We look forward to hearing what they think!”

Set within a desolate land ravaged by ancient wars, Golem Gates sees players embark on a quest for redemption as The Harbinger. He of unknown origin is an outcast in a world shrouded in living darkness, cursed by a corrupting force known as the Unbound. When a voice reaches from the unknown, The Harbinger awakes to learn his purpose: to destroy the Golem Gates. Imbued with power over The Ash — nanites which permeate the atmosphere — The Harbinger manifests a legion of war machines known as golems which he commands. Lead him to his destiny; end the reign of the Unbound, crush the Golem Gates and reclaim life itself.

Golem Gates uniquely combines real-time strategy with card battler elements for quick, accessible gameplay that emphasizes visceral combat without sacrificing player-driven strategy. Players collect cards (called Glyphs) and strategically weave them into a deck, enabling full customization of their unit and support loadouts ahead of battle. The Harbinger is a ruthless commander, meaning battles are fast-paced and require on-the-fly tactical decisions to decimate the opposition. In addition to an epic single-player campaign and remixed mission objectives in the form of Trials, players can take their glyph decks online in various competitive and cooperative multiplayer modes.

Key Features:
  • Dynamic Diversity: Create your own unique battle plan to counter your opponents with nearly 100 collectible card game inspired Glyphs, including units, buildings, traps, buffs, debuffs and techs, that provide nearly limitless strategy options.
  • Multiple Modes: Experience the evolving story of Golem Gates’ single-player campaign and take the fight online with friends in cooperative and survival-based modes.
  • May the RNG Gods Smile Upon You: Randomized Glyph drawing puts a slightly different spin on every battle by eliminating monotonous build sequences, while rewarding deck building mastery and strategic planning chops in equal measure.
  • Streamlined Strategy: Build and enhance your forces with Glyphs; no production or research buildings are needed. Capture resources in King of the Hill style skirmishes without dedicated gathering units and keep your focus where it belongs — on the battle.
  • Fight Where You Have Sight: Glyphs can be played almost anywhere you have an existing presence. Add more forces to a battle to turn the tide, transform a scouting party into an army, place emergency defenses to respond to the enemy or hide an outpost in a direction the enemy doesn’t expect. The choices are yours but beware: the enemy will do the same and with the right Glyph, your forces can be destroyed as quickly as they were created.

Golem Gates is now available for purchase on Steam for Windows PC at a 20% off launch week sale price of $23.99 (from $29.99) at http://store.steampowered.com/app/575970/Golem_Gates.

 

HyperX Returns to PAX East, Gordon Hayward at GameStop

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HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced it will be exhibiting again at PAX East 2018. This premier event will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center from April 5 – 8, 2018. HyperX will showcase a range of gaming product demos including the HyperX Pulsefire SurgeTM RGB Gaming Mouse. HyperX will be demonstrating a variety of headsets, keyboards and mice and will be offering daily raffles every afternoon.

The new HyperX Pulsefire Surge RGB mouse features a light ring with dynamic 360o RGB lighting effects and is designed with a Pixart 3389 sensor with settings up to 16,000 DPI. Customizable native DPI settings allow users to set the speed of the mouse and include an LED indicator to visually see which DPI setting is being used. The mouse uses Omron switches for long term reliability up to 50M clicks. Pulsefire Surge RGB is designed for accurate, fluid and responsive tracking. Using HyperX NGenuityTM software, gamers can assign personalized macro functions to the six programmable keys and store them in a macro library.

For a chance to try out the newest peripherals and experience the award-winning HyperX Cloud Headsets stop by HyperX onsite booth at #20025, there will be opportunity to purchase products including Pulsefire Surge RGB mouse.

On the same weekend, Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics and HyperX brand ambassador will be attending a HyperX fan appreciation event at Gamestop Downtown Boston. Fans will have the opportunity to meet, take a picture or play Overwatch and FIFA against Gordon. The event will be held at the Gamestop Downtown store on Saturday, April 7th between 3:00 to 5:00 PM at 40 Winter Street. Entry into the event will be first come, first served and HyperX products will be available for fans to try out. Some of the gaming headsets available will include the HyperX Cloud II, Cloud Alpha and the newest family member, the wireless Cloud Flight with up to 30 hours of battery life. For more information on this fan event, go to the Facebook event page…

Skybound Entertainment Appears at PAX East 2018

Come visit Skybound Entertainment’s activation space during PAX East 2018, with highlights including autograph signings with Melissa Hutcherson (voice of Clementine in Telltale’s The Walking Dead) cosplay meetups, Summoners War tournaments and games, and more – located in room 206AB, the Skybound Room at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Be the first to catch a glimpse of Telltale’s The Walking Dead: The Final Season, including early, PAX-exclusive footage in the Albatross Room on Friday, April 6th at 12:30 PM. Kinda Funny’s Greg Miller hosts alongside members of the series’ core creative team and Clementine herself, Melissa Hutchison. Together we’ll look back on Clementine’s journey so far and take a sneak peek at how it all ends. Stick around for special giveaways and an audience Q&A! Panelists include: Greg Miller [Co-founder / Host, Kinda Funny], Melissa Hutchison [Clementine, Telltale Games], Dave Bogan [Art Director, Telltale Games], Jessica Krause [Episode One Lead Writer, Telltale Games], Mark Darin [Senior Designer, Telltale Games], Dan Murray [President, Skybound Interactive]

Skybound will also be demoing a new game for the first time ever –  stop by booth #12102 to try out Pitchstorm, a party card game about pitching ridiculous movies to the world’s worst movie executives (aka: your friends.) During each of the pitches the executives can interrupt with terrible notes that must then be worked into the idea.

Check out the schedule for Skybound’s activation space below.

THURSDAY April 5th

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War-Guess the Raid **Details below

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament **Details below

FRIDAY April 6th

11am – 1pm: Geeks OUT! Meet Up

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War – RTA an Influencer **Details below

2pm – 3pm: Telltale Cosplay Meet Up and Live Stream

3pm – 4pm: Pitch Storm Live Stream

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

SATURDAY April 7th

11am – 1pm: Summoners War Meet Up with Leo Camacho

2pm – 3pm: Telltale’s Melissa Hutchison Autograph session

3pm – 4pm: Pitch Storm Live Stream

4pm – 6pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

SUNDAY April 8th

12pm – 2pm: Summoners War Mini Tournament

Mini Tournament: 10 players may sign up to be part of a influencers team. Prizes will be awarded.

  • Four players will be randomly placed under Influencer 1 and the remaining four players under Influencer 2.
  • Registration will take place in a first come first served manner.
  • Registrations must be made on the day of the event.
  • Participants must sign release authorizing their images to be recorded and used for marketing purposes.

Guess the Raid:

  • The 2 Influencers will pre-select a Raid team.
  • They must use the same team through the entire activation.
  • Before each match, players must GUESS the final time of the raid.
  • If the player guesses correctly within 3 seconds of the final time, they will receive an additional prize.
  • Every participant or person waiting in line will receive at least one basic reward.

RTA An Influencer:

  • Players will chose right there which influencer they will RTA against.
  • A Goodwill Room will be created for each day of the vent.
  • The Goodwill Room PW will be shared with the players at the day of the event.
  • The influencer MUST select a team equivalent to the player’s selection.
  • Each battle will be capped to 5 minutes.

Playmind Debuts The InnerFriend at PAX East 2018

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PLAYMIND will be in attendance at PAX East 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from April 5 – April 8, 2018 with an exclusive two-part demo of The InnerFriend. Attendees can go hands-on with the game and conquer their fears in Booth #17115.

Independent game developer and interactive digital media studio PLAYMIND is excited to reveal today their premier psychological horror The InnerFriend, announced for release on Windows PC, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One this September. The InnerFriend unlocks the doorway to the subconscious, inviting players to conquer their childhood fears in an emotional and narrative-driven experience to save the child within from nightmares come to life. Unlike traditional horror games, The InnerFriend relies on atmosphere to create tension and tells a unique story about seeing the world through the eyes of an innocent child.

The InnerFriend is a surrealist representation of memories and fears inspired by the works of psychologist Carl Jung, the concept of katabasis — the descent into one’s own self, 80s horror pop culture staples such as Poltergeist and the filmography of Stanley Kubrick. The game explores complex emotional themes and the childhood psychology surrounding coping mechanisms to overcome traumatic experiences. The InnerFriend’s lead designer and writer Sabrina Calvo is an award-winning author and child educator.

Led by a mysterious Shadow, journey through a surreal world inspired by the psychology of childhood fears like the fear of abandonment and the fear of hospitals, which manifest themselves as nightmares. Dive into a subconscious universe to relive the Shadow’s childhood memories, collecting various artifacts to bring back to the Bedroom and slowly rebuilding it as a protective safe haven. As you journey deeper into the subconscious, the gruesome materialized beings that inhabit this world draw ever closer as they fight to protect their very existence – imagined, yet quite powerfully manifested. Can you save the inner child and decipher the mystery?

“The idea for The InnerFriend has been in my head for decades now so I’m thrilled to see it finally coming to life,” said Emmanuel Sévigny, founder of PLAYMIND. “Although we’ve all had very different pasts and childhoods, our experiences — particularly our fears and nightmares — are actually quite similar in a way. I’m eager to see how The InnerFriend will resonate with people from different backgrounds once they finally get a chance to check out the game for themselves.”

The InnerFriend features a rich and abstract visual environment supported by an immersive ambient soundscape and a cinematic soundtrack that enhances immersion and storytelling. Movement, imagery and music are the main ways for the player to interact with the Shadow, their guide throughout the descent into the uncharted parts of the subconscious mind. There are many obstacles and puzzles to solve, themed after childhood games but made far more sinister.

Step Into Immersive Audio With VR at PAX East 2018

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Audio company Echobox has just announced a collaboration with ROTU Entertainment, which plans to integrate Echobox’s unique titanium tech into its latest VR experience. To this end, Echobox’s new Nomad earphones promise to offer gamers traditionally accustomed to over-ear headphones a new “in-ear” high-fidelity audio experience. This will grant gamers all the sound without any accompanying bulk, a feature long sought after by the gaming community. “The degree of realism these earphones offer is unprecedented,” according to Echobox Director of Growth Josh McKenzie. “If a virtual grenade goes off near you in a game, you’ll swear an actual grenade went off near you in real life.”

The collaboration with ROTU Entertainment has all the signs of mutual benefit, as the company’s acronym stands for “Rhythm of the Universe.” According to ROTU Entertainment’s CEO Jason Parks, “Players will use audio technology to engage with musical symbols,  instruments, and theory as these elements transform into characters, creatures, and ecosystems within a captivating and immersive other-worldly environment.”

Echobox is no stranger to the concepts of sound and transformation. In recent years, the company has garnered substantial attention from the tech media for its innovative use of aerospace-grade titanium in consumer audio equipment as well as its above average presentation of affordable sound quality, with outlets like CNET, PC Magazine and Digital Trends offering high praise. For instance, while writing about Echobox earphones, Gear Patrol Magazine reviewer Tucker Bowe referred to them as “HiFi Headphones for the Masses.”

Echobox’s announcement to venture into the gaming industry with ROTU arrives ahead of the company’s elaborate showcase at the 2018 PAX East in Boston.
Speaking once again about the company’s progress before the event, McKenzie said that Echobox has recently rededicated itself to preventing gimmicks from intruding on the consumer experience. “We’ve seen a lot of people coming out with impressive new tech; however, these new products seem to be missing the most important feature of an earphone – having great sound quality,” McKenzie said. “We have decided to take a minimalist approach, shrinking down the unnecessary extras. Everything starts with quality and expands from there.”

Come by booth #24098 and experience a whole new way to play VR. Put yourself in the game! Visit upgrademysound.com for more info.

DropMix Announces News & Exclusives for PAX East 2018

DropMix, the music mixing game that has people mixing music masterpieces in their living rooms is coming to PAX East! A collaboration between Hasbro and the award-winning video game developer Harmonix, DropMix will have live demos at booth (#19097) all weekend long for fans to drop some sick beats and see what’s new for DROPMIX at PAX!

Fans who play the game demo during the convention can get an exclusive G.I. Joe themed DROPMIX card featuring the theme song from the 80s-animated television show. Plus Supergiant, a Pyre themed DROPMIX card featuring the theme song from the Pyre Video game, will also be available for attendees who play Pyre at the Supergiant booth #19091.

Finally, Harmonix is hosting a panel on Thursday, April 5th from 4;00 to 5:00 PM at the Bumblebee Theater, Every Day I’m Shuffling: The Making of DropMix that discusses how DropMix was designed. If you’d like to attend this energetic discussion, panel details are below:

EVERY DAY I’M SHUFFLING: THE MAKING OF DROPMIX

Date: Thursday, April 5, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bumblebee Theater (2nd Level, West of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)

Summary: DropMix is the world’s first music mixing card game, allowing players to create an endless variety of mixes while competing or collaborating with friends in multiple game modes. The team from Harmonix and Hasbro will take you behind the development scenes, showing off early prototypes and sharing some challenges and surprises they encountered along the way. If you’re a fan of DropMix, or just curious about game design, you won’t want to miss this exclusive look behind the scenes.

PANELISTS

Jonathan Mintz [Creative Lead – DropMix, Harmonix]
Tom Bartlett [Development Lead – DropMix, Harmonix]
Alex Howell [Senior Game Designer, Hasbro]
David ‘Sasso’ Battilana [Art Lead – DropMix, Harmonix]
Ryan Challinor [Engineering Lead – DropMix, Harmonix]
Troy Ferrio [DropMix, Harmonix]

PUBG Creator Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene to Deliver PAX East 2018 Keynote

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds director Brendan Greene will deliver the opening “Storytime” keynote at PAX East 2018, taking place April 5-8 in Boston, MA.

The story of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, a remarkably popular game where up to 100 players parachute onto an island, scavenge for weapons, and attempt to survive in increasingly small section of the map, begins in 2013. That year, inspired by the 2000 film Battle Royale, Greene released an Arma 2 mod, DayZ: Battle Royale, that would go on to be the basis of the highest-grossing title on Steam. Greene’s work caught the eye of Sony Online Entertainment (now Daybreak Games) who hired him and licensed his ideas to develop H1Z1.

After departing Sony Online in 2016, Greene would become creative director at South Korean studio Bluehole, which released PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds in March the following year via Steam Early Access. The game quickly became a sensation, selling more than a million copies in its first month – and has now moved over 35 million to date across both PC and Xbox One.

In addition to Green’s keynote, Thursday will feature a lineup of highly-anticipated panels from some of the biggest names in gaming including Blizzard, Markiplier, Acquisitions Inc. and more. A full schedule of PAX East 2018 panels can be found here. A limited number of Thursday and Sunday tickets for PAX East 2018 are still available. Gamers unable to attend can watch panels stream live on Twitch.

PAX East 2018 will also host a myriad of exhibitors in the expo halls, including Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Blizzard, Square Enix, and other major publishers alongside scores of independent developers showcasing their latest creations.

“Brendan Greene’s story is a fascinating one, and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is only the latest chapter,” said Jerry Holkins, co-founder, Penny Arcade. “At four full days, this year’s PAX East 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest one yet, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have the founder of the Battle Royale phenomenon kick off the festivities.”

Founded in 2010, PAX East connects leading game developers directly to gamers, providing a space where gaming culture is celebrated through panels, demos, concerts, tournaments and free play sessions. The PAX series of shows – which also include West, South, Australia, and Unplugged – produced by ReedPOP in conjunction with Penny Arcade, comprise some of the world’s largest gaming festivals, with each event entertaining tens of thousands of guests.

For more information, please visit the official PAX East website.

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