Mark your calendars, all you would-be wizards and warriors! D3Publisher, Reverb Publishing and Trendy Entertainment announced on the 23rd that their highly anticipated video game Dungeon Defenders will launch on October 19, 2011. The game is coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC.

With its one-of-a-kind action-RPG take on tower defense, players everywhere can look forward to jumping into what Official Xbox Magazine called, “…exciting and habit-forming – 9/10”, and Electronic Gaming Monthly said, “… burrows into your brain and refuses to leave – 9/10”.

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“It’s been a long time coming, but the day is finally here to announce when we’ll be unleashing the full console version of Dungeon Defenders upon the masses, and we couldn’t be happier,” said Jeremy Stieglitz, COO and co-founder of Trendy Entertainment. “The console version of Dungeon Defenders has more content, more depth and more challenge than many full retail boxed games, so we can’t wait to get it into players’ hands so they can experience this epic role playing game as it was intended to be played.”


Dungeon Defenders is going to be playable at PAX Prime! Gamers, come check out what everyone is talking about at the Reverb Publishing booth #3652.

Dungeon Defenders blends up tower defense with action-RPG for a perfect puree of four-player co-op goodness. Players control one of four distinct classes in an epic bid to fight back an ancient evil. A combination of real-time strategy and fast-paced hack and slash action must be used to prevail! With drop-in/drop-out four-player co-op online or off, character customization, lootastic gear drops, tradable pets, tons of game-play modes and gorgeous visuals, this is one dungeon you and your friends will never want to leave!

Fans can visit www.dungeondefenders.com or facebook.com/dungeondefenders to receive updates regarding the game and join the community discussion at http://forums.trendyent.com/ to participate in forums, read upcoming developer diaries and stay apprised of all the latest Dungeon Defenders news.

Developed by Trendy Entertainment, Dungeon Defenders will release October 19, 2011 on Xbox LIVE Arcade from D3Publisher and Reverb Publishing and on Windows PC. A release date for PlayStation®Network will be announced soon.

New Dead Block DLC for XBLA!

Digital Reality and developer Candygun Games today announced the first major downloadable content (DLC) for their zombie defense video game Dead Block on Xbox LIVE® Arcade. The zombie title that has rocked the apocalyptic gaming world to shreds now has four new themed levels, where the town™s survivors – Boy Scout Mike Bacon, construction worker Jack Foster, and no-nonsense meter maid Foxy Jones  are driven deeper into hiding as they use defensive instincts, along with nail guns and hamburger smart bombs, to survive the undead onslaught.

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The freshly served up DLC includes four new maps of zombie defense fun including a Motel, a Turkish Bath, an Office Building, and a Slaughterhouse. Available in either single or multiplayer modes, players can choose to defend themselves on their own or with a motley crew of up to four players. With each new level survivors will find challenging enemy setups, calling for creative destruction of zombie hordes, along with customized intro cut scenes and updated leaderboards.  

Dead Block DLC is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 240 Microsoft Points.  Set in the U.S. during the idyllic 1950s, Dead Block takes players to a simpler time when a gallon of gas cost a few pennies, the “golden age” of cinema was in full swing, and that new (and apparently insanely evil) craze called rock ‘n roll swept the nation—and caused an apocalyptic musical plague to turn the deceased into the walking dead!

Dead Block is now available on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 800 Microsoft Points and on PlayStation Network for $9.99.

Rugby World Cup Demo Hits Xbox LIVE Today, PSN Tomorrow


Global video game publisher 505 Games and developer HB Studios today announced that fans eagerly awaiting the launch of the Official Rugby World Cup 2011 videogame will be able to get hands on with a demo today on Xbox and tomorrow on PSN.

The demo features England v. South Africa with the match set in Auckland to give players a taste of the biggest sporting event to take place this year. The demo is meant for players of all abilities and will give everyone a taste of the Official videogame of Rugby World Cup 2011.  

In the full version of the game launching August 26, 2011, players will be able to customize the difficulty setting as they are challenged to pick from the 20 participating teams and attempt to lead their team through the pool phase, and progress to the Final with the opportunity to lift the prestigious Webb Ellis Cup.

National rivalries, venues and player personalities are perfectly captured in game as participants will fight for the pride of their nation in either solo play or with up to three other players in local multiplayer matches. For the first time, HB Studios will also give players the chance to fight for the glory of their country online by challenging other players to one-on-one matches on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network and PlayStation®Network.

The Rugby World Cup 2011 demo will be live on Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network globally from August 2, 2011 and PlayStation®Network from August 3, 2011 in PAL territories.


AustinBooks & Comics hosts Twisted Pixel game launch party

Austin Books & Comics, Central Texas’s biggest and oldest comics and pop culture retailer, is proud to announce their Xbox Live Arcade video game launch party for local game studio Twisted Pixel, co-sponsored by Tecate Beer.
Austin Books & Comics presents the official Ms. Splosion Man video game launch party on Saturday, July 16, 2 pm to 5 pm, featuring popular original video games from Microsoft/XBLA game developer Twisted Pixel, the independent game development studio behind the 2009 IGF finalist and 2008 PAX 10 Audience Choice Award-winning game The Maw for Xbox LIVE® Arcade.  
Austin game studio Twisted Pixel is teaming up with Austin Books & Comics to launch their new Xbox Live Arcade game, Ms. Splosion Man.  Guests can attend this free video game launch party and try out an in-store demo of the Ms. Splosion Man games, plus play other Twisted Pixel games on multiple Xbox game play stations.  Complimentary Tecate beer will be available for event guests with a legal I.D. and over 21 years of age.

 Mike Wilford, co-founder of Twisted Pixel, offers, “Ever since our original XBLA game title Splosion Man became a top fan favorite with rave critical reviews, we knew that a follow-up title was going to be a priority.  Launching Ms. Splosion Manat Austin Book & Comics is a great way to honor our local game developers, while celebrating the fans who have helped make our games successful.”
Twisted Pixel is well-known for their previously released XBLA titles, award winning Splosion Man and Comic Jumper, and soon to be releasedKinect titleThe Gunstringer.  Guests can receive hourly giveaways of signed posters and special Twisted Pixel premiums, including the new XBLA game. RSVP and you will automatically be signed up for the chance to win your own copy of Ms. Splosion Man right after it releases online on July 13: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185700944821143.


505 Games and NaturalMotion Games announced today that Backbreaker Vengeance™, the next chapter in the genre-changing Backbreaker franchise, will be available on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for the Xbox®360 videogame and entertainment system from June 29, 2011*.
“Backbreaker Vengeance is the perfect summer game and a great addition to the wildly successful Backbreaker franchise,” said Ian Howe, President, 505 Games North America. “Building on the instantly gratifying fun of Tackle Alley with new modes and moves, and with hundreds of intense levels, Backbreaker Vengeance is the total package for anyone who wants to jump into a game for a few minutes or a few hours.”
Backbreaker Vengeance takes the intensity and AAA appeal of the original Backbreaker Football console game and combines it with the pick-up-and-play nature of the million-selling iPhone app to create a whole new one-of-a-kind sports experience for digital download on Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360. Powered by the groundbreaking Euphoria Engine, Backbreaker Vengeance, features hard-hitting tackles that are unique every time, and bound to have players wanting “just one more go”.
“Backbreaker has changed the way people play football video games,” said Torsten Reil, CEO of NaturalMotion. “Backbreaker Vengeance for Xbox LIVE Arcade takes everything we’ve learnt about truly live sports gaming and combines it with arcade gameplay for the fastest, most instantly playable football experience anywhere.”
Since its arrival on the mobile platforms in late 2009, Backbreaker as a franchise has garnered over 5 million fans across the world, a testament to its proudly accessible approach to the football genre.
Whether you takedown or touchdown…it’s Vengeance!

Backbreaker Vengeance is slated for release on June 29, 2011 on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for the Xbox®360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft.

Mortal Kombat Skarlet DLC now available

Mortal Kombat’s newest warrior enters the arena today and she is out for blood. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios announce that Skarlet is now available for download on PlayStation Network and Microsoft Xbox Live. The first of four new downloadable kombatants, the ferocious Skarlet comes with a unique move set and two vicious fatalities. Skarlet is available on Microsoft Xbox Live for 400 Microsoft Points or as a part of the Season Pass program now available or for £3.19 on PlayStation Network. Also available today is a free compatibility pack featuring two klassic skins – Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 – inspired Cyrax and Sektor.

Mortal Kombat is the most brutal instalment of the legendary fighting game to date and is currently available on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft in 2011. The game, along with the upcoming DLC, has all been developed by NetherRealm Studios, led by Mortal Kombat creator and creative director Ed Boon.


NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. today announced that Aero-Cross™ will be the next NAMCO GENERATIONS™ title after Galaga LegionsDX. Aero-Cross is a re-imagining of the 1985 Namco arcade cult-classic, Metro-Cross, and third entry into the NAMCO GENERATIONS series of downloadable games for Xbox Live® Arcade and PlayStation®Network.

Aero-Cross drops players into a futuristic footrace as runners compete against the clock to finish courses in the fastest time. Runners will navigate courses filled with perilous jumps, roadblocks and other dangers. Players need to make use of different skills and equipment to reach the finish line in time, including slip-streaming behind other runners, air dashes to make long jumps, hoverboards for extra speed and jump pads to avoid hazards on the tracks.

The NAMCO GENERATIONS series aims to bring HD remakes of classic NAMCO arcade games to video game fans across the world. Aero-Cross is the third title in the series, following last year’s award-winning hit, PAC-MANChampionship Edition DX, and this summer’s Galaga Legions DX.

Aero-Cross will be available via Xbox Live® Arcade for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3