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Open Beta for Flying Wild Hogs’ sci-fi looter-shooter Space Punks announced for April 20th

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Leading Polish developer Flying Wild Hog today announced the forthcoming Open Beta launch date of its top-down looter-shooter Space Punks. From April 20th 2022, PC players will be able to ‘rip space a new one’ in Space Punks’ galaxy of guns, glory and over-the-top action via the Epic Games Store. This milestone is an important step in Space Punks‘ ongoing development as a live service free-to-play title.

Developed by Flying Wild Hog’s Cracow Studio, Space Punks is a free-to-play top-down full action role-playing game (ARPG) set in an irreverent sci-fi universe, where players blast their way to fame and fortune by earning easy money in extremely dangerous ways. Space Punks is published by leading British video game publisher Jagex, developer and publisher of the iconic living game RuneScape franchise, which brings its 20-plus years of experience creating living games to Flying Wild Hog’s latest title.

As part of the Open Beta update (or “The Cracked One” Update for those keeping track) new and returning players will get to experience the overhaul of the core gameplay loop with new “Get-A-Job” and Craftron 2000 system improvements, as well as new end-game content with “The Crack”,  a new endless experience, set in the depths of a sort-a-black hole, where up to four players can dive together to explore the unknown and reach infinity.

Michał Kuk, Head of Cracow Studio for Flying Wild Hog and Space Punks Game Director said: “We are incredibly proud of what we have built with Space Punks so far. The last few months of Early Access were instrumental in refining and tuning the core gameplay concepts we want to create – in line with all important player feedback at every step of development. Players can look forward to a unique mix of over-the-top sci-fi action-RPG wrapped in self-aware humor, with enough guns, grenades, gadgets and gizmos to keep them always coming back for more. The Open Beta means we look forward to welcoming more players than ever to the world of Space Punks, but that doesn’t mean we’re done listening to our all important player community, or that we’re anywhere near “done” working on the game. We have so much more we’re looking forward to adding in the coming months, and can’t wait to show the gaming public at large what we’ve been working on!”

Phil Mansell, CEO of Jagex, said: “Space Punks embodies Jagex’s living games philosophy by offering players an ever-evolving multiplayer experience with a strong focus on social play. Working closely with a game’s community is central to everything we do for the RuneScape franchise, so it is an absolute pleasure to work with a studio like Flying Wild Hog whose values align so closely with our own. It has been a privilege to support Flying Wild Hog throughout the Early Access phase of development, and we look forward to supporting them throughout the game’s Open Beta on the Epic Games Store as they continue to build a long-term and meaningful relationship with players through 2022 and beyond.”

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Sortium Revolutionizing Video Game Development with Groundbreaking AI Tools Launch and $4 Million+ Funding Round

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In a significant leap forward for the gaming and entertainment sectors, Sortium, a leader in the wave of generative AI within gaming, has launched innovative AI tools for artists and game developers, marking a new era of creativity and efficiency. These tools, leveraging the Polkadot infrastructure, are set to transform the gaming industry by enhancing the creative process, streamlining production workflows, and producing high-quality user-generated content.

This transformative step is supported by a successful funding round Sortium just closed, surpassing $4 million. The round was led by industry stalwarts such as Signum Growth, with significant contributions from a diverse array of investors, including Cathie Wood’s ARK Investment Management LLC, IDG Blockchain, IVC Fund, Polygon, and 1881 S Group AG. This wide-ranging support underscores the industry’s confidence in Sortium’s potential to revolutionize 3D video game design and entertainment production.

Sortium’s AI tools integrate seamlessly into existing game production ecosystems, automating challenging content creation tasks. This innovation enables studios to significantly speed up production times and reduce costs, allowing them to focus more on innovation and design while empowering users across any system to design their own characters, thereby opening new creative freedoms and revenue streams for developers and individual creators alike. Sortium’s team, with deep expertise in game development, AI, and IP rights management, ensures the smooth adoption of this technology.

According to Angela Dalton, CEO & Founder of Signum Growth, “The Sortium team’s technical capabilities are impressive. Perhaps even more importantly, they possess deep expertise, relationships and understanding across the traditional gaming industry. Generative AI is in its broader market experimentation phase, leading many to ignore IP rights in the spirit of progress and innovation. Sortium’s believes that IP rights will ultimately matter – baking them into the technology at the outset, and respecting artists’ work, are core tenets of the company that we fully support.”

Building on this foundation of technical excellence and ethical commitment, Sortium’s innovations also translate into tangible benefits for the gaming community.

“Sortium is leading the frontier of AI in gaming and creative applications. Sortium gives creatives unparalleled freedom in leading gaming environments like Unreal,” said Lex Avellino, Founder & CCO at Passage, one of Sortium’s partners. “The team is breaking technical barriers, and it adds a huge value for our consumer audiences who want to take advantage of the latest virtual tech but need to act with speed and simplicity.”

Sortium is actively forming partnerships with major intellectual properties and leading gaming platforms. A recent major collaboration with Bit Brawl, a game utilizing Sortium technology to deliver live content to over 5,000 users, showcases the versatile application of Sortium’s tools across various gaming environments. Its technology’s wide compatibility with leading development platforms ensures extensive adoption potential and effortless integration into professional industry practices. Sortium’s enterprise solutions, such as the LiveOps API, aim to enhance gaming experiences and enable continuous creativity through endless, tailored content generation.

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Phoenix Games Expands Partnership with Warhammer Owner Games Workshop

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Phoenix Games and Games Workshop are continuing their cooperation on Warhammer Combat Cards and expanding their collaboration to work on more of Warhammer’s Universes.

Phoenix Games, a globally operating games company specialised in acquiring and enhancing game studios, is expanding its collaboration with the Warhammer brand. The partnership between both companies is built on the success of the mobile game Warhammer Combat Cards, which was developed by Phoenix Games’ studio Well Played Games for iOS and Android, delighting millions of players worldwide.

Thanks to the partnership, Phoenix Games is expanding its access to the rich universes of Warhammer, including Age of Sigmar, The Horus Heresy and The Old World, providing a foundation for the development of innovative game concepts to include in Warhammer Combat Cards. The objective of the collaboration is to transform the iconic miniatures of characters and factions into unique gaming experiences within Warhammer Combat Cards that will excite not only fans of Warhammer but also new players.

“Continuing and even expanding our partnership with Games Workshop is a logical step, as it unlocks numerous opportunities to create versatile gaming experiences based on globally beloved universes. We are very excited about the opportunity to enhance the Warhammer Combat Cards game with additional IPs and provide fans of the game with new content in the long term,” says Klaas Kersting, CEO of Phoenix Games.

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Honor of Kings shares details of groundbreaking new Open Series, registration to begin 15 April

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Today sees a major update for the world’s most played mobile MOBA with new features and content aimed at making Honor of Kings even more enjoyable for both current players and newcomers alike. This is coupled with the announcement of a major esports initiative – The Open Series – aimed specifically at identifying and nurturing the stars of the future.
Level Infinite, publisher of Honor of Kings, has revealed that registration for the new Honor of Kings Open Series Split 1 will begin on April 15, 2024. This groundbreaking series offers amateur players a platform to showcase their skills globally, competing individually and in teams, with the chance to qualify for the prestigious Honor of Kings Invitational Season 2 tournament. With no rank requirements, teams from Türkiye, CIS, MENA, and Wildcard will clash in open qualifiers starting May 1, 2024. The series, featuring two stages, will culminate in the Finals in May, offering special in-game rewards for participants.

James Yang, Senior Director of Level Infinite Global Esports, expressed excitement for the series, emphasizing its role in fostering undiscovered talent and enriching the Honor of Kings esports ecosystem with a path-to-pro opportunity. Interested teams can register from April 15-26, 2024 (UTC+0), and follow official social media channels for updates.

“The Honor of Kings Open Series is an exciting step forward in our mission to grow Honor of Kings esports on the international stage,” said James Yang, Senior Director of Level Infinite Global Esports, Tencent Games. “ Part of Honor of Kings’ commitment in esports is to ensure we provide a path-to-pro for exciting undiscovered talent to put their skill on full display for the world and show fans that anyone is capable of being the best with hard work and dedication. We can’t wait to see what teams emerge from the Open Series to challenge the world’s best at the Honor of Kings Invitational Season 2 tournament.”

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