Massive Steam User Community Votes-In Upcoming PC Multiplayer Game As One Of Top Ten Titles on Greenlight

CARSLBAD, CA (Oct. 19, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, is proud to confirm that FORGE, the upcoming PC multiplayer title that plays like an action-shooter — but featuring MMO-style abilities — will be available worldwide through Steam after being selected through Steam Greenlight. FORGE beat out thousands of other game submissions in the Greenlight program, earning the votes of the massive Steam user community to finish among the Top Ten of the most recently approved titles. FORGE will be available for pre-order on Steam soon.

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Skullcandy has announced an entirely new line of headsets designed specifically for gaming.  The line was developed in partnership with industry stalwart and Skullcandy studio ASTRO Gaming, the award-winning makers of the A50, A40 and A30 pro-gaming headsets.

“Skullcandy has been delivering performance audio products with a unique perspective on action sports and music culture for years,” said Jeremy Andrus, CEO of Skullcandy.  “Gaming connects everyone we work with, from skateboarders to NBA superstars.  The authenticity and attitude of the Skullcandy brand is the driving force behind our gaming mantra, “Never Retreat, Never Surrender,” and is the inspiration for our new series of gaming headsets.  All three products were also designed and developed cooperatively with our premium gaming headset market leader, ASTRO Gaming.”

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Masterworks From Some of Japan’s Most Influential Game Designers Available For Download This Fall

NOTE:  We’re really excited two reveal that we are now working with Level-5 International on some of their upcoming downloadable games.  These titles, which previously released in Japan as Guild01, bring AAA quality design and execution to the downloadable platform on 3DS.  Check out the full release below!!

SANTA MONICA, CA (October 4, 2012) – Renowned Japanese video game company LEVEL-5, best known for their critically acclaimed Professor Layton video game series and the upcoming game Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, is bringing three of the studio’s most popular Japanese-only releases to North America this Fall via the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™. The three titles – LIBERATION MAIDEN, AERO PORTER and CRIMSON SHROUD — were previously released only in Japan as part of GUILD01, a multi-game pack featuring works by some of the industry’s most respected game creators.

Check out the teaser trailer for all three games here!

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FORGE

Fans Can Pre-Order Now For Instant Access to the Full Beta or Register on the Site for a Free 14-Day Trial and Help Finish One of the Most Exciting Multiplayer Games of the Year

Game Remains In The Top Ten of The Steam Greenlight Program

CARSLBAD, CA (Oct. 4, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, has launched the Beta for FORGE , welcoming more than 18,000 gamers to play the upcoming PC multiplayer title prior to release. The closed Beta will run from now through November and is currently open to those who registered early this summer as well as anyone who has pre-ordered the game.

FORGE is currently among the Top Ten highest-rated titles in Steam’s Greenlight program thanks to the game’s intense community support. Fans should visit the game’s Greenlight page immediately to vote for FORGE and earn it a spot within the Steam platform.

[check out the latest map reveal — Capital Siege — in the flythrough video below!]

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Enhanced Kickstarter Campaign Creates No-Risk Trial; Offers 40% Discount on Final Release Pricing

FORGE Alpha Play Is Live NOW

CARSLBAD, CA (AUG. 27, 2012) — Dark Vale Games, an independent video game developer based in Southern California, is upping the ante in support of its Kickstarter campaign for FORGE, offering backers of the game the opportunity to “try-before-they-buy” with instant access to the Alpha demo of the game, which is available now for download and play. FORGE is a multiplayer-only PC game due to release in 2012 that bridges the gap between the skill-based action of shooters and the strategic player-vs-player competition of massively multiplayer online games.

FORGE‘s KICKSTARTER PAGE.

“We’ve always said that we want to run our business a little differently, to do what is right for those people playing our games,” said Tim Alvis, COO/CTO of Dark Vale Games. “We’re doing just that – we’re giving PC gamers the opportunity to try FORGE’s unique multiplayer by pledging money on Kickstarter but never having to pay a dime if they’re not satisfied. As an added incentive, those who pre-purchase FORGE via Kickstarter now will receive a significant discount compared to the retail price.”

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ASTRO Gaming has finally released its A50 Wireless Gaming Headset!  Yay!

 

  • Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound
  • 5.8GHz KleerNet Wireless
  • Built-In MixAmp
  • Audio Presets (soon to be customizable)
  • ASTRO Audio Quality
  • Cross Compatible with PS3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac
  • Imbedded Battery and Included Stand…

 

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

 

Still not convinced?  Then check out the A50 Launch Trailer!

Need more?  Take a look at what some of the reviews are saying…

“Astro’s A50s are an earacle miracle”Maxim

“The A50 is a hell of a thing”Kotaku

“The Astro A50 is, without question, one of the best gaming headsets on the market”The Verge

“The A50s are astronomically well built”IGN

“Astro Gaming has succeeded in creating what’s likely to be the next hot gaming headset”Engadget

“The best we’ve tested.  Editor’s Choice.”PC Magazine

“Truthfully, there may not be another gaming headset as comfortable as the A50.”Gamespot

“Once you go ASTRO A50…you’re ruined for all other headsets”2DX

“The A50s sound amazing!” GStyle Magazine

“ASTRO Gaming’s A50 Wireless Headset has the potential to be the best of the bunch.” New York Daily News

 

The ASTRO A50 Wireless Gaming Headset is available directly from the studio’s website at www.astrogaming.com

Face-Punchingly Good.”  Shouldn’t that be an official ’nuff said??  How about: “I can’t pledge on Kickstarter fast enough”  Still not enough?: “…I’m a believer.”   The media LOVE FORGE.

We’ve been crowing about Dark Vale Games’ awesome new indie game FORGE for some time now, telling people that its mix of FPS speed and MMO abilities was creating something totally new and very fun.  But screenshots and teaser trailers can only go so far.

Pre-order FORGE now for a special early-adopter price: $15 via the official Kickstarter Page.

That’s why we hit the road with Tim Alvis, COO/CTO of Dark Vale Games, to visit some of the top gaming sites in the world and offer up some hands-on time.

The Pyromancer lights up the beautiful "Forest Ambush" map

If we ever needed to validate our opinions about this game, we sure got it on this trip.  The media loved the vision and the execution of FORGE and especially loved thumping the PR rep in a the quick head-to-head matches we played on the gorgeous Unreal Engine 3-powered maps.

We’ll leave it up to the outlets to tell you what they thought via the articles below.  You can also nab a peek at the game in-action in the narrated walkthroughs embedded below (note: the maps are designed for 8v8 – 24v24, not 1v1, so they are demonstration only).

IGN – “Rocket-jumping wizards? I can’t pledge on Kickstarter fast enough…What’s admirable here is that Forge isn’t expecting to own a massive audience out of the gate – it’s trying to earn a community with good ol’ fashioned great game design.”

MMORPG – “Face-Punchingly Good PVP… I can tell you that while Forge may be difficult to describe to the uninitiated, its gameplay will be instantly comfortable to aficionados of the MMO and FPS/TPS genres.”

GAMESRADAR – “FORGE looks like it’ll be a great romp for gamers looking to test their skills without investing hours into acquiring gear before they can compete.”

GR recorded a GREAT walkthrough session.  Check it out!

GAMESPOT:  Take a look at GameSpot’s quick gameplay sesssion!

MASSIVELY -“…there’s a lot to love about Forge, and I think that anyone who gives the game a fighting chance will find something about it to keep him around… I think Forge definitely deserves our attention.”

GAMESBEAT:  “Dark Vale Games is like the Gordon Ramsay of independent video game developers. The studio took two industry staples — massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) and first-person shooters (FPS) — trimmed the fat, added its own special spices, and simmered everything under medium heat until the recipe was fit for public consumption.

GAMEZONE: “If you’re the kind of gamer that is always going, ‘man, they should have done this…’ well  here’s your chance to put your money where your mouth is.”

DIGITAL NOOB – “This week I was able to check out FORGE firsthand, and it is definitely one of the top games I’m anticipating the release of. It takes the best things of MMOs (the PvP), Shooters (in your face action) and MOBAs (the even playing field) and mashes them together in a great way….I admit that I was skeptical at first, but after meeting with the guys and spending some time testing out the game, I’m a believer.”

Be sure to also watch Totalbiscuit’s hands-on demo and interview right here:

** Stay tuned for more updates and be sure to register for the BETA and check out the Kickstarter Page!**

FORGE is on KICKSTARTER!

Indie Dev Unveils FORGE Gameplay; Offers Fans a Chance to Pre-Order and Earn Other Benefits From Kickstarter Pledge

We’ve been telling you about FORGE just a little bit for a smidge over a month now.  It’s an exciting concept — a game that combines MavPR’s love for fast-paced, twitchy skill-focused shooter multiplayer with our other love… strategically tearing each other to shred in MMO PvP.

We’re extremely lucky to be able to work with Dark Vale Games on this project, and now we’re finally able to show off how the game looks and plays (an Alpha state, of course).

Today, Dark Vale Games released their first gameplay trailer (above), a four-minute showcase of the Assassin and Pathfinder classes going head-to-head in a frantic deathmatch.  This game is going to be hella fun — the difference between you living and dying at my hands will be pure skill… not your gear that you spent 20 hours grinding for while I took my kid to karate.  You n00b.
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ASTRO Gaming revealed a sneak peek of its highly anticipated A50 Wireless Gaming Headset this month at the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.

Quite possibly the most technologically advanced and complex wireless headset on the planet, the A50 is set to debut later this summer in July.

In the meantime, check out what the media who had a chance to play with the new cans had to say:

The Verge

Techradar

Tom’s Hardware

IGN

Engadget

Gaming Nexus

Got Game

Ripten

Hardware Lust

Worthplaying

Home Theater Forum

DualShockers

Co-Optimus

Atomic Gamer

Canadian Gamers Online

Gaming Irresponsibly

EGM Now

Blast Magazine

CV Games

Diehard Gamefan

GamerFit Nation

Gamertag Radio

Maverick PR Clients CLEAN UP At E3 2012; We Take a Moment To Bathe In Their Glory

A writer from a video game web site emailed me last week after we announced the new game FORGE from indie developer Dark Vale Games and he said (paraphrasing) “Wow… you guys really know how to pick the best clients … they’re all doing such interesting things.” I couldn’t agree more. Some of that is dumb luck, of course, but a lot of it is by choice.

We’re not a big agency and we don’t handle HALO or CALL OF DUTY.  Sure part of us would like to swim around in that obscene amount of gamer cash, but we started Maverick with the intent of choosing who we work with and the way we work.  We honestly feel that our client partners are some of the most innovative, creative and downright interesting people and products in the industry.  And it seems that everyone who went to E3 2012 agrees with us. Our clients ARE the best!
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