The 4 Winds Entertainment (T4W) has announced a new strategic publishing partnership with publisher and developer UPWAKE.ME to launch a brand new PvPvE extraction shooter named HAWKED, in the MENA territory and Turkey. Sign-up to the Closed Alpha Test on PC via Steam will start on November 22nd. Players will have a chance to take a first look at the Hunt mode, playable either solo or in squads of three starting November 24th. The new title will be available on other platforms including PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One in the future.
“As T4W, we really thrive in the less-explored, fastest-growing parts of the gaming world with our passion and expertise,” says Steven Huot, CEO of The 4 Winds Entertainment and continues, “As we bring our experience and a deep understanding of local cultures and communities to bear on all our decisions, we are now proud to announce yet another game with our partners at UPWAKE.ME. HAWKED will be a great continuation of our goal to allow local Arabic and Turkish players to experience the game to the same extent as any global players with the inclusion of culturally relevant content ranging from in-game representation to localized text and voiceovers.”
HAWKED is an online shooter in which teams race to collect and extract treasure from a remote island. Players must explore a mysterious island, compete with rival Renegades, and battle greedy saurian Disciples in an all-out heist for treasures and mystical artifacts. But it’s not just the monsters they’ll have to worry about, other players are gunning for their treasure too. Players will also have to contend with puzzles and traps, hazardous environments, and a variety of other challenges along the way.
HAWKED’s Closed Alpha Test will be playable from November 24 until November 28 on Steam. Alpha players will be testing the Hunt Mode of the game, more information about Closed Alpha participation can be found on the official website as well as the steam page. The feedback gathered during the Alpha Test will be important in further shaping the game. In a world that has no more heroes left to lead humanity, Renegades must take up the fight — and they have many different tricks up their sleeves. With a large collection of weapons and gadgets, players can battle vicious monsters, outwit enemies, and gun down other players roaming the island.
For the closed Alpha, the core game mode will be Hunt in which players will be scouring the island for Artifacts. However, the Artifacts are not just for scoring points, they are usable items providing in-game benefits that once a player extracts them they to keep for future games. During the game, there are multiple ways of getting Artifacts. They can be looted from defeated players but a great source of them is by activating a Glyph encounter which once a player secures four glyphs they can open the Vault which contains multiple Artifacts. While the player with the most Artifacts will be the grand winner, extracting even one Artifact is already a huge achievement for any player.
Filled with a stolen treasure, the vibrant interdimensional island of X-Isle is as beautiful as it is mysterious and deadly. Here, players will have to run, jump, surf, zipline, and fly through an ever-evolving world filled with deadly hazards, lush jungles, and ancient ruins. Players need to solve puzzles and dodge traps to steal treasure, extract them, and escape the island. Reclaimed riches can be used to upgrade gear and abilities, and players can extensively tweak their Renegade with customizable load-outs and abilities. Wield new weapons and equipment like katanas and grappling hooks to specialize in stealth, defense, or lightning-fast looting.
Aster DM Healthcare Launches MyAster App
Aster DM Healthcare has unveiled the myAster app, which is being touted to be the region’s first integrated healthcare platform providing access to hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and pharmacies. The platform extends features to empower patients with end-to-end care facilitation and provide seamless access to its healthcare ecosystem.
Alisha Moopen, Deputy Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “Aster DM Healthcare is aligned with the UAE’s 2031 Vision for developing the health sector by providing the best-in-class services and continually updating them. The myAster platform was launched as part of Aster’s commitment to providing equitable, unbiased access to world-class medical care, while we strive to improve the healthcare system’s readiness to manage health risks.”
“The myAster app is developed with the aim of aligning and catering to the constantly changing landscape of medical needs of patients in the UAE and across the world. As healthcare providers, we must be equipped to handle those changes with the latest technologies. The idea of offering accessible personalized healthcare through a single platform that brings together all of the patient journeys is in line with Aster’s vision of providing affordable quality healthcare to all,” Moopen said, adding that Aster’s Digital Health Team has innovated and developed the solution over a period of two years; curating and enhancing the customer experience with a potential to offer healthcare and wellness solutions to over 10 million people.
Brandon Rowberry, CEO of Digital Health, Aster DM Healthcare, said, “The myAster app was created to serve the needs of the citizens across the GCC and is designed with transparency at its core. Patients can access the full spectrum of Aster healthcare services, including a recently added enhancement of connecting with the group’s hospitals.”
“Now our users have access to 200+ Aster hospital doctors for appointment booking. The user interface is easy to navigate, and they can view doctor schedules and slots to select a doctor for consultation. We are also launching our Instant GP feature enabling our users to video consult with a General Practitioner in as early as 30 minutes. As we continue to innovate, we will be adding Homecare services to the myAster app in the near future,” he added.
Patients can use the app for a range of services such as appointment booking, consulting doctors online or in-person, accessing prescriptions, scans, medical records, and order medicines online; delivered to their homes with the touch of a button. Some of the key features of the app include booking appointments from among 430 doctors across five hospitals, 48 clinics, and over 20 medical specialties. The app also allows video consultations, online payments through a secure gateway, access to the online pharmacy with doctor prescriptions delivered to homes within 90 minutes, and ordering health and wellness essentials online as well as to avail offers and deals. Through the app, patients can also access their scans and medical reports.
Melvor Idle: Expanded Edition Launches 2 February for Steam, Android, and iOS
Games by Malcs and Jagex have today announced Melvor Idle: Expanded Edition will launch on 2 February on Steam, iOS, and Android. The Melvor Idle: Expanded Edition includes the original Melvor Idle as well as its first expansion Throne of the Herald. Players will experience a fresh take on much-loved and familiar idle gameplay in the ultimate bundle for die-hard RuneScape fans, casual gamers, and young adventurers alike.
Melvor Idle allows fans to master 25 skills and face off against 200+ monsters with just a click or a tap. Every skill in this game serves a purpose, interacting together in interesting ways – meaning that maxing out on one skill can benefit others. Inspired by the iconic MMORPG RuneScape, players will find familiar skills such as Woodcutting, Smithing, Cooking, and Farming, as well as combat skills such as Melee, Ranged, and Magic skills.
The Throne of the Herald expansion adds plenty of additional content for players, including the ability to run a settlement with the Township skill. Throne of the Herald lets players discover more about the mystic forces that surround the lands of Melvor, and the dark forces that remain hidden beyond the Capital.
Melvor Idle: Expanded Edition Features:
- A RuneScape-inspired experience is suitable for veterans and newcomers alike.
- The core game plus a massive expansion to the lore and story of Melvor.
- In-depth and endless Combat system featuring eight dedicated skills, countless dungeons, bosses to vanquish, and lore to unearth.
- Deep but accessible systems featuring 15 non-Combat skills to train, all with individual mechanics and interactions.
- Detailed and fully interactive Bank/Inventory system.
- Over 1,700 items for players to discover and utilise.
- Cloud-saving functionality that is compatible across all platforms.
- An experience that continues to grow through expansions.
PUBG Mobile and Polaris Partner to Bring Two New Side-by-Side Vehicles In-Game
PUBG Mobile has partnered with Polaris to introduce two powerful new in-game off-road vehicles to the battleground. This first-ever collaboration puts players in the driver’s seat of the Polaris RZR, delivering vehicles equipped with unrivaled performance to conquer any type of off-road terrain.
Watch the PUBG MOBILE x Polaris trailer below:
Starting today, players will have access to the Polaris RZR Pro R 4, the industry’s most advanced and high-performing side-by-side (SxS), providing drivers with revolutionary power and exceptional handling. For those that prefer a turbocharged engine, the Polaris RZR Turbo R 4 is an incredibly responsive, remarkably agile, and ruggedly strong machine featuring an active suspension system for maximum control.
“Polaris has been engineering best-in-class off-road vehicles for more than 65 years – and we’re not slowing down now,” said Holly Spaeth, Vice President Corporate Branding and Partnerships, Polaris. “Whether sand, snow, dirt or now the virtual world of PUBG MOBILE, our machines provide the ultimate combination of style and performance. We are excited to introduce our vehicles to new audiences and can’t wait to see how players use the Polaris RZR in-game models to dominate the competition on the battleground!”
In addition to the release of the Polaris RZR Pro R 4 and RZR Turbo R 4, a limited edition in-game exclusive Polaris-inspired Buggy is also unlockable. This all-terrain machine – available in Blue Strike and Desert Blast – blends durability, strength, and speed. Perfect for gliding over the sand in Nusa or racing across the lush grass in Livik, the Polaris-inspired Buggy has been meticulously designed to handle every adventure.
“It’s extremely important for us to work with partners that bring value and utility to PUBG MOBILE players,” said Anthony Crouts, Senior Director of Marketing for PUBG MOBILE. “Polaris’ range of innovative off-road vehicles bring the thrill and adrenaline rush that PUBG MOBILE players want while on the battleground.”
The PUBG MOBILE x Polaris collaboration is available now and will run through February 14 to players worldwide.
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