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King of the Castle Launches on STEAM

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Team17 and UK-based studio Tributary Games have today heralded the launch of King of the Castle on Steam. The online medieval party game sees players band together with up to 3,000 others to steer the fate of a fictional fantasy kingdom and is available today on Steam for $4.99.

In King of the Castle, players take up the mantle of Monarch or a Noble of the Monarch’s council, hailing from the game’s five unique regions. As the game’s different storylines unfold, both the Monarch and Nobles will have to work together to navigate a bizarre world of power, fantasy, and political intrigue as they reckon with the treacherous – and often hilarious – consequences of steering the fate of a potentially unstable kingdom.

In King of the Castle, one player is the Monarch and others can join their Council of Nobles. Monarchs can host ‘Party Games’ on Steam for 3-24 players, all of whom can join for free via any device with a web browser; or use ‘Twitch Mode’, where up to 3,000 of their viewers can jump in and play as Nobles directly via their Twitch chat.

Once a Monarch begins a game, joining players will be automatically designated the status of ‘Noble’ and will be assigned a unique homeland. As the story progresses, they’ll be able to vote upon key decisions to influence the kingdom and advance their nefarious schemes. For Twitch-hosted games, Noble players with Twitch accounts can also voice their thoughts using the platform’s chat function to discuss dilemmas faced by the crown, or take on the role of the usurper and plan not-so-secret uprisings right under their ruler’s nose!

Key features of King of the Castle include:

  1. Cooperative online multiplayer: Work together with friends or strangers via Twitch or any device with a web browser to steer the fate of your kingdom, tackle unique challenges, and play a key part in its downfall or prosperity
  2. Write your story: Play through hundreds of unique medieval fantasy stories, each with its own characters, choices, and far-reaching consequences
  3. Give peace a chance… or not: As a Monarch, balance the competing demands of your Nobles while keeping an eye out for brewing political unrest or revolts
  4. Democracy manifest: Bribe, persuade, or intimidate your way through difficult votes, or alter the law entirely to give yourself extra sway in the polls
  5. Customise your kingdom: Ensure your legacy upon the land by choosing your name, pronouns, appearance, and even your family crest
  6. Party Game mode: Gather a small party of 3-24 people and play together with friends! Only King of the Castle game hosts need to own a copy of the game, all others can join for free from their mobile device or a web browser using a unique access code
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MSI Claws its Way into Portable Gaming with World’s First Core Ultra Handheld

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Gaming giant MSI has made a bold leap forward with the introduction of the Claw, the world’s first handheld gaming device powered by Intel’s potent Core Ultra processors. This innovative device promises unparalleled portable gaming thanks to its cutting-edge technology, ergonomic design, and powerful performance features.

The Claw boasts an unprecedented combination of Intel Core Ultra processors and ARC graphics with up to 8 Xe cores. This translates to smooth gameplay for even demanding AAA titles, enhanced by the advanced XeSS technology for crisp visuals at 1080p resolution.

MSI’s renowned Cooler Boost Hyperflow technology keeps the Claw cool during intense gaming sessions, ensuring sustained performance. Additionally, the class-leading 53Wh battery offers a solid 2 hours of playtime on a full charge, allowing gamers to enjoy extended sessions without worry.

The Claw caters to a wide range of gamers. It supports both Windows and Android titles through the MSI APP Player, giving players access to a vast library of games. Ergonomics is a key focus for the Claw. Its comfortable, handheld form factor fits snugly in various hand sizes and features a stunning 7-inch Full HD touchscreen display with a smooth 120Hz refresh rate for a captivating gaming experience.

The Claw represents a significant leap in portable gaming, offering serious gamers a powerful alternative to traditional consoles and less robust handheld devices. Specific details on pricing and availability are yet to be revealed, but the Claw undoubtedly marks a turning point in the world of mobile gaming.

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GameSir Launches Nova Series of Gaming Controllers

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GameSir has announced the official worldwide release of its newest controller series – the highly anticipated Nova Series featuring the GameSir Nova and GameSir Nova Lite. Two next-generation devices with cutting-edge capabilities and a raft of key features, the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite promise to empower users during gameplay and take gaming exploits to the next level.

Billed as ‘the ultimate multi-platform gaming controller’, the GameSir Nova offers unrestricted gaming experiences with its cross-platform adaptability. Compatible with Android, Switch, Steam, PC, and iOS devices, this fabulous controller enables users to conquer their games with style, precision, and incredible performance. The GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks are engineered for increased consistency and smoothness during gameplay with specially optimized algorithms, stylish RGB circles come with personalized lighting effects for unique gaming experiences, and tri-mode connectivity makes for unparalleled hassle-free flexibility with three connectivity options (Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired).

Additionally, the GameSir Nova supports Switch, Dinput, Xinput, Arcade, and MFi as a truly versatile controller, holding the keys to ultimate gaming experiences with less latency, motion control, programmable macro back buttons, and dual actuators for strong and subtle vibrations. The controller is also available in retro white and neon teal. Much like its fellow Nova Series device, the GameSir Nova Lite promises to deliver next-level gaming experiences – empowering users throughout gameplay conquests. Exactly like the GameSir Nova, this innovation comes with the same multi-platform compatibility, GameSir Hall Effect anti-drift sticks for maximized performance, and tri-mode connectivity with Bluetooth, 2.4GHz, and Wired.

Another standout component is the turbo function for faster response. The Nova Lite features a 20Hz Turbo function with customizable buttons, meaning gamers have a convenient way to enhance immersive gameplay. Additionally, greater control is assured thanks to the multi-function M button that enables users to seamlessly adjust such as vibration intensity, switch modes, stick’s dead zone and interchange key values in various settings. Gamers also have the option to choose between two colours – Stellar White or Space Purple – with the device catering to every gaming requirement at a super-affordable price.

Commenting on the global launch, Betta Core, CEO, GameSir, said, “After many months of behind-the-scenes planning and preparation, we’re thrilled to officially release the Nova Series across international markets. A series sure to be embraced and enjoyed by gaming enthusiasts far and wide, we’re particularly excited because the GameSir Nova and Nova Lite perfectly complement our vision to empower every individual during gameplay and expand the boundary of joy. With the Nova Series now available, we can’t wait to see the reaction and reception from the worldwide gaming community. For sure, these innovations will meet every expectation.”

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CORSAIR Launches New HS35 v2 Gaming Headsets

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CORSAIR has announced the release of its HS35 v2 series gaming headsets, including the HS35 v2 and HS35 SURROUND v2 models. These headsets are designed to enhance the audio experience across various gaming platforms due to their universal 3.5mm connectivity, making them compatible with PCs, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch.

The HS35 v2 series features custom-tuned 50mm neodymium drivers that deliver a broad and dynamic range of sound, enhancing the auditory detail within games. Additionally, the HS35 SURROUND v2 model includes a USB receiver that activates Dolby Audio 7.1 surround sound on PC and Mac, providing a more immersive audio environment. This feature is particularly beneficial in competitive games, allowing players to accurately discern the direction of enemy movements and audio cues.

Designed for comfort during extended gaming sessions, the HS35 v2 headsets feature an adjustable suspended headband to alleviate head pressure, and soft fabric ear pads to keep ears cool and comfortable. The headsets also come equipped with on-ear controls for easy volume adjustment and muting, as well as a flexible omnidirectional microphone for clear communication.

Available in three colours—classic black, muted red, and deep blue—the HS35 v2 series can be purchased from the CORSAIR webstore and select retailers. They are immediately available in North America and will be available in Europe and other regions worldwide on April 30. CORSAIR offers a two-year warranty for both models, supported by its global customer service and technical support network.

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