Former IGN Editor-in-Chief Hilary Goldstein Joins ChAIR!

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Chair_Logo_HighResA Note from ChAIR Creative Director, Donald Mustard:

One of the things we value most at ChAIR is our relationship with the people who play our games, the great feedback they provide to us, and the memorable gaming moments we create together!

Hilary Goldstein

Hilary Goldstein

Finding fun new ways to connect with our community is important to us and we’re excited to expand our team in ways that provide more opportunity for us to do so.

We’re thrilled to confirm today that Hilary Goldstein will be taking on our newly created role of Integrated Media Manager at the end of June. Embedded within the development team here at ChAIR, Hilary will provide access to the team and our games in ways that will bring us closer to our fans than ever before.

We’ve worked with Hilary throughout his 12 years in the games industry – as the former Editor-in-Chief of IGN and as a video game expert, writer, and consultant – and we find his experience and insight to be a valuable asset to our team as we continue to grow our community.

Please join us in welcoming Hilary to ChAIR! You can follow him on Twitter at @hilgoldstein.

Thanks,

Donald

@DonaldMustard

@ChAIRGAMES

Gears of War: Judgment MAXIM DLC – “Dreadnought” Available soon!

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dreadnought_action_shotOn May 14th, you’ll be able to download the second MAXIM Map, Dreadnought, available for OverRun players free of charge for a limited time.

In the months immediately following Emergence Day, the COG managed to capture some Locust Berserkers.  Thinking that a ship at sea would be safe from an underground enemy, the COG decided to transport their prize to a secure research facility via the CNV Pomeroy. Little did they know that the Locust had waterborne beasts from the underground rivers of the Hollow, or that the Locust soldiers would use them so relentlessly to rescue the captured Berserkers.  The Pomeroy was corralled into a narrow channel and forced ashore, where the Locust sent a mass of troops to assault and overwhelm the beached vessel.

Coming soon: You can also catch a fly-through video via the MAXIM app on Xbox LIVE!

Gears of War Cosplayer Studio Visit

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Gears of War Cosplayer GroupSome of our biggest fans traveled hours to celebrate the launch of Gears of War: Judgment with us on March 18th.  They brought with them an arsenal of amazing hand made COG armor which they proudly wore for a tour of the Epic Games studio.

Along the tour the costuming group had the opportunity to meet Art Director Chris Perna, Assistant Producer Andy Bayle, and CEO Tim Sweeney who were truly impressed by their costuming talent and honored to have them visit.

Among the costumers were Brian Mead and his wife Robin as the ultimate Gears of War couple, Marcus and Anya.  Dale Harvey wore his incredible golden Palace Guard armor while George Lampard and his friend Cruz Cockman represented the Carmine brothers.  Miranda Dombroski was all armored up in her own original female COG design made with real steel plates!  The group was kind enough to share their passion for creating these costumes in the video below:

After the tour the group joined the Epic Games team for a few of the local midnight launches for Judgment.  Having them along made the events even more fun and it was very exciting to meet such creative Gears fans!  Check out more great photos below.

Epic to Host GDC Drop-In Hours, Oculus to Release Custom UDK

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It’s one of our favorite times of year: The annual Game Developers Conference has kicked off, and we have loads of news for everyone this week.

Drop In, Come See Us!

Unreal Engine 4 on IGNDuring each day of the GDC exposition (Wednesday, March 27, through Friday, March 29), Epic is hosting dedicated drop-in hours from 10 – 11 a.m. PDT at our booth in the business center, North #BS322.

These time slots are specifically designed for independent developers and teams who haven’t already secured an appointment to stop by and chat with one of our dedicated territory managers about any questions regarding Unreal Engine technology.

GDC attendees who show up for drop-in hours will be entered into daily raffles for state-of-the-art NVIDIA GTX TITAN graphics cards, which are virtually and physically flying off shelves.

We encourage folks to check out NVIDIA’s booth, South #1602, which is showcasing Epic’s very own Samaritan and Elemental demo content along with a sneak peek at what we’re presenting behind closed doors this year. The entire GeForce wall highlights the progression of our next-gen technology! As a heads up, NVIDIA will have a special reveal from us at their booth on Friday starting at the opening of the expo and running throughout the day.

The Future of VR Is Unreal!

oculus-rift-prototype_800.0_cinema_640.0Today we announced that Oculus VR will release a custom version of the Unreal Development Kit (UDK), the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 (UE3). The special UDK release will ship during the first week of April, giving all Oculus developers award-winning Unreal Engine tools for day one support, right out of the box.

In addition, as Oculus is now a member of Epic’s premier UE3 Integrated Partners Program (IPP), we are providing UE3 full source licensees with the Oculus integration code at no extra charge.

Oculus is showcasing two fantastic Unreal Engine demonstrations at GDC this week as well. The first is Hawken, the incredible mech shooter from Adhesive Games, who started out building their game and easily upgraded to a full source UE3 license. The second awesome VR experience that must be seen to be believed is Epic Citadel – our expanded snowy version as demonstrated by Oculus on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

There’s never been a better time to be an Unreal Engine developer. We’ll have more to share with everyone soon throughout the week. Stay tuned and be sure to follow @UnrealEngine!

The Gears of War: Judgment Reviews are Coming in Hot!

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GOW Judgment_Horiz_32x18_FINAL_rgbThe reviews for Gears of War: Judgment are coming in and we’ve been receiving a ton of positive feedback.

IGN’s Mitch Dyer says, “Gears of War: Judgment is a fantastic prequel with superb combat, fun multiplayer, and a meaningful story,” and “Intelligent level layouts have an intrinsic connection to Judgment’s new semi-random enemy spawn system, which keeps battles feeling fresh.” IGN gives Gears of War: Judgment a 9.2 out of 10. You can read more of this review at IGN.

David Hinkle from Joystiq gives Judgment 4 1/2 stars out of 5 and says, “A diligent approach to ensuring that no two encounters are the same keeps it from ever feeling stagnant or like a waste of your time. You’re always moving, constantly pushing through the next enemy stronghold, never sure of what you’ll face, and it’s always harrowing.

Bringing People Can Fly in was a good choice, because the developer has managed to make fighting the Locust feel dangerous and new again, despite this being my fourth trip to Sera.” Read more HERE.

Destructoid’s Jim Sterling gives a nod to the new modes and campaign in Gears of War: Judgment and says, “Ultimately, however, they work surprisingly well, keeping Gears fresh and familiar all at once.” Jim gave the game a 9/10. You can check out Jim’s full review over at Destructoid.

Official Gears of War: Judgment Launch Trailer

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bairdCheck out the official Gears of War: Judgment Launch Trailer!

Emergence Day just unleashed hell upon the people of Sera.

A young Lieutenant named Damon Baird and his team, Kilo Squad, must square off against an indomitable locust villain to save a city and its people, and no rules or orders are going to stand in their way.

Pre-order Gears of War: Judgment, the most intense Gears game yet, and pick it up in stores starting March 19, 2013.

ESRB RATING: MATURE (Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language)

Casio and Gears of War: Judgment Sweepstakes

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563297_561333887224419_2120177137_nDon’t miss your chance to win a Gears of War: Judgment game and Xbox 360 console, along with a customized Gears of War G-Shock watch and LampFree projector!

Share this contest with friends using the sweepstakes app to be entered in a second drawing to win the Gears of War: Judgment game and G-Shock watch.

Great Gear from Casio

One Grand Prize and five Runner-up Prizes (enter for a second chance to win by “sharing” the sweepstakes with friends through the app) will be awarded:

  • Grand Prize: Gears of War: Judgment game, Xbox 360 console, G-Shock Watch and LampFree Projector
  • Five Runner-up Prizes: Gears of War: Judgment game and G-Shock Watch

The Casio LampFree Projector is economical, powerful, and versatile. It connects quickly to your Xbox 360 console for life-sized gaming or to your laptop for a professional presentation. The tough and durable Casio G-Shock Watch has a military-inspired design with a Gears of War crimson logo and Gears of War Lancer.

For all the details on the sweepstakes and the prizes, check out the Official Rules.

Experience Life-Sized Gaming

It’s easy to enter for a chance to win some great gear from Casio! During the month of March, visit the Casio Sweepstakes Facebook page and click on the link to enter the sweepstakes. Then, share the sweepstakes page with your friends for additional chances to win.

Gears of War: Judgment’s The Guts of Gears Multiplayer

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Microsoft and Epic Games today unveiled a new “Gears of War: Judgment” video entitled “The Guts of Gears Multiplayer” giving fans a preview of the highly anticipated multiplayer modes in Judgment. Like the first “Guts” video, part two is narrated by none other than Lt. Damon Baird.

Pre-order your copy of “Gears of War: Judgment” online or at any GameStop location nationwide to get exclusive three-day early access to the most anticipated blockbuster of this spring beginning March 15; demo available publicly to all Xbox LIVE Gold members on March 19.

If you preorder Gears of War: Judgment at Walmart.com, you’ll not only get: Gears of War: Judgment for the Xbox 360, a bonus* Preorder Exclusive Classic Hammerburst and bonus Gears of War 1 downloadable version, you’ll also receive your choice of Gears of War 2 or Gears of War 3, for free!

Gears of War: Judgment launches on March 19th in the US and a worldwide demo for Xbox Live Gold Subscribers will be available the same day.

New Gears of War: Judgment Video, “The Guts of Gears”

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Gears of War: JudgmentMicrosoft and Epic Games today unveiled a new “Gears of War: Judgment” video entitled “The Guts of Gears,” giving fans an in-depth preview of the most intense and action-packed “Gears” campaign yet in the highly anticipated blockbuster, which launches on March, 19th 2013. Narrated by the game’s hero and fan-favorite character Lt. Baird, the video offers a sneak peek at the wealth of exciting new campaign features, including the dynamic Smart Spawn System, new weapons, dynamic defense scenarios, Declassified Missions, new player rewards, and more.

Additionally, Microsoft and Epic Games also announced that initial launch quantities of “Gears of War: Judgment” will include a Games on Demand Xbox LIVE download token for the epic game that started it all, “Gears of War,” in all worldwide regions except Germany.* Research indicates that more than half of the consumers who played “Gears of War 3” did so without having experienced the original title from Epic Games. This added bonus, a $19.99 value, offers veteran fans and newcomers alike a fantastic way to re-experience the iconic game that sparked one of this generation’s most beloved and critically-acclaimed franchises and connect with the prequel storyline of “Gears of War: Judgment.”

Epic Games Named in Edge Top Developer Awards

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Epic Games has been named as one of Edge Magazine’s Top 50 Game Studios in their Edge Developer Awards 2013. They said, “Epic Games is a rare studio that has struck a symbiotic balance between licensing its technology and consistently making best-in-class games.”

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Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 is the four-time winner of and Hall of Fame inductee for Game Developer Magazine’s Best Engine Front Line Award. Unreal Engine 3 has also been recognized as the number one game engine by Develop magazine. The Gears of War Franchise topped one billion in sales in September of 2011 and the critically acclaimed Unreal Tournament, which was named Game of the Year in 1999, recently celebrated its 13th anniversary.

Thank you to Edge Magazine for the recognition!