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Parallelstoday launched Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac and Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac Enterprise Edition.

New built-in intelligence and support for Apple’s latest operating systems – including OS X Yosemite – greatly improves ease-of-use for both business users and consumers, allowing them to forget about the operating system and focus on the task at hand. Starting Aug. 20th, current users can upgrade to Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac at www.parallels.com/uk/upgradepd10. For new customers, Parallels Desktop 10 will be available for purchase at retail and online stores worldwide and via the Parallels website starting Aug. 26th.

Parallels Desktop 10 will bring many of the announced features of Mac OS X Yosemite1 to Windows and Windows applications, supporting iCloud Drive, iMessages and SMS text sharing from Windows, and control of virtual machines from Spotlight preview and Finder QuickLook. New ease-of-use improvements include Wizards that guide users through optimising their experience, improved performance and battery life, and improved usability between operating systems so that people can complete tasks more quickly. Parallels Desktop 10 gets out of the way so customers can think less about the tools being used and more about what’s important. It also offers the choice and freedom to use whatever operating system fits your needs – including OS X Yosemite, OS X Mavericks, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8, Windows 7, Chrome OS, Android and a number of Linux operating systems – all on one computer.

New Features and Improvements

Regardless of whether it’s ease-of-use, increased productivity, or better performance, Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac offers improvements across all fronts:

Performance and Optimisation:

· Users can now open Windows documents up to 48 percent faster

· Battery life is extended by up to 30 percent giving people additional work time when they need it most

· Virtual machines use up-to 10 percent less Mac memory

· New virtual machines with default settings launch Office 2013 applications up to 50 percent faster

· Virtual machine only takes as much disk space on the Mac hard drive as it needs. Real-time optimisation automatically compacts virtual disk eliminating the need for periodic manual compacts.

· Free Disk Space Wizard allows to review and clean up space used by Parallels Desktop and Virtual Machines

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Easy to get started:

· Now with one click users can select from a number of choices to optimise their virtual machine based on what their primary usage is: productivity, games, design or development

· The new Parallels Control Centre is a one-stop-shop for managing Parallels Desktop; it allows users to manage all their virtual machines and configuration settings from a single place

· Windows installation has been streamlined, with new ways to configure virtual machines

· Regional settings from the Mac are now set by default in Windows virtual machines

Seamless integration for best user experience:

· Users can share files, text or web pages from Windows using Internet accounts configured on their Mac such as Twitter, Facebook, Vimeo, Flickr; or send them via email, AirDrop and Messages.

· When users install a new Windows application, its icon will automatically be added to the OS X  Launchpad

· The unread email indicator on Outlook lets users see at a glance the number of unread emails in Outlook, just like with Apple Mail

· Users can drag and drop files to the virtual machine icon in the Dock to open in Windows

· Users also have the ability to easily restore any setting to its default value by clicking the Restore Defaults button in the Virtual Machine Configuration window

· Users can drag and drop files to Mac OS X virtual machines

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Availability and Pricing

Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is available beginning Aug. 20th, as an upgrade for current Parallels Desktop for Mac users. The full version will be available to new customers on www.parallels.com/products/desktop starting Aug. 26th. Packaged software will also be available worldwide starting on Aug. 26th.

The standard retail price (SRP) of Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac is £64.99, and the Student Edition is available for £32.95. Upgrades for existing Parallels Desktop 8 or 9 for Mac customers are £34.99. Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac customers receive a complimentary three-month subscription to the Parallels Access app (www.parallels.com/products/access) for up to 5 Macs and PCs and an unlimited number of iOS and Android mobile devices.

Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition software is available via www.parallels.com/products/business.

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Are you ready for E3 it’s start right now with “Homefront: The Revolution” a captivating new free roam FPS to be co-published by Crytek and Deep Silver. Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux in 2015, Homefront: The Revolution throws players into a near future dystopia where catastrophic events have brought the USA to its knees and enabled North Korean forces to impose a brutal military occupation.
 
Trapped in this American nightmare, Philadelphia – Birthplace of Independence – has become a police state, where surveillance drones and armored patrols keep her once-proud citizens at heel, crushing any dissent with savage force. To overcome their oppressors, players will have to engage in guerrilla warfare and use ambush, infiltration and hit and run tactics in thrilling un-scripted firefights.
 
At every turn they’ll find a sprawling city, in which recruiting fellow revolutionaries and building improvised homebrew weapons are just two of the keys to creating a powerful resistance force. Hasit Zala, Game Director at Crytek, said: “Homefront: The Revolution stands out from the crowd by immersing players in a world where they’ll feel emotionally compelled to fight for their freedom. We’re very excited to work with Deep Silver and deliver an experience that underlines Crytek’s commitment to quality whilst tapping into the huge potential we saw when we first acquired the Homefront IP.” HFtR_keyart_preview

Homefront: The Revolution represents the first time Crytek and Deep Silver have worked together, with the two partners collaborating to release the game as part of a co-publishing arrangement. “Crytek has an outstanding track record of creating AAA action games.
 
Homefront is a fascinating IP with huge global potential. With Crytek`s technical pedigree and Deep Silver´s publishing expertise we will take the IP to new heights.” says Dr. Klemens Kundratitz, CEO of Deep Silver / Koch Media.Developed by Crytek’s Nottingham studio, Homefront: The Revolution harnesses the latest features of Crytek’s CRYENGINE technology. On the ground, players will encounter an environment that looks and feels truly alive as day turns to night and storm clouds come and go – an authenticity that extends to the strikingly lifelike expressions, skin and clothing of everyone they encounter. The first gameplay from Homefront: The Revolution will be shown next week at E3 in LA.

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Telltale Games, today announced the release of ‘In Sheep’s Clothing,’ the fourth of five episodes of The Wolf Among Us, licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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The episode is available now on the PlayStation Network in North America for PlayStation 3, on PC and Mac worldwide from the Telltale Online Store, and other digital outlets, including Steam.

The episode will be available tomorrow the 28th May on Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360. It will also be coming to the App Store as an in-app purchase for compatible iOS devices later this week.

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Nowhere Studios today unveiled a new trailer for Monochroma, its cinematic dystopian puzzle platformer, that will launch on Windows PC, Mac and Linux on Steam on tomorrow the 28th May. In Monochroma players are transported to a dystopian state during the 1950’s, after two brothers witness a horrific crime committed by an evil corporation.

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Without cutscenes, text or spoken words, players must delve intellectually and emotionally into the story to help the brothers work together to progress past mind-bending puzzles and save the world from tyranny.

Inspired by the developers’ childhood memories of moving from the countryside to urban Istanbul and the “Gezi Protests” of 2013, the most violently oppressed protest in modern Turkey, players discover the environment and follow the story through a carefully constructed black-and-white palette with splashes of red.

As a result, the story is instantly understandable by players of all nationalities – without any localization required.   Spread over four chapters, discover vast ghettos built upon thousands of tenement buildings that reach into the clouds, a labyrinth of sewer tunnels, factories bellowing out industrial smoke and a city sized zeppelin hovering in the sky.

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The puzzles encountered in Monochroma are realistic and use physics to naturally blend with the environment.   Another Monochroma trademark is the relationship between the two brothers.

Early in the game, the younger brother injures his leg after an accident, and must be supported by his older sibling. At times, the player needs to temporarily stop carrying him in order to solve puzzles. However he can only be placed near safe, bright areas—because like most kids, he’s scared of the dark. This gameplay mechanic defines Monochroma as a cerebral, methodical puzzle game that rewards players who are caring and brave at the same time. Being a responsible older sibling is mandatory—just as in real life.

 

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The fourth episode of ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ ‘In Sheep’s Clothing,’ will be available starting Tuesday, 27th May on PC/Mac as part of a season pass for $24.99 USD on the Telltale Online Store, Steam and other digital distribution services; and on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 in North America (SCEA) individually for $4.99 USD, or as part of a season pass which includes access to all five episodes.

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On Wednesday 28th May, the episode will be available on Xbox 360 via the Xbox Games Store for $4.99 USD or equivalent, or as part of a season pass upgrade. For iOS (iPhone and iPad), the episode will be available starting Thursday 29th May as an in-app purchase individually for $4.99 USD, or as part of the episodes 2-5 multi-pack for $14.99.

Release details on PlayStation Network for PlayStation 3 in Europe are coming soon.

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Watch the trailer for ‘A Crooked Mile,’ the third episode in our ongoing series ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Now Available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC/Mac and iOS!

As Bigby Wolf – THE big bad wolf – you will discover that a brutal, bloody murder is just a taste of things to come in a game series where your every decision can have enormous consequences.

An evolution of Telltale’s ground-breaking choice and consequence game mechanics will ensure the player learns that even as Bigby Wolf, Sheriff of Fabletown, life in the big bad city is bloody, terrifying and dangerous.

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Firaxis has announced that its next game will be Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth. The new themed entry in the Civilization franchise, is currently in development by Firaxis Games for Windows-based PC.

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The game will also be coming to Mac and Linux via s Civilization: Beyond Earth will send players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people into a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet, and create a new civilisation.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will propel the development of human civilisation beyond the traditional timeline of a Civilization game, by exploring humanity’s future on an alien world. For the first time, players will lead factions divided by contrasting cultures and evolve their new civilisations to reflect their chosen destiny. Players will experience an array of new gameplay possibilities, including nonlinear technological progression, deeper customisation of chosen factions, and an entire alien world that will change the very identity of each faction based on their choices.

“Having celebrated its 23rd anniversary last year, Civilization has cemented its reputation as one of the greatest and longest running franchises in video game history,” said Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. “Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth builds upon that success by pushing the series in new directions with players exploring an unknown future on an alien planet.”

“The Civ team was excited about the opportunity to continue the story of Civilization into the future, because it allows the team to break free of historical context,” said Sid Meier, director of creative development at Firaxis Games. “We’ve always let our fans create the history of mankind, and Civilization: Beyond Earth will now let them create the future.”

Key features of Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth include:

·        Seed the Adventure: Players will establish a cultural identity, select a leader and sponsor an expedition by assembling the spacecraft, cargo and colonists through a series of choices that directly impact starting conditions when arriving on the new alien planet.

·        Alien World: Exploring the benefits and dangers of a new planet filled with dangerous terrain, mystical resources and hostile lifeforms unlike those of Earth, players will build outposts, unearth ancient alien relics, tame new forms of life, develop flourishing cities and establish trade routes to create prosperity for their people.

·        New Technology Web: Reflecting forward progress in an uncertain future, technology advancement will occur through a series of nonlinear choices that affect the development of mankind.The tech web is organised around three broad themes, each with a distinct victory condition.

·        New Quest System:  Quests are infused with fiction about the planet, and will help guide players through a series of side missions that will aid in the collection of resources, upgrading units, and advancing through the game.

·        New Orbital Layer: Players will build and deploy advanced military, economic and scientific satellites that provide strategic offensive, defensive and support capabilities from orbit.

In addition to its use of DirectX 11, Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth will be among the first wave of products optimized for the latest in AMD graphics technologies, including: the new Mantle graphics API, for enhanced graphics performance; AMD CrossFire, for UltraHD resolutions and extreme image quality; and AMD Eyefinity, which allows for a panoramic gameplay experience on up to six different HD displays off of a single graphics card.

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is not yet rated by PEGI, and will be available for Windows PC, Mac and Linux in the UK this Autumn for £39.99.

 

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Telltale Games, in cooperation with DC Entertainment, has announced the release of ‘A Crooked Mile,’ the third of five episodes of The Wolf Among Us licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

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The episode is available today on the PlayStation Network in North America for PlayStation 3, PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, and other digital outlets, including Steam. The episode will be available 9th April on Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360, and the PlayStation Network in Europe for PlayStation 3. It will also be coming to the App Store as an in-app purchase for compatible iOS devices later this week.

 

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Untold Games has released a new video that focuses on the gameplay elements in Loading Human, the Virtual Reality adventure game powered by groundbreaking controls and set in a thrilling sci-fi world.

Released to commemorate the critical acclaim and awards that the in-development VR game has received to date, the video shows Loading Human creator and producer Flavio Parenti exploring an early beta test environment. Developed from the ground up for VR devices like Oculus Rift, players will be able to interact with objects within the environment to solve puzzles and uncover the secrets of Loading Human’s story-driven gameplay.

Loading Human  will be released on Windows and Mac OS for compatible VR devices later this year.

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Today TellTale games have the first official trailer for the third episode in our critically-acclaimed series, ‘The Wolf Among Us,’ based on Bill Willingham’s award-winning comic book series ‘FABLES’ and licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. 

‘A Crooked Mile’ will be arriving for download to consoles, PC/Mac, and iOS very soon.

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