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INDIE PRODUCTION COMPANY BAOBAB STUDIOS WORLD PREMIERES ANIMATED SHORT “CROW: THE LEGEND”

Baobab Studios proudly announced today the official global release of “Crow: The Legend”. This award-winning story is now widely available online to consumers for the first time, offered as a traditional animated short film (http://bit.ly/2RX73ZP) as well as an interactive virtual reality experience free to download within the Oculus Store (https://ocul.us/2RX9QSR)

Released in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month, “Crow: The Legend” is based on the poignant Native American legend about the bird’s cultural genesis and is the first of its kind to incorporate an indigenous worldview, according to Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO of Native Americans in Philanthropy, cultural advisor, and voice of "Luna" in "Crow". Through a partnership with Native Americans in Philanthropy (https://nativephilanthropy.org), Baobab Studios aims to brings heightened awareness to culturally-important stories like "Crow", that have for so long lacked a major platform.

 

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Randy Edmonds, respected 84-year-old Kiowa-Caddo tribal elder and founder of the National Indian Urban Council, who voices "Narrator" in "Crow" explains, "All Native American tales have a tradition of deep meaning and that’s why we tell the stories, sharing down the generations. When I look at the impact these legends have, the insights they represent, taking that storytelling to a modern medium is extremely exciting. The beautiful work being created -inspired by our folklore- is like nothing I’ve ever experienced in my many years.”

 

Crow, once the most revered animal in all the forest with his colorful plumage and melodic voice, must choose between himself and his fellow animals when tasked with saving them from a destructive endless winter. Realizing he is their only hope, Crow ventures in seek of help but the arduous trek irrevocably damages his voice and stunning colors. Embarrassed by his physical transformation, Crow ultimately learns that his self-sacrifice is far more beautiful and important than his appearance.  

 

“We are excited about the opportunity to honor the Native American storytelling tradition and to share Indigenous worldview with the passionate support of Native Americans in Philanthropy. By making both versions available, we are now able to share this powerful tale with audiences everywhere and give viewers the opportunity decide how to participate in Crow’s journey in this holistic animation experience”, said Baobab co-founder and "Crow" producer, writer and director Eric Darnell (“Madagascar” franchise, “Antz”).

 

Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO Sarah Eagle Heart added, “The film released in both VR and 2D allows a mainstream audience to celebrate stories from the wildly underrepresented Native American community in Hollywood. I could not be happier that these films are available during Native American Heritage Month, which pays homage to the rich culture that indigenous people share.”

 

Featuring an original song by Executive-Producer John Legend, the project contains a diverse all-star cast of voice talent including: Legend as Crow; Oprah Winfrey who makes her VR debut as The One Who Creates Everything By Thinking; Sarah Eagle Heart (Native Americans in Philanthropy CEO) as Luna, a character named after Legend’s daughter; Kiowa-Caddo Tribal Elder and lifelong Native rights crusader Randy Edmonds as Narrator; Liza Koshy (Liza on Demand) as Owl; Diego Luna ("Narcos") as Moth; Tye Sheridan ("Ready Player One") as Turtle; and Constance Wu ("Crazy Rich Asians", "Fresh Off the Boat") as Skunk.

Niantic and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for the Harry Potter AR game.

Niantic and WB Games have unveiled the first teaser trailer for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™,  the upcoming augmented reality (AR) mobile game that will put magic in the hands of players worldwide. The highly anticipated game will launch in 2019.

Co-published and co-developed by Niantic and WB Games, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is part of Portkey Games, a games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by the Wizarding World.

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In Harry Potter: Wizards Uniteplayers will be able to explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

Happy Halloween! We are giving you a chance to win one of the scariest PSVR games of the year, "Home Sweet Home"

Happy Halloween Cats And VR Fans and to celebrate we are giving away a PSVR copy of one of the scariest VR games of the year. All you have to do is follow @CatsAndVR & @MastiffGames on Twitter. Make sure you comment on this page what your twitter handle is for a chance to win.

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Interesting about Home Sweet Home is that it comes from a company who specializes primarily in high-end video production for commercials and advertising. Developed by Yggdrazil Group, Home Sweet Home got a Steam release as non-VR PC title and was also recently released on X1. Drawing from many of the tropes of horror games like P.T. Home Sweet Home still delivers its own set of unique scares. One of the most nightmarish moments of the game, a woman throwing up bloody nails into a sink, haunted me for several days. 

A first-person horror adventure game based on Thai myths and beliefs. The core gameplay focuses on storytelling and stealth to avoid perilous spirits hunting you including your dead wife who has a box cutter and will slit her throat in front of you to say "Hi honey, I'm home".

The level of detail in the game is very impressive for a PSVR title and it does have the ascetic of a thai horror film.

“We are very excited to be working with Mastiff in order to bring the dark, Thai-inspired world of Home Sweet Home to consoles,” shares Saroot Tubloy, Chief Operating Officer of Yggdrazil Group. “The game's real-world lore and mythology is sure to captivate and intrigue players, while its brooding narrative keeps them clinging to the edge of their seat.”

 The first in a series of terrifying first-person horror games, Home Sweet Home throws players into a dark and twisted labyrinth, where a miasma of fear fills the air, dread bleeds through cracks in the ceiling and seeps down through broken floorboards, and anxiety grows stronger with every step.

  After a long night filled with mourning and sorrow over the recent disappearance of his wife, Tim awakens to find himself in a strange, dilapidated building instead of the comfort of his own home. Naturally confused, he desperately begins to search for a way out while attempting to solve questions that could lead to answers regarding his wife's disappearance. At the same time, he’ll find himself being hunted by malevolent spirits.

There is a dark and sinister secret casting a shadow over this interconnected labyrinth...and without question, it's no longer the happy home that it once was.

 

Gripping Thai Horror – A dark narrative inspired by Thai lore, myths, and beliefs that will captivate players while keeping their palms sweating and pulses pounding with fear

Sharpen Wits, Not Blades – Without weapons to provide defense against the evil spirits, players must keep their wits sharp at all times in order to survive

Nicely Tied Together – The use of stealth and investigative skills offers gameplay variety and a chance for players to breathe, but not for long....

Face Your Fears – Experience a new level of first-person fear and terror with PS®VR compatibility



Megadimension Neptunia VIIR Is Headed to Steam!

Previously released on the PlayStation®4,  Megadimension™ Neptunia VIIR (pronounced “V-two-R”) will now be coming to Steam®. The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are compatible, but a VR headset is not required to play the game.



This enhanced version of 2016’s Megadimension Neptunia VII uses a new engine that will provide smoother graphics, a revamped battle system, and a whole new VR experience. 

 

Key Features
Get in Tune with Neptune, Now in VR! – Enter the Player’s Room with the special VR mode to customize your room and hang out one-on-one with characters from the Neptunia series! The HTC Vive and Oculus Rift can enhance the experience, but are not required.

New Strategies, New Possibilities, and Fierce Attacks - The turn-based battle system in this JRPG is spicier than ever! Players can choose attack combos on-the-go, use dazzling specials, and even position teammates to perform devastating team attacks! 

Take Battles to the Next Level – Characters get two levels of transformations for another layer of tactics and even more powerful attacks!

Visually Stunning Worlds –  Enticing worlds, beautiful sceneries, and wacky dialogue can now be experienced through a brand-new game engine allowing for better and smoother graphics!

 

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