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Sphero Releases Fast-Driving, App-Driven Ollie

OllieSphero will launch its next-generation, app-controlled robot, Ollie, which features the same technology as the company’s Sphero 2.0. Featuring a tubular design, Ollie has the ability to drive up to 14 mph; and execute tricks including spin, drift, jump, and flip. Through apps, it can provide automatic feedback and points based on the difficulty of the maneuvers and tricks performed.

Programming apps will also be available, and users can customize Ollie with a collection of accessories and parts, which will launch for the holiday season. Accessories include nubby tires, turbo tires, and ultra tires that give users a completely different driving experience. [Read more...]

Atari’s New Minimum Features Maximum Customization

Minimum.TitansAtari will release a third-person perspective, multiplayer online combat game, Minimum, for PC. It will be available for early access on Steam this spring.

Set in a minimalistic, stylized universe, Minimum features session-based combat that pits teams of five against each other with craftable weapons. Each team has their own gigantic, robotic Titan that they power up, which helps them fight and destroy the enemy’s base. At the core of Minimum is an elaborate blueprint crafting system, where players collect resources to create customized weapons and armor that can be powered up.

Minimum was created by TimeGate Studios, which early on, engaged in discussions to cooperate with Atari on the project. Atari then worked with TimeGate to help extricate Minimum out of the TimeGate bankruptcy. Human Head Studios, a Madison, Wisc.-based developer, helped Atari to further develop the game.

Fans can visit www.playminimum.com to pre-register for game updates and receive free bonus in-game items.

AirMech Arena Coming to Xbox from Ubisoft

AirMechArenaUbisoft has partnered with Carbon Games to bring AirMech Arena, a free-to-play competitive game, to the Xbox Live online entertainment network. It will be available for download on Xbox 360 this summer.

AirMech Arena supports single-player, multiplayer cooperative, and multiplayer competitive gameplay for teams of two to three players. The plot revolves around a war-torn future in which powerful weapons known as AirMechs dominate the battlefields. Players command giant transforming robots and capture and protect bases, unlocking powerful units, pilots, items, and AirMechs along the way. [Read more...]