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£250k RichCast Creators Fund commissions 40 interactive stories & games

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RichCast’s Creators Fund (www.richcast.com) has commissioned 40 exciting original Next Generation Media experiences from around the world in just six months, contracting writers, visual novelists, game developers, filmmakers and even a magician.

The £250,000 Fund launched in May, with creators invited to pitch ideas to receive funding and production support ahead of their work being made available as part of RichCast’s launch content library.

You watch a preview trailer of the upcoming Creators Fund titles here: https://youtu.be/BBFku_7Vzck

Pegasus Lost interactive comic trailer: https://youtu.be/x7ivmyvob1c

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Interview with Pegasus Lost creator Dan Whitehead: https://youtu.be/a1LM2zZAN7g

RichCast, developed by UK-based Panivox, opens up a new world of user-generated next generation media experiences, called Titles, ranging from interactive ‘choose your own adventures’ and games, to linear stories and learning tools.

The platform’s #NoCode approach allows creators to make, own, distribute and monetise diverse types of content that players can stream and enjoy through a single app across multiple devices (MacOS, Windows, iOS, Android).

The first tranche of Creators Fund commissions is as varied as it is broad, with more than 40 titles encompassing supernatural stories, interactive movies, sci-fi comics, teenage romance, interactive quiz shows with hosts, moral dilemma stories, an interactive magic show, a dungeon raiding story with a celebrity host, time travel tales and a clutch of fun RichCast ‘shorts’.

The RichCast Creators Fund continues to actively commission short- and long-form experiences, in addition to art, voice and audio content, to fuel its catalogue, with the goal of releasing over 25 new titles over the next six months.

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RichCast is free for both Creators and Players with plans to add fair monetisation to ensure content creators receive royalties for their great experiences.

In October Panivox, which is working in collaboration with Staffordshire University, was awarded approximately £500,000 in the form of a SMART Grant from Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency, to be used towards the continued R&D of the platform.

“The RichCast Creators Fund is designed to provide the world’s most innovative writers, game developers and filmmakers with the financial and technical support they need when making interactive experiences using our #NoCode editing tools,” said Panivox CCO Andrew Oliver. “We encourage creatives to come forward and pitch their ideas for a slice of the remaining fund – we can’t wait to see what the RichCast creative community will come up with!”

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Journey to a mysterious land of giant shadow creatures in Strayed Lights

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Evocative action adventure Strayed Lights, in which you play a tiny light beset by rogue shadow creatures, will be launching on PC and consoles at the end of April. Developer Embers has dropped a reveal trailer alongside the announcement, revealing glimpses of the game’s dark and beautiful world, fluid yet challenging combat and exploration imbued with quasi-mystical themes.

Fight your inner demons and restore your balance

In Strayed Lights, you travel through otherworldly regions of misty woods, glowing ruins and corrupted cities while pursued by eerie shadow creatures. You also take on boss fights with colossal creatures wrought with unbridled emotion.

Your tiny light will grow, picking up new abilities and increasing in size, before eventually evolving into a pseudo-mystical entity imbued with vivid powers. Meanwhile, you’ll get a glimpse at the mysteries of the surrounding world, whether through other strayed lights like yourself, or different creatures entirely.

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The game is set to an atmospheric soundtrack that reflects states of feeling in creatures you encounter, by Grammy award-winning composer Austin Wintory — whose previous projects include Journey, Abzû and The Banner Saga Series.

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Tears of Themis [Blizzardous Threads of Red] Limited-Time Event Releases on Jan 12

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Global interactive entertainment brand HoYoverse announced today that its romance detective title, Tears of Themis, will launch a series of limitedtime event under the historical theme [Blizzardous Threads of Red] on January 12! Amidst the snowy
landscape, a lifetime passes by in a moment. Attorneys will visit Blizzard Villa together with the four male leads, complete the “Snowy Mountain” Main Story and Side Story tasks, collect Holly Stationery, and obtain the EventLimited Badge, R cards, and various rewards!

The main story of Tears of Themis takes place in the fictitious city of Stellis, where players kick off their legal career as a rookie attorney, solving cases and issues by conducting investigations and debates. When the darkness hidden beneath finally unveils itself, a sinister force that threatens justice and order slowly begins to surface. The four male protagonists with distinct personalities, also known as the members of the NXX Investigation Team, provide continuous support and assistance throughout this journey. Relationships blossom with the establishment of mutual trust and close cooperation.

Check out the event trailer here:

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On a cold and snowy night, at an old manor deep in the mountains… An antique magnate, Mevis Zeng, is about to hold an auction at this manor for precious treasures. Many guests from all walks of life have been invited to join the event, but then an accident happens right before their eyes… Is the legend of the soulreaping snow beast a truth? Or has someone meticulously set up this trap?

What secrets are hidden in this old manor? Attorneys will launch an investigation together with the four members of NXX, visit the villa guests, obtain various artifacts from the various buildings in the Villa Courtyard, and uncover their respective Artifact Stories concerning the guest involved. Participate in the event to obtain R cards of the four male leads, along with the EventLimited Badge, Namecard, Invitation, and other exclusive rewards!

At the same time, the “Another Year with You” reward event will also be available. Attorneys can complete limitedtime tasks to obtain Sweet Persimmons to exchange for Tears of Themis Limited, past eventlimited SR cards (“Twilight Beauty,” “A Star in the Palm,” “Winning Ball,” and “Eternal Whispers”), Chubby Riceball Crisis event R cards, and other rewards.

There will also be a TimeLimited Total Purchases Event during this event period. At the same time, the 1st Buy Bonus will also be reset! There will be a limitedtime sale for the four male leads’ “Blizzardous” Themed Outfits as well as the “Stage” and “Old Manor” Backgrounds in the Cosmetics Shop. “Blizzardous Threads of Red” Event Shadow of Themis will be available for a
limited time. Attorneys can use Tears of Themis Limited or Tears of Themis Earthly to obtain Visions. The EventLimited Cards Luke SSR “Dreamlike Drama,” Artem SSR “The Weeds,” Vyn SSR “Burning Embrace,” and Marius SSR “Mirage of You” will have an increased draw rate.

Tears of Themis officially launched on July 29, 2021 on both Android and iOS. Game text is available in Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English, Japanese, and Korean, with dubbing available in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This game has an age rating of 3+ (all ages) on the Google Play Store (12+ on the Korean Google Play Store) and 12+ on the App Store. For more information, please visit the official website at http://tot.hoyoverse.com, Twitter (@TearsofThemisEN), Instagram (@tearsofthemis_en), Facebook (@tearsofthemis.glb), the official Discord server, or the official YouTube channel.

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X-Plane 12 – The most realistic flight simulator

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Laminar Research is excited to present the release of X-Plane 12. This flight simulator includes 18 unique aircraft models and over 17,000 detailed 3D airports – all with new ground textures, towers and pavement effects to enhance realism.

“We’re thrilled to share X-Plane 12 with the world after years of hard work to take our flight simulator to the next level. Preparing this release has involved re-writing almost every aspect of the application to implement first-principles physics and rendering in the tireless pursuit of ultimate realism“ said Thomson Meeks – Director of Operations.

X-Plane 12 is the most realistic and powerful flight simulator with real-world physics, accurate aircraft systems/behavior and an immersive simulation of the world. X-Plane 12 is built by pilots and engineers – for everyone who craves a realistic flight simulation experience. Over the past 20 years, X-Plane has proven itself a favorite among aviation enthusiasts/gamers and an indispensable tool for real-world pilots, flight instructors and aircraft designers.

New Engine Features in X-Plane 12

  • Volumetric 3D Clouds
  • Physics-Based Photometric Lighting Model
  • Worldwide 3D Water
  • Rewritten AI-Air Traffic Control System
  • Global 3D Forests
  • Seasonal Textures and Weather Effects
  • Revamped Real Weather Data

New Aircraft in X-Plane 12

  • Airbus A330
  • Cessna Citation X
  • Lancair Evolution
  • Cirrus SR22
  • Piper PA-18 Super Cub
  • Van’s RV-10
  • F-14 Tomcat
  • Robinson R22 (plus a floats version)

Check out the trailer on YouTube.

Get X-Plane 12 from the creator directly or on Steam.

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