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THE META DAISIES IGNITE ROCK IN THE METAVERSE

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In a world first, new metaverse rock band The Meta Daisies has released its debut single and accompanying meta-cinematic ‘Radiance’, propelling the music industry forward into a new virtual era. Imagine your favourite rock stars from the past being reborn, bringing that epic music and energy to a new generation – this is The Meta Daisies.

With real rock provenance – The Meta Daisies is the digital offspring of rock collective The Dead Daisies – a global phenomenon comprised of rock legends from Deep Purple, Whitesnake and Dio. The Dead Daisies are always ahead of the curve, and with their label and management Spitfire Music and metaverse experts Kelly Vero and Dimoso, they used the global lockdown to fire up a strategy that would bring their music to generations to come. By launching The Meta Daisies, the band is building on its legacy while connecting with fans of past, present and future – reimagining the world of The Dead Daisies for Gen Z.

The first sight of the band comes in the shape of the ‘Radiance’ meta-cinematic. Brought to life by trailblazing innovative games industry experts Altergaze, creators of HoverGrease and early pioneers in the VR & XR space, the meta-cinematic gives a glimpse into the home of The Meta Daisies in the metaverse – Daisyland. In this parallel universe, we meet Daisy, the shape-shifting, time travelling, half human half supernatural, guardian of The Meta Daisies, who is on a mission to keep rock alive. Check out the meta-cinematic here.

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Fans can experience the first taste of Daisyland with a listening party in Daisy’s rocking music venue inside the Avakin Life metaverse from June 9th to June 16th. Metaverse agnostic, The Meta Daisies will traverse the digital world, with plans to bring their music to multiple platforms in the future, starting with Avakin Life. The established mobile metaverse – who are also set to become a major force in the Web3 space – is a key destination for artists looking for new audiences, with close to 10million users logging in every month.

“The metaverse is a new frontier for music, and what better place is there to keep the rock legacy alive?!” David Edwards, the band’s manager, says. “The Meta Daisies is an exciting new hard-rocking band that is boldly going where no band has gone before. They are bringing everything that we love about rock to a whole new generation, and ‘Radiance’ is just the beginning! We’re really looking forward to the next step of this journey, into Daisyland and the metaverse, bringing new and exclusive music to a new audience of fans. Keep your eyes peeled for more news soon!”

The Meta Daisies were born from the opportunities metaverse platforms offer, and the accessibility that they afford to deliver new music to rock fans. The driving force behind this project are, David Lowy, The Dead Daisies guitarist and renowned Australian financial magnate, along with David Edwards the creative brains behind Spitfire Music Pty Ltd. They assembled an expert team to handle each facet of the creative process, including  Liviu Antoni of Altergaze (HoverGrease, League of Legends, The War of The Worlds) and metaverse experts Dimoso (Harry Potter, Clash of Kings, Marvel, Warner, Angry Birds). Along with this, key consultants were partnered with to bring the vision to life, including Thomas Lee (Madison Beers avatar, Final Fantasy IX) and Kelly Vero (Tomb Raider, Transformers).

The Meta Daisies encapsulates the very best of rock, preserving that legacy for the future and introducing their music to a new global audience of all ages.

To find out more visit www.themetadaisies.com.

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The Japanese Indie Shooter One-Two Punch Combo!

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Strictly Limited Games welcomes two new Shoot ‘em up titles in one ‘hot’ combo physical releases for the Nintendo Switch to their store. In collaboration with Hanaji Games, this is the only physical version of these two gems available.

Two Different Styled Shooters, One Great Collection

Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo is a vertically scrolling ‘score’ focused shooter set in an apocalyptic mechanised world. With seven different ships to choose from, each with different attack and movement properties, this frantic paced shooter delivers deep and satisfying combat. Exciting unlockables – 14 playable mechas, branching paths, multiple endings, and much more will be unveiled as you delve deeper into the game. Quickly clearing enemies and raising your rank is key to unlocking the final stage and is just one ongoing task to complete.

In Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo, not only does the score hunt and challenging gameplay provide plenty of replay value, but also the branching stage paths will influence the ending. Paired with the quirky story and popping graphics, you sure won’t get bored playing this one.

Dezatopia is a classic arcade styled horizontal shooter with a huge assortment of content, which offers both value and an amazing experience. 24 different stages with 21 bosses arranged in 21 routes, with intuitive and simple controls that will please both experienced and novice gamers. Unique enemies, bosses, weapons galore and interactive components are supplemented with great art and visual backdrops.

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Strange and unusual creatures inhabited Earth’s underground. These unknown to humankind until Momoko, a fashion-obsessed high school girl, accidentally discovered them; but now she plans to create a new world: Dezatopia. Akane and Aoba, Momoko’s schoolmates, are hired to help achieve her directive but things don’t go to plan. The backdrop story could soon become a distant memory, as the all out colourful and non stop, over the top, but compelling, fire and hail explosive onscreen action ramps up!

The craft you control has four unique, intuitive weapons which can each be fired in one direction to halt the enemy onslaught. Upgrades and items can also be purchased from a mid-flight shop, but these advantages are countered by a dynamic difficulty system that automatically adjusts to match the player’s skill level to ensure their experience, strategy, technique and luck are always tested.

Both Mecha Ritz: Steel Rondo and Dezatopia present great and amusing backdrop stories which set the scene for the action and challenges that gamers will encounter once they are ready to face the enemy forces, along with some awesome Bosses and cast that will materialise!

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Upcoming Closed Beta Test Announced for VR Multiplayer First Person Hero Shooter ‘X8’

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Thirdverse, Inc. announced that its upcoming title, X8, is looking for fans of multiplayer tactical first person hero shooters to test their skills in VR. Later in December, Thirdverse will run the X8 closed beta test that allows teams of 5v5 to adopt interactive heroic abilities, acquire a variety of weapons and head into battle across competitive maps. Closed beta players will also be mentioned in the game credits and receive a game key.

Space is very limited and players can apply for a chance to win access to the closed beta by leaving a comment in the #beta-apply page here: https://discord.gg/VZbfMX4wc4

Check out the preview trailer for X8 here:

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Masaru Ohnogi, Thirdverse CBO and Executive Producer on X8, said: “Our approach has always been to involve the community and gather valuable feedback in playtests. The upcoming closed beta test for X8 will focus on the user onboarding experience, and will also be a lot of fun as there are multiple maps, weapons and heroes for our playtesters to explore. It’s incredibly important to hear player feedback and we’re really looking forward to what we can learn in the upcoming session.”

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Bring Thee Hottieverse Home: AmazeVR Launches At-Home VR Concerts In Meta Quest

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AmazeVR blew away Megan Thee Stallion fans this year with the Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour, reaching 15 major cities across the US. Now, Thee Hottieverse is available on the Meta Quest App Lab, where fans can access the full VR concert complete with new interactive elements, and other fandom essentials.

Fans can now find AmazeVR’s app and preview a song from the VR Concert for free. Additional in-app purchases, including the full experience, are available for $6.99 for a limited time. With purchase, fans can relive each performance, and share their headset with friends and family so they can experience the Hottieverse, too.

Find AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion in the Meta Quest App Lab by searching “AmazeVR Megan Thee Stallion VR Concert.

“The Enter Thee Hottieverse VR Concert Tour gave fans the chance to connect with Megan Thee Stallion in a new way. Now, our at-home VR concert is the next step in sharing this experience with those who weren’t able to join us on tour,” says Steve Lee, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of AmazeVR.

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As the first-ever virtual reality tour of its kind, AmazeVR and Megan Thee Stallion made history as AMC Theatres were converted to host fans as they experienced Thee Hottieverse. This isn’t your artist look-alike avatar giving a performance, it’s really Megan Thee Stallion. Fans are transported to their front-row seat at the center of an interactive and futuristic stage, where Megan Thee Stallion and her crew of backup dancers perform right to her fans like never before. Check out concert reactions on AmazeVR’s TikTok.

“This is insane!!! It felt like Megan was dancing in front of me in real life,” One user said in their review. “I could feel her energy run through my veins!! I had originally planned on watching the concert on my couch, but I ended up dancing with her throughout the entire concert. I loved the realistic special effects and the futuristic set designs, as well as the interactive movements I could make with my hands. I’m soooooo excited to see more concerts using this app, and I hope more and more artists will collaborate with the app developer! This was a 7 star experience!!”

VR has become a new avenue for artists to add to their repertoire, giving more opportunities to connect with fans and deliver unique experiences. “We’re excited to reach more fans through the Meta Quest App, and plan to launch more concerts in 2023 through our JV partnership with K-pop giant SM Entertainment,” adds Lee.

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