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The Franklin Institute Spawns Immersive Escape Room-Inspired Roblox Experience Launching today at 6 pm ET

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The Franklin Institute, one of the leading science centers in the nation, has joined forces with metaverse development studio MELON to create CurioCity, an all-new immersive Roblox experience launching today at 6 pm ET on the popular platform. CurioCity (pronounced Curiosity) is available for free on Roblox, a global online platform connecting millions of people through shared experiences. Designed for players of all ages, CurioCity turns astronomy and physiology into fun, immersive and interactive experiences featuring two escape room mini-games that take visitors inside the human body and through an exploration of space as they solve puzzles and complete tasks to escape and earn rewards and virtual badges.

With today’s launch, the Franklin Institute becomes one of only a handful of science museums worldwide that have taken the leap into the metaverse, providing new opportunities to entertain and educate young learners worldwide.

“Metaverse platforms like Roblox are a logical next step for The Franklin Institute, providing a highly relevant medium to connect with future audiences at a young age and pique their curiosity about science and technology,” said Franklin Institute Chief Experience and Strategy Officer Abby Bysshe. “Through CurioCity on Roblox, we are reaching a community of young thinkers where they are already socializing, creating, and sharing experiences together with friends, and are introducing valuable insights and resources to these new audiences in a highly engaging and entertaining way.”

When visitors enter CurioCity, they discover the many different ways to customize their avatars and the look of Benji-Bot, their trusted robot companion who will answer questions and provide information. They will then embark on various mini-games, including two timed escape rooms, one on a moon base and one dedicated to the human body. Community members can work solo or collaborate with others to escape by completing puzzles and tasks, earning rewards, and collecting pet morphs and other virtual items as they learn scientific methods and facts.

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“We designed this experience to be fun and to capture some of the thrills of exploration and discovery that have always spurred scientific progress,” Josh Neuman, co-CEO at MELON, explains. “Though it’s all about what works in Roblox, the Franklin Institute’s exhibits, collections, and overall philosophy inspired many of the elements we incorporated into the games, and we collaborated closely on the unique visual world we created.”

The metaverse is a new frontier that promises to expand the reach of museums and science centers, which adds to existing physical exhibits and virtual programming. For the last two centuries, the Franklin Institute has worked to present science and its discoveries in accessible ways that are meaningful to different audiences through programs, innovative exhibits, and, more recently—podcasts, videos, and other digital experiences grounded in science and technology.

“Educational experiences have become a priority at MELON,” says Heather Healy, SVP of Partnerships & Operations. “We are focused on creating educational games that not only teach important topics but are high fidelity, fun to explore, and exciting to play. The Roblox platform is perfect for that elevated learning experience.”

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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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Tears of Themis “Redolent Nonage” Limited-Time Event Available in November

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Global interactive entertainment brand HoYoverse announced today that the romance detective title, Tears of Themis, will be launching a brand-new event “Redolent Nonage” in November. During the event, there will be a limited-time rerun of previous Luke cards. The event also includes Travel Wishes and other exciting activities. Players can participate to obtain limited-time cards, Invitation, furniture, level-up materials, exclusive phone call, exclusive text message, and many other rewards.

A reunion after years of separation stirs up ripples of affection in their hearts. The close childhood friendship of the past has quietly bloomed into a mutual romantic affection. Words are not enough to encompass the moments of happiness in their time spent together. What kind of sweet birthday surprises will Luke receive this year? Make a wish with him on this special day, and build a love that will last for all the seasons to come.

Check out the event trailer here:

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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.

In this limited-time event, players can accompany Luke to complete Travel Wishes in the Wish List. Players can visit the shopping street, purchase little trinkets, savor the sweet congee of childhood, return to campus for an open class, attend a photography exhibition, ride a swan boat together, and so on… Enjoy the bliss and tranquility of daily life. During the event, players can complete limited-time birthday tasks to obtain the Luke R card “Prepared,” Tears of Themis, and other rich rewards. In addition, players can complete Travel Wishes to obtain the birthday-limited “Luke -Redolent” outfit, “Luke’s Bedroom” background, “Redolent Nonage” event commemorative badge, and other exclusive rewards. Log in during the event period to also receive Luke’s birthday text message and phone call. Don’t miss out on these sweet and exclusive gifts!

The limited-time “Luke All Year-Round” birthday series rerun will also be available during this period, including Luke’s birthday SSR “Warm Embrace” limited-time rerun and rate-up. During the event, Luke’s previous birthday R card “Quietly Waiting” is available for limited-time exchange, and the “No Doubts” invitation will also be available at the Mall. Accumulate Total Purchases to unlock the “Redolent Photos” furniture set and other generous rewards.

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