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Always Be Climbing With Zynga’s Latest Game, Mountain Goat Mountain

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Channel your inner mountain goat and climb your way to the top in Zynga’s new mobile game, Mountain Goat Mountain. The game is available worldwide today as a free download on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and on Google Play.

Developed by a small team in Zynga’s San Francisco office, Mountain Goat Mountain is a fast-paced, infinite procedural arcade game that centers on our fearless hero – the nimble and determined Goat. The Goat’s goal is to traverse a treacherous mountain – dodging boulders, waterfalls, logs and crumbling rocks – in an attempt to keep climbing and moving up the mountain.

As you ascend the mountain you collect coins, which can be used to access some of the more than 20 different Goats and numerous mountain environments in the game, including Stealth Goat, where you scale the mountain with night-vision; Unicorn Goat, complete with rainbows and diamond boulders; DubStep Goat, who drops the bass with every jump; and Rain Goat, who slips and slides across rocks to make it to the top.

You can start climbing today and see if you have what it takes to reach the pinnacle of Mountain Goat Mountain.

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Under the Hood: A First Look at CSR2 from NaturalMotion

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In 2012 NaturalMotion introduced CSR Racing, and with it, never-before-seen levels of visual fidelity and vehicle authenticity to the Racing genre on mobile. Now, three years and more than 130 million downloads later, we are proud to share with you today a first look at our brand new title in the CSR Racing franchise: CSR2. CSR Racing was born from our love of cars. Bringing our love of cars to the mobile screen was the team’s overarching goal during the development of the original CSR Racing and one that remains as we take the franchise to the next level with CSR2.

Developed out of our London East studio, the CSR2 team is comprised of highly talented individuals who have worked across some of the most well-known and respected racing game franchises including Forza, Need for Speed, DiRT and Burnout. Their passion for cars is as strong as their desire to create the most beautiful and most authentic racing game possible.

Authenticity in CSR2 comes down to fulfilling a simple dream. Many fantasize about owning a $2 million hyper car, but only a few will realize that in their lifetime. CSR2 lets players experience the thrill of attaining not just one, but a whole garage of the most desirable cars on the planet, and it feels as close as possible to the real thing. That’s because each car, down the stitching on the seats, is built without compromise to its real-world beauty, integrity and authenticity. Adding to the feeling that these cars are truly yours is the ability to configure each one just as if you were making those choices in a real-world showroom.

We’ve worked closely with our vehicle manufacturer partners – Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Pagani and more – not just on the exterior of the cars, but the interior as well. Each car has been meticulously created from manufacturer CAD data to give players the most authentic customization experience. Not only can you choose the official paint options for the body and brake calipers but even the real-world manufacturer and model trim options to truly make each car your own. Once specced, your new car doesn’t just appear in your garage, but is delivered to you, further enhancing the excitement of collecting the most incredible cars in the world.

To make this dream a reality, the team has built upon some of the world’s most advanced shading and lighting techniques to mimic how light reflects from cars in real life. For example, physically based shading is used to simulate the interactions that cars in your garage have with light sources to capture reality in the most stunning way possible. But while visuals and fidelity are important, we never make any technological advancement for technology sake alone. It is always a means to create a believable and immersive experience for the player.

And curating your collection of cars is only part of the CSR2 experience. In CSR Racing we introduced a new form of gameplay with the drag race, the purest form of car comparison. We’re staying true to this core gameplay, and we are very excited to tell you about how we have innovated on it in the near future.

In the coming weeks, CSR2 will enter its first of many soft launch phases. We will be listening closely to player feedback as we slowly ramp our testing across geographies and devices. We expect CSR2 to launch globally later this year on mobile devices worldwide.

Stay tuned for more, and thank you to the entire teams at NaturalMotion and Zynga that are working hard to bring our passion for cars to life in CSR2.

– Torsten Reil, CEO, NaturalMotion

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Fire in the Hole! Leagues and New Battle Environments Coming Soon to Empires & Allies

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Atten-hut! Commanders, be aware of the following new features coming soon to Empires & Allies! The dev team has been hard at work on new updates, and we’re proud to share a glimpse of what’s in store. Keep the engines running on your Apaches and A-10s, because the following features are launching in the coming weeks:

  • Get Ready for Leagues! Players will soon get a chance to compete for the rank of supreme commander. With our new Leagues system, players with the highest medal count in player-versus-player mode will have a chance to win special in-game rewards, including exclusive flags and more. With new League seasons starting every week, and six tiers of multiple ranks, battles in each League will be fast, furious and fair.
  • Explore New Terrains and Battlefields: Take a look above at one of the awesome new battlefields from our environmental artists. Artic terrains, along with lakes, ponds and roads will provide new challenges and dynamic battlefields for commanders to overcome. Each terrain will be added throughout the globe in player-versus-environment mode and its location matched to its real-world coordinates on the map.
  • More Events Inbound: We just wrapped up our first in-game event, challenging players to upgrade their HQ for a chance to earn gold and constructions boosts. More events are on the way in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to our Twitter, Tumblror Facebook channels for the next one. Our favorite event participants will also be featured on our weekly live stream “Firepower Fridays” at tv/empiresandallies

Empires & Allies continues to build an army of players since its global launch last month, and we thank all commanders for their loyal service and feedback to help make Empires & Allies the best modern military strategy game on mobile today. By the numbers, since launch players have waged a whopping 160 million battles and liberated  71 million countries. Keep taking the fight to the GRA, and download Empires & Allies today on the App Store and Google Play.

Check out the explosive Empires & Allies trailer for more.