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Magicka gets free Caverns challenge map and paid Marshlands map

A few days ago, fans of the sleeper hit action-RPG Magicka were asked to vote for which of two challenge maps would be released for free. Today the results were reveal and gamers can now download an update via Steam that will automatically add the new Caverns map to the game.

For folks who want to get the whole experience, the Mashlands map is also available to purchase and download via Steam for a mere $1.99. The map adds two new challenges, each with 20 waves of enemies, and some new spawn situations such as zombies coming out of the ground and goblins that use the elevator (apparently they were too tired to use the stairs).

Two new Magicka challenge maps coming April 26; one for free

Hot on the heels of the release of the Magicka: Vietnam action-RPG expansion pack, developer Arrowhead Game Studios and publisher Paradox Interactive have announced that two more challenge maps for Magicka will be released on April 26.

The maps (Marshlands and Caverns) would normally cost $1.99 each to download, but Paradox has decided to release one of the challenge maps for free and is letting players vote for which map will be released next week for the price of nothing at all via the game's Facebook page. You can check out a trailer for the maps after the jump:

Magicka Vietnam gameplay footage takes us to the jungle

The sleeper PC game hit Magicka is getting an expansion pack next week titled (and we still can't quite believe it) Magicka Vietnam. The expansion for the fantasy action-RPG from developer Arrowhead Game Studios will only cost $4.99 but if you still think that's too much money to spend without some sort of preview, the Total Biscuit video preview has you covered.

It managed to get a beta code for the expansion and uploaded over 13 minutes of narrated video footage from the game that puts wizards deep in the jungle and fighting creatures with both magic and Vietnam War-era weapons. Enjoy.

Magicka Vietnam due out on April 12 for $4.99

Magicka, the first surprise hit PC game of 2011, now has a release date for its first major expansion pack, Magicka Vietnam. Publisher Paradox Interactive has announced that the expansion pack will be released on April 12 via digital download for just $4.99.

The parody of action-RPG games puts the Wizards in the jungle and armed with machine guns as well as magic. Their goal? They are going all Rambo by trying to rescue POWs from an interment camp. The expansion from developer Arrowhead Game Studios will also contain a new survival challenge map with increased difficultly levels.

[Via email press release]

Magicka Wizard's Survival Kit DLC released

magickaAfter releasing a small DLC pack for free a couple of weeks ago, the team at developer Arrowhead Game Studios have now released the first paid downloadable content pack for its hit fantasy RPG Magicka.

For a mere 99 cents, Magicka players can add the Wizard's Survival Kit to the game. The kit adds a Wizard' Hat, a Sharp Sword, a +1 Staff and a new magic spell, the Meteor Shower that brings down burning rocks on your foes. As reported last week, a new expansion pack, Magicka Vietnam, is set to be released by Arrowhead and publisher Paradox Interactive "soon".

Magicka: Vietnam trailer shoots fireballs into the jungle


While it's a bit surreal to see a game about conjuring magic delve into the Vietnam War as its first expansion, we can't say that we are too surprised. After all, Magicka is filled with pop culture references, and you can even get a modern light machine-gun (the M60) to blow apart goblins and trolls. This trailer for Magicka: Vietnam is primarily focused around guns and explosions, but there's also plenty of magic using to be had. After all, who wouldn't want to be able to summon an instant barricade against enemy fire? We also love the little send-off at the end to Bad Company 2's menu screen.

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Magicka: Vietnam (No, we are not kidding) announced

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Magicka, the surprise downloadable RPG sales hit, is getting an expansion pack but its one that you never saw coming. Today publisher Paradox Interactive announced Magicka: Vietnam from developer Arrowhead Game Studios.

Yes, you will soon be able to control those four goofy wizards in places and locations that Chuck Norris and Rambo used to shoot people. The press release states that the wizards "try to do what so many 80's action stars have done in the past: blow stuff up." Magicka Vietnam (that still sounds weird) will be available via download "soon" but no price point was announced today. You can check out a trailer for the expansion after the jump.

Magicka update adds some small DLC content

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Magicka has had its share of patches since it was released a month ago but most of them have been for fixing various bugs and issues in the fantasy action-RPG game. Today there was a new "Mea Culpa" update to the game, via Steam, that actually adds some new and free content to the game.

The folks at developer Arrowhead Game Studios, as they usually do, have a little fun with the names of the new items which so for make fun of all the game's technical bugs. For example the new Bugged Staff unleashes a swarm of bugs while the new "magick" spell, which takes out any friend or foe, is called Crash to Desktop. A "broken" sword and a "patched" robe are the other new items.

Download: Magicka Official Soundtrack

If you're a little down because there's not enough Magicka in your life, then this should help lift your spirits. The official soundtrack to the humor infused four-player action role-playing game is available to download for free. Now you can bring the spellcasting feeling with you no matter where you go.

"Magicka is a satirical action-adventure game set in a rich fantasy world based on Norse mythology. The player assumes the role of a wizard from a sacred order tasked with stopping an evil sorcerer who has thrown the world into turmoil, his foul creations besieging the forces of good."

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Interview: Magicka's producer talks about reaching the 200,000 sales mark and more

If some people still need prove that the PC game industry is not dead they only have to take a look at the sales success of Magicka. The humor-filled fantasy-action RPG from developer Arrowhead Game Studios was released in late January via download sites by publisher Paradox Interactive. Today Big Download can exclusively reveal that the game has now sold over 200,000 copies in its first 17 days on sale.

While the game took some hits from game reviewers with bug issues (indeed the latest bug patch was released via Steam today), that hasn't stopped many from professing their overall enjoyment of Magicka. Big Download got Paradox's producer Mattias Lilja to talk about the game reaching the 200,000 unit sales mark and what the future has in store for Magicka.
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