Train2Game News Terminator joins WWE 2K16

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Hollywood actor, professional body builder, governor of California and now WWE Superstar. The T-800 will be in WWE 2K16.

2K today announced the debut of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame inductee and global action film icon Arnold Schwarzenegger in  WWE 2K16, the forthcoming release in the flagship WWE franchise.

Best known for his acting, bodybuilding and political endeavors, Schwarzenegger, a longtime WWE fan and WWE Hall of Famer, will expand his relationship with WWE through WWE 2K16 with two playable characters – T-800 from The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day films. The playable characters will be available for those who pre-order the game at participating retailers for the PlayStation ® 4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, as well as Xbox One and Xbox 360.  WWE 2K16 is scheduled for release on October 27, 2015 in North America and October 30, 2015 internationally.

“I’ve achieved many things in my life, but I’ve always said success means staying hungry and pushing the limits,” said Schwarzenegger. “I was honored to join the WWE Hall of Fame earlier this year, and now I’ll continue my WWE legacy with one of my biggest film roles immortalized in WWE 2K16. Match the Terminator against Stone Cold Steve Austin, Seth Rollins or Daniel Bryan, and there’s only one possible outcome: Hasta la vista, baby!”

From early childhood in his native Austria to today, Schwarzenegger represents the ultimate renaissance man, taking risks and defying odds through career accomplishments in bodybuilding, acting, politics and more. He won his first of four Mr. Universe titles at the age of 20, earned seven Mr. Olympia titles and since 1989 has hosted worldwide fitness expositions through the Arnold Sports Festival. Schwarzenegger is a fixture in numerous blockbuster action films, including Conan the Barbarian, The Terminator, Predator, Total Recall, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Expendables franchise and his most recent release, Terminator Genisys, as well as for his roles in pop-culture favorites Kindergarten Cop and Twins. In addition, Schwarzenegger transcended from Hollywood to the state capitol, serving two consecutive terms as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2010.

“Arnold Schwarzenegger is a living legend with universal appeal, a perseverance for greatness and a strong relationship with WWE, including his recent Hall of Fame induction, all of which make him an incredible fit for WWE 2K16,” said Chris Snyder, Vice President of Marketing at 2K. “He’s a force to be reckoned with and defines what it means to raise some hell. Through his WWE 2K16 pre-order inclusion, fans simply can’t beat the opportunity to play as the Terminator in a WWE ring.”

To see the WWE 2K16 pre-order promotional campaign featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZTSahJxT0Q

Train2Game News Game Music Connect 2015

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If you are interested in music and games this is the event for you which is being held in London in September.

Game Music Connect organizers today revealed new sessions for the third annual international video game music conference which returns to The Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre on September 15.

Game Music Connect welcomes Director Of Music for Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) Worldwide Studios, Chuck Doud as opening keynote speaker for 2015. Other new sessions announced include video demonstrations and discussion with Sony’s in-house Project Morpheus music team regarding the aesthetics and functionality of in-game music scores for Virtual Reality (VR). Tickets for Game Music Connect 2015 are available now at http://www.gamemusicconnect.com .

The new sessions to be announced for Game Music Connect 2015 include:

“VISION TALK: EMOTIONAL RESONANCE IN VIDEO GAME MUSIC”
One of the globe’s most important video game music executives, Chuck Doud leverages over two decades of experience in music composition, production, technology and business. His remit includes such beloved PlayStation titles as The Last Of Us, Journey, Uncharted, InFamous, and God Of War – industry-leading in quality and innovation. He brings a unique game music world view to this year’s Game Music Connect keynote as he discusses Sony’s current and future visions for video game scoring and celebrates the vital role music plays in today’s and tomorrow’s interactive entertainment experiences, together with the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Speaker: Chuck Doud (Director Of Music for Sony Computer Entertainment America Worldwide Studios)

“VIRTUAL REALITY & THE MEANING OF MUSIC”
Over the last twenty years, rightly or wrongly, many video game creators have sought to apply the grammar and function of film music to an interactive medium somewhat at odds with its linear cousin – with varying degrees of success. Games where the player is active protagonist in a real world gameplay scenario, yet is frequently relegated to passive viewer by cut scenes can be particularly thorny. What is music for; who is music for? And now, the discomfort of linear music concepts which don’t always sit well with interactive experiences is heightened in the brave new world of Virtual Reality. Sony’s in-house Project Morpheus music team started over with a clean slate and have conducted a series of trials regarding the aesthetics and functionality of scores for VR, seeking to design implementation systems which harness the inherent power of music without disturbing user immersion. Using ‘show and tell’ they will demonstrate what they have found to work so far, and explain why.

Speakers:

Alastair Lindsay (Music Production Manager, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Creative Services Group)

Joe Thwaites (Composer & Music Production Assistant, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Creative Services Group)
Chairs: John Broomhall and James Hannigan

More sessions will be announced shortly. Visit www.gamemusicconnect.com for all the latest news.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 – 27.07.15

Rory McIlroy PGA TourRory McIlroy PGA Tour remains in the number one spot this week with no new games added. Battlefield Hardline has managed to climb back in to the top twenty, landing at number thirteen.

All formats

Week ending 25 July 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR EA SPORTS 1
2 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 4
3 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 3
4 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 2
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 7
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 13
8 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 11
9 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 8
10 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 12
11 DESTINY ACTIVISION 6
12 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 10
13 BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE EA GAMES
14 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 16
15 GOD OF WAR III: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT. 9
16 FAR CRY 4 XBOX 360 CLASSICS 14
17 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 19
18 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 15
19 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 18
20 FARMING SIMULATOR 15 FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE 20
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Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2015 UKIE Ltd

These charts cannot be reproduced either in print or online without obtaining permission from Ukie. If you wish to reproduce the charts in print or online, please contact david.smith@ukie.org.uk for the appropriate license.

Train2Game News Rise of the Tomb Raider release dates

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Following Rise of the Tomb Raider’s exclusivity to Xbox, Square Enix have announced the release date for PlayStation and PC.

Square Enix today announced its latest title in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be available for Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016.

The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) in Holiday 2016. Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms.

In the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider, Lara Croft survived a harrowing experience only to be discredited as part of a cover up. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerrilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will premiere first, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10, 2015.

Train2Game News Ubisoft at EGX 2015

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Ubisoft have announced three big games will be playable at the UKs biggest gaming expo in September.

EGX, the UK’s biggest video games event, today announced that Ubisoft titles Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will all be playable at EGX this September 24-27, including a UK first public hands-on for Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In Tom Clancy’s The Division, a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, these agents are trained to operate independently in order to save society.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes the series to a stunning recreation of Nineteenth Century Victorian London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, complete with underground criminal elements and the ongoing struggle between the common poor and rich elite. New Assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, make it their mission to jump in and redress the balance.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s take on the tactical shooter has been wowing gamers worldwide since its announcement at E3 2014. This hyper-intense first-person shooter features explosive close quarters combat, high lethality, tactics and team play; all within a highly detailed, fully-destructible environment.

Louise Marchant, Group Marketing Manager at Ubisoft said, “We’re really pleased to be bringing three of our biggest games to EGX in the form of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. The show continues to go from strength-to-strength and we’re looking forward to seeing UK gamers get up-close and personal with the first-ever London-based Assassin’s Creed, the long-awaited return of Rainbow Six and the UK premiere of The Division”.

“Ubisoft fans are in for a treat at EGX as three upcoming heavyweight games from the publisher will be playable on the show floor”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “Visitors to EGX will have yet more bragging rights as they’ll get their hands on Ubisoft’s The Division before all their mates. Bring on September!”.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Ubisoft’s full catalogue of games, please visit www.ubisoft.com .

EGX will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24-27 September 2015. For more information about all the activity at the event, including eSports, hundreds of playable games and dozens of exclusive developer announcements, please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Streets of Rage 2 on 3DS

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A SEGA Classic is now available for Nintendo 3DS. See the action pop off the screen as you walk the Streets of Rage.

Relive the 1992 SEGA Mega Drive classic, Streets of Rage II, reworked in glorious stereoscopic 3D for the Nintendo 3DS from today! 3D Streets of Rage II is available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop for €4.99/£4.49/$5.99.

The critically acclaimed, side scrolling beat ‘em up that redefined the genre, sees Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding take to the streets once more to rescue their friend Adam from the clutches of master-criminal, Mr. X.

Take on a multitude of enemies; from bikers and kickboxers to ninjas and robots in this action packed remastering of one of the SEGA Mega Drive’s most cherished games and the latest in a series of 3D re-releases for Nintendo 3DS that have included such classics as 3D Space Harrier II, 3D Outrun and 3D After Burner II.

To check out the all new 3D Streets of Rage II footage click here. For more information on 3D Streets of Rage II, log on to www.sega.com .

Train2Game News Huge eSports prize at EGX

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The biggest eSports prize fund in EGX’s history will be up for grabs this September in Birmingham.

EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, and Gfinity, the leading eSports organisation formed by gamers and with the backing of successful investors, is thrilled to announce they will be hosting two tournaments for more than $100,000 at this year’s EGX, running at the NEC, Birmingham from 24th to 27th September 2015.
 
The Gfinity stand will give EGX attendees a comprehensive eSports experience, allowing them to meet some of the top pro-gamers in the world, plus see them in action competing for more than $100,000 in prize money across Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and StarCraft 2, the largest prize pot in EGX history.
 
The $100,000 Gfinity Champion of Champions event will see the top four teams from previous Gfinity events – fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team EnvyUs and Virtus Pro – compete on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th for the coveted title of Gfinity CS:GO Champions 2015. Prior to the weekend, the final Gfinity Summer Masters for StarCraft 2 will see eight of the world’s best players compete live from the show floor.

“We are very excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with EGX to bring elite level eSports to the event for the first time”. Said Martin Wyatt, Head of Partnerships at Gfinity. “Following our successful debut at the show in 2014 we have decided to bring the culmination of our CS:GO and Starcraft 2 seasons to the NEC and 80,000 people. With over $100,000 to play for and the very best playing talent in the world in attendance this is an amazing opportunity for the EGX crowd to witness world class eSports live and in person”.

David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events, added, “eSports is exploding worldwide and we’re delighted to be working more closely with Gfinity to bring the UK’s premier eSports experience to EGX. Visitors will see the world’s finest gaming stars compete at the highest level and may even pick up a trick or two to help them win next year’s prize pot”.

For more information about Gfinity Champion of Champions, Gfinity CS:GO Champions 2015, Gfinity Summer Masters and the full schedule of events please visit www.gfinity.net .
 
EGX will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24th to 27th September 2015. For more information about all the activity at the event, including eSports, hundreds of playable games and dozens of exclusive developer announcements, please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Unikrn upgrade

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The company behind safe and legal wagering on eSports has had an upgrade, adding several new ways of betting on competitive gaming.

Unikrn, a gaming and eSports company bringing safe and legal wagering to competitive videogame matches and tournaments around the world, is launching version 2.0 of its platform, Unikrn.com.

Unikrn 2.0 isn’t just a visual overhaul, however.  Along with all the new buttons, Unikrn has added a whole slew of content (articles, interviews, insights, tips, etc.) and new betting options! 

In addition to their traditional match and tournament betting, it now offers the following bets:

Multi Bets :
Multi bets pay out based on the results of multiple events.  On Unikrn 2.0, users can now create a multi bet that pays out if every team they have selected wins.  Multi bets can greatly increase the payout of betting on favorite teams, even if they individually have low odds.

Exotics :
Users will be able to bet not just on the result of a match, but on what happens within those matches.  In the coming days and weeks, Unikrn will start to offer odds on:  “First Dragon/Baron” (League of Legends), “First Blood” (all games), “Highest Currency” (all games), “Knife Kills” (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and many more in-game events.

Handicaps :
Low odds on a favorite team?  Bet with a handicap to increase the payout!  If a user’s favorite team is on a big win streak, they can now handicap them to get better odds.  In best of 3s or more, users will be able to bet as if the team with low odds has already lost the first round, significantly increasing the odds (and payout) if they manage to win the remaining matches.

To celebrate the new version of their platform, Unikrn is proud to announce a new partnership with mousesports, one of the world’s most decorated professional gaming teams.  

The deal covers the CS:GO section of the mousesports brand, and together, mousesports and Unikrn will offer eSports fans an even more exciting look into the world of pro gaming, pro gamers and the games they play.  For more info on the announcement, please see  http://mousesports.com/

Train2Game News Uth702 offers aid to studios

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A small company made up of game industry veterans are offering to help up coming studios with promotion and fuctionality.

Uth702, Inc. invites all game developers and companies to partner up in promoting ongoing and upcoming games across all regions.

Uth702 is an outsourcing company specializing in game service for mobile games, online PC games, and other platforms. While the company started only in 2014, the small team consists of experienced specialists in the gaming industry. With a crew of more than 10 years of working experience in game service, the team offers a wide range of services which can be beneficial in the maintenance, management, and marketing of a game.

Uth702 offers a wide range of services, depending on the project’s needs. The company possesses flexibility and personalized plans to maximize results. Services offered include, but are not limited to Viral Marketing Support, Customer Support, Events and Community Management, and Social Media Management.

A spokesperson for the company said “We maintain consumer awareness and satisfaction ahead of anything else. Every project we handle, we make it a priority on consumers to give them the best gaming experience possible.”

For game companies who are interested with the offered services, you may go to the website.

Train2Game News Gamer Network adds Mod and Indie Databases

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Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, today announced that immensely popular developer-driven database sites Mod DB and Indie DB are joining the network.
 
Starting 13 years ago in response to a need to organise the fledgling modding community, Mod DB is the world’s leading modding website – with over 29 million monthly pageviews – dedicated to supporting the independent development of mods, add-ons and downloadable content (DLC). As the site puts it, the aim of Mod DB is to “unite developers, players and their ideas, empowering them to shape the games we play”.

With increasing numbers of mod developers adding profiles to Mod DB to promote their indie games, Indie DB was created to provide a home for the growing indie game community. As the site puts it, the aim of Indie DB is to “connect independent developers of games with players, from the day they start developing their game to the day they release it”.

Both sites were established on the premise of user-generated content, with the content creators themselves being the driving force behind updates. On Indie DB, for example, developers have control of the site, allowing them to share details and behind the scenes insight about the games they are creating, in the form of news, images, videos and downloads. Almost all the site’s content is posted by the games’ creators. Perfectly complementing the editorial-based content of the rest of the network, Mod DB and Indie DB’s mission to empower developers to submit content has established two continuously growing and highly loyal communities.

The addition of Indie DB to the Gamer Network family bolsters the already world-class indie support the company provides. Gamers can stay up-to-date with indie games across the network of editorial sites – including RockPaperShotgun.com – then play the games at the indie-focussed EGX Rezzed event in the spring, plus the huge indie area of EGX in the autumn. In addition, Gamer Network’s in-house creative agency Gamer Creative and crowdfunded collector’s edition arm Gamer’s Edition heavily support independent developers by promoting their brands through advertising creative and merchandise.

“As a loyal reader of RockPaperShotgun.com and GamesIndustry.biz, I’ve long admired Gamer Network’s close relationship with gamers and developers”. Said Scott Reismanis, founder of Mod DB and Indie DB. “We’ve always worked hard to bridge that gap, and give creators a voice and community they can share their work on. This partnership allows us to focus on that aim, whilst working with a network that understands the needs of developers of all sizes”.

Rupert Loman, CEO of Gamer Network, added, “We’ve been fans of Mod DB and Indie DB for a long time so we’re delighted to welcome them to the Gamer Network family. The PC, indie and modding communities are at the forefront of our industry and as a company we’re committed to supporting their growth – we can’t wait to help develop the websites in partnership with Scott over the coming years”.

Mod DB is available at www.moddb.com

Indie DB can be reached at www.indiedb.com