Train2Game News “Spotify of gaming” in closed beta

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Utomik, the new ‘unlimited gaming’ subscription service launches its eagerly awaited Closed Beta today.

The start-up company, dubbed ‘the Spotify of gaming’ by the media, is sending out beta activation keys to lucky gamers around the world as we speak. They are the first to try out this exciting new service.

Utomik announced their service last February, offering unlimited gaming for $9.99 per month, which resulted in overwhelming community response and media attention. Utomik’s unique take on streaming lets gamers play the  real game (not a video stream like OnLive) up to a 100 times faster without lag.

Utomik has secured the first publishing contracts totaling over 400 games and is rapidly expanding its library further. During the closed beta, gamers can play a selection of games from the entire library. Games include Darksiders II, Broken Age, King Arthur II and Torchlight.

Utomik successfully wrapped up a first alpha phase last month and surveyed the participants to back up its claims. Gamers responded positively about the Utomik experience so far:

“Color me amazed how it just works”,
“No lag as promised” and “Fantastic service”
are just a few of the responses.

“Gamers love to play many games for a monthly fee. Their first reactions are fantastic, now we look to expand that success with the Closed Beta.” says CEO Doki Tops.

You can still sign up on the company website:  Sign up to participate

Train2Game News Mobile MOBA Beta

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Allstar Games, a leading mobile publisher, has today announced forthcoming mobile MOBA, Allstar Heroes, has now entered closed Beta in the UK.

The Closed Beta, which is currently only available to those with Android devices, will be playable from 26th March to 14th April. To get in on the mobile MOBA madness, head over to the Play Store and download the game now at: http://bit.ly/UKBetaTest

Allstar Heroes brings the complete MOBA experience to mobile devices, smashing together the strategy synonymous with the genre with the fast, fun, pick-up-and-play nature of traditional mobile titles.

“The arrival of the Closed Beta marks an incredibly important and exciting time for everyone here at Allstar Games” said Bea Wang, Vice President at Allstar Games. “We’ve poured our heart into making the game as fun as possible, and I hope everyone enjoys their time with it.”

To celebrate the launch of the Closed Beta, players can now register at the following link to earn in game rewards: http://www.allstarheroes.eu/special/UKBetaTestEvent/

Train2Game News Syrinscape SoundSet Creator

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Syrinscape, developer of movie-like sounds for the tabletop gaming experience, including the officially licensed Pathfinder Roleplaying Game SoundPacks, announces today the open call for beta-testers for the new Syrinscape SoundSet Creator, a sound design app that gives the user the power to create and customize fantastic sound effects, environments, soundscapes, and music.

The Syrinscape SoundSet Creator is a massively powerful, but easy to use, sound-design tool, available on PC and Mac. With a user-friendly interface, the SoundSet Creator puts all of the sliders, dials, parameters, settings, and other functions that are used in-house by Syrinscape, now in the hands of the public.

Participants in the SoundSet Creator open beta event will have complete access to the SoundSet Creator app, and will be able to import their own sounds and meld them together to make their own unique creations, for the entire month of February. Participants will also receive access within the Creator to the four free pre-made SoundSets – Bugbear Battle, Witchwood, Blaster Battle, and Shipboard – with which they can experiment. The four SoundSets, along with any sounds users create, will be theirs to keep after the beta closes on February 28, 2015.

“The SoundSet Creator is a fantastic sound-design tool, not only for tabletop gamers, but also for teachers, filmmakers, musicians, sound engineers, and so on,” says Benjamin Loomes, creator of Syrinscape. “The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to hear about the fun and unique sounds the community comes up with!”

To sign-up for the event, and to receive the four free SoundSets, visit Syrinscape.com.

Train2Game News Try before you buy on PC

Game SessionsGameSessions today announced additional investment for its free PC trial game service, taking the total raised to $5m, and the release of Crytek’s ‘Ryse – Son of Rome’ trial among the first batch of titles released on the service as it enters Beta 2.

GameSessions offers a fresh option for gamers and publishers – with this new PC game trial service users can play a range of games for free before deciding whether to purchase, opening up a broader audience for publishers.

The Beta 2 phase of GameSessions begins today with the free trial of ‘Ryse – Son of Rome’, now players can experience the glorious action of this Ancient Roman historical fantasy for free. During the trial users can purchase the full game instantly and continue playing straight away, keeping their progress through the game.

Ed French, CEO of GameSessions said, “We passionately believe that people will buy more games if they can try them first. With our free trial service our mission is to deliver more great game experiences to more players.”

GameSessions’ proprietary technology ensures publishers’ content is secure, so ensuring the best content can be available, and typically downloads games 3x* faster. The service also helps to avoid downloading games that won’t run well on users’ hardware, and final peace-of-mind comes from the guarantee of always playing a game before purchase.

Users can now download and play the free trial of the stunning ‘Ryse – Son of Rome’ on PC as part of the Beta 2 phase. More exciting titles will be added in the run up to the full launch of the service in early 2015.

What is GameSessions?

• GameSessions’ proprietary technology enables publishers to efficiently and securely deliver trials of PC games to consumers
• It’s FREE for publishers
• It’s FREE for consumers
How does GameSessions work?
• Users download the game and play the trial; the full
game is unlocked by simply purchasing in-game (retaining progress) and added to their Steam library.
• The proprietary technology checks the user’s PC for compatibility prior to download
• Game Sessions is Steam compatible – fitting into the existing publisher framework.

Unique remote-control DRM means publishers’ content is safe

Rental options allow new audiences to be reached, and pricing can better match emerging markets.

Train2Game News Project Spark available now

Project SparkAfter months of beta, Project Spark is now available for free on Xbox One for all to play and create.

Microsoft and Team Dakota’s fairytale-flavoured game editor, Project Spark, is finally ready for official release – the complete version can be downloaded now on Xbox One or Windows 8 PCs, free of charge, or bought in a box with some additional content and perks.

The game was announced when the Xbox One was at E3 and was one of the more innovative titles that was displayed. Project Spark is a complex yet user-friendly editing tool, which allows you to sculpt out terrain, choose behaviours for characters, fiddle with a world’s lighting or climate, set victory objectives and much more.

The game works on a free to play method where everything is playable and unlockable but to speed along your process you can use real word currency.

If you pay for the game then you will receive the following:

– Champions Quest: Void Storm Adventure
– Sir Haakon the Knight playable champion
– First Contact Sci-Fi theme pack
– Yeti’s Rage content pack
– Arctic Glaciers winter landscape
– Massive World Builder Pack expansion
– 1 Month of Project Spark Premium membership (earn credits twice as fast)

If you don’t fancy creating in the game then you can play one of the seventy thousand levels, which over a million creators spent four million hours creating.

Train2Game News Halo 5 Multiplayer Beta

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343 has announced new details for the Halo 5: Guardians beta, which will launch in December.

The beta will contain three modes, 11 weapons, seven maps and seven armour sets. The focus is apparently on classic 4v4 arena gameplay, and the maps are thus tailored for smallscale infantry combat rather than epic battles. All players will have the same loadouts to begin with.

You’ll be able to carry over certain content from the beta to the final game.

Additionally, the beta will receive dedicated coverage on the newly announced Halo Channel, a dashboard hub for Halo multiplayer, TV programming and community features.

You can enjoy the trailer below

Train2Game News Destiny Beta now open to all

DestinyAfter initially requiring a beta code for access, Bungie is opening up the Destiny beta to all gamers on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Starting today at 4 PM PDT, everyone will be free to play the ongoing beta. The only requirement will be an Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus subscription, depending upon your console of choice. To start playing, check out the dashboard or store on your system for a link to download the beta.

This will ensure everyone who wants to try Destiny has the opportunity to do so before the beta comes to an end on Sunday night. It should also make it easier for those with more than one console to decide which system they want to play the game on when it launches on September 9. But remember, the Xbox One beta doesn’t run at 1080p, but the final game is expected to.

Bungie has had a number of surprises for beta testers since the beta began last week. Before today’s announcement, it offered a limited time Iron Banner event over the weekend and then brought the beta back online early after scheduled maintenance. And, as previously announced, players who sign into the game anytime between 2 PM PDT on Saturday and the end of the beta will receive an exclusive emblem for use in the full game.

After being a pre-order bonus, some of those who have already purchased the game are feeling betrayed by Bungie for allowing the bonus to be used by everyone.

Remember the Beta ends this Sunday for those who want to take part.

Train2Game News: Xbox One update beta testers

Xbox OneSome lucky Xbox One users may have the chance to beta test future updates. This would be incredibly helpful for Train2Game students on the QA Course.

The Xbox NewsWire states “Beginning today, Xbox is inviting select Xbox Live members to preview new features coming to Xbox One in a March system update and future system updates as they become available, asking them to provide valuable feedback before the updates are implemented worldwide. Selected participants will receive an Xbox Live message with a token to register. The next system update will begin rolling out next week to those who will preview the new features.

Once registered, participants will be able to test the early features included in the update and provide feedback on a private forum and can opt out of future waves.””

The next Xbox one update will improve multiplayer and party features ready for the release of the highly anticipated Titanfall.

So if you own an Xbox One keep an eye on your Xbox Live messages as you might just be lucky enough to be a part of the Xbox One’s future!

Train2Game News: Battlefield 4 Beta

Battlefield 4Get ready to immerse yourself in the chaos of all-out-warfare with the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta available now on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

Developed by DICE and powered by the advanced technology of Frostbite 3, the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will showcase best-in-class multiplayer, spectacular visuals and massive destruction that is hallmark to the Battlefield series.

The Battlefield 4 beta features the Siege of Shanghai map as well as two game modes including the signature large scale battles found in Conquest and the adrenaline-fueled mayhem of Domination. Fans will also witness the power of Levolution, a new design concept where the environment dynamically reacts to the players every move, both big and small, to ensure that no two games are ever the same.

The exclusive Battlefield 4 beta will also introduce fans to Battlepacks, random combinations of new camos, dog tags and more that gamers will earn by progressing through multiplayer and that add an all-new layer of persistence and chance to the multiplayer experience.

Fans looking to get into the exclusive Battlefield 4 beta before October 4 can do so in three ways:

  • Pre-order the Battlefield 4 PC Digital Deluxe edition
  • Be a Battlefield 3 premium member
  • Be a registered owner of Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition

In addition, Battlefield 4 will be hosting an open beta available to all Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC players starting on October 4. For complete details on the Battlefield 4 beta please visit http://www.battlefield.com/uk/battlefield-4/beta.

Battlefield 4 will be available November 1 for current generation consoles and available at launch for next generation consoles.

Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 10.05.13

WolfensteinIt is the end of the week so it is the time for the Train2Game industry news round up.

Bethesda Softworks announced a new title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, an action-adventure shooter slated for release in Q4 2013. The game is being developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of seasoned developers known for creating compelling, critically-acclaimed story-driven games. Wolfenstein has been widely credited for helping establish and popularise the first-person shooter genre, and Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of this franchise – offering players a gripping and dramatic experience. The official announcement trailer can be seen at GameSpot.com. The game will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox360 and next generation consoles.

Another new game release, Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced that The Sims 4 is currently in development at The Sims Studio for release on PC and Mac in 2014. The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans. To stay up to date with the latest information you can visit www.thesims.com/thesims4

The Closed Beta phase for Infinite Crisis began on Wednesday. Select players chosen from the pool of registrants will get their first chance to dive into the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) PC game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Turbine. You can still sign-up for the beta if you want to be part of the fun.

Until May 31, Pokémon Trainers across the country can look to the sky as not one, but two strains of the Mythical DNA Pokémon Deoxys make a rare return trip from outer space to players of both the Pokémon video games and official Trading Card Game (TCG). Players of Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 can add Deoxys to their Pokédex in a special distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, while TCG players and collectors can find the new Pokémon TCG: Black & White — Plasma Freeze expansion, which includes the powerful Deoxys-EX card, at retail stores nationwide.

Finally, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have unleashed a trailer showing Batgirl pummeling the Joker. This is for the announcement that Batgirl will be the next DLC character for Injustice: Gods Among Us. While there are a lot of Batman characters in Injustice already, if they’re going to include another “Bat” character, it’s only fitting they include Batgirl. Batgirl is available to buy as a standalone character for 400 MS points and £3.99 on PSN. No release date has been announced yet. You can view Batgirls beating on the Man that crippled her in the following trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq719Rp17B8