Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 25.07.13

FEAR OnlineIt’s the end of the week so it is time for the industry news round up!

Face your fear together with friends in F.E.A.R. Online! Aeria Games, a leading global publisher of free-to-play online games, announced today the upcoming brand-new installment in the popular horror FPS series. Developed by Korean company Inplay Interactive and being brought to the United States by Aeria Games, the new chapter in the F.E.A.R. saga will deliver hardcore multiplayer shooting action while furthering the dark and ominous story surrounding Alma Wade.

Electronic Arts Inc. announced that EA SPORTs FIFA 14 is allowing fans to bring their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team experiences with them to the new generation of consoles this year. Fans will be able to access their FIFA 14 Ultimate Team full roster, in-game items and in-game currency (coins) from either console: between Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and between PlayStation3 and PlayStation4. All changes made in FIFA 14 Ultimate Team will be reflected in both consoles so fans will be able to compete with their squads on either console throughout the season.

Fully revealed is The Sims 3 Into the Future Expansion Pack, the latest title from The Sims Studio shipping this Fall. It’s a brave new world for the Sims as they go where they have never gone before – into the future and back. In The Sims 3 Into the Future, Sims can transport themselves hundreds of years forward where they can explore the world of tomorrow, meet their descendants, master the technology of the future, like hoverboards, jetpacks and food synthesizers and more. Have your fun, but be prepared for the consequences. Your Sims actions in the present will have surprising effects on the future.

Get behind the wheel of the most powerful stock cars in the world as leading independent racing game developer Eutechnyx today announced that NASCAR The Game: 2013 has fully launched on Windows PC. NASCAR The Game: 2013 allows players and diehard NASCAR fans everywhere, to take to the track and race against the world’s most elite competition.The game features the top drivers, teams, and Gen 6 cars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Finally, Ubisoft announced that the legendary saga Prince of Persia continues with the new mobile episode Prince of Persia The Shadow and the Flame, available now on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch as well as on Android devices, through Google Play and Amazon, at a price of £1.99. Developed by Ubisoft Pune, Prince of Persia The Shadow and the Flame follows the storyline of the original game, released 20 years ago. It is set after the events of Prince of Persia Classic, successful mobile title also developed by Ubisoft Pune. The game’s experience can still be extended through social connectivity, allowing to unlock achievements and ascend the leaderboards or to share scores with Facebook integration.

Train2Game news: Auto Club Revolution enters open beta

Train2Game students now have the opportunity to take part in the open beta for Auto Club Revolution, an online racing game from Gateshead based studio Eutechnyx.

Auto Club Revolution will let players be part of an online community, completing in single player challenges and allowing them to own, customise and upgrade their own officially licensed cars. The open beta will allow players to begin their permanent collection of cars and different achievements.

Train2Game students can sign up for the open beta by visiting the Auto Club Revolution official website.

The Train2Game Blog published a video interview with Eutechnyx Lead Programmer Dave Hawes in November last year, in which he offers advice on getting into the industry.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. In a recent interview with The Train2Game Blog, Brawl Busters developers Rock Hippo told us that beta testing is “crucial” to the game development process.

Keep up with the latest Auto Club Revolution news here on The Train2Game Blog.

What are your initial impressions of Auto Club Revolution? Will you be taking part in the open beta?

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Train2Game news: Auto Club Revolution beta keys up for grabs

Train2Game students have the opportunity to beta test Auto Club Revolution, the online racing game from Gateshead based studio Eutechnyx.

The Train2Game Blog published a video interview with Eutechnyx Lead Programmer Dave Hawes in November last year.

Auto Club Revolution will let players race online, complete single player challenges and own, customise and upgrade their own officially licensed cars.

Those interesting in receiving an Auto Club Revolution beta key should visit autoclubrevolution.com and follow the instructions. Eutechnyx will be sending out a batch of beta keys in the near future.

Earlier this month, The Train2Game Blog reported that Eutechnyx are teaming up with fellow racing studio Brain in a Jar to work on an as of yet unannounced project.

Beta testing is an excellent way for Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course to practice their bug hunting skills. Not only that, but in an interview with the Train2Game blog, Trion Worlds Senior QA Tester Karl Tars said that beta testing is potentially a way to get into the industry.

And in a recent interview with The Train2Game Blog, Brawl Busters developers Rock Hippo told us that beta testing is “crucial” to the game development process.

What are your initial thoughts on Auto Club Revolution? Will you be registering for an Auto Club Revolution beta key?

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Train2Game news: UK studios Eutechnyx and Brain in a Jar team up for new project

Train2Game students may be interested to hear that two UK racing game developers have announced they’re working together on a single project.

The two studios are Brain in a Jar and Eutechnyx, both of which may already be familiar to regular Train2Game Blog readers.

Train2Game student Laurence Gee works full-time at Brain in a Jar, after being offered the job following a successful Train2Game work placement. Meanwhile, Eutechnyx’s Lead Programmer Dave Hawes featured in this Train2Game video interview last year.

The new project from Brain in a Jar and Eutechnyx will be announced later this year.

We’re very excited to be working with Eutechnyx on one of its biggest projects this year, as we’re keen to demonstrate the two pillars on which our company is founded on – great technology and intelligent staff scaling.”  said Brain in a Jar founder and director Carl Dalton.

“We’re proving that independent games development in the UK is still at the cutting edge and can adapt to the demands of the global games industry.” he concluded.

“We are actively looking for teams to work with us on a variety of projects, so we’re very pleased to be bringing Brain in a Jar on-board for one of our major pieces of work in 2012.” added Eutechnyx Executive Producer Dave Thompson.

“Despite its core size, the team has proven itself to be a highly skilled and competent developer and its skill in being able to scale its workforce according to work demands is a fabulous asset in the modern game development landscape.” he said

The Train2Game Blog will be sure to keep you up to date with the latest news from the combined project from Brain in a Jar and Eutechnyx. For previous news from Eutechnyx, see The Train2Game Blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on two independent UK studios working together on one project?

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Train2Game news: Eutechnyx joins TIGA

Train2Game’s independent awarding and examination body, and representative association of the UK games industry, TIGA, has announced Gateshead based studio Eutechnyx as its newest member.

Train2Game interviewed Eutechnyx Lead Programmer at The EuroGamer Expo, you can watch the video here on The Train2Game Blog.

Eutechnyx have been developing video games for almost 25 years, with headquarters in the UK as well as studios in Hong Kong, Chengdu, and Charlotte. As reported by The Train2Game Blog, Eutechnyx are set to open a new office in London to support the launch of their upcoming release Auto Club Revolution.

“As a leading independent developer for the last 25 years, we understand the importance of a vibrant and competitive UK industry.” said Eutechnyx CEO Brian Jobling.

“As Eutechnyx transitions with the industry to take advantage of direct-to-consumer markets we think it’s more important than ever to share experiences with our peers. TIGA is a key body which represents the interest of companies like ours and we’re pleased to be a part.”

TIGA CEO Dr. Richard Wilson, who appeared at last November’s Train2Game & Epic Game Jam, welcome Eutechnyx’s decision to join the organisation.

“Eutechnyx is a world renowned independent developer with a fantastic reputation for creating exhilarating and highly enjoyable games. The company brings to TIGA its vast industry expertise and experience as a successful independent development studio.” said Dr. Wilson.

“We are extremely proud to have Eutechnyx as a TIGA member and look forward to working closely together in the future.” he added.

Industry Gamers named Eutechnyx one of seven UK studios to keep an eye on in a feature last November, which you can find out more about here on The Train2Game Blog.

For more information about TIGA and Train2Game, see TIGA’s official website.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Eutechnyx joining TIGA?

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Train2Game news: Auto Club Revolution dev Eutechnyx to open London office

British racing game developer Eutechnyx are to open a new publishing office in London.  The Gateshead studio is expanding to London in order to support the launch of its next title, Auto Club Revolution, due for release in 2012.

Train2Game students may have previously seen Eutechnyx Lead Programmer Dave Hawes give advice on getting into the games industry in this Train2Game video interview.

“We’re building a dedicated publishing team to support the global launch of Auto Club Revolution in key markets around the world” said Eutechnyx COO Darren Jobling.

“Our strategy is to secure the best people from the online games industry, and London gives us great access to an amazingly rich talent pool.”

“The development team in the North East of the UK includes some of the best people in the sector, and the opening of a London office will allow us to attract the right calibre of candidate to build a team with the publishing power behind it that the game deserves.”

As reported by the Train2Game blog, Eutechnyx were recently nominated for a global award.

Train2Game students can find out more about Eutechnyx in this feature about 7 UK game studios to keep an eye on.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on Eutechnyx creating jobs in London?

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[Source: GI.biz]

Train2Game news: UK developer Eutechnyx nominated for global award

British game developer Eutechnyx have named among the finalists for Red Herring’s Top 100 Global Awards, which recognise themost audacious and far reaching private technology companies from across the globe.”

Train2Game students may have previously seen Eutechnyx Lead Programmer Dave Hawes give advice on getting into the games industry in this Train2Game video interview. The Gateshead based studio are currently working on Auto Club Revolution, scheduled for release next year.

“To be in with a chance of picking up a global recognition award before the end of 2011 is a remarkable achievement”, said Eutechnyx CEO, Brian Jobling.

“With Auto Club Revolution entering the final phases before a full release in 2012, the Red Herring nomination is vindication of the vision that we have for this unique product. We have the right team in place, and the right backing from our investment partners, to ensure that Eutechnyx can deliver on all objectives and ensure Auto Club Revolution becomes a global success.” he concluded.

“Technology companies are becoming the bright spot in the economic outlook. Eutechnyx has performed exceptionally in its field and strongly deserves to be singled out as one of the Red Herring Global finalists.” added Chairman of Red Herring Alex Vieux.

The Top 100 winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony that will take place on December 7th in Los Angeles, California.

Train2Game students can find out more about Eutechnyx in this feature about 7 UK game studios to keep an eye on.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on an independent UK game studio being nominated for a global award?

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Train2Game news: Industry Gamers showcase 7 UK game development studios ‘to keep an eye on’

Train2Game blog readers who want to get a sneak peak at which British studios could be the future of the UK games industry should definitely look at this article by Industry Gamers.

Titled United Front, it looks at seven UK game development studios to keep an eye on. Some Train2Game students may have heard of, others may be completely new to them.

Perhaps the biggest name on the list is Splash Damage, the studio behind Brink. The Train2Game blog recently interviewed Splash Damage’s Ed Stern about Brink and writing for video games, read it in full here.

Social, digital and Flash developer Mediatonic are another name on the United Front list that has also been interviewed by the Train2Game blog.  Read our interview with Mediatonic Director of Games Paul Croft here on the Train2Game blog.

North East studio Eutechnyx are praised in the article, lead programmer Dave Hawes featured in one our Train2Game at Eurogamer video interviews.

Meanwhile, Train2Game student Darren Price has recently started a work placement at Double Eleven, which Industry Gamers notes was founded by former Rockstar North developers who have impressed Sony enough to be signed up as an exclusive PlayStation developer. They’re currently working on LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita.

The three other studios featured in an article that paints a positive picture of the UK games industry are Mobile Pie, Fight My Monster and CCP Newcastle, with the latter developing Eve Online spin off DUST 514.

Train2Game students can read the full article ‘United Front: 7 Studios to keep an eye on’ here.

So Train2Game, what do you make of the list? How positive it that a Train2Game student is currently on a work placement at one of them?

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[Source: Industry Gamers]

Train2Game at Eurogamer with Dave Hawes Lead Programmer at Eutechnyx

Train2Game at EuroGamer with Dave Hawes Lead Programmer at Eutechnyx

Dave has worked in the games industry for many years and worked in many different areas on previous and current generation consoles, He currently manage projects, advise on recruitment and architect new parts of the Eutechnyx engine. Hawes spoke at GDC 2008 on intergrating stackless python into a modern multi-platform console engine.
In 2009 Hawes had an article published in game developer magazine on the same topic.