Train2Game News Nintendo At E3 2021

During its nearly 40-minute E3 2021 Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo spotlighted a wide variety of new games coming to the Nintendo Switch system – with many launching this year!

Announcements include Metroid Dread, the first 2D Metroid game starring bounty hunter Samus Aran with a new story in 19 years; Mario Party Superstars, a new game in the Mario Party series featuring classic boards from the Nintendo 64 era and a collection of minigames from across the series; Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp, which includes the first two Advance Wars games rebuilt from the ground up; WarioWare: Get It Together!, the newest game in the frenetic and humorous WarioWare series; and Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda, which is inspired by Game & Watch systems and features three of the earliest games in the Legend of Zelda series.

In addition, the next DLC fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 was revealed as Kazuya Mishima from the TEKKEN series.

The debut of a new teaser for the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild also premiered during the Nintendo Direct presentation, showing off gameplay and a new world high above the kingdom of Hyrule.

A slate of exciting games from development and publishing partners were also featured, including Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope from Ubisoft, a sequel to the hit game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle; Shin Megami Tensei V from Atlus, the next entry in the acclaimed Shin Megami Tensei role-playing series; and three games in the Life is Strange series from SQUARE ENIX, including the latest game Life is Strange: True Colors.

“With Nintendo Switch now in its fifth year, we have a diverse software lineup from Nintendo, as well as our development and publishing partners, including new games announced in this Nintendo Direct,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We hope players of all kinds – even those who have yet to play Nintendo Switch – will find games they’ll enjoy.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/e3/.

Train2Game News Capcom At E3 2021

During the all-virtual E3 2021, the Capcom showcase offered fans a look at what to expect from the renowned Japanese publisher’s latest lineup.

The broadcast, hosted by Rachel “Seltzer” Quirico, shared news and updates for the upcoming games Monster Hunter Stories™ 2: Wings of Ruin and The Great Ace Attorney™ Chronicles, the recently released hits Resident Evil™ Village and Monster Hunter™ Rise, plus a look at the year ahead for esports from the Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) and Street Fighter League (SFL).
 
Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin Takes Flight
The new story trailer for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin shed light on the fate of the famous Monster Rider Red, the origins of Razewing Ratha, and the player’s journey to unravel the Wings of Ruin prophecy. Monster Riders eager to hop in the saddle to experience the opening hours of the highly anticipated RPG can enjoy a Free Trial Version offering full save data transfer when it lands on June 25 for Nintendo Switch™ and Steam at launch. Fans interested in seeing more of the diverse and majestic monsters coming to the game could catch a glimpse of numerous fan favorites they can bond with during their travels, including Elder Dragons Kushala Daora and Teostra. Finally, the showcase offered a look at some of the free title updates coming to the game after its release on July 9, 2021, starting with the Palamute from Monster Hunter Rise.
 
Mysteries Abound in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
Budding defense attorneys looking to make the journey West with rookie ace attorney Ryunosuke Naruhodo got a first look at the new features and gameplay arriving with The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles. While investigating heinous crimes, Ryunosuke and his legal aid Susato Mikatoba will team up with the preeminent investigator in London: Herlock Sholmes. During these Dances of Deduction, the duo will need to work together to untangle the ace detective’s over-enthusiastic assumptions and discern the truth. In order to stave off the peril awaiting his clients, Ryunosuke must use these facts in court to convince a jury of his client’s innocence. Just as the scales of justice lean toward a guilty verdict, Ryunosuke can engage in a Summation Examination to tip the scales back in his favor. This seldom-used legal practice allows Ryunosuke to pick apart any inconsistencies in each juror’s logic, and pit the jury against itself to force the trial to continue. With 10 new cases to unravel, eight mini escapades to experience, and a wealth of bonus content to explore, ace attorneys will have a full docket when The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles arrives in court on July 27, 2021.
 
More Challenges Await in Monster Hunter Rise
The robust post-launch support for the critically acclaimed Monster Hunter Rise continues, with the next update featuring the first Capcom collaboration title: Monster Hunter Stories 2. Hunters who complete the free collaboration quest arriving June 18 will receive layered armor based on the wise Palico Tsukino for their buddies, while players who use save data from Monster Hunter Stories 2 can access the Rider layered armor based off the gear of Mahana Village Monster Riders on July 9. Additionally, new Event Quests arrive starting June 24, and offer a variety of rewards for intrepid hunters such as new armor, gestures, and stickers. Fashionistas will also gain access to a treasure trove of new looks, with new (paid and unpaid) DLC options for hunters and their buddies. Finally, fans can look forward to a number of additional collaborations with other Capcom titles throughout the second half of 2021.
 
The Road Ahead for Resident Evil
Following the successful launch of the acclaimed Resident Evil Village last month, Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda shared news on what fans can expect next as the Resident Evil 25th anniversary celebration continues. Due to the overwhelming support and feedback for the game, the team has just begun development on additional DLC for Resident Evil Village. More news will be shared at a later date.
 
Capcom Esports
Capcom Pro Tour (CPT) commentators Vicious and RobTV provided a breakdown of the upcoming competitions and an overview of the changes coming to CPT 2021, which is shaping up to be the best season yet for fans and competitors alike. These changes include updates to the rules for competitors, and details about prizing. Additionally, the next season of Street Fighter League (SFL) is on the horizon, with more details coming soon. For all the latest information and 2021 schedules, check out the official CPT and SFL pages.

The full Capcom showcase broadcast can be accessed on Capcom’s official YouTube and Twitch channels, in addition to being available within the official E3 portal and app.

Train2Game News Guardians of the Galaxy Game Announced

During the SQUARE ENIX® PRESENTS digital-showcase event, Eidos-Montréal and SQUARE ENIX today unveiled Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, a bold third-person narrative action-adventure game which combines original storytelling with electrifying single-player gameplay.

Developed by Eidos-Montréal in collaboration with Marvel Entertainment, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will release simultaneously on the PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and on PC, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021.
 

Watch the Official Reveal Trailer, Deep Dive and Gameplay First Look

Fire up Star-Lord’s jet boots for a wild ride across the cosmos in this fresh take on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. With the unpredictable Guardians at your side, blast your way from one explosive situation to another, with both original and well-known Marvel characters caught in a struggle for the fate of the universe. You got this. Probably.

  “The Eidos-Montréal team is honored to have the opportunity to work on such an iconic franchise alongside our trusted collaborators at Marvel Entertainment,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Our teams are known for revisiting IPs and bringing their own twists and craft to the stories and the art surrounding them. As you will experience, it’s no different for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is created by the seasoned Eidos-Montréal team, working closely with Marvel Entertainment to provide an original and authentic experience inspired by over 50 years of Guardians of the Galaxy lore. Influenced by the comics, this unique spin on the Guardians of the Galaxy will take players on a riotous journey across the stars as Peter Quill and the Guardians unintentionally become the galaxy’s first and last line of defense.

  “A distinct mix of sci-fi, family drama, and rock n’ roll attitude with an edgy aesthetic is the foundation for our Guardians franchise”, said Jay Ong, EVP and Head of Marvel Games. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Eidos-Montréal knowing they are the team that can deliver on this core promise. The team’s laser-focused vision for our beloved band of misfits shines in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. We are excited for our fans to play it this October.

  Master Star-Lord’s dynamic combat style to obliterate foes with his Element Blasters and call on the unique abilities of each Guardian to defeat a wild variety of interplanetary enemies. Also, as self-proclaimed leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, players will engage in select player-choice driven dialogue and interactions between Quill and the Guardians that further strengthens the bonds within this dysfunctional family.  

  Finally, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy wouldn’t be complete without a killer soundtrack to rock out to while soaring through space in the Milano. The game is jam-packed with classic 1980s hits and kicking original tracks.

  Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will be available on PlayStation®5 console, PlayStation®4 console, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles, and PC digital, and streaming via GeForce NOW on October 26, 2021. Pre-orders are available now for the Standard and the Deluxe Editions. For full details on pre-order items and more information on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, please visit the official website and follow us on social networks.

Train2Game News Discover Mobile Gaming Trends With PickFu

Consumer research platform PickFu has released a fresh update designed to help mobile app and game marketers.

PickFu has added a host of new features including a redesigned dashboard, improved tagging, and a bank of pre-written poll questions based on the thousands of polls already run by users of the online service. With these improvements, game developers can collect hundreds of responses in minutes.

Due to Apple’s recent introduction of App Tracking Transparency (ATT), app marketers can no longer rely as heavily on programmatic advertising to drive installations and acquire new users. It’s more important than ever for mobile game publishers to test and refine their marketing to give their apps the best possible chance of being downloaded and played. 

Hundreds of mobile game publishers, including the industry’s biggest, already use PickFu to test game names and logos, character designs and art styles, gameplay mechanics, app icons and screenshots, and mobile advertising creatives. 

Unlike A/B testing, where variations of an ad are shown to different users to see which performs better, PickFu gives companies a quick and easy way to gather useful feedback from real consumers, drawn from thousands of poll respondents based in the U.S.

“Before Apple’s changes, game publishers were already using PickFu as part of their development and post-launch marketing alongside other testing methods. Now, with the mobile advertising landscape currently in a state of flux, testing and improvement is even more important for UA strategies, said John Li, PickFu co-founder. “The new features we’ve added make it easier than ever for even novice app marketers to gather feedback and understand their audiences.”

Founded in 2008, PickFu helps businesses make better informed decisions. To date, over 110,000 PickFu polls have collected more than 3.2 million written consumer responses across industries including publishing, e-commerce, app development, insurance, and marketing. 

For more information on PickFu’s new features, visit https://pickfu.com/blog/all-new.

Train2Game News New Rainbox Six Announcement

Today, Ubisoft announced that the next mainline installment in the Rainbow Six franchise, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Extraction, we will have a full reveal on 12th June at 8pm BST at Ubisoft Forward.

For a sneak peek into the world of Rainbow Six Extraction, formerly known as Rainbow Six Quarantine, check out a teaser here: YOUTUBE

To learn more about Rainbow Six Extraction, watch a message from the development team here: YOUTUBE

For more information about Ubisoft Forward, please visit ubisoft.com/Forward.

For more information about Rainbow Six Extraction, you can follow them on social at @R6Extraction.

For the latest about Rainbow Six Extraction and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com.

Train2Game News Handheld Gaming System With A Crank

Panic is excited to share important new details about the Playdate, their unique video game handheld system releasing this year, during the first ever Playdate Update video showcase taking place on June 8th, 2021 at 9 AM PT.

Playdate is a brand-new and truly unique gaming handheld system that is a celebration of video games. It’s yellow. It fits in your pocket. It includes brand new games from amazing creators. It has a beautiful black and white screen. And yes, it also has a crank!

The 15-minute digital presentation will cover lots of Playdate news including a first look at the games of Season One, news on pre-orders, and more exciting surprises that will be of interest to anyone curious about Playdate. 

Panic has also announced today that the Playdate is set to launch at $179 USD, with double the number of season one games originally planned (24 instead of 12), and double the amount of internal storage originally announced (4GB instead of 2GB).

“We’ve all been quietly working non-stop to get all of the complex pieces of the Playdate puzzle into place, and at last we’re ready to show you what we’ve been up to,” says Cabel Sasser, co-founder of Panic.

“There’s a lot of amazing things being created here that will hopefully add a bit of joy to your life. And while we’re launching a price a little bit higher than we planned — largely due to the massive global shortage of electronic parts right now — we took the last year to double the number of free games included in Season One. More on that in the update.”  

Tune in to watch on Panic’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/PanicVideo

Train2Game News Talisman Digital Edition On Xbox

Today, Nomad Games published Talisman: Digital Edition for the Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S consoles.

Launched as part of the Skulls Festival by Games Workshop, Nomad Games are excited to bring their flagship title to the Xbox for the very first time.

Originally released by Games Workshop as a board game in 1983, Talisman is a fantasy adventure board game in which players compete to reach the centre of the board first.

As they play, players increase their skills, gain allies and embark on thrilling adventures. Based on the 4th Edition of the physical game, Talisman: Digital Edition on Xbox will allow players to battle against up to 5 friends locally or online via Xbox Live.

During the Skulls Festival Event, Talisman: Digital Edition players on all platforms can also expect to find time-limited events where they can unlock new avatars and titles in-game, exclusive to the Skulls Festival. They can then show these off to their friends, to prove their loyalty to the Skull Throne.

The Xbox version of Talisman: Digital Edition will be available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X | S, and will launch with a range of expansions and characters for players to purchase. The base game will retail for £9.99 / € 11.99 / $ 11.99, while expansions and extra characters will be offered at a range of prices.

We’ve never launched a title onto Xbox before, so we’re massively excited to see what a whole new group of players think of Talisman: Digital Edition.said Thomas Young, Digital Marketing Specialist at Nomad Games. “We’re hoping we can continue to bring more of our digital board games to the platform in the future, if Talisman does well!”

Train2Game News Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe Anniversary

SQUARE ENIX® invites players to celebrate the first anniversary of the fan-favorite mobile adventure RPG Romancing SaGa™ Re;univerSe™ with exciting new content and special in-game promotions throughout the month of June.

Players can look forward to several celebratory rewards, special limited-time content, new permanent content additions and bonuses galore.

  Players can enjoy the first round of celebratory anniversary content starting today:

  • Romancing Festival 1st Anniversary Banners – Now through July 6, players can attempt to summon six limited-time SS Styles of popular SaGa Series characters from two banners. Available styles include SS [Vanquish the Sinistrals!] Matriarch, who has been newly reworked for the Global version, SS [Lieutenant in Alloces’s Army] Paulus, SS [Seeker of Genbu Arts] Vassault, SS [Don’t Hold Back] Jo, SS [Free as a Bird] Monika and SS [Genbu Arts Customs] Undine.

 
SS [Vanquish the Sinistrals!] Matriarch and SS [Don’t Hold Back] Jo
 

  • 1st Anniversary Login Bonus & Missions – Players will be treated to a bevy of generous rewards, including a total of 24,500 free Jewels, simply by logging in daily and by completing daily missions.
  • Platinum Summon – Three new SS Styles have been added to the Platinum Summon banner permanently: SS [The Road to Tribal Chief] Aisha, SS [Beyond the Horizon] Hawke and SS [Bear the Light of Hope] Albert.
  • 1st Anniversary Spear Trial – Players can challenge this new Spear Trial to earn event-limited items and Jewels, now through June 14.
  • New Game Feature: The Final Island – This brand-new game feature brings players new challenging content to conquer. In The Final Island, players will build a party from a limited selection of characters, then face off against several rounds of battle. Players will be scored according to how quickly they defeat each round of enemies and earn various exciting rewards based on their performance.
  • Spiral Corridor – Players can now battle their way up to level 80 of the Spiral Corridor. This unique dungeon challenges players to defeat increasingly powerful enemies to earn Spiral Summon Tickets which can be used to gain exclusive Styles.
  • New Expedition Area: Naj Desert – The Naj Desert has been added permanently as a new expedition area. Players can send parties to this new area to gain experience and upgrade their stats.

Set 300 years after Romancing SaGa 3, Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe is a timeless RPG experience that features an original story with familiar returning characters for both SaGa franchise fans and newcomers to discover. Surpassing 25 million downloads worldwide and created by veteran developers, including legendary creative Akitoshi Kawazu (FINAL FANTASY®, Romancing SaGa, SaGa Frontier), the game features fast-paced and strategic combat the SaGa series is known for and offers players a free-to-play friendly experience with a balanced roster of characters and generous login bonuses and quest rewards.

  Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe is available now as a free download with in-app purchases through the App Store® and Google Play™.

  Romancing SaGa Re;univerSe launched on the heels of a new resurgence for the classic SaGa series, with Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS™ releasing in the West for the first time in 2019. 

SaGa Frontier Remastered, an HD remaster of the classic RPG originally released in the West in 1998, is now available digitally on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo Switch™ system, PC (Steam®) and iOS and Android mobile.

For more information, visit: https://sagafranchise.com.

Train2Game News Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town

VLG publishing (a label owned by award-winning video game publisher, Leonardo Interactive) and developer imaginarylab, a studio dedicated to raising the bar in interactive storytelling are thrilled to announce that point-and-click side-scrolling adventure game Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will launch for Nintendo Switch on 8th June, 2021.

Fans of classic games such as Day of the Tentacle and Monkey Island will soon be able to experience this modern take on these side-scrolling adventures, perfectly suited to the Nintendo Switch. Following the successful launch of the acclaimed PC version, Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will captivate gamers with its beautifully drawn 3D visuals and contemporary mechanics, making it a must-buy title for all point-and-click enthusiasts. 

  • You can watch the new trailer for Will Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town here

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town offers a modern take on point-and-click adventure games by having players collect clues and solve puzzles in a computerized 3D pirate themed world. As Willy uncovers details regarding his father’s mysterious disappearance, fans of all ages are able to enjoy hilarious dialogue, whimsical characters and charming cartoon graphics. Old school fans of the genre can appreciate easter eggs that reference iconic titles they grew up with during the good old days of gaming.

10 years have passed since the mysterious disappearance of Willy’s father, the famous archaeologist Henry Morgan. After Willy receives a strange letter containing a cryptic message he heads on a perilous adventure to Bone Town, an unconventional place full of pirates and shady characters, to once and for all uncover the truth behind what happened to his father. 

Key Features:

  • Non-linear gameplay – Explore without constraint, collect items and solve stimulating puzzles.
  • Unique graphic style – A fantastical world with a magical atmosphere.
  • Full HD quality – Cinematographic cutscenes and over 50 locations to see.
  • A pirate world with a modern twist – Pirates and computers? Why not?!
  • 15 NPCs to interact with – Learn about the story through several hours of interactive dialogues packed with irony and easter eggs.
  • Original soundtrack – More than two hours of original music.

Willy Morgan and the Curse of Bone Town will be launching for Nintendo Switch on 8th June, 2021 and can be pre-ordered on the Nintendo eStore now. The PC version is available to buy now via Steam and GOG.

For more information please the official website at www.leonardointeractive.com/game/willy-morgan/ 

Train2Game News Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection Out Now

Today, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection arrives on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One Consoles and Steam.

The title will also be playable on Xbox Series X|S via Backward Compatibility. Previously released on the Nintendo Switch™ system, Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection allows even more players to challenge again and conquer the carnival of quagmires that await them in the Demon Realm.

  Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection is a modern reboot of the legendary Ghosts ‘n Goblins series, featuring beautiful storybook-like graphics and action platforming gameplay. Players guide the brave knight Arthur as he battles his way through whimsical horror theme park-like stages on his quest to rescue the princess from the treacherous Demon Lord.

  New knights, fear not; Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection offers several features and modes to aid players on their journey through this demonic fantasy world. Players start off by selecting from one of three difficulties: Squire, Knight and Legend. A special Page mode is also available, granting new players (or knights in need of a little help) the ability to continuously respawn with unlimited lives. Ghosts ‘n Goblins Resurrection also features the mystical Umbral Tree, which allows Arthur to learn and upgrade a variety of magic spells and skills. With various weapons, magic and skills available, it’s up to each player to determine their unique play style as they make their way through the Demon Realm.

  Adventurous knights can also band together in the two-player local co-op mode. The second player assists Arthur as one of three supporting characters: Barry, who creates barriers for protection; Kerry, who carries Arthur through danger; and Archie, who creates bridges to cross. The supporting player can switch between these characters to help Arthur defeat ghoulish enemies and overcome any unexpected obstacles.

You can enjoy the trailer here: