Train2Game News Niantic Social App

Campfire gives the Niantic community a new way to experience the joy of real-world gameplay, meetups and events, providing a way for people to discover creations that make the world a magical and entertaining place.
 

In the coming days, the global rollout of Campfire, a new social app that helps Niantic Explorers discover new people, places and experiences around them will begin to appear.
 

Campfire gives the Niantic community a new way to experience the joy of real-world gameplay, meetups and events, providing a way for people to discover creations that make the world a magical and entertaining place.
 

Niantic have been testing Campfire in beta with Ingress Agents over the last several months and will soon start testing the experience with all Niantic games and players around the world soon, starting with select groups of Pokémon GO players throughout the summer. You can stay tuned to their social channels to learn about availability in your region.
 

When you open Campfire, you’ll see a dynamic map of your area with game experiences and activities from friends and other players dropped in specific locations nearby. On the upper right, you’ll see game icons that take you to each of your channels, or game-specific map views. You can switch between these channels as you move through different game experiences. 


Key features of Campfire include:

 

  • Nearby Communities: Easily find other players by checking out local communities around you. Open the discover page in your Communities tab to join new communities, coordinate events, and meet new players. For now, there will be a limited selection of communities available and more will be added over time.
  • Niantic Friends: Easily add and manage your friends across all Niantic titles.
  • Direct & Group Messaging: Organize all your chats with friends in one place. With Direct and Group messaging you can instantly share gyms/raids, drop your live location, post photos, and chat with your friends across any Niantic game. Sharing your location through messaging is optional and can last up to one hour, before turning off automatically.
  • Real-World Activities: Join and share official Community events, keep track of meetups with reminders, and easily invite your friends to play! Scroll around the map to discover and share content, coordinate at any gym or raid, and connect with your nearby communities.

Now when you’re playing a game, you can see if there are people playing nearby. If you’re traveling somewhere new, or just want to explore new areas of your city, the map is a fun way to explore. And if you meet up with others, you can send them a friend request and direct message to coordinate your next meetup.
 

In Pokémon GO, Trainers can also share Raid locations with friends in a direct message – or group chat – making it easy to get a team together quickly and efficiently. Or if you’re playing on your own, you can tap a specific place on the map and you’ll see the option to add a “Flare” to that location. Think of Flares like a call-to-action for everyone who sees it, encouraging other Trainers to head there and join in on the fun.
 

We’re excited to see the ways you use Campfire to foster the kinds of real-world connections that have always been at the heart of what Niantic does. Stay tuned as Campfire rolls out to your region over the coming months.

Train2Game News RPG Maker Bundle

Degica Games, publisher of the RPG Maker franchise, in conjunction with Humble, are pleased to announce the launch of the RPG Maker Resurgence Humble Bundle, and accompanying return of the Indie Game Maker Contest with IGMC: Rebirth.


About the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle

 

Starting June 30th on Humble, the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle features over hundreds of dollars in content with RPG Maker engines, graphics, music, sound effects, and more!

This Bundle comes with every RPG Maker from 2k3 to MV, plus a 35% off coupon to get the latest version of RPG Maker, RPG Maker MZ.

Also included in the bundle are a massive amount of resources to create their game, as well as two games, the RPG Maker game Skyborn from Dancing Dragon Games, as well as Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition from Stegosoft Games, an updated version of a game originally made in RPG Maker.

RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle Link


About the IGMC: Rebirth Game Jam

The Indie Game Maker Contest, held first in 2014, and subsequently held in 2015, 2017, and 2018 is the largest official RPG Maker event series ever held. Unfortunately, for many years it has been dormant.

And that is why we are happy to announce that the IGMC is back this year, running from June 30th to August 4th of 2022, as IGMC: Rebirth. Participants have 5 weeks to make the best game they can with any entry in the Maker series using the contest theme (Rebirth/Rejuvenation/Resurrection), and will compete for a prize pool worth over $10,000 USD!

Additionally, every sale of the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle will raise the prize pool for IGMC: Rebirth.

IGMC: Rebirth Link

Train2Game News First Ever Scottish Games Week

Scottish Games Week, the first-ever week-long, Scotland-wide series of events focused upon videogames, will take place from October 24th-28th 2022.

Created and organised by the Scottish Games Network, with support from the Scottish Government’s Tech Ecosystem Review (STER) fund, Scottish Games Week will position the sector as a key part of Scotland’s digital future.

From design, development and publishing, to education and the application of games, the event series will showcase Scotland’s pioneering and diverse games ecosystem and act as a catalyst for a more connected and collaborative sector across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

In 2021 the global games industry was worth a staggering $192.7 billion USD, eclipsing many of the other key digital sectors such as cyber, data, AI, fintech and the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Scotland has played a pioneering role in the evolution of the games sector since the late 1980s and continues to produce some of the world’s most popular games, including Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft.

The programme for Scottish Games Week will take place across the whole of Scotland, with events being planned in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee, as well as the Highlands and Islands and Scottish Borders.

Events within Scottish Games Week will include:

More Than Games – An event designed for a non-games audience, to help explain the transformative potential of the tools, technologies and techniques from gaming to other digital tech sectors, the wider creative industries, education, healthcare, the media and beyond.

Education Symposium – With eleven colleges and seven universities producing graduates with skills in game design, development and production, Scotland’s talent pipeline is world class. In the first event of its kind, the symposium will bring together educators and stakeholders from across the education and academic landscape.

Scottish Games Week Conference – A two-day industry conference in Dundee, the heart of Scotland’s gaming heritage, focusing on the cutting edge of game design, development, publishing, funding, and more.

Scottish Games Awards – The first ever Scottish Games Awards will recognise, reward and highlight the incredible creativity, technical expertise, business acumen and pioneering work being carried out across the country’s rapidly evolving games sector.

Satellite Events – The programme will also include several events across the whole of Scotland, from the highlands and islands to the borders, focusing on local clusters and topics relevant to each region.

Scottish Games Week will bring together game developers, publishers and educators as well as the broader games tech ecosystem and streamers. All of the events will be hybrid, offering the opportunity to attend in-person, or join an online stream to put games created in Scotland in front of a global audience.

Brian Baglow, director of the Scottish Games Network, said: “Scotland is home to an incredible games ecosystem. We have over 300 developers and creators across the country, from the largest studios, to part-time indie developers. Eleven colleges and seven universities in Scotland are producing graduates with games design, development and production skills.

“The games sector proved to be not just resilient to COVID-19, it positively boomed. In 2022 the global games market is projected to exceed $200 billion dollars for the first time. 

“Scotland’s games industry is the country’s secret weapon. The games ecosystem is far larger and more complex than anyone gives it credit for, with much to offer the wider creative industries, as well as other areas of the digital technology sector.

“Scottish Games Week will give this incredible ecosystem a global platform, showcasing, highlighting and supporting the incredible work being produced here in Scotland, as well as exploring all of the ways in which the tools, technologies and techniques from games can be utilised in everything from education, to healthcare and Scotland’s future as a digital society.”

Scotland’s Finance and Economy Secretary Kate Forbes said: “Scottish Games Week builds on the industry’s reputation thanks to advances made in centres of excellence for the sector like Edinburgh and Dundee.

“The games industry will play a key part in Scotland’s digital future and in our economy as a whole and is receiving continued Scottish Government support through the Scottish Tech Ecosystem Fund.

“The Fund is providing support for organisations to deliver meetups and events like Scottish Games Week – which create the best environment for entrepreneurs to succeed.”

Louise Blain, journalist and BBC broadcaster, said: “Games are the most successful entertainment medium in the world but people just don’t know Scotland’s part in that story in 2022. I’m thrilled to be heading up the Scottish Games Awards jury to recognise Scotland’s talent and, importantly, show it off on the world’s stage”

The development of Scottish Games Week is supported by an independent Steering Committee representative of the diverse ecosystem the event aims to serve. Members include: Louise Blain (journalist & DJ), Dr Amanda Ford (West College Scotland), William Huber (Abertay University), Joanne Lacey (AdInMo), Gary Penn (Denki), Nazan Ünlütürk (Zappaty) and Jim Woods (Sumo Digital).

Anyone interested in being part of the programme, attending or sponsoring any of the events should contact the SGW team at: hello@gamesweek.scot.

For all of the latest news and updates on the programme, and to secure tickets, visit: https://gamesweek.scot. You can also follow Scottish Games Week on social media:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/scotgamesweek

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/scotgamesweek/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/701845541217246

Train2Game News W.A.S.D Careers For Games Industry Students

Roucan is delighted to announce W.A.S.D Careers, a new video games careers expo on 17th/18th November 2022 at Farnborough International.

The event will bring together the best-in-class UK student development talent and employers looking to work with them in the future.

W.A.S.D Careers will be for anyone interested in a career in the videogames industry. A perfect venue and opportunity for development talent to showcase their skills and for video games companies to meet and see their work. W.A.S.D Careers will be the first nationwide opportunity for development talent to meet prospective employers and network with other collaborators within the games space.
 

The showfloor will comprise of a few key zones;
 

  • Students showcase – students show their playable work 
  • Developer stands – developers meet talented students 
  • Recruitment area – recruiter booths to talk to candidates 
  • Technology focus – tech providers show off their capability on the event floor 
  • Educators – educators meet the candidates of the future, employers and government
  • Meeting/chat/networking – a free meeting system to match developers and students 
  • Esports and publishing – how to get into the business Charity – make something that makes a difference and meet the people involved

Event Director, Matt Styles, said, “There is a very clear games development skills gap in the UK and we’re excited to be providing the platform for everyone to meet, show their work and learn more about one of the leading employment opportunities in the world”
 

W.A.S.D Careers will feature multiple theatres running content for the duration of the event. The main theatre – seating 1,200 people – will be curated by education specialists within the games industry offering tips and advice for getting into the business.
 

W.A.S.D Careers guarantees a low ticket price, easy access and group discounts to ensure that students all over the country can afford to attend. Plus, early-bird discounts and deals for universities showing games at the event.
 

The launch event will be partnered with many other networks within the games market, to be announced over the coming months.
 

Farnborough International boasts 20,000sqm of flexible indoor event space, ample outdoor areas, the latest in-house technology and more than 70 years of event organisation experience. The venue will offer a dedicated drop off and pick up area for coaches, and due to expansive hard standing secure space on site coaches will be allowed to stay on site for the duration. Located in Hampshire, the purpose-built venue has strong transport links and is in easy reach by train, just 35 minutes direct from London Waterloo, or by car from the M3.

Train2Game News XEL Release Date And Trailer

Today, Assemble Entertainment and developer Tiny Roar are delighted to reveal the release date of the highly anticipated 3D action-adventure RPG, XEL, along with a new cinematic trailer previewing the game’s plot.

Crash landing on Windows PC via Steam and GOG on 12th July and Nintendo Switch on July 14th, 2022, XEL tells the epic sci-fi journey of Reid, a young woman who becomes stranded on a strange and exotic alien world. Together with her spirited sidekick Chap, Reid must utilise her ability to jump through space and time to discover the dark secrets of the planet on which she’s landed, and what her connection is to it. Too excited to wait until July? Luckily, the first 30 minutes of this space odyssey can be played on Steam as a demo now.

Check out XEL in the new “Downfall” trailer here

Spaceship-wrecked on the striking, alien world of XEL, Reid must venture out and begin to piece together her broken memories. A callback to old-school top-down RPGs, XEL evokes the nostalgic spirit of classic Zelda titles. A true passion project from the devs, the world of XEL merges familiar ideas with updated mechanics, all woven together in an intense sci-fi mystery. The planet XEL holds a sinister secret, with darkness lurking across space and time. Aid Reid in solving the mystery of her history, lest both her and the world she’s somehow connected to be doomed.

Key Features of XEL Include: 

  • Old School Meets New School: Retro meets modern in a classic top-down RPG gameplay style, and a well-crafted combat system comprised of different attacks, dodging, parrying, and clever gadgets
  • Adventure Through Space and Time: Explore the mysterious world of XEL and uncover its dark past, utilizing mind-bending time travel to unlock the secrets of the mysterious land
  • A Timeless Audiovisual Experience: Composed by Gidon Wolff, XEL offers a timeless soundtrack complemented by vibrant visuals, handcrafted by a passionate indie team

XEL launches on Nintendo Switch and Windows PC via Steam and GOG on 12th July, 2022. The grandiose adventure will launch on Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and Playstation 4/5 later this year. Want to learn more about XEL? Find more in-depth details in the latest Devlog #4 ‘Level Design Philosophy’ on Steam.

Keep tabs on XEL’s development by following developer Tiny Roar on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Train2Game News Amazing Frog? Coming To Android

After a successful iOS release in 2019 Developer Fayju is excited to announce that its hilarious sandbox adventure game Amazing Frog? is headed to Android devices later this year.

Android players will be able to enjoy all currently live features available in the PC version of Amazing Frog? V2 (the remastered version of the game) right at their fingertips.
 

Amazing Frog? is an open world sandbox game where players take control of the webby feet of superhero Amazing Frog? as he wreaks havoc in Swindon, UK. Explore the streets atop your trusty swine steed and interact with dozens of available shenanigans all throughout the town. Take to the skies with balloons, use cannons to propel yourself and test the aerodynamics of webbed feet or just have a nice relaxing swim with absolutely no danger or frog-eating animals to disturb the peace.
 

Amazing Frog?’s Android release has been highly requested by the community for many years. Android players can expect regular updates and changes to the game to keep things fresh and exciting. One of the very first sandbox games to give players total freedom, Amazing Frog? hopes to keep impressing players with its wacky and wonderful world. 

Features: 

  • Explore beautiful Swindon, UK via the eyes of the one and only Amazing Frog?
  • Discover hidden secrets around every corner of the continent
  • Unlock dozens of interactable items
  • Travel in a wide assortment of vehicles (and on pigs)
  • Dress Amazing Frog? in dozens of customizable outfits to fulfill his every froggy desire
  • Hang with dangerously fun wildlife
  • Participate in frog-induced mayhem


In addition to the game’s upcoming release on Android, Amazing Frog? V2 has just received a brand new update which adds some of players favorite features from the original version including the Sewers and the Megladon. Explore Swindon to find all the new things added and look for even more updates on the way.

Amazing Frog? is currently available on iOS and PC via Steam will Android coming later this year. Want to see what Amazing Frog? gets up to in his free time? Visit him on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Feel like hopping over to Amazing Frog? on PC? Right now for a limited time, you can grab the game for 25% off on Steam

Train2Game News Final Fantasy VII 25th Anniversary Celebrations

Square Enix continued its celebration of FINAL FANTASY® VII today with a FINAL FANTASY VII 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION stream, featuring the first look at FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH for PlayStation®5 (PS5™) console, the sequel to 2020’s critically-acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, the announcement of CRISIS CORE™ -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION , a HD remaster of the beloved prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII, a Steam Deck compatible version of FINAL FANTASY VII INTERGRADE for PC and much more.
 
Additionally, trailers for the mobile games FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS and FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER and exclusive FINAL FANTASY VII anniversary merchandise were also shown in the program.
 
The new trailers revealed during the FINAL FANTASY VII 25th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION stream and full stream VOD can be viewed here:

 FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is the second story in the FINAL FANTASY VII remake series which tells the story of the iconic fantasy game that redefined the RPG genre, in three distinct games. At launch, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE was celebrated by players and critics alike, selling over five million copies worldwide. FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is slated to launch next Winter for PS5.



FINAL FANTASY VII remake series Creative Director, Tetsuya Nomura said, “As revealed on the broadcast, there are currently four FINAL FANTASY VII projects being developed in parallel. Although each of the four titles plays a different role, they are all connected through the high-quality depictions of FINAL FANTASY VII’s world and characters. As someone who was involved with the development of each and every one of the original titles, I deeply understand the vision and thoughts behind each project, and I am actively involved in the development process for all four titles.
 
FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is being designed so that people can enjoy this game whether they know the original game or not. In fact, new players might even enjoy starting their FINAL FANTASY VII journey with FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH. Cloud and his friends embark on a new journey in this game, and I believe that the scenes that they witness after leaving Midgar will give players a fresh, new experience. I can’t wait to share the intention behind naming the first title, “REMAKE,” and the second title, “REBIRTH.” In time, I hope to reveal what the third title will be called, and where this journey will ultimately lead.
 
The development of FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH has been progressing rapidly since we adopted a new development structure. A title of this scale in which everything is interconnected even before production began is truly rare. In fact, some development has already begun on the third title. I myself have started on the development and am working towards the completion of the series.
 
We will work to deliver this title to fans with the same amount of enthusiasm from now until we reach the finish line. In the meantime, please enjoy the other 25th anniversary projects that further expand the world of FINAL FANTASY VII.”



FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH Director Naoki Hamaguchi said, “I am overjoyed that we are able to announce FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH and I feel a strong sense of duty to deliver the ultimate FINAL FANTASY VII experience to all the fans eagerly awaiting this game. The development has already entered full production and the team is highly motivated in putting everything together on the project and working to create a finished game. The FINAL FANTASY VII remake project will be a three-part trilogy, but FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH is much more than just one installment in the series. We are developing it with all of the passion and dedication needed to create an original game and plan to deliver the ultimate gameplay and world building experience. Trust me, it will be worth the wait!”
 
Yoshinori Kitase, FINAL FANTASY VII remake series Producer and FINAL FANTASY VII Director said, “We have officially announced that the second title FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH will be released next winter, approximately three years after the original FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE released in April 2020. Three years may feel like a long time for all the fans who are eagerly awaiting the next game, but we want to offer the best experience possible and reassure everyone that development is proceeding at an astonishingly fast pace for such a large-scale HD title. Making the middle part of a trilogy has its own challenges, but there are plenty of classic second installments in the world of film that are defined by stunning story twists and deeper explorations of their characters. Often these second installments become a favorite amongst the fans. In the same vein, we are aiming to make FINAL FANTASY VII REBIRTH an even more gripping and memorable experience than FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE, so please wait a little longer while we finish up.”
 
The broadcast also marked the announcement of CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION, a remaster of PlayStation®Portable exclusive, CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-. The 2007 cult classic action RPG and prequel to FINAL FANTASY VII. CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII-REUNION is a true remaster that follows the original story of SOLDIER 1st Class Zack Fair on his mission to find missing SOLDIER Genesis Rhapsodos, unraveling the stories of Cloud, Sephiroth, Aeith, Tifa and more. CRISIS CORE -FINAL FANTASY VII- REUNION will launch this Winter on PlayStation 5, PlayStation®4 (PS4™), Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, PC & Nintendo Switch™.



For players who have yet to experience the 2020 Game Awards’ Best RPG, FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE will launch tomorrow, June 17th, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Pacific on STEAM® with full Steam Deck compatibility. The enhanced and expanded version of the game includes an additional episode starring Yuffie, enhanced visuals capture mode, Classic Mode difficulty and more. To celebrate the launch, players can purchase the game at a 29% off discount via STEAM® from June 17th, 2022 to June 23rd, 2022 at 10 a.m. Pacific.* FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE is rated T (Teen).
 
Fans also received a new trailer for the upcoming mobile RPG, FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS, which is scheduled for a Closed Beta Test later this year. Additionally, popular mobile game FINAL FANTASY VII FIRST SOLDIER’s Season 3 trailer showcased exciting new content updates that are available now, including a map of the Midgar Plateside, a Serpent Launcher weapon, water materia, and the new Machinist style.
 
Finally, new FINAL FANTASY VII 25th Anniversary merchandise and a soundtrack will be arriving to the Square Enix Store.
 
For more information, visit the official game websites:
FINAL FANTASY VII ANNIVERSARY: https://ffvii.square-enix-games.com
FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – http://www.ffvii-remake.com/intergrade
FINAL FANTASY VII FIRST SOLDIER – https://www.ffviifs.com/en/
FINAL FANTASY VII EVER CRISIS – https://ffvii-ever-crisis.square-enix-games.com/en-us/

Train2Game News GoldenEye Documentary Coming Soon

Altitude is thrilled to announce the June 27th release of the new video game documentary GoldenEra on Altitude.film and other digital platforms in the UK and Ireland.
 

The feature-length documentary focuses on the untold story of the creation of iconic first-person shooter GoldenEye 007, and its remarkable legacy. Viewers will learn how a young and inexperienced team at UK development studio Rare were handed the James Bond licence, before making a game that would change the medium forever when it was released on Nintendo’s N64 console in 1997.
 

25 years after that launch, director Drew Roller has been given unrivalled access to numerous members of the original GoldenEye 007 team, as well as press and authors that covered the game or saw their careers shaped by its impact, and players whose lives it changed.
 

Filled with fascinating insights, insider details and a thorough look at GoldenEye 007’s legacy, Roller has crafted a truly independent documentary that is unashamedly created for fans, by fans.
 

GoldenEye 007 wasn’t just an obsession for me in the late 1990s; it inspired my career, and continues to influence me to this day,” says Roller, who has also worked as a software designer, writer, editor, music video producer and commercial director. “And it didn’t just influence who I am – through speaking to so many game industry experts, it’s clear it informed a lot of other careers. And perhaps moreso, the game went on to shape titles that have become phenomena of popular culture, such as Call of Duty and Halo.

Equally, GoldenEye 007 introduced design conventions now standard in countless successful titles. When you play a game today, there’s almost certainly some GoldenEye 007 DNA in there. That’s what makes this story so important to tell.”
 

“It was sheer strength of passion and devotion that drove Drew and his small team to make this truly special piece of filmmaking – and for this reason we’re thrilled to release GoldenEra on June 27th” added an Altitude spokesperson. “Drew’s documentary is a captivating snapshot of a perfect storm and offers unique behind-the-scenes insights into the seminal game’s creation and legacy.”
 

Ultimately, GoldenEra tells the riveting tale of how creative freedom, raw talent and the world of James Bond were brought together by developer Rare – just at the time when new gaming tech allowed the developers to realise a vision that changed gaming forever. The film is deeply authentic, human and enthusiastic – and captures a moment in late ‘90s popular culture as important as BritPop and New Labour! As many in the game industry will tell you, video games have had two eras: ‘before GoldenEye, and after GoldenEye’. And today, long after GoldenEye, Rare’s creation remains supported by an active player community who host tournaments and even update the game with modern features. A sign that 25 years after release, GoldenEye 007 is as relevant as ever.
 

GoldenEra will be available on Altitude.Film and other digital platforms in the UK and Ireland From June 27th.

Train2Game News Capcom Showcase 2022

Capcom, the world-renowned developer and publisher of video games, provided a deep dive into its exciting lineup of upcoming titles today during the Capcom Showcase.

The digital broadcast kicked off with a look at the challenges that await players in the approaching June 30, 2022 release of Monster Hunter™ Rise: Sunbreak. The show also featured multiple exciting additions to the world of Resident Evil™, including Resident Evil™ Village Gold Edition and its Winters’ Expansion, plus surprise releases of three enhanced Resident Evil titles, and an extended sneak peek at the recently revealed Resident Evil™ 4.

A new dinosaur forecast signaled the first chance to suit up in Exoprimal™ with the Closed Network Test next month. Viewers were also treated to a series of spotlights for highly anticipated Capcom titles, including Street Fighter™ 6, Capcom Fighting Collection, and Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium.

The entire Capcom Showcase can be viewed on the official Capcom YouTube channel. Individual assets and trailers for each game are available via the Capcom Press Center.

Resident Evil Has a Selection of Good Things on the Way, Stranger

Those yearning for dark shadows got a first glimpse of the long-awaited DLC for Resident Evil Village.  The Winters’ Expansion arrives Oct. 28, 2022 on all available platforms. The new content includes a Third-Person Mode for the campaign, The Mercenaries Additional Orders featuring new stages and playable characters Chris Redfield, Heisenberg, and Lady Dimitrescu; and a continuation of the story in Shadows of Rose. Set 16 years after the events of Resident Evil Village, this new tale follows Rose Winters, the daughter of main protagonist Ethan, as she struggles with her terrifying powers. Players must explore and survive a warped and mysterious realm inside the consciousness of the Megamycete in search of a cure. Resident Evil Village Gold Edition, a bundle of the Winters’ Expansion and the main game, will also launch on Oct. 28, 2022 in physical and digital formats for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia. Resident Evil™ Re:Verse, a multiplayer experience which will be free for Resident Evil Village players, will go live on the same date. Resident Evil Village Producer Tsuyoshi Kanda also shared the game’s main story is now in production for PlayStation®VR2 and Mac.

Fans with the newly announced Resident Evil™ 4 on their bingo cards are also in luck, as Director Yasuhiro Ampo and Producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi discussed the modern reimagining of the 2005 classic. The development team aims to dial up the original release’s key feelings of loneliness and the fear of enemies blinded by zealotry; when the action-packed survival horror title reawakens March 24, 2023.

Until then, players can sink their teeth into three enhanced Resident Evil™ games. Resident Evil™ 2, Resident Evil™ 3, and Resident Evil™ 7biohazard reanimate today on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with 4K resolution, ray tracing, high frame rate, and 3D audio. These cutting-edge features offer a more vivid, smooth, and immersive experience. DualSense™ haptic feedback and adaptive trigger support is also available on PlayStation 5. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One players can upgrade at no additional cost via the digital upgrade program and Smart Delivery. PC patches for all three titles arrive today as well.

Exoprimal Forecasts an Early Dinosaur Outbreak on the Horizon

The first opportunity to repel swarms of dinosaurs in Exoprimal, a brand new IP from Capcom, arrives next month. Register today for a chance to participate in the closed network test on Steam for PC this July and be among the first Exofighters to try this team-based action game before it deploys in 2023.

To prepare players before they suit up in mechanized combat armor and join the fight, Exoprimal Director Takuro Hiraoka presented a briefing on the dynamic main game mode, Dino Survival. In this multiplayer experience, two squads of five Exofighters race to complete orders assigned by Leviathan, the sinister artificial intelligence behind the dinosaur outbreaks. Teams must complete missions before their rivals to win, stay alive, and continue searching for a way to escape Leviathan’s deadly games.

A new trailer teased a selection of objectives that make up Dino Survival. These include VTOL Defense, where squads defend downed aircraft from dinosaur onslaughts, and Omega Charge, which introduces a massive hammer that Exofighters will wield to obliterate targets. The video also unveiled two new Assault class Exosuits that are absolutely armed to the teeth. Barrage, a burning bombardier, and the rail gun-wielding sniper Vigilant join a growing armory of futuristic suits that teams can swap between on-the-fly to coordinate and overcome any challenge. While many situations pit players against hordes of dinosaurs, there are others where they clash directly with opposing squads, and even some where rival teams must band together to take-down common foes, like the twisted Neo Tyrannosaurus.

Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Shines Light on the Trail Ahead

Monster Hunter™ series Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto opened the Capcom Showcase with an illuminating new trailer for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. The video featured a revitalization of the Jungle area from the second generation of Monster Hunter games, welcomed back Espinas the Thorn Wyvern from Monster Hunter™ Frontier, and saw the frenzied approach of the flagship beast from Monster Hunter™ 4 Ultimate, Gore Magala.

Hunters can pursue an early taste of the action when a free demo for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak emerges shortly after 03:00 BST/04:00 CEST, June 14, 2022, for Nintendo Switch™ and Steam. Digital pre-orders are now available on both platforms and come packed with a bonus Palamute and Palico layered armor set.

Hunters eager to track down the next content update beyond the June 30, 2022 launch can anticipate Lucent Nargacuga the Moon Swift Wyvern returning in August with the iconic Forlorn Arena. Beyond that, more content is planned for Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak this fall, winter, and into next year.

New Challengers Arise

Dragon’s Dogma™ Director Hideaki Itsuno also joined the program to thank fans as the open-world action franchise celebrates its 10th anniversary. Arisen can look forward to a dedicated video message from the team later this week, so tune in to the Dragon’s Dogma YouTube channel on June 16, 2022 at 3pm PDT.

Additional games making an appearance in the show included:

  • Street Fighter 6 – The next evolution of Capcom’s beloved fighting game franchise welcomes new challengers in 2023 with striking new visuals, battle mechanics, control options, characters, in-game commentary features, and a groundbreaking story mode
  • Capcom Fighting Collection™ – An anthology of 10 classic competitive arcade games fortified with online multiplayer releases worldwide on June 24, 2022
  • Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium – The arcade collection continues the retro action with a bundle of 32 cherished arcade titles launching on July 22, 2022

We look forward to sharing more updates on upcoming Capcom titles as the year continues.  

Train2Game News Sonic Central Announcements

Yesterday, SEGA hosted Sonic Central, the company’s second annual virtual fan-centric event unveiling a plethora of exciting projects starring everybody’s favorite hedgehog – Sonic.

Streamed on the official Sonic the Hedgehog YouTube and Twitch channels, Sonic Central was hosted by Sonic Team’s Chief Brand Officer and SVP Sega of America, Inc., Ivo Gerscovich, along with legendary game designer, Takashi Iizuka, who revealed a packed lineup of new experiences coming to the franchise.
 

The stream featured a sneak peek at SEGA’s upcoming remaster of the original games, Sonic Origins, and also revealed a new animated special based on the awaited open-zone-inspired adventure Sonic Frontiers with Sonic Lore. Additionally, SEGA showcased brand new footage from the highly anticipated Netflix animated series,Sonic Prime,which will premiere worldwide later this year, along with much, much more!
 

You can find an overview of all the announcements spanning games, film, television and licensing that were revealed today at Sonic Central, below: 

Games

  • Sonic Origins – Get ready to experience the classic Sonic the Hedgehog™ games like never before! Sonic Origins is the best way to play the original Sonic titles – Sonic The Hedgehog 1, 2, Sonic 3 & Knuckles and Sonic CD – fully remastered and redefined. Jump into the non-stop action found in the original titles with fresh twists like Mirror Mode, new animations and much more, available for purchase on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ and PC on Sonic’s birthday, June 23. 
  • Sonic Frontiers – Speed into new realms as worlds collide in Sonic the Hedgehog’s newest adventure game coming soon to PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, the Nintendo Switch™ and PC! Sonic Frontiers is a massive leap for the Sonic franchise, taking the Blue Blur to accelerated new heights and giving players the freedom to explore the thrill of high-velocity, open-zone freedom. Battle powerful enemies as you speed through the Starfall Islands – landscapes brimming with dense forests, overflowing waterfalls, expansive deserts and more.
  • Fall Guys This August,players can take the form of Sonic, Knuckles and Tails with the all-new Sonic collaboration in Mediatonic’s massive multiplayer battle royale game, Fall Guys, which will be free to play on all platforms on June 21.
  • Sonic Speed Simulator in Roblox – Celebrate Sonic Central with Sonic Speed Simulator, the fastest game in Roblox, players are able to level up and gain speed by running through unique worlds while racing against friends to earn rewards. Today, SEGA and Gamefam announced the all-new Chemical Plant World content where players can unlock the Amy Rose chao using the provided code. Footage of the new content can be seen here.
  • Sonic Forces and Sonic Dash This summer, unlock special movie-themed characters from Paramount Pictures’ Sonic the Hedgehog 2 in the Sonic mobile titles, Sonic Forces and Sonic Dash. This Halloween, keep an eye out for Mephiles the Dark, and in November, Super Shadow joins the battle. Separately, in Sonic Dash along with Sonic Dash+ on Apple Arcade, be sure to show off your greatest achievements with Player banners and give Sir Percival a warm welcome.

Movies and Television

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 – Paramount Pictures announced Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is heading to Blu-ray and Digital in an announcement from actor Ben Schwartz, voice of Sonic in the films. Check out the home entertainment release, loaded with deleted scenes, hilarious bloopers, fun behind-the-scenes moments and an exclusive animated short taking place right after the adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.
  • Sonic Prime Get ready to see Sonic in a new light with the all-new Netflix animated series, produced in partnership with WildBrain, coming soon!

Licensing

  • SEGA will be collaborating with a number of partners to release a robust offering of new Sonic-branded products in the coming months. Partnerships will bring forth all-new food and beverage items including a Knuckles-inspired energy drink from G FUEL, along with Tails and Knuckles PEZ dispensers. 
  • Additionally, customers will be able to purchase a variety of collectibles, including hand-made silkscreen prints from Moor Art Gallery, resin statues of Amy Rose and Miles “Tails” Prower from F4F, iconic early 90’s-inspired statues of the Blue Blur from Neamedia. 
  • Our gaming accessory partners are also joining in on the fun with Razer’s Sonic the Hedgehog Wireless Controller and Quick Charging Stand, as well as EXG’s new Cable Guy Controller holder. 
  • Fans can also sport stylish new clothes featuring the Blue Blur with new items from HYPE’s Sonic the Hedgehog capsule collection. 
  • Finally, Sonic fans can go toe-to-toe with Dr. Eggman with the Egg Mobile Battle Set from Jakks Pacific with five configurations straight from the games (available this fall). 
  • Assets of the licensed products are available here.

More!

  • Stay tuned for the return of the Sonic the Hedgehogsymphony, with more details coming soon. 

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