Train2Game News Max an Autistic Journey

GPAC, LLC and Professional Imagination announce the launch of  Max, an Autistic Journey for Windows PC on Steam and other major digital distribution channels. Available now with a week-long 10% discount off the game’s SRP of $5.99.

Developer Stéphane Cantin will be donating a percentage of his proceeds from  Max, an Autistic Journey to the Miriam Foundation, a charitable organization that helps people with autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disabilities lead fulfilling lives.

“It has always been my intention to donate part of the sales from ‘Max’ to a worthy charity, so have been looking around at various organizations for some time now. I originally learned of the Miriam Foundation when they contacted me about the potential of using the Pictograms I created for the game in some of their outreach. As I worked with them in adapting the Pictos I realized the charity I was looking for found me! From their staff, to all that they do, I really appreciate and support their efforts.”

–          Stéphane Cantin

Max, an Autistic Journey is a retro-style RPG where the player assumes the role of Max, an imaginative ten-year-old, that has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Traversing Max’s home, school and wild imagination players will find ways to deal with the seemingly insurmountable challenges and frustrations of everyday life. Regardless where you fall in the spectrum of life,  Max, an Autistic Journey delivers an entertaining, imaginative and informative adventure where the visualization of the beasts may be fantasy, the emotions and frustrations they represent are very real.

LAUNCH TRAILER: https://youtu.be/celKij1T4zo

IN FACT, FEATURES!

    Classic turn-based battle system featuring clever weapons and special abilities to confront monstrous manifestations of emotions and anxieties

    Gain experience points through imaginary toy battles and by confronting your fears and anxieties to level up

    Core retro RPG mechanics infused with multiple Mini Games such as picture puzzles, race cars and making music

    Endearing tale of trials and tribulations from a unique perspective that inspires, educates and entertains as the story unfolds

    Mouse & Keyboard as well as Full Controller Support

    Steam Achievements, Cloud Save Support and Trading Cards.

Max, an Autistic Journey is now available for Windows PC at 10% off of the Suggested Retail Price of $5.99 on Steam, Green Man Gaming, Gamersgate, Bundle Stars and other major digital distribution channels.

To learn more about the Miriam Foundation and the great work they do please visit their website miriamfoundation.ca.

Train2Game News New UK Publisher

​Announced today at Gamescom 2016, PlayStack is a new UK games publisher made up of a team of highly experienced leaders and individuals from across the games, entertainment and finance industries. 

PlayStack brings diverse experience and access to investment and marketing capital to redefine the way in which games are developed, enjoyed and shared.

PlayStack is led by CEO & Founder Harvey Elliott who has previously shipped games worth over $1BN in market value. By building a powerhouse team which, in conjunction with his experiences as chair of the BAFTA Games Committee and across the industry, PlayStack will seek out creative developers with world-class IP to fund and support their studios from concept to launch.

Identifying and surfacing new talent and studios is at the heart of the PlayStack business strategy. “The closure of so many leading studios means that a huge amount of creativity is at risk of going to waste, and puts us as players at risk of missing out of some of the defining experiences of the industry.”, says Harvey Elliott “By centering ourselves in the UK we will harness a rich pool of developer talent whilst creating an organisation capable of building global success for new IP”.

PlayStack are also announcing their first title Nemesis: Air Combat developed by Stratosphere Games, a mobile development studio formed by gaming veterans from Splash Damage, Nexon, Rocksteady, and Yager. Releasing in late 2016 this new top-tier mobile IP exemplifies PlayStack’s dedication to surfacing games created by new and highly talented development studios.

For further information, or if you think you have the next big hit, please visit www.playstack.com.

Train2Game News Behind the Schemes

​The amatuer filmmakers of Devolver Digital have announced Behind the Schemes, a new take on the traditional behind-the-scenes series. 
Each episode in the series aims to uncover the spirit of each game through intimate conversations with the personalities behind them and exploring the tiny apartments, humble offices, and vibrant cities where they are made.

The Behind the Schemes series began as an experiment at E3 to document the notorious Devolver Digital E3 trailer park and shenanigans that took place there each day. The first proper episode launched today putting the spotlight on Le Cartel, the team behind Mother Russia Bleeds, as they take viewers on a tour of the team’s office flat and local boxing gym where the lead artist trains and draws inspiration for the game’s combat animations.

Future episodes will take viewers to the literal attic office of Fourattic (Crossing Souls), the retro FPS altars of Pixel Titans (STRAFE), and the bustling crowds of Gamescom.

“I told the filmmakers that if I saw a single shot of some nerd typing fake code on a monitor or blankly staring at some untextured model I’d cancel the whole thing,” noted Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “Not that I’ll watch a minute of this arthouse garbage.”

The Behind the Schemes series is an ongoing effort and each new episode can be found on the Devolver Digital YouTube channel. And now for an obligatory call to follow Devolver Digital on Twitter @DevolverDigital.

Train2Game News ESL UK Premiership pushing rising stars

The ESL UK Premiership, the largest eSports tournament for the UK and Ireland, is the one to watch for League of Legends talent rising to the professional eSports circuit.

The ESL UK Premiership Summer 2016 Season is set to be the biggest and best yet. With a prize pool of £34,000 and a three-game offline finals event planned for this October’s MCM Comic Con in London, there’s plenty to be excited about. Riot has continued to recognize this milestone by investing a spot in their EU Challenger Series Qualifier in the winner of this season’s premiership. 

The last team to win a spot in the Challenger Series Qualifier through the ESL UK Premiership, were the former Renegades: Banditos who then went on to win the qualifiers and secure their place in the EU Challenger Series. Out of this success story came even greater achievement. Renegades: Banditos, now Misfits, recently triumphed in the EU LCS promotion tournament and are now the newest team to qualify for the EU LCS, showcasing the path to pro from Premiership to EU LCS. Individual success was also found in Maxlore, who was scouted by the Spanish team Giants, and now plays in the LCS. 

Since the start of 2015, the UK Premiership, ESL UK’s flagship national product, has seen significant growth in both viewership and participation. Designed purely for UK teams, talent and viewers, the tournament has attracted over two million online spectators and has seen over two thousand gamers take part from all over Great Britain and Ireland.

To sign up to the ESL UK Premiership for League Of Legends, players can head to the ESL UK website.

Train2Game News London Games Festival 2017 Dates

​The London Games Festival will take place from 30 March to 9 April 2017, organiser Games London has announced, along with its plans to grow visitor numbers to 50,000 next year.
The first London Games Festival took place in April 2016 as part of the Games London three-year initiative delivered jointly by Film London, the capital’s screen industries agency, and video games trade body Ukie (The Association for UK Interactive Entertainment).

Games London is backed by the Mayor of London, with funding worth £1.2m from the London Enterprise Panel. The three-year programme serves to promote the UK’s games sector and seeks to make London the games capital of the world. Games London ultimately aims to attract £35m of investment to the capital and create 280 jobs, all while underlining the cultural significance of interactive entertainment.

The 10-day celebration in April 2016 welcomed over 38,000 people across 30 different events across 20 different venues and culminated in a games-themed street art commission across multiple London landmarks, from a pub in Walthamstow to the Leicester Square cinema district.

Over 50,000 are expected for 2017’s festival, which will run from 30 March to 9 April. The event will open with EGX Rezzed at Tobacco Dock (30 March to 1 April), with other events confirmed for the schedule including the British Academy Games Awards (6 April) and the return of Now Play This at Somerset House (7 April to 9 April). Further announcements to come will detail activity around eSports, the Festival Fringe and a range of summits and lectures for professionals.

Also returning is the Games Finance Market (4 April to 6 April), an instrumental part of the Games London strategy. The Games Finance Market connects games developers and interactive content creators with investors and funders. In 2017 the event will double in size to welcome 60 investable businesses meeting 60 international investors.

Games London’s programme supporting games businesses has already brought in over £8.5m in potential investment to the capital.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “London is a global destination for culture and creativity, and the interactive entertainment sector is playing an increasingly important part in this. Games London focuses on harnessing the city’s talent, with the ultimate aim of making London the world capital for video games. It’s fantastic to see the festival expanding in scope, reach and ambition, and connecting London-based talent with overseas investment partners – further proof that our city is open for business.”

Follow @londongamesfest on Twitter or head to www.games.london for more updates over the coming weeks and months.

Train2Game News Mankind Divided supports Eye Tracking

Tobii, the global leader in eye tracking, and Eidos® Montreal, the award winning studio, today announced that the PC version Deus Ex: Mankind Divided® will support multiple eye-tracking features. 
Powered by Tobii eye trackers, Tobii EyeX and the SteelSeries Sentry allow for greater game immersion, a cleaner UI, and enhanced navigation. A Tobii EyeX and Deus Ex® game bundle is set to be released on the 23rd of August.

“With the Deus Ex franchise being a window to the future, we always try to provide innovative, ground-breaking experiences for our players,” says André Vu, Executive Brand Director at Eidos Montréal. “The numerous Tobii eye tracking features built into the game will provide PC gamers an extra layer of immersion that blends perfectly with the futuristic universe depicted in Deus Ex.”

The Tobii EyeX, a €119 (or UK equivalent) peripheral eye tracker that connects to any existing PC via USB, empowers gamers with new, more realistic experiences in their games. Eye tracking serves as an additional modality that adds to the game experience without taking anything away or restricting the gamer in any way. Tobii sees numerous opportunities for eye tracking to enhance game immersion and realism, including the development of more responsive characters that interact with you when you make eye contact or features that mimic the functions of the eye, like dynamic depth of field or light exposure.
“The commitment by Eidos Montréal and Square Enix® to bring eye tracking to the mega Deus Ex franchise is another demonstration of the industry’s belief in the value of eye tracking,” said Oscar Werner, president of Tobii Tech. “We applaud the team at Eidos Montréal for their forward thinking approach and drive to give their gamers more.”

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided comes with a ton of new innovations to make gamers salivate. With eye tracking integration, gameplay becomes more immersive as the gamer’s eye movement is harnessed to create more natural and more realistic actions, making them part of this futuristic, dystopian world. Tobii eye tracking features include:

·         Aim at Gaze – Look at the target to take aim, then press a button and fire. This feature let players take out enemies using their natural gaze and will even work when locking the tesla gun for all-out mayhem.

·         Extended View- Look to the edge of the screen and the game’s camera will pan – giving players a wider field of view with just a glance. The natural eye movement will allow further immersion into the game’s environment and let players control what they want to see – just as in real life.

·         Icarus Dash at gaze – Simply look in the direction you want Adam to move in – even vertically. This will allow players you use the controls in a more fluid manner.

·         Interact at gaze – This feature lets players move effortlessly using the natural gaze to intuitively interact with objects. Look at an object, press a button and automatically move towards it before picking it up.

·         Clean UI- This feature lets player access UI info only when needed, giving them deeper immersion into the game’s environment. Look and they’ll appear. Look away, they’ll become nearly transparent. The screen is always covered fully in the game’s world, with the vital stats just a glance away. Helps you embrace the game’s environment. Helps players keep track of what you need to –when they need to.

·         Cover at Gaze – This feature lets players find refuge when the heat is on just by gazing across the environment – highlighting places you can hide behind. (Not available on August 23, this feature will be available in an upcoming update.)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the sequel to the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®, builds on the franchise’s trademark choice and consequence, action RPG based gameplay, to create both a memorable and highly immersive experience. Players will once again take on the role of Adam Jensen, now an experienced covert agent, and will gain access to his new arsenal of customizable state-of-the-art weapons and augmentations. With time working against him, Adam must choose the right approach, along with whom to trust, in order to unravel a vast worldwide conspiracy. The game also includes Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – Breach, a new and innovative game mode. This new take on the game offers, for the very first time, an arcade approach on the gameplay of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, providing players with a unique puzzle shooter experience.

New Tobii EyeX customers will receive a free copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided when they purchase the Tobii EyeX and Deus Ex Bundle here.

Train2Game News Insomnia58 confirms Microsoft

Multiplay, the company behind the largest gaming festival in the UK has today revealed the games Microsoft will be showcasing at Insomnia58 this August bank holiday.  
The blockbuster titles join an already exciting line-up, making this summer’s event the best place for fans to try the latest games.

Upcoming releases from Microsoft’s biggest franchises, all highlights of its E3 presentation, will be available to play for the first time in the UK, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and the latest zombie epic, Dead Rising 4. All Titles will be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with the majority being part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programme.

Gears of War 4, the cover based shooter, features an all new cast of characters, including JD Fenix, the son of the legendary Marcus Fenix. Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, the newest instalment in the franchise is set to be a huge hit with Xbox fans.

Insomnia58 will be the first time driving game fans in the UK will be able to experience the fast-paced action of Forza Horizon 3, experience thrilling racing, addictive gameplay and stunning graphics.

The Xbox One timed exclusive, Dead Rising 4, due for release later in December, will also be at Insomnia58, giving fans of the ever popular zombie-smashing genre exclusive access to the hotly anticipated game, months before its release.

Additional titles on display include Remedy’s Quantum Break, fighting classic Killer Instinct as well as the exciting new Xbox exclusive action-adventure Recore. Microsoft is also bringing the latest details on Indie games such as Cuphead, Everspace, Raiders of the Broken Planet and The Turing Test. 

Insomnia58 is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-29 August 2016, with day tickets available online from £25: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Pokémon at Insert Coin

A brand new apparel range will be showcasing at a special Pokémon X Insert Coin store in London later this month.
A collaboration which brings together Pokémon’s twenty-year heritage and Insert Coin’s industry-leading reputation of creating stylish designer gamer-wear will be launching later this month. The collection aims to bring together everyone’s love of the Pokémon brand and will feature fan favorites such as Magikarp, Snorlax, Jigglypuff and Charmander… and of course Pikachu! 

The new range will debut at a special ‘Pokémon X Insert Coin’ pop up shop from 25 – 30 August at London’s Old Truman Brewery. The shop will also include some memorabilia from Pokémon’s 20-year history and there will be live appearances from Pikachu.

Products will only be available in-store whilst stocks last. The initial run of products will be limited in availability to the Pokémon x Insert Coin store and will be sold on a first come, first served basis – before appearing on www.insertcoinclothing.com later this year.

Train2Game News Mobius Final Fantasy available today

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™, the FINAL FANTASY® role-playing adventure game custom-tailored for mobile platforms, is available for iPhone, iPad and Android devices today.
This new RPG adventure features in-depth character customization, ongoing live events, and HD graphics that push the boundaries of the mobile platform. The all-star development team includes producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed  FINAL FANTASY VII and upcoming  FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE.

As part of a special promotion running through August 31, SQUARE ENIX® is awarding players with special in-game items, including Tidus’s signature weapon from FINAL FANTASY X, Brotherhood; a Yuna character card; extra Ability Tickets; Summon Tickets; and much more. Daily login rewards, including extra Bronze Openers, Ability Tickets and Elixirs, will also be available through August 12.

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is available as a free download (with in app purchases) from the App Store and Google Play.

The new launch trailer can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/qZ80g2Dlolc.

Train2Game News Gamers make best drivers

Marmalade, the leading specialist in learner and young drivers’ insurance, has revealed that contrary to public perception, gamers are in fact amongst the safest young drivers in the UK.
To ascertain whether hobbies and interests have an impact on how young people drive, Marmalade also surveyed a group of customers. It analysed their driving behaviour, using telematics data from their recent journeys, to identify which interests are most likely to make a driver safer or more reckless.

Marmalade’s own telematics data analysis of its customers concluded that gamers were amongst the safest drivers on UK roads, with many customers gaining higher than average safety scores of over 90% in an average journey.

These findings were then measured against a YouGov survey* commissioned by the insurance company to understand the general public’s perceptions of drivers and what makes a safe driver.

The survey asked the public which hobbies were most generally indicative of reckless driving. 52% of YouGov survey respondents who identified a hobby as indicative of reckless driving, said that those who liked computer gaming are more likely to be a careless driver, significantly more than any other hobby listed. Other options included reading, computer gaming, listening to music, socialising and watching TV/films.

Marmalade wanted to investigate correlations between lifestyle choices and driving style to work with its young customers to help improve driver safety.

Guy Knight, Director of Marmalade, says: “Our ethos has always been to support our drivers by offering second-to-none customer service alongside fantastic products that suit them and their lifestyles. We’re thrilled that our data confirms whatever hobby you choose you can still be a safe driver.”

In support of Marmalade’s findings, research from the University of Rochester, USA,  shows that video game players develop a heightened sensitivity to what is going on around them, and this benefit doesn’t just make them better at playing video games, but improves everyday activities like driving.

Jim Knight, a 20-year-old Ambassador for Marmalade, says: “I do enjoy gaming and I feel I’m a good and safe driver –it might even impact positively on my driving. I believe that my hobbies have no impact on my driving, so please don’t stereotype us!”

With this insight, Marmalade has developed a quiz game and competition for young drivers to take part and discover what type of driver they are. Entrants will also be in with a chance to win a Vauxhall Corsa, 1.4 litre SRI: www.wearemarmalade.co.uk/stereotypes .