Train2Game News Yu-Gi-Oh in Jump Force

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe has announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! is the latest franchise that will feature in JUMP FORCE, that is set to release in 2019.

Joining the roster of JUMP FORCE is Yugi Muto, the hero of Yu-Gi-Oh! JUMP FORCE brings together the greatest heroes and villains from over the 50-year history of Shueisha’s influential Japanese manga Weekly Shonen Jump to fight for the fate of their world and ours.

Yu-Gi-Oh!’s story takes place in a world where a card game: Duel Monsters, is one of the largest aspects of everyday life. The game can bring fortune and fame to its champions, or demise to those less fortunate.

The main protagonist, Yugi Muto, is a lonely boy who loves playing the game but was never blessed with talent. After finding and solving the Millennium Puzzle, an ancient and powerful artefact, Yugi unknowingly became host to Dark Yugi, the spirit of the long deceased Pharaoh Atem. The Pharaoh’s spirit possess and takes control of Yugi in times of danger, he is able to become one of the greatest Duel Monsters players in the world.

Stay tuned for more information about Yugi’s powers and abilities!

JUMP FORCE is set to release in 2019 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC Digital. For more information about products from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:

The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Website
The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Facebook
The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Twitter

Train2Game News Games Dev Tool Crayta

Independent video game studio Unit 2 Games today revealed its mass-market collaborative game creation and publishing platform – Crayta.

It also issued a call for people interested in making games to join its pre-alpha community programme.

Harnessing the power of Unreal Engine 4, Crayta will provide an intuitive, flexible and accessible suite of creative development tools, with an appropriate entry point for people of all ages, experience, ability and background. The UGC-powered, ‘free-to-play’, social creation platform will also be underpinned by a comprehensive publishing and discovery infrastructure that encourages and rewards creativity, community support, and collaboration.

CEO of Unit 2 Games, Richard Smithies, explains the vision for the project: “Games creation requires people to have a variety of highly technical skills. They have to understand and be able to use the available software, know how to publish and support their game once it’s out, and be able to promote their creations and find a fan base. The current landscape largely offers these elements individually, but with Crayta we’re combining them all into one free-to-access, streamlined ecosystem. Our dream is to make game-making accessible and fun for everyone.”

Unit 2 Games was formed in late 2017 and has been working behind closed doors on the ambitious project for the last year. Its team includes over 30 highly experienced developers and live operations staff, many of whom have worked together for over a decade and played a key role in a previous 4-year server-based, UGC-driven project that had a budget in the tens of millions of dollars.

Development on Crayta has already progressed considerably, and a small group of players from around the world has been collaborating with the Unit 2 Games team for several months. The studio is now actively looking to expand that team by launching its pre-alpha community programme. Anyone interested should apply via www.Crayta.com.

Crayta will be shown behind closed doors at EGX in Birmingham, UK next week and the team is available for trade and consumer media appointments.

More information and latest news about the project can be found here:

Medium: https://medium.com/unit2games/what-if-everyone-could-make-video-games-430c2aeb1768
Twitter: @Unit2Games
Web: www.Unit2Games.com & www.Crayta.com

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Returns to Consoles

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that several titles from the legendary FINAL FANTASY® series are coming to the Nintendo Switch™ system, the Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and STEAM®.

From exploring the expansive world of Ivalice in FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®, to enjoying iconic scenes from FINAL FANTASY® VII, IX and X / X-2 HD Remaster, fans will soon be able to play hallmark FINAL FANTASY titles anytime and anywhere.

The fun starts with today’s release of FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD for the Nintendo Switch, and the upcoming release of WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA on November 6th. The Chocobo’s Dungeon series also returns for the first time in ten years with Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™ bound for release this winter. The remaining titles, including the return of co-op action RPG FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition, will release in 2019.

The full list of the announced FINAL FANTASY titles and platforms are available below:

NINTENDO SWITCH

  • FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™
  • FINAL FANTASY® VII
  • FINAL FANTASY® IX
  • FINAL FANTASY® X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

XBOX ONE

  • FINAL FANTASY® VII
  • FINAL FANTASY® IX
  • FINAL FANTASY® X / X-2 HD Remaster
  • FINAL FANTASY® XII THE ZODIAC AGE®
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

PLAYSTATION®4 SYSTEM

  • FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES® Remastered Edition
  • Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!™
  • FINAL FANTASY® XV POCKET EDITION HD
  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

PC

  • WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® MAXIMA

Further information on each title is available at: http://sqex.link/FFgames.

Train2Game News Cervantes returns for Soul Calibur VI

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is pleased to confirm one of the most iconic characters of the franchise, the ghostly pirate Cervantes, is returning to fight in SOULCALIBUR VI.

He’ll be playable when the game launches on 19th October, 2018 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

When Cervantes first gripped Soul Edge, the power of the cursed sword transformed him into a monster. He used the sword to bring a reign of terror and carnage to the world, as the sword continued to manipulated his mind. But soon the cursed sword’s plans were thwarted by a heroic ninja and a brave warrior. Cervantes was defeated, consumed by fire and sentenced to the depths of hell, his body turned to ash.

Later the now new owner of the Soul Edge, Nightmare comes across Cervantes’s remains, but left without noticing the small glimmer of light emitting from his body. The Soul Edge had once again set the terrible wheels of fate moving and brought Cervantes back from the dead. After his resurrection, Cervantes now walks grinning through a sea of corpses, claiming countless souls and leaving desolation and destruction in his wake. His final aim is clear: to once again to make Soul Edge his own.

Cervantes fights with two weapons, Acheron and Nirvana. His main sword, Acheron, has been his sword since he plundered it from its hapless former owner during his reign of dread across the Atlantic Ocean. His secondary weapon, Nirvana, is a dagger with a pistol in the hilt. While pistols of the time were still relatively primitive, shooting an opponent could break their guard, allowing for a fierce follow-up blow. The gun dagger was a gift from the Italian weapons dealer Vercci and symbolises the twisted connection between the feared pirate and the Merchant of Death.

SOULCALIBUR VI will launch on 19th October, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. For more information about the game and other products from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe please visit:

  • The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Website
  • The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Facebook
  • The BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Twitter

Train2Game News The Last Remnant Remastered

SQUARE ENIX® announced that THE LAST REMNANT™ Remastered will arrive on PlayStation® for the first time this December, now fully remastered for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered Teaser Trailer is available here: https://youtu.be/qGY6PMg1ZRE.

Originally released in 2008, THE LAST REMNANT captured the hearts and minds of gamers with its enthralling story, countless characters and intricate battle system. THE LAST REMNANT Remastered features beautifully enhanced graphics enabled by Unreal®Engine 4, allowing for a more immersive and captivating adventure than ever before.

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered tells the story of a world filled with “Remnants” — ancient artefacts that grant mysterious power to their wielders, changing the world’s balance and leading to an era of countless frays between those who ruled, and those who obeyed. Within this war-torn fantasy world, players will follow the journey of a young man who is determined to uncover the truth.

THE LAST REMNANT Remastered will be available digitally via the PlayStation®Network for $19.99. This title is rated M (Mature).

Train2Game News Old School RuneScape Mobile Launch

Old School RuneScape will launch on iOS and Android devices on Tuesday 30th October, Jagex announced.

The MMORPG offers a full cross-platform experience on mobile and PC, and will be available for members and non-members to enjoy.
Jagex also confirmed Old School RuneScape is now available to Pre-Order and Pre-Register from the App Store and Google Play at https://osrs.game/MobilePreRegistration.

John Colgrave, Producer, Old School RuneScape Mobile said:
“The next few weeks are going to be incredibly exciting for myself, the Old School RuneScape mobile team, and for Jagex as a whole, as we count down towards the 30th October launch date. It’s been an incredible journey for us; we’ve worked tirelessly to bring the full Old School RuneScape adventure to mobile platforms, as well as enable a seamless cross-platform experience for our current, returning, and new players! Today’s invitation to Pre-Order and Pre-Register the game on the App Store and Google Play is a hugely significant one, and we can’t wait to throw open the doors next month.”

The highly-anticipated announcement comes after this summer’s extensive and overwhelmingly successful ‘Members Only Beta’, in addition to soft launches in Canada and Nordic countries, which have already seen some 500,000 Android players continue their adventures while on the move, on the sofa, or poolside on vacation.

Conor Crowley, Director of Game Development, Jagex said:
“2018 has been a year of significant milestones for Old School RuneScape on mobile, from the first closed betas at the start of the year, to the successful Members Only Beta and recent Canadian and Nordic soft launches over the summer, but none of them have been as highly anticipated as this. We are incredibly proud to confirm that Old School RuneScape on mobile is now just a matter of weeks from a full launch; we know our players – both existing and returning – have long wanted to play the game they love while away from their PCs. The countdown to 30th October is underway!”

Ever since a prototype of Old School RuneScape on mobile was shown at RuneFest 2017, the development team at Jagex has worked closely with the game’s community to ensure it delivers the same immersive living game experience, regardless of platform or device. Its top-level interface has been refined and optimised on mobile devices, including the introduction of a customisable, one-touch action button, and intuitive touch-screen controls. Featuring the RuneScape franchise’s trademark accessibility, players with devices running Lollipop (Android 5) and iOS 10 will be able to start or continue their Old School adventures across the world of Gielinor on the sofa or on the move.

The announcement coincided with the launch of Old School RuneScape’s 139th quest: Making Friends with My Arm, where players will assist the maligned troll ‘My Arm’ as he tries to establish relations with the troll town, Weiss. Mobile players will be able to help My Arm out, as well as experience the many thousands of hours of available adventures, mini games, and skilling activities Old School RuneScape has to offer, in just a matter of weeks.

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards 2018

Gamers get ready – the ever popular Golden Joystick Awards will return this November.

Back for the 36th time, to celebrate everything that makes gaming great, the show will be presided over by comedian and previous host Danny Wallace, who will give out the gongs in more than 20 award categories.

Known as the ‘People’s Gaming Awards’, last year saw millions of votes cast globally, with hundreds of games battling it out to be the very best. This year will see the return of the hotly contested ‘Still Playing Award’, ‘Ultimate Game of the Year’ and ‘Most Wanted Game’, and updated categories ‘Best Competitive Game’ and ‘Best Cooperative Game’. It’s all there for the taking, with the world’s gaming public deciding who goes home a winner.

Danny Wallace is back as host for the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards: “I’m delighted to be returning to the much-loved Golden Joysticks for a third year, because it means I won’t have to stay at home and pay for a party to celebrate the very best in gaming on my own, which is pointless and needlessly expensive. This has been a cracking year for gamers. Let’s find out who’s responsible and why…”

Dan Dawkins, Global Editor-In-Chief, GamesRadar+ commented. “We’re working hard to make sure this is the best Golden Joysticks yet, with new and revamped categories designed to ensure that players have a chance to celebrate the games they loved most in 2018.”

Key dates to remember:

  • The Golden Joystick Award categories and shortlist will be announced on Friday 21st September, with public voting commencing that night.
  • The public vote closes on Thursday 25th October.
  • The Awards take place on Friday 16th November at London’s Bloomsbury Big Top, the entire event will also be livestreamed.

To stay up to date with news from the Golden Joysticks follow them on Twitter or Facebook.

Train2Game News PUBG Greaseproof Controller

To celebrate PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS graduation from Xbox Game Preview to Full Product Release (1.0) and the iconic “WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!” phrase, Xbox Australia has created a limited edition greaseproof Xbox wireless controller to assist players in their fight for elusive, yet tasty, chicken dinner victories.

With over eight-million players on Xbox One globally, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is the definitive battle royale shooter, pitting 100 players against each other in a struggle for survival.

Carrying the PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS signature colour scheme and designed with winning in mind, the award-winning Xbox wireless controllers that fans know and love has been applied with a patented special coating resistant to grease and oil. The hand sprayed urethane coating is impervious to minor scratches, water, and of course – roast chicken grease. To finish, each unit is stamped with the PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS logo and its unique number, with only 200 produced worldwide.

To mark the launch of 1.0, ten lucky fans will be rewarded with a specially-made greaseproof Xbox wireless controller of their own, made available via the Xbox ANZ Facebook page this week. Those who are lucky enough to receive a limited-edition Xbox wireless controller can say goodbye to the greasy fingers of yesterday and hello to the sweet victory of tomorrow: no longer will chicken dinners slip through a player’s fingers.

“With such a massive player base, from the veterans of Erangel, to the Miramar rookies, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a game where truly anything can happen,” says Tania Chee, Xbox Lead for ANZ. “The launch of 1.0 brings the much-anticipated Sanhok Map and much more to Xbox One, enhancing the experience of the fantastically popular game, and we’re happy to have created such special gear for the occasion.”

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS 1.0 is available now from the Microsoft Store and all good retailers for AU$39.95 RRP.

Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #Greaseproof

Train2Game News Nintendo at EGX 2018

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! and Super Mario Party exclusively for Nintendo Switch will be playable for the first time in the UK at EGX 2018, running 20th-23rd September 2018 at The NEC, Birmingham.

Alongside these highly anticipated debut appearances, fans of social competitive gaming will be pleased to learn that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be available to play throughout the event, while Saturday 22nd September will offer the next opportunity for the freshest squads in the UK to go head to head in the next Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifier!

Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! make their first European appearance!

Attendees at EGX 2018 will be among the first people in Europe to experience a new style of Pokémon adventure as they explore Viridian Forest in Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! ahead of their release on 16th November 2018.

Prove you’re a minigame champion in Super Mario Party!

Super Mario Party will also make its UK debut, giving visitors the opportunity to try out a range of mini-games from the upcoming multiplayer game as they compete for the Toad Cup! This is the perfect opportunity to get some practise in before hitting the boards alongside friends and family anytime, anywhere on 5th October 2018.

See legendary game worlds and fighters collide in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will also be available for attendees to play, giving UK fans another opportunity to get to grips with newcomers Inkling and Ridley, as well as the game’s new mechanics, ahead of its release on 7th December 2018.

Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Qualifier Tournament – Saturday 22nd September

EGX will also play host to the next Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 Octo League qualifier on Saturday 22nd September, and Nintendo UK is accepting pre-registration now from full teams of 4 or 5 people! For teams to secure their place in the tournament they should send an email to NintendoCommunity@Nintendo.co.uk with the subject line “Splatoon 2 Tournament EGX 2018”, providing the names or tags of their team members. Teams will need to purchase a ticket to enter EGX 2018, which can be done from the EGX website.

Teams and players can also register at the event from 2pm on Friday 21st September, if there are spaces available. For players not in full teams that attend the event and wish to compete, Nintendo UK will endeavour to match any squids (or Octopi) for hire with others looking to create a team if there is space in the tournament.

Those not at the show, will be able to watch the Octo League tournament streamed live on Twitch and YouTube on Saturday 22nd September. To find out more about the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 and catch up on the tournament so far visit the Splatoon 2 UK Championship 2018 hub.

And more to come!

Nintendo UK will have more EGX announcements over the coming weeks regarding playable games, tournaments, and stage and livestream activities, so make sure to follow @NintendoUK and @NintendoUKVS on Twitter to stay up to date with everything going on at the show!

If you’re attending the event, make sure to bring your Nintendo Switch so you can play whatever you want with other fans at the show. There will be charging stations available at the event, as well as docks and screens available for use as well**.

For those that can’t make it to the event, fear not! Nintendo UK will be livestreaming on Saturday 22nd September and Sunday 23rd September, bringing the action from the headline tournaments, as well as interviews with top players, and general coverage from the event. Make sure to tune in at Twitch.tv/NintendoUK or YouTube.com/NintendoUK, and follow @NintendoUKVS and @NintendoUK on Twitter to learn about the full schedule closer to the event.

Train2Game News Macmillan Game Heroes

This September as part of the ‘Macmillan Game Heroes’ campaign, two teams of professional streamers will be attempting to raise the largest amount of money for people living with cancer by spreading the word amongst their followers and the gaming community.

On Thursday 4th October, the two teams made up of streamers including Valkia, B0aty and Two Angry Gamers will come face to face to battle it out in a gaming showdown, competing against each other in a whole host of games, challenges and forfeits.

All the action will be live broadcast on video streaming platform Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers.

Taking place at JustGiving HQ in London, starting at 12pm on 4th October and finishing at 8pm, the streamers will be divided into teams and will compete against each other in games, challenges and forfeits. Points will be awarded for wins, bravery and donations. Anyone can tune in to Macmillan’s Twitch channel (www.twitch.tv/macmillancancer) to watch the event.

Viewers of the live stream will be asked to donate to their favourite team to help them win, or complete their own 24-hour gaming challenge at home on their own or with friends in an attempt to ‘Beat the boss’.

Pro streamers taking part in Macmillan Game Heroes challenge include:

  • Vaalkia
  • B0aty
  • TwoAngryGamers
  • AngrySausage
  • ArtyFakes
  • Frozenbawz

Macmillan is also asking gamers at home to be a Game Hero and get involved in the action at a time of their choice, by taking on their own gaming marathon.

Gamers can choose whether they want to go at it alone or as part of a team, as well as the timings, the games and whether it is streamed or not – anything goes. By getting sponsored for their marathon all gamers will be doing something heroic for people living with cancer.

Heather Pearl, Head of National Events at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Our fundraising gaming challenge is back for 2018 and we’re encouraging as many people to get involved as possible, to help make this year bigger than ever before.

“We’re encouraging gamers at home to hold their own gaming marathon and get sponsored to do so, as well as asking people to tune in to Twitch on Thursday 4th October to watch their favourite professional streamers go head-to-head. All money raised will help Macmillan continue to provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support to people with cancer.”

For more information on Macmillan Game Heroes, please visit https://gameheroes.macmillan.org.uk/

Follow the conversation on Twitter using @MacGameHeroes #gameheroes