Train2Game News Rise of the Tomb Raider release dates

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Following Rise of the Tomb Raider’s exclusivity to Xbox, Square Enix have announced the release date for PlayStation and PC.

Square Enix today announced its latest title in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider series, Rise of the Tomb Raider, will be available for Windows 10 and Steam in early 2016.

The game will be a console exclusive to Xbox One and Xbox 360 for one year after its initial launch, coming to PlayStation 4 (PS4) in Holiday 2016. Renowned developer Crystal Dynamics, a Square Enix studio, is leading development in the latest entry in the iconic series for additional platforms.

In the critically acclaimed Tomb Raider, Lara Croft survived a harrowing experience only to be discredited as part of a cover up. Now, after uncovering an ancient mystery, Lara must explore the most treacherous and remote regions of Siberia to find the secret of immortality before a ruthless organization known as Trinity. Lara must use her wits and survival skills, form new alliances, and ultimately embrace her destiny as the Tomb Raider.

Experience high-octane action moments, conquer beautifully hostile environments, engage in brutal guerrilla combat, and explore awe-inspiring deadly tombs in the evolution of survival action. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara becomes more than a survivor as she embarks on her first great Tomb Raiding expedition.

Rise of the Tomb Raider will premiere first, exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on November 10, 2015.

Train2Game News Ubisoft at EGX 2015

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Ubisoft have announced three big games will be playable at the UKs biggest gaming expo in September.

EGX, the UK’s biggest video games event, today announced that Ubisoft titles Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will all be playable at EGX this September 24-27, including a UK first public hands-on for Tom Clancy’s The Division.

In Tom Clancy’s The Division, a devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City on Black Friday, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, an autonomous unit of tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, these agents are trained to operate independently in order to save society.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes the series to a stunning recreation of Nineteenth Century Victorian London at the height of the Industrial Revolution, complete with underground criminal elements and the ongoing struggle between the common poor and rich elite. New Assassins, twins Jacob and Evie Frye, make it their mission to jump in and redress the balance.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s take on the tactical shooter has been wowing gamers worldwide since its announcement at E3 2014. This hyper-intense first-person shooter features explosive close quarters combat, high lethality, tactics and team play; all within a highly detailed, fully-destructible environment.

Louise Marchant, Group Marketing Manager at Ubisoft said, “We’re really pleased to be bringing three of our biggest games to EGX in the form of Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. The show continues to go from strength-to-strength and we’re looking forward to seeing UK gamers get up-close and personal with the first-ever London-based Assassin’s Creed, the long-awaited return of Rainbow Six and the UK premiere of The Division”.

“Ubisoft fans are in for a treat at EGX as three upcoming heavyweight games from the publisher will be playable on the show floor”, said David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events. “Visitors to EGX will have yet more bragging rights as they’ll get their hands on Ubisoft’s The Division before all their mates. Bring on September!”.

For more information about Tom Clancy’s The Division, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege and Ubisoft’s full catalogue of games, please visit www.ubisoft.com .

EGX will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24-27 September 2015. For more information about all the activity at the event, including eSports, hundreds of playable games and dozens of exclusive developer announcements, please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Streets of Rage 2 on 3DS

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A SEGA Classic is now available for Nintendo 3DS. See the action pop off the screen as you walk the Streets of Rage.

Relive the 1992 SEGA Mega Drive classic, Streets of Rage II, reworked in glorious stereoscopic 3D for the Nintendo 3DS from today! 3D Streets of Rage II is available to purchase from the Nintendo eShop for €4.99/£4.49/$5.99.

The critically acclaimed, side scrolling beat ‘em up that redefined the genre, sees Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding take to the streets once more to rescue their friend Adam from the clutches of master-criminal, Mr. X.

Take on a multitude of enemies; from bikers and kickboxers to ninjas and robots in this action packed remastering of one of the SEGA Mega Drive’s most cherished games and the latest in a series of 3D re-releases for Nintendo 3DS that have included such classics as 3D Space Harrier II, 3D Outrun and 3D After Burner II.

To check out the all new 3D Streets of Rage II footage click here. For more information on 3D Streets of Rage II, log on to www.sega.com .

Train2Game News Huge eSports prize at EGX

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The biggest eSports prize fund in EGX’s history will be up for grabs this September in Birmingham.

EGX, the UK’s biggest games event, and Gfinity, the leading eSports organisation formed by gamers and with the backing of successful investors, is thrilled to announce they will be hosting two tournaments for more than $100,000 at this year’s EGX, running at the NEC, Birmingham from 24th to 27th September 2015.
 
The Gfinity stand will give EGX attendees a comprehensive eSports experience, allowing them to meet some of the top pro-gamers in the world, plus see them in action competing for more than $100,000 in prize money across Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) and StarCraft 2, the largest prize pot in EGX history.
 
The $100,000 Gfinity Champion of Champions event will see the top four teams from previous Gfinity events – fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Team EnvyUs and Virtus Pro – compete on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th for the coveted title of Gfinity CS:GO Champions 2015. Prior to the weekend, the final Gfinity Summer Masters for StarCraft 2 will see eight of the world’s best players compete live from the show floor.

“We are very excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with EGX to bring elite level eSports to the event for the first time”. Said Martin Wyatt, Head of Partnerships at Gfinity. “Following our successful debut at the show in 2014 we have decided to bring the culmination of our CS:GO and Starcraft 2 seasons to the NEC and 80,000 people. With over $100,000 to play for and the very best playing talent in the world in attendance this is an amazing opportunity for the EGX crowd to witness world class eSports live and in person”.

David Lilley, Managing Director of Gamer Events, added, “eSports is exploding worldwide and we’re delighted to be working more closely with Gfinity to bring the UK’s premier eSports experience to EGX. Visitors will see the world’s finest gaming stars compete at the highest level and may even pick up a trick or two to help them win next year’s prize pot”.

For more information about Gfinity Champion of Champions, Gfinity CS:GO Champions 2015, Gfinity Summer Masters and the full schedule of events please visit www.gfinity.net .
 
EGX will take place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24th to 27th September 2015. For more information about all the activity at the event, including eSports, hundreds of playable games and dozens of exclusive developer announcements, please visit www.egx.net/egx .

Train2Game News Unikrn upgrade

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The company behind safe and legal wagering on eSports has had an upgrade, adding several new ways of betting on competitive gaming.

Unikrn, a gaming and eSports company bringing safe and legal wagering to competitive videogame matches and tournaments around the world, is launching version 2.0 of its platform, Unikrn.com.

Unikrn 2.0 isn’t just a visual overhaul, however.  Along with all the new buttons, Unikrn has added a whole slew of content (articles, interviews, insights, tips, etc.) and new betting options! 

In addition to their traditional match and tournament betting, it now offers the following bets:

Multi Bets :
Multi bets pay out based on the results of multiple events.  On Unikrn 2.0, users can now create a multi bet that pays out if every team they have selected wins.  Multi bets can greatly increase the payout of betting on favorite teams, even if they individually have low odds.

Exotics :
Users will be able to bet not just on the result of a match, but on what happens within those matches.  In the coming days and weeks, Unikrn will start to offer odds on:  “First Dragon/Baron” (League of Legends), “First Blood” (all games), “Highest Currency” (all games), “Knife Kills” (Counter Strike: Global Offensive) and many more in-game events.

Handicaps :
Low odds on a favorite team?  Bet with a handicap to increase the payout!  If a user’s favorite team is on a big win streak, they can now handicap them to get better odds.  In best of 3s or more, users will be able to bet as if the team with low odds has already lost the first round, significantly increasing the odds (and payout) if they manage to win the remaining matches.

To celebrate the new version of their platform, Unikrn is proud to announce a new partnership with mousesports, one of the world’s most decorated professional gaming teams.  

The deal covers the CS:GO section of the mousesports brand, and together, mousesports and Unikrn will offer eSports fans an even more exciting look into the world of pro gaming, pro gamers and the games they play.  For more info on the announcement, please see  http://mousesports.com/

Train2Game News Uth702 offers aid to studios

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A small company made up of game industry veterans are offering to help up coming studios with promotion and fuctionality.

Uth702, Inc. invites all game developers and companies to partner up in promoting ongoing and upcoming games across all regions.

Uth702 is an outsourcing company specializing in game service for mobile games, online PC games, and other platforms. While the company started only in 2014, the small team consists of experienced specialists in the gaming industry. With a crew of more than 10 years of working experience in game service, the team offers a wide range of services which can be beneficial in the maintenance, management, and marketing of a game.

Uth702 offers a wide range of services, depending on the project’s needs. The company possesses flexibility and personalized plans to maximize results. Services offered include, but are not limited to Viral Marketing Support, Customer Support, Events and Community Management, and Social Media Management.

A spokesperson for the company said “We maintain consumer awareness and satisfaction ahead of anything else. Every project we handle, we make it a priority on consumers to give them the best gaming experience possible.”

For game companies who are interested with the offered services, you may go to the website.

Train2Game News Gamer Network adds Mod and Indie Databases

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Gamer Network, the world’s leading network of independent video games websites and producer of the UK’s premiere video games events, today announced that immensely popular developer-driven database sites Mod DB and Indie DB are joining the network.
 
Starting 13 years ago in response to a need to organise the fledgling modding community, Mod DB is the world’s leading modding website – with over 29 million monthly pageviews – dedicated to supporting the independent development of mods, add-ons and downloadable content (DLC). As the site puts it, the aim of Mod DB is to “unite developers, players and their ideas, empowering them to shape the games we play”.

With increasing numbers of mod developers adding profiles to Mod DB to promote their indie games, Indie DB was created to provide a home for the growing indie game community. As the site puts it, the aim of Indie DB is to “connect independent developers of games with players, from the day they start developing their game to the day they release it”.

Both sites were established on the premise of user-generated content, with the content creators themselves being the driving force behind updates. On Indie DB, for example, developers have control of the site, allowing them to share details and behind the scenes insight about the games they are creating, in the form of news, images, videos and downloads. Almost all the site’s content is posted by the games’ creators. Perfectly complementing the editorial-based content of the rest of the network, Mod DB and Indie DB’s mission to empower developers to submit content has established two continuously growing and highly loyal communities.

The addition of Indie DB to the Gamer Network family bolsters the already world-class indie support the company provides. Gamers can stay up-to-date with indie games across the network of editorial sites – including RockPaperShotgun.com – then play the games at the indie-focussed EGX Rezzed event in the spring, plus the huge indie area of EGX in the autumn. In addition, Gamer Network’s in-house creative agency Gamer Creative and crowdfunded collector’s edition arm Gamer’s Edition heavily support independent developers by promoting their brands through advertising creative and merchandise.

“As a loyal reader of RockPaperShotgun.com and GamesIndustry.biz, I’ve long admired Gamer Network’s close relationship with gamers and developers”. Said Scott Reismanis, founder of Mod DB and Indie DB. “We’ve always worked hard to bridge that gap, and give creators a voice and community they can share their work on. This partnership allows us to focus on that aim, whilst working with a network that understands the needs of developers of all sizes”.

Rupert Loman, CEO of Gamer Network, added, “We’ve been fans of Mod DB and Indie DB for a long time so we’re delighted to welcome them to the Gamer Network family. The PC, indie and modding communities are at the forefront of our industry and as a company we’re committed to supporting their growth – we can’t wait to help develop the websites in partnership with Scott over the coming years”.

Mod DB is available at www.moddb.com

Indie DB can be reached at www.indiedb.com

Train2Game News 2015 Women in Games Conference

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The fifth annual European Women in Games (WIG) Conference is to take place on Wednesday 2nd September at the University of Westminster. The conference continues to grow in both size and stature and this year’s event is expected to be the biggest yet.

As in previous years the day’s conference will comprise a mix of keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops and the European Women in Games Hall of Fame Awards. The line-up of speakers and panellists will reflect the diverse talent that exists in the games industry. This year the focus will be on acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to get an entry-level position and for career progression in the games development industry. Speakers confirmed so far include Andy Payne Chairman of Ukie, Vicky Smalley CTO Small Jelly and Claire Tavernier Owner and MD StoryTech Life.

Women in Games is committed to ensuring that the conference is  as accessible as possible and therefore early bird ticket prices have been set at £50 to open it up to as many delegates as possible. Full price tickets will be £95. In addition the organisers are keen to stress that this is an inclusive event and male delegates are equally very welcome.

Women in Games has also had a makeover with a new logo and dropping Jobs from its title.

Announcing the conference details, CEO Jenny Richards-Stewart said “This year’s conference programme is shaping up to be our best yet, in terms of content which will help delegates’ fast track their careers in the games industry. We wanted to focus on practical subjects and have also introduced workshops covering the main disciplines of games development. As always we have tried to keep the ticket prices as low as possible so that it is within the reach of students, entry level delegates and those working for small start-ups and Indies. I am looking forward to revealing more details of the conference programme in due course. We will also be announcing some exciting initiatives from Women in Games over the next few weeks.”

For further details about the conference and to buy tickets please visit www.ewigconf.com

Train2Game News Big Data VR Challenge winner

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The winner of the Big Data VR challenge has been announced after they aided thousands in Bristol using virtual reality technology.

Epic Games, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity based in London, has concluded the Big Data VR Challenge, awarding $20,000 to LumaPie.

This international team created a VR visualization of study results of environmental and genetic factors that have shaped the development the lives of more than 14,000 residents of the city of Bristol. The Big Data VR Challenge brought together five teams over four months, resulting in an amazing combination of science and 3D design in virtual space, powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4.

“We thank all of the developers and researchers who dedicated their time and expertise to this competition,” said Epic Games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney. “This combination of hard science with the type of 3D development normally seen in the video game world will hopefully inspire new ways for visualization of data to evolve as VR becomes a part of our everyday life”

The Big Data VR Challenge brought together a large group of international developers and researchers for an incredible competition, using Unreal Engine 4 to unlock new ways to manipulate and interrogate the huge data sets that are now generated by many scientific studies. The goal was to give researchers the unique ability to manage, manipulate and effectively present huge amounts of data in real time, a problem that has been confounding the science community for years. While the Big Data VR Challenge has concluded, this effort marks the beginning of scientific advances that will continue with collaborations between Unreal Engine developers and leading-edge researchers.

“All the teams created solutions that address the hurdles of analyzing large data sets in new and ingenious ways,” said Mike Gamble, European Territory Manager, Epic Games. “LumaPie in particular have built a brilliant VR application that solves the challenge. They kicked it into the goal.”

LumaPie is made up of the creative studio Masters of Pie and 3D software development consultancy Lumacode. For ALSPAC Children of the 90s data, the team successfully created a fully functional, scalable VR visualization for the world-leading study, exploiting the advantages of both Unreal Engine 4 and VR to create an immersive environment built from the data itself. Within their end-to-end solution, users have full control with the VR space, intuitively interacting with and manipulating the data to aid research, whether working alone or with several others via multi-user support.

“LumaPie has delivered an interactive simulation with tangible outputs that can be applied and adapted to other studies as well. The results of this challenge are what we were hoping for and so much more,” said Iain Dodgeon, Creative Partnerships Manager at Wellcome Trust.

Additional research initiatives addressed by the four-month competition include the Casebooks Project, which examined 80,000 medical records taken four centuries ago, and genome browsers, by way of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The other teams and projects included:

·         HammerheadVR on genome browsers — Hammerhead’s project compared fruit fly and human DNA, overlaying genomes in VR to show how the same genes across the two species can be mapped to discover which genetic markers potentially cause cancer

·         Skip the Intro on the Casebooks Project — Skip the Intro created a calming and colourful solution for the Casebooks Project, guiding the user through interactive tunnels of light that illuminate connections and patterns.

·         Pi and Power on genome browsers — Pi and Power presented an intuitive way to interrogate genomics data through the use of head tracking, using motion to produce colourful patterns that correspond to variations of genetic parameters.

·         Opaque Multimedia on ALSPAC Children of the 90s — Opaque Multimedia built a shared, collaborative environment utilising virtual librarians (or “data buddies”) to analyze data from the Children of the 90s genetics study.

Train2Game News UK Top 20 Games – 20.07.15

Rory McIlroy PGA TourThe petrol heads have been beaten by the golf lovers this week in the charts as Rory McIlroy PGA Tour has taken the number one spot. The only other new edition to the charts is God of War 3 remastered which is number nine.

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Week ending 18 July 2015

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 RORY MCILROY PGA TOUR EA SPORTS
2 F1 2015 CODEMASTERS 1
3 BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 2
4 LEGO JURASSIC WORLD WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 3
5 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 5
6 DESTINY ACTIVISION 10
7 CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE ACTIVISION 9
8 THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE BETHESDA SOFTWORKS 4
9 GOD OF WAR III: REMASTERED SONY COMPUTER ENT.
10 THE WITCHER III: WILD HUNT BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT 6
11 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION EDITION SONY COMPUTER ENT. 8
12 FIFA 15 EA SPORTS 11
13 MINECRAFT: XBOX EDITION MICROSOFT 7
14 FAR CRY 4 UBISOFT 17
15 HALO: THE MASTER CHIEF COLLECTION MICROSOFT 15
16 WWE 2K15 2K SPORTS 19
17 DISNEY INFINITY 2.0 DISNEY INFINITY 13
18 DYING LIGHT WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
19 TERRARIA XBOX 360 CLASSICS 20
20 FARMING SIMULATOR 15 FOCUS HOME INTERACTIVE 14
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