Train2Game News Suikoden II Orchestral CD

On Aug. 29, 2018, the re-launched Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for a new orchestral CD recording featuring music from “Suikoden II” had reached 2/3 of its funding goal.

The campaign, which started on August 14, was hosted by VGM Classics (NM, USA), a classical record company specializing in video game music.

Suikoden II
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/suikoden-ii-an-orchestral-cd-2cd-0

“Suikoden II” is a role-playing video published by Konami for the PlayStation system in 1998. The original music was based on orchestral and ethnic sounds that reflected the many cultures and feelings that permeated the story.

The campaign aims ultimately to raise US$15,000 in an all-or-nothing format by September 20, 2018.

VGM Classics has invited the award-wining composer/conductor Kentaro Sato to be its music director to oversee and direct the recording. Mr. Sato is the orchestral and choral mastermind behind such video game titles as the “DISSIDIA Final Fantasy” series. The prospective orchestra for the project is the Budapest Symphony Orchestra (Budapest, Hungary).

VGM Classics expects that its projects not only will fulfill the wishes of game music lovers, but also will contribute to the advancement of musical art and culture at large.

There are two additional crowd-funding campaigns.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/fire-emblem-echoes-an-orchestral-cd-cd

Suikoden II
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/vgmclassics/suikoden-ii-an-orchestral-cd-2cd-0

Train2Game News Games festival at Leamington Spa

The UK is set to welcome a brand new games festival as Interactive Futures announces its inaugural event in early 2019.

The event will be held in Leamington Spa, one of the UK’s largest games clusters outside of London, and will offer a range of sessions and opportunities across 3 days for games professionals, content creators and curators, game players and families.

Interactive Futures will bring together the creative and games communities to showcase the latest developments and opportunities, uncover career and industry insights and reveal new releases with a whole bundle of fun on the side. The event will celebrate the heritage and success of Leamington Spa’s games community, whilst also providing a platform for all UK based games professionals to gain industry insights, network and collaborate.

Known in the industry as “Silicon Spa”, the cluster employs over 2500 highly skilled individuals and equates to over 10% of the total UK games development workforce. The town has a history of over 30 years in the sector with local talent including key names such as Codemasters, SEGA and Ubisoft.

Among the first speakers to be announced is Dr Jo Twist, CEO of UKIE (Association for UK Interactive Entertainment), who will opening the conference on Friday 1 February, and Jordan Webber, who will be acting as Conference Chair throughout the event. A games journalist, often found in The Guardian or talking about games on The Gadget Show, Jordan is hugely passionate about both games and her adopted hometown of Leamington Spa.

“I spend a good deal of my time convincing people to come to Leamington, so this event is the perfect way to get lots of my friends, colleagues, and other people from the video game community to visit the best town in the world.”

Sessions across the event will focus on a range of key topics including accessibility, influencer marketing, project post mortems, diversification in talent, breaking into the industry, staying safe online and upcoming new releases. With influencer marketing a current hot topic, we’ll be discussing how companies can use this to their advantage in promoting their releases. Friday’s influencer session will see Rich Keith, Managing Director of influencer management company, Fourth Floor Creative, and James Day, Head of Social Media at Jagex, discuss their top tips for engaging influencers and how the marketing landscape is changing.

Another key topic at the event will be accessibility in games. Joining the panel discussions will be Playstation’s accessibility specialist, Mark Friend alongside Barrie Ellis from games accessibility charity, Special Effect, accessible games designer at Midoki, Lynsey Graham and specialist accessibility consultant, Ian Hamilton.

For those looking to start their career in the industry there will be a range of experts available to help you on your way. Nick Duncombe, Resource Manager at Playground Games, the team behind the Forza Horizon series, will be discussing routes into the industry alongside the likes of DJ Hero co-creator, Alex Darby, and e-sports presenter and influencer Elle Osili-Woods. If you fancy yourself as a games journalist or the next big influencer, then sessions with freelance journalist Alysia Judge and CMO of influencer platform, Matchmade, Heini Vesander, will be sure to help attendees get started.

The event is also backed by Warwickshire County Council, Warwick District Council and Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, who remain incredibly proud of Leamington Spa’s standing within the UK games industry.

Nick Harper, from Exient Studios, commented, “Our Silicon Spa businesses are key to the thriving games market in the UK and display the wealth of talent that lies across the country in this sector. Interactive Futures is the perfect way for us to celebrate this talent and success and will allow us to welcome those from outside the area to see what we have to offer.”

As well as the conference programme visitors to Interactive Futures can immerse themselves in the Talent Expo, featuring a range of companies showcasing new releases and opportunities throughout the event, as well as a range of soon to be announced Fringe events around the town.

Interactive Futures will take place at the Royal Spa Centre on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 February and will be preceded by an academic conference for colleges and universities on Thursday 31st January.

Tickets for the event are on sale now from www.interactive-futures.com with Friday 1 February providing an industry specific focus and Saturday 2 February open to all families, students and active gamers. You can also follow the event on social media @int_futures on Twitter and @interactive_futures on Instagram.

Train2Game News Half-Life 2 Epistle 3

The Project Borealis Team – the fan project developing Half-Life 2: Epistle 3, based on the Epistle 3 script published by Half-Life writer Marc Laidlaw – have released their fourth development update.

The update features the announcement of their upcoming tech demo, a reimagining of fan-favourite Ravenholm from Half-Life 2, alongside new character concept art.

A video has been published detailing the tech demo, including footage of the demo’s location: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkAU3A5nM-E.

The tech demo will be a chance for Half-Life fans to provide feedback on the team’s progress. The team says that “Ravenholm provides an obvious choice for a demonstration of our skills, taking a fan-favourite location in Half-Life 2 and re-imagining it in Unreal Engine 4, fourteen years later.”

Concept art also shown in the update features new arctic designs for the Headcrab Zombie enemy type, as well as an exploration of the allied Rebel NPCs, and a more detailed environment piece around the idea of a crash site from near the start of the game.

A number of team openings have also been made available in light of the update; details and forms for these positions can be found at https://www.projectborealis.com/join-the-resistance/openings/

Project Manager Michael Dunaway commented, “Completing this tech demo has been one of our largest endeavours as a team since starting on this journey nearly a year ago. This upcoming demo lays out the foundation for everything that represents our efforts in bringing the nuanced HL2 experience into Unreal Engine 4. We’re excited to see fans’ reactions to our work and will continue refining the gameplay experience based on the feedback we receive.”

Find out more about the game and follow its progress on the official website at https://www.projectborealis.com/.
Get involved in discussions about the game by joining our Subreddit (https://www.reddit.com/r/dreamsofhalflife3/) or Discord (https://discord.gg/Rkz95GS).
Make sure to also follow the team on Twitter at https://twitter.com/proj_borealis for future updates.

Train2Game News Streets of Rage 4 revealed

Publisher Dotemu (Wonder Boy, Windjammers) and developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games today revealed Streets of Rage 4, an all-new continuation of SEGA’s iconic arcade brawler series known for its radical fights, jammin’ ‘90s beats and dashing sparring gloves and bandanas.

Featuring hand-drawn visuals from the team behind 2017’s gorgeous Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, Streets of Rage 4 builds upon the classic trilogy’s gameplay with new mechanics, a fresh story and a gauntlet of dangerous stages with a serious crime problem.

Streets of Rage 4 recalls classic gameplay but it stands as an entirely original arcade-style romp thanks to the expertise of Guard Crush Games and Dotemu.

Whether players gang up with a friend or clean up the city solo, Streets of Rage 4 is a skull-bashing, chicken-chomping delight all set to a thumping soundtrack sure to get your blood pumping.

To keep up to date on all things Streets of Rage 4, punch your keyboard until it types www.streets4rage.com, go to www.facebook.com/StreetsofRage4 and slice that follow button on Twitter @Dotemu, @Lizardcube and @Guard_Crush.

Train2Game News Atari 2600 returns for Christmas

One of the most iconic video games consoles, the Atari 2600 is returning as a handheld console and innovative plug and play TV joystick in time for Christmas 2018.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Handheld‘ features the immortalised “wood” effect and includes 50 classic games built-in, including: Asteroids®, Pong®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Breakout®, Millipede® and more.

In addition to featuring a 2.4″ screen, it also includes A/V output (with HDMI adapter available) and super responsive buttons with a stylish analogue control stick.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Plug and Play TV Joystick‘ features a progressive design, with the inclusion of an arcade style button on top of the controller and will connect to your TV with the included A/V cable (or HDMI with an available adapter). It will feature the same 50 built-in games as the handheld.

Pre-orders from FunstockRetro.co.uk will also receive an exclusive limited edition Centipede coin:

The range is officially licensed by Atari and is being developed by PQube, the leading distributor of retro gaming hardware in Europe.

The range was originally announced in 2017 however, development has seen the product range move to October 19th 2018. A lot of care and attention has been put into remaining faithful to the Atari brand and the outcome will be worth the wait. The new images in this announcement are photos of the latest samples, ahead of final production and give the first glimpse of the final design.

CEO of PQube, David Pain quoted:
“We are delighted to be working with Atari on this amazing project. Having sold over a million retro gaming consoles, we have taken the extensive feedback from press, retail and the consumer to develop new range of hardware that is faithful to the Atari brand”

CEO of Atari, Frederik Chesnais quoted:
“We are thrilled to partner with PQube on the compact handheld and Plug and Play TV Joystick,” said Fred Chresnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “Both products are packed with nostalgic and fun-filled games that will give our fans the opportunity to relive the golden age of videogames wherever they go.”

The “Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld console” will retail for just £34.99 and the “Atari ‘Retro’ TV Plug and Play Joystick” at just £24.99. It is available to pre-order now at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, FunstockRetro.co.uk

Train2Game News Dark Souls Steelbook Trilogy

Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces that DARK SOULS™ Trilogy will be coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on October 19, 2018 with an MSRP of $79.99.

This three-game compilation includes DARK SOULS™: Remastered, DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin™, and DARK SOULS™ III: The Fire Fades™ Edition packaged in an exclusive Steelbook® case.

The DARK SOULS series has been a benchmark of excellence since it’s initial release in 2011. The series has ignited the imagination of video game fans the world over with its unique gameplay elements including asynchronous multiplayer, challenging difficulty that requires players to think before they act, deep lore that expands a deceptively simple story, and an atmospheric twisting and interconnected world map. Now players can own the entire series along with all associated DLC in one ultimate package.

“The DARK SOULS Trilogy gives those who haven’t played the DARK SOULS series a great opportunity to jump in and experience what has become one of the most influential video game series of the past decade,” said Jenn Tsang, Marketing Brand Manager for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The magic of DARK SOULS lies within its ability to challenge players with highly rewarding gameplay and deliver a euphoric sense of accomplishment after beating a particularly tough boss, or area in the game. We hope to share that feeling with new players through DARK SOULS Trilogy.”

The physical edition of DARK SOULS Trilogy will be available in limited numbers across the Americas. To ensure a physical copy at launch, it is recommended that players please pre-order the physical game at participating retailers.

DARK SOULS Trilogy is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and will be available for the PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One on October 19, 2018 with a MSRP of $79.99. For more information regarding DARK SOULS Trilogy and other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. please visit https://www.bandainamcoent.com, https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation at https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.

Train2Game News Devil May Cry 5

Just announced during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show at Gamescom, Devil May Cry 5 will be releasing on March 8, 2019.

The latest title in the iconic gaming series is coming to the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC early next year. A brand new trailer showcasing the high-octane stylized action gameplay featuring demon hunter Nero can be viewed below.

The threat of demonic power has returned to menace the world once again in Devil May Cry 5. The invasion begins when the seeds of a “demon tree” take root in Red Grave City. As this hellish incursion starts to take over the city, a young demon hunter Nero, arrives with his partner Nico in their “Devil May Cry” motorhome. Finding himself without the use of his right arm, Nero enlists Nico, a self-professed weapons artist, to design a variety of unique mechanical Devil Breaker arms to give him extra powers to take on evil demons such as the blood sucking flying Empusa and giant colossus enemy Goliath.

The first arm Nico makes for Nero, the Overture Devil Breaker, looks plain in style allowing Nero to wear it inconspicuously throughout the city, but the hidden electric generator inside is enough to shock any demons that come too close. Adding a bit more versatility, the Gerbera Devil Breaker generates an intense heat that can be shot out as a highly powerful shockwave which can be used as a direct attack, reflect enemy projectiles, or even to propel Nero through the air and augment his evasion capabilities.

Combined with melee attacks using his ‘Red Queen’ sword and the long range firepower of his ‘Blue Rose’ handgun, the power of Nero’s Devil Breaker arms add dramatic adrenaline fueled action to the eternal battle between the forces of good and evil that plays out in the streets of Red Grave City. With the arrival of Dante on his flashy motorbike, the pair of demon hunters are set to try and save the city and find out what’s behind this latest demon invasion.

Train2Game News Insomnia63 Details

GAME Esports and Events is excited to announce further details of Insomnia63, the UK’s biggest gaming festival, as it returns to Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

The four-day gaming extravaganza kicks off from 10:00 a.m. on Friday 24th August 2018.
Attendees will be able to get their hands-on the biggest upcoming titles from major publishers as well as the most exciting new indie titles. Ubisoft’s line-up includes the UK debuts of Assassins Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, StarLink and Just Dance 19.

Insomnia63 will also be hosting the UK qualifiers of the Just Dance 19 World Cup – each day of the show, fans of the franchise can head to the Ubisoft stand to take on the Just Dance challenge and get the highest score. At the end of the day the highest scorer will be invited to compete at the qualifier final on the Main Stage on Monday. The winner will not only be crowned Just Dance 19 UK Champion, but will have won a spot to represent the UK at the World Cup finals taking place in Brazil.

This year PlayStation® will be offering players the chance to get hands on with such eagerly anticipated PS4™ exclusives as Marvel’s Spider-Man, Concrete Genie, Days Gone and the latest PlayStation™VR titles, Firewall: Zero Hour and Beat Saber. Also available to play on the stand will are FIFA19 and Fortnite with attendees having the chance to win prizes across the weekend.

For the Nintendo fans among attendees, the Japanese publisher will have Splatoon 2, Super Smash Bros Ultimate as well as many more titles playable throughout the show.

The festivals interactive zones celebrate all elements of gaming culture from VR to retro, cosplay to table-top gaming, there is something for the whole family at Insomnia63.

Youtube sensation Alfies Dayes of the wildly popular ‘PointlessBlog’ with headline this year’s all-star special guest line-up, making his Insomnia debut. Youtubers WillNE and JMX will also be in attendance along with as well as dozens of favourites including the likes of Syndicate, Ashens, ImAllexx, FazeKay, Yammy making Insomnia63 the most star-studded show to date.

In addition to the plethora of YouTube and Twitch talent, Insomnia Gaming Festival welcomes WWE’s NXT UK to the event for the first time ever. Showing off the best of the UK and Ireland’s wrestling scene, superstars including WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven plus many more favourites will be lighting up the ropes.

Outside the wrestling ring, competition will be heating up on across a number of esports tournaments in Insomnia’s famous LAN hall including CS:GO UK Masters with a £30,000 prize pool. Insomnia63 will also play host to Rocket League’s Game Fuel League European Finale, courtesy of Mountain Dew, where aspiring teams will have the opportunity to meet and compete with against esports mega-star Splyce. The show also boasts the Flightball World Championships, where attendees can sign-up to compete in this spectacular aerial football contest.

Insomnia63 is set to be the biggest summer show ever this Bank Holiday weekend. Doors open on Friday 24th August at 10:00 a.m.

For more information including full line-up of guests and games, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com

Train2Game News Wrestler Tag Teams with Razer

RazerTM, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced its partnership with Kenny Omega, one of the highest rated professional wrestlers of all time and the current International Wrestling Grand Prix (IWGP) heavyweight champion in Japan.

Under this partnership, Kenny Omega will represent Razer as a gaming lifestyle ambassador in public events and campaigns. An avid fighting game player, his top product choices include the Razer Panthera Evo fight stick and Razer Thresher Ultimate headset for PlayStation 4.

“I’ve always been a supporter of Razer and their products, so joining their team is really exciting,” said Omega. “To rise to the next level in wrestling or gaming, a true support system is needed, and that’s where Team Razer comes in. Their top-quality devices and fashion-forward gear are the best on the market, and I’m proud to be working with a company whose motto is ‘for gamers, by gamers’ that is just as driven to win as I am.”

Over his 18-year career, Omega starred in wrestling leagues all over the world, including Premier Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Entertainment, Ring of Honor Wrestling Entertainment and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

Omega’s many recent achievements include 13 Match of the Year awards in Japan. He is the only foreigner to ever win the prestigious G1 tournament in Japan, and was named “Wrestler of the Year” by Sports Illustrated in 2017.

In addition to wrestling, Omega is also a long-time aficionado of anime and video games, and he is a huge fan of “Street Fighter.” Earlier this year at E3 2018, he triumphed over WWE Superstar Xavier Woods in a high-octane “Street Fighter: Arcade Edition” showdown.

Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer, said: “Esports is becoming so mainstream that today’s pro-gamers can come from anywhere. Kenny Omega is a great addition to Team Razer’s roster of elite athletes, and I can’t wait to see him dominate the competition both in the ring and in gaming.”

For more information on Team Razer visit https://www.razer.com/team.

For more information on Kenny Omega:
Twitter
YouTube

Train2Game News Record Breaking at Insomnia63

Esports and Events is delighted to partner with Guinness World Records to bring their roadshow, GWR Live!, to Insomnia63.

Attendees will have the chance to attempt a variety of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ titles inspired by the world’s best-selling videogames annual, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, at GWR’s stand – including record attempts for hit games Fortnite, Rocket League and Gang Beasts. The UK’s biggest gaming festival returns this Bank Holiday weekend, kicking off from 10:00 a.m. on Friday 24th August 2018.

To join in, all attendees need to do is visit the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ stand and achieve the highest score on that day’s game. The individual with the highest score by 15:30 will be invited to take part in an official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ attempt during the Nerds & Noobs show (every day at 16:15) on the Main Stage alongside everyone’s favourite YouTubers who will be on that stage show.

The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Insomnia63 schedule:

Friday 24th August – Trackmania:
Teams of two will attempt to complete the official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ course in double driver mode in Trackmania: Turbo on PlayStation 4.

YouTubers on the stage show: Dawko, DAGames will be alongside the top team on stage during the World Record Attempt.

Saturday 25th August – Fortnite
Individuals will have the chance to prove that they’re the best at the smash-hit, Fortnite.

YouTubers on the stage show: Cheering them to victory on stage will be Ashens, Dan Bull, Yammy and Seepeakay.

Sunday 26th August – Rocket League
If you think you can break a record with a high-flying, hard-hitting, rocket-powered car in the critically-acclaimed Rocket League, stop by the GWR stand on Sunday to give it a go.

YouTubers on the stage show: Syndicate, Kaaaarl, Yogscast will be on hand to support the top team.

Monday 27th August – Gang Beasts
Step into the ring for a chance to make your way into the record books.
YouTubers on the stage show: Helping the top scorer will be ThePrenti, Meganyyy, MarleyThirteen and Yammy

In addition to getting the chance to break GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title, attendees will be able to experience everything gaming culture has to offer. From meeting the top YouTubers to taking part in esports tournaments, getting their hands on the biggest upcoming games to shopping for exclusive gaming merchandise, as well as being able to buy the brand-new Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition before it hits bookshops in September, Insomnia63 caters to the whole family.

Insomnia63 is set to be the biggest summer show ever this Bank Holiday weekend. Doors open on Friday 24th August at 10:00 a.m.

For more information including full line-up of guests and games, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com

For more information on tickets and booking, please visit: https://www.theticketfactory.com/insomnia/

For NXT tickets, please visit: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/wwe-nxt-uk/