Train2Game Borderlands 3 Announced

Randy Pitchford and Paul Sage finally, officially announced and confirmed Borderlands 3 is in development at the end of Gearbox’s PAX East 2019.

Gearbox and 2K confirmed the highly anticipated Borderlands sequel is in development, though no Borderlands 3 release date, platforms, or price was confirmed.

Aside from the trailer, 2K has teased more information on Borderlands 3 should be coming on April 3.

The trailer shows off some of the new and returning characters for Borderlands 3. Randy Pitchford teased some of these characters earlier in the PAX East panel, including the new villains and Vault Hunters.

Gearbox released Borderlands 2 in 2012, and ever since there has been discussion around the presumed sequel.

Back in 2015, Gearbox said it wanted to make Borderlands 3 but that the studio needed help to make Borderlands 3 happen.

2017 gave us our first taste of what Borderlands 3 would look like thanks to a GDC 2017 demo showcasing a Borderlands world. Later that year we learned most of Gearbox was working on a game we likely assumed to be Borderlands 3.

2018 gave us no concrete information about Borderlands, but earlier this year signs pointed to a potential Borderlands 3 announcement coming soon, while a teaser trailer released yesterday heavily teased what would be Borderlands 3.

You can watch the gameplay teaser trailer below, which debuted during the PAX East keynote and confirms characters, powers, and locations from the much-anticipated sequel.

Train2Game News Guildford.Games Festival

Members of the Guildford games community, supported by Guildford Borough Council, the UK games trade body Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 LEP, have announced that Guildford.Games Festival, a major new consumer, cultural, and business event will take place from 27th – 29th June 2019.

The weekend-long festival is designed for the general public, media, and international games businesses to learn about the dynamic nature and importance of games companies located in Guildford, UK.

Key highlights of the programme include an opening night industry charity fundraiser, an industry and business day, a consumer expo, and the first ever Guildford.Games Awards.

Guildford is a recognised epicentre for games development, games publishing, and technology in the UK. The region has a long and highly respected track record for delivering globally successful and industry defining video games, earning its reputation of being the ‘Hollywood of Games’.

Funded and run by members of the Guildford games community, Guildford Borough Council, Ukie, The University of Surrey, and Enterprise M3 London Enterprise Panel (LEP), the Guildford.Games Festival will highlight Guildford’s creative talent and contribution to a market that globally is worth around $81bn, and will celebrate its cultural recognition as the UK’s ‘Hollywood of Games’.

The festival aims to attract investment and skilled talent to the region to work with and in local games companies. It will also showcase to the public and wider sector, the cultural and economic output of the Guildford games community; a hotbed of creative talent with a huge amount of potential to expand and grow.

Chris Burchell, Local Economy Manager at Guildford Borough Council said, “We are delighted to be supporting this exciting event. Guildford is a thriving centre for high growth start-ups and our economy is now worth over £5billion annually. We have seen the digital games sector continue to grow steadily over the last decade and it now employs over 1000 people locally. We recently adopted a new Innovation Strategy and a central objective in that document is to support the digital games sector as a priority going forward. The Guildford.Games Festival will be an excellent opportunity for businesses and residents to discover more about this dynamic and exciting sector.

Dr Jo Twist OBE, CEO of Ukie said; “Ukie are delighted to be supporting the first ever Guildford.Games Festival this June. It is great to see the local council and games businesses working in tandem to showcase the incredible work of local games studios, publishers, and supporting organisations. It is particularly gratifying to see the engagement with local schools, colleges, and the University of Surrey to promote and encourage the next generation of games makers to extend the historic legacy of game development in and around Guildford.”

The 2019 Guildford.Games Festival takes place from 27th June to 29th June at GLive and across venues in Guildford. Highlights of the festival programme are:

Thursday 27th June:
Guildford Games Industry Night for GamesAid sponsored by Supermassive Games.

“We’re really excited to run our annual Guildford Games Night for GamesAid as part of the Guildford Games Festival this year, and look forward to a night of multiplayer fun with many of our local studios.”

Greg Howson, Communications Director, Supermassive Games

Friday 28th June:
Industry Day at GLive sponsored by The University of Surrey / G3, and Enterprise M3 LEP

“Guildford’s creative prestige is a story worth sharing. The festival marks the start of a new chapter, as its game development community comes together to celebrate the past and strengthen its future.”

Samuel Read, Games & Immersive Technology Partnerships Manager, University of Surrey / G3

“Enterprise M3 LEP are delighted to continue their support of the region’s digital creative economy, through sponsorship of this important event for the highly renowned Guildford and its creative area hinterland games industry. Our area enjoys a digital, design and knowledge-based economy with a strong record for exports. The talent and innovation found within our games industry are an outstanding example of that, and Enterprise M3 will continue to support this high value, high growth sector to continue to grow, diversify, and find new international markets.”

Kathy Slack OBE, Executive Director of Enterprise M3 LEP

Saturday 29th June
Consumer Day at GLive

Guildford.Games Awards sponsored by Wargaming UK, and Liquid Crimson

“We are delighted to be part of the biggest gaming hub in the UK and the Guildford.Games Awards are a great way of shining a light on some of the amazing talents who work here.”

Sean Decker, Product Director at Wargaming UK

“I am very proud to be a part of the Guildford games community and look forward to all the people and companies in the area being celebrated and recognised in this awards ceremony for all the hard work they do, and the fantastic games that they make which are loved worldwide.”
Jason Lord, Founder of Liquid Crimson

More details about Guildford.Games Festival will be announced soon. Further information can be found at Guildford.Games/Festival

Train2Game News First Footage of Streets of Rage 4

Publisher and developer Dotemu (game design) and developers Lizardcube (art direction) and Guard Crush Games (programming) today give the world with a first look at the life bar-draining brawls of Streets of Rage 4, an all-new entry to SEGA’s most iconic beat ‘em up series.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdsCVmrfrjI&feature=youtu.be

The clip finds our dear friends Axel and Blaze reunited and dishing out beatdowns – with all-new moves – to a fledgeling group of ill-advised criminals in full force.

Streets of Rage 4’s vibrant visuals, courtesy of the team behind 2017’s stunning Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap remake, bring the game’s troubled city to life with a fluid, exaggerated style. The game’s hand-drawn animation adds a burst of flair to every pummeling while still encompassing the gritty aesthetic perfected within the original trilogy.

Streets of Rage 4 is the first instalment to the mainline series in more than two decades and will revitalize the iconic baddie-bashing gameplay with modern touches, fresh pulsing jams, and more surprises to be revealed. The team behind Streets of Rage 4 is drawing from a lifetime of love for brawlers to introduce new fans and remind veterans alike why Streets of Rage is one of SEGA’s most beloved series.

To get your fill on Streets of Rage 4’s news and perfectly roasted chicken, punch your way over to the game’s official site (www.streets4rage.com) and follow @Dotemu, @Lizardcube and @Guard_Crush on Twitter.

Train2Game News Warframe hits 50 Million players

Canadian developer and publisher Digital Extremes is humbled and proud to announce today its cooperative online hit Warframe® has reached nearly 50 million registered online users on its sixth anniversary, making 2018 its biggest year of growth to date.

To celebrate the occasion, it is giving birthday gifts to all Tenno for free this Wednesday, March 27, including a brand new exclusive Liset (landing craft) Skin, last year’s amazing Dex Excalibur skin, and all its previous anniversary gifts!

The year 2018 was explosive for Warframe. Digital Extremes’ flagship title saw unprecedented growth as players dug into 111 hotfixes and 26 updates, played Warframe for the first time on Nintendo Switch™ and tuned into TennoLive and our Devstreams in record numbers.

As a result, Warframe grew from 38 million registered online users in March 2018 to nearly 50 million in March 2019, its largest yearly registered user growth yet.

In addition to record-breaking signups, Warframe also reached new peaks for daily active users and monthly active users in 2018. TennoLive 2018, Warframe’s annual keynote at its fan convention TennoCon, grew from 16,000 views in 2017 to 413,000 in 2018, a 2,481.25% increase, making Warframe the 14th highest concurrently viewed game on Twitch in 2018.

This year, Digital Extremes already has launched two major updates with many more in the works.

In late February, Nightwave kicked off the company’s first-ever cross-platform content update that refreshed Warframe’s Alert System with seasonal, story-based content and rewards. Two weeks later the dev team turned around and gave Tenno Operation: Buried Debts, the second massive update to Fortuna that introduced Hildryn, Deck 12, and an all-new boss fight.

And that’s just the start!

Warframe’s dev team is deep in development with the Plains of Eidolon Remaster and Gas City Remaster updates – two gameplay and graphical overhauls that renew both areas – and exciting, game-changing updates like The New War and Railjack. Tune into our bi-weekly Devstreams and TennoLive on Saturday, July 6 at TennoCon to stay up to date on these exciting updates!

There has never been a better time to play Warframe. Log in to celebrate today!

Check the official website for more information at www.warframe.com.

Train2Game News Big Money for PUBG players

Unveiled at the PUBG MOBILE 1st Anniversary party, PUBG MOBILE Club Open 2019 (PMCO 2019) marked the start of the long-term and committed partnership by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation with Vivo to build out a true mobile esports eco-system for the world’s most popular mobile game, PUBG MOBILE.

The PMCO 2019 is divided into Spring Split and Fall Split, each with a separate prize pool totalling $2.5 million USD. Vivo, the smartphone company, is the official title sponsor of the PMCO 2019, providing smartphones to players and fans during both splits. The Spring Split Global Finals will take place in Germany this July.

Beginning March 22nd, more than 35,000 teams from around the world will compete in the first online qualifiers for the PMCO 2019 Spring Split. The online qualification period ends on March 30th.

PMCO 2019 arrives on the heels of 2018’s PUBG MOBILE Star Challenge, a worldwide circuit of tournaments that was watched by more than 230 million online viewers for the Global Finals in Dubai, where the Thai team RRQ Athena took home the Global Championship and $200,000 USD.

For PMCO 2019, 16 teams from across 10 regions (South East Asia, India, the Middle East, North America, South America, Europe, Korea, Japan, China and Wildcard) will compete in the Spring Split Global Finals in Germany. PUBG MOBILE will provide the environment for aspiring semi-pro clubs to eventually become professionals.

More information about PUBG MOBILE Club Open 2019 can be found here.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

PUBG MOBILE is developed by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation and based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the original PC and Xbox One gaming phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017.

Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to do battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Train2Game News PLAY Expo Manchester 2019

PLAY Expo, the north’s biggest videogames event, is returning to Manchester for the seventh time on May 4th and 5th.

Taking place in a new, bigger venue, PLAY Expo will be held at the Manchester Central Exhibition Centre and will welcome over 25,000 videogames fans through the doors for two days of gaming brilliance.

The perfect day out for games enthusiasts of all ages, with everything from blockbuster game previews to indie games, retro classics, eSports, cosplay, escape rooms, education, live shows, industry panels and YouTuber meet and greets.

PLAY Expo Manchester boasts nearly one thousand gaming consoles, handhelds, PCs, arcade and pinball machines, all playing the very best in new and classic videogames – and all set to free to play! The event also features a huge Minecraft zone, a Fortnite zone, a dedicated VR area and a selection of the best and brightest indie games from recent years.

On the Expo stages, you will find talks from gaming celebrities, cosplay displays and tournaments for gamers of all skill levels. You will also find immersive live experiences, including John Robertson’s critically acclaimed ‘The Dark Room’ and ‘Knightmare Live’, the celebrated stage adaptation of the 80s-90s cult TV show Knightmare.

Twitch channel ‘Streamers Connected’ will be broadcasting live from the show across both days, bringing viewers at home the best content, interviews and action from the north’s biggest gaming event.

Andy Brown, Managing Director of Replay Events said: “We are super excited to be bringing PLAY Expo back to Manchester at an even bigger arena. The PLAY Expo community is incredible, we know that 80% of our visitors do not visit any other gaming event in the UK. Our attendees love the mix of new and old games, stage talks, special events, cosplay and competitions. If you love games, you can’t afford to miss PLAY Expo Manchester.”

Industry trade body UKIE will be hosting ’30 Years Of Play’ at this year’s show. Inviting visitors to remember the British games that have shaped the industry over the last 30 years, including a retro gaming championship featuring classic British games from years gone by.

George Osborn, Campaign Manager, 30 Years of Play said: “We’re excited to be partnering up with PLAY Expo for its retro gaming championship. The video games sector has always been defined by a close relationship between players and developers. The retro gaming championship offers a brilliant opportunity to do just that, while also celebrating some of the best of British videogames from the past 30 years.”

Publishers and developers who wish to exhibit their games at PLAY Expo should contact Andy Brown now on andy.brown@replayevents.com.

Tickets cost: Adults £20, Child £14, Family (2 adults, 2 children) £58 per day or Adults £34, Child £24, Family £96 for the Weekend ticket and can be bought from playexpomanchester.com.

Train2Game News IMGA 15 Winners

The International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) today announced the winners of their 15th edition.

In total, the jury selected 16 winners from a shortlist of 153 nominees that were previously hand-picked from nearly 800 submissions, with a 16th winner selected by the public.

The internationally acclaimed game Florence won the Grand Prix as well as the Best Meaningful Play and Excellence in Storytelling. The game Flippin Filip won the Jury’s Honorable Mention, while thousands of online voters chose Cooking Diary ®: Restaurant Game as the winner of the People’s Choice Award with more than 500 votes from all over the world.

The IMGA introduced a new category “Feel Good Games”, games that are intended to get you in a more relaxed mood. The game Valleys Between, made by Little Lost Fox, New Zealand.

“I’d like to thank our jury, for all their hard work: the 350 jury members who gave their scores online, working through the 800 submissions and the 15 jury members who gathered in Helsinki this February to judge the 153 preselected games,” says Maarten Noyons, Founder of the IMGA.

We want to thank all our sponsors: Rovio, Supercell, Resolution Games, Matchmade and Mobile Action and the City of Helsinki, host of the 15th IMGA judging session.

Winners of IMGA special category prizes include:

Excellence in Visual Art and Design: CHUCHEL, AMANITA DESIGN, CZECH REPUBLIC

Best Multiplayer Game: BRAWL STARS, SUPERCELL, FINLAND

Best Quickplay Game: ODDMAN, SET SNAIL, DENMARK

Guilty Pleasure: BACON – THE GAME, KAMIBOX, GERMANY

Best Meaningful Play: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Excellence in Gameplay: BRING YOU HOME, ALIKE STUDIO, SPAIN

Excellence in Storytelling: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Best Technical Achievement: ASPHALT 9: LEGENDS – 2019’s ACTION CAR RACING GAME, GAMELOFT, SPAIN

Best Upcoming Game: AGATHA KNIFE, MANGO PROTOCOL, SPAIN

Excellence in Innovation: GLADIABOTS, GFX47

Excellence in Audio: ELOH, BROKEN RULES INTERACTIVE MEDIA / JCSTRANGER / SALON ALPIN, AUSTRIA

Best Feel Good Game: VALLEYS BETWEEN, LITTLE LOST FOX, NEW ZEALAND

Best VR Game: NARROWS, RESOLUTION GAMES, SWEDEN

People’s Choice Award: COOKING DIARY ®: RESTAURANT GAME, MYTONA, RUSSIA

Jury’s Honorable Mention: FLIPPIN FILIP, DEEDEMA GAME STUDIO, IRAN

Grand Prix: FLORENCE, MOUNTAINS, AUSTRALIA

Held during gaming week in San Francisco, the 15th IMGA ceremony was presented by the Australian host Maude Garrett at the Minna Gallery, followed by an exclusive after-party hosted by Rovio who celebrated the 10 years of Angry Birds, the party had over 700 guests.

Train2Game News Batman The Animated Series Add On

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released Batman: The Animated Series Level Pack for LEGO® DC Super-Villains.

In celebration of Batman’s 80th Anniversary, the pack adds a new crime-fighting level inspired by Batman: The Animated Series, the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series famous for its film noir aesthetics, intelligent and intricate stories, and stylized presentation.

Players can roam Gotham City with seven newly-added characters whose origins were famously modernized in the series including The Phantasm, Captain Clown, Man-Bat, Mad-Hatter, Batman, The Joker, and Harley Quinn.

The Phantasm is the secret villainous identity of Andrea Beaumont, a love interest of Bruce Wayne’s prior to him becoming Batman, she is set on avenging her father’s death at the hands of a mysterious mob member, who winds up becoming The Joker. She dons an outfit reminiscent of the Grim Reaper and wears a smoke-generating device and scythe-bladed gauntlet.

Captain Clown appeared in the series as an android programmed to be a loyal subject to The Joker and an enemy to Batman. As a villainous robot with unique artificial intelligence, its strength always presented a challenge for Batman to defeat.

Man-Bat was the first villain to appear in the pilot episode of Batman: The Animated Series. Afflicted with a disease that threatened to leave him deaf, Dr Kirk Langstrom devised an experimental cure that merged the DNA of humans and bats. After testing it on himself, however, the cure backfired and transformed him into a giant bat-like creature.

The Mad Hatter began as timid scientist Jervis Tetch who was experimenting with mind control technology for Wayne Enterprises. Attempting to impress a love interest, he dresses as the Mad Hatter character from his favourite storybook and uses his mind control technology to brainwash people to do his bidding.

Batman (Bruce Wayne) pledged his life to an endless crusade against all criminals when his parents were taken from him a kid so that what happened to him will never happen again to anyone else. A self-made Super Hero who has no Super Powers, Bruce travelled the world focused on training both his body and mind to near physical perfection and when the time was right, he returned to Gotham City donning the Cape and Cowl becoming Batman. Using his incredible skills and abilities coupled with an arsenal of gadgets and cutting-edge technology, Batman keeps a watchful, protective eye over the citizens of Gotham City, especially against costumed criminals like The Joker.

Known as Batman’s main arch-nemesis, The Joker is an unpredictably nefarious criminal who uses every evil trick his mind can muster to try to destroy Batman and take over Gotham City. In Batman: The Animated Series, The Joker starts out completing criminal jobs for the mob and is cornered by Batman during an attempted robbery at the Ace Chemical Plant. He falls into a vat of chemicals disfiguring him and further warping his mind, giving birth to The Joker.

The notorious and iconic Harley Quinn made her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series when she and Joker attempted to plot against Commissioner Gordon only to be stopped by Batman. Psychologist Dr Harlene Quinzel began her career at Arkham Asylum, and it was there she first met The Joker. While trying to psychoanalyze what made the clown tick, he turned the tables and toyed with her mind and she ultimately helped him escape becoming his criminal sidekick and love interest, Harley Quinn.

Batman: The Animated Series level pack is part of the Season Pass included in the LEGO DC Super-Villains Deluxe Edition available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC.

For more game information, visit chaos-is-coming.wbgames.com and follow the official LEGO® DC Super-Villains social channels on Facebook and YouTube, and @LEGODCGAME on Instagram and Twitter.

For 80 years, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans. Since appearing in the pages of DETECTIVE COMICS #27 on March 30, 1939, Batman continues to leave his mark in every form of entertainment imaginable. Appearing in countless comics, animation, television, films, video games, toys and other products, he remains the single most popular superhero. He would not be complete without the most iconic gadgets and of course, the Batmobile; not to mention, an unparalleled rogues gallery.

Batman is humanity’s timeless hero and he’s just getting started.

Fans can join in on social media using the hashtag #Batman80 and #LongLiveTheBat. Visit http://www.Batman80.com for the latest news and updates.

Train2Game News Play Xenoverse 2 FREE

Do you fear jumping into the deep end of the pool? Are you afraid of leaping head-over-heels in love? Is commitment difficult for you?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then there is a solution in the form of DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2 “Lite”, a free version of the game that will be available for download starting Wednesday, March 20th for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One.

New players entering the Xenoverse 2 through the “Lite” version of the game will be able to experience the following:

  • Play five-story episodes, ‘Raditz’s Attack’, ‘The Saiyan Threat’, ‘Ruckus on Planet Namek’, ‘The Ginyu Force Strikes’ and ‘The Galactic Emperor’, from the main game.
  • Take part in Online Battles and Online Quests – with the option to play against those with the full version of the game (Online events and expert missions will remain exclusive to owners of the full game)
  • Compete in Hero Colosseum mode, with all content and online matches
  • Additionally, players will be able to transfer saved data from the “Lite” version to the full game if they choose to purchase the full version of DRAGON BALL Xenoverse 2

Enjoy saving the universe with Goku and friends!

Train2Game News London Games Festival Parade

The Guildhall Yard in the historic City of London will turn into a celebration of cosplay and games culture when the London Games Festival’s annual Games Character Parade and Family Day returns on Saturday 6 April.

The parade is part of the twelve-day Festival of video games and interactive entertainment across the capital and is back in 2019 for its third year. The family day boasts a range of free activities for the whole family throughout the day including game exhibits, costume making and a unique VR experience in a historic location.

Games fans will gather in Guildhall Yard for the annual Games Character Parade and an onstage fashion show hosted by Costume and Play, while retro games come to life with interactive exhibits by Actual Reality Arcade.

Meanwhile, in Guildhall Art Gallery, young people can create their own costumes for the Character Parade with Boxhead Craft and SamiArts, and use Minecraft game technology to understand traditional crafts in Minecraft Knit, with help from its creator Gemma May Latham.

Minecraft Knit will return to the Gallery the following weekend on Saturday, April 13 as part of the Family Day for Seen and Heard: Victorian Children in the Frame (23 November 2018 – 28 April 2019).

In the Gallery’s ancient Amphitheatre, an interactive virtual reality experience by Professor William Latham will introduce new audiences to the latest innovations in digital art in the historic home of games in London. Professor Latham will also lead a lunchtime symposium for game developers, digital artists and academics working at the cutting edge of digital art.

For more details and information on how to attend, head to www.games.london/parade2019

London Games Festival runs from 2 to 14 April and is organised by Games London, a partnership between the capital’s screen industries agency Film London and games trade body Ukie, supported by the Mayor of London’s London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP).

The event is supported by the City of London Corporation and Arts Council of England. It is free to attend but those wishing to participate in the cosplay parade are required to register in advance at www.games.london/parade2019

The London Games Festival Character Parade and Family Day is just one of 40+ cultural or B2B events across 30 venues from 2 to 14 April.

London Games Festival is responsible for a series of thought-provoking summits and conferences, plus the Games Finance Market welcoming financiers with over £200m to spend on games investors. Other highlights include EGX Rezzed (4-6 April), Now Play This at Somerset House (6-14) and the BAFTA Games Awards (4 April).

More information and details on how to buy tickets can be found at www.games.london.