Train2Game News Pokémon for all states of consciousness

During a press conference in Tokyo today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, presented a glimpse into how the globally popular Pokémon brand will continue to be a trendsetter in gaming.

Mr. Ishihara unveiled a broad range of offerings including mobile games, apps, and innovative connected hardware to show the variety of new ways Pokémon Trainers will be able to experience and enhance their Pokémon gameplay.

Pokémon HOME

The world of Pokémon games is more diverse than ever, with a range of titles for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Now, Trainers can bring all their Pokémon together with Pokémon HOME, a new cloud service app that enables them to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games.

Smartphone users can also trade with friends or others around the world directly from Pokémon HOME. Pokémon HOME connects with Pokémon Bank as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, and also Pokémon GO. Pokémon HOME is expected to launch in early 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Sleep

Soon, Trainers will be able to wake up with Pokémon every morning with Pokémon Sleep, a mobile app from The Pokémon Company.

Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping and the time they wake up have an effect on the gameplay.

While more details about the app’s functionality will be revealed at a later date, it was announced that a new peripheral device from Nintendo, Pokémon GO Plus + will connect to Pokémon Sleep and launch with the app. The device will use an embedded accelerometer to track a user’s time sleeping and send this information to their smartphone via Bluetooth.

This new device also has the same functions as the original Pokémon GO Plus, so Trainers can use it with Pokémon GO during the day and with Pokémon Sleep at night.

Trainers can look forward to Pokémon Sleep launching for mobile devices in 2020. To celebrate this early look at Pokémon Sleep, beginning today, Trainers around the world will have the chance to encounter Snorlax that are lying down and deep in sleep in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Masters

A new Pokémon mobile game called Pokémon Masters is on the way for iOS and Android devices from The Pokémon Company and DeNA.

Pokémon Masters enables players to experience a new type of Pokémon battling on the go and features many famous Pokémon Trainers from the long history of Pokémon video games. Gameplay will be optimized for smart devices for a casual but uniquely Pokémon experience. Fans can expect more details about Pokémon Masters in June.

A New Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch

The release of the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth. The Pokémon Company announced today that Creatures Inc. has plans to create a new entry in the Detective Pikachu video game series, this time for Nintendo Switch. The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story.

Pokémon Shirts

In addition to gaming news, Mr Ishihara announced that Pokémon Shirts, a service currently available in Japan that creates made-to-order original clothing designs featuring the first 151 Pokémon, will be coming to the U.S. and Europe.

The full press conference will be posted to the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

Train2Game News LEGO Legacy Heroes Unboxed

Gameloft, one of the world’s leading publishers of mobile games, and the LEGO Group have revealed the title of their upcoming game: LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed.

This Team-Battle RPG, the first ever LEGO game of this genre, will bring to life 40 years of LEGO minifigure history and universes in a fun and epic way.

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set in a whole new LEGO world where players will collect classic and modern LEGO minifigures and sets, form a party and engage in epic and fun team battles and adventures. The game will feature iconic, fan favorite universes from yesterday and today, recreated with incredible detail to please players of all ages, from the passionate collectors to those who want to bring back childhood memories.

A first glimpse of how the signature humor of the LEGO brand has been built into the game can be found in the teaser trailer.

The beloved Captain Redbeard from Set 6270 (1989) emerges from his dusty box in the attic and sets sail for adventure after all these years… he may not be ready yet! Indeed, LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released this Fall, but until then Gameloft Toronto will be adding content and completing features.

The studio has been working closely with the LEGO Group for several years, including visits to the LEGO Vault in Billund, Denmark where all the sets and minifigures ever created are archived. The team has been studying vintage instruction manuals and focusing all its skills to perfectly recreate every tiny detail that makes the LEGO experience so enjoyable and memorable. LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed will be faithful to the fun and creativity that make the LEGO brand one of the most beloved brands on Earth.

“LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is built to bring the enjoyment and fun that you once had, or still have, with LEGO toys,” stated Baudouin Corman, Chief Operating Officer at Gameloft.

“We are excited to see these authentic and original LEGO characters from all eras come to life. We have been putting all our efforts, art and craft into this game as we want to delight all LEGO fans, whether their minifigures are tucked away in the attic or proudly shown in the living room.”

Sean McEvoy, Vice President of LEGO Games at the LEGO Group said: “LEGO Games have reached millions of LEGO fans of all ages for over 20 years, extending and amplifying the LEGO play universe. Enabling our fans to play epic battles with minifigures from our history is a great play promise we are delighted to offer. Gameloft has done fabulous work, maintaining every character’s unique personality and reflecting all the fun, creativity and humor of the LEGO brand in a mobile game.”

LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed is set to be released in Fall 2019 and will be regularly showcased to fans until then, beginning at Brickworld Chicago on June, 15th and 16th.

Be sure to visit www.LEGOLEGACY.com to get the latest news on the game.

Enjoy the trailer below…

Train2Game News Godzilla Defense Force

Godzilla Defense Force rampages onto mobile devices worldwide as the base management game now available as a free download on the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android devices.

In Godzilla Defense Force players will battle and collect iconic monsters from more than 29 movies in the Japanese production company TOHO’s classic Godzilla series.

Godzilla Defense Force will take fans through the history of the Toho’s Godzilla franchise, starting with the original 1954 film and on to the present day. Joining forces with powerful allies, such as MechaGodzilla, players will battle to save major cities like London and Tokyo and Sydney from monsters from across Godzilla’s lore.

“Godzilla Defense Force weaves TOHO’s iconic Godzilla series with a fantastic blend of card and defense building mechanics to create unique mobile experience that reflects the heart of the franchise,” said Jaeho Hwang, Director of Neople Studio 42.

Players will improve their ability to defend the world by building an increasingly powerful deck of Monster Cards by defeating world-threatening KAIJU, which can then be strategically used to give new skills and buffs to their decks. As players defend their city and tap their way to victory in each battle they will also add to their Codex, unlocking detailed descriptions of monsters alongside images from their respective movies. When they’re not defending cities, players can bolster their forces through lunar colonization.

For more information including character details, trailers, upcoming events and more, visit Godzilla: Defense Force’s official website: http://mobile.neople.co.kr/godzillaDF/

Train2Game News Vodafone And Hatch Team Up For 5G

Premium game streaming platform Hatch and multinational telecommunications brand Vodafone, are collaborating to bring cloud gaming to select European markets.

To start with, all Vodafone pay monthly customers in the UK will have complimentary access to Hatch Premium for three months from July 3, when Vodafone’s 5G network is switched on.

After this, they can enjoy the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform for £6.99 a month.

Built for 5G, Hatch allows gamers to play instantly with no downloads, updates, ads or in-game purchases to interrupt gameplay.

With unlimited access to more than 100 premium mobile games including Angry Birds and Monument Valley, the award winning Crashlands and the exclusive Hatch Original Arkanoid Rising, Hatch Premium subscribers can also connect with friends, follow live leaderboards and join live tournaments. Hatch Premium also unlocks Hatch Kids, a separate area within Hatch that is a safe space for kids to play, create and learn.

“Vodafone is in the vanguard in Europe rolling out 5G infrastructure and leading the charge on a new generation of 5G-enabled consumer services,” says Gunjan Garg, Hatch’s Director of Commercial Partnerships.

“We are natural partners and we can’t wait to show Vodafone customers a new way to play great games on demand, anytime and anywhere.”

“We’re excited to be teaming up with the world’s first cloud-based mobile gaming platform and give our customers an extra experience over 5G for no extra cost,” says Stefano Parisse, Group Director Products and Services at Vodafone Group.

“Playing games on the go from the cloud is a great example of how 5G can transform an everyday activity and this exclusive new partnership is excellent news for our customers – now they can stream over 100 games from the cloud with instant reaction times and no lag or drop outs.”

Details of Hatch availability to Vodafone customers in other markets will be announced in due course.

Train2Game News Game Dev Heroes 2019

Following on from the highly successful launch in 2018, Game Dev Heroes returns for 2019.

Game Dev Heroes is an industry award ceremony with a difference; celebrating and shining the spotlight on game developers and their personal contributions to studios, projects and colleagues.

The games industry is fantastic at bringing attention and accolades to studios and games. Game Dev Heroes spreads this attention and recognition to the people behind the scenes, from brilliant developers and resourceful support staff, to inspiring leaders and positive role models.

Game Dev Heroes are now calling on industry professionals to nominate their studio’s heroes across a range of award categories ahead of the submission deadline of 5th June 2019.

Award Categories:

Programming

Design

Art & Animation

Sound

Production

QA

Writing & Narrative

Marketing & Community

Leadership

Progression Advocate

Unsung Hero Award

Nominations are now live. Further information on each award and the nomination form can be found on the Game Dev Heroes website.

The Game Dev Heroes 2019 judging panel will be announced shortly and will be composed of industry professionals from senior management and HR positions. As well as reviewing each nomination in detail the judging panel will also determine the winner of the Outstanding Contribution award, presented to a member of the industry in recognition of their notable achievements.

Game Dev Heroes are delighted to announce Square Enix as an event partner for the 2019 awards, they are joined by anti bullying charity Ditch The Label, sponsors of the Progression Advocate award, nDreams, sponsors of the Programming Hero award and Creative Assembly, sponsors of the Unsung Hero award.

The award winners will be announced on Tuesday 9th July at the Komedia in Brighton during the Develop Conference week. The Game Dev Heroes awards ceremony and networking event is free to attend but will be ticketed entry. Sign up to the mailing list on www.gamedevheroes.co to receive notification when tickets become available.

For enquiries relating to nominations and judging please contact: info@gamedevheroes.co

For further information on the Game Dev Heroes Awards visit the website www.gamedevheroes.co and follow Game Dev Heroes on twitter @GameDevHeroes.

Train2Game News Pokémon Rumble Rush

The Pokémon Company International today confirmed a new entry in the Pokémon Rumble series, with the all new Pokémon Rumble Rush.

This free-to-start beat-‘em-up is available for download today for owners of Android mobile devices in Australia via Google Play; with an iOS version and full worldwide release coming shortly.

In Pokémon Rumble Rush players assume the role of an intrepid adventurer tasked with discovering new islands and the various Pokémon that inhabit each area.

As they explore each island players must overcome the hordes of enemy Pokémon that stand in their way. By tapping the screen, the players’ partner Pokémon will rush in and attack each oncoming wave. During each of these encounters there is a chance one or more of the Pokémon will befriend a player and in turn use those Pokémon in future battles. Each island adventure features Super Boss fights and, if victorious, players have the chance to get items that power up their Pokémon.

As they play Pokémon Rumble Rush, players will have the chance to encounter hundreds of different species of Pokémon. The more players explore the game world and take part in special events, the more Pokémon they will discover—possibly including Legendary and Mythical Pokémon! Exploration may also lead to players finding a previously undiscovered stage, and as a reward, players get to name it.

When exploring an area on their own, a hint function can display the Pokémon that inhabit that area. Also, when players view a map of an island, occasionally they’ll see some hot air balloons passing by. Tapping a hot air balloon will let players try a stage that other adventurers have already discovered, which means players may encounter Pokémon that they haven’t found before.

Find out more at http://www.pokemon.co.uk/

Train2Game News Oddworld Soulstorm

Oddworld Inhabitants Inc. proudly unveil the first look at gameplay from Oddworld: Soulstorm, which is the second game in a planned Oddworld pentalogy.

Oddworld Soulstorm is the first true follow-up to the critically acclaimed, best-selling Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty, which was a ground-up remake of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.

Oddworld: Soulstorm picks up from where New ‘n’ Tasty ended. Abe has defeated Mollusk the Glukkon, his former boss and RuptureFarms’ meanest inhabitant, overthrown RuptureFarms and liberated workmates.

Now, Abe – along with 300 newly emancipated Mudokons – find themselves without food, water or a place to call home. Stranded alone in the desert, they find solace in a strange new brew – a delicious drink that has insidious ramifications for their newfound freedom.

Oddworld: Soulstorm will continue to chew up the themes of environmentalism, capitalism, consumerism and addiction that critics and fans found so engaging in the “AAA Indie” release of Oddworld’s last pensive platformer, New ’n’ Tasty.

Oddworld: Soulstorm will launch on PC & consoles in 2020.

To feel the heat and find out more, please see visit oddworld.com

Train2Game News Escape Studios Game Jam

The Future is Creative and it’s time to make your mark on the games industry by joining your peers and taking part in the annual Escape Studios’ Game Jam.

This year in partnership with mobile games developer Outplay, games studio Creative Assembly and industry publication 3DWorld Magazine. Taking place on 31st May – 2nd June 2019 at 190 High Holborn, London.

This is not to be missed.

Escape Studios, Europe’s leading creative academy, part of Pearson College London, are calling on all budding game designers to take part in the Escape Studios Game Jam 2019. Team work, creativity, endurance and a desire to learn from your peers are all that is required in this annual game design competition, which is now in its fourth year.

The Escape Studios Game Jam is an opportunity for you to put your skills to the test against the clock to create the best game to fit the brief, as a way to build your experience. Running from Friday to Sunday, each team will have to create and present their game to a panel of judges; the winning team will be awarded an exclusive prize package by the end of the weekend.

Escape Studios has teamed up with Creative Assembly and 3D World Magazine to bring you top industry professionals to help build your ideas. Representatives will drop in over the course of the weekend, to offer advice and will be part of the final judging panel. Leading mobile games developer, Outplay has also supplied an exclusive prize for the winning team.

Additional judges also include Escape Studios’ Head of Games, Simon Fenton, who has more than 24 years’ experience in the games industry and has worked for the likes of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe. Simon will also be on hand to provide mentoring and guidance across the weekend. In addition to Simon’s expertise, jammers will be joined by Juriaan Van Linschoten, Escape Studios’ alumni and currently an Associate Tutor at the institution.

You can sign up for the event via Eventbrite.

Train2Game News New NES Games

On May 15, classic NES™ games Donkey Kong Jr.™, Clu Clu Land™ and VS. Excitebike™ are coming to the Nintendo Entertainment System™ – Nintendo Switch Online collection, bringing its total number of games to more than 40.

That’s dozens of classic games that can be played on the Nintendo Switch™ system anytime and anywhere with a Nintendo Switch Online membership, with even more games on the way!

  • Donkey Kong Jr. – Based on the popular arcade game, Donkey Kong Jr. is the sequel to the immensely successful Donkey Kong™ game. Play as Donkey Kong’s son, and rescue your dad who has been kidnapped and imprisoned in a cage by Mario. Use jumping and climbing abilities to clamber up vines and chains, gather vital fruit and keys, and open the cage to free your father. Make sure you avoid the pesky birds, nasty electric sparks and creepy chompers. Four different worlds filled with numerous climbing and jumping puzzles await you in this timeless classic.
  • VS. Excitebike – Fans love the Excitebike™ game for its frenetic races, high stakes and sweet jumps. With this game, you can take it to the next level with the Famicom™ disk version of VS. Excitebike – complete with two-player split screen. Create tracks from 20 classic Excitebike track parts, and go for a best time or take on friends. Racing is even more exciting when the rivalries are real. You can also try out the single-player mode in VS. Excitebike. It adds tracks, music and the ability to save your high score.
  • Clu Clu Land – The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

These three games join classics like Super Mario Bros.™ 3, Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda™ and many others, all of which have been enhanced with online features.

Nintendo Switch Online members also have access to the free-to-download software Tetris® 99 as a special offer. The game includes online events like the Tetris 99 MAXIMUS CUP events.

Other features of the Nintendo Switch Online service include online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, plus a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games.

The Nintendo Switch Online app now includes Smash World, a new service for the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. With Smash World, players can use a mobile device to view recommended gameplay videos and download custom stages created in the game’s Stage Builder mode directly to their game, providing more ways than ever before to share their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate experience with others.

To make playing NES games feel more authentic, Nintendo Switch Online members with a paid membership can purchase Nintendo Entertainment System controllers that are compatible with Nintendo Switch by visiting https://nesc.nintendo.com/nintendo-entertainment-system-controllers.

For more information about Nintendo Switch Online, to view membership options and to learn about a free seven-day trial for new users, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/.

TrainGame News Hyper Stylized PAC-MAN

One of the most iconic video game characters in history meets high-art as PAC-MAN gets his own hyper-stylized PAC-MAN figurine from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America and world-famous pop artist Richard Orlinski!

The collectible PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture is available now for pre-order and is scheduled to be released in June 2020.

The premium-quality resin figurine, which stands 7-inches tall, was designed in collaboration with Richard Orlinski, the best-selling contemporary French artist whose work is represented in more than 90 art galleries around the world. The collectibles will be available for purchase in both yellow and black variants at the official BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America online store:

PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture – Black –

https://www.bandainamcoentstore.com/product/561623/pac-man-x-orlinski-the-official-sculpture-black

PAC-MAN x Orlinski Official Sculpture – Yellow –

https://www.bandainamcoentstore.com/product/561598/pac-man-x-orlinski-the-official-sculpture-yellow

To commemorate the official opening of pre-orders, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America has also released a new video showcasing a 360° view of the figurine: