– 26% of U.K. respondents say that they have successfully preordered a next-generation console, but a slightly higher percentage of participants (30%) say that they tried to preorder a next-gen console and were unable to do so. – Among U.K. respondents that successfully preordered one or more next-gen consoles, 58% preordered a disc edition of the PlayStation 5, 38% preordered an Xbox Series X, 24% preordered a PlayStation 5 digital edition, and 7% preordered an Xbox Series S. 21% of respondents said they pre-ordered more than one next-gen console. The survey was conducted in October 2020.
Independent retro-development studio Spacebot Interactive will be shipping Dragonborne on Nintendo Game Boy in January 2021.
Pre orders are live for the 2nd run now and will end on 30th November.
Dragonborne is a brand new 8-bit adventure RPG featuring a turn based battle system and various mini quests and puzzles that you must complete to progress through the game.
Travel through the region of Argon as Kris in search of your missing father Kurtis, the greatest dragon slayer the region has ever known, as you fight your way through dungeons to save the region before the dragon awakes.
Dragonborne contains more than 6 hours of gameplay, dozens of enemies, weapon and armour upgrades, character zapping and ranking systems, collectibles, detailed battle scene graphics, and multiple endings.
Following the success of GGJ NEXT Online – the Global Game Jam event for younger participants that takes place each summer, and this year also moved to a digital format – GGJ Online is officially announced to take place January 27-31, 2021. Join thousands of hobbyist, student, and professional game developers from over 115 countries across the world online this January to celebrate creation, collaboration and togetherness despite being apart!
Additionally, Seattle video game industry veteran and champion for game development and climate science, Tim Cullings, joins Global Game Jam, Inc as Director of Operations, replacing Jo Summers who served as the GGJ Executive Producer for over three years. A Systems Engineer at Oculus and Founding Board Member for Seattle Indies, Cullings also helped found GUILD, a support group for indie game developer community organizers, as well as Games For Our Future, a multi-city game jam that brings together climate science researchers and game developers to make games about climate change related issues.
“We’ve been discussing GGJ Online with our community on social media for a few months already. Given the current global situation, it was really never an ‘if’, it was a ‘when’ and ‘how’,” said Kate Edwards, Executive Director of Global Game Jam. “The tenets of Global Game Jam – creativity, collaboration, inclusion and fun – are more important now than ever, and we are so excited to have Tim Cullings joining our staff. His extensive background in supporting indie developers and organizing charity game jam events for change will prove invaluable as we steer into the uncharted waters ahead.”
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game creation event taking place around the globe, typically at physical locations. A “game jam” is essentially a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.
For individuals interested in running a GGJ Online site, please click here to fill out the application.
Two months after Battletoads’ big launch, the dust is finally starting to settle and our heroes are adapting nicely to life in this gaming generation!
Since their brand new adventure released with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam on August 20, the development team at Dlala Studios and Rare have been keeping a close eye on responses to the game. It’s been wonderful to see the positive reception from so many players and journalists, celebrating how the game stays true to form in its multi-genre, couch co-op nature, all wrapped up in that Saturday morning cartoon styling.
The team have loved seeing so many people enjoy the nostalgia trip and share the experience with others, and had an absolute blast watching creators share experiences with their communities too. And to those who’ve completed the game on ‘Battletoads’ difficulty and even picked up the full 1000 gamerscore – congrats!
We also wanted to share some stats with you now that we’ve reached the point where over a million unique players have jumped in to try the game, with the cool, impulsive Rash pipping his partners to the post as the most frequently selected ‘Toad.
As part of the trio’s mission to save the galaxy they’ve collectively died 80,037,506 times, more than half of which were turbo bike crashes. Some things never change! On the flip side, team players have managed to step in and revive their fellow ‘Toads 2,880,267 times, sweep up an enormous 8,677,560 collectibles along the way and tear through enemy forces so ferociously that first level boss Porkshank alone has taken a total of 1,562,508 beatings. Players aren’t being slouches about it either – the fastest full game speedrun recorded so far (‘Tadpole’ difficulty, 100%) clocked in at an astonishing 1:38:51, set by Fuzzyness in the Game Pass for PC Battletoads Speedrun Challenge!
If you’re partial to a Sea of Thieves session between Battletoads brawls, you should toadally take advantage of the Fightin’ Frogs Ship Set that’s still unlockable for free by players of both games – just complete Act I of Battletoads (using the same profile that holds your Sea of Thieves progress) and you’ll earn this mean, green livery to display proudly on the seas!
Want even more Battletoads goodness? Be sure to check out The Lost Adventure comic series from Titan Comics to discover what led to the events of the new game – the first free issue arrived on October 21! If you’d like some audio accompaniment with that, David Housden’s pounding modern Battletoads soundtrack can be enjoyed on various streaming and download services right now thanks to the recent release of the full 32-track album.
Don’t forget, newcomers to the Battletoads series can also relive some of Zitz, Rash and Pimple’s classic ’90s adventures in the Rare Replay collection, now available with Xbox Game Pass.
Once again, we can’t thank everyone enough for their kind words on the Battletoads’ return and for taking the time to check it out, whether that’s with Game Pass or from the Microsoft Store or Steam. We look forward to seeing even more reactions as players old and new continue to get swept up in the wild world of Battletoads!
Videogames Mental Health Charity, Safe In Our World proudly celebrates its first anniversary with the first charity bundle dedicated to providing free Mental Health CBT courses for games industry professionals and gamers around the world.
The Safe In Our World 1st Anniversary Charity Game Bundle is available now exclusively via the dedicated partner Fanatical for $4,99. Only 10,000 sets of keys are available for this extremely limited edition bundle.
The Safe In Our World 1st Anniversary Charity Game Bundle features seven games, each who share a unique and relatable message about mental health:
AVICII Invector by Tim Bergling aka AVICII / Hello There Games
Dear Esther: Landmark Edition by The Chinese Room / Curve Digital
Fractured Minds by Emily Mitchell
GRIS by Nomada Studio / Devolver Digital
Meadow by Might and Delight
RiME by Tequila Works / Six Foot
The Town of Light by LKA / Luca Dalco
Proceeds from the 1st Anniversary Bundle will go towards the creation of Safe In Our World’s own tailored, games-focused Mental Health CBT courses, which will provide much-needed mental health support at no cost to games industry professionals and gamers alike. Gamers can choose to pay the bundle price or, if able to, can increase their donation amount to further support Safe In Our World.
The 1st Anniversary Bundle celebrates an amazing inaugural year in which Safe In Our World has made a significant impact on the games industry, thanks to support from wonderful partners. Since the launch last year on World Mental Health Day, the global non-profit organization has been able to:
Launch the hugely successful #LevelUpMentalHealth campaign featuring over 50 leading and indie games developers/publishers, including 505 Games, the Embracer Group, Wargamer, Curve Digital, NDreams, Mediatonic, Wired Productions, and many more; supporting 10,000 employees. (A full list of partners can be found here)
Further grew the SIOW ambassadors and patron list, with close to 100 key influential members of the industry representing the charity
Launch the COVID-19 Hub, a global resource set up at the beginning of the pandemic to help gamers and industry folk with information, tips, articles and resources, with traffic increasing by 146% from over 130 countries
Help to drive support for 1 million downloads of Fractured Minds, a game developed by BAFTA young game designer recipient Emily Mitchell
Reach 10 million players through messaging in key partner’s games
SIOW spokespersons join panels and events participation to help talk about mental health conditions within the industry, as well as sharing the touching, personal stories of many games industry professionals and their mental health through www.safeinourworld.org
Hire two full-time staff members, each with their own passionate stories, to further increase the impact and support within the games industry
B ecome a fully operational organization in less than 12 months
“2020 has been such a trying year for us all, but we are so proud and thankful for the impact Safe In Our World has been able to make in our industry so far,” said Leo Zullo, Safe In Our World Chairperson. “We now look to 2021, expanding our team and opportunities, as well as further increasing awareness, access and positivity towards mental health and mental health facilities in the games industry. Our message remains the same; it’s ok to not be ok. We have a duty of care to our gamers and our people and we implore the whole industry to unite and ensure this is considered at all times.”
Officially launched in 2019 on World Mental Health Day, Safe In Our World is an accredited charity supported by industry luminaries, veterans and ambassadors across the world. Its mission is to create an online destination where people can seek help, gain access to resources and information, and discover stories from real people within and surrounding the games industry. whether its understanding feelings and symptoms using our Support Page or reaching out using our global Helplines & Website page.
Safe In Our World will continue to build and grow its support for those in need, and more announcements will be made in the coming months.
Stormzy has unveiled the incredible music video for ‘Rainfall’ (feat. Tiana Major9). Produced by Jay Weathers, ‘Rainfall’ is the latest single to be taken from his number #1, gold-selling album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’.
The video has been created entirely inside Watch Dogs: Legion, a brand-new video game set in a near-future London which is set for release on 29th October. In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the game features an exclusive mission titled ‘Fall on My Enemies’ which sees Stormzy enlisting the help of the resistance group, ‘DedSec’ to protect the broadcast of the music video across the entire city.
Stormzy is one of UK’s most inspiring and influential cultural figures. His two albums to date; ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ and ‘Heavy Is The Head’ both reached #1 in the UK album chart and were subsequently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. His remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character – a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, he has consistently stood up for people from all areas of life; encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights.
“We are thrilled for Stormzy to be a part of Watch Dogs: Legion. His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game,” commented Clint Hocking, Creative Director at Ubisoft Toronto. He added, “It’s been almost a year since we had Stormzy in the studio to film his performance. He lit up the room, and captivated us all. He’s a great collaborator, and it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.“
Led by Ubisoft Toronto, Watch Dogs: Legion will release on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia and for Windows PC on Epic Games and Uplay on 29th October, 2020. The game will also be available on UPLAY+. Watch Dogs: Legion will also release on Xbox Series X|S on November 10th and PlayStation®5 upon the launch of those consoles.
For more information about Watch Dogs: Legion, please visit watchdogs.com, and join the conversation by using #watchdogslegion
The Japanese gaming lifestyle brand, Bauhütte® (headquartered in Osaka, Japan), has begun global sales of their revolutionary Gaming Glasses that have arms that split into two with a push of a button.
The main feature of the Gaming Glasses is the original adjustable frame. When the button is pressed, the arms of the frame splits open. They don’t have to rest against your ear to be worn, so you can wear them for a long time with headsets without any discomfort.
Regular glasses don’t work well with headsets, which are an essential item for any gamer. Wearing them together results in pain around the ear or difficulty wearing them.
These Adjustable Gaming Glasses were made to solve that issue for gamers and sold out immediately after going on sale in Japan. They are extremely popular and there are a rush of orders whenever they are restocked. We have also received reviews from users that say the glasses have gotten rid of all their ear pain and that they help create a stress-free, comfortable gaming environment since they don’t interfere with their headsets.
Other Functions ・Transparent Blue-Light Blocking Lenses These lenses protect your eyes while being extremely transparent. They do not interfere with the user’s field of vision so you can enjoy a game’s beautiful graphics as though you were viewing them with the naked eye.
・Cuts More Than 90% of High-Energy Visible (HEV) Rays These lenses cut more than 90% of HEV rays, particularly harmful rays that partially make up blue light.
・A Half-Rim Design That Guarantees A Wide Field of Vision The bottom half of the lenses do not have a rim so you can see your keyboard properly. These glasses were designed so you can easily operate your device.
・Original Glasses Case and Cleaning Cloth These glasses come with a glasses case and cleaning cloth, both decorated with the Bauhütte logo. These items make it easy to carry and store the glasses.
In Drone Swarm, you slip into the role of Captain Carter, the commander of the Argo, mankind’s only FTL ship. On your journey into the depths of an unknown galaxy, your main mission is to jump from system to system and battle powerful alien fleets in action-packed space battles. To this end, you need to take control of the impressive swarm of 32,000 individually simulated drones. Destroy enemy vessels, slam them into one another, block attacks and outsmart defenses. Quickly analyze attacks of your adversaries in order to develop the best defense strategy and to launch a strong counterattack.
To be successful, your tactics must always be adapted to the different types of opponents you will encounter, because they too have different weapons, special defenses, and unique behaviors in their arsenal. During the fast, action-packed fights, players therefore should always keep a cool head and make use of all the possibilities the drone swarm has to offer if they want to turn the tide of each battle and claim their victory.
The strategy adventure is accompanied by a gripping sci-fi story
In the year 2118 the earth lies in ruins, after it was attacked and destroyed by a gigantic swarm of alien drones. The psionics among the few surviving humans found a way to control the drones and stop the attack. After the swarm was finally under human control, the interstellar spaceship Argo could be built and sent out with the mission to find a New Earth for mankind.
The universe and story of Drone Swarm is a result of a collaboration between studio 451 Media from New York and the game’s developer, stillalive studios. 451 Media, co-founded by star director Michael Bay, will publish Drone Swarm comics that tell the prequel to the space adventure.
Next to a unique space soundtrack, English and German voiceovers contribute to the very special atmosphere of Drone Swarm, that will take all players on a journey far beyond the stars. Subtitles are also available in a total of 13 languages.
Drone Swarm will be released digitally on Steam™ today. The Standard Edition will cost 19.99 Euro/24.99 USD/17.99 GBP and the Deluxe Edition 24.99 Euro/29.99 USD/22.49 GBP.
The Deluxe Edition provides next to the base game additional digital content such as the first issue of the official comic by 451 Media, two additional weapon upgrades for your mothership and a soundtrack exclusively composed for Drone Swarm. Next to the main theme, this soundtrack includes 23 tracks that manage to perfectly capture the atmosphere of the exceptional space adventure that is Drone Swarm.
To celebrate astragon’s website revamp there will be a special offer for all Drone Swarm fans: Until October 28, 2020 the Deluxe Edition can be ordered at the discounted price of 19.99 Euro/24.99 USD/17.99 GBP on astragon.com
The British Esports Association, the not-for-profit organisation set up to promote and support esports, has teamed up with SpecialEffect and Percent as part of World Esports Day.
The global gaming celebration takes place on October 24th 2020 and will see various organisations and members of the esports community running streams and activities to spread awareness of the positives of esports.
Money raised throughout UK-based activities will go to SpecialEffect, the charity that puts fun and inclusion back into the lives of people with physical disabilities by helping them to play video games. By using technology ranging from modified joypads to eye-control, SpecialEffect finds a way for people to play to the very best of their abilities.
Tom Donegan, Fundraising Lead at SpecialEffect, commented: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for World Esports Day here in the UK. Over recent years we have received fantastic support from organisations, businesses and individuals throughout the esports community, who have shown a strong affinity with our work enabling more people with severe physical disabilities to play to the best of their ability.
“We’re proud to join with the British Esports Association, Percent and our friends across the world in celebrating the positive impact of esports in bringing people together to enjoy the games we all love.”
During the World Esports Day activities, fans, viewers and those involved will be able to make donations to a number of charitable causes around the world. Monies raised in the UK will go to UK-based SpecialEffect, with each other national esports federation nominating a charity for their respective country.
As a global payments platform for charitable donations, Percent will utilise its global giving API that makes charitable payments safe, secure and easy.
The Percent API enables businesses to build unique giving and sustainability experiences into their products. For World Esports Day, this also means that all charities will be completely vetted and validated by Percent.
The company will carry out the necessary due diligence and charity vetting to ensure donations end up in the right pockets around the globe.
Henry Ludlam, CEO of Percent, commented: “We’re very happy to be partnering with British Esports to build charitable purpose into esports and power donations in the World Esports Day platform across 70 countries worldwide.”
British Esports is one of several founding members of World Esports Day, the others being the Global Esports Federation, Twitch Student and the Singapore Esports Association.
Chester King, CEO and founder of the British Esports Association, and VP and chair of the Education, Culture and Wellness Commission at the Global Esports Federation, added: “We’re delighted to help raise funds for such a worthwhile cause in SpecialEffect, and to have found a partner to ensure the donations made as part of World Esports Day are transacted safely and securely.
“We’re excited to see how the day goes and to raise money for a number of great causes and charities around the world.”
Worldwide family entertainment publisher Outright Games™ in partnership with p.w Games™, the gaming division of kids entertainment studios pocket.watch™, and Sunlight Entertainment get into gear and today have released the Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition.
Bringing together every racer, track and the original game in the perfect bundle gift for fans of the hugely popular YouTube sensation Ryan’s World that receives over 1.4 billion views per month. Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is now available to play on Playstation® 4, Nintendo Switch™, Xbox One and Steam priced at $29.99 / £24.99 / €29.99.
Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the ultimate Race With Ryan experience bringing together the original title and all new content released since launch for a total of 16 tracks and 33 fan favourite racers. The brand new DLC pack adds 2 new tracks and 7 racers including Montana Panda, Nevada Ryan and Wisconsin Lexa. Fans of all ages can take to the track with their favourite racer and cruise along Route 66, Icy Land, Forest, Redwood and New York, New York, before zooming to the finish line. With kid friendly controls, 2-4 player split-screen races, Ryan’s Mystery Egg surprise items, and career mode for the most ambitious racers, Race With Ryan Road Trip Deluxe Edition is the perfect Christmas gift for fans of Ryan and colourful kart racers alike!!
“It’s been amazing to see the popularity of Ryan’s World continue to increase since we released the original game last year and we wanted to give fans of the game the ultimate gift leading up to holiday 2020” said Terry Malham, CEO of Outright Games “We’re thrilled to bring Ryan fans the full Race With Ryan experience and add to the ever expanding Ryan’s World universe.”
“We’ve seen the popularity continue to expand this year, through increased viewership on his channels as well as new TV shows and wildly popular content on streaming platforms’” says Stone Newman, Chief Revenue Officer of pocket.watch. “Working with Outright Games has allowed us to create distinctly unique experience on game consoles that we know fans will absolutely love playing together this Christmas”” Race With Ryan is the hit multiplayer kart racer from the global kids entertainment phenomenon Ryan’s World starring Ryan, the most popular kid in the world and top creator on YouTube.
Race With Ryan: Road Trip Deluxe Edition is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC Digital and will be exclusively at Walmart and Smyths Toys Superstores.