Train2Game News Disney Dreamlight Valley

Gameloft, a leader in the creation and publishing of games, today unveiled Disney Dreamlight Valley, an upcoming free-to-play life-simulation adventure game.

Fans are invited to create their personalized avatar and embark on an enchanting journey alongside some of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved characters.

Players can be the first to experience Disney Dreamlight Valley this summer as part of Early Access with the purchase of a Founders Pack or by being an Xbox Game Pass member ahead of the game’s launch in 2023.

For more information, please visit disneydreamlightvalley.com to sign up for game updates.

Watch the announcement trailer at https://gmlft.co/DDV-AnnouncementTrailer 


Arriving in the dream world of Dreamlight Valley, players will embark on an enchanting quest to restore a once-idyllic village now desolate and full of Night Thorns after a mysterious event called The Forgetting. Uncover the mysterious secrets that led you to this new world and explore diverse realms inspired by classic Disney and Pixar worlds, while helping the iconic inhabitants of the town recover their lost memories. In this experience, players will meet and build friendships with beloved characters from Mickey & Friends to Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Moana to Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story and more. Dive in and immerse in a multitude of unique individualized story arcs and enjoy activities with some of the village’s most memorable characters, such as whipping up a delectable Disney-themed dishes alongside Remy from Disney and Pixar’s Ratatouille inside of your own village restaurant, fishing at the fishing hole with Goofy, or growing vegetables from Wall•E’s garden patch.  


Players will be able to design the Disney and Pixar villages of their dreams across multiple unique biomes, ranging from the snowy mountains of the Frosted Heights to the Peaceful Meadow and beyond – with a wealth of customization options for their avatars, homes, and villages. The game will feature an ever-evolving list of Disney-princess-inspired ballgowns, Mickey-adorned streetwear, Frozen-inspired antique kitchen designs, and more.  


Disney Dreamlight Valley will give our fans the opportunity to write their own story and build their ideal Disney and Pixar life within a richly detailed world populated with characters from some of Disney’s most iconic stories,” said Luigi Priore, V.P., of Disney and Pixar Games. “We are excited to hear feedback from our audience throughout the development of this title as we collaborate with the talented team at Gameloft to bring Disney Dreamlight Valley to life.”  


“Our development team is a big family of Disney and Pixar fans and have poured all of our passion into the development of Disney Dreamlight Valley, especially in the way we depict characters and their story arcs,” said Manea Castet, Game Manager of Disney Dreamlight Valley at Gameloft Montreal. “We can’t wait for fans to join the Early Access this summer and help us bring this new ever-evolving Disney and Pixar-inspired world to our excited community.” 


Disney Dreamlight Valley is set to launch in 2023 as a free-to-play title. This summer, players can be the first to play in an Early Access available exclusively for players who purchase a Founder’s Pack or have an Xbox Game Pass member. During the Early Access phase, players will be the first to explore Dreamlight Valley and receive exclusive rewards that they will keep once the game officially launches next year. Early Access will be released across all supported platforms including PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), PlayStation®4 (PS4™), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles. PC and Mac versions will be released on Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, and the Mac App Store.


For more information and to sign up for updates, please visit https://disneydreamlightvalley.com

Train2Game News The Serpent Rogue

Team17 and Sengi Games have today launched alchemy sandbox adventure game The Serpent Rogue on PC, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5, and Xbox Series X|S.

As the mysterious, plague-masked protagonist, The Warden, players must explore the world, craft, and utilise crucial potions to cleanse the world of the malevolent corruption known as the Serpent Rogue, and restore balance to the lands surrounding Mount Morbus.
 
The perfect blend of gameplay awaits: https://youtu.be/QQxg_wb3qEE
 
Alchemy is one of the key ingredients in The Serpent Rogue’s gameplay and mastering it will be pivotal to The Warden’s success. Collect and research ingredients to unveil their uses, experiment with different mixtures to craft unique potions, and use concoctions in a variety of ways to progress through an everchanging world.
 
The Serpent Rogue allows players to tackle challenges in a myriad of ways: adversaries can be defeated directly through head-to-head open combat, perfectly timed alchemic potions, or by befriending and taming local beasts. Each step on The Warden’s journey is fraught with challenges and decisions, the echoes of which can be felt across the wider world. For instance, leaving food lying around will attract vermin and cause havoc, while bodies left unburied will lure fearsome ghouls, so tread carefully.
 
The Serpent Rogue key features

  • Sandbox roguelike: Explore the mysterious world of The Serpent Rogue; locations and items are randomised by storms that sweep the land
  • Permutations aplenty: Utilise the magic and crafting of alchemy to create new tactics and overcome the many threats and situations created by the corruption of the Serpent Rogue
  • Cause and effect: The Warden’s actions have consequences that can be used to their advantage; but will they become the hero of the tale… or the villain?

 
The Serpent Rogue is available to purchase now on Steam, or try the free demo. To keep up to date with all the information on The Serpent Rogue please like the game on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and join us on Discord.

Train2Game News Pokemon Center UK Master Ball

The Pokémon Company International and The Wand Company have announced the Master Ball (with a special-edition plaque on the included display case) is now available to purchase exclusively at the Pokémon Center UK store.
 
As Pokémon veterans may know, the Master Ball is the only type of Poké Ball that can catch any Pokémon without fail—no matter how strong or rare that Pokémon may be. This legendary item is now available to purchase for Trainers in the UK with this premium replica from The Wand Company.
 
Featuring touch- and proximity-sensing technology, the front button illuminates in response to nearby motion, becoming brighter when the Master Ball is touched. Pressing the button will also initiate a Pokémon-catching light sequence.
 
This Pokémon Center UK exclusive replica comes with an illuminated display case, a special-edition plaque and a display ring that lets Trainers show off the Master Ball on its own. Visit the Pokémon Center or TheWandCompany.com/PokeBall for more information.
 
Additionally, seasoned fans and budding Trainers alike can also now take advantage of free shipping on all orders of £20.00 and over from the Pokémon Center UK store, across the full range of apparel, plush, Trading Card Game and other products. Go to the Customer Service page for Frequently Asked Questions and more information.
 
Visit Pokémon Center UK to view available products, or sign up for the official email newsletter to keep up to date on new products and merchandise releases.

Train2Game News Traitors In Salem

Traitors in Salem is the follow-up to BlankMediaGames hit social deduction game Town of Salem.

Will this be the game that kills Among Us?
 
Indie game developer BlankMediaGames are the pioneers of the social deduction genre of games, and creators of Traitors in Salem releasing into Early Access Beta on April 22nd, 2022.

Town of Salem is one of the first, and most popular social deduction video games. Town of Salem has been enjoyed by millions of players, and has laid the groundwork for other social deduction games.  

Early Access Beta Launch
The story of Traitors in Salem has the inhabitants of Salem living peacefully after the bloody battles in the Town of Salem. The power that originally corrupted the Town and sent it into chaos is slowly swelling once again. Help the Town to banish the Necronomicon for good, or fall prey to the influence of the Necronomicon and destroy the Town. 

The Steam store page for Traitors in Salem is available if you would like to wish list the game. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1497640/Traitors_in_Salem/  

ROLES  

With 31 unique roles use your abilities to gain information, enhance your character, deceive, or kill other players! Save the Town, or Destroy it. With abilities like investigating players to find out if they are good or evil, forcing a player to defend themselves on the stand, creating illusions of players and more, there is never a dull moment.  

TOWN MEMBERS  

Deal with all of the Traitors to the Town, or complete all of the quests needed to banish the Necronomicon in order to win!

Use your role’s abilities to do things like reveal yourself to the town as innocent, track down a killer from a dead body, and even take matters into your own hand and deal out vigilante justice!

Do what you can to counteract the powerful magic used by the Traitors.

Find secret passages, flag down boats, and fix broken bridges to help get around the town.

Use Telescopes, confer with Ghost NPCs, use the Runeboard, and more to gain information about your so-called innocent friends.

Use the Town Bell to call a Town Meeting if you see anything out of the ordinary.

Report a body to call a Town Meeting.

Hang anyone suspicious at the gallows and save Salem!  

TRAITORS  

Possessed by the Necronomicon, Traitors fight to gain control of the Town and free the Necronomicon from its failing prison. As a Traitor, sneaking and stealth are your best allies. Kill Town members to protect the Necronomicon!

Use your role’s abilities to do things like burn away dead bodies, convert Town members over to the side of Evil, or block all Town members from using abilities!

Use Spells granted to you by the Necronomicon to give yourself the advantage over the Town by blocking their paths with overgrown brambles, displacing players to random areas around the map, or summoning powerful totems that must be dispelled or Town will be slowed, have reduced vision, or will outright be killed! Almost anything a Town member can do, you can too!  

BEGIN YOUR QUEST  

Players interact with NPCs to start different quests that can contribute to the Town’s victory, give you special personal perks, or unlock different abilities!  

FEATURES  

Roles: Wide variety of roles for both Traitors and Town members.
Create Role Lists: Choose which Roles you want in your Role Deck during the lobby.
Share your Role Deck: Share pre-built decks with your friends!
Banning Roles: On top of choosing roles to be in the game, you can ban roles to ensure they don’t appear.
Choose your Adventure: You can also customize the game itself! Many different options to change gameplay.
Familiar: Everything that you love about Town of Salem, but improved!
Roam the Town: With freedom of movement, explore Salem in a way you never have before.
In-game Text chat: Chat with other players during the lobby, discussion, and trial phases of the game.
Game-Wide Voice chat: Voice Chat is integrated (built-in) to Traitors in Salem. Global Voice Chat is available during the lobby, discussion, and trial phases of the game.
Proximity Voice: On top of the normal Global Voice Chat, there is also Proximity Voice Chat for chatting with those near you (enforced by the server) during gameplay.  

Steam Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1497640/Traitors_in_Salem/
Official Website: https://www.traitorsinsalem.com
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/TraitorsinSalem
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraitorsInSalem

Train2Game News Original TMNT Voice Actors Returning

Publisher Dotemu and developer Tribute Games, in partnership with Nickelodeon, have served up an extra-large portion of piping hot Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge gameplay, while revealing that the four Turtles’ original voice actors from the 1987 cartoon will reprise their roles in the game.

The team also confirmed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will receive a physical edition as well as a digital release of its jammin’ original soundtrack by Tee Lopes, courtesy of Kid Katana Records, following the game’s digital launch on PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One this summer.
 
Fresh extended gameplay finds the Turtles kicking Foot Clan shell throughout the first two stages of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge, thrashing foes as they tour their favorite, iconic stops across Manhattan including the Channel 6 studio and the streets of New York.

Watch the Heroes in a Half Shell take the Foot Clan down in the new footage: https://youtu.be/h66fgPv1EnM
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge features newly recorded voicework from the original Turtles lineup, with Cam Clarke returning as Leonardo, Townsend Coleman as Michelangelo, Barry Gordon as Donatello, and Rob Paulsen as Raphael. Players will hear their charismatic energy in battle as the Turtles sling quips and their signature phrases and quips, making the action feel even closer to the Saturday morning cartoon magic.
 
After its digital release, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge will score physical editions courtesy of Limited Run Games in the U.S., Merge Games in Europe, Happinet Corporation in Japan, and H2 Interactive across Asia.
 
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge joins two retro gaming experts: Dotemu, the developer and publisher known for faithful ports as well as impeccable remakes and continuations of beloved gaming series including Streets of Rage 4, the smash hit nominated for Best Action game at The Game Awards 2020, as well as the exhilaratingly competitive Windjammers 2 and the highly lauded Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap; and Tribute Games, the studio behind retro-themed original IPs including Panzer Paladin, Flinthook and Mercenary Kings which embody the spirit of classic games in new experiences. Tribute Games is home to the key talent behind the acclaimed Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game beat-em-up and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game released for Game Boy Advance in 2007.
 
For more TMNT gaming updates, visit Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge official site https://www.shredders-revenge.com/

Train2Game News Sonic Comes To Roblox

Leading professional game developer and publisher Gamefam, in collaboration with SEGA of America, Inc., today announced the launch of Sonic Speed Simulator, an all-new game featuring SEGA’s entertainment icon, Sonic the Hedgehog.

The game is now available on the Roblox platform and marks the first time that a world-renowned, AAA gaming character has been officially featured on Roblox.


Sonic Speed Simulator is the fastest game in Roblox and features everyone’s favorite speedster, Sonic the Hedgehog.

In the game, players will be able to level up and gain speed by running through multiple unique worlds while racing against friends to earn rewards, including pets that can increase stats and Sonic character skins. Players can also expect regular weekly updates and will earn an exclusive community Sonic the Hedgehog skin once the game has received 10,000 “likes” from players.


This is the latest in a long line of successful partnerships in which Gamefam has been entrusted to unlock the metaverse for beloved brands. The company previously worked with leading global innovators including Ubisoft, Mattel, Sony, MGA and more to create highly engaging experiences for players. With Gamefam’s proven expertise in building authentic and exciting games and the company’s creator-first approach to development, Gamefam continues to be the top choice for brands looking to connect with Roblox’s rapidly expanding user base.


For more information on Gamefam, including details around the company’s recent $25M Series A funding round led by Konvoy Ventures, visit https://gamefam.com/ or follow the company on Twitter at @gamefamstudios.

Train2Game News Astra Fund Funding Games That Make You Think

Astra Fund – led by Eileen Hollinger (thatgamecompany, Funomena, Riot) and Josh Taylor (former President of 9 Dots) – are  excited to announce today a lineup of wonderful, in-development games funded by their new, unique video games fund.

New titles include the debut game from studio Furniture & Mattress, a new studio founded by Nick Suttner (PlayStation, Carto), David Hellman (Braid) and Nico Ricabarren (Ethereal). The fund is also working with prolific designer Zach Gage to fund his next project, allowing him to develop his largest effort to date.

The full list of games funded by the Astra Fund:

Astra Fund is a philanthropic venture fund with a mission to support & promote the creation of thinking games – puzzle, strategy and genre-bending games that challenge players and spark genuine curiosity. The fund is headed by co-founders Josh Taylor, who previously held CEO roles in CS education and ed tech, and Eileen Hollinger, former producer on Sky: Children of the Light, Wattam and Riot Games.


“For Astra, the idea behind thinking games is simple,” said Astra co-founder Josh Taylor,  who spent years working with learning scientists at UCLA to develop coding games. ”They are games that create opportunities for the player to get lost in deep thought. We are really excited about our first signings which exemplify this idea by delivering on our three pillars – thinky mechanics, intriguing problems and wondrous worlds.”


Josh Taylor and Eileen Hollinger, Astra co-founders

Astra currently supports thinking games with project financing and self-publishing support. The team at Astra have also been offering year long patron grants to eight individual “Fellows” to support their work developing thinking games.  To support Astra developers and Fellows, Astra has engaged a team of top-tier mentors, including veteran puzzle game creators Gwen Frey (Kine, Lab Rat), Alan Hazelden aka Draknek (A Monster’s Expedition, Cosmic Express), Daniel Benmergui (Fidel Dungeon Rescue, Storyteller) and others.

“We are working to support and elevate the whole thinking games genre,“ said Astra co-founder Eileen Hollinger, who worked to create widely accessible games as Executive Producer at thatgamecompany.  “We want to demonstrate there is a demand for high-production, aesthetically rich, deeply thoughtful games. Beyond funding, we nurture the ecosystem through our Fellowship, which provides more entry points for new voices; through player and developer community-building; and through research and parent advocacy.”

Developers who are working on innovative thinking games and are interested in partnerships or applying to the Fellowship can contact Astra through their website at https://www.astragames.org.

For more information on Astra Fund, visit https://www.astragames.org/

Train2Game News SpecialEffect Exclusive Kit Available In FIFA 22

Electronic Arts are supporting charity partner SpecialEffect by featuring an exclusive FUT kit in FIFA 22. 

The kit will went live in game yesterday as a reward for a weekly objective in FUT 22

SpecialEffect are a UK-based charity that provide custom-designed control setups for people with physical disabilities who want to enjoy video games. FIFA is one of the most popular games requested by people they help.

The kit is being launched at SpecialEffect’s local professional club Oxford United with guests including beneficiaries of the charity, and an appearance of the Premier League Trophy by kind arrangement with EA Sports.

Peter Moore, SpecialEffect Vice President said, “as a proud SpecialEffect Vice President it’s wonderful to see the charity featured within FIFA 22. It shines a bright light on the great work that Dr Mick and the team carry out to help gamers with disabilities across the world. I first got involved with the charity after seeing a story of how they helped a fellow Liverpool fan game again and know the reaction to the shirt will be huge, raising awareness of their important mission of bringing gaming to all.”

Dr Mick Donegan, SpecialEffect Founder and CEO, said, “we’re immensely grateful to EA for this wonderful gesture. For many years they’ve been major supporters of our work in levelling the playing field for people with physical disabilities, and the increase in global awareness of our work that the kit will bring is very much appreciated. When I started the charity fifteen year ago, I could never have dreamed that we’d be honoured in this way through the most popular game series ever.”

“SpecialEffect plays a critical role in making gaming accessible to everyone.  This is something EA too feels very passionate about, as we inspire the world to play” said David Jackson, VP of Brand, EA SPORTS FIFA. “FIFA 22 is proud to support the incredible work of SpecialEffect as they break down barriers for players living with physical disabilities and make video gaming truly inclusive.”

Train2Game News New Eye Gaze Game From SpecialEffect

There’s an exciting new sandbox driving game on SpecialEffect’s eyegazegames.com website that’s already gaining fans across the globe.

Open Drive is optimised for players who use eye gaze technology as their primary controller, and promises tricks, challenges and trophies. 

Like all the games on the site, Open Drive boasts a range of eye gaze settings and controls, but it can also be enjoyed using touch, assistive mice, keyboard, gamepad, a switch or switches. The game will be regularly extended with additional worlds to explore.

Bill Donegan, SpecialEffect’s Projects Manager, said “Open Drive is one of twelve different games on the site with a focus on accessibility for eye gaze players, enabling them to play with friends and family, in person and online. All the games are browser-based and free-to-play, with the aim of removing as many barriers to play as possible to players all around the world.”


The release of Open Drive extends the charity’s mission to help people with severe physical challenges all around the world to play video games to the best of their abilities.

SpecialEffect already offers of a range of globally available resources for accessible gaming such as EyeMine and gameaccess.info. They also provide resources such as the SpecialEffect DevKit to support accessible game development, and have helped major developers such as EA, Playground Games, DoubleFine, and Rare to make their games more accessible.

“We’re indebted to The Yogscast and their worldwide community for generously helping to support the creation of Open Drive through their Jingle Jam Christmas fundraising campaign. We’d also like to thank the amazing team at Sun and Moon Studios, the game’s developers.” A representative of SpecialEffect said.

To find out more about SpecialEffect and the work they do you can go to

Train2Game News 2022 BAFTA Game Winners

At the BAFTA Games Awards, Returnal won Audio Achievement, Best Game and Music, and Performer in a Leading Rolefor Jane Perry, winning her first BAFTA.
 

Two games won two BAFTAs each: It Takes Two won Multiplayer and Original Property, and Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart won Animation and Technical Achievement.
 

Kimberly Brooks is another first-time performance winner, taking home the BAFTA for Performer in a Supporting Role for her role as Hollis Forsythe in Psychonauts 2.
 

TOEM, the hand drawn adventure game, won the Debut category.
 

Artistic Achievement was won by The Artful Escape, the game about a guitar prodigy who sets out on a psychedelic journey to inspire his stage persona and confront the legacy of a dead folk legend.
 

Forza Horizon 5 won British Game, the second BAFTA for the racing franchise that has been nominated in every year of release.
 

Evolving Game was won by No Man’s Sky, the game about exploration and survival in an infinite procedurally generated galaxy.
 

The top-down action adventure game Chicory: A Colorful Talewon Family.
 

Game Beyond Entertainment, the category that recognises games that deliver a transformational experience beyond pure entertainment,was won byBefore Your Eyes, the narrative adventure game that tells the story of a soul’s journey into the after-life.
 

Game Design was won by Inscryption, the card-based game that blends deckbuilding roguelike, escape-room style puzzles and psychological horror.
 

Unpacking, the game about taking things out of boxes and discovering a life in the process, won the BAFTA for Narrative as well as EE Game of the Year, the only award voted for by the public.
 

Hosted by Elle Osili-Wood, the ceremony was live streamed on Twitch, YouTube and Facebook and was followed by a post-show party exclusively on Twitch.
 

The Awards are supported by BAFTA’s official games partners Electronic Arts, Epic Games, PlayStation, SEGA, Tencent and Ubisoft with EE sponsoring the Game of the Year Award.