Train2Game News RPG Maker Humble Bundle

The RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle, featuring 50 RPG Maker engines and resource packs, two games born from RPG Maker, and a 35% off coupon for RPG Maker MZ is available now through August 4th.

Offering over $800 worth of content, check out the full details here RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle.

The Bundle is being offered in parallel with the Indie Game Maker Contest: Rebirth, which offers a prize pool of over $10,000 (US). Contest details are available here: IGMC: Rebirth Contest

The Contest and the Bundle are being offered by Degica Games.

A portion of the proceeds from the bundle will be donated to the AbleGamers charity.

Train2Game News Square Enix Announced Mangas Based On Popular Games

SQUARE ENIX® today announced five newly licensed titles to be published by the company’s Square Enix Manga & Books imprints in 2023.

The upcoming publications include a book, novel, world guide, and manga for FINAL FANTASY®, NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139…, My Clueless First Friend, and Daemons of the Shadow Realm.
 

Chocobo and the Airship: A Final Fantasy Picture Book (English translated edition)
Journey with Cid and Chocobo on their quest to save their town after it’s been overrun by monsters. Written by Chocobo’s Dungeon 2 director Kazuhiko Aoki and illustrated by Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon character designer Toshiyuki Itahana, this heartwarming tale is perfect for FINAL FANTASY fans of all ages.

Chocobo and the Airship: A Final Fantasy Picture Book (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on March 21, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/l8w7T)

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 01 (English translated edition)
Recount the story of critically acclaimed NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… in the first volume of a two-book set. The novel is written by Jun Eishima with support from NieR series director YOKO TARO, featuring illustrations by artist and character designer Toshiyuki Itahana, as well as story content from the Grimoire NieR world guide.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 01 (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on April 11, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/R5aw1)

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Project Gestalt Recollections – File 02 (English translated edition) is scheduled for release in late 2023.

Grimoire NieR: Revised Edition (English translated edition)
This ultimate guide to the critically acclaimed NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… comes packed with art, strategy guides, information and lore. It features hundreds of full-color pages offering illustrations and information about the game, as well as bonus short stories, extras specific to this volume and an interview with the game’s lead developers.

Grimoire NieR: Revised Edition (English translated edition) is scheduled for release on April 25, 2023. It is available for pre-order from the SQUARE ENIX Store and other major booksellers starting today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/LJ66u)

My Clueless First Friend Vol. 1
This heartwarming slice-of-life comedy series follows the unusual budding friendship between gloomy Nishimura and cheerful Takada as they experience a fun and memorable summer together.

My Clueless First Friend Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on March 7, 2023. It is available for pre-order from select retailers later today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/0WXAM)

Daemons of the Shadow Realm Vol. 1
A new action-packed series from Hiromu Arakawa, the creator of the smash hit Fullmetal Alchemist! In a world where certain humans command mighty supernatural duos called Daemons, follow young Yuru as he is unexpectedly whisked away from his village and becomes aware of his supernatural birthright. Yuru soon unravels a conspiracy tying him and his twin Asa to a prophecy that threatens the world.

Daemons of the Shadow Realm Vol. 1 is scheduled for release on April 25, 2023. It is available for pre-order from select retailers later today. (For more information: https://sqex.to/HsSLd)

For the latest information from Square Enix Manga & Books, visit: square-enix-books.com.

*Book cover art not final and subject to change.

Train2Game News RPG Stories Coming To Kickstarter

Brave Alice” studios, announced today that their 3D World-Builder / Virtual Tabletop, RPG Stories, is coming on Kickstarter on the 1st of September and for Alpha Testing via Steam this autumn.

RPG Stories is a new Virtual Tabletop software featuring a massive World Builder that will give you the chance to create your sessions in a fully 3D environment AND play with your party. Everything you need, all in one software!

In addition to its unique VTT features will contain 3D assets, heroes, and monsters for all kinds of RPGs; Fantasy, Modern, and Sci-fi ones, which you will also be able to 3D print.

With an amazingly easy UI/UX and full of auto and manual modes, RPG Stories, is coming to make any Game Master’s life easy when it comes to world-building and every Player’s dream come true when it comes to TableTop RPG sessions!

RPG Stories’ team wants this to be the “community’s VTT” letting the fans vote for the final features and models that will be implemented in the final version, plus giving all export files for commercial free use.    

  • 3D World Builder for all kinds of Role-Playing Games!
  • Absolute Creativity freedom and Quest writing!
  • Take your Storytelling and TT gaming to the next level
  • Homebrew Everything

Key Features:

  • Easy to build any indoor or outdoor environment. Fun to play with
  • Supports all Eras of Tabletop RPGs; Fantasy, Modern, and Sci-Fi
  • You play with 3D animated characters and monsters
  • Different pricing between the Game Master’s Version and the Player’s Version
  • Quest writing tools and notes within the software
  • Customizable options for lights, textures, colors, dice, and characters
  • All known VTT features included
  • Upload your own models, music, VFX, and SFX
  • Weather System
  • Personal camera for each user
  • Easy matchmaking with no…lag
  • Commercial Free exports (RPG Stories export file, Video export, 2D Export, 3D print

Watch the RPG Stories Kickstarter trailer, here: https://youtu.be/UkNYUYzym4w

Visit RPG Stories website here: www.rpgstories.net

Follow the RPG Stories Kickstarter page here: https://bit.ly/RPGstories_KSfollow

Train2Game News Oregon Trail Update

Gameloft, a leader in the creation and publishing of games, and HarperCollins Productions, are thrilled to announce an exciting new update to the smash hit, 2021 #1 most-downloaded Apple Arcade game, The Oregon Trail, integrating Apple’s Health App and launching The Oregon Trail: StepTracker Apple Watch app.

Tied to a theme of “The Oregon Trail – In Real Life,” players can now use their iPhone or Apple Watch to more tangibly experience the actual steps of the Oregon Trail experience through their day-to-day life.


In a first of its kind experience, players can load up The Oregon Trail on Apple Arcade and transform their daily walks and runs, or wheelchair pushes, into a westward journey across a digital United States. With the all-new The Oregon Trail: StepTracker app for Apple Watch, players can set their own pace, walking, running, or wheeling in a way that best suits their daily routine.


Players will find more than just a simple step tracker: other features include digital representations of real-world locations, statistics and progress data, daily summaries, avatar customization, in-game rewards, and more. Players can walk the full 2,000 miles of the Oregon Trail, with five journey legs, 64 locations, seven forts, 15 river crossings, and eight pony express stations, meaning there is a lot to see and do as they “journey” along the trail. The impressive graphics of The Oregon Trail are also front-and-center, with players able to see the animated environments change as they follow the trail from Independence to Oregon. If players walked 10,000 steps every day, it would take more than a year for players to complete this epic journey.


“By utilizing Apple Health, we can confidently say the original walking simulator branches out of being just a game, into a method for players to follow the path of The Oregon Trail with their own steps. We think it’s a great way for people to better understand those who made this journey, all while taking strides towards enhancing their own health and fitness,” said David MacMinn, Game Manager of Gameloft Brisbane.
More details about The Oregon Trail and The Oregon Trail StepTracker can be found here: https://www.gameloft.com/game/the-oregon-trail


Players can download The Oregon Trail for Apple Arcade here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-oregon-trail/id1502228492


The Oregon Trail StepTracker App for the Apple Watch can be downloaded here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/the-oregon-trail-steptracker/id1624436365

 
A trailer for the new “The Oregon Trail – In Real Life” content for The Oregon Trail can be found here: https://youtu.be/nj_FYV8Fspc

Train2Game News Skull And Bones Release Date

Today, during the very first Ubisoft Forward Spotlight event, Ubisoft announced that Skull and BonesTM will release on 8th November, 2022.

The open-world pirate multiplayer game with survival elements will be available with cross-play and cross-progression on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X | S, Stadia as well as Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. Players can also subscribe to Ubisoft+ on PC, Stadia and Amazon Luna.
 
Developed by Ubisoft Singapore in collaboration with other Ubisoft studios, Skull and BonesTM will invite players to chart their own destiny and rise from an outcast to becoming a pirate kingpin. To do so, they will need to build their Infamy through thrilling naval combat and rewarding expeditions in a treacherous world. 
 
Inspired by the legendary tales around piracy, players will get to experience the authentic pirate life. From accepting contracts, gathering resources, to navigating important trade routes and attacking wealthy merchant ships, each decision will influence their journey, with varying levels of risk and reward.  As they grow their Infamy, players will be able to fully craft and customise their naval fleet and unlock a variety of new items throughout the game. 
 
The game is inspired by one of the deadliest periods in history – the end of the 17th century. Considered to be the second Golden Age of Piracy, it sets the stage for a chaotic and ruthless era of pirates, warring factions, powerful organisations, and empires all vying for power in the untamed paradise of the Indian Ocean.  
 
Each journey in the Skull and Bones universe will be unique.  Players can expand their empire by joining forces with up to two other friends or players they encounter out at sea. For additional challenge, they can enable PVP and test their iron against aspiring kingpins, powerful organisations, local factions, or even rival pirates. 
 
Building on an ambitious, multi-year post-launch plan, the game will be regularly updated with new content, activities, stories, and challenges that will be free for all players. 
 
Skull and Bones will be available on 8th November, 2022 in two editions, Standard and Premium, on PS5, Xbox X|S, and Windows PC through the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store, Stadia and Amazon Luna. The Premium Edition will include “The Ballad of Bloody Bones Collection”, including a range of cosmetics items for both Captain and Ships, and additional digital content, including two extra missions, a digital Art Book and Soundtrack as well as a “Smuggler Pass” Token. 
 
Fans who pre-order Skull and Bones will get access to the “Highness of the High Sea Pack” which includes the “Notoriety Garb Captain Outfit” and “Coronation Firework”.  
 
For more information about Skull and Bones, please visit skullandbonesgame.com and follow Skull and Bones on Facebook at facebook.com/skullandbonesgame, Instagram at instagram.com/skullandbonesgame and on Twitter at twitter.com/skullnbonesgame. 
 
For the latest news on Skull and Bones and other Ubisoft games, please visit news.ubisoft.com. 

Train2Game News Niantic Social App

Campfire gives the Niantic community a new way to experience the joy of real-world gameplay, meetups and events, providing a way for people to discover creations that make the world a magical and entertaining place.
 

In the coming days, the global rollout of Campfire, a new social app that helps Niantic Explorers discover new people, places and experiences around them will begin to appear.
 

Campfire gives the Niantic community a new way to experience the joy of real-world gameplay, meetups and events, providing a way for people to discover creations that make the world a magical and entertaining place.
 

Niantic have been testing Campfire in beta with Ingress Agents over the last several months and will soon start testing the experience with all Niantic games and players around the world soon, starting with select groups of Pokémon GO players throughout the summer. You can stay tuned to their social channels to learn about availability in your region.
 

When you open Campfire, you’ll see a dynamic map of your area with game experiences and activities from friends and other players dropped in specific locations nearby. On the upper right, you’ll see game icons that take you to each of your channels, or game-specific map views. You can switch between these channels as you move through different game experiences. 


Key features of Campfire include:

 

  • Nearby Communities: Easily find other players by checking out local communities around you. Open the discover page in your Communities tab to join new communities, coordinate events, and meet new players. For now, there will be a limited selection of communities available and more will be added over time.
  • Niantic Friends: Easily add and manage your friends across all Niantic titles.
  • Direct & Group Messaging: Organize all your chats with friends in one place. With Direct and Group messaging you can instantly share gyms/raids, drop your live location, post photos, and chat with your friends across any Niantic game. Sharing your location through messaging is optional and can last up to one hour, before turning off automatically.
  • Real-World Activities: Join and share official Community events, keep track of meetups with reminders, and easily invite your friends to play! Scroll around the map to discover and share content, coordinate at any gym or raid, and connect with your nearby communities.

Now when you’re playing a game, you can see if there are people playing nearby. If you’re traveling somewhere new, or just want to explore new areas of your city, the map is a fun way to explore. And if you meet up with others, you can send them a friend request and direct message to coordinate your next meetup.
 

In Pokémon GO, Trainers can also share Raid locations with friends in a direct message – or group chat – making it easy to get a team together quickly and efficiently. Or if you’re playing on your own, you can tap a specific place on the map and you’ll see the option to add a “Flare” to that location. Think of Flares like a call-to-action for everyone who sees it, encouraging other Trainers to head there and join in on the fun.
 

We’re excited to see the ways you use Campfire to foster the kinds of real-world connections that have always been at the heart of what Niantic does. Stay tuned as Campfire rolls out to your region over the coming months.

Train2Game News RPG Maker Bundle

Degica Games, publisher of the RPG Maker franchise, in conjunction with Humble, are pleased to announce the launch of the RPG Maker Resurgence Humble Bundle, and accompanying return of the Indie Game Maker Contest with IGMC: Rebirth.


About the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle

 

Starting June 30th on Humble, the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle features over hundreds of dollars in content with RPG Maker engines, graphics, music, sound effects, and more!

This Bundle comes with every RPG Maker from 2k3 to MV, plus a 35% off coupon to get the latest version of RPG Maker, RPG Maker MZ.

Also included in the bundle are a massive amount of resources to create their game, as well as two games, the RPG Maker game Skyborn from Dancing Dragon Games, as well as Ara Fell: Enhanced Edition from Stegosoft Games, an updated version of a game originally made in RPG Maker.

RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle Link


About the IGMC: Rebirth Game Jam

The Indie Game Maker Contest, held first in 2014, and subsequently held in 2015, 2017, and 2018 is the largest official RPG Maker event series ever held. Unfortunately, for many years it has been dormant.

And that is why we are happy to announce that the IGMC is back this year, running from June 30th to August 4th of 2022, as IGMC: Rebirth. Participants have 5 weeks to make the best game they can with any entry in the Maker series using the contest theme (Rebirth/Rejuvenation/Resurrection), and will compete for a prize pool worth over $10,000 USD!

Additionally, every sale of the RPG Maker Resurgence Bundle will raise the prize pool for IGMC: Rebirth.

IGMC: Rebirth Link