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Train2Game News One Special Day Mobile Support

For the fourth year running, the mobile games industry has come out in force to support SpecialEffect’s One Special Day fundraising event to help more severely disabled people from all over the world enjoy the fun and inclusion of video games.

Big hitters such as Supercell, Seriously, Miniclip, Playtika, Naturalmotion/Zynga, Space Ape, Rovio, Outfit7, Glu, First Touch Games, New Star Games, MAG Interactive, Dirtybit and Dots will donate a day of their UK income from a range of titles on Friday 4 October. One Special Day has raised almost £1 million towards the work of SpecialEffect since it started in 2016 and, as demand for the charity’s services continues to grow rapidly, the boost from this year’s event is more welcome than ever.

UK in-game purchases on 4 October from titles like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Best Fiends, Fastlane, 8-Ball Pool, Talking Tom and CSR Racing 2 means that, while the players themselves are having fun, they’re also helping SpecialEffect to reach more severely disabled people.

SpecialEffect’s Barry Floyd is delighted that the mobile industry combines with their gaming communities for SpecialEffect on One Special Day. “Here in the UK, on the 4 October, the money that they would have spent in the relevant mobile games takes on a whole new significance. Every penny will be used to help someone with a disability towards a better quality of life through specialist technology.”

Seriously’s CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Stalbow said “It’s been a fantastic experience working with SpecialEffect for the last two One Special Day campaigns, and we are working hard to make this year’s event the biggest one yet. It’s been really gratifying to see the mobile community come together to support this work, and we are hoping to have a record number of developers join us this year.”

Train2Game News Play Borderlands 3 Early

GAME Digital, The UK’s leading specialist video game retailer, in conjunction with 2K Games, proudly announces the Borderlands 3 Early-Play extravaganza!

At 8pm on September 12th, GAME’s flagship Stratford Westfield store will be converted into a Pandora-themed wonderland, with Borderlands 3 artwork, massive Psycho-Bandit statue, digital displays, and Borderlands-inspired music. Fans who attend the evening’s entertainment even stand to win a vault-load of Borderlands 3 merch in the free prize draw.

For true Borderlands 3 nuts, everyone who turns out in their best Borderlands cosplay will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a sparkly new Samsung 50’ Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, plus a brand new PS4 Pro, with runners-up winning exclusive Borderlands 3 merch – the winner being announced at 10pm.

At 9pm, customers can also collect their copy of Borderlands 3 and have the option to go play it upstairs in the Belong Arena!

RUNNING ORDER

From 8pm

Music with drinks served (there will be alcohol so bring ID!). Bring your trade-ins, buy Borderlands 3, complete your pre-orders and enter free prize draw and cosplay competition.

From 9pm

Collect your copy of Borderlands 3 – and play it upstairs in the Belong Arena.

10pm

Prize draw and cosplay winners and runner’s-up announced.

10:30pm

Event ends. Off home to bed (or more likely, to play Borderlands 3!)

The event will professionally filmed & photographed for marketing purposes. THE EVENT IS 18+ ONLY.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy 8 Remastered OUT NOW

One of gaming’s most cherished RPGs returns today on modern platforms with the release of FINAL FANTASY® VIII Remastered on the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PC (STEAM®), and the Xbox One family of devices.

Marking the 20th anniversary of the game’s original release, FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered features newly rendered visuals that breathe life into the game’s characters like never before. Players step into the shoes of SeeD recruit Squall Leonhart and resistance fighter Rinoa Heartilly as they work together to save the world from the military nation of Galbadia.

The remastered version includes the following boosts to enhance the experience:

  • Battle Assist: The ability to always have maxed out HP and ATB, and trigger Limit Breaks at any time.
  • No Encounters: An enemy encounter option that allows players to enjoy the storyline uninterrupted. While enemy encounters are turned off, players can still enjoy the story’s event battles.
  • 3x Speed Boost: Play through the game with three times the speed.
  • The STEAM version will also receive additional functions, including All Items (possess all items except for a few certain items), All Abilities, GF Max Level, Max Gil, Max Magic, All Limit Breaks, and All Cards (possess max number of Triple Triad® Cards except for Rare Cards).

FINAL FANTASY VIII Remastered is available now for £15.99 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 system, PC (STEAM), and the Xbox One family of devices.

For more information, visit http://www.ffviiiremastered.com

Train2Game News Evercade Retro Portability

The ‘Evercade’, a brand new handheld is taking on the likes of Nintendo and SEGA’s ‘Mini’ consoles with an expanding library of cartridges that already includes the likes of Namco Museum (Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaxian), Atari (Asteroids, Centipede and Pong), Interplay (Earthworm Jim and Clayfighter) and more – with over 100 games confirmed for the system already!

Cartridges offer between 6 and 20 games and come in classic numbered plastic cases, for those who love to display their game collections.

Product Development Director – Andrew Byatt quoted:
“We have seen the flood of ‘mini’ consoles into the market and whilst we love these products, they have a short shelf life. They’re great fun and offer excellent content, but they are not expandable. Our cartridge-based system enables you to purchase one piece of hardware and then add new content for a low additional cost. It’s a great value, future proof investment”.

The console features a 4.3″ screen (the same size as the original PSP) and has been developed to deliver an authentic gameplay experience. You can also save your game at any point and load instantly – making those difficult retro games that bit more accessible. The Evercade offers HDMI connectivity – with HD up-scaling on all games. This allows retro enthusiasts to play both on the move and in their homes. The best of both worlds.

Not limiting themselves to the games of the past, Evercade is also making indie games available on their new platform. They have already signed Mega Cat Studios (known for titles such as Log Jammers, Coffee Crisis and Almost Hero), with more to be announced after launch.

They have promised more retro cartridges to add to the 9 available at launch. All cartridges retail at only £14.99 / €17.99 / $19.99

Evercade will be available for pre-order worldwide from 10 am (BST) Friday 6th September from just £59.99 / €69.99 / $79.99 – for a complete list of stockists visit: http://evercade.co.uk

Train2Game News GamesAid Gets New Partner

As part of their new relationship, GG Insurance Services will be donating a

percentage of their financial revenue to the charity to help support the fantastic work they do.

Funds received by GamesAid are distributed to a selected number of charities as nominated and voted by the charities members.

GamesAid chair Matt Spall says:

‘GamesAid is incredibly grateful to GG Insurance Services for their commitment to supporting our charity efforts.

GG are the first game industry business to support GamesAid, directly from their revenues in this way, and we very much hope it’ll be a catalyst for others to join them.”

GG Insurance Services provide expert protection for the games industry and
insurance policies that cater for a business’s individual needs.

With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, their knowledge and professionalism ensure that a company and its assets are in trusted hands.

The company was developed to find the perfect insurance solution to the gaming industry through their access to the Lloyd’s market.

Their range of cover includes, Insurance for Game Developers &
Publishers, Insurance for Esports, Cyber, Intellectual Property and
Insurance for Events.

Train2Game News World of Warcraft Classic Live

All current World of Warcraft subscribers can start playing Classic today at no additional cost!

WoW® Classic rings in the game’s 15th anniversary, with celebrations in Battle for Azeroth™ to follow in the coming months

Grizzled veterans and hardy newcomers alike can now experience Azeroth as it was in its earliest days with World of Warcraft® Classic, which is live starting today and included at no additional cost as part of everyone’s WoW® subscription globally. World of Warcraft Classic has been a labor of love for Blizzard, and the result is an authentic re-creation of the pre-expansion game in its most feature-complete state, as it was during 2006’s “Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0). Blizzard has continued to bring WoW Classic realms online around the world to accommodate the more than two million players who have created characters in anticipation of today’s launch, and will work to add more based on player population trends.

World of Warcraft®, which has been played by more than 140 million players over the past 15 years,* has evolved considerably across seven expansions, with numerous features, enhancements, and quality-of-life improvements. In many ways, World of Warcraft Classic is more unrelenting and demanding of self-direction from players than today’s version of the game. Bonds among the community are paramount—activities like raids and dungeon runs must be organized collectively by players on the same realm, with the toughest challenges requiring 40 coordinated and committed souls to surmount.

Classic’s Azeroth is equal parts wonder and hazard, and its trials will push players to their limits. The Alliance and the Horde, in the midst of outright war, are made to reckon with forces whose powers transcend their own brutal conflict—including some of the most iconic and love-hated of villains of the Warcraft® universe, like Ragnaros the Firelord and the Archlich Kel’Thuzad.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re overjoyed to welcome our friends new and old to classic Azeroth,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “The community’s excitement is infectious and deeply motivating—it’s clear they’re as thrilled as we are to relive the World of Warcraft Classic experience. We look forward to rediscovering its wonders and challenges together with them, starting today.”

World of Warcraft Classic will continue to expand in the weeks and months following today’s launch, allowing players the opportunity to live through pivotal moments in Azeroth history previously lost to time. Among the host of features and activities set to be introduced to the game across six phases are iconic raids like Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub, and Naxxramas; player-versus-player battlegrounds like Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, and the classic version of Alterac Valley; and time-limited server-wide events like the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort, and the Scourge Invasion.

Train2Game News LEGO Legacy Pre-Registration

Gameloft, one of the world’s leading publishers of mobile games, today announced that pre-registration is now available for LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed.

LEGO fans and battle-RPG lovers can now visit LEGOLEGACY.com to learn all about this new mobile game gathering 40 years of LEGO minifigure history and universes.

In LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, 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. The new gameplay trailer unveiled today offers a sneak peek of what will come out of the box.

Fans that pre-register will be rewarded with in-game currency and gems when the game launches globally this Fall.

In addition, pre-registered fans will be able to vote for their minifigure of choice between Hot Dog Guy, Blacktron Dwayne and Darwin. The Minifigure with the most votes will be gifted in-game at launch!

Train2Game News Streets Of Rage 4 New Character

Fans looking forward to playing Streets of Rage 4 next year will be able to do so on their platform of choice as publisher and co-developer Dotemu (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, Windjammers 1 and 2) with co-developers Lizardcube (Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap) and Guard Crush Games (Streets of Fury) today announced that the title will make its way on to PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

A brand new gameplay trailer released today also introduced the latest character to join Blaze Fielding and Axel Stone: a badass guitar-playing warrior named Cherry Hunter.

Trailer: https://youtu.be/LTZajRoULlQ

Cherry Hunter is the daughter of Adam Hunter from the original Streets of Rage.

Trained by her father and Axel, Cherry learned self-defense from a young age. Her interest in following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a cop soon faded out, replaced by her love of music. Nowadays, she plays with her electro progressive rock band in some of the most dangerous places in Wood Oak City. She may look young but make no mistake – she is a seasoned veteran of kicking ass and taking names.

The new trailer also reveals several more levels in the upcoming game at different times of day: neon lighted urban rooftops, elevator, seedy airport hangars, dirty sewers, thumping music stage and many more are all yours for the taking – lay the smackdown and don’t look back.

Streets of Rage 4 will be the first entry to the core series in 25 years, standing as Axel and Blaze’s glorious return to serving up side-scrolling beatdowns. With lush hand-drawn animations, new combat abilities, and fresh tracks from an amazing team of composers, Streets of Rage 4 will be a masterful tribute to and revitalization of the classic action fans adore.

To keep your skull-cracking combo on the latest Streets of Rage 4 news going, head over to http://www.streets4rage.com, visit http://www.facebook.com/StreetsofRage4, and give the follow button a devastating high kick on Twitter @Dotemu, @Lizardcube and @Guard_Crush.

Train2Game News Attack on Titan TACTICS

Today, DeNA Co., Ltd. announced pre-registration for Attack on Titan TACTICS, an officially licensed mobile game based on the popular anime series Attack on Titan.

Beginning today, fans in the US, Canada, and Australia can pre-register for the game on Google Play. The game will also release on compatible iOS devices early this fall.

Attack on Titan TACTICS is a tower defense and real-time strategy game where players build and deploy an elite team of Scouts to defend their base from a relentless onslaught of Titans. The game features fan-favorite characters like Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackermann, Captain Levi, and more, and follows the story from the first season of the Attack on Titan anime.

A new trailer for the game can be found here:

Additional features that players will be able to enjoy once the game launches are:

  • Accessible but Deep Gameplay: Experience a real-time battle system that’s easy to learn, but hard to master; the key to victory is choosing when and where to deploy your units.
  • Stunning Original Art: Gorgeous character illustrations and must-see battle animations created exclusively for the game.
  • Fan-Favorite Characters with Unique Abilities: Over 40 different characters will be available at launch, with more planned for the future. Each character has its own unique set of attacks and abilities on the battlefield.
  • New & Original Stories: Scenarios written solely for the game that you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Original Voice Actors From the Anime

Players who pre-register for Attack on Titan TACTICS on Google Play will receive a notification when it launches early this fall. The game will also launch on compatible iOS devices.

Google Play Pre-Registration (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dena.a12025677

To celebrate the opening of pre-registration on Google Play, DeNA has announced the 104th Cadet Corps Recruitment Campaign, which will reward players that pre-register and band together for the greater good.

If the total number of pre-registered players reaches 70,000 by the time of the game’s launch, an in-game reward of 300 Crystals (good enough for 10 attempts to recruit new troops to your team) will be distributed to all players.

Fans can also stay tuned for upcoming news about the game on the official social media channels:

Twitter (https://twitter.com/aottactics),

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/AoTTACTICS/), and

Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/aottactics/),

As well as the game’s website (https://aot-tactics.com/).

Crunchyroll Games is an official partner of Attack on Titan TACTICS.

Fans who want to catch up on the anime can stream Attack on Titan now on Crunchyroll.

Train2Game News Disintegration

Private Division and V1 Interactive today revealed first details of the upcoming sci-fi shooter, Disintegration, which included a riveting single-player campaign, multiplayer featuring three distinct game modes, and a first glimpse at the game world.

Disintegration will launch digitally for $49.99 on PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X.

The game is developed by V1 Interactive, an independent studio of about 30 industry veterans and new talent who have worked on titles such as Halo, Destiny, SOCOM US Navy Seals, and more. The team is being led by Marcus Lehto, co-creator of Halo and former creative director of Bungie.

In Disintegration, players will journey to the near future, when humankind is on the brink of extinction and turns to technology in their hope of survival. Through a process known as Integration, the human brain is removed and surgically encased into a robotic armature. A domineering enemy superpower known as the Rayonne emerges, driven mad by their newfound supremacy, and begin capturing what remains of humanity forcing them into robotic Integration.

“Disintegration is not your standard first-person shooter and it will challenge how you approach the battlespace,” said Marcus Lehto, President and Game Director at V1 Interactive.

“You will explore a world forever changed by an ongoing global conflict. The only way to save life as we know it is by making strategic decisions in every firefight, both as an armed Gravcycle pilot and as the commander of your crew.

“The game takes place in this beautiful world and has a story wrought with hardship and triumph. Both of these aspects could be the focal point of a single game, but V1 takes it one step further,” said Kari Toyama, Senior Producer at Private Division. “Not only does Disintegration bring an immersive game world and gripping narrative, the game delivers the ability to sit both within and above combat in completely different way than anything else out there right now.”

Disintegration will feature a full single-player campaign where the player takes on the role of Romer Shoal, an expert in piloting a Gravcycle, a hovering quad-engine vehicle originally used for search and rescue missions that has been transformed into an armored chassis bristling with powerful weapons. Romer commands a small resistance force fighting to save what remains of humanity.

The game will also feature three different multiplayer game modes at launch, each with a variety of maps. These frantic team-based battles require smart coordination, utilizing ground units with individual abilities while simultaneously maximizing the destructive weapons on the Gravcycle. Players will choose from several Crews, each featuring a unique loadout and role in combat.

Disintegration will be available in calendar year 2020, during Take-Two’s fiscal year 2021 (April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021) digitally for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro and across the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, and PC via Steam for 49.99 pounds.

Disintegration is not yet rated by the ESRB.

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