Train2Game News Bunch of Big Board Games Digital Adaptations

Asmodee Digital, the leader in digital board game entertainment, announced at their Gen Con press conference that Gloomhaven, the award-winning board game celebrated for its tactical combat and branching narratives, is in development and scheduled to launch on Steam Early Access in Q1 2019.

Alongside Gloomhaven, Asmodee Digital provided updates on some of the most anticipated games in their digital catalogue including Five Tribes, Bang!, Onitama, Munchkin, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, and also console games with the famous Ticket to Ride on Playlink for PS4 and Carcassonne on Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, Gloomhaven is a dungeon-crawling RPG featuring tactical turn-based combat, and for the first time, an infinitely replayable roguelike mode that will be available during Early Access launch and beyond. Set in a medieval fantasy world, players will struggle to survive through procedurally generated dungeons filled with deadly enemies, equipment to find, and powerful abilities to unlock, with much more in the works for the full launch.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Gloomhaven to Steam. It’s one of the highest regarded games from the tabletop community and is a perfect addition to our digital catalogue,” said Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital. “Flaming Fowl Studios is a young studio with talent whose vast experience includes the Fables series. When paired with our proven track record of creating engaging digital board games, we are confident that Gloomhaven’s digital edition will surpass even the most seasoned players expectations.”

Designed by Isaac Childres, the Gloomhaven board game launched in 2017, raising $4.4 million between two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Since launch, Gloomhaven has received extremely positive reviews from critics and has been rated the “No. 1 Board Game Of All Time” by BoardGameGeek where it also won six Golden Geek Awards.

“Gloomhaven is, in a lot of ways, inspired by video games so it made sense that there would one day be a digital adaptation of it. Like the physical product, the digital version will be a large project that is more like its own unique game rather than a digital port of a board game,” said Isaac Childres, Gloomhaven’s designer and co-founder of Cephalofair Games. “I chose to work with Asmodee Digital because they have the most resources and experience to make sure that it got done right. In their hands, Gloomhaven’s digital edition could become a fully formed digital implementation of the massive critically successful board game. Working with them has been great and every creative decision runs through me to ensure my vision of the world comes to life in the best way possible.”

“We saw a lot of excitement for original games after we announced Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace in April. Gloomhaven continues our commitment of expanding our catalog with more original video game experiences based on board game IPs and not just direct 1:1 adaptations of existing board games,” said Philippe Dao, Chief Marketing Officer of Asmodee Digital. “Asmodee Digital is still dedicated to bringing faithful recreations to new platforms as well, with games like Carcassonne coming to Switch and classic titles like Five Tribes and Bang coming to mobile devices later this year.”

Updates on Asmodee Digital’s release calendar can be found below:

Coming Soon

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q4 2018
Lead a fellowship of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth and face off against the dark forces of Sauron. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their spirit, lore, tactics, and leadership. Launching onto Steam Early Access on August 28, 2018

Scythe: Digital Edition (Stonemaier Games) – Steam – Q3 2018
Engine-building game set in an alternate history 1920s period where players attempt to earn fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around a mysterious factory. Currently available on Steam Early Access.

Terraforming Mars (Fryx Games; US Publisher: Stronghold Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Spiel des Jahres nominee set in the 2400s, The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water.

Pandemic (Z-Man Games) – Steam – Q3 2018 (already available on Android & iOS)
Work cooperatively to stop the spread of four diseases and cure them before a pandemic occurs. Each player gets a role and must work with – not against – the other players before any of the game-ending conditions are met.

Onitama (Arcane Wonders) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
An elegant and simple two player, abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with a handful of moves, your cunning, and your wits, do you have the skill to be victorious?

Bang! (dV Giochi) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Wild-West-themed social deduction game in which players recreate an old-fashioned western shootout with each player receiving a random character for special abilities and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Bananagrams (Bananagrams) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
Fast and frantic anagram game where players build crosswords without pen, paper, or a board. Perfect for families, multiplayer, or solitaire, and finally making its digital debut.

Gloom (Atlas Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Halloween 2018
A competitive deck-building game that challenges its players to outmatch their opponents in a depressive spectacle, vying to undergo the most miserable mishaps while sabotaging the competition with happy occasions.

Five Tribes (Days of Wonder) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2018
A worker placement game where the workers have already been placed, players must carefully cleverly maneuver workers over villages, markets, oases, and sacred places to carve a pathway to victory and control the Sultanate.

Ticket To Ride (Days of Wonder) – PlayStation 4 with Playlink – Q4 2018
A cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. Ticket to Ride will be one of the first games to utilize Sony’s Playlink which will allow players to use their phones to privately view their hands, plan their moves, and make actions.

Carcassonne (Hans im Glück) – Nintendo Switch – Q4 2018
Multi-awarded tile-matching game made digital, including solo vs. AI, pass-and-play and online multiplayer modes. Carcassonne will be one of the first Asmodee Digital titles to debut on the Nintendo Switch with more on the way.

In Development

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q1 2019
Completely original adventure game based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Mansions of Madness. Set in a Lovecraftian world, players lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion and uncover dark secrets.

Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games) – Steam – 2019
A reimagining of Steve Jackson’s iconic Munchkin card game into a dungeon crawling digital adaptation. Players cooperate to kill monsters and grab hilarious magic items… but at the end, there is only one winner!

Train2Game News Nokia classic Snake on Facebook

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, brings the classic snake game up to date with augmented reality. Snake Mask and Snake Real World filters bring the iconic game to a new generation of fans.

The addictive premise of the game remains the same, but with a fun AR twist, fans can now be the apple-munching Snakes. Snake Mask utilises new Facebook AR technology to bring Snake to the widest audience possible.

Snake at the zoo? Snake at the beach? Snake… on a plane? Now it’s all possible when Snake is on Facebook camera. Plus, with Facebook Live integration, it’s straightforward to broadcast gameplay live to the Facebook news feed, allowing friends to join the action.

The all-new Snake Mask uses the front-facing camera of Nokia smartphones running Android™ to allow players to turn themselves into the iconic Snake character, reacting to the motion of the player’s face. Snake Real World activates the rear-facing camera.

To celebrate the release of the updated Nokia classic, comedian and YouTuber Matt Keck, the man behind the accidentally hilarious viral sensation, “I’m a Snake” which received 23 million hits on YouTube, tested out Snake on Facebook camera. Matt has recreated his own viral hit, this time using the Snake Mask filter to show off the brilliant new features.

Pekka Rantala, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of HMD Global said: “The world famous game snaked its way back into people’s hearts at MWC in 2017 when we announced Snake for Facebook Messenger.

It was designed for a new social generation; fans could invite friends to play and share scores making it even more playable than first time round. This was the first time in Snake’s history that it went onto a universal channel, rather than a device preload, and it gained 121 million players around the world.

Now we launch an even more immersive experience to fans by allowing them to be the snake itself and eat the apples with filters available on Facebook camera – here at HMD Global we are bringing the much-loved gaming icon to a new AR era.”

The camera effect can be accessed via the Facebook camera and is universally available, not just to Nokia smartphones. It is available on Android and iOS.

HMD Global is encouraging players to share the most unusual places they play the game using the hashtag #imasnake2.

How to play

1. Open the Facebook app
2. Click the camera Icon top left to open Facebook Camera
3. Scroll to the Snake Mask
4. Ssstart to play!

Matt Keck YouTube #imasnake2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZBu6rbYfwo&feature=youtu.be

Train2Game News Total War Mobile

A great SLG Mobile game about ancient China will be released soon.

Begin you journey to the Three Kingdoms Era and become a great Emperor!

The pre-registration of the upcoming brand-new sandbox SLG, Total Warfare-Epic Three Kingdoms, starts today. Henceforward, this game of visual masterpiece kicks off its journey to sweep the globe!

If you are a fan of three kingdoms, we’ve got a huge surprise in store for you.

This game forges a grand battlefield dominated by military strategy as well as the state-building gameplay. The incomparable scenes and the variety of vivid characters will display a whole magnificent imperial city to you.

Multiplayer Sandbox Battle: Strategy as Dominator

Total Warfare-Epic Three Kingdoms creates the innovative massive multiplayer nation battle. Millions of players are scattered in the grand sandbox world to battle in real time. Players can construct the city, build the army, forge an alliance, annex lands and expand territory anytime anywhere. In addition, the variety of resources like food, silver and iron mine are indispensable to satisfy the strategic needs of the players in drafting soldiers, enhancing army and building city.

Visual Feast: Real Ancient China Displayed

Enter the game, the reserved and delicate picture gives a full display of the majesty of the three-kingdom era in ancient China. High-quality building module, first-class art design, vivid characters…All of these elements enable you to enjoy the beautiful sceneries in and out of the city and overlook the whole country. The unique 3D visual effect makes you immerse into the vivid characters and scenes as if in a real ancient battlefield!

Total Warfare-Epic Three Kingdoms is a grand-scale war strategy mobile game. It portrays a real ancient scene in realistic style and brings you an immersive battle experience in the chaos of the three kingdoms.

The pre-registered players can get a gift worth $100. Come on and pre-register now!

https://totalwarfare.enjoyfun.app/en/activity/register/

You can forestall to experience it quickly!

For more info, please follow the social media:
https://www.facebook.com/TotalwarfareETK/
https://twitter.com/TotalWarfareETK

Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts Mobile

With over eight million players worldwide, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] players uncover story elements from the earliest parts of the series’ history, as well as from the highly-anticipated, upcoming KINGDOM HEARTS III.

Players can create their very own Keyblade wielder and adventure through Disney worlds with beautiful and stylized art, while interacting with a rich cast of memorable Disney characters.

Yesterday, Square Enix and Disney introduced a new collaboration event based on the hit Disney•Pixar film, Coco. From yesterday through July 31, 2018, Keyblade wielders can take part in a variety of in-game events, including:

Multiplayer Quests with Special Coco Rewards – Players can earn powerful new Medals featuring Miguel and Héctor by completing multiplayer quests.

Miguel Medals – Players can also obtain Miguel Medals by completing special quests.

“Miguel & Dante” Medals – “Miguel & Dante” Medals can be obtained by purchasing the Weekly Jewels Extravaganza bundle.

More information about the collaboration is available on the @kh_ux_na Twitter page.

This game is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store® for iPhone® and on Google Play™ for Android® devices.

Train2Game News Old School RuneScape Mobile Beta

Access to Old School RuneScape Mobile’s new members’ beta is being made available to every single Old School RuneScape or RuneScape subscriber, as part of a staggered rollout.

Following a limited test rollout yesterday, with the cap reached in just two hours, the members’ beta is today being opened up to enable a further 250,000 subscribers gain access.

Over the coming weeks, access will be scaled up to give every subscribed player the opportunity to continue their Old School RuneScape journey on Android devices while sat at home on the sofa, during the commute, in the canteen, and even in flight, leaving no excuse for XP waste.

On launch later this year, Old School RuneScape Mobile will become the first mainstream Western online RPG to deliver the complete MMO experience across both mobile and PC platforms, enabling players to seamlessly jump between devices and continue their adventure on either platform.

Conor Crowley, Director of Game Development, Jagex said:
“Since announcing our plans to bring both RuneScape games to mobile, the community has been clamouring to get their hands on the titles. Old School RuneScape Mobile has been running 24/7 in invite-only closed beta for the past couple of months, and, with development progressing really well, we wanted to share this progress with the most important people: our members. That begins now and, soon, every Old School and RuneScape subscriber will have access to Old School mobile – the next stage of bringing two of the world’s most popular online RPGs to the world’s most popular gaming platforms”

Since it first launched in February 2013 with the backing of 450,000 members of the RuneScape community, Old School RuneScape’s success has continued to grow, delivering new lands and new adventures that take it far beyond a purely nostalgic vanilla experience. One of Jagex’s flagship living games, Old School features player-polled content including the recently released raid, Theatre of Blood, the Deadman Invitational competitive game mode, and continues to be at the vanguard of collaboration between developers and its community.

While Old School RuneScape Mobile is becoming accessible to all members over the next month, RuneScape Mobile’s closed beta is currently invite-only.

Train2Game News Pokémon Quest now on mobile

The Pokémon Company International announced today that Pokémon Quest is now available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play.

The rambunctious action RPG first launched on Nintendo Switch in May and has captivated players, achieving more than a million downloads on the system worldwide.

Developed by GAME FREAK inc., Pokémon Quest takes players across Tumblecube Island, where everything’s a cube—including the Pokémon.

Travel the length and breadth of the island hunting for treasure, battling with wild Pokémon, discovering unexplored territories, and even cooking tasty treats to tempt new Pokémon to join your party. Gameplay features of Pokémon Quest include:

  • Battle by tapping—Pokémon Quest uses simple touch controls that can be enjoyed by everyone.
  • Befriend many Pokémon—Use items collected throughout expeditions to befriend a wide array of Pokémon.
  • Create your Pokémon dream team—Partner with three of your Pokémon friends to battle through diverse environments.
  • Pokémon unique to you—Use different Power Stones to personalize your Pokémon friends however you want and give them unique stats.
  • Customize your base camp—Decorate your home with cute and fun collectibles that not only look good, but can provide in-game benefits.

Pokémon Quest also features in-app purchases that enable players to buy additional Power Stones and other useful items that can be used in the game.

For more information about Pokémon Quest, please visit: pokemon.com/uk/app/pokemon-quest/

To download Pokémon Quest for your mobile device, please visit:
itunes.apple.com/gb/app/id1345187641?mt=8 or
play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.pokemon.pokemonquest

Train2Game News Boost your App up the store

WeQ , a global mobile ad tech organisation, has announced the launch of WeQ BOOST — an innovative app ranking solution that utilizes proprietary technology for campaign management and optimization.

Additionally, it combines over 100 boost traffic sources with a deep knowledge and understanding of app store algorithms to create bespoke burst campaigns that are specifically designed to catapult apps to the rank that yields the highest ROI.

With 5.8 million apps in Google Play and Apple App Stores to date, visibility is key. Changes to both platforms have made it challenging for advertisers to use app store optimization (ASO) and user acquisition (UA) through burst campaigns effectively. New features in the iOS11 release included a new “homepage” design, new character limitations and the split categorisation of apps into “Games” and “Apps” with their own navigation tabs and pages, giving non-games the chance to be discovered more easily. Additionally, both platforms adjusted their ranking algorithms, putting more weight on the quality of the app measured by reviews and ratings. Google even added engagement as an extra variable for its algorithm to reward good quality apps that bring more added value to the users.

These changes present both a challenge and an opportunity for marketers wishing to find the best ways to boost their discoverability and increase their chances to be found by high quality users. WeQ identified four main use cases for doing burst campaigns, on which the newly launched WeQ BOOST solution is based:

  • Fast Track User Base Growth: burst campaigns are a cost efficient way to jump-start user base growth, helping advertisers to achieve critical mass.
  • Take Monetization to the Next Level: the more eyes on the app, the more chances for stronger monetization — be it through selling advertising space or increasing revenue from in-app purchases.
  • Establish Presence in a New Market: bursts can prove a catalyst to open borders.
  • Outrank Competitors: bursts are a great tool for reaching the top of the charts, getting the app noticed and outranking competitors, resulting in strong organic growth.

Stanislava Todorova, VP of New Media Solutions at WeQ, said: “WeQ BOOST is designed to empower advertisers to cut through the noise in the ever-changing ecosystem of the app stores. Launching this new solution adds another powerful element to our portfolio that enables us to create the perfect mobile marketing mix for our clients. At WeQ, we believe that the ultimate marketing strategy should be a combination of bursts and sustainable user acquisition campaigns to address different needs throughout the lifecycle of an app.”

WeQ’s proprietary technology, combined with its team of over 100 seasoned professionals with global mobile marketing expertise, is what makes our app ranking solution unique. The WeQ team develops a personalized strategy for each client based on industry intel, local knowledge and experience from more than 2000 successful burst campaigns. The carefully curated global network of publishers means a truly global reach and access to a specific geographic for the advertiser. This is further supported by the hands-on approach that the team practices, ensuring that the campaign is constantly analyzed and optimized for better ROI. Furthermore, WeQ’s dedicated team carry out traffic checks to prevent fraudulent activity using in-house anti-fraud technology.

With launching WeQ BOOST, the adtech company is hitting another milestone of their global growth and expansion plans of its solutions and services. Today’s launch falls on the heels of WeQ’s announcement in late April that it had secured more than $50 million USD in internal funds and debt capital to accelerate an ambitious global growth path. The ad tech brand plans to use the funds as it undertakes an aggressive M&A strategy. Over the next 12-24 months, WeQ plans to acquire cutting-edge technologies from innovative ventures to expand its technological footprint and services, attract international talent, and enter new international markets.

Train2Game News Elder Scrolls Mobile

Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced The Elder Scrolls®: Blades will be available fall 2018 on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

From Bethesda Game Studios®, the award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim® and Fallout® Shelter, comes a massive first-person role-playing game created for mobile.

“We’ve been waiting to play a game like this. The huge first-person RPGs we love to build, but on our phones,” said Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios. “It’s incredible what we’re able to do now.”

Experience an all-new single player story set in the world of The Elder Scrolls. As a member of The Blades, the Empire’s top agents, you are forced into exile. On the run, you return to your hometown to find it destroyed.

Create any character you want and play a variety of modes. Become your town’s champion through all-new single-player storylines. Create and customize your city, restoring it to greatness. Conquer your friends and rivals in epic one-on-one Arena battles. Or test your resolve in the never-ending Abyss.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is created from the ground up for mobile devices, featuring stunning visuals, intuitive touch and swipe controls, and the ability to play the entire game in landscape or portrait mode.

Pre-register The Elder Scrolls: Blades at http://playblades.com and sign up for a free Bethesda.net account to receive updates on early access. In celebration of E3 2018, pre-register between Sunday June 10 and Friday, June 15 to receive an exclusive helmet and sword when The Elder Scrolls: Blades launches worldwide this fall.

The Elder Scrolls: Blades is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit: www.elderscrolls.com

Train2Game News Life is Strange coming to Android

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that DONTNOD Entertainment’s award-winning, five-episode narrative-driven adventure, LIFE IS STRANGE, are now available to pre-register for Android players.

All five episodes will be available in full this July with controller support included, exclusive to Android.

All 5 episodes of LIFE IS STRANGE are also available now on iOS.

Enhanced with Unreal Engine 4 and developed by Black Wing Foundation, this faithful adaptation of the original console game features full touch screen integration and in-game photo-mode, giving players the opportunity to photograph Arcadia Bay like never before!

With high quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style fully optimized for Android, you will follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price.

The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Key Features:

  • A beautifully written, modern adventure game.
  • Rewind time to change the course of events.
  • Multiple endings depending on the choices you make.
  • Striking, hand-painted visuals.
  • Distinct, licensed indie soundtrack featuring Alt-J, Foals, Angus & Julia Stone, Jose Gonzales and more.

Features Exclusive to Mobile:

  • Complement your mobile experience with full controller support, exclusive to Android players.
  • Enhanced user interface for full touch screen integration.
  • Share your game progress on social media and compare your story choices with friends.
  • An all-new Photo Mode allows you to take pictures, modify them with filters and share them easily.

Visit Google Play to pre-register your copy of LIFE IS STRANGE: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squareenix.lis

Train2Game News SEGA Saturn Android controller

Videogame merchandise retailer Merchoid have just unveiled the most compact time machine ever in the form of an officially licensed SEGA android smartphone controller.

Relive all your childhood favourites without having to delve into that attic!

Based on the ergonomic SEGA Saturn controller (the one with six buttons instead of three), this device can be used with any Android phone to play a heap of SEGA games (a lot of which are free on Google Play already).

The phone holder is removable meaning you’ve finally got a loophole for when your parents say you’re too close to the screen. Simply place the phone wherever you please and control from afar, moan-free.

Also, there are absolutely no wires due to the Bluetooth connectivity, meaning the device offers truly wireless play.

Sure, people can brag about their NES Classic but can they use it on the go? Definitely not. After all this time, it still seems SEGA does what Nintendon’t!

Merchoid’s community manager, Jessica Adams, had the following to say, “Can’t talk. Playing Sonic.”

If you want to live in the past today you can purchase the SEGA Saturn Android controller at https://www.merchoid.com/product/sega-android-smartphone-controller/