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 Amazing Frog? Coming To Android

After a successful iOS release in 2019 Developer Fayju is excited to announce that its hilarious sandbox adventure game Amazing Frog? is headed to Android devices later this year.

Android players will be able to enjoy all currently live features available in the PC version of Amazing Frog? V2 (the remastered version of the game) right at their fingertips.
 

Amazing Frog? is an open world sandbox game where players take control of the webby feet of superhero Amazing Frog? as he wreaks havoc in Swindon, UK. Explore the streets atop your trusty swine steed and interact with dozens of available shenanigans all throughout the town. Take to the skies with balloons, use cannons to propel yourself and test the aerodynamics of webbed feet or just have a nice relaxing swim with absolutely no danger or frog-eating animals to disturb the peace.
 

Amazing Frog?’s Android release has been highly requested by the community for many years. Android players can expect regular updates and changes to the game to keep things fresh and exciting. One of the very first sandbox games to give players total freedom, Amazing Frog? hopes to keep impressing players with its wacky and wonderful world. 

Features: 

  • Explore beautiful Swindon, UK via the eyes of the one and only Amazing Frog?
  • Discover hidden secrets around every corner of the continent
  • Unlock dozens of interactable items
  • Travel in a wide assortment of vehicles (and on pigs)
  • Dress Amazing Frog? in dozens of customizable outfits to fulfill his every froggy desire
  • Hang with dangerously fun wildlife
  • Participate in frog-induced mayhem


In addition to the game’s upcoming release on Android, Amazing Frog? V2 has just received a brand new update which adds some of players favorite features from the original version including the Sewers and the Megladon. Explore Swindon to find all the new things added and look for even more updates on the way.

Amazing Frog? is currently available on iOS and PC via Steam will Android coming later this year. Want to see what Amazing Frog? gets up to in his free time? Visit him on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

Feel like hopping over to Amazing Frog? on PC? Right now for a limited time, you can grab the game for 25% off on Steam

Train2Game Newa Pokémon Go Trading Card Game

In celebration of the upcoming launch of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO expansion from The Pokémon Company International, Trainers will be able to experience new in-game events in the Pokémon GO app that are inspired by this special collaboration.
 
These themed in-game events will take place from June 16, 2022, to June 30, 2022, and will include the following.
 

  • Trainers will have the opportunity to catch a Pikachu wearing a Pokémon TCG-themed hat in the Pokémon GO app. This Pikachu can also be found in Pokémon GO booster packs.
  • Mewtwo will appear in five-star raids in the Pokémon GO app, and Mewtwo V will be featured in the Pokémon GO expansion with special artwork inspired by raids.
  • Wimpod and Golisopod will make their debut in the Pokémon GO app, as both Pokémon also appear in the Pokémon GO expansion.

 In addition, Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO products will contain promo codes that can be redeemed for various in-game avatar items, such as a hat and T-shirt combo that matches Pikachu’s Pokémon TCG-themed hat. Promo codes will be valid from July 17, 2022, to July 31, 2024, and can be redeemed at https://nianticlabs.com/tcg-code.
 
Trainers will also be able to collect and play with cards showcasing the beloved Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle — plus their Evolutions — as part of the upcoming expansion. Just as Shiny Venusaur, Shiny Charizard and Shiny Blastoise can be encountered in the world of Pokémon GO, these Pokémon will appear as Radiant Venusaur, Radiant Charizard and Radiant Blastoise in the Pokémon TCG with powerful attacks and Abilities.
 
Available at participating retailers around the world starting on July 1, 2022, the Pokémon GO expansion features cards with photorealistic artwork and unique gameplay scenarios inspired by the popular mobile game.
 
For more information about the Pokémon TCG, please visit Pokemon.com/TCG. For more information about the Pokémon GO mobile game, please visit PokemonGOLive.com.

Train2Game News Classic Angry Birds Returns

Rovio Entertainment has launched Rovio Classics: Angry Birds – a complete recreation of the original Angry Birds game as it appeared in app stores in 2012. The game includes all chapters from the original game, along with all of the Easter eggs and extras found in the game at that time.
 

Trailer: https://youtu.be/rmc_xa2Gwjc
 

Why 2012? After Angry Birds was removed from app stores in 2019, fans flocked to social media, banding together to call for the game’s return using the hashtag #BringBack2012. The outcry was impossible to ignore.
 

“We are extremely grateful to have such an amazing community of engaged fans that care deeply about our games,” says Rovio CEO Alex Pelletier-Normand. “Angry Birds has touched so many people and has been a large presence in mobile gaming. After hearing the outcry from our fans, we just had to find a way to bring Angry Birds back.”
 

Originally built in Rovio’s proprietary game engine, Rovio Classics: Angry Birds has been rebuilt from the ground up in Unity, creating a more sustainable platform for the game to be offered on newer devices while preserving the authentic 2012 Angry Birds experience.
 

“While we were rebuilding Angry Birds, we took great care to preserve the feeling of the original Angry Birds game,” says executive producer, Sami Ronkainen. “We know our fans are a discerning bunch and will be able to pick out even small differences. Matching the gameplay, physics and appearance of the game next to the original was crucial.”
 

As an added bonus, the pig destroying power-up, Mighty Eagle, will be available to all players for free. Offered in the original Angry Birds game as an in-app purchase, the Mighty Eagle gives players a way to pass some of the more notoriously challenging levels. Players can also use this big bird to achieve a 100% Eagle Score in every level, in addition to the classic three-star achievement.
 

Rovio Classics: Angry Birds is available now in the App Store and Google Play as a premium download for the very retro price of $0.99.

Train2Game News Hitman Sniper: The Shadows

Square Enix Montréal™, the award-winning studio behind Hitman Sniper®, and the GO® series, today released its newest mobile title, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows.

The mobile sniper game is an action, role-playing game set in a wholly original Hitman story. As a member of The Shadows, players must embark on globe-trotting assignments, take down targets with stealth, engage in fierce competition, and build their reputation as the International Contract Agency (ICA) agents.
 

Watch the launch trailer

Hitman Sniper: The Shadows focuses on events following the disappearance of Agent 47 and follows the story of a group of assassins called The Shadows within the hidden world of assassination where a new criminal network threatens global stability.

“From the onset, our ambition was to deliver a high production value Hitman Sniper experience on mobile in terms of quality graphics, and gameplay,” said Simon Doongoor, Senior Producer for Hitman Sniper: The Shadows at Square Enix Montréal.

“We wanted this game to be the start of something new rather than a sequel. This vision freed us to move in a different direction, such as introducing The Shadows, and allowed us to create a deeper game experience for players.”

Unique Playable Characters
At launch, Hitman Sniper: The Shadows features six sniper assassins, each with their own backstories, play styles, personalities, and abilities. This diversity provides players with more freedom and flexibility in how they approach the game and each contract.
Each assassin is early enough in their careers to allow for a lot of room to grow, giving players the chance to evolve them into ICA agents.

New Locations
The game features new locations, each with different vantage points and time of day, giving players more choices and opportunities to eliminate targets. Each location has unique targets and becomes an exploratory environment, a distinct storytelling space with distinct challenges.

“We’re all fans of the franchise, so we wanted to ensure that the hidden world of assassination translated into an experience that fulfills both the fantasy and provides a great player experience, said Audran Guerad, Lead Artist for Hitman Sniper: The Shadows at Square Enix Montréal. “The cinematographic art direction and the high level of details of our maps offer players the most immersive experience possible. We want to be a reference in the sniper market for visually compelling games.”

Multiple Modes
Players are encouraged to manipulate enemies and leverage the environment around them for the perfect shot and are rewarded for their creative kills.

  • Players can play in campaign mode to learn about and eliminate targets while mastering their skills.
  • The game also features a PvP mode where players compete against other players to build their reputation. Precision and creativity are key to winning contracts in this mode.

“We wanted to give players the familiar adrenaline rush they’d experience watching a big screen spy or action movie where multiple assassins are competing for the same contract,” stated Simon Doongoor.

For Players, by Players, and With Players
Fans are invited to contribute to the game’s evolution through a direct line to the dev team and other Hitman Sniper players on Discord, making Hitman Sniper: The Shadows a game that welcomes feedback and that is created for players, by players, and most importantly, with players.

“We have been working closely with the community since the start of the project,” concluded Simon Doongoor. “Their feedback has been instrumental in the making of Hitman Sniper: The Shadows and we can’t wait to see where they will take It next.”

Details

  • Launch March 3, 2022
  • Available on iOS and Android
  • Not available in China, South Korea, Japan, Belgium, and The Netherlands.
  • Category: action/sniper
  • Rated: 17+

 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HitmanSniperOG
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HitmanSniperOG
Website: https://www.hitmansniper.com
Discord: https://discord.gg/k5GB35Kk

Train2Game News Final Fantasy VII The First Solider

SQUARE ENIX® is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the fan-favorite RPG FINAL FANTASY® VII with a special collaboration event in the battle royale action mobile game FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER.

From today until February 28, players can take part in celebratory in-game events and obtain FINAL FANTASY VII-themed skins, accessories, banners and more as they embark on an intense battle royale experience where they must fight to be the last SOLDIER standing.
 
To view the FINAL FANTASY VII collaboration trailer for FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLEooyXQ7jc
 
New content arriving in the FINAL FANTASY VII collaboration event includes:

  • Polygon FINAL FANTASY VII Characters – Players can obtain event-limited character skins based on the original FINAL FANTASY VII polygon designs for Cloud, Aerith, Tifa, Barret, Red XIII and Chocobo, with more coming soon.
  • 25th Anniversary Collaboration Events – For a limited time, players who defeat event monsters on the battlefield will obtain special reward boxes and collect data pieces that unlock event-limited collectibles. Mission clears will also reward Premium Shinra Pack Tickets (FF7) and data pieces.
  • Character Skins & Accessories – Event-exclusive skins and accessories will be available for free for a limited time, including Shinra SOLDIER and Cloud Dress character skins, and a Buster Sword back accessory.
  • FINAL FANTASY VII Banners – Players can obtain thematic FINAL FANTASY VII banners to display next to their character name.
  • Celebratory Login Bonuses – Players will receive event login bonuses and collect Premium Shinra Pack Tickets (FF7), which can be redeemed for a chance to obtain the collaboration store items, simply by logging in daily during the campaign period.
  • FINAL FANTASY VII App Revamp – For a limited time, the FINAL FANTASY VII FIRST SOLDIER game icon, in-game home screen, and UI will be revamped similar to the look of the original FINAL FANTASY VII. In addition, players will hear iconic FINAL FANTASY VII music when entering battles.

“Thank you so much for continuing to play FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER,” said Producer Shoichi Ichikawa. “I played the original FINAL FANTASY VII as a child, and I am ecstatic to come back after all these years as a producer of a title within the FINAL FANTASY VII franchise to celebrate the 25th anniversary with you all! We are about to begin the FINAL FANTASY VII collaboration, and I hope that this will evoke a sense of great nostalgia for fans who’ve played the original FINAL FANTASY VII from 25 years ago, while appealing to newcomers to the franchise with their cute polygon style. I would love for everyone to join the fray during this collaboration period and have fun.”

Players can look forward to more updates to FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER with the upcoming Season 2 content on February 28th, including new materia, weapons, boss and summons, a new Dragoon style and more.

FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER is available as a free download with in-app purchases through the App Store® and Google Play™.

Train2Game News Pocket Gamer Connects Returns

Pocket Gamer Connects, Europe’s leading b2b mobile games industry conference, returns to London for its flagship show after more than two years of digital conferencing.

The event takes place on February 14-15 and will welcome 1,500 professionals representing more than 700 leading companies spanning the entire games industry ecosystem.


This February, the Steel Media team is embarking on their most ambitious conference yet, with Pocket Gamer Connects London not only standing tall as the flagship show in the series, but this edition also offers a brand new experience as a fully hybrid event.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and connect with one another both on-site in London and virtually through Zoom, as well as have full access to seminars, talks and panel discussions delivered by more than 225 industry experts across two days.


Pocket Gamer Connects is an unparalleled opportunity to network with top games industry companies from across the globe.

Since the first Connects conference in 2014, the team has developed a stellar reputation for delivering the highest quality games industry events with the very best opportunities to expand your network and make moves that will push your business forward. Attendees will have the chance to connect with more than 700 leading companies including Netflix, Rovio, King, Disney, SEGA, Jagex, Square Enix, ustwo games and many more.


Alongside a wealth of opportunities to do business, you can also expect to see some of the most exciting speakers in the games industry right now discussing all the hot topics from monetisation and growth strategy, to blockchain, the metaverse and NFTs.

The speaker lineup includes Tencent’s Aras Senyuz, Niantic’s Karla Reyes, Jam City’s John Peterson, Roblox’s Laura Higgins, Animoca Brands’ Yat Sui and more than 200 other industry leaders with priceless knowledge to share.

The full conference schedule is available online now so you can see all of the insightful sessions and elements that make up this exciting two-day event.


Steel Media COO Dave Bradley is excited to get back to meeting in person; “The team at Pocket Gamer Connects has been connecting the global games industry since 2014, and after two years of digital events, we’re really excited to be back in the UK, in London, getting back to doing what we do best. We can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and see all of the new faces who have joined our fine industry more recently. We’ve got a fantastic two-day schedule with something valuable for everyone. You won’t want to miss out!”.


Secure your spot at Pocket Gamer Connects London today and meet with the games innovators of tomorrow by clicking this link:

https://www.pgconnects.com/london/registration/

Train2Game News Chocobo GP Available For Mobile

Today, SQUARE ENIX® announced that a free mobile app inspired by the upcoming kart racer, Chocobo GP, is now available for download on iOS and Android devices.

In this free app, titled Chocobo GP’ (read as “Chocobo GP Dash”), players will need navigate through wild and hectic stages to deliver treasure to the finish line and compete against friends to achieve the best score.


In Chocobo GP’, players are in for a frantic racing experience as they navigate exhilarating stages and rank against friends for the top spot. Dash to explore 35 varied courses and prevent Chocobo from losing momentum.

The Ghost option allows players to race against a ghost of themselves to try and beat their own record.

Players can also customize and enhance Chocobo through various stats to match their playstyle.
 
Chocobo GP’ is now available on iOS and Android devices. Additionally, Chocobo GP will be available for Nintendo Switch on March 10, 2022.

Train2Game News eBlitz Gaming Social App

eBlitz are excited to announce that they have now gone multigaming!

This comes after users of the gaming/social app gave feedback of wanting more games brought to the platform. Initially it had only been Fortnite that the platform offered, but now, after app development, eBlitz offers close to 100 (and counting) of your favourite multiplayer game titles!

Arron Wu, the CEO of eBlitz, said: “We’re delighted to be releasing a multigame eBlitz platform for our users. Now, by offering more games to find teammates for, we believe we are giving users the best possible chance of having true gaming connections and experiences!”

This new update comes after an impressive few months of releases that have seen the eBlitz app change significantly by adding in a text chat and a team chat functionality. Now with the addition of multigaming, eBlitz has a platform open for all.

Head of Growth Luke Elden added: “We are massively excited to be bringing more games to eBlitz and the platform after our community feedback. This is a huge step forward for the app and there is still more to come!”

eBlitz is available for download on both Android and iOS on the Play Store and App Store respectively.

Train2Game News The Impossible Game 2

The original endless runner returns!

The long-awaited sequel The Impossible Game 2 brings back the hardcore gameplay fans know and love, with over 20 new levels, online battle royale multiplayer, and a fully-featured level editor.

And it’s in early access on iOS and Android starting today.

Created by indie games developer Fluke Games (formerly FlukeDude), The Impossible Game 2 is a rhythm-action platform game with an incredible soundtrack of electronic dance music, stunning graphics and clever gameplay twists.

The original The Impossible Game became an instant hit when it was first released on the Xbox Live Indie Games platform in 2009 thanks to its addictive gameplay, awesome soundtrack and challenging difficulty. An iPhone version soon followed and reached #2 in the US and Canada App Stores.

It was later ported to Android, PC, PlayStation 3 and PSP, and viewed by tens of millions in viral videos by streamers such as PewDiePie.

Key features of The Impossible Game 2:

New levels and gameplay

Over 20 new levels featuring a range of crazy new mechanics like jetpacks, portals and guns. Each world takes on a new art style and ends in a formidable boss battle.

Online battle royale

For the first time, players of The Impossible Game can compete in 60-player online races. This multiplayer mode is cross-platform across iOS and Android and free to play.

Level editor

The built-in level editor has an easy-to-use interface and features every mechanic seen in the rest of the game (aside from boss battles). Players can export and share their creations online.

Free to play, NO ads or pay-to-win

Almost every level, including the online battle royale mode, is available to play for free. Players can optionally purchase a $5 Achievement Pass which unlocks level-progression rewards such as skins and items in the level editor, as well as bonus skateboarding level “Cloud 9”.

More information: