Train2Game News Game moment GIFs on mobile

Megacool, a mobile game technology startup based in San Francisco and Oslo, Norway, has today announced that the company’s API, which allows mobile game developers to add a seamless way to share game moments through GIFs, is now available for iOS, Android and Unity developers. 

Addressing a need in the mobile game market for cost-effective marketing tools, the Megacool API has exited beta with nearly one million GIFs already shared and is now available for all developers at megacool.co.

Megacool’s technology lets players record a short clip of the gameplay, for instance a high scoring round or a winning move, in the form of a GIF without impacting game performance. With only a few quick taps, players can send that GIF as well as a download link for the game directly to a specific friend or contact via SMS text message and other social channels. This helps spread the game organically and virally through digital word-of-mouth between friends, which players trust more than traditional in-game advertising.

Similar to the way that Snapchat lets users capture 10-second clips of what is going on in their lives, Megacool lets users capture one to 10-second clips of what is going on in their mobile gaming life, and share it with friends just as easily. Developers who have participated in the Megacool beta with deep integration in their games have seen a 10% conversion rate of shares to installs, as well as a 10% rate of re-engaging lapsed users.

“Traditional user acquisition for mobile games, consisting of in-game advertisements in the form of disruptive video and static interstitials, is fundamentally broken,” said Nicolaj Broby Petersen, founder and CEO of Megacool. “In a system where the biggest publishers on the market can buy up advertising inventory and drive pricing up, only they can compete. Developers needs new and innovative ways to spread their games in a cost-effective way.”

Megacool’s API has been developed to address the specific needs of mobile game developers and marketers who have been squeezed out of the high-cost mobile game advertising market. Founded in June 2015 by the creators of Dirtybit, a leading Norwegian mobile game studio that launched and grew the Fun Run series of games to more than 100 million downloads, Megacool represents a new and unique option for developers to grow their player base and drive downloads. Megacool has grown directly out of the team’s experience and success in growing the Fun Run series without a single dollar spent on marketing or user acquisition.

“We found early on that the key to the success of Fun Run was how it was being shared virally between users, driving downloads without a single advertisement,” Petersen continued. “Our goal with Megacool is to give developers the tools to make the most valuable method of sharing, word-of-mouth between trusted friends, easier than ever inside of their games.”

“Megacool consistently drives new users for us that spend more and retain better than organic users at a fraction of the cost of traditional UA channels. We see double digit conversion from GIF referral to install,” said Kevin O’Neil, founder of Candywriter, a mobile game developer with nearly 30 games and apps in their portfolio that have been downloaded more than 60 million times.

In the months ahead, Megacool will continue to refine and add new features to its API, including further customization options for developers around what types of clips can be recorded and what can be included when a clip is shared. In a future update, Megacool will also add the ability for players to edit their GIF recordings by overlaying their own text, similar to pictures and video shared on Snapchat and Instagram.

To learn more about Megacool please visit www.megacool.co . 

Train2Game Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy

Fans can take on a musical showdown with internationally renowned artist and actress, Ariana Grande, as SQUARE ENIX® announced a special in-game collaboration with FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®. 

Starting August 18 through September 1, all players will be able to acquire “Chic Ariana,” the second Ariana Grande-inspired character exclusively designed for the game. In order to obtain her character, players must complete the first stage of the “Musical Showdown” event.

Players will also get a chance to battle an epic new boss, the “Bard Spirit” in order to obtain special rewards and event exclusive gear. Equipment specifically for Chic Ariana such as “Fashionable Dancewear,” “Microphone Stand” and “Magical Scrunchie” will all be available to equip for battles.

FINAL FANTASY BRAVE EXVIUS is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store and on Google Play. 

This title is developed as a collaboration between SQUARE ENIX® and gumi Inc. (developer of the hit title Brave Frontier)

Train2Game News SEGA Forever


In celebration of a simpler time – an era that came before cool kale, hyper-connectedness, DIY artisanal bjeer-making, and social media mayhem – SEGA Networks Inc. is bringing a growing collection of classic video games from every console era to your mobile device for free. 

The collection, called SEGA Forever, is a re-awakening of archetypal gaming, an ode to the deep and diverse SEGA catalogue, and the beginning of a retro revolution that will transport players back through two decades of console gaming.

Each game in the SEGA Forever lineup is free-to-play, ad-supported, playable offline, and includes added features like cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. For players who prefer a pristinely ad-free mobile gaming experience – folks who want to play SEGA just like they remember playing in their basement, without interruptions from parents, siblings, or homework – we’ve rolled back the price so each game can be purchased without ads for $1.99. As the SEGA Forever collection expands through months and years, it will include both official emulations and ported games that pan all SEGA console eras, each adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.

“Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way,” explains Mike Evans, CMO of SEGA’s Mobile Division in the West. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

The first batch of SEGA Forever games has been carefully curated, boasting both blockbusters and core fan favorites; The collection will officially kick off tomorrow with five Mega Drive / Genesis titles, all of which will be available to download for free on the Google Play Store for Android devices and on the App Store for iPhone and iPad, where they will be accompanied by iMessage sticker packs:

    Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception

    Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favourite RPG from 1989

    Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI

    Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery 

Following the launch, the SEGA Forever collection will continue to grow with additional releases coming every two weeks. 

To stay up-to-date with launch news, share your love of the golden age of video games, cast your vote in polls, share your opinions in surveys, and interact with other SEGA fans, check out the SEGA Forever website and follow our dedicated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.

*Please note that playing games from the SEGA Forever collection does not technically count as “time travel,” although intense feelings of nostalgia have been linked to exposure and extended play.

Train2Game News Power Rangers Legacy Wars

Synchronous multiplayer game developer nWay, alongside Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), a premier next-generation global content leader, and Saban Brands, creators of the iconic Power Rangers franchise, today released the highly anticipated, real-time multiplayer fighting game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars on iOS and Android devices. 
With detailed models and animations, the fast-paced mobile fighting game allows players to battle against others in real time over LTE or a Wi-Fi network.

“With Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, we worked closely with Saban Brands and Lionsgate to produce a console-quality game for an iconic franchise that will satisfy fans and gamers,” said Taehoon Kim, CEO, nWay. “We hope gamers will embrace Legacy Wars as a groundbreaking fighting game, allowing players to battle each other in real time over their mobile network.”

As the first video game to feature Power Rangers from Lionsgate’s highly anticipated feature film, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is also the first video game to feature iconic, fan-favorite Rangers and villains from Power Rangers’ 24-year history fighting alongside one another.

“Lionsgate’s ongoing focus is bringing world-class IP to outstanding developers to make games that delight players and fans,” said Lionsgate President of Interactive Ventures and Games Peter Levin. “Saban Brands and nWay have been ideal collaborators in the creation of Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, a fantastic real-time multiplayer experience that fits perfectly with a franchise that’s always been about being a superhero with your friends.”

“In Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, fans can imagine themselves as their favorite Power Rangers while connecting with other fans around the world,” said Janet Hsu, CEO, Saban Brands. “With nWay and Lionsgate, we’ve brought to life the opportunity for gamers to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind, interactive Power Rangers experience.”

In the game, the evil space witch Rita Repulsa corrupts the Morphin Grid from within, hoping to destroy the legacy of the Power Rangers forever. Players must take on Rita and the virtual Ranger clones and monsters she’s created by teaming up with Zordon and using Zeo Shards to gain power.

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars features more than 40 characters, 500 different team compositions and 100 unique moves at launch. Each Ranger and villain has distinct animations and attacks specific to that character. 

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars features:

    Real-time online head-to-head battles;

    Console-quality graphics and gameplay;

    Iconic warriors from the new Power Rangers movie as well as classic Power Rangers and villains from the series;

    Customizable teams;

    Upgradeable warriors;

    Alliance system to chat, trade resources and share tactics with friends and other players online.

For more information about Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, please visit PlayLegacyWars.com.  Power Rangers: Legacy Wars is available now on iOS and Android app stores.

Train2Game News Mega Man Mobile

Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games today announced that it will be bringing the six original 8-bit Mega Man® games to iOS and Android devices in early January, just missing the Blue Bombers birthday by a few weeks. 
This is the first time all six of the original 8-bit Mega Man games have been made available on smart devices, 29 years since Mega Man first exploded onto the console scene.

These lovingly-crafted adaptations will remind long-time fans and introduce newcomers to what made the Blue Bomber such a popular and iconic character.  Each game has been optimized for the mobile devices with adjustments to game speed.  Each game will be available separately for $1.99.

The Games Releasing Include:

     Mega Man® Mobile – The evil Dr. Wily must be stopped in this classic action platformer, the original Mega Man!

    Mega Man® 2 Mobile- Dr. Wily resurfaces to threaten the world again! Only Mega Man can stand in his way.

    Mega Man® 3 Mobile – Fight berserk robots on uncharted planets. Mega Man must set a course for space to resolve this mysterious crisis.

    Mega Man® 4 Mobile – A year has passed since Mega Man’s battle in space. A new enemy appears – Dr. Cossack.

    Mega Man® 5 Mobile – Manic robots cause chaos in the city. How is Proto Man involved? Only Mega Man can find out!

    Mega Man® 6 Mobile – The Global Robot Alliance is formed, but this newfound peace is threatened by a new foe – the enigmatic Mr. X!

To pre-register or for additional information, please visit:

http://www.us.capcommobile.com/mega-man
https://www.facebook.com/megaman

Train2Game News DC Legends

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced that DC Legends, a strategy role-playing game in which players collect and form unlikely alliances of Super Heroes and Super-Villains from across the DC Universe, is now available on the App Store for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Google Play for Android Devices.
To view the launch trailer, please visit the WB Games UK YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/Vyf219wmaZwhttps://youtu.be/Vyf219wmaZw.

As the shadow of the Blackest Night prophecy falls across every world, willpower alone cannot save the shattered DC Universe. Players will need to collect allies such as Green Arrow™, Doomsday™, Wonder Woman™, Batman™ and many more, to form teams of Super Heroes and Super-Villains that battle Nekron and the Manhunters. As players battle to decide the fate of all life in the universe, they can unlock the ability to make their heroes Legendary, acquiring remarkable new super powers, powerful stat increases, and enhanced character designs.

“We think DC fans will appreciate the authenticity and depth we’ve brought to DC Legends,” said Jonathan Knight, VP, Studio Head at ‎WB Games San Francisco. “The game delivers an experience that’s both exciting and engaging, empowering players to strategically customize their teams and upgrade their super powers, as they battle against other players across the world.”

In DC Legends, the battle against Nekron and the Manhunters spans across a wide variety of DC locales, including Metropolis, Themyscira, Thanagar and many more. The cinematic action and vivid environments bring each encounter to life as players unleash Superman’s™ Heat Vision or Bizarro’s™ Flame Breath on wave after wave of undead foes. They can also compete against other players in PvP combat and demonstrate their superior team-building skills as they climb the ranks in 14 unique Leagues with escalating rewards.

DC Legends is now available to download for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and Google Play for Android devices.

Follow DC Legends on Facebook and Twitter.

Train2Game News RPG Creator on iOS

RPG Creator is coming to iOS on September 25.
Degica Games is pleased to announce a new mobile RPG creation tool is coming soon to iOS! 

Finally players can create RPGs on the go with RPG Creator. This unique app will have players building maps, creating non-playable characters and monsters, fighting epic battles, and sharing creations with the world in no time at all!

Features:

·         Create villages, castles, caves, world maps and more with the Map Editor

·         Easily create events and bring the RPG to life

·         Extensive Database allows players to modify and customize their game

·         Default resources and assets to get players started or they can import their own

·         Play Games made by other users or upload your own creations

RPG Creator will be available on September 25, 2016 on iOS for both iPhone and iPad and will be Free to Play with a Premium version available.

Train2Game News Simplygon

Simplygon, the leading provider of automatic 3D optimization solutions for digital content creation, and Uppercut Games announced that Submerged for iOS fully relied on Simplygon optimization. 
The Unreal® Engine 4 game is a third-person exploration, post-apocalyptic indie game, originally developed for PC and console. The initial manual optimization on the city buildings and landmarks left the team with thousands of individual objects to draw, and this was too taxing on the most mobile GPUs. Simplygon and the HLOD feature allowed the studio to easily add Level of Detail at a series of different aspects of the open world game.

“Without Simplygon’s tool we would never have been able to release Submerged on iOS” said Andrew James, co-Founder of Uppercut Games. “We were pleasantly surprised to see how seem-less the transitions to HLOD mesh looked on device, even when swapped out to the LOD at a close distance. The Simplygon HLOD optimization allowed us to keep most of the original PC / console high poly art for the detail areas of the game where the player explores, walks and climbs.”

“Mobile is becoming increasingly powerful and talented developers as Uppercut can deliver really high-fidelity graphics on these devices. Obviously though, there are restrictions and limitations so optimization is key to a good game experience. It feels great to be able to provide UE4 developers with a robust and easy-to-use integration and an efficient way of optimizing original content, making games both look great and run smoothly across platforms. We are thrilled that Uppercut chose Simplygon for Submerged and are happy with their results.”, explained Martin Ekdal, co-Founder of Simplygon.

Simplygon was used in different manners to maintain the art quality while reaching a good frame rate. The HLOD feature combines hundreds of small individual detail meshes and reduces them to single draw call LOD meshes. This had a dramatic improvement on the game’s frame rate on iOS devices. A meaningful example is the reduction percentage done in Submerged. HLOD reduced 4176 meshes (many with multiple materials) down to 30 LOD meshes (99% reduction), and 1.38 million polygons down to 183,000 polygons (87% reduction). Simplygon replaced an optimization task that would have taken months to do manually to only a week of work.

Simplygon is the de facto standard optimization solution for large AAA PC and console games; mobile games; and MMOs, and is applicable to any medium where 3D art assets are created or utilized. By automating the optimization process required to make games run smooth, Simplygon helps digital content creators save important resources where artists would otherwise need to manually re-create large amounts of content.

Train2Game News Mobius Final Fantasy


Delivering an uncompromised FINAL FANTASY® experience to a wide array of mobile platforms, SQUARE ENIX® announced that preregistration has opened for MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY™.
Coming to iPhone, iPad and Android devices next month, this title offers players a completely new RPG adventure filled with deep character customization, ongoing live events and HD graphics that push the boundaries of the mobile platform.
Created by an all-star development team including producer Yoshinori Kitase and writer Kazushige Nojima – known for their work on the acclaimed FINAL FANTASY VII and upcoming FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE – MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is the story of a man who wakes up in a world called Palamecia with no memory of his past. There, he finds himself tasked with bringing hope to the world by unraveling a mysterious prophecy around the legendary warrior of light.

MOBIUS FINAL FANTASY is a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) that has already been widely acclaimed in Japan, and has received the App Store’s “Best of 2015” Award. Preregistration for the game begins today on the official registration site. Fans who preregister will receive FINAL FANTASY X-themed items, like the Tidus’s signature weapon, Brotherhood, and a Yuna character card along with other special rewards when the game launches on August 3.
The new announcement trailer can be viewed on 

YouTube: https://youtu.be/6ipfJv4Qp6g.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy Brave Exvius

FINAL FANTASY® BRAVE EXVIUS®, a brand-new FINAL FANTAS Y experience, co-developed by SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD and gumi Inc., will launch for free (with in-app purchases) on iOS and Android devices this summer.

The hit title has already drawn in more than six million players in Japan and is an entirely new role-playing adventure for the mobile generation. The title brings the classic FINAL FANTASY lore with legendary heroes from the franchise.

Adventurers will follow two knights of the kingdom of Grandshelt, and a young girl who suddenly appears before them, as they begin their quest to pursue a highly sought after crystal. Players will make their way through various types of dungeons to search for items, collect gil, uncover hidden paths, and venture new routes.

The title features:
· Traditional, turn-based gameplay with streamlined battle mechanics and intuitive touch controls, making it easy to pick up and play for newcomers as well as long-time fans
· Players will be able to move their characters through fields and dungeons to search for items, hidden paths, and new routes.
· High-quality CG animations of FINAL FANTASY summons
· Appearances from new and characters from past titles like the Warrior of Light, Cecil, Vivi, and Terra
· A complete RPG experience in an easy, portable format for mobile phones

The teaser trailer can be viewed on YouTube: https://youtu.be/j_9M-ctbxbA.