Train2Game News Pokemon Go Adds Unova Region

Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced that Pokémon from the Unova region will begin appearing in Pokémon GO along with additional rewards.

Trainers can now encounter Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Purrloin, Pidove, Blitzle and more Pokémon from the Unova region while exploring the world around them.

Additionally, Trainers can team up with their friends to challenge Lillipup, Patrat and Klink in Raid Battles.

More Pokémon originating from the Unova region will be making their way to Pokémon GO over the weeks and months ahead!

A new trailer celebrating Pokémon from the Unova region arriving to Pokémon GO can be found below…

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 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 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 Roblox Hitting $100 Million

At RDC, its fifth annual developers conference, Roblox, an online platform bringing more than 100 million people together through play, unveiled the community was on pace to earn $100 million in 2019.

The company introduced a suite of tools to empower its global community of creators to build and more easily collaborate on immersive and massive 3D experiences.

“The Roblox creator community thinks of things we could never imagine, and their continued growth is our future,” said David Baszucki, founder and CEO, Roblox. “With top Roblox experiences achieving more than 100,000 concurrent users and 1 billion plays, there’s no denying the power of user-generated content. We are committed to supporting our creator community with the tools and resources they need to realize even greater success.”

Over the course of the three-day event in California and at a viewing party in London, 500+ top Roblox creators from around the world gathered to hear keynote presentations, attend breakout sessions and participate in the annual Game Jam. The global community of more than 2 million creators spans from young creators getting their start in game design and coding, to teams of ten or twenty people forming studios.

“I’ve been a member of the Roblox community for over a decade, first as a player, then as a developer and now as CEO of RedManta, a game studio dedicated purely to Roblox development. Building and creating are a passion of mine, and from the early days I saw a future growing alongside the platform,“ said Alexander Hicks, RedManta CEO and RDC attendee. ”With new tools and technology to more easily create massive and beautiful games, we are pushing even our own expectations for what we can create on Roblox, like our upcoming experience, World // Zero.”

“What I love about Roblox is that it breaks down the barriers for game designers, giving them a chance to be creative, try new things, and share it with a massive player community,” said Robin Hunicke, Funomena Co-founder, who delivered a keynote address at RDC on game design. She added, “The enthusiasm and camaraderie from these young creators was fantastic, and they share my belief in the power of games to bring people together. I can’t wait to see what they create next!”

Immersive, Massive 3D Experiences
Roblox introduced game creation tools to help small teams of developers easily build massive, more realistic experiences that support hundreds of players. This technology builds on the existing networking support and hosting services the company provides for free, which automatically scales in real-time to meet player demand. As part of the toolset, creators can leverage Roblox’s new enhanced lighting system and updated terrain and other visual upgrades to make deep, rich experiences that rival top mobile games. In addition, the company is enabling the community to easily build competitive matchmaking, which will ensure players of similar skill-levels can compete against one another.

Collaboration Tools
Roblox will make Roblox Studio fully cloud-based by the end of 2019, allowing team members to collaborate simultaneously. All development files will be completely online and provide native support for collaborators across various computing platforms. Creators will be able to manage permissions, versioning, and rollbacks, allowing for more efficiency across all aspects of the development timeline.

New Ways to Monetize
Roblox also extended the power of user-generated content to its development platform, allowing creators to build and monetize development assets and tools in a new Developer Marketplace. In addition to offering a new channel to monetize their work, the Developer Marketplace will also help strengthen the overall experiences on the platform by crowd-sourcing solutions to help make development even easier. Creators will be able to sell game design tools including plug-ins, vehicles, 3D models, terrain enhancements, and more.

Localization Support
To further support the platform’s growth internationally, Roblox announced improvements to its localization platform making it easier for creators to offer experiences in Roblox’s supported languages, including Brazilian Portuguese, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese, and Spanish.

Advanced Analytics Powered by Microsoft Azure PlayFab
Roblox outlined details of its earlier announced collaboration with Microsoft Azure PlayFab, making PlayFab’s LiveOps analytics service available for free to the company’s top 10,000 creators.

By delivering real-time analytics to their creators, including trends in player behavior, purchase history, and game telemetry, Roblox expects to empower those game creators to make their games even more successful and enjoyable for players. Some creators may choose to go even further with other LiveOps practices, such as updating their game more frequently, running live events, segmenting their players or targeting communications. This new service is driven by PlayFab’s data pipeline and can support hundreds of thousands of games events per second coming from Roblox.

Crystin Cox, Director of Live Operations at Xbox Game Studios Publishing, who also presented the benefits of the new service for game creators at this year’s RDC, commented, “LiveOps is driving growth, both in terms of player engagement and monetization, for the most popular games and platforms available today. LiveOps represents a new approach to game design combined with a better process driven by experimentation and we’re excited to offer Roblox developers a new way to think about their players.”

For more information on Roblox visit their website

Train2Game News Pawsome Players Helps Cats In Care

Cats Protection has launched Pawsome Players to help gamers to raise funds for unwanted and abandoned cats in the charity’s care.

Players who sign up can get ideas of online activities to support the cat charity – such as streaming marathons or gaming tournaments – and source logos, social media images and other materials to promote themselves as a Pawsome Player.

“Whether it’s a solo Fortnite stream or a Super Smash Bros tournament, we can help you make the most of it, says Donna Forster, the charity’s Digital Marketing Officer.

“A survey among gamers shows that 58% are interested in donating money to charity and 67% would join other gamers to raise funds for charity. As cats are one of the nation’s most favourite pets, gamers could attract a substantial following by raising money for us.

“Funds help Cats Protection to provide food, shelter and veterinary care for thousands of unwanted and abandoned cats while they await new homes so gamers have the confidence of supporting a very worthy cause.”

For more details and a fundraising pack, please visit https://www.cats.org.uk/get-involved/support-us/pawsome-players

Cats Protection is the UK’s leading cat welfare charity and helps over 200,000 cats through a national network of 250 volunteer-run branches and 36 adoption centres.

The charity’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

Train2Game News Pokémon Masters

DeNA Co., Ltd. (henceforth DeNA), in partnership with The Pokémon Company, unveiled additional information about the upcoming mobile game Pokémon Masters, which is planned to release globally on iOS and Android devices in summer 2019.

In Pokémon Masters, players will embark on a new adventure to form teams of Trainers and their partner Pokémon and engage in 3-on-3 real-time battles.

Take the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon to the next level in an all-new location—the island of Pasio—where Trainers from every Pokémon region gather to compete

Pokémon Masters takes place on the island of Pasio, where the rules of battle are different and the treasured bond between Trainer and Pokémon is taken to the next level with sync pairs—the combination of a Trainer and their partner Pokémon.

For the very first time in a Pokémon game, Trainers and their partner Pokémon from every Pokémon region will come together to form sync pairs. Players can team up with duos such as Korrina & Lucario, Brendan & Treecko, Clair & Kingdra, and many more. With all sorts of Trainers on Pasio, there are sure to be some exciting and unexpected encounters in this new story.

At launch, there will be 65 sync pairs to recruit in Pokémon Masters, with additional sync pairs to come following the game’s release.

Form a team of three sync pairs, and battle to become champion of the Pokémon Masters League

In Pokémon Masters, players will explore Pasio to meet various Trainers and make new friends while progressing through the story. Once a player has made friends with other sync pairs, they can recruit those friends to form a team of three sync pairs (meaning three Trainers and their three partner Pokémon) and battle AI (artificial intelligence) opponents to become champion of the prestigious Pokémon Masters League tournament.

Command a team of Pokémon and Trainers in 3-on-3, real-time battles in this strategy and battling game

Pokémon Masters introduces a new way to battle in the Pokémon world. Players will command a squad of three sync pairs in real-time team battles and release a barrage of moves—all while the AI opponent unleashes theirs at the same time. For the very first time in a Pokémon game, players can also direct Trainers in battle to use moves and healing items to increase a Pokémon’s stats. In addition to standard moves, players can occasionally deploy sync moves—powerful attacks performed by specific sync pairs.

Players will need to ration their move gauge, which refills over time, to deploy the best moves at the most opportune times to lead their squad to victory.

“The Pokémon brand has captured the imagination of the world, and we are honored to create the newest Pokémon adventure for mobile devices with Pokémon Masters,” said Isao Moriyasu, CEO of DeNA. “We look forward to sharing new ways to battle when the game releases.”

“For years, fans have created enduring memories engaging with their favorite Pokémon characters throughout the Pokémon video game series,” said Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company. “With DeNA’s development expertise, we’re excited to bring together past and present Trainers and their partner Pokémon in a unique gaming experience that will delight fans around the world.”

Pokémon Masters will be available worldwide as a free-to-start game with in-app purchases on compatible iOS and Android devices, with release planned for summer 2019.

The game will be available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.

Fans can learn more about Pokémon Masters by watching the game’s video presentation, which also includes an original animation trailer, available at https://youtu.be/QXuT7ZsrqRA.

Train2Game News Yer A Wizard…

Ready your wands! Niantic, Inc. and WB Games officially launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand on Friday.

The highly anticipated augmented reality (AR) real-world mobile game is co-published and co-developed by Niantic, Inc. and WB Games under the Portkey Games label, and will launch in additional countries around the world in the days ahead.

Players in the launch regions can download the game for free on the App Store for iPhone, Google Play for Android devices and the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store for Samsung devices.

“This marks the beginning of an incredible journey for fans of the Wizarding World, opening up virtual doorways to remarkable adventures in the world around them,” said John Hanke, Founder and CEO, Niantic.

“Everything we’ve learned about augmented reality and real-world game design over the last seven years has been poured into this game.”

“We are very pleased to partner with Niantic, the AR gaming market leader, for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite to create a deeply magical and immersive Wizarding World experience for our Portkey Games label,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

“If you are a wizard or witch who always felt the magic was really all around you, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite’s combination of unique narrative and cutting-edge AR technology will let you live out that fan fantasy.”

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is built on the Niantic Real World Platform, and created using the game design and content creation expertise of WB Games San Francisco.

As new recruits of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force, players will investigate the chaotic magical activity that is leaking into the Muggle world and work together to solve the mystery of this Calamity. Players will be able to explore their real-world neighborhoods and cities to discover mysterious artifacts, cast spells, and encounter fantastic beasts and iconic characters along the way.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, please visit www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com to receive the latest information about the game, and follow the game on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Train2Game News Pokémon for all states of consciousness

During a press conference in Tokyo today, Tsunekazu Ishihara, president and CEO of The Pokémon Company, presented a glimpse into how the globally popular Pokémon brand will continue to be a trendsetter in gaming.

Mr. Ishihara unveiled a broad range of offerings including mobile games, apps, and innovative connected hardware to show the variety of new ways Pokémon Trainers will be able to experience and enhance their Pokémon gameplay.

Pokémon HOME

The world of Pokémon games is more diverse than ever, with a range of titles for Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices. Now, Trainers can bring all their Pokémon together with Pokémon HOME, a new cloud service app that enables them to continue their Pokémon adventures beyond a single game system and manage their collection of Pokémon across many of their games.

Smartphone users can also trade with friends or others around the world directly from Pokémon HOME. Pokémon HOME connects with Pokémon Bank as well as Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games, and also Pokémon GO. Pokémon HOME is expected to launch in early 2020 for iOS and Android devices as well as Nintendo Switch.

Pokémon Sleep

Soon, Trainers will be able to wake up with Pokémon every morning with Pokémon Sleep, a mobile app from The Pokémon Company.

Pokémon Sleep aims to turn sleeping into entertainment by having a player’s time spent sleeping and the time they wake up have an effect on the gameplay.

While more details about the app’s functionality will be revealed at a later date, it was announced that a new peripheral device from Nintendo, Pokémon GO Plus + will connect to Pokémon Sleep and launch with the app. The device will use an embedded accelerometer to track a user’s time sleeping and send this information to their smartphone via Bluetooth.

This new device also has the same functions as the original Pokémon GO Plus, so Trainers can use it with Pokémon GO during the day and with Pokémon Sleep at night.

Trainers can look forward to Pokémon Sleep launching for mobile devices in 2020. To celebrate this early look at Pokémon Sleep, beginning today, Trainers around the world will have the chance to encounter Snorlax that are lying down and deep in sleep in Pokémon GO.

Pokémon Masters

A new Pokémon mobile game called Pokémon Masters is on the way for iOS and Android devices from The Pokémon Company and DeNA.

Pokémon Masters enables players to experience a new type of Pokémon battling on the go and features many famous Pokémon Trainers from the long history of Pokémon video games. Gameplay will be optimized for smart devices for a casual but uniquely Pokémon experience. Fans can expect more details about Pokémon Masters in June.

A New Detective Pikachu game for Nintendo Switch

The release of the “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu” movie has left fans wanting more of the famous Pokémon sleuth. The Pokémon Company announced today that Creatures Inc. has plans to create a new entry in the Detective Pikachu video game series, this time for Nintendo Switch. The original Detective Pikachu game for the Nintendo 3DS ended on a cliffhanger and this upcoming game will be a conclusion to that story.

Pokémon Shirts

In addition to gaming news, Mr Ishihara announced that Pokémon Shirts, a service currently available in Japan that creates made-to-order original clothing designs featuring the first 151 Pokémon, will be coming to the U.S. and Europe.

The full press conference will be posted to the official Pokémon YouTube channel.

Train2Game News Godzilla Defense Force

Godzilla Defense Force rampages onto mobile devices worldwide as the base management game now available as a free download on the App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android devices.

In Godzilla Defense Force players will battle and collect iconic monsters from more than 29 movies in the Japanese production company TOHO’s classic Godzilla series.

Godzilla Defense Force will take fans through the history of the Toho’s Godzilla franchise, starting with the original 1954 film and on to the present day. Joining forces with powerful allies, such as MechaGodzilla, players will battle to save major cities like London and Tokyo and Sydney from monsters from across Godzilla’s lore.

“Godzilla Defense Force weaves TOHO’s iconic Godzilla series with a fantastic blend of card and defense building mechanics to create unique mobile experience that reflects the heart of the franchise,” said Jaeho Hwang, Director of Neople Studio 42.

Players will improve their ability to defend the world by building an increasingly powerful deck of Monster Cards by defeating world-threatening KAIJU, which can then be strategically used to give new skills and buffs to their decks. As players defend their city and tap their way to victory in each battle they will also add to their Codex, unlocking detailed descriptions of monsters alongside images from their respective movies. When they’re not defending cities, players can bolster their forces through lunar colonization.

For more information including character details, trailers, upcoming events and more, visit Godzilla: Defense Force’s official website: http://mobile.neople.co.kr/godzillaDF/