Train2Game Pac-Man Partnering With NBA For 40th Anniversary

Leading interactive entertainment company BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc., creator of PAC-MAN®, today announced an innovative new partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to collaborate on a myriad of NBA-themed video game integrations and various co-branded PAC-MAN and NBA licensed products in celebration of PAC-MAN’s 40th anniversary.

Throughout the upcoming 2020-21 NBA season, the collaboration will offer numerous points-of-engagement for fans to enjoy their favorite video game icon and sports league in unison, leveraging the global appeal of both PAC-MAN and the NBA. Starting on December 22nd, fans can begin enjoying the NBA inspired game content featuring fun power-ups and special mazes in the PAC-MAN mobile game – available on iOS and Android.

“Everyone at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is extremely proud and excited to bring PAC-MAN together in partnership with the NBA.” said Yutaka Fuse, Head of Licensing and Branding at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc. “The combined star-power of the NBA and PAC-MAN enables us to deliver creative experiences and special products that are sure to delight fans of both brands. As we move into 2021, we will launch a new PAC-MAN initiative with the aim of inspiring our fans to be engaged and stay PAC-TIVE with a variety of safe in-home PAC-TIVITIES.”

“We are thrilled to partner with such an iconic and timeless brand in PAC-MAN as the NBA family celebrates its impressive milestone,” said Matt Holt, NBA Senior Vice President, Global Partnerships. “We look forward to engaging our fan base through the range of interactive video game experiences and products that PAC-MAN offers.”

To learn more about PAC-MAN and PAC-MAN’S 40th Anniversary, please visit:  https://www.pacman.com. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or join the conversation on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/bandainamcous.

The 2020-21 NBA season tips off on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. E.T. on TNT.  For game and national television schedules across ABC, ESPN, TNT and NBA TV for the first half of the season, visit NBA.com, where fans can find star matchups, thrilling game action and exciting storylines across the league.

Train2Game News NieR Replicant Game Play Trailer

SQUARE ENIX® gave gamers worldwide a special holiday treat with the reveal of an intense, battle-focused gameplay trailer for NieR Replicant™ ver.1.22474487139… during The Game Awards show 2020, which streamed tonight on over 45 video platforms across the globe.

The new trailer showcased the protagonist slashing through swaths of enemy Shades across different battlefields, giving an exciting first look at the highly anticipated prequel to NieR:Automata™, the cult classic action-RPG from acclaimed game director YOKO TARO.

The NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… Game Awards Gameplay Trailer is available at: https://youtu.be/Z1zDAn2sRQk

The game transports players to a dark, apocalyptic world where a young man embarks on a captivating quest to find the cure for his sister’s deadly disease – a quest that will make them question everything.

The company also announced the White Snow Edition of the game, a collector’s fantasy pack featuring a “Lunar Tear” Collector’s Box, Steelbook® Case, Pin Badge Set, Script Set, and Soundtrack CD Set available now for pre-order exclusively from the SQUARE ENIX Store for $159.99. Complete details on all editions of the game and pre-order bonuses are available at: http://www.niergame.com.

NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139… will launch for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One family of devices including Xbox One X and PC (Steam) on April 23, 2021. The game is not yet rated.

Train2Game News Develop Games Without Coding

Freejam, developers of the hit online game Robocraft with 13 million registered accounts are setting their sights on a new development adventure.

Gamecraft lets creators build games without ever needing to learn any coding. Everything in Gamecraft is built using blocks. There’s no need to pull up a complicated coding tool. Simply place blocks down, adjust their properties and wire them up to other block types to create your own games.

These can be shared online to be played by other players. There are already hundreds of games shared by the community that can be played right now.

Early in development: Gamecraft is smashing the barriers of entry for creativity!

As the game continues to evolve and the tools to create improve, the quality and diversity of games available to play will increase. Players will reap the rewards of playing hundreds of games across a multitude of genres, from first person shooters, vehicle simulators and platformers to fully playable arcade games and pinball machines. 

Creators have already shared over 700 playable games and 60 blueprint sets. Other creators can download these, place them in their game, expand upon it and then upload their own games online for others to play.

Recently, Gamecraft released a new update called Blueprints. Game director Mark Simmons who leads the team at Freejam said:

“Whether you’re a player and you want to try out the hundreds of games other people have made, or a creator and want to design fun games for others to play, the Blueprints update improves the quality and experience for everyone.

This is just the first of many major updates we have planned for Gamecraft and we’re hoping players will stay with us on our journey to make creating, sharing and playing better for everyone.”

“With the recent blueprints update, I can upload one of my designs, someone else can download it and use it at their level. Or they can take my design, expand upon it and then create something else.

At the moment myself and a few members from the community are collaborating on a train track set where we are each designing various track pieces, trains and carriages. It’s easy to collaborate and we are looking forward to seeing how the community create together”

“Unlike other game making platforms, we want Gamecraft to be accessible, powerful and fun to use.

It’s important that we get that right and as we work towards online multiplayer, players will also be able to build entire games together which will lead to better games for everyone to play.”

Gamecraft is now available for PC and is currently in Early Access on Steam.

Train2Game News Stormzy Collabs With Watch Dogs Legion

Stormzy has unveiled the incredible music video for ‘Rainfall’ (feat. Tiana Major9). Produced by Jay Weathers, ‘Rainfall’ is the latest single to be taken from his number #1, gold-selling album, ‘Heavy Is The Head’.
 
The video has been created entirely inside Watch Dogs: Legion, a brand-new video game set in a near-future London which is set for release on 29th October. In a one-of-a-kind collaboration, the game features an exclusive mission titled ‘Fall on My Enemies’ which sees Stormzy enlisting the help of the resistance group, ‘DedSec’ to protect the broadcast of the music video across the entire city. 
 
Stormzy is one of UK’s most inspiring and influential cultural figures. His two albums to date; ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’ and ‘Heavy Is The Head’ both reached #1 in the UK album chart and were subsequently nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. His remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character – a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism, he has consistently stood up for people from all areas of life; encouraging his fans and listeners alike to speak openly about their beliefs and fight for their rights. 
 
We are thrilled for Stormzy to be a part of Watch Dogs: Legion. His music and what he speaks to as an artist is extremely relevant for our London setting, and for the larger themes of our game,” commented Clint Hocking, Creative Director at Ubisoft Toronto. He added, “It’s been almost a year since we had Stormzy in the studio to film his performance. He lit up the room, and captivated us all. He’s a great collaborator, and it was a career highlight for us to get to work with him.
 
Led by Ubisoft Toronto, Watch Dogs: Legion will release on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Stadia and for Windows PC on Epic Games and Uplay on 29th October, 2020.  The game will also be available on UPLAY+. Watch Dogs: Legion will also release on Xbox Series X|S on November 10th and PlayStation®5 upon the launch of those consoles.
 
For more information about Watch Dogs: Legion, please visit watchdogs.com, and join the conversation by using #watchdogslegion

Train2Game News Fall Guys 7m In 3 Weeks

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout has taken the gamingworld by storm since its release on August 4, 2020. The game falls under the increasingly popular Battle Royale game mode and has been trending among avid and casual gamers alike. According to data presented by Safebettingsites.com, Fall Guys has sold over 7 million units of the game on gaming platform Steam in less than 3 weeks and is fast becoming one of the most popular games on streaming platform Twitch.

Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout – A Wholesome Battle Royale

In the last few years, the Battle Royale game mode has become one of the most popular game modes in terms of both active players and in viewership on streaming platforms. The game mode was popularized with the release of Fortnite in 2017.

Itentails gamers playing online against other real-life gamers all vying to be the last one standing at the end of a match. However, most of the different iterations of the game mode involve combat of some sort where opponents are needed to be killed off to be eliminated from the game. 

This is what separates Fall Guys as it puts a totally wholesome twist on the Battle Royale game mode. Fall Guys is played with up to 60 online players all vying to finish an obstacle course where only a certain number qualify for each level of the course.

The obstacle course has been described by many as a combination of popular tv shows, Wipeout and Takeshi’s Castle. The graphics of the game is also designed to be suitable for most ages. Players are represented by little animated avatars that they can customise to their liking. This made the game appealing to even the most casual of gamers.

The game was developed by Mediatonic and is available to download for free on PlayStation Plus or for various prices (depending on region) on Steam.

Fall Guys Takes Over Steam, PS Plus and Twitch

Since its release in the first week of August, Fall Guys has sold over 7 million units of the game in just a little over 3 weeks after its release. Sony also announced that the game has set the record for most downloaded Playstation Plus game of all time.

The game’s appeal stretches beyond the gamer experience as it has also proven to be popular among those who merely enjoy watching the game being played. In August, Fall Guys was already making its way to the top of the charts despite being in its infancy on streaming platform Twitch.

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information at: https://www.safebettingsites.com/blog/2020/09/16/fall-guys-sold-7m-units-in-less-than-3-weeks-on-steam/

Train2Game News Leisure Suit Larry Is Back

Today, publisher Assemble Entertainment is delighted to announce that Larry Laffer is back at it — again — and this time, he’s on Xbox One!

The world-famous ladies man is now available for your gameplay pleasure in the Microsoft Store in the form of Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry! Join Larry as he takes on the modern age — one explicit social media app at a time — to stumble his way to true love. The Xbox launch completes Larry’s multi-platform conquest as the infamous title stakes its claim on PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, iOS, Android, and now, Xbox One! 
 
Boasting a ‘Very Positive’ Steam review score, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry lands Larry Laffer smack dab in 2018 where he’ll navigate his way through modern technology and modern women. What does that mean for the grease-stained lovebird of the ‘80s? Only one way to find out! 
 
Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry launches on Xbox One complete with the Happy Ending Update — an expansion that serves as an epilogue depicting what happens after Larry’s dating misadventures that take place in the main game. That’s not all — players don’t have to wait long to get more Larry, as Assemble Entertainment and developer Crazybunch have just recently announced the sequel, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Dry Twice, launching on PC via Steam on October 15th 2020. 
 
Watch the Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry Xbox One trailer here

More about Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry:

Hey ladies, I’m back in business! My latest adventure, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry, takes me – whatever the route or twist of fate – from the end of the ’80s directly to the 21st Century and wow, how the world has changed! While my…somewhat antiquated view of the world and women collides with modern reality, I’m all set to date my way across the modern world!

In a “point & click” adventure I’d call typical for the genre, we mutually experience how I fall head-over-heels in love with Faith, the assistant to the boss at Prune, a powerful global tech company. Since even dating is done digitally nowadays, the first thing I have to do is to work on my score at Timber, the totally hip, can’t-get-anywhere-without-it dating app where I date women, satisfy their needs, and pick up points for my Timber profile. And whenever I get a chance in between, briefly check out a few new beach pix at Instacrap – the 21st century is gnarly!

Key Features of Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry:

  • What a World!: Explore a lovingly designed, non-linear game world set in modern times with over 30 hand-drawn venues
  • The Digital Age: Use the “Timber” in-game app, along with an innovative dating mechanism to date women, improve your profile score, and ultimately clear the way to dating Faith, the woman of your dreams
  • Dating Can be Puzzling: Solve true-blue puzzles and interact with over 30 hand-drawn characters

Developed by CrazyBunch and published by Assemble Entertainment, Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams Don’t Dry is available for £33.49GBP as a digital download in the Microsoft Store and features a limited-time 25% launch discount.  
 
Thank you in advance for sharing this news with your audience! If you have any questions for Assemble Entertainment or Crazybunch about the launch or the Leisure Suit Larry – Wet Dreams series, please drop me a line. 

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Sales

Nintendo Switch set two new records from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.

It became the best-selling Nintendo console in U.S. history for that five-day period, surpassing even Wii system sales.

Nintendo Switch also had its best-selling week ever in the United States. In fact, according to Adobe Analytics, Nintendo Switch was among the most-purchased items online on Thanksgiving Day and the overall top-selling video game product online for the Black Friday-Cyber Monday time period.

Strong demand resulted in shoppers buying more than $250 million in Nintendo products from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, according to Nintendo’s internal sales figures, demonstrating that Nintendo has something for everyone this holiday season. That sales total accounts for video game systems like Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, retro systems like Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition, as well as all Nintendo-produced games and accessories. Total U.S. hardware sales for Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday increased 45 percent over the same period in 2017.

And that doesn’t even take into account that one of the most anticipated video game events of the year is still to come: the Dec. 7 launch of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game. As previously announced, the game has become not only the most pre-sold Nintendo Switch game of all time, but also the most pre-sold Super Smash Bros. game ever in the series.

Unless otherwise noted, the following data from Nintendo covers Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, and is specific to the U.S. only:

Nintendo Switch

  • Nintendo Switch hardware sales grew 115 percent compared to the same period in 2017.
  • Lifetime sales of Nintendo Switch, which is entering only its second holiday season, have reached more than 8.2 million units.
  • Sales of first-party games, including digital downloads, topped 1 million units Nov. 22-26, beating 2017’s totals by 78 percent.
  • Nintendo Switch games Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! have hit combined U.S. sales of more than 1.5 million units since their Nov. 16 launch.
  • Super Mario Party surpassed lifetime U.S. sales of 1 million units, becoming the fastest-selling game in the Mario Party series and the fifth million-selling first-party Nintendo Switch game in the U.S. alone, joining The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Thanks in part to strong Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday sales, the total installed base for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems has hit 22 million.
  • Additionally, after 12 months of availability, lifetime combined sales of the Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon games crossed 2.2 million.

Classic Gaming Systems

  • Also aided by strong Nov. 22-26 sales, the Super Nintendo Entertainment System: Super NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2.5 million.
  • And the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition system surpassed lifetime sales of 2 million.0

Remember that Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access.

For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/ or https://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Train2Game News RAWG organises your games

RAWG (RAWG.io) is a comprehensive database and a video game discovery service that lets players create and manage their multi-platform library in one place.

RAWG reached its first milestone in product development field, by expanding its video game database over 245 000 game titles and becoming the largest multi-platform video game database in the world.

Today, RAWG is rolling out its first set of tools for community members willing to pitch in. The first iteration of UGC tools allows registered users to add new games to RAWG’s database or edit existing game pages.

“RAWG is looking to offer personalized and extremely effective ways to discover new video games. The catalog with every game in it (regardless of their original platform or release date) is our foundation. A quarter million games we’ve got is a lot, yet we are aware that some are still missing and some have incomplete information — says RAWG’s founder Gadji Makhtiev. —

“We‘ve spent almost a year to compile it, and now we‘re ready to focus on the depth and quality of our data. With that said we are opening up our editing tools for public access and now everyone can add or edit information on RAWG.”

According to research, more than 60% of all gamers usually use multiple platforms to play games, yet there is no space where they could see all of their games in one place. RAWG’s own data also prove this — on average, RAWG users have games on 2,8 platforms. RAWG accounts can be automatically synced with Steam, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live, while other games can be added to libraries manually.

Existing game recommendations services, however, are usually limited to a single platform (PSN, XBL, Steam) and operate on limited data. When gamers use a couple of platforms, their experience with various genres, developers or world settings is not taken into account prior to suggesting new titles. Same can be said about their in-game progress or gameplay preferences — essential data points that can be reflected via personal in-game achievements. RAWG is looking to fix existing discovery issues with its „all your games on one shelf“ approach. If you loved a particular game, RAWG would be looking to suggest similar games regardless of platform, as long as its relevant to an individual gamer.

Open editing tools are also relevant to game developers, especially for teams delivering “games as a service” or indie studios focused on niche genres and experiences. The video game discovery, unchained from a single platform and focused on personal experience, will help games to get discovered. RAWG expects that new editing tools will be adopted by developers, publishers and other industry entities and communities.

“We are welcoming RAWG’s decision to create an open and easily editable multi-platform database. Having a large catalog of games, including several free-to-play titles that are frequently updated and expanded, we want this opportunity to quickly edit and update existing information for millions of our fans” — says Head of PR at Gaijin Entertainment Yulia Shveyko.

“Lithuanian Game Developers Association (LTGDA) truly loves the idea to unlock editing and new game submission tools for everyone. Video game discovery problem is twofold. For a gamer its a problem of finding the next favorite game, while for a developer it’s really about finding a player. For developing industries like ours, this problem is even more persistent. Thus we’re thrilled with this opportunity to pitch in and share our projects with the world” — says LTGDA executive director Gediminas Tarasevičius.

Visit RAWG: www.rawg.io

Train2Game News Dream Harvest developing Failure

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Dream Harvest is a small distributed team currently developing Failure for PC/Mac/Linux.

Dream Harvest have launched a Kickstarter campaign with a goal to raise £30000 to go towards the development of Failure. The studio will be using the funds to pay for contract work by artists and a writer.

“Being a small, part-time, distributed team there is only so much we can do with the funds we have already put into the past 15 months of development. There are gaps in our skillset that require us to make use of other talented people, people who we need to pay for their services.” says Justin French, Dream Harvest’s Creative Director. “Our aim with this Kickstarter is to fund these additional people so that they can create the content required to make the game as polished as possible and bring Failure to the players faster and at a higher quality than if we were to continue just working on it part-time.”

The outsourced freelance talent signed up to work on Failure includes Dead Space’s Antony Johnston and Bungie’s Ryan Klaverveide.

There are a wide range of tiers to choose from on the Kickstarter campaign, starting at £2 which includes a Kickstarter exclusive EP digital soundtrack and wallpapers.

Failure brings a truly fresh experience to strategy gaming, combining elements of RTS, God, CCG, and Tower Defense games, all packaged together into a narrative driven epic cyberpunk strategy game. It is currently in development for PC, Mac and Linux/SteamOS.

Failure places you into the shoes of a hacker skilled in penetrating VR Networks. You choose a Faction, each with it’s own motivation to control the MetaNet and the data within, then begin unlocking and discovering the vast sectors of the network.

You’ll battle against Slicers, hackers from other Factions and the MetaNet’s AI in a struggle for domination. To do this you’ll use your customised Library of Scripts to manipulate the MetaNet and gain victory.

You do not have direct control of your Units, they behave in response to your manipulations of the MetaNet.

Failure is aiming to release for Early Access in Q2/Q3 of 2017 with Kickstarter backers with the right tiers getting closed Alpha access as early as Q2/Q3 2016.

Dream Harvest are an open development team and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Contact them via social media on Twitter, Facebook or Reddit or via the below email.

Contact Information
Justin French – justinfrench@dreamharvest.co.uk
www.dreamharvest.co.uk
www.failuregame.co.uk
@Dream_Harvest on Twitter
Dream Harvest on Facebook

Train2Game News Explore Chernobyl from home

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On the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear-power-plant catastrophe – the greatest human-caused industrial and environmental disaster in history – Polish game developer The Farm 51 is developing The Chernobyl VR Project.

A virtual-reality adventure that will put players in the role of a documentary crew sent to uncover secrets surrounding the tragic event. From the comfort of their homes, players will travel to photorealistic recreations of numerous areas in Chernobyl and Pripyat, where they’ll explore the Restricted Zone, seek clues about past events and help an old survivor find his family memoires.

Via its state-of-the-art Reality 51 technology, The Farm 51’s Chernobyl VR Project will offer players unprecedented access to the site of the catastrophe and the nearby city of Pripyat. In addition to the game the team is developing, an educational component is in the works. Since more than 350,000 inhabitants were evacuated in the aftermath of the disaster, access to the area has been highly restricted and closely monitored; the Chernobyl VR Project will break down those barriers in the form of an interactive documentary, compatible with multiple VR headsets, including Oculus, PlayStation VR, Vive or Samsung Gear VR.

Watch a video that provides a brief look at the project and the people and processes behind it.

The team at The Farm 51 was granted special scientific access to areas unavailable to tourists, spending dozens of hours in the area and using its Reality 51 technology to scan locations in Chernobyl and Pripyat in photorealistic detail. Minor details, including paint peeling off the walls, scuffs on an abandoned amusement-park ride, and rust on an old cash register are captured with exceptional accuracy utilizing photogrammetry and stereoscopic, 360-degree camera technology. Players and virtual visitors will be free to explore and engage with places that have hitherto been off limits, losing themselves in a one-of-a-kind, interactive documentary.

For more information on the Chernobyl VR Project, visit:
www.reality51.com
https://www.facebook.com/chernobylvrproject