Train2Game News Trials Of Mana 25th Anniversary Update

SQUARE ENIX® announced that Trials of Mana™, the full-3D remake of the beloved classic, will receive a patch update today, bringing new challenges and experiences to players. This update is in celebration of the recent 25th anniversary of the release of the original Trials of Mana, known as Seiken Densetsu 3 in Japan. Additionally, SQUARE ENIX is holding sales on digital versions of titles in the series.


Patch 1.1.0 for Trials of Mana is scheduled for release today and will include a number of game content updates and additions, such as:

  • “No Future” Difficulty – This new difficulty level will put even the most experienced players to the test. This difficulty setting will allow players to challenge even stronger enemies and bosses with restrictions on certain abilities and item usage, as well as time limits on boss battles. Players can also obtain stronger versions of equipment and execute new chain abilities.
  • “Expert” Difficulty and Level Reset in New Game Plus – Players will have the option to select “Expert” as a difficulty setting when starting a New Game Plus playthrough. Additionally, the option to revert characters to level 1 when starting a New Game Plus playthrough has been added.
  • Costume Adjustments – Unlocked costumes can be accessed after resetting a character’s class or when starting a New Game Plus playthrough.
  • Addition of goddess statues to the map, bug fixes, and more.

Patch 1.1.0 Allows Players New Challenges with Time Limits on Boss Battles
Players who complete the story available after completing the “No Future” difficulty mode will be rewarded with the “Rabite Slippers” equipment, which will allow players to traverse fields and dungeons without encountering enemies.

Rabite Slippers Equipment
  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the original Trials of Mana, select digital download titles in the Mana series will be available at a discounted price on Nintendo Switch™ and Steam® from October 14 through November 2, and on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system later this month.

Additionally, Trials of Mana fans are encouraged to share their love of the game with friends and coworkers with a special set of Zoom backgrounds, available to download for free. The set of five backgrounds includes a variety of Trials of Mana artwork and character illustration, and can be downloaded here: https://sqex.link/8a2e5.

For additional activities celebrating the 25th anniversary of Trials of Manaand details on forthcoming discounts for the PlayStation®4 system, please continue to visit the official Mana series social channels on Twitter and Facebook

Train2Game News Polimon Political Monsters

Outside The Box Software, a small Indie game studio, releases the timely satirical Turn Based RPG Polimon – Political Monsters.

At first glance it may seem like a gimmick, but after just a few minutes playing it becomes apparent there’s a lot more to this genre blending game than meets the eye.

Featuring over a dozen famous and infamous U.S. politicians from the past 2 decades, Polimon allows players to take control of their favorite (or most hated) U.S. Presidential candidate. From the omnipresent Donald Trump, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders to fringe candidates like Kanye West. As the player’s chosen Political Monster, they will travel across the land, gaining supporters, and engaging in political battles.

The battle system parodies the classic Turn-Based RPG Trainer system while satirizing political candidates and various supporters and interest groups. “If you play the game for 5 minutes, you might get offended and send me hate mail.” says Christopher ‘Cosmo’ Evans the Lead Developer and Game Designer of Polimon at Outside The Box Software. “But once you play for more than 15 minutes, you realize the game pokes fun at everyone across the political spectrum and it also illuminates how we actually have a lot of shared interests outside of a few hot button issues.”

Polimon – Political Monsters contains over 30 hours of gameplay with a planned Online Multiplayer battle mode in the works. New Polimon will be added regularly featuring not only current politicians like ‘AOC’ but also “Legendary Polimon” such as Abraham Lincoln and Richard Nixon each with their own special movies and abilities. Polimon looks to be one of the more accessible political games to date. “Typically political games fall into two categories. They are either too esoteric requiring a near political science degree to understand or they’re too simplistic reducing the politics to whack-a-mole.” says Christopher Cosmo. “With Polimon, the idea was to create accessible and engaging gameplay that even a non-politico can do a play-through and maybe even pique their interest in politics, but also have enough depth and satire that political junkies will appreciate and have fun digging deeper.”

Polimon – Politcal Monsters is now available to download on the iOS App Store, Google Play Store, and Amazon App Store.

Train2Game News Turtles Fight Gods

Nickelodeon’s world-famous Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will soon become playable characters in the hit video game SMITE: Battleground of the Gods.

Revealed today through a cinematic trailer, this world-bending crossover event will see Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Donatello face a challenge mightier than the Foot Clan: Gods from ancient mythology such as Thor, Poseidon, and Hercules. Will Turtle Power overcome divine power?

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are a global, cross-generational classic and bringing them to SMITE is a thrill for us,” says Alex Cantatore, Hi-Rez Studios Brand Director of Live Games. “SMITE is all about blending diverse mythologies and fictional universes, in a way no other game can. You can play as Zeus, Bob Ross, or Cthulhu and you can fight King Arthur or Avatar Aang—and now we’re adding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Battleground.”

All four iconic Turtles will be available as skins for existing SMITE gods in the all-new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Pass. 

Players will be able to wield the swords of the Turtles’ leader, Leonardo, with an all-new Osiris skin unlocked immediately upon purchasing the Battle Pass. Then, just by playing SMITE, purchasers will unlock Raphael Loki, Michelangelo Mercury, and Donatello Sun Wukong — complete with the Turtles’ legendary gadgets. 

“A few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles superfans at the studio pushed these skins to be something well beyond what we traditionally think of as ‘skins,’” said Travis Brown, Executive Producer of SMITE. “We’ve created all-new models, rigging, animations, and effects to really bring the Turtles into the Battleground of the Gods. They may use the abilities of existing SMITE gods, but they’re essentially all-new characters.”

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Battle Pass is chock full of content for dedicated fans of the series, including a Mouser ward skin and a global emote for whenever you want to say “Cowabunga!” For the most hardcore of fans, bonus prestige skins in the Battle Pass feature a unique 80’s cartoon-inspired look for all four Turtles.

Players will also be able to become the Turtles’ master, Splinter, or their arch-rival Shredder through this crossover event. Splinter Hachiman and Shredder Ravana skins will be available as separate purchases.

SMITE’s unique blend of third-person action combat and Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) strategy has attracted more than 30 million players to the Battleground of the Gods. SMITE features an ever-growing roster of 100+ Gods and Goddesses from pantheons around the world and throughout history, and is free to play on PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

This is the second time Hi-Rez Studios and Nickelodeon have collaborated, following the successful Avatar: The Last Airbender Battle Pass released in SMITE earlier this year.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Battle Pass will become available for purchase in SMITE next month. The full reveal of the crossover skins and more information about the Battle Pass will be broadcast live on twitch.tv/SMITEGame Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. EDT, during the SMITEUpdate Show.

Train2Game News Ultimate Lockdown Boredom.Buster

Millie and Molly, a new puzzle game for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, promises to help players banish lockdown boredom and stress.

The game stars sisters Millie and Molly, who must defeat malicious monsters from 100 levels across various worlds. Players must use their logic skills to work out which route will allow them to banish the enemies.

There are no timers or lives in the game, meaning that players can solve puzzles at their own pace. If players make a mistake, the rewind and restart functions make it easy to try something else. There are no annoying ads or in-app purchases, either.

“Millie and Molly was designed to be challenging yet relaxing. We wanted players to enjoy all the satisfaction of solving each puzzle without pressure along the way. 

“These factors have made it the perfect lockdown game, because people are looking for ways to have fun, destress, and stimulate their minds,” says Carleton Handley, the Greater Manchester–based indie developer behind Millie and Molly.

The game was released for the Commodore 64 earlier this year and received rave reviews from the community, even gaining a 93% score from Retro Gamer magazine. It’s this feedback that motivated Carleton and artist Saul Cross to bring the game to modern devices, complete with 8-bit and 16-bit graphics and retro-style tunes.

“I received so many messages from Commodore 64 players who said that they’d been playing Millie and Molly with kids, friends, and partners who’d never shown an interest in retro gaming before.

“When Covid-19 took a hit on my freelance workload, it presented the perfect opportunity for me to work on a version for modern devices. One of my proudest achievements is that my wife finished all 100 levels on her iPhone, as she’s never completed a game before!”
Editor’s notes

Game trailer: https://youtu.be/kYjQUnIUd8E

Train2Game News Outriders Release Date

SQUARE ENIX® is excited to announce that OUTRIDERS™, the RPG-Shooter where survival demands aggression, from People Can Fly, the developers of Gears of War: Judgment and BULLETSTORM, and Square Enix External Studios, the minds behind SLEEPING DOGS® and JUST CAUSE®, will be releasing on February 2nd, 2021.

OUTRIDERS will feature full cross-play compatibility across all formats, meaning players across PS4™, PS5™, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC and Stadia will be able to play together regardless of what platform they are on.

Players who purchase OUTRIDERS on current-gen consoles will be able to upgrade from PlayStation®4 to PlayStation®5 for free. Players can also upgrade from Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S for free with Smart Delivery.
 

Watch the OUTRIDERS Release Date Announce Trailer Here:
https://youtu.be/lVB98xP6gds


“We’re very happy to announce that we can offer full cross-play support and a free next-gen upgrade plan for OUTRIDERS players. The great thing about this system is that even if you’re not picking up your PS5 or XSX quite yet, we’ve got you covered and there’s no need to wait. If you buy the current-gen version of OUTRIDERS, we’ll give you the next-gen version for free,” said Jon Brooke, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios.

“We’re taking a little bit longer to ensure players have the best possible experience with OUTRIDERS, we’re also including new features like Cross-Play which will make our game much more accessible on all platforms,” added Lee Singleton, Co-Head of Studio at Square Enix External Studios.

OUTRIDERS will release on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC on February 2nd, 2021 and Google Stadia later in 2021.

For more information, visit www.outriders.net

Train2Game News Baldurs Gate 3 Early Access

Larian Studios is excited to announce that its long-awaited RPG Baldur’s Gate 3 today released into Early Access on Steam and Gog on PC/Mac and, Google Stadia.

Players all over the world are now able to enjoy the first act of the game, which spans roughly 25h of content, 46.000 dialogue lines in english, 600 NPCs and 146 spells and actions. The extensive Character Creation within the game will let players pick from 16 races and subraces as well as six different classes with each their own subclasses.
 
Today’s release into Early Access marks the beginning of a long journey towards full release. Working directly with the community, the team will continuously iterate and improve the game, adding new content along the way. RPGs this large, with so many permutations, thrive from feedback as new features and fixes are incrementally added to the game. Early Access gives players a chance to participate in development and it gives the team an opportunity to explore different game ideas with a live community.
 
A parasite planted in their brains, they wake up on board a burning Nautiloid Ship, racing across hell and at the very center of an epic fight between Mind Flayers and red dragons. And that will only mark the very beginning of their journey. Players will encounter many challenges upon their return to the forgotten realms in a tale about fellowship and betrayal, sacrifice and survival – and the lure of absolute power.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Gnf6Z-15K9A?wmode=transparent

Baldur’s Gate 3 is an expansive, cinematic, player-driven RPG based on 5e D&D. It features a
rich character creation system where players can create an avatar based on 16 different D&D races and subraces, select their cantrips, skills & abilities, and enter a world where their actions truly define the story.
 
Baldur’s Gate 3 expands on Larian’s award-winning narrative gameplay both through the
advent of cinematic storytelling, and with dice-rolls for key decisions throughout the game, in
and out of combat. Dialogue options often have multiple responses, and some responses may
require a dice roll to succeed, defined by both luck as well as the attributes of the player
character, or circumstances of the situation.

The Forgotten Realms are a vast, detailed and diverse world, and there are secrets to be discovered all around – verticality is a vital part of exploration. They can sneak, dip, shove, climb, and jump as they journey from the depths of the Underdark to the glittering rooftops of the Upper City. How they survive, and the mark they leave on the world, is up to them:

  • Online Multiplayer for up to 4 players allows players to combine their forces in combat, and split their party to follow their own quests and agendas. They can concoct the perfect plan together… or introduce an element of chaos when their friends least expect it.
  • Evolved, turn-based combat, based on the D&D 5e ruleset. Team-based initiative, advantage & disadvantage, and roll modifiers join combat cameras, expanded environmental interactions, and a new fluidity in combat that rewards strategy and foresight.
  • Defining the future of the forgotten realms through their choices, and the roll of the dice. No matter who they play, or what they roll, the world and its inhabitants will react to their story.
  • Player-initiated turn-based mode allows the players to pause the world around them at any time even outside of combat. Whether they see an opportunity for a tactical advantage before combat begins, want to pull off a heist with pin-point precision, or need to escape a fiendish trap. They can Split their party, prepare ambushes, sneak in the darkness – and create their own luck!

Baldur’s Gate 3 today releases into Early Access on Steam, GOG, Google Stadia and Mac which marks the beginning of the games journey towards full release.

Train2Game News Gayming Awards Coming 2021

Today Gayming Magazine are happy to announce that they will be rolling out the virtual pink carpet to celebrate the Gayming Awards on 24th February 2021 20:00 GMT.

The show will be streamed to viewers around the world alongside a plethora of exciting sponsors, including presenting partner EA Games, Square Enix, Green Man Gaming, Jagex and Creative Assembly amongst others to be announced. 

Colin Blackwood, UKI Country Manager from presenting partner EA Games had the following to say on the awards, “EA are delighted to be sponsoring the first ever Gayming Awards. As one of the founding partners of the #RaiseTheGame pledge, we’re committed to celebrating diversity and inclusion within the games industry and the Gayming Awards is a great opportunity to do just that.”

Additionally, the voting window for public nominations for Industry Diversity Award, Best LGBTQ Indie Game and Best LGBTQ Streamer closes on October 31st. You can find the other award categories here.

The Gayming Awards aim to commemorate the achievements of the wider, global gaming industry and how they have championed LGBTQ people through the creative medium of videogames. Critically-acclaimed queer comedian Suzi Ruffell will be hosting the evening, best known for her appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, Go 8 Bit and more. Suzi Ruffell has also had five sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Festival with stand-up shows racking up critical acclaim from reviewers and audiences alike.

All games released in the calendar year of 2020 will be eligible for the Gayming Awards and voting will take place through November and December 2020.

You can find out more information on the 2021 Gayming Awards here: http://gaymingawards.com

Train2Game News YouTube Fall Guys Tournament

YouTube has announced a live charity gaming tournament featuring an all-star gaming creator lineup competing in Fall Guys Season 2.

Starting at 11 a.m. PT on Friday, Oct. 9, this two hour celebration will debut the new medieval Season 2 content, including new costumes, emotes, levels and more.

The winners of the tournament will receive a $100,000 donation to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on their behalf as well as a custom YouTube Gaming Fall Guys crown.
 
The tournament will be live streamed on the official Fall Guys YouTube Channel and feature prominent creators AyChristine, CouRage, ItsFunneh, JeromeASF, Jazzyguns, KreekCraft, Logdotzip, and more. Creators will compete in teams of two and accumulate points over a set number of matches for a shot at the Grand Finals, with the top two teams squaring off to see who takes the crown and charity donation.
 
“The explosive growth Fall Guys has seen on YouTube has been nothing short of jaw-dropping. In less than one month, Fall Guys related content on YouTube has seen over 1.3B views and over 650,000 videos uploaded alone,” said Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming, YouTube. “I love seeing our amazing community of creators come together to support UNICEF and its great cause. I look forward to seeing which creators take the crown!”
 
This tournament is a part of YouTube’s commitment to provide high quality and competitive live stream content for gaming fans globally while bringing awareness to important causes. YouTube Gaming is a gaming destination that gives gamers endless ways to enjoy the games they care about and connect with creators and communities that share their same passion. Viewers can find personalized gaming content, the top live games, gaming creators on the rise and trending videos all in one place

Train2Game News Steam Digital Tabletop Fest

The first ever Steam Digital Tabletop Fest, celebrating games that cross between physical and digital, will make its debut 21- 26 October 2020.

Produced in collaboration with Auroch Digital, the event will feature virtual let’s plays, panels, talks and more streaming activities that explore the fusion between physical and digital games with legendary designers, upcoming studios, and you.

DIGITAL TABLETOP FEST – MORE INFO
 

Working with Valve, indie studio Auroch Digital is helping curate the program of events and line up speakers such Sandy Petersen (Call of Cthulhu RPG, Quake, Cthulhu Wars and more!), Steve Jackson (Munchkin, Ogre, Car Wars and many more), Ian Livingstone (Co-founder Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy, Chairman Sumo Group plc), Elizabeth Hargrave (creator of the hit game Wingspan) and author and New Yorker writer Simon Parkin talks about how a board game helped the allies win WW2 and many more!

Here’s a look at just some of the other wide-ranging activities happening during the event:

  • Plague Inc: Evolved (where James Vaughan, game designer of the digital and physical version plays the digital game’s boardgame scenario while discussing the design of both versions)
  • Othercide (the tactical-RPG blending strong art style, unique lore and challenging tactical gameplay, presented by its Art Director and Lead Game Designer)
  • Gloomhaven’s stream, featuring the developers, will discuss the upcoming content for the next major update of Gloomhaven’s Early Access on Steam.
  • Virtual panel on games about Mars, where game creators will be joined by actual space agency staff and scientists to ask what games get right and wrong about Mars.
  • Virtual panel on Cthulhu games, where some of the most notable Cthulhu-themed designers from digital and physical ask about the cultural impact of such titles and more.

How to get involved

Join in during the live broadcasts to chat to the devs about the topics of conversations and their games, or catch them via VOD if you can’t make the live steam. More panels and talks will be announced as the event gets closer.

The Steam Digital Tabletop Fest features games that run across the lines between digital and physical games; this can be a digital port of a physical game, a game which has produced a physical version from the digital one, a game that simulates the physical play experience, or a digital game whose aesthetics are inspired by tabletop games. 

To learn more and to sign up to be reminded when the event begins, please visit this link.

Train2Game News Golden Joystick Awards Now Open

Voting goes live today in the 38th Golden Joystick Awards, the world’s biggest public-voted games awards.

Every year millions of fans show their support by voting for the games, developers, publishers and personalities who have entertained and thrilled them the most over the last 12 months.
 

Now in its 38th year, the Golden Joystick Awards show has been confirmed for this November with a new all-digital format and global focus.
 

Daniel Dawkins, Content Director, Games and Film explains more:
 

“Last year the Golden Joystick Awards were held in central London with awards being handed out to developers who had flown in from all around the globe. This year the event will be a truly global, all-digital, affair with a variety of exciting guest hosts, exclusive game trailers and editorialised video features. We strongly believe this will allow us to reach millions more fans, with the Golden Joystick Awards 2020 being hosted on gamesradar.com, currently enjoying a year of record traffic. Our revamped digital show will be produced by the team behind the recently-launched Future Games Show, which attracted 23 million views for its E3 and Gamescom shows. We can’t wait to celebrate the best games of the last 12 months and look forward to the next generation of consoles and creators.”
 

The Golden Joystick Awards are brought to you by GamesRadar+, the world’s fastest-growing major games website. GamesRadar+ recorded its all-time audience record of 35.5m global users in April 2020, and has seen phenomenal growth over the year with a 92% rise in users across the globe*.
 

Voting starts today across 18 categories, including PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, Mobile, eSports and PC Game of the Year, as well as Best Family Game (NEW for 2020), Best Multiplayer Game, Best Indie Game, Best Gaming Hardware, Best Game Expansion, Best Game Community (NEW for 2020), Best Studio and more.
 

Fans can also cast a vote for online games that they can’t give up playing in the ‘Still Playing’ award, as well as the game they are most looking forward to in the hotly-contested ‘Most Wanted’ award category which was won by Cyberpunk 2077 in 2019.
 

Daniel Dawkins said:
 

“Our judging panel has worked hard to narrow down the shortlist to just eight games in each category**. Some games are so good they have made it into more than one category, with multiple nominations for Animal Crossing: New Horizons, The Last of Us Part II, Fall Guys and more. We have also added in two new categories – ‘Best Family Game’, which reflects the fantastic family games that have been released this year, and ‘Best Gaming Community’ a nod to the increased role games have played in keeping us connected to our friends and fellow players in 2020.”
 

Voting opens today and closes on November 2nd 2020.

For more information visit www.goldenjoysticks.com or follow The Golden Joysticks Awards on Twitter and Facebook