Train2Game News EGX 2021

ReedPop is excited to announce a round-up of some of the event highlights that visitors can look forward to at EGX 2021. From familiar franchises to indie adventures and undiscovered gems, this four-day fan favourite – taking place at London’s ExCel between 7th-10th October – is a welcome return to the UK’s events calendar.


Virgin Media, the sponsor of EGX, has teamed up with Mediatonic’s Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout to exclusively host the game on the Virgin Media stand. Players can compete with friends in Fall Guys’ ‘Squads’ mode against other online teams from around the world, and the most skilled squads at EGX will be presented with exclusive Fall Guys IRL crowns and a chance of winning a PS5. 


To further challenge players, Virgin Media is recreating ‘Fall Mountain’ with a giant inflatable Gladiators’ inspired travelator experience. Those daring enough to take on this challenge will be in with a chance to win an exclusive goodie bag to take home. Visitors can also take an exclusive look at upcoming collectible Fall Guys plush and figurines.


In addition to a whole host of Consoles and PCs to play, visitors will have a chance to enjoy Esports Tournaments, Tabletop, Retro Game Zones, Cosplay, Careers advice and a huge collection of Indie Games.


Still can’t get ahold of the hugely in-demand PS5 console? Try it out at EGX, alongside the Xbox Series X/S, in our hands-on Console Corner & Over 18’s Area, where you will be able to play Deathloop on PlayStation5 and Aliens: Fireteam Elite, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania and more on Xbox Series X.


For the most up-to-date announcements, please keep an eye on the EGX Twitter feed.


Recently announced games include…

 

  • From the creators of Left 4 Dead, thrilling frenetic co-op shooter, Back 4 Blood, will be playable at EGX ahead of its 12th October launch
  • Take out your rival assassin on repeat in newly released multiplayer shooter, Deathloop
  • IKEA & Republic of Gamers are heading to EGX, where you will be able to experience the new IKEA gaming range as well as loads of other activities across the four days of the show. Visit the EGX website for more information. 
  • Gather your party, and return to the Forgotten Realms in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Get exclusive global first hands-on play with Conway: Disappearance at Dahlia View, the story-driven observational thriller from the creators of The Occupation and Ether One
  • Step inside the iconic Alien universe in Aliens: Fireteam Elite, the cooperative third-person survival shooter set 23 years after the original Alien movie trilogy
  • Reminisce and revisit the epic Crysis gaming series with the forthcoming Crysis Remastered Trilogy 
  • Shoot down nightmarish monsters in Hunt: Showdown, the thrilling, high-stakes PvPvE 
  • Take a deep dive into the underwater abyss in Silt
  • Explore an endless cavern of creatures, relics and resources in the mining sandbox adventure, Core Keeper
  • Have a quack at KeyWe, the cute, co-operative postal puzzler starring Jeff and Debra, two small kiwi birds

     

A sizeable chunk of the event will be devoted to EGX Rezzed, with a dedicated ‘Rezzed Zone’ for indie gaming. Independent development has always been a huge part of the EGX community. Forget the big names, this zone is all about discovering the extraordinary and shedding some well-deserved limelight on the best homegrown projects.


For the first time at EGX, the popular career fair will be rebranded to be the GamesIndustry.biz Academy and offer invaluable advice that will bring visitors close to the UK’s top studios, offering advice and networking opportunities. To check out the schedule head here.


Meanwhile, the EGX Theater will feature presentations from industry names in a purpose-built theatre. On a more intimate scale, Rezzed Sessions will bring attendees the latest news on some of the world’s most exciting pre-release games and deep dive insights into the game development process. People can start to plan their trip by looking at the schedule here.


Fans will also be able to stop by an EGX merchandise area to browse through the biggest selection of EGX and gaming merchandise the event has ever had!

Train2Game News The Game Awards Returns

It’s official: The Game Awards, the video game industry’s annual year-end celebration, will return as a live, in-person ceremony at the Microsoft Theater on Thursday, December 9, 2021 as well as an online event. 

With a record-setting 83 million livestreams in 2020, up 84% year-over-year, The Game Awards will once again be distributed as a free global 4K UHD livestream to fans around the world across more than 40 global video, social and gaming platforms.

The Game Awards 2021 will bring together the biggest names in gaming and popular culture for a spectacular celebration of video game culture with awards, first-look world premieres and new game announcements, plus musical performances, including The Game Awards Orchestra live on stage at Microsoft Theater, conducted by Lorne Balfe.
 

“We are very excited to return to the Microsoft Theater for a special night to celebrate the past, present and future of video games,” said Geoff Keighley, creator, executive producer and host of The Game Awards. “Our goal is to bring the entire community together to celebrate the most powerful form of entertainment in the world, and recognize emerging voices that represent the future of the medium.”
 

Additional details on health and safety protocols for the invite-only, in-person event at Microsoft Theater will be shared in the coming weeks.
 

Once again, The Game Awards will deliver an immersive digital experience for fans around the world, including free playable game content and interactive extensions on leading streaming platforms, including full support for co-streaming.
 

The Game Awards is executive produced by Geoff Keighley and Kimmie Kim.  LeRoy Bennett is creative director, and Richard Preuss is director.

For more details visit https://thegameawards.com/

Train2Game News Full-Body Motion-Tracking Technology Kickstarter

Singapore tech company Refract is excited to announce that its AXIS Kickstarter campaign has already surpassed its crowdfunding goal with days to go.

AXIS (Active XR Interface System) is a full-body motion-tracking technology that is designed to offer premium features, accuracy and usability at an accessible price.

Designed with active gaming in mind, the game controller gives players complete freedom of movement and incredible levels of immersion as they use their bodies to control the on-screen action. A series of wearable sensors wirelessly track gamers’ full-body movements in real-time, all without the need for large and complex external base stations.

The Kickstarter campaign will run until October 2nd, so now is the last chance for consumers to secure huge discounts on the final retail price before it enters full production in 2022. 
 

The Refract team’s vision was to create a low-latency and affordable full-body controller to deliver an immersive motion gaming experience. The result is a series of sensors with a wireless hub that delivers on their goals and more. With just nine sensors and an on-body hub for inside-out positional tracking, the setup is designed to be simple for anyone to use, especially in smaller spaces.

Besides being compatible out-of-the-box with OpenVR, OpenXR and SteamVR, AXIS also works with popular VR systems like Oculus, making it an excellent add-on for users who want to enhance their current setup.
 

AXIS has three setups to meet different needs: Standard, VR, and Creator.

These are tailored for gamers, VR experiences, and motion capture animators, respectively.

Each setup uses the same basic technology, and thanks to the ability to rapidly swap and assign sensors, it is easy to add or remove them to alter the configuration quickly.  As well as making the system easily scalable, this versatility also makes it incredibly affordable compared to other popular trackers.

The sensors and hub also have a stylish, water-resistant design for users who work up a sweat while playing.
 

Founded by tech and games industry veterans from Unity, EA, and Ubisoft, Refract numbers over 40 employees and has seen consistent growth since 2018. In the first step towards full-body motion control, Refract entered into a pioneering partnership with World Taekwondo to develop its virtual sports program. 
 

Features:

  • Connect wirelessly and without need for external base stations
  • Real-time low-latency full-body tracking for gaming and more
  • Compatible with OpenVR and SteamVR applications
  • Interchangeable and detachable straps and sensors
  • Real-time, low-latency for a variety of uses

By reaching its Kickstarter goal of $100,000, Refract can ensure that the AXIS hardware can enter mass production on schedule.

Gamers can still back the standard setup of nine sensors and hub plus a copy of Freestriker for $499 USD and save over 35% on the RRP when it is released in 2022.

For more information, or to back the project, head over to the Kickstarter page.

Information is also available on the Refract website at www.refract.gg.  

Train2Game News More Details For The Upcoming Pokémon Games

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo have revealed more details for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond, Pokémon Shining Pearl, and Pokémon Legends: Arceus, including all-new trailers.

  Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl
Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl are faithful remakes of the Pokémon Diamond Version and Pokémon Pearl Version games, bringing Trainers back to the Sinnoh region, where they will meet Professor Rowan, battle against Team Galactic, and explore the Grand Underground. For those setting out through Sinnoh for the first time, plenty of new encounters and surprises await.

  The all-purpose Pokétch
The Pokétch is a handy gadget players receive on their in-game journey that’s loaded up with various apps. This all-purpose tool has apps for all sorts of situations, such as the Dowsing Machine app, which can be used to locate hidden items. In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, the Pokétch also allows players to call on wild Pokémon to help them out by using hidden moves like Cut to chop down obstructive trees or Rock Climb to scale steep cliffs.

  Have fun with Pokémon in Amity Square
Amity Square in Hearthome City is a relaxing place where Trainers can spend time with their Pokémon. They’ll be able to walk with up to six of their Pokémon at a time, so long as they are among the list of Pokémon permitted in the park. While inside Amity Square, players can also adjust the camera angle and zoom level to take commemorative photos and videos with their Pokémon. Photos can be taken by pressing the Nintendo Switch system’s Capture Button, while short videos can be recorded by pressing and holding it.

  Make some Poffins!
Poffins are snacks that can raise Pokémon’s conditions, such as Coolness or Cuteness. By raising these conditions, players can get higher scores during the Visual Evaluation of Super Contest Shows. In Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl, it was only possible to make Poffins in the Poffin House, but now players can make them in Amity Square as well.

  Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl will be released on November 19, 2021. Both games are currently available for preorder, with special early purchase bonuses available.

  For more information about Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/DiamondPearl.

  Pokémon Legends: Arceus
Pokémon Legends: Arceus brings players to the vast Hisui region. This is the Sinnoh region as it existed in the past, long before the familiar towns and cityscapes of Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl were established. Rich in nature and with Mount Coronet towering at its heart, this is a Sinnoh unlike anything players have experienced before, and they’ll embark on a journey to complete the region’s first Pokédex.

  Your Arc Phone will be your guide
Early on in the adventure, players will get a device called the Arc Phone. Its distinctive appearance might lead one to suspect it has some connection to the Mythical Pokémon Arceus. This device seems to contain some sort of strange power, and it will apparently help guide players on their journey.

  Special Pokémon with mysterious power
During their expeditions, players may run into Pokémon that are larger than normal and have glowing red eyes. These are known as alpha Pokémon. They’re stronger than their regular counterparts, and they’ll be quite aggressive in chasing and attacking players that stray too close.

  There are also special Pokémon in the Hisui region that have received some kind of mysterious blessing. Some of these Pokémon are particularly powerful and have come to be known as nobles, while others are said to willingly assist the people of the region. Each one of these Pokémon seems to hold power not held by regular Pokémon. People known as wardens are tasked with looking after these Pokémon by performing duties such as making sure the nobles’ territories remain unviolated or providing offerings of food and water.​

  These Pokémon nobles are revered by the people of the region, but some strange phenomenon is now causing them to suddenly fly into a frenzy. The cause of these incidents is still shrouded in mystery. Once frenzied, these Pokémon are incredibly difficult to rein in, which forces the people of Hisui to turn to the Galaxy Expedition Team for help. As part of the Survey Corps, you will be called upon to quell the frenzies of the nobles.

  Kleavor
Category: Axe Pokémon
Height: 5ʹ11″
Weight: 196.2 lbs.
Type: Bug/Rock

  Special minerals found in the Hisui region cause Scyther to evolve into this Pokémon. Parts of its body have hardened into stone. The stone parts often get chipped during fierce battles, and Kleavor that have survived many battles will display larger chipping across their bodies. It is said that the people of Hisui once used pieces of stone that had fallen from Kleavor to craft tools.

  Race across sprawling untamed landscapes while riding Pokémon
During their adventures, players will receive a Celestica Flute. This is a mysterious instrument that has been passed down through generations of Hisui’s people. Play the flute anywhere to summon special Pokémon that will let you ride them. Riding these Pokémon will allow players to move faster on land or cross bodies of water or even soar through the skies.

  • Wyrdeer​: Wyrdeer has powerful, sturdy legs, and riding upon it will allow players to gallop across the land at great speed and jump to leap over obstacles.
  • Basculegion​: Basculegion can carry players on its back, allowing for travel across bodies of water. Basculegion is also able to launch itself from the water’s surface, letting players leap effortlessly over obstacles in their way.
  • Hisuian Braviary: Hisuian Braviary will let players soar through the skies. From up in the air, players will also be able to get a good look at what kinds of Pokémon live down below and what kinds of items might be found.

Check out the facilities of your home base, Jubilife Village
Players can prepare for their survey work at Jubilife Village, and there are also facilities that can help make the adventure even more fun.

  • The clothier and hairdresser: Players can mix up outfits and hairstyles at the clothier and the hairdresser to choose their look.
  • The photography studio: Players can take pictures alongside their Pokémon at the photography studio.
  • The general store and craftworks: If players used up their items on a previous excursion, they can replenish their supplies at the general store. They can also use in-game currency to buy new crafting recipes and materials from the craftworks.
  • The pastures: The pastures are where players can leave Pokémon that have been caught. Many Pokémon will need to be caught to complete the Pokédex, but only six Pokémon can be taken along in a party. Players will want to choose the right Pokémon for each mission before heading out on surveys. At any of the various base camps, players can change which Pokémon they have in the party or send Pokémon to the pastures.

Pokémon Legends: Arceus will be released on Friday, January 28, 2022. It is currently available for preorder.

  For more information about Pokémon Legends: Arceus, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/LegendsArceus.

Train2Game News Life Is Strange Remastered

SQUARE ENIX® today announced the new release date for Life is Strange™: REMASTERED COLLECTION – February 1, 2022

  Once again harness the power of Max’s rewind ability or Chloe’s quick-witted attitude in the Life is Strange Remastered Collection. Features include:

  • Remastered character and environment visuals
  • New engine and lighting upgrades
  • Brand new, fully motion captured facial animation in Life is Strange
  • Before the Storm includes Deluxe content (outfits, ‘Farewell’ episode, Zombie Crypt outfit)

The Life is Strange Remastered Collection contains both Life is Strange Remastered and Life is Strange: Before the Storm Remastered, and will be available to purchase on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®4, XBOX ONE®, and PC Steam on 02/01/2022.

  The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions are compatible with and can be purchased on PlayStation®5 and XBOX SERIES X|S®.

  Read more on the Life is Strange: blog: http://lifeisstrange-blog.tumblr.com/
Pre-order Life is Strange Remastered Collection: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com

Train2Game News Nintendo Direct September 2021

Nintendo Switch owners are in for quite the year ahead!

In the latest Nintendo Direct video presentation, Nintendo detailed a wide variety of games coming to the system this year and into 2022 – with some games launching later today!


The video outlined something for everyone, including:

“Heading into its sixth year, Nintendo Switch and its wide variety of games continue to offer experiences for various types of players,” said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of America’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Communications.

“In this latest Nintendo Direct, we are looking ahead to a year packed with new games in well-known franchises, as well as unique and exciting titles from our development and publishing partners.”

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct/09-23-2021.

Train2Game News Pac-Man Birth Of An Icon

PAC-MAN: BIRTH OF AN ICON is the first-ever history of the yellow muncher.

Deep-diving into its genesis, design, early marketing and cultural impact, the 350-page book offers surprising new insights into the “Mickey Mouse of the Eighties.”

The book was made in conjunction with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Ltd., and gives voice to the people who were there at PAC-MAN’s birth in Japan in 1979/1980, who oversaw its design overhaul and mass production at Midway’s in Chicago, and who plotted its remarkable role as the first video game icon to be used in mass consumer marketing.

Ernest Cline, Author of Ready Player One said:

“A beautifully designed and immaculately researched visual history of the first rock star video game character!”

The book will be available worldwide to readers late October, in two editions.

Apart from the Standard Edition book, a Collector’s Edition will have a special, PAC-MAN shaped sleeve and maze-themed cassette holding the book, a special reissue vinyl of the 1980 hit success ‘PAC-MAN Fever’ by Buckner & Garcia, and a unique PAC-MAN arcade token.

For more information about the book, please visit the product page by clicking this link

Train2Game News Pokémon TCG Live App

Today, The Pokémon Company International unveiled Pokémon TCG Live, a new app that allows Trainers to enjoy the Pokémon Trading Card Game in an updated digital format.

Releasing as a free-to-play game, Pokémon TCG Live also marks the first time that the Pokémon TCG will be playable on smartphones, in addition to tablets, PCs, and Macs.

  The announcement comes as The Pokémon Company International continues its yearlong celebration of the brand’s 25th anniversary by engaging fans with innovative Pokémon experiences and products.

  “As we look back on 25 wonderful years of Pokémon, we are once again reminded of how the Pokémon Trading Card Game has always been a strong pillar of the franchise and beloved by young and veteran Trainers alike,” said Barry Sams, Vice President of the Pokémon TCG at The Pokémon Company International. “Pokémon TCG Live will go hand in hand with the tabletop version that fans know and love, and welcomes a new era of digital play where Trainers around the world can play together regardless of their preferred platform.”

  Pokémon TCG Live is designed to be easy for beginners to learn how to play the game, while offering fresh challenges for existing players to improve and test their skills. Players will be able to enjoy some of their favourite Pokémon TCG activities, including building decks and battling other Trainers around the world. They will also be able to tailor their experience with customizable avatars and Pokémon TCG accessories, participate in daily quests, and more. In addition, Pokémon TCG Live will continue to be updated with new content and features following launch.

  Pokémon TCG Live will be coming soon to supported iOS and Android devices, as well as PCs and Macs via Pokemon.com. Trainers looking to preview the game prior to broad availability will be able to participate in the mobile soft launch in Canada and the global open beta for PCs and Macs later this year.

  For more information about Pokémon TCG Live, please visit Pokemon.co.uk/TCGL.

Train2Game News 6 New Games From THQ Nordic

THQ Nordic’s first digital showcase took place on Friday and six new games were unveiled!

If you missed the show, you can still watch it on the channels below.

Official THQ Nordic Channels to re-watch the Showcase:
YouTube: https://youtu.be/SKBUrGCpibw
Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/thqnordic

The Six New Announcements

Destroy All Humans! 2 – Reprobed: That’s right, earthlings, Crypto is back and this time, he’s invading the swinging sixties! After the KGB blew up his mothership, Crypto seeks revenge and travels to iconic places in the United States, the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union, Japan, and even to the Moon! Destroy All Humans! 2 is a full remake of the original game, adding and improving features while (re-)building the game from scratch in shiny Unreal Engine 4 visuals. The game is developed by Black Forest Games who successfully re-launched the Destroy All Humans!-Franchise in 2020 and is in development for PC, PS5™, and Xbox Series S/X.
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/cl8fokvSrTw
Check out the gameplay trailer: https://youtu.be/brXWvd8AP48
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://www.destroyallhumansgame.com/

SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake
Everything is possible in the infinite expanses of the cosmos .. there might even be a reality where mayonnaise isn’t an instrument! When the mysterious fortune teller Kassandra grants SpongeBob and Patrick wishes, the two buddies unintentionally open up portals to strange Wishworlds… it’s all F.U.N. and games until their friends get lost in the portals! Explore seven distinct worlds and don more than 30 cosmic skins to rescue the universe of the brand new adventure SpongeBob SquarePants: The Cosmic Shake, available on PC, PlayStation™, Nintendo Switch™ and Xbox One.
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/OOwh9befbMg
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://cosmicshake.thqnordic.com/

Outcast 2 – A New Beginning
Your friendly neighborhood invader-slayer is back: Cutter Slade returns to the spectacular alien world of Adelpha in Outcast 2 – A New Beginning. Twenty years after the events of the first game, Adelpha finds itself under threat of invasion: a ruthless robot army is exploiting the planet and is enslaving and even killing the people. Cutter’s mission is clear: organize a resistance, rescue the people, and get rid of the invaders. Outcast 2 is developed by the original team behind the first Outcast Adventure – Appeal Studios from Belgium. The open-world action-adventure features fast-paced 3rd person combat as well as a non-linear Science-Fantasy story with dynamic plot progress based on player actions. Outcast 2 is currently in development for PC, PS5™ and Xbox Series S/X.
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/6qZvge0agNE
Check out the ingame trailer: https://youtu.be/R5R-1x7t23U
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://www.outcast2.com

Jagged Alliance 3
Fans have been waiting for decades, to see the third edition of the legendary strategy franchise Jagged Alliance. The strategy game experts from Haemimont Games, well known for their work on the Tropico-Series, Surviving Mars, Victor Vran and many other great games will finally create a true successor to the beloved series. This time, the player takes command of a mercenary organization in the fictional country of Grand Chien – a land thrown into chaos after a brutal paramilitary force known as “the Legion” took over. Jagged Alliance 3 will combine tactically deep, turn-based combat with exploration of a large game world with strategic elements including gaining control over territories, training local forces, and establishing multiple squads chosen from beloved mercenaries – all well known to fans of the series. Jagged Alliance 3 will have RPG-elements like special perks or level-ups for your mercenaries, as well as looting and customizing your arsenal of weaponry. Coming to PC, Jagged Alliance 3 will also feature a co-op multiplayer mode so you can free Grand Chien together with a friend.
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/48b3BIU7vVY
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://jaggedalliance.com

Superpower 3
Superpower is tailor-made for all the megalomaniacs out there who are convinced they would do a much better job of running the world than the real-life leaders across the globe! In this grand-strategy game, set in the contemporary world, your goal is to lead your chosen nation to world domination or to master special scenarios. Wouldn’t it be tempting to re-establish the British Empire? Players take control of the economy, politics, diplomacy, social development, military strategy, and more. If you ever wanted to become the ruler of the world, in Superpower 3 for PC you can give it your best shot!
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/QNV6448e4cc
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://www.superpower3.com

MX vs. ATV: Legends
MX vs ATV franchise will make its PS5™ and Xbox Series X|S console debut in MX vs ATV Legends. Featuring the deepest career mode to date, MX vs ATV Legends invites you to carve your own path to the podium with unprecedented player choice including sponsorship opportunities and special invitational events. The all new Trails mode pits you against nature like never before! Your time is now!
Check out the announcement trailer: https://youtu.be/k7amH-9g6ao
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://www.mxvsatv.com

ELEX II
Of course, this is not a new announcement, but no less exciting: Open-World RPG ELEX II shows off its new story-trailer, explaining what drove Jax, the Beast of Xacor into isolation – and why the time has come for him to leave his exile.
Check out the story trailer: https://youtu.be/pDyfD9Ao3Ao
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://www.elexgame.com

Expeditions: Rome
Last but not least, the development team behind the upcoming CRPG Expeditions: Rome gives an overview about what makes the game special: A story full of memorable characters and a world that reacts to your actions. The fate of Rome is in your hand, Legate!
Check out the latest trailer: https://youtu.be/GiysdJhay54
Get more info on the games’ official website: https://expeditionsseries.com/


Ongoing Publisher Week on Steam including Free Games
Part of the 10th anniversary celebration is a week-long publisher sale on Steam from September 16th to September 23rd, 2021, including all games and franchises from THQ Nordic.

Expect the best deals to date for games like Destroy All Humans!, Biomutant, Wreckfest, Desperados III, SpongeBob Battle for Bikini Bottom: Rehydrated, Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning, the Darksiders series, SpellForce series, and many more.
https://store.steampowered.com/sale/THQNordic10thAnniversary

Two games will be free to claim and can be kept forever:
The Titan Quest Anniversary Edition is a remaster of the critically acclaimed Action-RPG and includes the  expansion “Immortal Throne”. Get your sandals on the ground of Greece, Egypt, and on Asian soil and hack and slay your way through hordes of monsters to eventually stop the Titans. Are you the hero who can turn the tide in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of both men and gods? Claim Titan Quest Anniversary Edition between September 16th and September 23rd for free and keep it forever.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/475150/Titan_Qu

The second free game is Jagged Alliance Gold Edition. This game is a true legend, combining strategy, turn-based tactics, and RPG elements into one of the best games ever made. Take command of an elite mercenary agency and help the people of Metavira to reclaim their island. Conquer sectors, train a militia, get the economy running and liberate Metavira! Claim Jagged Alliance Gold Edition between September 16th and September 23rd for free and keep it forever.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/283270/Jagged_A

All good things come in threes so there is another game free during one weekend: The critically acclaimed tactical stealth game Desperados III is free to play from September 16th until September 20th.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/610370/Desperad

Additional Sales
Starting on September 14th until September 28th, you can find great discounts on THQ Nordic Games on the Xbox Marketplace and on Google Stadia. Owners of a Nintendo Device can get THQ Nordic Games for less between September 16th and September 29th. PlayStation players can also enjoy savings on select games during the 10th anniversary celebration! Check it out here:
Nintendo: https://www.nintendo.com/games/sales-and-deals/#thq-nordic
Microsoft: https://www.xbox.com/promotions/sales/THQn-anniversary-sale
Stadia: https://stadia.google.com/store/list/4005

Train2Game News Sir Clive Sinclair Has Passed

Sir Clive Sinclair unfortunately passed away on Thursday at home in London after a long illness, his family said.

He was 81.

The British entrepreneur is perhaps best known for launching the ZX range of cheap microcomputers, which helped bring computing, games, and programming into UK homes in the 1980s, at least.

This included the ZX80, said to be the UK’s first mass-market home computer for under £100, the ZX81, and the trusty ZX Spectrum. And then there was the Sinclair QL, which was Sir Clive’s big shot at business.

A whole generation grew up in Britain mastering coding on these kinds of systems in their bedrooms, and went on to build games and applications we use today.

Before all that, Sir Clive founded Sinclair Radionics, which produced amplifiers, calculators, and watches, and was a forerunner to his Spectrum-making Sinclair Research. The tech pioneer, who eventually sold his computing biz to Amstrad, was knighted during his computing heyday, in 1983. Sir Clive also took a run at electric vehicles with the C5, and I think we all know how that worked out.

“He was a rather amazing person,” his daughter, Belinda Sinclair, 57, told The Guardian this evening. “Of course, he was so clever and he was always interested in everything. My daughter and her husband are engineers so he’d be chatting engineering with them.”

Dominik Diamond, who in the 1990s presented video games program GamesMaster on Brit telly, was among those who paid tribute to Sir Clive today. “Wouldn’t have had a career without this guy,” said Diamond.

“All your UK video game companies today were built on the shoulders of giants who made games for the ZX Spectrum. You cannot exaggerate Sir Clive Sinclair’s influence on the world.”

Sir Clive is survived by Belinda; his sons, Crispin and Bartholomew, aged 55 and 52 respectively; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Source: https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/16/sir_clive_sinclair/