Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 19.04.13

Connor AdamsIt is the end of the week so it is time for the Train2Game end of week round up!

The first bit of news this weeks come with the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the new DC Universe fighting game. Train2Game student Connor Adams did some of the concept art for the game at the company he works at Atomhawk in Newcastle. Congratulations Connor! You can view some of his art work, which I highly suggest, in the following link:

The Pokémon Company International recently revealed a mysterious new Pokémon that looks strangely familiar to Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. Nintendo have now confirmed that this new Pokémon is connect to Mewtwo! How this connection will play out when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch in October is still to be confirmed. You can enjoy a short clip, that makes the connection clear, here:

Bethesda have recently uploaded a couple of six second long clips to the video sharing site, Vine. These little teaser clips had the internet buzzing about what could be coming. It has now been announced that it is the new game from Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami. Mikami’s studio Tango Gameworks will reveal ‘project Zwei’ via a debut trailer set for release at 5:00 a.m. Pacific / 8:00 a.m Eastern. Mikami has previously described Zwei as “a true survival horror” in which the player “confronts and overcomes fear”. Mikami has also said this will be his last game as director.

Activision social media manager Dan Amrich has said he expects 2013’s entry in the Call of Duty series, which is most likely going to be Modern Warfare 4, to be revealed no later than E3 in early June. Amrich noted that the last two Call of Duty games were revealed in May 2011 and May 2012. It has been rumoured that Microsoft are revealing their next Xbox on May 21 so it is likely the new COD will be announced around the same time.

Finally, Microsoft reports that Xbox Live now has around 46 million members worldwide. This, is according to the firm’s Earnings Release for FY13 Q3. It represents an 18 per cent increase from the prior year period. Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division posted revenue of $2.53 billion, an increase of 56 per cent from the prior year period. Microsoft sold 1.3 million Xbox 360s during the quarter, which is down 9 percent from the same period but it is still impressive that so many consoles are still being sold, even at the end of this generations cycle.

Train2Game News: Call of Duty: Black Ops II will ‘rewrite the rulebook’ say Treyarch

Train2Game students who play Call of Duty: Black Ops II when it’s released later this year will be playing a game that’s rewritten the rulebook for the popular shooter series.

That’s according to game director David Antony while discussing Call of Duty: Black Ops II and its game design with CVG.

“One of the ways we have been most ambitious is in terms of story. I worked with Hollywood screenwriter David Goyer for about the last three months editing the story on the first Black Ops, and we had a really great time. He genuinely enjoyed it, describing the experience as the most fun he’d had since film school 20 years ago.” he said.

“So we got to the end of the first Black Ops and he’s like ‘Dave, I want to work on the next one from the start. We’ve taken some risks on the first Black Ops; now let’s rewrite the rules about storytelling in games.’ So right from the start it wasn’t a case of thinking how far do we needed to go to satisfy peoples’ expectations… we’re not even thinking about that. We just want to rewrite the rulebook.”

Antony explained how Call of Duty: Black Ops 2’s branching story will work, revealing that there are different outcomes depending on your decisions.”

“So the sandbox levels, these are called Strike Force. Let me explain the overall branching story; you have characters – main characters – in the story who will live or die depending on what you do, and it’s not just what you do – it’s the choices you make and your skill in Strike Force. So depending on how skilful you are on those levels, it’ll actually have an influence on the overall Cold War that’s going on. So that’s one example.” he said.

“You play the game when it comes out in November, and you’re all likely to get different outcomes. So when you get to the end of the game we’re going to make it very clear to you the different things that could have happened.” he added.

Something that Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 won’t be getting, as previously reported by The Train2Game Blog, is a new engine. A team of 300 people are working on the game.

Keep reading The Train2Game Blog for all the latest news on Call of Duty: Black Ops II?

What are your thoughts on what Antony says about Call of Duty: Black Ops II?

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Train2Game news: Tesco & Sainsbury’s compete with cheap Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 discount deals

MW3Train2Game blog readers, along with swathes of others, are preparing for the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow. Supermarket giants including Tesco and Sainsbury’s are once again lowering the price of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 deals in order to secure as many sales as possible.

They’ll be competing with the likes of GAME and HMV who are promoting their own deals.

Britain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco are selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when bought with a £16.99, 2100 Microsoft points card, a £34 year long Xbox LIVE membership, or a £25 PSN Card.  Sainsbury’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 offer sees the game cost £28.99 when purchased with £30 or more shopping.

Like Tesco, Morrisons will sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for £25 when purchased with a 12 month Xbox Live membership which costs £34.99. ASDA sell Modern Warfare 3 for £38.97 with no deals.

HMV looks to be the retailer that’ll sell Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the lowest price, with the game available for just £9.99 if you trade in Batman: Arkham City, Battlefield 3 or Goldeneye.

Meanwhile, GAME will be selling Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for half-price when Gears of War 3, Dead Island, FIFA 12, Batman: Arkham City, Resistance 3, F1 2011, Forza 4, Dark Souls, Ace Combat: Assault Horizon,  or X-Men Destiny are traded in.

As reported by the Train2Game blog, developer Sledgehammer say Modern Warfare 3’s game design makes it the “most accessible Call of Duty yet”

Train2Game blog readers can get an in-depth insight into the development of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 here.

But what’s perhaps most interesting to Train2Game students is the fact that community created multiplayer modes, could find their way into the full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game.

So Train2Game, will you be purchasing Modern Warfare 3 tomorrow? Perhaps you’re attending a midnight launch? Is it still the biggest game of the year?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Sources: MCV & CVG

Train2Game student insight into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 development

Many Train2Game students are looking forward to the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 later this year. The franchise is arguably the biggest in gaming and is predicted to beat the impressive sales records of the previous Call of Duty titles.

In an interview with The Guardian, Infinity Ward’s Mark Rubin discussed a lot about the development behind Modern Warfare 3, including some of the new features which may be of interest to Train2Game students.

From a development point of view, Infinity Ward has added the ability to make changes to the game simpler.

“One of the big things we’ve changed is the ability to alter the game post-launch. That doesn’t sound like a cool feature, it sounds simple – it’s like ‘why can’t you just release patches?” said Producer Mark Rubin.

“Well, games don’t work that way – you can patch some things, but for others, it’s a significant deal, patching is not broad enough to do everything in the game.”

So one behind-the-scenes feature allows us to update files, sometimes without even doing a full patch – we can just tweak things like weapon balance, which we could never do before” he explained

“In the past, we’d put out a game and realise, ‘hmm, that’s weapon’s really over-powered’ but there was nothing we could do about it. I mean, with twenty million people playing the game, you learn more in the ten minutes after release than you do in months of pre-launch playtesting. So that tech feature was a big thing for us.”

The Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 producer also explained how the game engine had to be changed in order for Infinity Ward to build big, sprawling cities instead of desert locations.

“And also for single-player, our engine is very performance orientated – it’s all about keeping 60 frames-per-second, it’s all about fluidity, the feel of the game; we want you to forget you’re even holding a controller, that’s the key goal.” said Rubin.

So then design came to us and said, we want to stop doing these little villages in Russia or the Middle East, we want to go big, we want to go to the places that people live in, we want it on the streets that people walk down when they go to work.

“But it’s not as simple as just ‘oh yeah, go build London’. There was a lot of engine re-writing in order to make a big city work in our environment, in our technology, and still work at 60FPS” he added.

The full interview makes an interesting read for Train2Game students and is available on The Guardian Games website.

As previously reported by the Train2Game blog, the most popular community created multiplayer modes could find their way into the full game.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the behind the scenes tweaks to Modern Warfare 3? Will it impact on the gameplay?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: The Guardian]

Train2Game student created multiplayer modes could become part of Modern Warfare 3

Train2Game students will be aware that community created content can provide a way into the games industry. Indeed, the Train2Game blog has previously reported that LittleBigPlanet developers Media Molecule often the best community level creators.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is likely to be the biggest game of the year, it’s a game that’s popular among Train2Game students, and may prove even more so as members of the Call of Duty Elite community will have the chance to create new game modes.

“Community feedback is what drives most of our decision-making for post-launch support especially.”  Infinity Ward’s Rob Bowling told NowGamer.

“Because we want to see what they want more of, what they want tweaks on – be it more Spec Ops Survival, more multiplayer maps, new weapons, new game modes.”

Modern Warfare 3 will feature customisable multiplayer settings,  and it’s possible the most popular could end up as official game modes on official servers.

“Call of Duty: Elite is going be a massive help for us, because now, since you can create your own game modes in [a] private match, you can share those on Elite” said Bowling

“We’re going to be seeing the ones that are voted the highest, and we’ll see if we want to incorporate them into the public playlist,” he added.

Activision say Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will bring ‘the most advanced multiplayer ever’ when it’s released later this year.  See the Modern Warfare 3 trailer here on the Train2Game blog.

So Train2Game, what are your thoughts on the possibility of community created modes being added to the main game? Would it encourage you to pay for the Call of Duty elite service?

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[Source: NowGamer]