Train2Game News Zool Redimensioned Coming Soon

Retro gaming fans rejoice! Secret Mode and Sumo Digital Academy are proud to announce Zool Redimensioned coming to Steam on August 18th.

Originally released by Gremlin Graphics in 1992 on the Amiga to critical acclaim, iconic gaming mascot Zool returns in Zool Redimensioned! 

This brand-new reimagining of the classic action platforming adventure has been rebuilt from the ground up for modern audiences. Help Zool jump, spin, and shoot his way across eight alien worlds, taking down menacing bosses and saving the universe from the nefarious influence of Krool.

Zool Redimensioned has been brought back to life by the students of Sumo Digital Academy, a talent development programme focused on creating new pathways into the games industry. With guidance from the developers of the 1992 original at Gremlin Graphics, this team of talented young developers earned their coding wings by programming their own C++ game engine to bring Zool to a new generation of retro gamers.

Zool’s old school platforming action will challenge the most hardcore gamers, with modern enhancements that bring the game into the 21st century: 

  • Over 28 retro platforming challenges, all enhanced for the best possible experience
  • Choose between two main game modes: Redimensioned for a more accessible modern experience, or Ultimate Ninja to experience a true hardcore challenge
  • Trade blows with the dimension’s most dangerous creatures in seven completely redesigned boss fights
  • Discover new secrets, challenges, and extras across your adventure, with over 25 achievements to unlock
  • Enhanced quality-of-life options, including a level select screen, checkpoints, accessibility options and more
  • Play the original Mega Drive version for a truly authentic retro adventure

Zool Redimensioned will also be coming to consoles in the near future, so stay tuned!

Train2Game News 2021 Pocket Gamer Mobile Award Winners

MiHoYo’s Genshin Impact took home the biggest prize as it scooped Game of the Year at Steel Media’s fourth annual and industry-leading Pocket Gamer Mobile Games Awards, supported by Game Insight, held last week.

The ceremony saw the action role-playing title also awarded Best Audio/Visual Accomplishment, while Tencent and TiMi Studio Group secured Best Publisher and Best Developer, respectively.
Innovation of the Year went to Niantic for its ingenious reworking of augmented reality hit Pokémon Go for the 2020 lockdown, Pollen VC was voted Best Service Provider, and Supercell’s Clash Royale conquered the opposition to the Best Live Ops trophy.

As ever the event, which in this pandemic-affected year took place later than its traditional January slot and adopted a hybrid live/digital format hosted by London’s Ham Yard Hotel, aimed to shine a spotlight on the work of the top mobile games companies over the previous year.

Further highlights from the night included the Rising Star award, shared – an event first – by Jana and Sham Al Bdour of Sakura Games, Unity continuing its Best Game Engine dominance with a fourth win in as many years, and Jam City CEO Chris DeWolfe joining the ranks of Mobile Legend.

The coveted People’s Choice Award, nominated for and voted on by readers of Steel Media’s leading consumer site, PocketGamer.com, went to Tilting Point’s SpongeBob: Krusty Cook-Off.

“We believe the MGAs have a vital role to play in recognising the efforts and achievements of the entire ecosystem that makes mobile gaming the best industry in the world,” said Steel Media CEO, Chris James.

“This is doubly important considering the forced disconnects of the last 16 months and also the incredible role that the mobile games industry has paid not just in contributing to the economy and keeping people in jobs, but moreover in keeping billions of citizens feeling a little more connected and engaged.”

As the full winner breakdown below demonstrates, the 22 categories (including three new additions this year) represent firms spanning the whole industry, from the games developers and publishers to the tools companies, service providers, support agencies, investors and recruiters that all contribute towards this $90 billion sector being the largest and most pervasive in gaming.

After the lobbying and shortlisting phases – the biggest and most complex to date – which took place from March to May, the finalists were subsequently voted on throughout June by our panel of 100-plus mobile games experts from every corner of the industry.

Steel Media is hugely grateful to everyone who took the time to submit themselves, their colleagues, company, or contemporaries, as well as everyone who attended the ceremony itself during these tricky times – whether in person or digitally.

Additionally, we would like to thank main sponsor Game Insight, together with Admix, Huawei Ads, Jam City, Scopely and Tilting Point for coming on board as category sponsors – their support helped make the event a success in a particularly challenging year.

And last but by no means least, congratulations to all the finalists – it really was a hard-fought affair this year – and, of course, the heartiest of praise to the winners themselves.

More info on all things PG Mobile Games Awards at the official website:
www.mobilegamesawards.com

Train2Game News Final Fantasy VII The First Soldier

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that the battle royale action mobile game, FINAL FANTASY® VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, is now accepting pre-registrations for an upcoming closed beta test to be held from June 1 through 7, 2021.

Players looking to prove themselves as prime SOLDIER candidates can sign up here through the Google Play Store, now until May 28, 2021.

  In FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, players will embark on an intense battle royale experience where they must fight to be the last SOLDIER standing. To do so, players will use magic and special abilities along with ranged and melee weapons to triumph on the battlefield. Players can choose between various styles, such as Warrior, Sorcerer or Monk, each of whom boast unique special abilities. In addition to other SOLDIER candidates, players must also contend with ferocious monsters who inhabit the outskirts of the city. By defeating them, players can gain experience needed to level up and unlock new weapons. Classic FINAL FANTASY elements abound in the game, such as rideable chocobos, powerful espers, including Ifrit, to summon and materia, which enables players to cast devastating spells. Players can customize their characters’ outfits and accessories, obtain various weapon and vehicle skins, emotes and more to create their own unique SOLDIER.

  To see live gameplay of FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER, view a replay of the first official livestream, which aired earlier this morning from Japan: https://sqex.to/D7f0s

  The livestream ended with the reveal of gripping new scenes from FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE, the enhanced and expanded version of the critically acclaimed and award-winning FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE on the PlayStation®5 (PS5™) console. The new footage showcases the impressive PS5™ graphics for FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE and new content from FF7R EPISODE INTERmission, which follows Yuffie Kisaragi and her partner Sonon Kusakabe, on a dangerous mission to infiltrate Midgar and steal the Shinra Electric Power Company’s most powerful materia.

  To view the “FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE INTERGRADE Final Trailer,” visit: https://youtu.be/YsXnDKAv_h8

  FINAL FANTASY VII THE FIRST SOLDIER is slated for release in 2021 and will be available as a free download with in-app purchases for iOS and Android devices.

Train2Game News GameChanger Day

GameChanger Day is coming to Rooster Teeth on April 28 starting at 1 p.m. CDT to help change lives and make the world a better place through the power of games and technology.

This fun-filled day of streaming, donating and live entertainment will support the efforts of GameChanger Charity, a not-for-profit technology organization who improves the lives of hospitalized children. 

  • Jack Pattillo and the Achievement Hunter crew will stream games throughout the event
  • A new episode of Rooster Teeth’s game show, Chump, will air
  • The Funhaus crew will dissect all the reasons gamers are passionate about helping change the world 

Fans can tune in to Rooster Teeth at 1 p.m. CDT on April 28 to join in on the fun and head to http://bit.ly/rtgamechanger to donate and support changing the game for hospitalized kids. 

Pattillo will lead GameChanger Day as Rooster Teeth raises money to support the organization and its innovative platform, Playwell, which brings premium games, ad free live streams, first-run movies and educational content at no cost to hospitals and their patients.

“Rooster Teeth is using their superpower as an amazing content creator to help families give their children memorable, fun experiences during trying, isolating times,” GameChanger Charity CEO and founder Jim Carol said. “We see this event as an opportunity for the broader player community to support fellow gamers who are fighting for their lives.” 

Founded in 2007, donations to GameChanger help the organization spread hope and laughter to children through games and technology that make these kids feel more connected and confident during their illness. 

Rooster Teeth is also teaming up with Omaze to offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have your “Best Day Ever with Rooster Teeth at HQ in ATX” . One winner and their guest will enjoy breakfast with members of the Rooster Teeth team at HQ before receiving a personal tour of the campus. The winner will see their likeness drawn into an “Achievement Hunter” animated episode with a personal unveiling while on campus and the winner will make a cameo appearance on Off Topic, the Achievement Hunter podcast. Every donation on Omaze.com/RoosterTeeth supports GameChanger Charity. 

“I like video games and what I like even better is when video games can help those in need,” Pattillo said. “We’re excited to play some games, have some fun and raise some money for GameChanger Charity.” 

Go to http://bit.ly/rtgamechanger to make a donation. 

Train2Game News RuneScape Coming To Mobile

Iconic PC MMORPG RuneScape is coming to mobile in full this summer and players can pre-order it on mobile stores today – and gain exclusive rewards by doing so.

Delivering full cross-platform gameplay and progression between the mobile and desktop editions at launch, RuneScape on mobile will also come complete with all the quests, characters, lore and locations from the living game’s 20-year history.

With pre-orders now live on the App Store and pre-registration available on the Google Play Store, players who sign up to either will contribute to unlocking a series of exclusive in-game rewards for the player community as the number of pre-orders grow.

There are five exclusive cosmetic rewards to unlock, including hairstyle, teleport device, sword, pet, and armour. The top tier prize includes the Crux Eqal armour and delivers a 50% XP boost across a seven-day period.

Today’s pre-order announcement comes as RuneScape on mobile became one of the most successful Early Access mobile games of all-time with more than 2.1 million installs across Android and iOS in the past 18 months.

Ryan Ward, RuneScape Executive Producer, said:

“Today’s invitation to pre-order and pre-register is a massive and exciting moment. It has been no small feat to bring one of the world’s largest MMORPGs to the world’s largest and most widespread gaming platform.

This Summer, we will be ready to welcome players on mobile to a fantastical, living world and through endless discovery connect them to a RuneScape community of millions. Our community means everything to us, and we have taken the time in Early Access to listen to player feedback and create an experience that was as awesome on mobile as it is on desktop. Given RuneScape’s 20-year heritage, to have the whole of RuneScape running on mobile is a monumental achievement and we couldn’t be more excited for launch.”

At launch, RuneScape’s expansion onto mobile will deliver the living game in its entirety as a free download and offer cross-platform play, enabling players to jump from desktop to mobile platforms and back again.

It has also been optimised with a mobile-friendly user interface and given a visual and operational overhaul. The display and controls have been modified and the tutorial has been reworked to welcome new players to RuneScape and set them up for future adventures. Menus, icons, text and textures have all been redesigned and combat mechanics have been tailored for mobile players.

After 20 years of adventure, RuneScape will be joining its sister title, Old School RuneScape, on the small screen.

Today, the iOS and Android editions of Old School RuneScape are a major success, with more than 8 million installs and a 4.8 out of 5 rating on mobile stores. It was also the winner of the BAFTA Audience Award for EE Mobile Game of the Year at the BAFTA Games Awards 2019.

You can pre-order RuneScape now for iOS from the App Store and pre-registration for Android from the Google Play Store, in English, French, German and Brazilian Portuguese. The RuneScape on mobile trailer is now playing at https://youtu.be/XxMbphzc0UM.

Train2Game News Godzilla Destruction

TOHO Games, the game label of Toho Co., Ltd. (Japan), today announced the upcoming release of mobile game “Godzilla Destruction” on Tuesday, April 27, revealing key art and a promo video as part of the announcement.

  “Godzilla Destruction” is an exciting and easy to play mobile game where players become the King of the Monsters himself and embark on a global rampage. Players control Godzilla with the tap of a finger to crush historical buildings in cities across the globe.

  In the new promotional video, Godzilla can be seen using his humongous body and devastating Heat Ray to topple major buildings around the world like toy blocks. This video gives fans a taste of the exhilarating action they can expect in “Godzilla Destruction”. Meanwhile, the key art (below) features the colossal Godzilla crossing the ocean as he advances toward a burning city shrouded in smoke. This powerful image depicts the heart-pounding moment the King of the Monsters makes his almighty presence known to the trembling human world.

This latest announcement follows last month’s reveal of three Godzilla Games for mobile worldwide, arriving this year: “Run Godzilla” (already available on mobile worldwide), “Godzilla Destruction”, and “Godzilla Battle Line”. As Godzilla’s path of destruction has carried “Godzilla vs. Kong” to the top of the box office, fans can look forward not only to the release of “Godzilla Destruction” but to the U.S. premiere of the anime TV series “Godzilla Singular Point” later this year.

  The pre-registration campaign for the mobile game “Godzilla Destruction” is now open. Additional information on pre-registration and on “Godzilla Destruction” can be found below.

  ■Pre-registration
To pre-register, do any of the following:

  (1) Follow the official Twitter: @GZ_destruction
(2) Follow the official Facebook: @GZ_destruction
(3) Pre-register on Yoyaku Top 10 (*Exclusive to Japan) 
Registration link:
iOS: https://yoyaku-top10.jp/u/a/MzE0MTI
Android: https://yoyaku-top10.jp/u/a/MzE0MTM

Train2Game Ubisoft Channel Launching In Uk

Ubisoft® has today announced that the UK launch of its new content channel, gTV will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 15th April on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch.  gTV will feature a wide range of original programming inspired not only by Ubisoft, but by the video game industry at large, going behind-the-scenes on how games are created and celebrating the the people who make and play them, as well as the biggest events in the gaming calendar.

  gTV is all about celebrating the cultural footprint of video games with rich content with a fun and irreverent tone.  The first season of shows will feature, amongst others, a talk-show, hosted by Jay-Ann Lopez, with guests including Ellie Gibson, Nicola Adams, Rufus Hound and Pete Donaldson to talk about video games covering a wide variety of themes such as comedy, health or sport. ‘Versus’, another new show hosted by Frankie Ward, one of Britain’s most popular esports hosts, brings together a fighting-fit roster of UK Twitch & YouTube stars to compete with one another for gaming glory.

  Initial programming highlights include ‘CafeXP,’ an improvised comic entertainment show hosted by actor and comedian Babatunde Aleshe, where celebrities such as Asim Chaudhry, Elz The Witch and Julia Hardy share their passion for gaming whilst showing off their skills and undertaking some light-hearted challenges. ‘Fragments’ is a docu-series that takes a look at human-interest stories across an array of topics across the UK esports scene and finally ‘aRTY’ a social first episodic series focusing on artists’ work inspired by videogames, featuring graffiti artist Flake and more to be announced.

  “It’s been a pleasure to be part of this unique project from the start in the UK,” Jay-Ann Lopez, gTV Talk Show Host and CEO & Founder of Black Girl Gamers, commented. 

  “So many of us at Ubisoft are proud players, proud to be part of video game culture. Our intent with gTV is to honour this form of entertainment, sharing stories tied to our games, but also the ones that left a mark on us as players,” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Ubisoft. “We have chosen My Accomplice and So Press because we love their work and their unique way of telling inspiring and entertaining stories. We wanted to see that applied to the video games industry.”

  “We want to be first in the industry to create valuable, entertaining content that goes beyond and behind games with stories that show the positive impact of gaming. We have loved partnering with Ubisoft to bring our knowledge of authentic cultural content through into the games world and are incredibly proud of the results. ” said Jamie Clark, Founder, My Accomplice “We’re really excited about the UK launch this week and looking forward to what comes next.”

  The channel will broadcast multiple pieces of original content per week, including documentaries, talk-shows, live shows, shorts and more.

  For more info, please visit https://www.ubisoft.com/gtv, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

Train2Game News War Child 2021 RE-PLAY Celebration

War Child UK today launches its week long 2021 celebration of retro gaming with RE-PLAY, a fundraising campaign that celebrates gaming favourites from childhood to help children impacted by conflict to regain theirs.

Various activities will take place from 31st March-6th April, from a speedrunning marathon to an arcade tournament, a retro-game sale and streamers going live on Twitch with gaming classics.

Kicking off the campaign today is the launch of the annual RE-PLAY Steam Sale where gamers can take advantage of the discounted games that transport you back to your childhood, with a percentage of revenue going straight to War Child’s charity appeal, including:
 

  • Two Tribes – Toki Tori, Toki Tori 2+, EDGE, RIVE, RUSH
  • Chucklefish – Wargroove 
  • Falcon Development – Cattails
  • Pixelatto – Reventure
  • Motion Twin – Dead Cells, Dead Cells: The Bad Seed
     

War Child UK has partnered with UKSM who will be hosting a full-throttle speedrunning marathon; streaming an illustrious range of retro games from 3rd-4th April, between 12pm and 10pm BST each day. Viewers will be encouraged to donate and proceeds will go directly to War Child. Tune in to watch the UK’s best speedrunners live on Twitch.

The line-up of activities also includes a partnership with Antstream Arcade who will be hosting an arcade tournament taking place throughout the week. Retro gamers can tune into the tournament directly on the Antstream Arcade platform, to watch the Bubble Bobble mayhem ensue! 

Across the week Streamers, will take part in RE-PLAY’s charity livestream playing the best in old-school classics. Donations can be made through Tiltify – for more information on the latest streaming times and to sign up to hosting a stream, head over to: https://tiltify.com/war-child-uk/re-play

The full list of streamers taking part include: 

War Child UK supports children whose lives have been torn apart by war – keeping them safe, helping them learn and cope with their experiences, and equipping them with skills for the future. The specialist gaming team has innovative fundraising partnerships across the PC, console and mobile industries, as well as through streaming and support from the gaming community, and to date has brought in a massive $5million through gaming. RE-PLAY aims to increase the amount of engagement and funds generated via retro gaming. You Play, So Every Child Can.

For more information on War Child UK, please visit the official War Child Gaming site.

Train2Game News Game Services Forum Bringing Industry Professionals Together

Registration is now open for VIP studio and publisher executives and external services providers to attend the Game Services Forum.

  The Forum (www.gameservicesforum.com) is a highly focused event that brings senior games industry professionals together for matched one-to-one business meetings and educational seminars.

  Throughout this two-day event delegates will meet with trusted vendors who will be able to talk through projects, concerns and obstacles, offering the best advice as well cost-saving solutions.

  From Tools, External Development and QA to Analytics, Data and Ad Networks, the Game Services Forum has everything in one virtual place, saving studio professionals time, research, travel and money.

  Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend seminars hosted by industry thought-leaders.

  The Game Services Forum is brought to you by Forum Events & Media Group, a pioneer of the unique concept of face-to-face meetings events, based on matching the interests of procurement decision-makers with suppliers.

  The company boasts a portfolio of over 30 highly-focused events including the Smarter Payments Summit, Security IT Summit, Digital Marketing Solutions Summit and Contact Centre & Customer Experience Summit.

  The Game Services Forum is supported by MCV/Develop.

  For more information, visit www.gameservicesforum.com

Train2Game News Life Is Strange True Colors

SQUARE ENIX Ltd. today announced Life is Strange: True Colors™ during the company’s showcase livestream, SQUARE ENIX PRESENTS.

This newest entry in the franchise has been created by Deck Nine Games, the developers behind Life is Strange: Before the Storm, in collaboration with Square Enix External Studios. Presented by musical artist and social media star, mxmtoon, Life is Strange: True Colors took centre stage during the digital show, where its new protagonist, her dynamic supernatural power and a thrilling mystery was introduced. The company also announced the Life is Strange Remastered Collection, a new edition of the critically acclaimed Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm game featuring all new enhanced graphics and animations.

Watch the Life is Strange: True Colors trailer here: 
https://youtu.be/vliFdPEadKQ

For the first time in the franchise, there will be no more waiting for the next episode – players will be able to experience Life is Strange: True Colors in one single release.

Brought to life through full performance capture tech by rising talent Erika Mori, players will navigate Haven Springs as Alex Chen who has long suppressed her ‘curse’: the psychic power of Empathy, a supernatural ability which allows her to experience, absorb and manipulate the strong emotions of others – which she sees as blazing, colored auras. When her brother dies in a so-called accident, Alex must at last embrace her volatile power to find the truth – and uncover the dark secrets buried by a small town. Alex Chen’s journey and power is yours to control, and her future is in your hands.

Players’ time exploring Haven Springs will be underpinned by the exclusive soundtrack, with new tracks by mxmtoon and Novo Amor, and licensed songs including Radiohead, Phoebe Bridgers, Gabrielle Aplin, and much more.

Jeff Litchford, Vice President at Deck Nine Games stated, “It has been such an honor to return to the vibrant, emotive, and impactful world of Life is Strange. We are delighted to share this new story with you: a story of empathy, human connection, and the struggle to find a place to call home. All of the advancements in storytelling, development technology, and premium voice acting that we have made since Life is Strange: Before the Storm will allow players to be more immersed in the compelling world of Life is Strange: True Colors than ever before.”

Also announced during the show, the Life is Strange Remastered Collection. This collection will contain remastered editions of Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, featuring improved visuals and animations. The collection will be available as part of the Ultimate Edition of Life is Strange: True Colors and as astand-alone edition later this year.

Watch the entire Square Enix Presents stream here:
https://youtu.be/XK-E3CY6vWk

Life is Strange: True Colors will be available physically and digitally in three editions; the Standard Edition, the Deluxe Edition and the Ultimate Edition. Full details on each Edition can be found at lifeisstrange.com. Customers who pre-order Life is Strange: True Colors now will receive 4 additional in-game outfits for Alex.

Life is Strange: True Colors is slated for release on PlayStation 5®, PlayStation 4®, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PC Steam, Windows Store, and Google Stadia on September 10, 2021.

Read more on the Life is Strange website: https://lifeisstrange.square-enix-games.com