Train2Game News Play2Help Rocket League Tournament For Mental Health Awareness Month

Global esports platform Challengermode has announced it is working with the Mental Health Foundation and Rise Against the Disorder to raise awareness of mental health issues for this year’s Mental Health Awareness month.
 
This initiative will share encouraging content through Challengermode’s esports platform, raise funds for Mental Health organizations and culminate in an exclusive charity tournament with streamers and influencers benefiting charities across the United Kingdoms and the US.
 
Supporting the “Back To Basics” theme of this years’ MHAM, Challengermode will provide foundational knowledge about mental health to players through its esports platform, and key information and resources for where to turn for mental health support.
 
As well as providing tips on how to better understand mental well-being in relation to gaming, Challengermode will seed short messages into pre and post game tournament chats to raise awareness and encourage civil play.
The main event will be an exclusive charity tournament on May 28th, featuring influencers and streamers from the Rocket League community.
 
European players looking to get involved and show their support are able to qualify for the tournament in the week leading up to the main event. Open qualifiers will be held on May 23rd and 25th in the Play2Help Space on Challengermode where players can sign up to the qualifiers by paying an entry fee of any amount.
 
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Mental Health Foundation and Rise Against the Disorder. This tournament will see influencers streaming the event on their platforms to maximise the reach of the MHAM message.
 
Simona Dailidonyte, Product Marketing Manager at Challengermode said: “At Challengermode, we’re a part of gamers’ everyday life and we want to use our position to raise awareness of mental health and well-being – particularly among the millions of young gamers that we reach every day. Our goal is to spread the message about mental health and how, if done right, gaming can help people who are dealing with mental disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD. 
 
We’re proud to be raising awareness for mental health and raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation in their goal of creating a world of good mental health for all, and we look forward to learning from their considerable expertise when deciding how best we can help support player’s mental health in gaming and esports in the long term.”
 
Challengermode’s support for this year’s MHAM builds off of a strong traditional of the global esports platform providing a space for charitable events free of charge, such as the CompanyClash VALORANT tournament in support of Save The Children, and the Lucifer Esports Charity Cup in aid of AbleGamers. Challengermode has previously also supported SpecialEffect on the organisation’s CS:GO charity tournament.

Train2Game News MultiVersus Trailer Reveals New Characters

Warner Bros. Games today released a new MultiVersus cinematic trailer revealing Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz (Looney Tunes), The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) and Velma (Scooby-Doo), all of whom will all be joining the ever-expanding roster for the free-to-play platform fighter videogame in development by Player First Games.

The fun-filled trailer showcases an epic clash of characters, with Taz’s frenzied demeanor on full display alongside Iron Giant’s aerial prowess, while also confirming the astute problem-solver Velma, as they join the fight against a host of heroes and personalities, from Batman (DC) and Shaggy (Scooby-Doo) to Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) and Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), and more.

Also announced today, the MultiVersus Open Beta will be coming July 2022, and the MultiVersus official key art has been revealed.

To view and share the MultiVersus – Official Cinematic Trailer – You’re with Me! visit: YouTube Link

Players can register now at MultiVersus.com for a chance to participate in the recently announced Closed Alpha, beginning this week on May 19 and running through May 27. Please note, registration does not guarantee entry into the test as space is limited. The Closed Alpha will feature 15 playable characters including Taz and Velma; seven different maps including the Batcave (DC), Tree Fort (Adventure Time), and Scooby’s Haunted Mansion (Scooby-Doo); and a variety of different ways to experience the game including the 2 vs. 2 team-based cooperative mode, 1 vs. 1 matches, 4-player free-for-all, and The Lab (practice mode).

MultiVersus is an all-new free-to-play, platform fighter that introduces a team-based 2 vs. 2 format combined with an ever-expanding cast of iconic characters, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (DC); Shaggy and Velma (Scooby-Doo); Bugs Bunny and Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz (Looney Tunes); Arya Stark (Game of Thrones); Tom & Jerry; Jake the Dog and Finn the Human (Adventure Time); Steven Universe and Garnet (Steven Universe); The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) an extraordinary original creature named Reindog; and many more to come. The MultiVersus Open Beta will be available July 2022 on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles and PC with full cross-play support and dedicated server-based rollback netcode for robust online competition.

For additional information about MultiVersus, visit MultiVersus.com or join the community conversation on Twitter (@MultiVersus), YouTube (MultiVersus), Instagram (MultiVersusGame), Facebook (MultiVersus), and Discord (MultiVersus).

Train2Game News Dead Space Remake Release Date

Motive, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced during their Crafting the Tension Art Developer Livestream that Dead Space™ will officially launch on January 27, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Dead Space is a remake of the classic sci-fi survival horror game that is being rebuilt from the ground up leveraging the Frostbite™ game engine. Still remaining true to the original game’s thrilling vision, the remake offers enhanced audio and crisp, harrowing visuals that have been carefully reimagined to evoke a new level of immersion and quality.

Dead Space™ will officially launch on January 27, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC
 

“Developing this remake has been a lot of fun for us at Motive, as we’re true fans of the franchise and want to treat it with the respect it deserves. It’s been equally exciting to see players’ reactions as we’re taking them on this development journey with us,” said Phillippe Ducharme, Senior Producer of Dead Space. “We’re making great progress on our road to hitting Alpha and we’re happy to announce that the game will be launching in January next year. We can’t wait for players, both old and new, to see how we’ve elevated the original experience in the remake to be just as impactful for this generation.”

Dead Space puts players in the boots of Isaac Clarke, an everyman engineer on a routine mission to fix a gigantic mining starship, the USG Ishimura. But aboard the Ishimura, a living nightmare awaits. The ship’s crew has been slaughtered and infected, and Isaac’s girlfriend, Nicole, is missing somewhere on board. Alone and trapped, with only his engineering tools and skills, Isaac faces a battle for survival – not only against terrifying monsters called Necromorphs, but his own crumbling sanity.

Also revealed today in the Dead Space livestream, the team at Motive showcased an early look at how the remake visually evolves and updates the original with in-game props, tools, environments and more being reconstructed to a level of polish and details fit for the next generation of hardware and PCs. Moreover, by combining enhancements like dynamic, volumetric lighting with atmospheric and environmental VFX rendered in full-HDR, Dead Space allows players to confront the frighteningly tight corridors and shadowed hallways of the USG Ishimura with unprecedented levels of immersion for the beloved franchise.

Will Isaac live to unravel the dreadful mystery of what happened to the slaughtered crew and ship, or be forever lost to the cold vacuum of space?

Find out when Dead Space officially launches worldwide on January 27, 2023 for PlayStationⓇ5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
 

For more information and to stay up to date on the remake, visit the official website, like Dead Space on Facebook and Instagram, follow the franchise on Twitter and subscribe to its YouTube channel.

Train2Game News Gotham Knights Gameplay Revealed

Warner Bros. Games and DC have revealed the first official gameplay of Nightwing and Red Hood in Gotham Knights, the upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG in development by Warner Bros. Games Montréal.

Narrated by Game Director Geoff Ellenor, the new video debuts an extended look at both playable characters as they bring justice to Gotham City’s criminal element, while also investigating clues around the mysterious Court of Owls. In this gameplay walkthrough, each hero’s distinct fighting style and open-world traversal abilities are on full display, from Nightwing’s unique acrobatic combat and aerial glider to Red Hood’s twin firearm skills and powerful leaping capability.
 
To view the Gotham Knights – Official Nightwing & Red Hood Gameplay Walkthrough, visit: YouTube LINK
 
Gotham Knights is scheduled to launch worldwide on Oct. 25, 2022.

Please note, to provide players with the best possible gameplay experience, the game will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC and will not be available for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles.
 
Starting today, Gotham Knights will be available for pre-order on all launch platforms via the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam and Epic Games Store. Players can pre-order the Gotham Knights Standard Edition. The Gotham Knights Deluxe Edition can be pre-ordered, including the base game and Visionary Pack downloadable content (DLC) with exclusive gear, cosmetics, Beyond Suitstyle character skins inspired by the Batman Beyond animated series and more.

The Gotham Knights Collector’s Edition can be pre-ordered, featuring the Deluxe Edition, augmented reality collectable pin, 16-page media book, exclusive Gotham City map, four-character statue diorama and more. Additionally, pre-orders will receive the 233 Kustom Batcycle Skin at launch, based on the vehicle’s first appearance in DC’s Detective Comics #233.

For more information on how pre-order Gotham Knights, visit GothamKnightsGame.com.

Gotham Knights features the Batman Family as players step into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, a new guard of trained DC Super Heroes who must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death. From solving mysteries that connect the darkest chapters in the city’s history to defeating notorious villains in epic confrontations, players will confront an array of challenges as they evolve into their own version of the Dark Knight.
 
To learn more about Gotham Knights, visit GothamKnightsGame.com or connect with us online via Twitter (@GothamKnights), YouTube (GothamKnights), Instagram (@GothamKnights), Facebook (GothamKnights) and Discord (GothamKnights).

Train2Game News Esports In Education Summit

British Esports, the not-for-profit organisation and national body set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, is pleased to announce the return of the annual Esports in Education Summit this year.


Scheduled to take place on Thursday June 30th, 2022, at The Metronome (Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies), the fourth annual edition of the Esports in Education Summit, brought to you by British Esports and Association of Colleges Sport (AOC), will be a hybrid event with spaces available for attendees on the day.


The Esports in Education Summit brings together Senior Leaders, Curriculum Managers, Lecturers, as well as Team Coaches, from across the UK, to discuss the impact, developments and opportunities available in competitive gaming and esports in schools and colleges.


“We’re delighted to host the Esports in Education Summit once again this year, at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham,” said Andy Payne OBE, Chair of British Esports. ”This summit is vitally important to continue the discussions around Esports and Education.  With restrictions forcing events online over the past few years, it’s great to be able to get back to physical events once again to meet with key stakeholders and educational leaders”.


“Over the past couple of years the Esports in Education Summit has become an established event and one of the real highlights of the college Esports calendar,” said Dean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience at AOC. “We at AoC Sport are once again delighted to be partnering with British Esports to deliver what promises to be yet another informative and enjoyable event”.


A range of keynotes, panel discussions, and sessions with industry leaders as well as experts from across the education sector will discuss a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Esports: the competitive activity of the future
  • British Esports and the Student Champs (The story so far)
  • Career pathways in esports
  • Wider Impact Projects – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Esports in Education: Academic development in Further Education and Higher Education
  • How sport and esports can mutually benefit – Commonwealth Games
  • A special tour of Confetti X – the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology (physical attendees only)

There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.Tickets are FREE and are available to book via the Event Page.  Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to visit the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, scheduled to host the British Esports Student Champs Finals on July 2nd and July 3rd 2022.


The confirmed line up of Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

Train2Game News Nintendo Switch Sports Released

It’s game point.

On the brink of triumph, your friends and family cheer you on.

The thrill of friendly competition and the feeling of being right in the action are literally at your fingertips.

Welcome to the Nintendo Switch Sports game – the latest sequel to the Wii Sports series has launched recently for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch – OLED Model systems.

To see this new sports collection in action, check out a launch trailer for the game here: https://youtu.be/SqSMxb9txSw.
 
In Nintendo Switch Sports, you can swing, kick, spike and bowl your way to victory!

With multiple options for multiplayer fun, family and friends can join in on the same system or online. Play online and face opponents near and far, and aim for the Pro League in every sport. With Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara (swordplay), you can get moving and put yourself directly in the game using Joy-Con controllers. Plus, a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this fall; get ready to Golf!
 
New to the world of video game sports? No problem! This collection is built for players of all skill levels, so everyone can play together and enjoy. With intuitive controls, anyone – from rookies to pros – can instantly have fun. With controlled motions, you can curve your bowling ball, add spin to a tennis shot or even use a Joy-Con with the included Leg Strap accessory to kick the ball in a Soccer Shoot-Out. A free update will arrive in the summer, expanding the Leg Strap accessory compatibility to Soccer matches, too.
 
Plus, Nintendo Switch Sports introduces new customizable characters called Sportsmates. As you play online in random matchmaking, you’ll be able to earn points that you can redeem for in-game rewards like outfits, sports accessories and gear for your Sportsmates, fireworks for your Soccer goal and even a costume to play as a squirrel! New items will rotate in each week, so check back and see what’s available! You’ll also still be able to play as the classic Mii characters, so you can keep serving those swings and custom looks you’ve grown fond of.
 
The digital version of Nintendo Switch Sports is available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, the My Nintendo Store and select retailers for $39.99 (Leg Strap accessory sold separately). A physical version of Nintendo Switch Sports that includes a Leg Strap accessory is available at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Leg Strap accessory from Ring Fit Adventure is also compatible with Nintendo Switch Sports, and a Leg Strap accessory can be purchased separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99, as well.

For more information about Nintendo Switch Sports, visit https://nintendoswitchsports.nintendo.com/.

Train2Game News Disney Dreamlight Valley

Gameloft, a leader in the creation and publishing of games, today unveiled Disney Dreamlight Valley, an upcoming free-to-play life-simulation adventure game.

Fans are invited to create their personalized avatar and embark on an enchanting journey alongside some of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved characters.

Players can be the first to experience Disney Dreamlight Valley this summer as part of Early Access with the purchase of a Founders Pack or by being an Xbox Game Pass member ahead of the game’s launch in 2023.

For more information, please visit disneydreamlightvalley.com to sign up for game updates.

Watch the announcement trailer at https://gmlft.co/DDV-AnnouncementTrailer 


Arriving in the dream world of Dreamlight Valley, players will embark on an enchanting quest to restore a once-idyllic village now desolate and full of Night Thorns after a mysterious event called The Forgetting. Uncover the mysterious secrets that led you to this new world and explore diverse realms inspired by classic Disney and Pixar worlds, while helping the iconic inhabitants of the town recover their lost memories. In this experience, players will meet and build friendships with beloved characters from Mickey & Friends to Disney’s The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Moana to Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story and more. Dive in and immerse in a multitude of unique individualized story arcs and enjoy activities with some of the village’s most memorable characters, such as whipping up a delectable Disney-themed dishes alongside Remy from Disney and Pixar’s Ratatouille inside of your own village restaurant, fishing at the fishing hole with Goofy, or growing vegetables from Wall•E’s garden patch.  


Players will be able to design the Disney and Pixar villages of their dreams across multiple unique biomes, ranging from the snowy mountains of the Frosted Heights to the Peaceful Meadow and beyond – with a wealth of customization options for their avatars, homes, and villages. The game will feature an ever-evolving list of Disney-princess-inspired ballgowns, Mickey-adorned streetwear, Frozen-inspired antique kitchen designs, and more.  


Disney Dreamlight Valley will give our fans the opportunity to write their own story and build their ideal Disney and Pixar life within a richly detailed world populated with characters from some of Disney’s most iconic stories,” said Luigi Priore, V.P., of Disney and Pixar Games. “We are excited to hear feedback from our audience throughout the development of this title as we collaborate with the talented team at Gameloft to bring Disney Dreamlight Valley to life.”  


“Our development team is a big family of Disney and Pixar fans and have poured all of our passion into the development of Disney Dreamlight Valley, especially in the way we depict characters and their story arcs,” said Manea Castet, Game Manager of Disney Dreamlight Valley at Gameloft Montreal. “We can’t wait for fans to join the Early Access this summer and help us bring this new ever-evolving Disney and Pixar-inspired world to our excited community.” 


Disney Dreamlight Valley is set to launch in 2023 as a free-to-play title. This summer, players can be the first to play in an Early Access available exclusively for players who purchase a Founder’s Pack or have an Xbox Game Pass member. During the Early Access phase, players will be the first to explore Dreamlight Valley and receive exclusive rewards that they will keep once the game officially launches next year. Early Access will be released across all supported platforms including PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5 (PS5™), PlayStation®4 (PS4™), Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Xbox One consoles. PC and Mac versions will be released on Steam, Epic Games Store, Microsoft Store, and the Mac App Store.


For more information and to sign up for updates, please visit https://disneydreamlightvalley.com

Train2Game News The Serpent Rogue

Team17 and Sengi Games have today launched alchemy sandbox adventure game The Serpent Rogue on PC, Nintendo Switch™, PlayStation®5, and Xbox Series X|S.

As the mysterious, plague-masked protagonist, The Warden, players must explore the world, craft, and utilise crucial potions to cleanse the world of the malevolent corruption known as the Serpent Rogue, and restore balance to the lands surrounding Mount Morbus.
 
The perfect blend of gameplay awaits: https://youtu.be/QQxg_wb3qEE
 
Alchemy is one of the key ingredients in The Serpent Rogue’s gameplay and mastering it will be pivotal to The Warden’s success. Collect and research ingredients to unveil their uses, experiment with different mixtures to craft unique potions, and use concoctions in a variety of ways to progress through an everchanging world.
 
The Serpent Rogue allows players to tackle challenges in a myriad of ways: adversaries can be defeated directly through head-to-head open combat, perfectly timed alchemic potions, or by befriending and taming local beasts. Each step on The Warden’s journey is fraught with challenges and decisions, the echoes of which can be felt across the wider world. For instance, leaving food lying around will attract vermin and cause havoc, while bodies left unburied will lure fearsome ghouls, so tread carefully.
 
The Serpent Rogue key features

  • Sandbox roguelike: Explore the mysterious world of The Serpent Rogue; locations and items are randomised by storms that sweep the land
  • Permutations aplenty: Utilise the magic and crafting of alchemy to create new tactics and overcome the many threats and situations created by the corruption of the Serpent Rogue
  • Cause and effect: The Warden’s actions have consequences that can be used to their advantage; but will they become the hero of the tale… or the villain?

 
The Serpent Rogue is available to purchase now on Steam, or try the free demo. To keep up to date with all the information on The Serpent Rogue please like the game on Facebook, follow it on Twitter and join us on Discord.

Train2Game News Pokemon Center UK Master Ball

The Pokémon Company International and The Wand Company have announced the Master Ball (with a special-edition plaque on the included display case) is now available to purchase exclusively at the Pokémon Center UK store.
 
As Pokémon veterans may know, the Master Ball is the only type of Poké Ball that can catch any Pokémon without fail—no matter how strong or rare that Pokémon may be. This legendary item is now available to purchase for Trainers in the UK with this premium replica from The Wand Company.
 
Featuring touch- and proximity-sensing technology, the front button illuminates in response to nearby motion, becoming brighter when the Master Ball is touched. Pressing the button will also initiate a Pokémon-catching light sequence.
 
This Pokémon Center UK exclusive replica comes with an illuminated display case, a special-edition plaque and a display ring that lets Trainers show off the Master Ball on its own. Visit the Pokémon Center or TheWandCompany.com/PokeBall for more information.
 
Additionally, seasoned fans and budding Trainers alike can also now take advantage of free shipping on all orders of £20.00 and over from the Pokémon Center UK store, across the full range of apparel, plush, Trading Card Game and other products. Go to the Customer Service page for Frequently Asked Questions and more information.
 
Visit Pokémon Center UK to view available products, or sign up for the official email newsletter to keep up to date on new products and merchandise releases.

Train2Game News Traitors In Salem

Traitors in Salem is the follow-up to BlankMediaGames hit social deduction game Town of Salem.

Will this be the game that kills Among Us?
 
Indie game developer BlankMediaGames are the pioneers of the social deduction genre of games, and creators of Traitors in Salem releasing into Early Access Beta on April 22nd, 2022.

Town of Salem is one of the first, and most popular social deduction video games. Town of Salem has been enjoyed by millions of players, and has laid the groundwork for other social deduction games.  

Early Access Beta Launch
The story of Traitors in Salem has the inhabitants of Salem living peacefully after the bloody battles in the Town of Salem. The power that originally corrupted the Town and sent it into chaos is slowly swelling once again. Help the Town to banish the Necronomicon for good, or fall prey to the influence of the Necronomicon and destroy the Town. 

The Steam store page for Traitors in Salem is available if you would like to wish list the game. https://store.steampowered.com/app/1497640/Traitors_in_Salem/  

ROLES  

With 31 unique roles use your abilities to gain information, enhance your character, deceive, or kill other players! Save the Town, or Destroy it. With abilities like investigating players to find out if they are good or evil, forcing a player to defend themselves on the stand, creating illusions of players and more, there is never a dull moment.  

TOWN MEMBERS  

Deal with all of the Traitors to the Town, or complete all of the quests needed to banish the Necronomicon in order to win!

Use your role’s abilities to do things like reveal yourself to the town as innocent, track down a killer from a dead body, and even take matters into your own hand and deal out vigilante justice!

Do what you can to counteract the powerful magic used by the Traitors.

Find secret passages, flag down boats, and fix broken bridges to help get around the town.

Use Telescopes, confer with Ghost NPCs, use the Runeboard, and more to gain information about your so-called innocent friends.

Use the Town Bell to call a Town Meeting if you see anything out of the ordinary.

Report a body to call a Town Meeting.

Hang anyone suspicious at the gallows and save Salem!  

TRAITORS  

Possessed by the Necronomicon, Traitors fight to gain control of the Town and free the Necronomicon from its failing prison. As a Traitor, sneaking and stealth are your best allies. Kill Town members to protect the Necronomicon!

Use your role’s abilities to do things like burn away dead bodies, convert Town members over to the side of Evil, or block all Town members from using abilities!

Use Spells granted to you by the Necronomicon to give yourself the advantage over the Town by blocking their paths with overgrown brambles, displacing players to random areas around the map, or summoning powerful totems that must be dispelled or Town will be slowed, have reduced vision, or will outright be killed! Almost anything a Town member can do, you can too!  

BEGIN YOUR QUEST  

Players interact with NPCs to start different quests that can contribute to the Town’s victory, give you special personal perks, or unlock different abilities!  

FEATURES  

Roles: Wide variety of roles for both Traitors and Town members.
Create Role Lists: Choose which Roles you want in your Role Deck during the lobby.
Share your Role Deck: Share pre-built decks with your friends!
Banning Roles: On top of choosing roles to be in the game, you can ban roles to ensure they don’t appear.
Choose your Adventure: You can also customize the game itself! Many different options to change gameplay.
Familiar: Everything that you love about Town of Salem, but improved!
Roam the Town: With freedom of movement, explore Salem in a way you never have before.
In-game Text chat: Chat with other players during the lobby, discussion, and trial phases of the game.
Game-Wide Voice chat: Voice Chat is integrated (built-in) to Traitors in Salem. Global Voice Chat is available during the lobby, discussion, and trial phases of the game.
Proximity Voice: On top of the normal Global Voice Chat, there is also Proximity Voice Chat for chatting with those near you (enforced by the server) during gameplay.  

Steam Store Page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1497640/Traitors_in_Salem/
Official Website: https://www.traitorsinsalem.com
Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/TraitorsinSalem
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TraitorsInSalem