Train2Game News Double Eleven Working On Minecraft Dungeons

Developer and publisher Double Eleven announced today their ongoing partnership with Mojang on the development of its upcoming dungeon crawling action-adventure game Minecraft Dungeons, a standalone game from the hugely successful Minecraft franchise.

Double Eleven’s role in the development of Minecraft Dungeons is focused around developing the console editions of the project with Mojang, content creation and helping develop the game’s underlying online and multiplayer systems, all with the goal of creating the best possible player experience for the groundbreaking title, which is due to be released for PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2020.

“It’s a real honour to help with the creation of such an exciting, high-profile release as Minecraft Dungeons”, said Lee Hutchinson, founder and CEO of Double Eleven. “This December will mark Double Eleven’s 10th anniversary, and in that time we’ve developed a track record of technical expertise and creativity. This milestone highlights the next phase of the team’s expansion, and we’ve got more exciting announcements still to come this year.”

“We’re thrilled to have found a partner that shares our passion for creating great games, and we’re looking forward to working closely with Double Eleven to bring Minecraft Dungeons to a wide range of platforms,” said David Nisshagen, Executive Producer at Mojang. “We’re excited to watch our passion project continue to grow, and Double Eleven’s expertise and dedication will help us create a high-quality experience for our community.”

Double Eleven are one of the United Kingdom’s key providers of development and publishing services to the videogame industry, delivering full-service visual and development solutions from initial concept to production, development, publishing and post-release support. Headquartered in Middlesbrough, Teesside in the North-East of England, Double Eleven has a team approaching 100 developers, investing heavily in people and infrastructure, avoiding the pitfalls of crunch to give staff a positive work-life balance.

Double Eleven are recognised for their work as a development and publishing partner for the console releases of Goat Simulator, Prison Architect as well as a co-development partner on Crackdown 3. It was awarded one of the best places to work in the Gamesindustry.biz Best Places To Work Awards two years running in 2017 and 2018.

To find out more about Double Eleven visit their site.

Train2Game News Pokemon Go Adds Unova Region

Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced that Pokémon from the Unova region will begin appearing in Pokémon GO along with additional rewards.

Trainers can now encounter Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Purrloin, Pidove, Blitzle and more Pokémon from the Unova region while exploring the world around them.

Additionally, Trainers can team up with their friends to challenge Lillipup, Patrat and Klink in Raid Battles.

More Pokémon originating from the Unova region will be making their way to Pokémon GO over the weeks and months ahead!

A new trailer celebrating Pokémon from the Unova region arriving to Pokémon GO can be found below…

Train2Game News The Walking Dead Telltale Definitive Series

Skybound Games today announced that The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series, a comprehensive bundle of all four seasons of the acclaimed game series, is now available for $49.99/€49.99/£39.99 as a physical boxed product at retail for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One, as well as digitally on the PlayStation®Store, Microsoft Xbox One Store, and the Epic Games store for Windows PC.

Check out Skybound Games’ new launch trailer for The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series:

The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series contains all four seasons of the series, along with The Walking Dead: Michonne and several digital bonuses. There are over 50 hours of gameplay across 23 unique episodes, more than 10 hours of developer commentary, behind-the-scenes bonus features including concept and character art galleries, a “Return of The Walking Dead” documentary short, faithful recreations of classic menus, and a music player with over 140 musical tracks. The collection also includes the application across all seasons and content of “graphic black,” an art style that pays homage to The Walking Dead comics and was previously only available for THE FINAL SEASON.

Skybound Games plans to release the second and third seasons of the series – The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Walking Dead: A New Frontier – on Nintendo Switch at a later date, making all four seasons available on the Nintendo eShop in the future.

In addition, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Soundtrack, featuring over 160 songs from all four seasons of the series, is now available on all major digital music stores and streaming services, including Google Play, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify). Skybound Games is also releasing a vinyl version of the soundtrack exclusively via Skybound.com, which can be pre-ordered here: https://store.skybound.com/products/the-walking-dead-the-telltale-series-soundtrack-4-disc-vinyl-record.

Based on Robert Kirkman’s award-winning comic book franchise, The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series lets players experience the full story of Clementine as she grows from a young girl to fearless survivor in the series that set a new benchmark for storytelling in games. A light of hope in dark times, Clementine learns from many protectors and endures countless threats in a post-apocalyptic world where the weak perish and the cruel survive. It’s up to players who Clementine trusts, who she loves, who she hurts, and who she chooses to protect when she cannot save everyone.

More information about The Walking Dead: The Telltale Definitive Series can be found at https://www.skybound.com/telltales-the-walking-dead-the-definitive-series.

To date, TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD has sold millions of episodes worldwide, earning more than 100 Game of the Year awards and receiving two BAFTA Video Game Awards for Best Story.

Train2Game News Northern Exposure Event

The Northern Exposure conference returns to the Discovery Museum, Newcastle this week on Thursday 12th September.

Bringing together industry experts from the UK, Europe, and the US to discuss the business of games, Northern Exposure promises to be the most inspirational, thought-provoking, and explorative to date with topics ranging from leadership, publishing and marketing to art, technology, and design.

Leading the proceedings as MC for the day will be George Osborn, Head of Communications at Ukie. Northern Exposure’s line up for the day includes:

Dante Buckley, Founder at Downpour Interactive
Take a Chance: What I learned in Remote Game Development & VR

Alex Peters, Senior VP at SEGA Searchlight
Two Point Studios: a journey with SEGA Searchlight

Si Lumb, Senior Producer at BBC R&D
Virtualisation, convergence and the emergence of Metamedia

Colin Macdonald, Director at All 4 Games
Lessons from both sides of the pitching table

Becky Jackson, Client Service Director at Atomhawk
The Value of Art

Craig Duncan, Studio Head at Rare Ltd
Superhero leadership in games

Tracey McGarrigan, CEO and Founder at Ansible PR & Comms
Think Long, Go Big; how a long tail PR & Marketing strategy can help indies succeed

Gabrielle Kent, Writer and Narrative Consultant
Creating Characters and Worlds without Limits

Secret Sauce’s Managing Director and Conference Producer Carri Cunliffe said: “We can’t wait to welcome all our expert speakers to Newcastle, and are delighted to have George as our host for the day. His experience as a journalist, event organiser, and business owner means he’s well versed in the business of games and we’re excited he will be leading us through a packed day of inspiring chat. It’s going to be a busy day for the business of gaming in Newcastle and it’s gaming community.”

Exhibitors on the day include:

Coatsink
Formed in 2009, Coatsink develop, fund, and publish Indie Games and has grown into a diverse and versatile development studio who have created platformer and puzzle games for console and PC, plus a plethora of games for Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go. Coatsink is at Northern Exposure looking for fantastic talent to join their growing team in Sunderland, UK.

Wolf and Wood, Hotel R’n’R
The VR game where you are a failed musician who makes a deal with me, the Devil. I give you musical talent, infamy and hard cash, and all you have to do is smash up some hotel rooms for me. Build up your armoury with weapons from Hell’s own pawn shop – oh and don’t let the maid in.

TUCan Studio
The TUCan Studio is an award winning and innovative in-house digital production studio based in the School of Computing & Digital Technologies at Teesside University. Working in partnership with the private and public sector our experienced academic staff work alongside top graduate talent to create R&D solutions and final products in animation, immersive technologies, film production, app development, 360, AI and data analytics.

Escape Technology
A reseller and technical support company based in the UK and Germany. For over ten years they’ve been working with computer graphics artists and studios to bring them the best hardware, software, and infrastructure to deliver their work.

Cyberpower
Ranging from the ultimate gaming rig, to the stand alone office system, Cyberpower endeavour to create the best possible PC system for your needs, and importantly your budget. With their extensive list of component choices, they guarantee to create the PC of your dreams, exactly how you imagined it to be!

Invest North East England
The team will be chatting to anyone interested in finding out more about the North east and it’s gaming community.

Northern Exposure is powered by Invest North East England, Invest Newcastle and Escape Technology, Coatsink, Atomhawk and Tag Games

The last few remaining tickets are available now via https://www.north-expo.co.uk/

Keep up to date with all the action on the day and further announcements by following Northern Exposure on twitter @north_expo

Train2Game News One Special Day Mobile Support

For the fourth year running, the mobile games industry has come out in force to support SpecialEffect’s One Special Day fundraising event to help more severely disabled people from all over the world enjoy the fun and inclusion of video games.

Big hitters such as Supercell, Seriously, Miniclip, Playtika, Naturalmotion/Zynga, Space Ape, Rovio, Outfit7, Glu, First Touch Games, New Star Games, MAG Interactive, Dirtybit and Dots will donate a day of their UK income from a range of titles on Friday 4 October. One Special Day has raised almost £1 million towards the work of SpecialEffect since it started in 2016 and, as demand for the charity’s services continues to grow rapidly, the boost from this year’s event is more welcome than ever.

UK in-game purchases on 4 October from titles like Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Best Fiends, Fastlane, 8-Ball Pool, Talking Tom and CSR Racing 2 means that, while the players themselves are having fun, they’re also helping SpecialEffect to reach more severely disabled people.

SpecialEffect’s Barry Floyd is delighted that the mobile industry combines with their gaming communities for SpecialEffect on One Special Day. “Here in the UK, on the 4 October, the money that they would have spent in the relevant mobile games takes on a whole new significance. Every penny will be used to help someone with a disability towards a better quality of life through specialist technology.”

Seriously’s CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Stalbow said “It’s been a fantastic experience working with SpecialEffect for the last two One Special Day campaigns, and we are working hard to make this year’s event the biggest one yet. It’s been really gratifying to see the mobile community come together to support this work, and we are hoping to have a record number of developers join us this year.”

Train2Game News Play Borderlands 3 Early

GAME Digital, The UK’s leading specialist video game retailer, in conjunction with 2K Games, proudly announces the Borderlands 3 Early-Play extravaganza!

At 8pm on September 12th, GAME’s flagship Stratford Westfield store will be converted into a Pandora-themed wonderland, with Borderlands 3 artwork, massive Psycho-Bandit statue, digital displays, and Borderlands-inspired music. Fans who attend the evening’s entertainment even stand to win a vault-load of Borderlands 3 merch in the free prize draw.

For true Borderlands 3 nuts, everyone who turns out in their best Borderlands cosplay will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a sparkly new Samsung 50’ Smart 4K Ultra HD TV, plus a brand new PS4 Pro, with runners-up winning exclusive Borderlands 3 merch – the winner being announced at 10pm.

At 9pm, customers can also collect their copy of Borderlands 3 and have the option to go play it upstairs in the Belong Arena!

RUNNING ORDER

From 8pm

Music with drinks served (there will be alcohol so bring ID!). Bring your trade-ins, buy Borderlands 3, complete your pre-orders and enter free prize draw and cosplay competition.

From 9pm

Collect your copy of Borderlands 3 – and play it upstairs in the Belong Arena.

10pm

Prize draw and cosplay winners and runner’s-up announced.

10:30pm

Event ends. Off home to bed (or more likely, to play Borderlands 3!)

The event will professionally filmed & photographed for marketing purposes. THE EVENT IS 18+ ONLY.

Train2Game News Evercade Retro Portability

The ‘Evercade’, a brand new handheld is taking on the likes of Nintendo and SEGA’s ‘Mini’ consoles with an expanding library of cartridges that already includes the likes of Namco Museum (Pac-Man, Dig-Dug and Galaxian), Atari (Asteroids, Centipede and Pong), Interplay (Earthworm Jim and Clayfighter) and more – with over 100 games confirmed for the system already!

Cartridges offer between 6 and 20 games and come in classic numbered plastic cases, for those who love to display their game collections.

Product Development Director – Andrew Byatt quoted:
“We have seen the flood of ‘mini’ consoles into the market and whilst we love these products, they have a short shelf life. They’re great fun and offer excellent content, but they are not expandable. Our cartridge-based system enables you to purchase one piece of hardware and then add new content for a low additional cost. It’s a great value, future proof investment”.

The console features a 4.3″ screen (the same size as the original PSP) and has been developed to deliver an authentic gameplay experience. You can also save your game at any point and load instantly – making those difficult retro games that bit more accessible. The Evercade offers HDMI connectivity – with HD up-scaling on all games. This allows retro enthusiasts to play both on the move and in their homes. The best of both worlds.

Not limiting themselves to the games of the past, Evercade is also making indie games available on their new platform. They have already signed Mega Cat Studios (known for titles such as Log Jammers, Coffee Crisis and Almost Hero), with more to be announced after launch.

They have promised more retro cartridges to add to the 9 available at launch. All cartridges retail at only £14.99 / €17.99 / $19.99

Evercade will be available for pre-order worldwide from 10 am (BST) Friday 6th September from just £59.99 / €69.99 / $79.99 – for a complete list of stockists visit: http://evercade.co.uk

Train2Game News GamesAid Gets New Partner

As part of their new relationship, GG Insurance Services will be donating a

percentage of their financial revenue to the charity to help support the fantastic work they do.

Funds received by GamesAid are distributed to a selected number of charities as nominated and voted by the charities members.

GamesAid chair Matt Spall says:

‘GamesAid is incredibly grateful to GG Insurance Services for their commitment to supporting our charity efforts.

GG are the first game industry business to support GamesAid, directly from their revenues in this way, and we very much hope it’ll be a catalyst for others to join them.”

GG Insurance Services provide expert protection for the games industry and
insurance policies that cater for a business’s individual needs.

With over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry, their knowledge and professionalism ensure that a company and its assets are in trusted hands.

The company was developed to find the perfect insurance solution to the gaming industry through their access to the Lloyd’s market.

Their range of cover includes, Insurance for Game Developers &
Publishers, Insurance for Esports, Cyber, Intellectual Property and
Insurance for Events.

Train2Game News World of Warcraft Classic Live

All current World of Warcraft subscribers can start playing Classic today at no additional cost!

WoW® Classic rings in the game’s 15th anniversary, with celebrations in Battle for Azeroth™ to follow in the coming months

Grizzled veterans and hardy newcomers alike can now experience Azeroth as it was in its earliest days with World of Warcraft® Classic, which is live starting today and included at no additional cost as part of everyone’s WoW® subscription globally. World of Warcraft Classic has been a labor of love for Blizzard, and the result is an authentic re-creation of the pre-expansion game in its most feature-complete state, as it was during 2006’s “Drums of War” update (patch 1.12.0). Blizzard has continued to bring WoW Classic realms online around the world to accommodate the more than two million players who have created characters in anticipation of today’s launch, and will work to add more based on player population trends.

World of Warcraft®, which has been played by more than 140 million players over the past 15 years,* has evolved considerably across seven expansions, with numerous features, enhancements, and quality-of-life improvements. In many ways, World of Warcraft Classic is more unrelenting and demanding of self-direction from players than today’s version of the game. Bonds among the community are paramount—activities like raids and dungeon runs must be organized collectively by players on the same realm, with the toughest challenges requiring 40 coordinated and committed souls to surmount.

Classic’s Azeroth is equal parts wonder and hazard, and its trials will push players to their limits. The Alliance and the Horde, in the midst of outright war, are made to reckon with forces whose powers transcend their own brutal conflict—including some of the most iconic and love-hated of villains of the Warcraft® universe, like Ragnaros the Firelord and the Archlich Kel’Thuzad.

“It’s been a long time coming, but we’re overjoyed to welcome our friends new and old to classic Azeroth,” said J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment. “The community’s excitement is infectious and deeply motivating—it’s clear they’re as thrilled as we are to relive the World of Warcraft Classic experience. We look forward to rediscovering its wonders and challenges together with them, starting today.”

World of Warcraft Classic will continue to expand in the weeks and months following today’s launch, allowing players the opportunity to live through pivotal moments in Azeroth history previously lost to time. Among the host of features and activities set to be introduced to the game across six phases are iconic raids like Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub, and Naxxramas; player-versus-player battlegrounds like Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, and the classic version of Alterac Valley; and time-limited server-wide events like the Ahn’Qiraj War Effort, and the Scourge Invasion.

Train2Game News LEGO Legacy Pre-Registration

Gameloft, one of the world’s leading publishers of mobile games, today announced that pre-registration is now available for LEGO® Legacy: Heroes Unboxed.

LEGO fans and battle-RPG lovers can now visit LEGOLEGACY.com to learn all about this new mobile game gathering 40 years of LEGO minifigure history and universes.

In LEGO Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, players will collect classic and modern LEGO minifigures and sets, form a party and engage in epic and fun team battles and adventures.

The game will feature iconic, fan favorite universes from yesterday and today, recreated with incredible detail to please players of all ages. The new gameplay trailer unveiled today offers a sneak peek of what will come out of the box.

Fans that pre-register will be rewarded with in-game currency and gems when the game launches globally this Fall.

In addition, pre-registered fans will be able to vote for their minifigure of choice between Hot Dog Guy, Blacktron Dwayne and Darwin. The Minifigure with the most votes will be gifted in-game at launch!