Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 30.08.13

unity-logoIt’s the end of the week so it’s time for the games industry news round up.

Unity Technologies unveiled new 2D tools and workflow for the Unity engine and editor to meet increased demand for features designed to address the specific challenges of creating 2D games. Now in beta, the first iteration of the 2D tools, many of which are included in the free version of Unity, will be released with the Unity 4.3 update this fall. The charge to improve workflow begins with the introduction of a dedicated scene view, which includes specialized 2D scene manipulation tools. Scene view can be toggled between the traditional view or set as the default when creating a project. Importing, manipulating, and working with 2D assets are made easier with the addition of a new sprite texture importer type, automated atlasing, and dedicated 2D renderer component. Adding 2D art to a scene is as easy as dragging a sprite from the asset library into the scene where Unity will then automatically create an object. If you are a fan of 2D games and work with Unity you now have no excuses to get a game out there!

Wizards of the Coast announced that the Magic 2014 – Duels of the Planeswalkers Expansion will release on September 18, 2013. Adding depth to the latest installment of the wildly popular Duels of the Planeswalkers franchise, the Magic 2014 Expansion will give players the opportunity to explore new planes, fight new enemies and face new challenges. Just like the full game the expansion will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PC via Steam, PlayStation Network, iPad, and Android via Google Play and the Amazon App Store. The new expansions includes; five new decks, new campaign levels, five new challenges and more persona portraits.

Activision Publishing, Inc., in association with Nickelodeon and developer Red Fly Studio, announced, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows – a new, team-based, third-person action-brawler debuting on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft for Xbox 360 as a part of the Xbox Live Summer of Arcade 2013, and on Windows PC via Steam. Starring Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows puts the focus on combat, characters, and co-op. Its swift and tactile fighting system affords players dynamic choices on the battlefield, rewarding successful combo flourishes, expert counterattacks, and brutal takedowns. The Turtles’ full range of personalities are on display throughout this original story in the TMNT universe, bringing humour and attitude to the unfolding narrative and influencing each character’s unique fighting style. The game will be released on September 25.

NEXON Europe had the pleasure to announce that global pop sensation, media personality and all-round gentleman, PSY, is appearing in the enormously successful online free-to-play games MapleStory and Combat Arms. PSY took the world by storm with his hit single Gangnam Style, inspiring everyone from news readers to the UN Secretary General to join in with his unique brand of K-pop humour. Over a billion YouTube views and global chart domination is not enough for the dance phenomenon however; starting this month and following another huge hit single, Gentleman, PSY will be bringing his outrageous personality to NEXON Europe’s most popular titles.

Steve Ballmer is to retire as Microsoft CEO within the next year, the company revealed, adding credence to the rumours of a management reshuffle which accompanied Don Mattrick’s departure earlier this year. Ballmer will oversee the choice of his successor before taking retirement and remain as CEO during that process. The Microsoft board has appointed a special committee chaired by lead independent director John Thompson and including chairman of the Board Bill Gates, chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo. Microsoft has said that it will be looking both internally and externally for candidates.

Train2Game News: Magic 2014: Duels Of The Planeswalker Review

Chandra I got the pleasure of reviewing Magic 2014: Duels Of The Planeswalker, from Wizards of The Coast.

One of the first thing that is noticeably different is that this game has some beautiful cut scenes involving the Planeswalker Chandra, which the main story of the game revolves around.

The progression of the story is slightly different to the last game in that you face four encounters which involve a set strategy that you must deal with before facing the “boss” of the level in a normal Magic The Gathering game.

In my personal opinion I would have liked more standard Magic battles rather than the encounters.

Once you finish a level you do get to face another Planeswalker to unlock their deck in a standard Magic battle.

As for the decks they have some interesting ideas. My personal favourite colour to play as is White and I did quite enjoy the white enchantment deck and the white soldier deck. You could get some nice powerful creatures with the enchantment deck or just a large quick army with the soldier deck.

This game also saw the introduction of Slivers. Slivers are a creature in the Magic universe which empower each other Sliver under your control on the battlefield.

I felt the Sliver deck was a little bit too slow to get going but when you did get it going it was very powerful. It just needed to be that bit quicker.

The other new addition to this game was the introduction of the Sealed Play campaign.

If you have ever been to a Magic The Gathering Pre Release event you will know what this is about but for those who don’t know, you get a small collection of booster packs that you create a deck with. This of course entirely depends how lucky you are with your booster packs to how good your deck becomes.

I wasn’t very lucky. I created a Blue and Black deck using the auto create feature which just scraped through the first battle.

When I created the deck, the strength meter at the top declared the deck as “Awesome” but after I won the first battle to get a new booster pack, I added a few good cards and adjusted the land accordingly and the strength of the deck plummeted to “Average”.

In conclusion, I like the decks in this game and the story is displayed much better but there should have been more standard games and the sealed campaign is a nice idea but I think it still needs a little bit more work on it.