Train2Game News Insomnia58 confirms Microsoft

Multiplay, the company behind the largest gaming festival in the UK has today revealed the games Microsoft will be showcasing at Insomnia58 this August bank holiday.  
The blockbuster titles join an already exciting line-up, making this summer’s event the best place for fans to try the latest games.

Upcoming releases from Microsoft’s biggest franchises, all highlights of its E3 presentation, will be available to play for the first time in the UK, including Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3 and the latest zombie epic, Dead Rising 4. All Titles will be exclusive to Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, with the majority being part of the Xbox Play Anywhere programme.

Gears of War 4, the cover based shooter, features an all new cast of characters, including JD Fenix, the son of the legendary Marcus Fenix. Set 25 years after the events of Gears of War 3, the newest instalment in the franchise is set to be a huge hit with Xbox fans.

Insomnia58 will be the first time driving game fans in the UK will be able to experience the fast-paced action of Forza Horizon 3, experience thrilling racing, addictive gameplay and stunning graphics.

The Xbox One timed exclusive, Dead Rising 4, due for release later in December, will also be at Insomnia58, giving fans of the ever popular zombie-smashing genre exclusive access to the hotly anticipated game, months before its release.

Additional titles on display include Remedy’s Quantum Break, fighting classic Killer Instinct as well as the exciting new Xbox exclusive action-adventure Recore. Microsoft is also bringing the latest details on Indie games such as Cuphead, Everspace, Raiders of the Broken Planet and The Turing Test. 

Insomnia58 is taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 26-29 August 2016, with day tickets available online from £25: https://insomniagamingfestival.com/tickets/.

Train2Game News Microsoft at E3

MicrosoftMonday at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and the biggest lineup of games in Xbox history. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored the Xbox team’s commitment to building a future of gaming beyond console generations and inviting gamers to play without boundaries.

Xbox is working to bring Xbox Live to all devices and networks — PC, console, virtual reality and mobile — to create a unified experience where all gamers are welcomed, respected and supported. The new Xbox Play Anywhere program lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One console with shared progress, game saves and achievements. Every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere, with more titles on the way.

“Gamers have never had more choice in how and where they play,” Spencer said. “We are bringing our biggest games lineup ever to Xbox One and Windows 10, uniting gamers across networks on Xbox Live and expanding the Xbox One family of devices with the addition of Xbox One S and “Project Scorpio” to give gamers more choice in how and where they play. There’s never been a better time to be an Xbox gamer.”

Introducing the Xbox One family of devices

The new lineup of Xbox One hardware and accessories delivers unprecedented choice and level of personalization for gamers. All Xbox One devices will play current and future Xbox One games as well as titles in the Xbox One Backward Compatibility program, and all accessories will work across every console in the Xbox One family as well.

Xbox One S. Debuting a sleek new design and “robot white” color, the new Xbox One S is the smallest and most compact Xbox ever. The 40 percent smaller console has an internal power supply and supports 4K Ultra HD for Blu-ray movies and content streamed from partners like Netflix and Amazon Video. High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for video and gaming delivers richer, more luminous colors in games like “Gears of War 4.” 1 Available for preorder beginning today and in stores starting August 2016:500GB Xbox One S is $299/249 pounds/299 euros
1TB Xbox One S is $349/299 pounds/349 euros
Limited launch edition 2TB Xbox One S will be available in select markets for $399/349 pounds/399 euros

“Project Scorpio.” Coming holiday 2017, “Project Scorpio” will be the most powerful console ever created, with 6 teraflops of GPU delivering a premier console gaming experience including true 4K gaming and high-fidelity virtual reality. “Project Scorpio” will join the Xbox One family and coexist alongside Xbox One and Xbox One S and all of your Xbox One games and accessories are compatible.

New Xbox Wireless Controller. We’ve enhanced comfort with a textured grip and introduced a sleek, streamlined design in white. Added Bluetooth radio gives you easy wireless connection to your Windows 10 PCs and tablets.2 The new Xbox Wireless Controller will be available worldwide starting in August for $59.99/49.99 pounds/59.99 euros.

Xbox Design Lab. Now fans can create their own official, one-of-a-kind Xbox Wireless Controllers with more than 8 million color variations to customize the controller body, D-pad, thumbsticks, ABXY buttons and more. Each controller is handmade to order and shipped directly to fans. Xbox Design Lab is open for orders now in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for $79.99 through  http://www.xbox.com/xboxdesignlab . Laser engraving is also available for an additional $9.99.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – “Gears of War 4” Limited Edition. A pro-level controller designed in collaboration with The Coalition, the Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – “Gears of War 4” Limited Edition features laser-etched claw marks and a battle-weathered design, telling the survival story of a confrontation with the Swarm. Available in very limited quantities in early October for $199.99/199.99 euros/159.99 pounds with pre-orders starting the week of June 13 at select retailers.

Uniting gamers through Xbox Live

The goal of Xbox Live is to cultivate a safe, fun and reliable online community, where all types of gamers are welcome, respected and supported. Team Xbox announced a slew of new features to break down barriers between gamers playing on different devices and make gaming more accessible for all.

Clubs on Xbox Live. A new way to connect with gamers and create private communities with people who have similar play styles, personal interests and values.

Looking for Group on Xbox Live. Like a “want ad” for multiplayer, Looking for Group on Xbox Live is the easiest way to seek out players who are available — and qualified — to jump into your multiplayer match right now.

Arena on Xbox Live. A new online tournaments platform designed for everyone, from novice to aspiring pro, Arena on Xbox Live brings competitive gaming to Xbox One and Windows 10 devices. Sign up for tournaments directly through the Xbox UI or the Xbox app and play for prizes and bragging rights.

Cross-play. Gamers on Xbox One and Windows 10 can now play select multiplayer games together. “Gears of War 4,” “Forza Horizon 3,” “Sea of Thieves” and “Scalebound” all support cross-play between Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, and now “Minecraft” players on iOS, Android, Windows 10 phone and Windows 10 devices can all join together in cross-device multiplayer fun.

Cortana on Xbox One. We’re bringing the popular digital assistant Cortana to Xbox One, featuring familiar voice commands available on Windows 10 devices and new gaming-specific scenarios for Xbox One. Cortana will initially launch on Xbox One in the U.S. and U.K. with additional markets coming soon after.

PC games (Win32) in Xbox Live. With the Xbox update coming this summer you’ll see the top PC games on Xbox Live, with more added every month. Use the Xbox app to see what PC games your friends are playing, view game clips and upload your own, and message and voice chat with friends across games.

Language Region Independence. Based on overwhelming fan feedback, we’re enabling Language Region Independence to give gamers even more control over their Xbox experience and how they engage with their Xbox One. Language Region Independence gives gamers the freedom to choose any supported language on Xbox One, regardless of their location.

Biggest lineup comes to Xbox One and Windows 10

Xbox premiered a wide range of games launching in 2016 and beyond for Xbox One and Windows 10, including a mix of exclusives, blockbusters and independent games through the ID@Xbox program.

“ARK: SURVIVAL EVOLVED” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). The wildly popular indie game from Studio Wildcard has sold over 1 million copies on Xbox One via Game Preview, and is soon coming to Windows 10. Stranded naked, freezing and starving on a mysterious island, you must hunt, harvest, craft items, grow crops and build shelters to survive. Learn how to tame, train, breed and ride dinosaurs and primitive creatures living on the ARK as you forge new paths across the beautiful open world in this large-scale survival game. Team up with hundreds of players online, play split-screen locally or brave the island on your own.

“BATTLEFIELD 1” (ELECTRONIC ARTS). Featuring some of the largest, most dynamic battles in FPS history, experience the dawn of all-out war across war-torn France, in the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, and in the skies over London — only in “Battlefield 1.” Join in massive 64-player battles and experience unexpected Only in Battlefield moments during a time where the old world was destroyed, giving way to the new one. Play it first, exclusively on Xbox One with EA Access beginning Oct. 13. Available worldwide on Xbox One and Windows PC on Oct. 21, 2016.

“DEAD RISING 4” (WORLD PREMIERE). Developed by Capcom Vancouver, “Dead Rising 4” marks the return of photojournalist Frank West in an all-new chapter of one of the most popular zombie game franchises of all time. With an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, ambitious new features including new zombie classes and EXO Suits, “Dead Rising 4” delivers a heart-pounding experience as players explore, scavenge and fight to survive in an epic open-world sandbox. Available Holiday 2016 on Xbox One and Windows 10.

“FINAL FANTASY XV” (SQUARE ENIX). “FINAL FANTASY XV” is the highly anticipated action RPG and 15th mainline entry in the iconic “FINAL FANTASY” franchise. Set in an enthralling world where fantasy meets reality, players will join Crown Prince Noctis and his comrades on an epic journey of brotherhood, love and despair as they unravel Noctis’ destiny and take up arms against the nefarious Niflheim empire. With a captivating cast of characters, breathtaking visuals, open world exploration and action-packed real time combat, “FINAL FANTASY XV” is the ultimate “FINAL FANTASY” experience for fans and newcomers to the series. Available worldwide for Xbox One on Sept. 30, 2016.

“FORZA HORIZON 3” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE — WORLD PREMIERE). The best-selling racing franchise returns with “Forza Horizon 3.” Race and explore the rugged wonder of Australia with your friends in over 350 of the world’s greatest cars as you win millions of new fans and build the world’s greatest automotive festival. As the new boss of the Horizon Festival, you can modify every aspect of race events, and how you get to the finish is up to you. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Sept. 27, 2016.

“GEARS OF WAR 4” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). A new saga begins for one of the most acclaimed video game franchises in history. After narrowly escaping an attack on their village, JD Fenix and his friends Kait and Del must rescue the ones they love and discover the source of a monstrous new enemy. “Gears of War 4” returns the franchise to the dark tone and intensity of the original and includes split-screen and online co-op, the next generation of the five-player favorite, Horde Mode, 60 frames-per-second Versus multiplayer, and stunning visuals powered by Unreal Engine 4. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Oct. 11, 2016.

“GWENT” (WORLD PREMIERE OF CLOSED BETA ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). “Gwent,”the hit card game from CD PROJEKT RED’s game of the year — “The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt” — is now its own standalone collectable card game. Inspired by player feedback, with new rules and mechanics, “Gwent” puts players and their style of play, and not only their cards, in the center of the action. In “Gwent,” You are the Wild Card.

“HALO WARS 2” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). The best-selling console real-time strategy (RTS) of all time is back! Developed in partnership by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly, “Halo Wars 2” is an action-packed RTS on the biggest Halo battlefield ever. Get ready to lead armies of Spartans and other Halo fighting forces like Warthogs, Scorpions and exciting new units in a brutal war against a terrifying new enemy, The Banished. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title on Feb. 21, 2017.

“INSIDE” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE). Developed by Playdead, “INSIDE” is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s groundbreaking digital hit “Limbo.” Featuring Playdead’s trademark dark art, emotion and game craft, this adventure puzzler ships June 29, 2016, and is available for pre-order now. To celebrate the launch, “Limbo” will be free to all Xbox players from June 13‒20.

“MINECRAFT” (REALMS AND ADD-ONS). Mojang and Microsoft showcased cross-device multiplayer between iOS, Android, Samsung Gear VR and Windows 10 devices, made possible with Monday’s launch of the “Friendly Update” for “Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition” Beta and “Minecraft: Pocket Edition.” With Xbox Live and the “Minecraft Realms” service, Windows 10 and mobile Minecraft players can host their own multiplayer worlds on private, cloud-based servers and play with friends 24/7, even when the original world creator is offline. Starting today, players with Xbox Live accounts can try “Minecraft” Realms on mobile and Windows 10 free for one month through the “Minecraft” app. The team also announced new game add-ons coming this fall that will let players modify their in-game worlds to customize key game elements and create their own maps and minigames.

“RECORE” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). From legendary video game creator Keiji Inafune and Armature Studio LLC, the team behind the “Metroid Prime” series, comes “ReCore,” an action-adventure game masterfully crafted for the modern generation. Play as Joule, one of the last remaining humans, and forge friendships with courageous robot companions to lead them on an epic adventure through a mysterious, dynamic world. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title starting Sept. 13, 2016.

“SEA OF THIEVES” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). Developed by Rare, the legendary creators of “Perfect Dark” and “Banjo-Kazooie,” “Sea of Thieves” is an immersive, shared world adventure game filled with pirates, unexpected dangers and loot for the taking. Be the pirates you want to be, share adventures with friends, and set your own rules, roles and goals in a world where every sail on the horizon is another crew of players with unknown intent. “Sea of Thieves” offers an experience that will evolve over time, landing in players’ hands early and growing based on feedback from the community.

“STATE OF DECAY 2” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE, WORLD PREMIERE). The next installment in the fan favorite “State of Decay” franchise immerses you in an all-new multiplayer zombie survival fantasy. Players work together to build lasting communities where choices made shape an interconnected world and form a unique experience every time. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.

“SCALEBOUND” (XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10 EXCLUSIVE). From critically acclaimed developer PlatinumGames Inc. and renowned Game Director Hideki Kamiya, “Scalebound” brings epic adventures and battles at enormous scales across the beautiful and dangerous open world of Draconis. Customize main hero Drew and your dragon, Thuban, to suit your playstyle as you battle legions of soldiers and massive monsters solo or cooperatively with up to three additional friends on Xbox Live. Available worldwide as an Xbox Play Anywhere title in 2017.

“TACOMA” (FIRST ON XBOX ONE AND WINDOWS 10). It is the year 2088, and humanity has taken to the stars. You step aboard the abandoned space station “Tacoma,” the facility’s Augmented Reality technology your only connection to the crew that once lived here. What happened to them — and what role did the station’s AI overseer, ODIN, play? Discover the truth in “Tacoma,” Fullbright’s follow-up to the genre-defining story exploration game “Gone Home,” when it comes to Windows 10 and Xbox One next year.

“TEKKEN 7™” (BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT INC.). An engrossing story intertwines the past, present and future fates of fan-favorite characters in “TEKKEN 7.” Known for revolutionizing the fighting genre through both its hard-hitting gameplay and diverse cast of characters, “TEKKEN 7” introduces enhanced fight mechanics alongside a slew of new combatants to ensure that your next fight won’t ever be your last. Available worldwide for Xbox One in early 2017.
“TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION™ – EXPANSION I: UNDERGROUND” (UBISOFT®). Dive into the underbelly of New York to save what remains in Underground, the first expansion for “Tom Clancy’s The Division.” Explore the randomly generated mazes of subways, tunnels and sewers to fight deadly enemies and recover powerful loot. Experience an all-new incursion and find the latest weapons, gear and more. Available first on Xbox One and Windows PC beginning June 28.
“WE HAPPY FEW” (FIRST TO CONSOLE ON XBOX ONE). Developed by Compulsion Games, “We Happy Few” is coming to Windows 10 and Xbox One this summer. In a dystopian, mod 1964 England that lost World War II, the citizens of Wellington Wells are taking a happy drug called “Joy,” and living in denial of their grim existence and a terrible past. Can you survive among them once you stop taking your Joy become a “Downer?”

Train2game News Gears of War 4 GAME Pre Order

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GAME, the UK’s leading video games retailer, is today announcing three only at GAME High Street exclusives for the hotly anticipated Gears of War 4 from Microsoft.

Those that preorder the Gears of War 4: Ultimate Edition will get to play the game before anyone else, gaining exclusive early access on 7th October, ahead of the general standard edition release on 11th October. This edition comes with the Standard Edition, Steelbook and a Season Pass.

Gamers who want more than just the game itself will be pleased to hear that the Collector’s Edition is also available, packed with a huge range of merchandise including a premium statue of JD Fenix, exclusive Lithograph, Frag Grenade Keychain, in game bonus content and more.

For the avid gamer, the Ultimate Collector’s Edition combines both the Ultimate Edition and Collector’s Edition, with all the loot and early access in one package.

The Standard Edition is available at £49.99, the Ultimate Edition £79.99, Collector’s Edition £169.99 and Ultimate Collector’s Edition £199.99.

To purchase any of the only at GAME packages, visit your local GAME store or check out game.co.uk.

As well as trading in, those who purchase from GAME will also earn 2% back in Reward points on every transaction, which they can then use to spend on even more great games, tech and accessories in store or online.

Train2game News DC Universe Online on XB1

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Daybreak Game Company has officially released the massively multiplayer online game DC Universe™ Online (DCUO) on Xbox One.

Players can download and experience the title for free* directly via the Xbox Games Store. To celebrate the game’s launch, Daybreak Games has created three exclusive items free to download for Xbox One players: the Powered-Up Cape, Powered-Up Emblem and Vapor Aura.

“Xbox One players can finally channel their inner Super Hero – or Super-Villain. Whether they want to run fast like The Flash, fly like Superman or wield ice like Captain Cold, we have more than five years’ worth of content to adventure through in DC Universe Online,” said SJ Muller, DCUO Creative Director. “DCUO is the only MMO set in the DC Comics universe, and its physics-based combat allows players to really feel like they are part of this action-packed Super Hero world.”

In DCUO, players create their own Super Heroes or Super-Villains and equip them with their favorite superpowers to protect or cause chaos in the sprawling comic worlds of Metropolis, Gotham City and beyond. Players can also fight as any of the 40 available iconic DC Comics characters in Legends PvP and PvE game modes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, Harley Quinn, The Flash, Green Arrow and more.

Beyond its core adventures, DCUO has continually rolled out new and ongoing events, stories and challenges through game updates and more than 20 original Episodes. 2016 has already seen the arrival of new content inspired by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the Warner Bros. television series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, with Water powers and new content focused on Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Darkseid and Gotham Girls still on the way.

Episodes, as well as Legends characters and powers, are available to purchase individually or can be accessed through DCUO Membership. Xbox One users will be able to access all content currently available, and in the future, all game updates and marketplace additions are planned to release simultaneously across all platforms.

DC Universe Online is the first title from Daybreak Games to be published on Xbox One. It will be joined later this year by the official release of H1Z1®: King of the Kill™ on Xbox One (as well as the PlayStation®4 system and Windows PC).

DCUO recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, having originally launched in 2011 on Windows PC and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and, later, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system.

DC Universe Online is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on behalf of DC Entertainment. For more information, please visit www.DCUniverseOnline.com.

Train2game News Marmalade at Microsoft Developer Conference

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Marmalade Technologies Ltd is attending Build 2016, Microsoft’s annual developer conference.

Between March 30 and April 1, the team behind the award-winning game development platform will be on-hand in the Moscone Center, San Francisco, showcasing the latest version of the Marmalade Platform.

Marmalade is excited to demonstrate how the Marmalade Platform, Windows and Visual Studio work together to create innovative games for Windows 10 and more.

“Marmalade has worked closely with Microsoft to support both Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015,” says Ryan Gilmour, Head of Product Management at Marmalade. “The Universal Windows Platform, at the heart of Windows 10, and Visual Studio 2015’s focus on cross-platform development are an ideal fit for our technology.”

The Marmalade Platform offers simple, direct integration with Visual Studio 2015, requiring only a single click to open your project in the IDE: it’s then ready to build, deploy and debug.

“Being able to offer Marmalade developers the ability to build, deploy and debug their games for iOS, Windows 10 and Android, with Windows and Visual Studio, is a great feature,” continues Gilmour. “And thanks to the built-in Visual Studio Emulator for both Windows and Android, you don’t even need to have a physical device on-hand to get going with debugging natively.”

Build 2016 delegates will also see how Marmalade 2D Kit reduces the time and cost of building a rich, dynamic and engaging UI experience for gaming apps. On top of this there will be an opportunity to glimpse the future of Marmalade 3D Kit, including Marmalade’s next generation graphics architecture, built to take full advantage of technologies such as DirectX 11 and DirectX 12.

Marmalade will be at booth #707 during Build 2016. All Windows developers attending the event are invited to visit us to see the Marmalade Platform and Visual Studio in action together.

Build 2016 visitors interested in speaking to Marmalade in person at the event can book a meeting via the Build 2016 event page on the Marmalade website.

Train2game News Asobo Studios announce Holo games

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Independent game developer Asobo Studio is proud to announce today the release of two games for the Microsoft HoloLens  Development Edition.

Asobo Studio and Microsoft have a rich history, and we were thrilled to partner with Microsoft to bring these holographic experiences to life in a way that uniquely showcases the capabilities of HoloLens and inspires developers to think about their own creations in new ways.

Fragments & Young Conker will be available with the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition, and can be downloaded from the Windows Store on the device:

In Fragments, you become the detective in a high-tech crime thriller. Experience compelling new possibilities for storytelling and gameplay when life-sized characters are aware of your presence, share your real space, and interact with you in mixed reality. Spatial mapping allows holographic clues to be dynamically placed in whichever room you play.

Fragments – https://youtu.be/m6Wndguve8U

In Young Conker, you guide a playful, pint-sized hero through your world in an ever-changing adventure game that highlights the fun of playing in mixed reality. Levels change and adapt to your environment, so you can play the same level in different rooms for a unique experience every time.

Young Conker – https://youtu.be/uQeOYi3Be5Y

Sebastian Wloch, Asobo Studio’s C.E.O: “Our partnership with Microsoft gave us the opportunity to develop an unparalleled expertise towards holographic entertainment. With the development of our two first games for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition, we are breaking through a new era in video gaming. From now on, the players’ world will be at the center of the action and interactions. It’s been an awesome adventure to work hand-in-hand with Microsoft teams, and to take on the challenge of developing new creative processes for a never before seen device.”

Kudo Tsunoda, Corporate Vice President, Windows Experiences, Microsoft Corp.: “Asobo Studio is a creative company, and a world-class game developer. We were thrilled to leverage the company’s expertise across a number of areas, particularly in building games for new platforms. We’re excited to see how Asobo’s work will inspire other developers as they create their own mixed reality experiences for Microsoft HoloLens.”

Train2Game News Free EA Access

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Starting yesterday, Xbox Live Gold members can play more than a dozen EA games as much as they want in The Vault, for free without subscription on EA Access, only on Xbox One. The weeklong EA Access Free Play Days promotion ends on January 24.

As part of the promotion, players can explore The Vault, a growing collection of full EA games available to EA Access members to play as much as they want.

The Vault currently includes more than a dozen games such as Dragon Age™: Inquisition, EA SPORTS™ FIFA 15, Titanfall™, Plants vs. Zombies™ Garden Warfare, Battlefield™ Hardline, Madden NFL 15, EA SPORTS™ UFC® and Need for Speed™ Rivals. To get started players can download the EA Access hub App by clicking on the Gold Member area on the home dashboard.

When the EA Access Free Play Days conclude, players can continue playing games in The Vault and enjoy more perks by signing up for an EA Access membership. All progress and Achievements unlocked carry over when players become EA Access members. Benefits also include playing upcoming EA games before they’re released for a limited time and 10% discounts on all digital EA purchases on Xbox One. EA Access membership costs $4.99 (USD) per month or $29.99 (USD) for a full year. All progress players make in Vault games also carry over when full games are purchased.

EA Access is the real deal and available exclusively on Xbox One. Free Play Days invites all Xbox Live Gold members to see what EA Access is all about. For the current list of titles in the growing Vault library and more information about EA Access, visit www.ea.com/eaaccess .

Train2Game News Instant Indie Collection Volume Two

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The Instant Indie Collection Vol Two is designed to offer Xbox One and PlayStation owners the opportunity to build a collection of the The Instant Indie Collection Vol Two is designed to offer Xbox One and PlayStation owners the opportunity to build a collection of the very best indie games, for a fraction of the total retail price.

Instant Indie Collection Volume Two contains The Swindle, Pumped BMX + and Nova-111 and is available from today on the US PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (cross buy) stores, tomorrow in Europe and Friday (23rd October) on Xbox One worldwide, priced £19.99/$24.99/ €24.99.

The Swindle hails from developer Dan Marshall. A mixture of platform, action and stealth gameplay, The Swindle gives player access to the ultimate thieves’ guild and tasks them with breaking into procedurally-generated buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash and then charging to the nearest exit to the sound of alarms and breaking glass.

Pumped BMX + is the latest game in the series which has captivated both the BMX and gaming communities alike from one man studio YEAHUS. Pumped BMX + takes everything that made the original game so well loved and brings it up to date for the console generation. With 50 tricky courses, a comprehensive collection of authentic ticks and 500 intense in-game BMX challenges, this truly is the ultimate Pumped experience.

Nova-111 is the brain child of ex Q-Games developers Eddie Lee and Kalin, whose previous work included the PixelJunk series. Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed adventure that lets you utilise both real-time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles. Pilot rescue vessel Nova through mysterious and alien planets, navigate mind warping puzzles and engaging in strategic battles with bizarre astrobiological creatures.

“Instant Indie is designed to allow console owners the opportunity to discover indie gems that they may have missed upon original release in one no hassle, discounted bundle.” says managing director of Curve Digital, Jason Perkins. “Volume Two showcases some of our year’s biggest hits from a variety of different genres. There is something for everyone in this bundle” very best indie games, for a fraction of the total retail price.

Instant Indie Collection Volume Two contains The Swindle, Pumped BMX + and Nova-111 and is available from today on the US PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita (cross buy) stores, tomorrow in Europe and Friday (23rd October) on Xbox One worldwide, priced £19.99/$24.99/ €24.99.

The Swindle hails from developer Dan Marshall. A mixture of platform, action and stealth gameplay, The Swindle gives player access to the ultimate thieves’ guild and tasks them with breaking into procedurally-generated buildings, hacking their systems, stealing their cash and then charging to the nearest exit to the sound of alarms and breaking glass.

Pumped BMX + is the latest game in the series which has captivated both the BMX and gaming communities alike from one man studio YEAHUS. Pumped BMX + takes everything that made the original game so well loved and brings it up to date for the console generation. With 50 tricky courses, a comprehensive collection of authentic ticks and 500 intense in-game BMX challenges, this truly is the ultimate Pumped experience.

Nova-111 is the brain child of ex Q-Games developers Eddie Lee and Kalin, whose previous work included the PixelJunk series. Nova-111 is a sci-fi themed adventure that lets you utilise both real-time decisions and turn-based strategy to fight enemies and solve puzzles. Pilot rescue vessel Nova through mysterious and alien planets, navigate mind warping puzzles and engaging in strategic battles with bizarre astrobiological creatures.

“Instant Indie is designed to allow console owners the opportunity to discover indie gems that they may have missed upon original release in one no hassle, discounted bundle.” says managing director of Curve Digital, Jason Perkins. “Volume Two showcases some of our year’s biggest hits from a variety of different genres. There is something for everyone in this bundle”

Train2Game News Minecraft Story Mode

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Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, and world-renowned game developer Mojang, today released the world premiere episode for  Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series.

Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone,’ the first of five episodes in the season, is available digitally worldwide today on PC and Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One® and Xbox 360®. The season premiere will be available for compatible iOS devices via the App Store and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore starting this Thursday, October 15th. The series will also be coming to Wii U and PlayStation Vita.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series  season pass disc will be available at retail in North America on Tuesday, October 27th, and in Europe onFriday, October 30th. Retail platforms at launch will include Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 in North America; and PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360 in Europe. The retail edition of  Minecraft: Story Mode will ship with the premiere episode on the disc, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes in the season as they become available to download via online updates.

In  Minecraft: Story Mode , playing as either a male or female hero named ‘Jesse,’ you’ll embark on a perilous adventure across the Overworld, through the Nether, to the End, and beyond. You and your friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect; slayers of the Ender Dragon. While at EnderCon in hopes of meeting Gabriel the Warrior, Jesse’s friends discover that something is wrong… something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and you must set out on a quest to find The Order of the Stone if you are to save your world from oblivion.

The season will feature  Patton Oswalt as male Jesse,  Catherine Taber as female Jesse,  Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, John Hodgman, and  Paul Reubens. The launch trailer features behind the scenes interviews with the cast about the all-new series.

Minecraft: Story Mode – A Telltale Games Series – Episode 1: ‘The Order of the Stone’  is rated ‘E10+’ (Everyone 10+) for Fantasy Violence and Mild Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated by the ESRB.

The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Mojang.

Train2Game News New Windows 10 Microsoft Products

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It’s been an incredible few months for Microsoft. Since the launch of Windows 10 in July, we now have 110 million devices around the world running our new operating system. At an event in New York on 6th October, we announced the next chapter, unveiling a new era of Windows 10 devices from Microsoft.

Microsoft introduced a new Surface, Lumia and Band devices, as well as the latest developments from HoloLens and Xbox. They also announced the first ever laptop from Microsoft, the Surface Book.

Windows 10
Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in history – seeing upgrades at three times the rate of Windows 7 in the same period. With over 8 million business PCs already running Windows 10 as well, we’ve been so excited by the response from IT professionals and the public alike.

There have been more than 1.25 billion visits to the Windows Store too, signalling that people are enjoying everything the new store has to offer. With this huge interest, developers are seeing the benefits, meaning we are now attracting more and more universal Windows apps to Windows 10. Today Microsoft announced that Facebook will be building universal Windows apps for Facebook, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, and are excited to welcome new universal apps for Uber, Box, Candy Crush Soda Saga and many more.

New Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft
With Windows 10 already proving a hit, Microsoft are also excited to unveil a range of new devices designed to make the most of the new operating system and unlock new Windows 10 experiences.

Surface Book

Building on the companies reputation of reinventing new categories in hardware, they are introducing the new, ultimate laptop which brings together a powerful, high-performance laptop with accurate and responsive pen and touch support. Ultrathin, Surface Book comes with up to 12 hours of battery life, an impressive 6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 processors and a 13.5 inch PixelSense Display which makes it not just beautiful to look at but natural and fluid to write on. The screen can also detach, so it can be used like a clipboard to sketch and take notes. UK pricing and availability will be confirmed soon.

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft has also introduced Surface Pro 4, the thinnest, lightest and most powerful tablet that can replace your laptop. Not only is it 30 per cent faster than Surface Pro 3, it’s quieter, runs cooler and is more efficient, with up to nine hours of battery life. At only 8.4mm thin, it also has a five million pixel screen, covering a 12.3 inch display which can be annotated on using a surface pen – complete with an eraser – which allows you to take screenshots and draw. Packed with new features, Surface Pro 4 enables everyone from students to professionals to get more done on the go. Starting at £859.99, the Surface Pro 4 is available in the UK for pre-order from 7th October and available for purchase from 12th November.

Lumia

Also announced were three new smartphones: the next generation Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the first Windows 10 Lumia phones, and the Lumia 550. With more people using multiple devices during the day, Windows 10 provides a consistent experience so users can enjoy a seamless transition from one device to the next. With the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, users can now connect their phone to a monitor and use it like a desktop PC, with a keyboard and mouse. Lumia 950, which has a 5.2 inch screen, and 950 XL, which has a 5.7 inch screen, will also feature 4K video capture, a 20 megapixel camera and Windows Hello log-in. Lumia 550, Microsoft’s most affordable 4G smartphone running Windows 10, is for people who value affordability with uncompromised quality. Lumia 950 and 950 XL will become available in select markets in November, whilst the 550 will begin rolling out in select European markets in December.

Microsoft Band 2

The new Band can help you live healthier and achieve more. It features a new curved screen, a barometer and apps for email, text, running, biking, the gym and golf. It’s more comfortable than ever to wear and comes with a two-day battery life, allowing people to set wellness goals and track their progress. Starting at £199.99, Microsoft Band 2 is available for pre-order 7th October and available for purchase in the UK on 19th November.

HoloLens

The world’s first holographic computer, powered by Windows 10, allowing developers to mix holograms into their world. Whether it’s for education, design, healthcare or entertainment, HoloLens creates innovative experiences that are impossible on any other device or platform. Following an impressive demonstration in New York, they announced that we are inviting applications for the Microsoft HoloLens Development Edition.

Xbox

The upcoming update bringing Windows 10 to Xbox One in November will provide the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. Microsoft will also be launching backward compatibility so you can play Xbox 360 games on Xbox One for free as well as a host of exciting new games, making this Christmas one of the best lineups in Xbox release history.