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: Games Industry News – 19.04.13

Connor AdamsIt is the end of the week so it is time for the Train2Game end of week round up!

The first bit of news this weeks come with the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, the new DC Universe fighting game. Train2Game student Connor Adams did some of the concept art for the game at the company he works at Atomhawk in Newcastle. Congratulations Connor! You can view some of his art work, which I highly suggest, in the following link: http://crayonmechanic.deviantart.com/

The Pokémon Company International recently revealed a mysterious new Pokémon that looks strangely familiar to Legendary Pokémon Mewtwo. Nintendo have now confirmed that this new Pokémon is connect to Mewtwo! How this connection will play out when Pokémon X and Pokémon Y launch in October is still to be confirmed. You can enjoy a short clip, that makes the connection clear, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tSVBVQzNMg&feature=player_embedded

Bethesda have recently uploaded a couple of six second long clips to the video sharing site, Vine. These little teaser clips had the internet buzzing about what could be coming. It has now been announced that it is the new game from Resident Evil creator, Shinji Mikami. Mikami’s studio Tango Gameworks will reveal ‘project Zwei’ via a debut trailer set for release at 5:00 a.m. Pacific / 8:00 a.m Eastern. Mikami has previously described Zwei as “a true survival horror” in which the player “confronts and overcomes fear”. Mikami has also said this will be his last game as director.

Activision social media manager Dan Amrich has said he expects 2013’s entry in the Call of Duty series, which is most likely going to be Modern Warfare 4, to be revealed no later than E3 in early June. Amrich noted that the last two Call of Duty games were revealed in May 2011 and May 2012. It has been rumoured that Microsoft are revealing their next Xbox on May 21 so it is likely the new COD will be announced around the same time.

Finally, Microsoft reports that Xbox Live now has around 46 million members worldwide. This, is according to the firm’s Earnings Release for FY13 Q3. It represents an 18 per cent increase from the prior year period. Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices Division posted revenue of $2.53 billion, an increase of 56 per cent from the prior year period. Microsoft sold 1.3 million Xbox 360s during the quarter, which is down 9 percent from the same period but it is still impressive that so many consoles are still being sold, even at the end of this generations cycle.