Train2Game news: Battlefield 3 open beta begins this month

Train2Game students will no doubt find Beta testing certain games fun, but they’ll also be aware that it’s an important stage of game development.

It’s therefore possible that many Train2Game students are excited that the Battlefield 3 beta will be available later this month on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Those in the PC beta will need to use EA’s Origin digital distribution system.

Those who’ve pre-ordered Battlefield 3 on Origin or bought the Medal of Honor limited edition will gain access to the beta from September 27th. The Battlefield 3 beta will open up to everyone else from 29th September  through to 10th October

The official Battlefield 3 website prominently states that the beta is “Your chance to give feedback.” Train2Game students, especially those on the Games QA Tester course, will know that feedback is an integral part of game development.

Train2Game students who get involved in the Battlefield 3 beta will be set on the Parised ‘Operation Metro’ map while the game mode available is rush.

EA believe that Battlefield is ‘superior’ to Call of Duty, as reported by the Train2Game blog earlier this year.

So Train2Game, will you get involved with the Battlefield 3 Beta? Do you believe it could even help your ability to be an eagle eyed game developer?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

Rift ‘Create a Colossus’ contest offers Train2Game Artists opportunities to win prizes

Here’s one for the Train2Game Art & Animation students; you have the opportunity to design a new enemy for fantasy MMO Rift in the form of a colossus boss.

As described on the Deviant Art contest page, “Bosses are the biggest, baddest, and strongest enemies in any video game. They control hordes of monsters, rule the land, and they usually take a lot of skill to defeat. We’re challenging you to create a new colossus (a boss) for the new massively multiplayer online role-playing game, RIFT.”

It offers a great opportunity for Train2Game Art & Animation students to test their skills and Deviant Art are offering prizes for the winners. The contest rules are as follows:

Your colossus:

  • Must be based on only one of the six planar themes
  • Must be very large within the scale of the game environment
  • Must be original to you and all elements must originate from you. You cannot copy graphic material from the game.
  • Can be made in any medium as long as you submit it as a JPG or a PNG
  • Can be made using licensed brushes and textures, but you may not use third-party stock in your entry.

For more information about Rift and the contest in general, see the Create a Colossus website.  The deadline for entries is 19th June.

The contest is in no way affiliated with Train2Game, but it could provide Train2Game Art & Animation students with a nice challenge.

So Train2Game, will you enter the contest?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum.

[Source: Deviant Art via Train2Game forum user DJSp00k]

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 will bring ‘most advanced multiplayer ever’

Modern Warfare 3 gameplay trailer image

The first gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – which you can see here on the Train2Game blog – sparked more debate than excitement on the Train2Game forum, but Activision have vowed it’ll have the ‘most advanced multiplayer ever’

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is by far the most epic Call of Duty experience yet.  The teams at Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have worked tirelessly to create for the Call of Duty player a scale that is unimaginable with a level of polish and creativity that will push the genre forward,” said, CEO of Activision Eric Hirshberg

“The passion and energy of our developers is reflected in everything about the title.  From the innovative gameplay, to the cinematic intensity, to the most advanced multiplayer ever, Modern Warfare 3 will raise the bar for this already incredible franchise.”

 The question many Train2Game students – especially those on the Game Design course – will be asking is what will developers Sledgehammer and Infinity Ward do to make the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 the most advanced ever?

As previously mentioned by the Train2Game blog, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is reportedly influenced by the destructible environments of the Battlefield series.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is scheduled for release on 8th November 2011.

So Train2Game, what game design changes do you believe need to be made to the Call of Duty formula? Does it need to change? And can the title live up to Activision’s hype?

Leave your comments here on the Train2Game blog, or on the Train2Game forum

Virgin & Ubisoft form tag-team

Virgin Gaming has partnered with Ubisoft to be the online tournament provider for some of the publisher’s most anticipated multiplayer console releases. Upcoming titles include Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier. CEO of Virgin Gaming, Rob Segal, is pleased with the new deal.

“Ubisoft is one of the leading video game publishers in the world and we are thrilled to offer our members the opportunity to compete in some of their best multiplayer console games,”

“Virgin Gaming is a unique convergence of social networking, video games and competitive gaming, and we are excited that Ubisoft shares our vision for the platform and its potential.”

Ubisoft President of North America, Laurent Detoc, also spoke positively of the partnership.

“Ubisoft is thrilled to be partnering with Virgin Gaming on its new venture. We have an exciting line-up of multiplayer titles this year that we believe will be a perfect fit for gamers to play and compete against each other in a tournament setting.”

Sir Richard Branson unveiled Virgin Gaming to at E3 with an announcement that they would give away over $1 million in cash and prizes over its first 12 months.

Apparently we’ll get more information about Virgin Gaming’s other partnerships in the coming months.

So Train2Game, what do you think of this new partnership? Will it work? And do you think you’ll try and enter any of their online competitions?

As usual, leave your thoughts here or on the Train2Game forum.