Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts Mobile

With over eight million players worldwide, KINGDOM HEARTS Union χ[Cross] players uncover story elements from the earliest parts of the series’ history, as well as from the highly-anticipated, upcoming KINGDOM HEARTS III.

Players can create their very own Keyblade wielder and adventure through Disney worlds with beautiful and stylized art, while interacting with a rich cast of memorable Disney characters.

Yesterday, Square Enix and Disney introduced a new collaboration event based on the hit Disney•Pixar film, Coco. From yesterday through July 31, 2018, Keyblade wielders can take part in a variety of in-game events, including:

Multiplayer Quests with Special Coco Rewards – Players can earn powerful new Medals featuring Miguel and Héctor by completing multiplayer quests.

Miguel Medals – Players can also obtain Miguel Medals by completing special quests.

“Miguel & Dante” Medals – “Miguel & Dante” Medals can be obtained by purchasing the Weekly Jewels Extravaganza bundle.

More information about the collaboration is available on the @kh_ux_na Twitter page.

This game is available now as a free-to-play app (with in-app purchases) through the App Store® for iPhone® and on Google Play™ for Android® devices.

Train2Game News Kingdom Hearts III Best RPG

At this year’s Game Critics Awards, KINGDOM HEARTS III was awarded Best RPG title.

This continues the critical reception of the title most notably at the E3 convention where it received over 30 awards from North and South American media publications.

“The long-awaited third entry in the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS franchise brings together the magical worlds of Disney, Pixar and Square Enix,” said Ryan Lacina, Product Marketing Director at Square Enix. “Fans can expect an RPG adventure of a lifetime, with all new worlds and characters, epic battles and a storyline filled with Disney magic.”

KINGDOM HEARTS III will be available on January 29, 2019 for the Xbox One family of devices including the Xbox One X, and the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. KINGDOM HEARTS III is not yet rated. Please visit the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) website at www.esrb.org for more information about ratings.

KINGDOM HEARTS III tells the story of the power of friendship as Sora and his friends embark on a perilous adventure and support each other through difficult times.

Set in a vast array of Disney worlds, KINGDOM HEARTS follows the journey of Sora, a young boy and unknowing heir to a spectacular power. Sora is joined by Donald Duck and Goofy, two emissaries sent by King Mickey from Disney Castle, to stop an evil force known as the Heartless from invading and overtaking the universe.

Through the power of positivity and friendship, Sora, Donald and Goofy unite with iconic Disney and Pixar characters old and new to prevail tremendous challenges and persevere against the darkness threatening their worlds.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy IV Guitar Collection

Scarlet Moon Records is pleased to present Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV, the first in what is planned as a series of live classical guitar albums featuring performances from across the Final Fantasy series.

Guitarist William Carlos Reyes (of The OneUps) arranges and performs Nobuo Uematsu’s iconic themes from FINAL FANTASY IV to celebrate the game’s 27th anniversary. The album is licensed and now available for pre-order on Bandcamp ahead of the July 19, 2018 release date:

Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY IV Preorders on Bandcamp

“I’ve always enjoyed Square Enix’s Piano Collections FINAL FANTASY series, but I have a personal preference for the sound of the guitar” explains Scarlet Moon Records producer Jayson Napolitano. “I wanted to produce a series of guitar albums starting with FINAL FANTASY IV, just as the Piano Collections series did. I also knew based on William Carlos Reyes’s past arrangements that he’d be perfect for this project with his ability to layer his performances in a very natural and pleasing way, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I want Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY to become a series, so we hope everyone’s as eager as we are to hear more!”

Key themes such as “Theme of Love,” “Welcome to Our Town!,” and the final dungeon theme, “Within the Giant,” are featured alongside an original composition by Reyes inspired by FINAL FANTASY IV titled “The Crystals.” The full track list is as follows:

01. Main Theme of FINAL FANTASY IV
02. Theme of Love
03. Welcome to Our Town!
04. Fight 2
05. Rydia
06. Melody of Lute
07. Golbeza Clad in the Dark
08. Troian Beauty
09. Illusionary World
10. Another Moon
11. Within the Giant
12. The Crystals (Original)

For more information about the Guitar Collections FINAL FANTASY series, visit the official website: http://www.scarletmoonproductions.com/guitar/

Train2Game News The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit

SQUARE ENIX® is excited to announce that THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT™, an all-new original narrative experience demo set in the highly successful, award-winning LIFE IS STRANGE™ franchise, is OUT NOW on XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and Windows PC.

THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT is available digitally and completely free on a permanent basis for everyone. It is completely free of charge, and does not require any additional purchases to enjoy the full experience.

Watch THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT launch trailer here:

9-year old Chris is an ordinary boy who really wants to be a superhero. With the help of his toys and a big imagination, he turns a normal Saturday into a series of exciting adventures, but he is not prepared for what today has in store for him, today something truly extraordinary will happen…

As a self-contained original story in the LIFE IS STRANGE universe from developer DONTNOD Entertainment, THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT not only takes the first steps into the world of LIFE IS STRANGE 2, it features links to the brand-new story of the highly anticipated upcoming sequel.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 is coming to XBOX ONE®, PlayStation®4 and Windows PC on September 27th, 2018.

THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT contains mature language and themes.

LIFE IS STRANGE™ official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LifeIsStrangeGame/
Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LifeIsStrange

Train2Game News Life is Strange 2 Release Date

SQUARE ENIX® is delighted to announce that the DONTNOD Entertainment development team behind the critically acclaimed, award-winning narrative adventure, LIFE IS STRANGE™, will return with an all-new 5-episode story.

LIFE IS STRANGE™ 2 is coming to XBOX ONE®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 and Windows PC on September 27th, 2018.

LIFE IS STRANGE was first released in 2015 and received generally favourable reviews, receiving 75 Game of the Year listings and awards and a Metacritic score of 85/100 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The story focused on Max Caulfield, an 18-year-old photography student who discovers that she has the ability to rewind time at any moment, leading her every choice to enact the butterfly effect.

LIFE IS STRANGE 2 will feature new characters and a new location to the original.

In addition, THE AWESOME ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SPIRIT™, a narrative experience demo that links to LIFE IS STRANGE 2, releases 100% free on June 26, 2018, on XBOX ONE, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

Watch the LIFE IS STRANGE 2 release date reveal now:

Train2Game News Life is Strange coming to Android

SQUARE ENIX® today announced that DONTNOD Entertainment’s award-winning, five-episode narrative-driven adventure, LIFE IS STRANGE, are now available to pre-register for Android players.

All five episodes will be available in full this July with controller support included, exclusive to Android.

All 5 episodes of LIFE IS STRANGE are also available now on iOS.

Enhanced with Unreal Engine 4 and developed by Black Wing Foundation, this faithful adaptation of the original console game features full touch screen integration and in-game photo-mode, giving players the opportunity to photograph Arcadia Bay like never before!

With high quality production values and a unique hand-drawn art style fully optimized for Android, you will follow the story of Max Caulfield, a photography senior who discovers she can rewind time while saving her best friend Chloe Price.

The pair soon find themselves investigating the mysterious disappearance of fellow student Rachel Amber, uncovering a dark side to life in Arcadia Bay. Meanwhile, Max must quickly learn that changing the past can sometimes lead to a devastating future.

Key Features:

  • A beautifully written, modern adventure game.
  • Rewind time to change the course of events.
  • Multiple endings depending on the choices you make.
  • Striking, hand-painted visuals.
  • Distinct, licensed indie soundtrack featuring Alt-J, Foals, Angus & Julia Stone, Jose Gonzales and more.

Features Exclusive to Mobile:

  • Complement your mobile experience with full controller support, exclusive to Android players.
  • Enhanced user interface for full touch screen integration.
  • Share your game progress on social media and compare your story choices with friends.
  • An all-new Photo Mode allows you to take pictures, modify them with filters and share them easily.

Visit Google Play to pre-register your copy of LIFE IS STRANGE: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.squareenix.lis

Train2Game News Square Enix work potential

Square Enix® Montréal, the award-winning and critically acclaimed mobile games studio, has announced that it is attending Casual Connect in London on May 29-31, 2018, and will be located at booth #206.

The studio will be a Gold Sponsor of the conference and has recently made the move to the freemium mobile game development model. As a result, Square Enix is actively looking to fill new positions within the Montréal and London mobile studios. Key members of the Square Enix Montréal and London mobile teams will be available at the booth to discuss any of the available positions, spanning Creative, Analytics, Product Management, and beyond.

As well as sponsoring this year’s ‘Best Kids and Family Game Indie Prize Award’, Square Enix Montréal’s Head of Studio, Patrick Naud will join fellow industry experts to discuss Live Operations on the ‘Live Game Ops Power Panel’ at 4pm on May 30, 2018 in the St. James’s suite. Senior Producer Dominic Allaire and Lead Game Designer Jean-Francois Dugas will deliver their ‘Live and Kickin’ presentation covering the evolution of Hitman Sniper at 11am on May 30, 2018 in the St. James’s suite.

“We’ve always strived to provide the highest quality experience for mobile players and premium was the most appropriate format for us to do so initially in order to prove our know-how,” said Patrick Naud, Head of Studio at Square Enix Montréal. “While we remain absolutely committed to delivering innovative experiences to our existing IPs, we also want to make original games that are accessible to all players, hence we are now fully embracing the freemium format, while being mindful that we continue to provide the mobile gaming community with unforgettable experiences; a value central to every Square Enix Montréal title.”

For more information regarding the ‘Live Game Ops Power Panel’ and ‘Live and Kickin’ presentation: http://europe.casualconnect.org/schedule.html

Casual Connect will be held at The Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE. Square Enix Montréal will be located at booth #206.

Train2Game News Shadow of the Tomb Raider announced

Square Enix®, Eidos-Montréal™, and Crystal Dynamics® today revealed the full trailer for Shadow of the Tomb Raider™, the latest entry in the critically acclaimed and award-winning Tomb Raider® series.

Created by a team of veteran Tomb Raider developers at Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, the game will be available on September 14, 2018 for the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, PlayStation®4 system and Windows PC/Steam®.

In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Maya apocalypse, Lara will be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

The star of the critically acclaimed 2013 Tomb Raider reboot and the award-winning Rise of the Tomb Raider®, Camilla Luddington, makes her return as Lara Croft® with yet another stunning performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

“Thanks to their incredible expertise, knowledge of the franchise and outstanding creativity, Eidos-Montréal, in collaboration with Crystal Dynamics, is delivering a powerful experience with Shadow of the Tomb Raider,” said Yosuke Matsuda, president and representative director of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. “Shadow of the Tomb Raider will take the series to new heights and Lara Croft to new depths.”

“Shadow of the Tomb Raider will challenge Lara Croft in new and unexpected ways,” said David Anfossi, Head of Studio at Eidos-Montréal. “Our team has created a diverse set of skills, combat techniques and equipment for players to master, and they’ll certainly need them if they hope to survive the deadly jungle environments and tombs.”

Last night, Square Enix welcomed fans, community leaders, press, and industry influencers to events in Montreal, London, and Los Angeles so they could experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. Now, a wealth of information, screenshots, and more is now available at TombRaider.com.

Fans in the New York City area will be able to enjoy a Special Preview of Shadow of the Tomb Raider at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on Friday, April 27. This free eventwill start at 4 p.m. EST, and will take place inside of the BMCC Theater at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Join the creative team as they discuss the evolution of Lara Croft and share in the techniques, tools and inspiration behind the series. Panel attendees will be able to witness an exclusive extended gameplay demo for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider game.

Pre-orders are available now for the Standard, Digital Deluxe, Croft, and Ultimate Editions. For full details on pre-order items, the Season Pass, key beats in the upcoming campaign, and more information on Shadow of the Tomb Raider, please visit the official website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Train2Game News Final Fantasy meets Assassin’s Creed


The FINAL FANTASY® XV universe continues to expand as SQUARE ENIX® today revealed an exciting collaboration with Ubisoft Entertainment’s hit Assassin’s Creed® franchise, available as a free download from the Xbox Games Store and PlayStation®Store.

The immersive FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival in-game event will run today through January 31, 2018 as Noctis and his comrades take part in a Lestallum festival held in honor of a mythical hero who fought to resist the shackles of oppression. 

The limited-time event will introduce gameplay elements inspired by the Assassin’s Creed game series, including nimble and acrobatic movements in the field, vicious assassinations from elevated height, and large-scale treasure hunts. There are also exclusive outfits including the Medjay Assassin’s Robes for Noctis and his crew, and the Master Assassin’s Robes for Noctis, the latter which is only obtainable via the Dream Egg from the Moogle Chocobo Carnival. 

Other in-game collaboration items include the Assassin’s Creed-themed Regalia items (decal and full body decal), along with a themed photo frame and filter that can be applied to and accessorized with Prompto’s photographs.

A new trailer showing off the collaboration is available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Vn6Sy3Xx5Ss.

For more information on the FINAL FANTASY XV: Assassin’s Festival, please visit www.finalfantasyxv.com/en/assassins-festival .
Additionally, the free game update features:

    Noodle Helmet Outfit – this mysterious, famed Nissin Cup Noodle outfit musters up Noctis and his comrades’ energy and remarkably increases their HP recovery rate.

    Timed Quest Updates – Additional limited-time “Timed Quests” have been added to the quest tracker.

    Exhibition of Third Snapshot Contest Winning Photos – The winning photos from the third community Snapshot Contest are now on display at Galdin Quay.

    Bestiary – A gallery where players can see the enemies they have defeated in battle and take an in-depth visual look at the enemy is now available via the menu screen.

    Chapter Select – Players can now select and play various chapters from the main menu. This feature can only be accessed after completing the game.
More information about the game’s update is available on the website: http://sqex.to/CnZ.

Train2Game News Life is Strange Before the Storm Episode 1


SQUARE ENIX®, publisher of award-winning and best-selling videogame franchises such as FINAL FANTASY® and TOMB RAIDER®, today released an emotive new video that features real people, with real, genuine stories of friendship and love to celebrate the launch of LIFE IS STRANGE™: BEFORE THE STORM, out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC.

The three-minute video, entitled “An Open Letter”, was been created to reflect the strong themes of friendship, love and support in the game.

In LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM, Chloe and Rachel develop a special bond over the time they spend together. Almost everyone can name that one person who defined a very special time of their life. In some cases, these relationships can span a few short months and in other cases, decades. To celebrate the release of Episode One, we invited a small group of real people to write an open letter to that special person in their own life…

Square Enix Vice President for Brand Marketing Jon Brooke said: “I wanted to capture the emotion and spirit of Life is Strange in a way that you don’t usually see in video game advertising. As a game, it braves to be different, harnessing emotions rarely seen in video games and I wanted the advertising to match this. I am really pleased with how it turned out. It’s designed to remind us that life is all about our relationships and a strong friendship can change everything. I hope everyone can relate to that.”

Creative Agency, Ralph, spent many weeks reaching out to pairs of best friends, asking for stories and insights into how their friendship had lasted through even the toughest of times.

““We took a risk with this strategy and we wouldn’t have achieved the emotion within the video had we not chosen some extraordinary people willing to open their hearts on camera,” admitted Ralph’s Creative Director Gregor Stevenson. “The raw intensity of their reactions as they read their best friends’ innermost thoughts is what we wanted to capture from the start. And that’s what we got. Our goal was to portray each friendship in an engaging and empathetic way, whilst reflecting the authenticity and uniqueness of the characters in the game.”

LIFE IS STRANGE: BEFORE THE STORM is the next game in Square Enix’s award-winning, multi-million copy selling, episodic franchise. Set in Arcadia Bay, three years before the events of the first game in the series. Players will take on the role of a rebellious 16 year-old Chloe Price who forms an unlikely friendship with Rachel Amber; a beautiful and popular girl destined for success. When Rachel’s world is turned upside down by a family secret, it takes this new-found alliance to give each other the strength to overcome their demons.

The new video entitled “An Open Letter” can be found here.

Released last week, the Gamescom Launch Trailer can be found here.