Train2Game News: Star Trek Online Season 8 update

STO_F2P_LogoPerfect World Entertainment Inc. and Cryptic Studios are pleased to announce that Star Trek Online, the award-winning free-to-play MMORPG, is launching its latest content update Season 8: The Sphere today.

In this latest season, players will explore the inside of a massive Dyson sphere, face off in new battle zones, receive new end-game gear, and combat a new ancient alien species. Free to all players, Season 8: The Sphere takes players to newer and deeper parts of the Star Trek universe.

“We’re thrilled to announce that Season 8: The Sphere is ready for you to explore,” said Executive Producer, Daniel Stahl. “With massive new events and our first ever battle zone, The Sphere introduces new types of missions that emphasize strategic thinking and effective coordination. Inside The Sphere you’ll face the Voth with their massive capital ships and mechanized troops, providing significant challenges for even the most experienced Admirals. Season 8: The Sphere is just the latest in a long line of free content updates and players can expect many more exciting seasons to come.”

Star Trek Online is a free-to-play massively multiplayer online game where players can pioneer their own destiny as Captain of a Federation starship. Or they can become a Klingon Warlord and expand the Empire to the far reaches of the galaxy. With its latest expansion, Legacy of Romulus, players can work to rebuild the Romulan legacy as a member of the Romulan Republic. In Star Trek Online players have the opportunity to visit iconic locations from the popular Star Trek fiction, reach out to unexplored star systems and make contact with new alien species.

For more information and to download and play Star Trek Online for free, please visit the official website at: www.startrekonline.com

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 29.04.13

Dead Island RiptideYet another brand new number 1 this week! The superhero fighter, Injustice: Gods Among Us was knocked down to number 2 by Dead Island: Riptide. Other new additions this week are Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen which comes in at number 3, followed up by Star Trek at number 4 and Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins makes its debut at number 8.

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Week ending 27 April 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 DEAD ISLAND: RIPTIDE DEEP SILVER
2 INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 1
3 DRAGON’S DOGMA: DARK ARISEN CAPCOM
4 STAR TREK PARAMOUNT
5 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 4
6 BIOSHOCK INFINITE 2K GAMES 2
7 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 6
8 LEGO CITY UNDERCOVER: THE CHASE BEGINS NINTENDO
9 DEFIANCE TRION WORLDS 5
10 LUIGI’S MANSION 2 NINTENDO 8
11 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 7
12 FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 10
13 FIRE EMBLEM: AWAKENING NINTENDO 3
14 THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM XBOX 360 CLASSICS 11
15 SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED SEGA 19
16 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
17 HITMAN ABSOLUTION SQUARE ENIX
18 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 14
19 ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES SEGA
20 ASSASSIN’S CREED III UBISOFT 13
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Train2Game News: J.J Abrams and Gabe Newell could collaborate

Valve logoValve CEO, Gabe Newell and top film director, J.J Abrams hit the stage at the DICE summit in Las Vegas and announced they had been talking about working together.

After a back-and-forth about player agency and storytelling, Newell revealed that the duo had been “recapitulating a series of conversations going on,” and that they’re now ready to “do more than talk”: Newell suggested “either a Portal movie or a Half-Life movie,” and Abrams said he’d like to make a game with Valve.

Valve are one of the top games developers with games such as Half Life and Portal under their belts which have incredible game play mechanics that make them fan favourites.

J.J Abrams on the other hand is one of the best directors at the moment, responsible for the reboot of the Star Trek films and is taking the helm on the new Star Wars films. Abrams has also worked on TV Series such as Lost and Fringe.

The two men working together could bring forth incredible games with the mechanics of Valve and storytelling of Abrams. In addition, in my opinion, there would be no man better to direct a Portal or Half Life movie than Mr Abrams.

In 2010, Newell said that if Valve were to make a Half-Life movie, it wouldn’t hand over control to any Hollywood studio, saying:

“There was a whole bunch of meetings with people from Hollywood. Directors down there wanted to make a Half-Life movie and stuff, so they’d bring in a writer or some talent agency would bring in writers, and they would pitch us on their story. And their stories were just so bad. I mean, brutally, the worst. Not understanding what made the game a good game, or what made the property an interesting thing for people to be a fan of.

“That’s when we started saying ‘Wow, the best thing we could ever do is to just not do this as a movie, or we’d have to make it ourselves.’”

There are no details on Newell and Abrams’ project—be it game, film, or both—outside of the tease that they’re talking. They are talking and I am sure that can only mean good things.