Train2Game News Bunch of Big Board Games Digital Adaptations

Asmodee Digital, the leader in digital board game entertainment, announced at their Gen Con press conference that Gloomhaven, the award-winning board game celebrated for its tactical combat and branching narratives, is in development and scheduled to launch on Steam Early Access in Q1 2019.

Alongside Gloomhaven, Asmodee Digital provided updates on some of the most anticipated games in their digital catalogue including Five Tribes, Bang!, Onitama, Munchkin, The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game, and Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace, and also console games with the famous Ticket to Ride on Playlink for PS4 and Carcassonne on Nintendo Switch.

Developed by Flaming Fowl Studios, Gloomhaven is a dungeon-crawling RPG featuring tactical turn-based combat, and for the first time, an infinitely replayable roguelike mode that will be available during Early Access launch and beyond. Set in a medieval fantasy world, players will struggle to survive through procedurally generated dungeons filled with deadly enemies, equipment to find, and powerful abilities to unlock, with much more in the works for the full launch.

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Gloomhaven to Steam. It’s one of the highest regarded games from the tabletop community and is a perfect addition to our digital catalogue,” said Pierre Ortolan, CEO of Asmodee Digital. “Flaming Fowl Studios is a young studio with talent whose vast experience includes the Fables series. When paired with our proven track record of creating engaging digital board games, we are confident that Gloomhaven’s digital edition will surpass even the most seasoned players expectations.”

Designed by Isaac Childres, the Gloomhaven board game launched in 2017, raising $4.4 million between two successful Kickstarter campaigns. Since launch, Gloomhaven has received extremely positive reviews from critics and has been rated the “No. 1 Board Game Of All Time” by BoardGameGeek where it also won six Golden Geek Awards.

“Gloomhaven is, in a lot of ways, inspired by video games so it made sense that there would one day be a digital adaptation of it. Like the physical product, the digital version will be a large project that is more like its own unique game rather than a digital port of a board game,” said Isaac Childres, Gloomhaven’s designer and co-founder of Cephalofair Games. “I chose to work with Asmodee Digital because they have the most resources and experience to make sure that it got done right. In their hands, Gloomhaven’s digital edition could become a fully formed digital implementation of the massive critically successful board game. Working with them has been great and every creative decision runs through me to ensure my vision of the world comes to life in the best way possible.”

“We saw a lot of excitement for original games after we announced Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace in April. Gloomhaven continues our commitment of expanding our catalog with more original video game experiences based on board game IPs and not just direct 1:1 adaptations of existing board games,” said Philippe Dao, Chief Marketing Officer of Asmodee Digital. “Asmodee Digital is still dedicated to bringing faithful recreations to new platforms as well, with games like Carcassonne coming to Switch and classic titles like Five Tribes and Bang coming to mobile devices later this year.”

Updates on Asmodee Digital’s release calendar can be found below:

Coming Soon

The Lord of the Rings: Living Card Game (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q4 2018
Lead a fellowship of three heroes through a series of narrative campaigns across Middle-earth and face off against the dark forces of Sauron. Players will forge their own fellowships and build decks comprised of ally, event, and equipment cards to face challenges that test their spirit, lore, tactics, and leadership. Launching onto Steam Early Access on August 28, 2018

Scythe: Digital Edition (Stonemaier Games) – Steam – Q3 2018
Engine-building game set in an alternate history 1920s period where players attempt to earn fortune and claim their faction’s stake in the land around a mysterious factory. Currently available on Steam Early Access.

Terraforming Mars (Fryx Games; US Publisher: Stronghold Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Spiel des Jahres nominee set in the 2400s, The taming of the Red Planet has begun! Corporations are competing to transform Mars into a habitable planet by spending vast resources and using innovative technology to raise temperature, create a breathable atmosphere, and make oceans of water.

Pandemic (Z-Man Games) – Steam – Q3 2018 (already available on Android & iOS)
Work cooperatively to stop the spread of four diseases and cure them before a pandemic occurs. Each player gets a role and must work with – not against – the other players before any of the game-ending conditions are met.

Onitama (Arcane Wonders) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
An elegant and simple two player, abstract strategy game where you take on the role of a Master, guiding your monk followers, in an attempt to defeat your opponent. Armed only with a handful of moves, your cunning, and your wits, do you have the skill to be victorious?

Bang! (dV Giochi) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Q3 2018
A Wild-West-themed social deduction game in which players recreate an old-fashioned western shootout with each player receiving a random character for special abilities and a secret Role card to determine their goal.

Bananagrams (Bananagrams) – iOS and Android – Q3 2018
Fast and frantic anagram game where players build crosswords without pen, paper, or a board. Perfect for families, multiplayer, or solitaire, and finally making its digital debut.

Gloom (Atlas Games) – Steam, iOS, and Android – Halloween 2018
A competitive deck-building game that challenges its players to outmatch their opponents in a depressive spectacle, vying to undergo the most miserable mishaps while sabotaging the competition with happy occasions.

Five Tribes (Days of Wonder) – Steam, iOS and Android – Q4 2018
A worker placement game where the workers have already been placed, players must carefully cleverly maneuver workers over villages, markets, oases, and sacred places to carve a pathway to victory and control the Sultanate.

Ticket To Ride (Days of Wonder) – PlayStation 4 with Playlink – Q4 2018
A cross-country train adventure where players collect cards of various types of train cars that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities in various countries around the world. Ticket to Ride will be one of the first games to utilize Sony’s Playlink which will allow players to use their phones to privately view their hands, plan their moves, and make actions.

Carcassonne (Hans im Glück) – Nintendo Switch – Q4 2018
Multi-awarded tile-matching game made digital, including solo vs. AI, pass-and-play and online multiplayer modes. Carcassonne will be one of the first Asmodee Digital titles to debut on the Nintendo Switch with more on the way.

In Development

Mansions of Madness: Mother’s Embrace (Fantasy Flight Games) – Steam – Q1 2019
Completely original adventure game based on Fantasy Flight Games’ Mansions of Madness. Set in a Lovecraftian world, players lead a team of investigators through an eerie mansion and uncover dark secrets.

Munchkin (Steve Jackson Games) – Steam – 2019
A reimagining of Steve Jackson’s iconic Munchkin card game into a dungeon crawling digital adaptation. Players cooperate to kill monsters and grab hilarious magic items… but at the end, there is only one winner!

Train2Game News PC Building Simulator

UK-based independent game publisher The Irregular Corporation announced today that its virtual PC building title, PC Building Simulator, has sold more than 100,000 copies in its first month on Steam Early Access.

The demo, originally created by Claudiu Kiss, enjoyed viral success in 2017 and was the 3rd most downloaded free Itchi.io title that that year. Launched last month as a fully-fledged simulator the title enjoyed critical praise from the global tech and games community for its attention to detail, realism and sheer fun factor.

Stuart Morton, producer at The Irregular Corporation said,, “The overwhelming support we have had from the PC gaming and building community has been nothing short of phenomenal and we are extremely grateful to all the players who have been so passionately providing feedback, this is the whole reason we wanted to launch into Early Access. There are plenty of new and exciting things to come for PC Building Simulator and we can’t wait to share them with our ever-expanding community.”

The Irregular Corporation is continuously working to update the title with new hardware and software partners and enhancements as it rounds the bases to its 1.0 launch, scheduled for later this year.

In PC Building Simulator, players can create their own PC empire in career mode. From simple diagnosis and repairs to bespoke, boutique creations that any gamer would love to have, the sky’s the limit. With an ever-expanding marketplace full of real-world and realistically priced components you can finally stop dreaming of that ultimate PC and get out there, construct it in Free Build mode and see how it performs.

Hardware manufacturers such as MSI, CORSAIR, COOLER MASTER, EVGA, NZXT, ARCTIC, SILVERSTONE, RAIJINTEK, TEAM GROUP LTD and more have allowed true-to-life models of their products to be included. More partners will be added throughout the game’s early access period and beyond. In addition to the hardware partners, PC Building Simulator have also teamed up with UL Benchmarks (formerly Futuremark) so players can benchmark their in-game systems using a simulation of 3DMark.

Fans can purchase PC Building Simulator on Steam for £14.99/$19.99/€19.99. For more information on PC Building Simulator, please visit: http://www.pcbuildingsim.com/ . Follow PC Building Simulator on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for the latest news and updates.

Train2Game News Return of the Secret of Mana

Square Enix Ltd., today announced that the classic action RPG adventure Secret of Mana® will return for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation®Vita and STEAM on 15th February 2018.

In Secret of Mana, the memorable and fan-favourite adventure of Randi, Primm and Popoi is reborn with revamped 3D visuals and upgraded gameplay to bring new life to the much-loved volume in the Mana series for both returning and new players alike.

To watch the announcement trailer now, visit: https://youtu.be/kF44EpvFaoA

Originally released in 1993 and widely regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, Secret of Mana invites players on an action-packed adventure taking on the role Randi, along with his two companions, Primm and Popoi, as they battle a perilous empire to reclaim the magical power of Mana and bring the world back to order.

Whilst faithfully retelling the beloved story of Randi, Primm and Popoi, Secret of Mana will also include a host of new features and exciting updates for players to enjoy, including:

    -Audio Updates – including a newly arranged musical score and voiced characters

    -3D Graphics – revamped visuals for the entire game; a vivid, Mana-filled world rebuilt in 3D for the first time

    -Upgraded Gameplay – the original system has been reworked in an effort to realise a modern action-RPG with improved gameplay

    -Dialog scenes added – several core scenes from the original story now newly visualized in-game

Secret of Mana will be available digitally for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation®Vita and STEAM on 15th February 2018. Those who pre-order on the PlayStation® Store will receive special character costumes (Moogle Suit for Randi, Primm and Popoi, Tiger Two-Piece for Primm and Tiger Suit for Randi and Popoi) as well as a selection of character avatars.

Those who pre-purchase the game and purchase the Day 1 Edition, which will be available until 1 week after the launch on STEAM, will receive the three character costumes as well as a custom downloadable wallpaper.

Train2Game News Sociable Soccer Coming Summer 2017


Legendary football game designer Jon Hare’s Tower Studios in partnership with Finnish studio Combo Breaker, today announced that Sociable Soccer, Hare’s latest fast-paced, arcade take on the beautiful game, will launch in summer 2017 on Steam Early Access with Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and mobile platforms to follow. 

To celebrate the announcement Tower Studios have released a new Steam Early Access trailer that can be viewed on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DtNlaUEkm0&hd=1

“Sociable Soccer is a super quick, adrenaline soaked football action game, an unholy alliance of Guardiola’s tiki taka and Klopp’s gegenpressing, where ultra sharp passing and shooting can easily be thwarted by a well timed slide tackle.. something like Rocket League in boots”, said Jon Hare, Designer and Director of Sociable Soccer. 

“After nearly two years in development we are excited to be launching soon on Steam Early Access. The game has a whole world of soccer already in place and online and offline matches are playing like a dream. As we sprint towards full commercial launch in late 2017 we invite gamers and football lovers to become part of our game changing, new sports franchise as we add new features, game modes and updates every few weeks”.

‘Godfather of football games’ Jon Hare, designed two of the biggest football franchises of the 20th century in Microprose Soccer and the genre defining Sensible World of Soccer, one of the 10 most influential video games of all time according to Stanford University. Faithful to his sports game pedigree Sociable Soccer features over 1,000 club and national teams from around the world and over 30,000 players, with 67 international football trophies to compete for and lighter friendly game modes including trademark custom teams. Beneath its sleek visual presentation lies a game of significant complexity with pinpoint controls and tactical depth. Easy to play and hard to master with single player, classic local multiplayer, online multiplayer and manager modes all supported. Sociable Soccer is a perfect blend of the instant playability of yesteryear with the power of modern technology.

Steam Store Page: http://store.steampowered.com/app/636690/Sociable_Soccer/

Train2Game News LawBreakers


​PlayStation®4 gamers will be able to beat gravity into submission and compete in gravity-defying competition in LawBreakers, the new multiplayer first-person shooter (FPS) from renowned game designer Cliff Bleszinski and Boss Key Productions.
LawBreakers will be enhanced for PS4™Pro and promises to challenge even the best players to bring their skills, get off the ground and deliver death from every angle as they experience thrilling fast-paced, omni-directional gunplay with innovative movement systems and combat abilities.

From the mind of Bleszinski, LawBreakers is set in a brand new futuristic world where the laws of gravity have been turned upside down. A war between the Law and the Breakers rages across a variety of iconic locations such as the boiling oceans of the Santa Monica coastline to the gravity-ravaged Grand Canyon and beyond.

Today Nexon also revealed its business model for the game which sees the base game starting at just $29.99. In addition, the company confirmed that there will be no season pass-style program and that all future content updates will be free. Also, there are no “pay-to-win” mechanics in the game, just a robust offering of cosmetics for players to earn via the game’s Stash-Box system.

“With LawBreakers, we wanted to honor the skill-based FPS games of yesteryear, all while embracing the new and pushing the genre in our own unique way,” said Bleszinski. “We found that messing with gravity, and having it mess with the player, adds a dynamic vertical element that will challenge players of all skill levels to go above their limits. Add in a variety of character role play-styles that go beyond the basic ‘tank, sniper and medic,’ a price point that we feel is fair to the player and the fact that it’s just damn fun to play – we’re confident LawBreakers will be one of the best valued and most challenging FPS games on PC or console.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Cliff and his team to bring such a unique and challenging combat experience to PS4,” said Owen Mahoney, President and CEO, NEXON Co., Ltd.  “This marks a major milestone for Nexon as we launch onto a home videogame console for the first time in the company’s history.”

The PS4™ version of LawBreakers will make its debut at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, June 13-15, and attendees will be among the first to experience its unique brand of gravity-defying combat. Qualified media and influencers are encouraged to book appointments to play the game on PS4™ and PC game as space will be limited. 

LawBreakers (rated M) will now launch simultaneously on PlayStation®4 Pro and on Steam later this year, but no release date has been announced at this time.

For more information on LawBreakers, please visit: lawbreakers.com

Official LawBreakers on PlayStation®4 reveal cinematic trailer created by Blur Studio: https://youtu.be/6bRK4BQkNmQ

Train2Game News Dollar Steam Bundle

Give your Steam library a boost with 29 super Steam games for one dollar, exclusively from Bundle Stars.
To sweeten an already sugar-coated deal, 21 of the games in the Dollar Uber Bundle (https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/dollar-uber-bundle ) include Steam Trading Cards so you can earn Steam Wallet while you play. Bundle Stars, a leading digital retail store for nearly 5 years, only sells officially-sourced Steam keys.

Challenge demons and gods, fight hordes of mutants, pull off the world’s largest heist, explore an immersive dystopian world…all of this awaits you, and much more!

Head over to Bundle Stars now to get your Dollar Uber Bundle. It’s only available for two weeks, or while stocks last:

https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/dollar-uber-bundle
If you want even more awesome Steam games for $1, then the first tier of the best-selling Dominator Bundle offers even more bang for your buck!

https://www.bundlestars.com/en/bundle/dominator-bundle

Train2Game News XSplit Broadcaster on Steam

XsplitStreaming superpower SplitmediaLabs and chat lurkers Devolver Digital have launched the pioneering and top-selling streaming software XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster on Steam [http://store.steampowered.com/app/433800/].

XSplit free is available now on Steam for – well, free – and the fully featured XSplit Premium is available for $9.99 per month.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering up with Devolver Digital to bring XSplit to players on Steam” said John Howe Marshall, CMO for SplitmediaLabs “Getting started with live streaming right now couldn’t be easier, and we’re looking forward to ushering in a new wave of awesome content creators and help them shape the future of gameplay broadcasting.”

XSplit Broadcaster is one of the most popular and widely used applications for live Internet broadcasting, with a user base ranging from hobbyists to prominent professional casters in more than 150 countries. XSplit allows users to record or live stream any type of media, while taking advantage of TV-like broadcasting features that anyone can learn to master.

XSplit Gamecaster is the world’s easiest live streaming and recording solution, allowing for users to upload and share their greatest gaming moments to popular video services such as Twitch and YouTube, at just the click of a button.

Both XSplit Broadcaster and Gamecaster have recently undergone a feature-wide update. XSplit 2.8 includes a major design upgrade for Gamecaster as well as new features including Unlimited Scenes, YouTube Gaming Chat Support, Custom URI support, and more. These platforms receive over 7,000 sign-ups per day and well over 200,000 new users every month.

“There will never be a time in my life that I understand nerds watching other nerds play nerd games on the internet,” said Devolver Digital CFO Fork Parker. “That said, you should buy XSplit from me and then stream all sorts of nonsense and get them subs.”

Train2Game News Sega sales increase since 90s

SEGAThe popularity of SEGA’s Mega Drive and Genesis line-up has just hit its highest point since the early 90’s!

Following the launch of the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis Hub on Steam on the 28th April, over 350,000 Mega Drive and Genesis titles have been purchased on Steam by fans worldwide looking to either experience this classic content for the first time, or take advantage of the all-new Steam Workshop modding support implemented with the free update.

The modding scene is taking off too with hundreds of custom ROMS being uploaded by the community since the launch.

“We’re really chuffed that the fans have got behind this update,” said James Schall, Director of Digital Distribution for SEGA Europe. “350,000 sales is a phenomenal achievement for content which is over 20 years old! It shows that there’s still a huge following out for the SEGA Mega Drive and Genesis, reinvigorated by the fantastic community of modders out there uploading great content.”

For more information about the SEGA Mega Drive & Genesis Classics Hub, check out the launch trailer here or log on to www.sega.co.uk .

Train2game News Train2Game student joins UK studio

image

Looking to make next step into the Games Industry Muir Halleron is volunteering with Games Development studio Atom Republic.

Muir who’s originally from the US now lives in Leeds with son and cat, has been with Train2Game for three years. At this stage coming to the end of the course and looking at City & Guilds qualifications.

Muir is volunteering with Atom Republic as a moderator, working on its Atom Universe social world, a project which is now available on PS4 and Steam.

Muir sees networking and working with professionals as a huge plus and has learnt a great deal from the experience. Now plans to use the experience to get into making games or as a foot in the door as a moderator or QA.

Train2Game student, Muir Halleron ‘I’m an American ex Pat and have been living in the UK for 15 years. Currently I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire with my teenage son Paul and our cat Felix. For the last 3 and a half years I’ve been studying T2Gs Computer programming and Game Design course.’

‘I’ve finished the programming part of the course and am on the last optional module that I’ve chosen (Design module D15 – Seeking Employment). In addition to this, I am currently working on the C&G diploma assignments. I’ve met lots of other students through my time on the course which is a huge positive. Another highlight is meeting some of the T2G staff a few years ago at a gaming convention in London.’

‘With only one month left of the six months extension I was given to do the C&G assignments, I am definitely feeling the pressure right now and have been all year. Out of the four assignments, I only have two of them complete, with another nearly done and the fourth about at the halfway mark.’

‘Working between 8 – 10 hours per day, 7 days a week, I should be able to get the last two remaining assignments working well enough to turn in on time though. I am 100% looking forward to finishing and will be taking at least a month off to unwind once it’s all done.’

‘Currently I’m working with Atom Republic as a volunteer forum moderator. Atom Republic is made up of a small team of developers and they are currently working on Atom Universe, a social world much like PS Home was before Sony retired it.’

‘So far, it’s been a good experience. I’ve worked with their Community Manager before, which is good, as it allows a bit more rapport. We know how the other works and have similar work ethics, which really help us to work together well.’

‘Through volunteering, I’m learning the different ways to manage the gaming community and how to develop and encourage a healthy community. The moderation team is larger than I’ve worked with previously, but I would say it’s just the right size, allowing everyone to get to know each other. ‘

‘Atom Republic is currently developing Atom Universe, as I said above. It is Free to Play and is currently available to the public on PS4 and Steam, where it’s in Early Access.’

‘As for personal projects, I have a few that I’d like to work on, but they’ve been put on hold until after I’ve completed the C&G assignments.’

‘I don’t think I’ll be applying for a job with Atom Republic, just because they live outside commuting distance from where I currently live. However, the experience will most likely serve me well when I do start applying for jobs around the Leeds area.’

‘Once I’ve finished the C&G assignments, my plan is to flesh out and improve on my knowledge and ability in C# and Unity as well as C++ and DirectX 11. I plan on doing this by designing and making a game or two in each language. These will then become a part of my portfolio, with which I hope to use to get a job in either the gaming industry or in a non gaming specific programming position, if any are available. If not, I should be able to get in on the ground floor so to speak in either QA or community management.’

Atom Republic, Atom Universe http://www.atomrepublic.com/AtomUniverse/
For more information contact: mark@train2game.com
Train2Game, bringing City & Guilds to the Games Industry
Read the Train2Game blog at www.train2game-news.co.uk Train2Game is a proud supporter of www.gamatier.com

Train2Game News Game Tycoon 2

image

Game Tycoon 2 launches on to Steam Early Access and all other leading retailers of digitally downloaded PC games today, Friday 30 October 2015.

Welcome back to the industry!

Game Tycoon is back and just as the games industry has evolved, so has Game Tycoon.

Choose from one of three development studios and develop the video game hits of tomorrow for PC, console, handhelds, smartphones and other platforms.

As an indie game developer, you find yourself mixing it with the big boys. To survive, as an indie in this cutthroat business, you will need to be creative and nimble. Spot the niche, back your hunches and go for it!

Experience the thrill and fascination of game development through the eyes of a development studio. Uses technologies and follow industry trends from 1980 right up until 2030. All of which are in even more detailed than before.

Will you become a Game Tycoon?

Key Game Features:

    -Cartoon style graphics

    -Three different characters to choose from

    -Detailed overviews and several game locations to choose from

    -20 missions, each with inclusive tutorials and one endless game

    -Integrated privacy with approachable status symbols

    -An accurate replica of video games economics

    -Use different software and hardware technologies dating back to 1980 through to the modern era, along with many development techniques

    -Available in English and German

    -Varied soundtracks

You can visit the official website at http://www.sunlight-games.com/en/