Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 09.08.13

Call of Duty Black Ops IIIt’s the end of the week and time for the industry news round up!

The epic climax of Activision and Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II Downloadable Content (DLC) Season Pass culminates with Apocalypse. Available first on the Xbox Live online entertainment network from Microsoft on August 27, the game’s fourth and final DLC Pack delivers four thrilling, diverse multiplayer maps and the all-new wildly creative Zombies experience – “Origins”. In addition one of my favourite bands, Avenged Sevenfold, will be again lending their musical talent to the game with their song, Shepherd of Fire, from their upcoming album Hail to the King, featuring in the opening cinematic.

Marvelous Games, the European division of the Harvest Moon publisher MarvelousAQL, has today unveiled more details on RunBot – the first title to emerge from the recently announced five-game publishing agreement with Touch Racing Nitro developer Bravo Game Studios. Due for release worldwide on iOS on August 22nd, RunBot is a brilliant Parkour/freerunning twist on the endless runner genre, offering phenomenal 3D visuals across a constantly evolving course.

Sources say that Amazon is working on producing its own android based games console, for release later this year possibly around the US thanksgiving season. There’s no real news about what the console will consist of, other than ‘it’s coming’, but given that Amazon has a pretty healthy stock of games and a download service already in place, it could already be one up on the Ouya, whose exclusive developers have been struggling to turn a profit on the system.

The Suikoden Revival Movement has launched the next phase of its campaign entitled ‘Operation Blinking Mirror.’ Between December 10 and December 12, 2013, the Suikoden Revival Movement will be inundating Konami Japan with Suikoden-related paraphernalia such as letters, artwork, cosplay photographs and sculptures. Operation Blinking Mirror – an ode to a teleportation device found throughout the series – has launched its own Facebook page where fans can find out more.

Finally videos have surfaced from Microsoft and Sony unboxing the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. You can view the Xbox One – here and the PlayStation 4 – here.

Train2Game News: Suikoden Revival Movement founder comments on the campaign

SuikodenLast Month, Train2Game News brought you the news of the Suikoden Revival Movement. This is a collection of fans trying to bring the Suikoden series back. Founding member Chris Holmes talks about the campaign.

“The Suikoden Revival Movement started last year when myself, Ryan and Matze (other founding members) decided it was time to go more global. We all met on the Suikosource.com forums, which is one of the last great bastions of Suikoden fandom.

“However, all this campaigning started back in 2010 on Suikosource with myself and Ryan trying to convince the other members of our plans. (We) had some good conversations with Konami but, eventualy, it became clear that we could not go any higher up their chain of command.

“Attempting this as a single person became increasingly difficult. So, with the help of Matze, we decided to solidify our plans as the Suikoden Revival Movement and attempt to reach Konami en masse with much larger numbers. Thus, the SRM was born in 2012.”

This sort of movement can be slow and painstaking, especially when up against a company as big as Konami. This hasn’t stopped Chris from seeing some success however ”Back in 2011, we were offered an official Konami Facebook Fan Page by Konami US,” Holmes said. “We have tried to chase this up numerous times, however, but it always leads to dead ends. We continue to pursue this. Besides Konami US giving the thumbs up of recognition to our campaigning numerous times on Facebook, we have not had too much official recognition since the SRM was born last year.

“Konami UK, however, are currently looking into why Suikoden II has not yet been released on the PSN. Konami EU have also responded pleasingly to the rather large package we sent of all the fan work from SUIKODEN DAY 2012.”

Holmes explained that he personally contacts members of Konami globally on a weekly basis via LinkedIn. Holmes is keen to get his voice heard and has bent the ears of  quality assurance testers, executives and everyone else in between; anyone who’ll listen. “As a group, the SRM did have weekly (and then monthly) campaigns. This entailed gathering our thousands of members and asking them to plea with Konami (regarding specific goals) via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and letter.

“Since we have had responses from Konami US and EU, these group campaigns have been put on hold for the moment. But rest assured, we have many plans for future campaigns! We are currently thinking up strategies to move the group campaigning towards Konami Japan, which is probably the most important thing we can do. This is our next big move.”

Holmes spoke of the desire of the fan base – one which now has garnered nearly 11,000 Facebook followers – and whether or not there was enough support to satisfy the effort of campaigning. “I spent over a year analysing the situation and the fan base of Suikoden in the West. Was there enough support? Are the numbers still there? Is the passion still there? Eventually, I decided, yes. And since the SRM’s inception, its just went from strength to strength. Its been great to see it all come together.”

Although still a long way from their goal, Holmes is determined to continue the good fight. ”It is still early days and there is much to do. We need as much support as we can get. If you can, then please spread the word to your friends, family and fellow Suikoden fans! Even if you don’t have time for campaigning, a simple click of the ‘like’ button will do!”

Last Month, Train2Game News brought you the news of the Suikoden Revival Movement. This is a collection of fans trying to bring the Suikoden series back. Founding member Chris Holmes talks about the campaign.

“The Suikoden Revival Movement started last year when myself, Ryan and Matze (other founding members) decided it was time to go more global. We all met on the Suikosource.com forums, which is one of the last great bastions of Suikoden fandom.

“However, all this campaigning started back in 2010 on Suikosource with myself and Ryan trying to convince the other members of our plans. (We) had some good conversations with Konami but, eventualy, it became clear that we could not go any higher up their chain of command.

“Attempting this as a single person became increasingly difficult. So, with the help of Matze, we decided to solidify our plans as the Suikoden Revival Movement and attempt to reach Konami en masse with much larger numbers. Thus, the SRM was born in 2012.”

This sort of movement can be slow and painstaking, especially when up against a company as big as Konami. This hasn’t stopped Chris from seeing some success however ”Back in 2011, we were offered an official Konami Facebook Fan Page by Konami US,” Holmes said. “We have tried to chase this up numerous times, however, but it always leads to dead ends. We continue to pursue this. Besides Konami US giving the thumbs up of recognition to our campaigning numerous times on Facebook, we have not had too much official recognition since the SRM was born last year.

“Konami UK, however, are currently looking into why Suikoden II has not yet been released on the PSN. Konami EU have also responded pleasingly to the rather large package we sent of all the fan work from SUIKODEN DAY 2012.”

Holmes explained that he personally contacts members of Konami globally on a weekly basis via LinkedIn. Holmes is keen to get his voice heard and has bent the ears of quality assurance testers, executives and everyone else in between; anyone who’ll listen. “As a group, the SRM did have weekly (and then monthly) campaigns. This entailed gathering our thousands of members and asking them to plea with Konami (regarding specific goals) via Facebook, Twitter, E-mail and letter.

“Since we have had responses from Konami US and EU, these group campaigns have been put on hold for the moment. But rest assured, we have many plans for future campaigns! We are currently thinking up strategies to move the group campaigning towards Konami Japan, which is probably the most important thing we can do. This is our next big move.”

Holmes spoke of the desire of the fan base – one which now has garnered nearly 11,000 Facebook followers – and whether or not there was enough support to satisfy the effort of campaigning. “I spent over a year analysing the situation and the fan base of Suikoden in the West. Was there enough support? Are the numbers still there? Is the passion still there? Eventually, I decided, yes. And since the SRM’s inception, its just went from strength to strength. Its been great to see it all come together.”

Although still a long way from their goal, Holmes is determined to continue the good fight. ”It is still early days and there is much to do. We need as much support as we can get. If you can, then please spread the word to your friends, family and fellow Suikoden fans! Even if you don’t have time for campaigning, a simple click of the ‘like’ button will do!”

Train2Game News: Bring Back Suikoden!!

SuikodenIf you are a fan of the game saga, Suikoden, created by Konami, then this could potentially be fantastic news!

Fans of the RPG series Suikoden are desperate to see their beloved games revived, taking to Konami’s various social network outlets to politely ask for its return.

A group, founded on fan-site Suikosource and named Suikoden Revival Movement (SRM), draws inspiration from the Operation Rainfall movement, formed in 2011, which saw fans successfully campaign for three Wii titles (Xenoblade Chronicles, The Last Story, and Pandora’s Tower) to be localised and brought to the US. Citing poor marketing as one of the main reasons behind Suikoden’s recent hiatus, SRM’s ultimate goal is to pressure Konami into “bringing the Suikoden series back to its former glory – or even better – to new glory.”

Suikoden is a role-playing video game series originally created by Yoshitaka Murayama. The game series is loosely based on the classical Chinese novel, Shui Hu Zhuan by Shi Naian and Luo Guanzhong.

Each individual game in the series centers around relative themes of politics, corruption, revolution, mystical crystals known as True Runes and the “108 Stars of Destiny”—the 108 protagonists who are loosely interpreted from the source material.

Though the Suikoden games follow an irregular chronological sequence of events, the entire series takes place within the same world among continuing and overlapping histories. In some cases, several characters appear in multiple installations.

The most recent Western numbered instalment of the series, Suikoden V, was released in 2006 for PS2; the series failing to make an appearance at at all in this generation.

Since its inception in July last year the Suikoden Revival Movement has garnered a large following, accumulating well over 10’000 followers on Facebook. Thus far, Konami have only offered two “small responses”, but the enthusiasm of SRM doesn’t appear to have waned, as they continue to press Konami on a weekly basis for a revival of the series, or at the very least to make all titles available on PSN and XBLA.

It’s a great example of gamers pulling together and working as a community. It is a cause that I am strongly behind and if you want to join in with the revival you can by visiting the Suikoden Revival Movement Facebook page or following them on Twitter.

If you have played the game before, view the video below for some nostalgia. If you haven’t played it before you can get a feel for the game in the video for Suikoden 2