Train2Game News Microsoft announce several TV shows for Xbox

Xbox OneMicrosoft has announced no less than 12 original TV shows or features for Xbox Live, all of which “will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.”

Created or overseen by the recently founded Xbox Entertainment Studios, the pickings include the previously announced Halo TV series, plus a Halo “digital feature” executive produced by Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner. There’s also a reality TV show about up-and-coming football players, a couple of shows based on famous tabletop games, and a 2015-bound Channel 4 series about machines that look like humans. It’s a bit of a spread.

In the words of Jordan Levin, executive vice president of Xbox Entertainment Studios, “creating original TV content is a logical next step in our evolution”. This echoes comments to OXM from various bigwigs on the subject last year. According to Microsoft Soho’s Rob Stevens, for example, “game developers are realising there is a big appetite for more immersive interactive content, which we have decades of invaluable experience in making with games – creating this type of content for TV gives us the ability to reach a hugely diverse array of new audiences.”

The first shows are due to screen on Xbox Live this year – Microsoft has apparently looked at hundreds more concepts, more details on those will be announced at a later date.

Train2Game News Netflix to Catch ’em All

Pok_mon_Black___White_screenshot_1The Pokémon Company International and Netflix announce that beginning Saturday, March 1st, Netflix members can instantly stream Pokémon animation.

Featuring aspiring Pokémon Master Ash and his trusted Pokémon partner, Pikachu, they embark on adventures through two popular seasons of the animated series and two action-packed feature films.
The fan-favourite Pokémon: Black & White season introduced a new region, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon. Ash may have Pikachu by his side, but he will need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders.

Pokémon: Black & White will be available in all Netflix territories. The first season of Pokémon animation, Pokémon: Indigo League, will also be available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. The classic season introduces viewers to the world of Pokémon through Ash and his partner Pikachu as Ash strives to become a Pokémon Master.

Pokémon fans in all Netflix territories can also catch Ash, Pikachu, and their friends in the dual movies Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom. When Ash and his friends enter a battle competition in Eindoak Town, they meet the Mythical Pokémon Victini, who becomes their newest friend. But disaster strikes when the misguided wanderer Damon seizes Victini for his own plans! Can Ash prove himself a hero and earn the help of the Legendary Reshiram—or Zekrom—to rescue Victini and save Eindoak Town? Two legends…and two versions of the story!

It’s time to go back and Catch ‘Em All again!

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 08.04.13

Bioshock InfiniteFollowing last weeks busy charts that was posted on Train2Game news, this week is a bit more quiet. The only new entry this week is Defiance, the game based on the up coming TV series which will be aired on SyFy later this month. The game enters the charts at number 3, unable to move Tomb Raider or the epic BioShock Infinite.

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Week ending 6 April 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 BIOSHOCK INFINITE 2K GAMES 1
2 TOMB RAIDER SQUARE ENIX 2
3 DEFIANCE TRION WORLDS
4 FIFA 13 EA SPORTS 4
5 LUIGI’S MANSION 2 NINTENDO 5
6 GEARS OF WAR: JUDGMENT MICROSOFT 3
7 CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS II ACTIVISION 7
8 ASSASSIN’S CREED III UBISOFT 9
9 SKYLANDERS GIANTS SKYLANDERS 15
10 NEED FOR SPEED MOST WANTED EA GAMES 17
11 CRYSIS 3 EA GAMES 10
12 FAR CRY 3 UBISOFT 11
13 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
14 HALO 4 MICROSOFT 18
15 ARMY OF TWO: THE DEVIL’S CARTEL EA GAMES 6
16 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
17 TIGER WOODS PGA TOUR 14 EA SPORTS 8
18 SIMCITY EA GAMES 16
19 SNIPER: GHOST WARRIOR 2 CITY INTERACTIVE 13
20 SONIC & ALL STARS RACING TRANSFORMED SEGA

Leisure software charts compiled by Chart Track, (C)2013 UKIE Ltd