Train2Game News You’re a wizard!

Niantic, Inc. and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the development of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™, an augmented reality (AR) mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World. 
Published by Niantic and co-developed by Niantic and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, under the Portkey Games label, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ will use state-of-the-art augmented reality mobile technology to put magic in the hands of aspiring wizards and witches worldwide.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ will reveal that magic is all around us, and allow players to be a part of Harry Potter’s rich world, through Niantic’s AR + real-world mobile game platform and the franchise expertise of WB Games San Francisco’s development and publishing team. By exploring real-world neighborhoods and cities across the globe, players will go on adventures, learn and cast spells, discover mysterious artifacts, and encounter legendary beasts and iconic characters.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ is part of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s Portkey Games, a new games label dedicated to creating video game and mobile experiences inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

 “At Niantic, our goal is to leverage technology to create real world experiences that help people to discover the wonderful, and often magical parts of the world around them,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic, Inc. “The beloved Harry Potter stories have captured imaginations worldwide for more than 20 years and soon we’ll turn the fantasy into augmented reality, allowing fans and their friends to become wizards and witches.”

 “With this game, we are allowing the passionate, worldwide fan base to experience J.K. Rowling’s deeply powerful and imaginative universe in a new, truly immersive way,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “It is wonderful to have Niantic’s remarkable augmented reality expertise as we develop this incredibly rich wizarding world for players to explore in their everyday lives.”

Additional details for Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™ will be announced in 2018.

To stay up to date on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite™, please visit www.harrypotterwizardsunite.com and sign-up to receive the latest information and follow the game on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HPWizardsUnite/ and Twitter https://twitter.com/HPWizardsUnite

Train2Game News Batman Arkham Origins DLC

Batman AO DLCWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have released Cold, Cold Heart, the action-packed story add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins.

Set on New Year’s Eve, Cold, Cold Heart sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze and players will discover how he earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains. Cold, Cold Heart is available today for purchase on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for £7.99 and also for players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass and are connected to the Internet.

The Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On introduces new locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp, taking players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time. Players will have access to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves. Batman is also equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

You can enjoy the new trailer for this DLC below

Train2Game News Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate Review

Batman AO BlackgateWarner Brothers allowed me to review the Xbox 360 version of Batman Arkham Origins Blackgate: Deluxe Edition.

As some of you may know this was the game that was originally released for the PlayStation Vita alongside the main release of Batman Arkham Origins, developed by Warner Brothers. Instead of the 3D open world adventure it’s big brother is this is what is known as 2.5d adventure.

This game started off feeling like a rail shooter Batman which wasn’t a bad choice as the combat was simplified but engaging and the art style in the cut scenes was very apt with it’s comic book feel. The problem came a bit further in to the game where the game tried to be open in a linear world.

It was the cause of much frustration having to go all the way to one area to discover you didn’t have the right gadget or keycard to progress and having to then walk to a different part of the map to retrieve the needed item. A lot of the game just felt like I was walking around the different zones and getting lost through the map laid out in a confusing manner.

The boss fights and some of the puzzle rooms when you eventually get to them are fun and in a good Dark Knight style though and are almost worth the amount of confused wandering.

My overall conclusion for Arkham Origins Blackgate is that if you have a PSVita certainly give it a try but if you want to play a Batman game on a home console or PC stick with any of the current Arkham games in the series.

Train2Game News: UK Top 20 Games – 28.10.13

Batman and DeathstrokeThe third Batman: Arkham game has followed in the footsteps of it’s predecessors debuting at number one, selling almost the exact amount of games that Batman: Arkham Aslyum sold in it’s first week. The all-time best-selling Batman game there has been in the UK however is Lego Batman: The Videogame from 2008. Further down the chart Ubisoft debut at number fifteen with Rocksmith 2014 Edition and EA debut at eighteen with The Sims 3: Into the Future.

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Week ending 26 October 2013

POS.  TITLE  PUBLISHER  LAST
WEEK 
1 BATMAN: ARKHAM ORIGINS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE
2 GRAND THEFT AUTO V ROCKSTAR 1
3 FIFA 14 EA SPORTS 2
4 SKYLANDERS SWAP FORCE SKYLANDERS 3
5 POKEMON X NINTENDO 4
6 POKEMON Y NINTENDO 5
7 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION MICROSOFT 7
8 LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 19
9 MOSHI MONSTERS: KATSUMA UNLEASHED MIND CANDY
10 JUST DANCE 2014 UBISOFT 9
11 DISNEY INFINITY DISNEY INFINITY 10
12 F1 2013 CODEMASTERS 8
13 BEYOND TWO SOULS SONY COMPUTER ENT. 6
14 LEGO BATMAN 2: DC SUPER HEROES WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE 12
15 ROCKSMITH 2014 EDITION UBISOFT
16 MAX PAYNE 3 ROCKSTAR 14
17 TOM CLANCY’S SPLINTER CELL: BLACKLIST UBISOFT
18 THE SIMS 3: INTO THE FUTURE EA GAMES
19 ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF NINTENDO 17
20 SONIC: LOST WORLD NINTENDO 11
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Train2Game News: Games Industry News – 10.05.13

WolfensteinIt is the end of the week so it is the time for the Train2Game industry news round up.

Bethesda Softworks announced a new title, Wolfenstein: The New Order, an action-adventure shooter slated for release in Q4 2013. The game is being developed by MachineGames, a studio comprised of seasoned developers known for creating compelling, critically-acclaimed story-driven games. Wolfenstein has been widely credited for helping establish and popularise the first-person shooter genre, and Wolfenstein: The New Order is a reimagining of this franchise – offering players a gripping and dramatic experience. The official announcement trailer can be seen at GameSpot.com. The game will be released on PlayStation 3, Xbox360 and next generation consoles.

Another new game release, Maxis and Electronic Arts have announced that The Sims 4 is currently in development at The Sims Studio for release on PC and Mac in 2014. The Sims 4 celebrates the heart and soul of the Sims themselves, giving players a deeper connection with the most expressive, surprising and charming Sims ever in this single-player offline experience. The Sims 4 encourages players to personalize their world with new and intuitive tools while offering them the ability to effortlessly share their creativity with friends and fans. To stay up to date with the latest information you can visit www.thesims.com/thesims4

The Closed Beta phase for Infinite Crisis began on Wednesday. Select players chosen from the pool of registrants will get their first chance to dive into the multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) PC game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Turbine. You can still sign-up for the beta if you want to be part of the fun.

Until May 31, Pokémon Trainers across the country can look to the sky as not one, but two strains of the Mythical DNA Pokémon Deoxys make a rare return trip from outer space to players of both the Pokémon video games and official Trading Card Game (TCG). Players of Pokémon Black 2 or Pokémon White 2 can add Deoxys to their Pokédex in a special distribution event via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service, while TCG players and collectors can find the new Pokémon TCG: Black & White — Plasma Freeze expansion, which includes the powerful Deoxys-EX card, at retail stores nationwide.

Finally, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm have unleashed a trailer showing Batgirl pummeling the Joker. This is for the announcement that Batgirl will be the next DLC character for Injustice: Gods Among Us. While there are a lot of Batman characters in Injustice already, if they’re going to include another “Bat” character, it’s only fitting they include Batgirl. Batgirl is available to buy as a standalone character for 400 MS points and £3.99 on PSN. No release date has been announced yet. You can view Batgirls beating on the Man that crippled her in the following trailer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cq719Rp17B8

Train2Game News: Injustice Gods Among Us – Quarter Finals

Green Arrow and Solomon GrundyIt is the quarter finals of the Injustice: Gods Among Us battle arena!! Train2Game students vote on who you want to win the latest matches of the week.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment reveal the fifth week of challengers in this week’s Injustice Battle Arena, kicking off the quarterfinal round of matches that will pit previous weeks’ preliminary tournament victors against each other to determine who will advance to the semifinals.

This week, first round champions Batman and Wonder Woman collide as technological prowess and peak physical condition meet superhuman strength and speed, while in another ring, the fastest man in the world takes on perhaps the most mischievous, as the lightning-quick Flash faces off against the unpredictable villain, The Joker. Additional matches this week include a brutal clash between preliminary round champions Aquaman and Green Lantern, and finally, a bout of raw Krypton power versus deadly precision as Superman takes on Green Arrow.

They should be epic battles with great destruction in them all!

You can view these all-new Injustice Battle Arena videos below, analyzing each contender’s strengths, offering celebrity commentary on the matches.

To cast your vote and be eligible to win prizes, visit: http://ema.io/MzAz

The victors of these legendary match-ups will be announced soon, with all new game play videos featuring the winning contenders.

Voice your opinion via Facebook, YouTube or Twitter and join the debate!

Train2Game News: Lord of the Rings Online senior producer talks updates in Warbands video

Get behind the scenes of Lord of the Rings Online and its upcoming Riders of Rohan expansion in a new video from Warner Brothers and Turbine.

Inside the Game: Warbands sees LOTRO Senior Producer Aaron Campbell discusses Warbands with Community Manager Rick Heaton. Subjects include how they’ve changed gameplay mechanics to reward players for helping others and how they’ve tweaked the A.I. in order to improve the game.

Watch the video below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Get more insight into game development in various other videos here on The Train2Game Blog.

Are you a Lord of the Rings Online player? What are your thoughts on the changes?

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Train2Game News: Batman: Arkham City developer diary goes behind the scenes of voice acting

Train2Game students can get behind the scenes of Batman: Arkham City’s voice acting in a brand new developer diary from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Brothers.

Batman: Arkham City ‘Game of the Year Edition’ Video #2: Audio Voice Talent sees game director Sefton Hill and lead narrative designer Paul Crocker discuss the importance of audio talent to making a great game.

It also shows behind the scenes footage of Batman voice actor Kevin Conroy, The Joker voice actor Mark Hamill and Talia al Ghul actress Stana Katic performing and discussing their roles.

Watch the developer diary below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

Batman: Arkham City’s Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC  is released on 30th May, while Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition reaches the UK in September.

There’s more Batman: Arkham City news here on The Train2Game Blog.

What are your thoughts of the voice acting in Batman: Akrham City? How important do you think it can be to a game?

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Train2Game News: New Batman: Arkham City video focuses on sound design

Train2Game students can get behind the scenes of Batman: Arkham City’s audio design in a new developer diary from Rocksteady Studios and Warner Brothers.

Making Batman Arkham City : Inside Rocksteady Studios. ‘Sound Effects’ comes ahead of Harley Quinn’s Revenge Pack being released at the end of this month.

The video features Game Director Sefton Hill, foley artist John Roesch and Audio Director Nick Arundel discussing  how sound was created for Batman: Arkham City. Discover things like how the sounds of Mister Freeze being punched in the face, or that of gunfire, were produced to sound as realistic as possible.

Watch the video below, right here on The Train2Game Blog.

There’s more about Batman: Arkham City here.

What are your thoughts on the work behind sound effects in Batman: Arkham City? How important is sound in game design?

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