Friday, August 8, 2014
08/08/2014 - Industry Vets announce X-Tactics crowd funding campaign
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Veterans of Square-Enix, Capcom & SEGA, announce X-Tactics
crowd funding campaign
Tokyo, Japan - August 08, 2014
- GAMKIN Inc., formed by veterans of Square-Enix, Capcom and SEGA, announced today they have begun a
crowdfunding campaign on the Indiegogo platform for their latest game: X-Tactics. X-Tactics, is an episodic
RPG, set in the modern world, that combines tactical gameplay with elements of urban exploration.
starts today and will last until Monday, September 15. More details about the campaign can be found here:
“When we set out to make X-Tactics, we didn’t want to make just another tactical game,
nor create some sort of perfect tactical experience. Our goal was to create something new.” said Robert Gould, X-Tactics's
producer and lead designer. “Leveraging our expertise, we combined equal parts of tactical gameplay like that of ‘Final
Fantasy Tactics’ and ‘Valkyrie Chronicles’, with fighting game mechanics and aesthetics, like those found
in the ‘Street Fighter’ series, to create a new gameplay experience, that we at least, have not seen done before.”
“It is our mission here at GAMKIN, to mashup our gamedev expertise with other fields. So we are using real world
data streams, like weather, and location-based data, to enhance X-Tactics gameplay, creating an urban exploration sandbox
mode for our players. This combined with the curated episodic nature of X-Tactics will allow us to build a living game, and
allow us to expand the X-Tactics universe based on our community's feedback.”
Regarding crowdfunding, Kengo
Okinaga, founder and CEO of GAMKIN, explained that "unlike most other game-related crowdfunding, that depends on funding
to start production, we wanted to wait until we had the game’s systems nailed down before starting our campaign, so
we could reduce the risks for both our supporters and partners.” adding that “the development team is now focusing
on improving features and creating the remaining content needed for release, not simple tasks, but tasks that we feel confident
we can handle.”
"We chose Indiegogo as we are based in Japan, and Indiegogo is the best truly global
crowdfunding platform out there. And that same global reach will also play an important role to help us build an international
community of players that will be able to make the most out of the title’s unique urban exploration features.”
To download the announcement assets for X-Tactics and the latest game information, please visit the GAMKIN’s
Press Site at http://gamkin.com/ , and our Indiegogo campaign at http://igg.me/at/xtactics
About X-Tactics (“Cross”-Tactics)
"Cross-Tactics”, takes place in a world, something like our own, where top-secret government agencies and secret
societies, maintain the world order. X-Tactics puts players in command of a ragtag cast of secret agents, adventurers, and
treasure hunters, as they risk their lives trying to keep the truth in check. Wrapped in dark humour and a stylish anime punk
art style, X-Tactics brings a new twist to modern conspiracy theories and urban legends, by placing the player in the shoes
of those that know, and manipulate, the truth to maintain the peace and civil order.
X-Tactics, is an Episodic
Tactical RPG, which blends tactical and fighting game mechanics for a fresh take on the genre; and also offers an online collaborative
urban exploration sandbox experience to players, by leveraging GPS and other real world data streams.
Release: Fall 2014
Platforms: iOS, Android, Kindle (2014), PC, Mac,
Linux, Google Glass (2015)
Genre: Tactical RPG & Urban Exploration
Copyright: ©2013, 2014 GAMKIN All Rights Reserved.
GAMKIN, is a small Indie studio formed by Square-Enix, Capcom and SEGA veterans, as well as talented
young creators. Established at the end of 2013, and dedicated to creating new forms of entertainment by combining their game
development expertise with other media. Besides working on games, GAMKIN also works on interactive children's television in
Japan, and collaborating with local game schools and text publishers to help bring up a next generation of game developers.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Thursday, August 7, 2014
08/07/2014 - Tank Invaders coming to iOS and Android
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SAO PAULO, August 7th, 2014
- Following its success on the Windows Phone platform, Mgaia Studio announces the award-winning FPS-SHMUP mobile game Tank
Invaders for Android and iOS devices. The game will be available for free on both platforms on August 28th.
Tank Invaders coming to iOS and Android devices, August 28th
ALERT! The radar has picked up movement on the road: Terror's forces are attacking! General Rogers has summoned you, soldier,
to take the seat at the Armored Defense Systems of the base and fight off the invading enemies with the help of missiles,
machine guns, nukes and EMP bombs. You need to use those wisely and blow the enemy forces to smithereens before they even
think about setting foot on the base!
If this sounds a lot like 80s action movies that is because the game theme
draws a lot from those classics of old, when movies only needed explosions, guns, sweat and muscles to be considered good!
Games of the 80s have a deep influence in Tank Invaders's design, too: the game plays like Missile Command (Atari/Arcade,
1980) but from a first person perspective, making it a FPS/SHMUP hybrid. Space Invaders (Atari/Arcade, 1978) also left its
mark and it clearly shows once the enemies start to take over the entire screen and you feel the pressure and hurry of your
"The game does remind me of the 80's styled arcade games you would find at the local convenience
stores" said George Ponder from wpcentral.com. "If you like arcade styled games or simply looking for a fun game
to pass the time with, there really isn't a reason not to try Tank Invaders. It's a fine addition to the Windows Phone gaming
Rich Edmonds, also from wpcentral.com, said, "If you're after some ridiculous warfare, Tank Invaders will
not disappoint. The gameplay is also taken to the next level with power-ups, waves of foes to eliminate, powerful bosses and
TANK INVADERS FEATURES:
-Classic arcade gameplay;
-Wonderful 3D graphics;
-Over 10 different enemy units and 3 boss units;
-Over 5 different weapons, including power-ups and
TANK INVADERS AWARDS:
-"Best Mobile Game" - SBGames, São Paulo, October 18th
-"Visual Achievement, Mobile" - SBGames, São Paulo, October 18th 2013
Mobile" - SBGames, São Paulo, October 18th 2013
Mgaia Studio is a
mobile game studio based in Brazil. Since our foundation in 2009 we've released over twenty games for mobile and web platforms,
including City Rain, winner of Imagine Cup '08 and the recently Steam Greenlit Soul Gambler.
Submitted by: E. Thomas
08/06/2014 - OUYA Introduces New Developer Initiative
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OUYA Introduces Developing
Developers Initiative with Educational Tools for Aspiring Game Makers
On-platform Tools Provide Resources for New Developers to Create and Publish Games on OUYA
SANTA MONICA, Calif. - Aug 6, 2014 - OUYA today launched the Developing Developers initiative, an Android
education program that provides hands-on instruction for aspiring developers to learn the building blocks of making games.
The hallmark tool for the new initiative is the first console-based launch of Android Integrated Developer Environment (AIDE),
which offers developers an unprecedented opportunity to learn the coding skills they need to build games from the comfort
of their living room. The basic AIDE app will be available for free and include several introductory lessons on Java, the
Android OS, and game development - interested developers can unlock all of the remaining app content for $29.99.
“Our top priority is fostering the next generation of game developers, even those who have never built a game before
but always wanted to,” said Kellee Santiago, head of developer relations at OUYA. “Developing Developers is the
latest initiative by which OUYA continues to expand beyond the box, and this is just the beginning.”
premium AIDE purchase unlocks 46 additional lessons of educational content, including Java and in-depth Android development
tutorials. In addition to AIDE, the Developing Developers campaign will offer video guides and workshops on topics ranging
from core game design to publishing. OUYA will work with successful game developers and various educational organizations
that engage students of game design and casual hobbyists to provide an ongoing stream of content. The AIDE program itself
will continue to receive updates and additional content to expand the learning opportunities on OUYA.
information about AIDE or the Developing Developers program, contact TriplePoint PR at firstname.lastname@example.org
by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
08/05/2014 - Table Top Racing Arrives on PS Vita
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Digital’s critically acclaimed AAA micro combat racer is out now on PlayStationVita!
TOP RACING CROSSES THE FINISH LINE!
5th August 2014: The wait is finally over! Playrise Digital’s critically
acclaimed powered-up micro racer Table Top Racing is out now in the US on PlayStation®Vita, and is due to screech onto
PlayStation®Stores in Europe tomorrow 6th August. The Playrise Digital team along with Publisher Ripstone have confirmed
that the game will be available for £4.99/ €5.99/ $7.99 and that PS Plus subscribers can also expect to see discounts
Described by the development team Playrise Digital
as the “definitive version” the PlayStation®Vita game boasts a silky-smooth 60 FPS, enhanced environments,
double the polygon count in the track geometry and superior handling. Not only is this the best looking version of the game
to date, it’s also best played on PlayStation® Vita – thanks to the Vita’s dual analog controls, rear
touch capabilities and ad-hoc online multiplayer.
Racing is a AAA micro combat racer that pits all manner of custom-made, miniaturised cars against one another. Welcome to
a world of table top race tracks, over-sized obstacles and glorious power-ups. Table Top Racing may be miniature but don’t
be fooled by its size! It comes complete with a full championship mode in single player along with quick play and drift modes
and over 30 special events. Players can also look forward to full live online multiplayer and play with up to 4 friends online
Hold onto your seats and take a look at the brand
spanking new launch trailer, its powered-up micro racing at its best!
Submitted by: E. Thomas