Arena Stars: Rival Heroes Releases On iOS and Android

Tiny Titan Studios, the London based studio behind Tiny Rails, have released their next game - Arena Stars: Rival Heroes which is out now on iOS and Google Play. The action card game let’s you customize your deck, and challenge other players around the world.

Choose your Hero. Build your Deck. Experience an intense 90 seconds of battle in real-time, player vs player action! Defeat the enemy Hero to win Trophies, Chests and more! Collect Trophies to unlock new Arenas! In between battles, collect cards to upgrade your Hero and Troops and become the champion of the Arena!

Take on others in the Arena Stars Universe in this action-packed epic new multiplayer strategy game from Tiny Titan Studios!

Make sure to download Arena Stars: Rival Heroes on Google Play, or Apple for free.



Rogue-lite Night of the Blood Moon Releases This Month

After a successful Kickstarter last year, independent developer Tyler McDermott is ready to release his Rogue-lite Night of the Blood Moon on Steam on January 21st.

The game will launch in Early Access on the 14th, and then seven days later it will go full launch with changes from the community regarding game balance and also offering a 10% discount while in Early Access.

“The final version will feature a fully balanced game. In Early Access some items and unlockables may be a little cheaper in order to get full player input.”

15 Minutes of Anthem - Lost Arcanist Gameplay

Courtesy of IGN, we have 1 5 minutes of new Anthem footage, specifically the entire Lost Arcanist mission from start to finish. Anthem is being developed by Bioware out in Edmonton, and is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 22nd. Check it out below!

Release Date Announced for Guacamelee! 2 on Xbox One

DrinkBox Studios have announced when XBox One gamers will get to enjoy the latest in Juan Aguacate’s adventures. Guacamelee! 2 will release on Xbox and Windows 10 on January 18th, and is currently enjoying a 20% pre-order discount.

Brawling has never been more beautiful! The long-awaited sequel to the smash hit action-platformer is here: Guacamelee! 2 brings luchador Juan Aguacate out of retirement for a stunning new Metroidvania-style adventure, where he must face his greatest challenge yet - one that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of the Mexiverse! Explore a huge, hand-crafted world inspired by Mexican culture and folklore, filled with sassy new villains and weirdos (and a few old friends!). Learn a deep repertoire of bone-crunching wrestling moves to fend off the skeletal hordes and overcome skillful platforming challenges... and who said anything about a Chicken Illuminati? Certainly not us!

Battle Princess Madelyn Out Now On PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

Casual Bit Games over in Nova Scotia released their latest game Battle Princess Madelyn just before the new year (in NA), with it coming to European regions on January 7th. The game combines elements from Ghouls N' Ghosts and Wonder Boy 3: The Dragon's Trap, as you follow the journey of a young knight Madelyn, and her ghostly pet dog Fritzy.

Join Madelyn as she battles through graveyards, swamps, castles, the countryside and more! Polished gameplay, breath taking visuals, jaw-dropping dual soundtracks and epic adventures await!

Head over to Switch, Steam, or PlayStation 4 to pick up the game. You can check out some screenshots, and trailer below.

Kickstarter Plug: MATH-Commander - VR/AR

MATH-Commander is an arcade game combining both Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and everyone’s favourite: Mathematics. Out from Wulum Ltd in Calgary, you play as the Math-Commander in a twist on the typical shoot-em up, detailed on the Kickstarter:

“If you are playing from VR you will see the playing action in front of you. An Iron Man–style virtual console display will inform you how many targets you must destroy, how much time you have, and what your next target is.”

And for those who want to play on Augmented Reality:

For those playing the AR version, the scenario will display over a real surface previously identified by your mobile's camera. You will see your base cannon and enemies through your mobile device and choose your targets by tapping.

You can check out some of the videos below to get another idea.

You can check out the Kickstarter right now, which at the time sits at around 13% of their goal with 11 days left, however they have a modest goal of $9500 - so check them out! And in the meantime, follow them on Twitter.

Lots of Canadian Game Developer Jobs Available Now (Includes Programmer/Developers, C++, 2D and 3D Artists)

In case you haven’t checked it out yet, there are A BUNCH of jobs being posted on the site right now. Specifically the postings are from the National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio. The below jobs link to their full posting.

National Film Board of Canada’s Ontario Studio

Doug Flutie Joins Maximum Football Starting in 2019

We missed this one from last year, but Peterborough-based developer Canuck Play have teamed up with former CFL/NFL Quarterback Doug Flutie to be a spokesperson for their Maximum Football franchise, which starting this year will now be “Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football”.

"We’re extremely excited to have Doug on board,” said David Winter, President of Canuck Play. “His accomplishments at all levels and styles of football are well known, and he is the obvious natural fit for our title.”

You can check out the press release below, we’ll have to wait until Fall of this year for the next version of Maximum Football, but 2018’s edition is out now on Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Oh also, Hail Flutie.

Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football set for release in Fall 2019

Canuck Play & Spear Interactive welcomes Hall of Fame Quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie as partner and brand ambassador to the Maximum Football video game franchise.

Flutie has agreed to a multi-year relationship with Maximum Football and will lend his name and likeness to the franchise beginning in Fall 2019 with the anticipated release of Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re extremely excited to have Doug on board,” said David Winter, President of Canuck Play. “His accomplishments at all levels and styles of football are well known, and he is the obvious natural fit for our title.”

Doug Flutie is an American football quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy in 1984 as the best player in college football and who had a 21-year professional football career in the United States and Canada. Maximum Football is the only video game on the market that allows gamers to play with U.S. College, Canadian, and U.S. professional styles of play. 

“I’m basically a kid at heart, who lives for playing sports in person or on the screen. This partnership gives me the chance to join the video game space and I’m looking forward to helping grow the Maximum Football brand,” said Flutie. “What drew me to Maximum Football was the innovative concept of including three different styles of football in the game.”

Doug Flutie’s Maximum Football will feature Doug as a playable character and include multiple new gameplay features.

The Maximum Football franchise was re-launched in 2017 by Canuck Play. Canuck Play was founded by David Winter, a 20-year veteran in the video game industry who boasts production and design credits include such titles as EA’s Madden, NHL, and FIFA series, as well as Batman, Harry Potter, and The Sims. Maximum Football 2018 is available now for digital download on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

About Doug Flutie:

The college football Heisman Trophy winner for 1984, Doug is a six-time Most Outstanding Player and three-time Canadian Football Champion, winning titles in 1992, 1996, and 1997. He also played ten seasons in the NFL. Currently, Doug serves as a lead analyst for NBC Sports Group’s coverage of Notre Dame Football. Doug and his wife Laurie established the “Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in 1998, in the name of their son, Dougie Jr. For more information visit www.flutiefoundation.org.

About Maximum Football:

Maximum Football is available now for digital download on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One. For additional information on Maximum Football, visit www.maxfootballgame.com or follow @MaxFootballGarme and @CancukGS on Twitter.

A Christmas Peril Releases On Steam and Itch.io With 100% Of Sales Going To A Toronto Charity

If you’re still in the holiday spirit then you should check out A Christmas Peril (itch.io here, or Steam here) which is a simple-to-pick-up snowball fighting multiplayer game with 100% of proceeds being donated to local Toronto charity LOFT Community Services. The game features four holiday level, easy controls, and customizable settings for each fight.

You can check out the trailer and screenshots below - but make sure to check out Steam or itch.io page. For a few bucks you can get a fun winter-themed multiplayer game, and donate to a good cause.

Game Developer Job in Montreal - AI Programmer

NewFound Recruiting is working with top gaming studios in Downtown Montreal for some exciting permanent programmer opportunities! These client are offering excellent compensation packages with bonuses, incentives, benefits, vacation, great work culture with social events, relocation assistance and more! If interested, you can email your resume to Amanda Messina (amanda@newfoundrecruiting.com), and make sure to check out their website.

This is a chance to work directly on the design and have a say on compelling, cross-platform content that is authentic, rebellious and revolutionary! A company owned by true visionaries and leaders in the gaming industry! 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Analyze and understand the objectives of the project in terms of artificial intelligence to assess their technical feasibility; define and implement the required functionalities

  • Make suggestions to improve to the existing pipeline

  • Work with designers and facilitators regarding technical constraints and propose solutions;

  • Develop the necessary tools for an efficient development of the functionalities during the production

  • Support AI functionalities and system designs for production;

 QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s  degree  in  computer  science  or  computer  engineering,  or  equivalent  training and working experience;

  • 4 + years of working experience in gaming industry

  • Strong experience in C/C++ programming skills

  • Strong experience in Modern Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies

  • Must have worked on AAA console games

  • Ability to define data-driven models;

  • Knowledge of modern console development and Unreal Engine experience is a nice to have

  • Must have a passion for playing and making games

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills