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Disruptor Beam’s ‘The Walking Dead: March to War’ Is in Soft Launch

Disruptor Beam’s ‘The Walking Dead: March to War’ Is in Soft Launch

We wrote a few times about the upcoming The Walking Dead: March to War, Disruptor Beam’s take on the popular franchise, and now the game has soft launched in the Philippines, so you can go check it out. Disruptor Beam, which has developed Star Trek: Timelines and Game of Thrones: Ascent, is offering what it calls a story-driven multiplayer strategy game that will have you encountering many of The Walking Dead ‘s famous characters, such as Rick, Negan, Michonne, and Carl, as you try to build and sustain your settlement amidst the increasing tensions between the various colonies.

You get to recruit and train survivors, who have different classes and random skills, assemble and lead your council, and complete various missions that push the story forward. And the art is pretty nice, too. I haven’t played the game yet, so I’m not sure how fun it is, but it does look different from the other Disruptor Beam games. You can download the game here (use our soft launch guide to make a Philippines account) and hop over to our forum thread to talk more about the game.

Sega Announces “Sega Forever” Plans to Release Classic Console Games for Free on Mobile, ‘Kid Chameleon’ Soft Launched in the Philippines

Sega Announces “Sega Forever” Plans to Release Classic Console Games for Free on Mobile, ‘Kid Chameleon’ Soft Launched in the Philippines

All the way back in 2010 the Turbo Grafx Game Box hit the App Store. We reviewed its initial release and thought it was amazing- Particularly as it was constantly updated with new games until it finally vanished from the App Store a good five or more years ago. Around the same time, Sega was busy releasing its games on mobile wrapped in a terrible emulator, which really felt like the Weekend at Bernie’s version of all these classic games- They looked and sounded the same, but controlled like, well, moving Bernie’s sunglasses-clad corpse around. Meanwhile, we found ourselves constantly saying, “I just wish Sega would do what NEC is doing with their Game Box app, there’s so many classic games they could release.” Well, seven years later, and that seems like what Sega is doing with the new “Sega Forever” program.

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In a nutshell, they’re re-releasing a ton of classic Sega titles on mobile for free. The first bundle will be available tomorrow, and that batch of games includes:

  • Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Comix Zone
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Altered Beast

After that, they plan on releasing new games every two weeks. These games are going to be supported by ads, playable offline, and will both support cloud-saves and bluetooth controllers. If the ads annoy you, each game will have a no ads IAP for $ 1.99. According to Sega, each game is “adapted specifically for mobile devices while remaining faithful to the original games.” I suppose that means the horrid emulator of classic Sega iOS ports is gone, which is a very, very good thing.

Ahead of tomorrow’s official launch, Kid Chameleon has soft launched in the Philippines. If you’ve got an iTunes account there, you can give the game a look, but so far excitement in our community is pretty high surrounding these re-released classics. Stay tuned for more news as we keep an eye on the App Store for the rest of the games to launch sometime tomorrow.

All Five of the First “Sega Forever” Titles Are Now Soft Launched in the Philippines

All Five of the First “Sega Forever” Titles Are Now Soft Launched in the Philippines

We posted about the Sega Forever announcement earlier this morning, and since then it seems that all five of the first batch of new (well, old, but new) free to play classic titles are available for download in the Philippines App Store. If you’re curious how to get them now instead of waiting for them to hit the US App Store, you can follow our guide from Brawl Stars which should work basically the same- Just substitute the Philippines for Canada.

Anyway, here’s the list of forum threads for all the Sega Forever games available so far in the Philippines:

  • [PH] Sonic the Hedgehog (by SEGA)
  • [PH] Phantasy Star II (by SEGA)
  • [PH] Altered Beast (by SEGA)
  • [PH] Kid Chameleon (by SEGA)
  • [PH] Comix Zone (by SEGA)

All of the games except for Sonic are 4:3 letter boxed on widescreen devices, and in Sonic you can play as both Tails and Knuckles. Many folks in our community suspected that if you owned the original Sonic the Hedgehog it’d get updated and translate over to a free no-ads IAP, but that seems unlikely given this new Sonic is a totally different app ID from the old Sonic. Also, speaking of the old Sonic release, the comments from the original post on the game are something else, with many folks completely rejecting the $ 5.99 game for being “too expensive.” (Is anyone surprised free to play took over?)

It’s anyone’s guess as to when these will roll out to the rest of the world, but my bets are on somewhere in between 11:00 PM and 3:00 AM Eastern time based on previous releases, but Sega could really flip the switch at any time. As always, keep your eye on TouchArcade to find out when you can download these games.

Ubisoft’s ‘South Park: Phone Destroyer’ Soft Launches in Select European Countries

Ubisoft’s ‘South Park: Phone Destroyer’ Soft Launches in Select European Countries

Among the few hidden surprises in the world of mobile at E3 was the announcement of an upcoming Ubisoft mobile game titled South Park: Phone Destroyer. Well, the game is now soft launched in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. It seems to combine Clash Royale-ish [Free] card-based action gameplay with the world of South Park. I’m curious what the monetization is going to like once I get deeper into it, as South Park has had entire episodes focusing on how exploitative free to play games are.

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If you’ve got an iTunes account in any of the regions the game is available in, give it a download and drop some first impressions in the thread in our forum. It’s hard to say how long the game will be in soft launch, but, considering the big push at E3 it wouldn’t surprise me if Ubisoft wants to get Phone Destroyer out to the world ASAP.

Soft Launch Link: South Park: Phone Destroyer, Free

New iPads, E3, and a Supercell Soft Launch – The TouchArcade Show #311

New iPads, E3, and a Supercell Soft Launch – The TouchArcade Show #311

We’ve got a lot to talk about this week, and aside from a few 90’s music jokes for episode #311, we hop right in to talking about the latest and greatest in the world of iOS gaming. Kicking things off with discussing the new iPad Pro and the odd situation Apple has themselves in with how difficult it is to continue to perfect their devices, we move on to the few E3 announcements that pertain to mobile. From there, we discuss a few of the huge releases of the week including Supercell’s soft launched Brawl Stars, Noodlecake’s Flipping Legend [Free], and the Metroidvania forma.8 [$ 3.99] which has been years in the making.

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‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and How to Play the Soft Launch

‘Brawl Stars’ Discord Server and How to Play the Soft Launch

After its shocking reveal with a tournament stream, it took only one night for the Brawl Stars soft launch to happen. Debuting initially in Canada, this means that it’s relatively easy to get access to Supercell’s top-down multiplayer online shooter. But if you need the specifics on how to do so, well, we have a guide that will get you up and running with the game in a jiffy. While getting soft launched games in a country you don’t reside in isn’t necessarily the most convenient thing, it’s not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you’re looking and what to do. Here’s how to register an iTunes account in Canada for the Brawl Stars soft launch.

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How to register a soft launch account from your iOS device

Admittedly, you’ll have an easier time doing this from desktop iTunes, and you’ll want to create a new iTunes account. This process is doable from iOS, but you’ll have to sign out of your current iCloud account and create a new account to do so. it is possible to change the country or region on your current account. The issue is that if you buy a lot of TV shows, movies, and music, you may run into issues with using or accessing that content. And if you have any season passes for shows, you will also not be able to change your region on your account until those passes have been fulfilled. We’ll have instructions on how to do this later in the guide, but if you want to register an account straight from your device, it is possible.

First off, sign out of your iCloud account in Settings. This listing is the very big first entry. Make sure your contacts, photos, and reminders are backed up if they are not! Now once it says that you’re signed out, tap on the “Sign into your iPhone/iPod/iPad” prompt. Then, tap the “Don’t have an Apple ID or forgot it?” link.

Create an Apple ID. You an use an existing email address, but the old Gmail trick of adding a + after your email username to be able to use your same base email, but inputting something like [email protected] doesn’t quite work on iOS 10.3.2. The easiest trick is to just get a free iCloud email address:

Now complete account registration. You will need to verify with a phone number, and though you may be signing up for a different country later, you can use a US phone number. Complete registration. Now, go to the App Store, and sign in. It will prompt you with some various information to fill out. This includes the country for your account. In this case, choose Canada, but if you’re creating a soft launch account for another country, choose the appropriate country.

Now, it will prompt you for your billing address. You will not need to enter any payment information. For an address, I recommend the Fake Name Generator, or for countries not on that site, find a random address in the country by Googling and use that. It doesn’t actually matter what it is.

Now, go and download Brawl Stars! If you can’t find it in search, use the direct link or look up Supercell’s developer page. You’ll be able to download the app without any issue. While you can’t use a credit card from outside the country to pay for content on iTunes, if you get the hookup with gift cards, those can be used without issue!

And if necessary, sign out of this account and back into your main iCloud account. If you need to sign back into your Canadian account to use a gift card for IAP, you don’t need to sign out of your base iCloud account. Instead, you just need to scroll down to the bottom of the App Store on your device, sign out of your current account, and sign in to the one you wish to use. This will also automatically switch to the region linked to your account.

Enjoy the game!

 

How to register a soft launch account from desktop iTunes

Start by signing out of your account. Go into the App Store on iTunes, and scroll all the way to the bottom to where you see the country flag, or the “Change Country” link. Click that, and now select the country that you want to sign up in, which in this case is Canada. I recommend repeating this process for countries like the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, as these countries regularly get soft-launched games as well.

How to Soft Launch - Change Country

Now, go and download a free app. Ideally, it’d be Brawl Stars, but any free app will work. Once you do this, it’ll prompt you to sign in to the iTunes Store. Choose “Create Apple ID.” You’ll want to make sure that you download a free app. You can’t just register a new account outright as you’ll have to put in a credit card number, and well, if you had that, you wouldn’t be reading this article, now would you?

How to Soft Launch - Create Apple ID

For the email address, you can either create a new iCloud email, or use an existing email address. Apple seems to have caught on to the “+ca” trick that I used to add to Gmail addresses. A burner email will always work.

How to Soft Launch - Email

Obviously for payment method, choose none. For the personal information including billing address, you’ll need some sort of quasi-usable address in the country you’re signing up in. Personally, I like to use a fake name generator website for coming up with usable addresses and info. Fill that out, and hit Create Apple ID. You’ll need to verify your Apple ID, but once you do, it should be usable. Now you can sign in with it on your device.

To switch Apple IDs, scroll to the bottom of the App Store, tap the Apple ID section, and choose Sign Out. Then, sign back in with your new Apple ID. The App Store will automatically switch you to your Apple ID’s App Store. From there, you can download whatever free apps you want to that account.

Do note that you can’t necessarily buy anything from this account without some form of payment method attached. You could get someone to give you a gift card from Canada of course, or possibly buy the country’s iTunes gift card off of eBay. What you can’t do is buy IAP in the app from your home account; Apple requires that you be signed in to the account that you bought the app on to buy IAP in it. There’s not really an easy way around this, so you’ll just have to play free games for free unless you find a hookup. Otherwise, you’ll see a screen like this:

Note that if Supercell releases an update, the App Store won’t automatically update the game, it’ll usually just make you sign in with the password of your alternate country’s account for the update to download. And when you sign in with your other account, the store will switch automatically to the account’s country. Also, be sure to sign into an account in-game so that you don’t lose progress when the game comes out in your country. You’ll need to delete and re-install on your primary account so that you can make purchases.

In general, the soft launch account process should be pretty painless. This is as compared to the Android process, where…well, it’s not as easy to do it yourself since Google restricts it based on the device’s region, which is harder to fake. This trick has worked and been known for a few years now, and while Apple could possibly change it someday, you should be good for the foreseeable future to download soft launch games. Get to downloading Brawl Stars, and join our Discord server to talk about the game in the #brawl_stars channel!

Canadian App Store Link: Brawl Stars

‘Brawl Stars’ Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

‘Brawl Stars’ Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

A whole host of massive games have been announced at E3 over the past week, and for some time it appeared that the iOS community had missed out on its own major upcoming release at the event. Thankfully, Supercell saved the day, and the announcement of their next 3-on-3 online shooter Brawl Stars was met with much excitement when it came out of nowhere on Wednesday morning. Best of all, you don’t have to wait months to try out the latest release from the makers of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], as the beta for Brawl Stars has soft launched in Canada today, and can be downloaded from all regions through using our soft launch guide.

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While people from outside Canada can still try out Brawl Stars before its eventual worldwide release, there are numerous questions as to when the game will finally reach global App Stores. As of now, Supercell have remained tight-lipped as to how long we can expect Brawl Stars to be in soft launch for, however if Clash Royale is anything to go by, we’ll probably we waiting until September for the final version to release. Furthermore, many gamers are wondering whether Brawl Stars will also soft launch on Android, and while there have been various rumors making the rounds suggesting the game will hit the Google Play store ‘soon’, these are currently unconfirmed and anyone with such a device will sadly have to wait patiently for now. Supercell’s previous soft launch release pattern suggests that Brawl Stars should make the transition within a month, so it shouldn’t be much too much longer. Until we learn any more about the release schedule, keep an eye on our coverage of Brawl Stars for further details, head down to the forum thread for more discussion, and use our soft launch guide to download the game early from the Canadian App Store.

Netmarble’s ‘Lineage2 Revolution’ MMORPG Soft Launched

Netmarble’s ‘Lineage2 Revolution’ MMORPG Soft Launched

Netmarble is working on an open-world mobile action-RPG in the Lineage series for mobile, and have soft launched it on iOS. Lineage2 Revolution will have you playing in real-time with other people, undergoing quests, fighting monsters, teaming up with others for raids, and more. Netmarble is claiming this is the largest open-world game on mobile. It looks pretty impressive thus far, and considering how there seems to be a real craving for MMORPGs on mobile, perhaps this could finally be the one to scratch the itch?

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You’ll be able to voice chat, join clans, and participate in PVP raids, along with all the other MMORPG goodness. If you are intrigued, you can check this one out right now in the Singapore, Hong Kong, and Philippines App Stores. We have a guide on how to download soft launch games if you don’t know. We also have a forum thread where you can chat about the game with other folks.

Philippines iTunes Link: Lineage2 Revolution

‘Lowlander 2: Lowerlander’ Soft Launches in New Zealand and the Philippines

‘Lowlander 2: Lowerlander’ Soft Launches in New Zealand and the Philippines

Hello, friends. Do you like Ultima? I’ll only accept two answers to that question: (1) Heck yes, fool!, or (2) What even is that, you crusty old relic of a games writer? Well, whichever answer you selected, you’ll want to keep your ears to the ground for the surely-impending release of Lowlander 2: Lowerlander, the amazingly-named sequel to the 2015 Lord British-approved Ultima tribute Lowlander [$ 1.99]. The game has just launched in the New Zealand and Philippines App Stores, and could arrive in the rest of the world as soon as next week.

Lowlander has a decidedly vintage feel to it, coming off like the first couple of games in the Ultima series more than anything else. There are some modern niceties, however, and the game really does feel well-suited to the mobile platform. I absolutely adored the game when I reviewed it back in the day, but felt that a sequel could really deliver something special. I guess we’ll know soon enough, eh? Even in the original game, the sense of exploration and discovery was excellent. I can’t wait to see what new adventures await in this one.

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The developer, Flat Black Films, stopped by the forum thread for Lowlander 2: Lowerlander and mentioned that if everything goes well, we might be seeing the game go into wide release next week. It looks to be a paid game with no IAP, just like the original. So cross your fingers and hope nothing goes wrong in the next few days so we can all look forward to spending next weekend partying like it’s 1982.

‘LEGO Quest & Collect’ Has Soft Launched, Brings Along Plenty of Ways to Play

‘LEGO Quest & Collect’ Has Soft Launched, Brings Along Plenty of Ways to Play

I’ve been a LEGO fan for pretty much as long as I can remember, so I get excited for every LEGO game that comes out (though, usually, only briefly). Today, another LEGO game has popped up on the App Store, although only if you are in the Philippines. LEGO Quest & Collect lets you build your own collection of LEGO Minifigures and playsets from all kinds of product lines, including Ninjago, Castle, Pirates, Minifigures, and more. There’s more to the game than just collecting and building; you can also complete in squad-based combat against bosses controlled by The Mad Creator.

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LEGO Quest & Collect also includes 3 Vs 3 PvP battles, daily dungeons, and plenty of other content, as is usually the case with LEGO games. I like the collecting part of the game (I’ve always wanted the LEGO Castles), but it looks like there’s plenty for players to do. If you have a Philippines App Store account, you can go check the game out now. And if you don’t have one, use our guide to make one. If you’re an Android player, you can grab the game here. And, of course, check our forum thread on the game as well.