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Pokemon GO Will Finally Add PvP and Legendaries

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Stock up on Pokeballs and Super Potions, because starting this summer, Pokemon GO players can catch legendary Pokemon (colloquially known as legendaries) and participate in PvP battles.

The Brazillian newspaper O Globo recently interviewed Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at Niantic, Mathieu de Fayet, and he had some choice words regarding the future of Pokemon GO.

“Pokemon GO has been downloaded 650 million times, but now it has 65 million active players. How do you keep players interested in the game? Due to the large success of the game, we had to delay some planned innovations. Right now we are working on some that are due to hit this summer (in the northern hemisphere), such as giving more value to the choice of the teams, releasing Legendary Pokemon and introducing PvP. One thing we learned with Ingress is that the game can sustain itself if we are able to create social interactions among players, and we are working on that.” This quote was translated by Go Nintendo.

PvP battles and legendaries have been staples of the Pokemon franchise since 1996 and were touted in the Pokemon GO announcement trailer. However, these features have yet to be implemented. While some players would argue that the game’s gyms are a form of PvP, they lack the 6v6 layout of traditional Pokemon battles. Furthermore, gym Pokemon are controlled by an AI and not by a live person. PvP battles might finally encourage Pokemon GO players to actively seek out fellow players.

Legendaries, on the other hand, are badges of honor among Pokemon gamers. These Pokemon are some of the most sought after in the franchise due to their rarity, low catch rates, and powerful stats. The addition of these powerful creatures will inspire more people to play Pokemon GO and could bring back gamers who stopped playing.

De Fayet’s vague statement that Niantic will soon add “more value to the choice of the teams” could mean just about anything. This “value” could consist of character customization options unique to each team or rare Pokemon that gather around gyms and are only visible to the the team that controls the gym. For all we know, team loyalties might eventually determine how frequently gamers encounter certain Pokemon or if trainers encounter them at all; I would not be surprised if Moltres can only be caught  by members of Team Valor, which admittedly would encourage trading once that feature is implemented.

While no official date was given, “this summer” implies these features will be added between Wednesday, June 21st and Friday, September 22nd. Unless, of course, some bug or glitch prevents the features from working as intended, as is usually the case in these kinds of games. Regardless, the promise of PvP and legendaries alone will increase the Pokemon GO player base.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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