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Pokemon GO Will Soon Be Unplayable on Older iPhones and iPads

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Niantic giveth, and Niantic taketh away. The company has dropped the bombshell that Pokemon GO will no longer run on certain Apple devices.

According to the official Pokemon GO site, a future update will end support for Apple smartphones and tablets that can’t upgrade to iOS 11, including the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad 2, iPad (4th and 5th generations), and the first iPad mini.

“This change is a result of improvements to Pokemon GO that push the application beyond the capabilities of the operating systems on such devices,” the Niantic announcement reads. “This change will take effect on 02/28/2018. After that date, Trainers using affected devices may no longer be able to access their Pokemon GO accounts from that device, or use their PokeCoins or other items in their Bags.”

Late last December, Niantic revealed AR+, a special mode that lets players view Pokemon in real time and walk up to them for a sense of scale. AR+ is (currently) exclusive to the iPhone 6s and newer phones with iOS 11, as the mode is dependent the ARKit framework built into iOS 11. Since Android devices didn’t receive the update that included AR+ and because Niantic hasn’t announced any discontinued support for Android smartphones or tablets, the code that enables AR+ is the most likely cause of the discontinued support.

 

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While trainers have until late February to either update their Apple devices (or buy new ones), the announcement raises an interesting question: what will happen if Niantic introduces AR+ (or something similar) to the Android version of Pokemon GO? Will Niantic discontinue support for certain tablets and smartphones, or will the company discover a workaround that prevents the game from exceeding the capabilities of older operating systems? Of course, this problem is completely dependent on Niantic porting AR+ to Android devices, but that is no guarantee Pokemon GO will always run on every Android smartphone or tablet. Only time will tell if (or when) Niantic will stop supporting older Android or other Apple devices.

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EA and Square Enix Encounter Leap Year Issues

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For individuals who may not recall, the Year 2000 Problem, commonly referred to as the Y2K scare, was a thrilling period of chaos experienced in the late 90s. There was widespread concern about a potential catastrophic computing disaster due to discrepancies in dating systems. Today, we had the opportunity to experience some unexpected events as EA and Square Enix faced technical difficulties due to the leap year, causing their games to be temporarily unplayable.

Players of EA’s Sports WRC encountered a problem on the 29th where they couldn’t start the game because of a timezone glitch. The issue was promptly fixed, but users had to adjust their system settings for the next day to play. Meanwhile, Square Enix is facing challenges, with the problem only impacting Nintendo players and not PlayStation users. The Theatrythm Final Bar Line failing to start up ruined the release of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

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It seems like these problems have been addressed based on our observations, highlighting how minor details can surprise you unexpectedly. Were there any scheduling conflicts related to the leap year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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New Heavy Armor Appears to be on the Way with Helldivers 2 Mech Gameplay Leaks

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In Helldivers 2, players will find themselves in need of additional firepower to spread freedom across the galaxy. Arrowhead Game Studios announced that armored mechs will be included in the game for free shortly after its release. Leaked gameplay footage on social media suggests that heavy armor support is on its way.

IGN showcased a few clips, with the first one being shared by Redditor fozzye18, featuring a Helldiver piloting a mech equipped with what appears to be twin-linked autocannons. It’s important to note that in another clip shared by Redditor Klyka, we witness a mech equipped with a gatling gun and rockets, hinting at the possibility of various strategy versions for these machines.

A clip from TikTok ponders the possibility of a different outcome at the famous Malevelon Creek, where the Helldivers community faced a significant defeat against the Socialist Automatons.

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Any idea when these much-needed mechs will make their way to the battlefield? What armament configurations would you prefer to see? Feel free to suggest a flamethrower-armed melee assault variant in the comments. segment provided

 

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Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown will mandate an internet connection on the PS5

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To fully experience Nacon’s upcoming social racer Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown, an Internet connection is required. The new trailer reveals the off-road areas of Hong Kong Island, highlighting the diverse experiences offered in the upcoming game. It also emphasizes the MMO features that have been integral to the franchise.

“While driving, there are always other players surrounding you, which brings the city to life,” a press release discloses. “In Test Drive Unlimited, players can immerse themselves in the world of cars through interactions at dealerships and workshops, discussing future purchases, dream cars, and customization options.”

Undoubtedly, there is a trade-off with the need for a constant online connection to support various social features such as leaderboards, races, inventories, moderation, live events, anti-cheat measures, and the overall game experience. You need an Internet connection to play Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown.

As expected for an online-focused game, players will need to rely on Nacon’s servers and PSN.

Nevertheless, it appears that the racing game is making significant progress. In a recent development update, the team highlighted their ongoing efforts to enhance the particle effects for off-road gameplay. They are currently facing challenges in recreating the expansive dust clouds seen in their WRC games within a shared-world sandbox environment. “We are currently in the process of integrating and optimizing these effects,” it concedes. “It is a crucial aspect of off-road immersion, yet it also demands a lot of resources and performance.”

It appears that the game is nearing its final stages. The team is taking their time to guarantee that Test Drive Unlimited: Solar Crown provides a seamless, stable, and enjoyable experience for players. It has been brought to our attention that we need to ensure the game meets your expectations before release. We are currently focused on improving various aspects, such as enhancing server stability and optimizing the game’s performance.

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