Pokemon: New Free Items Available Now In Ultra Sun And Moon

The Year of Legendary Pokemon may have ended, but The Pokemon Company has another free gift in store for fans. For a limited time, anyone with a copy of Pokemon Sun and Moon or Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon can receive a bundle of Berries for free via Mystery Gift.

The bundle consists of five different types of Berries: Enigma, Micle, Custap, Jaboca, and Rowap. You’ll receive 12 of each variety as part of the gift, which you can then equip to a Pokemon for use in battle or plant in Isle Aplenny of the Poke Pelago in order to grow more.

What makes these particular Berries special is that they can’t otherwise be obtained in Sun and Moon or their Ultra counterparts, making this your first opportunity to get your hands on them in the seventh-generation titles. You can read about the effect each one has when it’s equipped to a Pokemon below:

  • Enigma Berry: Restores some HP after being hit by a super-effective attack
  • Micle Berry: Raises accuracy one time when your Pokemon is in a pinch
  • Custap Berry: Allows your Pokemon to move first one time when in a pinch
  • Jaboca Berry: Opponent also takes damage when your Pokemon is hit with a physical attack
  • Rowap Berry: Opponent also takes damage when your Pokemon is hit with a special attack
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To claim the Berries, you’ll first need to select Mystery Gift from your game’s main menu. Choose the option to receive your gift via the internet, and the Berries will be downloaded into your game. You’ll then need to pick them up from the deliveryman waiting inside any Pokemon Center.

A new Pokemon RPG is slated to release for Nintendo Switch this year. Unlike Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee, which were designed to be more welcoming to newer and younger players, The Pokemon Company says this year’s title will be a “core” installment, although few details have been announced beyond that. You can read everything we know about Pokemon for Switch here.

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You Can Actually Pause Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

In June 2018, From Software announced that its upcoming Souls-like action RPG, titled Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, would not have online multiplayer. The developer has now further clarified that, because Sekiro lacks this feature, it will allow you to pause your game.

With the exception of Dark Souls Remastered on Switch, no From Software Soulsborne game has allowed players to pause wherever they want since Demon Souls. For anyone who might think this will make Sekiro somehow easier in comparison to Dark Souls III or Bloodborne, don’t worry. Sekiro is just as hard, if not much harder, than its predecessors. In an interview with Game Informer, From Software revealed that, without the option for online play, every environment and boss has been specifically catered to providing a challenging experience for a single person.

“When creating these playspaces, we don’t have to take into consideration how players will operate with one another in these maps, or how they may exploit the playspace by cooperating or something like this,” From Software marketing and communications manager Yasuhiro Kitao said. “So it allows us, again, to hone in on the player experience, and really capitalize on that lack of restriction that comes with creating a multiplayer-based game, and let our imagination run wild in these places.”

Just because Sekiro is abandoning the online features of previous Soulsborne games–such as leaving notes, teaming up with other players, and invading–doesn’t mean From Software is done with them entirely. “Of course, we at From, we love those online elements,” Kitao said. “We love to create our own characters just as much as everyone else. We hope players are looking forward to something in the future where we might go back to that, but for now, Sekiro is very much its own thing.” From Software hasn’t yet announced what the future past Sekiro might be, but the company has revealed that it is already working on two unannounced games. There’s a chance that one might be an Armored Core sequel.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice releases for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on March 22. The standard version of the game releases alongside a Collector’s Edition, both of which are available for pre-order.

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Sony Buys Company Behind Tool Used In Hundreds Of Games, But It Won’t Go PS4-Only

Sony Interactive Entertainment has acquired Audiokinetic, the creators of Wave Works Interactive Sound Engine (Wwise). Wwise is a piece of software specifically tailored for audio design in video games and other interactive media, and it’s been used by dozens of both triple-A and indie developers in hundreds of games.

“A rich and all-encompassing audio experience is increasingly critical to the overall gameplay experience, further enhancing immersion and emotion for the player,” said Sony Interactive president and CEO John Kodera. “Audiokinetic is a preeminent provider of audio solutions for the gaming industry, and we are confident that this acquisition will allow us to further grow the PlayStation platform and contribute to the broader gaming industry.”

The acquisition is expected to close by the end of January, but Audiokinectic will continue to operate on its own. “It’s our goal to support Audiokinetic’s efforts to advance its audio technology while maintaining independence and platform neutrality,” Kodera said.

Wwise has been used by developers for pretty much every system platform for the past two generations, including Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Switch, PC, and mobile devices. Games that have used Wwise include several mainline Assassin’s Creed games, BioShock Infinite, Rocket League, Destiny, Firewatch, Alien Isolation, Monster Hunter World, Overwatch, PUBG, Nier: Automata, and many more.

Sony’s PS4 had a fairly good year in 2018. The console continues to support some of the best first-party exclusives on the market–some of which are on sale right now. However, Sony made a few missteps with the console as well. The company stubbornly refused to reverse its position on cross-platform play with Xbox One and Switch until finally relenting with the success of Fortnite. PlayStation Now’s potential continues to remain unfulfilled, and PlayStation Classic pales in comparison to what Nintendo delivered with its NES and SNES Classic consoles. Sony’s acquisition of Audiokinectic suggests the company is looking for new avenues to improve its products, which points to a more promising future for whatever comes after PS4.

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Overwatch Update Kicks Off New Event All About Ana

Overwatch is launching a new update that packs in a limited-time event, with some special rewards for the taking. The event is based on the new short story Bastet, which Blizzard published recently. Ana’s Bastet Challenge kicks off today, January 8, and will last through January 21.

During the event dates, scoring wins will earn you special new cosmetics on top of your usual rewards. You can earn a player icon (win 3 games), a victory pose (win 6 games), and an epic Bastet Ana skin (win 9 games). On top of that, watching promoted Twitch streamers during the event can net you five Ana’s Bastet Challenge sprays. Check out the official blog for more details.

The update also includes skins for the Overwatch League. You can snag a Hero skin for the Atlanta Reign, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Vancouver Titans, and Washington Justice. You can get each one for 100 OWL tokens, which includes both the home and away outfits. The 2019 season will kick off on February 14.

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The Bastet short story also made waves in the fan community for confirming that Soldier 76 identifies as gay, due to a revealing dialogue exchange with Ana about a past relationship. This makes him the second queer character in Overwatch fiction, in addition to Tracer.

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The Game Of Thrones Prequel Adds 8 To Its Cast And Finds A Director

The Game of Thrones prequel still doesn’t have a proper name, but its cast is getting bigger. The show, which will star Naomi Watts and Josh Whitehouse in leading roles, has added eight more names to its roster of stars.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the newly revealed cast includes Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IX), Toby Regbo (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Denise Gough (Angels in America), Ivanno Jeremiah (Black Mirror), Jamie Campbell Bower (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), and Alex Sharp (To the Bone). Much like everything else about the series, all character details are a tightly held secret.

What we do know is that the new show is set long before the events of Game of Thrones. A logline, per THR, reads “Only one thing is for sure: From the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend–it’s not the story we think we know.”

George R.R. Martin, who wrote the novels the franchise is based on, teased on his blog that the prequel would be called The Long Night. He later noted that HBO says a name has not been given to the series. In Game of Thrones lore, the Long Night refers to a time roughly 8,000 years before the events of the series during the Age of Heroes. It’s during this time that the White Walkers make their first appearance in Westeros in the middle of a particularly brutal winter.

Directing the pilot episode for the series will be SJ Clarkson, who is also signed on to helm the next Star Trek film. Clarkson has an impressive TV resume, that includes directing episodes of Orange Is the New Black, Jessica Jones, Bates Motel, and Dexter, among others.

Jane Goldman, who wrote the pilot script and collaborated with Martin on the story, will serve as showrunner on the prequel. A production start date has yet to be revealed, though THR says more casting announcements should be announced at a later date. The final season of Game of Thrones will premiere in April.

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PS4’s Massive Holiday Sale Adds More Games But Ends Soon, So Hurry

The holidays have come and gone, but Sony’s PSN Holiday SaIe is still going strong. At long last, we’ve reached the fifth and final week of this promotion, which offers discounts on over 1,600 games, expansions, and digital items for PS4, PS3, and Vita (and PS Plus members get an extra discount on many of the items). So take a look at some of the best deals available. Just make sure to finalize your purchases before the discounts go away on January 15.

So what’s on sale? It might be easier to list what isn’t, but let’s look at some of the highlights. New discounts this week include $15 for Yakuza Kiwami, a remake of the first game in the series, which originally appeared on PS2 in 2006. And if you still have a PS Vita, you can grab what’s arguably its best game, Persona 4 Golden, for just $10.

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Aside from that, you can get PS4 exclusives like Bloodborne for $7, Shadow of the Colossus for $14, and The Last Guardian for $11. Both Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End can be scooped up for $16 each. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, a standalone coda to the series that focuses on characters besides Nathan Drake, is down to $8. And for longtime PlayStation fans, each installment in the Jak trilogy is available for $6.

Many third-party heavy hitters are on sale for fantastic prices as well. Grand Theft Auto V is down to its lowest-ever price at $15. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is on sale for $18, and the content-rich game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition is $20. You can find a somewhat exhaustive list of our picks below, or you can head to the PlayStation Store to find a fully exhaustive list of every item on sale until January 15.

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Destiny 2’s Community Is Trying To Solve A Huge Puzzle To Open The Last Forge

Destiny 2‘s latest weekly reset includes new content, and right now, pretty much every hardcore player in the Destiny community is trying to figure out how to access it. Teams are currently investigating a new location called Niobe Labs, where they’re trying to solve an involved puzzle that requires having certain weapons to find hidden symbols, which players have to shoot in a particular order to activate.

Niobe Labs is set to unlock the last new activity of The Black Armory, the latest Destiny 2 expansion. That’s the Bergusia Forge, the fourth and final of the Forge areas where you can craft new, powerful weapons as part of the expansion. Over the last month since the expansion launched, the community has been uncovering and solving puzzles related to the Forges, each requiring a different weapon that’s become available as each new Forge has been unlocked.

With the release of Niobe Labs, it seems we’re dealing with the culmination of all those puzzle-solving efforts, and teams are currently standing in the special room trying to figure out what exactly they have to do in it. On Twitter, Bungie said once one team figures out Niobe Labs, the Bergusia Forge will be unlocked for the rest of the player base–kind of like what happened when new content unlocked after the first successful completion of the Last Wish Raid in the Forsaken expansion late last year.

You can access Niobe Labs and try to solve it yourself if you want, although unless you’re following the progress of the rest of the Destiny community on streams and Reddit, you’ll probably be wasting your time. The room is located in Earth’s EDZ, in the Outskirts area.

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As you enter the Outskirts, head south past where the Forge Saboteurs sometimes spawn and cross the bridge toward Sojourner’s Camp. Pass through the camp area (you’ll have visited here during Destiny 2’s original story campaign) and look for a broken metal bridge at the far end. You can cross that bridge to access a gorge, which will lead you to a cave through which you can pass to access the hidden facility beyond.

Streamers like Teawrex, Datto, and Professor Broman are currently broadcasting attempts at solving the puzzle, and progress is being made, at least. You can also track the progress of the efforts on the Destiny 2 subreddit. For those of us who can’t add our genius to figuring out the Black Armory’s final brainteaser, watching and waiting is about all there is to do.

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Because It Isn’t “Outstanding” Yet, Tropico 6’s Release Delayed

Tropico 6 will not be available on PC later this month, as previously announced. In a frank message, developer Kalypso Media Group’s owner, Simon Hellwig, announced a delay for the upcoming strategy game, explaining that it isn’t yet great.

“Over the holidays, I have played Tropico 6 for many hours and really liked what I saw,” he said in an open letter on Kalypso’s website. “But, in my humble opinion, it is not enough to like a game–I want to love it! And Tropico 6 is good, but not very good, or outstanding. Yet.

“Combining my own opinion and the response we had from thousands of dedicated beta players around the world, Kalypso has decided to postpone the release of the game for another couple of months to March 29, 2019.”

Hellwig said the extra time will be used to introduce more requests the developer has received from the community. “But we cannot do this overnight, and want to present the best possible Tropico experience to the fans of the franchise,” he said. “Features like pathfinding, a challenging multiplayer and the comprehensive simulation not only of each individual Tropican, but of the whole economy, are already implemented well, but could benefit from more balancing, testing and enhancement to meet our very high quality standards for Tropico 6.”

Hellwig went on to apologize to fans, though he did offer some good news to make up for the delay. Those who pre-order the game by a deadline on January 10 through certain digital platforms (including Steam and Kalypso’s own store) will get the game’s first DLC pack for free. That content is due out sometime in the second quarter of 2019.

Tropico 6 introduces some brand-new features to the series, such as the ability to play across archipelagos; you can even connect the various islands using bridges. As seen in a previous trailer, you can also steal well-known landmarks from around the world, such as the Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. In addition to the PC release now coming in March, PS4 and Xbox One versions are on the way later in the year.

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Marvel Boss Is Totally Cool About Aquaman’s Success And James Gunn Working For DC

Although Avengers: Infinity War was the most commercially successful superhero movie of 2018, DC’s Aquaman has, in just a few weeks, become one of the biggest comic book movies of recent years. However, it seems Marvel boss Kevin Feige is totally cool with that.

In a recent interview with MTV, Feige revealed that he was a DC fan and was happy about its success. “I went to see Aquaman last night and I really, really enjoyed it,” he said. “I’ve always supported [DC movies].”

In addition, Feige was asked about the fact that James Gunn, who was fired from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and is now working for DC. “I don’t see a rivalry,” he said. “I see cool films being made and one you thing you know about James Gunn, he makes cool films.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was set to start filming this year ahead of a 2020 release. However, Gunn’s dismissal over offensive tweets he made a decade ago has led to the project being put on hold, and no replacement director has been announced so far. In October it was confirmed that Gunn is writing a Suicide Squad reboot for DC.

To date, Aquaman has made more than $943 million worldwide, which makes it biggest movie in the current DC universe and third only to Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises in terms of the studio’s superhero releases. There are several more DC movies in the works–Shazam! and the Joker prequel movie arrive this year, while Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman 1984 are set for release in 2020.

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