Alolan Variants Coming To Pokémon Go

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Alolan Variants Coming To Pokémon Go

Just in time to sweat through your Ash Ketchum cosplay, Niantic is releasing a host of new Pokémon into the wild. 

Since its release almost two years ago, Pokémon Go has been steadily releasing new crops of the collectible critters for players to catch. This new batch hails from the Alola region, featured in Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon on the 3DS.

The Alolan variants include some tropical flair; Exeggutor sprouted into a palm tree and grown an extra head, and Raichu learned to surf.

Welcome The Summer 2018 Game Informer Interns

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Welcome The Summer 2018 Game Informer Interns

We know that it's not technically summer, even though things are starting to warm up again outside. That isn't stopping us from calling our next crew of interns the Summer 2018 group – so back off. You'll be seeing their bylines a lot on the site over the coming months, so we want to introduce you to our three latest interns. They'll be covering news, gamer culture, and more as they built up their portfolios.
These three young writers come from a variety of places across the country, but they all have one thing in common: a love of video games. Fortunately, we're kind of into those things, too. We're still getting them acquainted with our site and how we do what we do at Game Informer, but we wanted to give you all a quick introduction before they begin in earnest.

Expect to see plenty of news, features, and more popping up on the website from Jacob Geller, Derek Swinhart, Camden Jones (click their names and get to know them better by reading their introductory blog posts). We're excited to have these fine folks on board, so please extend a warm welcome!

Resident Evil 7 Heading To Switch In Streaming Form In Japan

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Resident Evil 7 Heading To Switch In Streaming Form In Japan

Capcom Japan has announced that Resident Evil 7 (Biohazard 7 in Japan) is being released in that country as a streaming game. The so-called Cloud Version of the horror game runs off a smaller installed app, and gameplay is streamed online from there.

In addition to taking up less space on the Switch's storage, the Cloud Version also gives players a few different options on how to play. After downloading the free app from the Nintendo eShop, players can check out 15 minutes of the game at no cost. Once that time is up, players have the option of paying 2,000 yen (about $18) for a ticket good for 180 days of play. It includes the full version of the game and all of its DLC. 

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The Golf Club 2019 Adds The PGA Tour License

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The Golf Club 2019 Adds The PGA Tour License

HB Studios has announced a significant addition to its Golf Club 2019 title – The PGA Tour license. This means that the August title (PS4, Xbox One, and PC) includes the FedExCup, six licensed courses at launch, and much more.

The game's PGA Tour Career mode starts at the Q School qualifying tournaments, continues through earning your PGA Tour membership via the Web.com Tour, and culminates in the Tour itself, which has the FedExCup Playoffs.

The Tour also contains six real-world TPC courses: Summerlin, Scottsdale, Sawgrass, Southwind, Deere Run, and Boston. The announcement's official press release also mentions that other licensed tournament courses will be added in the future.

Learn The Secrets, Folklore, And History Of The Fatal Frame Series In This Video

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Learn The Secrets, Folklore, And History Of The Fatal Frame Series In This Video

The Fatal Frame series is a relatively obscure horror franchise, but its intruiging mix of horror, folklore, and photography have allowed it to endure with a cult following over the years.

Almost as intriguing as the games themselves, however, are the factoids behind the series. Youtube seires Did You Know Gaming has dug into some of the trivia behind the series, which originally tried to upend a few conventions of the horror genre, has used myths and folklore as the inspiration for some of is mechanics and locations, and even spawned some folklore of its own. It's also courted a bit of controversy.

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Final Fantasy Tactics Director Shares Images of Canceled Sequel

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Final Fantasy Tactics Director Shares Images of Canceled Sequel

Final Fantasy Tactics director Yasumi Matsuno has been stuck in the world of Ivalice for a long time. Many of the games he's been involved with (Tactics, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy XII) have taken place there, and he's currently working on the "Return to Ivalice," content for Final Fantasy XIV. In fact, he's even worked on projects in that world that never saw the light of day.

RPG fan site Nova Crystallis reports that during a recent NicoNico livestream, Matsuno talked about plans for a "Final Fantasy Tactics 2" that series Hironobu Sakaguchi was planning during Vagrant Story's development. The project was planned to be outsourced, but then eventually canceled.

However, Matsuno also had a few screens on hand, which show off not only character art, but how the sequel planned to stick to a 2D but implement on hexagonal grid.

Fanmade Wii U Gaming Coat Is Equal Parts Silly And Great

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Fanmade Wii U Gaming Coat Is Equal Parts Silly And Great

With the Switch basically one-upping the Wii U in almost every way, you're probably not putting too many hours into the console nowadays. But if absolutely need to play Virtual Console games, or need to finally complete Champion's Road in Super Mario 3D World before you can move on, turning an old coat into a portable Wii U center is definitely one option to consider.

Youtuber My Mate Vince has retrofitted a coat of his into an all-in-one portable Wii U destination, which involves a process as invasive and convoluted as you'd imagine. In order to get the Wii U running on the go, Vince had to install a separate power supply (usually used for laptops) and cut a few holes in the interior of the coat and cover them with mesh to let the console's fan breath.

The coat also has a few fun bonuses, including a wireless sensor bar to play Wii games, a pro controller with an attached screen, and a hood-mounted projector so you can play on a big screen any time you happen to be near a wall. We'd like to see the Switch do that!

Treyarch: 'There Was Never' A Black Ops IIII Single-Player Campaign

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Treyarch: 'There Was Never' A Black Ops IIII Single-Player Campaign

With this week's reveal of Black Ops IIII came a reveal that was more of a confirmation: Leaks and rumors had been reporting it would lack a story-based single-player campaign, due to that part of the game not coming together and being scrapped. While we know for sure the first part of that statement is true, the other one, not so much.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Treyarch co-studio head Dan Bunting said it wasn't so much that a campaign was being built and ultimately tossed aside, but more that it was never part of the plan. "Going back to the very beginning of Black Ops 4 development, we never had set out to make a traditional campaign," Bunting said. From the start, the Black Ops IIII set out to make something different that was tailored to the response players had to Black Ops III. Of course, this meant leaning more into the multiplayer offerings, but also experiment with the overall structure of the game. "Throughout the course of development we tried a lot of ideas, a lot of things that challenged convention, that might be a different kind of twist on how we might think of a Call of Duty game in the past, or a Black Ops game in the past," Bunting said. "As we did that, some things make it, some things don't."

To The Moon Getting Animated Film Adaptation

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To The Moon Getting Animated Film Adaptation

To The Moon, a powerful interactive story that made waves back when it released in 2011, is getting an animated feature film.

Kan Gao, the creator of To The Moon, will have a hand in crafting the film's script, as well as the entirety of the creative process. The funding was secured mainly by an unannounced Chinese company with help from Ultron Event Horizon and, according to Gao, this funding is more than for last year's anime hit Your Name. The production company making the film is Japanese but also still under wraps, though Gao says "they're pretty big players" in the animation, and that those familiar the industry will have heard of them.

Although Gao is involved with the film, he will still continue to make games and is already working on his next game, and promises that for fans of his games, "things are going to get pretty weird from here on." You can watch Gao discuss the announcement in depth below.

Overwatch Shows Off Its Latest Map, Petra

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Overwatch Shows Off Its Latest Map, Petra

As part of its upcoming anniversary event (which also includes a few new skins), Overwatch will include a brand new map, Petra.

Overwatch has based several of its maps on real-life cities, and if that's the case with Petra, this map takes us to Southwestern Jordan. It looks like it, too, with remnants of the Nabatean empire embedded deep within dense cliffsides. Of course, this all mixes with Overwatch's cybernetic aesthetic, with computers, a virtual globe, and a traveling tent all set up around the area.

The area seems to revolve around a central hub with a narrow ledge overlooking it, making for some exciting play potential. It then spokes off into various interior hallways that are the hallmark of surprise encounters. If you watch the brief trailer, you'll notice a lack of a payload or capture point, which means this is Deathmatch map.