Pokémon Go Fest Returns To Chicago This June

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Pokémon Go Fest Returns To Chicago This June

For the third consecutive year, Niantic is holding Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago. From June 13 through 16, trainers are invited to descend upon Chicago's Grant Park to complete in-game challenges, earn rewards, and hopefully catch rare Pokémon. Last year, trainers found Torkoal, Unown, and Celebi had migrated to Chicago for the festival. If the image above gives us an idea of what to expect from this year's spawns, Hippopotas and Pachirisu will be in attendance.

Pokémon Go Fest is just the first leg of Niantic's summer tour, which then heads to Dortmund, Germany for from July 4 to July 7. If you can't attend either festival, global events will be happening at the same time, and all players will be working together for special rewards.

Escaped Chasm Is A New, Small Game From Undertale's Lead Artist

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Escaped Chasm Is A New, Small Game From Undertale's Lead Artist

A lot of people, myself included, tend to unfairly refer to 2015's Undertale as a game made by one person, Toby Fox. One of the the other creators that helped make that game the well-loved classic so popular is Temmie Chang, the game's lead artist. Chang has now released a game of her own with some other developers called Escaped Chasm and you can pay what you want for the game.

The game is a very lo-fi, sad, short story that I don't want to give too much away about. However, you can check out this small trailer/montage below to get a sense of the game before playing it.

You can find the game on itch.io right now and Undertale fans will be pleased to know it features music from Toby Fox. There's a few different endings and the possibility is left open for a sequel or a fuller version of the game in the future, so Escaped Chasm could be an indie hit in its own right someday, too.

Dystopian Comedy Tabletop RPG Paranoia Gets A New Game And Trailer

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Dystopian Comedy Tabletop RPG Paranoia Gets A New Game And Trailer

Remember classic sci-fi tabletop roleplaying game Paranoia? The first edition hit in 1984, which predates me by just a bit, but a lot of my D&D-loving friends spoke highly of Paranoia. It is the perfect game to get swiped up in the 1980s tabletop nostalgia from things like Cyberpunk and it seems we're getting exactly that in the form of a new game titled Paranoia: Happiness is Mandatory.

The game was actually announced a while back, but we got our first real teaser and sense of content today. Check out the trailer below.

The game is published by BigBen Interactive, which is likely best known for the upcoming Lovecraftian horror game The Sinking City. It is being made by Cyanide Studios, probably best known for goblin-lead stealth game Styx: Shards of Darkness. 

Respawn Temporarily Shut Down Apex Legends Servers After Update Resets Progress

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Respawn Temporarily Shut Down Apex Legends Servers After Update Resets Progress

One of the keys to having a successful game as a service is a very reactive team that is willing to isolate problems and attack them as soon as they appear. When it turns out a new update causes a pretty catastrophic error, there isn't much you can do besides close the curtains for a little while and figure out what went wrong, which is exactly what Respawn was forced to do today with Apex Legends.

After introducing a new version 1.1 update today, Respawn intended to do some small bugfixes and introduce some quality-of-life additions to the game. Instead, a bug introduced in the update caused people's entire account progression to wipe. Respawn quickly took down the servers to figure out what was happening and asked players who were still somehow inside the the system to not buy anything while they work on it.

Within a few hours, Respawn fixed and everything that was missing was restored, but it was a pretty scary time for the people who reported missing items, battle passes, and basically everything associated with the account. But now that the update is applied and doesn't, like, remove all your progress, you can now party up with squads you met in matchmaking. So go out there and make some lifelong friends.

First Trailer For Japanese Dragon Quest V Film Focuses On The Journey

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First Trailer For Japanese Dragon Quest V Film Focuses On The Journey

A few months ago, Square Enix revealed that Dragon Quest V will be getting a CG movie treatment in Japanese theaters. Long heralded as one of if not the best game in the series, Dragon Quest V was an obvious pick for a CG movie debut. Titled Dragon Quest: Your Story, the movie seems to closely follow the arc of the game, which shows a child growing up and gaining a family and eventually taking down the dark monsters that have been plaguing the world.

Today we get our first look at the movie, which you can see below.

Interestingly, the movie does not seem to be trying to ape the game's original art at all, which was designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama. Instead, they appear to be going for more of a How to Train Your Dragon kind of look to the characters. It's initially a little surprising, but I think it ends up working.

Action RPG Breach Is Closing Down Alongside Developer QC Games

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Action RPG Breach Is Closing Down Alongside Developer QC Games

Breach, the stylish online action RPG game that has only been in Steam early access for a few months, but it won't be making it any further. The developer has revealed today that they will be closing down and the game will be shutting down with them.

The news comes from a blog post from developers QC Games, which starts off thanking fans for all their support, but quickly delves into less optimistic topics.

"Unfortunately, today is the last official day for QC Games, as we begin winding down internal operations on Breach," the blog post reads. "We’re sure you have a lot of questions about Breach, your accounts, and the future of the game. Our team is still working on defining what this means for Breach and for our community, and we’ll post an updated article soon with answers to as many questions as we can cover. "

Rumor: Retail Listings Show Persona 5 Switch And Metroid Prime Trilogy

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Rumor: Retail Listings Show Persona 5 Switch And Metroid Prime Trilogy

While retail listings are rarely sacrosanct, they do sometimes let slip information that isn't meant to for be public consumption quite yet, like last year's early E3 courtesy of Wal-Mart Canada. That may or may not be the case with a recent listing leak from retailer Best Buy, which put up pages last night for Persona 5 for Switch, Metroid Prime Trilogy, and a very curious and inexplicable listing for The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

The listings were found in Best Buy's system last night, though some employees we spoke with have suggested they have been there for a week or two and only recently spread onto social media. Images appeared on Twitter of a Best Buy employee terminal using the internal "Core Blue" product information interface, showing Persona 5 for Switch. The associated SKU could be added to the point-of-sale system, the thing connected to the cash register, and ring up as a pre-order. Before long, Metroid Prime Trilogy was also found, and then A Link to the Past, all three featuring generic model numbers that are nonetheless consistent with the way Best Buy presents pre-release games.

The listings were quickly taken down, but not before dozens of screenshots were taken.

Cross-Platform Cloud Saves Let You Play Civilization VI Anywhere

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Cross-Platform Cloud Saves Let You Play Civilization VI Anywhere

Starting now, if you own the Switch and Steam versions of Civilization VI, you can swap your save between the two fairly easily. By signing in to a 2K account on both versions, you can upload and download saves in the cloud between the two versions, thus making the Switch version of Civ VI an even better companion to the PC game than before.

 All you need to do in-game is check a box in the save menu called "multiplatform cloud," save your game, select that option from the same menu on the Switch, and you're on your way.

The Switch version, while perfectly competent, was never going to match the experience of playing Civilization on PC, but being able to – like you would with any Switch game – play at home on PC and take that save with you on the go with your Switch is a cool feature. 

Ubisoft Highlights Division 2 Changes Coming Alongside Tidal Basin Update

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Ubisoft Highlights Division 2 Changes Coming Alongside Tidal Basin Update

The Division 2 gets its first major update this Friday when the Invasion: Battle For D.C. event kicks off. The new endgame content headlining this event includes the introduction of the Tidal Basin stronghold, world tier 5, and the game's first gear sets. The drop also includes some major changes to the underlying game. 

The patch coming alongside the update makes some significant changes to how certain systems work in the game, most notably skill and weapon mods. Since The Division 2 launched, players have been getting skill mods that require impossible skill power ratings given their current overall level. To remedy this problem, Massive has rescaled the entire system to make sure the bonuses you get correlate with the skill power required to equip these mods for your turrets, drones, and other gadgets. When you log in on Friday your jaw may drop when you see how far your skill power rating has dropped, but Massive says when you look through your mod inventory you should be able to equip many more of them than you previously could. 

Massive also revamped the weapon mods across the board, giving them new values that may not be as high, but that also offer way fewer negative drawbacks.

First Joker Trailer Shows A Sympathetic Look At DC's Villain

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First Joker Trailer Shows A Sympathetic Look At DC's Villain

Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for the upcoming standalone Joker movie, which provides a glimpse of how the villain got his start – or at least a glimpse of one origin story.

From the trailer, it looks as though the man who would become Joker (portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix) was at least nudged over the brink after enduring a number of attacks from random strangers. He certainly had some other underlying issues (also shown in the trailer), but it appears that Gotham did its part to develop the villain it ultimately deserved.

Joker is coming to theaters October 4.