Pokemon Nintendo Direct: Start Time, Watch It Here

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Just a few weeks after Nintendo's big February 2019 Direct, the company has announced another presentation, this one focusing entirely on Pokemon. The broadcast will air on the series' anniversary, February 27, and it promises to offer exciting "new information" that fans "don't want to miss."

The presentation is scheduled to begin at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT (1 AM AET on February 28) and will provide "roughly seven minutes of new information." As usual, Nintendo will host the stream on its website, YouTube, and Twitch channels, but you'll also be able to tune in right here on GameSpot via the video below.

As for what we can expect, Nintendo hasn't revealed any details about what will be discussed during the broadcast, although fans are hopeful this will offer our first glimpse at the upcoming core Pokemon RPG for Switch. The Pokemon Company has said the game would be released in the latter half of 2019, and it seems only fitting that it would be unveiled on the day the series first launched in Japan.

Xbox One: Two More Games Added To Backwards Compatible List

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Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb has announced via Twitter that another two titles are now Xbox One backwards compatible. If you happened to own an Xbox 360, you'll probably recognize both as Xbox Live Arcade titles.

The first title, Hydrophobia, is a survival adventure game first released in 2010 for Xbox 360 before making its way onto PC and PS3 the following year. The game takes place on a massive ocean vessel where the wealthy elite can live in comfort while the rest of the world suffers from overpopulation. You play as Kate Wilson, an engineer aboard the vessel who must reluctantly become its savior after a terrorist attack leaves the ship susceptible to flooding. In our Hydrophobia review, we criticized the game's "poor dialogue and voice acting, as well as stereotypical supporting characters" but praised the "impressive" water visuals and "tense atmosphere."

Overwatch's Hero 30 Is Baptiste, Out Now On PTR

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Overwatch's Hero 30 Is Baptiste, Out Now On PTR

Following a tease and then a story trailer, Blizzard has officially taken the wraps off the 30th hero in Overwatch, named Baptiste. As detailed in his origin story, Baptiste is a combat medic who joined the mercenary group Talon due to a lack of other career opportunities, but he abandoned them and has been wandering the world trying to help people ever since.

In Overwatch, that do-gooding involves a variety of experimental equipment and a mixture of solid offense and defensive tools. As a support class, he's great at keeping his allies alive and buffing them at key moments.

Baptiste's primary weapon is the Medic SMG, a three-round burst rifle. His secondary fire is a Biotic Launcher that heals allies near the blast area. His Exo Boots let him jump extra-high by charging first in a crouch. He can trigger a Regenerative Burst that heals himself and nearby allies. His Immortality Field deploys a device that keeps all allies from dying (or dropping below 20% health) for a set time, as long as the device itself isn't destroyed.

Blizzard Would Consider Rotating Overwatch Roster

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Overwatch's new hero, Baptiste, brings the roster up to 30 playable characters. Blizzard doesn't plan to stop developing new characters and has several concepts in the works already. But the studio has toyed with the idea of using tools like hero rotation or bans to help manage the roster if it grows too unwieldy.

"We have a bunch of heroes that we're playing with, a bunch of ideas, a bunch of gameplay concepts," lead hero designer Geoff Goodman said during a Q&A with media attended by GameSpot. "As long as people are playing Overwatch we're looking at adding content to it."

That may eventually lead to a roster that's simply too big to be manageable. Though the company has no immediate plans to implement fixes for this hypothetical problem, it has considered a few options of how it could mitigate such an issue.

Overwatch Roster Could Eventually Get Seasonal Rotation, Hero Bans

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Overwatch's new hero, Baptiste, brings the roster up to 30 playable characters. Blizzard doesn't plan to stop developing new characters and has several concepts in the works already. But the studio has toyed with the idea of using tools like hero rotation or bans to help manage the roster if it grows too unwieldy.

"We have a bunch of heroes that we're playing with, a bunch of ideas, a bunch of gameplay concepts," lead hero designer Geoff Goodman said during a Q&A with media attended by GameSpot. "As long as people are playing Overwatch we're looking at adding content to it."

That may eventually lead to a roster that's simply too big to be manageable. Though the company has no immediate plans to implement fixes for this hypothetical problem, it has considered a few options of how it could mitigate such an issue.

Pokemon Day Nintendo Direct: What Can We Expect?

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Nintendo has announced a new Nintendo Direct focusing on Pokemon. The presentation falls very conspicuously on Pokemon Day, February 27, the annual celebration marking the release of the very first Pokemon game. That paired with the previous announcement that the next big generation of Pokemon is set for release on Nintendo Switch this year means we can expect big things--but maybe not quite everything.

The Nintendo Direct presentation will begin on February 27 at 6 AM PT / 9 AM ET / 2 PM GMT (1 AM AET on February 28). The annnouncement promised "roughly seven minutes of new information." You can watch the stream right here on GameSpot.

Seven minutes isn't much, but Nintendo can pack a lot into a Nintendo Direct presentation. For example, the most recent Nintendo Direct that aired on February 13 was about 35 minutes and covered new information or announcements about roughly 20 games. It was tightly packed, giving less than two minutes apiece to its two biggest announcements: Super Mario Maker 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. By comparison, seven minutes focusing on a single franchise is quite a bit of time.

Jordan Peele's Candyman Now Has Its Titular Character

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Nothing is set in stone just yet, but word around the campfire is that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be taking on the iconic role of Candyman in the 2020 sequel, produced by Jordan Peele.

Abdul-Mateen II is currently in talks to star in the upcoming movie, according to Variety. The actor is most recently known for his portrayal of Black Manta in Aquaman. The movie will be directed by Nia DaCosta, best known for her 2018 film Little Woods.

The next installment of Candyman is not a reboot, but considered more of a spiritual sequel. It will center around the same place as the original film, Cabrini-Green, the notorious Chicago housing project which was widely considered to be one of the most dangerous places in the city during the early '90s. However, since then, the projects have been torn down, and the area has been gentrified. Where the projects once stood is a park, expensive town homes, and a Target. Modern day Cabrini-Green will be the centerpiece for the next movie.

Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 2 Guide (Feb. 26-March 5): Where To Go And What To Do

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Destiny 2 Ascendant Challenge Week 2 Guide (Feb. 26-March 5): Where To Go And What To Do

It's the last week of Destiny 2's Season of the Forge, and everything to do with The Black Armory is done. It's a good time to wrap up loose ends before the Season of the Drifter starts on March 5. There's a triple Infamy event going on for Gambit players, and as always there's also the Dreaming City's Ascendant Challenge for players who still want Powerful gear drops to drive their level up to the Season of the Forge's cap of 650.

This week, the curse has been reset in the Dreaming City, which means the Shattered Throne dungeon is no longer available--a bummer for anybody who needs to finish it to unlock Izanagi's Burden from The Black Armory. It also brings us back to Week 2's challenge, which is available for one more day before Tuesday's weekly reset. Below, you'll find a complete guide on where you need to go and what to do to complete this week's bounty to earn Powerful gear.

Path Of Exile Is Coming To PS4 In March

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The continually evolving Path of Exile will finally see the release of the long-awaited PS4 edition later in March. Intended to be released following the launch of the last expansion, Betrayal, in December, the game was abruptly delayed prior to its planned launch. During a recent chat with Path of Exile's managing director Chris Wilson, he offered an update on the PS4 edition, and why developer Grinding Gear Games chose to delay it.

As it turned out, the developers held back the PS4 release to give it some extra time. According to Wilson, the game was in solid shape, but the team felt it could be improved. Due to the lengthy process to authorize the game for release, the PS4 version will now have its launch in March--final date still pending. At its debut, the newest console release will have all present DLC available, which includes Synthesis.

"It really feels like we're completing the cycle with platforms for Path of Exile," said Wilson. "We wished we could have gotten on consoles earlier, but our resources were pretty limited at the time. Thankfully we were able to get them done. It's been really useful [not releasing the PS4 in December]. It would have been OK to have released it then, but we do want first-impressions to be good and there were certain areas of the game we weren't happy with. We wanted to tighten it up."

New WW2 Strategy Game Offers A Harrowing Look At Poland's Ill-Fated 1944 Uprising

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New WW2 Strategy Game Offers A Harrowing Look At Poland's Ill-Fated 1944 Uprising

World War II was a global tragedy. There was no victory without a substantial defeat of one kind or another, and for countries like Poland that got caught in the crossfire, nearly all was lost before the dust settled. War Saw is an upcoming strategy game that looks at one of the darkest chapters in Poland's WWII story. It won't have a happy ending--developer Pixelated Milk doesn't want to rewrite history. Instead, it wants to shine a light on the heroes that did everything they could to take back their embattled homeland, while also recognizing the ramifications of attempting the impossible.

Pixelated Milk says War Saw will focus on a substantial cast of rebels--heroes that must bear the weight of their plight while simultaneously trying to stand tall in battle. Judging by the short clips and teasers we've seen, combat bears a strong resemblance to Darkest Dungeon--a game the team doesn't shy away from acknowledging as an inspiration. "No coincidences here," they say.

"The art style was chiefly inspired by the works of Mike Mignola and his awesome Hellboy series. One of the goals of the artwork was to reflect the innate seriousness of the topic without compromising the overall visual accessibility, and we felt that drawing upon Mignola’s art would help achieve that."