Pokemon Go Hoenn Event Announced, Features Gen 3 Pokemon And Legendaries

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Pokemon Go Hoenn Event Announced, Features Gen 3 Pokemon And Legendaries

Pokemon Go's ongoing Adventure Sync Hatchathon may be coming to an end soon, but a new event is set to kick off immediately afterward. Beginning January 15, Niantic will hold a two-week-long celebration of the Hoenn region, featuring a ton of Pokemon originally from Ruby and Sapphire.

Throughout the event, Gen 3 Pokemon such as Numel, Zigzagoon, and Taillow will spawn much more frequently in the wild. On top of that, players will have a chance to encounter Shiny forms of Zigzagoon and Taillow, while any Shroomish that evolve into Breloom during the event will know the Grass-type attack Grass Knot.

Raid Battles will also feature Gen 3 Pokemon, including the Legendaries Groudon and Kyogre. Gen 3 Pokemon will be much more likely to hatch from 7 km Eggs during the event as well. There will also be new Field Research tasks themed around Gen 3 Pokemon.

Steam Outlines Plan For Improvements In 2019

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Valve has announced its plans for Steam in 2019 and beyond. The PC game store isn't ready to reveal the exact details behind each upcoming change, but it has announced enough to give us a basic idea of what to expect in the future.

The biggest planned change seems to be for game discoverability on the Steam Store. "We're working on a new recommendation engine powered by machine-learning, that can match players to games based on their individual tastes," Steam revealed in a blog post. The post went on to add that discovery algorithms would only be a part of the new process for recommending games to players. New "broadcasting and curating features" are under development as well.

Steam also announced plans for upgrading its events system, so that players would be able to more easily discover "interesting activities" associated to the games they play, such as tournaments or streams. Expansions and changes to both Steam Library and Steam TV are in the works as well.

Super Bowl 53 Will Use Augmented Reality, 115 Total Cameras

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Super Bowl LIII is coming up soon, and now CBS--which is GameSpot's parent company--has announced some of the technological advancements it is planning to broadcast this year's big game.

Perhaps the most exciting advancement is the use of "augmented reality graphics." In a first for a live sporting event broadcast, Super Bowl LIII will have camera operators working with a "live, wireless handheld camera" that will show augmented reality graphics, as well as "up-close camera tracking" on the field.

This promises to deliver new perspectives and angles, as well as field-level views.

Here's When Fortnite's Glider Redeploy Update Drops

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Like clockwork, Epic has another update lined up for its hit battle royale game, Fortnite. The developer confirmed that this week's 7.20 patch is set to arrive on all platforms--PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, and mobile devices--on Tuesday, January 15, and it's bringing back a controversial gameplay element from Season 6: redeployable gliders.

Downtime for the update is scheduled to begin at 2 AM PT / 5 AM ET / 10 AM GMT. Epic hasn't estimated how long this downtime will last, but once servers are back up, redeployable gliders will return to Battle Royale mode--although this time they'll function a little differently than before.

When Epic first tested the redeploy mechanic last fall, players were able to open up their glider again and hang glide during a match if they were at least three stories in the air. This time around, however, the Glider Redeploy will be itemized, meaning it'll take up a slot in your inventory and can be found as loot in chests, vending machines, and supply llamas.

Resident Evil 2 Remake Brings Back Tofu Mode

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Capcom has announced that the remake of Resident Evil 2 will see the return of both The 4th Survivor and The Tofu Survivor bonus modes. Both come included in the game at launch, but you'll need to unlock them.

The 4th Survivor mode allows you to play as Umbrella Security Service special Agent HUNK, the fourth person to survive the events of Raccoon City, in a standalone canon story. Meanwhile, The Tofu Survivor puts you in control of a person-sized piece of tofu. This story, unfortunately, is not canon. It is, however, much harder to complete, as the piece of tofu can only carry and use a combat knife, two green herbs, and one blue herb.

Survive Raccoon City as the Grim Reaper and… a block of tofu?
Unlockable bonus modes make their return in Resident Evil 2 with The 4th Survivor and The Tofu Survivor, included with #RE2 at launch on January 25! pic.twitter.com/NR75CQlECX

Another PS4 Game Now Supports Cross-Play

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Rocket League is now the second PS4 game to support cross-play with other consoles. Developer Psyonix announced that its hit vehicular soccer game has joined Sony's cross-play beta program, allowing players on PS4 to be matched up with those on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

According to Psyonix, cross-play will be enabled on PS4 by default, although players will be able to opt in or out of it by going to the Options menu and checking the Cross-Platform Play box in the Gameplay tab. When on, it will allow PS4 users to be randomly matched up with or against players on other platforms in Casual, Competitive, and Extra Modes.

Additionally, Psyonix says that it will implement a cross-platform party system in an upcoming update. More details about that will be shared "soon," but the feature will allow players to "partner up with friends on any platform with the push of a few buttons." In the meantime, players are able to create or join Private Matches with friends on other platforms.

Uncharted Movie Signs 10 Cloverfield Lane Director

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10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg has been tapped to helm the Sony Pictures adaptation of Uncharted, Variety reports. This comes following reports late last year that the film adaptation had lost director Shawn Levy due to scheduling conflicts with another game adaptation, Free Guy.

Tom Holland (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War) is still set to star as a young Nathan Drake, and will detail his first encounter with his thieving mentor, "Sully" Sullivan. The production date hasn't been nailed down, however, as Sony is organizing it around Holland's press tour for Spider-Man: Far From Home. It hopes to start production this year.

Trachtenberg gained notoriety for 2016's 10 Cloverfield Lane, a thriller filled with mostly human drama that tied tangentially into the universe created by the cult horror film Cloverfield. It was the first such experiment with using the franchise name for spin-off stories, a strategy that didn't work out as well with last year's The Cloverfield Paradox. He is also known for having shot his own fan film for Portal, and for having directed an episode of Black Mirror.

Young Justice: A Beginner's Guide To The DC Comic And Cartoon

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Young Justice: A Beginner's Guide To The DC Comic And Cartoon

Chances are, the name Young Justice has come up in your life from some corner of pop culture, but with not one but two major returns for the brand dropping this month, the specifics can be a bit confusing. There's the cartoon, Young Justice: Outsiders, the third season of the cult classic that's been six years in the making, and there's the new Young Justice #1, a comic reviving a long defunct superhero team that was shelved back in the early 2000s.

To make matters even weirder, the two properties actually have nothing to do with one another. Sort of. Almost. Look, it's complicated--but don't worry, we're here to help.

Here is your beginners guide to the world of Young Justice, and a look into what makes both versions of the story well worth your time.

Battlefield 5's Second Free DLC, Lightning Strikes, Launches Tomorrow

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Battlefield V's second free DLC expansion is almost here. Developer DICE is rolling out the first wave of Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes on PS4, Xbox One, and PC this Tuesday, January 15, bringing new modes, weapons, and other content to the World War II shooter.

First, the update will introduce Squad Conquest, which DICE describes as "an intense version of Conquest that enables more tactical gameplay." In this mode, two teams of eight players--each of which is further divided up into two four-person squads--can do battle on "smaller, more tactical" versions of the Arras, Rotterdam, and Hamada maps.

On top of that, DICE is adding four new weapons to the game. These can be unlocked by completing Weekly Challenges in January and February. The four weapons are as follows: