Split-screen racing, trucks and a dirt track highlight NASCAR’s video game encore

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Split-screen racing, trucks and a dirt track highlight NASCAR’s video game encore

NASCAR Heat 2, which we previewed here right before E3, returns in September with the “other two” national series in stock-car racing, the Xfinity Series and Camping World Trucks Series. By itself that will add some depth to what was a rather spartan career mode last year. And another feature that should lengthen Heat 2’s replay value is the addition of split-screen racing.

You can get a look at the trucks and the split-screen driving in this developer diary from Monster Games. Studio head Richard Garcia explains that the last-minute implementation of stage-format racing in NASCAR caused quite an emergency in his shop, requiring about 300,000 lines of code to be ditched and rewritten. The good news: It means caution flags can be restored to online racing, another big community request.

Pokémon Go’s first legendary Pokémon, revealed

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Pokémon Go’s first legendary Pokémon, revealed

The first legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go is Lugia, as revealed at Pokémon Go Fest today. But a second one is heading to the game soon as well: Articuno.

While players worldwide have a chance to catch the second generation monster during a special Raid Battle, all attendees will receive Lugia in their accounts without any need to battle the Pokémon. Consider this another form of compensation for all the technical issues at the event today.

Pokémon Go Fest attendees get apology gift after sever issues

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Pokémon Go Fest attendees get apology gift after sever issues

Pokémon Go Fest attendees will receive compensation for the event's widespread connection problems. Mike Quigley, CMO of Niantic, confirmed during the Chicago event's live stage show that all registered visitors would receive PokéCoins, the game's currency, as well as full refunds for their festival tickets.

Every player will be gifted $100 worth of PokéCoins at a later date. Attendees are advised to keep an eye on their email to find our more about when and how to claim their free cash.

Watch Pokémon Go Fest here

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Watch Pokémon Go Fest here

Niantic’s first daylong, outdoor Pokémon Go event is happening right now in Chicago’s Grant Park. For those who can’t make it out there — whether it’s because they’re out of state, live in another country entirely or just don’t want to deal with the weather — the developer has a solution: It’s streaming live from the Pokémon Go Fest grounds throughout the day.

Watch the official livestream above for a ton of “event action” from Pokémon Go Fest. Expect some gym battles, special Pokémon sightings and tons of updates on the various global challenges happening throughout the day. We’ll also likely get a look at Pokémon Go’s first legendary Pokémon, assuming players manage to unlock it.

The Punisher’s new trailer shows off the most violent, graphic Marvel show yet

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The Punisher’s new trailer shows off the most violent, graphic Marvel show yet

A new trailer for Netflix’s The Punisher, shown tonight at the San Diego Comic-Con, is quite a departure from Marvel’s other high-profile superhero shows.

The teaser trailer shows Frank Castle, played by Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead), on a violent romp through the Americas. In one scene he’s taking out bikers in Alabama In New York City he strangles a man in an airport bathroom. Later, in Juarez, Mexico we see him assassinate the leader of a drug cartel while he’s having sex.

Sonic returns to comics in 2018 with new publisher

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Sonic returns to comics in 2018 with new publisher

Sonic the Hedgehog won’t be out of comic books for long — Sega is partnering with IDW Publishing to bring the speedy blue furball back to comics in 2018, the companies announced today during San Diego Comic-Con.

It sounds like they’re just getting started; Sega said in a news release that “creative teams are currently being formed.”

Middle-earth: Shadow of War trailer asks if Shelob is friend or foe

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War trailer asks if Shelob is friend or foe

Shelob, the fearsome giant spider who nearly kills both Frodo and Sam in The Lord of the Rings, appears to be a major character in Monolith Productions’ Middle-earth: Shadow of War, according to a new trailer.

The trailer, which debuted during the San Diego Comic-Con panel for Shadow of War, introduces Shelob — but she only appears as her spider self briefly at the beginning and end. Instead, Monolith has given the deadly arachnid a human form: a beautiful woman in a black dress.

Steven Universe: Save the Light adds a fan favorite to the cast — and a totally new character

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Steven Universe: Save the Light adds a fan favorite to the cast — and a totally new character

The charming role-playing game Steven Universe: Save the Light is heading to consoles later this year, and a new trailer from San Diego Comic-Con gives fans another reason to get pumped for it. Joining the playable roster is one of the Cartoon Network show’s most endearing characters: Peridot, the tiny green Crystal Gem with snark for days.

The video above gives us a peek at how developer Grumpyface Studio translated the fiery character to Save the Light for her debut video game appearance. But Peridot isn’t the only Gem of her kind to appear in the game. There’s also Squaridot, another Gem who’s totally new and exclusive to this title. She works alongside the villain of Save the Light, who we have yet to see in action.