Celebrate Sonic’s 26th birthday with these rad sneakers

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Celebrate Sonic’s 26th birthday with these rad sneakers

Sonic the Hedgehog turns 26 today, an age accompanied with little fanfare. A Twitter account dedicated to his birthday does have a list of ways to help fans celebrate with Sonic, but these limited-edition sneakers seem like the coolest option.

Japan’s Anippon collaborated with the Sonic the Hedgehog brand to produce these swanky slip-ons, which are modeled after Sonic’s own iconic footwear. Unlike Sonic’s shoes, these have the speedster’s name printed on the heel, to ensure that everyone is well aware of the inspiration behind them.

Take a look inside The Art of Prey

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Take a look inside The Art of Prey

Prey is a game anchored in a remarkable sense of place. In The Art of Prey, a collaboration between developer Arkane Studios and Dark Horse Books, you can explore its creation. The book chronicles the creation of a space station called Talos 1 where terrible things happen as it floats on the far side of the moon.

You don’t have to wait until The Art of Prey’s June 27 release date to peer behind the scenes, though. Thanks to Dark Horse Books, you’ll find several pages below that show everything from grayscale renditions of the game’s characters, environments and mysterious alien plague to the color palettes chosen to set the mood in Talos 1’s art deco-inspired environments.

Pokémon Go’s new gyms award coins faster after complaints

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Pokémon Go’s new gyms award coins faster after complaints

Pokémon Go’s revamped gyms remain a work in progress, as trainers are quickly discovering. It appears that Niantic is keeping an eye on early critiques of the features, though, as the developer has already tweaked how the maligned coin payouts work.

Players found that they were earning far less of the game’s currency, PokéCoins, under the new gym system. In the past, having one Pokémon defend a gym would automatically grant users 10 PokéCoins per day, even if it was quickly ousted from its spot. When the update launched, players instead received coins on an hourly basis — and just one for every hour their Pokémon sat in a gym. And Pokémon must now be defeated before players see any of their prize money, so those whose Pokémon are the very best will just horde coins forever before being forced to turn them over to their owners.

Titanfall 2 getting new maps and more in next free DLC pack

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Titanfall 2 getting new maps and more in next free DLC pack

Titanfall 2’s sixth add-on, The War Games, will bring in two new maps and a game-changing feature when it launches June 27, developer Respawn Entertainment announced this week.

The main map, War Games, is an urban environment created in a pilot simulator pod. It features a mix of wide-open city streets for titan combat and multistory buildings with large windows for pilot battles. There are also a few open tank garages in which both types of forces can duke it out, along with a bonus for acrobatic pilots: bridges between the buildings that are perfect for wallrunning with their Tron-esque glowing colored sides.

TumbleSeed may never recoup its costs, team says

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TumbleSeed may never recoup its costs, team says

Roly-poly roguelike TumbleSeed has its fans, but the game didn’t turn out to be the success that developer aeiowu had hoped it’d be. In a postmortem for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC game, the team opens up about the “post-release depression, poor reviews and bad sales” that followed TumbleSeed’s launch.

It looks unlikely that TumbleSeed will make back its budget, wrote Greg Wohlwend, lead designer at aeiowu. He pinpointed a handful of factors contributing to this, with critical reception and the game’s tough difficulty level leading the charge.

Gorgeous robot adventure Machinarium modernized with new engine and more

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Gorgeous robot adventure Machinarium modernized with new engine and more

Czech studio Amanita Design has updated Machinarium, one of the most beloved and acclaimed graphic adventure games of the past decade, refreshing it with major new features like a new engine and gamepad support.

“We’ve reprogrammed Machinarium from the scratch,” said Amanita in its Steam Community announcement of the game’s Definitive Version yesterday. The original game ran in Flash, which didn’t allow it to scale well across screen sizes. Amanita has replaced it with a custom DirectX-based engine that works well on modern high-resolution displays, even in fullscreen view.

Pokémon Go’s new Raid Battles are live, but only for the best of the best

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Pokémon Go’s new Raid Battles are live, but only for the best of the best

You can now check out Raid Battles, Pokémon Go’s cooperative multiplayer feature — but only if you’re good enough. Players level 35 and up can start taking down super-strong Pokémon together, with lower-leveled trainers getting their chance in the coming days.

Niantic announced that level 35 trainers can check out Raid Battles “at select gyms around the world” on the game’s Twitter account yesterday, which prompted a mix of responses. While most are excited for some co-op play, level 35 is high up there — the game’s level cap is 40. (We at Polygon aren’t able to check out Raid Battles quite yet, for instance, because we’re just a lowly level 18.)

Here’s how Destiny 2 will honor Destiny veterans

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Here’s how Destiny 2 will honor Destiny veterans

By the time Destiny 2 launches in September, it will have been three years since the debut of the original Destiny. While Bungie and Activision are surely hoping the sequel will bring in a lot of new people, longtime Destiny players have been clamoring for Destiny 2 to recognize their achievements — and the fact that those folks have been there from the start, man.

Bungie is keeping some of its cards close to the vest in this area, both to preserve a sense of discovery for Destiny players entering Destiny 2 and to ensure they can enjoy subtle “you had to be there” nods to Destiny’s legacy, the studio said today in a blog post. But since a few of the acknowledgments are tied to feats that players can still accomplish in Destiny — for now, anyway — Bungie did reveal some details on how it will pay tribute to its most dedicated fans.

Yup, you guessed it: emblems.

Moss VR is like living inside a storybook

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Moss VR is like living inside a storybook

Moss is more than just cute — it’s maybe one of the most artful and thoughtful representations of what virtual reality has to offer.

Developed by Polyarc Games, Moss hovers somewhere in between first and third-person gameplay. The player can control Quill, a tiny but mighty mouse protagonist, and is also able to interact with various objects as an unseen force. Quill is aware of your presence and the two of you work together to explore new areas and solve puzzles to find her family.