Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

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Pokémon Go’s first community event is a hint of the game’s future

Niantic wants this summer to be, once again, the summer of Pokémon Go. To do that, it’s looking back at what part of what made the game so popular last July, when it became an international phenomenon: big, outdoor events.

The developer announced that it’s partnering with the Knight Foundation, a national organization geared toward civic engagement, for a community-based initiative, aimed at getting players outdoors and collecting Pokémon together.

Treyarch remastering classic Zombies maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

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Treyarch remastering classic Zombies maps for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty Zombies creator Treyarch is giving fans of the franchise a chance to revisit the series’ classic maps with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Zombies Chronicles, co-studio head Jason Blundell announced today.

Zombies Chronicles for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will feature remastered versions of eight Call of Duty Zombies maps — Nacht der Untoten, Kino der Toten, Shangri-la, Shi no Numa, Moon, Ascension, Verrückt and Origins — for modern platforms. Blundell said that the team at Treyarch wanted to create a “loving, fan service piece” for fans who may have started playing the game’s Zombies mode more recently.

Longtime Persona director hands off series after more than a decade

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Longtime Persona director hands off series after more than a decade

Katsura Hashino, producer and director of several Persona titles, has moved away from the series. After the international success of Persona 5, Hashino wrote in a letter to fans that he’s giving other designers a chance to helm the franchise.

“Last year, with the milestone of the Persona series’ 20th anniversary, I handed off the series development to my successors and announced the start of my new RPG project that takes place in a fantasy world,” Hashino said toward the end of his post.

Half-Life goes uncensored in Germany, two decades after original release

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Half-Life goes uncensored in Germany, two decades after original release

Since it launched there nearly 20 years ago, the German version of Half-Life has only been available with heavy content edits. Now, local fans can check out the original, uncensored release for the first time ever as a free download on Steam.

Valve released Half-Life Uncensored as downloadable content this week, following a report that the unedited game had been removed from Germany’s list of objectionable media. It’s available to owners of the censored, original German release of Half-Life, and it replaces the edited version upon installation.

Here are the four 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

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Here are the four 2017 World Video Game Hall of Fame inductees

The World Video Game Hall of Fame — located in Rochester, New York at the Strong Museum of Play — has announced its third class of games to be honored with induction: Donkey Kong, Halo: Combat Evolved, Pokémon Red and Green, and Street Fighter 2. This year’s class only included four games, while the two previous years included six. The other eight 2017 finalists were Final Fantasy 7, Microsoft Windows Solitaire, Mortal Kombat, Myst, Portal, Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Wii Sports.

These four titles join the inaugural 2015 class, which included Pong, Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Tetris, Doom and World of Warcraft, and the 2016 class which included Grand Theft Auto 3, The Legend of Zelda, The Oregon Trail, The Sims, Sonic the Hedgehog and Space Invaders.

E3’s PC Gaming Show returns for a third year in 2017

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E3’s PC Gaming Show returns for a third year in 2017

The PC Gaming Show, an event focused on software and hardware for gaming computers, will return for its third consecutive year at E3 2017, organizer PC Gamer announced today.

This year’s PC Gaming Show will take place Monday, June 12, at 10 a.m. PT in the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. With that scheduling, PC Gamer is taking the timeslot that has traditionally been held by the Xbox E3 press briefing. Microsoft vacated its Monday morning slot — at least for 2017 — in favor of a spot on the afternoon of Sunday, June 11.

Gears of War movie taps Armageddon, Avatar writer

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Gears of War movie taps Armageddon, Avatar writer

Universal Pictures is trying to get its Gears of War movie going with the help of veteran screenwriter Shane Salerno, according to a report from Deadline. Salerno’s writing credits include a rewrite of Michael Bay’s Armageddon, TV series Hawaii Five-O and Ubisoft’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.

Salerno is also one of the writers helping James Cameron write the four planned sequels to Avatar.

Nintendo Switch’s single new eShop game highlights an underused feature

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Nintendo Switch’s single new eShop game highlights an underused feature

Updates to the Nintendo Switch eShop are light this week, with just two new things up for download. Thankfully, the only full game to launch on Switch this week is TumbleSeed, a unique roguelike platformer that makes great use of HD Rumble.

Although Nintendo refreshes the eShop every Thursday, TumbleSeed dropped this past Tuesday. Advertised as a “rolly roguelike,” the game has an adorable veneer that belies its difficulty. Players are a one-eyed seed that travels across platforms in an attempt to make it to the top of each area. Naturally, there are a ton of (super cute and colorful) pitfalls to make this game much harder than it sounds — and with every level procedurally generated, good luck trying to best any of TumbleSeed’s tricks.

E3 2017 to hold E3 Coliseum, series of panels and presentations

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E3 2017 to hold E3 Coliseum, series of panels and presentations

The first E3 to be officially open to the public will also feature a series of panels and talks from game makers and celebrities from the entertainment industry, the Entertainment Software Association announced today.

Known as the E3 Coliseum, the event will run for the first two days of E3, June 13-14. It will take place onstage at The Novo, a theater at L.A. Live, and will be hosted by The Game Awards producer Geoff Keighley. (For the past two years, Keighley has hosted YouTube Live at E3, a lengthy livestream on the Monday of E3 week. It’s unclear if that show is returning this year, and there’s no word on whether Keighley is participating if it is happening again.)