Pokémon Sun and Moon’s first global mission dares players to catch 100 million Pokémon

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s first global mission dares players to catch 100 million Pokémon

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s debut massively multiplayer online event is now live, and it has one heck of an ask. Between now and Dec. 13, players worldwide are challenged to collect a total of 100 million Pokémon in order to win a nice prize.

That prize is not the title of World’s Best Trainer, but instead 1,000 Festival Coins per participant. These can be used to buy items and facilities in the Festival Plaza, which is Sun and Moon’s online multiplayer hub.

Nintendo teases attractions for theme park expansion in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood

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Nintendo teases attractions for theme park expansion in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood

Nintendo has released a brief teaser for what fans should expect out of its theme park expansion with Universal in Japan, Orlando and Hollywood.

The company published a video today, which features creative director Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal creative Mark Woodbury, that goes over the vision both companies have for the expansion. According to a press release from Nintendo, the parks will be “expansive, immersive and interactive.” Each theme park’s Nintendo world will be slightly different from the others, but all will include the company’s iconic characters, villains and gameplay.

Marvel vs. Capcom 4 coming in 2017

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Marvel vs. Capcom 4 coming in 2017

Marvel and Capcom characters will duke it out in a new crossover fighting game coming to consoles next year. Multiple sources tell Polygon that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development and slated for release sometime in 2017.

Capcom will unveil Marvel vs. Capcom 4 this week alongside Sony’s PlayStation Experience event, we’ve been told, where the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter 5 tournament will be held.

Nintendo holding Switch hands-on event in New York Jan. 13

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Nintendo holding Switch hands-on event in New York Jan. 13

The Nintendo Switch — the console-handheld hybrid announced last month — will make its hands-on debut at a private event in New York on Jan. 13, 2017, Nintendo announced today.

The Switch will get a five-hour event in New York following a streamed presentation on the evening of Jan. 12, which Nintendo is referring to as its “Tokyo webcast.” That will offer more details about the upcoming hardware, which Nintendo has remained mum on since the three-minute announcement trailer debuted in mid-October.

Star Wars will get a female director ‘when the time is right’

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Star Wars will get a female director ‘when the time is right’

One of the questions that Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm CEO and president, has been asked time and time again is when Star Wars will get a female director. It was brought up in 2014, again in 2015 and has just been addressed again recently.

In an interview with Variety, Kennedy said that the studio wanted to bring a female director on board, but that it would have to be at the right time. She did not, however, add when that time would be.

Base-building in No Man’s Sky has limits — but PC players can get around them

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Base-building in No Man’s Sky has limits — but PC players can get around them

The latest version of No Man’s Sky contains far more features than the basic release, including the ability to find and develop bases across the universe. In the Foundation Update’s patch notes, developer Hello Games suggested that base-building is meant to tap into players’ unlimited creativity — but those same players have discovered that, when it comes to bases, there are limits.

Many players report that they’re hitting height and range limits midway through building structures and other features within their bases. That’s disappointing for master builders who want to create infinite towers or deep basements inside the abandoned bases they find on their home planets.

Final Fantasy 15 was announced 10 years ago. Here’s how the world’s changed since.

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Final Fantasy 15 was announced 10 years ago. Here’s how the world’s changed since.

Final Fantasy 15 was formally unveiled in 2013 — but players have been crossing fingers for its release since May 2006, when Square Enix revealed it under the name Final Fantasy Versus 13. Between then and now, the week of the game’s launch, the world has changed in some pretty dramatic ways. To really hammer in just how long we’ve waited for the fifteenth Final Fantasy — and how much can happen in 10 years — follow along for some of the highlights of the past decade.

Final Fantasy 15 will finally be in players’ hands on Nov. 29. Based on our review, it was certainly worth the wait.

Hearthstone’s Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion launches this week

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Hearthstone’s Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion launches this week

Hearthstone’s next expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, was first revealed early this month as part of the BlizzCon 2016 event. At the time, Blizzard said the expansion would launch some time in early December. True to its word, the developer revealed a launch date during a Hearthstone Twitch stream today that’s about as early in December as you can get.

During the stream, Hearthstone senior game designer Matt Place and commentator Dan “Frodan” Chou played through four games, showcasing a couple dozen new cards that hadn’t yet been revealed for Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. After the games, they announced the expansion’s release date: Thursday, December 1.

Assassin’s Creed clip shows Michael Fassbender entering the Animus

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Assassin’s Creed clip shows Michael Fassbender entering the Animus

The film Assassin’s Creed is just over three weeks away, and 20th Century Fox has released the first clip from the movie to whet the appetite of fans: a glimpse of Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) getting to know an ancestor of his, the Assassin called Aguilar.

Dr. Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) works for Abstergo Industries, the evil corporation at the heart of the Assassin’s Creed series’ present-day story. In that timeline, she and her team capture Callum Lynch because they want the memories in his DNA: the life lived by Aguilar more than five centuries ago, during the Spanish Inquisition in the year in which Christopher Columbus arrived in the New World.