Pokémon Go players can buy into the final Throwback Challenge

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Pokémon Go players can buy into the final Throwback Challenge

The final Pokémon Go Throwback Challenge event will start on June 3 and players who missed out on previous opportunities to unlock it will be able to purchase a $7.99 pass to participate.

To unlock the set of Champion Special Research, players had to complete the previous weeks’ Timed Research Tasks for the Kanto region, Johto region, Hoenn region, and Sinnoh region. If you end up completing all of them, you’ll be able to participate in the Champion Special Research for free.

Rainbow Six Siege ‘carbon copy’ offline after Ubisoft sues Apple, Google

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Rainbow Six Siege ‘carbon copy’ offline after Ubisoft sues Apple, Google

Area F2, a mobile first-person shooter that raised eyebrows across the gaming community with its strong similarities to Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, has been delisted from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store following a copyright-infringement lawsuit from Ubisoft. Ejoy, the Hong Kong-based developer of Area F2, took the game’s servers offline on Wednesday — but the company made no mention of the suit in a post on the game’s website explaining the shutdown, saying only that it was “carrying out improvements to Area F2 in order to deliver a better experience to players.”

In the legal complaint, which Ubisoft filed on May 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Ubisoft described Area F2 as a “near carbon copy” of Rainbow Six Siege. The publisher also listed Apple and Google in the lawsuit for hosting the game on its platforms. A Ubisoft representative told Polygon it named Google and Apple in the court documents because neither company took “the necessary action to remove the game” from their stores, even “when formally requested to do so.”

G2A confirms it profited from illegally obtained game keys, will pay one developer damages

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G2A confirms it profited from illegally obtained game keys, will pay one developer damages

In July 2019, G2A, the company behind the controversial G2A Marketplace, offered to open its transaction history to an independent auditor. The goal was to clear its name of any wrongdoing after years of accusations it helps facilitate the sale of stolen goods. Only a single developer took them up on the offer, which backfired spectacularly. Now G2A will voluntarily pay them nearly $40,000 in damages.

Among its many lines of business, the Polish-owned and Hong Kong-based G2A runs a storefront where users from around the world can sell game keys. It likens that service to retailers like Amazon and eBay. Developers of all sizes have complained for years that the G2A Marketplace allows for the sale of stolen goods. The situation has led to shouting matches and heckling between developers and G2A employees in the real world.

Bungie fixing Destiny 2’s bugged ‘The Lie’ quest on Thursday

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Bungie fixing Destiny 2’s bugged ‘The Lie’ quest on Thursday

Last week, Bungie launched a new quest, called “The Lie,” in Destiny 2. It’s the last data-mined event for Season of the Worthy — aside from whatever damages the Tower — and will likely reward the beloved Felwinter’s Lie shotgun from the original Destiny. But the quest has created all sorts of problems for players, and the final step is currently impossible to complete, thanks to a bug.

With some background server preparation on Wednesday, Bungie plans to solve the quest-breaking bug with a hotfix on Thursday.

Overwatch anniversary event offers two new Ramadan sprays

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Overwatch anniversary event offers two new Ramadan sprays

Ramadan is a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and celebration for Muslims around the world. Overwatch is currently running an anniversary event in which the game’s seasonal events are all active, and Blizzard has released a host of new skins for players to collect.

The two events have merged somewhat, as Blizzard has also released two new sprays alongside cosmetics like Little Red Ashe and Masquerade Reaper. These Ramadan-themed sprays are called “Fast” and “Feast.”

Play a new version of hit board game Pandemic for free right now

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Play a new version of hit board game Pandemic for free right now

Pandemic is one of the best points of entry into modern board gaming, and you can play the latest version completely free. A new print-and-play version of Pandemic: Hot Zone — North America is available to download right now. The announcement was made Tuesday, by series creator Matt Leacock.

The original Pandemic game was published in the United State in 2008 by Z-Man Games. It’s a card-driven, cooperative strategy game that tasks players with stamping out four highly infectious diseases as they flare up all over the world. The Hot Zone series narrows the scope of play, focusing on smaller regions of the world and a limited number of diseases. Gameplay is also much faster, while keeping the same spirit of the original.

Epic Games once ported Gears 3 to PS3 to test Unreal Engine

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Epic Games once ported Gears 3 to PS3 to test Unreal Engine

Mysterious footage of Gears of War 3 running on a PlayStation 3 appeared on YouTube on Tuesday, May 19 m. The video was uploaded by YouTube user Proto, who claims in the video’s description that it comes from a build that was actually made by Epic Games itself. Gears of War 3 was an Xbox 360 exclusive when it was released in 2011, so the footage has left fans with questions about what exactly they were watching.

The entire Gears series is an exclusive Microsoft property, in fact. The company purchased the franchise from Epic in 2014. The series has only ever been officially released on Xbox consoles and PC.

Lego Super Mario will get ‘Power-Up Packs,’ including Cat Mario

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Lego Super Mario will get ‘Power-Up Packs,’ including Cat Mario

Lego and Nintendo’s Lego Super Mario line will launch on Aug. 1. The new “Lego game experience” is part brick-building, part game — and a new addition announced Wednesday will make that experience more complex.

Announced in a YouTube video posted Wednesday, Lego Super Mario “Power-Up Packs” will give players new ways to interact with their sets. Essentially, these are interactive clothes you can dress up your Lego Mario in — the Fire Mario suit, the Propeller Mario suit, Cat Mario suit, and Builder Mario suit.

The Fire Mario suit lets players throw virtual fireballs are enemies. With the Propeller Mario suit, Lego Mario can collect (invisible) coins when floating in the air. Cat Mario suit — the best Lego Mario Power-Up Pack, clearly — gives Lego Mario cat sounds and lets players collect coins by climbing walls. Builder Mario is pretty cool, too, but I certainly hope it’s sturdy: To collect coins, you have to smash Lego Mario down on stuff.

Microsoft Flight Simulator closed beta scheduled for mid-July

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Microsoft Flight Simulator closed beta scheduled for mid-July

Work on Microsoft Flight Simulator is charging ahead, with a closed beta now set for the middle of July. No word yet on what it will take to get in. Additionally, available platforms have not been announced, but the current closed alpha is currently taking place exclusively on Windows PC.

Word of the closed beta was buried inside a lengthy update published to the Flight Simulator blog on May 14. In it, developer Asobo Studios announced it was sharing a version of the new 747-8i with testers. That virtual aircraft has been developed in partnership with Boeing. It joins an extensive alpha fleet that includes a number of smaller, single-engine aircraft as well as the Airbus A320, which was added in April.

New Game+ digital expo, with 14 publishers, coming in June

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New Game+ digital expo, with 14 publishers, coming in June

Fourteen video game publishers from North America and Japan will participate in a new digital showcase in June, called New Game+ Expo.

The event will be streamed live on Twitch on June 23 at 8 a.m. PDT. It’ll continue throughout the day with “first looks, Q&A, and more.” Participants — like NIS America, Inc. and Sega of America — will share “new title announcements and live gameplay demos,” according to the press release.