Report: GameStop cancels midnight release events for Animal Crossing, Doom Eternal

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Report: GameStop cancels midnight release events for Animal Crossing, Doom Eternal

GameStop is reportedly canceling midnight release events, including those planned for the hotly anticipated Nintendo Switch game Animal Crossing: New Horizons and id Software’s Doom Eternal, according to a report from Kotaku. An internal memo, reportedly sent to employees this morning, details the cancellations. Reached for comment, a GameStop public relations representative was unaware that such a memo existed.

“Until further notice, late night launch events are suspended,” says the memo obtained by Kotaku. “To maintain the health and safety of our guests and associates, it is best that we avoid situations where large numbers of guests are gathered indoors or standing in line.”

Teamfight Tactics is coming to phones on March 19

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Teamfight Tactics is coming to phones on March 19

Riot Games is bringing Teamfight Tactics to phones. The developer’s auto battler has been out on PC for a few months now and it’s finally ready to make the jump to iOS and Android. On Tuesday afternoon, Riot announced that TFT will be coming to mobile devices on March 19.

The mobile version of the game comes at an exciting time for TFT, as the new Galaxies set of units is about to release. The Galaxies units, as well as the new Galaxies Pass and the Galaxies Pass Plus — free and paid versions of the game’s cosmetic progression system — will be included in the mobile release. It will also feature cross-play between itself and the PC version of the game.

Fortnite’s latest patch adds a helicopter with room for five

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Fortnite’s latest patch adds a helicopter with room for five

In the biggest patch of Fortnite season 2 so far, Epic Games is bringing mobility to the new map in a big way: a helicopter. The new vehicle is called the Choppa and it’s part of Fortnite patch v12.20, but since Epic doesn’t release full patch notes, we don’t know exactly what else has changed.

The helicopter spawns in various places throughout the map — mostly on helipads which are located near most major cities — and can seat four players, along with the pilot. That means you’ll have enough room for every person in your four person squad and ... another passenger, I guess? While this may be a little more space than necessarily for four-person squads, it makes the helicopter perfect for big-team game modes where you might need to shuttle quite a few people from a few different squads to the front lines of a battle.

Steam’s top seller is an expansion for a 2016 strategy title, Stellaris

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Steam’s top seller is an expansion for a 2016 strategy title, Stellaris

The top selling game on Steam as of Tuesday is an expansion for a strategy game first published in 2016. Stellaris: Federations enhances the political aspects of the spacefaring game. It’s the eleventh piece of downloadable content made for the game, and the largest update since June 2019.

Stellaris is known as a 4x game, a sub-category of the grand strategy genre that stands for Explore, Expand, Exploit, and Exterminate. Players begin with a single planet, and then set out to discover and conquer the entire galaxy. With campaigns that can run for 80 hours or more, it’s just the sort of things that can help pass the time while you’re cooped up at home during a quarantine. Best of all, the developers at Paradox have continually refined the experience over the last four years. The end result is a product that is much, much better than it was at launch.

Irish the Hedgehog gets official Sega video, joins the Sonic canon

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Irish the Hedgehog gets official Sega video, joins the Sonic canon

Please welcome Irish the Hedgehog to Sonic canon. On Tuesday, Sega made good on a year-old goof, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, about the existence of an Irish friend of Sonic the Hedgehog. Just in case you’ve started hallucinating from fever or are starting to question your connection to reality in a time of self-isolation, Irish the Hedgehog is quite real, I assure you. You’re not imagining this.

Why Irish the Hedgehog? Well, to celebrate the holiday, of course. But also because, on March 17, 2019, Sega wished everyone a “Happy St. Patrick’s Day!” on the Sonic Twitter account. At the time, Sega used an altered image of Jet the Hawk, standing next to a pot o’ gold.

Pokémon short cements Wooloo as a top Sword and Shield monster

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Pokémon short cements Wooloo as a top Sword and Shield monster

Those of you who have played Pokémon Sword and Shield know that Hop, your rival, looks up to Leon, his brother and champion. What we don’t see in the games is how this relationship affects Hop’s actual Pokémon.

Web series Pokémon: Twilight Wings continues with an episode all about Hop’s Wooloo, who feels a little insecure about how much Hop loves Leon’s Charizard. We see poor Wooloo pretend to be Charizard, growling and trying to breath fire to no avail. Frustrated, Wooloo runs away and gets lost.

How coronavirus will impact the launch of Magic: The Gathering’s next set of cards

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How coronavirus will impact the launch of Magic: The Gathering’s next set of cards

Magic: The Gathering is a social game, and publisher Wizards of the Coast is making accommodations for players and retailers in light of the outbreak of COVID-19. Its next set of cards, known as Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths (codename Cricket), will hold a prerelease weekend without requiring in-store events. The announcement was made on the Wizards Play Network website.

Traditionally, customers show up at their friendly local game store to buy Prerelease Packs. After that, they must stick around in the store and participate in an event. In light of the current coronavirus outbreak, governments around the United States are calling for social distancing, and that makes gathering to open Magic cards with your friends a bad idea.

Nintendo Switch online services, including eShop, are down

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Nintendo Switch online services, including eShop, are down

Nintendo’s online services are temporarily down, according to official statements from the company. That means accessing services such as the Nintendo Switch eShop and online multiplayer games are impacted. In Polygon’s own testing, we were unable to access the eShop and play games such as Tetris 99 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online.

Nintendo of America’s online network status page indicates that online services are down across multiple platforms. The most recent update to that page, as of March 17 at 1:56 a.m. PT, reads “Unable to connect to the network service. Please try again later. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

Sony to reveal new PlayStation 5 details on March 18

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Sony to reveal new PlayStation 5 details on March 18

Sony Interactive Entertainment says it plans to reveal new details about the PlayStation 5 on Wednesday, March 18 at 9 a.m. PT. The company will do so through its PlayStation Blog.

PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny will “provide a deep dive into PS5’s system architecture, and how it will shape the future of games” on Wednesday, Sony said. PlayStation fans can watch the reveal via the PlayStation Blog.