New Team, rivals and “Poké Jobs” in the new Pokémon Sword and Shield
The official Pokémon YouTube channel has just teased the new team and rivals we’ll be facing in Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield in the new Galarian region. There’s also word on the Poké Jobs system the game introduces.
New rivals include Bede who could use a haircut and the leather jacket wearing punk Marnie and her Team Yell goons. The latest trailer reveals more Pokémon and some form-switching too. Also of interest are the new Poké Jobs which has people and Pokémon working together throughout the Galar region in Corporations and universities.
If in doubt put ‘Poké’ in front of it. You’ve just been Pokéducated
The Rotomi in Pokémon Centers let you check these Poké Jobs and you’ll be able to assign any Pokémon from your Boxes directly for a job you decide to accept. Why bother with this system? Well, your Pokémon gather experience and maintaining a workforce can net some gains like rare items. Many locations will be requesting the help of non-unionised Pokémon labour!
“Each Pokémon sent to a Poké Job will come back having grown from the experience! They’ll receive rewards like Exp. Points or base points, and how much they get will depend on factors like how long they work and their types!” reads the description. “You can accept jobs from the Rotomi you can find in every Pokémon Center around the Galar region. Rotomi have many different features aside from Poké Jobs, too—you can access your Boxes or even have a go at the Loto-ID!”
Pokémon Sword and Shield releases for Nintendo Switch November 15, 2019.
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Dark Envoy a “non-linear” CRPG for late 2020
The Divinity, XCOM and Dragon Age series have all inspired the newly announced CRPG Dark Envoy from Event Horizon. Its tactical combat is mixed with “non-linear” exploration on a Skyship, and the studio promises to “shatter long-standing RPG tropes” in a world that evolves over time. The game supports co-op and we could even play as the ‘final boss’ and kill the other player. Dark Envoy is in development for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Cook, Serve, Delicious! 3?! announced with full serving in 2020
Vertigo Gaming has whipped up another batch of Cook, Serve, Delicious! with a third helping of the restaurant management series. Travel across war-torn America with robot assistants Whisk and Cleaver, and participate in the Iron Cook National Food Truck Championships.
There are hundreds of new dishes as well as truck upgrades to discover on the way to the new capital: Nashville, Tennessee. An appetizer will hit Early Access on PC in early 2020, while the full buffet will launch later for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Ubisoft was made to walk the plank by PETA over whaling in Assassin’s Creed
When games touch upon historical time periods, which Ubisoft’s ancestor-visiting Assassin’s Creed series is all about, you can expect there to be some less-than ideal pastimes being explored. The controversial animal rights group PETA took issue with Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag because of this, as they were upset over the game’s whaling activity.
The group accused the studio of ‘glorifying’ whaling, and demanded others within the games industry condemn its inclusion. Ubisoft took aim and harpooned the criticism saying they didn’t support the illegal act of whaling, “just as we don’t condone a pirate lifestyle of poor hygiene, plundering, hijacking ships, and over the legal limit drunken debauchery.” Perfectly legal limit debauchery is fine, presumably.
PETA has a curious history with the video games industry as they’ve also gone after Mario, Super Meat Boy and Call of Duty to name but a few. Super Meat Boy had a more humourous approach to PETA’s attention grabbing criticism by adding in ‘Tofu Boy’, who suffers from a “major iron deficiency” and is virtually useless at beating levels.