#49: Get Pokéducated!

TODAY: PETA didn’t have a whale of a time with Assassin’s Creed — Experience War of the Worlds in virtual reality with Project Svalinn — DuckTales is done shaking its tail feathers on digital distribution

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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.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Which of these is NOT a type of Javelin in Anthem?

  • Ranger
  • Colossus
  • Lightning
  • Interceptor

The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!

News Bits

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.

Daily Fact

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.

Daily News

The War of the Worlds retold in virtual reality this Winter 2019

H.G. Wells’ sci-fi classic The War of the Worlds is being reimagined as a virtual reality action adventure described as ‘Halo meets Call of Duty’ by developer Blackwall VR. That’s quite a bold claim, but we’ll find out if it can live up to these lofty ambitions when The War of the Worlds: Project Svalinn releases in late 2019.

Players take the role of a “highly celebrated soldier” who is injured while fighting in Italy during the second World War. Sgt. John Clarke awakens in the London HQ of the mysterious Project Svalinn. It appears alien invaders have been monitoring Earth, only being discovered when a UFO crashes in the Scottish highlands – and Project Svalinn is trying to reverse-engineer their technology.

“It never was a war, any more than there’s war between man and ants.”

“Your consciousness has been transplanted into the Svalinn suit, giving you access to the same technology possessed by the invaders. Time is short, you must master the futuristic weaponry and become familiar with the capabilities of your new body but the first of the motherships have been seen above the outskirts of the city,” blurbs the official site for Blackwall VR.

The War of the Worlds supports a variety of virtual reality platforms such as Oculus Rift, Oculus Quest, HTC Vive, Vive Pro, Valve’s Index VR and Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality. The game takes place in multiple countries and cities, across open fields and urban sprawls.

The War of the Worlds: Project Svalinn invades this Winter 2019.

SEGA with new AAA at Gamescom 2019 but it’s not from Creative Assembly

Annual game show Gamescom is happening between August 20th and 24th in Cologne, Germany. It’s a great time for new game announcements and SEGA has a big triple-A reveal up their sleeve – but it’s not coming from Total War and Alien: Isolation developer Creative Assembly.

Attendees at their Gamescom booth will be “treated to a first-hand look at an all-new AAA game”. SEGA is listed as part of the Opening Night Live event for the convention, so it could officially be announced late on August 19.

Plot twist: Dreamcast 2 is announced, as a game… about a console

How do we know it’s not from Creative Assembly? A member of the studio’s community team said as much on the Total War subreddit. “This is not a CA game,” posted Grace_CA. So no new Total War or Alien games – and not whatever new IP the studio is cooking up either, which is said to be a ‘hero shooter’ with villainous microtransactions.

SEGA has a lot of back catalogue to draw from, unless this is an entirely new IP. Sonic the Hedgehog, Yakuza, Company of Heroes, Dawn of War, Valkyria Chronicles and many, many more. SEGA recently announced Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD coming to PC and consoles October 29, 2019.

Weekly Deals

What are ya buyin’?

All of our deals this week are under a tenner so there’s plenty of awesome games for very low prices! PlayStation owners will also be happy to hear that Respawn has released the PlayStation Plus Play Pack, which gives you a few freebies in-game.

Apex Legends PlayStation Plus Play Pack: 2 character skins, 2 banners (Wraith & Caustic) and 2 weapon skins (Hemlok & Peacekeeper) (PS4) Free* with PlayStation Plus @ PlayStation Store

Burnout Revenge (Xbox One/Xbox 360) £4.99 @ Microsoft Store

Battlefield V Deluxe Edition (Xbox One) £9.99 @ CDKeys

Tomb Raider (PC) £2.25 @ Green Man Gaming

Astro Saga Bundle: Gigantic Army, Zangeki Warp, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, Steel Strider, Satazius, Wolflame & Armed Seven (PC) £3.99 @ Fanatical

Fallout: New Vegas (PC) £1.95 @ Games Planet

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PC) £0.99 @ CDKeys

If you haven’t played these amazing titles, now is the perfect time to give them a whirl. They are perfect for kicking back and relaxing in the evenings and will guarantee you hours of highly economical fun.

News Bits

Remnant: From The Ashes out August 20, 2019 for PC and console

Gunfire Games’ latest work is Remnant: From the Ashes and it’ll be out on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this month on August 20. Whilst it’s set in the same universe as Chronos – the studio’s Oculus Rift game – it won’t be a direct sequel. Game Informer snagged an exclusive trailer for the Corsus Swamp – a world apart from the broken cities and parched deserts shown so far.

DuckTales: Remastered getting plucked from stores August 8

If you haven’t already got DuckTales: Remastered in your digital game vault then you might want to hurry because as of August 8, 2019 it won’t be available online any more for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or Nintendo Wii U. Capcom has confirmed WayForward’s remaster of the 1989 Nintendo original will be pulled due to an expiring license. Right now it’s 75 percent off on Steam. Don’t be a Scrooge about it.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Which of these is NOT a type of Javelin in Anthem?

Answer: Lightning!

After a rough few months, BioWare’s Anthem is back in the news thanks to the launch of the Cataclysm expansion – the big new season-wide event that both fans and the studio are hoping will revive some enthusiasm for the game. We’ll have to wait and see if that happens – but it’s a free update, so if you own Anthem you might as well check it out!

Anthem’s main attractions are the wonderful Iron Man-like Javelin power suits, and the game launched with four different types. Ranger is the most all-purpose Iron Man-y, Colossus is the tank-like bruiser, Interceptor is lightweight and maneuverable – last but not least, our personal favourite: Storm, which is basically a mage shocks foes with lightning attacks!

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