#98: Pokemon GO Celebrates Halloween

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Pokémon GO Halloween event launches this Thursday!

The Pokémon Go Halloween event begins on October 17th at 1pm PDT/9pm BST/10pm CEST, and will conclude on November 1st at 1pm PDT/9pm BST/10pm CEST.

During the event, you can rescue a variety of Pokémon from the Team Go Grunts at nearby PokéStops, including:

  • Weedle
  • Kakuna
  • Beedrill
  • Electabuzz
  • Magmar
  • Lapras
  • Mareep
  • Seedot
  • Nuzleaf
  • Sableye
  • Trapinch
  • Cacnea
  • Shuppet
  • Duskull

New avatar items will also be available, such as: Cubone and Litwick Caps, Zubat and Mimikyu bags and a Pikachu Onesie. Players will also see the debut of a new Shiny Pokémon, Shiny Yamask.

How many Pokémon can you save from Team GO Rocket?

To celebrate Halloween, more Ghost and Dark-type Pokémon will be popping up in raids, eggs and the wild. Some Pokémon will also feature new, spooky costumes for raids: Expect to see Charmander dressed as Cubone , Squirtle as Yamask, Bulbasaur as Shedinja and Pikachu as Mimikyu.

Costumed Pokémon can not evolve, but you may encounter Shiny variants of them. Additionally, Darkrai will be appearing in five-star raids during the event, along with several Field Research tasks.

Pokémon Go fans quite happy about the event since the community has been requesting events like this for a while now. This is one of the few Pokémon Go events where not all rewards are hidden in eggs, which was by far the biggest complaint about the last few events.

Rewards outside eggs: It’s super effective!

Some players are unhappy about needing to raid to earn costumed Pokémon, but there is speculation that the raids will only be two to three star raids, meaning they’ll be easy enough to solo if you got a few strong Pokémon. These events also offer candy bonuses, and this one dishes out two Catch Candies, two Hatch Candies and two Transfer Candies.

Time For A Quick Daily Quiz?

Who is the star of the Postal series?

  • The Postal Guy
  • The Postman
  • The Postal Dude
  • Postal Face

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

News Bits

Upcoming Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood reveal at PDXCON

Originally announced at E3, Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood will be shown at PDXCON between October 18th and October 20th. A trailer will be shown on October 19th and Cyanide Game Director Julien Desourteaux will also reveal more information about the game on stage. Be sure to keep an eye on Paradox Interactive’s Twitch channel if you want to catch the announcements live.

Inertial Drift coming in spring 2020

Arcade racer Inertial Drift will launch on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Switch in spring next year. Sporting twin-stick drifting in a 90s retro-future setting, Inertial Drift promises intense 1v1 racing.

To get an idea of what it looks like, check out the game’s announcement trailer, which exhibits precise drifting around tight corners in a head-to-head race. Published by PQube and developed by Level 91 Entertainment, the racer will feature 16 different characters with their own cars and driving styles, as well as 20 tracks for players to master.

Daily Fact

There was a Halloween jump-scare in Batman Arkham Knight

Halloween is just around the corner, and special events have already started in a variety of games, from Borderlands 3 to Apex Legends – but none of them can compare to the most surprising Halloween event of all time, namely the hidden jump-scare in Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight.

Arkham City had special content that would only appear on certain days of the year, mostly in the form of new dialogue from Calendar Man. Arkham Knight goes one step further, with a whole event that can only trigger if you play the game on Halloween – and only after a certain point in the story.

Have a traipse around Gotham on October 31st, and you might just run into Man-Bat, who will shriek in your face and probably make you jump out of your skin. This will only happen if you’ve already caught him – head to the GCPD, and you will discoiver that Dr. Langstrom has broken out – oh, and the guard will wish you a happy Halloween!

Daily News

Apex Legends Fight or Fright Collection Event Launches Today

Apex Legends Fight or Fright Collection Event is upon us! Kicking today, the Halloween event takes us back to the Kings Canyon map – but this time, we’ll be visiting at night. Shadowfall, the new limited-time mode, drops thirty-five players into a solo match.

If you die, you’ll respawn as an undead version of your character and while you won’t be able to use weapons, you’ll have a more powerful melee attack as well as improved maneuverability. Skydiving respawns will be unlimited and you’ll also have the ability to scale walls.

When only ten players are left, they will need to make it to an evac ship, while all the undead legends do everything they can to stop them.

Like previous limited-time events, Fight or Fright presents a number of event challenges that reward players with cosmetic items, including two Legendary weapon skins. There are also twenty-four premium cosmetics that can be unlocked in three ways: direct unlock with crafting materials, direct purchase with Apex Coins and random unlock with Event Apex Packs.

Additionally, we’ll be seeing a Double XP weekend for top 5 finishes and victories from 10am PST on October 25th to 10am PST on October 28th. More details on the event can be found in this blog post.

Kings Canyon is back but this time it’s shrouded in darkness

Judging by the trailer, Shadowfall looks like an interesting variation on the battle royale formula. In Titanfall, the dropship escape made the final moments of the game quite a bit more hectic, offering a more exciting finale than wrapping Team A simply beating Team B.

The trailer offers a sneak peak of one of the Legends expected to appear soon: Blackout/Revenant. The character was discovered by dataminers a couple months ago, and it looks like the Shadowfall event will set the state for a proper unveiling – but we still don’t know when the character will launch.

The release schedule seems to be one new Legend every season, so we might not see Blackout/Revenant until Season 4.

Fortnite Chapter 2 Introduces A Brand New Island

The black hole that swallowed Fortnite has finally disappeared. After ten seasons, Epic has introduced Fortnite Chapter 2, bringing with it a new set of weapons, items and locations.

There are also big changes to how players heal and revive teammates, and players can now hide in haystacks and dumpsters. Additionally, weapons can be upgraded at the new Upgrade Benches where you can exchange materials for a better gun.

One of the biggest changes has to do with water, which used to be a major hassle in the original Fortnite map. Now swimming has been improved to make traversing bodies of water a bit less strenuous.

What’s an online game without a fishing minigame?

Motorboats have also been dotted around the map, allowing you to move quickly across water while your squad blasts enemies. You can also go fishing, to catch yourself a quick snack before heading into the next fight.

As expected, the new season also features new weapons, new skins and new emotes. Chapter 2 introduces a bolt-action sniper rifle, two new shotguns, a new pistol and more. There is also a new approach to healing, thanks to the new Bandage Bazooka, which takes two slots and lets you heal from a distance. You can also carry injured teammates to safety now.

The new battle pass will offer over 100 in-game items, and level caps have been increased to 250.

News Bits

Kindly Beast lays off nearly 50 workers

Fifty developers have lost their jobs at Kindly Beast, the studio behind Bendy and the Ink Machine. CEO Mike Mood confirmed the layoffs earlier today in a statement to GamesIndustry.biz, though he did not mention exactly how many employees were affected or the reasons for the layoffs.

News of the downsizing spread via the Twitter accounts of several developers ahead of Mood’s official statement . The most likely reason for the layoffs the failure of Kindly Beast’s latest game, Showdown Bandit, an episodic adventure game about a wild-west puppet show. Despite launching at the low price of $7.99, Showdown Bandit simply didn’t sell.

Running With Scissors launches Postal 4: No Regerts on Early Access

Running With Scissors has surprised Postal fans around the world by announcing and launching Postal 4: No Regerts on Steam Early Access. As you can tell from the trailer, Postal 4 is going back to its roots and offer the crazy action that the fans know and love. What does that mean in practice? Well, this is the series that lets you dual-wield two-handed shotguns.

Impossible? Hardly, Postal Dude (now voiced by Jon St. John) simply grows two extra arms. The developers have made it very clear that they want everyone to forget the poorly received Postal 3, which probably explains why you can find boxed copies of Postal 3 in the junkyard. You can read all about Postal 4’s sudden and unexpected appearance and find all the information you need at the game’s Steam page.

Quiz Answer - Did You Get It Right?

Who is the star of the Postal series?

Answer: The Postal Dude!

Yes, we’re at least four games into the infamous and deliberately offensive Postal series, and the main character is still named ‘the Postal Dude’.

Not even the awful Postal movie adaptation by Uwe Boll (which, ironically, is one of Boll’s best movies) didn’t name the protagonist. On that note, wouldn’t the Doom movie be better if Karl Urban’s character was just named Doom Guy?

Postal Dude has, however, been portrayed by a number of actors. The classic voice is provided by Rick Hunter, who lent his voice to the Dude in the first two games. Cory Cruise did Postal 3, Zack Ward played him in the Postal movie – and Postal 4 features none other than Duke Nukem himself, Jon St John.

Is Postal Dude is a step down … or up?

Weekly Giveaway

AeternoBlade II on PS4

For this week’s DailyBits giveaway we’ve got a Japanese action-puzzle-platformer for you! We are giving away 5 PS4 codes for AeternoBlade II, the fun 2.5D title from PQube with more than a hint of Castlevania. Harness the AeternoBlade and time itself to outwit your enemies and solve devious puzzles.

All you have to do to enter the sweepstakes is to email us (Once this week!) at team@dailybits.news with the subject line ‘AeternoBlade II giveaway’. We will choose five random entries over the course of the week, and each will receive a PS4 code for AeternoBlade II! It couldn’t be any easier.

Last week we hosted a giveaway for Surviving Mars, which also included a Season Pass for Steam. Here are the winners!

  • Ross Bebbington
  • PsycoRick
  • Pierre Leroy
  • Harro Brown
  • Jesse Saunders

Thank you to everyone that entered into our giveaway! Good Luck for this week!

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