Pokemon Masters is a new mobile game coming this Summer
Despite the Pokemon franchise being most at home on Nintendo consoles, it’s now got a sizeable fanbase on mobiles too thanks to the Pokemon Go phenomenon. The Pokemon Company and DeNA plan to capitalize on their mobile success with the announcement of Pokemon Masters – a brand new Pokemon game exclusively for mobile.
Pokemon Masters will be set in an all-new region called the island of Pasio, featuring 3-on-3 real-time battles where you need to join up with two other players to take on AI-driven characters. You can check out an introductory video for the game here.
Gotta pair ‘em off
The big change in Masters is that you’re not just finding and training Pokemon, then forcing them to fight to the death in horrifying arena battles: This time you’re creating a duo – trainer and Pokemon, which are referred to as sync pairs. Players can direct both characters, and there will be 65 sync pairs at launch.
There will also be some manner of story mode in addition to the multiplayer battles, and the new game will be free-to-play like Pokemon Go – or as the press release more accurately describes it, “free-to-start”. Pokemon Masters will launch on iOS and Android this summer, and the big question is whether it will take off like Pokemon Go did. Guess we’ll find out in a couple of months!
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How many Alone in the Dark games have been released?
The answer will be revealed at the end of this issue!
We could be getting films and TV shows based on Myst… possibly
Village Roadshow Entertainment Group has acquired the rights to film and TV show adaptations of Myst, the popular adventure game from 1993. The group say they will take a “full-scale approach” to developing Myst across movies and television. This isn’t the first time this has been tried: Legendary, Hulu, Disney, and the ‘Mysteria Film Group’ all tried to adapt Myst for film, TV, and even theme parks – and all went nowhere. Don’t hold your breath, even if you’re desperate for a Myst movie after 25 years.
Here are the Free Games for PS Plus subscribers in July
Are you subscribed to PS Plus, like everyone who owns a PS4 really should be just for all the free stuff? Well, Sony has revealed the free games for the month of July. You can download Konami’s latest football title Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 and arcade racer Horizon Chase Turbo for free from July 2 until August 5. You’ve got until July 1 (Monday!!!) to download June’s offerings of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Sonic Mania – make sure you do, because they’re both great!
Eternal Darkness is still the best Lovecraft-inspired videogame
Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem is a GameCube game from 2002, developed by Silicon Knights and published by Nintendo themselves. It was a psychological horror adventure game deeply inspired by the HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos – and it was fantastic! Since the latest Lovecraftian adventure The Sinking City out this week, it’s worth reminiscing about just how good Eternal Darkness was.
An adventure featuring several different playable characters across various time periods, from Roman times to present day, it offered an innovative combat system built around targeting enemies’ limbs – not unlike Dead Space. The story was compelling as well as unsettling, aided by a sanity system: If your sanity got too low, the game would start playing tricks on you – showing you enemies that aren’t there, flipping the room upside down, pretending to crash the game or change channel on your TV. Awesome!
Unfortunately, Eternal Darkness has never been re-released (not even on Nintendo systems) and all attempts to make a sequel fell flat. Silicon Knights went through a lot of problems in the mid-2000s, including the failure of Xbox 360 exclusive Too Human and a protracted lawsuit against Epic Games, which explains why the rumoured sequel Shadow of the Eternals went up in smoke. But that shouldn’t stop Nintendo from re-releasing the game on a newer platform! C’mon Nintendo, we want to play the best Lovecraft-inspired game again!
Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love (PC)
Time for another giveaway from your pals at Dailybits! Are you a fan of funny point-and-click adventures like Monkey Island, Sam & Max, and the Deponia series? Well, there’s a new one out now – comedy spy thriller Irony Curtain: From Matryoshka with Love – and we’ve got a Steam code to give out every day this week to one lucky winner on our active reader list!
“Take a look behind Irony Curtain in this satirical point-and-click inspired by the best works of LucasArts and Daedalic Entertainment! Experience the totalitarian Matryoshka through the eyes of Evan – a low-ranking, goofy journalist involuntarily pulled right into the middle of an espionage stand-off between two powers. Jump into the wacky spy adventure, uncover secrets of the bizarre communist country (and the powerful capitalist empire!), witness a story full of unpredictable twists and turns, and discover the true agenda of the mysterious Supreme Leader!”