Niantic confirms Trainer Battles Feature coming soon to Pokémon GO

 

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The official Pokemon Go app Twitter has revealed that, Pokemon Go will get trainer battles, very soon to the game, this is awesome news the iconic way Pokemon trainers battle will be in this iconic augmented reality game.

 

 

 

 

 

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Date published: 30/11/18

Written by: Joseph Opoku

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Fantasy RPG Valkyrie Connect Begins Collaboration Event with “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2018 EUROPE” Concert Tour! Free Exclusive Hero “Mecha-Fist Rin” for All Players!

Ateam Inc. (headquarters: Nagoya, Japan; president: Takao Hayashi; hereafter “Ateam”) is proud to announce that its smartphone fantasy RPG Valkyrie Connect will be holding a collaboration event with Hatsune Miku and other virtual singers themed on the “HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2018 EUROPE” concert tour of Europe at the end of 2018.

 Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka and more appear in the world of Valkyrie Connect from November 30th. Players can receive the exclusive hero “Mecha-Fist Rin”, a special hybrid design of the virtual singer Kagamine Rin and Valkyrie Connect character Sif, just by logging in to the game! Hatsune Miku and Megurine Luka also appear with special hybrid designs based on popular Valkyrie Connect characters that are sure to floor fans of both properties.

 

During the event’s availability, players can enjoy a variety of special content, including a new “Defend Quest”, in which players must keep Hatsune Miku safe as they escort her to a concert, and the “Hachune Miku Connect Battle”.
 
Event Availability: 11/30/2018 (Fri.) 08:00 UTC – 12/21/2018 (Fri) 06:00 UTC
 

Hatsune Miku is music software developed by Crypton Future Media, Inc., and it enables anyone to make the computer sing by entering lyrics and melodies. As a massive number of users created music using the software and posted their works on the Internet, Hatsune Miku quickly evolved into a cultural phenomenon. Moreover, Hatsune Miku has gained much attention as a character, involved in many fields such as merchandising and live performance as a virtual singer. Now her popularity has spread across the globe.
 
*Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, Meiko, and Kaito are also virtual singers developed by Crypton Future Media, Inc.
Official Website: http://piapro.net
 
“Valkyrie Connect” is a high fantasy RPG that combines Norse mythology with a unique Japanese anime flavor. In the game, players assemble a collection of heroes, villains, gods and more to fight in full 3D real-time battles. The co-op Connect Battles are the game’s signature feature, and require players to fight alongside one another in real time to take down massive bosses. With a simple battle system perfect for mobile devices, complex party composition, and excellently written characters, “Valkyrie Connect” is one of the premier RPGs for mobile devices.
 
Created by the all-star team that made Ateam’s hit “Unison League”, “Valkyrie Connect” rocketed up the Japanese sales charts shortly after release and was chosen as one of Google Play’s top games of 2016 in Japan, and won the “2017 GOLDEN PLUME AWARD” in China in 2017.
[App Details]
Title: Valkyrie Connect
Supported operating systems and devices: iOS 8.0 or later recommended, devices that come with AndroidTM 4.2 or later (excluding some devices)
Price: Free to play (in-app purchases available)
iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/valkyrie-connect/id1078813307&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jp.co.atm.vcon.ww
Amazon Appstore for Android: https://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android?p=jp.co.atm.vcon.ww
Official Valkyrie Connect Website: https://app.a-tm.co.jp/valkyrie-connect/en/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/valkyrieconnect.ateam/

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Date published: 30/11/18

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NPD Group: Total Industry Consumer Spending on Video Games in U.S. Increases 24 Percent to $9.1 Billion in the Third Quarter of 2018

Third quarter U.S. sales for total video games industry

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Nov. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ – According to the Q3 2018 Games Market Dynamics: U.S.* report from leading global information company The NPD Group, overall total industry consumer spending on video gaming in the U.S. reached $9.1 billion in the third quarter of 2018 (July-Sept.), an increase of 24 percent compared to the same time period last year.

Video game content sales increased 25 percent to $7.9 billion. All content categories, which include full-game, DLC/MTX, subscriptions, and mobile saw increases, with mobile games and digital content for console and portable platforms experiencing the most growth.

The software titles having the most positive impact on dollar sales in the first half of the year include (listed alphabetically) Candy Crush Saga, Fortnite, Madden NFL 19, Marvel’s Spider-Man and NBA 2K19.

Hardware sales grew 11 percent in the quarter to $737 million, led by Xbox One, PS4 and Plug & Play devices like NES Classic and SNES Classic. Accessory sales* grew 44 percent in Q3 2018 when compared to a year ago, with headset and game card sales setting all-time records in Q3 dollar spending. Game cards sales reached a record high, growing 63 percent to surpass accessories for the first time in the third quarter of a calendar year.

“The Video Game market in the U.S. continues to thrive with compelling gaming content expanding the market, driving higher spending of hardware, accessory and software,” said Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst at The NPD Group. “And with the sales strength of recent releases such as Marvel’s Spider-Man and NBA 2K19, combined with cross-platform titles such as Fortnite, there appears to be no slowing down as we head into the final stretch of the holiday shopping season.” 

Methodology: Games Market Dynamics: U.S. provides a comprehensive measure of the consumer spend on video games in the U.S. including purchases of video games hardware, software and accessories as well as on PC games. It is released on a quarterly basis and provides insight and trending into the broader consumer spend on the industry including physical format sales such as new and used physical retail sales as well as game rentals, and digital format sales including full game digital downloads and downloada ble content (DLC), spending on subscriptions and mobile gaming. This assessment of the broader consumer spend on the industry utilizes NPD’s monthly POS tracking services as well as consumer data from other NPD trackers, monitors, and reports.

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Date published: 30/11/18

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Milestone Launches Ride 3 on PS4/Xbox One/PC today – Collect, customise, race!

Available from November 30th on PlayStation®4, Xbox One and Windows PC®/STEAM

 

 

 

Milestone is proud to announce the launch of RIDE 3, last chapter its beloved franchise dedicated to all two-wheels lovers and the ultimate motorbike encyclopediaThanks to Unreal® Engine 4 the game now features many enhancements both in graphics and gameplay experience. The Career mode has been completely renewed, it allows now a free XP progression to players and let them choose the bike category that suits their style. A huge number of bikes to collect and customize, both in aesthetic and performances, to speed on the most iconic tracks from all over the world with a unique style. RIDE 3 will be available from November 30th on PlayStation®4Xbox One and Windows PC®/STEAM.

COLLECT. With more than 230 bikes divided into 7 categories – Sport Bikes, Maxi Enduro, Supermoto, Naked, Endurance, Race Superbikes, Café Racer – players can create their unique collection of breathtaking bikes. In the DCLsavailable after launch, both Premium and free70 more bikes will be added, for 300 bikes overall. Once created their own bike collection, players can unleash their need for speed on 30 tracks, of which 12 brand new, from the most iconic race tracks from all over the world to renowned city circuits and breath-taking panoramas, to enjoy riding pleasure in all its shades.

CUSTOMIZE. RIDE 3 goes beyond the 500+ mechanical customizations you can modify on your bike. With the new Livery Editor players can now unleash their imagination to create the livery of their dreams. Race lovers have many official manufactures and aftermarket stickers to create their own racing livery, while creative talents can create real artworks on 2 wheels, with the layer system allowing to draw any image on the bike, the only limit is their creativity! All liveries can be shared online, to let friends and the community race with them and to get extra XP points and in-game credits.

RACE. Thanks to Unreal® Engine 4 the game now features several enhancements both in graphics and gameplay experience. Using aerial photogrammetry and drone-scanning, development team has gathered all the data needed to faithfully recreate environments and details of tracks, for an extremely immersive game experience. For the first time in franchise’s history, you can speed in night races and enjoy the amazing atmospheres created by the new lightning system. New engine’s improvements are not limited to graphics; RIDE 3 has a new physic and collisions system ensuring that bike’s behavior is always realistic, while the renewed AI allows breathtaking challenges.

The Career mode has been completely renewed and now allows player a free progression, to let them choose the bike category that suits their style. The new magazine-based system will allow you to collect and read more than 60 magazines. Each will bring its own unique playing experience, allowing to access many details and anecdotes about the bike world.

RIDE 3 will be available both in physical and digital versions from November30th on PlayStation®4Xbox One and Windows PC®/STEAM.
Physical Editions:

  • Standard Edition which includes the full game
  • Special Edition which includes the full game and Season Pass and an exclusive Ducati Panigale V4* Steelbook

Digital Editions:

  • Standard Edition which includes the full game
  • Gold Edition which includes the full game and Season Pass, Sport Bikes Pack (4 bikes, 10 events and 3 trophies/achievements), BMW R 1200 GS Pack (with the iconic bike, it includes 5 events and 3 trophies/achievements) and the Credits Multiplier that doubles credits achieved after every event in any game mode.

For more information, please visit: ridevideogame.com

  • Please check local retailers for availability

 

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Date published: 30/11/18

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Dive into SEGA’s New Map and Music From Team Sonic RacingDive into SEGA’s New Map and Music From Team Sonic Racing

Today, SEGA is splashing onto the scene to reveal a slippery new map and subaquatic sounds from the upcoming team-based racing experience, Team Sonic Racing. In the new map, “Whale Lagoon,” Sonic and friends will head to the shore for a race through a vibrant underwater landscape full of mysterious marine creatures.
 

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Your voyage is guaranteed to go swimmingly as you coast along to the upbeat nautical anthem, “Whale Lagoon,” created by iconic Sonic series composer, Jun Senoue.  Get ready to sway to the submarine beat and listen here: 

 

 

And don’t forget to put on your goggles and explore the new map.

Developed by award-winning studio Sumo Digital, Team Sonic Racing is the ultimate arcade and fast-paced competitive style racing experience, featuring your favorite characters and environments from across the Sonic Universe. Race together and win together in online multiplayer or local co-op mode utilizing the dynamic team mechanics and vehicle customization features to dash across the finish line. Team Sonic Racing is set to release both physically and digitally on May 21, 2019 on Sony PlayStation®4, Microsoft Xbox® One and Nintendo Switch™, with a digital-only release on PC.

 To pre-order the physical edition of Team Sonic Racing, please visitwww.teamsonicracing.comTo stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on Twitter and Instagram, like him on Facebook, and subscribe to theTwitch channel and the YouTube channelFor more information, please visit www.sonicthehedgehog.com

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Date published: 29/11/18

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Blue Beetle is getting an official live action adaption

Gareth Dunnet Alcocer Writing BlueBeetle Movie For WarnerBros. & DC

 

 

 

 

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Date published: 29/11/18

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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, SONIC UNLEASHED, and Aliens vs Predator are coming to Xbox One Backward Compatibility today

XBOX ONE Backwards Compatibility update

 

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Date published: 29/11/18

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