Pokemon Generation 8 from the Nintendo Direct

Pokemon Sword and Shield will be the new generation in the franchise. The game will launch in late 2019 worldwide so expect a holiday release. It is set in the Galar Region which features snowy and green mountains, European-like towns, and caves.

Of course, the three starters were announced. Grookey, a mischievous monkey, Scorbunny, an active bunny, and Sobble, a timid water lizard. I’m not a huge fan of the designs and they looked extremely small in the gameplay trailer.

Gameplay

It still looks like traditional Pokemon and it seems to be using the same engine as Pokemon Let’s Go. Characters are much taller looking than before, especially the playable character. Perhaps these are signs of the game trying to reach an adolescent market. Random battles have returned which is unfortunate. I personally enjoyed that Pokemon Let’s Go allowed players to see which Pokemon they would run into. However, you can battle wild Pokemon again.

More announcements are coming soon so come back for your Pokemon news soon.

 

Reggie Fils-Ame will retire as Nintendo of America’s President

Reggie Fils-Ame will no longer be President of Nintendo of America. You’ve seen the memes: His body is ready, laser eyes, and fighting Satoru Iwata. He will be officially stepping down on April 15th and his successor is Doug Bowser: Head of Marketing.

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Reggie has been with the company for 15 years. He made history by appearing on stage at E3 2004 saying “My name is Reggie. I’m about kickin’ ass, I’m about takin’ names, and we’re about makin’ games.” He is a famous spokesperson for Nintendo. He often showed up at events alongside Shigeru Miyamoto and the late Iwada. He always included his own flair and personality into everything that he said and was never embarrassed to act silly for the camera. Reggie came in during the growth of the internet and it was a treat to see him during Nintendo directs and events. He is a genuine gamer and person and it showed through everything he said and did and I’ll miss him greatly. Below is Nintendo’s tweet regarding his departure.

Below is the press release statement by Nintendo

“I really appreciate everything Reggie has done for Nintendo,” said Shuntaro Furukawa, President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. “Inside and outside our company, Reggie is known as an exceptional leader. We are grateful that he is leaving the business in good shape with strong momentum. While we will miss him and we wish him the very best in his retirement, we are also pleased to have such an able successor ready to step into that role. Doug Bowser and the rest of the team will ensure a seamless transition and continued momentum for Nintendo.”

“Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said. “It’s a part that is filled with gratitude – for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not ‘game over’ for me, but instead ‘leveling up’ to more time with my wife, family and friends.”

And:

“It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America,” Bowser said. “And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come.”

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Epic destroys Exciting Events for failed Fortnite Event

In Europe, Exciting Events hosted the “Fortnite event of the year” in Norwich. To compare it to the Fyre Festival would be silly but attendees were paying for a dedicated Fortnite event. Tickets were £12 (roughly $16) and unlimited access wristbands were £20 ($26).

At the event were a climbing wall, archery, go-karts, and a truck with a trampoline in it. It was more of a carnival rather than a Fortnite event. Epic Games had nothing to do with the event.

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This is a slide ride

You could play Fortnite but you had to pay to play at the venue which goes against its free-to-play model. The lines were over 90 minutes long to play the game. Many parents were rightfully angry as the ticket prices were quite high, lines were long, activities were poorly, the event was poorly staffed, and people had to wait in the cold. Refunds were provided for people on the first day of the event through Facebook but the page has closed.

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The line to play Fortnite at Norwich

Exciting Events will not continue all future Fortnite events in other countries for the year. The organizer, Shaun Lord, defended the event in Norwich according to EDP. 

“I would love it to be an annual thing. Those people who didn’t get value for money on activities, we have got to make that better next year. It is highlighted to us now that we didn’t have enough of that.

Lord stated the event was for children and many of the activities were oriented towards them. He stated they greatly improved it on the second day for people. According to the EDP survey, most people were dissatisfied with the event and would most likely not come back. There were only 72 consoles for over 2800 people. Kids would wait over two hours and if they died, they were forced off the console.

They are now being sued by Epic Games. An Epic spokesman said, “The quality of our player experience is incredibly important to us, whether it’s inside the game or at official public events like last year’s Fortnite Pro-Am.” Due to the lawsuit, Exciting Events is no longer trading on the stock market. All assets will be turned into cash and the funds distributed among creditors, including the HMRC.

Pictures of the Events

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Fortnite Live day two at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Conor MatchettFortnite Live day two at the Norfolk Showground. Picture: Conor Matchett

Sources

BBC

EDP

EDP Survey

Eurogamer

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Darkest Dungeon 2: The Howling End teased

 

Red Hook Studios has announced the development of the sequel to Darkest Dungeon. The first game was originally designed by a team of 5 people and has now expanded to 14. While not date of release has been announced, Tyler Sigman and Chris Bourassa, Producer and Designer, stated that they are in no rush. The trailer features six familiar character classes—the Grave Robber, Leper, Man-at-Arms, Plague Doctor, Highwayman, and Hellion.

More details are in PC Gaming’s interview. Sigman and Bourassa stated they are planning to finetune the gameplay combat and expand more into the dark lore.