With the Pokemon Company keeping mum about when they are releasing their much-awaited augmented-reality game, leaks and rumors are finding themselves online. The most recent one is a nine-minute field test video which is supposedly from a field tester in Australia, where the game's field tests are ongoing. The video provided a sneak peek into some of the game's features which include capturing Pokemon, hatching eggs and joining a Gym.
According to a report in Game Rant, the video showed how a player, who is considered as a new trainer when he or she enters the game, can start by customizing his or her avatar. Base avatars are either male or female, and once an avatar is selected, a player can change their hair color, eye color and even their attire and accessories.
After customization, the player goes off to look for pocket monsters to capture. According to the report, this game is different from other Pokemon games where a pocket monster is provided to the player from the start. In "Pokemon GO," one must capture their own pocket monsters and train them. more >>
"Golden Week" in Japan is not happening until Friday, April 29, but the North American store of the PlayStation Network has launched its own celebration of the holiday with its "Golden Week" Sale that started a few days ago and will run until May 3, Monday. The North American store of PSN has always held a special sale for "Golden Week" and this year is no exception. PlayStation Plus subscribers get additional discounts on top of the sale prices.
Because it is a Japanese holiday, the store in North America is giving discounts on Japanese games, offering as much as 75% off certain game titles. According to a report in N4G, there are more than 71 games included in the discount list, for consoles PS3, PS4 and Vita.
In particular, Japanese role-playing games are included in the sale, so RPG gamers in North America can celebrate and grab the titles they have been eyeing for some time. Among the notable titles included are those that were only released last year, namely "Persona 4: Dancing All Night," "Final Fantasy Type-0 HD," "Gravity Rush Remastered" and "Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth." more >>
Nintendo is getting left behind by its rivals, but the Japanese gaming giant isn't ready to give up, at least for now. Although the company's investors are a bit disappointed, Nintendo Co. are on track in making a comeback with the announcement of a new videogame system called the Nintendo NX, which reportedly is going to be released in March of next year.
Per Wall Street Journal report, the announcement interestingly came right after the company reported a huge decline in its sales. The main reason for the limited revenues is the fact that the brand hasn't really introduced anything new to a market that's flooded with so many options and with the likes of Sony and Microsoft leading the industry.
CEO Tatsumi Kimishima talked about several things, including Nintendo's outlook in the immediate future, but he didn't get into details about the NX, not even mentioning if it's either a console or a portable, hand-held gaming device. more >>
The popular shooter franchise "Call of Duty" is rumored to be bringing another installment to the series soon, and according to a Tech Times report, the upcoming game may come by the name "Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare." This news came ahead of any official announcement after a listing of the game with the said title appeared on the PlayStation Store, an image of which was shared on NeoGAF.
Other rumors about the game indicate that an unveiling of the game will be happening on May 3rd. According to leaks, game retailers are already receiving marketing collateral as well as the start date of the marketing.
The Tech Times report speculated that May 3rd is likely if one looks at how Activision usually announces its "Call of Duty" installment a few months before an E3 (which is two months away), and it has done so in the past years. Aside from that, leaks about the game will likely find themselves online as what happened with "Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare" in 2014, where the game was supposed to be revealed through a special cover edition of Game Informer, but when the trailer leaked ahead, the developer and publisher decided to make the announcement. more >>
Amazon is offering some hefty discounts on several variants of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.
The original iPad Pro, which sits at the very top of Apple's iPad range, was launched in September 2015 and features a large display big enough for consumers to use the tablet for productivity as well as for watching videos and playing games.
The iPad Pro now comes in two sizes: the 12.9-inch original iPad Pro and a smaller, newer 9.7-inch model. Both are powered by the same A9X third-generation chip that makes them the most powerful tablets on the market today. Both also feature the same 264-ppi fully laminated Retina displays. more >>
The game developer behind the "Borderlands" franchise, Gearbox Software, has finally confirmed that it is working on another installment in the shooter franchise. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford shared a few details during a panel at the recently concluded PAX East, according to a report in GameSpot. He confirmed that the game is being worked on by saying, "Obviously, there is going to be another Borderlands." However, he also cited that they are not sure if they will call it "Borderlands," warning fans not to get "too attached" to the name.
Gearbox also identified some of the team members who will be working on the game. These includes the art director of "Battleborn," Scott Kester. Incidentally, he also worked on the previous installment of the franchise, "Borderlands 2." Mickey Neumann, who is also Gearbox's chief creative champion is said to be writing the next "Borderlands." He had a hand at writing the first installment of the series, as well as the "Brothers in Arms" game series of Gearbox.
When Neumann was asked about the storyline for the next game, he cited that it may have ties to "Tales from the Borderlands" as he may refer to a character named Scooter who names his son Scooper who in turn will appear in "Borderlands 3." Scooper will apparently have a super high-pitched voice, according to Neumann. Scooter however may not make an appearance in the upcoming game because of the fate that befalls him in "Tales from the Borderlands," according to the report. more >>