October 21, 2015

Japan To Get A Real Life Pokemon Gym Next Month

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

The Pokemon Company will be bringing the series’ popular gyms into the real world with the establishment of a real life Pokémon Gym in Osaka, Japan starting on November 19th. This education experience aimed at children will allow them to learn Pokémon training tips, collect in-game rewards for participating. Visitors to the Gym can even have a conversation with a Pokémon, although I am not quite sure how that would work!

There are some really cool images of the exhibit over at Inside Games, who first reported on the new exhibit. These images include a very large life-like Charizard. All of the text in the source article is in Japanese, so be prepared for that!

This Pokemon Gym is quite different from the ones in any of the main series titles, such as 2013’s Pokemon X & Y. There are no trainers to battle and as far as I can tell no badges to collect. Trainers looking for an experience closer to the journeys featured in the games might want to consider either Nintendo’s Pokemon Leagues or Official Tournaments.  Leagues allow trainers to complete Gym Challenges by meeting up weekly with other trainers in their area. Official Tournaments are of course reserved for larger events like New York Comic Con.



Trillion: God of Destruction Announced For Western PS Vita Release

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Idea Factory International has just announced a brand new Strategy Roleplaying game for the PlayStation Vita. Trillion: God of Destruction pits the player (that’s hopefully you) against a boss that literally has a trillion hit points. To accomplish the behemoth task of taking him down you’ll have six Overlord Candidates that you main train, level and fine-tune to take down Trillion!

The story of Trillion takes place 1000 years after an epic battle between heaven and hell. After many generations the great battle is still remembered but with the peace, a sense of tranquility has returned to the land. That is, until the demon Trillion appears to wreak havoc!

Alongside some screenshots Idea Factory International provided the following key features of Trillion:

A TRILLION HP! This big bad boss has 1,000,000,000,000 HP! How you defeat him is up to your individual strategy and training!

6 Deadly Sins to Love! In between battles, you’ll get some quality alone time with each of your six Overlord Candidates leading your army. Can you have a love story even in war?

Prepare for Battle! While Trillion sleeps, it’s training time! Hit the training grounds and discover randomly-generated treasure chests or strengthen weapons at the Blacksmith’s!

Replay, Replay, Replay! Stats carry over with each New Game+ plus and there are multiple endings to unlock! With over 10 endings, there’s even more reason to stand up and keep fighting!

Trillion: God of Destruction will be available both digitally on PlayStation Network and physically at your retailer of choice for PlayStation Vita sometime in 2016.

This game was originally released as Makai Shin Trillion in Japan and Idea Factory International has launched an official western site for Trillion which you can visit here.

Source: IFI Press Release


Rovio The Studio Behind Angry Birds is Cutting Over 200 Jobs

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

The boom bust cycle of game development is something that anyone who works in the industry can tell you horror stories about, large layoffs are often commonplace after development sprints and often studio sizes swell, and shrink by the hundreds prior too and after a games release. It is however surprising that after over half a decade of dominance the studio behind the Angry Birds is starting to show signs of flagging. The first blow came when in August of this year it was reported that the studio (based in France) was in a nasty fight with its employees over staff redundancy.  France’s labor laws are quite strict and laying off workers takes time, but now it seems that process has ended. The cuts come as part of a restructuring process that will see Rovio concentrate its efforts around three primary business areas: games, media, and consumer products. This comes as a surprise to some, as recent announcements of Angry Birds the Movie, and millions of downloads for Angry Birds 2 would seems to have invigorated the company.

Job cuts were spread across Rovio’s entire business, with the exception of the team working on the Angry Birds movie in the United States and Canada. For those affected, Rovio said it will “actively provide career support for those made redundant as a result of the reorganization.” Rovio has seen better days. and many industry analysts believe the company may no longer be relevant.


New Battlefield Hardline DLC is and its free.

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

EA has announced today that it will add a free expansion to its cops and robbers battlefield, called Blackout. The announcement comes on the EA blog which says “What happens when the lights go out, and criminal and police factions are forced to face off under the slimmest sliver of light? Find out yourself,” The post goes on to detail what will be in the expansion:

  • Two maps: Night Job and Night Woods (night versions of Bank Job and Backwoods)
  • 1 new gadget: Night Vision Goggles
  • 2 new weapons for all classes and factions: a new version of the RO933 and a new Battle Rifle
  • New music, camos, assignments, patches, and more

Blackout will also improve the games spectator mode (because E-sports). Its odd to see this expansion being released for free after the previous two, Criminal Activity and Robbery, were both paid DLC. Its even more odd when you factor in that there are two more announced but as yet un-released DLC’s called Getaway and Betrayal, that are coming in 2016. There is no word yet on the launch date of blackout.


PS4 To Recieve price Cut In Europe

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Fionna Schweit

It often seems that with consoles Europe gets left in the dust, so it usually comes as no surprise when months after a US price decrease the same thing is finally applied to Europe. Such is the case again with the PS4, the MSRP will not be €349.99/£299.99.  A spokesperson for Sony said “Since the launch of PS4 our aim has always been to provide players with the best gaming experiences at the best value, and we’ve been thrilled with the amount of players who have joined our world,” Most of those players joined at a price point close to double the standard US prices.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe boss Jim Ryan said:

“With this year’s biggest blockbusters and next year’s best exclusives such as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End set to thrill players, there has never been a better time to join the PS4 community.”

Truly this can not come at a better time, as Sony continues the push of the current generation in to the holiday season.



Watch the First 2 Hours of Tales of Zestiria Right Here

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Are you excited to try out Bandai Namco’s latest JRPG Tales of Zestiria but haven’t had the chance to pick it up? Last night we started to livestream the game over on our Twitch Channel and we made it through the first 2 hours of the game yesterday evening. During our livestream we not only give commentary on the game’s events but also use Twitter to check in with the Tales Community and see what others are up too.

You can watch a re-cap of yesterday’s stream below. Make sure to follow our twitter and tune in later tonight when we stream at least a few more hours of Tales of Zestiria.

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Rainbow Six Siege’s New Trailer Shows off a Whole World of Locations

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Rainbow Six Siege

If you chose to enlist with the special operations group Rainbow this December where will your adventures take you? Perhaps you’ll visit Courchevel, France or Hamburg, Germany or maybe even Los Angeles, California.

The latest gameplay trailer for Rainbow Six: Siege shows gives us a brief look at some of the locations that were not included in last month’s extended beta. It’s nice to see Ubisoft going for an international approach in terms of level locations – perhaps we’ll even see some matches take place in locales other than Europe and North America!

Rainbow Six Siege will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on December 1st and is Rated M for Mature.

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Super Mario Maker Drives Wii U Sales Up 110% For September!

Posted on October 21, 2015 by Rae Michelle Richards

Mario Maker

Sales of Nintendo’s current generation platform, the Wii U increased an impressive 110% when compared with August 2015. Nintendo attributes this absolutely impressive uptick in sales to the release of Super Mario Maker which has moved over 500,000 units in the U.S.A since launching on September 11th.

To quote Nintendo’s press-release, since they put it best:

Perhaps the biggest impact however has been on hardware sales. For the full month of September, sales of Wii U hardware in the United States increased by nearly 110 percent over sales in August. Software sells hardware and no one sells hardware like Mario.

Super Mario Maker sales data weren’t the only numbers included in Nintendo’s latest release. We also got some numbers for Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer which solved over 115,000 units in its first week of release.

Don’t forget that if you haven’t picked up Happy Home Designer it is also part of a special bundle with the smaller New Nintendo 3DS and an exclusive Isabelle faceplate!


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