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Pokemon Go: Articuno and New Field Research Coming in June

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Alola trainers, the news just keeps coming for Pokemon Go.

This week, it was announced there would be Alola forms of Kanto Pokemon coming to Pokemon Go.

Today, trainers learned Larvitar would be the featured Pokemon for the June 16 Community Day.

Now trainers have the opportunity to catch the legendary bird Articuno and add it to their roster.

The Pokemon Go App Twitter account announced that Articuno would be the reward Pokemon for the Field Research events beginning June 1.

Description of Articuno on Bulbapedia.

Articuno is a large avian Pokémon with predominantly blue plumage and large wings said to be made of ice. It has a head crest that consists of three, darker blue rhombus-shaped feathers on its forehead and circular red eyes. Its beak is short and gray, and its long, thin legs are the same color. It has a long, streamer-like tail that is longer than its body and the same shade of blue as its crest.

When Articuno flaps its wings, it can chill the moisture in the air around it, making snow fall. It flies from icy mountain to icy mountain. According to legend, it appears before doomed travelers lost in icy regions. As seen in the anime, Articuno sometimes aids travelers and guides them to safety. Articuno lives in cold, isolated locations, such as mountain peaks.

It’s not really a surprise Niantic would roll out Articuno for the Field Research quests. When the game launched Field Research in April, the reward Pokemon was the legendary fire bird Moltres. This month, the game added Zapdos with electric-centric quests.

This will be welcome news to Pokemon trainers across the world. Prior to the announcement, Articuno was only available during raids for Pokemon Go. 

 

Like Moltres and Zapdos, Articuno was introduced in the first generation of Pokemon games and was found in the Seafoam Islands cave. After traversing through the cave, trainers had to battle Articuno in hopes of catching it.

Since the first generation of games, Articuno has been available in various Pokemon games, most recently in the Ultra Space Wilds in Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

Pokemon Go players know Articuno as the mascot for Team Mystic.

Articuno has made appearances in the Pokemon anime. It was a main character in the second Pokemon movie. It also aided Noland in his battle against Ash in the Battle Frontier season of the television series where it battled Charizard and was defeated.

In Pokemon Origins, Red caught an Articuno in the Seafoam Islands. It appeared in Red’s battle against Mewtwo in Cerulean Cave, but it was easily defeated by the psychic Pokemon.

Catching an Articuno will provide trainers an opportunity to complete their Kanto Pokedex. It will also add another water powerhouse to their team.

With Articuno being the third legendary Pokemon for the Field Research reward, it seems like Niantic will have the second generation of legendaries as a part of the questlines – July could bring Ho-oh and August could be the month where Lugia joins the quest lines.

In the fall, Niantic could add the legendary beasts, Entei, Raikou and Suicune to the quest lineup.

There’s also the weather trio – Groudon, Kyogre and Rayquaza, who could added to the Field Quest research in 2019.

The Field Research has been a fun addition to Pokemon Go and it will be interesting to see where the developers take the concept and how they build upon it.  

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Fortnite Patch v7.10 Nerfs X-4 Stormwing Plane

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With the rollout of Fortnite’s new patch, patch v7.10, which has been delayed, there will be a nerf going down!

The nerf is for the X-4 Stormwing plane, which has an explosive damage was set at 25, but it is believed that it will be doubled with the upcoming update.

Here are some more details:

  • Stormwings now take 50% more damage from hitting objects.
  • Boosting now reduces the damage taken from impacts by 50%, previously boosting prevented all impact damage.
  • Damage done to players that are in a Stormwing when it’s shot down has been increased from 25 to 50
  • Damage is dealt directly to health.
  • Stormwings will now take more damage from destroying structures by running through them.
  • Fixed some performance issues with the Stormwing which could lead to reduced frame rate and movement corrections.

Additionally, Driftboard will no longer be included in the update, which is still scheduled to drop today.

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Epic Games Releases Roadmap of Cross-Platform Game Service for Developers

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Epic Games is planning to release a suite of cross-platform services that they intend to be free for all developers, releasing a roadmap of their plans.

Epic announced on Wednesday that a free service which supports cross-platform play across all major platforms “to the full extent each platform allows per-title.”

“At Epic, our goal is to help game developers succeed. Throughout 2019, we’ll be launching a large set of cross-platform game services originally built for Fortnite, and battle-tested with 200,000,000 players across 7 platforms. These services will be free for all developers, and will be open to all engines, all platforms, and all stores. As a developer, you’re free to choose mix-and-match solutions from Epic and others as you wish.”

Here is the roadmap:

  • Cross-Platform Login, Friends, Presence, Profile, and Entitlements (coming Q2-Q3 2019 to PC, other platforms throughout 2019): Provides the core functionality for persistently recognizing players across multiple sessions and devices; identifying friends; and managing free and paid item entitlements. This will support all 7 major platforms (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, Switch) to the full extent each platform allows per-title.
  • PC/Mac Overlay API (coming Q3 2019): Provides a user interface for login, friends, and other features in a game-agnostic, engine-agnostic way.
  • Cross-Platform Voice Comms (coming Q3 2019 to all platforms): Epic is building a new in-game voice communications service supporting all platforms, all stores, and all engines, which will be available for free. (For developers needing an immediately-available voice solution, check out Discord, Vivox, TeamSpeak, Ventrilo, and Mumble.)
  • Cross-Platform Parties and Matchmaking (coming Q3-4 2019 to all platforms)
  • Cross-Platform Data Storage, Cloud-Saved Games (coming Q2 2019)
  • Cross-Platform Achievements and Trophies (coming Q3 2019)

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Blizzard Working On Pokemon Go Style Warcraft Game

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Are you ready to bring the Warcraft experience to the next level? Well, Blizzard reportedly is, and they have their eyes targeting something rather big outside of the development of Diablo immortal, according to a recent report from Kotaku.

Amid the widespread backlash from fans over the Diablo Immortal title, Blizzard is reportedly working on a World of Warcraft game that’s loosely based on the insanely popular concept of Pokémon Go that has been a constant force in the gaming community over the past few years.

Blizzard is yet to give a release date for Diablo Immortal, but news of a plan in the works for a mobile version WoW game seems incredibly exciting.

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