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Pokemon Go Adds Friendship, Trading

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Have a couple of extra Moltres or shiny Pikachus in your bag that you’ve always wanted to give to a friend on Pokemon Go?

Know a good buddy who you’ve wanted to battle alongside but you haven’t been able to do so?

Well trainers, it looks like your prayers have been answered.

The Pokemon Company announced the newest update for Pokemon Go will go online later this week. This update will allow trainers to make friends with fellow Pokemon enthusiasts. It will also allow folks to send gifts to their friends and even trade Pokemon.

The website has a breakdown on how trainers can use the updates.

For example, to become friends with another trainer, enter their trainer code into the game to send a friend request. According to the release, trainer codes are ID numbers given to each player. It’s similar to the trainer numbers seen in the core Pokemon games.

If a friend accepts the request, they will become in-game friends and can be found on the Friends list.

The website noted the friends feature will not be active at launch to players who have identified themselves as under 13 years of age.

The release included information about how the Gift system works.

Via Pokemon Go Live

When a trainer visits a Pokestop or gym, they will have a chance to collect a special gift and send it to someone on their Friends list.

The Gifts contains helpful items and comes with a postcard showing where the Gift was collected.

Trainers also have a chance to receive a 7KM egg that contains an Alola form of a Kanto Pokemon. Earlier this year, Pokemon Go added the Alola form variants that were introduced in Pokemon Sun and Moon.

The gift giving system plays a role in increasing friendship levels. The website states trainers can increase their friendship level with others by sending gifts, or participating in a raid or a gym battle with their fellow trainers. As a trainer’s friendship level increases, they can unlock bonuses.

via Pokemon Go Live

It appears there will also be tiers of Friendship level. When a trainer helps a Great Friend in a raid battle, they can earn an attack bonus for their Pokemon. Trainers can increase their Friendship level once per day, per friend.

Another way to increase Friendship level comes from the most exciting aspect of this update is the new Trade system.

Trainers can trade Pokemon if they are near a friend and are level 10 or higher. Completing a trade earns them a bonus candy for the Pokemon they traded their way. The bonus increases if the Pokémon the two of you trade were caught in locations far apart from each other.

via PokemonGoLive

Trainers will use Stardust for their trades. While some trading will require more stardust, the amount will decrease as they increase their level.

Legendary Pokemon, Shiny Pokemon and Pokemon not in a trainer’s Pokedex will require a Special Trade, which can only occur once per day with a Great Friend or Best Friend, and require a lot of Stardust.

With Pokemon Go’s second anniversary approaching, this is a good timing for the update. A trading feature was something trainers have been looking forward to since the game was announced. This will not only excite new players, but it may also bring back trainers who left the game awhile back.

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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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