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Pokemon Go Rolls Out Snorlax Field Research Quests

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Snorlax is one of the more difficult Pokemon to catch, even without it being classified as a legendary type. Trainers in Pokemon Go may have struggled to catch the brutish Pokemon, but now the game is going to make it a little easier to add it to their roster.

The Pokemon Company announced that Snorlax will be a part of the July Field Research quests. Below is the news brief from the Pokemon website.

Get ready for more Field Research tasks and helpful rewards starting July 1. At 1 p.m. PDT, a brand-new set of Field Research tasks will be available that focus on Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region. As you complete these tasks, you may be able to encounter Pokémon such as Pikachu, Ditto, and Eevee! And, if you collect enough stamps to earn a Research Breakthrough, you’ll have an opportunity to catch an immense Snorlax that knows Body Slam, a great move that Snorlax currently found in the wild can’t learn.

Below is Snorlax’s description from Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon.

It has no interest in anything other than eating. Even if you climb up on its stomach while it’s napping, it doesn’t seem to mind at all!

Pokemon Go has had success with the Field Research tasks since they were added into the game earlier this year. Since the quests were introduced, trainers have had the opportunity to catch the Legendary Bird Trio – Moltres, Articuno and Zapdos. However, it is interesting that Pokemon Go is deciding not have the July Field Research quests focus on a legendary Pokemon like it had in the previous months. Trainers were probably expecting Ho-oh or Lugia as the next reward for Field Research quests. 

Like the Legendary Bird Trio, Snorlax was introduced in the Pokemon Red and Blue games. While it was not in the legendary tier as the birds, Snorlax wasn’t a run of the mill Pokemon.

In the first two generations of the core games, the remakes and later in X and Y, trainers encounter Snorlax when it blocks their path and must the Pokeflute to wake it up. Snorlax isn’t found in any other of the games, except by trade or evolving their Munchlax into a Snorlax.

Some trainers may view the lack of a legendary Pokemon reward for July’s Field Research as a step backwards, but they would benefit from having Snorlax on their team.  

While Snorlax’s attack and defense are both at 190, its stamina is 320, which is the fifth highest behind Blissey, Chansey, Wobbuffet and Wailord. If a gym already contains one of the four aforementioned Pokemon, a Snorlax will be a nice complement to the defense.

The Body Slam attack will help when it comes to defending gym battles. And of course, catching a Snorlax will bring a trainer one step closer to completing their Pokedex.

The July Field Research quests isn’t the only news happening in Pokemon Go.

  • Pokemon Go is in the middle of their Safari Zone event in Dortmund, Germany.
  • The game also announced Squirtle as the featured Pokemon for its July 8 Community Day.

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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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Fortnite v6.30 Update Arrives

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A new update has arrived for Fortnite, and v6.30 brings with it Wild West LTM, Dynamite and Ghost Pitsol.

Epic Games seems to be honing in on the overwhelming success of Red Dead Redemption 2 with both the release of Ashe in Overwatch and the introduction of the very RD2-ish Wild West Limited Time Mode, where you can defeat enemies using “weapons from frontier times” like Six Shooters or Double-Barrel Shotguns, in this week’s update.

Here is the rundown:

Fortnite Battle Royale patch notes

Limited Time Mode: Wild West

Fight for the Victory Royale using a limited set of weapons and items such as Hunting Rifles, Shotguns and Dynamite.

Available Weapons:

  • Hunting Rifle
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Double Barrel Shotgun
  • Six Shooter
  • Minigun

Available Items:

  • Campfire
  • Bandages
  • Medical Kits
  • Dynamite
  • Slurp Juice

Supply Drops can contain:

  • Epic Six Shooters
  • Legendary Double Barrel Shotguns and Miniguns
  • Slurp Juice

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • New Weapon: Dynamite
  • Uncommon rarity, found in stacks of 3.
  • Available from floor loot, chests, Vending Machines, Supply Llamas, and Supply Drops.
  • 70 damage to players and 800 damage to structures.
  • Explosion is in the shape of a flat cylinder
  • 1600 units in diameter and 384 units in height.
  • Initiating a throw will start a 5-second fuse that can’t be canceled.
  • Throw range is shorter than standard Grenades.

EVENTS

  • New Tournament: Scavenger Pop-Up Cup Duos
  • Scavenger game mode adjustments:
  • Material cap reduced from 500 to 300.
  • Drop count of Clingers and Grenades increased from 3 to 5.
  • Safe zone changes
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 3 from 20000 to 15000
  • Reduced the radius of Circle 4 from 10000 to 7500
  • Circle 4 is now the first circle partially outside of the previous safe zone (was circle 5)
  • Increased chances of supply drops in later circles
  • Circle 9 now travels twice as far but takes twice as long to close

Fortnite Save the World patch notes

HEROES

  • 8 Bit Demo returns to the Weekly Store.
  • Explosives expert who groups enemies with Decoy before finishing them with a hail of missiles.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

WEAPONS + ITEMS

  • Ghost Pistol added to the Weekly Store.
  • A slow firing pistol that shoots ghostly projectiles that pass through walls and enemies.
  • Available Wednesday, November 21 at 7 PM EST until Wednesday, November 28 at 7 PM EST.

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