Articles by Andrew Goldfarb

80 New Pokemon, Evolution Items Coming to Pokemon Go

The rest of the Johto region has arrived, plus new evolution items, and Nanab and Pinap Berries. By Andrew Goldfarb Niantic and The Pokemon Company have announced that more than 80 new Pokemon are headed to Pokemon Go this week. The new Pokemon come from the Johto region, originally introduced in Pokemon Gold and Silver, and can be encountered in the wild starting this week. Niantic is also adding new Evolution items for evolving Pokemon, as well as new purchasable outfit and accessory options for customizing your trainer. New berries will also be introduced to aid in catching Pokemon. The new Nanab Berry will slow the movements of wild Pokemon, while the Pinap Berry will double the amount of candy earned from catching a Pokemon if the next ball thrown yields a successful catch. The new berries join the Razz Berries that were already in the game, which can be fed to a Pokemon to make them slightly easier to catch. While a full list of new Pokemon isn’t available yet, Niantic specifically mentioned that Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile will be among the new additions. The new Pokemon coming this week join the initial set of Pokemon from generation 2 introduced…

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Call of Duty 2017 Will Take Franchise ‘Back To Its Roots’

“Traditional combat will once again take center stage.” By Andrew Goldfarb Activision says this year’s Call of Duty will “take Call of Duty back to its roots.” In a call reporting fourth quarter 2016 earnings, Activision elaborated that “traditional combat will once again take center stage” in this year’s title, which is currently in development from Sledgehammer Games. Activision also commented on the lower-than-expected sales of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare last year, noting that the “space setting didn’t resonate” with players, and Infinite Warfare “wasn’t the success we planned.” Still, Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg noted on a call following the earnings report that “we’ve never been more excited creatively or commercially about our three-year Call of Duty slate.” A slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare launched last fall and went on to be the best-selling game in the United States for 2016 despite not hitting the heights of previous Call of Duty sales. For our thoughts on the space setting, read more in IGN’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare review. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and will also go back to his roots this year. You READ FULL STORY AT…

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Activision Re-Confirms Destiny Sequel for 2017

Sequel will seek “to broaden the franchise’s global reach.” By Andrew Goldfarb Activision has confirmed that a sequel to Destiny is still on track for release in 2017. In a presentation accompanying its fourth quarter 2016 earnings today, Activision clarified that it will release a “full Destiny sequel in 2017 to broaden the franchise’s global reach, which along with follow-on content plans, sets the stage for growth.” Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg confirmed in a call following the earnings report that “development is going great, and it is indeed on track for release this fall.” Activision also said Destiny will aim for a “great cinematic story” this time around. Slide from Activision’s Q4 2016 earnings report In early 2016, Activision first revealed plans to release a Destiny sequel in 2017 as part of last year’s earnings report. Activision previously said that the “majority of the team at Bungie” is currently working on the sequel, which is rumored to also be headed to PC. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is also hoping to broaden his global reach this year. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Super Mario Run Update Adds Easy Mode

Toads are now easier to acquire in Toad Rally mode. By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo has released a new update for Super Mario Run on iOS. As Nintendo confirmed on Twitter, the update adds a new Easy Mode that will provide players with unlimited Bubbles and eliminate the time limit. Super Mario Run’s version 1.1.0 patch notes The update also changes Toad Rally mode, making it easier to gather Toads and harder to lose them. Nintendo also added “compatibility with new events,” a Korean language option, and unlimited redemptions for Toad as a playable character when connecting your My Nintendo account. Super Mario Run has been downloaded more than 50 million times since its launch in December. Currently only available for iOS, it will launch on Android in March. For more on Super Mario Run, read IGN’s Super Mario Run review and find tips to get all of the purple, pink, and black coins in our Super Mario Run wiki guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and is very proud of himself for completing the black coin bonus level. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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PAX Unplugged Announced, Focused on Tabletop Games

Coming to Philadelphia November 17-19. By Andrew Goldfarb At PAX South today, the newest PAX event was unveiled: PAX Unplugged. PAX Unplugged will be a yearly event and will focus on tabletop games. It will debut in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from November 17-19 this year, with three-day badges set to go on sale this Spring. PAX Unplugged’s logo According to PAX event organizers ReedPop, the event will focus on “board, card, and other tabletop games” and, like every PAX, will include game reveals, tournaments, panels, and special events like concerts. Penny Arcade co-founder Jerry Holkins confirmed in a statement that tabletop games will continue to appear at other PAX events, but Unplugged “will focus on stepping away from the TV, monitor and phone to foster face-to-face multiplayer experiences.” Video games are a possibility for Unplugged, a representative told us, but only digital tabletop games. Meanwhile, PAX South is currently underway in San Antonio this weekend, with appearances from multiple game developers and a chance to try out Shovel Knight on Nintendo Switch. The next PAX, PAX East, will take place in Boston, Massachusetts later this year from March 10-12. Andrew is IGN’s executive READ FULL STORY AT…

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Prey Release Date Announced

Pre-order bonuses include a special shotgun, Neuromods, and more. By Andrew Goldfarb Bethesda has announced that Prey will be released worldwide on May 5, 2017 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A new trailer revealed the release date along with our best look yet at main character Morgan Yu and the alien threat he’s fighting on board space station Talos I. Along with the news, Bethesda also announced the Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack, a bonus pack that will be available to players who pre-order Prey. The Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack will offer a Margrave shotgun (a Yu family heirloom, according to Bethesda), as well as three Neuromods, two medkits, a shotgun ammo Fabrication Plan, and “a unique upgrade to help players preserve their limited resources.” Prey’s Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack for Prey pre-orders The new Prey was revealed at last year’s E3 from developer Arkane. The project began life back in 2011 as Prey 2 from developer Human Head, but was later delayed after Bethesda said development had “not progressed satisfactorily.” Development transitioned to Arkane back in 2013, but Prey 2 was officially cancelled by Bethesda the following year, after which development presumably began on this new version. For READ FULL STORY AT…

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Star Wars: Episode VIII's Official Title Is The Last Jedi

First teaser poster revealed. By Andrew Goldfarb Lucasfilm has announced that the title of Star Wars: Episode VIII is The Last Jedi. A blog post on the official Star Wars site revealed the title, calling it “the next chapter in the Skywalker saga” and confirming its release date, December 15, 2017. The first teaser poster for the film was also revealed: The first teaser poster for The Last Jedi As Lucasfilm already confirmed, Episode VIII is written and directed by Looper and The Brothers Bloom director Rian Johnson. Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman are producing, with J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin, and Tom Karnowski serving as executive producers. Previously, Johnson said the film will pick up “the very next moment” after Episode VII ended. He added that Rey will be “taking her first step to coming to terms with this thing inside her that she never knew was there and is just starting to reveal its potential.” The film will also explore Kylo Ren’s humanity according to actor Adam Driver, who also compared the script to The Empire Strikes Back. For more on what we know so far about The Last Jedi, check out IGN’s guide to READ FULL STORY AT…

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Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Announced for 3DS

Inspired by 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden. By Andrew Goldfarb During a Nintendo Direct today, Nintendo announced a new Fire Emblem for 3DS, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. It will be released on the 3DS eShop on May 19. Aim and Celica are the names of the dual protagonists, who are “locked in a tragic war dividing the continent of Valentia.” On May 19, amiibo versions of both will also be available. Nintendo said the game is inspired by 1992’s Fire Emblem Gaiden, which only released in Japan. Shadows of Valentia will feature free-roaming, dungeons, and “flexible character progression,” according to Nintendo. Developing… READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

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Zelda, Bokoblin Breath of the Wild Amiibo Announced

Two new figures join the Zelda family. By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo has announced two new amiibo for Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Zelda and Bokobin will join the previously-announced Breath of the Wild amiibo, including Archer Link, Rider Link, and a Guardian. As described by Nintendo, Zelda carries a Sheikah Slate, while the Bokoblin is carrying “a rudimentary Boko Club.” The full Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo family As revealed on Nintendo’s Zelda amiibo page, the full line of Zelda: Breath of the Wild amiibo will launch on March 3, alongside Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the Nintendo Switch itself. Earlier tonight, we learned Breath of the Wild’s release date as well as the date and price of the Nintendo Switch. For much more about what Nintendo announced, check out our wrap-up of all of tonight’s big Nintendo Switch announcements as well as our Nintendo Switch pre-order guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and hopes the cute dogs in the game get amiibo figures too. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Ghost Recon Wildlands Short Film Announced

30 minute live-action film will premiere in February. By Andrew Goldfarb Ubisoft has announced a live-action Ghost Recon Wildlands short film, War Within the Cartel. The 30-minute short stars T.I. and will be executive produced by Star Trek and Amazing Spider-Man writer Roberto Orci. It will premiere on Ubisoft’s Twitch channel on February 16 and will then be available to watch on Amazon for free to Amazon Prime subscribers. War Within the Cartel will focus on the Santa Blanca drug cartel as they seek to flush out a traitor within their ranks, with T.I. portraying a member of the cartel named Marcus. The short is directed by Avi Youbian, who previously directed The Walking Dead season five episode “Now.” Aside from Orci, War Within the Cartel is also produced by American Gods actor Orlando Jones, and LA-based studio Legion of Creatives. According to Ubisoft, the end of the film will lead directly into the events at the beginning of Ghost Recon Wildlands. Promotional art for War Within the Cartel by artist Ken Taylor Ghost Recon Wildlands will launch on March 7 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Beta registration is currently available for one of the multiple betas headed to players prior…

Shovel Knight Coming to Nintendo Switch

Just one of many new ways to buy Shovel Knight moving forward. By Andrew Goldfarb Yacht Club Games has announced that Shovel Knight is coming to Nintendo Switch. In addition to the main game heading to the new platform, Yacht Club confirmed that upcoming new campaign Specter of Torment will also be headed to Switch. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove logo But that’s just one part of the new plan for Shovel Knight moving forward. Yacht Club is now referring to Shovel Knight as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, an all-inclusive title for the overall game. Anyone who currently owns Shovel Knight will now automatically own Treasure Trove, which will receive upcoming campaigns and updates for free. However, players will now also have new a la carte options for purchasing the various campaigns for Shovel Knight individually as standalone games on PS4, Xbox One, PC, or Switch. The original game’s campaign will now be known be known as Shovel of Hope. Beyond that original campaign, players can buy Plague of Shadows, the Plague Knight campaign that was released last year, and Specter of Torment, the upcoming campaign featuring Specter Knight. Logos for the standalone campaigns Later in 2017, Yacht Club also plans…

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Pokemon Go Christmas Event Offers Free Egg Incubators

Increased chance to hatch Togepi and other Johto Pokemon between December 25 and January 3. By Andrew Goldfarb Niantic has revealed Pokemon Go’s new holiday event, offering increased chances to hatch and encounter certain Pokemon. As announced in a blog post on Pokemon Go’s official site, from December 25th until January 3rd, PokeStops will offer one single-use egg incubator after your first spin each day. Eggs found during this period will have an increased chance of containing the new Johto region Pokemon, including Togepi, Pichu, Elekid, Smoochum, Magby, Igglybuff, and Cleffa. Promotional art for Pokemon Go‘s holiday event Players are also more likely to encounter Santa hat Pikachu, who was originally only in the game until December 29 but will now remain until the end of this event on January 3rd. Beyond the holiday event, Pokemon Go will also offer an increased chance to encounter the starter Pokemon and their evolutions. From December 30th through January 8th, players are more likely to encounter Bulbasaur, Ivysaur, Venusaur, Charmander, Charmeleon, Charizard, Squirtle, Wartortle, and Blastoise. During this period, Lure Modules will also last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30. This is Pokemon Go’s third major holiday event, READ FULL STORY AT…

Super Mario Run Passes 50 Million Downloads

By Andrew Goldfarb Nintendo announced today that Super Mario Run has been downloaded 50 million times since its launch on December 15. The news comes via Twitter, and came along with the following image from Nintendo: Nintendo celebrates 50 million downloads of Super Mario Run Today’s milestone marks 10 million additional downloads since the 40 million milestone Nintendo announced earlier this week. According to Nintendo, Super Mario Run was “the fastest in App Store history” to hit that milestone, topping the charts in 140 different countries. For more, be sure to read our Super Mario Run review, plus find tips on getting all of those black coins and much more in IGN’s Super Mario Run wiki guide. Andrew is IGN’s executive editor of news and will never get used to not having to jump over enemies. You can find him rambling about Persona and cute animals on Twitter. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

Persona Director, Artist Reveal New Fantasy RPG

Project Re Fantasy will be an entirely new game separate from Shin Megami or Persona. By Andrew Goldfarb Atlus has established a new internal studio called Studio Zero and announced its first project, a new fantasy RPG from Persona series director Katsura Hashino, artist and character designer Shigenori Soejima, and composer Shoji Meguro. According to details in the latest issue of Famitsu translated by Gematsu, the game is currently codenamed Project Re Fantasy. It is an entirely new project not connected to the Shin Megami Tensei or Persona series. While few details about Project Re Fantasy beyond its fantasy setting have been revealed, images in Famitsu show off soldiers fighting a dragon, a young woman who appears to be an elf, and characters riding in carriages and on horseback. The first artwork from Project Re Fantasy (Image via Famitsu) Atlus company director Naota Hiraoka confirmed to Famitsu that Soejima and Meguro will still be involved in the Persona series moving forward, and that Soejima will be part of a new Atlus Artwork Team. No specific platforms or release window for Project Re Fantasy have been confirmed. In a statement on Studio Zero’s official site (translated via Persona Central), Hashino said he…