Pokemon Go Ex Raid Battle update – Niantic extends Legendary Mewtwo beta test | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans hoping to take part in Ex Raid Battles could receive an invite this weekend.

According to Forbes, Niantic is sending out another wave of invites this weekend, giving fans another chance to catch Mewtwo.

Niantic also appears to be expanding the scope of Ex Raid Battles, as Trainers have reportedly starting seeing Ex Raids in locations like Sprint and now Starbucks.

“If you didn’t get a chance to capture Mewtwo in Pokémon GO last weekend, you might – might – be getting another chance soon,” the post reads.

“There is apparently another wave of invites going out this weekend, though the actual scope remains a bit hard to figure out. 

“At the moment, we still seem to be seeing a heavy focus on sponsored stops, presumably in an effort to give those sponsors a little more return on their reportedly high-priced contracts.

“Last week, it was all about Sprint, but now things seemed to have expanded to Starbucks, which multiple users are reporting seeing on their EX Raids.”

Ex Raid Battles are exclusive Raids available only to players with an invite.

Invites are sent out 24 hours in advance, and players only have a limited time to defeat can capture Mewtwo.

Then there’s the small matter of capturing Mewtwo if you’re successful in defeating the Legendary Pokemon.

Mewtwo is said to have a 6% capture rate, which makes those Premier Poke Balls extremely valuable.

A Pokemon Company spokesperson recently told Bloomberg that Niantic isn’t even close to being finished with Pokemon Go.

In addition to Gen 3 Pokemon and Ex Raid Battles involving Legendaries like Mewtwo, Niantic is also working on player-vs-player combat and trading.

That’s according to Pokemon Company CEO Tsunekazu Ishihara, who said: “We’ve only accomplished 10% of what Pokemon and Niantic are trying to do.

“So going forward we will have to include fundamental Pokemon experiences such as Pokemon trading and peer-to-peer battles, and other possibilities.”

Pokemon Go news: Big Mewtwo update for fans following Raids reveal | Gaming | Entertainment

It has now been confirmed in a new Pokemon Go news update that more Mewtwo Raids are starting to appear around the globe.

Having only been available in certain locations worldwide, more Trainers are receiving invites for EX Raids.

For anyone who doesn’t know, an EX Raid is an invite-only timed event, which gives players around 24hrs to prepare for a Mewtwo boss battle.

Players must make it back to the Gym they received the invite from at the time specified to have a chance of taking on the rare psychic-type Pocket Monster.

Like with all Raids, there’s no guarantee that after you beat Mewtwo you’ll be successful in catching it and adding it to your own roster.

But while the challenge is tough, Trainers are reporting on an increasing scale that they have been invited to take on Mewtwo.

The field tests are appearing at more locations in Europe, which have mostly been confirmed as sponsored Gyms like Starbucks.

Here’s the latest from the Pokemon Go Hub team: “The only area where EX Raid invitations were reported in non-sponsored Gyms is in Chester, UK where the great Heritage Event took place. If you haven’t raided at one of the sponsored Gyms inside Unibail malls, it’s not possible to receive an invitation.

“We have solid reasons to believe that EX Raid testing will intensify and soon expand outside sponsored locations in Europe and Asia, as the current test includes almost exclusively sponsored Poké Stops. 

“This is a pattern that’s emerged from previous Niantic’s releases in EU and Asia: sponsors get it first, then the rest of the Gyms / Stops.

“Australia is not included in this Raid Test, but we’ve got reports of new cities in the US and Japan getting EX raids in this wave. Shouldn’t be too long before they come to Australia either.”

It follows the news that fans have apparently found a glitch that can help provide more options when it comes to Combat Power.

According to the latest Pokemon Go news from Trainers, it’s possible to reroll a Pokemon’s CP, following the Raid Boss Battle.

This apparently requires two Trainers to be part of the Pokemon Go Raid to work.

By having one Trainer force close their Pokemon Go game before the raid boss is defeated, it means they miss out on the end of the battle.

The other Trainer who stays in the fight can then check out the CP, close their own game and then reopen it to see what the other Trainer would have received.

Here’s a rundown of events as described by those who did it:

  • Two trainers entered a lobby to fight a Gengar.
  • Midway through the battle, Trainer 2 closed his app. He did not leave the group.
  • Trainer 1 finished the battle.
  • Trainer 1 received a CP of 1468.
  • Trainer 1 crashed the catch screen, reloaded, and saw a CP of 1460.
  • This means that Trainer 2 Would have received a CP of 1460, had he stayed in the battle.
  • The second Trainer now has the option to click the gym where the raid occurred and encounter the Gengar with a CP of 1460, or they can wait 15 minutes before clicking. 

Because when the timer runs down, this trainer will then be allowed to fight the Raid boss again, as if he never participated in the first battle.

“In this case, he fought the Gengar again, and upon completing it, received a CP of 1476,” the original Reddit poster explains.

“To be clear: He chose to decline the 1460 Gengar, waited 15 minutes, then fought it again, which rerolled the CP. And, in this case, he received a better Gengar.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Niantic update adds FREE item that TRANSFORMS your Trainer | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans will soon receive a new wardrobe item that will transform Trainers.

As part of an imminent Niantic update, Pokemon Go fans will receive the free Global Goals T-shirt.

The new item will be released in a bid to raise awareness of the Global Goals initiative for Sustainable Development.

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which set out to end extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030,” reads a Niantic statement.

“Earlier this year, we announced a set of Pokemon GO game locations in collaboration with Global Goals during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Each of these 17 PokeStops represented the individual Global Goals, shedding light on the causes that they stand for and on our mission to foster discovery around the world.”

The next step for Niantic is the release of the Global Goals T-shirt.

“Soon, we’ll be adding an all-new avatar item to your wardrobe–the Global Goals shirt,” the statement continues.

“This free shirt gives you and the millions of Trainers around the world the opportunity to stand with us as we look to show our support for initiatives that make the world a better place like the Global Goals.

“We hope everyone will join us in having their avatar wear the Global Goals shirt proudly to show their support and spread awareness for these critically important Goals.”

The news comes as Pokemon Go prepares to benefit from the release of new AR technology in the upcoming range of iPhones.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colourful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.”

Nintendo Switch games news – SHOCK new Xbox One crossover, as Halo comes to Switch | Gaming | Entertainment

Microsoft has managed to get the Halo franchise on Nintendo Switch… but there’s a catch.

Master Chief will be appearing as part of the Halo Mash Up Pack in the Nintendo Switch version of Minecraft.

It’s all thanks to the Better Together Update, which enables cross-platform play between Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Windows 10, Android, iOS and more.

As Eurogamer points out, this will include DLC like the Halo Mash Up Pack, which is currently available on Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Microsoft addressed cross-platform DLC in a recent Better Together blog post, admitting that while it is open to the idea, some content packs would require permission from different platform holders.

Presumably this means there’s still a question mark over the Mario Mash Up Pack appearing on other consoles.

“Custom skins are awesome, and we know you love them!” reads a Microsoft post.

“Getting them to work on consoles requires some work on the platform holders’ side to enable things like this. We’re working with them to get everything in place to enable this in a future update.”

The Better Together update is the biggest Minecraft update ever.

Currently in the beta phase, it will launch with 34 new features, and is getting close to a final release.

Sony is the only major platform holder that hasn’t signed up to the Better Together update.

Sony’s Jim Ryan recently defended the decision for PS4, PS4 Pro and PS Vita not being part of the cross-play.

Speaking to Eurogamer, he said: “We’ve got to be mindful of our responsibility to our install base. Minecraft – the demographic playing that, you know as well as I do, it’s all ages but it’s also very young.

“We have a contract with the people who go online with us, that we look after them and they are within the PlayStation curated universe.

“Exposing what in many cases are children to external influences we have no ability to manage or look after, it’s something we have to think about very carefully.”

Pokemon Go NEWS – Halloween 2017 event, Legendary update, Niantic reveals future of AR | Gaming | Entertainment

Pokemon Go fans can expect another Halloween event for 2017.

The Pokemon Go Halloween celebration was one of the first in-game events to be introduced to the Niantic app last year.

And according to Slashgear sources, the Halloween event will return in October 2017.

Last year’s Halloween event saw an increase in Ghost Type Pokemon like Ghastly, Haunter, and Gengar.

As the report points out, these three Pokemon are likely to be joined by Gen 2 Pokemon Misdreavus.

The site also suggests that Dark Pokemon will see increased spawn rates during the event, but why stop there?

Multiple Ghost Type Pokemon made their debut in Gen 3 (see the gallery below), which makes Halloween the perfect time to introduce a selection of brand new Pokemon to the game.

Pokemon Go is about to be transformed thanks to new technology available in the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus.

The cameras on the iPhone 8 Plus are said to have been custom tuned for AR.

But despite the improvements to AR, Niantic boss and Pokemon Go creator John Hanke still thinks the technology is limited.

In fact, Hanke thinks that AR glasses are the future of augmented reality.

Hanke thinks that while devices like Google Glass were massively flawed, AR glasses are the way forward.

“Glasses are coming,” he said. “They are hard and it will take a while but we will get them and once we do, we won’t go back.”

Hanke said that once the social implications of such a device are ironed out, AR glasses will transform the way we interact with the world.

“Imagine buildings, offices, homes, cities and transportation with live, dynamic interfaces customized to you and what you want to do.

“The billions of dollars a year that we spend on physical signs, directories, schedules, and all of the other ‘UI’ that we need to navigate the physical world won’t be needed and will be replaced with digital overlays with far greater functionality.

“And yes, colorful animated creatures can inhabit our backyards and parks, waiting to be discovered.

“Games beyond anything we can imagine today will be played out. Not by humans wired into Matrix-style pods, but by human beings walking, running, exploring, talking and connecting in the real world.”

Pokemon Go has received a handy new update that makes it easier to search for Legendary Pokemon.

In addition to various big fixes and performance updates, the new update lets you search for defender and Legendary Pokemon.

This could save Trainers a lot of time when searching for the right Pokemon for the job.

Pokemon Go news patch notes in full:

  • Items received from spinning Gym PokéStops and completing Raid Battles are now displayed in the Journal.
  • Improved Pokemon Collection screen search functionality by allowing Trainers to search using “defender” and “legendary”.
  • Resolved a bug which caused Pikachu hats to disappear from the in-game model and icon.
  • Resolved a bug which caused some icons to disappear when scrolling through the Pokédex.
  • Various bug fixes and performance updates

PS5 release date SHOCK – Could FIFA, Madden, Battlefield skip next Sony PlayStation? | Gaming | Entertainment

Electronic Arts has cast doubt over the future of consoles like the Sony PlayStation 5.

EA’s Chris Evenden told attendees at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference (via GamesIndustry.biz) that streaming services through smart TVs could be the future of gaming.

“I think it’s inevitable that the gaming entertainment world will move in much the same way that the music and video entertainment worlds have already moved, in the sense that people have moved from an ownership model to an access model,” he said.

“And you’ll see that in gaming, just as you’ve seen it with Spotify and Netflix in other media businesses.”

EA already has its Origins service on PC, not to mention EA Access on Xbox One. Likewise, both Sony and Microsoft have launched subscription-based streaming services for their games.

“That infrastructure barrier is still there, but it’s shrinking very rapidly,” he continued.

“And we think in the next couple of years, you’ll see some major technological announcements that will prove to be commercially significant in the next three to five years.”

Not having to buy a new console would make it cheaper for gamers, and potentially expand EA’s audience.

“Right now if you want to play FIFA in the United States, it will cost you $460,” Evenden added. “You have to buy the game; you have to buy the console.

“In a streaming world, it could be $9.99 a month. The commercial details have to be worked out, but whatever number it ends up at is very much less than $460. So that extends your market, because all you need locally is literally a smart TV.”

It could be that the PS5 won’t launch with titles like FIFA, Battlefield and Madden, or maybe the next generation PlayStation won’t release at all.

Sony’s Shawn Layden recently suggested that the PS5 would be a long time coming.

Layden said that it would “probably be some time” before the PS5 is released, which suggests that talk of a 2018 launch is premature.

He also addressed concerns that Sony would start releasing PS4 Pro-only titles.

“That will never happen!” he said. “With the Playstation 4 Pro we have for the first time implemented this kind of innovation within the life cycle of a console.

“The Pro is really only to offer advantages such as 4K resolutions and HMD for players who can and want to use that.

“Add to this a more stable image rate and larger hard disk space. But [PS4 owners have] no real disadvantages. Each of our games will continue to run on the classic PS4 and possibly slightly better on the Pro.”

Call of Duty servers DOWN: Black Ops 3, Infinite Warfare, and Modern Warfare HIT | Gaming | Entertainment

Activision have now verified that most of their Simply call of Obligation servers are now being affected by an outage tonight.

“We are now dealing with connectivity challenges for these titles: Simply call of Obligation: Black Ops 3, Simply call of Obligation: Ghosts, Simply call of Obligation: Infinite Warfare, Simply call of Obligation: Modern-day Warfare Remastered, and Simply call of Obligation: State-of-the-art Warfare.”

Whilst most platforms are dealing with problems, Xbox 1 followers surface unaffected at this time on Simply call of Obligation: Black Ops 3.

This leaves the next platforms hit by tonight’s challenges: PS4, Pc, PS3 and Xbox 360.

Infinite Warfare, in the meantime, is now dealing with challenges on all platforms and it’s the same for Simply call of Obligation: Modern-day Warfare Remastered.

The most new updates from Activision examine: “We’re now dealing with connectivity challenges. This incident is underneath investigation.

“This incident is continue to open, and we are functioning to restore on the net companies as immediately as doable.”

The only Simply call of Obligation servers which surface unaffected correct now are for Black Ops 2, with no identified problems now listed by Activision.

It is unclear what is creating tonight’s outages or how prolonged they could possibly last.

MFL…

It follows information that Simply call of Obligation WW2 is having an open beta afterwards this thirty day period.

The Simply call of Obligation WW2 multiplayer beta has been supplied a September 29 release date on Pc, Activision has verified.

Out there on Steam, the multiplayer beta finishes a couple times afterwards on October 3.

The only bad information is that for the time being, the Simply call of Obligation WW2 open beta is not coming to PS4 or Xbox 1.

Fortunately, with the Simply call of Obligation WW2 release date pencilled in for November 3, you will find a great deal of time for this to modify.

Saying the Simply call of Obligation WW2 open beta, a spokesperson mentioned: “The Pc Open up Beta is just a tiny portion of the entire Simply call of Obligation: WWII Multiplayer experience coming to Steam in November.

“This check is a essential stage on our highway to delivering the most effective doable on the net experience on Steam at start in November.”

Overwatch Junkertown COUNTDOWN – Release date, time for PS4, Xbox One map, update | Gaming | Entertainment

developer Blizzard is about to release the Junkertown map on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

After a successful testing period on the Overwatch PTR, Blizzard has given the Junkertown map a September 19 release date.

There’s no official release time for the map, but Overwatch updates typically go live at around 7pm UK time.

The Junkertown map is expected to launch alongside a new update for Mercy.

As part of the Mercy update, the popular will only be able to resurrect characters on an individual basis. This will be a regular move with a cooldown period.

Her Ultimate ability  – which currently revives all downed teammates – will be replaced with a move called Valkyrie. Valkyrie boosts Mercy’s abilities and power, and even grants her the power of flight.

Junkertown, meanwhile, is a new Escort map set in the Australian Outback. You can see it for yourself in the gallery below…

“Junkertown is an Escort map located in the harsh and unforgiving Australian Outback,” the official description explains.

“Constructed from the remains of a destroyed omnium, it’s now the home to a band of lawless scavengers known as the Junkers, led by their cutthroat Queen.

“When they aren’t pillaging the omnium’s skeleton for anything of value, the Junkers blow off steam in the Scrapyard—a massive gladiatorial arena whose combatants fight for glory, riches…and to survive.”

Fans will also want to keep an eye out for the Junker Queen, who can be seen in posters and heard over the loudspeakers in a recent trailer (below).

The release of the Junkertown map will be followed by another free weekend on PS4, Xbox One and PC.

From Friday, September 22 until Monday, September 26, fans can play the entire game for free on consoles and PC.

The Overwatch free weekend has an 7pm UK start time and ends at 6.59am UK time.

Fans will be able to try all of the maps, game modes and characters, and can even unlock Loot boxes.

Any progress will be transferred to the full game if they decide to purchase it.

PlayStation Tokyo Game Show: TGS 2017 live stream and PS4 news | Gaming | Entertainment

The Sony PlayStation Tokyo Game show will include a live stream that kicks off at 8am, on Tuesday September 19.

The Youtube embed supplied by Sony appears to confirm that there will either be English captions, or voiceover for the TGS 2017 reveals.

And while we can expect some reveals when it comes to new PS4 news, it’s likely that Sony are keeping the biggest bits back for the PlayStation Experience being held later this year.

Sony have confirmed that there will be 21 playable titles at the TGS PlayStation booth, meaning we could see more from the likes of Code Vein, Detroit: Become Human, Call of Duty: WWII, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

There’s also the chance we could see more about the upcoming Resident Evil 7 DLC being released by Capcom later this year.

No big leaks have arrived that suggest there will be a big announcement during the Tokyo Game Show, although there’s always the chance that new designs of the PS4 could be revealed.

As an example, last year saw the Final Fantasy XV Luna Edition PS4 unveiled, which could be something that Sony are planning to do again in 2017.

One gaming rumour that has popped up recently is that Shenmue 1 and 2 could be getting the HD Remastered treatment with revamped versions of the Dreamcast classics heading to PS4 and Xbox One.

Listings for the ‘Shenmue 1 & 2 pack’ have emerged on a number of websites of retailers based in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

There is no extra information, release date, or box art available for the alleged Shenmue 1 & 2 pack for PS4 and Xbox One. 

However, the proximity of these retailers may suggest that a local distributor may have sent out some information too early.

Only one of the retailers gives a vague idea of when the title is coming out, with a 2017 release window.

The news should be taken with a pinch of salt until an official announcement comes out from Shenmue creator Yu Suzuki.

Something of that nature could be forthcoming from Sega during the Tokyo Game Show, which runs through this week.

Destiny 2 update: Bungie patch notes confirmed following PS4 and Xbox One server downtime | Gaming | Entertainment

A new Destiny 2 update is being released today by the development team, following a lengthy period of server downtime.

While it appears that the game could be going live again ahead of schedule, all Guardians will need to to download Destiny 2’s latest patch.

The new Destiny update 1.04 tackles some of the lingering issues affecting PS4 and Xbox One players, including changes to the UI and certain items.

Bungie have also warned that some consoles may display a different name for the update than the one listed above.

Destiny 2 servers queues may also spring up after the update, during periods of high traffic, players may encounter these more often. 

Destiny 1 and Destiny 2 feature separate queues. Destiny server queues regulate player population to provide stable conditions for Destiny gameplay.

Please note the following:

  • If a player loses connection or is removed from the queue, their placement will not be retained
  • If a player reaches the front of this queue and is unable to connect to Destiny servers, they will have to re-enter the queue to try again
  • Queue times may vary, depending on server traffic and concurrent population

It should also be noted that this new Destiny 2 update will be followed by the Weekly Reset for the game, which arrives tomorrow morning.

The official Destiny 2 patch notes for PS4 and Xbox One can be found below:

1.0.1.3 The one about post launch fixes.

Items

  • Fixed an issue that caused players to not receive Man O’ War Linear Fusion Rifle Quest Reward when they have a full weapon inventory
  • Players can obtain their missing Man O’ War from Asher Mir on IO

UI

  • Fixed an issue where the Prism modifier did not persistently display the currently featured element 
  • Prism will now display a brief screen effect when the element changes to increase visibility
  • This will also resolve an issue impacting the Momentum modifier

General

  • Fixed an issue where a Raid object was receiving an unintended amount of damage from Wardcliff Coil
  • Fixed an issue where completing a Meditation before selecting it from Ikora would hide that Meditation and prevent players from completing it receiving appropriate rewards.
  • Fixed a rare memory leak that would result in a Matchmaking crash