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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Pokémon Developer Game Freak Working On New Entry In “Globally Popular” RPG Series

Game Freak, developers of the Pokémon series since its inception in the 1990s, are hard at work on a new secret project for "console." Nothing has been officially announced, but the buzz is that it could be a new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch, or possibly a port of Pokémon: Sun and Moon or another legacy title for Nintendo's portable/home console hybrid.

A new job listing on Indeed Japan is adding fuel to the speculative fire; the company is looking to hire people who can create character models on machines comparable to Wii U and PlayStation Vita for a new entry in an RPG series which is "popular on a global scale." No Pokémon title has been announced for Nintendo Switch, but if this job listing pans out the way we think it could, then perhaps an announcement is just around the corner.

The most recent mainline Pokémon title, Sun and Moon, released in 2016 to critical acclaim and record-setting sales figures.

[Source: Gamespot]

 

Our Take:
A new Pokémon game for Nintendo Switch is not a guarantee, but it seems like the logical next step; traditionally, the core entries in the monster-collecting series have only ever released on Nintendo's handheld systems, and Switch's key selling point is that it's a half-handheld, half-console hybrid. A new Pokémon game would be a natural fit on the new hardware, and Nintendo needs as many ringers in their corner as they can get. Time will tell if this secret project is, indeed, a new Pokémon game or something else, but all signs are telling us that it won't be long before we set out to "catch 'em all" on Switch.

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Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is almost here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you're not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to [email protected]. We're looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we're not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you've finished the main story mission on the planet after the planet named Eos.

If you're looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

- What do you think of the Ryder twins? How do they compare as a protagonist to Commander Shepherd?
- How well does the game build a sense of wonder about exploring a new galaxy?
- How important is it to understand the backstory and racial politics among the species from the original trilogy?
- What gameplay changes have you noticed, appreciated, or hated?
- Which character has made the biggest impact on you?
- What's your favorite moment or sequence so far? 

Once again, send your emails to [email protected]. We're really looking forward to playing through this game with you, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show podcast and get ready for a lot of fun discussion on BioWare's next game!

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief's EndDeus Ex: Human Revolution, BioShock, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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Get Ready For Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is almost here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you're not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to [email protected]. We're looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we're not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you've finished the main story mission on the planet after the planet named Eos.

If you're looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

- What do you think of the Ryder twins? How do they compare as a protagonist to Commander Shepherd?
- How well does the game build a sense of wonder about exploring a new galaxy?
- How important is it to understand the backstory and racial politics among the species from the original trilogy?
- What gameplay changes have you noticed, appreciated, or hated?
- Which character has made the biggest impact on you?
- What's your favorite moment or sequence so far? 

Once again, send your emails to [email protected]. We're really looking forward to playing through this game with you, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show podcast and get ready for a lot of fun discussion on BioWare's next game!

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief's EndDeus Ex: Human Revolution, BioShock, and Pokémon Sun and Moon.

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Reader Discussion – What’s The Last Game You We’re Completely Addicted To?

A lot of games are fun, but some games consume you more than others. Which ones have you obsessed over?

We've written a few articles on the science behind why we love games and what drives us to play them, but that doesn't make us immune to the power that great games hold over us.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sickness I can't shake. I spend almost every waking moment thinking about that game, and it's been keeping me up at night. I haven't felt this addicted to a game in a few years. What about you? Has Zelda gotten its claws into you? Are you currently fascinated by something else? What's the last game you totally obsessed over? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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Reader Discussion – What’s The Last Game You We’re Completely Addicted To?

A lot of games are fun, but some games consume you more than others. Which ones have you obsessed over?

We've written a few articles on the science behind why we love games and what drives us to play them, but that doesn't make us immune to the power that great games hold over us.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a sickness I can't shake. I spend almost every waking moment thinking about that game, and it's been keeping me up at night. I haven't felt this addicted to a game in a few years. What about you? Has Zelda gotten its claws into you? Are you currently fascinated by something else? What's the last game you totally obsessed over? Leave your answers in the comments below.

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Blog: How we exhibited our no-budget indie game at PAX without a booth

In this article, I tell the story of how we marketed our no-budget indie game by smuggling the a mobile arcade cabinet into PAX East 2017. …


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Uncharted 4 Wins Game Of The Year At SXSW Game Awards

SXSW is an annual music, games, and film festival currently underway, and yesterday it held its fourth iteration of the SXSW video games awards show, which looks back at the past year's best titles. Uncharted 4: A Thief's End was awarded game of the year, along with several other honors including excellence in animation, visual achievement, narrative, and more.

As for Uncharted 4's GOTY award, it beat out other nominees such as Overwatch and Dishonored 2. Other notable winners include Pokémon Go for best mobile game of the year and Overwatch for best eSports game. You can view the full list of winners below which span across 23 different categories.

Excellence in SFX:
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Musical Score:
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Technical Achievement:
Battlefield 1 – Electronic Arts / EA DICE

Excellence in Visual Achievement:
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Animation:
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Excellence in Art:
Firewatch – Panic Inc. / Campo Santo

Excellence in Convergence
Batman: The Telltale Series – Telltale Games

Excellence in Multiplayer
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Memorable Character:
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – Nathan Drake

Most Promising New Intellectual Property:
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Most Fulfilling Community-Funded Game:
Starbound – Chucklefish Games

Excellence in Gameplay:
DOOM – Bethesda Softworks / id Software

Excellence in Design:
Dishonored 2 – Bethesda Softworks / Arkane Studios

Excellence in Narrative:
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award:
That Dragon, Cancer – Numinous Games

Gamer’s Voice Multiplayer:
Arena Gods – Supertype

Gamer’s Voice Single Player:
Owlboy – D-pad Studio

Fan Creation of the Year
Brutal Doom 64 – Sergeant_Mark_IV

Trending Game of the Year:
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

eSports Game of the Year:
Overwatch – Blizzard Entertainment

Tabletop Game of the Year:
Arkham Horror: The Card Game – Fantasy Flight Games

Mobile Game of the Year
Pokémon GO – Niantic

Video Game of the Year
Uncharted 4: A Thief's End – Sony Computer Entertainment / Naughty Dog

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On-Disc DLC For Dreamcast Game Unlocked, 17 Years Later

Flogian Bros. was a Sega Dreamcast game developed by Visual Concepts (who currently works on 2K Games' sports titles) and released in 2001. Sporting an "episode 1" after its title, the game seemed to part of something larger that never occurred, including twelve months of DLC for the first episode. While we'll probably never see episode two, we can at least take solace in the fact that the DLC is finally available.

As reported on Retro Gaming Mag, three of the developers behind the game (Tim Meekins, Nick Jones, and John Elliott), have delved back into the on-disc security measures they initially implemented and circumvented it in order to help release each of the 12 pieces of DLC on Dreamcast Live, where fans can put the files on the Dreamcast's VMU (Virtual Memory Unit) and play them in the original game. This is a pretty cool move for the trio, who still work at the company that helped release the game.

To see what Flogian Bros. looks like, you can watch (in the mother of all coincidences since I've started working here at Game Informer) Kyle Hilliard and Ben Reeves play the game with comedian Jackie Kashian on this very website. You can watch a quick recap of what happened (and take a look at the DLC items, if you're curious) here.

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