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Cat Quest II Announced – Trailer Coming Soon!

Early in the night here on the east coast, The Gentle Bros announced on twitter that Cat Quest II is the next project the independent developers are working on. Cat Quest is an open world RPG with dozens of hours of content including side missions, dungeons and excellent character growth.

Cat Quest was one of my favorite indie games to explore on the Nintendo Switch, so it is extremely exciting to know that this title will launch on the platform, as well as Steam, Android and iOS. Desmond Wong of The Gentle Bros was one of the first guests on Nintendo Duel Screens, where he talked all about Cat Quest, and even hinted at this project. You can listen to that episode here.

Keep it on Proven Gamer for all your Cat Quest II news!

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Proven News Wrap-Up: 3/23

News, and subsequently news stories, can be very fluid. With all the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes stories will slip through the cracks. Well, the Proven News Wrap-Up is here to fix all that! Below are what we have determined to be the top five stories of the week. Although they are numbered, they are not ranked in any particular order.

1)  Ubisoft Avoids Vivendi Takeover

This has been a slow-burning story that looks like it has finally reached its conclusion. Vivendi, the French media company, had slowly been buying up Ubisoft stock in an attempt to take over the gaming company. Throughout the process, Ubisoft had been looking for ways to prevent this from happening, and they were finally able to. With assistance from Tencent and the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, they were able to buy out the 27.3% of the stock owned by Vivendi. From a gamer’s perspective, Ubisoft maintaining its independence is huge. It allows them to continue to pump-out games from all of their franchises, while still being able to innovate and bring new ideas to the table.

2) Sea of Thieves Shaky Start

When it comes to games with a heavy online component, launch day stability is one of the greatest challenges. Release day for a game is likely when most games will see the heaviest traffic on their infrastructure, with everyone logging on to check out whatever they have been waiting months, if not years, to play. Sea of Thieves, Microsoft’s exclusive pirate game from Rare, was no exception. On the day of its release, Rare had to temporarily stop allowing new players to join the game while dealing with server and connectivity issues.

Server issues like this have become common with game launches, to the point where it is almost expected. It is totally reasonable to say that in time, the servers for Sea of Thieves will stabilize and people will have no issues logging onto the game. However, what is more concerning for Sea of Thieves is the early feedback on the game itself. When joining up with friends, if someone is to join in late, that often requires all players to exit the game and start over. Unbalanced PvP combat gives the advantage to full squads of four (there is also no way to turn off PvP at this time). Combat is reportedly incredibly basic, with sword fights boiling down to who can mash the fastest. The mission structure seems to be very repetitive, with things boiling down to go to a location, find a chest, and return to your outpost (there are also combat based missions that follow a similar thread but instead of a chest, you are tasked with taking out a pirate captain). Microsoft doesn’t have a lot of exclusives, and Sea of Thieves is one that was pushed hard by the company. Let’s hope that content updates and patches can make the game the pirate adventure everyone is looking for.

3) God of War Goes Gold

Yes, games going gold is part of development process and happens to every title that is being developed. However, from its reveal at E3 2016, God of War has felt like it has the potential to be something really special.

On the surface level, God of War seems new and fresh. A new Kratos trying turn the page and become a dad for his son Atreus, a new mythology and world to explore, a new weapon (axe hype!) for Kratos to wield, and a different camera angle and combat mechanics. All of this and more makes God of War stand out from the older games. However, when people got their hands on the game early this week, there was plenty of familiar elements as well. Despite the new camera and controls, combat was still as frantic and brutal as ever. Puzzles still play heavily into the game as well. This balance of old and new gives God of War a chance to be one of the great games of 2018.

4) CD Projekt Red Launches New Studio

The reveal trailer for Cyberpunk 2077 was released back in 2013. Since then, CD Projekt Red has been relatively silent when it comes to breaking news about its new, open-world game. The last activity on the game’s Twitter feed came when they simply tweeted out the word “beep” with no other information or context.

So when it was announced earlier this week that CD Projekt Red had created a new studio, CD Projekt Red Wroclaw to help with the development of Cyberpunk 2077, people, myself included, got excited. Even though there isn’t any news about the game itself along with the announcement of the studio. It is the latest reminder that this game is a real thing that we will get to play at some point. CD Projekt Red is one of the few studios out there that operates on its own schedule. They will show off more of Cyberpunk 2077 when they are good and ready.

5) Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG Go Mobile

I don’t think the announcements of Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds releasing on mobile is a huge surprise. The reason it is a big deal is that it is further evidence that these two games aren’t going away anytime soon. Regardless of how bad the touch controls are, or if they are buggy, launching mobile versions of these games opens the door to an entirely new audience base for both titles. In recent weeks, Fortnite has gone from PUBG’s competitor to something entirely new and unique in the public eye. Athletes, celebrities, and everyone in between seem to have been sucked up into the behemoth of a hype train that is Fortnite Battle Royale. This was highlighted when Ninja, one of top Fortnite players teamed up with rapper Drake and set a Twitch record with 630,000 concurrent viewers. The battle royale genre bubble may very well pop at some point. However, I don’t think it is happening anytime soon.

Did we leave out any of the big stories of the week? Leave them in the comments below!

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Coming to Mobile Devices

Jam City, a mobile games studio, and Warner Bros have announced that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, a new mobile game that will be hitting the market this year.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is a role-playing game that will allow players to create their own Hogwarts student in the Harry Potter universe. The created student will attend classes, make friends and enemies, and make choices throughout their time at Hogwarts that will influence the game’s story arc.

The game is set after the birth of Harry Potter, but before his enrollment at Hogwarts. Players will be able to join one of the four Hogwarts Houses and progress their skills to unlock new spells and magical abilities as they move through the game. At this time, the game is set for a 2018 release. More information on the game will be released at the A Celebration of Harry Potter event in Orlando at the end of January. Check out the reveal trailer for the game below:

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Pokémon Go Adds iPhone Exclusive AR+ Mode

Pokémon Go will soon be adding an enhanced augmented reality(AR) feature on iPhones 6s and newer that are running iOS 11.

AR+ will allow Pokémon to be positioned on the screen better and their size will be more accurate based on what is around them.  Players will now be able to see changes in perspective and size as Pokémon move closer or further away.

AR+ will also add new ways to catch Pokémon. By moving closer one before trying to catch it, a capture bonus will be added for the player. However, Pokémon can potentially be aware of this distance and flee if a trainer gets too close.

Pokémon Go is currently available for iOS and Android devices.

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Puzzle Fighter Launching on iOS and Android This Week

Capcom has announced that their new mobile game, Puzzle Fighter, will launch worldwide later this week.

The sequel to the classic puzzle game will feature characters and stages from across Capcom’s franchises. These include Ryu, Ken, and Chun-Li(Street Fighter), X (Mega Man), Morrigan(Darkstalkers), and Frank West(Dead Rising) just to name a few. The game will feature single-player and head-to-head modes, leaderboards, guest accounts, and a Color Blind Mode.

Check out the teaser video for Puzzle Fighter below:

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South Park: Phone Destroyer Available Now

Ubisoft and South Park Digital Studios have announced that South Park: Phone Destroyer is available now on the App Store and Google Play Store.

The game combines the real-time strategy and card collecting genre to create PvP and single-player content. The cards consist of classes such as cowboys, pirates, cyborgs, and gods just to name a few. The game features more than 80 cards and 60 single-player levels to go along with its multiplayer component.

Check out the reveal trailer for the game below:

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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp Coming to Mobile Devices

Nintendo has announced their next game making its way to mobile devices. Animal Crossing Pocket Camp will release next month.

Much like the Fire Emblem and Mario games before it, Animal Crossing Pocket Camp will be a streamlined version of the Animal Crossing franchise. The game will feature a similar loop where players will help animals and hope they will visit the player’s campgrounds in return. Doing favors will net materials which allow players to upgrade their campground.

There will be several environments to explore, along with daily goals that will allow the obtainment of Leaf Tickets. Leaf Tickets can be used to buy materials(some of which are exclusively available through Leaf Tickets) or to speed up the building process of areas in a campground. At this time, Nintendo has not announced what the cost of Leaf Tickets will be if players want to purchase them with real money.

Check out the full Nintendo Direct with all the details for the new game below:

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Pokémon Go Announces #POKEMONGOHALLOWEEN Celebration

Niantic has announced that they will be doing a special, Halloween, ghostly themed event for Pokémon Go.

Starting on October 20 and running through November 2, players will begin to see the arrival of Ghost-type Pokémon from the Hoenn region. These will include Sableye, Banette, and many others. Additionally, other Ghost-type Pokémon will increase in number. Pikachu will also be wearing a specially themed costume for the duration of the event.

Finally, there will be increased Candy rewards, special boxes in the shop, and a new avatar item available for players as well. Pokémon go is available now for iOS and Android devices.

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Jackbox Party Pack 4 Announces Full Game List and Release Date

Jackbox Games has announced the full list of games and release dates for The Jackbox Party Pack 4. The game will launch on October 17 for PlayStation 4, October 18 for Apple TV, October 19 for Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Nvidia Shield, and October 20 for Xbox One. The full list of games is detailed below:

  • Fibbage 3 – The threequel to the outrageous bluffing game boasts totally new question types. (2-8 players)
    •  Fibbage: Enough About You – A new game mode where players guess weird facts about each other! (3-8 players)
  • Survive the Internet – Twist your friends’ “online” comments in comical ways in this web-based frame game. (3-8 players)
  • Monster Seeking Monster – A spooky date-a-thon where you message and date fellow monsters with special powers! (3-7 players)
  • Bracketeering – Place smart bets on stupid arguments in this deranged debate match. (3-16 players)
  • Civic Doodle – Improve the town’s murals and one-up your friends in this irreverent art game. (3-8 players)

Check out the trailer for the game below:

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Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice Now Available on iOS and Android

Capcom has announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice is now available for download on iOS and Android.

The sixth edition of the Ace Attorney series finds Phoenix in a new courtroom where séance trials determine the ruling of defendants. Spirit of Justice also introduces the Divination Séance mechanic which lets players observe the last moments of someone’s life. Check out the full list of features for the game below:

  • Freely explore 3D crime scenes for evidence and speak with witnesses for information that you can use in court.
  • Unlock evidence through forensic testing
  • Dismantle lies and resolve contradictions between witnesses’ words and the evidence.
  • Wright and his junior lawyers confront an all-new cast of interesting, amusing, and sometimes outrageous characters. Fan favorites also make their return under some unusual circumstances!

The full game can be purchased for $19.99 on Android. iOS players can get the first chapter for $.99 and purchase the other chapters as DLC. Check out the original launch trailer for the 3DS version of the game below:

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Batman-The Telltale Series Episode One Free on iOS

Telltale has announced that the first episode of Batman-The Telltale Series is now free to play on iOS systems. “Realm of Shadows” will make its way to mobile after a wide variety of technical improvements were made to the game to help it run better on iOS devices.

“Realm of Shadows” sets the table for the first season of the game. Players take control of both Batman and Bruce Wayne as they discover the secrets of the Wayne family and the impact they have had on Gotham City.

Batman- The Telltale series is now in its second season on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Check out the premiere trailer for the first season below:

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New Puzzle Fighter Game Coming to Mobile

Capcom has announced that a new Puzzle Fighter game is coming to mobile devices this year. It will be free to play, with a soft launch coming soon and the global release set for late 2017.

Puzzle Fighter will have a roster made up of Capcom characters such as Ryu, Ken, and Chun-li from Street Fighter, X, Morrigan(Darkstalkers), and Frank West. Gameplay will feature one main character and two assist characters.

Check out the teaser trailer and promo video for the game below:

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Three New Legendaries Coming to Pokémon Go

Niantic and The Pokémon Company have announced three new Legendary Pokémon that will be coming to Pokémon Go. The three new legendaries come from Johto region. Each of these can be found in a different part of the world at different times. First, from August 31 to September 30 the following will be found at these locations:

  • Raikou, an Electric-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Americas.
  • Entei, a Fire-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout Europe and Africa.
  • Suicune, a Water-type Legendary Pokémon, can be battled throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

 Niantic also announced that EX Raid Battles will be field tested soon.


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South Park: Phone Destroyer Open for Pre-Registration

Ubisoft and South Park Digital Studios have announced that South Park: Phone Destroyer, the new free-to-play mobile game is now available for pre-registration. This will notify players when the game can be downloaded, and will also give them access to a ManBearPig outfit for their character.

South Park: Phone Destroyer combines real-time combat with a card collecting game. There will be 60 single-player levels and more than 80 cards to be unlocked. The game is set to launch for Android and iPhone late this year. Check out the E3 trailer for the game below:

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Mewtwo Coming to Pokémon Go Via Exclusive Raid Battles

Niantic has announced that the Legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo will be coming Pokémon Go in the coming weeks. However, Mewtwo will only be available through a new feature called Exclusive Raid Battles.

Exclusive Raid Battles will appear at gyms over time. In order to access them, players will need to be invited to join the battle. In order to do this, trainers will need to have competed a raid at the gym where the Exclusive Raid Battle is going to occur. Trainers will get the invitations in advance of the exclusive raids. Niantic has also hinted that Mewtwo won’t be the only Pokémon available through this new system. For more detail, check out the full post by clicking here.

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Legendary Pokémon Could Make First Appearance in Pokémon Go This Weekend

Niantic and the Pokémon company have announced that the first appearance of the Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO could take place this weekend at Pokémon GO Fest. This would be the first opportunity for trainers to discover, battle, and potentially catch the Legendary Pokémon.

In order to make the Legendary Pokémon appear, it will require teamwork not just from trainers at the festival in Chicago, but also from trainers around the world. Players at the event must catch enough Pokémon and unlock bonuses, while players from around world work to keep those bonuses active. If this is done long enough, the Legendary Pokémon will then appear in Chicago, giving trainers to participate in the first Legendary Pokémon Raid Battle. This will not only give trainers the opportunity to catch them, but if defeated, the Legendary Pokémon will start appearing in Raid Battles across the globe. Check out the trailer for the Legendary Pokémon Raid Battles below:

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Telltale Reveals New Seasons of Batman, Wolf Among Us, and Final Season of Walking Dead

In a video update earlier today, Telltale Games announced that there are three new games in development.

Batman: The Enemy Within will be the first to release. The first episode of season two, “The Enigma” will release on August 8. From the reveal video, it appears that The Riddler will be the main villain of this season. It was also confirmed that players will be able to bring in decisions from the first season. The first episode is right around the corner, releasing Aug 8th.

Telltale also announced that The Wolf Among Us will return for a second season in 2018. The game will be a standalone product, separate from season one.

Finally, the fourth and final season of The Walking Dead is also in development and will release in 2018. Clementine will be back as the playable character for the final installment.

Check out the summer update video below from Telltale which outlines their plans for the three games:

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SEGA Forever Bringing Classics to Mobile Devices

SEGA has announced plans to start bringing classic games from all generations of SEGA consoles to mobile devices for free. The collection will be called SEGA Forever and will bring two decades of console games to phones and tablets. All games will be free-to-play, ad-supported and playable offline. Cloud saves and leaderboards will also be included. Each game can also be purchased for $1.99 to remove ads.

The first set of games will begin releasing tomorrow, with five games from the Mega Drive and Genesis systems. The games are listed below:

  • Sonic The Hedgehog, the 1991 household classic that has remained at the forefront of hearts and minds since inception.
  • Phantasy Star II, the longtime fan-favorite RPG from 1989.
  • Comix Zone and Kid Chameleon, two American titles developed by SEGA’s in-house studio STI.
  • Altered Beast, the original Genesis pack-in title, a beat-em-up set in Ancient Greece that represents a weird and wonderful segment of the SEGA catalogue that is ripe for rediscovery.

Check out the trailer for SEGA Forever below:

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Improved Gym Experience and New Cooperative Gameplay Coming to Pokémon Go

Niantic and the Pokémon Company have announced that new features and updates are coming to Pokémon Go. A revamped gym system will release today, and a subsequent update will introduce a new group gameplay feature known as Raid Battles. Both of these updates will be free for all players.

Gyms will now all have a wheel for players to spin, much like PokéStops that will give players special items. Trailers will also receive Gym Badges, which can be leveled up to get more rewards and items. Six permanent slots will now be controlled by the team that has ownership of the gym. Trainers will fight the Pokémon in the order that they were assigned to the gym. In addition, a new motivation system will be added that will impact the Combat Power of the defending Pokémon. Over time, if gym Pokémon continue to lose they will have a drop in motivation.

Raid Battles are the over feature that will be coming to the game in a few weeks. Trainers will be able to team up with others nearby and work together to fight Pokémon known as Raid Bosses. These will be timed events that will take over for gyms when they are in place. Defeating the bosses will give players the chance to earn items, and gain the opportunity to catch the bosses.

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Minecraft: Story Mode-Season 2 Coming July 11th

Telltale Games has announced that Minecraft: Story Mode – Season 2 is in the works, with the first episode, Hero In Residence set for digital release on July 11. Season 2 will see the return of voice actors, Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Ashely Johnson, and Scott Porter.

Season 2 will continue the story of Jesse, with decisions from season one carrying over for returning players. However, Telltale has also said that the new season will be accessible to newcomers as well. The game will also use the multiplayer “Crowd Play” feature, which allows other players to vote on the decisions that are made throughout the story.

Minecraft: Story Mode- Season 2 will launch digitally on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, iOS, and Android-based devices. In the fall, a retail disc version will become available for purchase. Check out the trailer below to learn more about the characters and voice actors from the game.