Pokemon Go creators, Niantic, released a statement yesterday announcing their acquisition of California-based game dev team, Seismic Games. Seismic is known for the rather excellent Marvel Strike Force and Blade Runner Revelations. They'll still continue to work on their own games but will now also be working on AR projects alongside Niantic. It's tough to say what exactly the team will be developing, but just last month . They've hinted at an update to Pokemon Go's AR which shows Pikachu running around and hiding behind real-world objects. They also previewed a whole new AR multiplayer game called Codename: Neon, where you fire balls of light at your friends.
Yesterday AppSpy's marvelous master of video, James Gilmour, showed off some fresh new Scythe: Digital Edition footage, but it's okay if you weren't there. It would be nice if you were, but we know life gets in the way of things... We're not too heartbroken... we promise... *sniff* Ahhhh I'm just joshing you. The wonderful thing about technology and the internet is that you never have to miss anything again - unless it's not being recorded. Lucky you, you can catch up on all of yesterday's events by watching the video above. It's so easy! If you can't see the video or are finding it tricky to play, you can go straight to Twitch and watch it there .
In just under an hour's time, we're going to be live on Twitch, streaming some of the really rather wonderful Scythe: Digital Edition for your viewing pleasure. It's a game of robots, war, and economic strategy, all set in a steampunk vision of early 20th century Europe. I mean, if that sentence alone isn't enough to get you excited, quite frankly I don't know what is. A scything blow Oh, how about this one? Your host tonight is going to be none other than James Gilmour, one of the finest men to ever talk into a camera on the internet. And he's going to be streaming for 90 full minutes, just like the football. The stream is set to kick off at 5pm UK time, so you've got an hour or so to put your affairs in order, put the kettle on, and tell anyone who might annoy you to be quiet.
This past weekend Pokemon trainers took to the streets of Chicago and Lincoln Park in the hunt for new pocket monsters in the constant struggle to catch em' all. , Niantic seem to have learned from their mistakes and hosted a much more successful event this year. 21,000 attendees marched through a specially made course which featured more than 50 species of Pokemon. However, the celebrations are not limited to Lincoln Park - trainers all over the world can currently participate in Professor Willow's Global Challenge. Until July 23rd, you'll get double the candy for catching a Pokémon and eggs will take half the distance to hatch as well as some other extra bonuses.
At 5pm UK time tonight, the charming and effervescent James Gilmour is going to take to the streams, showing off some exciting new content for the digital edition of everyone's favourite game of alternate European histories, Scythe. There'll be giant robots, subterfuge, economic wrangling, and much, much more. And you lucky lot can watch the whole thing. In the last stream, James got mauled by a huge fly. Who knows what's going to happen this time? So, to recap. . If you want to find out more about the game before then, . and make sure you're caught up.
What do you mean you don't know what Scythe is? It's a brilliant game of giant robots set in a steampunk 1920s Europe. It's a game of subterfuge and spying, of fighting and trying to survive. And we've already played it on Twitch. Since we're playing it again tomorrow, we thought it was a good time to circle back to one of the first times we played the game live. I say we, I obviously mean the really rather lovely James Gilmour. If you enjoy what you see, then . And that's the same link that's going to take you to the brand new stream when it happens tomorrow at 5pm UK time.
On the 28th and 29th of July, Nintendo will be hosting tournaments for Splatoon 2 and the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London. The event, Nintendo UKVS Live, has already proven to be popular with fans since tickets are already sold out and pre-registration for the tournaments are now closed. On the 28th, Splatoon 2 teams will be participating in the first qualifier for the UK Splatoon 2 championship, while on the 29th there will be an invitational tournament for Smash Bros. As well as all that, attendees will also have the opportunity to play unreleased games, as well as some multiplayer favourites like Mario Tennis Aces, ARMS, and Pokkén Tournament DX.
If you've been kicking around for a while, you'll know that I get hot and cold about Nintendo Labo. It's a great idea, but it's expensive. It provides a great opportunity for creatives, but only if they put the time in - you get the idea. Ninty's recent set of winners, however, have taken it to another level. Having run a little while back, the winners were announced at the weekend and it was split into three major categories: Best Decorated Toy-Con, Best Toy-Con Mod Using Toy-Con Garage, and Best Original Invention Using Toy-Con Garage.
It's only been a few days since the Square Enix JRPG Octopath Traveler was released, but the game has done so well that some folks can't get their hands on it. The Switch exclusive is currently struggling to provide the stock in some regions. It's even set back Amazon America's delivery times between one to two months. The Octopath has issued an apology and suggested that buying the game digitally might be a good alternative. If you didn't know, the game is a turn based JRPG which has you explore the fantasy world of Orsterra. There are eight main character all with their own story quests to complete and unique abilities to play with.
If , you'll have heard the ever delightful James Gilmour saying that these streams were going to be happening more regularly. And since James is a man of his word, tomorrow we're going to be streaming some Scythe. More specifically, we're going to be streaming a brand new bit of Scythe that's coming to the early access version of the game on Steam. What is it? I'm real sorry but you're going to have to tune in and find out tomorrow. , it's a game set in an alternate Europe between the wars, where giant robots stop about shooting each other. You need to take control, take out your foes by any means necessary, and steer the world into a new age of prosperity.
This week, James and Ric return from a tropical island to talk about a dead one - Dead Island: Survivors to be precise. Meanwhile, Emily's been puzzling it up with Up Left Out, and New Star Soccer Manager has taken over the Pocket Gamer office. Mainly Harry's bit of the office. To be honest, he's around three transfers away from an intervention. The team also chat about monochrome marvels Earth Atlantis and Fracter, and interview Team 17's Troy Horton about the things publishers are looking for in the games they sign. Download episode 447: (right click to save-as, left click to play)
The MOBA game, Arena of Valor, has just hit one million downloads in the U.S, as well as making three million dollars in revenue. Developed by Tencent, the game came to the Western App Store and Google Play last December. But before that, it was released in China in 2015 where it was met with immediate popularity. The western market has obviously not given the game the same massive response, but this is perhaps due to the release of Valor coinciding with the growing hype around battle royal games. Arena of Valor is a MOBA in every sense of the term. It resembles League of Legends in its art style, there are lanes to try to push your minions through, an array of colourful characters to play, all with their own unique stats and abilities.
Mobile gaming’s Battle Royale renaissance is showing no signs of slowing down, and Creative Destruction is the latest exciting addition to the burgeoning genre. Now in open beta on iOS and Android devices, Titan Studio’s title takes place in a world where everything can be blown to smithereens, but there’s more to it explosive mayhem. Creative Destruction places as much emphasis on survival by encouraging players to build up strongholds from the wreckage they create. Wielding a weapon known as Destructor, players can demolish virtually any piece of scenery and use the rubble to construct a customisable base.
What do you mean you weren't there? You weren't there to watch our brilliant launch stream last night? Well James Gilmour will be heartbroken, let me tell you that much. But don't fret, just because you weren't about to watch the stream live, that doesn't mean you've missed out. Because you can watch the whole thing over on Twitch as many times as you'd like. and revel in James' inability to kill a fly. You'll see the chance calls falling cruelly, then falling kindly, and the tragedy of a barbarian whose name sounds a bit like a collapsing lung.
Tonight's the night. In just under two hours, to show off the awesome Fighting Fantasy Legends Portal. And while James Gilmour on his own would be more than enough, he's got some company this time. Jonathan Bolding from PC Gamer will be joining James to walk you through the amazing, branching RPG that's based on the classic gamebooks of yesteryear. The game is being developed by Nomad Games, and published by Asmodee Digital. So you can expect polish, fighting, difficult choices, and a whole lot more. , but if you've got time to spare before then why not check out the archived videos of some of our other board game streams. Trust me, you're going to love them.
Alright, 2008 feels like a long time ago and - well - is. It's ten years, and a lot has happened in the world of mobile gaming in the past decade. When it comes to the App Store's very first year, however, these games really stood out to us. Mobile gaming has never been more prominent than it is right now and it's changed up quite a bit in the last ten years. But, what kicked everything off in the iOS gaming world? Thankfully, App Spy was way ahead of the game and posted a video back in 2016 where they answered that very question. This seems like a pretty great time to repost it, so give it a watch. Do you agree with the selection? Or, do you have another game from 2008 that sticks out in your mind? Tap Tap Revenge was a particular favourite of past-Emily's iPod Touch library, so I certainly won't be judging you.
Goodness me, would you look at the time? It's Tuesday, July 10th, the sun is shining, and - woah, wait! It's the App Store's birthday. Happy birthday, App Store! First launched on July 10th 2008, the App Store started off with only 500 apps to work through. Sure, that sounds like a lot, but not compared to the endless seas of apps and games available today. Over the course of ten years the App Store changed the way people used their phones, for better and for worse, and pretty much defined mobile gaming as a whole. The arrival of the App Store really did open doors for all companies - from a one-man crew to huge studios, and from big budget projects to indie brands. It also paved the way for mobile games with an incredible focus on community. Just look at how people banded together when playing Pokemon GO in 2016 (excluding the idiots who GO'd while driving).
Guess what? . The irrepressible James Gilmour is going to be showing off the super-interesting Fighting Fantasy Legends Portal tomorrow from 5pm UK time. There's a chance we're going to have a super special guest on the stream as well. We're not going to tell you who just yet, but we can guarantee that you're not going to be disappointed when you find out. If you've not heard about the game, it's a branching narrative RPG with board game elements that's based on the classic gamebooks. This first chunk features three legendary adventures, presented in a completely different way.
Are you going to be in Brighton for Develop tomorrow? Well we've got an event on that we reckon you should be heading to then. It's one of our really rather special Big Indie Pitch and Drinks, and it's happening at The Greene Room at The Cricketers at 7pm on July 10th. And there's some pretty special stuff going down. Not only will the winner of the BIP get the usual prizes, they'll also get a special Space Ape prize in the shape of a workshop tailored to their needs at the studio. Space!?! There'll also be the Space Ape feedback corner, where indie devs can get some hints and tips about the direction their games should be heading in. Sounds pretty awesome, right? All of this is thanks to , , and , and season sponsor, .
Now, I'm no developer, but I'm sure articles like on Milanote can give everyone a bit of a boost. Ken Wong deconstructs the February-released Florence and it's fascinating to read about his thought process. Some of you may be familiar with Ken Wong from his work with Monument Valley. In Florence he took up arms as Lead Designer and had some pretty firm views when it came to telling Florence Yeoh's story. is a short, narrative adventure about everyday life and the romance between Florence and cellist Krish. You can play through it in about 40 minutes and it's really brilliant how much you feel when playing. It even made me cry a little bit (shh, don't tell anyone).