The first Harry Potter: Wizards Unite gameplay footage has surfaced, and it builds upon Pokémon GO’s augmented reality technology. This free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game inspired by the Wizarding World is being developed by WB Games San Francisco and Niantic. Instead of Pokémon, the game lets players fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts franchise. How is this game different? Well, Ninantic did purchase Escher Reality, so the game is expected to implement new technology to allow for persistent worlds within AR. Read more for another video and additional information.
It’s official, Nintendo announced today that Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield will be coming to Switch in late 2019. This game will bring Generation 8 to the console with three new starter Pokemon: Grookey (grass-type), Scorbunny (fire-type), and Sobble (water-type). It will take place in Galar, a fictional area of England, complete with various environments such as the countryside, modern cities, forests, and snow-covered mountains. Read more for a reaction video and the full Pokemon Direct announcement.
Pokémon Go is set to get a Snapshot mode, in addition to the AR+ mode, that lets you to pose and interact with creatures you’ve already captured. Simply open the camera or navigate to a specific Pokémon in your bag, tap the screen to toss their Poké Ball to that place, and then you’ll be able to move around the life-sized Pokémon for optimal angles for your photos. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Pokémon GO maker Niantic, a startup specializing in mobile augmented reality (AR) games, has managed to secure $190-million in a new Series C funding round, as revealed in SEC documents, ahead of the Harry Potter: Wizards Unite launch. In the latest funding round, a total of 26 investors participated, with the names of the investors currently unknown, but the company had previously raised $200 million in November 2017, led by Spark Capital. With the latest round, the company has raised over $415 million till date from investors. Wizards Unite gameplay has been described as similar to that of its predecessor, with players able to view the gameplay world through a smartphone and enable them to fight against mythical beasts from both the Harry Potter universe. Read more for a Harry Potter: Wizards Unite trailer breakdown and additional information.
We first covered Chen San-yuan, a 70-year-old in Taiwan that has been dubbed “Pokémon Grandpa,” a few months back when he was only using 6 devices to play Pokémon Go. Now, he’s using 15 mobile phones at once while riding his bike to catch all the rare creatures that he can. How did it all begin? He learned about the game from his grandson in 2016, and has been playing ever since. “I used one cell phone back then and kept playing and playing. After a month, it became three cellphones, six cellphones, nine cellphones, 12 and 15, like that,” said Chen. Read more to see his 11 smartphone rig from a while back and for additional information.
Yes, it’s true, the first-ever live-action Pokémon adventure, titled “Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” is set to hit theathers in 2019. The film stars Ryan Reynolds as Pikachu, and showcases a variety of beloved Pokémon characters, each with its own unique abilities and personality. “The story begins when ace private eye Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself,” according to the synopsis. Read more for a trailer reaction video and additional information.
Remember when you could buy an unopened limited edition box of Pokémon The Trading Card Game: First Edition for under $100? No, you’re not alone, as one of the rare specimens recently sold for a whopping $56,000 at a Huggins & Scott Auctions. Apparently, the box “has been in the possession of our consignor since release decades ago.” Did you know that in the US, the TCG was initially published by Wizards of the Coast, but The Pokémon Company eventually took over publishing the card game in June 2003? Read more for another unboxing video of an original First Edition box and more information.