Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have revealed a new Galar region evolution for the leek wielding Pokémon, Farfetch’d, which will be called Sirfetch’d.
As well as vegetable-based weaponry, Sirfetch’d also has an exclusive move called Meteor Assault, which you can see in the trailer above. This signature attack sees Sirfetch’d charge its opponent with its leek at great speed, but while it’s said to be “devastatingly powerful”, it also leaves the duck Pokémon “unable to take action” immediately after using it.
Here’s a bit more on Sirfetch’d’s background:
“In battle, Sirfetch'd uses the sharp stalk of its leek as a lance and the thick leaves as a shield. It maintains this leek over the span of many years and treasures it more than anything. When its leek finally withers, Sirfetch'd will leave the battlefield and retire from battling entirely.”
Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield are out 15 November on Nintendo Switch.
What do you think of the latest addition to the Galar region? Have you already picked your starter Pokémon like we have?
Let us know below or over in the forums.
Has there ever been a zanier respective developer/publisher pairing than Double Fine Productions and Adult Swim Games? Probably not. The outcome of their collaboration is Headlander and you could win a Steam key.
Firaxis have released a new Battle Royale mode for their turn-based strategy game, Civilization VI, as a free update for PC users.
As a free update, Red Death is available to all players who own the base game on PC. There’s no word on whether the mode will be making its way to other platforms.
Faraxis also revealed details about the mode’s somewhat unorthodox origins:
“The game mode began as a tongue-in-cheek April Fools joke from the Multiplayer Engineering Lead, Bradley Olson. He scripted the basic gameplay and added it to the game for an April 1 build, hoping the team would find it amusing,” reads the press release.
Unfortunately, nobody actually noticed a Battle Royale mode lurking in the game’s multiplayer. But, despite the rocky start, the mode was well liked by Olson’s fellow developers once they got their hands on it, and the original concept was soon expanded upon with features and extras before getting a post-apocalyptic makeover by the studios’ art team.
“Red Death came together in a different way than we usually develop scenarios and content for Civilization VI. While this is not the way a typical design comes to fruition, the on-the-fly creative collaboration coming from all the members of the team that led to this release was an incredible experience for all of us.”
Let us know your thoughts on the new mode below or over in the forums.
Weappy Studios and THQ Nordic have announced Rebel Cops, a new 15-hour game inspired by their cops vs gangsters strategy series, This is the Police.
Rebel Cops features the same XCOM-like, turn-based tactical combat first introduced in This is the Police 2, along with the series’ familiar squad and personnel management.
Despite living outside the ‘law’, your squad are still police officers, so players are given plenty of non-lethal weapons and perks - such as the unlockable ability to arrest people from further away - in order to peacefully takedown criminals.
Should things go south, enemies can be taken down with a single shot to the head, whilst other injuries can cause them to bleed out quickly, though the same rules also apply to cops under your command.
Your teams’ diminished status means that firearms, equipment and ammunition are harder to come by, so players must therefore search the large sandbox levels for items of value that can either be sold on the black market or used.
Players can gain credibility and better relationships with merchants by completing side missions for the Ripton townsfolk, but excessive civilian deaths, or failure to successfully complete a mission can cause trading difficulties or even allies to turn on you.
Rebel Cops is out Tuesday, 17 September on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Switch and PC with an RRP of $9.99 / €9.99.
What do you think of the spin-off? Let us know below or over in the forums.
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Nintendo Direct: Overwatch bound for Switch, Assassin’s Creed Rebel Collection announced, more Pokémon Sword & Shield details revealed
Ports aplenty were promised for Nintendo's portable platform in the latest Direct, alongside the usual batch of new trailers and updates to existing titles.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Complete Edition launches on the same date and includes all previously released DLC.
Other notable ports were briefly advertised, such as Vampyr, which is due in October, DOOM 64 in November and Assassin's Creed: Rebel Collection on 6 December. The latter is a dual pack featuring Black Flag and Rogue along with all previously released DLC.
Luigi's Mansion 3 lands on Halloween and every floor of the haunted hotel has a different setting, from the disco-themed Dance Hall to the piratical Spectral Cove. A new multiplayer mode, ScreamPark, sees Team Luigi take on Team Gooigi in a series of party games.
More of the two upcoming Pokémon games, Sword and Shield, were showcased, giving us a look at two new Pokémon and some interesting features.
Polteageist is a ghost type creature which haunts a teapot and Cramorant is a flying and water type, which does not.
You'll be able to hang out with friends at Pokémon Camp where you can cook various curries, filling up your Curry Dex as you "master the art of curry."
Look forward to it on 15 November.
Those with a Nintendo Switch Online membership will be getting a little more bang for their buck. From today, 20 SNES titles will be available to subscribers at no extra charge. The full list is below with more are to be added in the future.
There's also a replica of the original SNES controller you can purchase for that definitive retro feel.
A lot of reveals and announcements were thrown into the busy 40-minute slot, which you can catch in full below. Otherwise, check the Nintendo eShop for the latest demos, pre-orders and free-to-play games.
What did you think of the latest Direct? Let us know in the comments or over in the forums.
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint beta info revealed along with live-action trailer premiered and post-launch content details
Ubisoft have shared some tantalising details about the Ghost Recon: Breakpoint beta, which runs from 5 - 9 September, along with a new live-action trailer and a look at the first year of post-launch content.
The beta will feature two missions taken from the main storyline, side missions to discover more about the island and its inhabitants, eight new Factions missions per day and three Drone Areas to test yourself against some of the game's tougher opponents.
During the beta, players can participate in Man Down, a special in-game charity event. This page tracks the amount of times players revive their teammates, with Ubisoft donating to Child's Play upon reaching certain milestones.
The first year of post-launch content begins on the day of the game’s release with Operation Greenstone, followed by Episode 2 and 3, both of which last four months and bring in the following additional content:
Ghost Recon: Breakpoint releases 4 October on Xbox One, PS4 and PC, and will launch on Google Stadia in November.
Will you be taking part in the beta? Let us know below or over in the forums.
tinyBuild announce dystopian newsroom sim, soup-based multiplayer game and two more titles at PAX West
Indie publisher and developer tinyBuild have used PAX West 2019 to announce four games they’ll be helping to bring to PC (and one to consoles) later this year and in 2020.
Next up is Rawmen, a multiplayer title with Splatoon vibes that stars naked chefs slinging soup (and other foodstuffs) at each other, with online support for up to eight players. No firm release date for this one, though there is an upcoming alpha which you can sign up for on the game's official site.
The third game is a top-down title called Black Skylands, where survivors of a shattered Earth battle it out for supplies with giant airships. Your job is to make it into the titular lands through a mix of ground and air combat, with some rather cool powers apparently thrown into the mix such as the ability to temporarily pause time. Expect a Steam release in late 2020.
Lastly we have Once Upon A Time in Roswell (previously known as The Peterson Case) a first-person psychological horror game that chronicles the story of a family’s disappearance in 1947 in Roswell, USA.
Expect creepy flashbacks as players relive old memories and encounters with “otherworldly entities” as they go about solving the mystery of the missing family. It’s scheduled for an Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC release later next year.
What do you think of the games? Let us know below or over in the forums.
This week’s giveaway winner is Oscar Ruza!
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne beta kicks off today on PlayStation 4, Xbox One beta starts next week
Monster Hunter World’s Iceborne expansion is heading to consoles next week, but PlayStation 4 users can get another sneak peek ahead of its release with this weekend’s beta.
There are 14 different weapons for players to test both in mission and in the training area, all of which are said to include new Iceborne features. Commendation packs containing helpful consumable items can be earned for use in the full version of Iceborne by completing each quest.
The PS4 beta began today at 08:00 and runs till 07:59 BST Monday, 2 September.
An Xbox One beta follows immediately after, from 08:00 BST on Monday, 2 September to 07:59 BST Thursday, 5 September.
The Monster Hunter World base game is not required to participate in either of the betas.
Monster Hunter World: Iceborne is out 6 September on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, with a PC release to follow in January 2020.
Will you be giving the expansion a try ahead of its impending release? Let us know below or in the forums.