A brand new Pokemon known only as “???” has started showing up in Pokemon Go.
Originally discovered through a datamine, the Pokemon began to appear in the Asia Pacific region after Chikorita Community Day, a three-hour event which increased the spawns of second generation starter Pokemon Chikorita.
Shortly after Chikorita spawns concluded, many players saw the new Pokemon on their nearby Pokemon radar, and upon capture, ??? transformed into either Ditto or Chikorita and did not register to the Pokedex. The Pokemon continued to spawn for about half an hour. ??? started to appear globally after Chikorita Community Day concluded in various regions, and it remained available for about 30 minutes, similar to the creature’s appearance in the Asia Pacific region.
Some players reported seeing Kecleon, a Pokemon originating from the third generation of Pokemon games, which has also not yet appeared in Pokemon Go, appear instead of the new Pokemon, but any attempts to capture a Kecleon resulted in it transforming into either Ditto or Chikorita.
While this new Pokemon was originally thought to be some sort of error, Niantic’s Pokemon Go global marketing lead tweeted about it, followed by a tweet from Niantic’s global community manager, leading many to believe this may be a planned tease rather than an accidental appearance.
Nothing is known about this new Pokemon, but this is likely an early look at the eighth generation of Pokemon planned to debut in 2019’s core Pokemon RPG for Nintendo Switch. The Pokemon Company did say that a brand new Pokemon would be available in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee via transfers from Pokemon Go, and this is probably that brand new Pokemon.
Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu and Let’s Go Eevee will be available on November 16 for Nintendo Switch.
The creators of episodic games like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales From the Borderlands is closing its doors.
“Today Telltale Games made the difficult decision to begin a majority studio closure following a year of insurmountable challenges. A majority of the company’s employees were dismissed earlier this morning, with a small group of employees staying on to fulfill the company’s obligations to its board and partners,” the company said in a statement.
The final season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead premiered last month, with its second episode scheduled to launch next week. Unfortunately, the season’s final two episodes will not be released, and the season will remain unfinished. The studio’s plans for a second season of its award-winning series The Wolf Among Us and a series based on Netflix’s Stranger Things have both been cancelled. A skeleton crew of 25 is still at the studio hard at work on Minecraft Story Mode for Netflix.
Last November, the studio laid off approximately 25% of its workforce, and the company had reportedly been suffering from poor management. “It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Telltale as we worked to set the company on a new course”, said CEO Pete Hawley. “Unfortunately, we ran out of time trying to get there. We released some of our best content this year and received a tremendous amount of positive feedback, but ultimately, that did not translate to sales. With a heavy heart, we watch our friends leave today to spread our brand of storytelling across the games industry.”
After its appearance almost four weeks ago, Fortnite’s mysterious cube has ended its journey across the map by plunging into Loot Lake and dissolving, turning the entire lake into a bouncy playground.
At 1PM PT, the cube dropped into the lake. The cube immediately began to dissolve, and within a minute, the entirety of Loot Lake had become a flat, bouncy surface.
The cube was zapped into Fortnite’s world back on August 24. Shortly after its arrival, it began to slowly move every half hour or so, starting out in the desert biome and passing through Fatal Fields, Wailing Woods, and Tilted Towers, leaving strange runes in its wake at various locations.
It’s unknown if this is the last we’ll see of the cube, or if this is the start of another overarching narrative in Fortnite’s world. We should find out the greater implications of this transformation soon, as Season 6 starts next week on September 25.
The August NPD report is here, and Madden NFL 19 was last month’s top seller. Madden has been the best selling game every August since 2000, except for 2011 and 2012, but they only missed being the best-selling games in August because they launched during the September tracking period. Madden NFL 19 is the best selling entry in the franchise since Madden NFL 13.
Monster Hunter World made a resurgence last month thanks to its PC release, taking the number two spot, followed by Rainbow Six Siege, Grand Theft Auto V, and Mario Kart 8, which came in third, fourth, and fifth respectively. GTA V continues to remain a powerhouse for sales, with last month marking its 59th month on the top seller charts. To put that in perspective, the game has been on the market for 60 months.
Also notable for August 2018 was 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 charting at the eighth spot, compared to ranking 321st in July. The game’s substantial boost in sales can be attributed to its addition to the Xbox One backwards compatibility catalog toward the end of the month.
Here are the top twenty best-selling games for August 2018:
- Madden NFL 19
- Monster Hunter: World
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
- Grand Theft Auto V
- Mario Kart 8
- Naruto to Boruto: Shinobi Striker
- God of War
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
- Super Mario Odyssey
- Crash Bandicoot: N.Sane Trilogy
- Far Cry 5
- Monster Hunter: Generations Ultimate
- Call of Duty: WWII
- Mario Tennis Aces
- Lego The Incredibles
- We Happy Few
- The Crew 2
The recent Nintendo Direct had an extra announcement in Japan that we didn’t get stateside. Ubisoft’s Assassins’s Creed Odyssey is coming to Nintendo Switch in Japan. Sort of. Similar to Resident Evil 7, Odyssey will get a cloud version in Japan, allowing Japanese Switch owners to stream the game to their system. Developers seem to be testing out cloud versions of games in Japan, and there’s a very real possibility that we might be able to stream AAA titles to our Switches here in the states in the near future.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey launches on October 5th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and for Japanese players, Nintendo Switch.