June 2019

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Ni no Kuni Sequel Confirmed by Developer Level-5

In an interview with Japanese magazine Nikkei, translated and reported on by Dualshockers, Level-5 president Akihiro Hino confirmed that a new Ni no Kuni game is in the works, and will release sometime after the upcoming Ni no Kuni movie, which premiers on August 29 in Japan.

Hino didn’t give many details beyond that, unfortunately, but did comment on how Level-5 is currently reviewing its development process, according to Dualshockers. Level-5’s recent projects, Yo-kai Watch 4 and Inazuma Eleven Ares no Tenbin, were both delayed. In the interview, Hino implied that Level-5 is aiming to regain the trust of its fanbase after these delays.

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Overwatch League to End GOATS Meta With New Role System

According to multiple reports, Blizzard plans to effectively end the three tanks, three healers (or “GOATS) meta that has become the norm in most Overwatch League matches, and been a common complaint among viewers

In an original report from Upcomer, the esports news site claimed that multiple sources it had within the Overwatch League had told them that Blizzard will implement a 2-2-2 role lock for teams starting in the league’s fourth stage starting July 25.

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Enter for a Chance to Win a Tera Summer Fun 2019 Pack and Collectible

Welcome to Daily Win, our way of giving back to the IGN community. To thank our awesome audience, we’re giving away a new game each day to one lucky winner. Be sure to check IGN.com every day to enter in each new giveaway.

Today we’re giving away a Tera Summer Fun Pack and Steampunk Elin Collector’s Statue. To enter into this sweepstake, fill out the form below. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident to enter. Today’s sweepstake will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Entries entered after this time will not be considered.

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Cozycozy is an accommodation search service that works with hotels and Airbnb

French startup Cozycozy.com wants to make it easier to search for accommodation across a wide range of services. This isn’t the first aggregator in the space and probably not the last one. But this time, it isn’t just about hotels.

When you plan a trip with multiple stops, chances are you end up with a dozen tabs of different services — on Airbnb to look at listings, on a hotel review platform and on a hotel booking platform. Each service displays different prices and has a different inventory.

While there are a ton of services out there, most of them belong to just three companies: Booking Holdings (Booking.com, Priceline, Kayak, Agoda…), Expedia Group (Expedia, Hotels.com, HomeAway, Trivago…) and TripAdvisor (TripAdvisor, HouseTrip, Oyster…). They all operate many different services in order to address as many markets and as many segments as possible.

Cozycozy.com wants to simplify that process by aggregating a ton of services in a single interface — you can find hotels, Airbnb listings, campsites, hostels, boats, home-exchanging apartments… You can filter your results by price or you can exclude some accommodation styles.

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July’s Xbox Games With Gold Revealed

Another month, another round of free games for Xbox Live Gold members. For July, Xbox owners who subscribe to Xbox Live Gold will receive four free games as part of the Games With Gold program.

For Xbox One owners, your two free games are Inside, from the creators of Limbo, and Big Crown Showdown.

IGN readers will remember that we gave Inside a 10 out 10, and nominated Inside for our 2016 game of the year. IGN editor Ryan McCaffrey called it “a dreamlike platformer that takes us to incredible places.”

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Enter for a Chance to Win Life is Strange 2

Welcome to Daily Win, our way of giving back to the IGN community. To thank our awesome audience, we’re giving away a new game each day to one lucky winner. Be sure to check IGN.com every day to enter in each new giveaway.

Today we’re giving away a digital Life is Strange 2 Season Pass for PS4. To enter into this sweepstake, fill out the form below. You must be at least 18 years old and a legal U.S. resident to enter. Today’s sweepstake will end at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Entries entered after this time will not be considered.

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The Headphone Journey Continues – The TouchArcade Show #405

On this week’s episode of The TouchArcade Show we follow up on the adventures in weird tiny electric vehicles, including scooters. The specific scooter we’re talking about, which is the consumer version of the same scooter that the rental companies use is the Xiaomi Mi Electric Scooter. The internet seems to agree that this is the “best” one to start with. From there, we shift gears to talking about actual relevant mobile game stuff including a whole buttload of rad games that were recently released and are coming in the future. We dive into some Switch chat, specifically talking about Graveyard Keeper which is worth checking out if you liked Stardew Valley. Oh, and we don’t mention it on the podcast but this week’s GameClub game is Legendary Wars. You can download it for free via TestFlight right now by mashing this link.

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review …read more


TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Minit’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

Minit

Published by Devolver Digital, Minit ($4.99) is the colaborative effort of developers Jan Willem Nijman, Kitty Calis, Jukio Kallio, and Dominik Johann, and made quite a splash when it originally launched on desktop and consoles just over a year ago. And not …read more


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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite Review

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite may not be the wizarding world game of my dreams (hopefully that leaked Harry Potter RPG trailer is more than a concept) but I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I’m enjoying Niantic’s latest augmented reality “walking RPG.” This followup to the phenomenally successful Pokemon GO does a lot of heavy lifting to justify its storyline that makes the actual idea behind it a little wonky, but the many, many layers of exploration and collection it encourages have kept me engaged on a daily basis… so far.

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is, in a nutshell, Pokemon GO but with wizard tchotchkes instead of collectable pocket monsters. The longer version of the description reads a bit more like a J.K. Rowling lore tweet: in the quiet, post-Deathly Hallows epilogue lives of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, a great calamity has hit the wizarding world and threatens to tear down the wall between muggles and magic. You and wizards around the world are enlisted to help uphold the Statute of Secrecy and eventually solve this Calamity.

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Game Freak Addresses Pokemon Sword and Shield National Dex

Game Freak’s Junichi Masuda, the producer of Pokémon Sword and Shield, has issued a statement in response to the news that some Pokémon will not be able to be transferred to the newest entry on the Nintendo Switch from previous games.

Posted to Pokemon.com, Masuda-san has assured fans that while some Pokémon may not be available in Pokémon Sword and Shield, that does not mean they will not appear in future games.

Thank you to all of our fans for caring so deeply about Pokémon. Recently, I shared the news that some Pokémon cannot be transferred to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. I’ve read all your comments and appreciate your love and passion for Pokémon.

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