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Niantic’s next project is a Catan game like Pokémon Go

Perfect for when the quarantine ends

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Years ago, Pokémon Go started an augmented-reality craze that got us out of the house and traipsing all across the city. Years later, Niantic, the game’s developer, launched Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, trying to recapture the same magic with a different brand. Though the game made waves, it wasn’t as popular as Pokémon Go.

This time, Niantic wants to try again with another popular brand, Catan, one of the most recognizable tabletop games in the word. The developer has not launched the official game yet. However, the game’s website is already up and running, offering pre-registration spots for the launch.

As you might expect, Catan: World Explorers will turn the entire world into a gigantic game of Catan. Much like the original game, the AR-based app will build settlements, collect resources, and connect roads together to gain victory points.

However, unlike Niantic’s other games, Catan: World Explorers aims to be more competitive, pitting you against other factions. Think Pokémon Go, but with more emphasized gyms. Players can compare scores on a local and global level.

Niantic has not announced when the game will eventually launch, only promising a date “very soon.” If you’re either a Pokémon Go or a Catan fan, Catan: World Explorers might be a worthy addition to your gaming diet. That is, when it’s finally safe to go out and have fun safely again.

SEE ALSO: Pokémon Go grandpa’s 64-phone bike is sponsored by ASUS

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla scheduled for November release

Bashing your way through old England in November

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Ubisoft had another huge announcement to make during their Ubisoft Forward digital conference. The next installment of their Assassin’s Creed franchise now is slated for a November release.

Furthermore, it will be available for the current and next generation consoles alike, expanding its player base even further.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is set for release on November 17, 2020 initially for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC through both the Epic Games Store and Ubisoft Store. It explores a brand new saga of heroism and lore, complete with new features apt for the times.

You play as Evior, the Viking leader traversing through broken kingdoms with an entire clan on his back. In your adventure, you will bash, dismember, and decapitate your way through a variety of enemies to rule all of England.

The game will also make its debut on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X upon their release. If you plan to purchase the PS4 or Xbox One version of the game, Ubisoft has an offer for you.

You can actually trade-in that copy of the game for the PS5 or Xbox Series X version, if you wish to do so. That is of course, if you plan to buy the next-gen consoles upon launch.

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Far Cry 6 takes on fascist government featuring Breaking Bad star

More games announced as well

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Earlier today, Ubisoft announced a flurry of games through a digital conference called Ubisoft Forward. Though already leaked prior to the event, one of the biggest titles to make an appearance was the next major entry in the Far Cry series, Far Cry 6.

As always, player characters are thrown into a hellish landscape and unwittingly tasked with taking down an oppressive government. Further, the new entry continues the trend from Far Cry 5 wherein the settings are caricatures of real-world dystopias. In Far Cry 5, players took on a doomsday cult in rural America. In Far Cry 6, players will take on Yara, a corrupt Latin American government.

However, unlike Far Cry 5, Far Cry 6 will once again feature a named and voiced character, Dani Rojas, who can be customized as either male or female. Further, the most striking addition to the series is who the main baddie is.

Anton Castillo, the dictator of Yara (and main antagonist) is played by Giancarlo Esposito. You will likely recognize him as Gus Fring from Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. In those critically acclaimed series, Esposito brilliantly plays a drug kingpin masquerading as the big boss of a successful chicken restaurant chain.

Marking the first entry in the next generation of consoles, Far Cry 6 will launch on February 18, 2021 for the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Google Stadia.

Ubisoft also announced that Gold, Ultimate and Collector’s Editions for Far Cry 6 will be available for pre-order

  • The Gold Edition will include the base game and the Season Pass.
  • The Ultimate Edition will include the base game, the Season Pass, and the Ultimate pack, which includes Jungle Expedition pack, the Croc Hunter pack, and the Vice pack.
  • The Collector’s Edition will include the base game, Season Pass, the Ultimate pack, a high-end replica of “Tostador”, the flamethrower weapon from the game**** (7 parts to be assembled, length: 72cm), a “How to Assemble” one-pager artwork illustrated by famous artist Tobatron, a unique Collector’s Case based on Tobatron’s iconic art style, an exclusive Steelbook®, a 64-page Artbook, a set of 10 stickers, a Chorizo keyring, a map and a selected Soundtrack of the Game.

Fans who pre-order Far Cry 6 will get access to the Libertad Pack which includes the “Libertad Outfit” for Chorizo and the state-of-the-art “Discos Locos”, a weaponized disc launcher that will make enemies dance on their own graves.

Fans who purchase Far Cry 6 on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will be able to upgrade their version to next gen at no additional cost at the launch of the Xbox Series X and the PlayStation 5.

For players looking for an introduction to the Far Cry series, the Franchise Sale starts July 13, with prices starting as low as US$3 across multiple retailers.

Besides Far Cry 6, Ubisoft also announced more details for Watch Dogs: Legion. According a new trailer, the hacking roleplaying game will allow players to recruit anyone in the game world as a hacktivist. The number of possible recruits supposedly number in the millions, marking a new way to play the game.

In other news, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla got a new gameplay trailer. Ubisoft also announced its take on the battle royale genre, Hyper Space.

SEE ALSO: Sony finally reveals what the PlayStation 5 looks like

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ASUS ROG laptops will come with freebies

Plus up to PhP 25,000 discount on some models

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Buying a new laptop can be frustrating at times. Luckily, ASUS’ new promo for ROG laptops will make deciding easier. With every purchase of ROG laptops, customers can snag big discounts and great freebies.

This July, select ROG laptops will come with ASUS gaming monitors as a freebie bundle. On top of that, some of these laptops will come with up to PhP 25,000 discount. Laptops that will join the promo include the top-of-the-line ROG Zephrus S and Strix Scar.

Zephyrus S

  • GX531GX (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, RTX 2080) — from PhP 189,995 to PhP 164,995 + free VA326H gaming monitor, ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX701GV (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 512GB SSD, RTX 2060) — from PhP 139,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG258Q gaming monitor and ROG Gladius gaming mouse
  • GX531GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 139,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve
  • GX501GI (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 1TB SSD, GTX 1080 Max-Q) — from PhP 149,995 to PhP 129,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse
  • GX531GM (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750, 512GB SSD, GTX 1060) — from PhP 104,995 to PhP 89,995 + free ROG Impact gaming mouse and ultra slim sleeve

Strix Scar

  • GL704GW (17-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 134,995 to PhP 129,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack
  • GL504GW (15-inch 144Hz FHD, i7-8750H, 1TB SSHD + 256GB SSD, RTX 2070) — from PhP 129,995 to PhP 119,995 + free VG248Q gaming monitor, ROG Gladius gaming mouse, and ROG backpack

Individuals who need a work and gaming laptop in one should really look no further than ASUS’ ROG laptops, especially with the big discounts and freebies. Hurry though, since the discounts and freebies are available only on all ASUS stores nationwide until supplies last.

For more information about ASUS ROG’s latest promo, visit their Facebook and Twitter page.

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