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You can soon trade and send gifts with friends on Pokémon Go

The feature we’ve all been waiting for

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Pokémon Go is nearing its second anniversary in July, but before that, its developers have some treats to keep us happy.

A major update will roll out later this week that’ll allow trainers to add real-world friends to trade Pokémon and items with. A system involving Trainer Codes will be used, wherein you have to share a unique code in order to send friend requests.


What’s more special is the chance to send special gifts. By spinning Photo Discs at a PokéStop or Gym, there’s a chance of earning a gift, which you can send to anyone on your friends list. If the receiver is lucky, an egg that could hatch an “Alolan form of a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region” might be inside the package.

Even better is the ability to trade Pokémon like on the older games — finally! Doing so requires Stardust and a trainer level of at least 10, but you get bonus Candy for every successful transaction. The only catch is that certain Pokémon, such as Legendary or Shiny ones, require special conditions to trade, and these can only happen once a day with more Stardust involved.

But this isn’t just some social networking gimmick. By battling alongside online friends and sending them gifts or Pokémon, you can increase your friendship level for added bonuses, such as extra attack power during fights.

Truth be told, these are features that should’ve been released a long time ago. They’ve been demanded since the app first launched nearly two years ago and are only now being implemented.

I guess it’s better late than never, but it’s probably Niantic’s way of bringing former trainers back. Nintendo is doing the same thing by adding Pokémon Go integration into the Switch’s first Pokémon game. These tricks are certainly working on me!

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


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The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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Finally! New trailer of Final Fantasy VII remake drops

We waited four years!

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It took four years but we now have a follow-up trailer to the Final Fantasy VII Remake. First announced during E3 2015, the much-anticipated remake has only shown up through rumors and disappointing news of delay.

However, at PlayStation’s State of Play, we now have some new footage of the game. The released footage features cinematic scenes with Cloud and Aerith, gameplay previews, and glimpses at the remake’s primary antagonist, Sephiroth.


Final Fantasy VII was first released for the original PlayStation. It’s the first game in the series to move away from 2D animation and make use of polygonal character design, taking advantage of the console’s capabilities.

The game’s director Tetsuya Nomura also said that “most of the plans are already in place in the run up to the launch.” He also promised more details in June. Here’s to hoping for no more delays and that we don’t have to wait another four years until the game actually comes out.

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Confirmed: EA plans to expand Apex Legends to mobile platforms

Following other titles like Fortnite and PUBG

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Electronics Art‘s popular battle royale title, Apex Legends, is on its way to challenge mobile players. During the company’s earnings call, the game’s publisher and developer mentioned the upcoming mobile version of the Titanfall-based game.

The confirmation aligns with EA’s initial thoughts of bringing Apex Legends to mobile, especially on smartphones. There are no specifics about platforms or release dates, but we’re betting Android and iOS are part of the list. There’s also a possibility for the Nintendo Switch to join the party.


EA’s decision to expand to mobile is part of the new strategy they are working on. Part of it is bringing Apex Legends to China.

Also during the call, EA reported that Apex Legends currently has over 50 million users. While impressive, the game’s growth is slowing down, which is why they now have to bring the game to more platforms.

Via: Engadget
Source: GameInformer

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