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Pokémon might release its eighth generation on the Nintendo Switch

Did you see this one coming?

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Pokémon fans are pretty much speculating on the mysterious game that’s going to be released for the Nintendo Switch. It still is, of course, under development so everything is still pretty hushed. Since the game is quite a while away from its release, people can’t help theorizing what the game could be. That aside, the latest bit of interesting news comes from a tweet that revealed the game’s kick-off of the franchise’s eighth generation.

This may have contradicted what most fans have been predicting since a lot of people have thought the upcoming Pokémon Switch game would have gamers return to Kanto for a series reboot. Of course, Nintendo hasn’t officially denied that theory — encouraging much of the community to talk about the upcoming game. In the official Nintendo Magazine shown in the tweet, it’s clear that fans could be wrong and the game might potentially be releasing a new generation entirely. I suppose fans didn’t call it this time around but there’s still some glimmer of hope.


I say “potentially” and “could be” because there hasn’t been any word from Nintendo themselves. It’s looking more and more like they’re rounding up their team and focusing on the new Super Smash Bros. game instead. Then again, they could be keeping quiet until an official announcement at E3 this summer. Nintendo has not confirmed or launched the title of the game nor the release date, so we may have to sit this one out and wait. If there’s a big reveal at E3, it’s happening on June 12 to June 14 in Los Angeles, California.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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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.


Check it out:

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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