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Gaming: Pokémon GO unleashes your inner trainer, Battlefield V expands, PUBG meets Resident Evil

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Dec 3, 2018

An upcoming update to Pokémon GO will finally let Nintendo fans step into the ultimate Pokémon role-playing scenario: squaring off against other real-life trainers just itching to see whose skills are more evolved.

GO developer Niantic recently revealed that true player-versus-player (PvP) battles are set to make their debut soon in a forthcoming expansion on the base game, which has kept people’s eyes glued to their phone screens on sidewalks everywhere since first appearing in 2016. 

It sounds like PvP will bring plenty of competition along for the ride: Instead of turning everyone loose for a blindly-paired free-for-all, GO players will have to align with leagues, and those are divvied up according to your training level. Feeling especially invincible? Then the Master League’s your jam, where there’ll be no CP limit per Pokémon. 

While PvP has long been an acknowledged part of what Niantic hoped to bring to Pokémon GO, it’s mostly been a distant dream until now. And while we’re still left with the promise simply that PvP is arriving “soon,” it’s a safe bet the developer has finally worked out the technical kinks that have prevented the feature from landing all this time. 

In the meantime, keep on evolving — because you can bet the competition is.


 

Battlefield V is still less than two weeks in the wild, but already developer EA DICE is teasing what’s next, via a new trailer that shows off what fans can expect from its Tides of War online campaign mode, which launches tomorrow.

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The first chapter in the ongoing Tides of War mission, Overture, features what looks like a pretty well-developed story arc, especially for single-player mode. The first single-player Last Tiger mission follows a German tank driver who comes to grips with his dire situation once the allies show up, while Panzerstorm, the new multiplayer mission, will feature tank battles in a new map area set in Belgium. 

On top of all that, this week’s Overture update brings a slew of new in-game features, including a new weapons-practice range, new progress rewards, and, perhaps best of all, vehicle customization.

Tides of War arrives for all Battlefield V players on Dec. 4 — regardless of whether they’re playing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC.


 

Already not shy of crossing over with popular franchises like Suicide Squad and Mission: Impossible, PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds (PUBG) is gearing up for a downright creepy meeting, teasing a mysterious upcoming crossover event with Resident Evil 2.

Via IGN, the insanely popular, multi-platform free-for-all is playing details of the RE2 mash-up close to the vest, for now only confirming a tweet on Resident Evil 2’s Japanese Twitter account (where the game is known as Biohazard), but providing no details of a release timeline or what the crossover will contain. 

It’s probably fine not to sweat the details too much, though, because whatever PUBG has in the works will likely arrive in time to tap all the hype for the Resident Evil 2 remake. Overhauled from the original game with a third-person shooter perspective, the reloaded RE2 is set to zombify the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC beginning Jan. 25 of next year.

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