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Pokémon GO Dev Reboots Original AR Mobile Game Ingress

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When Pokémon GO launched two years ago, it drove a lot of newcomers to the concept of Augmented Reality. Developer Niantic had built upon their AR technology with an earlier game, called Ingress.

This week Niantic launched a rebooted version of Ingress, called Ingress Prime. Ingress Prime is available now as a free download on iOS and Android.

“Ingress Prime is built on Niantic’s Real World Platform and serves as a key driver for innovation around gameplay and technologies for all Niantic products,” said John Hanke, founder and CEO of Niantic. “Since its original release in November 2012, Ingress and its passionate and diverse user community have been an inspiration for the team to create new and innovative ways for players to work together both in-game and in the real world.”

Players embody agents of two different factions: the Enlightened and the Resistance, within the sci-fi near future world of Ingress. The story will evolve and change depending on how the agents interact and which side can control various landmarks around the world.

Anomaly events are similar to Pokémon GO’s Community Days, bringing people together for a weekend of mobile gaming. Niantic plans to host 12 Primary Anomaly events around the world, as well as over 100 smaller community-drive events. You can find out the wheres and whens of the events on the Ingress website.

With the launch of Ingress Prime, Niantic is also expanding the story and setting of their sci-fi universe. The Ingress Anime is an new CG-animated series coming in 2019 on Netflix. It’s described as a sci-fi adventure thriller featuring Ingress Agents and gameplay.

Pokémon GO will be celebrating Ingress Prime’s release with shiny green Cubones and blue Ponytas, as well as free in-game avatar gifts. Ingress Prime is available now on iOS and Android mobile devices.

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Pokémon Reveals Meltan’s Evolution: Melmetal

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The surprising new Mythical Pokémon addition, Meltan, was announced last month in Pokémon GO. It turns out Meltan can also be evolved into a much bigger, more powerful form called Melmetal. The catch is that it can only evolve in Pokémon GO.

In order to evolve a captured Meltan, you’ll need to catch a whole lot of them, or select one as your Buddy Pokémon to generate candy. Evolving Meltan requires 400 Meltan Candies. Trading with friends as well as sending Meltan to the upcoming Switch games Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! will also earn candy.

Melmetal remains a Steel type Pokémon, though its weight is increased by 100x. Its body hardens and it grows powerful arms it can use to swiftly punch opponents.

Melmetal can learn a unique Steel-type move called Double Iron Bash. Double Iron Bash deals a significant amount of damage and has a chance to cause the target to flinch and miss their turn.

Once evolved, Melmetal can be transferred to Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! on Switch.

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Earning candy should be slightly easier with the upcoming Adventure Sync update. Adventure Sync is a new feature coming soon to Pokémon GO. It records walking distance even when Pokémon GO isn’t running. This lets you earn candy via the Buddy Pokémon as well as hatch eggs must faster. Adventure Sync can connect to both Apple Health on iOS and Google Fit on Android.

Pokémon Let’s Go, Eevee! and Let’s Go, Pikachu! are coming to Switch November 16.

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Monsters Invade Fortnite Battle Royale in Fortnitemares 2018

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The seasonal Halloween event Fortnitemares returns again this year to mega-popular online shooter Fortnite. The event adds new Cube Monsters, outfits, and weapons as well as its own set of challenges. Fortnitemares 2018 will last for about a month.

Fortnitemares 2018 actually borrows from the game’s less popular co-op Save the World mode. AI monsters are now invading the PVP world of Fortnite Battle Royale, spawning from a mysterious cube in the world. The enemies will drop some nice loot if you can brave the distraction.

The new purchasable Deadfire skin is also more than just a cosmetic outfit. It features its own progression system. That means it will actually update and change styles based on how much damage players deal as well as how long they can stay alive. The Deadfire outfit includes the Shackled Stone Back Bling. The matching Dark Shard pickaxe is sold separately.

New weapons include the Six Shooter and Fiend Hunter Crossbow.

The event will also add new challenges that will unlock their own cosmetic items. But this time the challenges will change every few days. The first set of challenges are as follows:

  • Destroy Cube Monsters
  • Deal damage with Assault Rifles or Pistols to Cube Monsters
  • Visit a Corrupted Area in different matches
  • Dance at different Gargoyles

Completing the final set of challenges earns you the spiffy Dark Engine glider.

Fortnite Save the World also benefits from the Fortnitemares Update with multiple story quests and rewards.

Fortnite is available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, iOS, and Android. It’s rated T for Teen.