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Call of Duty: WWII Announced, Livestream Reveal Coming April 26

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Death. Taxes. Call of Duty. Activision today revealed the newest Call of Duty game, and it definitely takes the series back to its roots. Call of Duty: WWII will presumably be launching this November, as with every other Call of Duty title for the last decade and a half.

We don’t know any details beyond the name and poster, and that it’s being developed by Sledghammer Games. An official livestream is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26 at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern which should give out all the important details, such as platforms, multiplayer, and release date.

Sledgehammer Games previously developed Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

The Call of Duty series began life in 2003 as a series of World War II shooters, partially inspired by the war film Saving Private Ryan along with Medal of Honor: Allied Assault. Activision’s Kevin Kelly wrote a brief history of the first few Call of Duty games, which represent the World War II series (as opposed to the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series).

“This year Sledgehammer Games joins the WWII ranks of Call of Duty with Call of Duty: WWII, which will bring the series back to World War II after nearly ten years,” writes Kelly. “We can’t wait to tell you more about Call of Duty: WWII, so be sure not to miss the reveal livestream at 10 am Pacific on April 26. We’ll see you there, soldier.”

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Pokémon GO Easter Event Hatches Egg-Themed Bonuses

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Pokémon GO’s steady seasonal event tie-ins continue with an Easter Event, which lasts throughout the next week. Naturally, it’s all about the eggs.

The biggest bonus of the Easter Event can be found in the smallest 2 km eggs. Normally these easy to hatch eggs usually contain common Pokémon. During the Easter Event, you’ll find a greater variety. You’ll also be rewarded with more candy for each Pokémon you hatch.

To continue with the egg theme, Lucky Eggs will be available to purchase in the in-game shop for half off. Lucky Eggs double the amount of experience you earn for 30 minutes.

Finally, everything you do during the Easter Event, from catching Pokémon to earning medals, will earn double experience.

It’s a shame that the precious egg incubators are not given the same discount treatment. Having multiple incubators is the best way to hatch eggs. In a true nickel and dime scenario, the eggs may be nicer but the incubators will cost you.

Pokémon GO remains popular even if its incredibly explosive launch has faded in the public consciousness. A steady stream of seasonal events and bonus rewards are a nice incentive to keep playing. The most recent event, the Water Festival, gave us a bunch of extra water Pokémon to find and catch.

I still play regularly, though casually, and I never feel the need to spend money. In fact, this Easter Event may be a great time to finally use some of those Lucky Eggs I’ve been hoarding.

The Pokémon GO Easter Event ends April 20.

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Here Are the Full Stats for Microsoft’s Project Scorpio

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The future state of consoles has reached an interesting place. Video game technology has plateaued when compared to the leaps and bounds of the last few decades. Instead of large generation advances every five years, we’re likely going to see incremental upgrades in half the time. Exhibit A is Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro. Exhibit B is Microsoft’s upcoming “Project Scorpio.”

In an unprecedented reveal, Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry was invited to Microsoft’s Xbox headquarters in Redmond to show off their upcoming Xbox upgrade, still codenamed Project Scorpio. The upgraded Xbox One console isn’t expected to launch until later this year. But Microsoft was more than happy to share the full specs of this powerful 4K capable machine.

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“The goal was that any 900p or better title would be able to easily run at frame-rate at 4K on Scorpio,” said Kevin Gammill, Program Director of Xbox. “That was our big stake in the ground, and so with that we began our work speccing out what the Scorpio Engine is. It’s not a process of calling up AMD and saying I’ll take this part, this part and this part. A lot of really specific custom work went into this.”

If talk of GPU horsepower, shader engines and memory bandwith excites you, the full article on Eurogamer has an excellent breakdown. But we’re all asking the most important question: what about the games?

Microsoft is claiming that every Xbox One game that plays in 900p or 1080p should be able to run at the new 4K resolution. For a demo, Microsoft showed Forza Motorsport running at 4K at 60 frames per second, using only about 66% of the the GPU’s power.

Kotaku reached out to Microsoft and received the following statement:

“All existing Xbox games (including Xbox One Backward Compatible titles) will run smoother, look better and load faster without requiring an update or any work from developers. All games running on Project Scorpio will achieve more consistent framerates, faster load times, improved anisotropic filtering, and will run at their peak resolution if the title implemented dynamic scaling. In addition, developers will also have the option to update existing titles to further take full advantage of Project Scorpio’s advanced capabilities including full 4K assets and 4K resolution.”

We should learn more about Project Scorpio, including name and price, in the coming months. E3 2017 could be a big win for Microsoft.