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Path of Exile 2 announced out of nowhere at ExileCon

Published: 16/Nov/2019 1:29 Updated: 16/Nov/2019 1:37

by Bill Cooney

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Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games announced a surprise sequel to their popular dungeon-crawler RPG at the annual ExileCon event.

Seen as a spiritual successor to the Diablo franchise for some, the game’s loyal fanbase had received no word about the new campaign.

The trailer and gameplay footage were both released by Grinding Gear at ExileCon on Friday, November 15, without any previous mention from the company about an announcement this big in the days leading up to the reveal.

So, what are in the previews?

The cinematic trailer starts out with a look at the new character selection, in which your chosen hero is the only survivor of a mass public hanging – setting the tone that PoE is known for.

We also got a look at some of the new environments coming for PoE 2, including a stage that’s entirely on the top of a giant Mad Max-like vehicle.

PoE 2 will have a new seven-act storyline that is available alongside the original Path of Exile campaign. 

Both storylines lead to the same shared Atlas endgame and PoE 2 retains all expansion content that has been created over the last six years while introducing a new skill system, ascendancy classes, engine improvements and more.

There are 19 new ascendancy classes in PoE 2 alongside the original classes, that will still be available in the old campaign.

The game’s skill system is also getting updated to make it less frustrating to use, while still keeping the depth that PoE is known for. In this sequel, it will be possible to six-link every skill your character uses.

Armor, weapons, character models and animation have also been completely redone, but all previous microtransaction purchases will still carry over from PoE 1.

There’s no release date for PoE 2 yet, but Grinding Gear did say they don’t intend to start a beta until very late in 2020. In the meantime, they will continue to release regular expansions every six months.

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First Gen 6 species coming to Pokemon Go revealed: Greninja, more

Published: 26/Nov/2020 15:42

by Paul Cot

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Niantic have confirmed that Gen 6 species are coming to Pokemon Go on December 2. Now, thanks to a datamine from the PokeMiners, we have a list of Pokemon originating from the Kalos region found in the game’s code.

Those Gen 6 Pokemon are as follows:

  • Chespin, Quilladin, Chesnaught
  • Fennekin, Braixen, Delphox
  • Froakie, Frogadier, Greninja
  • Bunnelby, Diggersby
  • Fletchling, Fletchinder, Talonflame
  • Scatterbug
  • Litleo, Pyroar (both forms)
  • Espurr, Meowstic
  • Klefki
  • Noibat, Noivern
Gen 6 Pokemon DatamineGen 6 assets found in the Pokemon Go code…

That’s already 21 of the 72 new species the Kalos region introduces. However, just because the assets of these Pokemon have been found in the Pokemon Go game files, doesn’t necessarily mean they will be available on December 2.

According to the Pokemon Go blog we can expect to see all of the above minus Scatterbug, Espurr, Meowstic, Noibat and Noivern. Meanwhile, Klefki will only be appearing for trainers in France.

That means the other five will be coming at a later date. Given they are already in the code though, this shouldn’t be too far away. Alternatively, they could be appearing on December 2 but Niantic didn’t announce them to leave a surprise.

It was also announced there will be a mysterious Pokemon appearing in one-star Raid Battles. This could very well be Scatterbug, Espurr or Noibat.

What we know about these new Kalos Pokemon

The Kalos starter Pokemon – Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie – are definitely available from the outset. They follow the usual grass, fire and water typings but their final evolutions introduce some interesting combinations.

Chesnaught is a grass/fighting type, Delphox fire and psychic and the ever popular Greninja is water and dark. In terms of weaknesses to resistances, these typings favor Delphox and Greninja.

Elsewhere, Noibat will require a massive 400 Candies, the same as Magikarp. It will be interesting to see if consequently Noivern plays any type of role in the game’s meta.

The Gen 5 rollout is still yet to be complete and has been going on for well over a year. The Gen 6 Pokedex is a lot smaller though, which means its entire rollout should take less than a year.