Pokemon

Pokemon Masters players are losing it as Piers arrives from Sword & Shield

Published: 17/Feb/2021 10:24

by Daniel Megarry

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Pokemon Masters EX players are in for a treat, as the iconic rock star Piers from Sword & Shield is coming to the game, and he’s bringing Obstagoon with him.

Avid fans of the latest mainline entries into the Pokemon series, Sword & Shield, will no doubt be familiar with Piers already. As well as being the Dark-type gym leader of Spikemuth, he’s also the captain of the villainous Team Yell.

Along with his younger sister, gym leader Marnie, Piers has become notorious in the Galar region. Players love his gothic style and how he bursts into song during battles, and there’s tons of fan art based on the character.

So, as expected, the reaction to his announcement for the spin-off game Pokemon Masters EX has been a strong one.

Screenshot of Pokemon Sword & Shield Gym Leader Piers.
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Pokemon Masters EX players will be able to recruit Piers.

Piers makes his debut in Pokemon Masters

Pokemon Masters EX is a free-to-play mobile game set on the island of Pasio. Players can battle and recruit various trainers from the franchise, such as Brock and Misty, with each trainer having one trusted Pokemon partner to fight alongside in 3-on-3 battles.

It’s just been announced that five-star Piers and Obstagoon will debut in the synch pair scout, and they can be raised to six-star EX. Together, they’ll have a Dark-type sync move called No Encores Throat Chop, which sounds devastating.

Piers will arrive in the game with Obstagoon on February 17, 2021, at 10 PM PT, and you can see the pair’s sync move in action in the teaser shared by the official Pokemon Masters EX Twitter below.

Pokemon trainers react

The news has gone down very well with fans of the Galar region’s songwriting gym leader, with many Pokemon players admitting that they’ll be downloading the game just to get a glimpse of their beloved Piers in action.

“I picked the game back up just because punk husbando is being put in,” wrote one gamer, while another added, “I’ve never understood Pokemon Masters but for him, I’m willing to try again.”

A third joked: “Piers was playing the long game by refusing to Dynamax so he could get into Masters sooner.”

While some Pokemon Masters players tweeted that they would’ve preferred to see another trainer, like X & Y’s Lysandre or Ruby and Sapphire’s Sidney, the overall response seems to be positive for our boy Piers.

Will you be adding him to your team when he makes his debut? We certainly will.

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy 7: The First Soldier mobile battle royale: trailer, gameplay & more

Published: 26/Feb/2021 0:14

by Alan Bernal

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Square Enix has announced a new battle royale for their legendary franchise called Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier for iOS and Android.

The new game will be set in Midgar, decades before the setting of the main story. In fact, the game will subtly play on the story of how Shinra amassed their army with the SOLDIER project, the “experimental corps of enhanced fighters.”

Like most battle royales, people will hunt for loot consisting of weapons and abilities, move around a huge map consisting of different landscapes, and team up with other players to be the last in the game.

There’s going to be a ton of hype for the FFVII: The First Soldier release, so read on below for everything including a launch window and a glimpse of the first teaser.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier release date

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Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will slightly expand on Midgar’s story.

There isn’t a concrete release date for Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, but the battle royale is set for a worldwide launch sometime in 2021.

Everyone with an iOS or Android device will be able to download the game for free and jump into this new look for Midgar.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier trailer

Though brief, the teaser trailer did a lot to showcase what players can expect when Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier launches later in the year.

Everything from transportation to different weapons were shown. Take a look at Square Enix’s first trailer for their upcoming battle royale below.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier gameplay

The trailer for FF VII: The First Soldier gave a preview for a ton of gameplay elements that players will get familiar with as they explore Midgar’s landscape.

Other than having a primary/secondary weapon, kits will also include three abilities with what appears to be a dedicated slot for an evasive/defensive option.

Of course, with abilities comes an MP bar that can be seen next to an HP bar. Abilities look like they can be upgraded up to level three.

final fantasy VII 7 the first soldier
Square Enix
There’s a lot going on in Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.

Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier will also have melee animations, summons, PvE elements, micro-transactions, and more.

It’s unclear how many players will be able to drop into Midgar, but more information will be release as we get closer to the release.