Pokemon

Pokemon trainers delighted as new Sword & Shield animations appear

Published: 15/Feb/2021 14:55

by Alex Garton

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Pokemon Sword & Shield trainers are over the moon that Game Freak decided to add more sleeping animations for various Pokemon in-game.

Regular content updates are rolled out for Sword and Shield all the time, giving players more things to do whilst exploring the Galar region.

However, sometimes some of the smallest changes can receive the most appreciation from fans, no doubt a lot more than the developers would have expected.

Sword and Shield players have noticed that more Pokemon now have new animations when they go to sleep. This change has gone down incredibly well with the community and players are calling for Game Freak to add more to the game.

Pokemon in Sword & Shield
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Sword & Shield players are calling for more animations to be added to the game.

Sword & Shield players love new sleeping animations

A thread posted to the Pokemon Sword and Shield subreddit pointing out the new Pokemon sleep animations has received over 2,500 upvotes at the time of writing.

Despite being a rather minor update, trainers are ecstatic that a set of new adorable animations have been added for their favorite Pokemon. Before the change, a lot of Mon in-game remained standing up while they were supposed to be asleep. It’s fair to say the new change is definitely a lot more life-like and adds a little more character to each of the Pokemon.

One trainer on the thread described the new animations as “the cutest thing ever!” and another celebrated the new update, adding “I never even noticed! Let’s go!”

I’m so happy that they’ve changed some of the sleeping animations 🥰💙 from r/PokemonSwordAndShield

After seeing the new animations, some trainers are calling for Game Freak to add special versions for flying-type Pokemon: “I really hope they eventually add a full range of animations for different situations… it doesn’t make sense for a flying type to keep flying with its eyes open asleep.”

The overwhelmingly positive reception of this very small animation update will no doubt encourage Game Freak to make more of these changes in the future.

Let’s hope the developers listen to the community and add sleep animations to the game that fit both the theme and species of each Pokemon.

World of Warcraft

WoW Shadowlands devs hint Anduin will be “forever changed” after Chains of Domination

Published: 24/Feb/2021 13:42

by Ava Thompson-Powell

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After BlizzConline revealed WoW Shadowlands’ upcoming 9.1 patch, titled ‘Chains of Domination’, fans are undoubtedly on tenterhooks to see just where the storyline will go next for iconic characters like Anduin and The Jailer.

Dexerto sat down in an exclusive Q&A interview to get some insight into the future of WoW Shadowlands and beyond, and how Anduin’s corruption will shape the world.

The upcoming patch provides fans with a slew of fresh new content to keep players occupied. The Sanctum of Domination 10-boss raid will culminate in a standoff that is “one for the ages” against Sylvanas Windrunner — and there’s something for everyone in the highly-anticipated content drop.

How will Anduin’s corruption shape WoW Shadowlands going forward?

WoW Chains of Domination Anduin
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Anduin is getting a fresh new look in the upcoming patch.

As revealed at BlizzConline, the Jailer and the Maw continue to grow, as “the Banished One conscripts a terrible new champion in his service.” Revealed in the trailer to be none other than the almost flawless King of Stormwind, Anduin Wrynn of the Alliance, this corruption is undoubtedly going to leave a mark on the leader.

Speaking with Game Director Ion Hazzikostas, he stated that “there is a mystery there” with how Anduin’s corruption will shape the world of WoW going forward.

“It’s something that will be delved into deeply, […] even if Anduin were to break free of this experience, if we were to free him, or however that happened — he would be forever changed by this experience.”

In the reveal trailer, Kingsmourne, we see a brief glimpse of sorrow flash across the hero’s eyes after being compelled into service to slay the Archon, before the Jailer regains control once more.

“Anduin has always been this youthful, almost flawless character. He’s fought for the side of justice, and righteousness — whether it was against the Legion, whether it was against the Horde in Battle for Azeroth, but there’s no coming back from this completely intact.”

Does the brief flash of guilt and sadness across his eyes indicate that Anduin will rejoin the fight with the champions of Azeroth against The Jailer and the Maw once more, or is something darker planned for Anduin Wrynn as WoW Shadowlands progresses into the future?

Whatever the case may be, we’ll have to wait and see what that means for World of Warcraft.