The Update for week ending 11th December

Hello Fellow Cravers. I am GD, we are back with the top 3 gaming news stories of the week, we have Top 5 games of the week, new releases for the next 3 weeks and a recap of YouTube of the week with the Update!

NEWS

3)Baby Pokemon making their way to Pokemon Go

Pokémon beyond the original 151 can now be found in Pokémon Go, announced developer Niantic and The Pokémon Company today. Baby Pokémon like Pichu and Togepi, who made their debut in Pokémon Gold and Silver, will now pop up in the hugely popular mobile game.

Players won’t be able to catch them in the wild like the average Pokémon, however. Instead, they’ll have to visit PokéStops to collect Pokémon eggs, which may include one of the new finds when they hatch.

Niantic and The Pokémon Company named Pichu, Togepi and “select other Pokémon” as the newest additions to Pokémon Go. Players found code for the entirety of generation two — numbers 151 through 251 in the Pokédex — last month.

Also available in Pokémon Go starting now until Dec. 29 is a special Pikachu. The holiday edition of the series’ mascot can be found and caught worldwide. Both developer and publisher said that players should have no trouble finding the festive hat-wearing Pikachu during this timeframe.

2)Sony is branching into mobile gaming

Sony Interactive Entertainment is branching into mobile, and it’s taking some beloved PlayStation franchises with it. ForwardWorks, its publishing arm dedicated to mobile games, will release titles based on Hot Shots Golf, Arc the Lad, PaRappa the Rapper and more starting next year.

Heading to smartphones first are versions of Hot Shots Golf and the PlayStation Portable puzzle game What Did I Do to Deserve This?, which are due in spring and summer 2017, respectively. These and other ForwardWorks games will be available on both iOS and Android; the company has yet to announce Western release plans.

Later next year will see “reboots” of Arc the Lad and Wild Arms, two classic PlayStation role-playing game series. The last game in each franchise hit PlayStation consoles in 2004 and 2007, respectively, and the reboots will bring back members of the original production teams.

Also planned are mobile games based on PaRappa the Rapper, Boku no Natsuyasumi (My Summer Vacation) and Toro, PlayStation’s unofficial, feline mascot. Sony declined to elaborate on what these games will entail, or when they’re expected to launch.

Square Enix is working with ForwardWorks as well, with mobile takes on the Disgaea series and PlayStation Vita horror game Yomawari: Never Alone in the pipeline.

Sony’s foray into smartphone games follows that of one of its closest competitors: Nintendo, who announced it would release at least five mobile titles based on its characters by March 2017. That timeline has since been revised a bit, with the second of those five, Super Mario Run, hitting iOS on Dec. 15. Also in the works are games based on Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing. Pokémon Go, this summer’s smartphone smash hit, notably is not part of that group of five games.

Yet Sony is also heading in a direction Nintendo has not yet, it announced alongside the mobile push. The company’s new Project Field platform will play games that use trading cards, which are based on series like Yo-Kai Watch.

Project Field’s mat peripheral, which players will draw and move their cards upon, will work with smartphones and tablets using Bluetooth. A Western launch has not been announced for Project Field, and its Japanese release has not yet been dated.

1)Star Wars Battlefront is joining EA Access library this Tuesday

Star Wars Battlefront will join the library of EA Access games available to subscribers on Dec. 13, Electronic Arts announced yesterday.

This latest bit of news comes as the final expansion for the multiplayer shooter is live for subscribers of Battlefront’s DLC season pass. Rogue One: Scarif was announced back in November. It adds four maps set on the balmy jungle planet plus playable characters Jyn Erso and Orson Krennic, the hero and villain of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which premieres Friday, Dec. 16.

Star Wars Battlefront is the 38th game in the vault. A subscription, which is only offered on Xbox One, costs $4.99 a month or $29.99 per year. A companion service for PC, Origin Access, has 30 games so far but Battlefront is not among them.

UK GAME CHARTS

There are only 3 charts left after this week until the end of the year and this week’s chart sees the last of the big releases out of the traps. Activision re-claim No1 with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, perhaps with an eye on the Christmas No1, which they have held for the previous 2 years with COD Black Ops III in 2015 and COD Advance Warfare in 2014.

EA take No’s 2 & 3 with FIFA 17 and Battlefield 1. The impressive launch of Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XV last week at No2 sees the title dropping to No4 this week, but still ahead of the 2 big new releases this week. The first of the new releases is Microsoft and Capcom’s Dead Rising 4 for Xbox One debuting at No5. Previous iteration Dead Rising 3 was also only Xbox One, debuting 2 places lower at No7 in 2013.

Remaining at No6 for a third successive week is Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs 2, which means that Sony’s PS4 The Last Guardian debuts at No7. Previous games in this series debuted at No15 (Ico for PS2, 2002) and at No1 (Shadow of the Colossus for PS2, 2006).

New at No.5:           DEAD RISING 4

Down 2 to No.4:    FINAL FANTASY XV

Up 1 to No.3:           BATTLEFIELD 1

Down 1 to No.2:    FIFA 17

Up 2 to No.1:          CALL OF DUTY: INFINITE WARFARE

NEW RELEASES

GAMES RELEASED ON MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER

Bastion (XO) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON TUESDAY 13TH DECEMBER

The Little Acre (PS4/XO/PC) – Digital Only
Batman: The Telltale Series – Episode 5 (360/PS3/XO/PS4/PC/iOS/Android) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON WEDNESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Space Hulk: Deathwing (PC) – Digital Only
Stardew Valley (XO/PS4) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON THURSDAY 15TH DECEMBER

Super Mario Run (iOS) – Digital Only

GAMES RELEASED ON FRIDAY 16TH DECEMBER

Minecraft: Story Mode – The Complete Adventure (Wii U)

YouTube videos of the week

Welcome as we look back at what went up this week

Don’t forget that we are back with the Podcast this Wednesday. The Update will be back next week with more news, uk charts and game releases.

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