This week we dive into Monster Hunter: World to take on a tempered Pink Rathian and a Legiana and more with you the community.
One of the many challenges with creating a hero shooter like Overwatch is ensuring that each character is distinct and unique. Blizzard has done an admirable job in this regard, drawing on different cultures and inspirations to create the members of the roster. Zenyatta is particularly notable in this regard, as he’s the only character to never set foot on the ground. Thanks to Blizzard, he’s finally done so, and it’s unsettling, to say to the least.
Zenyatta is different from all other Overwatch characters in that he floats in a zen-like position in mid-air; he never physically walks anywhere. A fan in attendance at a recent Overwatch League event brought with him a sign that called for Blizzard to finally let him walk, and so the company has obliged, as you can see below.
Now that you’ve got that image stuck in your brain forever, there is potentially more meaningful news on the Overwatch front. Blizzard has released a teaser in the form of an “after-action report” for something called Operation White Dome. It remains to be seen what this will actually turn out to be, but the speculation is that it could be setting up the reveal for a new Overwatch character. Game director Jeff Kaplan previously said that the game’s next hero was already in testing back in January. He didn’t offer any specifics but did say the character is “very needed.”
We’re currently in the midst of the game’s new Lunar New Year event. That brought back a revamped CTF mode and introduced a lot of new Year of the Dog skins and cosmetics that you can still get your hands on for a limited time.
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Since its release in late January, Dragon Ball FighterZ has suffered from issues relating to online multiplayer. These are still present almost a month later, but Bandai Namco has reassured fans that it’s both aware of the problems and working on updates to resolve them–the first of which should be out quite soon.
In a video discussing the upcoming roadmap for FigherZ patches, producer Tomoko Hiroki states, “We’ve heard all of your feedback since the release, and we’re fully aware of the online issues that you’re having, such as the matching in Ring Match or being disconnected from the lobby. We’re aware of the situation, and keen to resolve them with all our might.”
The first step toward fixing the problems will come before the end of February, when a new update is scheduled for release. Hiroki doesn’t specify what this will do precisely or which of the problems it will address, nor was a specific release date provided–she only says it’ll be out in “late February.”
“Please bear in mind that this first patch might not fix everything at once,” she continues. “Therefore, we’re also planning to release another patch in mid-[to]-late March to gradually resolve the issue. Rest assured that we will not stop until the fix has been completed.”
Hiroki also thanks fans for their support and teases upcoming announcements, which will presumably involve more character reveals. Just recently, Bandai Namco announced FighterZ’s first two DLC characters will be Bardock and Broly.
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With the second Pokemon Go Community Day approaching, developer Niantic has announced another, unrelated event that is now underway. And if you missed out on the opportunity to catch two of the previous Legendary Pokemon that were available in the game, you’re in luck, as they’re back for a limited time.
As part of Pokemon Go Legendary Week, which is now underway, both Kyogre and Groudon have returned to Raid Battles, where they can be found alongside Rayquaza. Groudon was the first Gen 3 Legendary added to the game and was available to face during December and January. Kyogre then took its place until mid-February, when it was replaced by Rayquaza, which will stick around until March 16.
Despite the name, Legendary Week will last more than a week–it runs from now until March 5, giving you a total of about 10 days to get your hands on the returning Legendaries. To further mix things up, the specific Legendaries that are taken down during that period will have an additional effect. Should Rayquaza be defeated more than Kyogre and Groudon combined, eggs hatched from March 5-16 will be more likely to contain “Pokemon that typically prefer windy weather,” such as Bagon. Alternatively, Pokemon who like sunny or rainy weather (Trapinch or Lotad, for example) will be more likely to hatch.
Starting on February 24, Niantic will offer a new special box for purchase that contains Raid Passes “to help you prepare.” No further specifics were shared. February 24 is also the date of the next Community Day event. This three-hour event will provide various bonuses and, more notably, the opportunity to catch or evolve a rare Pokemon with a special move. For this event, it’ll be the Dragon-type Dragonite, who can learn Draco Meteor.