Pokemon Go PVP Doesn’t Reinvent Battles, But Adds Some New Twists

After two full years and tease after tease, Pokemon Go finally has competitive Trainer Battles on the way.

While this new PVP mode isn’t the full battle system rework some people were hoping for, it also isn’t entirely identical to the Raid and Gym battles players are already used to. Niantic has started with some simple changes that are a potential foundation for some much bigger ones, and also introduced new reasons to maintain your friendship levels and battle regularly.

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Battlefield 5 Overture Update Delayed

Battlefield 5’s Chapter 1: Overture update has been delayed due to technical issues.

DICE has announced that today’s scheduled update for Battlefield 5 has been delayed after the team “discovered an issue,” but has advised that the patch won’t be postponed for long, although a new date has yet to be confirmed.

“The team has discovered an issue with the Battlefield V Chapter 1: Overture update,” the studio tweeted. “Rather than create issues in the game, we’re holding the update for the time being. We don’t anticipate a long delay and we’ll be back with more news

or as soon as we have it.”

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Pokemon Go PvP Trainer Battles: How They Work, How To Start, And More

After a few teases, Niantic recently confirmed that PvP Trainer Battles are coming to Pokemon Go. Now, the developer has announced even more details about how Trainer Battles will work, who can participate, and more. We also went hands-on with a demo version of these battles, which currently don’t have a firm release date–though they are set to arrive in Pokemon Go soon.

Functionally, Trainer Battles work similarly to Gym or Raid Battles in Pokemon Go. They are more or less real-time and require you to tap the screen to attack, which builds up a stronger “charge attack” that you can unleash for a ton of damage. There are a few differences, however. There’s no dodging; instead, before your opponent uses a charge attack, you’ll have the option to use a Protect shield to block it. You have a limited number of these per battle (we had two in the demo), so timing their use properly and considering the Pokemon in play adds a bit of strategy to the simple tapping system.

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As previously announced, there are three “leagues” to help make Trainer Battles accessible to all levels of player. The Great league is capped at 1500 CP, the Ultra league caps at 2500, and the Master league has no CP limit. Before battling, you can set a battle party in each of the divisions. You’re allowed three Pokemon per party, rather than the traditional six; Niantic representatives said that six-Pokemon battles dragged on far too long for an on-the-go game. Trainer Battles also have a current time limit of 240 seconds to avoid overlong matches. Note that while Legendary Pokemon are permitted, Ditto and Shedinja won’t be allowed in Trainer Battles at launch.

You can battle either in-person or remotely, though long-distance battles have more limitations. You can only battle with faraway friends you’ve been friends with for a while–specifically, you have to be Ultra Friends or above in Pokemon Go. In person, you can battle anyone, even if you aren’t friends in the game, just by scanning a QR code in a new battle menu. You also have the option of battling one of the three NPC team leaders for practice.

One of the best things about the new Trainer Battle system is that there’s no reason not to do it. Both winner and loser get rewards, and each one has the same chance to get a particularly rare item: a Sinnoh Stone, which is used for evolving certain Gen 4 Pokemon. While there’s no limit to the number of battles per day, you’re limited to three rewards per day when battling real people and one reward per day from the NPC battles. On top of that, the game tracks wins but not losses, and you won’t need any healing items post-battle like you do after Gym and Raid Battles, so there’s really no downside to battling.

Finally, the update will introduce the ability to unlock a second charge attack on any Pokemon using Stardust and candy, though the exact resource cost hasn’t been confirmed. The second attack can be used in any type of battle, and it affords you more flexibility with a Pokemon and the type matchups it’s prepared for.

No release date for Pokemon Go’s Trainer Battles has been announced, but a Niantic representative told GameSpot that the update “will begin to roll out to players worldwide later this month.” While you wait, Niantic is bringing back six Legendaries for December’s Field Research tasks, so it’s a good time to stock up on strong Pokemon.

The Best 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitor

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Monitors with 144Hz refresh rates aren’t new, but they’re more popular than ever because, quite frankly, they are pretty awesome. Plus midrange GPUs capable of 100+ FPS on high settings at 1080p are increasingly affordable. Back in the ancient days of 2015 that just wasn’t possible unless you dropped some major coin, so as performance has increased monitor manufacturers have responded with corresponding features such as ultra-high refresh rates. If you’re in the market for a new display, be sure to check out our list of the best 1080p 144Hz Gaming Monitors.

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Fortnite’s Game Awards Announcement Has Nothing to Do With the Launch of Season 7

Epic’s senior PR guy has teased a possible in-game event for Fortnite to be announced at The Game Awards this week.

The Game Awards’ Geoff Keighley teased a Fortnite announcement for this Thursday, that players speculated was going to be a peek at Season 7 which launches the same day. However, Epic Games’ Nick Chester has confirmed that this is definitely not the case, and instead seems to be teasing an in-game event.

“I can’t stress enough how much we have going on this week,” he tweeted, adding, “Geoff isn’t talking about Season 7 launch here. Tune in!”

Keighley’s initial tweet mentioned a Fortnite announcement and world premiere from Worldwide Creative Director of the game, Donald Mustard.

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The Twilight Zone TV Show Adds To Its Excellent Cast

The new Twilight Zone TV anthology series has big shoes to fill. Rod Serling’s original is regarded as one of the best shows of all time, and part of what made the program great was its excellent writing and performances.

The new version is assembling some excellent talent, too, with news today from THR that John Cho (Star Trek, Searching), Allison Tolman (Fargo, Castle Rock), and child actor Jacob Tremblay (Room, Wonder) have joined the cast that already includes Adam Scott, Kumail Nanjiani, and Sanaa Lathan in starring roles.

Cho, Tolman, and Tremblay will star in an episode called “The Wunderkind.” No further details about the episode or the story were divulged. The new Twilight Zone officially entered production in October,

One of the best episodes of the original Twilight Zone featured a child actor as well. The episode “It’s a Good Life” features a six-year-old boy who terrorises his community with his ability to read minds and manifest anything he wants.

The original Twilight Zone featured numerous actors who went on to become very famous, including William Shatner, Ed Wynn, Cloris Leachman, Don Rickles, and Robert Duvall, among many others.

The new Twilight Zone comes from the mind of Jordan Peele, who entered a new stratosphere and success after his acclaimed 2017 film Get Out, for which he won an Oscar. It’s incredibly exciting to think about what Peele, who is narrating, may bring to the table with the new Twilight Zone. The show airs in 2019 on CBS All-Access.

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The Halo TV Show Suffers A Setback, As Director Leaves

The Halo TV series, which has been in the works for years now, may take even longer to finally get going. It was announced today that director Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) has left the project due to a change in the production schedule.

“It’s with great disappointment that changes to the production schedule of Halo prevent me from continuing in my role as a director on the series,” Wyatt said in a statement (via THR). “My time on Halo has been a creatively rich and rewarding experience with a phenomenal team of people. I now join the legion of fans out there, excited to see the finished series and wishing everyone involved the very best.”

The Halo TV show will air on Showtime, whose parent company, CBS, also owns GameSpot. Network president of programming Gary Levine said in his own statement that the Halo show is “evolving beautifully with rich characters, compelling stories, and powerful scripts.”

The production demands for the Halo TV show are “enormous,” Levine said. As such, Showtime needed to add more time to the production schedule, and this meant that Wyatt had to drop out. Showtime said previously that Halo is the network’s “most ambitious series ever,” and that’s notable given Showtime is behind some massive productions such as Homeland, Shameless, Billions, and more recently the Jim Carrey show Kidding.

The Halo TV show will feature Master Chief in some capacity, but it remains to be seen if he is the lead, or what other characters might join him. Kyle Killen (Awake) will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer.

Showtime has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of Halo for its first season. The Halo show was originally announced back in 2013 with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television set to produce, which it still is.

The new Halo TV show, which doesn’t have a name yet, follows 2012’s series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn that starred Chronicles of Narnia actress Anna Popplewell.

A Halo movie was at one point in the works with Neil Blomkamp set to direct and Peter Jackson producing, but it never happened. It wasn’t a totally sad story, however, as Blomkamp and Jackson created the acclaimed sci-fi film District 9 out of Halo’s ashes.

As for the Halo video game franchise, the next instalment is Halo Infinite for Xbox One and PC. There is no word on when the game is coming out, and all we’ve seen so far is a trailer for the game’s engine, not the game itself.

Friends Isn’t Actually Leaving Netflix in January, So No Need to Freak Out

Though reports indicated that Friends would be taken off of Netflix starting January 1, 2019, it officially won’t be leaving the streaming service for over a full year.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, fans of the series began freaking out starting on Sunday night when the show’s Netflix page showed it would be leaving the service after December. However, as of Monday afternoon, this date was removed from the page, and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos claimed that Friends’ departure was a rumor.

Prior to this being cleared up, a lot of fans were taking it hard on social media.

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