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Enjoy Even More Mega September Fun with Your Mega-Evolved Buddy Pokémon in Pokémon GO

September fun for Pokemon GO!

Mega Evolution made quite a splash when it debuted in the world of Pokémon GO at the end of August. Since then, Trainers have battled in Mega Raids, collected Mega Energy to Mega Evolve select Pokémon, and battled with their Mega-Evolved Pokémon. Next, from Tuesday, September 22, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to Monday, September 28, 2020, at 10:00 p.m. local time, Trainers will be able to participate in the Mega Buddy Challenge!

For the duration of the Mega Buddy Challenge, Mega-Evolved Pokémon will stay in their Mega-Evolved form for three times longer, increasing from four hours to 12 hours. The duration of Poffins will also be extended, doubling from six hours to 12 hours. Be sure to give your buddy treats to have it appear on the map, where you'll be able to compare it to large Pokémon that'll be appearing more frequently in the wild during this event, including Doduo, Alolan Exeggutor, Pinsir, Lapras, Snorlax, Furret, Wobbuffet, Mantine, and Skarmory. You may even encounter a Shiny Doduo!

You'll be able to complete event-exclusive Field Research tasks to receive Mega Energy for Venusaur, Charizard, Blastoise, and Beedrill. The Mega Buddy Challenge will also feature Timed Research—complete this Timed Research to unlock more Timed Research during this year's Halloween event, which will feature Mega Gengar for the first time in Pokémon GO!

Have fun spending some quality time with your Mega-Evolved Buddy Pokémon, Trainers!

Azur Lane: Crosswave Joins the Switch in 2021, opening movie shared

Ride the wave

Azur Lane is a side-scrolling shooter created by Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi, originally released in China 2017 for iOS and Android platforms. The mobile game reached critical acclaim in China and Japan, hitting five million players within its first four months. The Shanghai-based publisher, Yostar, published the Japanese and English version of the mobile game, popularizing the game to more mobile users across the world. The game takes place in a world where personified battleships from around the globe engage in side-scrolling shooter gameplay.

About Azur Lane: Crosswave

In this high-octane 3D Action Shooter, historical battle ships come to 3D life with the help of the Unreal Engine! Control a fleet
of cute, but devastating characters and bring any enemy to their knees! Newcomers and returning fans of Azur Lane can play in
4 game modes, including the 100+ battles of Extreme Battle Mode!

Will you be able to sail your fleet to victory, or will you sink into the ocean?

Key Features

Living in a 3D World – Azur Lane mobile, the beloved side-scrolling shooter, is now retrofitted for the Nintendo Switch™ as a
cel-shaded, 3D action shooter with the help of Unreal Engine! Recruit over 50+ ship girls to help lead your fleet to victory. In the
Nintendo Switch version, play through Story Mode through the lens of newcomers Shimakaze and Suruga, plus Taihou and
Formidable!

Switch it Up with 4 Game Modes – Commanders can choose from 4 different game modes! Story Mode includes 7 chapters
through the lenses of Shimakaze and Suruga, plus 2 additional story chapters with newcomers, Taihou and Formidable. In
Extreme Battle Mode, choose from 100+ challenging fleets to battle for rare items and special materials. Capture new memories
in Photo Mode! Just like the original release, players can change backgrounds, adjust facial expressions and poses! Now on the
Nintendo Switch, choose up to 6 characters with freshly updated camera angles. Episode Mode includes 50+ sub-stories that
deliver bonus character backgrounds!

Arm Your Armada – Before setting sail, beef up your characters by equipping them with rare items found after a successful
battle or by crafting items at Akashi’s Laboratory. Here, Commanders can exchange blueprints to create new gear, convert
materials into rare items, and earn rewards. Experiment with different fleet arrangements to gain special Fleet Effects that can
provide in-game stat bonuses.

Ready, Aim, Fire – Control, aim, and fire at incoming battleships, aircraft carriers, and other enemies! Depending on the
character’s subtype, players can dash to evade attacks or activate defensive shields, unleash torpedoes or aircrafts, and switchon character-specific special attacks to defeat unruly enemies!

Port Royale 4 sets sail towards Sept. 25th, 2020 launch

The high seas are waiting

Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Gaming Minds Studios have today unveiled a brand new behind-the-scenes featurette and a selection of stunning new screenshots for upcoming trading simulation Port Royale 4, offering a deep dive into the mechanics and features of the game ahead of its release on Friday 25th September for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

The newest entry in the franchise, Port Royale 4 invites players to join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands, and embark in a real-time trading adventure throughout the 17th century Caribbean. The game features the largest game world in the series to-date, including 12 square kilometres for players to explore and examine in breathtaking detail using the game’s seamless zoom function. Players can also take advantage of an overarching world map to plot customized trade routes, navigate rough weather and shallow waters, and create a productive trading network across the Caribbean.

For the first time in the series’ history, Port Royale 4 also features turn-based combat. Players can assemble a fleet and engage in maritime combat, protecting their wares from pirates, engaging in a spot of piracy themselves, or simply taking on rival traders.

For more details on Port Royale 4 or to receive review code, contact the Kalypso Media PR team or apply via Keymailer.

In Port Royale 4, set sail and join the colonial powers of Spain, England, France and the Netherlands in their fight for supremacy of the Caribbean in the 17th century. Take control of a colony as a young and ambitious governor and learn what it takes to manage and grow a small settlement into a bustling trader city.

Develop production chains connecting multiple islands and create complex trade routes across the Caribbean, covering the ever-growing needs of multiple cities. Make use of the detailed sea map to avoid stormy weather regions, cliffs or shallow waters. Fulfil tasks for your nation’s viceroy, earning more fame to unlock town buildings, ships and more. Conquer the cities of rival nations or hunt down their fleets with a letter of marque while also keeping a keen eye out for pirates and other privateers.

Introducing: naval battles! For the first time in series' history, combat encounters are turn-based, with up to 8 ships battling at once. Turn the tide with tactical captain manoeuvres to ensure a glorious victory each and every fight.

Features:

Choose from four colonial powerhouses: England, France, Spain and the Netherlands, each providing different benefits and unique gameplay styles
Four single player campaigns following each nation on a path to glory
Appoint a leader from four different character classes: The Explorer, Merchant, Buccaneer and Pirate
Establish and manage trade with 60 Caribbean cities in a huge game world
Navigate cliffs, shallow waters and stormy weather regions to optimize your trade routes
Choose from 50 buildings to produce goods such as rum and luxuries
Construct town buildings with neighbourhood effects to optimize productivity and manage the happiness of your citizens
Sail 18 historically authentic ships from the late 16th and 17th centuries
Engage in tactical, turn-based naval battles with powerful captains
Unlock licences, building permits, new buildings and ships by growing reputation within your chosen nation

Fortnite celebrates Rocket League going free-to-play with “Llama-Rama” event

Worlds collide!

To celebrate today’s free-to-play launch of Rocket League, Epic Games is celebrating with a Fortnite crossover event… Llama-Rama! Fortnite’s “Llama-Rama” celebration includes a concert from a Rocket League fan-favorite and cool, in-game rewards/items for both Fortnite and Rocket League!

Fortnite Presents: Spotlights - DJ Slushii

Today, Epic has announced that Rocket League fan-favorite, DJ Slushii, will be closing out the Fortnite Presents: Spotlight series with a performance at Party Royale. Whether players are tuning into Radio Yonder in-game or already playing Rocket League, they’ll instantly recognize his in-game track, “LUV U NEED U”.

DJ Slushii performs live from Party Royale on Saturday, September 26 @ 5:00 pm ET. Rebroadcasts are scheduled for September 26 @ 11pm ET and September 27 @ 1pm ET.

Rocket League and Fortnite Challenge Rewards

Rocket League players will get Fortnite-themed items as they complete Llama-Rama Challenges in Rocket League. Additionally, Fortnite players will receive Rocket League-themed items in Fortnite as part of the same Challenges.

For more details on these challenges and how players can claim the rewards, head over to the official announcement on fortnite.com.

Chilltendo lo-fi hip hop album now available to stream

Chill out

Looking for something to listen to? You might want to check out Chillltendo, the latest album from the gang at GameChops. It's the perfect companion for Nintendo-loving fans who are looking for some tunes to play in the background, study alongside, or just chill out with.

Chilltendo, produced by Jokabi, is a lo-fi hip hop tribute to the music of Nintendo's video games. The album is jam-packed with Nintendo franchises, as well as other games Nintendo fans are well aware of. Sit back and relax with tributes to tunes from Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy, Pokémon, Chrono Trigger, Undertale, and more.

Lo-fi hip hop is a subgenre of electronic music that features minimal, instrumental arrangements accompanied by environmental sound design. If you’ve heard a chill beat with the sound of rain falling, ocean waves, or vinyl crackle, you were most likely listening to Lo-fi.

Chilltendo is available to stream on your platform of choice. For a helpful rundown of all the platforms the album is available, you can click right here.

Chaotic Couch Co-op "Supermarket Shriek" releases for Switch on Oct. 23rd, 2020

Start your carts...

PQube and developer Billy Goat Entertainment are excited to announce that Supermarket Shriek is coming to Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC on Steam on October 23rd!

Join the unlikely duo of man and goat in this award winning couch co-op adventure! Tackle outlandish obstacle courses, complete rewarding challenges and dodge deadly obstacles in a hectic race to the checkout!

The release packs in a frantic 38-stage co-op campaign and 3 hilariously fun PvP party modes for 2-4 players.

A Couch Co-op Experience Like No Other

Propel our two heroes through supermarkets, shops and boutiques using their wild, incomprehensible screams!

Man Screams: Kart turns left!
Goat Screams: Kart Turns right!
Scream Together: Kart powers forward!

Use your controller triggers to make each of the duo scream - or if you're on PS4 or PC you can hook up two mics and *literally* shriek your way to victory in what we call: "Duet Mode".

Outlandish Obstacles & Rewarding Challenges

Warm up your vocal chords and get ready to take on a variety of action-packed gameplay modes! The 38 stages include outlandish Obstacle Courses, intense head-to-head Races and not forgetting the-mode-where-you-knock-over-the-tins-of-beans.

Behind each shopfront, expect a relentless stream of obstacles blocking your way to the checkout! From the mundane (conveyor belts, spillages) to the absurd (fire pits, swinging axes, sumo wrestlers & more!).

Multiplayer Mayhem in Aisle 4

#SettleTheStore in one of 3 hilariously fun PvP party modes for between 2 and 4 players!*

Race around the supermarket and be the first to tick-off every item in Shopping List, dominate the arena in the an epic clash of man, goat and trolley in Sumo, and scream as though your life (or indeed, some points) depends on it in a head-to-head Race!

*2-8 players on Steam! This could get loud...

Supermarket Shriek will release on 23rd October 2020 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PC on Steam!

Remothered: Broken Porcelain to Release One Week Early on October 13th, 2020

Mother is calling

In a surprising move just one month out from Remothered: Broken Porcelain’s communicated launch date of October 20, indie publisher Modus Games today announced they will now release the horror sequel Remothered: Broken Porcelain on October 13.

Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC for $29.99, Remothered: Broken Porcelain follows the critically lauded Remothered: Tormented Fathers and features new gameplay mechanics and narrative elements sure to spook even the bravest of players. Directed by Chris Darril of Darril Arts and developed by Stormind Games, Remothered: Broken Porcelain weaves events from the first entry into this all-new experience that pulls fans and newcomers alike into an incredibly immersive and haunting experience, all centered around the mysterious happenings of the Ashmann Inn.

“This is an incredibly busy month for games, particularly horror games,” said Shane Bierwith, EVP of global marketing at Modus. “While moving dates forward isn’t common, we’d like to allow horror fans to get their hands on Broken Porcelain early so players can have more time to experience all the great games releasing around Halloween.”

Remothered: Broken Porcelain acts as both prequel and sequel to its predecessor. And while horror enthusiasts will now be able to explore its challenging puzzles, expanded lore and intense, complex characters one week earlier than expected, the experience is likely to haunt them well after the game is over.

If you dare to learn more, check out the latest on Remothered: Broken Porcelain by visiting the official website and wishlisting the game on Steam.

Rocket League - Llama-Rama Event trailer


Get ready to hop in the Battle Bus because Llama-Rama is on the way! Rocket League's very first in-game event since the launch of free to play will be live this Saturday, September 26 at 3 p.m. PDT (10 p.m. UTC) through October 12.

Beginning with Llama-Rama, in-game events are going to be slightly different from what you may be used to. To unlock the items from the event, you'll need to complete Event Challenges. Each Event Challenge you complete will grant a specific Event Item once you claim it from the Challenges Menu. Complete them all to unlock Rocket League's newest car, the Battle Bus! Check out the items in the slideshow below!

We hope you enjoy Llama-Rama and all of its items on September 26. Get ready to assemble your squad and drop in. Good luck, and have fun!


Kickstarter for official ToeJam & Earl cookbook launches Sept. 29th, 2020

Jammin!

Following the recent success of “ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove,” the iconic duo is back with another task from the one and only Lamont the Funkopotamus. The mission? To funkify food from Earth for their home planet, Funkotron!

Inspired by the classic SEGA series, “ToeJam & Earl's Funky Fresh Foods of Funkotron” will turn any earthling into the coolest chef in the solar system. This officially licensed cookbook features 35 rad recipes (and even more with stretch goals!), amazing
photos and original illustrations with an authentic '90s vibe. Perfect for beginner and experienced cooks alike, these funkified versions of culinary classics are out of this world. From hardcore fans to those new to the series, there is something for everyone!

The Kickstarter campaign will go live on Sept. 29 and fans are able to preorder a copy until Oct. 30. But wait, there's more! Add backer rewards to your collection, such as stickers, enamel pins and your very own TJ&E apron.

In addition, the team will be holding community events and challenges for a chance to win free copies of the “ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove” game on Steam.

Created by “The Legend's Cookbook” and “Mother's Cookbook” alumni with guidance from series co-creator Greg Johnson, humans are TJ&E guaranteed to become Funk Lords of the kitchen.

Save the date for BlizzConline: Feb. 19th and 20th, 2021

A blizzard of info!

Attune your chronometers, flip your hourglasses, set a notification on your phone—however you mark the passage of time, save the date for BlizzConline™, set to take place February 19–20, 2021!

While circumstances are keeping us from gathering in person this year, we’re putting together a little something early next year to channel the spirit of BlizzCon into the form of an online show. We still have a lot of planning to do, and it’ll be some time before we’re ready to share more details—but we wanted to provide a heads-up on how you can be a part of the online fun.

Gear Up for the Community Showcase

One of the events we’re planning for BlizzConline is the Community Showcase—an opportunity for cosplay crafters, artists, and other community creators to participate in the show and put their talent on display through a mix of world-class competition and exciting exhibitions. And thanks to the all-online nature of the show, we’re able to make these events accessible to even more people from around the globe. We’re also assembling a special March of the Murlocs and inviting everyone to send us images and videos to join in.

If you’re interested in participating in the March of the Murlocs or the Community Showcase, please be mindful of the appropriate health guidelines for any group-based photos, videos, and other submissions. Read on to discover what you need to know to begin your preparation!

Digital Storytelling Contest | Talent Spotlight | March of the Murlocs

Cosplay Exhibition
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

Are you someone who enjoys regularly attending conventions in cosplay? Or maybe you’re looking for the right opportunity to get started on your own cosplay-crafting journey? Either way, the Cosplay Exhibition is for you! This just-for-fun showcase of original cosplay from Blizzard’s universes is open to people of all levels of skill, whether you’re a seasoned veteran, a casual cosplayer, or somewhere in between.

The all-online format also gives us a chance to do something we haven’t been able to before: invite the animal kingdom onto the virtual stage! So if you fancy dressing up your fuzzy friends and want to show off your dog, cat, or other critter, we’d love to see your pet cosplay as well.

We’ll be showing off original exhibition submissions during the online show—so simply send us photos and videos you’d like to be considered, and you may spot yourself (or your animal pal) onscreen next February.

For guidelines on how to properly submit your cosplay for consideration, what we’re looking for in terms of quality, and other important criteria, make sure to read the complete official rules.

Cosplay Contest
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

The cosplay contest is always one of the highlights of BlizzCon—and even if we won’t be sharing a physical stage together, we still want to give top-notch cosplay creators a chance to showcase their skills in the virtual spotlight.

The BlizzConline Cosplay Contest will feature four categories:

Best Blizzard Character – Recognizing outstanding interpretations of iconic heroes and villains from the worlds of Diablo, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch, StarCraft, and Warcraft.
Best Blizzard Weapons & Armor – Recognizing the exemplary craftsmanship that goes into building epic, battlefield-worthy gear.
Best Modern Creation – Recognizing expertise in working with materials such as foams and plastics, and incorporating 3D printing, electronics, and technology.
Best Traditional Creation – Recognizing masterful skill in working with materials such as fabric, leather, metal, and wood.

Our judges will determine one winner in each of the four categories—and from among those, they’ll also determine one overall best cosplay winner, all of whom will be revealed to the world during the BlizzConline broadcast. (Note that you do not need to choose which categories you want to be considered for—the judges will determinate that as part of the judging process.)

Because the contest is taking place entirely online, the videos and photos you send may be displayed as part of the show, so keep that in mind when you’re prepping your entries.

For guidelines on how to properly submit your entry, what level of quality is acceptable, and other important criteria, make sure to read the complete official rules.

Art Contest
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

We’re putting out a call for your original artwork for the BlizzConline Art Contest! Whether you’re painting a valiant hero, sculpting an iconic villain, illustrating a memorable moment from inside your game (or out), this is your chance to shine a spotlight on your artistic talent. If you’re looking for something to spark your creativity, Blizzard’s 30th anniversary is this February, so consider drawing on your skills to mark the occasion.

Prizes will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place works of art, and winners will be featured in a segment during the BlizzConline broadcast. Check out the official rules below, and click the Enter button to submit your entry.

Digital Storytelling Contest
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

The Digital Storytelling Contest invites aspiring digital filmmakers and moviemaking auteurs to create an original, story-driven short based on Blizzard’s game universes. As with the Art Contest, we’re inviting you to draw inspiration from across 30 years of Blizzard history. That could mean retelling an epic story with your own spin; imagining a collision of iconic characters from different times or universes; or exploring wherever your creativity takes you. Your short can feature live action, animation, in-game footage, or a mix of all three.

Prizes will go to first-, second-, and third-place winners, and the world will get the opportunity to watch your story unfold during the BlizzConline broadcast.

For requirements around maximum running time, file size and format, and other important criteria for submission, read the official rules.

Talent Spotlight
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

The Talent Spotlight is a chance to celebrate the wide range of unique talents and extraordinary abilities of the Blizzard community worldwide. We’re inviting original acts (solo or group) to showcase their special talent—musical, physical, magical, whimsical, or otherwise.

To be considered for this online exhibition, simply submit a video of you or your group performing, singing, dancing, or doing whatever it is you do, and you may be selected to be featured on the BlizzConline broadcast. Please be mindful of the appropriate health guidelines for any group-based performance.

For requirements around maximum running time, file size and format, and other important criteria for submission, read the official rules.

March of the Murlocs
Entry Deadline: January 4, 2021

If you’ve attended BlizzCon in the past couple of years, you may have encountered a particularly peculiar procession, as hundreds of people masquerading as murlocs paraded through the convention halls. In honor of that grand tradition-in-the-making, we’re inviting you to participate in a virtual March of the Murlocs for BlizzConline!

To be considered, simply send us a photo or video (30–60 seconds in length, and ideally filmed horizontally) of you walking, marching, or dancing dressed up as a murloc (or your own imaginative interpretation).

We’re also welcoming photos or video of murlocs marching in-game, so gather up your fish-minded guilds and allies and show us what you mrgrlglgrrl!

Keep the deadlines above in mind as you get to work—and if you have any questions about the contests or exhibitions, you can reach out to us at BlizzConCommunityShowcase@blizzard.com.

We can’t wait to see what you create—and maybe even share it with the world during BlizzConline.

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