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Niantic Showcases Proof-of-Concept Pokémon GO AR Demo at Microsoft Ignite 2021

The future of Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO already uses AR to immerse players in the game, but developer Niantic thinks they can take things much further. In a new video released today, Niantic showcases a proof-of-concept Pokemon GO AR demo that they worked on with Microsoft in order to showcase new tech. You can see that proof-of-concept above, and read all about the project below.

At Niantic, we see the transformative potential of augmented reality to make lives better for people, especially our Niantic Explorers around the world. AR can enrich daily routines like taking a walk in your neighbourhood or visiting your favourite local spot. There are tremendous benefits to getting outside and connecting with one another, and this is how we envision the true benefits of AR technology: in service of people and communities.

We’ve enabled many moments and memories through our signature Niantic experiences and we’re working to enable even more planet-scale experiences for next-generation AR hardware. But this is only the beginning. When we talk about AR, we are talking about the beginnings of a fundamental shift in computing where the world itself (the atoms) comes alive with information and experience (the bits). While this shift will occur over time, important software and hardware advances are laying the foundation today.

For our part, we’re committed to leveraging and expanding our platform to build real-world AR experiences for as many devices as possible and reaching a diverse set of players no matter their physical location. This includes building with others that share a common vision for how technology can facilitate deeper social connection and spark a sense of adventure in the real world.

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, we announced we are collaborating with Microsoft on new kinds of experiences that advance innovation at the seam of the digital and physical world, and connect people together in brand new ways. We offered a glimpse of the potential for new AR experiences by showcasing a proof-of-concept Pokémon GO demo. While this demo is not intended for consumer use, it offers an early glimpse into the future evolutions in both software and hardware.

We’ve only scratched the surface. We know the years ahead to be filled with important achievements which will serve as waypoints in AR’s journey to become a life-changing computing platform. We’re thrilled to be leading the way.

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp - content update for March 2nd, 2021

[Log-in Bonus] As part of the celebrations for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary, all players can now claim the following as special Log-in Bonus: Mario’s hat cushion (available until March 24th)

[Crafting] As part of the celebrations for the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary, the following collections are now available via Reissue Crafting: Super Mario Wall & Floor Collection, Super Mario (available until March 24th)

Fire Emblem Heroes - content update for March 2nd, 2021

[Summoning] A returning Summoning Focus is now live: Love Abounds. It features the following Special Heroes: Lyn (Wind’s Embrace), Hector (Just Here To Fight), Lilina (Blush of Youth), and Roy (Youthful Gifts) (available until March 16th)

[Resonant Battles] Season 37 of Resonant Battles is now live. The bonus titles are: Fire Emblem Heroes and Fire Emblem: Three Houses (available until March 9th)

[Aether Raids] Season 117 of Aether Raids is now live (available until March 9th)

Bonus Heroes (HP+10, Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 + Lift+20 and Double EXP and SP if you win a battle): Eir (Merciful Death), Triandra (Nightmare), Lif (Undying Ties Duo), Gustav (Majestic Love), Henriette (Overflowing Love), Alfonse (Uplifting Love), Veronica (Bestowed Love), Lloyd (White Wolf), Alm (Saint-King), and Alfonse (Prince of Askr)

Bonus Structures (Level +1): Infantry School (O, D)

[Arena] The latest set of Bonus Heroes for the Arena is now live: Claude (King of Unification), Annand (Knight-Defender), Erinys (Earnest Knight), Azelle (Youthful Flame), Lex (Young Blade), Dithorba (Cutting Knight), Lugh (Anima Child), Sothe (Zephyr), Lon’qu (Solitary Blade), Sharena (Princess of Askr) (available until March 16th)

Dragalia Lost "Summon Showcase: Divine Deception" video

There's always more content coming to Dragalia Lost. To get a look at what's next, check out the Summon Showcase trailer above!

Pokemon Unite beta gameplay round-up

The Pokemon Unite beta we mentioned a couple of weeks back is now live in Canada. Players are diving into the game to see how it is, and they're sharing footage of the beta as well. Check out a round-up of various gameplay clips below.








Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus Make Their Pokémon GO Debut in the Season of Legends Today

The new season starts today!

We've already fully detailed Pokemon GO's Season of Legends activities, but that was a couple weeks back. The action officially kicks off today, and you can read a recap on what's included below.

Pokémon GO's first Season, the Season of Celebration, is coming to an end. And with the conclusion of this Season comes the beginning of another one, and the next Season is sure to be legendary. The Season of Legends will run from Monday, March 1, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. to Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. local time. Best of all, three Legendary Pokémon will make their Pokémon GO debut during the Season of Legends—Therian Forme Tornadus, Therian Forme Thundurus, and Therian Forme Landorus will be appearing in five-star raids, providing you an opportunity to fill out your Pokédex. And Professor Willow's Season of Legends Special Research will give you a chance to learn more about these Pokémon while earning fun rewards.

The Season of Legends has plenty of other excitement in store, too. Throughout the new Season, different Pokémon from last Season will be appearing in the wild, hatching from Eggs, and appearing in raids.

In the northern hemisphere, Trainers might encounter Pokémon such as Tangela, Scyther, Dratini, Turtwig, Chimchar, Piplup, Combee, Croagunk, Cottonee, Ducklett, and Spring Form Deerling. Trainers in the southern hemisphere may encounter Mankey, Yanma, Pineco, Bagon, Buizel, Snivy, Tepig, Oshawott, Woobat, Autumn Form Deerling, Ferroseed, and more.

During the Season of Legends, Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, Budew, and more will be hatching from 2 km Eggs. Pokémon like Drowzee, Azurill, and Munna will be hatching from 5 km Eggs. And you might find Pokémon like Nincada, Alomomola, and more hatching from 10 km Eggs.

To help you make the most of the new Season, you'll receive additional XP for winning five-star raids. And you'll be able to get free Remote Raid Passes throughout the Season, so check the in-game shop early and often.

Make this a legendary new Season, Trainers!

Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp "Piper's Sunbeam Cookie" trailer

There's never a shortage of content in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Another wave of goodies is available now, and they'll be sticking around until May 29th, 2021. Get a look at the lineup above!

Dragalia Lost director Yuji Okada shares information regarding the upcoming Dragalia Lost update


The following information comes from the director of Dragalia Lost, Yuji Okada:

First off, as always, thank you for playing Dragalia Lost.

■The Divine Deception Facility Event is Here!
The Ilian Church of North Grastaea and its members played a central role in the Agents of the Goddess facility event in September of 2020, and Divine Deception, a new facility event featuring even more apostles and angels, is now live.

Materials earned from Divine Deception may be used to upgrade the event-exclusive cleansing fount facility that boosts damage dealt to enemies in event quests and powers up adventurers that wield daggers or manacasters. Aim to upgrade your cleansing fount to level 30 as soon as you can to reap those benefits!

I also hope that you enjoy the groovy songs that play during the event!

Now that Divine Deception has arrived, I’m happy to say that we can finally put names and faces to all five apostles and their angels. In case you need a refresher, Basileus is paired with Michael, Nevin with Ramiel, Pinon with Gabriel, Ryszarda with Raphael, and Faris with Uriel. These five are lead by a commander named Regina who’s paired with Sandalphon. Though they are united in purpose, the relationship that each apostle has with their particular angel varies wildly from trusted companion to caring partner akin to a foster parent.

The adventurer Ryszarda and dragon Gala Reborn Jeanne are now available to summon in Gala Dragalia.

The adventurer Faris and dragon Gabriel (the very same Gabriel who is partnered with Pinon, in fact!) will be available to summon in a showcase starting 03/02/2021 at 22:00.

■Plans for This Month
・The first set of quests in a new series of high-difficulty content, Rise of the Sinister Dominion, will arrive in mid-March.

Rise of the Sinister Dominion features bosses that are tied to the apostles and angels who appear in the Divine Deception facility event going on now. Details of these relationships will continue to be fleshed out as the overarching story evolves over time.

The first set of Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests, Lilith's Encroaching Shadow, will debut in three difficulties: Standard, Expert, and Master. The demon Lilith will appear in Expert and above. What's more, Master difficulty features a new mechanic that causes the boss to change their elemental attunement mid-battle. When this occurs, players must adapt to this new threat by changing their team, and therefore must prepare two teams before embarking on the quest.



Players can unlock additional wyrmprint slots in their Agito weapons using materials earned from Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests, increasing the total number of wyrmprints that these weapons can equip from five to seven. However, only special wyrmprints earned from Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests can be equipped in these two additional slots. To upgrade these special wyrmprints, players will need to collect the required materials by playing Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests. It's clear, then, that playing these quests has many benefits, new weapon slots and wyrmprints included.

Since the plot of Rise of the Sinister Dominion takes place in North Grastaea, players must complete chapter 16 of the main campaign before they can attempt this challenge. If you're not that far in the main campaign yet, I encourage you to continue upgrading your team and playing through the story until you are ready to go toe-to-toe with these powerful foes.

Please note that Lilith's Encroaching Shadow: Master (which makes use of the new Team Change mechanic) will only be available in solo play upon release, but a co-op play version will be added at a later date. Rise of the Sinister Dominion quests released after Lilith's Encroaching Shadow will debut with both solo-play and co-op play versions available from the get-go.

Further details will be provided in an upcoming notification. I hope you're looking forward to learning more about what awaits you!

・A new defensive event will be held in mid-March. The story will unfold in the North Grastaean city of Grams and will feature a pair of combat androids from the region. Here's a sneak peek at one of them, Eirene. Like Laxi, she has a mind of her own despite her android origins.
・The Echoes of Antiquity raid event will return in late March. You'll have the chance to add the adventurer Xuan Zang to your team if you haven't already.

Part two of chapter 18 of the main campaign will be released in late March. What awaits the prince and friends in the deepest recesses of the forest of the faeries?

・Additional events taking place in late March will be revealed in an upcoming Dragalia Digest.

■Future Updates
・Dragalia Lost celebrates another momentous milestone, two-and-a-half years of service, on 03/26/2021 at 23:00. As with previous anniversaries, information on upcoming updates and events will be provided in a Dragalia Digest beforehand. I hope you're looking forward to seeing what exciting news Notte has to share!

■In Conclusion
Thank you for reading this month's update. We're giving all players the following gift this month.
・Summon Voucher x5
・Exquisite Honey x30

The next installment of This Month in Dragalia Lost will be posted around 03/31/2021 at 23:00.

Until then, thanks for reading, and for continuing to play Dragalia Lost!

Yuji Okada
Director, Dragalia Lost

Notes:
・The gift can be claimed from your goodie box for up to seven days after reception. If the gift isn't retrieved within seven days, it will be lost.
・Summon showcase, event, and update content may change without notice.
・Any adventurers and game screenshots shown are still in development.


Fire Emblem Heroes "March 2021" mobile wallpaper released

Claude gets the spotlight

Nintendo has sent out their latest monthly wallpaper for Fire Emblem Heroes. The featured character for March 2021 is none other than Fire Emblem Three House‘s Claude. As usual, you can enjoy either a calendar version or straightforward wallpaper in the gallery above.

Nintendo shares nearly 2 hours of Fire Emblem Heroes music

Sit back and enjoy!

Do you enjoy the music of Fire Emblem Heroes? Looking for somewhere to stream the tunes? You'll be happy to know that Nintendo added almost 2 hours of songs from the game in an official YouTube video! You can check out all the tracks in the video above, and read the track list below.

00:00​ Opening
00:15​ Howling Gears (Heroes)
02:24​ Path of the Hero-King (Mystery of the Emblem)
04:58​ Under this Banner (Mystery of the Emblem)
07:31​ Valor Everlasting (Mystery of the Emblem)
10:05​ Advance (New Mystery of the Emblem)
12:39​ Preparations (Shadow Dragon)
15:13​ Sweet Victory (Shadow Dragon)
17:47​ The Dauntless Blade (Echoes)
19:56​ March to Deliverance (Echoes)
22:29​ With Mila's Divine Protection (Echoes)
25:02​ What Lies at the End (Echoes)
28:03​ Epilogue: End of the Holy War (Genealogy of the Holy War)
30:11​ Chapter 5: Doorway to Destiny (Genealogy of the Holy War)
32:44​ Chapter 6: Inheritors of Light (Genealogy of the Holy War)
35:18​ Leif's Army, In Search of Victory - Base (Thracia 776)
37:52​ Let's Go, Leif! (Thracia 776)
40:26​ Attack! (The Binding Blade)
43:00​ Beyond Distant Skies (The Binding Blade)
45:33​ Winning Road (The Binding Blade)
48:06​ Path of the Divine General (The Binding Blade)
49:50​ Friendship and Adventure (The Blazing Blade)
51:59​ Binding Ties (The Blazing Blade)
54:33​ Truth, Despair and Hope (The Sacred Stones)
57:07​ Distant Roads (The Sacred Stones)
59:41​ A Battle and a Beginning (Path of Radiance)
1:01:25​ Greil's Mercenaries (Path of Radiance)
1:03:57​ The First Fight (Path of Radiance)
1:05:42​ Eternal Bond (Radiant Dawn)
1:08:15​ Bearer of Hope (Radiant Dawn)
1:10:23​ Ascent (Radiant Dawn)
1:12:58​ Id (Purpose) [Awakening]
1:16:02​ Conquest (Ablaze) [Awakening]
1:18:11​ Main Theme (Summer) [Awakening]
1:19:55​ Dusk Falls (Fire) [Fates]
1:22:37​ Road Taken (Roar) [Fates]
1:25:15​ Justice RIP (Storm) [Fates]
1:27:50​ Paths That Will Never Cross (Three Houses)
1:29:34​ Fódlan Winds (Three Houses)
1:32:17​ Blue Skies and Battle (Three Houses)
1:35:18​ As Swift as Wind (Three Houses)
1:37:27​ Wind of Askr (Heroes)
1:39:35​ Return to Nifl (Heroes)
1:42:08​ Fire Emblem Main Theme (Heroes Ver.)

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