Shacknews - Chris Jarrard

What is best in life? To crush your enemy streamers, to see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their subscribers!

Conan Exiles caused quite a stir went it entered Steam Early Access back in early 2017. Based on Robert E. Howard’s character from a 1930s series of stories published in Weird Tales magazine, the game puts the legendary Conan into an survival-RPG MMO. The character gained international fame thanks to a movie adaptation starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1982. Predictably, the game caught the attention of the video game world for its aggressively accurate dong physics. To celebrate the game's official launch out of Early Access, Shacknews dong experts Chris Jarrard and Charles Singletary will sit down with Conan Exiles tonight on the official Shack Twitch channel (twitch.tv/shacknews) at 7 PM ET (4 PM PT).

For those wondering what the Shacknews Twitch channel could really be, tonight’s stream aims to answer that question. Join us for a chance to witness history as we see the gang try and survive in a land of pain and deadly creatures. For those that know us, you can probably guess how this will shake out (pun intended). WARNING: This stream is intended for mature audiences.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Fans of developer Niantic's hit AR-based mobile title Pokemon Go will be excited to learn that a bunch of new pocket monsters are about to be added to the game. The studio has just announced that the Alolan forms of classic first generation series monsters are the next to arrive in-game, and they'll be here just in time for the summer hunting season.

Niantic is keeping the details pretty light on this latest update, as might be obvious through the game's silhouetted teaser image featured below. However, we do know that the variants from both Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon should be arriving "in the coming weeks," according to a post made to the official Pokemon Go website.

"Whether your forecast calls for rain or shine, we're celebrating all around the world by introducing some special Pokemon from the tropical Alola region to Pokemon Go," the post reads. "Get ready for some of the Pokemon originally discovered in the Kanto region to appear in their Alolan forms!"

There were a total of 18 different Gen 1 Alola-region variants featured in Pokemon Sun and Moon. These included variants of Raichu, Vulpix, Dugtrio, Meowth, Rattata, Sandslash, Grimmer, Golem, Muk, and others. That said, it's not clear whether or not just some or all of these creatures will be arriving in Pokemon Go. Still, we know they're coming, and they should be arriving soon. Until they're released, players can expand their knowledge by checking out some of the latest details surrounding the upcoming Pokemon Go Fest 2018.

Shacknews - Kevin Tucker

Sega enthusiasts and Sonic the Hedgehog fans are known as types who yearn for the heyday of 2D platformers and fighters, a time when arcades were still hot and buzz terms like "Blast Processing" fueled the fires of the schoolyard console wars. Sonic has made a name for himself by throwing back to that era, and now it seems shoe designer Puma is tuning in to the retro vibrations, as the company has revealed a new partnership with Sega to produce a set of Sonic the Hedgehog-inspired shoes created in the classic 1980s Running System style.

The new sneakers are designated RS-0 Sonic and Dr. Eggman, and they call back to the RS style of Puma sneakers popular in the late 80s. The Sonic sneakers reflect the colors and themes of Sonic the Hedgehog and the recognizable Green Hill Zone, with textured blue suede matched to a red outsole and accents of green grass and gold rings. The Dr. Eggman model follows suit, with black and yellow stripes set to a red footbed and leather upper.

Both sets of sneakers include features like debossed Puma Formstrips, micro ventilation perforations, customized branding, and a translucent sole with the Sonic the Hedgehog logo featured within.

Sega fans and sneakerheads alike won't have to wait long before they can scoop up a pair of these retro-inspired kicks, as Puma will be releasing the Puma RS-0 Sonic and Dr. Eggman models to the general public on June 5. Both will retail for $130 per pair, and purchases can be made over at select retailers or on the official Puma website at Puma.com.

Shacknews - Chris Jarrard

Activision and Treyarch hosted a large gathering in Los Angeles last week to officially pull the wraps off of Black Ops 4. The popular shooter franchise will be evolving and improving in many areas, including adding all-new hero class-style Specialists, a revamped Zombies Mode, and switching from Steam to Battle.net for PC players. Black Ops 4 also marks the first time in franchise history that a Call of Duty game will be launching without a single player campaign mode. Treyarch is spending the extra time gained from dropping the single player to help make the multiplayer modes fun to play and loaded with content.

The Shacknews street team was on hand at the Black Ops 4 preview event and was able to capture footage of the various improvements and additions to the game, including the overview of equipments and Wildcards outline in the video above.

Call of Duty fans can expect Black Ops 4 to touch down on October 12 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. To get the rundown on all the changes and improvements the Black Ops 4 will bring to the franchise, check out our in-depth preview.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Tencent has investments all over the gaming industry and the Chinese holding conglomerate seems to be getting stronger every week. This week, the company has revealed a majority acquisition of Path of Exile developer Grinding Gear Games for an undisclosed amount.

Gamasutra reported the news, citing a Q & A that Grinding Gears held in the Path of Exile forums. The dev reassured its fans that it will remain independent despite the deal with Tencent, so expect them to maintain creative control of their huge free-to-play RPG. 

"We spoke to CEOs of other companies that Tencent has invested in, and have been assured that Tencent has never tried to interfere with game design or operations outside of China," the forum reads. "We retain full control of Path of Exile and will only make changes that we feel are best for the game."

Grinding Gears had been approached by other suitors, but decided against the previous entities because "they didn't understand Path of Exile" or "had other agendas." 

League of Legends, Clash of Clans, Arena of Valor, Epic Games, and now Path of Exiles are just a few of the major properties or companies Tencent has invested in. Bluehole, the team behind the massively popular PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, may join the family if Tencent goes through with plans to invest $470 million and become the dev team's second-largest shareholder. The company also recently invested in Skydance's virtual reality initiatives. Stay tuned to Shacknews for more updates.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

The Fortnite devs tested the esports waters with the latest limited Solo Showdown mode for Battle Royale and is diving in a big way. Today, Epic Games has announced that it will provide $100,000,000 for Fortnite Battle Royale esports tournament prize pools during the first official year of competitive play.

Not only will Epic get right into the mix with esports, the blog post on the official site suggests a plan to be "more inclusive" and focused on the "joy of playing and watching the game." Exactly what this means isn't known yet, but additional information should be rolled out as the 2018 - 2019 season gets underway.

The team plans to reveal competitive structures and eligible platforms in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

The Fortnite devs tested the esports waters with the latest limited Solo Showdown mode for Battle Royale and is diving in a big way. Today, Epic Games has announced that it will provide $100,000,000 for Fortnite Battle Royale esports tournament prize pools during the first official year of competitive play.

Not only will Epic get right into the mix with esports, the blog post on the official site suggests a plan to be "more inclusive" and focused on the "joy of playing and watching the game." Exactly what this means isn't known yet, but additional information should be rolled out as the 2018 - 2019 season gets underway.

The team plans to reveal competitive structures and eligible platforms in the weeks ahead, so stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Storage space is premium on the hybrid Nintendo Switch console and the upcoming Resident Evil 7 Switch release could serve as the long-term solution or just as a band-aid until that solution is found. When RE7 goes live on Nintendo Switch on May 24, 2018, it will do so as a cloud version that must be streamed to the device via wifi.

As revealed on the Japanese Capcom site for Resident Evil 7 which was spotted by Wario64, players will need to download the "BH7 cloud" application from the Nintendo eShop. BH7 stands for Biohazard 7 and will likely be called the "RE7 cloud" app when it eventually arrives in the US eShop. The game is then available for a trial run that lasts fifteen minutes. If the game streams well on your connection, you'll have to get a "purchase ticket" to continue playing. A 180-day ticket is mentioned on the website, but there could be additional options.

The 180-day ticket costs 2,000 yen which comes to $17.99 USD. The Switch is having incredible success with first-party titles which continues to attract more third-party opportunities. A streaming service like this, if it works well, will open up the platform to even more third-party titles and shorten the time that it takes for a developer to bring a game over to the Switch as well.

The full rollout of this new cloud service may coincide with the release of the Switch's online service this September. We'll update when more information is made available. Stay tuned to Shacknews!

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Storage space is premium on the hybrid Nintendo Switch console and the upcoming Resident Evil 7 Switch release could serve as the long-term solution or just as a band-aid until that solution is found. When RE7 goes live on Nintendo Switch on May 24, 2018, it will do so as a cloud version that must be streamed to the device via wifi.

As revealed on the Japanese Capcom site for Resident Evil 7 which was spotted by Wario64, players will need to download the "BH7 cloud" application from the Nintendo eShop. BH7 stands for Biohazard 7 and will likely be called the "RE7 cloud" app when it eventually arrives in the US eShop. The game is then available for a trial run that lasts fifteen minutes. If the game streams well on your connection, you'll have to get a "purchase ticket" to continue playing. A 180-day ticket is mentioned on the website, but there could be additional options.

The 180-day ticket costs 2,000 yen which comes to $17.99 USD. The Switch is having incredible success with first-party titles which continues to attract more third-party opportunities. A streaming service like this, if it works well, will open up the platform to even more third-party titles and shorten the time that it takes for a developer to bring a game over to the Switch as well.

The full rollout of this new cloud service may coincide with the release of the Switch's online service this September. We'll update when more information is made available. Stay tuned to Shacknews!

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

id Tech 6, the engine used to build the critically acclaimed Doom, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Doom VFR is not going to be used for the upcoming Rage sequel. Rage 2, which is a collaborative effort from id software and Avalanche Studios, will be using a version of the Avalanche engine.

The news was revealed when Avalanche Studio founder Christofer Sundberg responded to a tweet from a fan:

The id Tech 5 engine is what the original Rage was built on and id Tech has historically been used with quality shooters like Dishonored 2 and The Evil Within, but Rage was the only that tried to shape the 5th id Tech iteration into an open-world experience.

The Avalanche engine, on the other hand, has an established track record with open-world games. The three Just Cause games and 2015's Mad Max were all built on a version of Avalanche and should serve as a versatile platform for Rage 2 when it releases sometime in 2019. Stay tuned to Shacknews for additional updates.

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