Learn More About Base Upgrades in Arc of Alchemist

It's all about the base

LOS ANGELES, CA., November 27, 2019 – In this week's Arc of the Alchemist™ update, we have a new Base screenshot batch + website update!

The desert-filled RPG Arc of Alchemist will be heading to North America on January 30, 2020 and Europe on January 31, 2020 for the PlayStation®4 and Nintendo Switch™.

The North American version will release digitally for both the Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4. The European version will release digitally for the Nintendo Switch, and the PS4 version will have a physical and digital release.

The North American and European releases for the Nintendo Switch and PS4 include updated system features and the ability to choose and play between 7+ possible characters.​

Build a Foundation: Use the Base to prepare for the long journey ahead of you. Set party formations, train, construct buildings, and heal.

Expand and Conquer: Select from a wide range of facilities to help strengthen your party members. For example, create a Maintenance of Weapons Facility to unlock powerful weapons for battle!

Set Your Squad's Formation: Strategize on how you want to lead your party by changing their tactics. By default, your squad is set to "Free Will" where they will fight and/or defend as needed. However, you can customize their AI commands to attack the same target you're hitting or even have them play more passively. Players can also equip specific item sets that specialize in things like farming for materials or battling tough enemies.

Buy, Sell, Swap: Players will need to buy new items as they progress through the Desert of Beginnings and failing to do so will have major consequences. As you explore, players will also amass a plethora of items that can be sold for currency. Grab all the items you can, as you will need to upgrade a variety of things with money, including the expansion of your base, attaining stronger weapons, and boosting specific stats for each character.

Train and Win: Training is a vital feature where all the playable characters can learn new skills and upgrade them. Learning and upgrading skills will also cost in-game currency, so check your balance before spending!

Enter the desert in search of the key to save humanity – the Great Power. One year, the king declared that he would send a large-scale investigation team to the Desert of Beginnings.

Chosen to captain this mission, Quinn Bravesford leads her soldiers into battle against a swath of enemy nations for the sake of her kingdom. Quinn gazes at the ancient alchemic device, the Lunagear, within her hand. According to the legends of yore, once the Lunagear is equipped with the four Orbs, it will unlock the Great Power that will save humanity. Only one Orb resides in Quinn's Lunagear. Collecting the four Orbs for the Lunagear, however, is a mere legend.

With the threat of dangerous creatures and Machine Dolls wandering the desert, one of the enemy nations, the Principality of Neuhaven, has dispatched their military in search of the Great Power. Now, Quinn and her band of allies must fight against the Principality of Neuhaven in hopes to find the Great Power and save humanity. Quinn steels herself, but even so, she can't help but doubt the existence of the Great Power…

Key Features

Newly Polished and Ready for Battle – In the Western release, players can explore the Desert of Beginnings with updated system UIs and new base facilities for better character leveling. With this update, players can now choose from 7+ playable characters, each specializing in unique weapons, attacks, and abilities!

Four Orbs to Rule Them All – Wielding the Lunagear allows players to combine two of the four elemental Orbs: Fire, Earth, Water, and Wind. Use the Lunagear to combine the elements and manipulate organic and mechanical environments to open new pathways and reach new heights, and even combine two Orbs to create special effects!

Build a Strong Base and Conquer – The Base is an oasis for the party to relax and reconfigure themselves for the next fight. Strategize the next plan of attack by customizing troop formations and setting each character’s battle tactics. Swap Orbs in your Lunagear to find a combination best suited for your next adventure. Swap, upgrade, and alter each character’s equipment tailored to your playing style. Assign active and passive abilities, boost character stats, and build facilities that will help improve your party’s makeup!

Amass Items and Exchange – Around every sand dune lies a multitude of treasures. Seek out items that can be used to equip and strengthen your party or exchange materials goods to alter a weapon’s appearance. Some weapons can only be forged with special materials, so be wary of what you sell!

Starlight Children’s Foundation and Nintendo of America Unveil the New Starlight Switch Gaming Station for Hospitalized Kids

Now this is a great announcement

TACOMA, WA (December 11, 2019) – Starlight Children’s Foundation, the organization dedicated to delivering happiness to seriously ill children and their families, and Nintendo of America today announced the newest addition to the nonprofit’s popular Starlight Gaming program: the Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming station. The new gaming station was unveiled today at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, where patients joined kids and families from the community for an event celebrating the 27-year partnership between Starlight and Nintendo of America.

“We’re incredibly excited to unveil the new Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming station and celebrate our 27-year partnership with Nintendo of America,” said Adam Garone, CEO, Starlight. “Over the years, Starlight Gaming stations have provided millions of seriously ill children with the healing power of play, entertainment, socialization, and emotional support, and have helped to normalize an otherwise scary situation or setting for families. We’re so grateful to Nintendo and their employees for such a long and continuing partnership fueled by innovation, impact, and generous support.”

“It’s been our pleasure to work with Starlight and observe them bringing happiness to kids when they need it the most,” said Don James, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Operations. “As with everything we do, we hope the new Starlight Nintendo Switch gaming stations will put smiles on the faces of children and their families.”

The new Starlight Gaming station features the popular Nintendo Switch system and is specially designed and manufactured by Nintendo of America for use in a hospital setting. The device can be completely cleaned with disinfectant to meet a hospital’s strict safety infection protocols and includes a mounted playback monitor that can roll anywhere in a hospital so children can enjoy some of their favorite Nintendo video games from the comfort of their own hospital beds or in a playroom with a group of other children.

Doctors, nurses, clinicians, and child life specialists are able to use a single Starlight Gaming station in a variety of settings, from entertaining children during a relative’s visit to the emergency room, to distracting kids during an otherwise painful medical treatment, to giving kids something fun to do during long periods of isolation or with a group of other kids, or helping them to relax and feel comfortable when communicating with caregivers about their diagnosis.

“The gaming stations are important distraction tools that normalize the health care environment and help kids through difficult experiences,” said Julie Hertzog, CCLS, child life supervisor at Mary Bridge. “They provide choices for kids, motivate them, and give them the opportunity to have fun when it is needed most.”

Since launching the partnership in 1992, Starlight and Nintendo of America have delivered more than 7,200 Starlight Gaming stations to hundreds of hospitals across North America bringing smiles to an estimated 11.6 million seriously ill children. Previous versions of the Starlight Gaming program include the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii, and Wii U systems.

Every year, charitable donations from individuals and corporations fund the delivery of approximately 300 Starlight Gaming stations to Starlight’s network of more than 800 children’s hospitals and other health care facilities. Learn more and donate a Starlight Gaming station to a hospital near you at https://www.starlight.org/gaming/.

AO Tennis 2 presents its narrative-driven Career Mode

Tennis time

Lesquin, France, December 11, 2019 – BIGBEN and Big Ant Studios are proud to introduce the second AO Tennis 2 developer diary. Come and meet Big Ant’s team in Melbourne to know everything about the career mode of the second game in the official Australia Open series, coming to consoles and PC on January 9th.

Earn your reputation!

The reworked AO Tennis 2 Career Mode offers brand-new perspectives to players seeking a challenge. While performance on the court remains crucial, players will also be rewarded based on their behaviour during external events, immersing them even deeper into the world of professional tennis. During press conferences or discussions with your manager, maintaining good relationships with those around you is important to gain favour among the public and the sponsors. Each public speaking event can have an impact on your career advancement, thus giving the player the freedom to build their own identity.

A comprehensive interface

In the AO Tennis 2 Career Mode interface, players can check their personal profile to see their progression status, as well as the evolution of their attributes and physical skills. All these elements need to be taken into consideration in order to pursue a successful career throughout the season. Players will need to navigate matches, their travel schedule, and training sessions, while giving themselves time to rest and prevent injury. An injury limits performance on the court, while time spent traveling the world to follow the tour induces fatigue. In this narrative-driven career mode, everything has been done to let fans experience the reality of daily life as one of the greatest professional players.

AO Tennis 2 is planned for release on January 9, 2020 on PC, PS4™, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch™.

'Prison Princess' announced from developers of NekoMiko, releasing January 30th, 2020

You'll wanna keep the kids at home for this one

An advert in the latest Famitsu has revealed a new game for Nintendo Switch from Qureate, the developers of NekoMiko. "Prison Princess" is planned to be released on January 30th, 2020 for 1,800 yen. It is currently unknown if the title will ever be brought to the West.

The game is produced by Yuujirou Usuda, and is described as a “new sensation escape adventure game with beautiful girls, puzzle solving, and a bit of eroticism”.

Infliction: Extended Cut torments Switch on February 25th, 2020

Extended Cut!

SYDNEY - Dec. 11, 2019 – Infliction: Extended Cut, the psychological horror game from Caustic Reality and Blowfish Studios exploring the darkness haunting the remnants of a suburban family, strikes terror into Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on Feb. 25, 2020.

Featuring everything contained within the acclaimed and chilling original Steam release, the “Extended Cut” also includes additional endings and a fresh “New Game Plus” mode with bonus story content, increased difficulty, remixed scares, chilling new puzzles, and other surprises.

Experience an interactive nightmare delving into the darkness plaguing a once-happy home. Set in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy, Infliction follows the trials of Gary R. Pout as he pieces together the mystery behind a harrowing series of events. Explore a contorted version of his family’s residence to discover a way out before he succumbs to the malevolent spirits within.

Evade a relentless paranormal pursuer by ducking into closets, darting under beds, or utilizing light sources like camera flashes to make a fleeting getaway and continue Gary’s search. During the struggle to survive, pore over household objects for secrets, hidden messages, and clues to find new paths, make revelations, and hopefully bring this terrifying ordeal to an end.

A supernatural story permeated by real-world worries and anxieties that strike close to home, Infliction probes mature existential themes while delivering story-driven scares and an ominous, otherworldly, dynamic atmosphere sure to unsettle, thrill, and leave horror buffs thinking.

“Infliction is a psychological horror experience rooted in fears that can resonate with anyone,” said Clinton McCleary, founder of Caustic Reality and mission designer at Blowfish Studios. “We look forward to scaring everyone and sharing all the new content very soon when the ‘Extended Cut’ releases on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in February.”

Infliction will be available via the Nintendo Switch eShop, PlayStation Store, and Microsoft Store for $19.99 / €17.99 / £15.99 / $24.99 AUD on Feb. 25, 2020. It features support for English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, and Simplified Chinese language options.

Two Point Hospital launching February 25th, 2020 for Switch, release date trailer and box-art released

Headed in the direction of February 25th

We knew Two Point Hospital was releasing in February, but we didn't quite know when. Two Point studios has announced a February 25th, 2020 release date, with a new trailer to commemorate. The box-art for the title has also been shown off, and can be seen below. Sega will be publishing the hospital simulation fun!


We’ve announced a release date for Two Point Hospital on console of February 25th, 2020!

That means there’s not long to wait to be able to manage your budding hospital empire from the comfort of your sofa.

As well as being available for digital download, we’re launching physical editions of the game across a wide range of retailers – and you can pre-order either version right now.

New Pokémon discovered in Sword and Shield, two new Gigantamax forms available until January 9th from Max Raid Battles

Plenty of Pokémon to discover

Six new Pokémon have been revealed from The Pokémon Company, as well as descriptions of the Gym Leaders you'll encounter. Two new Gigantamax Pokémon (Sandaconda and Centiskorch) will be available from Max Raid Battles until January 9th. Check out all the details below, and check out new artwork and more screenshots from the official Pokémon website!

Encounter New Gigantamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battles

The special Pokémon that are capable of Gigantamaxing can be encountered—very rarely!—in Max Raid Battles. But it seems you may have an easier time than usual encountering the Gigantamax Pokémon introduced in this release until January 9, 2020!

Players of Pokémon Sword will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Sandaconda, while Pokémon Shield players will be more likely to encounter Gigantamax Centiskorch, so be sure to try your hand at some Max Raid Battles during this period!

Gigantamax Sandaconda

Type: Ground
Ability: Sand Spit / Shed Skin
Height: 72'2"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

Like a terrifyingly large tornado

The sand that was once stored up in its sand pouch has overflowed and now forms a ring around Sandaconda’s neck. Together with the additional sand the Pokémon has spun up around it, there is over a million tons of sand now swirling around Gigantamax Sandaconda! To observers, it looks like a terrifyingly large tornado.

High-speed spinning

Gigantamax Sandaconda attacks by spinning its body at high speeds in battle, which causes the sand surrounding it to also spin at extreme speeds. The destructive force of this sharp grit is increased by the rotation and inflicts massive damage on those it touches.

The G-Max Move G-Max Sandblast

Ground-type attacks used by Gigantamax Sandaconda will change to G-Max Sandblast. G-Max Sandblast doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a tomb of sand that damages them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. It prevents them from fleeing or being swapped out, too.

Gigantamax Centiskorch

Type: Fire/Bug
Ability: Flash Fire / White Smoke
Height: 246'1"+
Weight: ????.? lbs.

A hundred legs support its startling speed

The number of segments in Centiskorch’s body increases due to the influx of Gigantamax power, as does the number of its legs—there are now one hundred of them! With these legs, Gigantamax Centiskorch is capable of astounding speeds despite its massive size.

Now it can really turn up the heat

Centiskorch’s firepower has increased significantly. Its internal temperature now exceeds 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough that opponents are burnt from just the heat waves coming off the Pokémon. It seems that the radiant heat from Centiskorch can even disturb air currents so much that it causes storms to form!

The G-Max Move G-Max Centiferno

Fire-type attacks used by Gigantamax Centiskorch will change to G-Max Centiferno. G-Max Centiferno doesn’t only deal damage to opponents when it hits. It will also cause them to be trapped within a firestorm that will deal continuous damage to them every turn for 4 to 5 turns. The firestorm will also prevent opponents from fleeing or being swapped out!

Exclusive to Pokémon Shield:


Category: Penguin Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 4'7"
Weight: 196.2 lbs.
Ability: Ice Face

A head covered in ice

Eiscue hails from a very cold area, and it produces cold air from within its head to create ice around it and protect its head from warmth. But this ice isn’t all that tough, and it can be shattered by a strong blow. It seems to go on creating new ice every time this happens.

A drifter just living at its own pace

Eiscue marches to the beat of its own drum, and it doesn’t sweat the small stuff. It’s often seen floating aimlessly in the sea with only its ice-covered head peeking out of the water, and it’s not unusual to find it washed up on distant shores. Even when it arrives in new lands, it doesn’t panic or get upset. It uses its great adaptability to simply carry on living.

The Ice Face Ability

Eiscue’s Ice Face Ability is a new Ability introduced in these titles. When Eiscue is in its Ice Face form and has its head covered in ice, this ice will protect it from the damage of a single physical move—but the ice will then be destroyed, changing Eiscue into its Noice Face form. Noice Face Eiscue will turn back into Ice Face Eiscue once hail begins or once Eiscue enters the battlefield when it’s hailing if the Pokémon had been switched out. While Noice Face Eiscue has lost the ice protecting its face—resulting in lower Defense and Sp. Def compared to its Ice Face form—it’s also much lighter on its feet, so its Speed is higher.


Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 3'3"
Weight 0.9 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

A body overflowing with spirit energy

After continuing to store up the energy it has absorbed from other creatures for so long, Cursola has lost its corporeal body. Its spirit energy overflows and now pours out of its former shell. Perhaps Cursola enjoys the new lightness this form gives it, because it’s sometimes spotted bobbing along as it wanders.

A glimmering light beneath the full moon

Cursola gather on the night of the full moon and fire off their branches toward the sky. There are various theories on why they might do this—ranging from it being a way to release the energy they’ve absorbed from others to it being a form of communication between Cursola—but the true reason is still unknown. Regardless, it is a fantastic and beautiful sight to behold.

Galarian Corsola

Category: Coral Pokémon
Type: Ghost
Height: 2'
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Ability: Weak Armor

Its form reflects the sea it once lived in

It’s said that this form arose from the Corsola that lived in the sea surrounding the Galar region in the ancient past and that lost their lives due to a meteorite impact in the area. They are often found living in places that were once seabeds, and it’s said that they sometimes attack humans and Pokémon that they come in contact with.

Cursed branches

The semitransparent branches that grow from its body are not actually corporeal, and they’re incapable of causing injury or pain. However, if an opponent comes in contact with them, these branches will take root in the victim’s body and absorb its life-force, leaving it unable to move.

Exclusive to Pokémon Sword:


Category: Big Rock Pokémon
Type: Rock
Height: 8'2"
Weight: 1146.4 lbs.
Ability: Power Spot

A body constructed of stones and boulders

Stonjourner has a body made of various stones, big and small, and it acts by moving these stones like arms and legs. On occasion, this Pokémon will put on a burst of speed to use its long legs in a dynamic move. But in general, it likes to spend its days standing in a field watching the sun’s progress, enjoying the quiet life.

An annual gathering of grand proportions

In a curious behavioral display, Stonjourner come together from all over on a certain day of each year and stand together, forming an evenly spaced ring. No one has quite figured out why they do this, but there are many competing theories flying about, having to do with the position of the sun, the energy of the earth, and other factors.

Stonjourner has the Ability Power Spot

Stonjourner’s Ability, Power Spot, is a new Ability introduced in these titles. Energy gathers around Stonjourner and powers up the moves of its allies. Make the most of this Ability in Double Battles and Max Raid Battles to support your allies.

Galarian Darumaka

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 2'4"
Weight: 88.2 lbs.
Ability: Hustle

A body adapted to life in the cold

It is said that Galarian Darumaka arose long ago, when seismic shifts caused the warm region they lived in to cool down. The Darumaka of this region adapted to this cooling, changing their form to adjust. The fire that once burned within their bodies was extinguished, and in its place, the Darumaka of this region developed an organ that allows them to produce cold air.

Snowball fights with friends

By focusing the energy it holds within its body, Darumaka can expel cold air from its mouth in the form of snow. Galarian Darumaka have been spotted at play with one another, engaging in what looks like a snowball fight using balls made by freezing this snow.

Galarian Darmanitan

Category: Zen Charm Pokémon
Type: Ice
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 264.6 lbs.
Gorilla Tactics

The snowball on its head plays a big role

This Pokémon lives its life with a large ball of snow always upon its head. This snowball serves as a way for it to store food, and Galarian Darmanitan seems to place the food and things it finds into this snowball to keep them preserved. In battle, Darmanitan also freezes this ball over to deliver powerful headbutts. The snowball comes in handy in all sorts of ways.

Its fighting spirit sleeps along with its fire sac

As Galarian Darmanitan adapted to life in the cold, its fire sac became dormant and it developed an organ that produces cold air instead. Darmanitan’s belligerent nature also cooled at the same time, and it’s become quite timid instead—enough so, in fact, that it will pretend to be an inanimate snowman when it senses the presence of humans.

The Hidden Ability Zen Mode

Some Galarian Darmanitan can have the Ability Zen Mode. A Galarian Darmanitan with this Ability will ignite with fury and change form if its HP drops to half or less of its max during battle. Its dormant fire sac, long neglected in the Pokémon’s cold environment, blazes back to life. The usually gentle Darmanitan runs wild, maddened by its fury, and rampages about, spewing fire without any care for its surroundings.

Galarian Darmanitan has the Ability Gorilla Tactics

Galarian Darmanitan’s Ability Gorilla Tactics is a new Ability introduced in these titles. If Darmanitan has this Ability, its Attack stat goes up, which increases the physical damage it inflicts on targets. However, it gets so fixated on the first move it uses that it can’t use any of its other moves!


Kabu is the current Gym Leader of a prestigious Pokémon Gym that dates back to the earliest days of the Galar Pokémon League. Although he did lose his seat as Gym Leader once, he gloriously reclaimed it several years ago. This is a Trainer with a wealth of life experience. Kabu has an unrelentingly positive outlook, and he battles with every intention to win together with his Fire-type Pokémon.


Opal is the oldest Gym Leader in the Galar Pokémon League. Wielding her Fairy-type Pokémon, she has held on to her position for 70 years. She’s sometimes called “the wizard” because of the way that she moves through battles almost as if she can foresee what her opponents will do next.

Gordie (exclusive to Sword)

Gordie is the Gym Leader of an up-and-coming Gym that has been gaining great acclaim since it was formed. The momentum of its rise to the majors has garnered it a lot of attention as a real dark horse. Gordie, ever a hard worker, was given the best education possible by his mother, Melony. But his admiration for the Rock type led him to join a different Gym to apprentice at, following his own path to greatness.

Melony (exclusive to Shield)

Melony is an Ice-type Pokémon user and the only Gym Leader able to boast that she’s never once lost to Raihan, who is generally regarded as the strongest Gym Leader in the current Galar Pokémon League. She is also the mother of the Rock-type user Gordie. While she has a generous and bighearted nature, she loves hard battles and she hits opponents in their weak spots with unflinching accuracy.


Piers is the Gym Leader of a Gym that was once said to have been among the greats. He may be a bit wild, but he is a Trainer who truly cares for his hometown and his friends. He loves his Gym, with its close ties to the town it’s based in, and he has been trying desperately to support it together with his Dark-type Pokémon. But he also seems to be getting impatient with the limitations of his own strengths.

Tetris 99 Hard Drops a Free Update With Team Battle Mode and Additional Features in Lead-up to 10th MAXIMUS CUP

New content dropping in!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The fierce and frenzied 99-person multiplayer matches of the Tetris® 99 game just got even more intense with the addition of Team Battle Mode. Typically, it’s every tenacious Tetrimino twirler for themselves, but now Team Battle Mode allows for a group of friends and competitors to play together as a squad. And with the addition of a new password-based matchmaking feature, it’s easy to find and gather your friends for matches in the Tetris 99 and Team Battle modes.

In Team Battle Mode, players choose their favorite of four teams at the start of each game. Some teams may end up with many more members, but smaller teams receive a boost in attack power when being attacked, adding an unexpected element to each match. As players get eliminated through the course of battle, the final team standing with at least one player remaining wins. And even better, all members of the winning team can share in the victory! Players who are K.O.’d early in the game will go into spectator mode and can send “Likes” to cheer on their teammates. Players will want to stick around until their team has obtained a rank to receive their XP points. Or, if Team Battle is the active mode for a MAXIMUS CUP event, stay for their event points.

Additional features available in the update include new button configuration options and new user emblems, as well as the option to redeem 30 in-game tickets for some of the elusive Special Themes that were featured during earlier events. The following in-game Special Themes, which were inspired by games and favorite franchises, are now available: Tetris® from the original Game Boy™ game, Splatoon™, Fire Emblem™: Three Houses and Super Kirby Clash™.

The addition of Team Battle Mode also brings a new twist to the Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP, which runs from 11 p.m. PT on Dec. 12 to 10:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 16. The Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP will be available to all Nintendo Switch Online members* and will take full advantage of the new Team Battle Mode. Points will be awarded based on placements during each match, and at the end of the event the top 999 players will each win 999 Gold Points** that can be used to help purchase games in Nintendo eShop.

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Players who have the free digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.***

Niantic details Pokémon GO’s December 2019 events

All sorts of Winter fun!

Niantic has big plans for the rest of December 2019. The company has revealed all sorts of events for Pokemon GO players to get involved in. Check out the full rundown below.

While 2019 might be winding down, the world of Pokémon GO never stops! From raids to Pokémon (Shadow Pokémon, Legendary Pokémon, or Legendary Shadow Pokémon!) to new avatar items, there’s so much to look forward to this holiday season. Get cozy, Trainers—it’s going to be a long list full of cool gifts from us to you!

A Challenging Development—Team GO Rocket Special Research
Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs
Virizion glides into five-star raids
Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!
Pokémon GO Holidays 2019
Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

A Challenging Development

Before we get into the jolly announcements—the fight against Team GO Rocket continues! Activate the new Special Research, A Challenging Development, during the month of December to help Professor Willow and the team leaders take down this villainous group. This is another chance to fight Giovanni and save a Legendary Shadow Pokémon you’ve never seen before!


A Challenging Development, a new Special Research line designed to help take down Team GO Rocket, is available until the end of December.
Defeat Giovanni this month, and you’ll have a chance to rescue Shadow Zapdos!
Team GO Rocket never rests, Trainers, and neither can we! Be on the lookout for new Team GO Rocket Special Research from Professor Willow every month. For more information, please see our help center article.

All scrambled up! Different Pokémon will be hatching from Eggs!

Starting on Monday, December 16, 2019, you can expect different Pokémon to be hatching from Eggs! Which Pokémon will they be? Incubate some Eggs and start walking to find out!

Virizion glides into five-star raids!

Virizion, the Grassland Pokémon, will be coming to five-star raids! This Grass- and Fighting-type Legendary Pokémon has been said to confound opponents with its swift movements, so make sure you have your battle strategies ready before you encounter it.

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)


Virizion will make its debut in five-star raids.

Lugia and Ho-Oh Special Raid Weekend!

Lugia and Ho-Oh return for a Special Raid Weekend! Both the Psychic- and Flying-type Lugia and the Fire- and Flying-type Ho-Oh will be available in Raid Battles!

Date + Time

Friday, December 20, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST to Monday, December 23, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. PST (GMT −8)


Lugia and Ho-Oh will appear in five-star raids during the event.
Please note that Virizion will still be available in five-star raids during this time.

Pokémon GO Holidays 2019

The Pokémon GO Holidays event is back! Look forward to new Pokémon in costumes, Ice-type Pokémon never before seen in Pokémon GO, event-exclusive Field Research, winter-themed avatar items, and a blizzard full of bonuses!

Date + Time

Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone


Pokémon in holiday costumes: Pikachu, Raichu, and Pichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will appear in Pokémon GO for the first time!

Pokémon appearing in the wild: Delightful Ice-type Pokémon will be appearing in the wild, such as Sneasel, Delibird, Snorunt, and more! Making its Pokémon GO debut will be Cubchoo, the Chill Pokémon!

Pokémon appearing in Eggs: Alolan Sandshrew, Alolan Vulpix, Pichu wearing beanies, and Stantler wearing bells will be hatching from 7 km Eggs!

Pokémon appearing in Raid Battles: Raichu wearing beanies and Stantler wearing bells will be available to challenge in two-star raids!

Pokémon attracted by Glacial Lure Modules: Throw a Glacial Lure Module onto a PokéStop near you, and you’ll have a chance of encountering Cryogonal, the Crystallizing Pokémon, making its Pokémon GO debut!

Event-exclusive Field Research: Enjoy event-exclusive Field Research tasks that will reward you with the chance to encounter Pokémon like Pikachu wearing beanies!

Save Shadow Pokémon! We have reason to believe that Team GO Rocket has turned more Pokémon, including Delibird, into Shadow Pokémon! There might be other Shadow Pokémon to discover in places high and low, so get out there and save them!
If you’re lucky, you might encounter Shiny Stantler wearing bells and Shiny Snover!

Winter-themed avatar items coming to the shop! You can look forward to a Stantler Sweater and a Stantler Headband as well as a Beanie Hat to match the one some Pikachu are wearing for this event!


Take note, Trainers! Some bonuses will change throughout the event duration.

From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

Open twice as many Gifts each day: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can open daily will increase to 40.
Carry twice as many Gifts: For the duration of the event, the number of Gifts you can carry in your inventory will increase to 20.
One guaranteed single-use Incubator per day: In order to more easily hatch Eggs during the holiday season, Trainers will receive one single-use Incubator at no cost once per day during the event by spinning a Photo Disc on a PokéStop.
From Tuesday, December 24, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, December 25, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Candy
2× Transfer Candy
From Thursday, December 26, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Friday, December 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch Stardust
From Saturday, December 28, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, December 29, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

2× Catch XP
From Monday, December 30, 2019, at 12:00 a.m. to Wednesday, January 1, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. in your local time zone

1/2 Hatch Distance when Eggs are placed into Incubators during this time period

Warm up with a special winter weekend event!

During the final Saturday in December (and 2019!), you can look forward to a special eight-hour-long winter weekend event.

Date + Time

Saturday, December 28, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in your local time zone


Two-hour Glacial Lure Module duration: Glacial Lure Modules will last two hours for the duration of the event. Pokémon such as Lapras, Delibird, Cubchoo, and more will be drawn to Glacial Lure Modules during this time!

Glaceon with Last Resort: Use a Glacial Lure Module to evolve Eevee during the event, and you’ll get a Glaceon that knows the Charged Attack Last Resort.

Regice returns to raids! Did you miss out on catching a Regice the last time it was available in raids? This is your chance to catch the Iceberg Pokémon!

Two additional Raid Passes: Receive up to two additional Raid Passes during the special event time period when you spin a Photo Disc at a Gym. These Raid Passes will not be available after the event period is over. You cannot hold more than one Raid Pass at once.

There are just a few weeks left in 2019! Let’s GO end the year strong, Trainers!

New Snooker 19 Challenge Pack DLC Invites Players to Test Their Skills

I've been Snookered!

Ripstone Games, in collaboration with World Snooker and Lab42, are bringing a brand new experience to Snooker 19 with the release of Challenge Pack DLC on 12th December. The Challenge Pack will release on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later this week for £6.99 / €7.99, and will arrive on Nintendo Switch in 2020.

The Challenge Pack DLC invites everyone to take their best shot and become a better player in a brand new game mode for Snooker 19, adding hours of additional gameplay opportunities. Featuring 50 unique challenges to test skills across positioning, break building, escapes, trick-shot potting puzzles and more, this is the ultimate challenge for any snooker fan.

Challenges are split across two classes; Basic Skills and Advanced Skills, and can be played using a selection of different Aiming Aid difficulties to cater for varying levels of player ability. Master every event and complete all challenge requirements to unlock 26 stylish snooker cue rewards and 5 new trophies/achievements exclusive to the Challenge Pack. Players can choose from this selection of bespoke cues for use in online matches and tournaments, to demonstrate that they are a master of the sport.

As the official World Snooker video game, Snooker 19 features 128 of the world’s top snooker players including Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and Ding Junhui as they take to the table at iconic venues across the world. The Challenge Pack DLC adds further depth to this experience with a focus on providing training tools to assist players of Snooker 19 to improve their play-style, whilst at the same time adding new skills to their repertoire. The recent addition of a Practice Table, coupled with the Basic and Advanced Skill challenges, creates a solid foundation for any player looking to improve their game.

"Since the launch of Snooker 19 earlier this year we have been blown away by the support of the snooker community,” said Hollie Pattison of Ripstone.

"Their desire to continue improving their skillset within the game has inspired us to keep finding new ways to deliver on our promise of making the ultimate snooker simulation, and the release of the Challenge Pack takes this one step further. Everyone loves a trick shot and as big snooker fans ourselves, we can’t wait to share the challenge with our players.”

Leveraging the visual feature set of Unreal Engine 4, Snooker 19 sets a new visual standard for snooker video games. Lab42 have created a custom advanced physics engine, designed from the ground up to deliver the most true to life snooker experience to date.


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