Pokemon Go‘s January Community Day may have only recently ended, but Niantic is already getting prepared for next month’s event. February’s Community Day is set for February 22, and this time, the developer is giving players a chance to determine what the featured Pokemon will be.
In an effort to make Community Days even more community-driven, Niantic is allowing players to vote on next month’s featured Pokemon. There are four candidates, each of which will be able to learn a different event move if they are selected as the Community Day Pokemon. You can see the candidates and their prospective Community Day moves below:
|Featured Pokemon||Community Day Move|
|Vulpix / Alolan Vulpix||Weather Ball|
Voting will be held on February 1, from 12 AM to 11:59 PM local time. Rather than simply casting your ballot online, however, you’ll be voting by completing special Field Research tasks that will be distributed at PokeStops throughout the voting period. There are four different tasks–each in favor of one of the aforementioned candidates–and the winner will be determined by the global number of tasks completed.
After the voting period ends, Niantic will announce the winning Pokemon on Monday, February 3, and the Community Day will follow on Saturday, February 22. Like January’s event, it will take place at different times depending on which hemisphere you live in. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Community Day will run from 11 AM to 2 PM local time; in the Southern Hemisphere, it will run from 3 PM to 6 PM local time.
In addition to increased Pokemon spawns, February’s Community Day will offer another bonus: triple the usual amount of Stardust for each Pokemon you catch. You can read more details on the event and the voting process on the official Pokemon Go website.
In the meantime, Pokemon Go’s annual Lunar New Year event is underway. Until February 3, certain red-colored Pokemon will appear more often in the wild, and you’ll be able to complete rat-themed Limited Research tasks on February 2. The Legendary Pokemon Heatran is also still available until February 4, and there are a few live events lined up for Pokemon Go (as well as Niantic’s other mobile games) this year. You can catch up on more news below.
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DICE has begun teasing its next big Battlefield 5 update, titled Into the Jungle. The full reveal for Chapter 6 will be coming tomorrow, January 28, with an overview trailer. No release details have been announced.
The teaser from Twitter shows a lush jungle scene–presumably in-engine–with “Chapter 6: Into the Jungle” watermarked. It provides a link to a YouTube video that will go live on January 28 at 9 AM ET / 6 AM PT. That video currently displays a thumbnail of a woman with camo face paint. DICE promises the trailer will feature “gameplay and a full feature breakdown.”
— Battlefield V (@Battlefield) January 27, 2020
This will be the first big update of the new year, following the release of the Year 2 Edition that compiled much of the first year content. That version included 17 primary weapons, four vehicles, two Epic soldier outfits, 10 weapon skins, and four vehicle skins. It released alongside the latest DLC, the Pacific Theater update. DICE also added the fan-favorite Wake Island map in December.
“Conquest and the map roster don’t mesh well together, however, Grand Operations–and the other modes within it–steal the show and foster some of the greatest moments the franchise has offered,” Michael Higham wrote in GameSpot’s Battlefield 5 review. “You might be surprised by the impact of the slight changes made for this entry, especially when you’re deep into pushing or defending objectives in Frontlines alongside teammates fulfilling their roles. That’s when Battlefield V is at its best.”
DICE has already announced plans to bring Battlefield 5 to the next generation of consoles, so it appears the studio is planning to continue supporting it with regular updates well into the future.
Officially revealed more than three years ago, The Last of Us Part II will finally arrive on PS4 May 29. If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the sequel to the PS3 classic, you may want to check out The Art of The Last of Us Part II, an art book created by Dark Horse Books and developer Naughty Dog filled with imagery from the game and developer commentary. Super fans will want to take a peek at the Deluxe Edition, which just went up for pre-order at Amazon.
The Art of The Last of Us Part II Deluxe Edition | $90
The Art of The Last of Us Part II Deluxe Edition includes an alternate cover and a slipcase featuring Ellie playing the guitar. It also comes with the gorgeous lithograph shown above. It’s certainly a pricey book at $90, especially when you consider that the standard edition is available for $36. We also don’t know much about the contents between the covers just yet or whether it will be lengthier than the 200-page standard edition.
Both editions of the official art book release June 16. Amazon’s pre-order price guarantee ensures that you will get the book for the lowest price that’s offered between now and release day. Art books often receive discounts prior to release, so we’ll update this article if the Deluxe Edition goes on sale.
For more on the PS4 exclusive, check out GameSpot’s The Last of Us Part II roundup detailing everything you need to know about the sequel. If you still need to secure your pre-order of the game, we have a The Last of Us Part II pre-order guide outlining bonuses and the various physical and digital editions.
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Metro Exodus is getting a second expansion, and it’s coming sooner than you might think. Developer 4A Games announced that the new DLC, Sam’s Story, will come to PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Stadia on February 11.
According to the official site, Sam’s Story is a sandbox-survival expansion, following Sam as he journeys from Vladivostok to his home in the United States. Sam hopes to find his family, and that hope was rekindled when the Spartans discovered that Moscow wasn’t the only city left alive. But the trip will be treacherous–hence the survival aspect. A teaser shows a gun that has fallen into the water with the ominous tagline, “The Journey Ends.”
— Metro Exodus (@MetroVideoGame) January 27, 2020
This is the second in the two-part expansion pass, the first of which was The Two Colonels expansion released last summer. Both stories feature completely new characters. The expansion pass costs $25.
“At first glance, Metro Exodus gives you that wide-open, free, and dangerous world unbound by tunnels, though the scope of its tale focuses on what drives you personally and the lengths you’re willing to go to protect what matters most,” Michael Higham wrote in GameSpot’s Metro Exodus review. “The open sandboxes may not be strongest addition, but the game still embraces the sense of vulnerability and post-apocalyptic terror alongside impactful weapons used in refined combat and stealth scenarios. You may miss the mystery and intrigue of the previous games, but Exodus puts together a charismatic crew of friends and family that you’ll want to follow to the ends of the earth.”