Browsing: 2023

Remote Raid Passes were “never intended” to dominate the experience.

Niantic’s hugely successful mobile title Pokémon GO has announced there are some changes coming to the game’s Remote Raid Passes early next month.

On 6th April 2023, trainers can expect price increases to Remote Raid Passes, new limits to the number of times you can participate in a Remote Raid per day (a maximum of five times per day), and various other Remote Raid adjustments. Niantic explained how it “never intended” Remote Raid Passes to dominate the experience:

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“This is morally and physically exhausting for the employees”.

A recent investigation by NME has found reports of crunch culture and poor working conditions in game development at Ubisoft Paris following a similar allegation by the French trade union Solidaires Informatique last week alleging high rates of sick leave and developer ‘burn out’.

The report includes direct quotes from several developers on Just Dance 2023 and claims that Ubisoft Paris workers encountered a “mess” during the game’s production, with multiple unrealistic demands being set by studio bosses.

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The French publisher will “move in a different direction”.

Ubisoft has announced it will no longer be attending E3 2023. In an update, the French video game company revealed it would instead be hosting its own separate event this June.

In a statement to our friends at VGC, Ubisoft explained how it had decided to move in a “different direction”, with its own ‘Ubisoft Forward Live event’ in Los Angeles on 12th June.

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3DS eShop-only titles worth picking up pronto.

It’s the final countdown — the 3DS eShop is closing for new purchases on Monday, so we’re republishing this guide to highlight some gems you might want to consider snapping up. You’ve got this weekend to make sure you’ve bought anything you might want to play…

The 3DS eShop is closing down, after over a decade of service. It’s not a huge surprise, but it is a huge bummer, because that means that we only have until 27th March 2023 to purchase some of the best games on the console — the ones that were only ever available on the 3DS eShop.

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Super stable.

Nintendo has rolled out its second firmware update of 2023, bumping the hybrid system up to Version 16.0.1.

This latest update seemingly does far less compared to the previous 16.0.0 update issued in February. 16.0.1 is the usual stability update to enhance the overall user experience. Here are the patch notes in full, courtesy of Nintendo’s official support page:

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Make room on your SD card!

We’ve updated this list with lots of new entries for 2023, and included release dates on some long-awaited titles. Happy wishlisting!

2022 is dead, long live 2023. Let’s hope this year is better and brighter than the last, eh? We’ve already rounded up our most-anticipated games for 2023, but that tends to cover the big dogs with gigantic marketing budgets, so, why not shine our spotlight on some of the smaller-but-brilliant games coming to the Nintendo Switch this year?

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