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Gaming Weekly: Niantic Lightship Global Launch, Animal Crossing, DC Heroes & Villains, and more!

In our first edition of Gaming Weekly, our weekly blog on a handful (from the pletora available) of mobile gaming/Switch related news kicks it off strongly. Here's the agenda:

  1. Lego Star Wars: Castaways

  2. DC Heroes & Villains

  3. Animal Crossing: New Horizons

  4. Nintendo Switch Online Subscription

  5. Boom Beach Frontlines

  6. ZOZ: Final Hour

  7. PUBG: New State

  8. Niantic Lightship Global Launch

If you're wondering why there's nothing Pokémon related here, check out our Pokémon Weekly.


LEGO Star Wars: Castaways

Landing on Apple Arcade November 19, 2021, LEGO Star Wars: Castaways is the first online social, action-adventure LEGO Star Wars game.

The heroes of their own Star Wars adventure, gamers will visit a mysterious new planet, meet and team up with friends (other “Castaways”), race Microfighters, and experience classic Star Wars moments. They’ll also unlock hundreds of collectible pieces to customize their minifigure and solve a mystery to save this community of Castaways on the ruins of an ancient civilization. Throughout, players can battle foes, solve puzzles, and hone skills in battle and flight simulations; those looking to share the fun can hang out with friends in the Social Hub and communicate through LEGO emotes, as well as challenge parents, siblings, and friends in the Hippodrome, or join forces to complete quests to earn rewards.


DC Heroes & Villains

Developed by Montreal-based studio (and a personal favorite) Ludia, DC Heroes & Villains, match-3 puzzle RPG set in the DC Universe, has heroes and villains team up in an original narrative with live events, PVP matches, guild raids, and more.

Pre-registrations are now live here.

Release is set for early 2022 on both iOS and Android.


Animal Crossing: New Horizons

On October 15, Nintendo announced the next (and final) FREE update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons coming on November 5, 2021.

This free update includes features such as returning characters from the Animal Crossing series including Brewster, who will open a café on the second floor of the museum, and the sea shanty singing Kapp’n, who will take you to different islands with his boat; newly opened shops in the plaza on Harv’s Island, including Katrina’s fortune-telling shop; the introduction of cooking and growing vegetables; and a host of other customizations and features.

In addition to the free update, Nintendo also announced a paid DLC: Happy Home Paradise.

Players will have the chance to join Lottie and the Paradise Planning team. In your new role, you’ll travel to a chain of charming islands where you can design vacation homes, decorate island facilities – like a school and a restaurant – and discover new ways to create and personalize as you gain experience designing dream vacation homes for your clients.

Price: $24.99 USD OR with the new Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription (more details on that below).

For the complete details of this free update and paid DLC, check out the Nintendo DIRECT here.


Nintendo Switch Online Subscription

Nintendo introduced the new Nintendo Switch Online subscription, which will be replacing the current one as of November 5, 2021.

The new membership plan of Nintendo Switch Online will include (and won't be limited to):

  • the base Nintendo Switch Online membership

  • access to Nintendo 64 games

  • access SEGA Genesis games

  • access to Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise for free and play while they maintain an active membership.

An Individual Membership will cost $49.99 USD for 12 months, while a Family Membership will cost $79.99 USD for 12 months.


Boom Beach Frontlines

The most recent title from Supercell, developed by London-based Space Ape Games, has now been released in Canada in BETA.

Boom Beach Frontlines is, as anyone would expect from Supercell's latest entry, an action-packed game. This real-time strategy 9 VS 9 multiplayer team battle mobile game is all about 'big teams, epic battles, vehicles, defenses, power-ups, all sorts of chaos and wonderfulness all packaged up in a mobile friendly experience', as Nick Mansdorf, Boom Beach: Frontlines game lead described.

People interested in pre-registering and knowing when the game is available in their region, click here.


ZOZ: Final Hour

From Net Ease, ZOZ: Final Hour is a brand new 15-player Adventure Zombie Escape Game now available in BETA in Brazil on Google Play.

ZOZ is an action-packed PVPVE game on mobile devices where players will assume the role of mercenary and enter the zombie city San Yager to search for a mysterious substance call Blood Crystal. Upon collecting enough of it, their mission becomes evacuation. But if a player were to be killed, the Merc will turn into a Zombie Merc and is allowed to continue the game with a different goal—kill other players.

Eight weapons (both melee and ranged) are available for players to try out. Tactical gear such as jetpacks, hang gliders and grappling claws are also available to turn the tide in a losing battle. The team carried out multiple rounds of tuning on things like lens performance and blow feedback and achieved pretty good results.


PUBG: New State

PUBG: New State, developed by KRAFTON, is set to release on iOS and Android Nov 11.

Set in 2051, the game offers a futuristic take on the popular PUBG: Mobile with new features like weapon customization, in-game drones, and stronger anti-cheats measures.

A launch trailer has been released for the occasion, following the game reaching 50,000,000 pre-registrations.


Niantic Lightship Global Launch

Niantic has announced that their Lightship project would launch globally on November 8th, 2021. People interested in attending this [free] virtual launch event can register here. The event will close with a live Q&A. Expected at the event are:

  • John Hanke, Niantic's CEO

  • Amanda Whitt, Lightship’s Product Manager

  • Erika Kato, Developer Experience Lead

  • Dan Morris, Head of Developer Relations

  • Meghan Hughes, Head of Lightship Marketing

About Niantic Lightship

Niantic Lightship supports hundreds of millions of users through a client platform that sets the standard for AR, mapping, social and security. As part of our longer term vision for AR, we are also building the 3D map of the world with our Virtual Positioning System (VPS) and advanced tools to power a whole new type of contextual content at a global scale.

For more information, click here.


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