PokéNews (May 27): Pokémon Sword and Shield / Pokémon GO

Today’s Pokémon news: 3rd part of the latest Wild Area event for Pokémon Sword and Shield, but also…

  • Pokémon GO
  • Pokémon TV
  • Pokémon merchandise
  • Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?

Pokémon Sword and Shield

The 3rd part of the latest Wild Area event in Pokémon Sword and Shield is now live. Until June 2nd, you can find Gigantamax Meowth in the Wild Area (including its Shiny variant).

Source: The Pokémon Company (Twitter)

Pokémon GO

Niantic have announced that two new features are coming soon to Pokémon GO:

  • Reality Blending

Trainers have always dreamed of having their Pokémon by their side in the real world. As Pokémon GO has grown throughout the years, Trainers have been able to walk, play, and take snapshots with their Buddy Pokémon. We are now introducing a new way for your buddy to become part of your world like never before. By taking advantage of the latest AR functionality on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 3, and Google Pixel 4, we are developing ways your buddy can appear more realistically within the world around you. We are excited to announce that we are testing the new Reality Blending feature in snapshots for Pokémon GO.

With Reality Blending, Pokémon will be able to move behind objects, either partially or completely. Watch your Pokémon peek at from behind a bookcase, or jump out from behind the couch! This cutting-edge AR feature will roll out for testing to a small number of random Trainers with certain Android devices, starting with the Samsung Galaxy S9, Samsung Galaxy S10, Google Pixel 3, and Google Pixel 4. We’ll then roll out Reality Blending to more devices so more Trainers can share even more experiences with their buddies in the real world!

  • PokéStop Scan

At Niantic, we are working to develop a dynamic 3-D map of existing PokéStops and Gyms so we can continue to develop and refine AR features in the future. To help in this mission, we are bringing an opt-in feature to the Pokémon GO community called PokéStop Scan, which will be first available to level 40 Trainers in early June before rolling out to more players by level.

An adaptation of a feature released in Ingress, this feature will let Trainers upload videos of real-life PokéStop and Gym locations to Pokémon GO, which can help us on this mapping journey. If you opt in, you’ll be asked to record video of a PokéStop or Gym’s real-life location from as many angles as possible, up to a maximum of 30 seconds per video.

These videos will allow us to generate dynamic 3-D maps of PokéStop locations. This can give us a better understanding of how virtual objects persist and where they are in relation to one another, which will help us improve the game’s overall AR experiences. In addition, the 3-D objects allow our devices to further understand what they are looking at in order to augment reality in real time.

Pokémon Trainers will be able to contribute to building 3D maps of their favorite PokéStops and Gyms by walking around their favorite public places and recording a stream of images with their phone.

Click here for more details!

Pokémon merchandise

Here’s pictures of a set of Pikachu gummy candies from Japan, releasing on June 2nd:

Source: Gamer

Pokémon TV

Heads up for long time fans of the Pokémon anime series (or newcomers who want to see what the fuzz is all about): a selection of the most memorable episodes are now available for free on Pokémon TV!

Source: The Pokémon Company

Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?

Here’s the preview for the next episode of Pokémon no Uchi Atsumaru?, which airs on Sunday (May 31st) in Japan:


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