The Witcher’s Geralt is coming to Monster Hunter: World – Polygon

The Witcher’s Geralt is coming to Monster Hunter: World – Polygon

Geralt of Rivia from The Witcher is coming to Monster Hunter: World next year. Unlike other crossovers for Monster Hunter: World, Capcom and CD Projekt Red’s collaboration is more than just a costume; Geralt will be a playable character, and the game will send players on “Witcher-inspired quests.”

In an announcement, CD Projekt Red said the Geralt cameo in Monster Hunter: World will “offer a unique gameplay experience blending RPG mechanics of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with Monster Hunter: World’s game systems.” Players will get to utilize Geralt’s “signature fighting style, seamlessly blending swordplay, combat magic, and an assortment of monster hunting equipment,” CD Projekt Red said.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt crossover event will come to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in “early 2019.” Geralt will come to the Windows PC version of Monster Hunter: World at an unannounced date. Later next year, Monster Hunter: World will get a major new expansion titled Iceborne, Capcom announced today.

This is Geralt’s second major crossover within the span of a few months. The star of The Witcher series also appeared in Bandai Namco’s Soulcalibur 6 as a guest character.

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The First Two Panzer Dragoon Games Are Getting Remade – Nintendo Life

The First Two Panzer Dragoon Games Are Getting Remade – Nintendo Life

Forever Entertainment has announced that it is remaking the first two entries in Sega’s Panzer Dragoon series.

The Polish company is working with Sega to remaster Panzer Dragoon and Panzer Dragoon Zwei, both of which originally appeared on the Sega Saturn in the ’90s.

Here’s the official word:

Forever Entertainment together with SEGA Holding Co., Ltd. from Japan will co-create and publish Panzer Dragoon: Remake and Panzer Dragoon II Zwei: Remake. The premiere of the first part is planned before the end of 2019!

Panzer Dragoon: Remake is a refreshed version of Panzer Dragoon. The original version of the game had its premiere on the Sega Saturn console in 1995 and was well received by both players and critics. The entire Panzer Dragoon series has been repeatedly remade and released on many platforms. The last re-launch took place in April 2018 on Xbox One, where players can play Panzer Dragoon Orta with a backward compatibility.

The new version of the game will be characterized by completely new graphics compatible with today’s standards and several modifications of the game, making it more attractive to modern players, while remaining faithful to the original in terms of story. The first materials from the game will be presented in the upcoming months!

No platforms have been confirmed at the time of writing, and many fans will be pondering if there are plans to remake the third game, the epic RPG Panzer Dragoon Saga – something that may be impossible without reverse-engineering the code.

Series creator Yukio Futatsugi has stated that the source code has long since been lost, and that while it wouldn’t be impossible, it’s unlikely that anyone would be able to remake the game without it:

If [they were] able to reverse-engineer [Atlus side-scrolling Saturn RPG] Princess Crown [for PSP], perhaps we might be able to reverse-engineer Panzer Dragoon Saga. Princess Crown is a pretty complex game, as well. But unless someone somewhere adds pressure to remake it, we probably won’t remake the game. I don’t think Sega will ever make it happen.

Still, getting the first two games is something to be happy about. Let’s hope they come to Switch.

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Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras – BBC News

Huawei Honor View20 and Samsung A8s have hole-punch cameras – BBC News

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The Honor View20 was shown off by Huawei’s product manager, Jimmy Xiong, in Hong Kong

Two smartphone-makers have unveiled handsets featuring a “hole-punch” selfie camera.

The screens of the Samsung A8s and Huawei Honor View20 both feature a small circular space for the component.

The design is intended to be less obtrusive than a “notch” – as popularised by Apple and later by many Android smartphone manufacturers.

One expert said the innovation highlighted how competitive the market for mid-range devices had become.

‘World first’

Both Samsung and Huawei claimed to be first to launch the notchless camera design.

The Chinese company may have slightly edged out its rival by unveiling its device at an event in Hong Kong a few hours before Samsung’s launch.

But the South Korean company had previously hinted at the screen-engineering feat by showing off a line drawing of the feature in November.

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Samsung’s Infinity-O screen design features a hole-punch selfie camera

Neither handset features the kind of facial identification sensors that spurred Apple to introduce a notch in the first place.

One industry-watcher said the phones instead represented mid-range devices, which made them a good match for the new look.

“Huawei is relentless at using the Honor brand to really grab as much share in the marketplace as possible,” said Ben Wood, from the consultancy CCS Insight,

“This is a very important part of the market, particularly for Samsung with the professional pressure it is facing from Huawei.”

Samsung was the world’s most successful smartphone brand in the July-to-September quarter, when it shipped 72.2 million units, according to research company IDC.

Huawei came second, according to the same report, with 52 million devices shipped over the same period.

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The Asus ZenFone 5 features a typical notch design for its selfie camera

But both companies face challenges.

Samsung has lost substantial market share in the mid- and lower-tiers to Chinese rivals over the past year, while Huawei faces claims it broke US sanctions on Iran and poses a wider security threat to the West.

Huge camera

Huawei also claimed the Honor View20’s main camera, on its rear, represents another world-first.

It offers a resolution of 48 megapixels and is the first to use of a sensor made by Sony that was announced in July.

The benefit is that users can crop in more closely into their photos without risking them looking pixellated when printed out. But the downside is that higher-resolution shots take up more storage space.

Xiaomi has also indicated it will soon launch a handset with the same sensor.

Samsung previously announced it had created its own 48MP sensor but has yet to reveal in which handset it will debut.

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Google Maps’ new For You recommendations feature launches on iOS – The Verge

Google Maps’ new For You recommendations feature launches on iOS – The Verge

Google launched its personalized For You section of recommendations in Google Maps on Android back in June, and today, it announced a big expansion for the feature: it’s launching for the first time on iOS in over 40 countries and expanding to over 130 new countries on Android.

The For You section was first shown off at Google I/O earlier this year, promising a personalized feed of updates and news from the places and stores you already like as well as recommendations for new things to try, whether you’re in your local neighborhood or looking for a restaurant when you’re on vacation. Users can also follow specific stores and restaurants to make sure they’re always in the loop. It’s sort of like a Maps-specific social network for anyone who was looking for such a thing.

The For You section should roll out to Maps users today.

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The LSAT is going digital exclusively on Microsoft Surface Go tablets – The Verge

The LSAT is going digital exclusively on Microsoft Surface Go tablets – The Verge

Whether you’re applying to law school, are a lawyer, or just have a great love for the show Suits, it might interest you to know that the LSAT is going digital next year and the chosen tablets are Microsoft’s Surface Go.

The organization behind the LSAT, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), says it went through hundreds of tablets to choose the winner. Some well known devices just didn’t have enough going for them. Apple’s iPads were too pricey and their proprietary ecosystem made it difficult to modify, while cheaper Chromebooks were not of high enough quality.

“You just can’t have a test that is this important and end up with something that isn’t really reliable. If somebody takes the test, and the device fails on them, that’s additional stress coupled with the stress of test day,” says Troy Lowry, LSAC’s senior vice president of technology products and chief information officer. The move has curiously turned the LSAC into a group of Surface Go fans. Lowry says, “I get made fun of for it, but I love the kickstand that lets you put it in all different positions.”

The move away from pen and paper test-taking (although some test takers in 2019 will still have the option) means that LSAT administrators have to be re-trained on how to give the exam, and there are other changes to infrastructure that are sure to cost money. Neither the LSAC nor Microsoft would disclose how much money went toward the transition.

When asked whether going digital meant the $190 application fee for the LSAT would be lowered or perhaps increase due to the cost of the tablets, LSAC also didn’t have a definite answer. “We evaluate the fees annually, because we’re working to help candidates be able to apply and not be pushed out due to raised fees,” says Kellye Testy, the president and CEO of LSAC. “The cost is still in flux because we’re reevaluating the number of students applying to law school every year.”

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It’s notable that the Surface Book was actually banned last year from the bar exam in Tennessee for compatibility issues. I asked whether that impacted the LSAC’s decision to buy Surface Go tablets. It turns out that while the bar exam allows users to bring their own devices to take the test, the LSAT’s own supply of devices means that compatibility issues won’t really arise. “We’re sort of in house,” says Testy. “The bar exam is a completely different system… there’s such a wide variety of software if people bring their own devices.”

The LSAT will go digital by July 2019. If you’re interested in taking the exam to apply to law school or are fondly remembering taking the LSAT years ago, here are the details. The five multiple-choice sections will now be on the Surface Go during test day, while the writing sample is getting separated. You’ll be free to use any device to submit your writing sample, which isn’t scored anyway.

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