Modojo Rewind: Shack Team On The Scene

This week's Modojo Rewind features crucial information summoned through the wizardry of on-site interviews, plus more news and upcoming releases for Nintendo Switch owners.

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Ahoy Shackers! As many of you know, a solid chunk of the Shacknews crew is currently holding down the fort over at PAX East 2018. Our boys in the field are doing their best to highlight some of the biggest names and boldest breaking news in the industry right now, fueled by their inherent valor and the delicious flavor of Chips Ahoy cookies.

Of course, this doesn't mean the knights of Modojo have let their duty falter; far from it. In fact, in addition to the usual bits of good news for Nintendo Switch owners, contributing editor and resident Viking warrior Blake Morse has stomped the grounds at GDC 2018 to bring readers a deluge of knowledge concerning some of the bigger titles on the current and upcoming mobile games market.

Sit with us as we use the power of the written word to convey information from the screen straight into your cranium — this is the magic of the Modojo Rewind.

Straight From The Source

Some of the biggest news the Modojo @ Shacknews crew has unveiled this week center around some of the more prolific games on or soon to enter the mobile market. Shacknews' own Blake Morse has delivered the goods with several interviews from GDC 2018, the likes of which will be of keen interest to mobile gamers.

One of Blake's many interviews involved sitting down to chat with Toshitaka Tachibana, overseas producer for mobile brawler title Dragon Ball Legends. Among many other topics, Tachibana touched not only on some of the design inspirations behind the game, but also on how deeply entrenched the title has become in Dragon Ball's expansive lore.

Blake also got a chance to speak with Yoshinobu Takabayashi, brand manager for Bandai Namco's upcoming mobile title One Piece Bounty Rush. The two had a discussion about some of the finer points of the game, including the need for balance between not only individual characters and leveling systems, but also between some of the buffs and bonuses players can expect when picking items up from around the battlefield.

Last but certainly not least, Blake held an interview with Tomohiko Takeuchi, producer for the upcoming mobile game Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. Takeuchi provided loads of details about the in-development title, including a brief overview of the game's RPG-inspired origins as well a look at the driving force behind the series' first-ever character creation tools.

Shaq Diesel, Flame Observation, and Rocket-Powered Battle Carriages

It's always nice to hear about more games gearing up to land on the Nintendo Switch, and thankfully, this week has delivered. We heard just yesterday that Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn has been given a proper release date, and Nintendo Switch players will be able to dive into the game's mystical waters when it releases later this year. Switch owners will also be pleased to hear that Firewatch is coming to the Nintendo Switch sometime this spring. Lastly, fans keen on Psyonix's hit soccer-with-cars title will note that Rocket League now features two distinct Switch-based graphics options thanks to the game's new Tournaments update.

Closing out this week's Modojo Rewind is some good old-fashioned news concerning both Splatoon 2 and Pokemon Go. Niantic Labs is finally approaching the end of the trainwreck that was the Pokemon Go Fest, the likes of which resulted in a class-action lawsuit being brought against the studio. Niantic has agreed to pay out a $1.6 million settlement to players who felt their time and money was wasted on the event. It's not happy news — not for Niantic, anyway — but it's good to know the matter will soon reach its conclusion.

Lastly, players who like to get their spurt on in Nintendo's ink-slinging shooter Splatoon 2 have a tough decision to make. The latest Splatoon 2 Splatfest puts the likes of Baseball up against Soccer in what very well may turn out be one of the more obvious wins in Splatfest history. The event started today and only runs for 24 hours, so be sure to check in with the game and fight for your particular allegiance.

This next week is going to be jam-packed with new information from PAX East 2018, so be sure to keep it tuned here to Shacknews online as well as the Shacknews Twitch channel to stay on top of the latest reveals and the chance to earn sweet Sea of Thieves swag, including the opportunity to score one of those tasty Sea of Thieves-themed Xbox One controllers.

Guides Editor

Kevin Tucker is a core component of Shacknews' powerful guide development team. For questions, concerns, tips, or to share constructive criticism, he can be reached on Twitter @dukeofgnar or through e-mail at kevin.tucker@shacknews.com.

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