Pokémon Go is a game that rewards getting outside, socializing, walking, and playing with friends. Many of those activities are no longer part of daily life for most people — thanks to the COVID-19 virus and the shelter-in-place orders surrounding it. To keep players active and involved with one another, Niantic of Pokémon Go announced the game will see more updates that focus on improving the at-home experience — including remote ways to raid.
Soon, Pokémon Go will track steps and exercise while you’re indoors. According to Niantic, cleaning your house or running on the treadmill will help you accomplish your exercise goals and improve your relationships with your Pokémon via Adventure Sync.
Because social distancing makes finding a group to raid with difficult, Niantic also intends to add a new feature that allows you to complete raid battles with friends without ever leaving your house — as long as players still have the Poké Balls. While Niantic said the feature is coming soon, we don’t have any more insight into how it will work.
As the uncertainty of COVID-19 looms over the summer, Niantic is also working on a new way for players to enjoy Pokémon Go Fest — after the studio postponed its recent Safari Zone. The studio is also exploring new ways for fans to virtually visit some of their favorite outdoor spots.
This announcement comes a few weeks after Niantic’s initial efforts to make Pokémon Go playable without going outside.
It’s unclear when these new Pokémon Go updates will hit live servers.
Digital Media Rights, the parent company of the AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp streaming services is launching a new anime streaming service called RetroCrush.
The service is a free, ad-supported video-on-demand service. The service has apps on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and smart TVs, in addition to being available on browsers.
Digital Media Rights stated that its goal with the streaming service is to “serve as a community built for the consumption and discussion of the Golden Age of Japanese animation, (and some not so retro), from the perspectives of pop culture, fandom, art, internet memes & more.”
The service plans to include a library of content that “hasn't had proper streaming releases outside of Japan.”
RetroCrush's streaming partners include Discotek Media, TMS, NHK, Studio Pierrot, AMG, and Happinet, among others. The launch lineup includes:
● Devil Lady (TV series, 26 episodes) – A supermodel attacked by a monster which brings her inner devil out is recruited by a secret government agency to help them fight the demonic forces that secretly threaten Japan and the world.
● Creamy Mami (TV series, 52 episodes) – In this anime classic, ordinary schoolgirl Yuu Morisawa leads a double life as the magical singer Creamy Mami.
● Magical Emi, the Magical Star (TV series, 38 episodes) – Elementary student Kozuki Mai is eager (but too young) to be a magician and perform in her family's magic act. But a magical encounter gives her the power to turn into the 18-year-old magician “Magical Emi.”
● Persia, the Magical Fairy (TV series, 48 episodes) – 11-year-old Persia grows up among the animals of the Serengeti in Africa. Returning to Japan with her family, she is summoned to “Lovely Dream,” the land where dreams are born and grow, to help become its protector.
● Pastel Yumi, the Magical Idol (TV series, 25 episodes) – Gifted with a magic cane and pendant by flower fairies, schoolgirl Yumi can now summon anything she draws with the cane into reality. But her mischievous nature has a way of getting her into trouble sometimes.
● Cybersix – A genetically engineered super-soldier, one of the creations of the former Nazi Dr. Von Reichter's diabolic experiments, rebels against her creator and vow to protect the world from his evil creations.
● Cat’s Eye – The three Kisugi sisters rob art galleries as the smart and mysterious thief “Cat's Eye” in the hope that their artist father's works can give them clues about his mysterious vanishing.
● Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer – In this movie sequel to the beloved '80s anime series, teen alien Lum and her earthling friends find themselves stuck reliving the same day over and over. Directed by Mamoru Oshii (GHOST IN THE SHELL).
● Black Jack: The Movie – A genius (but unlicensed) surgeon specializes in super-powered mutant medical cases, uncovering a dark conspiracy along the way, in this movie adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's legendary manga.
● Golgo 13: The Movie – This action-packed anime tells the story of a hitman who becomes the target of American soldiers and superhuman killers after killing the son of a powerful oil tycoon.
● Arcadia of My Youth – Returning to Earth from the front lines of an interstellar war, Captain Harlock finds that his home has been occupied by an oppressive alien species, The Illumidus Empire.
● Galaxy Express 999 – The adventures of a brave young boy who travels from planet to planet in a determined quest to avenge his mother's death.
● Space Adventure Cobra – Based on Buichi Terasawa's 1978 manga Cobra, specifically on Cobra's involvement with the Royal Sisters, and his fight against Crystal Boy, which was the first major arc of the manga.