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Ubisoft keeps up Assassin’s Creed education trend with Discovery Tour: Viking Age

Ubisoft released the educational iteration of their latest big Assassin’s Creed title Valhalla this week. Like each of the other Assassin’s Creed games that’ve been released over the past half-decade, Ubisoft put a significant amount of work in research into the history of our world and humanity to create an authentic experience with their game. The title Discovery Tour: Viking Age takes the work done for Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla, and puts it in an entirely educational package.

Below you’ll see an official trailer for Discovery Tour: Viking Age. Per Ubisoft, this title allows the user to “plunge into a unique interactive experience where you learn about history, traditions, and famous characters of the Viking era.” This title runs from Norway to England, from England to “the mythological Viking realms.”

For those users that already own Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, this Discovery Tour is entirely free. You’ll just need to hit the update button for the game you already have downloaded.

The game Discovery Tour: Viking Age will also be available for download separate from the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla game. You’ll find this title as a PC Standalone version right now, and it’ll be available on other platforms in the year 2022. We’ll know more about exact release dates soon!

At this moment in our real world history, Ubisoft has released three “Discovery Tour” titles. There is one for Ancient Egypt, one for Ancient Greece, and another for the Viking Age. The Viking Age title comes from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Greece from AC Odyssey, and Egypt from AC Origins.

In addition to appearing as standalone titles, each Discovery Tour is available as a game mode within its related Assassin’s Creed game. Now, if only we could go back and get the same sort of thing for titles like Assassin’s Creed: Unity for the French Revolution in Paris – that’d make our day.

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The new Assassin’s Creed educational tour lets you explore the Viking Age

Assassin’s Creed Discovery Tours can offer valuable educational insights into historical periods, and that may be particularly true for the latest instalment. Ubisoft has released a Discovery Tour: Viking Age update for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla that gives you the chance to explore Viking-era England and Norway without the usual conflicts. There’s a new format, however. Rather than go on guided tours and visit exhibits, you assume the roles of four Anglo-Saxon and Viking characters (such as Anglo-Saxon king Alfred the Great and a Viking merchant) as they undertake eight quests that illustrate their daily lives.

You can also study period artifacts from museums in the UK, France and Denmark. And yes, there are rewards to unlock in the main Valhalla game for Eivor and his longship.

The Discovery Tour update is free for Valhalla players on all platforms, and you can buy the $20 stand-alone version for PCs through either Ubisoft’s store or the Epic Games Store. Console and streaming players will have to wait until 2022 for a stand-alone release. However you get a copy, it could be a worthwhile experience if you’ve wanted to dispel the myths surrounding Vikings and their conquests.

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Walk the Great Wall of China in Google’s Latest Virtual Tour

If your pandemic-related precautions still prevent you from traveling but you’d like to take a trip somewhere far away, then how about diving into the latest virtual tour from Google Arts & Culture?

The Street View-style experience features a 360-degree virtual tour of one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall, which in its entirety stretches for more than 13,000 miles — about the round-trip distance between Los Angeles and New Zealand.

A section of China’s Great Wall. Google Arts & Culture

The new virtual tour includes 370 high-quality images of the Great Wall, together with 35 stories offering an array of architectural details about the world-famous structure.

“It’s a chance for people to experience parts of the Great Wall that might otherwise be hard to access, learn more about its rich history, and understand how it’s being preserved for future generations,” Google’s Pierre Caessa wrote in a blog post announcing the new content.

The wall was used to defend against various invaders through the ages and took more than 2,000 years to build. The structure is often described as “the largest man-made project in the world.”

But climate conditions and human activities have seen a third of the UNESCO World Heritage site gradually crumble away, though many sections of the wall are now being restored so that it can be enjoyed and appreciated for years to come.

Google Arts & Culture has been steadily adding to its library of virtual tours, which can be enjoyed on mobile and desktop devices. The collection includes the The Hidden Worlds of the National Parks and an immersive exploration of some the world’s most remote and historically significant places.

If you’re looking for more content along the same lines, then check out these virtual-tour apps that transport you to special locations around the world, and even to outer space.

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Fortnite’s Ariana Grande Rift Tour concert included mini games and XP

Epic’s big Fortnite Rift Tour event featuring a virtual version of musical artist Ariana Grande has just wrapped up, giving players their most immersive digital concert experience thus far. During the live event, players were sucked into a rift and introduced to fantastical new interactive worlds, including one full of bouncy buttons and what seemed to be flowing pink hair.

The Rift Tour was exactly what the name suggested: a tour through the ‘rift’ and into a dimensional wonderland that alternated between players participating in mini-games and activities and following Ariana Grande as her massive virtual counterpart walked up steps and danced in the sky.

A few of the artist’s most popular songs were played during this event, each set to different backdrops including outer space, a very pink beach-like scene, a rift-filled interdimensional space with low gravity, and more. Players were able to jump, perform tricks like front flips that aren’t ordinarily available, and more.

Unlike some past concerts in the game, the Rift Tour was an interactive event; players were placed on a psychedelic wave of multi-color goo where they surfed at high speed, collecting speed boosts and treasure chests. As well, players were able to fight the Storm King from an airplane and, finally, ride around llamas, collecting XP from rainbow rings.

Though this wasn’t the first concert presented in Fortnite, it was perhaps the most ambitious, giving players a multi-sensory experience that was both passive and interactive at varying times. Questions remain over whether or how this event may tie into the wider storyline for this season, but it seems likely this was simply a break from the fighting for some entertainment.

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Fortnite The Rift Tour event concert teases Ariana Grande [UPDATE]

The Epic Games “The Rift Tour” event will (very likely) host Ariana Grande in an in-game concert event. This event will take place first on Friday, August 6, 2021, starting at 3PM PDT. That’s also 6PM EDT and 11PM BST, all on Friday, August 6, 2021. There’ll also be a replay event (and alternate times) in a variety of areas around the world.

Fortnite released information on the event suggesting they’ll be bringing a “record-breaking superstar” to the event series. A free event umbrella was leaked this morning as well – look familiar to you? Rain on me much?

The “Global” replay will deliver the Ariana Grande concert on August 7, 2021 at 1PM EDT. If you’re looking for an Asia and Oceania version, drop in on August 8 at 12AM EDT. There’ll be an EU and ME version on August 8 at 1AM EDT, and a replay of the event (again) for The Americas on the 8th of August at 6PM EDT.

If you miss the event in one place, change your Matchmaking Region and drop in for another. If you’re looking to be a part of the concert you’re absolutely going to need to log in to Fortnite one hour ahead of the scheduled start time. Then just sit around for a while until the playlist for the concert appears – that’ll take place around 30 minutes before the concert is set to start.

The information on Ariana Grande AS the artist comes from HYPEX who posted decrypted poster imagery that matches (more or less) Ariana Grande’s current sets of iconic color schemes and themes.

OR it could be some other record breaking artist that has nothing to do with Ariana Grande at all. But imagine using the images you see above and NOT assuming it’ll all be associated with Grande. Isn’t that the more unbelievable option?

UPDATE: Above you’ll find more imagery from the upcoming event series. These images were shared by Epic Games in promotion of the event. You’ll find the “Before the Tour Rewards” including: Cosmic Cuddles Loading Screen (Art by Delicious Design League), Rift-sterpiece Spray, and a new Cloudy Kitty Emoticon.

UPDATE 2: Another piece of imagery shared by Epic Games for this next major event series. Epic suggested today that “starting today” you’ll be able to unlock rewards “for the first wave of Rift Tour quests.”



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The Capcom Pro Tour Tournament Series Returns for 2021

Capcom officially revealed the return of its Street Fighter 5 Capcom Pro Tour tournament series for 2021 at the tail end of its E3 2021 announcement stream. This is the first time that Capcom has advertised the long-running tournament series to such a large audience beyond the hardcore fighting game community.

The Capcom Pro Tour is a tournament circuit that Capcom hosts every year for the newest entries in the Street Fighter series. The series takes place over several events that happen in various different states, regions, and countries, each for a $5,000 prize pool. During these events, players compete for points, and in the end, those with the most points go to the grand stage, Capcom Cup, where they play for the grand champion title.

Like last year, 2021’s Capcom Pro Tour will take place over 32 different events in 19 different territories, leaving tons of opportunities for all players to get in on the action.

Accompanying the return of the circuit are various official spinoff shows of the Pro Tour, including the quiz show No Neutral, the exhibition series Sets, and the team tournament series Street Fighter League.

One thing that hasn’t been confirmed is the return of the Capcom Pro Tour to in-person events. In years past, certain Pro Tour events have appeared at major fighting game tournaments. With those tournaments slowly returning this year, starting with CEO (Community Effort Orlando), it could start making its way back in December, should Capcom decide to.

Players can learn more about the series and sign up at Capcom’s official Pro Tour website.

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All the Pokemon GO Kanto Tour “bonus event” items for March

Today we’re taking a peek at the event that’ll make up for the event that took place last month – the end of the Kanto Tour. This new event will take place starting on March 5th, 2021, and it’ll last for a WHOLE MONTH. It’s not so much of an “event” as we’ve gotten used to in Pokemon GO as it is a bit of Event-Exlusive Timed Research, complete with a BUNCH of items you’re more than likely going to want to attain.

The Pokemon GO Kanto Tour event-exclusive timed research includes a whole bag full of items for the Pokemon GO elite. That includes a Lucky Egg, one Super Incubator (!), a Poffin Berry (likely more than one, but we’ll see), and a Star Piece. Also on the list: a lure module and three Silver Pinap Berries.

This event’s research bonuses also include a single Elite Fast TM, Elite Charged TM, Charged TM, and Fast TM. You’ll find a set of 30x Ultra Balls and a cool 100x Mew Candy will be included with this timed research, too – since you have a Mew already, right? A Mew, Pokemon 151, the Pokemon you’ve always wanted and only just caught this year?

This month will also deliver a free bundle in the in-game shop that includes 3x Remote Raid Passes. It’s not yet clear when that’ll launch, but it’ll likely be within the first week.

The event starts on March 5, 2021, at 10AM local time. This event will last all the way to Monday, April 5, 2021. It’ll also end at 10AM local time, no matter where you live. Between these dates there’ll be a bunch of other events and happenings and bonuses for Pokemon GO, but this one’s running the whole month long. Take a peek at the timeline below for more information on what we’re seeing here in March of 2021 in the most mobile Pokemon game of all!

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