In celebration of the upcoming launch of the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Pokémon GO expansion from The Pokémon Company International, Trainers will be able to experience new in-game events in the Pokémon GO app that are inspired by this special collaboration.
These themed in-game events will take place from June 16, 2022, to June 30, 2022, and will include the following.
Trainers will have the opportunity to catch a Pikachu wearing a Pokémon TCG-themed hat in the Pokémon GO app. This Pikachu can also be found in Pokémon GO booster packs.
Mewtwo will appear in five-star raids in the Pokémon GO app, and Mewtwo V will be featured in the Pokémon GO expansion with special artwork inspired by raids.
Wimpod and Golisopod will make their debut in the Pokémon GO app, as both Pokémon also appear in the Pokémon GO expansion.
In addition, Pokémon TCG: Pokémon GO products will contain promo codes that can be redeemed for various in-game avatar items, such as a hat and T-shirt combo that matches Pikachu’s Pokémon TCG-themed hat. Promo codes will be valid from July 17, 2022, to July 31, 2024, and can be redeemed at https://nianticlabs.com/tcg-code.
Trainers will also be able to collect and play with cards showcasing the beloved Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle — plus their Evolutions — as part of the upcoming expansion. Just as Shiny Venusaur, Shiny Charizard and Shiny Blastoise can be encountered in the world of Pokémon GO, these Pokémon will appear as Radiant Venusaur, Radiant Charizard and Radiant Blastoise in the Pokémon TCG with powerful attacks and Abilities.
Available at participating retailers around the world starting on July 1, 2022, the Pokémon GO expansion features cards with photorealistic artwork and unique gameplay scenarios inspired by the popular mobile game.
For more information about the Pokémon TCG, please visit Pokemon.com/TCG. For more information about the Pokémon GO mobile game, please visit PokemonGOLive.com.
The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo shared that the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games will launch on November 18, 2022, and announced newly discovered Pokémon in an all-new trailer on the official Pokémon YouTube channel.
Digital pre-orders for the games are available starting today on Nintendo eShop.
Cover Art Reveal The new Legendary Pokémon appearing in these titles, Koraidon and Miraidon, are on each cover of the retail version of the game, and the title logos are embellished with foil stamp-like designs that use these Legendary Pokémon as motifs. The packages of these games have a similar look to the covers of old books and evoke the feeling that a new story lies ahead.
Multiplayer Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet are the first open-world RPGs in the Pokémon series. Along with series staples, such as trading and battling Pokémon, players will be able to explore the various locations of the region in these games with up to four players.
New Characters and Pokémon
Professor Sada and Professor Turo For the first time, one of two different professors will appear in the game depending on which version players choose. In Pokémon Scarlet, players will meet Professor Sada, and in Pokémon Violet, players will meet Professor Turo. Each professor is carrying out research into lore passed down in the region.
Nemona Nemona has a sunny, energetic disposition and is passionate about Pokémon battles. She’s an experienced Pokémon Trainer and serves as a friend and reliable guide for players on their adventures.
On their journey, players will encounter many never-before-seen Pokémon, and among them are the following three, which Nemona uses on her team.
Pawmi In addition to the electric sacs in its cheeks, Pawmi has electricity-discharging organs on its forepaws. It generates electricity by rubbing its cheeks, then it shocks its opponents by touching them with the pads on its forepaws.
The fur that covers its body is good insulation against the cold and serves the purpose of storing electricity. When it feels uneasy, this cautious Pokémon will begin rubbing its cheeks, preparing itself to discharge an electric shock.
Category: Mouse Pokémon
Weight: 5.5 lbs.
Ability: Static / Natural Cure
Lechonk Lechonk uses its sense of smell to find and eat only the most fragrant wild grasses and the richest Berries. As a result of its dining habits, it has come to radiate an aroma resembling herbs that Bug-type Pokémon dislike. If attacked by an opponent and startled, it will charge forward in a panic.
It may appear fat at first glance, but in reality, the Pokémon’s body is mostly muscle built by constantly walking around in search of food.
Category: Hog Pokémon
Weight: 22.5 lbs.
Ability: Aroma Veil / Gluttony
Smoliv The oil that comes out of its head has a very strong bitter taste, and it is not suitable for consumption. When startled or attacked, Smoliv will shoot this oil out, slowing its opponent down. It will then seize that moment to run away.
In the fruit on its head, Smoliv stores oil made from nutrients it gathers through photosynthesis. As a result, it can go for a week without eating or drinking. It prefers dry and sunny climates, and it seems to spend its days sunbathing.
Category: Olive Pokémon
Weight: 14.3 lbs.
Ability: Early Bird
New Details about First Partner Pokémon New insights on Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly—the three Pokémon from which players will choose their first partner Pokémon—have been revealed.
Sprigatito Capricious and attention seeking, it may sulk if it sees its Trainer giving attention to a Pokémon other than itself.
When Sprigatito kneads and rubs with its forepaws, a sweet aroma is released that can mesmerize those around it. This aroma has therapeutic qualities and makes opponents lose their will to battle. The composition of its fluffy fur is similar to plants, letting it create energy by absorbing sunlight. It adds moisture to its fur by grooming itself, which aids its ability to photosynthesize.
Category: Grass Cat Pokémon
Weight: 9 lbs.
Fuecoco Fuecoco is laid-back and does things at its own pace. It loves to eat, and it will sprint toward any food it finds with a glint in its eye.
External heat is absorbed by the square scales on Fuecoco’s stomach and back, then converted into fire energy. These scales are always warm, and at times they can also grow very hot. Flickering atop Fuecoco’s head is fire energy that is leaking out from inside the Pokémon’s body. When Fuecoco gets excited, its head spouts more flames.
Category: Fire Croc Pokémon
Weight: 21.6 lbs.
Quaxly This serious-mannered Pokémon will follow in its Trainer’s wake. Quaxly is tidy, and it especially dislikes getting its head dirty.
Its body is always glossy because the gel secreted by its feathers repels water and grime. The coif on its head is slicked back using a rich, moist cream, and it becomes unkempt when dry. It has strong legs and can swim without difficulty even in places with strong currents. In battle, it kicks its opponents swiftly and repeatedly.
As part of Star Wars Celebration, Aspyr and Lucasfilm Games have announced that the timeless RPG epic STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ II: The Sith Lords is coming to Nintendo Switch™ on June 8, 2022. Experience the standalone sequel to the original award-winning STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ with HD cinematics, textures, UI and resolution.
The Sith Lords have hunted the Jedi to the edge of extinction and are on the verge of crushing the Old Republic. With the Jedi Order in ruin, the Republic’s only hope is a lone Jedi in exile struggling to reconnect with the Force. Lead a diverse crew of unique allies, make difficult choices with far-reaching consequences, and decide your destiny. Will you follow the light side and save the galaxy, or succumb to the dark side and bring it all down?
A Standalone Sequel: Experience the follow-up to the acclaimed STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ in this original RPG epic set in the darkest days of the Old Republic.
Choose Your Destiny: Discover your past and make difficult choices that aren’t as clear-cut as “good or evil.” Each decision can have a significant impact on your story and your squad. Will you uphold the Jedi Order, or lead the galaxy to ruin?
Master the Force: Choose from three different Jedi classes, each able to wield specific Force powers, and customize your characters with unique skills and abilities.
Lead Your Crew: Command a party of diverse crewmates, each with their own strengths, alignments and nuanced back stories. Your actions will influence your crew’s destinies, but not everyone may agree with the choices you make…
The Sith Lords Restored Content DLC: Expand your experience even further with this incredible collection of content featuring new crew dialogue and interactions, a bonus mission starring HK-47, and a new revamped ending, coming as free DLC post-launch.
Fans can pre-order STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ II: The Sith Lords today on the Nintendo eShop for $14.99|£14.99|14,99€. A digital bundle including the full game plus the original STAR WARS™: Knights of the Old Republic™ is also available to pre-order for $29.99|£29.99|29,99€.
Daedalic Entertainment and NACON are happy to finally reveal the release date of the story-driven stealth adventure The Lord of the Rings: Gollum – Daedalic’s take on one of the most iconic characters in fantasy history arrives on PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S on September 1st, 2022. The Nintendo Switch version is planned for later this year.
Assets, including new key-art and screenshots, can be found here.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, based on the legendary The Lord of the Rings trilogy of books by J.R.R. Tolkien, tells of Gollum’s experiences from behind-the-scenes in the first chapters of The Fellowship of the Ring. After losing his precious ring to Bilbo Baggins, Gollum decides to leave the Misty Mountains and embark on a perilous journey that leads him from the dungeons of Barad-dûr to the realm of the Wood-elves in Mirkwood.
In order to survive the dangers of his journey through Middle-earth, Gollum has to sneak and climb and use all his cunning. He also has to deal with his Hobbit-self – Sméagol. It’s up to the players if they want Gollum to have the upper hand when it comes to making important decisions, or if they prefer to allow Sméagol to take over. Gollum also encounters well-known characters from the books as well as a few new faces.
The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, developed by Daedalic Entertainment in partnership with Middle-earth Enterprises, is co-published by Daedalic Entertainment and NACON. The game will release on PC, PlayStation®4, PlayStation®5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S on September 1st, 2022. A physical edition for consoles will also be available.
Global esports platform Challengermode has announced it is working with the Mental Health Foundation and Rise Against the Disorder to raise awareness of mental health issues for this year’s Mental Health Awareness month.
This initiative will share encouraging content through Challengermode’s esports platform, raise funds for Mental Health organizations and culminate in an exclusive charity tournament with streamers and influencers benefiting charities across the United Kingdoms and the US.
Supporting the “Back To Basics” theme of this years’ MHAM, Challengermode will provide foundational knowledge about mental health to players through its esports platform, and key information and resources for where to turn for mental health support.
As well as providing tips on how to better understand mental well-being in relation to gaming, Challengermode will seed short messages into pre and post game tournament chats to raise awareness and encourage civil play. The main event will be an exclusive charity tournament on May 28th, featuring influencers and streamers from the Rocket League community.
European players looking to get involved and show their support are able to qualify for the tournament in the week leading up to the main event. Open qualifiers will be held on May 23rd and 25th in the Play2Help Space on Challengermode where players can sign up to the qualifiers by paying an entry fee of any amount.
Simona Dailidonyte, Product Marketing Manager at Challengermode said: “At Challengermode, we’re a part of gamers’ everyday life and we want to use our position to raise awareness of mental health and well-being – particularly among the millions of young gamers that we reach every day. Our goal is to spread the message about mental health and how, if done right, gaming can help people who are dealing with mental disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD.
We’re proud to be raising awareness for mental health and raising funds for the Mental Health Foundation in their goal of creating a world of good mental health for all, and we look forward to learning from their considerable expertise when deciding how best we can help support player’s mental health in gaming and esports in the long term.”
Challengermode’s support for this year’s MHAM builds off of a strong traditional of the global esports platform providing a space for charitable events free of charge, such as the CompanyClash VALORANT tournament in support of Save The Children, and the Lucifer Esports Charity Cup in aid of AbleGamers. Challengermode has previously also supported SpecialEffect on the organisation’s CS:GO charity tournament.
Warner Bros. Games today released a new MultiVersus cinematic trailer revealing Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz (Looney Tunes), The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) and Velma (Scooby-Doo), all of whom will all be joining the ever-expanding roster for the free-to-play platform fighter videogame in development by Player First Games.
The fun-filled trailer showcases an epic clash of characters, with Taz’s frenzied demeanor on full display alongside Iron Giant’s aerial prowess, while also confirming the astute problem-solver Velma, as they join the fight against a host of heroes and personalities, from Batman (DC) and Shaggy (Scooby-Doo) to Bugs Bunny (Looney Tunes) and Arya Stark (Game of Thrones), and more.
Also announced today, the MultiVersus Open Beta will be coming July 2022, and the MultiVersus official key art has been revealed.
To view and share the MultiVersus – Official Cinematic Trailer – You’re with Me! visit: YouTube Link
Players can register now at MultiVersus.com for a chance to participate in the recently announced Closed Alpha, beginning this week on May 19 and running through May 27. Please note, registration does not guarantee entry into the test as space is limited. The Closed Alpha will feature 15 playable characters including Taz and Velma; seven different maps including the Batcave (DC), Tree Fort (Adventure Time), and Scooby’s Haunted Mansion (Scooby-Doo); and a variety of different ways to experience the game including the 2 vs. 2 team-based cooperative mode, 1 vs. 1 matches, 4-player free-for-all, and The Lab (practice mode).
MultiVersus is an all-new free-to-play, platform fighter that introduces a team-based 2 vs. 2 format combined with an ever-expanding cast of iconic characters, including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn (DC); Shaggy and Velma (Scooby-Doo); Bugs Bunny and Tasmanian Devil a.k.a. Taz (Looney Tunes); Arya Stark (Game of Thrones); Tom & Jerry; Jake the Dog and Finn the Human (Adventure Time); Steven Universe and Garnet (Steven Universe); The Iron Giant (The Iron Giant) an extraordinary original creature named Reindog; and many more to come. The MultiVersus Open Beta will be available July 2022 on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles and PC with full cross-play support and dedicated server-based rollback netcode for robust online competition.
Motive, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) announced during their Crafting the Tension Art Developer Livestream that Dead Space™ will officially launch on January 27, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
Dead Space is a remake of the classic sci-fi survival horror game that is being rebuilt from the ground up leveraging the Frostbite™ game engine. Still remaining true to the original game’s thrilling vision, the remake offers enhanced audio and crisp, harrowing visuals that have been carefully reimagined to evoke a new level of immersion and quality.
Dead Space™ will officially launch on January 27, 2023 for PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S and PC
“Developing this remake has been a lot of fun for us at Motive, as we’re true fans of the franchise and want to treat it with the respect it deserves. It’s been equally exciting to see players’ reactions as we’re taking them on this development journey with us,” said Phillippe Ducharme, Senior Producer of Dead Space. “We’re making great progress on our road to hitting Alpha and we’re happy to announce that the game will be launching in January next year. We can’t wait for players, both old and new, to see how we’ve elevated the original experience in the remake to be just as impactful for this generation.”
Dead Space puts players in the boots of Isaac Clarke, an everyman engineer on a routine mission to fix a gigantic mining starship, the USG Ishimura. But aboard the Ishimura, a living nightmare awaits. The ship’s crew has been slaughtered and infected, and Isaac’s girlfriend, Nicole, is missing somewhere on board. Alone and trapped, with only his engineering tools and skills, Isaac faces a battle for survival – not only against terrifying monsters called Necromorphs, but his own crumbling sanity.
Also revealed today in the Dead Space livestream, the team at Motive showcased an early look at how the remake visually evolves and updates the original with in-game props, tools, environments and more being reconstructed to a level of polish and details fit for the next generation of hardware and PCs. Moreover, by combining enhancements like dynamic, volumetric lighting with atmospheric and environmental VFX rendered in full-HDR, Dead Space allows players to confront the frighteningly tight corridors and shadowed hallways of the USG Ishimura with unprecedented levels of immersion for the beloved franchise.
Will Isaac live to unravel the dreadful mystery of what happened to the slaughtered crew and ship, or be forever lost to the cold vacuum of space?
Find out when Dead Space officially launches worldwide on January 27, 2023 for PlayStationⓇ5, Xbox Series X|S and PC.
For more information and to stay up to date on the remake, visit the official website, like Dead Space on Facebook and Instagram, follow the franchise on Twitter and subscribe to its YouTube channel.
Warner Bros. Games and DC have revealed the first official gameplay of Nightwing and Red Hood in Gotham Knights, the upcoming open-world, third-person action RPG in development by Warner Bros. Games Montréal.
Narrated by Game Director Geoff Ellenor, the new video debuts an extended look at both playable characters as they bring justice to Gotham City’s criminal element, while also investigating clues around the mysterious Court of Owls. In this gameplay walkthrough, each hero’s distinct fighting style and open-world traversal abilities are on full display, from Nightwing’s unique acrobatic combat and aerial glider to Red Hood’s twin firearm skills and powerful leaping capability.
To view the Gotham Knights – Official Nightwing & Red Hood Gameplay Walkthrough, visit: YouTube LINK
Gotham Knights is scheduled to launch worldwide on Oct. 25, 2022.
Please note, to provide players with the best possible gameplay experience, the game will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC and will not be available for PlayStation 4 or Xbox One consoles.
Starting today, Gotham Knights will be available for pre-order on all launch platforms via the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Store, Steam and Epic Games Store. Players can pre-order the Gotham Knights Standard Edition. The Gotham Knights Deluxe Edition can be pre-ordered, including the base game and Visionary Pack downloadable content (DLC) with exclusive gear, cosmetics, Beyond Suitstyle character skins inspired by the Batman Beyond animated series and more.
The Gotham Knights Collector’s Edition can be pre-ordered, featuring the Deluxe Edition, augmented reality collectable pin, 16-page media book, exclusive Gotham City map, four-character statue diorama and more. Additionally, pre-orders will receive the 233 Kustom Batcycle Skin at launch, based on the vehicle’s first appearance in DC’s Detective Comics #233.
Gotham Knights features the Batman Family as players step into the roles of Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood and Robin, a new guard of trained DC Super Heroes who must rise up as the protectors of Gotham City in the wake of Batman’s death. From solving mysteries that connect the darkest chapters in the city’s history to defeating notorious villains in epic confrontations, players will confront an array of challenges as they evolve into their own version of the Dark Knight.
British Esports, the not-for-profit organisation and national body set up to support grassroots esports in the UK, is pleased to announce the return of the annual Esports in Education Summit this year.
Scheduled to take place on Thursday June 30th, 2022, at The Metronome (Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies), the fourth annual edition of the Esports in Education Summit, brought to you by British Esports and Association of Colleges Sport (AOC), will be a hybrid event with spaces available for attendees on the day.
The Esports in Education Summit brings together Senior Leaders, Curriculum Managers, Lecturers, as well as Team Coaches, from across the UK, to discuss the impact, developments and opportunities available in competitive gaming and esports in schools and colleges.
“We’re delighted to host the Esports in Education Summit once again this year, at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies in Nottingham,” said Andy Payne OBE, Chair of British Esports. ”This summit is vitally important to continue the discussions around Esports and Education. With restrictions forcing events online over the past few years, it’s great to be able to get back to physical events once again to meet with key stakeholders and educational leaders”.
“Over the past couple of years the Esports in Education Summit has become an established event and one of the real highlights of the college Esports calendar,” said Dean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience at AOC. “We at AoC Sport are once again delighted to be partnering with British Esports to deliver what promises to be yet another informative and enjoyable event”.
A range of keynotes, panel discussions, and sessions with industry leaders as well as experts from across the education sector will discuss a wide variety of topics, including:
Esports: the competitive activity of the future
British Esports and the Student Champs (The story so far)
Career pathways in esports
Wider Impact Projects – Diversity and Inclusion
Esports in Education: Academic development in Further Education and Higher Education
How sport and esports can mutually benefit – Commonwealth Games
A special tour of Confetti X – the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology (physical attendees only)
There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.Tickets are FREE and are available to book via the Event Page. Visitors will also be offered the opportunity to visit the brand new purpose built esports arena at Confetti Institute of Creative Technology, scheduled to host the British Esports Student Champs Finals on July 2nd and July 3rd 2022.
The confirmed line up of Speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
In Nintendo Switch Sports, you can swing, kick, spike and bowl your way to victory!
With multiple options for multiplayer fun, family and friends can join in on the same system or online. Play online and face opponents near and far, and aim for the Pro League in every sport. With Soccer, Volleyball, Bowling, Tennis, Badminton and Chambara (swordplay), you can get moving and put yourself directly in the game using Joy-Con controllers. Plus, a seventh sport is planned to be added via a free update this fall; get ready to Golf!
New to the world of video game sports? No problem! This collection is built for players of all skill levels, so everyone can play together and enjoy. With intuitive controls, anyone – from rookies to pros – can instantly have fun. With controlled motions, you can curve your bowling ball, add spin to a tennis shot or even use a Joy-Con with the included Leg Strap accessory to kick the ball in a Soccer Shoot-Out. A free update will arrive in the summer, expanding the Leg Strap accessory compatibility to Soccer matches, too.
Plus, Nintendo Switch Sports introduces new customizable characters called Sportsmates. As you play online in random matchmaking, you’ll be able to earn points that you can redeem for in-game rewards like outfits, sports accessories and gear for your Sportsmates, fireworks for your Soccer goal and even a costume to play as a squirrel! New items will rotate in each week, so check back and see what’s available! You’ll also still be able to play as the classic Mii characters, so you can keep serving those swings and custom looks you’ve grown fond of.
The digital version of Nintendo Switch Sports is available now in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, the My Nintendo Store and select retailers for $39.99 (Leg Strap accessory sold separately). A physical version of Nintendo Switch Sports that includes a Leg Strap accessory is available at a suggested retail price of $49.99. The Leg Strap accessory from Ring Fit Adventure is also compatible with Nintendo Switch Sports, and a Leg Strap accessory can be purchased separately at a suggested retail price of $9.99, as well.