Assassin’s Creed Valhallawill get another year of free, post-release content, which includes a new game mode, the “roguelite-inspired” Forgotten Saga, which sends Eivor straight to Hel, repeatedly.

In The Forgotten Saga, Eivor apparently takes on waves of enemies in a variety of different locations of Niflheim, “cast out” by Hel herself once he’s overcome. There will be rewards and progression earned as players notch milestones, and learn how to overcome the procedurally generated challenges.

The Forgotten Saga was not given a specific launch date or window. It will be joined in the second year of support by another set of Mastery Challenges; the first, which arrived in June 2021, added repeatable combat and stealth trials, plus weapons and other rewards. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla will also get an updated armory with more weapons, gear, armor, and costuming options, as well as new Tombs of the Fallen to explore and solve.

The Tombs puzzles will arrive this fall, Ubisoft Montreal said during Tuesday’s Assassin’s Creed Celebration livestream. The newest dungeons will “close the mystery behind Tombs of the Fallen,” developers said.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launched in November 2020, two years after its predecessor, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey. In July 2021, Ubisoft confirmed that it is developing a game codenamed Assassin’s Creed Infinity, a live-service title that will involve multiple historical settings. No launch date or official title has been announced for that yet.

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Embracer Group has entered into an agreement to acquire Crystal Dynamics, Eidos-Montréal, Square Enix Montréal, and a “catalogue of IPs including Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, Thief, Legacy of Kain and more than 50 back-catalogue games from Square Enix Holdings” for $300 million.

Embracer shared the news in a press release, saying this acquisition includes roughly 1,100 employees across three studios and eight global locations. The deal, if it goes through, is expected to close during Q2 of Embracer’s financial year 2022/2023.

”We are thrilled to welcome these studios into the Embracer Group. We recognize the fantastic IP, world class creative talent, and track record of excellence that have been demonstrated time and again over the past decades. It has been a great pleasure meeting the leadership teams and discussing future plans for how they can realize their ambitions and become a great part of Embracer,” says Lars Wingefors, Co-founder and Group CEO, Embracer Group.

”Embracer is the best kept secret in gaming: a massive, decentralized collection of entrepreneurs whom we are thrilled to become a part of today. It is the perfect fit for our ambitions: make high-quality games, with great people, sustainably, and grow our existing franchises to their best versions ever. Embracer allows us to forge new partnerships across all media to maximize our franchises’ potential and live our dreams of making extraordinary entertainment,” says Phil Rogers, Square Enix America and Europe CEO.

Once this deal goes through, Embracer will have more than 14,000 employees, 10,000 game developers, and 124 internal studios. It also confirmed it has more than 230 games in development at those studios, and more than 30 are AAA titles.

This news comes shortly after Crystal Dynamics announced it was developing a brand-new Tomb Raider game on Unreal Engine 5. No further details were given, but the team did say it was planning to “push the envelope of fidelity.”

Crystal Dynamics is also the studio behind Marvel’s Avengers and it has been helping Microsoft’s The Initiative develop the new Perfect Dark game.

Eidos Montréal is the studio behind Thief 4, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more, and it is “working on a host of AAA projects including both new releases from beloved franchises and original IP.”

Square Enix Montréal is responsible for such games as Hitman GO, Tomb Raider GO, and Deus Ex GO, and it will continue to work in the mobile space building games based on AAA IP.

Embracer is no stranger to acquisitions, as it has been undergoing a rapid expansion over the past few years. Some of the other companies it has acquired/owns are Dark Horse Comics, 3D Realms, Ghost Ship Games, Gearbox, THQ Nordic, Saber Interactive, Koch Media, and many more.

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Billy Kametz has died weeks after revealing his terminal colon cancer diagnosis.

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The voice actor’s passing was announced on his GoFundMe page, set up in April to cover medical, travel and insurance expenses when he told fans he was “doing OK” amid chemotherapy treatments and radiation on his spine for stage 4 of the disease.

Page organizer A Jinnie McManus said in an update posted Sunday: “This isn’t the update I wanted to write. Billy left us earlier this week.”

It went on about the Pokemon voice actor, 35, who the post revealed had died on Thursday: “Anyone who has met Billy Kametz will tell you he is one of the warmest, kindest, most-sincere human beings on this earth.

“Quick to laugh with his infectious smile, he brings joy to everyone around him – whether that is a room full of friends and family, fans at conventions… or the nurses and doctors who attended to him in the hospital.

“Most importantly, I hope you know how appreciated you all were and how much strength you provided. Billy and I would regularly share thoughts of disbelief and joy at the outpouring of generosity you all gave him.”

The close friend of the star who wrote the post added to his followers: “I miss my friend terribly. But it comforts me that his legacy will continue with his work and all of the fans who are even now discovering what an extraordinary man he was.”

Kametz – renowned for voicing Ren in Pokemon Journeys – had said on YouTube he tried to stay hopeful during his cancer fight.

He said he looked at his diagnosis as a “freak of nature” and added: “I’m staying really positive, and that’s the biggest reason that I wanted to make this video.

“It’s just to let you know that I have so much support, so much positivity surrounding me… I just want to let you guys know that I’m not going to quit, I’m not going to stop fighting, and I’m gonna get through this.”

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Kametz is survived by his sister, Nikki Kametz Lees, brother-in-law Greg, nephews, Cash and Jaxon; Uncle, Peter Sartori, Uncle Tom Kametz, Aunt Barbara Trimble and girlfriend, Erica Lindbeck.

He landed the role of Aladdin in Disneyland’s Musical Spectacular before going on to voice Josuke Higashikata in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Naofumi Iwatani in The Rising of the Shield Hero, Ferdinand von Aegir in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Colt in Brawl Stars and Takuto Maruki in Persona 5 Royal.

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For years, fans of the Pokémon anime have been following the exploits of Ash Ketchum, as he works towards his goal of being a Pokémon Master. Though that hasn’t worked out as planned, the adventures have been fun to watch nonetheless. Ash has gone through numerous companions throughout the show, but he’s gone through even more Pokémon.

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Of course, his most memorable Pokémon, Pikachu, has a permanent spot in his party. But Ash has caught and trained a wide variety of Pokémon throughout his adventures. As fans of the anime will know, some of them are stronger than others. While they’ve all contributed, a select few of Ash’s Pokémon have accomplished some pretty tough things.

 

Updated on January 3rd, 2021 by Josh Davison:With over 50 distinct Pokémon species under his belt, Ash worked with a wide variety of partners over the 23 years that he’s been a 10-year-old. His journey has had its ups and downs, and he’s rarely been the undisputed Pokémon Master of a region. However, that’s not stopped Ash Ketchum from trying again in the next series. He’s had plenty of powerful Pokémon partners, but a few have undeniably risen above the rest. While 15 covers a large portion of those partners, it’s far from all of them. Today, another five are going to be added to the list as we come closer to the halfway mark of Ash’s large retinue of Pokémon.

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20 Gliscor

Ash met his Gligar in the Sinnoh Region, the Ground and Flying-Type Pokémon soon evolved into a Gliscor and won Ash an intense battle against the Canalave Gym Leader’s Bastiodon. Ash left it in the care of a man named McCann for further training, and it returned with such powerful moves as Stone Edge and Giga Impact under its belt.

It won some further battles in the Sinnoh Battle League and it earned its spot on Ash’s team in spades. It’s not among the most remembered Pokémon that Ash has ever caught, but it worked hard and won some hard-fought battles.

19 Torterra

Ash’s Torterra started off as a wee Turtwig way back in the Sinnoh Region. As impressive a creature as Torterra is, most of its notable victories actually came back when it was a Turtwig or…

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Catching Pokémon is incredibly fun, but you have to have a safe place to store every one. Thankfully, we have Pokémon HOME, which allows us to transfer to and from compatible Pokémon games on Nintendo Switch. It’s important to note that these games do have Pokédex limitations, so not every Pokémon can be traded into them. Additionally, any mainline games that don’t currently work with Pokémon HOME will likely be added in the near future.

For even more transferring and trading opportunities, you’ll want to download the mobile Pokémon Home app.

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Pokémon HOME mobile app

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It’s possible to get rare or shiny Pokemon while using Pokémon HOME. Having the app can open up even more trading opportunities.

Which Pokémon games on Switch can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME?

As of the time of this writing, these are all of the Pokémon games on Switch that can transfer to and from Pokémon HOME.

  • Let’s Go, Pikachu!
  • Let’s Go, Eevee!
  • Sword*
  • Shield*
  • Brilliant Diamond
  • Shining Pearl
  • Legends: Arceus

All Nintendo systems that can transfer into Pokémon HOME on Nintendo Switch

It’s also possible to transfer Pokémon from older games and systems into Pokémon HOME.

  • 3DS: You can transfer to HOME from DS, 3DS, and Game Boy virtual console games if you have Pokémon Bank downloaded. Note that this service will no longer be downloadable once the 3DS eShop closes in March 2023.
  • Game Boy Advance: Even though this is a much older system, it is possible to transfer Pokémon from much older games to Pokémon Bank and from there to Pokemon HOME, but it will take a lot of work.

Pokémon HOME: How to transfer to and from Nintendo Switch

First, make sure you have Pokémon HOME set up on your Nintendo Switch. If you need help with that, we have a full guide on how to sign up for Pokémon HOME.

  1. Open Pokémon HOME from the main Switch menu.
  2. Press A to get past the start screen.

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  3. This screen will appear. Select Pokémon.

  4. Choose the game you want to transfer to.

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