Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gets a pre-order discount at Amazon

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gets a pre-order discount at Amazon

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the upcoming Viking-themed entry in Ubisoft’s popular action franchise, is already getting a pre-order discount. On Monday, the game dropped to $49.94 at Amazon, $10.05 off standard retail price.

Ubisoft announced the new game in April, releasing a cinematic trailer that sets the stage for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. Then in May, the company revealed the first Assassin’s Creed Valhalla gameplay footage during an Inside Xbox presentation. The trailer and gameplay footage introduce the Viking raider Eivor (customizable as male or female) who leads their clan “across the icy North Sea to the rich lands of England’s broken kingdoms....[to] carve out a new future,” according to Ubisoft’s official story breakdown.

Sony postpones PlayStation 5 reveal event

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Sony postpones PlayStation 5 reveal event

Sony has delayed the PlayStation 5 reveal event that was previously scheduled for Thursday, June 4, saying that the company “[does] not feel that right now is a time for celebration and for now, we want to stand back and allow more important voices to be heard.” Sony has not announced a rescheduled date.

The company had planned to offer a first look at PS5 games in an hourlong presentation on Thursday ahead of the next-gen system’s launch this holiday season.

Video game preservationists reconstruct decades-lost, never-released NES game

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Video game preservationists reconstruct decades-lost, never-released NES game

Video game preservationists and engineers with the Video Game History Foundation have reconstructed a decades-lost Nintendo Entertainment System game, Days of Thunder, based on the 1990 Tom Cruise movie of the same name.

Days of Thunder, an unreleased and never-before-seen NES game, was created by Chris Oberth, who also developed Anteater for the NES and Winter Games for the Commodore 64. Oberth’s Days of Thunder is not to be confused with the game of the same name that was released by the same publisher, Mindscape, in 1990 by an Australian developer. Oberth’s Days of Thunder, now uncovered, was canceled for “unknown reasons,” according to the Video Game History Foundation.

New Pokémon board game teaches you how to play the trading card game

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New Pokémon board game teaches you how to play the trading card game

If you ever wanted to learn Pokémon’s trading card game, you can do that easily with Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy, a board game adaption of the original card game.

The game comes with three premade decks, one featuring Mewtwo, one featuring Pikachu, and another featuring Charizard. It also comes with a game board, which functions as a playmat and comes with guides on how to play, as well as other accessories to play the game. While there are no details on what the accessories specifically are, they’re likely damage counters and coins.

Magic: The Gathering is nerfing companions, changing the rules rather than banning them

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Magic: The Gathering is nerfing companions, changing the rules rather than banning them

The latest set of cards for Magic: The Gathering, titled Ikoria: Lair of Behemoths, was released in May. It introduced a powerful new type of card called a companion. Now, just a few weeks after they were released, the team at Wizards of The Coast are changing how they work, essentially nerfing them in an attempt to restore more balance to the game.

Unlike the vast majority of cards in Magic, companions are played from a subset of cards called the “sideboard.” The sideboard is a small collection of cards that players use in organized play to augment their deck across multiple rounds. Previously, companions could be cast (brought into play) directly from the sideboard. This effectively helped to shield those cards, allowing players to reliably cast them during a game without the risk that they would be forced to discard them first.

Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion news coming June 2

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Pokémon Sword and Shield expansion news coming June 2

More information surrounding the Pokémon: Sword and Shield expansions, The Isle of Armor and The Crown Tundra, will be revealed on June 2 at 9 a.m. EDT.

We haven’t heard much about the expansions since they were initially announced, revealing new Legendary Pokémon, as well as new Galarian Pokémon forms. Over 100 Pokémon that weren’t included in the Galar region Pokédex will also be added to the game in each update. This won’t give a National Pokédex to the Galar region, but this should bring the total of included Pokémon to at least 600 — which is around 300 creatures off from being complete.

Valorant’s first new Agent will be Reyna

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Valorant’s first new Agent will be Reyna

Reyna will be the first new Agent released in Valorant after the game’s closed beta. The new Agent, who’s set to come out sometime around the game’s June 2 launch, is an offensive powerhouse that’s all about kill or be killed.

Riot revealed Reyna with a teaser trailer on Twitter. The trailer itself didn’t explain her individual abilities, but did show enough of them for players to get an idea of how she works. Valorant lead character designer Ryan “Morello” Scott also chimed in on Twitter to give a clearer picture.

Call of Duty fans can enlist Captain Price himself on Cameo, for charity

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Call of Duty fans can enlist Captain Price himself on Cameo, for charity

Call of Duty fans can now enlist Captain John Price to delight their friends with a special Call of Duty-themed video message. The promotion is only available Friday, May 29, and supplies are limited.

Cameo, which connects paying customers with willing celebrities and other public figures for recorded video messages, has teamed up with the Call of Duty Endowment. Proceeds will benefit the nonprofit organization and aid in its mission to help veterans find careers. Cameos featuring Captain Price will cost $141 — a reference to the character’s position leading Task Force 141 of the Special Air Service.