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To celebrate the Pokemon Masters Tournament in the anime, Ash’s current team is being distributed via event code for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Despite it being targeted in Japan, it seems players worldwide can take advantage. Whilst Ash’s Dragonite will remain live until September 8, Ash’s Gengar is now being distributed for the next two weeks.

The creature comes in at level 80 and has the moves Shadow Ball, Sludge Bomb, Dazzling Gleam, and Will-o-wisp. It has the ability Cursed Body and is capable of Gigantamaxing.

The lineup for SEGA and ATLUS’ online TGS 2022 presentation has been revealed.

Their full lineup and schedule can be found at this website, but here are some highlights of what are included (formatting courtesy of Gematsu):

To celebrate the Pokemon Masters Tournament in the anime, Ash’s current team is being distributed via event code for Pokemon Sword and Shield in Japan. Despite it being targeted in this region, it seems players worldwide can take advantage.

The creature comes in at level 80 and has the moves Fishious Rend, Dragon Rush, Ice Fang, and Water Gun. Also, the ability Strong Jaw is included that boosts the strength of Fishious Rend.

An interesting job listing has appeared for the position of an Archivist within The Pokémon Company International, whose role will be to create and help maintain a digital archive and museum on the Pokemon brand.

In a statement shared with IGN, EA has confirmed that its annual event EA Play Live has been cancelled for 2022.


Gamescom 2022

After two years of running online-only events due to the coronavirus pandemic, Gamescom will return to the Cologne exhibition halls from 24 – 28 August this year, show organizers have announced today. The in-person event will incorporate additional safety measures such as improved admission management, digital queue management, extra-wide aisles, and limited ticket allotments to ensure the safety of participants.

The event will also continue to be held online for those who are unable to attend, and shows including Gamescom: Opening Night Live, Gamescom studios, and Gamescom: Awesome Indies will be streamed on numerous channels in addition to having a live audience on-site. For those participating online there will be Interactive Quests on the Gamescom Now website, with rewards for completion from key supporters, although further details regarding this online component have not yet been provided.

The 2022 DICE Awards Ceremony has just ended, and a couple of Switch exclusive games have won honors. This year Pokemon Unite, developed by TiMi Studio Group and The Pokemon Company, came away with the title of Mobile Game of the Year. 

Additionally, Mario Golf: Super Rush, developed by Camelot, claimed the mantle of Sports Game of the Year. 

These awards are great honors for the games and their development teams, and all of the award winners (including some more Switch games) can be found in the list below.

PlatinumGames has appointed a new CEO after Kenichi Sato stepped down from the position in December. Sato was the CEO of PlatinumGames from 2016-2021, but he is now an advisor on the board rather than the head of the company.

Atshushi Inaba is now the studio head, and he has been with the company since its inception. Additionally, he has served as the vice president for some time now, but is now being elevated to the CEO.

A letter written by Inaba has been released alongside this announcement, and it can be read in its entirety below.

Two senior members of SEGA are leaving the company – Toshihiro Nagoshi and Daisuke Sato. The development studio behind the Yakuza series, Ryu Ga Gotoku, announced the departure of Nagoshi and Sato in a statement about the company’s future.

Toshihiro Nagoshi is the creator of the Yakuza and Super Monkey Ball series, and in the company’s statement they say that there was a time where “‘Ryu Ga Gotoku’ was basically synonymous with ‘Toshihiro Nagoshi.'” However, Nagoshi is moving on and leaving not only his development studio but also SEGA in general. The reason for his departure is not given in the press release, nor is what he will do next, but he isn’t the only one leaving the company.

Daisuke Sato, a senior producer and designer (also the Executive Manager of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD), is leaving the company with Nagoshi. He also did not list a reason for leaving, but he has served as head of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio for over 9 years. He says that he is confident that the studio will thrive without him, and that he is grateful to the fans that supported him and their games for so long.

Check out the company’s full statement here as well as extended comments by Daisuke Sato and Toshihiro Nagoshi. 


The composer for the Dragon Quest series, Koichi Sugiyama, has passed away at the age of 90. Square Enix Japan has put out a statement about the composer’s passing on their official Dragon Quest website and listed his cause of death as septic shock. He passed on September 30, 2021.

Koichi Sugiyama has created music for the Dragon Quest series since its inception and is listed as contributing to over 500 songs for the game series over the years. Square Enix says in their statement that his last task before his death was composing the score for the upcoming 12th mainline game in the series, Dragon Quest XII: The Flames of Fate. What progress he made on this task was not listed in the statement.

Finally, in their statement Square Enix thanks him for his contributions to the Dragon Quest series and says that the music will be a part of his legacy. Comments by his collaborators, such as Yuji Horii (principle game designer and scenario writer for Dragon Quest) and Akira Toriyama (creator of Dragon Ball), can be seen on his obituary page and a memorial is being planned by Square Enix, scheduled to take place in Sugiyama at some point in the future. 

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