Speaking with Famitsu at E3, Final Fantasy XV director Tetsuya Nomura said the title will be the first part of a larger story. Although the game will be somewhat self-contained, the overall story – which the announcement trailer teased as “the Versus epic” – will continue. Nomura indicated that he is considering a compilation further down the line, once other entries have been released. Given the wait for the title formerly known as Versus XIII, he added that he would like to keep the interval between releases short.
In an interesting bit of contrition, he openly apologized towards the end of the interview for the game’s delay. He then closed with the following: “Some have said that this generation, Japanese developments have fell short overseas. In the next generation, I don’t want this to be the case at all. I want to showcase this title.”
I’m on the PHONE!
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Nintendo has announced that Pokemon X and Y will launch for the 3DS on October 12. Shortly afterward, Nintendo plans to use the proceeds gold-plate their corporate headquarters, render it spaceworthy, and relocate to the moon.
Well, that’s what I would do.
Speaking of Atlus, Etrian Odyssey: Millenium Girl will see a release in North America this fall, titled as Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millenium Girl. This will include an expanded story mode and a classic mode, the latter of which is itself an update of the original Etrian Odyssey.
Shin Megami Tensei IV will feature DLC at launch, according to Atlus. The content will include custom hairstyles (free), a ‘platinum surcoat’ armor set (free for the first month, $1 afterwards), and an early-game map pack ($2). More content is planned and will be revealed as the title nears its launch day of July 16.
Sony has just announced Destiny of Spirits, a downloadable free-to-play RPG for the PS Vita. A 2D RPG developed by Q Entertainment and SCE Japan, Destiny of Spirits will release sometime this year.
EA has announced a release window for the long-awaited Dragon Age 3: Inquisition. Now simply titled Dragon Age: Inquisition, the third installment in the series is planned for a PS3, PS4, 360, Xbox One, and PC release in the fall of 2014.
I am one step closer to having seen everything. Ubisoft has revealed an online action RPG from Massive Entertainment, titled Tom Clancy’s The Division. Set in a plague-wracked New York City, The Division thrusts the player into the role of elite agents sent in to manage the crisis. It’s unclear where the elements of each genre will come into play, but nonetheless the title is planned for a 2014 launch on Xbox One and PS4.
Square Enix has announced that the long-awaited #3 in the Kingdom Hearts series would be heading to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The game is said to feature a more mature Sora as the protagonist, alongside Donald and Goofy as they visit a slew of new Disney worlds. No release date was given, though the game is said to be in development at Square Enix’s Osaka studio.
During their press conference last night, Sony announced that Final Fantasy XIV would be heading to the PlayStation 4. Alas, we have no release date as of yet.
The long-running saga of Final Fantasy Versus XIII took another unusual turn last night during Sony’s E3 press conference. It seems VsXIII will become Final Fantasy XV and move from the PlayStation 3 to its successor. SE later said that the game would also see release on the Xbox One, with producer Shinji Hashimoto saying that the game will be developed with DirectX 11, allowing for easy porting.
Bethseda Softworks announced that The Elder Scrolls Online will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in Spring 2014 in addition to the PC and Mac versions. They’ll be doing an exclusive Beta run on PS4, though a date for this was not announced.
I like it VERY MUCH.
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European 3DS owners looking for their farming fix need wait no longer… than a few more months. Harvest Moon: A New Beginning, which launched last year in both Japan and (later) the US, will see a European launch in the third quarter of 2013.
Speaking of Namco Bandai, From Software’s Dark Souls 2 has been sighted on advertising around the Los Angeles Convention Center. Proudly displayed on said advertising is a release window of March 2014, presumably for all platforms (PC and PS360).
Namco Bandai, catching on that we liked us some Tales of Symphonia, announced plans to release a compilation celebrating the game’s 10th anniversary. Subtitled as Tales of Symphonia Chronicles, this will include high-definition remasters of both Symphonia and its sequel Dawn of the New World.
Scheduled for an October 10 release in Japan, Chronicles will reach North America and Europe in early 2014.
The original Fable will be getting a high-definition makeover, Microsoft and Lionhead Studios have announced. Dubbed Fable Anniversary, this version will feature 1080p visuals, updated lighting and textures, refined facial and cutscene animations, and so on. Apart from better graphics, Anniversary also brings to the table a new interface, Smartglass integration, and drastically reduced loading times.
Fable Anniversary hits the 360 this holiday season.
New South Park: The Stick of Truth details have been revealed, thanks to a demo over on Game Informer. The game centers around a LARP conflict between the town’s kids as they roleplay Elves (led by Stan and Kyle) and Humans (led by Cartman), and players control the imaginatively named New Kid as they navigate this strange battle.
Interestingly, Stick of Truth features a turn-based battle system, demonstrated as New Kid and Butters encountered students in South Park Elementary. Standard attacks are handled through timed button presses, and special attacks take the form of “magic spells” called up through mundane means; a fireball is created through an aerosol can and a lighter, for instance.
Out of combat, players will sometimes have to deal with field obstacles – the demo showcased an Elf standing atop a pile of rubble blocking your way – and there may be more than one solution. The demo ended with a standoff between Kyle and Cartman, forcing New Kid to choose a side; the demo player sided with Kyle, prompting a boss fight with Cartman.
Stick of Truth comes out later this year for 360, PS3, and PC.
The PS Vita will be getting a follow up to Dragon’s Dogma, according to Famitsu. Dragon’s Dogma Quest, as it’s titled, is a free-to-play 2D action RPG, where players control an “Arisen” who in turn commands and develops Pawns. Parties of up to eight can be formed, including four of your own Pawns and four of another player’s.
Being a F2P, microtransactions will be an option for all players. No release date was announced at this time.
After a week or so of teasing, Eidos Montreal revealed Deus Ex: The Fall: a mobile entry in the Deus Ex series covering some of Human Revolution‘s backstory. Specifically, it focuses on the escapades of Ben Saxon, an augmented mercenary and the central carrier from the book Deus Ex: The Icarus Effect. Betrayed by his employers, the Tyrants (the bosses from HR), he now seeks to uncover the conspiracy surrounding the supply of Neuropozyne, the drug needed for humans to adapt to mechanical augmentation.
The Fall launches this summer for $6.99 on iOS and Android platforms.