Square Enix continues to dominate the news cycle, setting the Japanese release date for Bravely Second at April 23. Standard editions are priced at 5,980 yen, with the collector’s pack weighing in at 14,800 yen; the latter includes a Pope Agnes figurine, artbook, mini soundtrack, and notebook, along with retailer-specific downloadable bonuses.
Theatrhythm has officially become its own ‘thing'; Square Enix has announced Theatrhythm Dragon Quest, to launch in Japan on March 26. Price is set at 5,800 yen, and a teaser site has been set up hereabouts.
With Yokai Watch 2: Ganso and Yokai Watch 2: Honke selling a combined three million units since launch, Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi looks to join its predecessors. Level-5 announced that the latest version had passed the one million preorder mark ahead of its December 13 release.
Atlus has revealed that Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Break Record is coming to the 3DS in North America. Resubtitled as Record Breaker, the game is an enhanced version of the 2011 Devil Survivor 2 for the DS, adding full English voices and localization, and a new postgame episode.
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker launches at retail and via eShop in early 2015, priced at $49.99.
While we’re on the subject, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will reach the PS4 in spring 2015. Copies will be priced at $49.99 in North America, and £39.99 in Europe.
The company also announced that Final Fantasy VII is also being ported to the PS4, also in spring 2015. While the use of system-exclusive features was mentioned, no further details were given at this time.
With Final Fantasy Type-0 finally going global (and HD) in March, Square Enix revealed the title will come in both standard and collector’s editions. Priced at $99/€89.99, the CE throws in a golden SteelBook case, a composer’s selections soundtrack, a 200-page Type-0 manga, an 80-page artbook, replicas of Ace’s cards, and a code for the demo version of Final Fantasy XV.
The demo will be exclusive to Type-0 HD, according to Square Enix, and will not be released as a standalone download. First-print copies of the standard edition will also include copies of the demo.
Bandai Namco has announced a new entry in the Super Robot Wars series. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Tengoku Hen is headed for the PS3 and PS Vita, launching in Japan on April 2 both digitally and at retail. PS3 copies run at 8,070 yen, with the Vita version priced at 7,120 yen. Save data from the previous game can reportedly be carried over for as-yet-unspecified bonuses.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation has been delayed from its January 28 release in Europe. Idea Factory International announced that the title will now launch physically in Europe on February 6, with the digital release to follow in February 11.
The North American release (January 27) has not been stated to be affected by the delay.
Square Enix has announced they are revisiting the SaGa series, with a new installment planned for the PS Vita. This comes on the heels the series’ 25th anniversary, and while the title has not been named yet, it is planned for a 2015 release. Series creator Akitoshi Kawazu is back on board, with Kenji Ito on the soundtrack and character designs by Tomomi Kobayashi.
Also part of the announcement was that Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song for the PS2 is coming to the PlayStation Store in Japan. A release date was not given at this time.
In a recent interview, director Hajime Tabata commented on the Final Fantasy XV demo to be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The demo will be a download copy, and might only be available for a limited time. The idea isn’t confirmed just yet, but Tabata did state that the the team is considering a cutoff period shortly after its release.
Tabata added that they will be paying attention to demo feedback, and may set up place – presumably a forum or comment system – to process responses.
Bandai Namco has announced Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, an updated bundle release that includes the DLC add-ons, new NPCs and in-game events, rebalanced gameplay and online matchmaking, updated visuals, and other changes. This version will be available on Dark Souls 2‘s existing platforms of PC, PS3, and 360, as well as appearing for the first time on PS4 and Xbox One. Current Dark Souls 2 owners will receive the balancing, online changes, and story content in a separate update free of charge.
Scholar of the First Sin launches in Europe on April 3, with the North American release following on April 7.
In other Etrian Odyssey news, Atlus announced that Etrian Odyssey V is now in development. Not much is known yet beyond the game’s staff: Shigeo Komori as director, Yuji Himukai on character design, Yuzo Koshiro as composer, and Shin Nagasawa on monster design.
The official website (in Japanese, of course) is located here, along with a short teaser trailer.
Details have emerged for the upcoming 1.03 patch for The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II. Alongside bugfixes, the patch adds an accessory that transforms a character into one of five people: Rixia Mao, Lloyd Bannings, Vita Clotilde, Altina Orion, or Crow Armbrust. Voices and certain variables are changed in the transformation. The patch will also allow players to review movie scenes and other events after clearing the game.
A release date for the patch has not been announced.
Proving once again that the series is a license to print money, Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire sold over 1.5 million copies in the three days since the November 21 launch in Japan. This puts it at the fourth most successful title for the 3DS in Japan, behind Pokemon X/Y, Monster Hunter 4, and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate.
Nintendo could not be reached for comment, though area residents report the gold-plated pyramid they’re building with the money is coming along nicely.
Atlus and Spike Chunsoft have announced a crossover title for the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon series. Titled Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon, the top-down dungeon RPG pairs the overall setting and character customization of the former with the roguelike gameplay of the latter. Players build custom characters, directly, controlling only the party leader, and take them into randomly generated dungeons for fun and profit.
Etrian Odyssey and the Mystery Dungeon will launch for the 3DS in Japan on March 5, priced at 6980 yen.
A Famitsu preview for The Legend of Legacy has unveiled a few pieces of information regarding the game’s battle and equipment systems. Specifically, the seven player characters are free to equip any weapon type – sword and shield, greatsword, axe, spear, staff, or bow – each with its own unique basic attack. Formations can be set up and switched out on the fly, allowing party members to change combat roles as needed.
The Legend of Legacy hits the 3DS in Japan on January 22.
Another week, another tidbit about Bravely Second; this time Square Enix has revealed the game’s villains. The aptly-named Emperor Oblivion runs the show from behind a mask, and orchestrates both the attack on the signing ceremony and Agnes’ kidnapping. He’s assisted by a fairy named Anne, about whom even less is known beyond her preference for black clothing.
Producer Tomoya Asano also stated that a demo is in the works, although an exact timeframe was not given beyond “very shortly.”
Thus is the backlog finished.
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With Final Fantasy XIII hitting the PC via Steam last month, Square Enix revealed that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will follow it on December 11. The PC version will include dual language tracks, resolution options, and a selection of DLC from the original release.
Nintendo has detailed a new story for Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire, titled the Delta Episode, which “reveals the history of the Hoenn region and thrusts Trainers into a quest to save the world.” The plot involves a giant asteroid headed for the planet, stopping Teams Magma and Aqua from attacking the Mossdeep Space Center, a space battle between Rayquaza and Deoxys, and surely other shenanigans as well.
Other information was paired with the announcement:
- Eon Tickets, which grant access to the Southern Island and certain Legendary Pokemon, are distributed by the menu’s Mystery Gift function, and can be shared with other players once redeemed in the game.
- Legendary Pokemon from previous games can be found at special Mirage spots around Hoenn.
- Glalie, if obtained in the Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby demo verison, can be transferred to the full game. Likewise for X/Y‘s Diancie.