Nippon Ichi has announced The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival, the existence of which had been leaked previously but not officially confirmed. Details are still forthcoming, with a countdown ticking away on the title’s website, which still bears the URL of “new_title”.
Bio: John Boske
- John "Karlinn" Boske
- Just your average, lazy, mildly obsessive-compulsive 20-something gamer/writer, with aspirations of doing either of the latter for pay sometime in the near future. I make no secret of my PC gaming heritage, nor the fact that I use 'heritage' improperly to describe a tendency to favor; I believe the proper word there is proclivity. But I digress.
I do that a lot too, by the way.
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If only, my friends. *If only*.
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With a fifth Star Ocean title confirmed in the works – under the official title of Star Ocean: Integrity & Faithlessness – producer Shuichi Kobayashi and director Hiroshi Ogawa spoke briefly about the game in a recent interview. The pair confirmed that the screenshots released so far have been in real-time, with Kobayashi stating that “you’ll move between events and battles seamlessly.”
When asked about downloadable content, he responded that DLC was not planned at this time, adding that “Personally, I’m of the opinion that if we have time to make such DLC, it’d ultimately be better spent just working on our next game, as that’ll make people most happy.”
No release date has been given at this time.
Dust off those PSPs: Gaijinworks and MonkeyPaw have announced plans to localize Summon Night 5 and Class of Heroes 3 for a western release. While few details have been given at this time, the companies will be polling to determine demand for a limited physical run of the titles – available via preorder only – which would also include access to the digital version.
In a recent livestream, Square Enix outlined fan feedback from the recently launched playable demo for Final Fantasy XV. While overall opinions were positive, player critiques included problems with the lock-on system, camera controls, limited evasive actions, combat difficulty, and so on. Some players also weren’t fond of Noctis’ English voice, or asked about the lack of female party members.
Most of the technical problems are apparently due to the limitations of the demo, and director Hajime Tabata commented that they would be addressed in the retail release. This includes adding a minimap, cancelling attacks by evasion, and AI adjustments. The demo itself will receive a patch later this month.
Addressing the party issue, Tabata stated that the core party would not have any fixed additions beyond Notcis and company, but that guest party members will show up periodically; “I think it’ll be fun to see the differences when the guys are being themselves, and when it’s not just the four of them. That’s how I want the players to journey with them. We’re working hard to make sure this really gets across. Please look forward to seeing the differences when a guest character joins your party.”
A release date for Final Fantasy XV has not been announced.
The next installment in the Overlord series has been announced. Codemasters has revealed Overlord: Fellowship of Evil, a four-player action RPG where all players take the role of Netherghuls, each with their own hordes of minions. The title will be downloadable only, and is set for a 2015 launch for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Square Enix has announced that the 3D remake of Final Fantasy IV: The After Years will be coming to Steam, launching on May 12. This matches the version of FFIV currently on Steam, which was also the 3D remake. Price is set at $15.99, with a 10% discount for preorders.
Square Enix doled out more information for upcoming smartphone RPG Mevius Final Fantasy, starting with a title change. Now known as Mobius Final Fantasy, the title will be produced by Yoshinori Kitase and follows the adventures of Wal, an amnesiac fellow from another world, and princess Sarah Cornelia, who has been awaiting a prophecized Warrior of Light to save this world, Paramitia.
Mobius is planned for a spring release this year in Japan, with regular content updates planned following launch.
Care of Famitsu comes the news that Luminous Arc Infinity will launch on August 6 in Japan. The PS Vita RPG is priced at 6800 yen.
Speaking of Atlus, the company announced that 3DS sim/RPG Stella Glow will see a North American release this year.
First mentioned in times long past (2013), Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem is at last a real thing. Nintendo and Atlus recently showed off the planned crossover, which now bears the title of Genei Ibunroku #FE, or Illusory Revelations Sharp FE.
The setting tilts more towards the Shin Megami Tensei side of things, taking place in a modern Japan that exists alongside a hidden fantasy universe, from which the Fire Emblem characters emerge. How exactly this mixture works has not yet been detailed, though a trailer has been released on yonder YouTube, and the official site (in Japanese) is available hereabouts.
The title is planned for a winter release in Japan; a global release has yet to be announced.
The next Fire Emblem title for the 3DS will see a 2016 launch outside of Japan, Nintendo announced. For Japan, the game has been titled Fire Emblem If, and has a release date of June 25. Plotwise, If follows your customizable avatar through a pair of warring kingdoms and tasks you with choosing a side.
For presumably related reasons the game will be released as two titles, White Kingdom and Black Kingdom. Each is priced at 4700 yen, and each allows purchase of the other for 1852 yen as a downloadable add-on. A third part is also planned with similar pricing but has not been detailed at this time.
Level-5 has announced that Yokai Watch 2 has exceeded six million shipped copies. This includes both retail and download copies across all three versions of the title (Ganso, Honke, Shinuchi). The company had previously announced last week that total series sales reached the seven million mark.
Capcom will begin alpha testing of Dragon’s Dogma Online this month, with signups beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Participants will be announced on April 15, and the test itself will run on the PS3 between April 20 and 28.
At a Final Fantasy Type-0 HD launch event in Hong Kong, Square Enix showed off artwork and a teaser video for a possible sequel to the title. The sequel has not yet been announced or titled, though director Hajime Tabata did state that his team wants to begin production.
Check the video out over on Youtube.
In a bundle of Etrian Odyssey news, Atlus announced that Etrian Mystery Dungeon will be getting a month of free DLC with its North American release on April 7. Consisting of add-on quests, some repeatable, the content will be free until May 5, at which point they’ll be for sale individually for $1.49-1.99 apiece.
Additionally, the company announced that Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight will be coming to the 3DS in North America this summer. Both retail and digital versions will be priced at $49.99.
Atelier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland has been delayed from its March 26 release in Japan. Koei Tecmo announced that the 3DS title now has a spring release window.
The 3DS redux of Langrisser has been given an official title and launch period, thanks to a leak from Japanese online retailer Rakuten. Titled Langrisser Re: Incarnation Tensei, the game is planned for a mid-July release in Japan.
Square Enix has announced plans for the final scenario for Final Fantasy XI. Titled Rhapsodies of Vana’diel, the content will be split into three parts launching in May, August, and November of this year. The release of the final chapter will signal the end of major updates to the game, though the game will still see maintenance and content fine-tuning. PS2 and 360 operations for the title will cease in March 2016.
The company will also partner with Nexon for a mobile adaptation of Final Fantasy XI. Apart from optimization for the platform and making use of the touchscreen interface, few details were given at this time, though FFXI Mobile will launch in Japan, Korea, North America, and Europe.
The last announcement was for Final Fantasy Grandmasters, a smartphone-based online RPG based in the world of FFXI. Japanese beta testing will begin in April.
Speaking of leaks, Amazon Germany has revealed that Bandai Namco is releasing another Tales compilation with the Symphonia games, this time including Tales of Graces F. The aptly-named Tales of Graces F / Tales of Symphonia Chronicles Compilation will launch in Europe on Friday, March 27, priced at €19.99.
The compilation has not been officially confirmed as of yet, and the status of a global release is not known at this time.
Arc System Works announced that PS Vita action RPG Damascus Gear: Operation Tokyo will launch digitally in North and South America, with a European release to follow. The American launches are set for March 24, priced at $14.99.