Square Enix has released yet more details about the rebuilt world of Final Fantasy XIV, specifically its non-playable inhabitants. Of particular note are the following: (more…)
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- John "Karlinn" Boske
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Further details have emerged about Pokemon X and Y. In particular, four new Pokemon have been confirmed: (more…)
Never a company to leave a re-release unreleased, Square Enix has announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will get a pair of new editions later this year. The “Ultimate Hits” version of Final Fantasy XIII-2 is a standard greatest hits version; the more interesting is the “Digital Contents Selection”, which includes most of the game’s downloadable content: colosseum opponents, costumes, weapons, and the Sazh, Lightning, and Snow episodes.
Both versions will be sold at retail on July 18, priced at 5040 yen for the DLC bundle and 2940 for the Ultimate Hits one.
GungHo’s Puzzles & Dragons Z, a 3DS port of its mobile/social RPG, will be released in North America, according to the company’s US publisher. No date was announced at this time.
CI Games has just revealed Lords of the Fallen, a “hardcore” third-person action RPG whose development is led by former Witcher 2 senior producer Tomasz Gop. Few details have been given beyond a few story tidbits: players are dropped in a fantasy world where humanity has been abandoned by its gods, and thus assume the role of Harkyn, a human attempting to stop some destructive supernatural force.
Little else is known at this time, though players will apparently make decisions throughout the game that affect the story. Lords of the Fallen is planned for a 2014 release, and a playable version will be presented at E3.
Via Dengeki PlayStation, we have confirmation that The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki will see the light of day in Japan starting September 26.
XSEED JKS, known to most of us through their consumer games brand XSEED Games, will be undergoing a slight title makeover. According to parent company Marvelous AQL, XSEED will now be known as Marvelous USA, though the company will still be using the XSEED Games branding on game boxes. This apparently does not involve a staffing change; XSEED president and CEO Shinichi Suzuki will retain those titles under Marvelous USA.
Former NIS America staffers – Jack Niida, Hiroko Kanazashi, and Nao Miyazawa – have founded a new publishing studio following their departure. Their studio, Acttil, pledges to bring “fun, creative games and digital contents such as eBooks” across the globe to PC, consoles, and mobile platforms. The company will also provide marketing expertise, analytics, game feedback, localization services, and other assistance to independent developers. The name Acttil is actually an acryonym, reflecting the studio’s core values: “acceptance, creativity, teamwork, trust, innovation, and love.”
Check out the company’s official site here.
Via IGN is a rather extensive preview of Dragon’s Crown, bringing us a healthy chunk of gameplay details:
- The game’s opening drops players in a town, in which players can mill around interacting with townsfolk (or bothering them by knocking things out of their hands). Players can visit various shops and guilds in this area before moving on to the world map.
- Enemies scale to match your level, and increase in number as well. It is not clear if this is scaling is one-to-one with your levels.
- Mounts can be found in each stage and used as temporary weapons; the preview specifies a giant bird in one stage, which must first be beaten before it can be ‘boarded’.
- As shown earlier, a hooded companion follows each character to hold their acquired loot for them.
- Known statistics: HP/MP, strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence, magical resistance, and luck.
The full preview is available here.
Square Enix has updated the official site for the Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix, revealing the release dates as September 10 in North America, and September 13 in Europe.
Compile Heart’s enigmatic Galapagos RPG brand now has its first entry, titled Fairy Fencer F. Developed by the Hyperdimension Neptunia team, the game is planned for a release later this year, though few other details were given at this time.
Publisher/developer Atlus announced that Devil Survivor 2: Break Record unfortunately not make its planned July 11 release date in Japan. Claiming concerns over quality, the company indicated that the game would instead be released in the fall of this year, though an exact date was not given.
Over on Twitter, Mother series creator Shigesato Itoi has stated that a new entry in the franchise is “impossible.” The sky is also still blue.
Zelda series director Eiji Aonuma spoke recently about the upcoming Link to the Past sequel for 3DS. As with the original game, players will shift between Light and Dark worlds. However, despite the classic top-down perspective, Aonuma said the game will be a “departure” from the usual Zelda fare. In particular, he stated that the staple of finding items to progressively open up the game world “certainly feels different from [the developer's] point of view.”
Additionally, Link will have the ability to jump into the walls as some kind of drawing, ala Phanton Ganon from Ocarina of Time. The game will also make some use of the 3DS’ 3D capabilities, although no further details were available.
The official US website for Shin Megami Tensei IV is now online and available here. As a reminder, the game itself launches on July 16.
VanillaWare beat-em-up/RPG/fanservice generator Dragon’s Crown has finally been given a North American launch date of August 6. Prices are set at $39.99 for the Vita version, and $49.99 for the PS3.
As long as we’re talking Shin Megami Tensei subseries, Devil Survivor 2: Break Record will launch in Japan on July 11.
Yeah, it’s that simple: NIS America announced it will bring Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers to European outlets this fall. A specific date was not given at this time.
Compile Heart’s recently announced Galapagos RPG brand has its first title in the works: a fantasy RPG being developed by the Hyperdimension Neptunia team. Little else was revealed, though a full announcement is expected in the May 9 Weekly Famitsu.
New Shin Megami Tensei IV details have been revealed over the weekend. Of particular note:
- While background music will have some ties to previous titles, there is no direct connection to the first three SMT games.
- Clearing the game will take over 50 hours.
- Paid DLC is planned for the game.
- Character voices can be switched on and off.
- Players can gain experience from Demon Fusion and conversations.
- The Moon Phase system has been dropped.