Gust Merging With Koei Tecmo

Koei Tecmo has announced that subsidiary developer Gust (of the Atelier series, among others) will formally merge with its parent company on October 1. Gust will be placed within Koei as the Gust Nagano Development Group, and will continue working on its existing series and new properties.

Source: Gematsu

Shin Megami Tensei IV Scheduled for September in Europe

Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV will launch in Europe this September, with all non-retail exclusive downloadable content available at launch. The title will be available on the Nintendo eShop for €19.99 / £17.99.

Source: Gematsu

Square Enix Lists Gamescom 2014 Lineup

Square Enix has revealed the titles it will be showcasing at the upcoming Gamescom. On Consoles and PC, the titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix, Lara Croft and the Temple of Orisis, and Nosgoth. For handhelds and mobile, the list is Dragon Quest IV, Dragon Quest VIII, and Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call.

Gamescom will run from August 13 to 17.

Source: Gematsu

Tales of Zestiria Fusions Detailed

More details have emerged about Tales of Zestiria‘s Kamui Mode fusions, which allow main character Sorey to join with another party member to form a single powerful creature. The fusions are elemental based: Lailah creates a firey being that uses a sword; Mikleo’s is water-based and hits all enemies with a bow; Dezel’s creature uses wind, with whirlwind and tornado attacks; and Edna’s is earth-based, striking enemies with its fists and even the terrain.

Source: Gematsu

Falcom Reveals Characters, Minigames for Sen no Kiseki II

Falcom continues their steady drip-feed of information about The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II, this time detailing two of the new characters and a couple of the minigames.

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Date Set for Persona Q US Launch

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will land on the 3DS in North America starting November 25, Atlus announced. The game’s opening movie, which lists the release date, is also now available on YouTube.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Pushed Back to November

In a recent announcement, EA and BioWare stated that Dragon Age: Inquisition will launch on November 18 in North America and November 21 in Europe, a month later than its original release target of October 7. While no specific reason for the delay was given, executive producer Mark Darrah stated the extra time “is about polishing the experience we want you to see. Ensuring that our open spaces are as engaging as possible. Strengthening the emotional impact of the Hero’s choices. And ensuring the experience you get is the best it can be in the platform you choose to play on.”

The full statement can be read on the official Dragon Age website here.

Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix Gets Preorder Bonus

Square Enix has announced that preorders for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix will be upgraded to the Limited Edition for no additional charge, which adds a collectible Disney pin featuring Sora and Mickey Mouse. As a reminder, the 2.5 Remix includes the final mix versions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep, along with cutscenes from Re:coded.

Source: Gematsu

Sen no Kiseki II Imports Data from Prequel

Falcom has revealed that The Legend of Heroes: Sen no Kiseki II will feature import bonuses for cleared save data from the first Sen no Kiseki. Apart from throwing in item sets and accessories based on your level and Student Rank, this feature will also change some conversations and events; specifically for certain characters, depending on whether players were particularly close to that character in the first game.

Sen no Kiseki II is set for a PS3/PS Vita release in Japan on September 25.

Source: Gematsu

Mass Media 07-19-14

So apparently accidentally crashing your computer can fix problems with your browser that disallow you from accessing the site. Who knew?

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Bravely Default Heading to Japanese eShop as Free-to-Play

Square Enix announced they will be launching a free-to-play version of Bravely Default on the Japanese 3DS eShop. This version – titled Bravely Default: For the Sequel Full Free Play Edition – contains the game’s first four chapters, with the remaining five chapters sold in an update kit for 2000 yen; the kit also includes Japanese voiceovers and one part of the AR movie feature.

Source: Gematsu

Yokai Watch 2 Tops 814k Preorders

Level-5 RPG Yokai Watch 2 reportedly exceeded 814,000 preorders prior to its launch in Japan last Thursday. While the series has yet to go global, Level-5 head Akihiro Hino recently indicated that the company is considering an expansion into western markets. No further detail was offered at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest X Online Getting 3DS Release in Japan

Dragon Quest X will be making the jump to 3DS, Square Enix announced. The port will launch on September 4, priced at 3800 yen, and will include a 60-day free trial code, an in-game Lemon Slime Board Prism vehicle, five XP boost items, a casino coin ticket, a poster, and a lottery card. The fee structure remains the same at 1500 yen per month, 650 yen for 10 days, or 350 yen for 3 days.

Source: Gematsu

Bandai Namco Announces Crossover SRPG Super Hero Generation

Bandai Namco announced recently that a PS3/PS Vita crossover SRPG is in development, centering around characters from the Ultraman, Kamen Rider, and Gundam series. Titled Super Hero Generation, the game has players build up teams of heroes from each series and pit them against enemies from the same.

Super Hero Generation is planned for an October 23 launch on both platforms in Japan.

Source: Gematsu

More Pokemon OR/AS Details

Nintendo has revealed a few more tidbits about Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, starting with a new Mega-Evolved Pokemon: Mega Metagross. Partnered with the current Pokemon League Champion, Steven, Mega Metagross is a massive Steel/Psychic-type, and possesses the Tough Claws ability (which increases attack power for physical attacks that land). Offensive and defensive stats also gain a significant boost from the Mega Evolution.

More details about the starting Hoenn region were also released. Players begin by talking with Professor Birch, head of the Pokemon Lab in Littleroot Town. This nets players their first Pokemon and Pokedex, whereupon they begin preparing to challenge the region’s eight gym leaders; the main character’s father, Norman, is one of them.

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire launch on the 3DS worldwide later this year.

Source: Gematsu

BioWare to Host Mass Effect Panel at Comic-Con

BioWare has announced they will be hosting a Mass Effect panel at Comic-Con, which runs July 24-27 in San Diego. The panel’s full title is “Developing the Next Mass Effect“, and is scheduled for 2PM in room 25ABC.

Source: Gematsu

Natural Doctrine Dated for NA, EU

NIS America announced that Natural Doctrine will launch on PS3, PS4, and PS Vita on September 16 in North America, with the European release set for September 19. Both retail and digital versions will be available at launch, along with a limited edition that includes an art book, poster, and explorer’s bag.

The LE will be available solely on NIS America’s online store, priced at $59.99 for Vita, $69.99 for PS3, and $79.99 for PS4. Furthermore, the title will allow cross-play and cross-save across the three platforms.

Source: Gematsu

Next SaGa Title Still in Development

SaGa series creator Akitoshi Kawazu offered a brief comment to Dengeki Online regarding the state of the long-awaited next installment. Though few details were available at this time, Kawazu said that a new SaGa game is “priority number one” for him, and that “while things are still going slowly and have to be taken one step at a time, I can say that development is coming along, so there’s no need to worry.”

Source: Gematsu

Hironobu Sakaguchi Announces iOS/Android RPG Terra Battle

In a recent Famitsu interview, Mistwalker head and Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi announced a project in development for smartphone platforms. Titled Terra Battle, the game will launch in September as a free-to-play, with Nobuo Uematsu composing the soundtrack. According to Sakaguchi, the scenario will be playable to its end with no charges, and he would like to bring the title to consoles eventually.

Source: Gematsu

Ar nosurge Set for September 23 in North America

Tecmo Koei has revealed the North American launch date for Ar nosurge: Ode to an Unborn Star as September 23. The PS3 RPG will be available digitally and at retail for $49.99.

Source: Gematsu