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

P4 Arena Ultimax Adachi DLC Free During Launch Week

Atlus announced that the Tohru Adachi DLC for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will be freely available for the week following the game’s launch. Afterward the DLC will be priced normally, though the price has not yet been stated. Ultimax will launch this fall in North America.

Source: Gematsu

Bandai Namco Vita Release Dates: Tales of Hearts R, Sword Art Online, One Piece

Bandai Namco has set the release dates for several of its upcoming Vita titles in both Europe and North America. One Piece: Unlimited World Red, already available in Europe, hits North America starting July 14 (GameStop exclusive retail, with the digital release on the 15th). Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment launches digitally on August 19 in North America, and on August 20 in Europe. Lastly, Tales of Hearts R reaches North America on November 11, followed by the European release on the 14th.

Source: Gematsu

Omega Quintet Battle System Detailed

Compile Heart’s upcoming PS4 RPG Omega Quintet got a closer look in this week’s Famitsu, during which the game’s battle mechanics were explained in greater detail.

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More Muramasa DLC Coming Next Week

Marvelous has announced that the next DLC-slash-expansion for Muramasa Rebirth, titled The Tale of the Seven Night Ghostly Curse, will launch in Japan on July 10. This episode – third of the four-part Genroku Legends series – centers around a ninja afflicted by the titular curse after breaking a holy mirror. Hilarity and murder attempts ensue.

Source: Gematsu

Dragon Quest XI Enters Development

Dragon Quest series creator Yuji Horii, during a recent radio interview, confirmed that Dragon Quest XI is now in development. Few exact details were given at this time, though Horii mentioned wanting to play the title on a big screen, and that the series’ 30th anniversary is 2016.

Source: Gematsu

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem “On Schedule”

Amidst a roundtable on the 3DS’ newly announced Code Name S.T.E.A.M., one attendee asked for an update on Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem, which is being developed by the same company (Intelligent Systems). Nintendo’s Hitoshi Yamagami stated only that, “We’re right on schedule,” adding that “if I answer in any more detail I will lose my job so please have mercy on me.”

Source: Gematsu

Shining Resonance Features Dragon/Hero Transformation

As previously mentioned, Shining Resonance stars the Shining Dragon Irvan as the protagonist. Famitsu confirms that the dragon will be able to travel in a more compact human form, shifting between the two as needed. A halfway between state called “Progress Body” will also have some combat applications, unspecified but likely involving dragony death.

Shining Resonance hits the PS3 in Japan on December 11.

Source: Gematsu

Tales of Zestiria Planned for Shorter Regional Release Interval

Bandai Namco’s Dennis Lee, global brand manager for the Tales series, stated that Tales of Zestiria will launch for both Japan and the west in the same year. Speaking at an E3 Interview, he said that “We’ve gone from over two years with Xillia 1, and now we’ve gotten it down to a year, and we’re going to get it to less than that for Tales of Zestiria—it’s going to be in the same year as the Japanese release. So they’re working on shrinking that time down as much as possible.”

A timeframe for either release has yet to be announced.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Explorers Announced

Square Enix recently announced Final Fantasy Explorers, an action RPG for the 3DS, with details emerging over the last few days. The game features four-player multiplayer, with characters selecting from 20 playable jobs, including Knight, Dragon Knight, Thief, Monk, Ninja, White Mage, Red Mage, Black Mage, Time Mage, and Bard.

Explorers will support both local and online co-op, and will feature a monster training system to fill out empty player slots. Players will also be able to change jobs, and even equip the current job with select skills mastered from other jobs.

The story centers around the titular explorers, who have arrived at the recently-unearthed island of Amostra in search of its vast crystal deposits. Said crystals, apparently, boast a mysterious connection to life on the planet, while also being a power source for human civilizations.

No release period has been announced at this time.

Source: Gematsu

Persona Q Premium Edition, Preorder Bonuses Announced

First-run preorders of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth will include uniquely designed packaging and a special Tarot card set, Atlus announced today. The cards, evokers used in Persona 4, will be a collector’s set spread across Shadow of the Labyrinth and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax; the former includes Arcanas XI through XXI.

Additionally, Atlus will be releasing a premium edition for Shadow of the Labyrinth. For $79.99, the ‘Wild Cards’ edition will include the same Tarot card set as first-run copies, along with an art booklet, soundtrack CD, and deluxe hard case for the 3DS XL.

Shadow of the Labyrinth is set for a fall release this year.

Source: Gematsu

Monolith Soft Reveals X Title as Xenoblade Chronicles X

The enigmatic X that Monolith recently teased at has been revealed in full: Xenoblade Chronicles X, a Wii U RPG and followup to Xenoblade Chronicles. Chronicles X is planned for 2015.

Source: Polygon

Pokemon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire Set for November 21 Launch

At E3 today, Nintendo announced that Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set for a November 21 release in North America. Observe for yourself with a new trailer for the games, available on YouTube.

Fantasy Life Coming to NA, EU in October

Level-5′s Fantasy Life has been set for an October release in North America and Europe, Nintendo announced during its digital event at E3. The title hits the 3DS in North America starting October 24; the European release is also planned for October, though an exact date was not given.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy Type-0 Coming to PS4, Xbox One

Square Enix confirmed today that Final Fantasy Type-0 will at last be coming to the west. Specifically, the title – which originally launched for the PSP – will be getting the HD treatment for its release on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, according to director Hajime Tabata. A release timeframe was not announced.

Source: Joystiq

Shin Megami Tensei IV European Release Set for Q3 2014

Atlus has announced that Shin Megami Tensei IV will launch for Europe in Q3 this year. The company will self-publish the title, which will be available only as a digital release through the Nintendo eShop.

Source: Gematsu

The Witcher 3 Trailer Reveals February 2015 Release Date

With E3 2014 nearly upon us, CD Projekt Red have released a new trailer for The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt. Said trailer, over on YouTube, lists the game’s release date as February 24, 2015. CD Projekt’s own GOG.com is also offering a 20% discount on preorders for those who own both previous Witcher titles on the site, and those purchased at retail, through Steam, or other outlets can be registered with GOG to receive free backup copies.

Theatrhythm Curtain Call Dated Globally, Collector’s Edition Revealed

In a recent announcement, Square Enix confirmed that Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call is planned for a September release; 9/16 in North America, 9/19 in Europe. A collector’s edition will include a special pouch, a “best of” Curtain Call music CD, a five-track remix selections CD, and five premium CollectaCards featured in the game. This bundle will be priced at $69.99/£44.99, and will be limited to a 5000-print run.

Source: Gematsu

Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III to be Absent From E3 2014

Speaking with Famitsu, Square Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto said that Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III will not be at this year’s E3. Hashimoto spoke positively of Final Fantasy XV‘s development, and that “we are working diligently on Kingdom Hearts III,” but stated that new information for either game would not be present at the show.

Source: Gematsu