Mass Media 07-19-14

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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.

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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