Fallout 4 was the centerpiece of Bethesda’s conference on Sunday, where the company formally announced the title and that it would launch on November 10. The gameplay demo revealed short combat and conversation segments: the main character is now voiced, and VATS appears to be changed somewhat from its Fallout 3 and New Vegas incarnations, slowing down time instead of stopping it completely.
Plotwise, the character is a citizen of pre-war United States, whose family is whisked away to vault 111 just as the bombs start falling. A brief sequence showed character generation for the male and female PC, a husband and wife, just before entering the vault. Following the arrival at 111, the PC somehow emerges 200 years later, and even wanders back to the ruins of their old neighborhood. How the PC survived is unclear. The demonstration also showed the PC encountering a dog, who could be commanded to move to specific locations or search for items.
A large focus of the presentation was on crafting systems; weapon and armor customization, but also, surprisingly, the ability to build your own town. With scrap materials gathered from the world, the player can build structures virtually from scratch, even getting NPCs to visit, trade with, and help defend the town. Power armor use also looked more involved, with the PC shown physically climbing into the suit rather than simply equipping it from inventory.
Later, during Microsoft’s press conference, a separate Fallout 4 presentation revealed that mods for the PC version will also work on Xbox One. Whether this will also apply to the PS4 is unknown at this time.
With E3 in full swing, Bandai Namco officially announced Dark Souls III as it was debuted during Microsoft’s press conference today. The title will launch in 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Check out the trailer for yourself here.
A recent Famitsu took a closer look at Fire Emblem If, revealing that the title will be tweaking the series staple Weapon Triangle. Previously, the triangle was a standard rock-paper-scissors setup, with swords beating axes, axes beating lances, and lances beating swords. Now the triangle will incorporate swords and magic, axes and bows, and lances and concealed weapons, with the same order of effectiveness.
Concealed weapons are apparently wielded by maids, butlers, and shinobi; classes wrapped around some of the friendlies that may join up. Specifically, the characters Felicia (maid), Joker (butler), Gunther (butler), and Suzukaze (unspecified) show up in both the White Night Kingdom and Dark Night Kingdom versions, while Saizou (unspecified) and Kagerou (shinobi) appear in White Night Kingdom.
Fire Emblem If will also not feature weapon durability. However, stronger weapons may be paired with trade-offs, such as reduced evasion or disabled Pursuit attacks.
Now that YouTube isn’t as busy exploring every square inch of Bloodborne, Sony Computer Entertainment confirmed that the game will be getting an expansion. The news comes care of SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, who tweeted that “So I have been asked by many people if we are making DLC for Bloodborne. I can say… An expansion is coming. More info later this year. :D”
Taking us back to the magical past land of 2004, Square Enix revealed plans for a 3DS port of Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King. With the jump to handheld, the game will be getting a new scenario, new party members, full voiceovers, and StreetPass integration. The title will not, however, make use of 3D functionality.
At present the title is launching only in Japan, with a release date of August 27, priced at 5,980 yen. A global release has not been announced.
Care of Famitsu comes the Japanese release date for iOS/Android RPG Mobius Final Fantasy: June 4. The article states the title will be compatible with iPhones 5 and up, and all Android phones released from 2012 onward.
The updated PS4 port of Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment will be getting a second shot at an English translation, Bandai Namco announced. Acknowledging criticism of the PS Vita’s localization, the company stated that “the digital version of Re: Hollow Fragment on PS4 will have its English translation redone”.
Sword Art Online Re: Hollow Fragment will hit the PS4 via PlayStation Network this summer.
NIS America, perhaps ironically, has announced the European release dates for Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker and Etrian Mystery Dungeon. Etrian launches for the 3DS on September 1, with Record Breaker set for October 30; both titles will launch digitally and with retail copies.
Promotional materials for the North American release of Dragon Quest Heroes have been leaked, revealing the title’s launch date of October 13. The English version has been subtitled Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe and the Blight Below.
Final Fantasy Agito, the free-to-play iOS/smartphone title set in Type-0‘s world, will be making the jump to PC later this year, Square Enix recently announced. Specifically, the announcement stated the title would be on Windows 10; whether it would be playable on earlier versions of Windows was not specified.
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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”.
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.
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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.