Tales of Zestiria will reward players with special attachments – plush dolls that sit on a character’s shoulder – for save data from previous Tales entries, Bandai Namco announced. Verspiria save data gets Yuri, Graces F adds Sophie, Xillia unlocks Jude, Xillia 2 unlocks Ludger, Symphonia gets Lloyd, and Symphonia: Dawn of the New World adds Marta.
Tales of Zestiria will launch in Japan on January 22, with the North American and European releases to follow later this year.
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Developer Gust has shared for details about the upcoming 3DS version of Atlier Rorona Plus: The Alchemist of Arland. The jump to 3DS includes a revamped battle system, where players can freely move before taking action. An original story detailing the past of Astrid Zexus can also be unlocked within the game.
Furthermore, the game features an Overtime Mode following the main story, where Totori and Meruru join with Rorona and must find a way to return to their original worlds. Support character Esty Dee is now playable, and the title will include additional maps, bosses, and difficulty levels.
Atelier Rorona Plus launches for the 3DS in Japan on March 26, priced at 6264 yen.
As the road trip to save the world nears launch date, Famitsu revealed some more information about the upcoming Final Fantasy XV.
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Speaking with Famitsu, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD director Hajime Tabata explained the delayed Japanese release of Final Fantasy Agito+ as the team discovering “a big problem within the development environment.” While the nature of the problem was unspecified, Tabata explained it has to do with development for the PS Vita as a platform, and the company is waiting for an update along with support from Sony Computer Entertainment.
Tabata also mentioned that debugging has begun for Type-0 HD, and that the title is entering the final development stages.
The Legend of Legacy will feature a trading system, allowing players to send a ship from the home city to do business with other cities. Small, medium, and large ships may be dispatched to trade elsewhere, and will return home with various goods of their own; the larger the ship, the better the haul. This feature is also supports StreetPass.
The 3DS RPG launches in Japan on January 22.
Bandai Namco has put forward more information about the upcoming Sword Art Online: Lost Song‘s plot, characters, and online play.
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Mistwalker head Hironobu Sakaguchi recently revealed a concept trailer for the cancelled Xbox 360 RPG Cry On, which entered development back in 2005. The title was suspended and cancelled in 2008, and the trailer represents the first, and thus only, public footage of the title.
Check it out for yourself over on Youtube.
In a recent press release and site update, Idea Factory International announced plans to bring several Compile Heart titles to the PC via Steam. Specifically, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1, Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation, and Fairy Fencer F have been confirmed for a digital release on the platform. Release periods and specifications have not been given at this time.
Square Enix continues to dominate the news cycle, setting the Japanese release date for Bravely Second at April 23. Standard editions are priced at 5,980 yen, with the collector’s pack weighing in at 14,800 yen; the latter includes a Pope Agnes figurine, artbook, mini soundtrack, and notebook, along with retailer-specific downloadable bonuses.
Theatrhythm has officially become its own ‘thing'; Square Enix has announced Theatrhythm Dragon Quest, to launch in Japan on March 26. Price is set at 5,800 yen, and a teaser site has been set up hereabouts.
With Yokai Watch 2: Ganso and Yokai Watch 2: Honke selling a combined three million units since launch, Yokai Watch 2: Shinuchi looks to join its predecessors. Level-5 announced that the latest version had passed the one million preorder mark ahead of its December 13 release.
Atlus has revealed that Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Break Record is coming to the 3DS in North America. Resubtitled as Record Breaker, the game is an enhanced version of the 2011 Devil Survivor 2 for the DS, adding full English voices and localization, and a new postgame episode.
Shin Megami Tensei Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker launches at retail and via eShop in early 2015, priced at $49.99.
While we’re on the subject, Square Enix announced the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster will reach the PS4 in spring 2015. Copies will be priced at $49.99 in North America, and £39.99 in Europe.
The company also announced that Final Fantasy VII is also being ported to the PS4, also in spring 2015. While the use of system-exclusive features was mentioned, no further details were given at this time.
With Final Fantasy Type-0 finally going global (and HD) in March, Square Enix revealed the title will come in both standard and collector’s editions. Priced at $99/€89.99, the CE throws in a golden SteelBook case, a composer’s selections soundtrack, a 200-page Type-0 manga, an 80-page artbook, replicas of Ace’s cards, and a code for the demo version of Final Fantasy XV.
The demo will be exclusive to Type-0 HD, according to Square Enix, and will not be released as a standalone download. First-print copies of the standard edition will also include copies of the demo.
Bandai Namco has announced a new entry in the Super Robot Wars series. 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Tengoku Hen is headed for the PS3 and PS Vita, launching in Japan on April 2 both digitally and at retail. PS3 copies run at 8,070 yen, with the Vita version priced at 7,120 yen. Save data from the previous game can reportedly be carried over for as-yet-unspecified bonuses.
Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation has been delayed from its January 28 release in Europe. Idea Factory International announced that the title will now launch physically in Europe on February 6, with the digital release to follow in February 11.
The North American release (January 27) has not been stated to be affected by the delay.
Square Enix has announced they are revisiting the SaGa series, with a new installment planned for the PS Vita. This comes on the heels the series’ 25th anniversary, and while the title has not been named yet, it is planned for a 2015 release. Series creator Akitoshi Kawazu is back on board, with Kenji Ito on the soundtrack and character designs by Tomomi Kobayashi.
Also part of the announcement was that Romancing SaGa: Minstrel Song for the PS2 is coming to the PlayStation Store in Japan. A release date was not given at this time.
In a recent interview, director Hajime Tabata commented on the Final Fantasy XV demo to be included with Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. The demo will be a download copy, and might only be available for a limited time. The idea isn’t confirmed just yet, but Tabata did state that the the team is considering a cutoff period shortly after its release.
Tabata added that they will be paying attention to demo feedback, and may set up place – presumably a forum or comment system – to process responses.
Bandai Namco has announced Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, an updated bundle release that includes the DLC add-ons, new NPCs and in-game events, rebalanced gameplay and online matchmaking, updated visuals, and other changes. This version will be available on Dark Souls 2‘s existing platforms of PC, PS3, and 360, as well as appearing for the first time on PS4 and Xbox One. Current Dark Souls 2 owners will receive the balancing, online changes, and story content in a separate update free of charge.
Scholar of the First Sin launches in Europe on April 3, with the North American release following on April 7.