Category Archives: Announcement

Alliance Alive Heading Westward in Early 2018

At the most recent Nintendo Direct, it was announced that Atlus USA would be bringing the most recent FURYU 3DS JRPG  The Alliance Alive to the west. A spiritual successor of sorts to The Legend of Legacy.

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It’s time to resist! Humanity must band together and unite against Daemon oppressors because ATLUS is bringing FURYU Corporation’s JRPG The Alliance Alive to the Americas and Europe for Nintendo 3DS!
The game was originally released in Japan earlier this year and features nostalgic gameplay developed with a modern touch. Featuring massive world-exploration, an intertwining story of nine protagonists, an exhilarating turn-based battle system, and more, JRPG fans will instantly feel at home when crusading against evil in The Alliance Alive.
One thousand years ago, Daemons invaded the world and subjugated all that stood in their path. They then separated the realms with the Great Barrier, which thrust the world into a sea of chaos. The barrier caused the Dark Current, an ocean current that submerged most major cities, to wreak havoc and decimate humanity. All hope was lost, and all remaining humans had to bend the knee to their new Daemon kings. Hundreds of years later, the world is about to change again… There are whispers of resistance, and now the time is ripe to bring it to a roar. Can you fan the flames of rebellion and lead mankind to victory?
The Alliance Alive will be launching physically and digitally in the Americas for $39.99, while only being released digitally in Europe.
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Yakuza 2 Kiwami Announced

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This morning SEGA has announced that Yakuza Kiwami 2 is indeed real, and is being made from the ground up in Yakuza 6’s Dragon Engine. Not only will the game be getting an entire visual overhaul, but there will also be a lot of extra content as well. For example, an entire chapter starring Goro Majima will be added.

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 looks very impressive in the Dragon Engine! We look forward to seeing more of this game as news develop! No word on a western release date as of yet, but I expect to hear something as we get closer to Yakuza 6’s launch in the west!

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Yakuza Kiwami 2 will launch in Japan on December 7th, 2017. If you haven’t done so already you can check out our review of Yakuza Kiwami in the meantime here.

Hakuoki Kyoto Winds Hits Steam on August 24th

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Today Idea Factory International announced that their latest Otome game Hakuoki Kyoto Winds, will be coming to Steam on August 24th!

Prepare your otome heart! Hakuoki™: Kyoto Winds comes to Steam this August 24 with a weeklong 30% discount, Deluxe Pack, and Winds Treasure Box DLC! Get the Deluxe Bundle or Complete Deluxe Set for even more savings!

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The game will also be launching with a deluxe pack for $9.99 which contains the following:

  • OST
  • Event Scene Collection
  • PC Wallpaper
  • Mobile Wallpaper
  • Character Art Collection

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For those wanting to check out the steam page for the game you can find it here.

 

 

Mary Skelter Launches September 19th in NA and September 22nd in the EU

Idea Factory International has finally announced the release date for the long awaited PS Vita game Mary Skelter! You will be able to get your hands on this game on September 19th for our North American readers, and September 22nd for those of you in Europe.

Conquer your worst fears and nightmares in Mary Skelter™: Nightmares, Idea Factory International’s latest dungeon-crawling RPG, coming to the PlayStation®Vita system this September 19 (NA) and September 22 (EU)! It will be available as a digital and a physical release and compatible with the PlayStation®TV.

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You can also check out the latest trailer here:

We will be reviewing Mary Skelter so be sure to keep an eye out for our review of the game!

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night Announced

It seems like there is no breaks on the Persona hype train. At the most recent Persona concert we got confirmation of of not only a Persona 3 Dancing game, but a Persona 5 Dancing game to boot. Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5 Dancing Star Night will be hitting Japan on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Spring 2018. You can check out the respective trailers:

Persona 3 Dancing Moon Night:

Glad to see we have playable doors in this game, and more Lotus Juice is a treat for everyone.

Persona 5 Dancing Star Night:

Will not lie this one shocked me, I thought for sure Persona 5 Arena would be the first spin off, but this games music sounds on point too.

So 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for Persona fans, with more announcements on the horizon. Will we see some news of the elusive Persona Q 2? Well maybe.

25th Anniversary Special Edition Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Announced

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Atlus today has shown off the cover art for Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey (or Strange Journey Redux in the US) in the most recent issue of Famitsu.

The Limited Edition will include the following items:

  • Shin Megami Tensei Deep Strange Journey
  • A 208 page art book
  • A six CD soundtrack celebrating the series music
  • A special edition box

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You can get your hands on this thing for the low price of 16,800 Yen. This edition launches in Japan on October 26th. Sadly there is no news on whether or not western fans will be able to get their hands on this 25th Anniversary edition in the western release next year. Fingers crossed that Atlus will give us something to celebrate!

Trails of Cold Steel and Trails of Cold Steel II head to PC

Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will be coming off of PS3 and Vita and onto PC this summer and it’s sequel sometime down the line. The PC version will have 5,000 more voice lines (a 50% increase) as well as run at 60 frames per second.

 

Here’s a comparison video between the PS3 and PC version. Please note that the footage was shot at 30fps, but the game itself was running 60fps.

 

Here’s what XSEED has to say on the title

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel builds on Nihon Falcom’s beloved Trails franchise, improving on the series’ formula while delivering an expertly told, standalone narrative that both series fans and newcomers alike will enjoy. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel further explores Erebonia and gives players a chance to delve deep into the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned and powerful empire. Players take on the role of elite military students at a time of great turmoil, who enjoy school life as they bond with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, and then utilize those abilities via tactical turn-based combat. In between skirmishes, players can upgrade their party members with the “ARCUS” system – a streamlined version of the classic “Orbment” magic system from previous titles – allowing for greater access to abilities and quicker customization.

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XSEED Announces the Release Date for Trails in the Sky the 3rd

In a press release, XSEED has announced that Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky 3rd Chapter will hit Steam, GOG.com, and the Humble Bundle on May 3rd, at a price point of  $29.99, €29.99, and £24.99. During it’s first week at launch however, it will be available for 10% off.

Here’s a quick rundown on the title from XSEED.

Half a year after the events of Trails in the Sky Second Chapter, Liberl has settled into peace once again—but even during peaceful times, there are many among the distinguished and fortunate burning with greed thanks to the influence of ancient artifacts. Most of the population remains unaware of their abuses of power, but to the most enigmatic order of the beloved Septian Church, the Gralsritter, snuffing out these would-be villains and claiming artifacts in their name is as everyday as professing one’s faith in the Goddess.

On the eve of another successfully completed mission, high-ranking member Father Kevin Graham is immediately assigned to retrieve one more artifact that rests beneath Grancel Cathedral. What’s more, even though this is a task he could easily complete on his own, he must reluctantly do so in partnership with his newest recruit, rookie Gralsritter and childhood friend Sister Ries Argent. Thus begins the start of a routine mission that becomes anything but, delving into a new and mysterious realm that follows an unnaturally strict set of rules: Phantasma. Therein, the history of the Septian Church and the pasts of the many familiar faces who took up arms for the sake of Liberl’s future will be laid bare – and some may have been better off staying forever sealed behind closed doors.

Widely considered the most challenging title in the series, players are encouraged to iterate upon the combat style they’ve come to know in the 3rd’s predecessors by either enjoying its in-depth story on Easy or crying with frustration on its unforgiving Nightmare difficulty. The brilliant music that the Trails in the Sky series is known for also returns, adding dozens of memorable new tracks as players work their way through the mysterious new realm of Phantasma.

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Cyberdimension Neptunina 4 Goddesses Online Comes Westward this Winter

Idea Factory International has announced today that Cyberdimension Neptunia will be heading to PlayStation 4 and Steam in North America and Europe this Winter!

Stock up on your Nepbull, because Vert’s inviting you on a dungeon raid! We’re excited to announce that Cyberdimension Neptunia™: 4 Goddesses Online will simultaneously release on both the PlayStation®4 system and for Steam users this winter! Its console debut will be available in both North America and Europe both physically and digitally.

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This game is the latest spin off entry in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series, and the first spin off in the series to make its way to the PlayStation 4.

You can expect the following out of this new game:

Key Features
  • 4 Person Dungeon Raids You’ll never go it alone in the dungeons when you’ve got 3 other party members helping exterminate dungeon fodder in this hack ‘n’ slash adventure! Choose the one you control whenever you want!
  • You CAN Cast that Here Be prepped for any situation when you can map multiple skills to each face button, and max out your meter to unleash a flashy “Awakening Skill” that will devastate those who cross you!
  • +10 to Fashion – Show off tons of cosmetic gear that can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere! Ever seen a mustachioed fairy pirate DJ? Now you can!
  • Nep_Main Joined your Party Play online with up to three other people for extra loot and harder enemies, plus use the in-game chat feature to really make it feel like an MMO! (It’s not.)

So be sure to stay on the look out for further coverage of this game on our site including a review later this year!

 

Superdimension Neptunia Vs. Sega Hard Girls Launches October 18th

The upcoming spin-off game in the Hyperdimension Neptunia series Superdimension Neptunia Vs. Sega Hard Girls will be hitting the PlayStation Vita in North American regions on October 18th, and European regions on October 21.

LOS ANGELES, CA., August 22, 2016 – SuperdimensionNeptune VS Sega Hard Girls™ brings the superdimensional war to the PlayStation®Vita system forNorth America on October 18 and Europe on October 21! It will be available as a digital and a physical release and compatible with the PlayStation®TV.

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We will keep you all posted as more news develops on the game, such as the highly anticipated Limited Edition!