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Visual Novel News:

Frontwing USA have announced that an English release of GINKA will be coming to Steam soon. This visual novel is by a team that includes Asta Konno and Yusano, the duo behind “ATRI -My Dear Moments-“. A concept trailer has been released.

Five years ago, Aoba Ryusei’s childhood friend, Shinomiya Ginka, disappeared without a trace on the night of the summer festival. The superstitious islanders believed this to be an act of God, saying that she was “spirited away.” Now in high school, Ryusei decides to visit the island over summer break. He needs to know: Did Ginka ever come back? Could she be living a normal high school life? Sadly, his faint hopes are crushed when he learns that Ginka was never seen again after that night. He dejectedly prepares to depart, but then he meets a young girl who looks exactly like his missing childhood friend? Ginka. “Welcome back, Ryusei.” The girl doesn’t know her own name. All she knows is that she loves Ryusei. Where has she been? Why hasn’t she aged? Finally reunited with his long lost friend, Ryusei vows to have the best summer vacation ever on the tranquil little island of his childhood.

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While Frontwing have yet to make an announcement, developer sprite have announced the development of everlasting flowers for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. sprite are known for their work on Aokana – Four Rhythms Across the Blue and Love, Elections & Chocolate (Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate) which have been localized or are in the process of release by NekoNyan.

A short promotional video is available, but information is currently limited. Frontwing are listed as translating the title into English and Chinese.

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Aksys Games has announced via a press release that Virche Evermore -Error: Salvation- is coming to Nintendo Switch on 9th November 2023. All first run copies of the physical version of this otome visual novel will include a set of seven character cards.

Arpéchéle is a small island country surrounded by the sea and black flowers of misfortune called Lycoris Noirges. The people of this country are born with a curse that leads to death at the age of 23. They lament and oppose their short-lived fates. After many years of research, a system was created, a “memory download” system. Once the body dies, the memories may live on in a clone known as a “Reliver.” These Relivers continue to resist their fate for another 23 years. The story of Virche Evermore -ErroR: Salvation- follows a girl known as “Death,” as everyone she is involved with dies before the curse can consume them. Just as she is about to end her own life in regret, a mysterious man who calls himself the “Watchman of Death” appears before her. Under the watchman’s guidance, the girl will approach the truth of the various mysteries of death that haunts this country, whether she likes it or not, and without knowing that despair is the fate that awaits those who are loved by Death.

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Gaming News:

Remember when it was announced that we’ll be getting a remake of Suda 51’s Lollipop Chainsaw? If not, that’s understandable, as we haven’t heard anything about the project since. However, that silence was now broken with the project receiving an official name: Lollipop Chainsaw RePOP! Sadly, the remake’s producer, Yoshimi Yasuda, released a statement that the game will receive a delay and is now aiming for a 2024 release.

After almost a decade of waiting and many re-releases, the latest entry in the Corpse Party franchise has finally been confirmed! Titled Corpse Party 2: Darkness Distortion, this new game will be developed by Team GrisGris and will release sometime in 2024. No extra details such as the platforms it will release for were announced, but we got a teaser image for the new game.

After the third entry of Atelier Ryza, the question about where the series would go next lingered in fans’ minds. We now have an answer, as Koei Tecmo, Gust, and Akatsuki Games have announced the latest entry in the series: Atelier Resleriana: Forgotten Alchemy and the Liberator of the Polar Night. However, this isn’t a console game; instead, this will be a game released for mobile devices and PC, and while we got an announcement trailer, we have no word if the game will be localized outside of Japan.

Watch the announcement trailer for Atelier Resleriana: Forgotten Alchemy and the Liberator of the Polar Night

As announced some time back, while we wait for the next entry in the Final Fantasy VII Remake series, Square-Enix is launching a mobile game based on the popular RPG title! Titled Final Fantasy VII: Ever Crisis, this mobile game promises to show different aspects of the lore and events from both Final Fantasy VII and Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII. Pre-registration is now available and the game will launch for iOS and Android on September 7th.

If you aren’t well versed in the fighting game scene, it’s likely you missed EVO 2023; the largest fighting game tournament on the planet. The event is known for some pretty exciting announcements for fighting games, and this year was no exception! First up is an update for Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising, an enhanced version of the original game. While we’re getting an online beta for the game sometime this Fall, what’s interesting is that they’ll be releasing a free version of the game to let people try it out, with you even being able to play online with other players.

Granblue Fantasy Versus: Rising launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC on November 30th.

On the topic of ArcSystemWorks, they confirmed that a third season pass for Guilty Gear -STRIVE-  is now in the works, with the first character coming to the season pass being a classic fan-favorite finally making his way into the game: Johnny!

The Johnny character DLC will release for Guilty Gear -STRIVE- on August 24th.

Watch the Johnny character DLC announcement trailer

On the Bandai Namco side of things, we got two new character reveals for the next entry in the Tekken franchise! The first is the return of the fan-favorite character, Raven, who first debuted in Tekken 5. The other is for the first brand-new character introduced in this new game: Azucena. She’s a fighter from Peru who adores coffee above anything else.

Tekken 8 will release for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC. No release window is known at this time.

Watch the Raven reveal trailer for Tekken 8

Watch the Azucena reveal trailer for Tekken 8

While season 2 of Jujutsu Kaisen is currently underway, we’ve got ourselves a bit of cross-promotion with Fortnite, as the series is the next anime license to join the popular battle royale title! The update includes themed quests based on the series, along with additional skins for Yuji Itadori, Megumi Fushiguro, Nobara Kugisaki, and Satoru Gojo.

Watch the trailer for the Jujutsu Kaisen event in Fortnite

It’s been teased for quite a while, but we finally have a release date for the next DLC chapter in Dragon Ball Z Kakarot! The 23rd World Tournament DLC that will retell the events of the final arc from the original Dragon Ball series will be arriving on August 17th.

Anime News:

Based on Satoshi Mizukami’s manga of the same name, an anime adaptation of Sengoku Youko has been revealed! The anime will be split across three cours, each of which will retell each arc from the original series.

Sengoku Youko will premiere in January 2024.

Watch the announcement trailer for Sengoku Youko

Upcoming Releases:

One of Rockstar’s most popular titles has been locked to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 for over 13 years, but it’s finally getting a re-release this week! Red Dead Redemption is a Western-themed open-world game that received critical acclaim back in 2010, so fans of the classic game will be thrilled to have a more available means to play it.

The Red Dead Redemption re-release will launch for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on August 17th.

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