Visual Novel News:
JASTUSA has announced that classic visual novel Heart de Roommate will be released as a Remastered version on 30th September, 2022. It will feature upscaled graphics and compatibility with Windows, Mac and Linux.
Anyone who owns the original digitally via the JAST website will automatically get a free copy of the remastered version.
CyberStep, Inc have just released 猟奇リスナー ～ 狙われた姫配信者 ～ Lunatic Viewer – Streamer Girl at Risk – on the 14th September, 2022.
It describes itself as a visual novel ‘about a reclusive protagonist who is fascinated by female streamers and gradually becomes interested in the streamer’s private life’. It’s a remake of a 2018 title by Noirsoft which was originally launched on the CS Novels platform.
The publisher and developer Success has announced that they will be releases HD remasters of classic yuri titles Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro. These both originally launched on PC and PlayStation 2 back in 2004 and 2008 respectively. The remasters will launch on PC and Nintendo Switch in Japanese and English.
The latest ebi-hime visual novel has been released. Gloomy Planet describes itself as a ‘gloomy yuri VN set in an abandoned theme park, focused on a ruinous relationship between a pair of estranged childhood friends’.
Untold Atlas has announced that it will launch a KickStarter on the 27th September, 2022.
It describes itself as a ‘choice-driven, expedition-themed spin on visual novels (GxB/GXG), featuring in-game group chats and an intricate romancing system’.
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- Koezaru wa Akai Hana, an otome game where women are rare due to a fatal disease has announced a 2023 English and Chinese localization on Switch and PC
- Development of Nina Aquilla Chapter IV has begin
- A KickStarter for The Beastmaster Princess has been launched
- A demo has been released for Sorceress and Demons
The 2022 Tokyo Game Show took place last week, and it was a pretty jam-packed event! Not only did we have announcements during the event, but Nintendo and Sony hosted live presentations showcasing a massive pile of their new titles! There’s a lot to get through, so let’s start with the first batch of announcements from the latest Nintendo Direct:
While the Fire Emblem franchise isn’t celebrating a milestone anniversary, they’re bringing out the next title in the main series and it certainly comes off like a title celebrating the series’ long history. Fire Emblem Engage takes place in the continent of Elyos and sees you playing as a man or woman on a quest to take down the Fell Dragon. The game utilizes a mechanic called Engage, allowing you to use rings to summon various characters from the Fire Emblem series to aid you in battle.
Fire Emblem Engage launches exclusively for Nintendo Switch on January 20th, 2023.
The little creatures we likely don’t notice scurrying through the grass are finally making themselves known again! Pikmin 4 has been confirmed to now be in development and is set for a release on Nintendo Switch in 2023, though we know little aside from that.
While we’ve got a mobile game for the franchise, we’ve been waiting for a proper sequel to the game that debuted Square-Enix’s 2.5D art style, and that day has finally come! Octopath Traveler 2 was announced, bringing back the unique storytelling device of eight adventurers with vastly different goals traveling the lands together. While the familiar and praised combat system returns for the sequel, the biggest change is each character’s various Path actions in the environment now alter depending on if it’s day or night.
Octopath Traveler 2 arrives for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 24th, 2023.
Keeping on topic with Square-Enix, a much-loved rhythm game that has been stuck on the 3DS and iOS for the last ten years is finally making its console debut! Theatrhythm Final Bar Line celebrates the 35th anniversary of Final Fantasy in this rhythm action game that sees you traversing lands and fighting foes all to the tunes of the franchise’s most iconic songs. The game will be packaged with over 300 tracks, with 90 additional songs from titles such as NieR, SaGa, Octopath Traveler, and more being added as paid DLC.
Theatrhythm Final Bar Line releases for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch on February 26th, 2023.
It’s clear to see who is the most popular protagonist in the Atelier series, as they’re getting a third installment next year! Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key brings back the fan-favorite Ryza and ten other adventurers as they embark on a journey to investigate newly formed islands that have been emerging all over the world.
Atelier Ryza 3: Alchemist of the End & the Secret Key launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC on February 24th, 2023.
While the popular Danganronpa series may never see another new game, the same creative team is creating an entirely new franchise that’s sure to get fans of gaming’s favorite monochrome bear excited! Master Detective Archives: Rain Code stars Yuma, a detective trainee solving crime with their spirit assistant, Shinigami. Uncover clues and assess crime scenes, then dive into twisted wonderlands called Mystery Labyrinths to discover the truth and blast through contradictions.
Master Detective Archives: Rain Code releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch in Spring, 2023.
A classic from the days of the Nintendo Wii is back and in a big way! Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe is a remake of the original game with enhanced cel-shaded graphics, and the ability to play the game in 4-player local co-op not only as Kirby’s friends but as other Kirbys too. The remake will also debut a brand new copy ability for Kirby: the Mecha ability.
Kirby’s Return to Dreamland Deluxe arrives exclusively for Nintendo Switch on February 24th, 2023.
To close out the Direct, Nintendo finally gave us a long-awaited update on the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild! The new trailer showed us a brief glimpse at some new mechanics and a bit more of not only Hyrule but the vast expanses of the sky that were previously teased. Also, after all this time, the sequel finally has a title: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom and will launch exclusively for Nintendo Switch on May 12th, 2023.
Not to be outdone, Sony hosted a State of Play event on the exact same day as Nintendo’s latest Direct presentation! They started with quite the bombshell, as they announced that the Tekken teaser we got from this year’s EVO tournament was exactly what we all expected. Tekken 8 was officially announced and the trailer showcased a brutal battle between Jin Kazama and Kazuya Mishima on a rain-drenched battlefield.
Tekken 8 will release for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and PC sometime in the future.
The previously announced Project EVE received a brand new trailer and a name change: Stellar Blade! This action RPG combines stunning visuals and a fast-paced combat system, but the trailer also gave us a glimpse at the game’s general premise.
Stellar Blade will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive and will release sometime in 2023.
Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja’s next game is looking to be quite a big one! Rise of the Ronin seems to take place in an open-world environment set in 19th century Japan, not unlike that of Ghost of Tsushima and the studio’s own Nioh. The game boasts a fluid combat system and multiple methods of traversal, including an air glider.
Rise of the Ronin will be a PlayStation 5 console exclusive and will release sometime in 2024.
Yakuza fans were treated very well this year, as we got three game announcements for the franchise! While the Yakuza title has been dropped and replaced with Like a Dragon, the first new to the West game was announced at the PlayStation State of Play: Like a Dragon: Ishin, a game taking place in 19th century Japan that was previously exclusive to Japan, is finally getting a remake with a worldwide release on February 21st, 2023 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.
Outside of the PlayStation event, there were two other big announcements for the franchise! Fans of the series might have been wondering what series protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu was up to during the seventh installment. Those questions will be answered in a new side story titled Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Erased His Name. While it will be a shorter title than other games in the series, it will release sometime in 2023 for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC.
The last announcement from the franchise was one you’ve likely been waiting for: Like a Dragon 8 has finally been confirmed! It will be using the same turn-based combat system from Yakuza 7 and will feature the return of not only Ichiban Kasuga from the prior entry but series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu as well.
Like a Dragon 8 will release for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, and PC in 2024.
With it being Tokyo Game Show, we got a ton of announcements outside of digital broadcasts, so let’s go through some of the biggest that came from the event:
If you’re itching to play Konami’s classic Suikoden series, there’ll no longer be a need for you to dust off your PlayStation One copies, as remastered versions of both titles are being released! Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars updates the classic games with enhanced environments, while the classic pixel art is present and accounted for.
Suikoden I & II HD Remaster: Gate Rune and Dunan Unification Wars will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC in 2023.
It made a lot of waves during its announcement, but we’re getting more information on the next big game in the One Piece franchise! One Piece Odyssey is a turn-based RPG and tells an original story about the Straw Hat Pirates coming across a new island filled with a treasure trove of secrets to discover. The game’s presence at TGS brought with it a brand new trailer and a full release date for the title.
One Piece Odyssey releases for PC on January 12th, 2023, with the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, and Xbox One receiving the game on January 13th, 2023.
Sonic Frontiers is less than two months away, so we’ve been getting a ton of news at a rapid rate! TGS helped add to the news, as we got a brand new trailer, giving us a glimpse at the boss fights we’ll be forced to fight. Apparently, these creatures are tremendously powerful, so Sonic is forced to use the Chaos Emeralds to transform into Super Sonic in order to stand a chance, which makes fans wonder just how insane some of the later bosses will be.
Sonic Frontiers launches for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on November 8th.
Dragon Ball had two big announcements for the event too! Dragon Ball: The Breakers is only one month away, and they finally revealed information on the third raider: Majin Buu. Also, hardcore Dragon Ball fans will rejoice now that they’ll finally have a chance to play as Farmer with Shotgun, who famously got killed by Raditz in the first episode of Dragon Ball Z. If you’d like to try this game out for yourself, Bandai Namco are hosting an Open Beta Test from Wednesday, September 21st to Sunday, September 25th.
Dragon Ball: The Breakers releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on October 14th.
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot may have been released back in 2020, but we’re getting a whole bunch of DLC for the action RPG! Fans of the franchise are no doubt aware of the story of Bardock: Father of Goku, so they’ll be happy to hear that the story will be adapted into the game as the first piece of new DLC. It will be the first pack in a new season pass, one which promises two new pieces of DLC, alongside the Bardock: Father of Goku expansion. We will also be getting a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X version of the game which will boast enhanced visuals. Both the second season pass and new console versions will launch sometime in 2023.
During the Tokyo Game Show, Genshin Impact hosted an online showcase of what we can expect from the game’s 3.1 expansion. However, to the surprise of everyone, Hoyoverse had something else to announce, and it took absolutely everyone off guard! Genshin Impact will be having a long-term collaborative project with the famed anime studio ufotable, who were behind the anime adaptations of Fate and Demon Slayer. It’s unclear what this collaboration will entail, but it’s very likely we’ll be getting an anime series based on the game. The trailer showcased some absolutely stunning environments and our first look at Aether, Lumine, and Paimon in this anime’s gorgeous visual style.
After the massive success of Jujutsu Kaisen 0‘s theatrical run, people have been wondering when the anime will be returning. We finally have our first look at the second season with a new key visual and a release window of 2023.
Are you a Gundam fan looking for a new game to play? Bandai Namco has got your back with Gundam Evolution; a first-person team-based shooter where you join a team of other mobile suits to complete a variety of objectives in this online multiplayer title.
Gundam Evolution launches for PC on September 21st.
The latest entry in the Taiko no Tatsujin series is ready for release this week! It brings the familiar drum rhythm gameplay and will provide players with it a ton of songs from a variety of genres that are sure to please any rhythm game fan.
Taiko no Tatsujin: Rhythm Festival releases exclusively for Nintendo Switch on September 23rd.
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