In less than a year Nintendo’s seventh home console, code named the NX, will launch worldwide. The news broke yesterday, entirely out of the blue at Nintendo’s annual financial briefing held in Japan where the Mario factory also revealed that, while the console itself won’t appear at this year’s E3, the next highly anticipated instalment of The Legend of Zelda series will launch on both the Wii U and the NX next year. Away from Nintendo’s next console the Big N also confirmed that their next mobile apps will centre around the Fire Emblem and Animal Crossing series.
For a number of years now Atlus’ European wing and NIS America have worked hand in glove to bring a number of high profiled titles including the Etrian Odyssey series to Europe, however as of now that once strong relationship is well and truly over.
Speaking to MVC NIS America’s managing director Takuro Yamashita revealed that since Sega’s acquisition of the Persona creator, Atlus had “Became very picky about selecting their European publishing partner.” Mr. Yamashita went on to express his belief that Atlus was now “cherry picking” the titles guaranteed to sell and unwilling to take risks and so NIS America would no longer be partnering with the group. NIS America could now look for a new publishing partner or choose to publish their games themselves.
Atlus have announced that the second main series Shin Megami Tensei game to appear on the 3DS, dubbed Apocalypse, is to be released across North America this summer. The game which takes place during the events of Shin Megami Tensei IV will see players taking control of a demon hunter brought back from death in exchange for his pledge of servitude to a lesser God.
The latest Dragon Ball themed brawler for the 3DS has just received a brand new trailer which you’ll find right here. Alongside the trailer publishers Bandai Namco also revealed, as the game’s title Fusions suggests, pairing famous facing from across the Dragon Ball universe will be a key feature as will character creation with up to five races, Human, Saiyan, Alien, Spirit Worldian and Namekian.
Dragon Ball Fusions is to be released in Japan later this year exclusively on the 3DS.
A brand new trailer for perhaps the XBox One’s most anticipated title to date and the fifth instalment of the Gears of War franchise has arrive, and you can see it for yourself right here. Lasting for less than a minute, the trailer doesn’t offer up all that much in the way of information however it does give us a glimpse of Marcus Fenix’s son’s return home.
Expect to see plenty more of Gears of War 4 at this year’s E3.
Back in 2012 Shining Hearts developers Studio Saizensen brought an interesting little side scrolling beat ‘em up dubbed Code of Princess to the 3DS. Unfortunately the game didn’t find much of a following on Nintendo’s twin screen handheld however that hasn’t deterred new publisher Degica from bringing the game to Steam. No additional content is planned for the PC edition of the game but the its beautiful sprites will undoubtedly benefit from a slightly bigged screen.
Square Enix have officially announced the latest game in the Star Ocean series, Integrity and Faithlessness is on schedule for release State-side this June 28 while European RPG fans will get the game July 1st. Square Enix also revealed a collectors edition of Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is inbound and will feature soundtrack CD, art book, collectors box and cards. Star Ocean Integrity and Faithlessness is coming to the Playstation exclusively.
Having shifted 12 odd million units since its launch in 2012, few would accuse the Wii U of having sold like hotcakes however even fewer would have predicted Nintendo would cease production of the console before it’s fifth birthday but reports emanating from Nikkei suggests that’s exactly what will happen by the year’s end. The report goes on to claim Nintendo has already ceased production of a number of Wii U accessories in an effort to deplete inventory however the Big N have been quick to deny any such action has or will take place any time soon but with the NX on the horizon Nikkei’s report seems to ring true.
When Telltale Games announced they’d be turning their hands towards the Batman universe more than a few eye brows were raised in wonder of what such a game would look like, and while we continue to wait for an actual glimpse of Telltale’s take on Batman a few fresh details have emerged, here’s what we now know.
“Telltale’s Batman will explore what the consequences are of the player’s actions when decisions made as Bruce have a critical impact on his nightly crusade as Batman, and vice versa. Certain key situations will give the player the decision to approach a scene as Bruce or Batman, with consequences for both sides.
Fresh interpretation of the universe set in current times, not tied to any existing iteration of Batman in games, film, or comics. Story will focus on Bruce and Batman, not an examination of the extended ‘Bat-family,’ (Robin, Nightwing, etc.) Fans can expect certain series staples such as Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale, James Gordon, and Renee Montoya. Telltale is looking to keep the villains more tightly under wraps until closer to the premier.
Certain characters will have a deeply personal relationship with Bruce in his private life, and decisions made as Bruce or Batman will affect their paths towards corruption or redemption.
Telltale are committing to a non-photorealistic interpretation of the universe, enhancing engine and technology to deliver a more seamless living comic book art direction. Taking inspiration from the works of over 75 years of artists such as Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, and Neal Adams.”
Agent 47 is back, only this time the merciless assassin is carrying out his hits episcopally. Those not interested in this new, part-time vocation will likely have been holding out for a fully featured Hitman experience, however Square Enix have confirmed that those waiting are in for a long one as no physical release of Hitman will now take place before January 2017. When the physical game does eventually ship it will do so with seven episodes in total.