Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Game’s Switch Version Slated for January in the West

Idea Factory International announced on Thursday that it will release Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force for Nintendo Switch in North America in January. Ghostlight announced on Friday that it will release the game in Europe in January.

The game will be digital only, and it will include all 25 DLC from the original PlayStation 4 release. Idea Factory International describes the game:

In a land filled with power-imbued weapons known as Furies, the Fencers who wield them are locked in combat to collect as many Furies as possible. The unassuming hero, Fang, finds himself caught up in their struggle when he pulls a sword from a stone. With up to six characters on the battlefield, a revolving cast of party members, and a customizable world, join Fang and his band of Fencers in an epic battle to revive the Goddess or the Vile God!

Compile Heart released Fairy Fencer F: Dark Advent Force on the PS4 in Japan in November 2015. Idea Factory International released the PS4 game in North America and Europe in July 2016. The game received a release for PC via Steam in February 2017.

Sources: Idea Factory International Press Release, Ghostlight Press Release

Tales of Crestoria Smartphone Game Gets English Release

Bandai Namco Entertainment opened a Twitter account on Saturday to reveal that it will release the Tales of Crestoria smartphone game in English. The Twitter account is also streaming a video. The game will launch in English in 2019, and is also slated to launch in Japan in 2019.

Tales of franchise 23rd anniversary livestream on Saturday also revealed a new key visual by Wit Studio for the game. Bandai Namco Entertainment will reveal more details about the game during a livestream on December 14.

The theme of the game is “sin,” and the main character burdened with sin lives in order to protect someone precious to him. Yasutaka Nakata and Kamikaze Douga are in charge of the main character visuals and severalconcept videos for the game. Tomomi Tagawa is serving as producer.

In the story, people possess personal devices called “Vision Orbs” that are able to take videos and influence perception. The game portrays a world where a video from a single person’s point of view can have a large influence on people’s views.

The game will be free to play, but some items will be available for purchase. Pre-registration is available now in Japan, and all players will receive in-game bonuses depending on the number of pre-registrations.

Source: Tales of Crestoria game’s Japanese website, English Twitter account

Love Live! Arcade Game Bug Causes Major ‘Wardrobe Malfunction’

A bug in the Love Live! School Idol Festival: After School Activity Next Stage arcade game renders the characters nude. Players have also complained of server issues and about characters sometimes appearing headless.

Although the bugs did not appear to affect every game machine, the problems have been widespread enough to become viral (NSFW link) on Twitter. The game service has temporarily been suspended in light of the issues.

Video below contains Barbie doll-esque nudity but is still probably NSFW

Love Live! School Idol Festival‘s official Twitter account announced that the game is undergoing “urgent maintenance” and have apologized for the inconvenience caused to players.

In an update on Friday, Love Live! School Idol Festival‘s Twitter account said that they have ascertained the causes behind the server and game issues and are currently working on a solution, but the issues will be difficult to resolve in a single day. The team cannot announce yet when the game service will restart, but promises to keep fans regularly updated.

In the meantime, however, the bug has become a joke on Japanese Twitter, and many players are apparently more amused than offended. The first response to the maintenance announcement on Twitter reads: “Sorry, can the maintenance please wait for a bit?”

The arcade music rhythm game launched in Japanese arcades on Thursday. Love Live! School Idol Festival was originally released as a smartphone game developed by KLabGames and published by BushiroadSquare Enixdeveloped and published the arcade version.

Source: Kotaku (NSFW link)

London Detective Mysteria Game Will Release On December 18

XSEED Games began streaming a trailer for its release of Karin Entertainment’s London Detective Mysteria(Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown) romance adventure visual novel on Friday. The video reveals that the game will launch for PlayStation Vita on December 18.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90gy7BPUPzY

The company announced in June that it would release the game for PS Vita and Windows PC in fall 2018. However, the company has not announced a release date for the PC version.

XSEED Games revealed at its Anime Expo panel in July that the Japanese staff of the game went to London to walk around, eat the food, and imagine the characters in the setting. The company added that the game’s director believes that the English translation will be even more authentic: the game is written entirely in Victorian English, and it took a year of research to authenticate the accents.

XSEED Games describes the game:

Eschew the frivolities of 19th century London’s high society and instead delve into the curiosities that lie hidden in London’s darkest corners in London Detective Mysteria. Playing as the heiress of House Whiteley, players will name their own Lady Whiteley as they investigate mysteries of London and interact with personalities inspired by famous fictional characters including Detective Holmes, Jack the Ripper, and more. Take full control over the experience by adjusting text speed or even the individual speaking volumes of individual characters and their original Japanese voices. Players must choose their words carefully as they interact with other characters, as decisions made throughout the story will not only affect special rewards but will also shape whether Lady Whiteley finds love or something more sinister in the shadows of 19th century London.

Karin Entertainment released the original Eikoku Tantei Mysteria game for PlayStation Portable in March 2013. The company then released a PlayStation Vita version, Eikoku Tantei Mysteria: The Crown, in February 2016. The new version added sequel stories and more skills.

Source: XSEED Games’ YouTube channel

Persona 5 Protagonist Joker to Join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighting Game

The Game Awards 2018 event revealed on Thursday that Persona 5 protagonist Joker will join the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover fighting game.

The game will ship for Nintendo Switch on Friday. The game will include all previous playable characters and support eight-player battles. New characters include Animal Crossing: New Leaf’s Isabelle, Metroid’s Ridley, Castlevania‘s Simon, Donkey Kong’s King K. Rool, and Pokémon‘s Incineroar.

Several other characters will join the game as “Echo Fighters” for other characters. Echo Fighters include Street Fighter’s Ken (for Ryu), Castlevania‘s Richter (for Simon), Fire Emblem’s Chrom (for Ike), Metroid’s Dark Samus (for Samus), Daisy (for Peach), Lucina (for Marth), and Dark Pit (for Pit). Echo Fighters will have moves and properties that closely match another character’s.

Piranha Plant will be available several months after launch as a limited-time free DLC character for people who register their games on their Nintendo accounts by January 21. Five additional DLC characters (including Joker) will be released after the game launches. Each character pack will include one character, stage, and song for US$5.99. A Fighters Pass will give players access to all five characters. People who purchase the pass will receive a Mii Fighter costume of Xenoblade Chronicles 2’s Rex, which will launch on Friday.

Smash World app is in development for release on iOS and Android in 2019. Players will be able to post and watch gameplay videos and check statistics in the app. The app will continue to receive updates after its launch, and staff will reveal more details about the app in the future.

Sources: The Game Awards 2018 livestream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game’s YouTube channel, GameSpot’s YouTube channel

Mega Miracle Force Smartphone Game Featuring Compile Heart Characters Previewed in Video

Compile Heart began streaming the first promotional video on Thursday for Idea FactoryNTT Plala, Zoo, and Axell’s Mega Miracle Force smartphone game.

Mega Miracle Force will launch in late January. Pre-registration is available now.

The game is a battle simulation RPG where players can create a party of characters to command on the battlefield. Most of the characters who appear in the game will be from games ethat Idea Factory‘s Compile Heart subsidiary developed: Neptunia, Monster Monpiece, Fairy Fencer F, Omega Quintet, Trillion: God of Destruction, Tokyo Clanpool, and Death end re;Quest. However, the game will also feature characters from other Idea Factory titles such as Spectral Force and Generation of Chaos. The game is part of a celebration of Idea Factory‘s 25th anniversary.

In the story of the game, the player character falls from a shooting star and meets Neptune (voiced by Rie Tanaka) and Croire (voiced by Mika Kanai), both originally from the Neptunia series. The player characters have amnesia, so Neptune suggests they go on an adventure to recover their memories.

New characters include self-styled goddess An (voiced by Yuki Nagano; first image below) and Alto/Aina (Ippei Matuoka/Atsuko Kato; second and third images below), antagonists with the same summoning power as the player character.

The iOS and Android game will be free to play with in-game purchases.

Source: Compile Heart‘s YouTube channel

The Last Remnant Remastered Game’s Launch Trailer Streamed

Square Enix began streaming a launch trailer on Thursday for its The Last Remnant Remastered game.

The game launched digitally for PlayStation 4 in Japan, Europe, and North America on Thursday. The game is available through the PlayStation Store for 3,980 yen (about US$36).

 

The game is a remaster of The Last Remnant role-playing game, which debuted for Xbox 360 in 2008 and for PC in 2009. In addition to the content from the original Xbox 360 version, the remaster includes all additional elements from the PC release. The game uses a new game engine and has graphics with higher resolution.

Yūsuke Naora, art producer of the original game, illustrated the remaster’s key artwork.

Sources: Square Enix’s YouTube channel

God Eater 3 Game Reveals New TV Ad

Bandai Namco Entertainment began streaming a television commercial for the God Eater 3 game on Sunday. The video previews the theme song “stereo future” by BiSH.

The game will debut in Japan on December 13 for PlayStation 4. The game will feature the new character Yūgo Pennywort (voiced by Tomokazu Seki). Anime studio ufotable is returning to animate the opening sequence.

The game will launch in North America and Europe on February 8. In the West, the game will be available on PlayStation 4 and PC. The release will have both English and Japanese audio.

Bandai Namco Entertainment describes God Eater 3:

Earth no longer resembles the home we know of now. The Aragami, terrifying beasts that live only to consume, are carving a path of destruction and misery wherever they are encountered. To combat this threat an elite group of heroes known as God Eaters are called upon to save humanity. God Eaters are individuals who have been bestowed upon them the ability to wield powerful new God Arcs, special weapons powered by Oracle Cells and the only known weapons capable of destroying the monstrous Aragami. However, another mission is coming into focus; something is happening to the God Eaters and the line between light and dark has never been so thin. It’s time to start breaking free from the cursed shackles that bind the souls of the God Eaters as the battle rages on around them.

The God Eater game franchise inspired a 13-episode television anime series in 2015. Aniplex of Americareleased the anime with an English dub on Blu-ray Disc in two sets in November 2016 and January 2017.

Source: Bandai Namco Entertainment’s YouTube channel 

Nier:Automata Game’s Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 3.5 Million

The official Twitter account for Square Enix‘s NieR: Automata game revealed on Wednesday that the game has sold and shipped a combined total of more than 3.5 million copies worldwide. The number includes both physical shipments and digital sales. The number had surpassed 3 million copies in June.

The game shipped for the PlayStation 4 in Japan on February 23, 2017, followed by North America on March 7, 2017 and Europe on March 10, 2017. Square Enix also released the game on PC via Steam on March 17, 2017, and on Xbox One on June 26.

The game is a follow-up to the 2010 NieR game, and reunited the director, producer, and composer. Freelance developer Taro Yoko (Drakengard series, NieR) helmed the project as director at Platinum Games. Yosuke Saito (Dragon Quest XNieR) was credited as producer, and Keiichi Okabe (Drakengard series, NieRYuki Yuna Is a Hero) composed the music. Takahisa Taura (Metal Gear Rising: RevengeanceAnarchy Reigns) handled the game design, and Akihiko Yoshida (Bravely SecondFinal Fantasy XIV) designed the game’s characters. J’Nique Nicole and Emi Evans each sang a version of the game’s theme song.

The developers discussed the possible continuation of the series at PAX East in April.

Source: NieR: Automata game’s Twitter account via Otakomu

Etrian Odyssey Nexus Game’s Video Highlights Mapping

Atlus USA began streaming a trailer for Etrian Odyssey Nexus on Wednesday. The video focuses on the mapping mechanic that is central to the franchise.

The Nintendo 3DS game is slated for February 5 in North America and Europe. The game’s launch edition will include an outer box, art book, and pin featuring the innkeeper Vivian.

The game introduces a new class named “Hero.” In addition, many classes from all previous entries in the series are available in the game, for a total of 19 available classes. The game uses a character creator feature similar to the one in Etrian Odyssey V, with portraits from older games available to use.

The new game’s setting centers on Lemuria, a lone island in distant seas where adventurers from all over the world travel to in airships, seeking its hidden treasure.

Etrian Odyssey V director Shigeo Komori directed the new game, and Yuji Himukai designed the characters. Yuzo Koshiro composed the music, and Shin Nagasawa designed the monsters.

The game shipped in Japan on August 2, and is the last game in the series developed for the 3DS platform. Atlus has teased a “next stage” for the franchise.

Source: Atlus USA’s YouTube channel