Doesn’t it feel like we’ve got too many new titles to look forward to, and it’s not even the end of June yet? It certainly is overwhelming trying to keep up with all the announcements but we’re going to try to help you keep a note of what’s to come.
Today was New Game+ Expo’s first livestream that featured over a dozen Japanese developers and their new games. Let’s break down what we saw:
Kicking off the event was Suda51, trolling fans as he blatantly sits in front of new footage of No More Heroes 3. It’s a hilarious bit that kicks off the show in a hilarious fashion.
No More Heroes 3
Harvest Moon: One World
After the introduction, Natsume was up and revealed Harvest Moon: One World, which is set to launch this fall. Fledgling farmers will explore an entire world full of new and familiar faces, unique villages, and adventurous challenges while managing their growing farm. The new title is being developed with an all-new engine and graphics.
Tin & Kuna
Next came Tin & Kuna, from developer Black River Studios and Akysys Games. Best friends Tin and Kuna are messing around one day when they discover a mysterious orb. Kuna accidentally cracks it open, unleashing evil spirits who take possession of poor Tin. Kuna will need all his speed and skill to rescue Tin, and together they must rebuild the orb and contain the chaos terrorizing their tiny planetoid.
SNK’s Samurai Shodown is getting crossover DLC with Ubisoft’s For Honor joining the fray. Out tomorrow, players will play as Warden, who should be roughly $8.99 CAD.
Spike Chunsoft revealed a new trailer for their upcoming game, Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne.
Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World: The Prophecy of the Throne
One month after Subaru’s new life in another world began, an emissary sent by the royal castle suddenly appears with news that the royal selection has been postponed, but offers no reason as to why. The postponement of this grand event that decides the next ruler of the Kingdom of Lugunica stirs Subaru and his friends into action. They return to the royal capital only to find that a sixth candidate has claimed their stake for the throne. But the Dragon Stone prophesizes that only five candidates would be chosen. With one candidate being an imposter, suspicions are immediately cast toward one woman in particular: Emilia. What answers lie beyond the mysterious web of assassinations, betrayal, and conspiracies…?
Next at New Game+ Expo, NIS America and YummyYummyTummy revealed Fallen Legion: Revenants. It’s coming to PlayStation 4 and Switch and is out in 2021.
Fallen Legion: Revenants
I didn’t know this but Fallen Legion: Revenant is a sequel to both Fallen Legion: Sins of an Empire and Fallen Legion: Flames of Rebellion.
In a world covered in the miasma, a floating castle is the last refuge for mankind. The earth is scarred with beasts mutated by the plague while Welkin Castle is quarantined from the horrors below. Lucien, a charismatic politician protected in the castle walls, discovers an ancient book where he learns of the Exemplars, weapons that can turn into sentient soldiers. He joins forces with Rowena, a revenant determined to find a way to come back to life to raise her living son, and the two reluctantly make a pact to overthrow the mad tyrant controlling Welkin.
King Of Fighters R-2
After watching the trailer for The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, I was ecstatic to see how exciting the next game in the series looks. The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV launches on PlayStation 4 on October 27, with PC and Steam launching in 2021.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
The Erebonian Empire is on the brink of all-out war! Taking place shortly after the ending of Trails of Cold Steel III, the heroes of Class VII find themselves against the full force of the Empire in an attempt to stop its path of total domination. Further, the hero of the Erebonian Civil War and Class VII’s instructor, Rean Schwarzer, has gone missing. Now, the students of Class VII, old and new, must unite with heroes from all over the continent to create the only chance the world has to be spared from total destruction.
Death end re;Quest 2
Idea Factory revealed a game that I’m looking forward to playing when it launches later this year. Death end re;Quest 2 is described as a horror RPG and the trailer does an excellent job at delivering some spooky vibes.
There is a limited edition available online from Idea Factory‘s online store and it comes with the game, hardcover book, steel case, novel, and soundtrack, a bag, and trading cards.
Mai Toyama seeks an escape from her traumatic past. She becomes enrolled at Wordsworth, an all-girls dormitory situated in the small, mountainous town known as Le Choara where it was rumoured that her sister, Sanae, was last seen. Hopeful, Mai seeks to find her kin, but she soon finds terrifying inhabitants that lurk throughout the town after dark. At night, Le Choara’s streets are filled with Shadow Matter—a horrific group of menacing creatures. Around every cobblestone corner, Mai discovers that her hope of finding her sister lies beneath the long-buried secrets which haunt Le Choara.
New Game+ Expo isn’t even close to being done with reveals! Next is Idol Manager, a game from GlitchPitch.
You take on the role of manager at a small (but growing!) talent agency. As you cultivate and train the newest generation of young pop stars, you’ll have to decide who to hire and who to fire, who gets promoted when things go well and who gets reprimanded when things get sour. The personal lives of these young celebrities are a part of your business, and the life of a pop star isn’t always a happy one. Their crowning personal achievements can be your greatest commercial successes, but their emotional meltdowns and PR nightmares can spell financial disaster for your company.
Idol Manager is set to launch in 2020.
Danganronpa 10th Anniversary
Spike Chunsoft and Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of Danganronpa, debuted a video message:
Danganronpa is coming to smartphones!
A new visual novel is coming from Idea Factory and Akysys Games, Cafe Enchante is coming to Switch later this year in the West.
When Kotone inherits her grandfather’s Tokyo cafe, she discovers the shop holds more secrets than anyone could imagine. The cafe is a meeting spot for beings from multiple, mystical worlds. You’ll meet the king of demons, a humanoid beast, a fallen angel, and more. And when government agents monitoring non-human activities show up at your door, your new cafe is about to become a lot more colourful.
Escape from Asura
Developer Mikage and Akysys Games are working on Escape from Asuna, a new game that will launch on PlayStation 4 and Switch in 2021. We saw a brief trailer today at New Game+ Expo.
According to Gematsu, this is called Criminal Girls X in Japan.
Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2
Inti Creates is working on Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 and it is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. It is a sequel to 2018’s Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, which is a prequel of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
Curse of the Moon 2 brings classic 2D action and a dark, 8-bit aesthetic together with modern playability. The multiple-scenario structure of the previous title returns with an epic new story supervised by IGA (Koji Igarashi) himself.
Players take control of Zangetsu, a swordsman from the Far East who bears a deep grudge against demonkind. Zangetsu must battle his way to the demonic stronghold, but he doesn’t have to do it alone! Zangetsu can ally himself with a brand new cast of characters he meets along the way and adds them to the playable roster.
Gematsu has a ton of information.
Guilty Gear: Strive
Arc System Works revealed a new Guilty Gear title, all we know is that it is coming to PlayStation 4 next year.
Piofiore: Fated Memories
Piofiore: Fated Memories is a visual novel that’s heading West this October on Nintendo Switch. It is from Aksys Games and looks interesting!
Liliana Adoronato was born and raised in the church in the center of the Italian city of Burlone. Three criminal organizations control parts of the city, and Lili discovers that she is literally in the center of their turf wars. Her encounters with the leaders of the Falzone, Visconti, and Lao-Shu Families lead to danger and distraction. Once Lili is drawn into the shadowy world of the mafia, she realizes there is no going back.
Pretty Princess Party
Akysys Games and Nippon Columbia will bring Pretty Princess Party to the West later this year.
Pretty Princess Party on the Nintendo Switch transports you to a magical land to explore a long-abandoned enchanted castle. Learn to be a princess and decorate the castle any way you wish. Begin by creating a princess character with endless choices of dresses, shoes, accessories, and hairstyles. Then train to be a princess by playing six different fun mini-games, including cake decorating, horse racing, and dancing. Restore the castle to its former glory and win the prize!
Neptunia Virtual Stars
Idea Factory and Compile Hearts plan on releasing Neptunia Virtual Stars in the West later in 2021.
In a dimension called Virtualand, the virtual planets that exist within it contain an extraordinary ability to produce a commodity known as content. Of these celestial bodies is a tranquil planet known as EMO. This was the latest target of a nefarious group whose sole purpose is to destroy content created by virtual planets… Anti. Their decimation of EMO has left its citizens hopeless.
Just then, VTubers, popular live-streamers from Earth, were suddenly transported to Virtualand. Because VTubers possess an affinity for creating good content, they were obvious targets for Anti, who quickly captured them and turned them into data pockets known as V Cubes.
Fair, the Virtual Goddess and leader of Planet EMO, sent out a distress signal to multiple dimensions in the hopes of a miracle. Two groups received the signal – the rising VTuber stars, Mi and Yu, members of MEWTRAL, as well as the Goddesses of Gamindustri: Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert. Both parties, now entering unfamiliar terrain, decide to team up to duke it out against Anti! Can they band together and save planet EMO from complete destruction?
Shiren the Wanderer
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Plus is heading West later this year! Developed by Spike Chunsoft, this dungeon-crawler is looking wonderful!
Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate is the latest installment in the storied franchise. Legend has it that Reeva, the god of Destiny, holds sway over the past, present, and future. Said to dwell in the mysterious Tower of Fortune, Reeva decides the fates of all mankind with a trio of magic dice.
Playism is publishing Tasomachi, a game developed by Orbital Express. It is coming to PC in 2021.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
NIS America will publish Ys IX: Monstrum Nox in 2021. We get our best look yet at the latest adventure of Adol Christin.
Renowned adventurer Adol “the Red” Christin and his companion Dogi arrive at Balduq, a city annexed by the Romun Empire, only for Adol to be detained before setting foot inside. While imprisoned, he meets a mysterious woman named Aprilis who turns him into a Monstrum, a being with supernatural Gifts and the power to exorcise monsters. Now, Adol must ally with his fellow Monstrums to fend off the fearsome threats emerging from a shadowy dimension called the Grimwald Nox, as well as unravel the mysteries of the Monstrum curse, and the truth behind the unrest within Balduq.