Sunday 28 June 2015

The E3 2015 Announcement Summary For The JRPG Fan

While Tokyo Game Show is usually the big show for JRPG gamers, I absolutely love E3. The diversity of games is always vast and impressive and each conferences always has something for everyone.

There were some huge announcements this year, one of the biggest being the Final Fantasy VII Remake (what?!), but it wasn't the only JRPG announced during E3. Here is a generous handful of JRPG announcements that you may or may not have missed during E3 2015.

Disgaea 5

NIS America released a trailer for Disgaea 5 and revealed that it will be coming to the US Fall this year. For the trailer and a gameplay demo, watch the videos below.

You can pre-order Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance now from Play-Asia.

Final Fantasy VII iOS

The original Final Fantasy VII game from PS One will be ported to PS4 as planned and will also hit iOS platforms. While no release date for the iOS release was given, the PS4 release of the port has been delayed until Winter.

Source: IGN

Final Fantasy VII Remake

In what could be described as one of the biggest announcements of E3, Sony announced that Final Fantasy VII will be remade and will be released first on PS4. The teaser trailer can be seen below:

No release dates or any other information has been given, but fans all over social media are rightfully excited.

Source: Playstation's Youtube

You can pre-order the Final Fantasy VII Remake now from Play-Asia.

Fire Emblem Fates

Known as Fire Emblem If in Japan, Fire Emblem Fates is the sequel to Fire Emblem: Awakening and will be hitting the 3DS next year. The game is split into two installments in Japan and while Nintendo didn't explicitly state the Western version will follow suit, they did mention two versions of the new installment would allow players to fight 'an opposing force or join the other side' while commanding an army. The trailer and some gameplay footage can be watched below.

Source: Nintendo's Youtube, IGN's Youtube and Siliconera

You can pre-order Fire Emblem Fates now from Play-Asia

Genei Ibun Roku #FE (also known as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem)

A new trailer for Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem was unveiled at E3, with the name 'Genei Ibun Roku #FE' seemingly being the new title for the game. The game's story will revolves around music, featuring a group called the Mirage Masters, who all share the dream of wanting to become performers. The game's daily life will take place in altered versions of Tokyo's Shibuya and Harajuku areas with the player focusing around improved each characters performance techniques. But the game isn't an Idol simulator - Mirages (the game's enemies) are fought within dungeons, with a battle system that combines gameplay elements of both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem.

It's worth noting that this game is being developed by Atlus and therefore takes on a feeling of a Shin Megami Tensei game rather than a Fire Emblem game. This was confirmed by Atlus producer Shinjiro Takata, who stated:
"The problem is, if you make it too much like a Fire Emblem game, then why doesn’t Intelligent Systems just make it themselves? The goal for this was to do something that the Fire Emblem series can’t do. In the end, the reason the game looks the way it does, the reason the content is the way it is, is because this is something we wanted to do as an Atlus game, a game only Atlus could make."
The Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem crossover will be released on WiiU in 2016. The trailer and gameplay can be watched below.

Kingdom Hearts X Unchained

Kingdom Hearts Unchained, an iOS and Android game, has been announced for release in the west. No release date has been announced, but it's worth mentioning that it's release in Japan is this year. The game takes a flatter, more cartoon-esque art style approach when compared to Kingdom Hearts III but will still follow Kingdom Heart's tradition of incorporating Disney worlds and characters into the game, including Snow White. Unchained is also set to tie in directly with Kingdom Hearts 3, although it has not been detailed how as of yet. The trailer can be watched below.

Sources: Kotaku's Youtube and IGN

Kingdom Hearts 3

While Square Enix may not have revealed a release date for Kingdom Hearts 3, they did show a very cool gameplay trailer with lots of action and a few worlds we can expect to be playing in. One of them includes the now confirmed world based on Disney's Tangled. The game is, as the trailer says, 'Still In Development' at this point. The trailer can be watched below.

Sources: Kotaku's Youtube and IGN

You can pre-order Kingdom Hearts 3 now from Play-Asia.

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Promising the be the most incredible Storm game yet, Bandai Namco released a trailer from Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 at E3. The trailer also announced the release window for the game as Autumn 2015. The game promises a New Generation System that allows fights to take advantage of the PS4 and XBox One's hardware for the purpose of Anime-rendered gameplay visuals, along with the ability to create your own teams from the series and a wealth of characters spanning the Naruto Shippuden story arc. Watch the trailer below.

Nier New Project

In a surprising move, it was revealed during Square Enix's conference that a new Nier game would be made. While the trailer mostly showcases some locations, music and some of the important members of the development team, we can expect more information about the game during Fall 2015.

Source: Playstation Lifestyle

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel

Originally a game found in Japanese arcades, XSeed is localising Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel and is due out on PS3 and PS4 later in Winter this year. The game features characters from Nitroplus' games and visual novels, including Saber from Fate/Stay Night and a guest appearance from Homura from Senran Kagura. Watch the new trailer below.

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos

A new Onechanbara Z2: Chaos trailer was revealed at E3, showing the gameplay and the English voice acting that can be expected from the game. Watch the new trailer below.

Sources: Operation Rainfall's Youtube

You can pre-order Onechanbara Z2: Chaos now from Play-Asia.

Persona 4 Dancing All Night

With Persona 4 Dancing All Night just released in Japan, it was nice to see some expanded footage of the English version of the game, including English voice acting and some gameplay. Watch the new trailer and some gameplay below.

Source: Atlus USA's Youtube and IGN's Youtube

You can pre-order Persona 4 Dancing All Night from Play-Asia.

Persona 5

In terms of Persona 5, it did not have much of a presence at E3 this year. When Polygon asked Atlus's PR manager John Hardin about Persona 5's absence, he stated:
"Persona 5 is one of our biggest titles. We have to treat it with delicacy and care. No one likes to be spoiled, and especially not with a title of this magnitude. We just don't have anything ready."
Persona 5 wasn't completely silent from E3 though. Atlus released the same teaser trailer released earlier this year for Persona 5, this time with English text at the beginning.

You can pre-order Persona 5 now from Play-Asia.

Project Setsuna

During Square Enix's Conference, Project Setsuna was announced as a completely new IP from Square Enix and their new company, Tokyo RPG Factory. The video below features some of the beautiful art from the game, although not much else is known about the game at this point.

While no other information is available on Project Setsuna, Tokyo RPG Factory's website suggests inspiration from older JRPGs as opposed to modern, by saying:
"Countless adventures captivated us when we were kids. Now, it's time for us to return the favor with adventures of our own."

Project X Zone 2

Promising changes to the original battle system, Bandai Namco showed off a new trailer for Project X Zone 2 during E3. The game's producer also promised Siliconera a smoother take on the original battle system, with other features yet to be announced that will give the game added depth. For now, watch the trailer below.

Source: IGN's Youtube, Siliconera

You can pre-order Project X Zone 2 now from Play-Asia.

Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale

XSeed Games announced Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale coming to Nintendo 3DS in Winter 2015. The game is inspired by the world of PopoloCrois, a popular manga series and is similar in gameplay to Story of Seasons and the original Harvest Moon's series gameplay gameplay. The game promises a heartwarming story about friendship enhanced by it's NPCs, farming simulation and a turn-based battle system. Watch the trailer and a gameplay clip below.

Shenmue 3

Another big E3 surprise was the announcement of Shenmue 3, a direct sequel to Shenmue 1, and 2. During the announcement at Playstation's E3 conference, they also announced that the game would be funded via Kickstarter (although it has more recently been revealed that Sony will also be providing support and funding). With E3 being such a huge gaming event, the Kickstarter has since been very successfully funded, blasting the $2 million dollar target in record time (even scoring a Guinness World Record) and now looking at completing their stretch goals.

Check out the E3 announcement and an interview with the director Yu Suzuki below.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness

Originally announced for PS3 and PS4, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (known to some as Star Ocean 5) was announced at Square Enix's E3 Conference for PS4, coming to Europe and North America in 2016 (Japan will see it Winter 2015). The game will be set between Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till The End of Time and is set on an uncivilized planet called Fakelead, 6,000 light years away from Earth. The trailer, which features the real time battle system, can be watched below.

World of Final Fantasy

Possibly heavily over shadowed by another Final Fantasy announcement was World of Final Fantasy, a new game for PS4 and PS Vita featuring characters from many different main titles Final Fantasy and miniature versions of their respective worlds. One of the interesting gameplay aspects in World of Final Fantasy is characters abilities to change size. The changing of size allows characters to become small enough to jump on the backs of enemies or vice versa. The game features classic RPG mechanics and also the ability to capture enemies. Watch it's cute trailer below.

Xenoblade Chronicles X

The anticipated Action RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X has been given a release date for the localised version of the game. While the game was released in Japan in April this year, the localisation has been announced as December 4th 2015. The English trailer, featuring mechs and a beautiful world, can be seen below.

You can pre-order Xenoblade Chronicles X now from Play-Asia.

Yo-Kai Watch

The Japanese anime and video game sensation (seriously guys, it has it's own toilet paper in Japan) Yokai Watch will finally be hitting the US during the holiday season, according to Nintendo's E3 announcement. Watch the English trailer below.


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