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News of the Month – June 2016

This month has been very hectic for us. It’s mainly because of E3 2016. A lot of games were announced, release dates were revealed and delayed, game updates, and many more. However, June is not all about E3 2016.

GENERAL

New RPG games

  • Ever Oasis

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Ever Oasis is Nintendo’s newest IP which will be released for Nintendo 3DS. The title was first announced at E3 2016 during Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream. In this game, you will be able to make your own oasis. Click here to see more information about Ever Oasis.

  • Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity

Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity - E3 2016

At E3 2016, XSEED Games announced a trailer for Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity, a spin-off title from the Touhou Project. Be sure to check the full report here.

  • Teeny Titans

Teeny Titans Header

Teeny Titans is a very adorable mobile RPG based on Cartoon Network’s famous TV series, Teen Titans, developed by Grumpyface Studios, the same studio that brought you South Park: The Stick of Truth, . The gameplay itself is based on Pokemon. By the time this article is written, the game is already released. Go check your Play Store or App Store for the game.

  • Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag

Sword Art Online - Memory Defrag - Title

Following its successors, Bandai Namco announced Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag for iOS and Android, which will be released later this year. You can now start pre-registering for the game and in-game items and currency.

  • Dungeon Tracker

Dungeon Tracker - Title

Another interesting RPG that combines the element of RPG itself with fitness-tracking app is here. One of the most basic feature of Dungeon Tracker is that it tracks your fitness record, just like normal fitness-tracking app. Every steps you take in real life, will be converted into mana, which allows you to buy equipments for the game.

 

Release date revealed!

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Prologue

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Square Enix announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Prologue will be released on December this year, along with an E3 2016 trailer. This game contains Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, and Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep  A Fragmentary Passage.

  • Persona 5

Persona 5 Logo

Atlus may have already announced a release date for Persona 5 in Japan. However, the western release date was remain unknown… Until, earlier this month, Atlus announced that Persona 5 is slated to release in the west on February 14, 2017. Next year’s Valentine’s day is going to be awesome!

  • Paper Mario: Color Splash

Paper Mario - Color Splash - E3 2016

During Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream event at E3 2016, Nintendo announced a released date for Paper Mario: Color Splash, followed by an E3 2016 trailer. Check out the details here.

  • Justice Monster Five

Justice Monsters Five from FF XV World

To welcome Final Fantasy XV’s release this year, Square Enix announced a pinball smartphone RPG titled Justice Monster Five, which is one of the minigame content available for Final Fantasy XV. This mobile game will be released on late August this year in Japan. Be sure to check out more details about Justice Monster Five here.

  • Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO Logo

It is announced that Pokémon GO will launch on July this year, without any exact date yet. In addition to that, there will be a wearable gadget called Pokémon GO Plus, which will be made available in the store sometime in late July. The gadget will notify you whenever there’s a Pokémon nearby.

Release date delayed!

  • NieR: Automata

NieR Automata E3 2016

This fast-paced action RPG by Platinum Games is getting delayed. According to the reasoning, it is reasonable and also a wise move for them to delay the release date of the game to early 2017. Click here to see why the game has to be delayed.

 

English localization

  • Caligula

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Written by the scenario writer of Persona 1 and Persona 2, the exclusive JRPG by FuRyu and Aquria titled Caligula is heading to the west. Click here to see more details.

HIGHLIGHTED GAME UPDATES

  • PlayStation VR

Sony PlayStation VR Headset

At E3 2016, Sony announced the release date for PlayStation VR. It is slated to release on October 13 this year. Be sure to check out what else was announced at E3 regarding the PlayStation VR.

  • Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV Altissia City

Earlier, Square Enix released trailers for Final Fantasy XV showcasing the city upon the water, Altissia, and a peek at the flying car, Regalia Type-F. Not only that, Square Enix also revealed that the game will have a “Wait mode” for those who are unfamiliar with action RPG and need more time to come up with a strategy.

  • Persona 5

Persona 5 Crow is Revealed as Goro Akechi

Atlus announced a new member to the party. His name is Goro Akechi. Remember Naoto Shirogane from Persona 4? Goro is similar to Naoto. He is a highschool detective boy in the Phantom Thief gang.

  • Pokémon Sun and Moon

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Game Freak shared the details about the legendaries for Pokémon Sun and Moon: Solgaleo, and Lunala. Not only that, Game Freak also revealed new Pokémons and also some brand new features.

  • Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV - Heavensward

At E3 2016, producer/director Naoki Yoshida shared more details about future plans (upcoming patch, the Palace of the Dead, FFXIV FanFest 2016-2017), and also the possibility for Final Fantasy XIV to be available for Xbox One. In addition to that, the China servers get an exclusive in-game items as they are entering patch 3.2. Yoshi-P also mentioned that there will be more details about the next expansion at the Fan Fest this October.

  • Kingdom Hearts III

Kingdom Hearts III Battle Screenshot

Other than Disney characters that are featured in the game, Kingdom Hearts is also known for featuring Final Fantasy characters, such as Cloud, Sephiroth, Squall (Leon), Zack, Yuffie, and many more. However, even though Disney characters have their own world (100 Acre Woods – Winnie the Pooh, The Land of Dragons – Mulan, etc.), there will be no exclusive worlds for Final Fantasy in Kingdom Hearts III. Find out why here.

  • Tales of Berseria

Tales of Berseria - Title

Bandai Namco introduced more characters for the upcoming Tales of Berseria. They are Shigure Rangetsu, Melchior, and Benwick. In addition, Bandai Namco also detailed more about the minigames and the features that are available for the game.

  • Yo-kai Watch 3

Yo-Kai Watch 3 Sushi & Tempura Poster

Level-5 had revealed a new trailer for Yo-kai Watch 3. The trailer showcases the battle gameplay in the game. Click here to see more details.

  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda - Breath of the Wild - E3 2016

During Nintendo’s Treehouse livestream event at E3 2016, Nintendo shared a bunch of demo footage of the upcoming The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, such as exploration, combat and gameplay, Shrine of Trials, and many more. Be sure to check them all out here.

 

GAMING EVENT

E3 2016

E3 2016 Report Poster

Even though this year’s E3 is not as interesting as it was in previous years, there are still a lot of great announcements, such as the new God of War which will take place in the Norse mythology instead of Greek mythology, the PlayStation VR, Final Fantasy XIV, and many more. check out our E3 2016 recap here.

 

OTHER RPG RELATED MEDIA UPDATE

Toys/Merchandise

  • Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward - Christmas Moogle Plush & Toys

Instead of Square Enix, Taito is releasing merchandises for Final Fantasy XIV. There are Moogle plushies, Moogle lamp, pouches, and many more. Click here to find out more.

  • Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters

Digimon Universe Appmon Gachimon

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters is a part of the cross-multimedia project for the Digimon franchise. Bandai Namco had announced that the official website is online. Click here to see more details.

Anime

  • Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV

Brotherhood FF XV Episode 2 Dogged Runner

Square Enix had finally released the second episode of Brotherhood: Final Fantasy XV. This episode focuses more on Prompto’s backstory, and how he was befriended with Noctis.

Movie

  • Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Kingsglaive FF XV King Regis

Another Square Enix’s product for Final Fantasy XV is the upcoming CGI movie titled Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. The movie’s theater release date in US had been announced. Click here to find out about that, and click here to see the E3 2016 trailer.


There you have it. All of the highlight news for June 2016. Out of all the news that we covered in June, which one excites you the most? Let us know in the comment section below.

 

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