2019 is starting! The opening of 2019 looks good so far for gamers like us; yes, it’s the release of the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III! Whoops, but any other interesting news also come in January, so let’s take a look together!
Kingdom Hearts III
After many, many years, Square Enix finally released Kingdom Hearts III! The game is finally available to play now. If you haven’t get your hands on this masterpiece, maybe a preview can satisfy you before playing the game.
New Games Announced
Final Fantasy: Digital Card Game
Following Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy gets digital card game version for PC, iOS, and Android. You can use various Final Fantasy characters and summons in your deck. The graphic adopts pixelized graphic, giving us a throwback to old games. Check it out here!
SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech
Image & Form Games has announced SteamWorld Quest: Hand of Gilgamech. The new turn-based card RPG is coming first to Nintendo Switch sometime this year! Check the synopsis, trailer, and screenshots here!
Release Date Revealed
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Behold! Both Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster and Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will be available on April 16th and April 30th, 2019 respectively! Both will come to Xbox One and Switch. We also get to see Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age new art box by Akihiko Yoshida.
Zlongame announced that Langrisser Mobile English version will launch on January 22 for smartphones! And yes, you can already pre-register on the game’s official site. On another note, official gameplay trailer is also launched and you can check it!
This year, the said Visual Novel is getting a PC version on STEAM and will be available on January 22nd, 2019. There’s also a limited edition that includes the game itself and soundtracks. You better grab it fast, because there’s a 10% discount going on for the limited edition at the first week after release.
Lapis x Labyrinth
NIS America has announced Lapis x Labyrinth release date for the west! This dungeon RPG will launch at the end of May for North America and Europe; 28th and 31st respectively. In addition, a new trailer has also been released. It shows how to assemble a party, take a quest, and finally, the battle.
Touhou Genso Wanderer Lotus Labyrinth
Aqua Style announced Touhou Genso Wanderer Lotus Labyrinth release date! This sequel of Touhou Genso Wanderer: Reloaded was supposed to release in April in Japan, but the game is delayed to be released in July, appropriately on July 18, 2019.
Re-port / Remastered
Legrand Legacy: Tale of The Fatebound
Yes, it confirmed, Legrand Legacy: Tale of The Fatebound Switch version will be playable for Switch exactly on the same date of its PC release last year, January 24, 2018. It maybe some kind of anniversary. There’s also switch launch trailer below which showing off gameplay featuring the Switch button prompts to perform an attack, its accuracy or strength determined by pressing the button while the arrow is within the marker during a quick time event.
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force
Compile Hearts and Idea Factory released Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force now on Nintendo Switch. You can check the Switch launch trailer below. And the game will be available in Nintendo Switch eShop on January 17, 2019.
Moero Chronicle H
Compile Heart decided to make an HD version entitled Moero Chronicle H. It’s planned to be released for Nintendo Switch in Japan on January 31, 2019 for 4000 Yen, digitally only in Nintendo eShop. The game is currently 30% off until January 30. Starting January 31 and until February 11, the game will be 20% off.
Langrisser I & II
Chara-Ani Games has announced a playable demo for Langrisser I & II on the Japanese PlayStation Store and the Japanese Nintendo Eshop on February 7, 2019. Players can expect the demo to include the first three levels of the first game and levels four through six of the second game.
Dead in Vinland
CCCP and Playdius announced there will be a Nintendo Switch port for a Survival Viking-themed RPG, Dead in Vinland. The announcement came alongside the release of patch 1.3 and a new DLC pack, the Endless Mode: Battle of The Heodenings.
Release Date Delayed / Canceled
RPG Maker MV
NIS America announced to delay RPG Maker MV console versions (Switch, PS4, and Xbox One) due to development issue. There are no new release date yet.
Song of Memories
Due to development complications, PQube has cancel the Switch port for Song of Memories.
Kingdom Hearts VR Experience
Kingdom Hearts VR Experience has been delayed again by a few more days. But as of now, it is available to enjoy since January 23rd, 2019.
Localization to English Announced
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Coming in Fall 2019 is the English localization of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III. It will feature both Japanese and English audio, as well as English and French subtitles.
Record of Agarest War: Marriage
Idea Factory International brings Record of Agarest War: Marriage to the West on PC. It is also already available on STEAM as of February 1st, 2019.
Our World is Ended
Important RPG Update (+ Demo)
Kingdom Hearts III
There are interview going on with Kingdom Hearts III Director and Co-director before the game released. One is about the story writing and secret movie, while the other is about revealing more Disney’s worlds.
Important VN Update (+ Demo)
Story trailer for Steins;Gate Elite is revealed! The trailer can be seen here. In addition, it also gives you teaser about the game’s limited edition. It will come together with the physical copy. You can pre-order it now, however.
RPG / VN CROSS-MEDIA UPDATES
Pokemon Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution
The legend is back! The official Pokemon YouTube channel just revealed the newest pokemon movie, Pokemon Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back Evolution teaser trailer! It also includes the release date in Japan, July 12th, 2019.
Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Concert 2019
Starting April 2019, there will be a Kingdom Hearts Orchestra World Tour Concert 2019 and was revealed by Disney. The official name is Kingdom Hearts Orchestra -World of Tres-. Of course, it will feature songs from Kingdom Hearts series—including the upcoming Kingdom Hearts III—played by a full orchestra.
And that’s it for January! As expected, Square Enix is busy with their games this month. A good start for 2019, indeed. However, the news that best piqued my interest is the Pokemon movie. What is yours? Comment below!