The second semester of 2017 is coming! However, it doesn’t mean that all the news coming in the first half of 2017 aren’t important, right? Quite a number of news this month are continuing the hype from June. Ready to see those news?
During Splatoon 2‘s Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo announced a mobile companion app for the Nintendo Switch! The companion app is “designed to enhance your online experience for compatible games on the Nintendo Switch console.” Read more here if you’re curious about the companion app!
Real gamers must have heard of Atari at least once in their life! This year, Atari finally has news about its new console! The console will be called Ataribox, and you can see more about it here!
Kingdom Hearts III
Last month, we are given a trailer for Kingdom Hearts III. This month, more news about the game is out! We have information that the game will have another playable character besides Sora. We also get more detail about the game and one of its world: The Toy Story world!
New games announced!
Are you curious what would it be if retro and modern style RPG are combined into one game? Daath Origins may be the perfect game for you! The indie game will surprise you with its combination of space and fantasy theme!
An Android retro RPG titled Knight Fever is ready to be downloaded at Google PlayStore! If you like pixel-type retro style RPG with fast-paced casual gameplay and strategic battle, you’ll definitely love this game! Even if you don’t like those genres, perhaps the game’s feature and short animation can change your mind.
Nippon Ichi Software underwent a change in plan for one of its future game, Makai Wars. It used to be released for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, but they make it as a mobile game instead! PlayStation users don’t need to be disappointed, though, because the game is also planned to release for consoles, but any detail isn’t yet coming.
More horror visual novel is coming for us! Yangyang Mobile has just released The Letter, a horror visual novel which succeeded its kickstarter campaign back in 2015, for PC, Mac, and Linux! It is also in development for mobile version. Check here to see the story overview and trailer!
Warlocks vs Shadows
A dynamic action and brawler RPG is coming for PlayStation 4! Warlocks vs Shadows is its title! Even though the game is in 2D, the unique gameplay and feature will make you hooked! Want to see the list? Click here!
Collector Edition Announced
The Legend of Heroes: Trail of Cold Steel III
The Legend of Heroes: Trail of Cold Steel III unveiled its collector edition, Kiseki Box! It will contain the game’s background music, rubber strap set, full-color artbook, and more!
Release Date Revealed
Fallen Legion already has a release date. It was set to officially released on July 25th, but little did we expect for YummyYummyTummy, the game developers, to change it. Europeans can still get the game on July 25th, but Americans can get it sooner, on July 18th.
Our World is Ended
Ever wonder how does it feels if you can actually end the world? By using a game? A Visual Novel, to be precise. Even though you can only feel it by playing a VN in real life, ending the world is still ending the world. That is, if you are really fine getting the VN’s bad end and acts like it’s your true end. But before you can do all of that, mark your calendar with Our World is Ended release date so you don’t miss it. November 9th is the date. Sadly, only in Japan yet.
The RPG with classic gameplay vibe after I Am Setsuna also made by the same Tokyo RPG Factory is finally will be available in stores. October 12th in Japan, and January 23rd in the West. Lost Sphear is ready to join your game collections.
Parascientific Escape: Crossing at The Farthest Horizon
If you are a fan of Parascentific Escape series, then this is a must have to complete your series’ collection. That is, if Circle Entertainment decide Parascientific Escape: Crossing at The Farthest Horizon will be the last installment. Let’s hope that won’t happen. This installment is available on Nintendo eShop since July 27th.
Egglia: Legend of the Redcap
Who knew you can actually hatch a world? Everyone that have played Egglia: Legend of Redcap! This smartphone game is announced for western release, and approximately two weeks later we got the official release date. Lo and behold! It is already available as of August 3rd!
Monster Hunter Stories
Monster Hunter Stories is soon available on the west. We got the western release announcement on June, and a month after that we got the release date. It will available on both North America and Europe on September 8th.
Re-port / Remastered
Code: Realize ~Saikou no Hanataba~
Idea Factory just announced that otome VN Code: Realize ~Saikou no Hanataba~ is getting a PS4 port! The game is actually a two in one story which contains the previously PS Vita releases: Code: Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ and Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ (fan disc). It will release soon on August 24th!
XSEED revealed that Ys Seven will be getting a PC release via Steam sometimes this Summer! It was previously released on PlaystationPortable. For those who’re familiar with the popular Ys series, the game will still bring various features from the previous titles.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Yet another PC port by XSEED! The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel by Nihon Falcom is getting an HD release via Steam! The game was previously launched for both PS3 and PS Vita.
Antiquia Lost is getting another remaster! After previously releasing a remastered version of the game for PC, this time Kemco has announced that the classic mobile RPG will also have a PS4 and PS Vita ports!
The mobile RPG Asdivine Cross by Kemco is now available as a 3DS port via Nintendo eShop! The standalone title of the Asdivine series will bring you on a journey with Harvey, a member of a band of outlaw and his three heroines!
Release Date Delayed
The Longest 5 Minutes
NIS America gave us an unfortunate news about The Longest 5 Minutes. Previously announced to be released this year, the release is recently delayed to 2018. That’s unfortunate! However, perhaps its English trailer can cure our disappointment for now.
Localization to English
Tales of the Rays
A new tales of series installment, and it is another one for smartphones. Meet Tales of Rays! It is planned to released on the west, and it actually already can be downloaded and play now!
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk
A soon to be released game in Japan that already got a western localization. Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk will be available some times next year in the west. The name already tells us it is about a detective that solves some cases.
Akyss Otome Games
Good news for all the ladies! Whether you are lonely single ladies or not, it is still a good news for those otome games enthusiasts. Akyss Games decided to localize their Visual Novels western. Not 1 or 2, but 5!! Here is the list:
- Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly and Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk
- Bad Apple Wars
- Collar x Malice
- Code: Realize ~Bouquet of Rainbows~
- 7’s Scarlet
Dragon Quest XI
The new Dragon Quest XI is finally heading west next year, and its first western platform will be Playstation 4. What happened with the 3DS version? Let’s just hope Square Enix decide to release localize it there too.
Important Company / Console Update
New Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo announced that the production of the standard New Nintendo 3DS in Japan is being discontinued. The reason is because people tend to go for the XL variant instead of the regular-sized one. Additionally, the discontinuation is occurring in the Europe as well.
Important RPG update
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III
Nihon Falcom announces that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III gets update for its game feature, namely Break System. Additionally, they also reveal the Kiseki Box Limited Edition with some goodies.
Horizon: Zero Dawn
Horizon: Zero Dawn announced its update, as revealed by Sony Interactive Entertainment, about the game’s new features and expansion. This announcement surely will bring new challenge and adventure for you, mateys!
Death end Re;Quest
Do you want to know more about Death end Re;Quest key characters as featured in its trailer? Well, luckily, Compile Hearts were kind enough to share the trailer for you guys. As such, the game gave its detailed info about them.
Hakoniwa Company Works
Because Hakoniwa Company Works wanted to add some unique features to its gameplay, Nippon Ichi Software decided to create a video featuring the gameplay such as classes and skills, and many more. Certainly, the game is based on Minecraft‘s elements, but with its own style.
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux
For you who are big fans of Atlus, you have to immediately view the update about the story of Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux through its videos. You may want to enrich your knowledge about the game since it revealed the crucial element of the game; the story and upcoming characters.
Princess Connect Re:Dive
Be overjoyed, mateys! The popular mobile game Princess Connect Re: Dive opens its pre-registration! Although the game is currently available for Japan only, Cygames arranges the registration based on the popular system. Well, you have to try and register soon if you want to enjoy its feature.
.Hack//G.U. Last Recode
If you are dying for playing .hack//G.U. Last Recode, you don’t have to worry about it again. Bandai Namco decided to bring it to the west and eventually will be localized to English!
Fire Emblem Warriors
The famous game Fire Emblem Warriors introduced its characters and its unique feature through screenshots. As you view each of screenshot, you will dive deeper into the game.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Bethesda wanted us to enjoy the famous open-world game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim through newly released console, the Nintendo Switch. As such, they revealed the videos showing the game played in the console (to attract us, the players, of course).
Dissidia Final Fantasy NT
A fan of Square Enix couldn’t even try to miss this one. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT finally gave updates for its Closed Beta along with the exciting adventure and challenges in it. You have to hurry to join it or else, you will miss the chance to enjoy its challenging battles.
Terra Battle 2
You can now enjoy the Mistwalker‘s game entitled Terra Battle 2 video, which reveals the characters and the story. The game is the sequel of Terra Battle, and will bring us towards deeper adventure of the game itself (since it is a sequel, alright).
Final Fantasy XV
Here it is! The Final Fantasy XV newest updates! This Square Enix newest and most popular game right now getting its Closed Beta and Comrades! Here, you will find the meaning of those updates, along with other features too.
Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth
One more game from Atlus getting its updates too. Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth revealed its trailer featuring something new for its feature. Additionally, something special called special edition is available for you, hardcore fans! So, be sure to check the info!
Here is the update of Compile Heart and Dengeki‘s game Tokyo Clanpool! Now, the company decided to explain the game’s battle system exciting enough to make you curious about it. Not to mention, the game features cute girls too! So, what are you waiting for, mateys?
Children of Zodiarcs
Cardboard Utopia, a Square Enix successful Kickstarter campaign, gave us the update about its game Children of Zodiarc. The video explains about the game’s story and characters, although a little. Still, the update is good enough for us to enrich our knowledge about the game.
Important VN Update
Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy
Level-5 has launched the english debut trailer for Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaires’ Conspiracy! Tag along with Professor Layton’s daughter Katrielle “Kat” Layton and his trusted dog Sherl as the game is now available via 3DS, iOS, and Android!
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony is almost here! Spike Chunsoft has released yet another trailer for the game, this time featuring various gameplay which take place during the classroom trial! This newest title of the Danganronpa series will arrive on PC, PS4, and PS Vita on September 26th.
The Great Ace Attorney 2
The ancestor of Phoenix Wright is back! Capcom has launched a new trailer for its upcoming game The Great Ace Attorney 2! The trailer is a commemoration for the complete development of the game, which has been launched as of 3rd August!
RPG/VN CROSS-MEDIA UPDATES
Square Enix has announced that they’re making a new anime project, titled Dia Horizon! The fantasy-themed anime will be premiering in October 2017! As of now, no official announcement about the game adaptation has been released yet.
Steins; Gate 0
Kadokawa has announced that they’re making a new Steins; Gate 0 anime, premiering even before the VN release! Unlike the game version which will release this November, the anime is set to release sometimes this October.
Persona 5 The Animation
Atlus announced that Persona 5 is getting an anime! Titled Persona 5 The Animation, the stylish game will be adapted to anime by A-1 Pictures, the the same studio that worked on past Persona movies!
Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger
The first chapter of Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger, a new manga which takes place within the Final Fantasy universe, is now available to read! Written by Sasaki Shogo, the manga features a world inside Final Fantasy XIV, where the protagonist suddenly ends up inside the game world!
And that’s it for July’s news! I personally can’t wait for Kingdom Hearts III as it has the most important updates this month and we can’t wait to see more news in this last half of 2017! What’s your favorite news so far? Just give your opinion below!