Gust and KOEI Tecmo Japan have announced that their Surge Concerto series; made up of Ciel nosurge and Ar nosurge, will be getting a new lease on life with DX editions. While us folks in the West had only been treated to Ar nosurge ~Ode to an Unborn Star~ on PS3 back in 2014, we are now seeing both parts of the story resurface.
We never got the chance to experience Ciel nosurge ~Requiem for a Lost Star~ with it being a Playstation Vita exclusive in Japan, probably due to how the game focused on a lot of online mechanics. By time an “offline” version of the game appeared, the Vita was well on it’s way out in the West. We did however get a Vita version of Ar nosurge back when Gust would do yearly “Plus” upgrades for the portable in 2015.
No news currently on platforms or a release date (let alone a Western release), but it is likely to hit the usual suspects of PS4, Switch and PC. You can check out a teaser trailer below:
Did you play Ar nosurge ~Ode to an Unborn Star~ back on PS3/Vita? Would you like to see these releases come to the West? Let us know in those comments!
It has been a few months now since Ni-Oh 2 launched back in March, and we finally have news on the first of a three part DLC arc for the title. The first chapter is called The Tengu’s Disciple, and will be a prequel to the events of the main game focusing on the first samurai. You can read the full description from Team Ninja below:
We’re planning to release a total of three sizable and badass downloadable content batches over the next several months to provide you guys with additional challenges to keep you on the edge-of-your-seat. There will be new storylines, new yokai, ferocious new bosses, Guardian Spirits, new skills, fresh armor, and a new weapon that alters the performance of skills outside of set stances.
On top of all that, new difficulty levels and end-game content will be added to allow the campaign to grow longer, giving you guys even more content to start your summer gaming adventures! I’m happy to announce that the first of these thrilling downloadable content packs called “The Tengu’s Disciple” will kick off on July 30. Also, as an added bonus we have prepared brand new wallpapers inspired by the upcoming downloadable content to keep you guys motivated as you wait for the new chapter to arrive in July. We hope you will be pleased with what you see!
Speaking of the upcoming downloadable content chapters, here are some clues and context into the storyline of the continuing Nioh 2 saga:
A great battle has taken place at Yashima in the late Heian period. As a visitor in Yashima, our protagonist finds a shrine possessing a mysterious whistle called the Sohayamaru. Upon inspection, the whistle shines radiantly as the shadow of Yokai can be seen lurking in the background. It is revealed that whenever wars take place, heroes wielding the Sohayamaru will head into battle in order to restore peace back into this land.
More in-depth details regarding “The Tengu’s Disciple” will be released in the coming months, so please stay tuned.
Ni-Oh 2’s The Tengu’s Disciple will be launching July 30th worldwide as a stand alone DLC or as part of the Season Pass. Ni-Oh 2 is out now exclusively for the Playstation 4.
What are your thoughts and hopes for this DLC? What do you hope the next batch to include? Let us know in those comments!
We have a small update regarding the upcoming mobile port of Dynasty Warriors 9, which Nexon Korea and KOEI Tecmo Japan announced back in 2019. During Nexon Korea’s 2019 Fiscal Results report, it was shown that Dynasty Warriors 9 Mobile is indeed coming to North America and Europe, along with other countries outside of Asia.
We also have an update from an even more recent fiscal results report from Q1 2020 being that the game is still in steady development and has not been halted at all due to the recent Covid-19 atrocities.
Hopefully some actual information on the title will be revealed soon. Until then you can enjoy the other Nexon produced title; Dynasty Warriors Unleashed.
What are your thoughts on Dynasty Warriors 9 Mobile as a whole? Are you excited to give it a go? Let us know in those comments!
With the fall of the massive gaming expo’s around the world currently, we have been seeing new contenders take up the torch and throw their hat into the ring. Along with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest, a new Expo livestream event has been announced. The expo is called New Game+ Expo – or NGPX for short – and it has a bevy of developers and publishers signed to be a part of the event.
It has also confirmed that KOEI Tecmo will be one of those participants (along with others such as ASKYS, Atlus, Sega. NIS, etc) that will be showing off new games and live gameplay demos. According to the Event page we will also be able to look forward to developer discussions and Q&As.
The event will be going live June 23rd at 8AM PDT / 4PM BST and the livestream starting at 9AM PDT / 5PM BST until 5PM PDT / 12AM BST. You can watch the livestream on Twitch via https://www.twitch.tv/newgameplusexpo, though the footage along with highlights will be uploaded to YouTube soon after.
It is still somewhat likely that KOEI Tecmo’s involvement will be minor and only dabbling on a few tidbits for Fairy Tail which releases a couple days after, but the emphasis on new game reveals and first looks seem to say otherwise. Hopefully we will finally see what else is up KT’s sleeve for this year!
What are you hoping to see from KOEI Tecmo? Will you tune into the event? Let us know in those comments!
Late last week Team Ninja has released a big update for Playstation 4 exclusive Ni-Oh 2. One of the major additions in this update was a bunch of free missions you can enjoy. You can read below the full details of the added missions:
Added New Missions
The Chinese Bellflower Dagger – Shadow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Shadow.”
The Child Prodigy’s Invitation – Shadow – Unlocked by clearing the side mission, “The Golden Nation.”
A Strong Bond – Shadow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Twilight.”
Farewell to the Past – Twilight – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Twilight.”
Winds of Ruin – Afterglow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Afterglow.”
The Trustworthy – Afterglow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Afterglow.”
Wave of Terror – Afterglow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Afterglow.”
Calamity’s Pulse – Afterglow – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Afterglow.”
Mountain of the Dark Lord (Twilight Mission) – Unlocked by clearing the main missions in “Dawn.”
*These missions do not affect the conditions for obtaining the trophy “Samurai of Legend,” or the “Mission Achievement Rate” in “Dream of the Strong.”
*As is the case for other Twilight missions, the “Mountain of the Dark Lord” mission will appear at regular intervals.
That’s a total of 8 new missions and an added Twilight Mission for you to dig your teeth into. So now is better than ever to get back to slaying those Yokai!
Ni-Oh 2 is out now worldwide exclusively for Playstation 4.
Are you happy to see new missions added to the game? What else would you like to see added? Let us know in those comments!
Amidst all this downtime, KOEI Tecmo over in Japan have released a new update to their Monster Rancher (or Monster Farm) reboot for iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch.
You can read the full details of the free update below:
Save Slot Added
One free manual save slot has been added. In addition to the two free save slots, you can purchase up to 12 additional save slots for 120 yen each, or the full 12-pack for 980 yen.
Battle Mode: 1P Entry Method Changed
While you were previously only able to select your own monster, now you can select from monsters uploaded by other players, making battles and tournaments between players easier.
Player Participatory Tournament Mode Added
Player participatory tournaments will be held in the future. Players will be able to participate by simply registering a monster that meet the tournament’s conditions, and battles will play out automatically without instruction from breeders.
Music Data Added
Added music data for CD titles released between September 29, 2019 and February 1, 2020, and for Switch physical edition titles released between September 2019 and January 2020. (The latter data is exclusively for the Switch version.)
New Monsters Added
New monsters derived from existing monster species have been added.
Added Ability Total display.
Other subtle changes and bug fixes.
There is still no news on a Western localisation of the title, however you can pick up the game through the Nintendo Switch eShop due to it’s region free architecture.
What are your thoughts on the Monster Rancher reboot? Would you like to see it come to the West? Let us know in those comments!
This isn’t the first time that KOEI Tecmo has released free content for it’s phenomenal grand-strategy game, with previous additions being CG art sets (characters pretty much) and a Scenario revolved around the Cao clan splitting. Now though you can enjoy another free scenario, a fictional one based on the events of Dong Cheng trying to organise Liu Bei and Ma Teng to free the Emperor from Cao Cao.
You can read the full description below:
Nov. 199 The Han’s Loyal Retainers
In attempts to rescue Emperor Xian from Cao Cao, Dong Cheng, along with Ma Teng and Liu Bei, try to escape Xuchang with Emperor Xian. However, during the rescue mission, Ma Teng and Liu Bei are killed. Ma Chao takes lead of Ma Teng’s army, but is betrayed by Han Sui. And although Liu Bei’s army accompanies Emperor Xian, Zhang Fei’s location is yet unknown.
The scenario arrives alongside a new patch that fixes an assortment of bugs and balancing. The new scenario offers a few unique fictional twists, such as Zhang Fei having his own faction, and a what-if when Liu Bei has been completely removed from the picture.
This is just one more reason to dig your teeth back into Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV, especially during this time of lockdown.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV is out now worldwide on PS4 and PC via Steam.
Are you happy to see free post-release content for the game? What scenarios would you like to see added? Let us know in those comments!
As majority of the world is currently under lockdown due to the virus COVID-19, there has been no better time than to catch up on some good old KOEI Tecmo games! With most having tons of content to binge on regardless of the title you pick, it will get you through the lockdown in no time!
With this, here are the numerous available titles easily accessible with Playstation Now and XBOX Game Pass, both of which you can use for a cheap monthly fee or access with a free week trial. There isn’t much to offer from KT on XBOX Game Pass, so really Playstation Now is where it’s at, and can be played on numerous Sony owned devices and PC.
To add to this as well, KOEI Tecmo have recently announced new titles have been added to the PS Now service, with them finally adding PS4 titles to the service.
Here is what PS Now has to offer worldwide:
Ar nosurge ~Ode to an Unborn Star~
Atelier Ayesha ~The Alchemist of Dusk~
Atelier Escha & Logy ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~
Atelier Rorona Plus ~The Alchemist of Arland~
Atelier Shallie ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sea~
Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War
Champion Jockey: G1 Jockey and Gallop Racer
Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate
Deception IV: Blood Ties
Deception IV: Nightmare Princess
Dynasty Warriors 6
Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires
Dynasty Warriors 7
Dynasty Warriors 7 Empires
Dynasty Warriors 7 Xtreme Legends
Dynasty Warriors 8
Dynasty Warriors 8 Xtreme Legends
Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce HD
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Ninja Gaiden 3 Razors Edge
Nobunaga’s Ambition Sphere of Influence
Samurai Warriors 4
Trinity: Souls of Zill’Oll
Warriors: Legends of Troy
Warriors Orochi 3
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round
Nights of Azure
Nights of Azure 2
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII
You can both stream and download the PS4 titles on offer, and only Stream the PS3 titles. It requires a somewhat stable internet connection but runs pretty smoothly across the board. We highly recommend getting your teeth into Toukiden 2 if you haven’t already.
As for XBOX Game Pass, while it is far less compared to PS Now, it does have a quality title to pick. With XBOX Game Pass you can play Ninja Gaiden II for free with the service, which also includes the 4K ‘remaster’ for XBOX One X players. Unfortunately Ninja Gaiden Black isn’t part of the service anymore, but can often be found cheap to pick up, and also boasts the 4K enhancements.
So if you are stuck indoors by Government order or by you just thinking it is the smart choice right now, there are plenty of KOEI Tecmo titles to easily access and enjoy.
What games on the list do you recommend users to play? What have been your favourites? Let us know in those comments!