This year (August 3rd to be exact) marks the 20th Anniversary for KOEI Tecmo’s Shin Sangoku Musou (or Dynasty Warriors 2 onwards for us westerners) series, and producer Akihiro Suzuki has spilled some news of what is in store.
In an interview with Famitsu Magazine, Akihiro Suzuki exclaimed he hoped to announce a new Dynasty Warriors Anniversary title in the near future, with more than one game coming. Suzuki also re-confirmed that there would be no Dynasty Warriors 9 Xtreme Legends, which rules it out as part of the Anniversary celebration releases.
“The [Dynasty Warriors 9] system itself isn’t suited to Xtreme Legends.”
Suzuki also liked the direction they took with Dynasty Warriors 9, but admitted that there was a lot of issues, resulting in them biting off more than they could chew. However he would like to build upon the critical feedback in perhaps a ‘Dynasty Warriors 9 II’ – much like Samurai Warriors 4 II – though this is purely his own opinion and not something currently in production.
Lastly Suzuki talks about that future numbered Dynasty Warriors titles may not be an open world, though he would like to try and incorporate more ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’ functionality to the game.
We should be hearing very soon about starting plans of the Dynasty Warriors Anniversary celebration, for now check out this lovely video featuring the titles over the years:
What do you hope to see come from the Dynasty Warriors 20th Anniversary celebrations? Let us know in those comments!
It has been a long while since we have heard anything about Persona 5 Scramble – Omega Force and Atlus’ Action RPG mash-up – especially in regards to any kind of Western release. Now though KOEI Tecmo Japan in their most recent quarterly fiscal report have stated that Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers is still planned to launch in North America and Europe at some point in the future.
No more information is known, and we have yet to hear anything from any Western side of the publisher dealings, but it is certainly something to keep that flicker of hope alight.
Though do keep in mind, earlier in the year Atlus USA weren’t even sure if the Western audience wanted Persona 5 Scramble, launching a poll on their facebook asking if they should bother localising it for Nintendo Switch and / or Playstation 4.
We can only hope this get’s a launch sooner rather than later. If you are itching to get your hands on some of the game, you can check out our impressions of the game’s demo, or download it yourself off of the Japanese PSN Store / eShop.
Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers launched back on February 20th 2020 for Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Are you still excited for a release of Persona 5 Scramble in the West? Let us know in those comments!
It has been quite some time since we have heard of any new game release news from KOEI Tecmo, especially when it comes to their Western market. With seemingly still no news on the upcoming title Samurai Warriors 5, and Fairy Tail almost out of the door we haven’t known what KOEI Tecmo would launch next.
Now KOEI Tecmo have announced (via the Japanese Nintendo mini direct partner showcase) that Atelier Ryza 2 ~Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy~ will be launching worldwide this Winter for Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC via Steam. A first ever for the Atelier series where we see a returning protagonist in the lead role yet again, Ryza 2 takes place after the events of the first game.
A full official reveal is set to happen on July 29th, along with it’s official English site and more news on what the game will offer. But until then you can enjoy our game page for the title linked below!
Be sure to check out the Nintendo Direct Mini reveal trailer below to get the hype train going:
Are you excited to see another romp staring Reisalin ‘Ryza’ Stout? Let us know in those comments!
Monster Rancher 2 (or Monster Farm 2 in Japan) has been officially announced by KOEI Tecmo and will be arriving on Nintendo Switch, iOS and Android platforms. The enhanced port of the title boasts over 400 monsters for you to raise, as well as new features and quality of life improvements suggested from earlier feedback.
The game will be launching this Fall in Japan for the sum of 2,820JPY ($25.99/€22.99/£20.99). Currently still no news on any Western localisation for this or the first title released last year.
We will have our game page set up in the coming days for this enhanced port!
What are your thoughts on seeing Monster Rancher resurface? Do you wish this series would return to the West? Let us know in those comments!
After the successful launch of the first Monster Rancher / Monster Farm enhanced port at the tail end of last year in Japan, KOEI Tecmo has now been posting on Twitter in regards to a Monster Rancher 2 enhanced port.
While currently they are seeking feedback on what features or enhancements you would like to see made to a follow up release, it looks like they are already delving into development.
The first Monster Rancher enhanced port released only in Japan on iOS, Android and Nintendo Switch. It is likely the second game will receive the same treatment. Unfortunately still no news on any Western release plans for the series.
What would you like to see from a Monster Rancher 2 enhanced port? Are you interested in the series being rejuvenated in the West? Let us know in those comments!
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!