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!
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!
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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!
Last week the Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers demo went live on both Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch in Japan. With a lot of excitement surrounding the title and still no news on any Western release, we were excited to dig in with what the demo offers. Please note this is an Impressions of the Japanese Nintendo Switch demo.
When you first boot up the demo, you are greeted with the Persona stylised menu, everything you know and love from the Persona series. When you start a new game you are then thrown into a lovely crafted anime scene showing the titular character Joker dashing from roof to roof. We now get to enjoy a quick action scene where a nearby plateau is filled to the brim of evil Personas.
During this segment, you get to test out the moveset for Joker, which offers very stylish attacks at the push of a single button. This is where the Warriors system comes in where you’ll be doing a miriad of combo strings with Y and X. You also have access to special Persona attacks, which is unique based on what Persona you have equipped. The more you fight the more you realise there is much more depth to the combat than your usual Warriors fair.
Along with some mission prompts to help you learn the control scheme, you also find out you can perform special commands with nearby scenery. You can jump between lamp posts, spin around phone polls and more to damage your many foes. It all is very stylish and fun to play with.
Once this part is over with, you then get an introduction scene showing the characters from Persona 5 in a stylised fashion. You then get a bevy of cut-scenes riddled with dialog and response choices. This is where the Persona RPG side comes in, there is a LOT of scenes like this. As it is in Japanese, we will just cut to the short of it. Joker returns to Shibuya and is greeted by all the friends he made at Cafe Leblanc (where you stayed during the prior game). A big celebration is going on, and you enjoy some friendly times. You end up going back upstairs to where your old room was and sleep for the night. You progress to the next day where you get to explore the area outside the Cafe. There are stores, people to talk to and other things you can do during this part.
You meet up with one of your friends (Skull) and you get transported to the Metaverse, a supernatural realm born from humanity’s subconscious desires. Now you get to explore a more linear area, where you encounter enemies and can hack them up in real time with the Warriors formula. You meet some form of robot entity, who transforms into a red headed little girl. She along with your friend then follow and fight alongside you in combat. It looks like you can have up to three other people in your party fighting with you. As you continue to progress through fight to fight while exploring this small warehouse type area, the demo ends. Offering a thank you splash page for you playing the demo, you are then returned to the game’s menu screen.
There isn’t really much on offer with the demo, especially if you don’t speak / understand Japanese. But you get a good look at the combat, as well as enjoy a lot of lavish anime cutscenes. There is also no real issues in performance and the graphical quality looks great – even on the Switch. We are certainly excited to fully play this Warriors / RPG hybrid. The characters are likeable, the universe is likeable and the combat is very fun. We just hope we hear of a Western release sooner rather than later.