NIS America’s recent press party was chock full of brand new game announcements and trailers, and The G.A.M.E.S. Blog is here with a first-hand account. Stay tuned this week for interviews with NIS President Souhei Niikawa and the producer of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Spike Chunsoft’s Yoshinori Terasawa.
Battle Princess of Arcadias
First up, NIS America is bringing over Battle Princess of Arcadias, which looks a bit like it wants to be Odin Sphere, though we’ll admit it doesn’t seem quite as pretty. You’ll play as Battle Princess Plume, charged with turning back the tides of monsters plaguing the kingdom of Schwert. This one is due out in Summer 2014 on the PS3 as a PSN exclusive.
Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
If you expected a Disgaea announcement, you were right, though it might not be the one you were hoping for. Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited is set to bring more Prinnies to the Vita. It’s an enhanced version of the original PS3 game, which came out back out in 2011, and you can expect to see it available in August as both a physical and digital release.
Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
In case you missed it, NIS America localized the visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and released it this month on the Vita. (Check out our review when it goes live!) In news that definitely surprised us, they’re already planning to bring over Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, and it’s coming out this fall, both physically and digitally. This time, instead of the dreary Hope’s Peak Academy, you’ll be stuck on a beautiful, deserted island, but it looks like Monokuma’s game is just as deadly.
Fairy Fencer F
As soon as we heard Nobuo Uematsu and Yoshitaka Amano were on board for Fairy Fencer F, we were hoping it would come to the U.S., and NIS America has answered the call. They’re releasing the localized version on the PS3 sometime this year. Fairy Fencer F follows Fang, a young man who accidentally picks up a special weapon containing the life force of a fairy, which turns him into a warrior known as a Fencer. We’re expecting this JRPG to be a crazy ride, but maybe Compile Heart will prove us wrong.
Nebulous PS4 Announcement
Amongst all these actual game announcements, Niikawa-san also revealed that the company is working on a title for the PS4. Could it be the first game to actually star Asagi as the protagonist? We’re not sure because NIS didn’t reveal anything more; apparently, the company is saving that announcement for Tokyo Game Show in September.
Trailers and Sneak Peek Gameplay
We also had a chance to see trailers for The Witch and the Hundred Knight, Demon Gaze, Mugen Souls Z, and Hyperdimension Neptunia: Producing Perfection. Possible highlight in terms of ridiculousness: apparently, the Neptunia rhythm game includes “private time,” where you get to touch the girls, as long as it’s not in a way they don’t like. (Hey, it’s on the Vita; it’d be a missed opportunity if they didn’t include that.)
Along with the trailers, we got to play a bit of The Witch and the Hundred Knight. The art style for this one invokes Bastion a bit, and it looks quite pretty. The one boss fight we saw in the current build was difficult, with pattern recognition playing heavily into the fight. Running around and beating up random enemies wasn’t too tough, though that might be because the little Hundred Knight was leveled up a fair bit from all the players that evening. We’ll see for sure whether the long development cycle was worth it when the game releases in March.
That’s the bulk of the news from NIS America! Are you excited for any of these upcoming titles? Jump into the comments to discuss.