Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

Final Fantasy XV sells over 6 million, carnival event kicking off Jan. 24

Final Fantasy XV has sold over six million units, according to Square Enix. The figure includes copies sold at retail and through digital outlets. Five of the six million were sold on launch day. Post-release downloadable content has also gone live to expand the base game, with two drops on offer: the free Holiday Pack and for-pay Holiday Pack+. Downloading either pack will allow players to access a special upcoming in-game event, the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, beginning Tuesday, January 24.

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Nier: Automata demo now available on PSN for PS4

Players can now try a portion of Nier: Automata. Co-developed with Platinum Games, the action role-playing game finds combat android 2B on a mission to destroy a weapon stored inside a large facility. The demo can be downloaded off of PSN. A trailer was also released highlighting Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy XV collaborations with 2B equipping Noctis’ Engine Blade and the Cypress Stick from Dragon Quest.

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PlayStation 4 News

Titan Quest Anniversary Edition now on Windows 10 Store

THQ Nordic is following up Titan Quest Anniversary Edition’s release earlier this year with a launch on Windows 10 Store. The $19.99 Anniversary Edition include both Titan Quest and Titan Quest: Immortal Throne, with improved stability, enhanced AI, restored and improved multiplayer (with built-in voice chat), support for mods and Steam Workshop, and other tweaks.

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PC News

Watch four minutes of The Surge’s gory, methodical combat

Deck 13 has released four minutes of gameplay from their upcoming action role-playing game The Surge. The unedited footage features a bloody combat system that results in dismemberment and disembowelment while also emphasizing a slow pace. The player explores a facility overrun by cybernetic enemies, both those built for combat and others that are failed experiments with nano-technology. The system forces players to make a choice to either aim for an enemy’s vulnerable spot to secure victory or try to preserve them, prolonging the battle but also making it possible to attain their equipment after the battle.

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Dragon Quest Heroes II coming to North America, media released

Dragon Quest’s spin-off train will continue next April with the release of Dragon Quest Heroes II. Scheduled to release on the 25th, the action-heavy role-playing game will once again put players in the middle of hordes of enemies, only now they are on a mission to restore peace to the Seven Realms. This time, players can get some help from others, as multiplayer will be supported for up to four players online. Two new characters are also being introduced, cousins Lazarel and Teresa. Check out the opening cinematic below.

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PlayStation 4 News

Nier: Automata to get playable demo for PS4 on December 22

Players who have been waiting for the long-awaited follow-up to Nier, Nier: Automata, will be able to try it themselves on December 22. Square Enix has announced that a playable demo will be going live that finds the attack android 2B searching an abandoned factory for a weapon that she needs to destroy. There was no word on a possible PC demo.

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PlayStation 4 News

PSX 2016: DotEmu – Wonder Boy, Windjammers, and Ys Origin

DotEmu is embracing the past for their upcoming releases. First up is Lizardcube’s upcoming Wonder Boy title, Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap, which received its second developer diary. The video highlights the re-imagined soundtrack from the Wonder Boy III remake. They also announced two new PS4 and PS Vita titles for early 2017: Ys Origin and Windjammers. Ys Origins will release on February 21, offering players a chance to play the prequel on console, taking place 700 years before Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished. Some new, undetailed features are also being included, with the title itself being ported by DotEmu. The Neo Geo classic Windjammers is also returning. The futuristic sports title pits two players against one another as they attempt to fling a disc into their opponent’s net by using powers and ricochet shots. It will support five game modes, including online versus (do I hear an angelic choir?), along with leaderboards and trophies.

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Final Fantasy XV sells digitally, ships to retail 5-million-plus units

Square Enix has sent the celebratory word that Final Fantasy XV has shipped physically and sold digitally over five million units globally. The release marks the first time that a Final Fantasy has been released simultaneously around the world. The studio also noted that they they “will continue to work on projects to expand and enhance customer enjoyment of Final Fantasy XV, releasing additional content and associated series products.”

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Final Fantasy XV launches in store, online for PS4 and Xbox One

Square Enix has released the long-awaited fifteenth entry in the mainline Final Fantasy series today. The delayed release is being described as the “next evolution of the world renowned video game series, featuring visceral action-packed battles, a fantasy world based in reality, and colossal wonders to behold.” Players take on the role of Crown Prince Noctis, as he and his friends go on a quest within the lands of Eos to discover his destiny amidst an ongoing war with the Niflheim empire. Check out the launch trailer below.

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Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization- launches for PS4, PS Vita

Players can once again get super meta with Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization-. The virtual MMORPG, based off the popular anime, returns with a new entry for PS4 and PS Vita. As Kirito, players adventure around the digital realm of Ainground. Similar to actual online role-playing games, players will take on quests, fight monsters, and gain loot. Other users also run around tackling objectives, with some being AI-controlled players and others characters from Sword Art: Origins. Players can also team up with their friends for four-player co-op alongside a four-player AI-controlled team. Reki Kawahara, series creator, supervised a new storyline that finds non-playable characters mysteriously being deleted from the servers.

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