Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Action-RPG

New The Witch and the Hundred Knight screens, gameplay footage

NIS has rolled out some new screenshots and videos from their upcoming action role-playing game The Witch and the Hundred Knight. With its release is only a few weeks away, players can get a better look at the trials that await the poor knight who, as a hapless servant, must fight to expand the swamp witch Metallia’s corrosive lands. The videos and shots show the skills he can call upon, as well as the perks and perils of raiding the homes of nearby towns.

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Drakengard 3 interview posted, Wave Two pre-order extras revealed

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Square Enix has announced the second wave of pre-order bonuses for their upcoming role-playing game Drakengard 3. The first set of extras included a voice-over pack that featured the original Japanese track, and now, it’s been revealed that players who pre-order before April 8 will receive the Nier Costume Pack. The set features Kainé and Nier Replicant costumes as well as the Emil Hat for the dragon. For series fans, an interview with Takamasa Shiba, producer for all three Drakengard games, is available below and goes into detail about the world, characters, and eight-year gap between titles. Also, to flesh out events leading up to D3, the first chapter of a prequel novella also released on the game’s official site.

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Grim Dawn updated on Steam Early Access to include Act II

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Crate Entertainment’s action-RPG Grim Dawn has been updated on Steam Early Access to include the second act, Old Arkovia. The addition features an estimated 10-plus hours of gameplay, which includes a host of new material: 10 enemy types, 23 bosses, 35 character levels, 106 items, and a region. Players must choose carefully in how to proceed in Act II, as there is now a greater emphasis on consequences and innocent lives will be caught between their party and a new enemy, the Four Hills gang.

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Deep Silver to release Sacred 3 this summer for consoles, PC

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Digital adventurers will be able to delve once again into the wilds of the Sacred universe this summer with the release of Sacred 3. The latest installment will feature the same action-RPG gameplay as its predecessors, a cast of unique fighters, who each have access to their own skill trees, and a new character, Malakhim. All versions, console and PC, will also feature drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer for two players offline and up to four online.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII now available for 360 and PS3

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Lightning sets out for a new journey today with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII for 360 and PS3. Her latest adventure, available in stores and digitally through Live and PSN, is a more action-oriented title than a traditional Final Fantasy release, with players having direct control over Lightning as she ventures about Nova Chrysalia with her band of allies battling the deadly cult Children of Etro.

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Drakengard 3 info galore – pre-order, Collector’s Edition details, more

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Drakengard 3 has been officially dated for May 20. Square Enix is offering the game digitally over PSN but physically exclusively through their online store in a standard form and as a Collector’s Edition. Both versions come with pre-order extras, but which players get depends on when they put in their order. The pre-order system consists of three tiers, and only those who order before March 3 will be eligible for all of the extras. So far, the only known bonus is the Japanese voiceover DLC pack, which is part of the first tier along with two other bonuses. The next tier window is from March 4 to April 8, which include two bonuses, and the last is from April 8 until launch, which includes one bonus. The Collector’s Edition is limited to 5,000 copies and includes the game, a novella, a soundtrack CD sampler, a poster, and three pieces of DLC. The packs include a new prequel mission as Zero’s sister, One; the Giant Baby Hat item for the dragon; and a costume based off the original Drakengard’s Caim.

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PlayStation 3 News

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII demo, pre-order bonus go live

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Lightning returns today, literally. Square Enix has announced that the first playable demo for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will launch later today for PS3 and is available now for 360 Live Gold members. Live Silver members will have to wait until January 28. The demo features a battle-heavy trip through the Yusnaa palace alongside Snow. For players that activate the Outworld feature and submit their score for the final fight against Zaltys, the Siegfried outfit will be unlocked in the full version. As an extra bonus, the PSN version will include the Utsusemi Garb DLC in the demo and full version, which includes the Heavenly Fan weapon and the Kaminari shield.

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Life’s a grind in new The Witch and the Hundred Knight screenshots

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NIS has released some new screens from their upcoming action RPG for PS3 The Witch and the Hundred Knight. The latest shots reveal more of what is in store for The Hundred Knight as he battles the enemies of the evil Swap Witch Metallia, who commands her seemingly loyal servant to expand her domain throughout all of Medea. Check below the screens for a shot of the reverse cover packaging.

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New Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII making-of video released

Square Enix has released a new behind-the-scenes feature for Lighting Returns. The latest entry, titled “Inside the Square – The Making of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII”, was filmed at the studio’s headquarters in Tokyo and is narrated by Lightning’s voice across Ali Hillis. The video, clocking in at nearly six and a half minutes long, looks at the work of being done by character designer Tetsuya Nomura and the trials faced by the composers who were tasked with putting together the new score.

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Drox Operative: Invasion of the Ancients demo, full version launch

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Drox Operative’s first expansion, Invasion of the Ancients, is now available for download, as its demo. The Ancients were the races that dominated the galaxy before the Drox rose to power, but who later fell to the Drox and their Operatives. Now that the Drox are no more, the Ancients have returned for revenge, and the remaining Operatives are their prime target. Their return brings with it 19 playable subraces, new quests, new components, military and production space stations, the new Scavenger race, and new Legion, Overlord, and Talon monsters.

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