Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Aksys Games

Aksys Games to release visual novel Collar X Malice for PS Vita

Aksys Games has announced that they will be releasing Idea Factory’s Collar X Malice. Visual novel fans will get a chance to grab it later this summer digitally and physically for PS Vita. As a young police officer, players must battle an organization that is determined to cause chaos in the city of Shinjuku. The game begins after the mysterious group’s first strike against the officer, attacking him and attaching a poisonous collar. Five strangers appear to lend a hand, but who he trusts will be up to the player. A branching narrative shifts the story as they make their choices, leading to one of multiple endings.

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PlayStation Vita News

Tokyo Xanadu coming to PS Vita, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ to PC, PS4

Aksys is teaming up with Falcom to release Tokyo Xanadu for PS Vita and Tokyo Xanadu eX+ for PC and PS4. The action-heavy role-playing game is scheduled to launch in two waves, with Tokyo Xanadu releasing first this summer and the enhanced Tokyo Xanadu eX+ following in the fall. The four-plus-hour campaign is set in a Tokyo that is slowly recovering from a massive earthquake that struck a decade earlier. The disaster was caused by a shadow world called Eclipse, and players must destroy that realm’s hordes of monsters before they take over the city. Along the way, they will build relationships, train, and try their hands at mini-games. The eX+ version adds new post-story scenarios, playable character (White Shroud knight), modes (Boss Rush and Time Attack), dungeons, monsters, and bosses.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Aksys to bring Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ stateside in 2017

Idea Factory’s visual novel Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ will be coming to North America next spring for PS Vita. Aksys Games has taken on publishing duties, and is currently localizing the title. After the disappearance of their brother, players begin their search for clues by joining an online role-playing game called Arcadia. Players quickly find themselves caught in the virtual world with their only hope of escape being to beat the game. The 30-plus-hour story will feature branching paths that lead to multiple endings.

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PlayStation Vita News

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games launching spring ’17 for PS4, PS Vita

A new bundle is in the works for Spike Chunsoft’s Zero Escape visual novel series. Aksys Games will be releasing a two-game set next spring for PS4 and PS Vita, Zero Escape: The Nonary Games. Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors (999) will be included along with its sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, with the former being updated with remastered graphics and a dual audio track with English and Japanese. The adventure-style puzzler has players attempting to navigate their way through trap-filled environments as they attempt to solve the Nonary Game alongside a group of strangers.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Fighting Commander released for PS3, PS4

Arc System Works’ latest BlazBlue entry, Central Fiction, has launched digitally and physically for PS3 and PS4. The 2D fighter features a new storyline that is packed with 33 characters, along with new levels, mechanics, and modes. Released alongside the game is a themed controller designed by Hori specifically for fighters, the Fighting Commander.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky launches for PS4, PS Vita

Aksys Games has released a new role-playing game for PS4 and PS Vita, Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky. Co-developed by tri-Ace (Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile) and Spike Chunsoft (999), the game is said to feature 50 hours of gameplay that is focused on a combo-heavy combat system that players will need to master against “unspeakable horrors and vicious bosses.” As with previous tri-Ace titles, moves are mapped to face buttons, making combat more hands-on that other titles, while combo effectiveness is affected by the squad’s chemistry. English and Japanese audio tracks are also included, for the purists out there.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Hori controller bundle due November

Aksys Games will be releasing the next entry in the BlazBlue line, Central Fiction, this November. Arc System Works’ long-running 2D fighter series will be returning digitally and physically to PS3 and PS4. The upcoming entry will feature revamped mechanics, along with a new story, levels, modes, and brawlers, with the total roster surpassing 33 characters. A $129.99 bundle has also gone up for pre-order that packs the Fighting Commander along with a copy of the game. The Sony- and Arc System Works-licensed Hori controller features “the industry’s best” directional pad, six large buttons, turbo functions, a 10-foot cable, and “improved ergonomics.” It is also compatible for PS3 and PC (with XInput).

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PC News, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs arriving Sept. 20

Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters is returning later this summer as Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters Daybreak: Special Gigs. Scheduled to launch on September 20, the mixed release will be available digitally and physically for PS4, and digitally for PS3 and PS Vita. The hybrid role-playing game set within a visual novel will once again task players with driving evil spirits out of the city as a ghost hunter. The new version will feature an expanded storyline with additional characters and extra chapters that are estimated to push the play time past the 30-hour mark.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Shiren The Wanderer: Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate out now

Aksys has released Spike Chunsoft’s roguelike Shiren The Wanderer: Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate for PS Vita. In the new adventure, Shiren sets out to tackle the ever-changing Tower of Fortune to challenge the god of Destiny, Reeva. The Eternal Wanderer Edition, an Aksys Store and Video Game Plus exclusive, is also available. The premium set comes with a 64-page 20th Anniversary art book covering the Shiren series, a 10-song soundtrack CD, and a Zero Escape-themed Deluxe Nonary Bracelet inside a Nonary Display Box. The former can be found in the game, while the latter features art from the tower.

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PlayStation Vita News

Shiren The Wanderer – Eternal Wanderer Edition announced, detailed

Aksys and Spike Chunsoft’s upcoming roguelike Shiren The Wanderer: Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate will be available as a limited version, the Eternal Wanderer Edition. The set is available for pre-order exclusively on Askys’ online store and comes bundled with several goodies, including a few tied to another Aksys series, Zero Escape. The bundle comes with a Deluxe Nonary Bracelet, a Nonary Display Box, a 64-page 20th Anniversary art book celebrating the Shiren series, and a 10-song soundtrack CD.

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PlayStation Vita News