Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Aksys Games

Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! coming!!! for!! PS3, PS Vita!

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Aksys is set to jump back into the ring later this year. After recently releasing BlazBlue: Chrono Phantsma, the publisher has announced that they will be releasing Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!—yes, five exclamation points—this fall. The PS3, PS Vita Examu-developed brawler will feature 23 characters alongside 23 arcana partners, online multiplayer with six-player lobbies, 300-plus hidden story scenarios, and several supplemental modes (Time Attack, Replay, Trial, Gallery). And for the purists out there, the original Japanese audio track will be available with English subtitles.

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PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation Vita News

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantsma hitting store shelves, PSN on April 1

The BlazBlue brawlers return to the ring today with the release of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantsma. As Ragna the Bloodedge hunts down Yuuki Terumi, players will be able to battle using the new Overdrive mechanic, which charges characters the more health they lose, and seven new characters. The new roster additions are available on-disc and online, with four available from the outset, another unlockable, and the remaining two added via DLC (Kokonoe is up today and Yuuki Terumi on May 27). Network play is also said to be improved and enhanced with new mode upgrades.

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PlayStation 3 News

Aksys announces PS Vita version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma

BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma (PS3, PS Vita) PS Vita Announcement - Screenshot 1

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be making the transition from PS3 to PS Vita this summer. The handheld version will follow its console counterpart, which is set to be released on March 25, and include all of the characters from the original release as well as five new characters, two DLC characters, a summary of events from Calamity Trigger and Continuum Shift, a new beach-themed storyline, and a revamped Story Mode.

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PlayStation Vita News

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma release date, free DLC announced

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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be hitting store shelves on March 25, according to Aksys Games. The PS3 fighter will also come with a launch-copy extra, a voucher with a DLC code for an additional character, Yuki Terumi. The voucher will be included in both the standard release and the Limited Edition.

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DLC, PlayStation 3 News

Creepy visual novel Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward now $29.99

Virtues Last Reward (3DS, PS Vita) Price Drop Announcement - Screenshot 1 (PSV)

Aksys Games has announced that they have lowered the price of Zero Escape: Virtue’s Last Reward to $29.99. The puzzle-filled adventure-style visual novel is a follow-up to 999: Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors for 3DS, and it is available for both 3DS and PS Vita. The price drop is in effect across both platforms.

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3DS, PlayStation Vita News

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Limited Edition announced for PS3

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BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma will be released in a standard version as well as a premium edition, according to publisher Aksys Games. The PS3-exclusive fighter will introduce five new characters to the series as well as downloadable costumes, redesigned characters, new moves, an estimated 30-hour story mode, a revamped networking mode, and new ranking system. The limited edition will include a 40-page art book, a soundtrack, a figurine of Rachel Alucard, and an unrevealed fourth item (ooohhh – a mystery!).

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PlayStation 3 News

A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX blasts onto Live Arcade

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Origo Games and Extend Studios’ side-scrolling platformer A.R.E.S. Extinction Agenda EX is now available on Live Arcade. According to publisher Aksys Games, the original 2009 PC release has been redesigned for 360 with a revamped UI and control scheme, added leaderboard support, and a host of new material, including high-res textures, weapons, abilities, enemies, levels, and challenge stages.

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Xbox 360 News

Muramasa Rebirth ships to retail for PS Vita

Muramasa Rebirth (PS Vita) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Muramasa Rebirth, an enhanced re-release of Vanillaware’s 2009 Wii action-RPG, has shipped to retail for PS Vita. In Muramasa, players must scour Japan for the 108 demon blades, searching in the east as the ninja Kisuke and in the west as the possessed princess Momohime. The PS Vita version features updated visuals, two modes of play (hack-and-slash and traditional), and access to upcoming character and scenario downloadable content.

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PlayStation Vita News

Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi announced for 3DS

Hakuoki Memories of the Shinsengumi (3DS) Announcement - Logo

Aksys Games is preparing a new visual novel/otome release for 3DS, Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi. The Idea Factory-developed title follows Chizuru as she travels to Kyoto in search for her father. Along the way, she encounters a mysterious band of samurai who are also also looking for him. Together, the group must make their way through Japan while avoiding the battling shogun and imperial forces as well as strange supernatural phenomena. As it’s a relationship sim, players will forge bonds with their new allies through six new stories.

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3DS

Muramasa Rebirth limited edition, pre-order soundtrack announced

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A limited edition version of Muramasa Rebirth, the upcoming re-release for PS Vita, has been announced, the—deep breath—Muramasa Rebirth Blessing of Amitabha Collector’s Edition. The first-run set includes a high-res framed lithograph from developer Vanillaware, a black velvet system pouch, and a face cover and system skin from Hori.

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PlayStation Vita News