Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Arc System Works

Time to hit the streets, River City: Tokyo Rumble out for 3DS

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Natsume has released Arc System Works’ stab at the long-running River City series, River City: Tokyo Rumble. The beat ‘em up mixes in light role-playing elements to help see players through waves of enemies as they clean up Tokyo’s streets. After gangs begin to take over the city, high schooler Kunio teams up with his friends to drive them out. When they aren’t crushing heads with chains, bikes, and soccer balls, they are taking on jobs and grabbing snacks. There’s never not a good time to grab a candy bar.

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BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Hori controller bundle due November

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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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And then there was … a TGS trailer! for Birthdays the Beginning

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NIS has released a trailer for their upcoming sandbox title Birthdays the Beginning. Currently in development at Toybox, and headed by Harvest Moon creator Yasuhiro Wada, the god-game-style sim allows players to create a cube-shaped world that will become home to various lifeforms. Players can transform the world by adjusting the terrain and weather to influence the evolution of the creatures, from single-celled organisms to dinosaurs. The video is fresh from this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

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Arc System Works goes adventuring in Inferno Climber for PC

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Arc System Works’ action role-playing game Inferno Climber has launched for PC. As one of eight playable characters, including the Forest Hunter, Popular Merchant, and Royal Knight, players must gather five stones from five different kingdoms. In addition to having to avoid traps, solve puzzles, battle monsters, and acquire loot, players must also maintain a steady supply of food. The estimated 50-hour adventure is said to host over 90 enemy types.

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River City: Tokyo Rumble launching Sept. 27, Amazon gets a bonus

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Natsume will be returning to the River City series in a few weeks when River City: Tokyo Rumble hits 3DS on September 27. The Arc System Works-developed entry will mix role-playing mechanics with brawler-style combat as players take on the role of Kunio, a badass with a heart of gold. After a group of ruffians move into Tokyo, Kunio and his pals take it upon themselves to clean up the streets before the newcomers take over the city. The studio also revealed an Natsume Amazon-exclusive bonus: a limited-edition keychain of Kunio.

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3DS

2D anime fighter Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late launches on Steam

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late will be hitting Steam on July 12 for Windows PC. The Arc System Works-published fighter from French Bread pits 16 characters against one another as they battle Paradox and her organization, Amnesia, during Hollow Night. Newcomers to the genre should note that the game has a simplified control system to allow for quick acclimation, while experienced players will be able to take advantage of more advanced mechanics. Online play is also supported with ranked and player matches, as well as leaderboards.

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Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code hitting Steam later today

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Later today, Arc System Works will be releasing French Bread’s 2D fighter Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code for Windows PC. The fighter is slated to go live on Steam at 8 p.m. (CST). Over 30 characters take part in a story that’s set after the visual novel’s Tatari incident. Each brawler has access to one of three fighting styles—Crescent Moon, Half Moon, and Full Moon—as well as an individual storyline in Arcade Mode. Local and online multiplayer is also supported.

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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- pre-order demo now available for PS4

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Players who pre-order Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on PSN for PS4 can now access a playable demo. The demo features Arcade Mode, Training Mode, and Versus mode in their entirety, plus all three new characters. Free downloadable content is also in the works and will be available from June 7 through June 21 for PS3 and PS4. Players will be able to download two new characters, Raven and Kum Haehyun, and the Eclipse Color pack. Additionally, the studio has also launched Aksys Academy to help newcomers learn the ropes. The first video in the series can be found below.

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PlayStation 4 News

Guilty Gear 2 Overture launches on Steam for PC

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After announcing a PC port of Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code yesterday, Arc System Works has sent word that Guilty Gear 2 Overture has hit PC. Unlike the main series, Overture is an action-strategy line that takes place after The Crusades and the defeat of Justice and her fellow Gears. The PC version features six playable characters, 50-plus unit types, a Campaign mode, and both local and online multiplayer.

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Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code announced for PC

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Arc System Works will be bringing Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code to Steam on April 19. The French Bread-developed 2D fighter features 31 characters from across the visual novel’s universe, local and online multiplayer, and a training mode. The game also features an Arcade Mode with a new storyline that takes place a year after the Tatari incident. Also announced is a 20% launch-week discount for early buyers. For its first week on the market, players will be able to grab the title for $24.99.

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