Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Arc System Works

ArtDink’s trading, cartography sim Neo Atlas 1469 releasing Feb. 15

Arc System Works is expanding their catalogue with a cartography simulator from ArtDink, Neo Atlas 1469. PC gamers will be able to take on the role of the master of a trading company in 15th century Europe, tasked with mapping the four corners of Earth, on February 15. Admirals will need to be hired, trade routes established, and fleets outfitted in order to send out parties to document the world. Once the expeditions return, players must decide which of their reports to use when creating their map.

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Billy and Jimmy return with new trailer, adventure in Double Dragon IV

Double Dragon IV has launched digitally for PC and PS4. Arc System Work’s beat ‘em up supports up to two players offline, and Share Play for PS4. Billy and Jimmy Lee are on a new mission in Japan, and they are sporting some new moves as well with access to a few rudimentary combos. For fans of the original, members of the original team had a hand in creating IV, including original planner Yoshihisa Kishimoto, designer Koji Ogata, and composer Kazunaka Yamane.

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Double Dragon IV launching digitally for PC, PS4 next month

Arc System Works has announced that they will be releasing Double Dragon IV for PC and PS4. The beat ‘em up will be a download-only entry with retro-style graphics, combos, and support for up to two players offline. Brawler fans can download it on January 29 on PSN and January 31 on Steam, and can look forward to Billy and Jimmy Lee returning to the mean streets, only this time in Japan. The game was developed by members of the original development team, including original planner Yoshihisa Kishimoto, designer Koji Ogata, and composer Kazunaka Yamane.

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

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

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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Arc System Works goes adventuring in Inferno Climber for PC

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

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

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

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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