Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Atlus

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse arriving this summer for 3DS

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse, released in Japan as Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final in Japan (changed so that we “understand the game’s epic nature”), has been officially announced for North America. The storyline intersects with the events of 2013’s Shin Megami Tensei IV, and has a few of the same characters, but Atlus notes that no experience with the original is required. Instead of being based on the previous protagonists, Apocalypse is centered on the humans that live within what’s left of Tokyo. As a recently deceased Hunter, players find themselves resurrected after swearing allegiance to the god Dagda. Two paths are open to progress, either anarchy or peace, as Dagda schemes against other gods. Demon fusion returns, and there are plenty to fuse too, as the game features over 450 of them. Fusion is further augmented by skill affinities. In addition to their three demon companions, players are also joined by one of seven partners. Look for Apocalypse this summer.

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir trailer, screens introduce Queen Mercedes

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s Mercedes is showcased in a new trailer and batch of screenshots. The Fairy Queen of Ringford, Mercedes is on a quest to avenge the death of her mother at the hands of Demon Lord Odin. Her position is fragile, however, as an ambitious cousin is also eying her throne. Fortunately, despite being a bit clumsy, she is an agile fighter who has allies to call upon during combat and is armed with Tasla, her mother’s Psypher crossbow.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Atlus bringing The King of Fighters XIV to PS4 in North America

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Atlus is once again seeing a King of Fighters to store shelves. The upcoming, PS4-exclusive entry, The King of Fighters XIV, is scheduled to launch later this year, and Atlus will be handling publishing duties. The game will retain the series’ traditional three-versus-three setup but feature several enhancements, including streamlined controls with simplified inputs for newcomers, updated Combo and Max Mode mechanics, a training mode that will allow veterans to help new players, and a new Party Battle mode where two teams of three fight it out online. There will be 19 new characters for a total of 50 at release, all available in-game, and a design that will “bring hardcore fans and newcomers the most competitive, but accessible, game in KOF history.” The announcement also notes that the game will sport “vastly improved netcode for competitive level multiplayer.” Also, for those feeling burned by Street Fighter V, there will be a single-player story mode that follows after the events of KoF XIII.

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s Cornelius gets new trailer, screenshots

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s character roster is being given its time in the spotlight with a new look at the heir of Titania, Cornelius. Unfortunately for Cornelius, a curse has turned him into a Pooka in the form of a hare. His diminutive size doesn’t stop him from jumping into combat, though, as his increased agility allows him to quickly slice through enemies, attack off of walls, and unleash bolts of electricity with the Lightning Saber. Check him out in action below.

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir media covers expanded cooking, brewing

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Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s updated crafting and cooking mechanics are highlighted in a new trailer and batch of screenshots. Potion-creation has now been expanded so that, in addition to mixing materials and items according to recipes, stocked potions can also be added to the mix. Recipes aren’t required, either, as players will be able to randomly mix items to find a match. Additional combinations are being added, too, and food will be able to be upgraded by mixing them with potions. New rest areas will also allow players to heal and buff their characters with meals cooked by Maury’s Touring Restaurant.

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PlayStation 4 News

Daydreamer: Awakened Edition announced for PS4, Xbox One

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Atlus will be bringing Roland Studios’ side-scrolling action-platformer Daydreamer to PS4 and Xbox One. Currently available for PC, the updated version, titled Daydreamer: Awakened Edition, will feature gameplay additions, balance adjustments, improved combat, a world map, leaderboards, and a new ending. The story begins long after the Earth’s conquest by alien invaders and at the moment when the last human, Olivia, is freed by the Immortal Gate Keeper. Olivia is tasked with reaching the Earth’s core, but the planet has been overrun by a variety of strange creatures and killer robots. Despite being recently thawed, she is capable of skillfully wielding whips, shields, and blasters as well as summoning support pets.

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Gwendolyn introduced in new Odin Sphere Leifthrasir cast trailer

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The first in a new series of cast trailers has gone live for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The debut features the Valkyrie princess of Ragnanival, and daughter of Demon Lord Odin, Gwendolyn. Gwendolyn uses her Valkyrie training and deceased sister’s Psypher Spear to attack enemies head-on as well as from above. Her powers, augmented by the addition of a skill tree, include the ability to tossing a wave of icicles and summon a swarm of spears. Check out the trailer, along with a handful of new screenshots, below.

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Combat, skills on display in new Odin Sphere Leifthrasir trailer

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Atlus has released a new trailer and screenshots showcasing Odin Sphere Leifthrasir’s combat and skill systems. Fans of the original will want to take note because the upcoming version will feature nearly 200 new abilities and skills. Drawing on their experience from Dragon’s Crown, the studio has expanded each character’s skillset while also streamlining the leveling system, by having characters and Psyphers level together, and increasing the fluidity of the combo system. For those who prefer the original setup, Classic Mode is being included that retains the visual upgrades but reverts back to the old mechanics.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir art book sample, English trailer released

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Atlus has released a new English trailer for Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The video gives a quick overview of the game as well as shows off Vanillaware’s newly hand-redrawn artwork. A sample of the art book that’s being packed with first-print copies and the Storybook Edition has also been made available via Issuu, and posted below.

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Get a look at Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – Storybook Edition’s steel book

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Atlus has revealed some more artwork from the Storybook Edition of Odin Sphere Leifthrasir. The art print of Alice and Socrates was released last week, and today the studio has sent the art of Valkyrie Gwendolyn that will appear on the metal slipcase. More VanillaWare art is never a bad thing.

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