Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: Bandai Namco Games

PSX 2016 – Bandai Namco: Ace Combat 7, Ni No Kuni II

Bandai Namco had two big sequels on hand at PS Experience 2016, the Level 5-developed RPG Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom and the cinematic flight combat sim Ace Combat 7. Both received new trailers, as well as a host of new screenshots, a few of which feature the VR-enabled view for Ace Combat 7. Everything can be found below.

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PlayStation 4 News

Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization- launches for PS4, PS Vita

Players can once again get super meta with Sword Art Online -Hollow Realization-. The virtual MMORPG, based off the popular anime, returns with a new entry for PS4 and PS Vita. As Kirito, players adventure around the digital realm of Ainground. Similar to actual online role-playing games, players will take on quests, fight monsters, and gain loot. Other users also run around tackling objectives, with some being AI-controlled players and others characters from Sword Art: Origins. Players can also team up with their friends for four-player co-op alongside a four-player AI-controlled team. Reki Kawahara, series creator, supervised a new storyline that finds non-playable characters mysteriously being deleted from the servers.

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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel goes live for console, PC

It’s time to dive back into Dark Souls III with the release of Ashes of Ariandel. The downloadable expansion finds players exploring the mystery behind an ancient cursed painting. Their journey will take them inside the painting to an area that hosts new enemies, lore, armor, spells, and weapons. A new multiplayer mode is also being added, Undead Matches. The versus mode allows players to battle other Cursed Undead, team up to face off against other teams, and go all in with others in matches of up to five combatants.

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New Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel trailer highlights multiplayer

Souls fans are getting a chance to see more of Dark Souls III’s upcoming downloadable pack, Ashes of Ariandel. As the add-on closes in on its release date, October 25, FromSoftware offers a closer look at the multiplayer covenants and Undead Matches. The new player-versus-player mode allows players to battle their friends in duels or against up to five others in free-for-all and team-based matches.

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Tales of Berseria launching January, PS4 Collector’s Edition revealed

Tales of Berseria is set to be released next January in North America, according to Namco Bandai. The PS4 version will debut first, on January 24, with the PC version following a few days later, January 27, on Steam. The upcoming entry follows Velvet, a “tortured soul who acts purely on instinct as she sets out on a quest for revenge.” A $149.99 Collector’s Edition was also announced for PS4. It will be limited to 10,000 and come bundled with several extras: a Velvet and Laphicet Chibi Kyun Chara figures, 8-bit retro keychain set, music CD with selected tracks, hardcover prequel novel (A Witch’s Tale: A World Full of Daemons), set of trading cards, starter strategy guide artbook, and themed SteelBook case.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Digimon World: Next Order arriving for PS4 in early 2017

Digimon World: Next Order is coming stateside for PS4. Scheduled to launch early next year, digitally and physically**, players will find themselves in a Digital World under assault by Machinedramons. After being rescued by two Digimon, the newcomer, now male or female, must set out with their two heroes to repay the favor by uncovering the origins of the Machinedramons while also searching for a way home. Over 200 Digimon will be roaming about for players to recruit, train, and lead.

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PlayStation 4 News

God Eater 2: Rage Burst released for console, PC, Resurrection for PC

Monster-munching action-crafter God Eater 2: Rage Burst has been released for PC, PS4, and PS Vita. The game takes place three years after the events of Resurrection, as a red rain spreads a deadly disease known as the Black Plague. To stop the pandemic, players join a special unit, Blood. The group’s affiliation with the Fenrir Organization grants them access to God Arc weapons, which are capable of destroying and consuming the monstrous Aragami. With up to three friends, players use the weapons to clear the land, gaining access to more than 100 Blood Arts in their quest to save mankind. Resurrection is also available on Steam today, and as with the console version, is included with every copy of Rage Burst.

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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel announced, launching early 2017

Bandai Namco has detailed the first downloadable add-on for Dark Souls III, Ashes of Ariandel. The first of two expansions, Ashes of Ariandel will send players to the frozen realm of Ariandel to uncover the evil behind the land’s woes. The journey will feature new armor sets, enemies, magic, weapons, and (undetailed) multiplayer features. Events will also expand on the overarching storyline. A batch of screenshots, along with a trailer, were released to offer an early look at the new quest.

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Lee Chaolan, along with Violet, join cast of Tekken 7

Tekken 7’s roster expanded today with news that Lee Chaolan is being added to the cast. Not just Lee, either, but also his alter ego Violet. Adopted by Heihachi and raised to be the rival of Kazuya, Lee went on to form a robotics company. As Heihachi and Kazuya continue their war, Lee waits for his moment to strike. Lee’s is just one of several plotlines that are set to play out during Tekken 7’s Story Mode.

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Visual novel RPG A.W.: Phoenix Festa launches on PSN for PS Vita

A.W.: Phoenix Festa, a “simulation action” visual novel title, has gone live on PSN for PS Vita. Set in a world devastated by an apocalyptic event, the Invertia, six academies compete for prominence in the last remaining megacity, Asterisk. Players take on the role of a student, either Ayato or an original character, who must live out the days of a teenager while practicing for the upcoming competition. On their way to one of several endings, players will build relationships and train in combat. The game is based on the Japanese light novel The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water.

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PlayStation Vita News