- Rogue Factor adapting Necromunda: Underhive Wars to console, PC
- Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception, Mask of Truth coming stateside
- Tokyo Xanadu coming to PS Vita, Tokyo Xanadu eX+ to PC, PS4
- Get a look at Persona 5’s mechanics in new gameplay video
- Dood! Disgaea 5 Complete bringing tactical-RPG-ness to Switch
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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.
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.
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.
Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada was on-hand at this year’s Evo to reveal two more characters from Tekken 7’s roster: Bob and Master Raven. Bob, a practitioner of Freestyle Karate, debuted in Tekken 6, while the original Raven was introduced in Tekken 5. The two feature in new trailers along with a handful of new screenshots.
Harebrained Schemes’ Necropolis is now available on Steam. Published by Bandai Namco, the action-heavy roguelike follows a nameless adventurer who must escape a magical dungeon, alone or with up to three friends in drop-in/drop-out co-op. Enemies, environments, and loot are all procedurally generated, while players are capable of crafting items and upgrading their skills.
God Eater Resurrection has launched on PSN for PS4 and PS Vita. As a God Eater, players wield God Arc weapons to take down giant monsters as the latest recruit to Fenrir Organization’s Far East Branch. He’s a New Type God Eater with the ability to handle weapons that can transform between blade and gun forms. From the organization’s home base, players set out to clear the land of the evil Aragami who are immune to normal weapons but weak to the Oracle Cells within God Arc weapons. The cells allow players to devour the essence of each monster. Players can tackle the game solo or with up to three friends online.
Two newcomers to the Tales series have been introduced in new screenshots from Tales of Berseria. Members of the clergy, Melchior and Shigure Rangetsu, are joining the adventure. The two are from the Abbey, experts at exorcism, with Melchior being an elder who is experienced in alchemy and knowledgeable about ancient legends. Shigure is described as being more carefree and known for taking on tough tasks, but also as not being very popular in the organization.
Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for Tekken 7. The video coincides with the news that the game will be released in early 2017 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Currently in development under franchise director Katsuhiro Harada, the home port will feature several additions over the arcade version, including Story Mode, which will host seven new characters alongside Street Fighter’s Akuma. The storyline will follow the struggle between members of the Mishima clan. To celebrate the announcement, and so players can take advantage of its recent addition to the list of Backward Compatible titles, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be free for a limited time for Xbox Live Gold members, starting today at 1 p.m. (CST) until June 21 at 5:00 a.m. (CST).
Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs-Force will be arriving stateside as a digital-only release on July 12 for PS Vita. Along with the date, nine new playable characters were revealed: 00 Gundam, Barbatos 1st Form, Barbatos 4th Form, Destiny Gundam (Heine), Gundam GP02, Mack Knife, Master Gundam, Strike Freedom, and Turn X. A new trailer and nearly 20 screenshots showing the characters in action, along with the new Force Attack mechanic, have also been posted.