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As the slow march continues to more map-making and dungeon-crawling, Atlus has released info about the first-run extras that are to be included with Etrian Odyssey V. The launch edition will bundle together the game, a 24-page art book with character pieces and concept sketches, a six-track CD, and a protective outer box. But it’s not just all bonuses, as a new trailer also highlights the Dragoon, an armor-clad juggernaut that protects the three other classes. The Atlus crew is also set to celebrate Etrian’s 10-year anniversary with a new streaming event, set to begin at 5:00 p.m. (CST) on July 28, with Will and EJ playing several of the entries.
Bandai Namco will be letting players try their hand at Gundam Versus before its September release via an open beta. The beta is going live later this summer, though the exact date has yet to be determined, and will focus on online multiplayer. Additionally, players who pre-order are also set to receive three bonus downloadable extras: N-876 ß Hot Scramble Gundam, ASW-G-08 Gundam Barbatos Lupus, and GN-005 Gundam Virtue.
A new video out of Sega features composer Yasunori Mitsuda discussing the soundtrack for Valkyria Revolution. Said to be inspired by Europe’s industrial revolution, Mitsuda had the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra conduct a live concert-hall recording to capture the mood of the era. The group is joined by the Australian-Japanese singer Sarah Alainn. Sega also revealed a digital pre-order bonus that includes two scenarios (The Formation of Vanargand and The Ring of Contract), 30 ragnite shards, and a set of special combat ragnite (Time Flux+, Heal Field+, Fall Earth+, and Shine Calibur+). Additionally, PS4 owners will receive an extra digital pre-order bonus, The Princess and the Valkyria theme.
A new gameplay trailer has been released in anticipation of Crash’s imminent return to gaming. The video features the Sewer or Later level from Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, one of the games included in Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. A narrator highlights some of the graphical and audio improvements made over the original. A pre-order bonus was also revealed, the Friends Pack, which will bundle the Bear It Dynamic Theme along with avatars of Polar and Aku Aku.
Devolver Digital is set to release three different collector’s editions for Pixel Titans’ Strafe. The upcoming procedurally generated first-person shooter will be available from Special Reserve Games as the Throwback Edition, complete with pogs and floppy discs; the Vinyl Edition with a two-disc vinyl set from Laced Records; and the PS4 Collector’s Box, which comes with a region-free copy of the game for PS4. All pre-orders come with an exclusive weapon, the VV-1N.
New gameplay footage has gone live for Prey. The video, titled Mimic Madness, demonstrates how players can use the Mimic’s power during combat. It’s one of the first alien powers that players will learn, allowing them to take advantage of their ability to transform into a variety of objects, including a banana, lamp, mug, and security turret.
The upcoming re-imagined version of Prey is set to be released on May 5 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. Gamers who pre-order will receive several digital extras at launch in the Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack. The set will include the family heirloom Margrave shotgun along with several tools: three neuromods to acquire new abilities, two medkits, a Fabrication plan to create the shotgun and ammo, a starter kit for building tools and weapons, and a upgrade to help preserve resources. Developed by Dishonored creator Arkane Studios, the new version finds players waking up in 2032 on the space station Talos I. Not only have aliens invaded the facilities, but players have been the subject of strange experiments and have no memory of recent events.
The Phantom Thieves’ hacker, Futaba Sakura, is getting her time to shine in a new character trailer. The socially awkward dropout is a recluse who now serves as the group’s navigator. Futaba, under the codename Oracle, guides the crew to their destination or, if things go south, an escape route. She also provides moral support that buffs her teammates during combat. As with the previous reveals, the character’s voice actor, Erica Lindbeck, is also interviewed in a separate video.
Atlus has sent word that digital pre-orders are now live for Persona 5. As a bonus, early digital buyers receive the dynamic Protagonist Special Theme & Avatar Set. Pre-orders also come with in-game DLC, the Izanagi & Izanagi Picaro Set Persona, who makes a return from Persona 4 in the flesh and as a themed dress for Picaro. To learn more about the Phantom Thieves, scroll down to check out the recently released story trailer. Details were also revealed about several Confidants, characters who form a bond with the party and will lend them a hand. Three of them are detailed below, and star in their own trailers.