Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: PS Vita

Atlus to bring Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim stateside

Atlus is planning to localize Vanillaware’s mecha-heavy action title 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim. The game is currently in development, and is being headed by Dragon’s Crown and Odin Sphere director George Kamitani. Unlike their previous titles, 13 Sentinels will take place in a contemporary setting that favors technology over magic.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Valkyria Revolution video highlights composer Yasunori Mitsuda

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.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News, Xbox One News

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana dated for September 12

Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana will be released in stores and online on September 12 for PS4 and PS Vita, and digitally for PC. The new adventure, the first in eight years, will once again find Adol battling his way throughout a dangerous land. His latest outing finds him shipwrecked alongside fellow passengers on a cursed, isolated island that also happens to be crawling with beasts. After creating a makeshift village, Adol must set out to uncover the mysteries of the land. For players who prefer the original voice tracks, the game will sport both English and Japanese audio tracks.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

(PlayStation Vita Review) Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception

“… a lengthy adventure that is a far more compelling visual novel than it is a strategy role-playing game.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception out for PS4, PS Vita

Atlus has released Aquaplus’ visual novel and strategy role-playing hybrid Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception. The 40-plus hour adventure follows the amnesiac Haku as he makes his way around a strange world with his newfound friend Kuon. Along the way, the two will meet an expanding cast of characters and take them on board as they battle bandits, monsters, and other enemies throughout lands of Yamato.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth hitting PS4, PS Vita this September

Utawarerumono: Mask Of Deception’s sequel, Mask of Truth, is slated to be released on September 5. Set shortly after the events in Mask of Deception, the story follows returning characters who must create an alliance between fractious kingdoms in order to stave off the armies of the Yamato Empire. As with its predecessor, the story will play out with visual-novel-style cutscenes while combat will retain the turn- and elemental-based system. It will also feature the original Japanese audio throughout its estimated 80-plus-hour-long campaign.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

First-run copy of Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception gets unboxed

Atlus is set to release their visual-novel-styled strategy role-playing game Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception next week, but first they want to show off the goods. Their latest unboxing video highlights the launch edition, which, as has become common with their releases, comes with several extras. In addition to the game, early buyers will also receive a 50-page art book with character and faction info along with a slipcase for the bundle.

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PlayStation 4 News, PlayStation Vita News

(PlayStation Vita Review) The Caligula Effect

“… potentially marvelous visual novel stuck inside of a middling dungeon crawler.”

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PS Vita Reviews

Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma headed to PS4 this fall

PS4 owners recently got the backstory of the Zero Escape series with The Nonary Games bundle, and now, Aksys is looking to round out the trilogy for them. A graphically updated re-release of Spike Chunsoft’s visual novel Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma is scheduled to make its way digitally and physically to PS4 this fall. The follow-up to Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors and Virtue’s Last Reward continues the formula of narrative-driven puzzle solving, as players attempt to work out brain teasers and plot twists alike.

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PlayStation 4 News

Get your emotions in check! The Caligula Effect out for 3DS

It’s time for players to break free of the virtual-world prison of Mobius with the launch of The Caligula Effect. As a student at Kishimai High School, players uncover a world that isn’t as it seems in a story penned by Persona 2 scribe Tadashi Satomi. As part of the Go-Home Club, they will join a group of fellow students in an effort to break free of the virtual world that has them trapped. Getting back to reality requires battling Digiheads, those students who have succumbed to the charms of the world’s master and are willing to defend her at all costs.

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