Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Nier: Automata to get playable demo for PS4 on December 22

Players who have been waiting for the long-awaited follow-up to Nier, Nier: Automata, will be able to try it themselves on December 22. Square Enix has announced that a playable demo will be going live that finds the attack android 2B searching an abandoned factory for a weapon that she needs to destroy. There was no word on a possible PC demo.

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PlayStation 4 News

Heroes rise in South Park: The Fractured But Whole trailer

Ubisoft has released a new video for the upcoming South Park role-playing game The Fractured But Whole. Superhero personas are born as the cast don their costumes, unleash their powers, and form a super group in order to save the universe. The sequel is set to offer more freedom than in The Stick of Truth, along with additional customization options, a new combat system, and revamped systems for looting and crafting.

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Persona 5’s party-boosting hacker Futaba Sakura introduced

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.

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Persona 5 digital pre-orders up, Story and Confidant trailers released

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.

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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

Final Fantasy XV sells digitally, ships to retail 5-million-plus units

Square Enix has sent the celebratory word that Final Fantasy XV has shipped physically and sold digitally over five million units globally. The release marks the first time that a Final Fantasy has been released simultaneously around the world. The studio also noted that they they “will continue to work on projects to expand and enhance customer enjoyment of Final Fantasy XV, releasing additional content and associated series products.”

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Final Fantasy XV launches in store, online for PS4 and Xbox One

Square Enix has released the long-awaited fifteenth entry in the mainline Final Fantasy series today. The delayed release is being described as the “next evolution of the world renowned video game series, featuring visceral action-packed battles, a fantasy world based in reality, and colossal wonders to behold.” Players take on the role of Crown Prince Noctis, as he and his friends go on a quest within the lands of Eos to discover his destiny amidst an ongoing war with the Niflheim empire. Check out the launch trailer below.

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Aksys to bring Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ stateside in 2017

Idea Factory’s visual novel Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~ will be coming to North America next spring for PS Vita. Aksys Games has taken on publishing duties, and is currently localizing the title. After the disappearance of their brother, players begin their search for clues by joining an online role-playing game called Arcadia. Players quickly find themselves caught in the virtual world with their only hope of escape being to beat the game. The 30-plus-hour story will feature branching paths that lead to multiple endings.

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PlayStation Vita News

Persona 5 delayed until April, gets Japanese VO, free PS4 theme

Persona fans, Atlus has some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news: Persona 5 has been delayed. The game is now scheduled to be released on April 4. But there’s a reason why it’s been bumped back from February 14, and that’s the good news: the Japanese voice over will be available as a free download. Now that wouldn’t normally delay a game, but instead of simply packing in download vouchers, the studio is also going back to fine tune the localization, and even record new lines for previously undubbed bits. Additionally, there will be a playable demo at this year’s PlayStation Experience, and they have also released a dynamic theme for PS4 on PSN that is free for the next 24 hours. Impatient players can see the game in action right now, over at Atlus’ Twitch channel. Before heading over, be sure to check below to see updated art for the two editions as well as three new videos highlighting Yusuke Kitagawa, Makoto Niijima, and Makoto’s voice actor, Cherami Leigh.

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Cat-ish thing Morgana joins Persona 5’s Phantom Thieves

Today’s Persona 5 character trailer is a little different than the others, as the reveal isn’t of a person but a thing … of sorts. The team’s mascot is a cat-like otherworldly creature that goes by the name of Morgana. Morgana is more than just an inspiring presence, as it also serves as a mentor being a professional thief. Oh, and it can turn into a bus. Check out the spunky pro in action below. In addition to the new trailer, an interview with voice actor Cassandra Morris has also been posted.

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