Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Shin Megami Tensei makes its English debut today, out for iOS

Shin Megami Tensei (iOS) Launch Announcement - Screenshot 1

Shin Megami Tensei fans will finally—finally!—get the chance to play the original release with an official translation today. Correction: some fans. Shin Megami Tensei, the one that started it all, is now available on App Stores worldwide for iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (4th gen or later), and iPad; iOS 4.3 is required. The 40-plus-hour dungeon crawler features many of the elements that have made the series so popular, including the ability to negotiate and recruit demons, character choices that impact the ending, and contrasting alignment scales. As an added bonus, from today through March 31, the game will be reduced from its original price of $7.99 to $5.99.

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Bound by Flame to set forth this May, new screenshots released

Bound by Flame (360, PC, PS3, PS4) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

Spiders studios has revealed that their upcoming role-playing game Bound by Flame will available for 360, PC, PS3, and PS4 on May 9. It was also announced that Majesco has signed on as distributor to assist publisher Focus Home Interactive’s efforts in North America. Six new screenshots were released alongside the new info, each showing some of the different enemies that players will have to face during their journey.

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Mugen Souls Z coming to North America this May

Mugen Souls Z (PS3) Release Date Announcement - Screenshot 1

NIS has announced that Compile Heart and GCrest’s latest Mugen release, Mugen Souls Z, will be available on May 20. Set shortly after the first game, players will control the goddess Syrma and travel alongside Chou-Chou and her motley gang in an effort to stop a mysterious ancient threat. Returning elements include turn-based combat, free-roaming battle maps, heavy customization, and explorable worlds. New additions mentioned include new G-Castle battles, team abilities, and galactic attacks.

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PlayStation 3 News

Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky ships for PS3

Atelier Escha & Logy Alchemists of the Dusk Sky (PS3) Release Announcement - Screenshot 1

Grab your mortar and pestle, it’s time to get back to work. The Atelier series continues today with the release of Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky for PS3. Players will once again gather ingredients and craft items and potions, take on assignments, and battle monsters. This time around, there will be two storylines that focus on different gameplay elements, with Escha’s portion replete with crafting and synthesizing, while Logy’s sections are geared towards action, exploration, and customization. Other changes include the bump from three party members to six, a streamlined synthesis system, and a new alchemist ability that increases item effectiveness when used successively.

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Monsters breathing easier, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt delayed to 2015

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt (360, PC, PS3, PS4) February 2015 Delay Announcement - Screenshot 1

Geralt is getting a reprieve before tackling his next challenge in The Witcher 3. Unfortunately, what’s good news for the monster hunter is bad news for fans of the series as that means that the third installment has been delayed. CD Projekt RED has released an open letter announcing that the release of Wild Hunt has been pushed back until next February. The letter, which also details the reasoning behind the delay, can be found below.

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Conception II demo announced for March 25, new screens released

Conception II (3DS, PS Vita) Demo Announcement - Screenshot 1

Atlus has announced that a demo for their upcoming role-playing game Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars will be available on March 25 for both 3DS and PS Vita. As with previous Atlus demos, saves will carry over from the demo to the full version. In addition, they are also throwing in extra goodies for those who complete the demo before playing the full version. New screenshots were also released of the Star Children in Mecunite form, a powerful mech made up of the player’s entire squad.

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3DS, PlayStation Vita News

New Demon Gaze combat screens, plus free Disgaea character DLC

Demon Gaze (PS Vita) Action Shots - Screenshot 1

Following the release last week of new character shots, NIS has sent out a new batch of screens showing the more violent side of dungeon-crawling. The latest media shows the combat system in action, including party members’ skills and some of the enemies. It was also announced that free post-launch DLC will be available for the first month after release, with players able to augment their party with new recruits from a Disgaea-themed character pack off PSN. Five characters are set to answer the call to arms: Etna, Flonne, Sicily, Asagi, and of course, an unlucky Prinny.

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PlayStation Vita News

Grim Dawn updated on Steam Early Access to include Act II

Grim Dawn (PC) Act II Steam Early Access Announcement - Screenshot 1

Crate Entertainment’s action-RPG Grim Dawn has been updated on Steam Early Access to include the second act, Old Arkovia. The addition features an estimated 10-plus hours of gameplay, which includes a host of new material: 10 enemy types, 23 bosses, 35 character levels, 106 items, and a region. Players must choose carefully in how to proceed in Act II, as there is now a greater emphasis on consequences and innocent lives will be caught between their party and a new enemy, the Four Hills gang.

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PC News

Etrian-flavored Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth headed stateside

Persona Q Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS) NA Announcement - Screenshot 1

The Persona series will be making its debut on the 3DS this fall with the release of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. The crossover title will feature characters from Persona 3 and 4 in an Etrian Odyssey-style adventure. In an alternate world, the gangs set out to investigate the legend surrounding the deadly bell chimes that eminate from Yasogami High’s clock tower. Both sets of characters play through their own storylines as each tries to find their way out of the now-enemy-filled labyrinth.

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Wasteland 2 gets first major update, includes 2,000+ fixes, new areas

Wasteland 2 (PC) Update Announcement - Screenshot 1

inXile has released the first major update for Wasteland 2. The patch, coming two months after the game made its debut on Steam Early Access, includes “over 2000 bug fixes, gameplay features, performance optimizations and balance improvements along with hours of new content.” An entire section has been added as well, a Prison level for those itching for a tough fight, plus several smaller maps. inXile estimates that the new areas push the gameplay past the 30-hour mark.

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