Developer- and Publisher-specific Articles: RPG

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse launching Sept. 20, new trailer up

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Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse has been officially dated for September 20. To celebrate the announcement, Atlus has released a new trailer. The video focuses on the cast of characters that players will run across on their adventure, including the protagonist’s childhood friend and Hunter Association member Asahi, Eastern Kingdom samurai Navarre, and masked Ring of Gaea assassin Toki. And for those wanting to relive the original, two of the studio’s newer employees will be trying their hand at SMTIV today at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on the official Twitch channel.

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Deep Silver to publish Persona 5, more Atlus, Sega titles in Europe

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Good news for our European readers out there—you are out there, right?—from Atlus and Sega. The studios have teamed up with Deep Silver to release several of their titles throughout Europe. The slate of games includes some heavy hitters, namely Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei IV: Apocalypse. Sega titles in the deal include 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. The deal is for both digital and physical releases. No dates were announced, though it was noted that 7th Dragon will be shipping after the North American release.

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3DS, PlayStation 3 News, PlayStation 4 News

7th Dragon III Code: VFD demo now on eShop for 3DS

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Sega has released a demo for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD. The upcoming role-playing game tasks players with hunting down dragons throughout different eras, and the demo allows eager adventurers to get an early start by offering demo save transfers. The trial offers a pre-made squad with a level cap of 10. However, players who carry over their save will be able to customize the party as well as reassign all skill points in the full version. There’s also a special reward for those who try the demo, but Sega is being tight-lipped about the details.

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System Shock remake Kickstarter campaign, PC demo launches

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Nightdive Studios has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a full reboot of the classic role-playing and shooter hybrid System Shock. The 1994 original is being updated from the ground up for Windows PC and Xbox One, with original development members giving a hand, including concept artist Robb Waters. Linux and Mac versions are currently stretch goals. Physical copies are available for $75 and up, with digital rewards dominating lesser reward tiers. On the other end of the spectrum, gamers with deep pockets can get a multiple copies, digital goodies, and custom System Shock-themed Razor gaming laptop for $5,000. To help alleviate any fears about investing in the campaign, Night Dive has released a fully playable demo that can be downloaded from the campaign page.

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PC News, Xbox One News

I Am Setsuna character, environment watercolors released

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While not screenshots, Square Enix has released some new media for their upcoming role-playing game I Am Setsuna. A handful of watercolors were sent out to offer players a first look at some of the environments that Setsuna will explore alongside her bodyguards Aeterna and Nidr. The duo, along with a few other characters, are also subjects of a few pieces themselves. Additionally, the studio announced pre-order incentives, with PS4 players receiving two dynamic system themes (Kuro for nighttime and Shiro for daytime) and an exclusive digital track, Eternal Winter, by composer Tomoki Miyoshi. PC players will receive a different track, The Warmth of Hope, through Steam.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness launches for PS4

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tri-Ace’s long-running role-playing series Star Ocean returns today with Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. The PS4-exclusive adventure is set between The Second Story and Till the End of Time, and centuries after mankind has left Earth for the Faykreed star system. As swordsman Fidel Camuze and Miki Sauvester, his longtime friend, players must protect the Kingdom of Resulia from civil unrest while avoiding a potential war with neighboring realms.

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PlayStation 4 News

Get to Mars! The Technomancer launches tomorrow, trailer today

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Home Focus has released the launch trailer for Spiders Studio’s The Technomancer. The science-fiction-themed role-playing game has players take on the role of a cybernetically enhanced warrior, Zachariah. Trained from a young age and capable of harnessing the power of electricity, the initiate is about to finish his training and explore the planet as a full Technomancer. On the run from the Secret Police, he will be able to call up three different fighting styles, tricks, diplomacy, and agenda-driven allies during his dangerous trek.

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The Abbey’s Melchior and Shigure join Tales of Berseria

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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.

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PC News, PlayStation 4 News

Atlus localizing PS Vita RPG Caligula, launching next spring

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Atlus has announced that they will be localizing FuRyu and Aquria’s role-playing game Caligula. The game will be a digital-only release for PS Vita and is scheduled to launch next spring. Not much else is known about the North America release, aside from a note that the game will retain the original Japanese audio. That said, an attack on the English Channel or a horse becoming a consul doesn’t seem likely. Maybe next time. On a positive note, some screenshots from the Japanese version were sent along to liven the news.

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PlayStation Vita News

Nier: Automata to launch in early 2017, gets new E3 trailer

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During E3, Square Enix released a new trailer for Nier: Automata alongside news that it will be launching in early 2017. Currently in co-development with Platinum Games, Automata will take place in the far future after alien ‘machine lifeforms’ have overrun the world, forcing mankind to escape to the moon. Players will follow the androids 2B, 9S, and A2 in their quest to destroy the machines. 2B is the main character, a sword-wielding battle droid built for the infantry squad YoRHa that is backed by a Pod support system for long-range combat. (Aside: *Squeeeeeee* Nier!)

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PlayStation 4 News