It was a slow week this week. Well, let’s see what we have here…
Two More Neptunia Games for Vita
Two more Neptunia games were announced for Vita, shortly after my post last week. The first of the two games was announced as Chō Megami Shinkō Noire Geki Kami Black Heart (literally Hyper Goddess Faith Noire: Super God Black Heart), which will be released in Japan later this year, with the alternate dimension Noire from Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory being the game’s protagonist. The second of the two games is titled Chō Ji Jigen Game Neptune Re;Birth1 (literally Hyper Di-Dimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, I’ll just call it Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 for simplicity’s sake). It is a remake of the first game, supposedly with a budget this time. No release window was announced for it.
All that’s been released are those tidbits of information and the logos for the two games. We have no other information at this time.
Atelier Totori Plus Released in English on Tuesday Without Prior Notice
In a move that shocked everyone, even those who’d never heard of the series, Tecmo Koei has released Atelier Totori Plus in English on PlayStation Vita as a download-only title, without announcement and exactly two weeks after Atelier Ayesha was released for PS3.
I honestly can’t tell if this is an act of stupidity or an act of brilliance. They managed to catch everyone by surprise due to the release window, so the loud complaining about it was heard by even non-fans, who gave the game a look they otherwise wouldn’t have. It is worth noting that the game was rated in Australia, so we knew it was coming, but being rated in Australia has no bearing on a North American release. In addition, the earlier Vita port of another game in the series, Meruru, is from the same trilogy and was not released in English.
In related news, the developers at GUST have announced that they will not be porting the first game of Atelier‘s Arland trilogy, Rorona, to Vita.
Some Other Stuff
- A new To Loveru Darkness anime has been greenlit. This time, however, it’s an OVA.
- The post-game fights in Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness were confirmed upon release through its trophy list. In a controversial move, all of the unlockable characters are from Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten. Every main character except Fuka and Desco are present, as those two were saved for pre-order DLC. This has caused rage for two reasons: Firstly, it makes no sense in terms of timeline, causing contradictions in that Flonne is still a fallen angel in A Brighter Darkness while she had become an archangel by the time of A Promise Unforgotten (no word on whether or not they’re gonna acknowledge that in-game). Secondly, the post-game fights usually have a mix of cameos, not all from one game.
- The final two episodes of Girls und Panzer, which were delayed three months due to a single person’s stupidity, have begun airing. Crunchyroll will have them available to watch starting from the 28th, with non-subscribers having to wait an additional week for the very last episode.
- Speaking of Crunchyroll, their subscriber count has doubled in the past six months, now totalling 200K.
- The final two episodes of Saki: Episode of Side A will be airing in April and May respectively. The series aired for 12 episodes, but they ultimately needed to expand it to 16 to cover the entire manga, which recently concluded.
- Neon Alley has finally announced the start dates for the dubs of Accel World, Fate/Zero and Zetman. All of them will premiere on the 19th of April. No word yet as to whether or not Zetman and Accel World will receive a DVD or Blu-Ray release.
- Namco Bandai have tweeted saying that this year will be a “Tales of-filled year”. Tales of is what the Tales series is known as in Japan. Tales of Xillia has already been announced for release in English this summer.
- Compile Heart is looking for publishing partners for two of its Vita games, Monster Monpiece and Holy Sorceror Story. That they’ve announced this implies that their usual partners, NIS America and Aksys, are too busy to do it. Given Monpiece‘s… err… “content”, I doubt someone will pick it up.
- The HD remastered versions of Final Fantasy X on PS3 will apparently contain its sequel, Final Fantasy X-2, to go with it. If you get the Vita version, you have to purchase it separately. The games will retail for $40 and will be based on the international editions of both games (which North America never got, although Europe did).
- EA’s CEO has resigned due to the company’s large amount of recent mistakes. I wouldn’t celebrate just yet, since we have no way of knowing whether or not the next CEO will be any better.
- Steam has opened a dedicated storefront for games that are still in beta. They still charge full price for said games, and they didn’t move clearly incomplete stuff like The War Z or Towns into it, so there’s not too much point to it just yet. The most interesting thing available on it at present is the alpha of StarForge.
- Unity has announced support for the PS4 and the Vita, as well as Oculus Rift support. No other details are currently available, but now the only notable device not supported is the 3DS.
- The time restrictions on the European Wii U eShop have been lifted. Until recently, due to German law (and because Nintendo of Europe is based in Germany), the Wii U’s eShop in Germany restricted downloads and purchases of games rated M or above to a small time window around midnight. The governing body over this law in Germany, however, has decided that Nintendo’s other parental control options are already very robust and gave them the go-ahead to remove this restriction.
- Apple has taken down a game titled Sweatshop HD from their app store, citing draconian rules that prevent games on their store from covering controversial topics. When asked about this, Apple responded by stating that games are not the proper place for social commentary, belittling games as an art form.