Rundown the Street (November-December 2013)

It’s been ages, so I suppose I should put this out before something happens and I forget. This should hopefully be the last time I use this format for these posts. No promises.

In The News

  • Quite a few games have been announced, both in development and localization.
    • In Development: Ace Attorney 6, Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, Dekamori Senran Kagura, Senran Kagura Estival Versus, Atelier Ayesha Plus, Persona Q: Shadows of the Labyrinth, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Persona 4: The Ultimax Suplex Hold, Persona 5, Tales of Zestiria (announced simultaneously worldwide), Hyrule Warriors (announced simultaneously worldwide), Bravely Second, Girls und Panzer: Let’s Master Tankery!
    • Localizations: Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars (Atlus USA), Akiba’s Trip 2 (XSEED), Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus (XSEED), Chibi-Robo: Photo Finder (Nintendo), Hastune Miku: Project Diva f (SEGA; that’s the Vita version)
  • Konami, who publishes all versions of Skullgirls except the Japanese and PC versions, has had it pulled from Japanese markets and all console marketplaces. the developers will be republishing it on the platforms affected. Its Japanese publisher has also gone bankrupt.
  • Sony has launched an Amazon storefront for their digital games, but only for the US. Also, they have adjusted their digital games policies to allow for one more handheld platform, in order to accomodate users with a PSP, a Vita and a Vita TV.
    • Sony has also announced PlayStation Now, a cloud service which streams games PS3 to a variety of platforms, including to the PS3, PS4, Vita and BRAVIA.
  • The Rune Factory developer, Neverland, has gone bankrupt, despite Rune Factory 4 being their best-selling title ever. They were also responsible for the Lufia series and Record of Lodoss War.
  • All references to Crash Bandicoot have been removed from Activision’s website, meaning that either the series has been killed off for good or someone bought the series. In one of Sony’s PS4 trailers, an image could be seen of a Crash-like character on a sign. Underneath the sign is an arrow pointing up from a trash can, implying that Sony has taken Crash out of the trash.
  • Atlus is on-record saying that they now have access to any dormant SEGA IP.
  • Akihiko Yoshihida, main character designer for Bravely Default, has left Square Enix.
  • Miiverse and Nintendo IDs have been brought to the 3DS via an update.
    • The amount of people getting new Nintendo systems over the holidays has lead to regional time locks on traffic and a delay to PokéBank.
  • GOG has announced a money-back guarantee for their games, under cetain conditions. This is rather revolutionary, given their DRM-free nature and how many DRM-filled platforms still don’t allow for this.
    • The Humble Bundle has also created a non-bundle storefront.
  • In anime announcements, an anime adaptation of Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky has been announced. Certainly an unusual choice in that series. (An Arland adaptation would have been smarter.)
    • In much expected news, Sword Art Online II has been announced. Of course, the fifth Yu-Gi-Oh! anime, Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V (that’s the roman numeral V) has also been announced.
    • Seven Seas has announced an English release of the manga known as The Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. NIS America has announced their license of the anime adaptation of Chronicles of the Going Home Club.
  • The man who was threatening any and all events and locations tangentially related to Kuroko’s Basketball has been caught and arrested. He has confessed to everything.
  • It turns out that the third Puella Magi Madoka Magica movie is on the list to be considered for an Oscar nomination. It has basically no chance of winning, however.