Rundown the Street (March-April 2014)

RTS Logo Welcome, again, to Rundown the Street, giving you a rapid-fire recap of the last two months of anime and game news.

In The News

Guided Fate Cross-Thesis Screen

  • Lots of announcements from Nippon Ichi. To start off, NIS has announced htoL#NIQ, a Limbo-like horror puzzle game for the Vita. They’ve also announced a sequel to The Guided Fate Paradox (The God and Fate Revolution Paradox in Japan), with a Japanese title that translates into The God and Fate Cross-Thesis Awakening.
    • NIS America has entered the anime dubbing business, with their dub of Toradora!. They’ll also be license-rescuing Cardcaptor Sakura, which they will release subbed, with Animax’s uncut dub as a bonus (though only available in mono sound).
    • NIS America has also picked up the game Natural Doctrine for PS4, PS3 and Vita, which immediately bombed in Japan. Additionally, they have confirmed several details regarding their Mugen Souls Z localization, revealing the additional effort they’ve put in compared to Mugen Souls.
  • XSEED has announced that they’ve picked up Akiba’s Trip 2 for PS3 and Vita, which they will release as Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed. They do not have the rights for the recently-announced PS4 port.
    • XSEED has also announced that they “may or may not” have a Senran Kagura announcement coming soon. However, the series producer seems to have spilled the beans again, saying that he “will wrap the world in happy boobs next week”, a similar statement to when Senran Kagura BURST was announced. XSEED is on record saying that the 3DS title did well enough to justify a physical release for future games.
  • GUST has announced the 16th Atelier game, Atelier Shallie ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sea~. This title will be following the double-protagonist idea from Escha & Logy, but will take it further, and both characters are female. Furthermore, for the first time, the game will allow the player to control the camera.
  • Compile Heart has announced Chōjigen Action Neptune U and Shin Jigen Game Neptune VII, the sixth and seventh Neptunia games counting all spin-offs, but excluding both remakes. U will be a brawler from the Senran Kagura developers, and VII, short for Victory II, will be the fourth mainline title.
    • Idea Factory International has announced that they, themselves, will be handling Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 for the Vita in the West. NIS America handled all previous entries in the series. This title will have a redesigned logo.
    • Compile Heart is also working with the direction of Disgaea 4 for a new game, titled Makaishin Trillion.
  • Surprising everyone, Namco Bandai has announced localizations for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment and Tales of Hearts R for the Vita. This is due to their surprise at how well Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z performed on the system.
    • One Piece: Unlimited World Red was also announced for localization, for which it will be ported from its original 3DS platform to add the PS3, Vita and Wii U. Word is that it will also be dubbed, for once.

SAO Hollow Fragment Screen

  • Lots of Sony news over these past two months. Sony CEO Jack Tretton has stepped down, the creative leads for Infamous and God of War 3 left, the Drive Club creative lead was fired. Sony also announced their own virtual reality headset, Project Morpheus, and have disabled HDCP on the PS4. Sony has also proceeded to sell its stake in Square Enix.
    • Sony has also announced a localization for Over My Dead Body 2 as Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.
    • Sony angered many Vita users recently as they accidentally allowed all PSP and PSOne classics to be downloaded to the Vita, even those that weren’t allowed before due to licensing. This worked for two days before being fixed, which angered many as they had wanted this for so long. Several people took the chance to download all Crash Bandicoot and Spyro games, which are only supposed to work on European Vitas, during this time.
    • Sony has also announced that over 1000 indie developers are working with them.
  • Yen Press has announced two more light novel series to be released to the West: A Certain Magical Index and Is It Wrong to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?. They has previously announced Accel World and Sword Art Online. Light novels historically flop in the West.
    • However, Sword Art Online has broken expectations and topped the Sci-Fi book charts on release. The rest of the books are yet unreleased.
  • Nintendo has announced that a new 3D Mario game is in development. Nintendo is also doing a significant marketing push for Mario Kart 8.
    • The fourth Super Smash Bros. game will be released in the summer for 3DS and in the winter for the Wii U. An odd move, that you’d expect to be reversed, to be sure.
  • At some point over the last two months, Microsoft announced external hard drive support for the Xbox One. I honestly couldn’t tell you if this has been implemented, since I don’t pay much attention to the system.
    • Microsoft also announced Windows Phone/Xbox One cross-compatible apps.
  • It has been revealed that the reason Rune Factory 4 was not released in Europe because the game’s programmer left the company that made the game during their bankruptcy. As such, the required coding was simply not feasible to do.
  • Large Japanese multimedia publisher Kadokawa has acquired Dark Souls developer From Software, buying 80% of the company, and intends to use them to expand their gaming business.
  • Facebook has acquired Oculus, creators of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, leading to significant controversy.
  • Amazon is entering the console business with the Amazon Fire TV, and has bought developer Double Helix from Microsoft.
    • As a result, Xbox One-exclusive Killer Instinct has been taken over by One True Game Studios.
  • An EA studio’s Twitter account made fun of Nintendo on April Fool’s Day. EA later apologized.

Bravely Default Screenshot

  • Skullgirls added a completely fleshed-out character, Fukua for April Fool’s Day, and they intend to keep the character after asking the fans if they wanted the character to stay.
  • Sega announced on April 1st that Atlus’ logo was to receive a redesign, and revealed said redesign. This was not a joke.
    • Atlus has announced that there will be a Persona 4 Golden anime, done by a different anime studio than the previous anime, that will be a retelling with additional scenes from Golden.
    • Sega has announced a localization for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, before the game was even released in Japan.
  • Square Enix has stated that the success of Bravely Default has made them rethink their JRPG strategy. In short, they’re shocked that a normal JRPG that was not made to cater to the West was successful when one of their ones that was ended up flopping.
  • The director of the original Ace Attorney trilogy has announced that he will be spearheading a new sub-series, The Great Ace Attorney, which takes place in Meiji era Japan. How the localization team could manage to twist this into somehow being Los Angeles is yet to be seen.
  • Sentai Filmworks is planning on dubbing Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!, after initially planning a sub-only release. This is due to fan demand after seeing the lack of a dub.
  • A monthly Fairy Tail prequel manga, Fairy Tail Zero, as well as a Fairy Tail magazine, have been announced.
  • Twitch has added the ability to sell games directly through the service. The first game to do this is Nuclear Throne.
  • Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama revealed in an interview that the Buu Saga gave him battle manga fatigue, so he’s lost all interest in making such manga.

One thought on “Rundown the Street (March-April 2014)

  1. Oooh, new One Piece game? And on the Wii U? AND it might be dubbed? Sounds like a winning combination; even if I am one of those strange and terrible people that likes anime dubs, I’ll contend with all my strength that Patrick Seitz’s Franky is something magical.

    That aside, the Toriyama tidbit is pretty interesting. Interesting, but not all that surprising; I was under the impression that the original Dragon Ball was more about going on wild and crazy adventures in a colorful world. Come DBZ, the most interesting place the gang visits is the rocky plateau du jour. (And inside Buu, I guess, but that hardly counts.)

    Even if a formula works, there’s no guarantee it’ll be worth it in the long run. Unless you’re measuring in terms of money, fame, and influencing decades’ worth of manga and creators, but that’s neither here nor there.

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