Rundown the Street (July 2014)

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Slow news month. That said, much of the news we do have is of companies pissing off their fans. Funny, that.

In The News

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  • Before even coming out, a CGI animated series has been announced for Mighty No. 9. They’re also trying to double-dip on crowdfunding via the game’s website. This has rubbed many the wrong way.
  • People got mad at the developers of Azure Striker Gunvolt for removing the promised English voice acting. Many are fine with it, but those pissed are annoyed because it was a fight to even prevent them from changing the protagonist’s hair style for the West.
  • Speaking of people being mad, the bulk of Japanese fans are mad at Sony for the recent Japanese releases of Freedom Wars and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines.
    • For Freedom Wars, the game was apparently very clearly rushed out the door unfinished, and there was misleading advertising. “8-player versus and co-op” when it’s 4 vs 4 and 4-player co-op annoyed those who read that as there being 8-player co-op, for example. Also, multiplayer was to come in a patch that has now been delayed. The game was also apparently not balanced properly, as people ran into many issues including being stun-locked to death, but this was quickly addressed with a patch.
    • For Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines, which was supposed to focus on the player-created family, players were absolutely pissed that the family was entirely composed of background characters. Instead, the goddess Nueko steals the spotlight for the entire story. As one person put it “More like ‘Nueko walks forth over my dead body’.” (NOTE: The Japanese title of the game is popularly translated as “Over My Dead Body 2”.)
  • Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea was recently released in Japan. It is the second Atelier game Gust has developed under Koei-Tecmo ownership, and the first to use Koei-Tecmo’s proprietary Phyre Engine. As a result, the game launched in an extremely glitchy state. A large number of design decisions also pissed off existing fans, and the anime adaptation of Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky apparently didn’t help sales at all, since the game’s launch week sales are the second-lowest on PS3, only beating the original release of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland.
    • It has also been announced that Koei-Tecmo will be fully absorbing Gust, who they fully own. The Gust brand will remain – this is merely for the sake of making business matters much easier.
  • Rumour has it that Crytek is low on money, and, despite claims to the contrary, they’ve sold off the Homefront IP and its development team to Deep Silver, and they’ve all but closed the dev team they’d recently acquired in the whole THQ bankruptcy.
  • Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord, a PS3 SRPG, will be localized by Atlus. NIS America will handle European publishing. In an unusual move for Atlus, this game will be released sub-only. The first game in the series was originally a hentai.
  • EA will be starting a subscription service on the Xbox One named EA Access, which will give out games for $5 per month or $30 per year. It will not be appearing on the PlayStation 4, as Sony claims it’s not good value. Many, however, believe that it was really rejected because it would compete with PlayStation Plus.
  • Toonami has announced that they will begin running Gurren Lagann.
  • FUNimation has recently announced that they’d claimed to have the 6 OVAs of the Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! anime in error. They were not aware they made this mistake until fans who got their copies early complained loud enough, and only corrected it after most pre-ordered shipped. This pissed many off.
  • A coalition of Japanese anime and manga publishers have announced they they will be filing DMCA takedown notices on most popular illegal manga sites starting… today, actually. I wish them luck on their futile endeavor.