Rundown the Street (August-September 2014)

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Let’s see what’s been going on lately…

In The News

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  • I’ll open with a piece of news that pissed me off personally. Idea Factory International’s Limited Edition release of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1 was falsely advertised as allowing international customers when it doesn’t. As a result, not only did the 1000 copies sell out in a few minutes, many who should’ve gotten it thanks to being there on time, such as myself, did not. This backlash is warranted due to this being a blatant case of false advertisement, but those who managed to get a copy defended the company while missing the point. It looks like Idea Factory International is just repeatedly stumbling with their mismanagement of both this and Monster Monpiece.
    • If you want to know what I think of the game itself, that’s on the shortlist to be reviewed after The Guided Fate Paradox.
  • SNK, as well as several other companies, have sued Square Enix for using their characters without their permission in the manga High Score Girl, which is published by their Gangan Comics division. The manga has gone on hiatus and all volumes have been pulled from stores while things are sorted out. Before anyone defends Square Enix, note that this is entirely within SNK’s rights and Square Enix would’ve gladly done the same in reverse.
    • Worrying information regarding Final Fantasy XV has surfaced. Notably, the game has a one-button combat system. The game will simply try to guess what you’re trying to do based on context. Less worrying info has also surfaced, explaining that the game started out feeling like Kingdom Hearts before feeling like Final Fantasy Type-0 and then becoming its own game. Also, the game’s new director (the original one stepped down recently to work on Kingdom Hearts III) is encouraging people to make more memetic images based on the car shots from the recent trailer.
  • Lots of Sony news recently. First off, the CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Japan has retired.
    • Sony will be discontinuing PlayStation Mobile for Android.
    • PSPs in Japan are no longer able to access the PSN store, but they can still download past purchases. No word on international PSPs doing the same.
    • A large amount of new PS4 games were announced for 2015. Ones I took note of: Persona 5 (also on PS3), Senran Kagura: Estival Versus (also on Vita), a new Ys game (also on Vita), Disgaea 5Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force and a Touhou doujin project that will allow for publishing on Touhou games on PS4.
  • Nippon Ichi Software has announced that they’re working on more PS4 games, not just Disgaea 5.
    • The Awakened Fate Ultimatum recently released in Japan, only to absolutely bomb. Many speculate this is due to poor reviews thanks to negative changes to the combat system. Others speculate this is due to the low-level 3D in the game. In any event, not good news for them.
  • XSEED has announced that Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus will release in the West on the 14th of October.
    • The recent release of Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed has received heavy backlash from the LGBT community. The reason for this is an accurately-translated line from an optional Twitter/forum-like menu people can read. One character who’s intentionally portrayed as a jerk calls another character a “trap”. I feel the need to reiterate that this was an accurate translation and is hidden in an optional side-menu. The death and suicide threats have led the translator, who was active on Twitter at the time, to leave her Twitter account inactive and has not yet returned. Full explanation from said translator.
    • While not directly XSEED news, they publish a lot of this developer’s games. Japanese developer Falcom has announced that their profits have been multiplied by 6 thanks to foreign sales.
  • The Vita game Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment has been released in the West with a very poorly-translated script. Lots of Engrish and “penetrating”.
  • After releasing the second set of games in Japan, Level-5 is finally slating Yo-kai Watch for a Western release.
  • BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Ver 2.0 has been announced for Japan already.
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 has been announced.
  • Japanese publisher Pony Canyon has opened a Western division for anime.
  • A Pokémon fighting game by the Tekken team has been announced, named Pokken Tournament.
  • Yen Press has licensed the No Game, No Life light novels for a Western release. Their latest light novel venture has proven a success, thus their picking up of more series.
  • Microsoft has bought Minecraft developer Mojang for $2.5B. Notch apparently made the sale because he was tired of being tied to Minecraft. Microsoft is not pulling support for existing versions, and will allow the Vita port to finish development.
  • Steam has added a Curator system, where people are allowed to follow other people and get suggestions from them regarding what games on Steam they enjoy. If you want mine, here you go.
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