Rundown the Street (April-May 2015)

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Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment Penetrate

  • Bandai Namco has announced that they will be releasing a sequel to Project X Zone, titled… err… Project X Zone 2.
    • On that same note, it has been leaked that they will be publishing Trails of Cold Steel in Europe. This does not tell us whether or not XSEED is the one localizing, as XSEED needs a separate distributor for Europe regardless.
    • They’re also releasing Sword Art Online: Lost Song and a PS4 port of Hollow Fragment. The port of Hollow Fragment is said to have a redone translation, which is good because the original translation for Vita is infamously bad and the butt of many “penetrate” jokes.
  • NIS will be porting The Witch and the Hundred Knight to PS4 with an additional mode where you control Metallia. It will be named The Witch and the Hundred Knight Revival.
    • A sequel is also in development, titled The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2.
  • Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star is being localized for Vita, with stuff like the inability to change costumes being corrected. The only physical print run is the limited edition via the NIS America online store, which has already run through half of its stock.
    • Gust is developing a new IP, primarily headed by staff from outside Gust. It will be called Yoru no Nai Kuni, lit. “The Land of No Night”. It will be an action RPG, and apparently the early reports of yuri were greatly exaggerated.

Yoru no Nai Kuni Screenshot

  • Konami has made some weird moves to leave the console game industry. It’s important to note that Konami is at no risk of going bankrupt, as more than half of their business is outside video games (they own the Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, for example). These moves include firing many of their more notable devs and declaring their main platform from now on to be mobile. Even Kojima is just a contractor to finish Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain now.
    • Their decision to delist themselves from the New York Stock Exchange is not worth discussing, as it was announced ages ago and is because the company is rarely traded through there, but primarily in Japan and Europe.
    • One such fired developer, Igarashi (Castlevania) has launched a successful Kickstarter for a similar game, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.
  • Japanese dev Imageepoch has declared bankruptcy. This comes after their CEO went missing. This will not affect Stella Glow, as it was sent to the publisher as a completed game before this. It may complicate the localization process, though.
    • Speaking of games Atlus is localizing, they will be localizing Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & the Monster Seal.
  • Square Enix will be publishing tri-Ace’s Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness in Japan. It is the upcoming fifth Star Ocean game.
  • The Oculus Rift will finally receive a release for consumers in Q1 2016.
  • Steam has added a refund policy. This policy allows for refunds for any games within 2 weeks of purchase with 2 hours of playtime or less. Abusers will be banned, but getting a refund to buy the game again on sale is not considered abuse.
    • Before this, Steam tried to allow for paid mods for Skyrim. This crashed and burned, and has had irreversible repercussions, but I’ll leave that to the readers to look up.
  • The New Nintendo 3DS will receive support from the Unity engine, opening the floodgates for indie games.
    • Sony’s movie division has apparently been trying to negotiate with Nintendo to make a movie based on Super Smash Bros., and we have no way of knowing how it went. Do note that this division is not a competitor to Nintendo, so Nintendo wouldn’t refuse on those grounds (though they may have other reasons to decline).
    • Nintendo will be working with Universal to enter the theme park business. The extent to which this will happen is unknown, but it’s commonly-guessed that they will replace Marvel.