Gee, it’s Gundam – This Week in Games
Ah sure, as soon as once more I’m tasked with writing about videogames within the shadow of unimaginably terrible bullshit occurring on this planet round us. It is fairly robust, not solely as a result of the shadow of horrible issues is weighing closely in your thoughts, however it additionally feels extraordinarily insensitive to be writing about “enjoyable” stuff whereas persons are on the market struggling. I attempt to inform myself that if studying this column makes of us even just a little bit happier within the face of distress that I am doing a great factor, however maybe I am simply in denial. I dunno. Shit sucks, man.
So, in my effort to attempt to stave off existential dread, how about we begin off with Sega/Atlus information? Sega simply surprise-dropped Hatsune Miku: Venture Diva Megamix+ on Steam, making it the primary official PC launch of the long-running rhythm recreation collection. It is fairly good! You possibly can test ANN’s assessment by Jean-Karlo right here, and my assessment over on GameSpot right here.
On Thursday, Atlus shared a quick announcement video detailing their North American plans for Persona 25th Anniversary celebrations. Apart from showcasing a bunch of recent merch (together with, for some weird purpose, a $500 Persona-themed file turntable) and selling a streaming dwell live performance (which you will get tickets for even outdoors of Japan, as our mascot hosts be aware), in addition they introduced a collection of dwell occasions and venues that will probably be collaborating within the celebration. Sadly, they’re just about all based mostly in Southern California, together with a giant joint Sega/Atlus sales space at Anime Expo. Perhaps if we’re fortunate just a few different large cities in North America will get one thing later this 12 months, as a result of Persona fandom definitely does not revolve fully round one huge metro space.
However maybe extra importantly – we have a brand new Persona 5 recreation! Do not get too excited, although, as a result of these Phantom Thieves are out to raid your pockets in Persona 5 For Reels.
Okay, no matter your emotions on a Persona 5 slot machine, we are able to all agree that the title is wonderful, proper? On condition that it is a video slot machine moderately than the pachislot machines which can be frequent (and extra importantly, authorized) in Japan, I believe that is geared extra in direction of the worldwide on line casino market. Will 21-and-older Persona followers give you the chance to withstand the attract of the slots? (I hope so.)
IT’S DRAGON QUEST DAY, AND YUJI HORII HAS SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Could 27th marks the date when the unique Dragon Quest launched in Japan all the way in which again in 1986, which makes it a quasi-official gamer vacation. To have a good time, Sq.-Enix dropped a brand new video that includes collection maestro Yuji Horii. And what would an anniversary be and not using a little bit of reports? This is the YouTube video, which you may need to watch with captions turned on when you do not communicate Japanese:
To start out off: Dragon Quest Builders has launched on cellular platforms! You possibly can obtain it on iOS or Android proper now! If you have not performed the Builders collection, it is best to positively give them a attempt: they’re very enjoyable and charming spins on building video games with that signature Dragon Quest persona all through.
We have additionally obtained a brand new trailer for spinoff treasure-hunting journey Dragon Quest Treasures. No platforms introduced but, however on the very least Change and PS4 appear seemingly.
Whereas Dragon Quest XII continues to be underneath improvement (and sure will probably be for a great whereas but), Horii reassures us that we’ll have loads of slime-squashing goo-oodness to tide us over as we anticipate extra info. So hey, uh, about that Dragon Quest X Offline western launch…
GODDAMN, THAT’S A LOTTA GUNDAM
Thursday afternoon noticed Bandai-Namco video games ship the net Gundam Recreation Fest, a quick stream that includes a bunch of bulletins associated to videogame variations of the Cell Swimsuit Gundam franchise. The video, full with an announcer who offers off large “fifth grade class academic video” vibes, may be considered in its entirety right here:
We begin off with an in-depth have a look at the upcoming SD Gundam Battle Alliance, a large multi-Gundam-universe crossover motion recreation starring adorably super-deformed variations of all of your favourite cellular fits. The video goes fairly in-depth into gameplay particulars, so I most likely needn’t repeat them right here, however it’s wanting like a surprisingly stable little bit of fanservice for Gundam megafans. You’ll take these Doozybot-wannabes out for journey on PC and consoles come August twenty fifth
Subsequent is Gundam Evolution, the Gundam-themed hero shooter FPS which had a PC beta take a look at final month. I heard lots of people actually favored what they performed in that beta, which can bode effectively for the sport’s future. However when you missed out on the PC beta take a look at, worry not: A console beta will probably be launched quickly, and you’ll join it at this hyperlink.
Lastly, after some updates concerning the ongoing free-to-play title Gundam Battle Operation 2, there is a brand-new announcement: SD Gundam G Era Everlasting. It is a cellular strategy-RPG that includes SD Gundam items for iOS and Android, and can embody the entire of the a number of Gundam universes. it is nonetheless fairly early in improvement, so particulars are scarce, however we’re prone to be taught extra over the approaching months.
FIGHTING GAME NEWS ROUNDUP: HAVE YOU HERD THE GOOD NEWS
Combo Breaker, one of many greater not-EVO US preventing recreation tournaments, is going on this weekend, so it is seemingly we’ll get some bulletins there. New Responsible Gear Attempt characters? Extra Road Fighter 6 particulars? Perhaps extra seems to be at Riot Video games’ new preventing recreation? May effectively occur! However even when it does not, Combo Breaker is without doubt one of the most enjoyable tournaments to spectate, particularly the downright bonkers Thriller Match and the Character Public sale Tournaments. I extremely suggest checking the official schedule and streaming no matter catches your curiosity.
However even earlier than Combo Breaker hits, we have preventing recreation information! It has been a 12 months since launch, and Responsible Gear Attempt is getting a significant stability patch on June 10, which even the builders at Arc System Works are saying will introduce some fairly large overhauls for your entire forged. Which suggests Completely satisfied Chaos might be getting some nerfs, to the reduction of many. ASW has additionally introduced a beta for cross-platform play someday this summer time. If you wish to watch the presentation – which incorporates extra particulars and knowledge on the brand new DLC-included Responsible Gear Attempt Starter Version – you may watch the replay of the livestream right here:
In the meantime, cult preventing recreation favourite Them’s Fightin’ Herds is coming to consoles. This previously PC-only preventing recreation started life as a My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fangame earlier than Hasbro attorneys introduced out a stop and desist, forcing the devs to interchange the ponies with legally distinct four-legged fighters. However that setback did not harm the event group a lot – they have been working laborious on the sport for years, and have wound up making a surprisingly stable fighter with easy rollback netcode (and, in response to the trailer, cross-platform matches) for on-line play. If you happen to’re curious, I do suggest giving it a shot when it hits consoles.
JoJo’s Weird Journey: All-Star Battle R has a launch date: Sept. 2. Hey, that is my birthday! Thanks, Bamco! The announcement is accompanied by a brand new trailer, which you’ll be able to take a look at right here:
Lastly, we have some Skullgirls information! Skullgirls is the preventing recreation that manages to maintain on kicking it doesn’t matter what, and its placement in EVO this 12 months has introduced much more of a highlight to this wonderful recreation. Skullgirls 2nd Encore, the most recent model of the sport, has been introduced for Xbox One and Xbox Collection platforms later this 12 months. A brand new character can also be within the works: the arm-cannon wielding Black Dahlia. Take a look at her improvement trailer right here:
On a stranger be aware, longtime Skullgirls character Valentine is getting a slight design change: all the crosses on her nurses’ outfit are getting modified to be much less… cross-y and extra point-y. The rationale? Possible the litigious nature of the Crimson Cross group, who protects their signature iconography furiously. No large deal, actually – it isn’t an enormous change, and I believe the brand new design displays her twin nurse-ninja nature lots higher anyway.
- Did Norman Reedus simply unintentionally reveal Demise Stranding 2 in an interview? I believe he did. Is anybody stunned Demise Stranding 2 is going on? No, not likely. Anyway, here is Kojima “punishing” him.
- Kadokawa Video games, the sport publishing arm of one in every of Japan’s most storied media publishing dynasties, is divesting a few of its enterprise to a brand new firm referred to as Dragami Video games. Present Kadokawa Video games CEO Yoshima Yasuda will probably be stepping down and assuming possession of the brand new firm. Does this imply Kadokawa‘s beginning to wind down its gaming enterprise? Regardless of years of attempting, they by no means actually discovered success in that area, so it would not be terribly shocking.
- Raven Software program’s QA division has formally thumbed their noses at Activision high brass and voted in favor of unionization. You probably did it, guys! In the meantime, Activision-Blizzard continues to excel at discovering new and thrilling methods to suck.
I believe we’ll name it right here for this week. You recognize the drill – you bought feedback, we obtained boards, linked beneath. Keep in mind to assist your pals and family members – the information has been tough currently, and plenty of of us are solely simply hanging on, so your kindness can imply the world to them. Thanks for studying.