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Square Enix has expressed interest in bringing Dragon Quest X to western countries ever since the game first launched in Japan in 2012. Originally available for the Wii, Dragon Quest X’s reach has expanded to include versions for the Wii U, PC, and 3DS (which just launched last week). But is Square Enix still interested in trying to bring the game west? The answer is most certainly yes.
Siliconera recently spoke to Yuu Miyake, Dragon Quest X’s Executive Producer, and has response was an enthusiastic, “We’d love to do it!” He further elaborated that cultural differences between Japan and western countries have made this a difficult process:
“In terms of this being an MMO, again, we have to consider the operation and logistics of how to make that feasible,” Miyake elaborated. “We also have to think about it from a business standpoint. With Final Fantasy XI and XIV, it’s a global-scale endeavor. In terms of Dragon Quest, the way it’s perceived in the different countries is very, very different. How it’s perceived in Japan is different than how it’s perceived in the United States.”
Finally, Miyake said that business considerations could further complicate a North American launch for Dragon Quest X as a new data center would have to be constructed to serve a North American playerbase. But with the success of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, this might not be as large a hurdle for the publisher as it has been in the past.
PAX Prime came to an end on Monday, but we’re still sorting through all the news to emerge from the expo and the latest Might No. 9 trailer is too good to pass up. Once again, Mega Man creator Keiji Inafune mesmerized a PAX crowd with new details of his beautiful platformer, including a look at several of the boss battles. It’s colorful, it’s polished, and it’s embedded above.
Mighty No. 9 will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in Spring 2015.
Hey! Guess what! 2K Games, Gearbox, and 2K Australia will follow the release of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel with four add-on content packs. And… and… you’ll be able to pre-purchase a Season Pass to get a 25% discount on all four DLC packs.
Announced over the week at the PAX Prime convention, the four content packs will add “new characters, challenges, missions, and experiences” to the Pre-Sequel. Obviously, the make-up of each pack has yet to be formalized, but we do know that they’ll be priced at $9.99 apiece while the Season Pass has been set at $29.99.
Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (and the Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Season Pass) will be available for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 14.
We still don’t know what The Behemoth’s Game 4 will actually be called, but the developer has confirmed it’ll take the form of a hex-based strategy RPG. With narration by Will Stamper (he did BattleBlock Theater too) and The Behemoth’s trademark art style, it will also likely be a strategy game like no one’s ever seen before.
For proof, just check out the PAX Prime trailer above (the previously revealed spider-woman shows up at 0:19). Game 4 is in development for the PC and Xbox One and will be released… someday.
The Third Street Saints are going to Hell. Today, Volition announced Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell during the close of their PAX Prime panel. The standalone expansion will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on January 27, 2015… and yes, you will be able to shoot The Devil in the face:
Play as either Johnny Gat or Kinzie Kensington as you tear apart Hell in a quest to save the leader of the Saints’ soul. Historical icons, old friends, older enemies, a talking gun, a full length musical number, and a whole lot of other shenanigans all await you in the open world standalone expansion playground that is Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell.
But wait, there’s more. Gat Out of Hell isn’t the only Saints Row game that will make its debut on next-gen consoles this January. Volition also announced that Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, a PS4 and Xbox One port of Saints Row IV that also includes Gat Out of Hell.
If you’re attending PAX Prime this weekend, be sure to stop by the Deep Silver booth to play both Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell and Saints Row IV: Re-Elected.
The 2014 PAX Prime convention kicked off a little less than an hour ago and Sony plans to have a big presence in Seattle this weekend. The consolemaker will offer playable demos of more than 30 games including some of 2015’s most anticipated PS4 titles (Bloodborne, Until Dawn, and The Order: 1886). A variety of upcoming PS4 indies (including Nuclear Throne, Broforce, Galak-Z: The Dimensional, and N++) and Vita games (such as Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Natural Doctrine, and Tales of Hearts R) will also be on display.
Sony also has a few activities planned for their booth including (via the PlayStation Blog):
Tim Schafer Signing
Tim Schafer from Double Fine will be in the booth on Friday and Saturday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. to sign special posters for Grim Fandago Remastered. The posters will be in limited supply, so come early for a chance to get one!
Win a PS4 Signed by Ready At Dawn
Visit The Order: 1886 area for a chance to win a PS4 signed by members of the development team, Ready At Dawn. We’ll have all the details on how to win the console in our booth, though it may involve wearing #TheGalahad…
Freedom Wars T-Shirt Giveaway
All PAX goers are welcome to come by our booth for some four-player, Freedom Wars co-op. On top of that, fans that preorder the game at the show will walk away with an extremely limited PAX-Exclusive Freedom Wars t-shirt, featuring the ever so charming Percy Propa! For the Greater Good!
The full list of Sony’s playable demos can be found after the break. (more…)
We still don’t know what platforms it’s in development for or when it’ll be released, but Telltale Games has announced that a playable demo of Tales From the Borderlands will be present at this weekend’s PAX Prime convention, which begins tomorrow.
Telltale’s Tales From the Borderlands will tell the stories of Rhys, “a scheming, low-level data-miner within Hyperion who’s plotting his own grand ambitions” and Fiona, “a clever and classic fast-talking con-artist born and raised on Pandora out to pull off the grift of a lifetime.” Both characters will get the chance to narrate their own adventure meaning that events may not play out the same way each time. However, Tales From the Borderlands is official Borderlands canon, so whatever actually happens may affect futures Borderlands games.
If a promise of a playable demo isn’t enough to entice you, Telltale has also revealed that players will get the chance to win one of several Prime-exclusive t-shirts each day:
Players who arrive early can also walk away with one of multiple PAX Prime Exclusive T-Shirts for playing the demo! There will be different T-shirts each day, and it’s on a first come, first served basis! Arrive early and see how YOU fare upon your return to Pandora!
Tales From the Borderlands’ first episode will be released sometime before the end of the year and it is expected to be available for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Though, obviously, none of this has been confirmed by the publisher as of yet.
While Harmonix keeps teasing the eventual return of Rock Band, that hasn’t stopped them from exploring other projects and concepts. For proof, just look at today’s announcement of A City Sleeps. The game is a side-scrolling shooter of the “bullet hell” variety that also mixes in music (of course) and an interesting art style.
A City Sleeps follows Poe, youngest member of The Silk, an ancient clan of dream exorcists that can enter the minds of sleeping hosts to rid their dreams of demons. When the residents of SanLo fall into an endless slumber, only Poe can rescue them from a never-ending nightmare. Equipped with her legendary Koto-sword “Heartstrings”, and flanked by her stable of powerful ghost familiars, she must cleanse their dreams, and uncover the city’s dark secrets.
As with all Harmonix games, music drives much of the gameplay including “player projectiles, enemy spawning, movement, and bullet patterns.” For the more traditional shooterati, Poe’s trio of ghosts will offer offensive and defensive bonuses including powerful “damage bursts” and “healing bullets.”
And we won’t have to wait long to get a chance to play it. A City Sleeps will be available to try out during this weekend’s PAX Prime convention and the game will be released on October 16 via Steam for Windows PC and Mac.