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The Dark Souls franchise has come to an end (barring the previously-announced DLC plans for Dark Souls III), but the developers at From Software are ready to move on with a trio of new projects. President Hidetaka Miyazaki elaborated on his team’s future during a discussion with IGN at this year’s Tokyo Game Show:
“So there are several titles that we are currently working on […] Some of those are dark fantasy, some of those could be a mech [game] – that’s one thing. The second thing is that one of the new titles I’ve been working on will probably comply with the expectations from the fans in straightforward manner.”
“The last thing is that another title will probably be a little bit weird. When we actually announce the title, probably fans will react with ‘oh, what the hell is this very weird game that Miyazaki has created?'”
If you perked up at Miyazaki’s mention of a “mech game,” don’t worry, the famed developer assured IGN that he was referring to the next entry in the Armored Core franchise. While this is great news for fans looking for a followup to 2013’s Armored Core: Verdict Day, Miyazaki was especially excited about his “weird” new project:
As for what that ‘weird’ game could be, Miyazaki offered only this: “So when I say weird, I mean that the genre we’re trying to try might be a little bit weird. Not only that, but all the other actual game content might be a little bit weird, yes.” Weirdness confirmed, everyone.
Miyazaki was less willing to share when any of these projectrs would be released, but From Software typically launches at least one new game a year, so we should expect to learn something more by 2017 at the latest.
Hideo Kojima’s default setting seems to be “enigmatic,” but the developer is definitely turning it up a notch for his next project, Death Stranding. Aside from the fact that it stars a (nearly nude) Norman Reedus, we don’t know much of anything about it.
But Kojima was prepared to answer questions this past weekend during a Q&A at the Tokyo Game Show, and according to IGN, he even (sort of) confirmed a release date for the game:
“It will be out before the Olympics,” said Kojima, referring to the Tokyo 2020 Games. He then went on, “To go a little further, there is a movie called Akira, and it will be out before the year in which Akira is set.”
Akira takes place in the year 2019, so it’s likely that Death Stranding will be released in 2018. Probably. Maybe. It’s at this point where I want to reference a movie of my own and quote Kyle Reese from The Terminator: “One possible future. From your point of view. I don’t know tech stuff.”
Moving on, Kojima also revealed that players will be able to tackle Death Stranding as a single-player experience, or as some kind of online multiplayer title. But he didn’t want to get too specific, only saying, “It will be a different kind of online play than anything we’ve seen before.”
Finally, the developer confirmed that Death Stranding will include a female protagonist, though no one has been cast for the part as of yet.
Final Fantasy XII isn’t as well-loved as some entries in the long-running RPG series, but fans will get a chance to play through it one more time next year after Square Enix launches a high definition remake exclusively for the PS4. Announced earlier this year, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age will include enhanced graphics and the new Zodiac Job System that was introduced in the International Zodiac Job System re-release of the game, which was only available in Japan.
Over the weekend, Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age at the 2016 Tokyo Game Show, giving fans a closer look at “some of the newly re-mastered visuals and environments as well as gameplay in action.” The trailer’s been embedded above, so be sure and check it out.
It looks like the Earth is going to need defending one one more time, as D3 Publisher announced that Earth Defense Force 5 will be released for the PS4 in Japan in 2017. Revealed yesterday during their Tokyo Game Show presentation, the fifth game in the increasingly over-the-top action franchise will add new enemy types including frog-like monsters and humanoid ground troops. They’ll join the invasion alongside the series’s standard assortment of alien ants, bees, and spiders.
XSEED Games publishes the Earth Defense Force franchise outside of Japan, so hopefully they’ll make first contact soon and let us know when Earth Defense Force 5 will be available in North America.
Square Enix is pushing Final Fantasy XV hard as a story of brotherhood and legacy, and both of these themes are present in a brand new Tokyo Game Show trailer, which was released late last night. Focusing heavily on the game’s story, the new trailer also spends quite a bit of time on the game’s characters, including Cid the Mechanic, Luna the Oracle, and the villainous Ardyn Izunia.
After more than a decade in development, Final Fantasy XV will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 29.
Capcom updates Resident Evil 7 demo on PS4 for everyone; New trailer evokes Texas Chain Saw Massacre
We’ve got cannibals! Capcom released a brand new trailer for Resident Evil 7: Biohazard this morning in conjunction with the Tokyo Game Show, and it owes more than a little bit to Tobe Hooper’s terrifying Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Viewers will be introduced to the mysterious Baker family, as well as several scenes showcasing the game’s “visceral combat.”
Capcom also announced plans to update the “Beginning Hour” demo, and best of all, it’ll no longer be exclusive to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Starting today, all PS4 owners will be able to download the “Beginning Hour” demo.
Finally, the Capcom-Unity blog has revealed new information about Resident Evil 7’s Season Pass and Digital Deluxe Edition. Previously, the publisher planned to release two additional Story Chapters as part of the Season Pass. But now, that number will increase to three, and so will the price of the Season Pass (from $20 to $30). More than a dozen new screenshots can also be found at the blog.
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be released for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on January 24, 2017.
Square Enix has announced that Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: Final Chapter Prologue won’t be released in 2016 as originally planned. Today, the publisher confirmed that the PS4 game, which is a remake of 2012’s Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance, on January 24, 2017.
While this two-month delay is disappointing, Square Enix also released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 today. The Tokyo Game Show 2016 trailer also features footage from the included companion chapters, Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage…
[The trailer] includes never-before-seen scenes depicting a mysterious meeting of the “Foretellers,” the five Keyblade Masters from the Kingdom Hearts origins movie included in the compilation as Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover. The trailer also features HD remastered gameplay of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance HD and new battles scenes from Aqua’s adventures in Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage.
Through the trailer, fans can listen to the newly remixed version of “Simple and Clean” by popular singer Utada Hikaru.
Meanwhile, Kingdom Hearts III remains as mysterious as ever. Hopefully, we’ll hear more about it during this week’s Tokyo Game Show.