Game Announcement Extravaganza
Gamescom might have been a relative bust, but Tokyo Game Show certainly has not disappointed – and it does not even start until the 20th. In the week’s run-up to TGS there has been a deluge of new announcements, and also a handful of release dates, and so here they are in no particular order.
Final Fantasies VII, IX, X, X-2, and XII will all be coming to Switch and Xbox One, which apparently means that Sony’s exclusivity on these titles has expired. One is kind of digging the way that Final Fantasy VIII has just been memory holed – Final Fantasy VIII? What Final Fantasy VIII? The games will be released in 2019.
2016’s World of Final Fantasy is also being reheated in the form of World of Final Fantasy Maxima. This is allegedly an enhanced version of the game, yet Square Enix did not bother to list any enhancements, so they cannot be all that compelling. The game will be releasing November 6 for the Switch, Xbox One, PC, and once again the PS4.
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles fans will now be able to play 4-player in a much more affordable way. The original game was designed to sell GBA systems, and required a GBA system and link cable for every additional player. Additional players seem to have had to jump through this hoop because there was no other way to allow every player their own menu screen, but obviously this is not a limitation shared by modern consoles geared toward online multiplayer. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered will be available in 2019 for PS4 and Switch.
2007 Wii title Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo’s Dungeon will be reheated for PS4 and Switch this Winter as Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon: Every Buddy. The game looks OK, but one has to wonder where the demand for this remaster is coming from. More to the point, the game’s new title appears designed to deliberately confuse consumers into accidentally buying it thinking that it is a sequel, when really it is just a port.
In one final piece of Final Fantasy news, Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition has finally been released for Switch. It turns out that the speculation was correct, and the game was only delayed because the Nintendo Direct had been delayed. It is a real testament to how inflexible large corporations are that the game got delayed. Releasing on time with the backing of a Nintendo direct would obviously have been preferable, but once the Direct had been cancelled and the PS4 and Xbox One versions were already available it would have been much better to just pull the trigger on the Switch version of the game instead of delaying it by a week!
Game Freak, the makers of Pokemon, have many irons in the fire. They have Pokemon: Let’s Go coming out on November 16, as well as a proper Pokemon RPG coming out in 2019, but this week it was announced that Game Freak also has a brand new JRPG IP releasing for the Switch in 2019; Town (working title). The cel shaded graphics of Town look far more visually pleasing than Pokemon: Let’s Go, so it will be interesting to see whether this is a preview of the graphical style that Game Freak are going with for the next generation of Pokemon.
Resonance of Fate has been rated for the PS4 and PC. It has also been rumoured that Tri-Ace has a new game to announce at TGS, so a Resonance of Fate remaster may very well be the title that they will announce. It is suggested that this announcement will be made on the 20th.
Capcom are about to release Capcom Beat ‘Em Up Bundle for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC on the 18th of this month – although Capcom later stated that the PC version has been delayed to a later date. This is an extremely nice package featuring Final Fight, Captain Commando, Armored Warriors, King of Dragons, Knights of the Round, and Battle Circuit.
The Yakuza studio has announced Judge Eyes, a courtroom thriller, for PS4. The game features a similar gameplay style to the Yakuza series, and is obviously intended as a reboot to the played out Yakuza narrative, but it also adds trailing suspects and photographing evidence to the gameplay on offer – and it sounds fucking awesome! It looks like it will basically be the best parts of Yakuza and Phoenix Wright combined. The game will release on December 13 in Japan, and 2019 for the West.
Square Enix owned Studio Istolia this week released footage for Project Prelude Rune, a cel shaded JRPG which looks and sounds utterly gorgeous. The project is being produced by Hideo Baba, formally of the Tales series. Coincidentally, Bandai Namco announced this week that God Eater‘s Yusuke Tomizawa would be the Tales producer going forward. Project Prelude Rune has been confirmed for PS4.
VR has also received a shot in the arm this week with Kingdom Hearts: VR Experience releasing for free sometime this Christmas season, and Space Channel 5 VR: Arakata releasing sometime next year. Both titles will be available for the PS4, obviously, and probably for PC too. Who would not want to play a dancing game in first person VR?
Now in brief: The Last Remnant will release on Playstation only one console generation too late on December 6. The Switch will receive a port of Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force sometime this Autumn. Katamari Damacy Reroll is a port of the first game in the series, and will be releasing for Switch and PC on November 30 of this year. Civilization VI will be releasing on November 16 for Switch, and is the only port of this game planned for consoles. SNK has announced a graphically impressive new entry in the Samurai Spirits (Samurai Shodown) series for the PS4, which will release in 2019. CyGames announced Project Awakening for PS4, which looks like a Monster Hunter style game, albeit with more of a focus on playing defensively. The Wii title Kirby’s Epic Yarn will receive a port to the 3DS. Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story will receive a remake on the 3DS. New Super Mario Bros. U will receive a port to the Switch which includes all of the Luigi U content. It will drop on January 11. Welcome to Animal Crossing and Luigi’s Mansion 3 will both be releasing in 2019 for the Switch. Back at E3 the Switch did not seem to have a lot going on in the second half of the year, but now things seem to have picked up for Switch owners, and next year looks to be even better.
Finally, there are a bunch of release dates and seasonal windows that were mentioned this week. Yoshi’s Crafted World will be coming in Spring of 2019 for Switch. The World Ends With You will release on October 12 for Switch. The 3DS Remake of Luigi’s Mansion will release on October 12. Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition will be releasing for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on January 11. Dead or Alive 6 releases on February 15 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, though it is unlikely to be finished when it does so. March 22 2019 will see the release of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Mega Man 11 is releasing October 2 for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. Diablo III will release for the Switch on November 2. Super Mario Party will release on October 5 for the Switch. Team Sonic Racing will release this Winter for PS4, Switch, Xbox One, and PC. And finally the Torna expansion to Xenoblade Chronicles 2 will release on September 21, but it is actually already available to anyone who bought the Xenoblade Chronicles 2 season pass.
One final note is that the Nintendo Switch’s paid online service launched this week, and it is bound to infuriate any normie Switch owner who is not abreast of video game news minutia. Far from providing a safety net, the Switch cloud saves will delete the moment a person’s online subscription happens to lapse. By contrast The Xbox One allows for free cloud saving, while the PS4 retains cloud saves for six months after an online subscription lapses. Regardless, even if this was the best paid online service in the world, one still could not recommend or support it since this is the primary reason that Nintendo has been shutting down ROM sites. Subscribing to Nintendo’s online is the same thing as supporting the war on ROM hosting sites.