Bungie announced that Destiny will launch on Sep 9, 2014 for PS4, Xbox One, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Amazon has opened the preorder page for Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, which will be heading to PS4 and Xbox One on Jan 28, 2014. The game will include all the DLC, and those who pre-order will receive art book packaging, which provides an insider's look at exclusive concept arts.
Here are some new screenshots of Dark Souls II, showing the Covenants. In multiplayer mode, player can assume positions within the Dark Souls II world ....
Here are some new screenshots of Persona 4: Dance All Night, a rhythm action spin-off of Persona 4. In the game you dance in competitions to defeat the Shadows and resuce the junior idol group Kanamin Kitchen .....
Here are some new screenshots of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, the game features characters from Persona 3 & 4, the story takes place in an alternate reality town of Yasoinaba .....
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Here are some new screenshots of Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, showing Zato=One and Bedman in the battles. The PS3 and PS4 version will be coming after the game is out in arcade. The arcade version is currently in location test.
Akihiro Yoshida, the artist and character designer of Bravely Default, Final Fantasy XII, Final Fantasy XIV, announced that he is leaving Square Enix, but he will continue to work on the Bravely series, including the newly announced Bravely Second.
A Japanese Grade 6 boy from Ibaraki Prefecture has filed a lawsuit involving 3DS Camera in Japan, he is suing 7 classmates who bullied him, seeking damages of 10 million yen (US$97,800). Back in September the 7 classmates took him to one of the classmate's house, stripped off his clothing, took photos of his naked body with a 3DS camera, and shared the photos with other people through the 3DS image sharing app Nintendo Letter Box/SwapNote. Nintendo has suspended the image sharing service in November in the wake of obscene photo sharing. (Source: Yahoo Japan)
Sony has revealed the price breakdown for the microtransactions in Gran Turismo 6, you to purchase credits to upgrade or buy new vehicles. For example a Mini Cooper 1.3i costs 18,320 credits, while the most expensive car Jaguar XJ13 costs 20 million credits. It is optional as you can earn credits by playing the game normally as intended. The DLC prices are as follow:
500,000 credits - $4.99
1,000,000 credits - $9.99
2,500,000 credits - $19.99
7,500,000 - $49.99
7,000,000 - £39.99 or 49.99 (Europe and UK only)
Here are the latest Media Create console hardware sales for the week of Nov 25 - Dec 1, Wii U sales was on the raise again to 29k, 3DS also increased from 85k to 108k ....
3DS LL - 82,409 [2,808,485]
Wii U - 28,518 [592,187]
3DS - 25,964 [1,332,427]
PS3 - 13,311 [746,652]
PS Vita TV - 5,391 [55,431]
PSP 4,232 [408,292]
Wii 588 [66,692]
Xbox 360 309 [23,094]
Here are the latest Famitsu console software sales for the week of Nov 25 - Dec 1, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 sold 85k units this week, and Pokemon X & Y sold another 61k; Lightning Returns dropped back to the third spot with 55k units sold. New entries include Assassin's Creed IV at the fourth place and 3 different versions of Shin Sangoku Musou 7 Moushouden at 6th, 18th and 21st ....
Kamen Rider: Travelers Senki (3DS, Bandai Namco) - 11,271
Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS, Nintendo) 10,247 [3,892,232]
Daigasso! Band Brothers P (3DS, Nintendo) - 7,973 [61,769]
Taiko no Tatsujin: Wii U Version! (WiiU, Bandai Namco) - 7,747 [25,265]
White Album 2: Shiawase no Mukougawa (PSV, AquaPlus) - 7,675
Battlefield 4 (PS3, EA) - 7,665 [148,859]
Sentouchuu: Densetsu no Shinobi no Survival Battle! (3DS, Bandai Namco) - 7,128 [110,105]
Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life (3DS, Bandai Namco) 6,897 [324,959]
Square Enix revealed Bravely Second is in development for 3DS, the sequel to Bravely Default will take place in the same world as the first game. A new character Magnolia is revealed, a silver haired girl from the clad in the moon.
Koei Tecmo announced that Nobunaga's Ambition Online will be coming to PS4 in Japan on Mar 19, 2014, the game has launched on various platforms, including PS2, PS3 PC. The game is currently available on PS3, PS2 an PC.
Microsoft announced that over 50 independent studios have joined the ID@Xbox program and received their development kits, these developers will begin to self-publish game titles on Xbox Live early next year, such as DiveKick from Icon Galaxy and Nuclear Throne from Vlambeer. Here is a list of studios.
Behaviour Interactive, Bongfish, Born Ready, Capybara Games, Comcept
Gaijin Games, Half-Brick, Happion Labs, Hidden Path, High Voltage Software
Inis, Iron Galaxy, Jackbox Games, The Men Who Wear Many Hats, Nicalis
Ninja Bee, The Odd Gentlemen, Other Ocean, Panic Button, Signal Studios
Slightly Mad Studios, Team 17, Team Colorblind, Vlambeer, Way Forward
Zeboyd Games, Zen Studios
Bandai Namco announced that Ridge Racer Slipstream will be coming to iOS and Android later this month, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. Rider Racer Slipstream will have a 20 race treacks, vehicle modes and a full Career Mode; multiplayer mode will be added in future updates. Currently Bandai Namco has no plan for a console version, the most recent console Ridge Racer game is Ridge Racer Driftopia for PS3, developed by Bugbear and free-to-play.
Atlus announced that Draogn's Crown worldwide shipment have reached 800,000 units, and Persona 4 Golden shipment has reached 700,000 units worldwide.
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Here are the latest Famitsu game review scores, GungHo's Puzzle & Dragon Z got 36/40 and Natsume's Home Town Story got 30/40 ....
Need for Speed: Rivals (PS3/360, EA): 9, 8, 9, 9 - (35/40)
HomeTown Story (3DS, Natsume): 8, 7, 7, 8 - (30/40)
Kobitodzukan: Kobito no Fushigi - Jikken Set (3DS, Nippon Columbia): 8, 8, 7, 6 - (29/40)
Bandai Namco confirmed that the Tales 20th anniversary title will be announced on Dec 12 at 19:00 Japan time, a live event will be broadcasted through Nico Nico.
Capcom announced that over 4 million units of Monster Hunter 4 for 3DS has been shipped in Japan, the figure includes both retail and eShop downloads. The Monster Hunter series have shipped over 28 million units worldwide.
Square Enix announced that they will be showing the following titles at the Jump Festa 2014 in Tokyo on Dec 21-22.
Bravely Default: For the Sequel (3DS) video only
Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter (Arcade) - playable
Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Lucas Wonderful Mysterious Keys (3DS) playable & video
Dragon Quest VII: Journey of the Cursed King (iOS/Android) playable & video
Dragon Quest X: Nemureru Yusha to Michibiki no Meiyu Online (Wii/Wii U/PC) video only
Final Fantasy VI (iOS/Android) video only
Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster (PS3/PSV) playable & video
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS3) playable & video
Theathrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (3DS) playable & video
Square Enix showed a video of the PS4 version of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at the PlayStation Awards event, which also includes Remote Play with PS Vita. The PS4 version will launch in April 2014, the beta testing will begin on Feb 22, 2014.
Sony announced that over 2.1 million units of PlayStation 4 have been sold worldwide since Nov 15, and over 700,000 units were sold in the first 24 hours in Europe and Australia.
Here are the winners of this year's SCEJA's PlayStation Awards, which cover games released between Nov 1, 2012 to Oct 31, 2013, the Platinum Prize went to Take Two's Grand Theft Auto V, which was published by Capcom in Japan ....
Grand Theft Auto V (Take Two)
Gold Prize: (titles sold over 500k)
Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Square Enix)
Dragon's Crown (Atlus)
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (Bandai Namco)
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (Konami)
One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 (Bandai Namco)
World Soccer Winning Eleven 2013 (Konami)
Tales of Xillia 2 (Bandai Namco)
Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (Sega)
User Choice Prize:
Beyond: Two Souls (SCEJ)
Dragon's Crown (Atlus)
Grand Theft Auto V (Take Two)
Killzone: Mercenary (SCEJ)
The Last of Us (SCEJ)
Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki (Nihon Falcom)
Persona 4 Golden (Atlus)
Soul Sacrifice (SCEJ)
Tomb Raider (Square Enix)
Toukiden (Tecmo Koei)
Special Prize: (originality and influential)
Cytus Lambda (Rayark)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix)
Phantasy Star Online 2 (Sega)
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In the latest Dengeki interview, Square Enix's Tetusya Nomura said that he expects the social gaming trend will last for another year, and then consumer market will steer towards next-gen hardware. He thinks there will be a hybrid market where different devices can interact between each other. Nomura also mentioned that he was impressed with Titanfall, the way it uses giant robots in realistic battles.
Following the closure of Neverland, the Rune Factory series producer Yoshifami Hashimoto posted a message in Marvelous AQL's blog relating to the future of the series: "As of now, it'll still remain a secret as to what kind of title we'll be releasing next, but I can say that the staff members are still doing great. I will leave it at that for now, and I thank you for your continued support."
Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King will be coming to iOS and Android on Dec 12, for 2800 yen (US$27). The retail price is comparable to console games due to the amount of content in the game, it is also one of the first PS2 games ported over to smartphones.
Chart-Track reported that PS4 became the fastest selling console in UK with 250k units sold, beating the record previously held by PSP with 185k units in 2005, and the first day sales of both Xbox One with 170k units sold.
Chart-Track also mentioned that the first weekend sales of both PS4 and Xbox One have already surpassed Wii U's lifetime sales in UK, currently at 150k units. PS4 has sold 250k units and Xbox One has sold 170k units thus far.
InfoScout reported that during the Black Friday weekend in US, Xbox One and Xbox 360 dominated the console sales according to data collected from Walmart and Target. Xbox One and Xbox 360 obtained a 61% market share, while PS4 and PS3 got a 30% share; Wii U and Wii only managed to get a 7% share. The lower Sony numbers was largely contributed to the lack of availability of the console, and Xbox 360 was sold at $99.
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Neverland Co. Ltd., the developer of the Rune Factory and Lufia series have closed down on November 29, the studio was unable to raise fund to continue its business in Japan.
Sony has filed Arc the Lad for trademark protection in Japan, it is uncertain whether it was a renewal of the IP for future re-releases or something new is in development for the series.
Sony announced a new PS Vita Bundle in Japan - the new PlayStation Vita Value Pack will come with a PS Vita slim mode, 16GB Memory Card, Soft Pouch, Screen Protector, 30 Day Trail of Music Unlimited, Download Code for Dokodemo Issho and Koneko mo Issho for PSOne, and anime rentals for Attack on Titan EP1, Gundam Build Fighters EP1 and Bakemonogatari EP1.
Sony has confirmed that Siren for PS4 in the PlayStation Romania listing was a mistake. Sire was the working title name for Rime prior to its announcement at Gamescom 2013.
Bandai Namco has recently filed "Tales of Asteria" and "Tales of Kanade" for trademark protection in Japan, these two titles could potentially be the name of the next Tales game in the main series.
Here are some new screenshots of Kagero: Dark Side Princess [Deception IV: Blood Ties] for PS3 and Vita, showing various death traps.