What is Going on at Tokyo Game Show 2016?
Ohayō! It’s time for Tokyo Game Show and as the day goes by, multiple Japanese game companies have revealed new information.
Let us see what Sony, Capcom, Square Enix, Tecmo Koei, Bandai Namco, Nintendo and many more have in store for the Japanese gaming market. A lot of other news fly around the show floor as well including new technology, new machines and new ideas. This is always a highlight from visiting these conventions! Without further ado, let us dive right into it!
NEW TRAILER REVEALS RE-MASTERED VISUALS AND GAMEPLAY FOR FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE
To coincide with Tokyo Game Show 2016, Square Enix released a brand new trailer for the upcoming game, Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age. The trailer further showcases some of the newly re-mastered visuals and environments as well as gameplay in action.
With Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age, fans can finally experience the world of Ivalice like never before . The high definition release will also give western audiences the first opportunity to experience the Zodiac Job System, a 12-job character progression system first introduced in the 2007 title, FINAL FANTASY XII INTERNATIONAL ZODIAC JOB SYSTEM.
Hideo Kojima Reveals New Details on Death Stranding
During the Sony TGS conference, beloved developer Hideo Kojima took the stage to reveal new dewtails about his first big project since leaving Konami: Death Stranding. This game was first unveiled during the E3 Sony press conference. At the time, all we knew was what was shown during the reveal trailer and that he was making it.
Of course, not much was revealed by Kojima because where would the fun be in revealing it all now. Kojima mentions that the title of the project was inspired by dolphins and whales and we see that cklearly during the trailer where the main character is seen standing at the shore of a beach filled dead fish and other aquatic animals.
“The title is about something from another world stranded on our world”.
During the conference, he revealed that Death Stranding will an open-world game where players will be given a lot of freedom and it will also feature some cooperative play as well. The developer has confirmed that he has decided on an engine to build the game on and so, the development can no be under way.
Kojima promises that he and his team will provide a game capable of supporting 4K and HDR. “We want to prove that indie studios can produce AAA world class masterpieces”, said Kojima.
Stay tuned for new information in the future for Death Stranding. Of course, no release time was given so we will have to wait a while longer for that.
Splatoon Wins Game of the Year Award at TGS
If you love surprises, take a look at the winning title for the Game of the Year award at Tokyo Game Show 2016. It seems the Japanese market has voted Splatoon for this prestigious title. This game released back in 2015 and until now, the Japanese gamers can’t get enough of the multiplayer action.
Splatoon is exclusive to Wii U and it players as a third-person shooter team battle where players must use their weapons to cover the most territory with their team color’s ink.In case, you missed out on Splatoon, check out our review for more information.
Road to Boruto Will Put a Close to the Ultimate Ninja Series
Back in 2003, Bandai Namco decided to work alongside CybeConnect 2 to bring to life the first Naruto: Ultimate Ninja game. The series grew from that point on and today, it is sad to announce that Road to Boruto, the upcoming expansion to Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 will put an end to the series.
“We’ve been developing the Naruto: Ultimate Ninja series for 15 years since the first one,” said the publisher during an interview with Polygon. “In total, the series has sold 15 million copies. Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has sold two million worldwide. This one is going to be the last one in the series, so we’ve poured all our efforts into it.”
Shooting In-Game Vs. In Real Life: Are You As Good?
Walking around the show floor is exciting. You have loads of games, tons of cool people, countless models, and not to mention the lights and sound. It is overwhelming. If you are adventurous and look at what everyone has to offer, you might have noticed a shooting range.
Many players are pro shooters in the game, but what about in real life? Can they handle a gun and aim properly? This is where you can go to find out!
What If Resident Evil Was On Mobile & Featured Goofy Character?
This year is Resident Evil’s 20th anniversary and Capcom is celebrating their own way – I guess. At E3, they had a massive booth in the center of the show floor that got everyone’s attention. For Tokyo Game Show, they are showing off more than just a booth, they have new games in the lineup as well. One of them, however, stands out like an orange in a pile of bananas.
Introducing Bakahaza, a goofy and cutesy Resident Evil mobile ‘remake’. Developed in collaboration with manga artist Fujio Akatsuka, known for his Tensai Bakabon series, the game retells the Resident Evil story with a twist. The mobile game in question will be free-to-play on both iOS and Android devices. Although an official release date has yet to be announced, the publisher said that it should be out by the end of the year. Unfortunately, there are no mentions for a North American release yet.
Gravity Rush 2 Is Going To Look Insane
At E3, we got to see a little bit of what Gravity Rush 2 will look like. In this latest trailer – which I might add looks fantastic – we get a little more of an idea as to what we should expect.
Gravity Rush 2 is sheduled for release on PlayStation 4 on December 2, 2016.
EVO Coming to Japan in 2018
The Evo Championship Series tournament is a well-known and well-established competition where players meet from around the world to show everyone who is the best. The played games usually feature titles such as Street Fighter, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Tekken, Super Smash Melee and other games.
In January 2018, Japan will be the home to a new Evo. This will be the first ever Evo Japan Tournament. The event organizers are working with local leagues such as Topanga and Godgarden to plan the whole thing out. Additionally, they will be reaching out to others like Tokyo Offline Party, Button Mashers, KVO, Judgement Day, Virtua Fighter Relationship and Tekken Mastercup Series.
A Full Fledged Animated Movie for the Resident Evil Franchise
We learned more about Resident Evil 7, but as it turns out, it isn’t the last we will hear about this franchise. Announced at the show, a new animated movie called Resident Evil: Vendetta (Biohazard: Vendetta in Japan) is in the works. It will be executive produced by Takashi Shimizu (known for his work on The Grudge), produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi, and directed by Takanori Tsujimoto.
The movie in question is said to feature an entirely original story. However, according to the producer, it will be a little like Resident Evil 1. Unfortunately, official details fail to mention which side is right and what fans should expect. Vendetta is scheduled for release in Spring 2017.
Final Fantasy XV Also Gets A New Trailer
Set for release on November 29, 2016, for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, the long-awaited Final Fantasy XV game gets a brand new trailer just in time for Tokyo Game Show. While the few other trailers and gameplay videos showcased gameplay and combat mechanics, this one touches on how deep the story is. Reclaiming a throne might never be as exciting!
Be Part of the Celebration with Gundam Versus
In Japan, Gundam is far more than just an anime, it is a video game, a marketing product, a way of life, and much more. In celebration of the 15th Anniversary of the Vs. series, Bandai Namco unveiled the latest game of the franchise, Gundam Versus. This title is set to be a “new Generation Gundam Vs.” and will be available in Japan for PlayStation 4. Will it ever make its way to North America?
Intel & its new Mecha Suits
Tokyo Game Show isn’t all about games – well most of it is. Occasionally, developers will showcase some new technology. In this case, Intel had a booth where they showed off their new Mecha suits. We don’t know for sure how much they will be priced for and how you can get your hands on one, but they are definitely looking awesome. I wish mine would look like the Guren MK-II.
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New World of Final Fantasy Trailer Showcases Familiar Beasts & Characters
At this year’s Tokyo Game Show, Square Enix released a new World of Final Fantasy trailer that follows the journey of siblings Reynn and Lann as they enter the world of Grymoire. Bound by prophecy to lead the world to salvation or ruin, they encounter a multitude of familiar Final Fantasy beasts and characters, including Faris and her pirate moogles (Final Fantasy V), Rydia and her companion mist dragon (Final Fantasy IV) and the young summoner Eiko (Final Fantasy IX). The trailer also features the opening theme song “Innocence” performed by Mizuki.
The Day One edition of the game is available now for preorder through the Square Enix Online Store and at participating retailers for $59.99. The Day One edition includes extra digital content including an exclusive Sephiroth summon and the Japanese voice-over option add-on. The Collector’s Edition, presented as a physical pop-up book containing an 80-page hardbound artbook, three mini-figurines, Sounds of the World soundtrack CD, extra digital content and more, is also available in limited quantities exclusively through the Square Enix Online Store.
Resident Evil 7 – Demo, Trailer, Deluxe Edition and More
At Tokyo Game Show earlier today, Capcom confirmed several new details about the Resident Evil 7 Teaser: Beginning Hour demo. Currently available exclusively to PlayStation Plus subscribers, it broke records as the most downloaded demo in the first seven days of its release for North America on PS4. Capcom shared that the demo has just recently reached over 3 million downloads worldwide to date. It was also announced that the demo will receive a brand new update that allows players to explore more of the mysterious, derelict mansion. This new “Twilight” version will be available tomorrow, September 15, and will be available for all PS4 users to download.
Pre-orders for Resident Evil 7 are currently available in both standard and deluxe versions on PlayStation 4. The deluxe edition was previously available for pre-order in North America for $79.99 MSRP which included the main game and a season pass containing access to two additional playable story episodes which will be launching after the title’s release on January 24, 2016. Capcom confirmed today that the deluxe edition has been upgraded to include another playable story episode bringing the total of additional pieces of content to three and the price will be updated to $89.99 MSRP beginning tomorrow. Anyone who previously pre-ordered the digital deluxe edition in North America on the PlayStation Store will automatically be upgraded to the new deluxe edition at no additional charge.
All pre-order customers will receive a Survival Pack which includes consumable healing items, an early unlock of the insanely difficult Madhouse mode, and a mysterious Lucky Coin in-game defense item. In addition, North American pre-orders for the PS4 version on the PlayStation Store will instantly receive a dynamic theme for PS4. Pre-orders for Microsoft and Steam digital releases will be available in the coming weeks. For details on European pre-orders please visit the relevant local Capcom social channels.
NieR: Automata Gets a Release Date
After a long wait, Square Enix’s action-RPG NieR finally gets a release date. In the new trailer showcased during Tokyo Game Show, the end reveals the release date. As it turns out, NieR is set for release in Japan on February 2, 2017, for PlayStation 4.
Unfortunately, details fail to mention an official release date for North America.
New Nioh Trailer Shows Bloody Combos
Koei Tecmo released a brand new trailer for their latest action title, Nioh. The video in question puts the main character and his destructive moves in the spotlight.
Musou Stars Already Sounds Like the Ultimate Beat ’em Up
If you are fan of the Musou series than brace yourself for this. As it turns out, Koei Tecmo will mix and match characters from famed series in the latest iteration, Musou Stars. Featuring originals from Ninja Gaiden, Dead or Alive, Toukiden and Atelier, Musou Stars will be available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.
So far, the teaser trailer confirms Ryu Hayabusa, Sophie, and Kasumi. As for the gameplay, it strongly resembles that of Omega Force’s Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors.
Earth Defense Force 5 Revealed
D3Publisher revealed that the brand new Earth Defense Force 5 will be making its way to Japan in 2017. This iteration is said to be available for PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, details regarding its availability on more platforms and in North America have yet to be discussed.
Earth Defense Force 5 will feature a load of new giant ants, gigantic frog-like beasts and tons of new weapons.
Capcom Reveals New Trailer For Monster Hunter Stories and Hollywood Monster Hunter Movie Confirmed?
Capcom revealed(hyperlink: http://gamestalk.net/post-66841/) today some neat ne information on the Monster Hunter franchise. First and foremost, Monster Hunter Stories is the new RPG title that re-imagines the world of Monster Hunter into a more cartoon-ish art style. This time around, hunters will get to ride a Monster as they fight and explore this new land. This 3DS game was now featured in a new trailer highlighting story elements of the game as well as some very cool attack animations from many familiar monsters such as the Lagiacrus, Brachydios, Nargacuga, Tigrex and many more.
In other news, something was revealed by the company and it proved to be very surprising indeed. A Hollywood Monster Hunter Movie has been confirmed to be in the works. During the announcement of Monster Hunter Stories, Producer Ryozo Tsujimoto said: “While it isn’t related to Stories, there is a Hollywood movie adaptation of the main series in progress.”
Missed the Sony Press Conference?
At Tokyo Game Show, a lot is going on at the same time. In comparison, it is like going at E3, but a lot more confusing. If on the off chance you might have missed the Sony Press Conference, fear not. Here is a link to the livestream:
Tokyo Game Show In Numbers!
Here is a detailed list of the number of games showcased on each platform this year in comparison to Tokyo Game Show 2015 (Credit: @). This year there was an increase of a little over 18% more games on the show floor.
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