E3! The best time to be a fan of Video Games, all the exciting new announcements from new software and the world altering hardware announcements, it’s very easy to get swept up in the torrents of hype pouring in confirming leaks that have sprung prior. Everybody of course loves the shock announcements such as Final Fantasy VII and Shenmue III of last year, these are all well and good but of course if you are visiting this site you have come with one purpose, niche gaming!. Don’t worry loyal reader I’ve got you covered, within this article i’ll provide you with the news, videos and anything else that may of been left in the shadows of the big bombs dropped over the last few days!, ain’t I good to you!.
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns E3 Trailer.
XSEED games brought this trailer to E3, the latest in the Story of Seasons series (formally Harvest Moon but due to takeovers and other stuff the series is now owned by another team). Featuring not 1 but 3 towns for you to work/fish/socialise in this is shaping up to be the most content filled of the series and is looking like an amazing time sink!.
Here is what XSEED had to say about it
“In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as Story of Seasons in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island.”
Akiba’s Beat E3 Trailer
Another treat from XSEED is a new trailer for upcoming ARPG Akiba’s Beat, designed as somewhat of a spin off from the Akiba’s Trip series this hopes to propel the series into another genre while keeping it’s signature charm.
XSEED had this to say about Akiba’s Beat.
Akiba’s Beat is a modern‑day satirical spin on a classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true‑to‑life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality. There are two sides to the gameplay: first, players will wander the streets and question the quirky Akihabara residents on a variety of subjects related to the mystery at hand, ultimately unlocking fantasy‑themed dungeons known as “Delusionscapes” which are infested with monsters called “deluseons.” These deluseons are encountered on the map and fought in a party‑based action battle system, putting players’ skills to the test and creating a uniquely challenging experience that seamlessly blends a real‑life locale with the secret delusory world of its residents’ true desires.
Real-Time Action RPG Combat – Touch enemies on the map to be transported into a party-based real-time combat scene where skill and reflexes alike are put to the test.
Real-Life Setting with a Fantastical Spin – Explore a faithful recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward, interacting with quirky locals and enjoying a taste of Japan’s otaku mecca before entering surreal “Delusionscapes.”
Modern-Day Mystery with a Touch of Satire – Question uniquely caricatured persons of interest in hopes of finding the source of Akihabara’s many changes – before it’s too late!
More Persona 5!
During E3 Atlus dropped even more info about the upcoming title Persona, the website for the title was updated with more character profiles and they announced another event for the game on July 15th. Below are two videos containing gameplay from the stream they held.
The game is really shaping up to be one of the best in the series and should please fans and newcomers alike! Still no word on Europe getting the game but we imagine it’ll be announced sooner rather than later.
Gravity Rush 2 looks amazing.
Though not part of the main show, Sony brought to the table a new trailer for Gravity Rush 2 releasing on PS4. The game is looking fantastic and hopefully they are using all the extra power to really give this new franchise stronger legs! Rush on below to check it out.
Still no solid release date other than 2016 on this one but check back with us for more details surrounding this title.
Yakuza 0 first English Gameplay!
This one speaks for it’s self, Sega/Atlus shown off some gameplay of the upcoming Yakuza 0 releasing on Playstation 4, having played this title myself on import I cannot wait for this one to drop as it oozes charm and content. Ryu Ga Goto….below this sentence to see some gameplay!.
Dragon Quest Builders Release Dates!.
During Square Enix’s stream they provided releases dates for the upcoming Minecraft inspired Dragon Quest Builders releasing on the Playstation 4 and PSVita. It releases on the 11th October 2016 in the US & the 14th October 2016 in Europe so prepare to don your hard hat/helmet as you build and fight your way through another epic tale!.
Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Gameplay.
Square Enix also brought a few more treats to the table, first of which was some new gameplay of the upcoming title Kingdom Hearts 2.8. Heading for a worldwide release in December of this year the game is looking fantastic and should please the long suffering Kingdom Hearts fans!.
The game features a remaster of Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance, the new Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth By Sleep: A Fragmentary Passage and a new prologue for Kingdom Hearts 3 showing off the new graphical enhancements the game has gotten.
New Let It Die Gameplay.
Grasshopper Manufacture had more gameplay of the upcoming Free To Play Playstation 4 title Let It Die to show off, with Suda 51 at the helm you can be sure i’ll be all over this title with his quirky Punk aesthetic oozing all over this title it’ll certainly be one to watch.
They also shown off tonnes of gameplay on a Twitch stream which has since been ripped to YouTube, paint me hyped for this one folks!. Let It Die is due to release at some point over 2016, check back with us for details and impressions closer to the time.
This one should speak for it’s self but S-E dropped another glorious trailer for the much loved NiER Automatica, there is just something special about a cult game like NiER being developed by the mighty Platinum Games as you can see from the trailer below.
NiER Automatica is due for release early 2017, as always we will be on hand for more details, screenshots and review of the title.
Tales of Berseria New Trailer.
Our good friends over at Bandai Namco dropped a new trailer for the latest in the smash RPG series Tales of, Tales of Berseria is a prequel to the latest title Tales of Zesteria and is shaping up to be even better than than, with lucious visuals and that standard addicting gameplay this is certainly one to watch
Tales of Berseria is to release in 2017 in Japan, US & Europe, keep on with us for more details, screens and review of the title.
Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 Gameplay.
Bandai Namco in their ever generous mood also provided the world with some gameplay of the anime titan’s latest game release Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, also dropping some details you can expect this title to run at a smooth 60fps, feature a hub world 7x that of the original and able to host up to 300 players in the same city as you at the time, more in depth character creation and even more characters and fights from the series. We loved Xenoverse here at Otaku Gamers UK and this looks like it’s power level will exceed that of the original and dare I say break 9000…….
Ni-Oh Gets 2nd Demo & New Trailer
Alongside some new trailers for the Attack on Titan game (as seen below) Koei also provided the world with a fresher look at the Dark Souls inspired Samurai ’em up Ni-Oh. Not only that they announced that a 2nd demo for the game will launch in August and should show off all the changes they made to the title due to fan feedback of the alpha. Ni-Oh is slated for a 2016 winter launch.
As you can see there was a wealth of niche goodness at E3 and there will be more coverage over material I have missed over the next few days, these are just the ones I personally picked out. The gaming calendar is certainly looking well booked for the end of this year into early next year and as always we will be there to offer our 100% uncensored, unbiased opinions on these titles and more.