XSEED is one of the favorite localization/publishers for fans of JRPGs and other unique games that come from the land of the Rising Sun. From The Last Story to Corpse Party, they make sure to have a bit of something for everyone, and this year is no different. XSEED has planed for the Summer and Fall of 2013 five different games that fans will be excited for. The first game XSEED highlights actually came as a surpirse to some. That game is Killer is Dead. For those who don't know or remember Killer is Dead, here's a trailer:
Killer is Dead stars Mond Zappa, an executioner who wields a katana in his right hand and a weaponized cybernetic left arm. His goal is, as stated in the press release, "is to execute various heinous criminals scattered around the world and beyond." Killer is Dead is set for a Summer 2013 release on Xbox 360 and PS3.
The next game that XSEED fams will love is the fantasy brand of the Harvet Moon series, Rune Factory 4. Player take on the role of Selphia’s prince or princess and will be able to manage the village, explore the countryside, tame monsters in the wild to aid them in battle or help out in the fields and much more. Rune Factory is set for a Summer 2013 release on the 3DS. While there isn't an offical English trailer for the game yet, here's the trailer that was shown on Nintendo Japanese Direct last year:
The next game to make it way to the West thanks to XSEED is Valhalla Knights 3. The game will feature a roubust character creation system and intenst seven on seven party combat. Seven races combined with twenty job classes ensures that players will find a style fit just for them. Valhalla Knights 3 is set for a Summer 2013 release on the Vita. For those who are intrested here's the Japanese trailer for the game:
As I mentioned in my YS Seven review, you don't need to be mainstream to be popular. This is proven on two fronts. First is Ys: Memories of Celceta. Memories of Celceta is a complete reimaging of Ys IV, the only Ys game in the series to have never made it to Western shores. Thanks to being on the Vita, Memories of Celceta is able to put more enemies on the screen that ever before and boasts he largest, non-linear overworld, both never seen in the Ys series. The game is set for a Fall 2013 release on the Vita and here's the Japanese trailer for the game:
The second front is Ys I & II Chronicles+. Fans who missed out on the first Ys I & II Chronicles that came out on the PSP will have a second chance to experince the games again on Steam with enchanments made to the games. Ys I & II Chronicles+ is set to be released this Fall 2013 on Steam. There isn't a trailer for the game yet, so here's the trailer that was shown for the PSP:
Those who said that JRPGs and Japanese games are starting to go stale, clearly hasn't been looking in the right places for quality games. I am looking forward to all of these games, especally the ones for the Vita.
XSEED Games Rings in the New Year with Stellar 2013 Lineup Including KILLER IS DEAD from SUDA51
A roster of hand-selected new Japanese-developed titles coming to fans across multiple platforms, including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita and Windows PC
Torrance, Calif., (January 31, 2013) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, is celebrating the new year by announcing a robust lineup of action and RPG titles scheduled for North American release in 2013.Among the titles XSEED Games has revealed it will be publishing is the upcoming action thriller, KILLER IS DEAD™. Developed jointly by KADOKAWA GAMES and esteemed game creator, Goichi Suda (aka SUDA51), and his GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE studio, KILLER IS DEAD will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Other titles confirmed for release in 2013 include a host of handheld titles, such as the RPG adventure title Rune Factory 4for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system, as well as Ys: Memories of Celceta and Valhalla Knights 3 for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system. The company will also be releasing Ys I&II Chronicles+ on Windows® PC via Steam.
“XSEED is ringing in the New Year by sharing a glimpse of our upcoming lineup of great titles for 2013, including the exciting partnership for KILLER IS DEAD, the newest creation from KADOKAWA GAMES and SUDA51, which I personally selected to bring to the US market,” said Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of XSEED Games. “In the coming year, we will release an array of solid action and role-playing games that are sure to delight fans through a combination of high quality gameplay and well-crafted localization.”
The full lineup of XSEED Games titles includes:
KILLER IS DEAD
PS3™/Xbox 360®, Summer 2013 – Created by game legend SUDA51, this highly anticipated original game is set in a not-so-distant future similar to (but not the same as) the world we know now. The player takes control of an executioner named Mondo Zappa who wields a Japanese sword in his right hand and brandishes interchangeable weapons in his left artificial arm. His ultimate goal is to execute various heinous criminals scattered around the world and beyond.
Completely unique visuals and outstanding stylish action come together to deliver an unprecedented gaming experience in KILLER IS DEAD. This brand-new action title is being jointly developed by KADOKAWA GAMES and GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE, with SUDA51 lending his trademark sense of style at the helm. Deep Silver, the games label of Koch Media, will bring the title to the countries of Europe and Oceania.
Rune Factory 4
Nintendo 3DS, Summer 2013 – The first game in the Rune Factory simulation/role-playing series to be released on the Nintendo 3DS, Rune Factory 4 adds new romance options, the ability to select a male or female character at the game’s start, and has endless crafting, farming and cooking opportunities. The player becomes Selphia’s prince or princess and can manage the village, explore the countryside with townsfolk, or tame monsters in the wild to aid them in battle or help out in the fields.
Valhalla Knights 3
PS Vita, Fall 2013 – The fourth title published by XSEED Games in the popular Valhalla Knights action RPG series, Valhalla Knights 3 features a robust character creation system and brings intense seven-on-seven party-based combat to the PS Vita. Players can select from one of seven races and one of twenty job classes such as Fighter, Mage, Thief, Priest, Akatoki or Archer, while also equipping two sub-jobs. Players can adventure with a party of their own making or brave the wilds alone and seamlessly engage in real-time combat to earn skill points for upgrading and unlocking abilities unique to each job class.
Ys: Memories of Celceta
PS Vita, Fall 2013 – An extensive reimagining of (and pseudo-sequel to) Ys IV, one of the only Ys games never before released in the west, this title puts more enemies on screen than ever before and features the largest, most non-linear overworld in Ys history, boasting superlative graphics and a triumphant evolution of the fast-paced gameplay that has made this series a timeless action RPG mainstay. As the game opens, long-time protagonist Adol Christin finds himself alone, dazed and confused in a strange land, and must piece together his memories of how he got here and why, all the while struggling to determine whom he can trust.
Ys I & II Chronicles+
Windows PC (Steam), February – XSEED Games has delighted RPG fans for years by publishing multiple Ystitles from legendary RPG developer Nihon Falcom for handheld platforms and Windows PC, and now Ys fans can celebrate once more as an enhanced remake of the classic first two games in the Ys franchise comes to Steam for the first time. Including both Ancient Ys Vanished: Omen and Ancient Ys Vanished: The Final Chapter, this action RPG tells of red-haired swordsman Adol Christin’s inaugural adventure to defeat the evil forces blighting the isle of Esteria and uncover the mysteries of the eponymous lost land of Ys.
“This will be an amazing year for us,” said Ken Berry, Executive Vice President of XSEED Games. “Our portfolio continues to expand and it’s evident by this stellar lineup of titles, so we’re excited to share more details and hear what our fans are most looking forward to playing in the coming year.”
Additionally, XSEED Games recently announced that the company will be publishing the highly anticipated action RPG title, Pandora’s Tower, on Wii™ this spring. More information on each of the upcoming products will be announced in the coming weeks and months. For more information on XSEED Games products, visitwww.xseedgames.com. Fans can also follow XSEED Games on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/XSEEDGames and Twitter at www.twitter.com/XSEEDGames.