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PlayStation Experience: Impression stars

PlayStation Experience, also known as PSX, is an annual event for the video game industry presented by Sony Interactive Entertainment used to reveal and promote PlayStation games and game-related merchandise. The event is open to the public and features various panels and many unreleased games with playable demos on location.

Fate/Grand Order English Version to be Launched in Summer 2017 stars

Aniplex Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) and DELiGHTWORKS Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) announced their plans to launch an English version of Fate/Grand Order in North American territories in Summer 2017 at the Aniplex industry panel at Sakura-Con in Seattle, Washington. The game will be available on both iOS and Android platforms.

Fate/Go Coming to the US? stars

Attendees this morning in Seattle for Sakura-Con couldn’t help but notice the cut out displays and banner from the mobile game Fate/Grand Order (Fate/GO) at the Aniplex booth. 

Aniplex of America is the distributor for the animated short, Fate/Grand Order First Order; however, fans will note instead of using the key art from the animation, Aniplex has opted to use the artwork from the mobile game Fate/Grand Order. Aniplex is also set for a major announcement at 11AM PST tomorrow morning during their panel. In addition, while this may be a coincidence, a press conference will be held tomorrow at Sakura-Con to “unveil a major Anime series that will have a new game launching in the US in 2017.” A number of key staff members affiliated with Fate/GO has been rumored to be in attendance. 

In 2016, Fate/Go was released in China by biligame, so the likelihood of the game to be released internationally in other territories is a possibility based on the success and popularity of the franchise. Another possibility is the announcement may be related to the VR exclusive title for the Playstation 4 Fate/Grand Order VR which was first shown to the public last month during AnimeJapan held at the Tokyo Big Sight.

As we have staff onsite at Sakura-Con, we'll keep you updated and will also be present for the press conference tomorrow.

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival: Impression stars

Final Fantasy XIV Fan Festival 2016 in Las Vegas came and gone and probably will not return until a year after the next expansion. This year at Fan Festival, the biggest announcement that all FFXIV fans have been waiting for was the official announcement of the next expansion – Stormblood. This was announced on the very first day of the festival and was followed by a teaser trailer showcasing a mysterious blonde female in a red dress. Almost immediately, social media and FFXIV sub-Reddit exploded with speculations of who this mysterious female could be and what the new job will be. The opening keynote was of course presented by the director and producer of FFXIV, Naoki Yoshida, with on stage translations by Christopher Koji Fox. There was no official announcement of what the new battle jobs will be, but in typical Naoki Yoshida fashion, he wore a shirt that hinted what one of the jobs may be. The presentation lasted an hour and was followed by the Development Panel featuring Masaki Nakagawa on the main stage. During this panel, Masaki Nakagawa talked about the battle development for one of the newer 24 man raids that he worked on.

Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers Localization Project Relaunching Soon stars

Frontwing Inc., in partnership with AKABEiSOFT2 and Tokyo Otaku Mode, are relaunching their crowdfunding project to localize "Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers" on Kickstarter, with the new title "Re: Sharin no Kuni Project". The campaign will officially begin on November 21 at 6PM PT with a goal of $80,000, and features a multitude of updates and revisions, basted on both feedback from fans as well as internal evaluation of the original campaign. The campaign can be accessed at the following URL: here.

GameStop Expo 2016 Impression stars

This year GameStop Expo 2016 was held on September 14th at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. I attended this one-day event to check out some of the games that we didn’t have time to play at E3 or PAX. As with E3 this year, the emphasis revolved around VR and there plenty of opportunities to try out VR at GameStop Expo. GameStop Expo has a different feel than any other gaming convention I’ve attended so far.

PAX West 2016 Impressions: Pit People stars

During PAX west we stopped in with our friends at The Behemoth, the same people who brought us Castle Crashers and got to play their new title, Pit People, an upcoming turn-based strategy game. Pit People takes a spin on what we have seen in other typical turn-based games with some unique changes that makes it stand out from the rest.

PAX West 2016 Impressions: NightCry stars

From the creator of the Clock Tower game series, director Hifumi Kono and the director of the Ju-on (The Grudge) Takashi Shimizu comes Project Scissors: NightCry from Japanese video game developers, Nude Maker and Playism. This year at PAX West, I got to play a quick demo of this game. The game plays like Resident Evil, but has the feel of a Japanese horror movie that will have you by the edge of your seat.

PAX West 2016 Impressions: Through the Woods stars

Through the Woods by Antagonist began as a Kickstarter, and it will soon be coming to Steam as their debut game. During PAX West 2016, I got to play the demo and had a quick Q&A with the staff behind Through the Woods. First, let me begin by setting the story. Through the Woods revolves around the story of a mother in search of her missing son in a forest on the western shore of Norway. The game plays in third-person, and the mother narrates her tale as you travel through the forest. Bit by bit, we learn more about what happened in the past; eventually bringing us to the present. This game is a psychological horror game with heavy influences from Norse Mythology and Norwegian folk tales. I only knew a little about the game from watching the trailer. I walked into the demo a bit intrigued and with an opened mind.