It seems to have been a busy week! On my end, I’m totally snowed under with a huge translation project, so site updates until mid-December will be sporadic at best. On the gaming front, the ever increasing deluge of games continues. Of particular interest, both Compile Heart and Idea Factory International have been busy too.
Compile Heart have announced a new game, Gun Gun Pixies which promises cute girls and shooting action. Much akin to D3 Publisher’s Bullet Girls. The difference being that Gun Gun Pixies has been designed, according to an interview in the recent issue of Dengeki Playstation, to answer the question of what it would be like if model figures were to fight.
Hence gameplay focuses on a pair of tiny alien girls fighting in the rooms of far larger human ones! The only disappointment to this announcement is that the game is for Vita and Vita TV only. Taking performance into consideration, I would have been far happier with a PS4 version. Gun Gun Pixies is currently scheduled for a 2017 release window for Japan. Potential news of an English release isn’t likely for sometime yet, if at all.
On Idea Factory International’s end, the started the week by finally releasing the wonderful, yet cruel, Trillion (God of Destruction) on Steam. It’s nice to see that Idea Factory International did use the Steam release as opportunity to make a much needed improvement. For the Steam release of Trillion, you are now prompted as to whether you wish to use Japanese audio at the start of the game.
This was one of my bigger annoyances with the Vita release, as the opening is rather long and language settings are not accessible until it’s over. Language settings also reset on New Game +, so for the Vita release it is impossible to experience the opening section with Japanese audio. Likewise at least one instance of missing dialogue in the Vita version has been addressed in the Steam one.
Unfortunately, most — if not all — of the original typos are still present in the Steam version, and some new ones have joined them. While it would have been nice to see these addressed in the beta period, it appears that addressing other bugs was, naturally, of far higher priority. And let’s face it, Trillion has a huge amount of text attached to random events.
If you have yet to play Trillion, I highly recommend the Steam version, especially with the Deluxe Edition DLC. This will also give you access to several PDF novels (one for each Overlord), which tells a little of their respective backgrounds. Like many Idea Factory International Steam releases, all DLC available for the Vita version is also included in the base game.
Idea Factory International also held their third Annual Press Event on the 11th and took the opportunity to make several announcements for upcoming games. Black Rose Valkyrie will be seeing a US and EU release on PS4 next Spring under the new name Dark Rose Valkyrie. Based on the little I’ve played of the Japanese version, we can expect the usual Iffy RPG goodness with the added bonus of a new combat system and a traitor system, in which one of your own is randomly selected at the start of the game to turn against you.
Vita dungeon crawler Mary Skelter: Nightmares has been announced for the summer. Again, I’ve only played a little of the Japanese version so far, but I’m loving it. The announcement of an English release leaves me pondering several things. Such as how character names — all based on children’s stories — will turn out, and how the graphics for the notes found in dungeons will be handled.
Idea Factory (Japan) are also known for their extensive “Otome” game line-up, these are generally visual novels primarily aimed at a female audience. While this is a genre I’m not particularly interested in, it is nice to hear to that Idea Factory International will be releasing Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds on Vita in the spring.
While I’m certainly looking forward to getting my hands on Dark Rose Valkyrie and Mary Skelter: Nightmares in English, it was final title to be announced that really gets me excited. Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force will be releasing on Steam in Early 2017. The reason this makes me happy is because it’s being billed as the first worldwide release.
So far, all Idea Factory International Steam releases have been regionally restricted in Japan. Following the success of Megadimension Neptunia VII on Steam outside of Japan, Compile Heart mentioned via their Japanese Twitter account that they would now be considering releasing Neptunia games on Steam in Japan.
They did this starting in September, by timing Japanese Steam releases of the Re;Birth games with Vita re-releases. Unsurprisingly, these remained top sellers in Japan on Steam throughout their introductory weeks. But with no further console re-releases planned, I was concerned this would be the end of Idea Factory releases on Steam in Japan.
Thankfully, this is not to be the case. Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force will also release in Japan, and thus includes both English and Japanese versions of the game from the get-go. I’m hoping this proves to be the start of worldwide Steam releases for all future Idea Factory titles. At any rate, Idea Factory have definitely given me reason to smile!
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