Operation Backlog Completion 2017
Apr 212017
 

Bandai Namco has announced a new action RPG called Code Vein.

It stars vampires Revenants who live in a post-apocalyptic future and need to drink blood in order to keep their humanity. A Revenant who doesn’t get enough blood will turn into a monster called a “Lost.”

The player will explore the world of Vein as a Revenant, alongside an AI-controlled “Buddy” partner.

Bandai Namco previously teased this game with the line “Prepare to dine,” and between that and their emphasis on describing its challenging combat, it sounds like they’re going for a Souls-like experience. It might also have similarities to the God Eater series, since God Eater developers are working on it.

I don’t know how much of a focus on story Code Vein will have, but it looks interesting enough to me and I like the idea of exploring a mysterious world to learn the truth about what happened. I also enjoy a good vampire story, so I’ll keep my eye on this one and hope it continues to sound intriguing.

Code Vein is planned for 2018.

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Apr 192017
 

On Monday we discussed the renaming of Lady Layton to Layton’s Mystery Journey: The Millionaires’ Conspiracy (a slightly less complicated title than what I thought at first), and now we have the 3DS release window.

While the mobile versions will be out in the West on July 20 alongside the Japanese release date, the 3DS version of Layton’s Mystery Journey will be out in the fall.

When in the fall? “Early autumn 2017” is all the website says, and since the game should be entirely translated by July 20, I’d be surprised if the 3DS version took too long.

The official English website is up now, as well, with pictures of the main characters. It includes links to the sites for previous Layton games, including a link to Mystery Room, so maybe they haven’t forgotten it entirely after all.

(Still hoping Alfendi appears in this new game.)

Hopefully we’ll get a concrete release date soon. If it’s only a few months away from the mobile release, I’ll probably wait for the 3DS version… especially if a physical copy is available.

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Apr 172017
 

For a while now, we’ve known the upcoming Professor Layton game as Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy.

It now has a new title, Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy.

(Note: I originally made the title seem even longer, since I thought “Ariadone’s” was still included.)

That’s quite a name. Why the change? My guess would be that since every other game in the series has had just “Layton” in the title, they thought “Lady Layton” made it sound like a spin-off, but they still wanted to reference the new protagonist.

The lengthy title might also suggest the start of a new trilogy, since “Layton’s Mystery Journey” followed by a subtitle sounds like we can anticipate more games about this mysterious journey.

Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy will be out for the 3DS in Japan on July 20, as well as worldwide on iOS and Android.

The worldwide 3DS release will come sometime later.

In other words, everyone outside of Japan can either get the mobile version on July 20 or wait until the 3DS localization is ready.

Oddly, the mobile version includes in-app purchases that won’t be necessary to buy to complete the game. I can’t imagine what sort of optional in-app purchases a Layton game could have (extra hint coins?), but maybe they’re included in the 3DS version from the start.

What do you think of Lady Layton’s new title? Will you get Layton’s Mystery Journey: Katrielle and the Millionaire’s Conspiracy on July 20, or wait for the worldwide 3DS release?

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