Operation Backlog Completion 2017

Sep 222017
 

At the Tokyo Game Show 2017, Square Enix revealed the “Final Fantasy XV: Universe” trailer.

This trailer takes a look at the overall Final Fantasy XV universe, including both products already released and those coming soon.

It shows:

  • Brotherhood (the anime)
  • Kingsglaive (the movie)
  • Episode Gladiolus
  • Episode Prompto
  • Episode Ignis (coming in December)
  • the Comrades multiplayer expansion (October 31)
  • Monster of the Deep (the VR fishing game, November 21)
  • the Final Fantasy XV PC version (early 2018)
  • Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (chibi mobile version, autumn 2017)
  • King’s Knight: Wrath of the Dark Dragon (vaguely part of the FFXV universe as an in-universe mobile game)
  • a free update that increases your hunt capacity and adds additional story content.

Episode Ignis might be interesting and looks like it will expand Ravus’s role, and it will certainly be nice to take on more than one hunt, but the free story content is the stand-out announcement here.

This is a very small part of the trailer, starting at 2:16.

In this part, we see Ifrit, Shiva, and scenes between Luna and Gentiana.

While we don’t know how extensive this story content will be, it sounds perfect. Ifrit’s lore is incredibly vague in the game, which means he seems to show up for no apparent reason. A clearer understanding of his motivations and the backstory of him and Shiva should greatly help Final Fantasy XV’s story.

Luna’s role in the game was also lacking, so a greater look at her journey will also be helpful.

All we need now is more information about Ardyn… although it seems like we’ll have to wait for a new product for that.

Really, Ifrit’s backstory alone would be a fantastic addition to Final Fantasy XV, so adding Shiva and Luna content on top of that makes this sound like an excellent update. What do you want to see in the new story update for Final Fantasy XV?

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Sep 202017
 

Back in May, Steins;Gate Elite was announced for the PS4 and Vita in Japan.

Very few details were revealed, but it sounded like some sort of enhanced remake of Steins;Gate.

Now the Switch has been added to the list of platforms, and Steins;Gate Elite has been described further as “a full animation adventure game.”

All of the animation from the Steins;Gate anime will be used, along with new animation for the routes that weren’t in the anime.

No one seems quite sure what to make of this.

I loved Steins;Gate and also enjoyed its sequel/midquel, but I don’t quite see the point of making a fully animated visual novel.

Is it like an expanded version of the anime, except you can answer Okabe’s phone and make choices to lead to the different routes, like in the visual novel? That’s interesting, but is there really an advantage over reading the visual novel? Is it intended for people who don’t like visual novels but don’t want to just watch the anime? Who is the target audience?

Steins;Gate Elite will be out in 2018 in Japan, so we’ll see what it’s like then. No localization news has been announced so far.

What do you think of this idea? Am I just missing the appeal? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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Sep 182017
 

The visual novel Chaos;Child is being localized for the PS4 and Vita, and we finally have an official release date. It will be out on October 13 in Europe and October 24 in North America.

Chaos;Child is part of the Science Adventure series, which also includes Steins;Gate, although you don’t need knowledge of one to play the other.

(The Science Adventure series includes Steins;Gate and Steins;Gate 0, Chaos;Head and Chaos;Child, and Robotics;Notes and Robotics;Notes DaSH.)

It is also the sequel to the still-unlocalized Chaos;Head, but fans have said you don’t need to be familiar with Chaos;Head to play/read Chaos;Child.

Chaos;Child is about a group of high school students who begin to investigate supernatural murders.

I loved Steins;Gate, so I’m excited for this.

Are you interested in getting Chaos;Child?

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