Operation Backlog Completion 2017

Aug 112017
 

Back in early 2015, I announced that I had joined Ninja Vault as an editor to work on an action RPG called Parachronism: Order of Chaos.

(At the time, Parachronism had more point-and-click adventure elements that have seen been removed in favor of a more MMORPG-like gameplay style, although it is still a single-player game.)

We thought Parachronism would be out later that year, but game development is a much longer process than we realized. Since then, we’ve made significant progress on the game and have started an Indiegogo campaign to fund the final stages of development.

Parachronism: Order of Chaos follows a young woman who is transported back in time, into a fantasy world inspired by Ancient China. The people there recognize her as Zhou Qin Ying, the princess of the Chrolstice Kingdom, and so she pretends to have amnesia while hoping to find a way to return home.

However, she soon learns that the world is being threatened by a phenomenon known as the “time chaos,” and she might be the only one who can stop it.

It is a single-player action RPG inspired by JRPGs and MMORPGs. It includes a relationship system, time management, crafting, and more.

As a writer and editor for the project, I’m best-suited for answering questions about the story, characters, and world. However, if you have more questions about Parachronism after viewing it on Indiegogo, I’d be happy to help.

We’re interested in gathering feedback, so share all your thoughts on Parachronism: Order of Chaos in the comments below.

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Aug 092017
 

It was rumored a while ago, but now it’s official, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is coming to the 3DS.

With the addition of Apollo Justice, this means the entire mainline Ace Attorney series is now available for the 3DS.

It also kills my hopes of a Not Phoenix Wright Trilogy made up of Apollo Justice, Ace Attorney Investigations, and an official localization of AAI2, which would have brought all of the remaining DS games to the 3DS.

Still, I don’t give up that easily. Now I’ll just hope for an Investigations double pack bringing the two Miles Edgeworth spin-offs to the 3DS at a later date.

Apollo Justice will be on the eShop for $19.99 and include:

  • upgraded visuals
  • the ability to skip text
  • both the English and Japanese versions

Interestingly, this announcement also confirmed that there are differences in the background art for the two versions. (I previously had a discussion with someone about how Dai Gyakuten Saiban’s localization issues might be due to visual references to the copyrighted Sherlock Holmes stories. Now I believe even more that those references could be altered to avoid a problem.)

When the news first came out, fans noticed the description mentioned “five full cases” even though Apollo Justice only has four cases, and hoped this might mean a bonus case was being made. However, it now says “four full cases,” so this was most likely a mistake.

Meanwhile, if you thought some of the recent Collector’s Editions were bad, you might need to sit down before you look at the new special collection Japan is getting for the Ace Attorney series. It includes all six main games, a soundtrack, and many other CE goodies (including a gold plate and autographs) for 150,000 yen or roughly $1360.

Wow.

Well, it’s nice that new players will now be able to play the entire main series without needing a DS game, but I’m still hoping for the spin-offs! Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney will be out on the eShop this November. Are you getting it?

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Aug 072017
 

I still haven’t played much of Pokémon Moon.

I’ve meant to, but I keep putting it aside in favor of other games. The beginning’s slow pace has made it difficult for me to get into it, even though I enjoyed the more story-driven focus of Pokémon Black and White.

However, I’m still interested in learning more about Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, which will be out on November 17. In particular, I want to know what they are.

Are they upgraded versions of Sun and Moon? Are they sequels like Black/White 2? I had these questions when they were announced, and I still have them.

I was excited when I learned Ultra Sun and Moon news was coming over the weekend… but it was just the announcement of Dusk Form Lycanroc.

We still have a little over 3 months before Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon come out, but I hope we learn more about them before then. What do you think Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon are — and when do you think we’ll find out?

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