Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Mar 282018

We’ve been eagerly awaiting Dragon Quest XI news, and now it has a western release date: Dragon Quest XI will be out for the PS4 and PC (Steam) on September 4 in North America and Europe.

What about the mysterious Switch version? Well, Square Enix told IGN that it is coming “much later,” although it is planned for the west.

Sadly, the 3DS version isn’t being localized.

That’s disappointing to me, because the 3DS version’s two styles looked really cool. On the other hand, I’m perfectly fine with the PS4 version (which the PC version should be like) ever since we learned for sure that it is turn-based.

Dragon Quest XI’s western release will also include English voice acting, a hard mode called Draconian Quest, improved UI and menus, a Camera Mode, and a Dash function, in addition to other improvements.

Let’s check out some newly-released English gameplay footage.

Okay, 3DS version or not, I’m definitely getting this.

There will also be a special edition of the PS4 version sold through the Square Enix Store, but details haven’t been announced yet. PlayStation Store pre-orders will give you a PS4 theme along with some sort of in-game content.

Are you excited for Dragon Quest XI? Which platform are you planning to get it for?

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Mar 262018

We’ve talked about The Good Life a couple of times now, first when it appeared on Fig and again when they announced the upcoming Kickstarter plans.

Now the project is live on Kickstarter, so let’s take a look.

The Good Life is being co-developed by White Owls (led by Swery) and a team led by Yukio Futatsugi (Panzer Dragoon, Phantom Dust).

It is a “debt repayment daily life RPG” (although it’s later described as a “debt repayment daily life action adventure” game) about a journalist named Naomi who goes to the town of Rainy Woods to take photos in order to pay off a massive debt. Your main goals are to pay off the debt and solve a murder.

(As a big RPG fan, I’d like to hear more about that aspect, but it sounds pretty interesting just as a mystery game, too.)

Once a month, everyone in town turns into a cat or dog.

In the original announcement, everyone turned into cats, and then later there was going to be both a cat version and dog version of the game, but now the system sounds much better. According to the Kickstarter page, you will choose at the start of the game which you want to turn into, but you might be able to switch later on.

Photography and part-time jobs will help you earn money, the in-game time and seasons will change, and your interactions with the townspeople will affect the story.

The Good Life is planned for the PC and PS4. If it sounds interesting to you, head over to the Kickstarter page and take a look.

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Mar 232018

Several announcements have come from GDC 2018, and one that caught my eye was Spike Chunsoft’s news that 428: Shibuya Scramble will be out in the west this summer.

428: Shibuya Scramble is a visual novel adventure game that first came out in Japan in 2008, on the Wii. It was later ported to the PS3 and PSP, and eventually mobile devices.

Now it’s coming to the PS4 and PC, and that version is finally being localized.

The game features five protagonists, 90 endings based on the choices you make, and a combination of different media types (text, videos, and live action stills).

It’s a mystery, and it sounds like the characters’ stories interact with one another in interesting ways.

I wasn’t familiar with this game before, although I think I heard the title when localization was first announced (or hinted at?) last year, but now I’m interested in seeing what it’s like.

Spike Chunsoft also announced PixelJunk Monsters 2 (PS4, Switch, and Steam), localization of Steins;Gate Elite (PS4, Switch, and PC), localization of Zanki Zero: Last Beginning (PS4 and PC), and the PS4 version of Fire Pro Wrestling World.

(Zanki Zero is coming to the Vita in Japan according to its original announcement, but it looks like that version won’t be coming west.)

Are you interested in 428: Shibuya Scramble or any of the others? Have you been enjoying GDC? Should I cover other game events like I do E3? Let me know in the comments!

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