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Sep 302019

Every now and then, rumors crop up about a Demon’s Souls remaster being in development.

The latest rumor comes by way of Sacred Symbols: A PlayStation Podcast, where at the 1:26:10 mark, podcast host Colin Moriarty expresses his surprise that “one game in particular, a remaster that’s coming out for PlayStation 4” wasn’t announced at the recent State of Play.

He then follows it by saying “the soul still burns.”

Fans have taken this to be a hint or even confirmation that the game in question is Demon’s Souls.

There have been rumors for a while now that Bluepoint Games is working on Demon’s Souls, although Bluepoint’s next project is a remake/”re-envisioning” of a game, rather than a remaster.

So, let’s take a closer look at this hint.

There is nothing about the conversation that inherently points toward Demon’s Souls. It just needs to be a game that would be remastered for the PlayStation 4 and be big enough to be expected in the State of Play. And the hint is “the soul still burns.”

Soul -> Demon’s Souls; the connection there is clear enough.

Strangely, however, looking up that exact phrase brings up an entirely different series, Soulcalibur (which I always thought was Soul Calibur until today). I saw one person say “the soul still burns” is a phrase used when you choose “continue” after dying, although I couldn’t confirm that myself. Regardless, searching for that phrase brings up reviews, discussions, and announcements related to the Soulcalibur games.

So this actually makes me wonder if the mysterious remaster is actually of Soul Edge/Soul Blade, the arcade game that preceded Soulcalibur, or one of the early Soulcalibur games.

What do you think? Is this mysterious hint a sign of an upcoming Demon’s Souls remaster, a Soul Edge or Soulcalibur remaster, or something else entirely?

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Sep 272019

We’ve got two pieces of Game Freak news to discuss today, the first being a follow-up to Wednesday’s discussion of Little Town Hero, since a new trailer is out.

This trailer introduces several characters, although I still don’t have much of a feeling for what this game entails besides fighting monsters.

(Also, is it just me, or are they really emphasizing the soundtrack as a selling point? I love Toby Fox’s music, but something about the way the two trailers have highlighted it feels odd to me. Then again, it might be just because I’m skeptical about the game in general.)

Now, I didn’t notice it before, but the official description also describes it as having “compact story progression designed with the busy gamer in mind.” That just increases my concern that there won’t be much to it beyond fighting the monsters.

Moving on to Game Freak’s other upcoming game, Pokémon Sword and Shield will have a 24-hour live stream next Friday, October 6.

24 hours? They must be planning to show a lot of–

No, no, it won’t be 24 hours of footage. It’s 24 hours of “live footage” from within the Glimwood Tangle, a forest area in the Galar Region we haven’t seen yet.

That’s… unusual, but I kinda like the idea behind it. We’ll probably get to see some new Pokémon, and it’s an interesting way to promote the game without spoiling a lot of details, by having “live” footage from within one of the areas. The image they’re using also has me excited to see the Glimwood Tangle, since it looks like it’ll be a beautiful area.

How do you feel about Game Freak’s current projects? Are you interested in Little Town Hero? Are you going to check out the Pokémon Sword and Shield live stream? Let me know in the comments.

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Sep 252019

Game Freak hasn’t revealed a lot about Little Town Hero, formerly known as Town, to the point where I was surprised when it got an October 16 release date in the Nintendo Direct early this month.

But yes, Little Town Hero is less than a month away, and so far we know it’s a turn-based RPG where you’ll defend a small town from monsters with help from townspeople and things in the environment.

That’s about all we know about it so far.

Its official description offers a few more details, talking about how the villagers are not allowed to leave their isolated town and the protagonist finds a mysterious red stone that lets him fight the monsters. It also mentions that combat will be focused on strategically fighting boss enemies, instead of leveling up by fighting weak monsters.

The new trailer shows… well, just a tiny bit of combat, nothing much new.

Another video is supposed to come out on Friday, so maybe we’ll get more details then.

Right now, I’m wondering if Little Town Hero is going to be a pretty short game, since all we’ve seen from it is that you fight these large monsters. Then again, maybe the new video on Friday will show things to do in the town as well. What do you think?

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