Operation Backlog Completion 2024
Apr 292020

When we looked at the recent Nier Re[in]carnation gameplay footage, we discussed the theory that the protagonist is a young Kaine.

Well, that is not true.

In some Famitsu details translated here, it was confirmed that she is not Kaine.

The ghost-like companion following her is named Mama and will watch over her.

One of the most interesting details revealed, however, is that there will actually be more than one protagonist. Many more, in fact.

In light of that, I take back when I said previously about how typical character-collecting gacha mechanics wouldn’t work for a game like this. Having numerous protagonists definitely opens the doors for that more. Here’s hoping it’s not quite like that.

More translations, this time from Twinfinite, say Nier Re[in]carnation will follow the “service” mobile game model and therefore might end up with more text content than either previous Nier game. However, the story will eventually end.

I’m still curious about Nier Re[in]carnation, although there hasn’t been any news about an English release yet.

Meanwhile, details about the Nier Replicant remaster continue to get muddled as people pass on news. Right now it isn’t clear how much the game is being changed, except that it’s planned to be more than a straight remaster and will have some new content.

Before any of this happens, I need to finish Nier Automata! Maybe by the time Nier Re[in]carnation is out, I’ll be ready for it. What do you think about the new Nier Re[in]carnation details?

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Apr 272020

Last month, we learned that E3 2020 had been cancelled and speculated that more companies would do digital events in its place.

Based on last year, we would expect to see E3 shows from Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, PC Gaming, Limited Run Games, and Devolver Digital.

Sony had already announced it wouldn’t be at E3 2020, so that leaves us with 9 others. Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

An Xbox digital event from Microsoft was almost immediately announced, although we still don’t know when it will be.

Nintendo has yet to announce its usual E3 Nintendo Direct, but since they already held a digital event, a big Nintendo Direct in June seems likely. (I can see them not replacing the Nintendo Treehouse streams, though.) Update: VentureBeat says I’m wrong and there will be no June Direct, although there still is no official word.

EA has yet to make an announcement. Update: EA has since announced EA Play 2020 for June 11 at 7 PM ET.

Bethesda will not have a digital showcase in June.

Ubisoft hasn’t announced anything definitive, but like Microsoft, made an early statement about exploring digital options. Update: Ubisoft has now announced Ubisoft Forward for July 12 at 3 PM ET.

Square Enix had a similar statement. Update: They have since decided to announce games individually rather than hold an E3 replacement conference.

The PC Gaming Show has been announced for June 6.

Limited Run Games has kept its digital presentation set for June 8 at 3 PM ET.

Devolver’s insanity will continue as planned.

But that’s not all! IGN has also announced a “Summer of Gaming” event in June that aims to show lots of demos, interviews, presentations, etc., and GamesRadar recently revealed the Future Games Show for June as well.

Overall, it sounds like we’ll still have a lot of “E3” coverage to look at this year. Did I miss any? Which are you looking forward to the most? Let me know in the comments.

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Apr 242020

We haven’t talked too much about Tales of Crestoria, the next upcoming mobile Tales game.

Tales of Crestoria was first revealed in 2018 as basically a full original Tales game (although one with a turn-based combat system) for mobile devices, with its own original plot, cast of characters, etc.

It also managed to look even edgier than Tales of Berseria, being described as “An RPG Written in Blood and Betrayal” where characters deemed sinners are marked by the “Stain of Guilt” and hunted down by enforcers.

Despite them making a point of how it’s not a crossover like the past mobile Tales games, it… is? They’ve shown protagonists from past Tales games who will make an appearance in Crestoria. I assume the main story will deal solely with the original cast and that’s why they say it isn’t a crossover, but the returning characters make it feel like it’ll have typical character-collecting gacha mechanics.

Anyway, we’ll be able to find out for ourselves what Tales of Crestoria is like next month! A new announcement revealed not only a June 2020 release window, but also an open beta in May.

Crestoria will be the first Tales game to get a simultaneous global release, so the beta test in May is meant to test the network load of the English version.

I’m interested enough that I’ll probably give the beta test a try if I’m able to. I’m not a big mobile gamer, but I’m still disappointed over the loss of Tales of the Rays. Of course, what I really want to hear more about is Tales of Arise… Is that still coming out this year?

What do you think about Tales of Crestoria? Will you be trying the open beta in May?

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