Table of Contents
Indie Live Expo 2020
The Escapist Indie Showcase
PlayStation 5 Showcase
Future Games Show
New Game+ Expo
MonsterVine Hot Games Summer Showcase
Limited Run Games
New Game Plus Expo
As someone who enjoys a lot of Japanese games, I was really looking forward to the New Game+ Expo, despite it being one of the lesser-known Not-E3 showcases.
It began with a new trailer for Catherine: Full Body on the Switch. I have the original Catherine, but I never played it, so I’m torn on whether I should or if I should just eventually get Full Body instead.
Then we got to see some No More Heroes III… well, sorta. Technically, there was No More Heroes III going on, but Suda51 was standing in front of it to give fans a message. I’m still hopeful they’ll eventually announce No More Heroes I & II ports, but today was not that day.
Next up was a new trailer for Harvest Moon: One World. Although I’m not a farming sim fan, this is your obligatory reminder that this is Fake Harvest Moon, as the original series is now Story of Seasons.
A new 3D puzzle platformer called Tin & Kuna was announced. It looks like it could be fun.
They showed a new competitive mode for Billion Road, gameplay for Fight Crab, and DLC content for Samurai Shodown, none of which particularly interests me.
After that was the first trailer for the recently-announced Re:Zero – Starting Life in Another World: Prophecy of the Throne. I’m not too familiar with Re:Zero, but the game could be interesting.
Another surprise reveal was Fallen Legion: Revenants. I played the original two Fallen Legion games and reviewed them for MonsterVine, but I didn’t enjoy them enough to be particularly excited for a sequel… although I have to admit, it looks interesting.
They revealed more SNK games coming to the Switch as part of the NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection, highlighting King of Fighters R-2.
Trails of Cold Steel IV will officially come to the west on October 27 for the PS4, which was exciting news, although I didn’t watch the trailer to avoid spoilers.
On the other hand, I did watch the trailer for Death end re:Quest 2, and that looks pretty cool, so I’m more interested in trying the first one sometime.
They showed Idol Manager, discussed the mobile Danganronpa ports, and then revealed that the otome Cafe Enchante will be released in the west in November. I’ll need to consider that one.
The world’s tiniest trailer for a game called Escape from Asura told me nothing about it, but Gematsu says it might be the Criminal Girls X localization.
After that came quite a surprise, since the 8-bit Bloodstained spin-off Curse of the Moon is getting a sequel. Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 has no release date yet, and I haven’t played either Bloodstained game, but it’s a pretty cool surprise.
They showed a gameplay trailer for Guilty Gear Strive, and then a trailer for the upcoming Fairy Tail RPG.
More NeoGeo, this time with the Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection, and then came an October western release window for another otome, Piofiore: Fated Memories. This one sounds pretty interesting, so I’ll definitely keep my eye on it.
Neptunia Virtual Stars got its first western trailer, Pretty Princess party is coming west in December, and Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate Plus is being localized this year, although without “Plus” in the title for the western release (which confused me at first).
An obligatory montage of titles showed Shantae, Cold Steel III, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, and other games, and then they closed out the showcase with the announcement that Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will be coming west in 2021. It looks pretty cool.
Okay, I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get a release date for Persona 5 Scramble, and I was not-so-secretly holding out hope for Crossbell localization news, but this still was a pretty solid lineup and one of the better showcases so far! What did you think of the New Game+ Expo?---
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