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Stylish JRPG, Akiba’s Beat, Receives New Full-Length Trailer

XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today unveiled a brand new, full-length trailer for Akiba’s Beat, developer ACQUIRE’s highly-anticipated satirical JRPG headed to PS4 and PS Vita. The trailer comes as a follow-up to seven character-specific videos recently released via the XSEED Games YouTube channel, and highlights the game’s Akihabara-centric narrative and gameplay while showcasing the game’s uniquely challenging party-based action battle system.

A spiritual successor to Akiba’s Trip: Undead & UndressedAkiba’s Beat is a modern-day satirical spin on a classic Japanese RPG formula. Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality.

Akiba’s Beat is scheduled to release in North America in Q1 of 2017.

View the new full-length trailer below!

 

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Koei Tecmo America Reveals Western Title and Release Date for Upcoming Game Based on Popular Manga and Anime Series

Follow the Daring and Heroic Life of Guts and Crew from the Renowned Manga and Anime Series’ Popular ‘Golden Age’ Arc Through the ‘Falcon of the Millennium Empire’ Arc in ‘Berserk and the Band of the Hawk’


KOEI TECMO America was thrilled to reveal new information regarding the North American release of developer Omega Force’s most brutal Warriors title to date alongside a batch of new assets featuring characters from the series’ universe. Based on the iconic manga and anime series Berserk by Kentarou Miura, the game will be released in North America as Berserk and the Band of the Hawk on February 21, 2017 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, digitally for the PlayStation®Vita handheld system and on Windows PC via Steam®.

A brand new trailer plus a selection of new screenshots and artwork released today introduce Guts’ companions Casca, Judeau, Serpico and Schierke – all of whom will be playable characters within Berserk and the Band of the Hawk.

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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk follows the compelling tale of the famed mercenary group The Band of the Hawk, focusing on its diverse cast of characters and their struggles as they fight to achieve their dream of owning a kingdom. Berserk fans and newcomers alike will experience the series’ popular Golden Age story arc, which depicts the meeting between the leader of The Band of the Hawk, Griffith, and the legendary Black Swordsman, Guts, as well as the gripping Falcon of the Millennium Empire arc, in which players will experience the group’s most brutal and devastating battles against humans and demons alike.

About Berserk and the Band of the Hawk
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk is based on the world-renowned series Berserk by Kentarou Miura, and blends the signature ‘one versus thousands’ style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of Berserk. Players will follow the daring and heroic journey of Guts, Griffith, Casca and the Band of the Hawk as they slash and smash their way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.

View the official trailer shown at Tokyo Game Show 2016 below!

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Square Enix Launches I Am Setsuna in the West on July 19th

Square Enix has formed a small development team of 10 dedicated and 20 freelance staff  called Tokyo RPG Factory, to bring us I Am Setsuna, the spiritual successor to Square’s 1995 epic classic Chrono Trigger, and it is releasing in the West on Tuesday, July 19th for the Playstation 4, The Playstation Vita, and PC.

Per a Blog post on Playstation.com:
“I Am Setsuna’s gameplay is reminiscent of an old school JRPG. The subtle way the characters move, the music, and the battles evoke the games some of us grew up playing, but with a splash of novelty once you pick up the controller.  I am Setsuna tells the tale of a land that has maintained peace with a fiend – once every decade, a sacrifice is offered to a fiend on the island. However, one year, the fiend grows violent before the next sacrifice is due. Those living on the island are afraid and try to calm the fiend by offering a sacrifice — Setsuna — chosen because of her powers of enchantment. Setsuna must leave with her safeguards for the farthest land, where the ceremony of sacrifice will be held.”
(The entire post “15 things to know about I Am Setsuna” can be found here: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/06/03/15-things-to-know-about-i-am-setsuna-out-july-19-on-ps4/ )

Everything shown for this game gives off a strong Chrono Trigger vibe, from scenes favoring the infamous  Mountain of Woe, to dual attacks similar to Crono and Frog’s iconic X Slash, and even soaring over mountaintops in an air ship, very reminiscent of the Epoch; The ship which was flown in Chrono Trigger.  Upon hiring the team for Tokyo RPG Factory, applicants were not told the studio would be part of Squre Enix.  Yosuke Matsuda (CEO of Square Enix) wanted to hire people who were passionate about RPGs, rather than people who wanted to work for Square Enix.
We will have to wait and see if that passion for RPG’s is displayed when the game releases next week.

Be sure to view the E3 2016 trailer below, and for more on I Am Setsuna, keep it locked right here at ProvenGamer.com!

 

 

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Umbrella Corps 2nd Trailer Drops

Capcom has revealed a new trailer for Resident Evil Umbrella Corps and it’s everything we NEVER loved about the Resident Evil universe.

Fast paced competitive shooter is not what comes to mind when you say Resident Evil, and with past titles such as Operation Raccoon City being underwhelming, despite selling pretty well, Capcom is still pushing for that “Call of Duty” experience. But will this finally be the game that takes off? With Esports becoming a bigger deal, and more and more companies such as EA placing a huge emphasis on competitive gaming, does Capcom have what it takes to grab a price of that market with the latest entry in the Resident Evil franchise?


With the second trailer, Capcom plays off nostalgia a great bit. The setting is in Resident Evil Four’s notorious village where we were first introduced to the Las Plagas. RE4 is often referred to as the best in the series so it makes perfect sense to play on the nostalgia of a successful game to grab the core fan base and get their attention on Umbrella Corps. But will it take off? The fast paced, action packed trailer shows off several familiar enemies such as Las Plagas, zombie dogs, and what appeared to be crows attacking the very generic looking Umbrellas soldier. Graphically, it looked pretty impressive, and if the trailer was any indication of the actual game play, than fast paced is an understatement. There was something else that deserves to be mentioned. After promoting the team based, strategic multiplayer, Capcom showed off a single player challenge mode. There is no information on whether it is an “offline” experience, but hats off to Capcom for taking notice to the growing number of online only multiplayer shooters with no single player modes or campaigns and at least promoting this option in the short trailer. With a May release window, we can only hope that more light will be shed on the single player aspect of the game, because, let’s be honest, the foundation of Resident Evil is built in the single player experience. Multiplayer only is a huge risk, especially for an Resident Evil game. And, of course, what better way to end this two minute video than with a glimpse into the next play on nostalgia with a quick look of the Resident Evil five themed area.

With a release window of May 2016, we can only hope that more details are released about this game. Umbrella Corps is currently set to release across North America and Europe at $29.99/€29.99/£24.99 on PC and PlayStation 4.