Final Fantasy VII Remakes gets short teaser trailer

The Final Fantasy VII remake was originally shown in 2015 much to fans excitement. At E3 it received a standing ovation and Square Enix’s stock prices even rose. Personally, I didn’t really get into the Final Fantasy series until FF10 and was mildly annoyed at all fanfare the game got. Regardless, I am excited to see what all the hype is about. One problem seems to be how slow the development process is for this game.

Instead of simply recreating the game with better graphics, the Square Enix team decided to do a full remake. They decided to rebuild the game from the bottom up, using a new game system. The fighting system will change to a more action based style. They aim to upgrade the battle system, similar to games like Kingdom Heart and Dissidia FF. However, they have every intention to keep the gameplay mechanics that fans loved.

Final Fantasy VII: Remake – PlayStation 4

The developers also wanted avoid coming across as “too nostalgic,” also they wanted to make changes that reflected “cultural shifts,” like the scene when Cloud cross-dresses on an infiltration mission. The game will be fully voiced and utilize the Epic Games Unreal Engine 4. The game has been planned as a multi-game release. Square Enix claims that “trying to fit the game onto a single release would entail cutting large parts of the game.”

If they split the games players will be given more access to parts of the game that they couldn’t before. Each game is expected to be similar in size to FF13. The cost of each part isn’t known yet. However, if they are the size of full games there’s no reason to believe that they won’t be full priced.


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Samurai 8 manga series to debut on May 13th

A preview chapter for the new series, Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru (Samurai 8: Hachimaruden) will be released on Saturday, April 27th. Samurai 8 was written by manga Masashi Kishimoto, creator of Naruto. Akira Okubo a former assistant of Kishimoto will be illustrating this series.

The details on what this series is about was scarce. Kishimoto has stated that Samurai 8 is “a combination of his love for Japanese culture and science-fiction genre.” He believes that “the new manga series is more interesting than Naruto as it will also feature samurai using futuristic weapons.” The first chapter will be released in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 13th. It has been reported that it will be 72 pages long.

Since Naruto ended in 2014 after 15 years, Kishimoto worked on the script and character designs for the spin off movie Boruto. Mikie Ikemoto and Ukyo Kodachi launched the Boruto manga series, which is supervised by Kishimoto. I’m hoping that Samurai 8 will do for samurai what Naruto does for ninja.

Vinland Saga to get anime in July

On July 6th, Vinland Saga will debut on streaming services. The series is set to have a 24 episode season. Based on Makoto Yukimura’s manga series of the same name, Vinland follows the historical periods depicted in the two saga’s from Iceland, The Saga of the Greenlanders and the Saga of Eric the Red. The story mostly recounts the rise of King Cnut the Great.

Wit Studio (Attack on Titan) will animate the series. Directed by Shuhei Yabuta (Director, Inuyashiki Last Hero) and written by Hiroshi Seko (Banana Fish) and Kenta Ihara (Saga of Tanya the Evil), the series will be streamed on Amazon Prime. The series is often compared favorably to Berserk and has been praised for its “fluid action sequences,” “realistic violence,” and “attention to detail.”


Dr. Stone Anime get 2 more teaser trailers

Dr. Stone, the manga by Riichirou Inagaki and Boichi’s will debut it’s anime adaptation in July. Launched in March 2017, the series focuses on Taiju and Senku as they awaken from being trapped in stone. They begin to “rebuild civilization” using the science knowledge of Senku. They create a means to destroy the “stone casing” called nital. In a moment of distress they release Tsukasa Shishio, “Strongest Primate High Schooler.” He, Senku and Taiju have a disagreement regarding who should be revived. Two rival clans are formed, the “Kingdom of science” and the “Empire of Might.” Check out the two trailers below:



Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Game’s Gameplay Trailer

Take revenge. Restore your honor. Kill Ingeniously.

Official trailers

Developed by FromSoftware (Soul series) and published by Activison, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is an action-adventure game that will be released on the PS4 and XBox One next week. You play as a shinobi named Sekiro as he attempts to rescue his lord that was kidnapped by a samurai. The gameplay of Sekiro is what’s interesting. Strategy is key. You need to use different tactics against a variety of enemies. These enemies can use what is called a “perilous attack” they can’t be blocked. You have to decided, counter or retreat and prepare for a follow up attack.

After his defeat the “wolf (main character)” receives a prosthetic arm. This arm can be used to break shields, throw shuriken, deflect attacks, etc … You can use stealth as well. If you can go undetected it will allow you eliminate enemies quickly. Death is likely, but you can resurrect yourself. However, you will be vulnerable when you do. Winning battles will be how your character progresses. The game was based on the Tenchu series. The good news is that this game focuses on single-player instead of tacking on multi-player. However, FromSoftware created the difficult (in my opinion) Soul and Bloodborne series and it seems like the Sekiro will be taxing as well.


Shenmue 3’s new game trailer

Shenmue 3 is due to be released on August 27th this year. Slated for the PC and PS4, the series first appeared on the Dreamcast in 2000. The sequel was released the following year and was always intended to be a trilogy. Shenmue was created, produced, and directed by Yu Suzuki. The series featured open world elements before open world became so popular. It also was responsible for the introduction of the “quick time events.” The story follows Ryo Hazuki, a teenage martial artist who’s father is murdered.

Shenmue I & II – PlayStation 4

The original Shenmue once was the “most expensive video game ever developed,” and despite the cult following and critical acclaim it was a commercial failure. After having a successful crowdfunding campaign, becoming the “fastest-funded and the highest-funded video game project in Kickstarter history, earning $6.3 million.” Shenmue 3 began production. During the MAGIC 2019, Yu Suzuki presented the trailer.

The trailer shows several characters in the next game, particularity Ryo. While, I excited for this game, it doesn’t look great graphically. Ryo and the other characters are not that realistic and their moment seems rather wooden. However, the series is known for it’s detail, with Suzuki claiming that there’s over 400 NPC’s in the game. Suzuki claims that the shops in the game will be more in-depth. I’ll admit that sometimes the details in this series was tedious, but if they sacrifice some graphic for the detail I’m fine with that.

Sources: VG247, Eurogamer, ANN

Pokemon Sword and Shield announced for the Nintendo Switch

Like many fans of the Pokemon series I was waiting to see what the next generation of Pokemon games would look like. When the Switch was revealed to be both a home console and a handheld one, it was easy to predict that the next Pokemon game would be on the Switch. Unlike, Pokemon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokemon: Let’s Go, Eevee, this game will be the “real” Pokemon RPG’s.

Each Pokemon region is inspired by a real place, this time it’s seems to be Great Britain. The brand new region is called Galar. The three new starter Pokemon were revealed: the Grass-type chimp Grookey, the Fire-type rabbit Scorbunny, and the Water-type lizard Sobble. As always random encounters are back, as are Gym’s (Pokemon Sun and Moon changed that format). The trailer didn’t confirm whether character customization, but I’m hoping.

So far their doesn’t seem to be anything new to the series yet, but details on possible new elements could emerge later. With the introduction of every new generation, we tend to get a lot of new Pokemon. Anyway, I can’t wait. Pokemon Sword & Shield will be released later this year.


Pokemon Sword and Shield trailer

FunimationNow to stream Fire Force Anime series

On Monday, it was announced by Funimation Entertainment that they will be streaming the anime of Fire Force this year. IGN posted a subbed teaser trailer. The series focuses on Shinra, ” a boy who possesses the unique power to run at the speed of a rocket, leaving behind the famous “devil’s footprints.” Created by Atsushi Ohkubo, the series is currently has over 15 volumes.

Made in Abyss Dub trailer released

During Crunchyroll’s live stream of The Anime Awards on Saturday the dub of Made in Abyss: Journey’s Dawn trailers was released. According to ANN:


Sentai Filmworks and Kadokawa Pictures will screen the first film in theaters in the United States on March 20 and 25. The screening on March 20 will feature Japanese audio with English subtitles, and the screening on March 25 will have the English dub.


The screenings will be a partnership with Fathom Events, and tickets are available for purchase now. The screenings will include “behind-the-scenes footage, Japanese created spots and a reflection on how MADE IN ABYSS
 mirrors fairytales.”


The film will have its U.S. premiere at Regal Cinema (L.A. LIVE) in Los Angeles on March 15. Sentai Filmworks will host a red-carpet event at the premiere with guests such as director Masayuki Kojima, composer Kevin Penkin, music producer Hiromitsu Iijima, and producer Shinpei Yamashita.

ANN

Both films were already released in Japan in January and both films will be released in 2019 in the United States. Check out the trailer:

Attack on Titan Season 3 preview

The second part of the Attack on Titan Season 3 got it’s promotional trailer from Pony Canyon, the trailer confirms an April return. It’s epic, I can’t wait, watch:


Made in Abyss Compilation film to be released on March 15th

Sentai Filmworks announced that Made in Abyss: Tabidachi no Yoake the first of two Made in Abyss movies will have it’s premiere at the Regal Cinema in L.A. on March 15th. The film is describe as:

The enigmatic Abyss is an unforgiving and deadly place. Despite the dangers, it still captures the imagination of explorers such as Riko who wishes to follow in her mother’s footsteps and trains hard to become a Cave Raider. One day, she receives news that her mother died in the Abyss, yet a mysterious note tells Riko that her mother may still be alive. Vowing to uncover the truth about her mother’s fate, Riko embarks on a journey with a humanoid robot boy name Reg. Together, they will discover if they have what it takes to survive where so many others have perished.

Sentai Filmworks

Both films will be released in 2019. The first film had revealed a “new work for the franchise titled Gekijōban Made in Abyss: Fukaki Tamashii no Reimei (Made in Abyss the Movie: Dawn of the Deep Soul). The second film will feature a new scene featuring a new character, Prushka.

Source: ANN

Fire Force anime to premiere in 2019

Fire Force (Fire Brigade of Flames) is becoming an anime later this year, according to Atsushi Okubo the creator. Yuki Yase at David Production (JoJo’s Bizarre, Cells at Work!) will be handling the direction for the series. Yamato Haishima will be handling the scripts, with Hideyuki Morioka doing the design for the characters.

Fire Force is a manga series that’s was created by Atsushi Okubo, published by Kodansha and serialized in the Weekly Shonen Magazine. Fire Force is set in a world where human ” spontaneously ignite and turn into flaming demon-like creatures, a disease most feared and known by the name “Human Body Ignition Phenomenon”. The series focuses on Shinra Kusakabe, who joins the Special Fire Force Company 8 to fight the Flame Humans.

I wrote an introduction to the series back in 2015, here. Despite likely Okubo’s art style I wasn’t able to maintain my interest in the manga, however, sometimes the anime is more enjoyable than the manga or vice versa. Regardless, I’m gonna give the anime a chance. It’s looks good:

Fire Force teaser

Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans gets a Spin-Off

Sunrise announced with Bandai Namco Entertainment that a spin-off to Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans will be released. Entitled Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urs Hunt it will be available in a smartphone app which combines anime and game elements. According to the ANN report, Urs Hunt is set in P.D. 323:


Gjallarhorn’s political intervention in the Arbrau Central Parliament escalated into an armed conflict using mobile suits. The incident was brought to an end by Tekkadan, a group of youths who came from Mars.


Word of Tekkadan’s exploits even reached the ears of Wistario Afam, a boy born and raised in the Radonitsa Colony floating above Venus. Venus, which lost a terraforming rivalry with Mars, is a remote planet for which even the four major economic blocs has shown little interest. The inhabitants do not even carry IDs, and the planet is just used as a place to exile criminals.


Wistario wishes to change the status quo of his birthplace — and then, appearing before him, is a girl who claims to be the guide to the Urðr-Hunt.

ANN

The app will be a free download for iOS and Android devices. Also a official manga for called “Yurutetsu,” will be launched as well. Another announcement is expected in August. The anime first premiered in 2015, a second season debuted in 2016.

Attack on Titan to feature wall to wall battles

Attack on Titan won’t return until this spring but according to comicbook.com, Araki Tetsuro and Koizuka Masashi spoke with Animedia about what to expect from the rest of the season. Tetsuro stated that “things will kick off fast when the anime resumes.” The director said that “It will go straight into everyone’s much-anticipated combat with Titans. After that it’s battle after battle after battle – we’ll finally have a sudden death confrontation with the Titan Shifters.”

Koizuka “teased” the arrival of new weaponry. “Speaking of combat, there are new weapons in play. That weapon will become the responsibility of someone from Episode 49.” While I thought the pacing and focus on story was a refreshing change to the series and fighting and killing humans instead of Titans created an interesting conflict, I did start to miss the harrowing fights between Titans and humans. Of course I also believe that the second half of the season will feature deaths of some of our favorite scouts.

One Punch Man season 2 to premier in April 2019

One Punch Man is an anime and manga series created by an artist and writer that goes by the name ONE. It focuses on the world strongest hero, Saitama. He’s basically invincible and can defeat his opponents with just one punch. One Punch Man does a magnificent thing, while being a parody of the shonen genre it manages to also be a great shonen series itself.

The first season of One Punch Man premiered in 2015, was well received and a massive success. It’s has been considered to be one of the best anime series ever. Viz Media is the publisher of the series in English and covers digital streaming, TV broadcast, media and merchandising. Viz Media announced that One Punch Man will return in April. There’s currently no information on which streaming platforms the season will be available on.

The production of the second season was delayed for reasons unknown. Madhouse stopped working on the series, resulting in J.C. Staff (Food Wars!, Toradora) handling the series. One Punch Man will be directed by Chikara Sakurai, who has worked on many Naruto: Shippuuden movies. The trailer doesn’t show much from the upcoming season but does introduce some of the new characters.

Blackfox anime preview

Studio 3Hz is producing an original anime “Blackfox.” Kazuya Nomura is directing this anime, having already directed Robotics Notes, Joker Game, Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie. Naoki Hayashi (Flip Flappers) will be the scriptwriter, with character design from Atsushi Saito. Studio 3Hz is known primarily for Princess Principal. 

Details of release dates and more in-depth story details aren’t known. However, the series seem to focus on female modern day ninja. Rikka Isurugi is expected to succeed her grandfather as head of the Isurugi ninja clan. Mia, a psychic is highly intelligent chess master, Melissa, Rikka’s roommate that takes care of the home she shares with Rikka and finally the mysterious “girl in the fox mask.”

The story according to the official website is:


Living in a ninja residence tucked away in a corner of a futuristic city is Rikka, the eldest daughter of a Ninja clan, who looks up to her father—a researcher—very much.
Carrying on with her life normally, Rikka’s home came suddenly under attack one day. Driven into a corner, what would she do to overcome this crisis?
Rip darkness to pieces and become “BLACK”!

Sources: ANN, Crunchyroll, goboiano

E3 2018 Day 2: Microsoft Xbox

Microsoft has been lagging in sales compared to the PS4 and soon the Switch. The largest part of the problem seems to be a lack of exclusive games. While not exclusive we did see the debut of a new Kingdom Heart 3 trailer featuring Frozen.

Square Enix announced that KH3 will be released January 2019 :

Halo Infinite was announced for Windows 10 and Xbox One. Personally, I stopped caring about Halo years ago but I would like to see fans of the series get another good entry. The teaser was brief and will be made by 343 Industries.

Halo Infinite:

Gear of War is another series that I stopped caring about. The gameplay that was at one point revolutionary became rather stale. The large brooding characters and large monsters are back. Along with Gears of War 5, Microsoft announced a mobile game as well a turn-based strategy game for PC.

Gears of War 5:

Finally a game I’m excited about, Devil May Cry 5. It’s been a decade since DMC4 and apparently this is the “true” sequel. The trailer seem to introduce a new remodeled Nero, and of course Dante returns, regardless it looks epic.

DMC5:

 

Bioware’s new 2018 open-world RPG, Anthem

Anthem, is a new IP from Bioware/EA, slated to be released in 2018. The game will be released on PC, Xbox One and PS4, an open world RPG that is being compared to Destiny and Titanfall, with some Mass Effect elements. Anthem is a science fantasy game similar to Star Wars, meaning that technology and the surrounding environment isn’t using real science. You play as a Freelancer, an explorer of the large landscape. Up to four players can play together, you share in the exploits of missions. Freelancers can wear fully customizable exosuits called Javelins. So far two Javelin types were revealed the Ranger and the Colossus.

Bioware has made it clear that single player will also be a big component of the game. Anthem’s lead designer Corey Gaspur confirmed on twitter that, “single player experience is very important to the team.” EA has suggested that Anthem is a “10 year journey,” this is a similar strategy to that of Activision’s view of Destiny. EA’s executive VP Patrick Soderlund stated that “Anthem is a social game where you and your friends go on quests and journeys. It’s a game that we’ve been working on for almost four years now, and once we launch it next year I think it’ll be the start of a ten-year journey for us.”

The former script writer from Mass Effect and KOTOR is work on the story for the game, showing that EA/Bioware is serious about single player. Players will encounter “world-altering events called Shaper Storms.” These storms are similar to Destiny’s “public events,” they are “massive tempests crackling with lightning that wreak havoc on the environment as they intensify. Shaper Storms seem to warrant grouping up to prepare for an added challenge.” You will face off against marauders and beasts, you will have a home base or main hub called Fort Tarsus. Protected by a wall that segregates the civilians from the more dangerous outside environment, you’ll be free to go in any direction.

sources: Gamesradar , EA

AO Tennis preview

The first grand-slam of the 2018 tennis season begin in the middle of January, The Australian Open. I previously mentioned an upcoming game from several former game developers from 2K Czech, creators of the Top Spin series. Tennis World Tour will be released sometime in the spring. AO tennis will be released on January 16th in New Zealand and Australia and in March it will debut in the states. According to press-star, “The control scheme will be very familiar for those that have played Top Spin 4. ”

The gameplay is very similar to the Top Spin series (which is a good thing), “Controls in rallies are also very familiar, with you being able to hit flat, top-spin, slice and lobs, with power being increased by holding and releasing or just tapping to hit a more controlled shot. You can also rush to the net or hit an inside out shot exactly like you could in Top Spin. ” A new entry to a tennis game will be the challenge system (where players challenge calls they believe were wrong).

It’s of course no surprise that the game is graphically better than any previous tennis game. Big Ant made good use of their new “photogrammetry tech,” animations seemed to be “realistic and smooth.” Despite it’s title the game is not entirely focused on the Australian Open, and it will feature “a career mode and clay and grass surfaces,” as well as A.I based on “ten years of ball tracking data taken from Australian Open.” Finally, there will be player creation, in addition to customization of “clothing, stadiums and logos,” and of course online play. I looks like will be a good year for tennis gamers.

For more check out: Game Informer

My top five most anticipated anime for 2018

My Hero Academia season 3

It’s of no surprise that My Hero Academia go the green lit for a 3rd season. The third season of the series will focus on School Trip Arc, the eighth arc in the series. (Manga chapters 70-83). The arc focuses on the events after the ending of U.A.’s first semester, and during summer break. Class 1-A goes on a school trip to a training camp under the supervision of the hero team, the Pussycats. Season 3 will begin in April 2018 and likely end in June 2018 if previous seasons are the example.


Attack on Titan Season 3

Like, My Hero Academia, AOT was quickly given a third season. Unlike season 2 we will not have to wait four years for the next season. The third season was announced earlier this year, at Anime Expo 2017 earlier this year and it will premiere in July 2018. A compilation movie of season 2, titled “The Roar of Awakening” will premiere on January 13, 2018.  While it’s unconfirmed it will mostly be another 12 episode season. Regardless, last season left fans (who aren’t reading the manga) wondering what’s happening next.


FLCL Seasons 2 & 3

This year at Anime Expo 2017, FLCL was announced by Production I.G. and Adult Swim. Each season will span six episodes and begin in 2018. The original FLCL starred “Naoto Nandaba, a young boy whose life is turned upside down when Haruko Haruhara hits him with her iconic yellow Vespa.” However, According to Toonami’s Jason DeMarco, seasons 2 will “stars a young girl named Hidomi who runs into a substitute teacher that looks like Haruko. She and her classmate, Ide, get caught up in the conflict with Medical Mechanica.” The third season will have a different story.


Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

The series from CLAMP is getting an anime adaptation next year. The clear card series begins after the previous series ends. 14 year old Sakura Kinomoto begins junior high school, after a mysterious dream all of her card turn blank. She begins a quest to find out what happened, together she and her friends use a new key to capture transparent cards. The anime will debut on January 7th, 2018. The main cast from the original series will all return.


Darling in the Franxx

Trigger and A-1 Pictures work together to bring a new series, Darling in the Franxx. The series takes place in a distant future, where humanity lives in mobile fort city Plantation due to the destruction of land. Pilots from the Plantation live inside the “birdcage,” the children’s lives consists carrying out mission facing off against giant creatures named Kyoryu.

They pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. A boy named Hiro, once a prodigy, has now fallen out of favor. A girl called “Zero Two” appears before him possessing two horns that grow out of her head. The series seems interesting and Trigger maintains high quality animation. This could be another great one like Kill la Kill or Little Witch Academia. The series will begin on Jan. 13, 2018.