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Square Enix Readies Tomb Raider And Call of Duty For Xbox One Launch In Japan

Siliconera - 28 min 29 sec ago

Square Enix will back Xbox One when the console launches in Japan with four games from their Extreme Edges line.


Thief, Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition, Call of Duty: Ghosts (Japanese dubbed version), and Murdered: Soul Suspect will all be available when the console launches on September 4. Why Call of Duty? Square Enix handles Activision’s releases including the Call of Duty series in Japan.


Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III are also in development for Xbox One as well as PlayStation 4.

Categories: Video Game News

Demon Gaze Is Getting An “International” Re-release In Japan

Siliconera - 41 min 23 sec ago

When NIS America released Demon Gaze in the West it had guest characters from Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. Kadokawa Games is taking a page from Square Enix and plan on re-releasing the Demon Gaze with the English voiceovers, text, and cameos as Demon Gaze: Global Edition.


Categories: Video Game News

Atlus, Nippon Ichi, From Software And These Other Japanese Companies Are Xbox One Developers

Siliconera - 56 min 46 sec ago

Microsoft is getting ready to bring Xbox One in Japan. The console will launch in the region on September 4 with games like Dead Rising 3 and Crimson Dragon. What’s interesting to note is the list of Japanese developers and publishers signed on to the console.


BlazBlue developer Arc System Works, Shin Megami Tensei studio Atlus, Dark Souls creator From Software, Bravely Default maker Silicon Studio, and Disgaea doods Nippon Ichi Software are all confirmed to be Xbox One developers.


Here’s the full list of companies:

Arc System Works


Access Games




SNK Playmore

Kadokawa Games

Electronic Arts


GungHo Online Entertainment



G rev.



Koei Tecmo Games


Categories: Video Game News

THE BAWDIES Announces a New Single in June

J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 02:18
THE BAWDIES will be releasing a new single titled "NICE AND SLOW / COME ON" on the 25th of June (Wednesday).
Categories: General Japan News

Siliconera Is Moving To A New Server

Siliconera - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 01:37


Hey everyone, we have had a lot of server problems this past week. Siliconera has grown way beyond our capacity and we are in the process of moving hosts. This might take some time for Siliconera to refresh depending on how long it takes for the DNS to update. We’ll be back real soooooon!

Read Siliconera Is Moving To A New Server on Siliconera!

Categories: Video Game News

Luna Sea to Release Special Anniversary Books and Official Tour Pamphlets as E-Books

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 23:40
Luna Sea is set to release official tour pamphlets as e-books and two special edition books by Guitar/Bass and Drum Magazine in celebration of their 25th anniversary.
Categories: General Japan News

Gokukoku no Brynhildr A Bloody Good Time

Sankaku Complex - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:59
Yet another of the season’s magically inclined combat anime, Gokukoku no Brynhildr has both enraptured and moved viewers with a consistent thrill ride of bloody good drama and action whilst getting a little more graphic than initially expected – unsurprising…
Categories: Strange

Lords of the Fallen: A Bit Of Darksiders, A Bit Of Dark Souls

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 20:01

When Vigil Entertainment disbanded back in 2013, it left a big, Darksiders-shaped hole in my heart. Where was I going to get my cheeky post-apocalyptic one-liners and crazy, oversized weapon-wielding action?


Luckily, at Bandai Namco’s Gamers Day event two weeks ago, I met Tomasz Gop, who introduced me to what will surely be my next guilty pleasure—Lords of the Fallen, a new, next-gen IP from CI Games that takes the most basic elements from games like Darksiders and Dark Souls II, and boils them down to an accessible, rewarding formula. Actually, I would describe it as “the weapons of Darksiders in the world of Dark Souls”.


Categories: Video Game News

Enemy Front Looks Like A Shooter That Might Stand Out Amidst The Rest

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 19:31

“Because of my anti-fascist Germanism I was already an enemy of the Nazis, and people were being killed for a lot less than that. My photographer and I were running for the Swiss border, and that’s when things took a fatal turn…”


Woah. The first few lines of CI Games’ Enemy Front aren’t joking around. It even sounds like the hammy inner-monologue of an American War journalist. Although the World War II shooter has been bobbing in and out of development for the past few years, it seems like Enemy Front has finally found its theme, and from what little I saw of it at Bandai Namco’s Gamer’s Day, it looks like a game that might stand out amidst the myriad of shooters out there.


Categories: Video Game News

Sayonara Umihara Kawase Will Retain Its Original Title In Europe

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:32

Sayonara Umihara Kawase is being released in Europe this week via the Nintendo eShop, and the game will retain its original Japanese title in European territories.


Whereas Natsume published Sayonara Umihara Kawase in North America under the title Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, in Europe the game is being published by its original Japanese publisher, Agatsuma Entertainment.


Sayonara Umihara Kawase will be available this Thursday for €24.99/£19.99.

Categories: Video Game News

Classical Piano Enthusiasts Get Their Rhythm Game At Last

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 18:01


Rhythm games exist for all sorts of instruments, but rarely do they let us play with a piano and in classical style. Happy Pianist is a smartphone title published by Netmarble that fills that niche.


The game does need a Kakao account to play. Kakao’s a chat app like WhatsApp or Line, with its own range of game titles attached to it.



Categories: Video Game News

See The Breathtaking World Of Black Desert In… 11 Minutes

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:02


Korean MMO Black Desert’s world gets a fly-through as developers Pearl Abyss show off their latest trailer during its closed beta period. The fly-through shows a huge living world, sped up to be done in about 11 minutes. It’s easy to see how much longer this would take to traverse within the game itself and the differences in areas as the camera pans by are clear yet beautiful.



The flyby shows pathways, towns, mines, castles and lots of pristine nature—All ripe for the picking. Non-player characters can also be seen going about their business in towns, manning watchtowers, mining ore and more.


Categories: Video Game News

Avril Lavigne's latest music video is hard on cute, Japanese stereotypes

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:00

When Avril Lavigne's latest music video for "Hello Kitty" surfaced earlier today, it hit the higher-brow internet with a wave of pain. I'm not sure what it really is about it, so you better see for yourself.

The use of foreign-language lyrics in the chorus is something anime music listeners are used to; it's very common in J-pop and K-pop. But what happens when it's the reverse? There's something subversive about that in an English-language song.

Categories: General Japan News

Croixleur Sigma Coming To PC On April 30th With Improvements

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 16:30


Croixleur Sigma, a hack-and-slash action game by doujin developer Souvenir Circ., will be available on Steam and other PC distributors on April 30th. The game is an enhanced version of the original Croixleur, which is already available on PC.


Here’s a list of features that you’ll find in Croixleur Sigma, from Nyu Media:



Categories: Video Game News

Bandai Namco On The Theme And Characters Of Tales of Xillia 2

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:31

At Bandai Namco’s Global Gamer’s Day event, Siliconera got to speak with staff members at the company that are involved with the Tales of franchise. One of these was Kohei Rokugawa, who serves as the director of the western version of Tales of Xillia 2.


During our brief chat, Rokugawa lent insight as to why Bandai Namco decided to revisit the world of Tales of Xillia, and what’s different about the world in the sequel to the game.


Rokugawa: I’m Kohei Rokugawa of Bandai Namco Studios working as a director for the overseas version of Tales of Xillia 2.


Categories: Video Game News

Registration Now Open to exist†trace's Archangel Diamond FC Plus More Details about Upcoming Single

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:03
Fans of the five-piece visual kei band can now sign up to be a member of Archangel Diamond - the official exist†trace international fan club.
Categories: General Japan News

Here's another Ultra Street Fighter 4 trailer to wet your whistle

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 15:00

This is your weekly reminder from Capcom that Ultra Street Fighter 4 is almost here. Another trailer dropped, this time highlighting all the new stuff that'll be appearing in this version. You've got the five added characters, six new stages, the red focus attack, the Ultra Combo Double, better team battle options, expanded training options and direct uploading to Youtube. Overall, a lot of content for the $15 expansion, coming this June.

Despite whatever criticisms I have for the choices Capcom has made, I am really looking forward to USF4. It's been a hot minute since I've spun any version of Street Fighter 4 in my Playstation 3, and this game has my favorite character in it. I'm expecting to spend a ton of time learning how to rock faces with Elena and maybe sneak in some time with Dudley as well.

Anybody out there changing their mains with the release of USF4?

Categories: General Japan News

Mario Golf: World Tour Will Have DLC And A Season Pass

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:30

Mario Golf: World Tour is getting downloadable content with a Season Pass, Nintendo announced this morning. The base game will contain 10 courses with 126 holes, but if you want more, you’ll be able to purchase an additional 108 holes as well as new Golfers.


DLC for Mario Golf: World Tour will be released in three separate packs—the Mushroom Pack launching on May 2nd, the Flower Pack launching later in May and the Star Pack launching in June. Each pack will contain two new courses with 18 holes each and a new playable character.


Categories: Video Game News

Power Rangers Super Megaforce Game Announced For Fall 2014

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 14:00

Japanese developer Seventh Chord have been keeping busy. Not only did they work on the Tales of Hearts R remake for PlayStation Vita, Bandai Namco have also been keeping them busy with Power Rangers games for the Nintendo 3DS. The game in this line is Power Rangers Super Megaforce.


Power Rangers Super Megaforce is a side-scrolling action game that marks the 21st season of the franchise, and has the Rangers fighting an alien Armada sent to take over Earth. Gosei, the Rangers’ supernatural guardian, provides them with special morphers and keys that allow them into any of the Red Rangers in the history of the franchise.


Categories: Video Game News

Bandai Namco On Their Plan To Further Expand Into Latin America

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:01

When a lot of publishers in the U.S. say a game is being released in America, they usually mention North America specifically. Of late, though, Bandai Namco have been including the term “the Americas” in a lot of their PR—meaning, they’re factoring territories like Latin America into their plans as well.


About two weeks ago, Bandai Namco  held their annual Global Gamer’s Day event, which Siliconera attended. At the event, Namco discussed a number of their upcoming titles, but also touched upon their plans to further expand into these territories.


Categories: Video Game News
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