Posts Tagged ‘Bandai Namco’

Duelyst shuts out players from Russia & other countries

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The makers of card game monster-battler Duelyst [official site] recently got into bed with publishers Bandai Namco. But now the problems of this transfer of power are rearing their heads and, oh no, they UGLY. The most noticeable issue is that some players from Russia and other non-US countries have found themselves locked out of the game. A game they’ve spent a huge amount of time and money on. And it appears this is part of a larger shutting down operation.
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Coming like a ghost town: Ni No Kuni 2 delayed into 2018

Fairytales teach us that hardships must be endured before we’re treated, so it’s only fitting that Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [official site] has been delayed. The pretty-pretty fantasy RPG from Level-5, the sequel to a collaboration with revered animated moviemakers Studio Ghibli, was due on November 10th but now it’s pushed back to January 19th, 2018. Fairytales also teach that setbacks come in threes, so cross your fingers that this is the only delay.

Why the holdup? As ever, it’s because the devs want to make the game good, yeah? Read the rest of this entry »

Duelyst: Unearthed Prophecy expansion launched

94 new cards have arrived in fine free-to-play card battler Duelyst [official site] with the launch of its latest expansion, Unearthed Prophecy. This is the first big update since developers Counterplay Games cosied up to Bandai Namco. Let’s wish their partnership remains this fruitful.

Our boy Brendan’s indifference to digital cards is such that he once tore up a digital card gift for $5,000 on loofahs2u.com just to prove the point, but I know even he has been won over Duelyst (and got himself into some really daft situations). If you don’t dig Hearthstones and all that, maybe give this a crack. Read the rest of this entry »

Monster card battler Duelyst cosies up to Bandai Namco

My favourite take on monster chess and free-to-play collectible card game Duelyst [official site] is “partnering” with publisher Bandai Namco, say developers Counterplay Games. The deal won’t change the design team, say Counterplay, they’re still in charge of inventing horrible beasts and animating them with neato pixel art, but the publisher will now be in charge of managing the servers, advertising and customer service. This could be a good sign, or it could be a bad sign, or it could be a sign that reads: “I am not particularly significant”.
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Tekken Bowl is back, and everything is OK

Tekken was always a ridiculous game as far as I was concerned, which was exactly why I love(d) it. Of course, it’s a Very Serious Fighting Game to others, but my sense is that those others would object to the upcoming inclusion of a ten-pin bowling mode, and as such they should get the heck out of my Tekken. Tekken Bowl is Tekken heritage, and I had worried that it would be a casualty of the (new to PC) series’ attempts to keep up with the ultra-competitive Street Fighter joneses.

Perhaps I should have taken more faith from Tekken 7 [official site]’s joyfully ridiculous character creator, though – for, yes indeed, we’re taking the skinheads, demons, boxing bears and confused cyborgs bowling once again. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Nightmares first expansion chapter surfaces today

The first DLC story chapter has arrived in wonderful horrorshow Little Nightmares [official site]. The three-part ‘Secrets of the Maw’ expansion introduces another child trapped in this awful place, and the first chapter drops him into The Depths to solve watery puzzles and dodge the grasping arms of something awful named The Granny. It’s out now. Have a wee peek in this trailer:

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PS2 action-RPG trilogy .hack//G.U. coming to PC

The PlayStation 2 action-RPG trilogy .hack//G.U. is coming remastered to PC, Bandai Namco have announced. Normally I strip goofy punctuation and capitalisation out of game names but the goofiness of .hack//G.U. is fitting. The story is centered on a fictional MMORPG, see, which players can actually log off from to poke around their in-game computer’s desktop. I do like a good in-world desktop. Coming later this year, .hack//G.U. Last Recode [official site] will contain all three volumes: Rebirth, Reminisce, and Redemption. Read the rest of this entry »

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom out on 10 November

Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom

For the longest time I had Ni no Kuni confused with Noby Noby Boy. This is because I have a real tin-ear for languages and both would cause me to get Dragostea Din Tei stuck in my head because of the lyrics being “nu ma, nu ma iei, nu ma, nu ma, nu ma iei”. I guess that means that for me the main news in this story is that they are not. Turns out that Ni no Kuni is an RPG series and NOT a weird stretchy body game. I am still listening to Dragostea Din Tei though. The news for YOU is that Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom [official site] now has a release date. It’s November 10 this year (2017). Read the rest of this entry »

Dragon Ball FighterZ coming from BlazBlue devs

Dragon Ball, the anime/manga which launched a thousand AOL screen names, is becoming a new fighting game made by Arc System Works. I’ve not been interested in the many Dragon Ball games Bandai Namco have made before, but their decision to draft Arc to make Dragon Ball FighterZ [official site] has me interested. Arc are the studio behind BlazBlue, Guilty Gear, Persona 4 Arena, and other respectable face-punchers, y’see. The 3v3 fighting game’s announcement trailer includes a great many explosions, including a handblast so powerful it zaps out into space. I’m certainly onboard with colours and lights and shouting. Here, have a look yourself: Read the rest of this entry »

Project Cars 2 racing out on September 22

Project Cars 2

Yep. It’s racing, alright. There’s a new trailer for Project Cars 2 [official site], featuring — no surprise — lots of different cars racing round lots of different tracks in lots of different weather conditions. Oh, and there’s a release date, too: 22 September. Read the rest of this entry »

Little Nightmares: Secrets of the Maw DLC announced

A new three-party story is coming to the wonderful/horrifying Little Nightmares [official site] as DLC, publishers Bandai Namco announced today. ‘Secrets of the Maw’ will star a new child trapped in that dreadful place, visiting new areas and facing new awful enemies. On the bright side, he will get to see more of those lovely little Nomes. The first episode is due in July, then the story should wrap up in January. Read the rest of this entry »

Tekken 7 finally brings the fight to PC

Slam a body down and kick it all around: Tekken 7 [official site] is now out on PC – and on the same day as its console release. Yes, that console holdout fighting game series could no longer resist coming over to give us a swifting kicking. Tekken, I’ll explain for those who missed its console and arcade instalments, is a fighting game which looks like it’s set on a 2D plane but uses advanced ‘three-dimensional’ technology to let players move sideways. It’s also flipping ludicrous, with a cast including bears, an anime android, a Bruce Lee knock-off, cyborgs, a vampire, a ninja, a popstar. Smashing! Read the rest of this entry »

Major control fix lands in Impact Winter

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Nip over to the Steam review page for third-person survival RPG Impact Winter [official site] and you’ll notice a storm of red arrows, all saying roughly the same thing. It’s got potential but the controls are broken, rendering it virtually unplayable.

There were a number of issues on release: no mouse support on menus, for example (bizarre), clunky key bindings, and inconsistent controller support. Developers Mojo Bones promised a patch earlier this week, and now it’s here to (hopefully) fix some of the issues players were having.

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Impact Winter is out, controls fixes coming

I’m not much one for survival games but I have liked the sound of Impact Winter [official site]. It’s a cute third-person survival RPG where, with the help of some friends, we’re trying to survive in a post-asteroid snowland until help can arrive. And huzzah, it’s now out! And boo, it sounds like the controls are wonked right now. The problems sound fixable and developers Mojo Bones are already working on improvements but ah, I’ll wait and see. What a shame. Read the rest of this entry »

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown delayed into 2018

Needs a little more work.

The arcadey aeroplane action of Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown [official site] has been delayed, publishers Bandai Namco announced today. It was due towards the end of this year but is now pushed into 2018. Ace Combat hasn’t been on PC much and its last visit, in 2011’s Ace Combat: Assault Horizon, was a bit bum. But Skies Unknown is returning to the ‘Strangereal’ alternate history and has brought back the writer of AC 4 & 5, sidestepping the whole mess of Assault Horizon. Read the rest of this entry »

Bandai Namco grow their own Soulslike with Code Vein

Bandai Namco published From Software’s splendid Dark Souls games but, as that series ends, it seems Bamco want to make a Soulslike of their very own – one raised on anime and fizzy pop. They’ve recently announced Code Vein [official site], an action-RPG which looks Soulslike in the ways imitators often do. This one, though, is set in the not-too-distant future of our own world, where something apocalyptic has left the remains of humanity as empty monsters lusting for blood. Bamco haven’t confirmed release platforms for Code Vein yet but nearly all their big games hit PC nowadays so let’s go ahead and watch this trailer: Read the rest of this entry »

Little Nightmares has crept onto PC to creep you out

“I’ve loved almost every minute of it,” our Adam said about Little Nightmares [official site] last week. Only you had no way to play it then, as it wasn’t out, so all you could do was stare at it through the shop window, face pressed up against the glass. Oh, how you longed to puzzle-o-sneak-a-platform past Tarsier Studios’ horrors! Good news: Little Nightmares is now out, launched last night. Here’s a launch trailer to prove it: Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Little Nightmares

Little Nightmares [official site] is the story of a little girl in a horrible place. It’s a horror game but it’s mostly bloodless and doesn’t rely on jumpscares or sudden shocks. I’ve loved almost every minute of it.

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Post-asteroid survival RPG Impact Winter delayed

Post-asteroid survival RPG Impact Winter [official site] was due to launch next week, but it won’t. Publishers Bandai Namco have announced a delay of six weeks to give developers Mojo Bones more time to make it all shiny and awful. Which sounds peachy because Impact Winter sounds interesting. It’s a survival game with a definitive end, for one thing, as help will come if you can only survive 30 days – fewer, if you complete certain tasks. And helping you are are a small group of survivors with their own skills and stories. And it has some near-future scrappy shenanigans going on. Here, watch: Read the rest of this entry »

Dark Souls 3 now concluded in The Ringed City

Dark Souls has now concluded. Dark Souls 3 [official site] today launched its second expansion, The Ringed City. Barring a secret change of heart from the developers, this is the final expansion for the final Dark Souls game. The Ringed City delves into a lost city at the crumpled edges of the world to find… ah, you don’t want me to tell you. Read the rest of this entry »