Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Silent Hill HD Collection Delayed To March 20th

Konami has shifted the launch date of the Silent Hill HD Collection once again, with the bundle now due to hit stores on March 20th. As Game Informer notes, the survival horror classics were intended to creep in by March 6th, after having already been delayed from January.

Despite this delay, March is still set to be a mad month of Silent Hill. Silent Hill: Downpour should be out on March 13th, and Vita's Book of Memories on March 27th.

Ready at Dawn Readying Next-Gen Third-Person Action Title

After declaring themselves as officially done with God of War PSP games, and even going as far as to announce a "story driven action-adventure game based on original IP" back in late 2010, Ready at Dawn staffers promptly revealed they were ... creating a PlayStation 3 port of their previously PSP-exclusive God of War titles. Not quite what we were expecting!

If recent job listings are any indication, though, it looks like Ready at Dawn is still working on that original IP -- but now, the game is also headed to a "next-generation home console game system." Eurogamer spotted listings for a variety of jobs on Ready at Dawn's job page, seeking experienced professionals in a variety of disciplines, from concept artists to a graphics programmer to a senior level designer.

One Piece Kaizoku Musou, One Piece Pirate Warriors - New White Beard, Boa Hancock, Ace Screenshots

One Piece Kaizoku Musou, One Piece Pirate Warriors - New White Beard, Boa Hancock, Ace, Luffy Renders, Art

Rumor: The four biggest exclusive franchises return to 360

German games magazine M! Games is teasing upcoming Xbox 360-related reveals on the last page of its March 2012 issue.

It reads: "Xbox 360 on fire: The four biggest exclusive franchises return."

While Xbox 360 has a number of exclusive franchises, its four most notable are arguably Halo, Gears of War, Fable, and Forza. As long as we're talking new reveals, the time seems about ripe for that Kinect-compatible Gears of War to be announced (Gears of War: Exile?). For Fable, we're guessing they'll reveal new details on Fable: The Journey - or perhaps that Lionhead countdown is for Fable IV? For Forza - I don't know - Forza Motorsport 5?

The Halo reveal is obvious - Halo 4. That is, unless Microsoft has another spin-off a la Halo Wars up their sleeves.

Whatever is ready to be revealed, we'll most likely hear about it early next month at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Zone of the Enders HD Collection coming Fall 2012 to Europe

The Zone of the Enders HD Collection will arrive on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Europe this fall, Konami has announced. The collection includes Zone of the Enders and Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner, first released by Kojima Productions on PlayStation 2, now remastered in high-definition.

“We are looking forward to bringing the legendary Zone of the Enders series to old and new fans in a high definition form,” said Martin Schneider, General Manager for Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH. “We are excited to offer these games on new platforms which will allow gamers to experience the drama and action of the Zone of the Enders like they have never seen it before.”

A North American release date was not announced.

Gundam Unicorn - 4 New Gameplay Videos

Tales of Graces F - Malik Caesar

Malik is Asbel’s instructor at the knight training academy in Barona, the capital of Windor. His skills as a knight are beyond exceptional and his teaching abilities are exemplary.

Fundamentally, he has a no-nonsense personality, but he also possesses the flexibility that only comes with experience and maturity. Malik has trained many graduates of the knight academy, and Asbel greatly admires him.

Tales of Graces F is due for PlayStation 3 in North America on March 13, and in Europe this summer.

Persona 4 Arena - New Character Labris Screenshots and Art

Gravity Daze, Gravity Rush - Western Release Date and DLC coming March 22

Gravity Rush, which debuted to critical acclaim in Japan on February 9, will be released in North America and Europe on June 12 and 13, respectively, at both retail and digital download. Yes, Europe. You get it at retail, too. 

Three download content packs will be released once a week starting March 22. Each 400 yen pack includes one costume, two side missions and three challenge missions. Sony released screens and details for the first pack, titled "Spy Volume," whose costume is "Cat Suit."

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Surge Concerto - 4 New Characters and the Dive System

Surge Concerto's heroine Ion may exist in a virtual world, but she's not alone in that world. Gust introduced some of the supporting cast members today, along with some gameplay details.

Ion and friends live in the world of Rashura. In this world, people use a "magic tool" called Cernotron which is capable of changing thoughts into power. This device gives people a life full of abundance.

However, the world of Rashura is approaching its end as its sun expands and threatens to swallow it. The Cernotron has proven ineffective against this, and so people, in the hope of escaping the sun's ferocity, built floating cities called Kolon (I think it's meant to be "Colon" as in "Colony," but I'm not going to write "Colon" in all my stories about this game). There are a variety of Kolons, one with four seasons, one that is like an amusement park, one that is like a factory, and so-forth, but they all have technology for protecting the people from the sun.

Only the rich live in Kolons. The poor continue to live on the ground, in dangerous areas. Ion, our heroine, lives in one such ground area, Manjyu.

Gust introduced four characters:

1. Turbo: The first boy Ion meets after the start of the story. Turbo is the son of the owners of Ruru, the general store. He has a leader-like role amongst the children of the Manjyu. He's also leader of the adventure group formed by him and two of the other characters introduced below.

2. Cat: One of the girls Ion meets in the secret base that Turbo leads her to. She's a child of the wealthy Leonite family. She first met Turbo five years back and has had a secret crush on him since. However, their parents do not get along. Cat is the secretary in Turbo's adventure group.
3. Plum: One of the boys Ion meets in Turbo's secret base, this Italian boy is the head of development for Turbo's adventure group and has an interest in astronomy.

 4. Telefunken: A Genome, or virtual life, that Ion encounters in Manjyu. As a virtual life, he does not require food or nutrients to live. Instead, he gets his livelihood from synching up with people and directly drawing their life energy. When Ion first met Telefunken, he was on the verge of death. She felt sorry for him and took him into her care, and he is now Ion's partner.

Dive System
Ion actually isn't a totally virtual character. When you start the game, you'll communicate with her in the "real world part." You can select an option to "dive" into her "dream world." This is where the world of Rashura, on the brink of destruction, exists. You'll need to help Ion rebuild this world, and thus her heart, by appealing to a spirit in her heart named Sharl. As you repair the world, Ion's lost memories will come back.