XSEED Defies Trends, Announces Two Vita Exclusive Physical Releases for Fall

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XSEED Games seems to once again be throwing caution to the wind as the company announced plans to release two new PlayStation Vita exclusives this Fall, Corpse Party: Blood Drive and Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space. Both games will not only have digital releases via the PlayStation Store, they will also receive physical releases for all of the collectors out there as well.

Released in Japan in July of last year, Corpse Party: Blood Drive is the direct sequel to 2013’s Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, a PSP/PSVita horror adventure game set, simply speaking, in a school haunted by the spirits of the victims murdered within. Josh reviewed it that year, saying that it “gradually sinks its hooks into you and doesn’t let go.”

Corpse Party got its start in 1996 when developer Team GrisGris first created and released the concept using game/game creation tool, RPG Maker. It proved to be quite popular and twelve years and a few remakes later, XSEED Games picked it up and in 2013, released Corpse Party digitally to PSP in North America.

Blood Drive will, like its predecessor, feature the original Japanese voice acting with English subtitles and binaural audio that simulates surround sound along with new features, notably, fully 3D modeled environments which are a series first.

Named the “EverAfter Edition,” the physical release of Corpse Party: Blood Drive, in typical XSEED fashion, will include bonus goodies, such as an audio CD collection of songs from the franchise and an art book.

Turning to more action oriented fair, Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space, is a greatly expanded remake of Earth Defense Force 2 which originally released on the PS2 and later on the PSP in Japan and Europe. Widely considered by fans to be the best in the series, according to XSEED, this release will mark the first time EDF2 will be available in any form in North America.

Developed by Sandlot, the group that made the original EDF2, the Vita release will feature additions and improvements including four player co-op, a new Air Raider class, and a new English dub.

Earth Defense Force is a long running third-person shooting franchise which tasks players with fending off giant arthropods in a contemporary city setting with conventional weaponry.

It’s nice to know that there’ll be new Vita games through the end of the year. Are you picking either of these up?

Written by Albert Chen

Albert Chen

A student of games, I play a bit of everything because I like to see what’s out there. Nothing better than first hand experience when it comes to knowing about games. Current game obsession: Anything MOBA (Paragon, Battleborn, Heroes of the Storm), except, ironically, the most popular ones, LoL and DOTA2.

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