XSEED E3 Line-up Includes New Games and Highly Anticipated Sequels

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E3 is so close we can almost taste the… whatever it is they eat in LA.

XSEED, the “independent-minded console publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc.” is going to have several previously unknown titles on hand, as well as a few new titles coming out of already beloved franchises.

Shall we?
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Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star (PS4, PS Vita | Winter)
Expanding upon the extensive and much-beloved Fate universe with a standalone story from acclaimed series writer Kinoko Nasu (of Fate/stay night fame), Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, developed by Marvelous Inc., transpires on the new world of Extella through a diverse cast of “Servants” – ancient warriors of legend and imagination, always at their Masters’ orders – who survived the Holy Grail War that took place on the Moon.

In a future ruled by the all-powerful lunar super computer Moon Cell Automaton, these champions now duke it out for dominance over this digital realm, known as “SE.RA.PH.” This story takes place after the events described in Fate/EXTRA, and depicts the world after that previous Holy Grail War.

Players will experience the story from the independent perspectives of the three heroine Servants and face off against foes from a variety of Fate productions, including characters from Fate/stay night, Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order, in fast-paced action. A new form change battle mechanic debuts in this entry to match its series-first gameplay style, transforming the player-controlled Servants and granting them considerable powers that allow them to devastate enemies and take formidable challenges head-on.
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II (PS Vita, PS3 | Fall 2016)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II picks up one month after the decisive collision which changed the fate of the entire nation at the conclusion of Trails of Cold Steel.

Speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns with all the bells and whistles players fondly remember alongside a new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray.

Cross-Save functionality between the game’s PSVita and PS3 editions returns, and clear data from the first game grants bonus stats and extra items. In addition, relationships cultivated during the earlier time players spent at Thors Military Academy affect future story elements and allow for more personalized conversations throughout the game.
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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero (PS4, PS Vita, WiiU | Fall 2016)
After three successful outings, Shantae is ready to embark on her first big-screen adventure in Shantae: Half-Genie Hero.

Vibrant, high-definition graphics bring new detail to the series’ charming hand-drawn sprites, which take center stage in this engaging 2.5D entry along with the franchise’s signature action-packed platforming and heavy exploration elements.

As Shantae masters her trademark Belly Dance Magic to transform into various creatures, old stages can be explored again to unearth new items and secrets, ensuring there’s plenty of content for casual players and platforming gurus alike. Steamy jungles, ancient ruins, and stormy deserts lie between Shantae and the ultimate showdown against her arch-nemesis: the bodacious buccaneer Risky Boots!
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Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity (PS4 | Summer 2016)
Set in the ever-evolving Touhou Project universe, the fan-created Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity trades in the series’ top down bullet-hell roots for an action RPG style approach, drawing inspiration from games such as Ys while retaining Touhou’s classic indie feel.

Utilizing the titular Remilia Scarlet’s vampiric powers or the time-stopping abilities of her devoted maid Sakuya Izayoi, players will explore a wide variety of environments in 1080p at a smooth 60 frames per second, fighting their way through the game’s myriad of aggressive creatures while conquering tricky and highly varied platforming challenges. The series’ signature complex enemy patterns and waves of projectiles will keep players on their toes with the game’s fast-paced combat as they battle to retake Scarlet’s manor in this standalone adventure!
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Exile’s End (PS4, PSVita, WiiU | Summer 2016)
A dark and futuristic 2D sidescroller offering adventure-style puzzles, exploration-driven platforming, and dangerous extraterrestrials, Exile’s End draws inspiration from classic “cinematic platformers” with its animated cutscenes, multiple endings, an atmospheric soundtrack by Keiji Yamagishi and much more.

Players will investigate a massive, interconnected alien world as they solve the mystery of a strange disappearance on a distant mining planet and experience a story of ancient riddles and modern-day hubris. Backed by Japanese publisher Marvelous Inc., Exile’s End is a collaboration between Tokyo-based indie game developer Matt Fielding and many talented local industry veterans, and a partial remake that significantly expands on the ideas behind Fielding’s first game, Inescapable.
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Akiba’s Beat (PS4, PS Vita | Winter 2016)
Akiba’s Beat is a modern-day satirical spin on a classic Japanese RPG formula.

Set in a true-to-life recreation of Tokyo’s Akihabara ward (“Akiba” for short), players will take control of a party of characters led by protagonist Asahi Tachibana as they seek to rid the town of anything out of sync with reality.

There are two sides to the gameplay: first, players will wander the streets and question the quirky Akihabara residents on a variety of subjects related to the mystery at hand, ultimately unlocking fantasy-themed dungeons known as “Delusionscapes” which are infested with monsters called “deluseons.” These deluseons are encountered on the map and fought in a party-based action battle system, putting players’ skills to the test and creating a uniquely challenging experience that seamlessly blends a real-life locale with the secret delusory world of its residents’ true desires.

Additionally, the company will also showcase the 3DS remastered port of PSP cult-classic Corpse Party, and a new 3DS game, Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns

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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  • Joshua Simpkins

    Nice to see the PS Vita still getting love from 3rd party devs, even if the platform has been all but abandoned by Sony.