Koei Tecmo Europe Reveals TGS 2016 Line-Up and Confirms Western Releases
08/09/2016 Leave a comment
Next week is the start of the Tokyo Game Show, an event which sees various Japanese publisher and developers show off their latest and greatest upcoming projects; it’s basically the E3 event of Japan and while most elements of the event do not have any impact on the western market European publisher Koei Tecmo Europe have opted to change this by being present at the show with a handful of titles.
This surprising turn of events means that not only will the European Division be at the show demoing Japanese products; but these said products will also be coming to the western market which means western fans can expect to receive Berserk and Nioh (both of which were previously confirmed for a western release) alongside the likes of Atelier Firis, Nights of Azure 2, Toukiden 2 and Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru (of which were not previously confirmed for a western release).
Berserk (Working Title):
Synopsis: Omega Force’s interactive entertainment adaptation of one of the most brutal and unrelenting anime and manga titles will be available to visitors for a hands-on demo for the first time! Slated for release on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, and digitally for the PlayStation Vita handheld entertainment system and Windows PC via Steam, the game will closely follow the events of the most well-known story arcs from the iconic manga’s narrative, focusing on the daring and heroic life of Guts as he cuts his way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.
Berserk uses the signature ‘one versus thousands’ style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of the world of Berserk. As players harness the power of Guts’ Great Sword and utilise the swift and agile swordplay of Griffith to slash and smash through hordes of enemies, players familiar with the Warriors series will be able to feel the difference in gameplay through the way each character handles combat. The game will also incorporate various battle mechanics to better bring the world of Berserk to life, such as Magic and Transformations.
Nioh (Working Title):
Synopsis: Coming strong from a successful second Beta demo, Team Ninja’s dark fantasy, Action RPG title will be available for hands on at the Koei Tecmo booth, featuring new content, including a brand new stage, set to challenge even the most adept players!
Blending a compelling narrative loosely based on the tale of the first western samurai, William Adams, with a myriad of strange supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore (Yokai), players of Nioh will discover a diverse and comprehensive world dripping with history and lore, and face off against other samurai in epic sword battles. Nioh is guaranteed to challenge players in a way that makes every mission feel earned and their accomplishments worthwhile.
Synopsis: Koei Tecmo is pleased to announce the return of the popular demon hunting RPG title ‘Toukiden’, with the western release of its second instalment in early 2017. Taking Oni-hunting to a brand new level, Toukiden 2 introduces an open-world environment filled with strange life forms, empty ruins, unexplored caves, and fearsome Oni.
Players will be called to take the mantle of a Slayer, charged with the task of defending humanity’s last remaining villages from the supernatural threat of Oni. Taking all types of shapes and sizes, these demons creep out of dark rifts in space and time and prey on mankind. Warriors from the ancient secret cast of the Slayers are the only ones equipped to stop them!
Synopsis: Gust continues its trademark ‘Atelier’ series with the follow-up to ‘Atelier Sophie: the Alchemist and the Mysterious Book’. The second part of the ‘Mysterious’ trilogy, Atelier Firis, follows the journey of a young alchemist through an exciting and colourful world. While Firis travels, she learns more about synthesis and alchemy, meets interesting people, and amplifies the feeling of exploration with the immense expansion of the world map!
Nights of Azure 2 (Working Title):
Synopsis: Following the success of the of ‘Nights of Azure’, which marked a darker direction for GUST, producer Keisuke Kikuchi returns to the demon-plagued world where players will follow the story of a young girl knight born from the blood of Arnice, the main character of ‘Nights of Azure’.
Nights of Azure 2 (working title) maintains the same JRPG gameplay elements adored by dedicated fans of the studio and expands this new franchise’s horizons with a riveting new storyline!
Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru:
Synopsis: Omega Force is proud to announce the upcoming western release of a one-versus-thousand tactical action title focused on one of Samurai Warriors’ favourite characters: Yukimura Sanada. In this character driven epic, players will get a unique look into the Sanada clan’s inner workings before and during the 16th century conflict that drove two brothers to join opposite sides of a grand scale civil war.
All of the games listed above will be shown at the Tokyo Game Show event that takes place next week; additionally all of the game will be released within the UK and Europe at some point in the future. Further details on each title will be revealed in due course.