NGXP 2021: Idea Factory International Announcement Round-Up

Idea Factory International’s involvement during the New Game Expo 2021 event saw them confirm western release dates for a handful of expected titles as well as announced that Mary Skelter Finale, the third and final instalment into the Mary Skelter franchise, would be coming westward later this year.

Details for all of the titles can be found displayed below with the relevant trailers.

Death End Re;Quest [Nintendo Switch]
29th April 2021 (Digital only with Physical via Limited Run Games)

Contains all previously released downloadable content as part of the main game and features the same content as the original Japanese release. Death end re;Quest takes the classic turn-based RPG and turns it on its head, allowing you to jump at will between the RPG action of the game world, and the investigative visual novel segments of the real world. In the game world, players brawl in engaging RPG battles! Blast enemies and chain your attacks with the Knockback system or switch game genres from RPG into fighting, shooting, slot, puzzle, and billiards – the choice is yours. Game development may seem all fun and games until the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur.

Key Features:

  • Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction? – Choose between jumping into reality and in-game modes. Investigate the real world in the form of a visual novel to solve what lies underneath World Odyssey. Or dive into World’s Odyssey, where Shina can explore its dungeons and battle its enemies. Every choice made in both real and in-game modes can affect who will live to see another day or who will unearth the dark truths of World’s Odyssey.
  • Turn-Based RPGs Flipped Upside Down – In this turn-based battle system, players can freely roam and duke it out with glitched-out monsters. Smack them into walls and to your party members to activate “Knockback” combos. And when certain conditions are met, players can change the game’s genre from fighting, shooting, slot, puzzle, and billiards! Players can also utilize “Field Bugs” scattered throughout the battlefield to increase a character’s Corruption – a key feature to transform characters into Glitch Mode!
  • You’re Glitchin’ Out – Transform your party into an unstoppable force with Glitch Mode! In Glitch Mode, your base stats are increased and special attacks can now be activated! But be wary, as there are downsides with too much power. Players will also need to activate character-specific dungeon skills or “Bug Skills” to access hard-to-reach areas and hidden treasures!
  • Explore the First Installment in this Glitched-Out World – The World’s Odyssey is now ready to be explored on-the-go for the Nintendo Switch! Newcomers and veterans of the series can traverse through the first installment of this hyper-realistic game world with all of the free and paid DLC originally available on the PS4 version, including the DLC character, Ripuka!

Neptunia ReVerse [PlayStation 5]
11th June 2021 (EU) | 9th June 2021

Neptunia ReVerse is an updated and enhanced version of the beloved RPG game Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1, originally released for the PlayStation®Vita. Fans of the Neptunia™ series and newcomers can enjoy the lush worlds of Gamindustri with the help of the PS5 and new gameplay additions, including a fishing mini-game!

Key Features:

  • Gamindustri Enhanced! – Neptunia ReVerse is the perfect RPG entry for Neptunia newcomers and for Neptunia fans to relive! With the powers of the PlayStation®5, players can enjoy the world of Gamindustri with enhanced graphics and a fresh-looking system UI!
  • Gone Fishing – Now, Neptune can cool her senses and spend some alone time catching some fish in this new mini-game! And if you’re patient enough, you might even be able to haul some sweet equipment. But be wary! Any misstep can reel in a stinkin’ enemy.
  • Tailor Your Experience! – Itching for more ways to play it your way? With re-balanced gameplay and “Arrange Mode,” you can now select from 20+ characters to play from the start! Plus, the “Plans” system allows players to craft and forge new items and equipment, add dungeons to explore, and even modify the drops from enemies and materials harvested in dungeons!
  • The Gang of Four – Your party member limit is now increased from 3 to 4 members! Transform Neptune and the Goddesses by activating HDD Mode to amp up attacks.

Mary Skelter Finale [Nintendo Switch & PlayStation 4]
Fall 2021

Mary Skelter Finale will receive a Limited Edition containing light novel collection, steelbook case, soundtrack CD, trading card and a physical copy of the game on Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4. From a visual perspective details will be shared at a later date but pre-orders will begin in the near future.

The Mary Skelter™ Trilogy was born in 2016 as a collaboration between Compile Heart, Dengeki Bunko, and Dengeki PlayStation® to provide entertainment across three media: games, novels, and magazines. Taken together, they all “connect to one another” as a whole! The trilogy includes Mary Skelter: NightmaresMary Skelter 2, and concludes with Mary Skelter Finale.

Key Features:

  • Zap and Explore – “Zap” between 6 groups of characters to dive deeper into their individual stories and relationships. Doing so will also allow you to coordinate puzzle-solving through dungeons filled with unforgivable traps, hidden gimmicks and treasures.
  • Infectious Insects and Cruel Nightmares –  During battle, Nightmare larvae known as “Insectmare” may appear! These pests will latch on to a player’s screen, obstruct the view of battle, disable battle commands, and give players negative condition ailments. Seemingly invincible monsters known as Nightmares still lurch through each dungeon floor, so stay sharp!
  • Dive in the Depths of the Trilogy – Discover more about the Mary Skelter universe with the help of the three light novels that are included digitally in-game! Will Jack, Alice, and the rest of the crew escape the clutches of a living Jail and live happily ever after?
  • Nightmare Déjà vu – Mary Skelter Finale includes all of the event scenes from Mary Skelter: Nightmares and Mary Skelter 2! With the BEFORE STORY option, newcomers can catch up on the story before tackling the series finale, and veterans can sit back and relive the epic story of Mary Skelter!

Further details for each of these titles will be confirmed in due time, with additional information being shared through the relevant websites and the Idea Factory International social media platforms.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked at ZOMGPlay, Rice Digital and Funstock and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita, PS4 or Xbox One.

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