Hey folks. Boy, uh … pretty big announcement this weekend, right? But before we get into that, I will very briefly get into something: there is some disagreement among fans of Touhou project on recent requests to remove downloads of the original games in the series. I will definitely write more about this in the near future, but since I am an extremely laid back Touhou fan, I feel like I need to do a little more research into the situation before I write a longer writing about conservation, piracy, creators’ desires and so on. Just so you all know I know thing occurs in the particular corner of otakudom. We’ll get to that.
But right now, let’s discuss this weekend’s massive unveiling.
LET US TALK ABOUT KINGDOM HEARTS
There was a Kingdom hearts 20th anniversary event on the weekend, and shit was right. At many different levels.
You’ve probably seen the advertising trailer before Kingdom Hearts IV now, but here it is again if you missed it and the boy is it over a basket ball. I do not think anyone had expected our first glimpse of a new one to speak Kingdom hearts would be set in Uncanny Valley with a photorealistic-like Sora in a place very similar to Shibuya. (Tetsuya Nomura love Shibuya, does not he?)
Although it may look like Earth, it is actually a place called Quadratum. Meanwhile, Anders and Goofy are stuck back in their heads Kingdom hearts universe and wonder what the hell they are going to do with Sora away. This adds a new story to the series, which the trailer calls “Lost Master Arc”.
Of course, one thing everyone knows about Kingdom hearts is that its story is funny intricate, to the point of wondering what’s going on in Kingdom hearts is just as important to be one Kingdom hearts fan who actually plays the games. And to get all about the plot, you have to play all the games and their DLC. Seriously. Not only is the girl in the trailer, Strelitzia, from the mobile game Kingdom Hearts Union Crossbut the whole concept of Quadratum was revealed in The Melody of Remembrance and expanded in Kingdom Hearts 3 Re: Mind DLC based on a video game in the universe called Verum Rex, which is based on Tetsuya Nomura‘s original design concepts for Final Fantasy Versus XIII. Did you get all that?
So as expected, fans dissected the trailer within minutes and made all sorts of theories about where Kingdom Hearts IV is on its way (and also find out where Sora’s apartment in Shibuya is located). You should have no problem finding articles and video essays about Kingdom Hearts IV predictions if you search, but perhaps the most interesting idea is that the new, real-world-like setting of Quadratum could be a way to introduce more “realistic” (heavy airquotes) Disney-owned properties into the series, such as Star wars and Marvel comics. There is already strong speculation that the forest seen in the trailer is the wooded Endor from Star warsand Marvel… yes, Square Enix have already made a few Marvel games, right?
Do not expect Kingdom Hearts IV anytime soon: it has been made quite clear that it is very early in the development and we are waiting a while for the next batch of information about it. Hopefully it does not stop in the years of development hell Kingdom Hearts III was caught in. (Although given some of the obvious references to concepts about the afterlife in the trailer, development hell might be thematically appropriate!)
But wait, remember what I said about having to play everything Kingdom hearts related to get the full picture of what’s going on in the story? Well, add another mobile game to that list. Here is Kingdom Hearts Missing-Link.
I can not deny that this game looks good from a visual point of view. Gameplay-wise … it’s too early to say, though I have no doubt that gacha-gaming’s ugly ghost will no doubt reappear here to suck your money one roll at a time. But at least it looks good, right?
HOLY MOLY, WITCH ON HOLY NIGHT COMES IN ENGLISH
The big problem of being one Type-Moon fan outside of Japan is that while many derivative works – things like Melty Blood, Fate / Extellaand the jogger nut, that is Fate / Great Order Locate and release the visual novels and writings that have established the basis for Type-Moon the universe has remained untranslated outside of various fan endeavors. I assumed Tsukihime remake would be an excellent way to fix this problem, but so far we have not heard of a potential location despite its closely related fighting game spinoff Melty Blood Type Lumina get a worldwide simu release.
However, a surprising announcement from earlier in the week has renewed hope that we can look more important Type-Moon working in English in the future. Not only was a remaster of the visual novel Mahou Tsukai no Yoru announced for Switch and PS4, but it will also be launched with options to play in English and Simplified / Traditional Chinese. That’s something of a big deal!
The official English title is Witch on the holy nightand it will be released later this year Aniplex handling the publication. Witch on the holy night is one of Type-Moon the creator of the universe Kinoko Nasu‘s earliest works – he originally drafted it back in 1996, and many of the ideas and characters established in it would be built on in subsequent works such as Tsukihime. It could well be considered the basic work of everything Type-Moon would create afterwards.
So yes, we finally get a crucial piece of Nasu’s history as a world builder / storyteller and Type-Moon‘s history as a creative company in English. It is fantastic! I have a suspicion that this may be something of a litmus test – depending on the answer Witch on the holy nightseveral locations of Type-Moon visual novels (as aforesaid Tsukihime) can be in the cards. So if this is something you would like to see, I will not hesitate to grab this when it launches.
Also while we are talking about Type-Moon stuff, Melty Blood Type Lumina’s get some more DLC characters: Powered Ciel and Mario Gallo Bestino. They are available today and they are free, so grab them!
GRIMGRIMOIRE COMES AGAIN A SURPRISE
Hi, have you played 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim? It’s out on the Switch this week, and it’s amazing. It’s probably developing Vanillaware’s best game to date, their crowning achievement after years and years of releasing other than bangers as Odin Sphere, Muramasa the Demon Bladeand The crown of the dragon. But there is one particular Vanillaware game that is often forgotten when looking at their history as an independent developer: GrimGrimoirea 2D real-time strategy game created by the then start-up company to stay afloat while preparing Odin sphere for release.
GrimGrimoire did not get quite the same marketing push from the publisher NIS that Odin Sphere got under Atlus (and later Muramasa under Marvelous), so it has remained as a strange little footnote in Vanillaware’s history compared to their more commercially successful titles. But with their profile more visible than ever thanks 13 Sentinels’ megasucces and the market for remasters is booming, Vanillaware and NIS reunited and said, “Hey, how about visiting again GrimGrimoire? ”
GrimGrimoire once again will be released for PS4 and Switch on July 28thth in Japan. I think it is safe to assume that a location is in the maps, given NIS Americais sitting on a finished English manuscript for the original and the interest in Vanillaware’s works is at its peak. You get the usual round of improvements that we expect from a remaster: improved graphics, gameplay / UX tweaks, more voice acting, and difficulty adjustments. But most importantly, you get to play a really nice (and really beautiful) fantasy theme on the RTS genre on modern platforms. I’m definitely happy about it!
- Koumajou Remilia: Scarlet Symphony, the heavy Castlevania-inspired Touhou fangame, will be on its way to Switch and PC on July 28th. It supports several languages out of the box, including English, and it looks and plays wonderfully. Even if you’re not a Touhou fanatic, this is one worth checking out if you like Metroidvanias.
- On the front of the otome game, Taisho x Alice all in one is available … right now! Yes, a surprising drop on the Switch eShop! This fairy-tale-inspired romance has had … well, let’s just tell a difficult story with English releases, so hopefully this collection of all episodes of the series will end up being the final release.
- Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium has been announced as an extension to Capcom Arcade Stadium. No word on which games are included yet His sound and Three wonders (which is also included as a pre-order bonus for Capcom Fighting Collection), but 32 more titles in total are promised. I hope to see some of Capcom’s 3D efforts as Strider II and Tech Romancer.
Capcom Arcade 2nd Stadium brings another 32 arcade classics to Switch, PS4, XB1 and PC!
SonSon will be a free download with this collection, and pre-orders / early purchases of the Capcom Fighting Collection will also get Three Wonders as a bonus at launch.
More info soon! pic.twitter.com/mbvrpwr7LB
– Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_) April 11, 2022
So this is where I make my farewell play about writing in the ANN forums. We had a fun time last week sharing our secret game comb. With this week’s news is dominated by Kingdom heartsI would love to hear all your thoughts and theories about what we have seen of KH4 until now. Maybe you have a really obscure piece of your favorite Disney media that you would like to see this time – The flight of the navigator deserves its time in the spotlight, I say! The forums are linked below, so do not be shy – come and hang out! As for me, I have to play Need protectors all weekend before heading northeast to visit my family for a bit. Thanks as always for reading along and I’ll catch you all later.