Posted Mon Nov 14, 2016 at 06:33 AM PST by Sophia Edwards
A host of new and exciting announcements.
During a press event last week, publisher Idea Factory International announced a slate of new games due out in the first half of 2017.
First up, a worldwide Steam release of 'Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force' has been revealed for early 2017. The game will have options for English and Japanese text and voices, and will be the first simultaneous worldwide release for the publisher. We reviewed the title earlier this year and found it to be fun, if flawed in a few key areas.
Next up, we have 'Dark Rose Valkyrie', set for North America and Europe on PS4 in Spring 2017. The game is a dark fantasy JRPG about a covert military group in an alternate 1929 that works to eradicate mysterious shapeshifting enemies. One of your own characters will be randomly selected to become infected, and the player must work to discover who they are through interrogation before they destroy the group from the inside. It's a fun concept featuring work from 'Tales' series veterans Kosuke Fujishima on character designs, and writer Takumi Miyajima handling the plot. It will have both English and Japanese voicework. You can catch an English trailer right here:
Next up is 'Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds' a PS Vita remake of the beloved 'Hakuoki' series of romance visual novels centered around the historical figures of the samurai of the Shinsengumi. The game boasts over 80 hours of playtime, 30 different endings, and 12 different romance options. You can see its debut trailer below:
Lastly, we have 'Mary Skelter: Nightmares' a dungeon crawler for the PS Vita set in a nightmarish prison, with a cast of fairytale characters such as Thumbelina and Snow White. The game boasts a complex job system and twists on the dungeon crawler formula that sees players laying down traps to stop enemies from pursuing them in order to stay alive.
I'm actually pretty interested in all of these, save for the PC port of 'Fairy Fencer', which I've already completed. Idea Factory puts out rough games, but they always build upon their decent ideas and come up with unique concepts. I'm definitely excited about 'Dark Rose Valkyrie', which has a cool setting and some great sounding gameplay hooks.
Source: Idea Factory International
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