Famitsu tidbits: Yakuza: Ishin, Phantasy Star Nova, New Atelier Rorona, Natural Doctrine, and more
posted on 09.11.13 at 01:56 AM EDT by (@salromano)
DanganRonpa, Soul Sacrifice Delta, BlazBlue, and others, too.

There’s a lot of news bits in this week’s Famitsu, a lot of it from games announced at Monday’s SCEJA Press Conference. Find the round-up below.

Natural Doctrine (PS4, PS3, PSV) – February 22

  • Producer: Kensuke Tanaka
  • Cross-play and cross-save supported
  • Valisi, an anime-style female swordsman, introduced
  • Screenshots and preliminary story info here

Soul Sacrifice Delta (PSV) – March 2014

  • Can use save data from Soul Sacrifice
  • Graphics, AI, and system have been given full model changes

Danganronpa: Another Episode (PSV) – Pending

  • Story set between Danganronpa 1 an 2

Disgaea 4: Return (PSV) – Pending

  • A trailer will be published on the official site tomorrow

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends (PS4, PS3, PSV) – November 28 (PS3, PSV), February 22 (PS4)

  • New characters: Yu Jin (voiced by Atsushi Miyauchi) and Chen Gong (voiced by Hiromu Miyazaki)
  • PlayStation 4 version is full HD and has higher frame-rate than PlayStation 3 version
  • The PlayStation 4 version likely won’t have exclusive elements
  • The amount of on-screen characters and movements have been improved
  • PlayStation 4 developer impressions: “Development is easy!”

New Atelier Rorona: The Origin Story of the Alchemist of Arland (PS3, PSV) – November 21

  • Totori and Meruru will make an appearance. Each seem to come separately from the distant future. They’ll also participate in battle.

BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3) – October 24

  • New character Kokonoe (voiced by Chie Matsuura) introduced

Gundam Breaker (PSV, PS3) – October 31

  • New rules introduced for Area Raid Battle and Team Attack Battle

Yakuza: Ishin (PS4, PS3) – February 22

  • Actor Eiichiro Funakoshi will play Kondo Isami
  • Yakuza character Yoshitaka Mine will play Hijikata Toshizo (voiced by Nakamura Shido)
  • Yakuza character Shintaro Kazama will play Yoshida Toyo (voiced by Tetsuya Watari)
  • Yakuza character Hiroshi Kugihara will play Yamazaki Susumu (voiced by Nobutoshi Canna)

Phantasy Star Nova (PSV) – 2014

  • tri-Ace developing, aims to have that expression of the company’s soft light characteristic
  • Three main characters. The main hero, Kuri, might have his eye on the heroine Rutina.
  • Has ad-hoc multiplayer, story mode for single-player
  • Costumes can become damaged, falling apart, ripping, etc.
  • More than 70 main staff and over 200 people working on the project

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII (PS3, 360) – November 21

  • Caius and Paddra Nsu-Yeul confirmed to appear

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  • DrForbidden

    Kokonoe finally joins the BB playable cast, eh. That will make a lot of people happy.

    • https://twitter.com/GaleGlory89 KiQun

      Is that true???? I keep reading that sentence over and over!!

    • MrKappa

      I didn’t see that… tell me I didn’t that. /BookerT

    • Rebellion14

      Finally they rolled out their secret weapon xD
      Now waiting for Jubei announcement……

    • almostautumn

      Awwwww yeah!

      …but at the same time it kind of diminishes from her. I mean, she’s sort-of the main character who has been weaving the entire plot together. Having her non-playable really serves to heighten her significance—
      Oh well. Still excited :)

  • Solomon_Kano

    Over 200 people working on Nova???

    Hooooooooooooly shit.

    • Zackasaur

      70 main staff, though. The other 130+ must be people outsourced or shoulder-tapped for things like art assets.

      Still, that’s a pretty huge effort! They must expect this to succeed. I hope we get it in the west. >_>

      • Solomon_Kano

        That’s like… a third of the staff that worked on RE6. Crazy.

        I swear, Sega BETTER bring it. I’d even forget about PSO2 if they did.

        • Budgiecat

          How bout Yakuza 5…..

          *reopens wound*

    • Budgiecat

      And yet no PS3/PS4 version….. – _-

      • Claude

        I wouldn’t rule out a PS3 version of the update we all know they’re going to do somewhere down the line.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Like RO Ace.

        • Budgiecat

          now would be a good time if any

  • King-Podigy-X

    Half of these I’m going to have to import :(

  • DesmaX

    yay, Disgaea 4 trailer


  • Budgiecat

    Gaius? Who the heck is Gaius……

    you mean Caius?

    Also how the heck can Totori and Meruru show up in a Rorona game? Paradox much?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      >Gaius? Who the heck is Gaius……
      >you mean Caius?
      >Also how the heck can Totori and Memeru show up in a Rorona game?

      Memeru? Who the heck is Memeru……

      you mean Meruru?

      You might need to call Mr. Freeze for that burn.

  • Victor Armando Chapa Pineda

    So no news for Super Robot Wars OE? Damn

  • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

    Looks like Phantasy Star Nova will be my first in the series if it ever comes here. Can’t wait to see Kokonoe in action. Also you forgot a ‘d’ in the DanganRonpa section.

    • Solomon_Kano

      While you wait (perhaps indefinitely), I suggest you check out the Phantasy Star Portable games. I believe they’re available on PSN.

      • https://twitter.com/Panda_castro Panda

        No PSP. I’ll get them if they become available for Vita TV. Also I notice that the old ones are on steam. Would anyone recommend those?

        • Solomon_Kano

          Ah. Well, perhaps someday then.

          I played the beginning of Phantasy Star IV and liked it well enough, for whatever that’s worth haha.

      • Bryce Blalex Douglas

        They aren’t out here. I’ve been wanting them but no PSP only a Vita

        • Solomon_Kano

          Oh? Damn. Guess those were the demos that I saw on PSN.

          Sega should really put them up.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Do I need to say it? Alright, I’ll say it.

    BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (PS3) – October 24

    New character Kokonoe (voiced by Chie Matsuura) introduced


    • shogunknight

      kokonoe, isnt she the scientist who worked together with litchi fei ling, arakune and sent that big dude like potemkin on a mission

      • DrForbidden


      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        She’s also the reason I just might pick this up now, lol. Bullet was a nice start, but this is icing on top of a delicious cake I can’t ignore.

  • Milla


  • shogunknight

    i like the details am seeing here, crossplay for natural doctrine, soul sacrifice revamp, PSO:Nova. Surely want to see more

  • HeatPhoenix

    no online play for Phantasy Star Nova. Christ.

    • Budgiecat

      Weird….I thought this drawback was solely on the PSP alone due to limiting hardware. Why does the Vita share the same curse according to some developers when it has way more powerful options?

      • Bobby Jennings

        This game is part of PSO2, just with a offline story. If you want to play online on it, Download PSO2.

    • jujubee88

      That’s what the F2P PSO2 MMO on VITA is about. That is the online play portion of this game.

      • Bobby Jennings


    • TheExile285

      There’s no point in having online when PSO2 is free to play on Vita.

      Having online would only benefit western gamers.

      • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

        Well, to be fair…

        Ad-Hoc =/= Online

        It basically has enough of an online play that you’ll ever need anyway. I mean, it’s not as if you can actually group up with more than 4 players with an official online system anyway, so why would it matter if it’s done through Ad-Hoc?

  • Bobby Jennings

    Change that Gaius to Caius.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      FIxed it. It was 2am and I was sleepy. =/

      • Bobby Jennings

        No problem. Made me think of Xillia 2 instantly though :P

  • Arcana Gear

    funny that the most important information to me isn’t even in the title,
    So many years, and now at least you shall be played by me Kokonoe.

  • Kobracon

    Phantasy Star Nova

    – “Costumes can become damaged, falling apart, ripping, etc.”

    Ooooh reaaaaallyyyy :3

  • PrinceHeir

    ohh so it’s not DanganRonpa 3? :P