Natural Doctrine release date set
posted on 06.27.14 at 10:28 PM EDT by (@salromano)
Strategy RPG launches mid-September.

Natural Doctrine

Natural Doctrine will launch for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita on September 16 in North America and September 19 in Europe in both retail and digital formats, NIS America announced.

A limited edition including a copy of the game, soft cover art book, tear-resistant poster, and explorer’s bag is available on the NIS America Online Store for $79.99 (PS4) / $69.99 (PS3) / $59.99 (PS Vita).

The game will feature cross-play and cross-save across all platforms.

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  • Akari Akaza

    Will this have a Collectors Edition like Fairy Fencer F? That will be cool.

    • 武神水樹

      Limited Edition Includes:

      – NAtURAL DOCtRINE for PS4™

      – Softcover art book

      – Tear-resistant poster (23″x 13″)

      – Explorer’s Bag (9″x 3.14″x 11.8″)

      • bloodiOS

        I’m so getting this~~
        [EDIT] I went ahead and pre-ordered it!

      • Elvick

        That bag is cool.

  • Budgiecat

    I wanna see the graphical difference from PS3 to PS4 version

    • TetsuyaHikari

      It will be negligible. This game doesn’t take advantage of the PS3 hardware, so what makes you think the PS4 version is any better? It just looks terrible all across the board, unfortunately.

      • 武神水樹

        Ouch, no wonder it bombed

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Well, it wasn’t so much that actually. It just looked like an overall unpolished game. Plus, you can find plenty of reviews on which are giving it 1 star in rating because of the difficulty which seems to be stupidly difficult for no apparent reason at times…

          • dark-kyon

            do not this game get a patch to make the game more easy.

          • 武神水樹

            Ahh gotcha, didn’t know about that part

          • DukeVerde

            Stupid difficult, you mean like Dark Souls?

            • TetsuyaHikari

              Lol no

              The only people that actually call Dark Souls “difficult” are obviously from a new breed of gamers. I can think of plenty of games that came before its time which would make Dark Souls look like a day at the beach.

              • DukeVerde

                Beach Souls would be pretty fun… Instead of Heavy Armor everyone is wearing swimsuits, and the Xtreme Beach Volleyball girls are the bosses.

                So what other games fall under this “Stupid difficult” label? :P

                • TetsuyaHikari

                  As of recently? Masou Kishin III: Pride of Justice comes to mind. You can have your units killed in one hit at full health even from grunt units, lol. Pretty stupid, really.

                  • DukeVerde

                    Let me be more specific… Games that actually came to NA*

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      NA or not is irrelevant. We were discussing games in general. The region of their existence should not matter.

                    • DukeVerde

                      It does matter, when I have no idea/experience with the game in question. So how can I quantify it’s difficulty?

                      “Oh, you can get one shot…” Doesn’t really do it for me.

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      …We’re not talking about you. We’re talking about the difficulty of games in general and their region has nothing to do with you. Also, there are region free games as well you could try :p

                      Anyway, point is… If you don’t know of any games that are actually “stupidly difficult”, you haven’t been gaming for very long (since the difficulty in games have drastically decreased over the past couple of decades, slowly, but surely).

                    • DukeVerde

                      I know of games that are “Difficult”, but how would I know if a game is “Stupidly difficult” when it’s something you are only applying to the games you *think* are hard? <_<

                      IThen again, I've ended up beating everything I deemed "Difficult". So I guess it's irrelevant

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      Maybe because I’ve been doing this for a long time and my word about terms of difficulty in games weigh more than a grain of salt? I’m not just sitting here babbling like an idiot when I claim something is stupidly difficult. If I say that, there’s a damn good reason for it.

                    • DukeVerde

                      And how would I know that what you say weighs more? I’ve seen *tons* of people who claim something is crazy difficult or when, in reality, it’s not as hard as they think. Your words mean even less to me if I can’t even get a proper comparison from you.

                      tl;dr I have no idea who you are, or what your terms mean.

                    • TetsuyaHikari

                      You mean like people like this?


                      Checkmate, Duke.

                    • DukeVerde

                      I didn’t know we were playing Chess? Besides, that is what the internet considers Dark Souls. Doesn’t mean I consider it that.

          • Elvick

            They’ve since patched difficulty. Added more checkpoints too.

            Patches which will be included in the western release. So it’s pointless to cite old reviews of the launch version in Japan.

            Plus some games are brutal, and some people like that. Some hate it. Some will call a hard game shit because they can’t win at it. Even if it’s a good game. Some will love that it’s challenging.

            All depends on the person.

  • Nice, but its too bad since I know for certain over half of the people who buy this wont finish it due to ”difficulty”.

    • DrForbidden

      It’s not so much ‘difficult’ as ‘cheap’. The developers had to release a patch to make it actually playable. As long as the patches are integrated into the western releases, I’d be interested in trying it out.

  • Paul Rodriguez

    Awesome. Retail version (PS4) here I come.

    Reserving this tomorrow.

    I’m glad they kept the original box art.

    • Vayne

      I am also glad, I was worried that they were doing horrible box art in the western version.

    • DukeVerde

      Gonna get the VITA version, since it’s cheaper, and the game looks like a VITA port anyhow. >_<

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  • Yaro

    Cant wait to play this game! I am unreasonably hype for the fact the main hero is named Jeff.

  • PrinceHeir


  • Audie Bakerson

    Hmm… I’ve heard some very poor things from people who’ve played, so I don’t think I’m going to jump straight on this.

    • michel

      I can’t understand if this game is crap or an hidden jewel. It surely sold poorly in Japan.

  • Demolish

    What is Going on in september? >.<"

    • 武神水樹

      Lotsa games in August too

  • Bobby Jennings

    Doesn’t this game suck?

    • TetsuyaHikari

      It sold horribly in Japan and most of the reviews on say it’s terrible. You do the math, lol.

      • Bobby Jennings

        I was actually looking forward to a decent JRPG :/

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Tales of Xillia 2 doesn’t interest you?

          • Bobby Jennings

            Of course it does. I preordered the collectors.

            But I’ve also played and beat Xillia 2 nearly 2 years ago.

            • TetsuyaHikari

              Ah, okay, lol.

              • Bobby Jennings

                I should have worded it better, I meant to say that I was really looking forward to a good JRPG on PS4. :(

                • TetsuyaHikari

                  Oh. Well, it will be a while before that happens :)

                  • Bobby Jennings

                    Yeah. I’m learning that everyday :/

      • Elvick

        Opinions, how do they work?

        • DukeVerde

          We could tell you, but then we would have to kill you.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          Experience, how does it work?

          Apparently you must try everything before determining how you feel about it. Well, go eat some shit, then come back and tell us how you feel about it. After all, you can’t form an opinion about it until you try it, so there ya go.

          Yeah, that’s what I thought, hypocrite. Pfft, all of you guys are the same when you try to pull this defense. Tsk tsk.

          • DukeVerde

            Experience, because Tetsuya played the game already.

      • ShadowFang

        Why don’t YOU give it a shot yourself?

        Japan thinks all games besides Mario Kart 8 and Yokai Watch suck. In case you haven’t noticed, NOTHING on the sales charts sell more than 8k units or so under the no.4 position. They also don’t like GTA very much. Or Gears of War. Or tons of games that are good.

        Someone else’s opinion isn’t your own; stop just mindlessly regurgitating it and treating it as fact. Wait until the game comes out here, gets a demo out, or reviews/videos start coming from people who aren’t random gamers on In case you haven’t noticed, user reviews all over the world are pretty stupid and pointless – just look at metacritic scores for every Call of Duty game. I mean, they’re not great, but to constantly see that vast gulf of 8’s from professionals and 1’s from trolls? Please. User reviews are useless.

        • TetsuyaHikari

          >Why don’t YOU give it a shot yourself?

          I’ve told you guys time after time again, I’ve been around the block long enough to know when a game isn’t worth my time. If you can’t just look at a game, movie, etc. and tell if you’re interested in it or if it will be any good, you haven’t been doing it long enough. Any of the regulars around here can tell you that I was shitting on this game before it even came out and Famitsu reviewed it.

          The game looked like trash, played like trash, and sold like trash. The reviews proved that after the game was released to justify my claims, just what I knew all along.

          >Japan thinks all games besides Mario Kart 8 and Yokai Watch suck.

          Yeah, I mean… It’s not as if they’re not fapping to Gundam, Monster Hunter, Pokemon, or anything like that. Nope. Mario Kart 8 and Yokai Watch is all they care about. Lol k.

          >Someone else’s opinion isn’t your own; stop just mindlessly regurgitating it and treating it as fact.

          It wasn’t someone else’s opinion. It was my own which was broadcasted by others that did play it and confirmed my suspicions about the clunky ass gameplay and terribad graphics, glitches, etc. It just looked like a poor game the moment it was revealed (except for that concept art they released though, those actually looked pretty cool) and sure enough, I was right. I’m getting just a tad bit tired of you guys pulling this card every time I call out a game being garbage, then you want to tell me to try it before judging it.

          Alright, tell ya what. How about you go dig in a dumpster and eat maggots among other things and tell me how ya like it. No no no, don’t sit there and think, “that’s disgusting!” because according to your logic… You have to experience it before you can form that opinion.

          Basically, I’ve played games long enough to know what’s hot and what’s not, and I have no problem admitting that a game is actually worthy of its good reception, even if I may not like it (see: Pokemon, Grand Theft Auto, Uncharted, so forth and so on). I wasn’t just born yesterday, you know, lol. If you can’t understand how I can form opinions about games and judge them through my knowledge and experience I’ve gained over 20 years of gaming, then I don’t know what else to tell ya man.

    • Elvick

      Play it yourself or don’t bother to talk about the quality. Some issues people had with it in Japan were patched and will be included in the localized version. ie; toning down difficulty on the easiest difficulty, adding more checkpoints

      • Bobby Jennings

        I was just asking jeez ;;

        Really surprised they localized this.

        • Elvick

          I’m just tired of people who’ve never played games talking about them like they have. Or people using other people’s opinions to judge the quality of a game.

          Totally pointless.

          • Bobby Jennings

            I figured you’d be used to this because it happens here on Gematsu a lot.

            It’s the internet in a nutshell.

            And I was just asking, I haven’t played the game but seeing as no one has been talking about it…

            • Elvick

              Not going to stop me from pointing out that line of thinking is dumb and sheepish.

              “but seeing as no one has been talking about it…”

              Not sure what that is supposed to me. If it’s implying that no one is talking about it because it’s a bad game… then that’s just… ugh. Worst reasoning of all time.

              • Bobby Jennings

                No it’s implying that I don’t know how the game is and would like to know.

                So Elvick is the game good? What do you like about the game?

    • ShadowFang

      No. It reviewed pretty well by Famitsu. It bombed on the Sales Chart though – that’s what you’re probably thinking of. It didn’t have any big breasted little girls, or idols, or the words “Yokai” and/or “Watch” on the box… that’s the only crime it committed ;)

      Well, that and it’s not exactly sporting bleeding edge visuals.

      BUT it looks great anyway, if you’re a fan of Fire Emblem and Valkyria Chronicles. Check out videos on Youtube:

      And please, don’t say things like, “Doesn’t this suck” for a game that’s not released yet. Don’t perpetuate that as fact. The industry isn’t that black-and-white, and getting something like this (a non-moe Japanese game, and a console Strategy RPG in 2014?) is rare enough. Don’t give trolls more fuel to instantly dismiss this title MONTHS before it releases.

      You also shouldn’t be surprised this got localized by NISA. Not only is it a Vita, PS3, PS4 game in one pick-up for them, but it’s strategy… for the Disgaea company? That’s kind of their thing.

      • Land of Green Pasture

        and because it’s model not modeled by T2 :P

      • TetsuyaHikari

        Are we really believing what Famitsu reviewers say now…? Please don’t lead him down the wrong path, lol.

      • Warboss Aohd


        no big breasted little girls or Idols?

        and it’s an RPG