XSEED Games has announced its lineup for E3 2019, which runs from June 11 to 13 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The following titles will be on display:
Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed (PlayStation 4, PC)
Take a trip back to the origin of a series that will knock more than just your socks off! In Akiba’s Trip, players expose vampiric creatures called Shadow Souls to deadly sunlight by liberating them of their clothes. Now, a fully remastered version of the original “Strip Action RPG” is coming to the West for the first time. Following the success of Akiba’s Trip: Undead & Undressed, which was released as Akiba’s Trip 2 in Japan and has sold over 500,000 copies worldwide, Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed completely rebuilds the first title in a modern engine, bringing back the beat-’em-up, strip-’em-down gameplay fans know and love while accurately rendering Akihabara, Japan’s geek paradise, from circa 2012 in glorious HD.
Developed by Acquire Corp. and published in North America by XSEED Games, Akiba’s Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed is in development with the launch date to be announced at a later time.
BurgerTime Party! (Switch)
Chef Peter Pepper and the Food Foes return to serve up a fresh look and tons of new gameplay in this tasty reimagining of Data East’s 1982 arcade classic! After firing up the grill for some action, new modes and items will have modern chefs thinking outside of the bun to solve bite-sized puzzles like crumbling floors, oil spills, and freezing ladders, all while evading edible enemies both old and new. Local multiplayer lets two to four friends cooperate as cooks or compete as cuisine across 100-plus stages that will keep the fun from getting stale long past Mr. Hot Dog’s expiration date. Now, let’s get cooking!
Developed by G-Mode and published in North America by XSEED Games, BurgerTime Party! is in development for a fall 2019 launch.
Heroland (PlayStation 4, Switch)
Put on your nostalgia goggles for this single-player RPG about a theme park where guests can explore dungeons, beat up baddies, and become legendary heroes—while the player assists from the sidelines as a tour guide! Released in Japan as Work x Work, this tale of princes and pixels is told by over 20 quirky characters, including overzealous knights, an irascible otter, and… *checks notes* man-eating broccoli? When the Dark Lord’s monsters are also your coworkers, it’s hard to draw the line between work and play! Directed by Takahiro Yamane (Fantasy Life), written by Nobuyuki Inoue (Legend of Mana), set in a colorful 2D world created by Nobuhiro Imagawa (MOTHER 3, Legend of Mana), and jam-packed with Tsukasa Masuko’s (Shin Megami Tensei) whimsical tunes, this adventure is one that cannot be forgotten!
Developed by FuRyu and published in North America by XSEED Games, Heroland is in development for a 2019 launch.
—E3 2019 Note
This highly customizable comedy RPG, complete with classic Active Time Battle-style combat, will be playable in English for the first time at E3 2019.
Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch)
Experience the world-famous fantasy farming adventure like never before, with HD graphics in fully remastered form. The joys of growing crops, catching fish, and raising monsters await players old and new, while seasoned explorers will be delighted to discover an updated opening movie. Other farm-fresh features include Newlywed mode, which introduces special episodes about living the married life and new in-game cutscenes. Additionally, an even higher difficulty mode for expert players to take on a challenge that’s truly worthy of their skills.
Developed by Hakama and Marvelous Inc. and published in North America by XSEED Games, Rune Factory 4 Special is in development for a 2019 launch.
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin (PlayStation 4, Switch, PC)
This enthralling title from Edelweiss, the two-man team behind acclaimed indie darling Astebreed (2014 in North America and Europe), Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin combines side-scrolling action with deep crafting and farming simulation. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a spoiled harvest goddess banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. As she explores the beautiful, forbidding environments of the island, she will also find a home in a mountain village, proving herself worthy of her title by harvesting rice and bettering the lives of humans. In addition to being a fresh take on Japanese mythology and a love letter to action games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to rice and an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
Created by Edelweiss and published in North America by XSEED Games, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is currently in development and will launch this winter.
—E3 2019 Note
As the sole developers at Edelweiss, Director Nal and CG Artist Koichi will be granting media interviews at E3 for the first time in support of their action-farming simulation hybrid title.
Senran Kagura: Peach Ball (Switch, PC)
The genre-spanning Senran Kagura series takes on a new challenge: Pinball! Work as an assistant to Haruka as she tries to cure her fellow shinobi with the mysterious powers of the Peach Ball after they are exposed to an experimental substance that drives them absolutely wild. Plunge into this new adventure and flip, bump, spin, or ricochet the Peach Ball to return the shinobi to their normal selves. With customizable tables, special minigames, a full story mode and the return of fan-favorite features including Diorama Mode and the Dressing Room, this is one of the hottest pinball games yet.
Developed by Honey∞Parade Games, Inc. and Marvelous Inc. and published in North America by XSEED Games, Senran Kagura: Peach Ball is launching on Nintendo Switch on July 9, 2019. A PC release will follow later this summer.
There is one more mystery title yet to be revealed. Update 06/07/19 at 1:13 pm.: It is Granblue Fantasy: Versus.
XSEED Games said it plans to “make a grand new announcement in the coming days, to further share its E3 line up plans.” Stay tuned.