XSEED Games Reveals PAX West 2023 Playable Lineup, Reveals Freedom Planet 2 Publishing Rights in North America
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XSEED Games, the independent-minded publishing brand of Marvelous USA, Inc., today announced their lineup of playable titles the publisher will be showcasing at PAX West 2023 in Seattle Sept. 1-4. The publisher will have hands-on demo experiences for upcoming titles releasing including action-focused titles Silent Hope, Rune Factory 3 Special, Cuisineer, Touhou: New World as well as the syn Sophia-developed creative-focused Fashion Dreamer.
The publisher is also pleased to announce that they will be publishing indie developer GalaxyTrail’s latest hit title, Freedom Planet 2 on console platforms in North America digitally. Originally released for Windows PC via Steam in 2022, the female-led high-speed platformer is scheduled for release on the Nintendo Switch in 2023. Freedom Planet 2 has already earned an “Overwhelmingly Positive” user score on Steam with 96% positive across more than 1,100 reviews.
Attendees can look forward to hands-on time with the games listed below, and more, at the XSEED Games booth located in the Seattle Convention Center, North Hall #1325.
Fashion Dreamer [Nintendo Switch ‒ Nov. 3, 2023]
Fashion Dreamer is a creative-focused game where players can express their unique styles using their avatar, called a Muse. Create iconic looks from cozy casualwear to chic couture, choosing from hundreds of available options that can be customized to be a truly one-of-a-kind look. Once players find their signature style, they can show off their latest outfits across different areas, called Cocoons. There, they can also explore inspiring new fashions from other Muses whether playing on- or offline or display them in their showroom to garner even more attention and Likes for their brand. Players can also increase their influence by completing design challenges, unlocking even more customization options to elevate their brand. Featuring asynchronous multiplayer, the world of Eve is inhabited by Muses from around the globe, allowing players to find inspiration or earn Likes for their most iconic fit virtually anywhere! Developed by syn Sophia Inc., Fashion Dreamer will be released on the Nintendo Switch™ system on Nov. 3. This title has been rated “E for Everyone” by the ESRB.
Freedom Planet 2 [Multiplatform ‒ 2023]
Return to the world of Avalice to battle an ancient threat in Freedom Planet 2, the long-awaited sequel to the beloved 2014 action-platformer. In the years since the events of the original game, our three returning heroes have refined their signature abilities, making them more formidable than ever before. Take advantage of Lilac’s speed with her Dragon Boost, reach new heights with Carol’s Jump Disc or motorcycle, or take a more measured approach with Milla’s shield. And all-new playable character Neera won’t be left out in the cold, as she can use her powerful Frost Arts to punish foes. Like its predecessor, this fast-paced combat-driven platform adventure gives you the flexibility to take on each stage exactly how you want. With a carefully tuned balance of speed and exploration, and gorgeous 2D visuals featuring refined character sprites, Freedom Planet 2 expands on everything that made the original a modern classic for a bigger, better, and more enriching retro experience. Freedom Planet 2 will be published on console platforms in 2023. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB.
Silent Hope [Multiplatform ‒ Oct. 3, 2023]
Silent Hope harkens back to the glory days of isometric dungeon-crawlers while infusing them with a modern approach. Players will take the role of seven unlikely heroes, each with their own unique weapons, fighting styles, and non-combat jobs. After diving into The Abyss to battle enemies and collect materials, the heroes return to Base Camp to craft, cook, and prepare for their next adventure. Each journey into The Abyss will be a fresh experience, with randomized layouts ensuring every excursion has the element of chance, with even greater dangers lurking the further the heroes dare to venture. Silent Hope is scheduled for release in North America for the Nintendo Switch™ system and Windows PC via Steam on Oct. 3. The title has been rated “E10+” by the ESRB.
Rune Factory 3 Special [Multiplatform – Sept. 5, 2023]
More than a decade after its original release on Nintendo DS, Rune Factory 3 returns, remade for a new generation on Nintendo Switch. All the classic gameplay returns with improved graphics and redesigned 3D character models, bolstered by brand-new features like “Newlywed Mode,” standalone adventures unlocked after marriage to each of the game’s 11 eligible bachelorettes; and a “Hell” difficulty level to challenge even veteran players! Whether it’s your first visit or you’re returning after a long time away, experience the unforgettable story of Rune Factory 3 like never before. Rune Factory 3 Special will launch globally on Windows PC via Steam and in North America on Nintendo Switch™ on Sept. 5. This title is rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.
Touhou: New World [Multiplatform – Sept. 12, 2023]
Touhou: New World returns players to Gensokyo, a supernatural world that both humans and the spirits known as youkai call home. While far from idyllic, life for residents is relatively uneventful; that is until the mystical barrier protecting it is breached by an outsider harboring an obsession with the supernatural realm, bringing chaos to both Gensokyo and the world beyond. It’s up to shrine maiden Reimu and her magician friend Marisa to uncover the true source of the chaos and restore peace to both worlds, dodging magical bullet barrages and battling a menagerie of mystical creatures along the way! This fan-made title from developer Ankake Spa combines fast-paced action-RPG and bullet-hell elements for a magical combination. Touhou: New World launched for Nintendo Switch™ and Windows PC via Steam digitally on July 13, and will release digitally for PS4™ and PS5™ on Sept. 12.