Now's your second chance to grab two My Nintendo items that sold out ridiculously quickly. Both the Splatoon 2/Mario Splatfest Keychain and Age of Calamity Acrylic Panel Art have returned, and as usual, we have no idea how many units there are. Don't wait long if you want to grab one of these, as this could be the last restock. Both items can be found here.
The Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack for the series' latest title "ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIV" is available at last! An all new world of strategy awaits you. Make a display of your strategies on an increasingly worldly stage!
The Romance of the Three Kingdoms series has certainly had a few installments release outside of Japan, but they've never really much success. Could Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack and the Switch be the perfect combo for a breakthrough moment? We'll find out soon, as the game has just launched in NA/EU today. Check out full details on this installment below.
Today, KOEI TECMO America and famed developer Kou Shibusawa are proud to launch Romance of The Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack on the PlayStation®4 Computer Entertainment System, Nintendo Switch™, and digitally on Windows PC via Steam®. This Expansion Pack is the latest addition to the RTK historic simulation franchise that has been a staple in strategy gaming for over 35 years.
The Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack introduces four new scenarios into the Three Kingdoms experience, enabling gamers to play as unique warlords who were active during several stages of the time period – and depending on the forces chosen, players will be presented with completely different paths in their attempts to unify China. The four new Scenarios include “The Intentions of Two Yuans” (October 191), a story that depicts how the ambition of warlords clash after the Anti-Dong Zhuo Coalition collapses; “The Battle of Chibi” (October 208), the biggest turning point for Romance of the Three Kingdoms; the “Anti-Guan Yu Coalition” (July 219), where Wei and Wu join forces to prevent Guan Yu from advancing north; and “The Conquest of Liaodong” (January 238), portraying the subjugation of Gongsun Yuan, the King of Yan, by Sima Yi. And while the game portrays classic events like Sun Jian’s sudden death and Zhou Yu’s scheme to sow dissension, players will also be able to create their own striking moments with the new Event Editor. Here, players can combine backgrounds, speakers, BGM, messages, and officer images into a historic recreation all their own.
In addition, the thrilling new War Chronicles Mode introduces five new short scenarios to the battlefield, including the “Anti Dong Zhou Coalition”, “The Battle of Guandu”, “The Battle of Chibi”, “The Battle for Jing Province”, and “The Battle for Wuzhang Plains”. In this new mode, gamers will take command of forces which cannot be chosen in normal scenarios -- such as Zhou Yu in “The Battle of Chibi” and rivals Zhuge Liang or Sima Yi in the heated “Battle of Wuzhang Plains” -- and each scenario will include original events, adding even more excitement to the classic scenes in Romance of the Three Kingdoms. At the conclusion of each scenario, players will be evaluated and given a score according to several factors including how many turns were used, how many orders were consumed, and how many times a coordinated tactic was executed, testing the true skills of every gamer out on the virtual battlefield.
New officer characteristics and special tactics have also been added, along with new buildings for specific topography, a calendar that enables you to reflect on previous activities in the game, the ability to trade with the great Eurasian empires like Rome and India, and the all-new “Destroy Building” ability – enabling you to sabotage structures on the map, and even set traps like falling rocks!
Also included in the Expansion Pack is the ability for players to interact with cities of foreign tribes, including the tribes of Wuhuan, Xianbei, Qiang, Nanman and Shanyue. While it has always been important to deal with conflicts in the central areas of China, now players must think twice about strategies on the borders where tense battles can now emerge. If players decide to open trade with the foreign tribes of the region, they can send envoys to develop their relations after acquiring certain geographic advantages. For example: conquering Yo Province allows friendships to form with Wuhuan, while conquering Bing Province allows strong relations to form with Xianbei. Players will also have the choice to deploy their troops to conquer these tribes. Once players form strong relations with, or successfully conquer the tribe, an Outlander Officer will join their forces. These extremely powerful officers utilize the “Siyi” formation to gain the upper hand in mountainous areas or forests. In fact, each tribe has a unique trait assigned to them -- Qiang officers can activate “Bow Cavalry”, while Xianbei officers are equipped with “War Chariot”. Strategically recruiting Outlander Officers with desired traits will be pivotal in unifying China!
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack features a variety of early purchase bonus items that will be available to freely download within the first two weeks from launch. The bonus scenario ‘The Fall of Shu Han’ will be available for players on all platforms, while the ‘Battle of Yiling’ scenario, originally a bonus for the release of Romance of The Three Kingdoms XIV, will be available exclusively to Switch players. Additionally, the ‘Legends of Galactic Heroes’ collaboration scenario ‘In the Middle of an Endless Dream’ and all characters of ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes’ collaboration DLC #1 through #5 will be available as a Switch exclusive bonus. Characters excluding Reinhard and Yang will be available for two weeks after launch. A variety of free updates will also be made available to the game post launch.
The third DLC pack for Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & the Secret Fairy is now available in Japan. Including 7 swimsuit costumes (listed below), you can check out screenshots of each one here via Famitsu. The Season Pass that includes this DLC won't be available westside until March 2021.
① Ryza's Swimsuit "Tropical Summer"
② Lent's Swimsuit "Beach Flag King"
③ Tao's Swimsuit "School Trip"
④ Klaudia's Swimsuit "Black Monokini"
⑤ Patricia's Swimsuit "White Beach Corset"
⑥ Clifford's Swimsuit "Ocean Treasure"
⑦ Serri's Swimsuit "Bitter Chocolate"
We don't often see Romance of the Three Kingdoms titles heading outside of Japan, but franchise fans around the world will soon have the chance to check out on Switch. In an interview with NintendoEverything, producer Kazuhiro Echigoya talks about what the team is expecting as far as reception outside of Japan.
In Japan and the rest of Asia, the Nintendo Switch is a huge market, so we created the English version of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIV: Diplomacy and Strategy Expansion Pack Bundle, with the anticipation of the Switch marketing becoming just as strong in the west as in Asia. Fortunately, the Switch version has been well-received in Japan and Asia, so we hope everyone in the west will also enjoy it.
It's great to see the series get some love around the world, but is this a one-and-done situation, or are future installments going to get localized as well? Echigoya answered that question with this.
As long as there is a big market for the Switch, I think we will continue to release future entries for it, and release it concurrently with other versions.
As of right now, it doesn't sound like there's going to be a North American physical release for Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack. That has obviously upset some fans, but now there's no need to worry anymore. A new option is available, and it's perfect for importing.
Play-Asia has confirmed that a physical release of Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack is heading to Asia, and it includes English support. You can pre-order it right now, and it's available on April 22nd, 2021.
We've been covering the Japanese news surrounding Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack for a few days now, but today we get the NA/EU release info. We don't have long to wait for this pack, as it's set for an April 22nd, 2021 release. Check out full details on the package below.
KOEI TECMO America and developer GUST Studios are proud to reveal the upcoming Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack, slated for launch on the Apr. 22, 2021 for the Nintendo Switch™ system, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Windows PC via Steam®.
The three games: Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX, and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX, will come packed with a large amount of the previously released DLC for the titles, as well as all-new content for the DX versions -- including a special digital artbook, photo modes, and the option to speed-up battles. This release also marks the first time that Atelier Sophie and Atelier Firis will be playable on the Nintendo Switch™, enabling players to enjoy these adventures at home or on the go. The Atelier Mysterious Trilogy will be available for purchase as individual titles or together in a specially priced Deluxe Pack containing all three games.
The first title, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, follows the adventures of young novice alchemist Sophie Neuenmuller, who discovers she is the owner of an enigmatic book imbued with a soul. This Mysterious Book seems to hold the secrets to the art of alchemy, and as Sophie experiments with alchemy throughout the story, she unravels the book’s forgotten memories and eventually sets out to uncover the strange tale of its origin. The DX version of this game includes a brand-new coming-of-age story for Sophie, as she struggles to step into the shoes of her late grandmother – the town’s reliable alchemist.
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX is the second entry in the ‘Mysterious’ saga, following the adventures of the enthusiastic Firis Mistlud and her loving older sister Liane Mistlud. The sisters have lived their entire lives in the isolated town of Ertona, where Firis uses her unique ability to see where material crystals are buried. By way of a fateful encounter, Firis learns of the Alchemy Exam and decides to take her first step into the outside world, setting off on a grand journey to become a certified alchemist and discover the mysteries that life has to offer! The DX version of the game adds four new vehicles and several exploration items to improve efficiency and speed, as well as seven new quests that lead to unlocking the powerful new foe Palmyra.
The gripping conclusion to the Mysterious Trilogy, Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX, follows the tale of alchemist twins -- the reserved but caring Lydie Marlen, and the eccentric and carefree Suelle Marlen. The young twins work alongside their father at the family atelier, but due to his inexperience in alchemy, they rarely see any customers. While working hard to hone their skills, the duo uncovers a mysterious looking painting, and as they reach out to investigate, the girls are drawn inside a world bountiful with rare materials perfect for alchemy! This fateful discovery is just the beginning of the twin’s adventure, leading them to their joint goal -- to run the best atelier in the country! The DX version of the game introduces a new painting that connects Lydie and Suelle to the world of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists. In order to help Lady Nelke develop the city, the twins will have to embark on new missions and fight against perilous new enemies!
Momotaro Dentetsu: Showa, Heisei, Reiwa mo Teiban! has once again hit another sales milestone. Konami has announced that the game has moved over 2.5 million units physical and digital combined. The game originally launched in Japan on November 19th, 2020, so this title is selling at a pretty breakneck speed.
The success of Momotaro Dentetsu has been quite the boon for Konami. The company has revealed their fiscal results for the first nine months of fiscal year 2021, ending Dec. 31, 2020. In the Digital Entertainment sector, the company saw 33.1% higher revenue and 79.4% higher profit year-on-year.
Koei Tecmo has released the first trailer for the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack. This package contains Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX, and Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX. Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack launches in Japan on April 22nd, 2021.
Over in Japan, customers who snag the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack will have numerous options to pick from. There will be a digital version that includes all three games for 11,880 yen, but all three versions will be sold individually for 5,280 a piece as well. These digital versions also include a download code for a digital art book.
For those that go the retail route, buying the standard version for 11,880 yen includes the digital art book code, along with a code to download the pack's original soundtrack. Finally, there's the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack “Premium Box” for 15,180 yen. This has all 3 games, a set B3-size cloth poster, a Mysterious series Special Arrange CD, and five prism illustration cards.
Retailers in Japan also revealed their pre-order bonuses for the pack. There are posters, art cards, clear files, and more. You can have a look at all the goodies here.
Earlier in the week, we found out about the Atelier Mysterious Trilogy Deluxe Pack, which is heading to Switch in Japan on April 22nd, 2021. Since that initial reveal, Famitsu has shared some new info on tweaks and additions for these titles. Check out the round-up of new content below.
All three titles will include the following:
- Photo Mode
- digital art book
- double-speed battle mode
Other additions include:
Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey DX
- Four additional vehicles, including a submarine and bulldozer.
- Seven additional subjugation quests and enhanced boss Palmyra added.
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book DX
- Additional, more mature-looking costume.
- Additional story of Sophie’s growth following in the steps of her grandmother.
- Three additional alchemy pots.
Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists and the Mysterious Paintings DX
- Additional painting that connects to the world of Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists: Ateliers of the New World, including a scenario featuring Nelke and boss battle.