With the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit only three days away, companies attending the event are still releasing their PRs revealing their E3 lineups.
The latest of which are Marvelous Entertainment USA and XSEED Games, who in May had agreed to a co-publishing agreement for Marvelous's US titles. Combined, there are seven games in the publishers' E3 lineup, with four fallings under the companies' co-publishing deal, while the last three will be released solely by XSEED Games.
The first of the four games under the co-publishing deal to be released in the US will be Avalon Code for the DS. An RPG being developed by Matrix Software, its story changes depending on the gender of the main character. The game will release in Q1 2009. The game's official site can be found here.
The second game will be Rune Factory Frontier for the Wii. Already showcased here on GameGrep, this game is the latest game in the Harvest Moon-spinoff Rune Factory series. The game boasts impressive graphics and will feature action RPG elements combined with that classic Harvest Moon gameplay. The game will release in North America in the first quarter of 2009.
The other two games that fall under the co-publishing deal are ones that were previously known: Little King's Story for the Wii, and Valhalla Knights 2 for the PSP. Catch up on all of the latest news surrounding King Story here, including the kingdom of the drunkards. Both are slated for a 2008 release, Winter and Fall respectively.
There are three more games that will solely go under XSEED Games' label, and the games represent the publisher's first foray onto the Nintendo DS. The first game of this set is Populous DS, the latest game in the Populous series that pioneered the God simulation genre. The game will feature touch screen controls, and players will be able to manipulate five elemental gods in the game's single-player campaign. The game will feature multiplayer for up to four players locally. The game will see US shores in the Fall of 2008.
The second game of this three game set is KORG DS-10, a music-creation program that will allow users to synthesize their own music. It will tap into the DS's touch screen controls to provide full control. Players will be able to connect with up to seven other people to play or trade songs. It is scheduled to release in the Fall of 2008.
The last game of these three, and probably the most surpring and downright the best announcement out of all the seven games, is that XSEED Games will be brining over Retro Game Challenge for the Nintendo DS. Known in Japan as Game Center CX: Arino's Challenge, the game is a collection of smaller full games based on existing classics. Spanning multiple genres, players will play through each game in the game's story, playing alongside a young Arino, as you and he both experience gaming as it was in the 80s. The game is widely popular in Japan, and so is the show that it is based off of. The game will release in Winter of 2008.
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Avalon Code DS
From the creative minds behind Rune Factory and Harvest Moon with the development studio responsible for the Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV DS remakes comes Avalon Code, an action RPG boasting incredible graphics, a deep and engrossing story, and innovative game play mechanics. Using the main characters Book of Prophecy, players can modify the rules of engagement during battle as well as weapon and monster attributes. The player even has control over the story as it changes depending on which gender the player chooses to play as, enhancing the ability to immerse themselves into the story. Avalon Code DS is scheduled for release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.
Rune Factory: Frontier Wii
From the creators of Harvest Moon and Rune Factory for the DS comes the first installment of Rune Factory for a home console. Developed exclusively for Wii, Rune Factory: Frontier features stunning graphics and takes full advantage of the Wiis unique controls to fully immerse players in the Rune Factory universe. Rune Factory: Frontier incorporates an open-ended structure that allows players to choose the type of game they wish to experience. Whether its growing crops, expanding the town, fighting (or befriending) monsters or even falling in love, the experience is unique to each player. Rune Factory: Frontier Wii is scheduled for release Q1 2009. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.
LITTLE KINGS STORY Wii
Little Kings Story has an art style that is very story-book in look and a magical fairy tale quality that will intrigue and delight gamers. The storyline, visual look, and lyrical music of Little Kings Story, work in concert to transport players to an interactive, enchanting, fairy tale world. By combining gameplay elements from life-simulation, real-time strategy, and adventure genres, the many aspects of creating a vast kingdom come to life! As King, players will manage and involve their townspeople in the goals of creating this new territory; enlisting them to dig for treasure, build new buildings and otherwise better their community. Of course, leadership is a two-way street, so as King, players will try to conquer rival nations to create a single unified kingdom, while also granting the requests of townspeople at whim. The game transforms the Wii Remote to a royal scepter and offers players the chance to be the best king in the world! Little Kings Story Wii is scheduled for release Winter 2008. The game will be published in Europe by Rising Star Games*, a subsidiary of Marvelous Entertainment.
Retro Game Challenge
An original game based on the popular Japanese GAME CENTER CX TV series, Retro Game Challenge reinvents how classic games are played. Featuring a story-driven progression, players complete short challenges in a wide-variety of fictional retro-games. Specific challenges in shooting, racing, action and even an epic role-playing game are integrated into the story, while the in-game magazines offer cheat codes as well as fake 80s news stories paying tribute to the rich history of the gaming industry. Released to raving reviews as Game Center CX: Arinos Challenge in Japan, the game received a Gold Award from Famitsu with a 33/40 review score. Retro Game Challenge is scheduled for release Winter 2008.