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Though perhaps not as popular as it once was, the Ace Attorney series still has more than a few fans who are clamoring for the latest entry into the series. The game will be called Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Ryuunosuke Naruhodou no Bouken, which translates to “Adventures of Ryunosuke Naruhodo: Trading Places Trial.” This entry will take place during Japan’s Meiji Restoration (roughly between 1868 and 1912). Players will take on the roll of an ancestor of Phoenix Wright, Ryuunosuke Naruhodo.
Tecmo Koei and Nintendo are teaming up to deliver a brand new game in the Fatal Frame franchise. For those who don’t know, the series has you hunt ghosts by using a camera, a mechanic that could work wonderfully with the Wii U gamepad. The game will be released on the Wii U and will also be a cross-media venture, which could include books, movies, and manga. In fact, a horror movie has already been planned for release this year and is being developed by Kadokawa Inc. No further details, such as a title or release window, have been stated.
Conception 2 is an odd game, but more importantly it’s one that doesn’t make good use of its oddness. It is a game focused almost entirely upon sex and risqué themes but it uses that subject matter for nothing more than titillation with no real sense of meaning or message behind it. That is perhaps its greatest (though far from only) flaw and regardless of how you feel about the things Conception 2 is portraying, that lack of sincerity keeps it from being anything more than the video game version of a Russ Meyer flick. For some people that won’t be an issue and regardless of its flaws, they’ll pick it up for the racy content on display; however if you’re looking for a game that uses sensitive subject matter to evoke actual discussion and reflection (or are even looking for just a decent JRPG), then Conception 2: Children of the Seven Stars will not be for you.
Ubisoft recently updated the Facts and Figures section of their website, and though it should come as no surprise, they have confirmed that the Assassin’s Creed franchise has sold over 73 million units. The same section of the website details the company’s expansion in terms of employees, and other sales numbers as well. For example, the Just Dance series has totalled 58 million in sales. All in all it looks like a good time for Ubisoft, despite the delays of Watch Dogs. Assassin’s Creed Unity is the next game up in the series. It is due out sometime this year for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
You can imagine how hard I must have rolled my eyes when I heard Nintendo was dipping its toes into the F2P market with a baseball themed mini-game collection of all things. Not only has Nintendo’s recent output been less than stellar in my eyes but I have never played a free to play game that I’ve actually felt good about putting money into. However I started to hear some interesting things about the Big N’s experiment with modular pricing; that it was similar in style to the Warioware series (which I adore) and that you could haggle down the real money prices of the game’s micro-transactions. Sufficiently allured, I decided to check it out and after a weekend of slowly draining my wallet and socking a few dingers, I can happily report that Nintendo has knocked it right out of the god damn park with their weird ballpark flavoured experiment, Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball.
Despite Sony having a fantastic year in terms of a massively popular console launch with solid lineup of games, they have still hit hard times. Sony forecasted a loss of $1.1 billion back in February for the fiscal period. Earlier today, Sony Computer Entertainment announced that they will be selling off 9.52 million shares of Square-Enix stock. The exact transfer price, with SMBC Nikko Securities, will be posted on April 17th and will be included in Sony’s projected capital gains for 2014. What does this mean for Sony and Square-Enix? Only time will tell, but it might suggest a tension between the two, and maybe a bit more love to companies like Nintendo or mobile platforms.
I would argue that the music from the Halo series is just as emblematic as Master Chief’s helmet. Well, Marty O’Donnell is the composer of these orchestrated classics and he has recently been let go by Bungie. According to a tweet from O’Donnell, he is “saddened to say that Bungie’s board of directors terminated me without cause on April 11, 2014.” O’Donnell was also working on the score for Destiny, Bungie’s big next-gen title. It will be interesting to see what his next career move will be, as he is one of the industry’s best.
[Ed's Note: Here's a fun fact, in addition to composing music for the Halo series, O'Donnell also wrote the soundtrack for Myst and made jingles for both Mr. Clean and Flintstone's Chewable Vitamins.]