BANDAI NAMCO have been busy this week with a lot of new announcements from Gamescon 2018 in Germany. The news includes some of their classic games getting new releases, new titles, characters joining games as playable characters, new story modes, and more.
The first piece of new this week is that the DARK SOULS TRILOGY will be coming to both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One systems this October.
The release will include three games; DARK SOULS™: Remastered, DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin™, and DARK SOULS™ III: The Fire Fades™ Edition in a steelbook case. The MSRP for the game that will hit shelves on October 19th is $79.99 USD.
The next announcement they made was that narrative-horror anthology series The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan will be released next year for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and STEAM for PC.
From their press release “Developed by Supermassive Games, the critically-acclaimed studio behind the cult-classic thriller Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures is a series of standalone cinematic horror games linked by one common element: that every playable character can live and every playable character can die throughout the story, yielding numerous possible endings and near-limitless replayability. The series, which is the first in Supermassive’s horror catalog to be released on Xbox One and PC, challenges players to face their fears and uncover the secrets of The Dark Pictures universe, where every choice has potentially irreversible consequences.”
Next up is the news of six new playable characters will be joining the JUMP FORCE game. At GAMESCON 2018 this week, a new trailer for the upcoming game was released along with the announcement that Gon and Hisoka from HUNTER X HUNTER, Sanji, Sabo, and Bleackbeard from ONE PIECE, and Vegeta from DRAGON BALL Z will be joining the game.
Next up is news from SOULCALIBUR VI. The next story mode for the fighting game for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC systems will be titled Libra Of Soul and will re-introduce Tira as a playable character. She will be available for those that purchase the season pass, or the the DLC with her in it.
The final new announcement is aircraft fighting game ACE COMBAT 7 will launch on January 18th 2019 for both PlayStation 4 and XBox One systems with the PC launch via Steam coming soon after on February 1st. The new release will also feature a new game engine with Unreal Engine 4, and for those on PlayStation 4 there will be exclusive PlayStation VR missions.
All press releases for all of the news this week are below. All artwork, trailers, and screenshots are courtesy of BANDAI NAMCO.
DARK SOULS™ TRILOGY ANNOUNCED FOR PLAYSTATION®4 SYSTEM AND XBOX ONE FROM BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC.
The Ultimate Ensemble of DARK SOULS Titles Set to Arrive this Fall to Challenge New and Old Players Alike
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 21, 2018) – Leading video game publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces that DARK SOULS™ Trilogy will be coming to the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on October 19, 2018 with an MSRP of $79.99. This three-game compilation includes DARK SOULS™: Remastered, DARK SOULS™ II: Scholar of the First Sin™, and DARK SOULS™ III: The Fire Fades™ Edition packaged in an exclusive Steelbook® case.
The DARK SOULS series has been a benchmark of excellence since it’s initial release in 2011. The series has ignited the imagination of video game fans the world over with its unique gameplay elements including asynchronous multiplayer, challenging difficulty that requires players to think before they act, deep lore that expands a deceptively simple story, and an atmospheric twisting and interconnected world map. Now players can own the entire series along with all associated DLC in one ultimate package.
“The DARK SOULS Trilogy gives those who haven’t played the DARK SOULS series a great opportunity to jump in and experience what has become one of the most influential video game series of the past decade,” said Jenn Tsang, Marketing Brand Manager for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The magic of DARK SOULS lies within its ability to challenge players with highly rewarding gameplay and deliver a euphoric sense of accomplishment after beating a particularly tough boss, or area in the game. We hope to share that feeling with new players through DARK SOULS Trilogy.”
The physical edition of DARK SOULS Trilogy will be available in limited numbers across the Americas. To ensure a physical copy at launch, it is recommended that players please pre-order the physical game at participating retailers.
DARK SOULS Trilogy is rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB and will be available for the PlayStation 4 system and Xbox One on October 19, 2018 with a MSRP of $79.99. For more information regarding DARK SOULS Trilogy and other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. please visit https://www.bandainamcoent.com, https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation at https://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.
EXPERIENCE TERROR LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN THE DARK PICTURES – MAN OF MEDAN
New Survival-Horror Anthology Title from Developer Supermassive Games Offers a Chilling Non-Linear, Branching Narrative
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (August 21, 2018) – Leading interactive entertainment developer and publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today announces The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan, the first installment in a brand-new, narrative-horror anthology series. The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan is slated to release in 2019 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and STEAM® for PC.
Developed by Supermassive Games, the critically-acclaimed studio behind the cult-classic thriller Until Dawn, The Dark Pictures is a series of standalone cinematic horror games linked by one common element: that every playable character can live and every playable character can die throughout the story, yielding numerous possible endings and near-limitless replayability. The series, which is the first in Supermassive’s horror catalog to be released on Xbox One and PC, challenges players to face their fears and uncover the secrets of The Dark Pictures universe, where every choice has potentially irreversible consequences.
“We are incredibly excited to announce the Dark Pictures Anthology and the first game in the series – Man of Medan,” said Pete Samuels, CEO for Supermassive Games and Executive Producer for The Dark Pictures. “With each title being a standalone game, we have the opportunity to create a unique horror experience every time, with new stories, settings, characters and cast. As a studio we have a passion to deliver powerful cinematic horror, and we can’t wait for players to experience these new games across PS4, XBOX and PC. We have a great partner in BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and we look forward to working with them to help bring these terrifying tales to gamers everywhere.”
The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan chronicles the adventures of a group of friends in search of a mysterious World War II shipwreck, whose holiday diving trip turns sinister as a storm slowly envelops them. With survival their only concern, the player must take control of the five protagonists and traverse the terrors of the sea, both to uncover its mysteries, and to live to tell their tale.
“Horror anthologies have become incredibly popular in recent years, but this format has mostly been limited to the medium of TV — until now,” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing for BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “With The Dark Pictures, we’re bringing this compelling method of storytelling into the world of video games, and letting gamers take control of their terror with an unprecedented level of interactivity. Man of Medan is our maiden voyage into the genre, and it’s a journey that players definitely won’t want to miss.”
The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan will be available in 2019 for the PlayStation®4 system, Xbox One, and STEAM for PC. The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan is currently pending a final rating with the ESRB. For more information regarding The Dark Pictures – Man of Medan and other titles from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. please visit https://www.bandainamcoent.com,https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS, or join the conversation athttps://www.twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.
HUNTER X HUNTER JOINS THE JUMP FORCE ROSTER FROM BANDAI NAMCO ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA INC.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. today reveals six new playable characters for its upcoming title JUMP FORCE. Also highlighted with these assets is visible damage to characters as fights progress as well as a new stage based on the planet Namek from Dragon Ball Z.
Hunter X Hunter
Gon – A young boy pure of heart. He will put his friends first above all and will face up to any opponent if it’s for the greater good.
Hisoka – Underneath his jovial exterior lies a sociopathic fighter that finds pleasure only in killing.
Sanji – The Straw Hat Pirate crew’s cook and one of their strongest fighters.
Sabo – A sworn brother to Luffy and the Revolutionary Army’s Chief-of-Staff. He is able to control the element of fire and uses this immense skill in battle.
Bleackbeard – One of the fiercest and most despicable characters in One Piece. He is the only known user of two different Devil Fruits, allowing him to create earethquakes and manipulate darkness itself.
Dragon Ball Z
Vegeta – Once a mortal enemy of Goku, Vegeta now fights alongside him to protect Earth.
JUMP FORCE gives players the ability to create their own customized avatar and interact with players from around the world. Players will be able to explore a huge lobby comprised of four distinct areas based on settings from One Piece, Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, and the real world. Further information regarding avatar customization will be revealed soon.
BECOME THE HERO OF YOUR OWN LEGEND IN SOULCALIBUR VI’s SECOND STORY MODE TITLED… LIBRA OF SOUL
Tira Returns to the Stage of History As a Special Season Pass Bonus Fighter
A great story mode can provide much needed context for rivalries in fighting games and SOULCALIBUR VI will be delivering double the drama with two story modes. Libra Of Soul is the second story mode in SOULCALIBUR VI, joining Chronicle of Souls mode. In Libra Of Soul mode, players will be able to create their own custom fighter from scratch before roaming the world in a quest to stop a new evil mastermind at work to gather Soul Edge shards. Along the way, players will come up against both characters from across the main storyline, and warriors created by the community, fighting in a variety of rule-specific showdowns which will shape their own path.
Players will be able to create their own unique characters through thousands of different combinations, choosing from 16 races, including human, lizard, or even living skeleton, before customizing the size, facial features, hairstyle, clothes, armor, and…. weapons & fighting style!
Additionally, Tira, the Bird of Death, is also joining the stage of history as a bonus character for those who purchase the SOULCALIBUR VI Season Pass. Tira will also be available as a stand-alone DLC for those who choose to purchase her character separately.
Tira, an expert wielder of her Ring Blade named Eiserne Drossel, fights using her own Dance of Death style. Trained by the mysterious Birds of Passage group of assassins, Tira abandoned the group after its leader went mad. Alone and angry, Tira, travels across the world, slaughtering anyone who gets in her way – taking great pleasure in the trail of blood in her wake.
ACE COMBAT 7 Officially Set to Take-off on January 18, 2019 for the PlayStation®4 and Xbox One; STEAM® version to Launch on February 1, 2019
ACE COMBAT fans, this is not a drill, suit-up, strap in, and mark your calendars! BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America is excited to announce that attack sorties in ACE COMBAT 7 will commence on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on January 18, 2019 with the STEAM for PC version taking-off shortly after on February 1, 2019 in the Americas.
The ACE COMBAT franchise has led the way in providing unparalleled aerial combat gameplay to millions of players for over 20 years. Now utilizing Unreal® Engine 4, ACE COMBAT 7 is set to take the franchise to new heights through enhanced graphics delivering dynamic cloud cover (which affects gameplay), detailed particle effects as planes are destroyed in the air, and exclusive PlayStation®VR missions for those playing on the PlayStation 4. With all of the graphical and gameplay enhancements, combined with the deep story narrative the ACECOMBAT franchise is known for; ACE COMBAT 7 is set to be another great chapter in this storied franchise.