XSEED to show off new entries in fan-favorite franchises at E3 2016
XSEED Games was excited to announce the lineup of games that they will show off for the first time at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo from June 14, 2016 to June 16, 2016. The titles announced today are Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, and STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns.
They also stated that they will be showing off the PlayStation 3 and Vita versions of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II, as well as Corpse Party for the 3DS, in addition to the previously announced trio of titles.
They also announced that AKIBA’S BEAT will be joining their lineup for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, and is currently scheduled for a Winter 2016 launch.
Shinichi Suzuki, President and CEO of Marvelous USA, stated, “We’re excited about the expansion of our portfolio with the addition of titles from high profile franchises such as Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star and follow-ups to our acclaimed properties with STORY OF SEASONS and The Legend of Heroes. Alongside independent labors of love including Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, we are very much looking forward to showing off these games for the first time at E3.”
Here’s information about each of the newly announced titles, as presented on the official press release:
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star
[Platforms: PS4, PSVita; Release: Winter] – Expanding upon the extensive and much-beloved Fate universe with a standalone story from acclaimed series writer Kinoko Nasu (of Fate/stay night fame), Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star, developed by Marvelous Inc., transpires on the new world of Extella through a diverse cast of “Servants” – ancient warriors of legend and imagination, always at their Masters’ orders – who survived the Holy Grail War that took place on the Moon. In a future ruled by the all-powerful lunar super computer Moon Cell Automaton, these champions now duke it out for dominance over this digital realm, known as “SE.RA.PH.” This story takes place after the events described in Fate/EXTRA, and depicts the world after that previous Holy Grail War. Players will experience the story from the independent perspectives of the three heroine Servants and face off against foes from a variety of Fate productions, including characters from Fate/stay night, Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/Grand Order, in fast-paced action. A new form change battle mechanic debuts in this entry to match its series-first gameplay style, transforming the player-controlled Servants and granting them considerable powers that allow them to devastate enemies and take formidable challenges head-on.
STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Release: 2017] – In celebration of the upcoming 20th anniversary of the longest-running farming and life simulation series, the beloved Bokujo Monogatari franchise – now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West – returns with its biggest adventure yet in STORY OF SEASONS: Trio of Towns. Settled on a homestead in the middle of three distinct and uniquely themed locales, players can explore a diverse landscape as they search for new ways to grow their farms and friendships. Extensive customization and gameplay options are on offer in Trio of Towns, with each village offering its own variety of regional crops, lads and ladies to romance, animals, festivals, furniture, decorations and more. More ways to play sprout up as players connect to one another locally or via the internet to chat, trade, and enhance items on a mysterious multiplayer island.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
[Platforms: PSVita, PS3; Release: Fall 2016] – The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II picks up one month after the decisive collision which changed the fate of the entire nation at the conclusion of Trails of Cold Steel. Speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed “ARCUS” system returns with all the bells and whistles players fondly remember alongside a new Overdrive mode, new means of transportation both across the land and sky, new allies, new dangers, and a renewed sense of hope as Rean tirelessly works to right the wrongs that have led the country to disarray. Cross-Save functionality between the game’s “PSVita” and PS3™ editions returns, and clear data from the first game grants bonus stats and extra items. In addition, relationships cultivated during the earlier time players spent at Thors Military Academy affect future story elements and allow for more personalized conversations throughout the game.
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Release: Summer 2016] – In the critically acclaimed cult hit Corpse Party, players take control of a group of Japanese high school students who inadvertently engage in a pagan ritual and find themselves inexplicably transported into a whole other space: an inescapable echo of a long-since demolished school building where a series of brutal murders once took place. Presented using crisp 2D sprite graphics in a classic 16-bit style, Corpse Party is brought to life with gruesome and horrifyingly detailed portraits and art stills, vividly descriptive text, and binaural 3D audio when played with headphones for a more immersive audioscape. Players’ minds are prone to wander in this horror adventure, providing a uniquely engrossing and terrifying story-driven experience. Remastered from the 2011 PSP game, the Nintendo 3DS rendition of Corpse Party will feature redrawn, high-resolution character sprites, newly arranged music tracks, and 3D art stills, as well as four new Extra Chapters exclusive to this version that provide insight into lesser-shown characters and plot elements previously left unexplained.
Those attending the event can visit XSEED Games in the West Hall at Booth #5000.