The theatrical adaptation of Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 is being revived this year in Japan on May 30th to June 3rd. A rehearsal is going to take place on May 29th. Three new actors are now part of the cast: Yoshihiko Narimatsu (Yoritada), Doi Kazumi (Katsuzane), and Tooru Hachinohe (Yasutsugu; who also voices Rindou in the upcoming Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 Kazahanaki). ODYSEEY's press release for it can be seen here with a teaser trailer.
Love Love ♥ Tenshin-sama Angelique has updated its website with information regarding the game's overall system. Clavis' alternate profile information and name are also available for viewing.
The second Neoromance message campaign is for White Day. Members of Koei's fanclub can sign in and pick their favorite five characters from the following games: Angelique étoile, Neo Angelique Special, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5, and 100man-nin no Kiniro no Corda. Once they have registered their purchase, consumers can log in to their My Gamecity account to hear their special audio messages.
A DVD recording of the Neoromance Starlight ♥ Christmas 2011 stage event is going to be on sale on March 21st. Gamecity shoppers can purchase it early on February 29th with a special case.
4Gamer posted a photo report of the game's stage presentation at Jisedai World Hobby Fair '12 Winter.
The Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 only stage event, Neoromance ♥ Festa ~ Haruka Festival 2012, has updated its official website with more details. Kazahanaki characters Rindou and Sou Kiryu will also participate in the event. An original story and characters will be the event's main theme.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online is undergoing a campaign to celebrate the end of this expansion in preparation for the newer expansion in March. Aside from the standard final showdown between factions, players can log in to receive random presents and bonuses for the Houoh no Shou expansion.
Information regarding the world battle in February and the new retainer system in Houoh no Shou can be viewed for interested readers at Online Gamer.
CWS Brains and Koei's social game, Hyaku-mon nin no Hyper World Soccer!, is now available for every GREE user in Japan. Players can create and manage their own teams as they compete in leagues throughout the week.
Gamer is posting another voice actor interview for interested fans. Part one includes photos and commentary for Sou Kiryu and the Heaven Guardians (Shun Kiryu, Chinami, Tatewaki Komatsu, and Ernest Satow).
New screenshots and images for Kazahanaki on its official website. A new character named Tadayoshi Oguri is available for viewing.
Sign ups for a closed beta for the game's online mode is in progress. Interested fans can sign up by having a Gamecity account and be accessing the beta link through various Japanese news sites (such as Game Watch and Gamer). The online battles up for testing seem to be PvP card battles.
Dynasty Warriors Online is performing a Zhuge Liang themed update on January 19th. Players can use a revised version of his weapon and gather parts of his costume for their characters. A Chinese New Years quest will also let players gain access to a firecracker emote to celebrate.
The new "Ninja" garments can be obtained as a special drop item. These outfits are altered versions of Ryu and Ayane's costumes.
Gust's new mystery PS Vita title will have an unspecified connection with mobile devices according to this week's Dengeki Playstation issue.
Other small notes and hints have been pointed out in this week's issue. See the Dengeki Online article for details.
Idea Factory's Otome game adaptation of Gust's Atelier series, Elkrone Atelier ~Dear for Otomate~, has updated its official website with a promotional video and a handful of new character biographies for viewers to enjoy.
Trading cell phone straps for the Atelier series is now available in Gust's shop.
Gust's new mystery title is apparently called genomirai. Visitors who access the website can see a strange short video with the code "GM-0315" shown at the start. Region-locked users can see it on youtube. More data will be shown on January 26th.
The full name of Gust's new PS Vita game is revealed to be Ciel nosurge -surge concerto- ~Ushiwareta Hoshi he Sasugu Uta~, in this week's Dengeki PlayStation issue. The main protagonist is a girl named Ionasal Kukururu Prishiel (Ion for short) who is voiced by Ai Kakuma. The player supposedly helps her by scheduling her daily activities (such as sleeping, eating, and so on) in a real-life simulation style. Story details, online capabilities, and basic data are confirmed to be available. It is currently scheduled to be in Japan's stores on April 26th.
The seven year anniversary pack for Uncharted Waters Online will be available for purchase in Japan on February 21st. Its subtitle is Kaizoku Barbarossa no Hihou ("Pirate Barbarossa's Secret Treasure"). Pre-ordering the package allows players to use costume parts from the key NPCs in Tierra Americana: Justine, Albrecht von Wallenstein, and Lorenzo de' Medici. Players can see other details and bonuses in the press report.
Panama is a new location players can explore for new quests, recipes, skills, and so on. See the press report for details.
Otome game fans can watch the night showing on the 19th live at Nico Nico. The live recording is the final performance of the event.
A drama and voice actor commentary CD for Love Love ♥ Tenshin-sama Angelique is going to be available for purchase on February 29th. Players who pre-order the CD can obtain a downloadable serial code to obtain an item for their avatars.
100man-nin no Daikoukai-jidai has a special Valentine's Day event planned for users. Players can buy cocoa for a limited time and may earn Anne d'Autriche for their crew. She was the Queen consort for King Louis XIII of France and was the first member of French royalty to be given chocolate from Spain.
Sangokushi 12's purchase date in Japan has been changed from March 2nd to March 30th. As small compensation for pushing back the date, developers have revealed that a crossover scenario with Nobunaga no Yabou can be unlocked and that players can use generals from its sister historical simulation series.
The closed beta test for Sangokushi 12 has been postponed. Players who have signed up for beta testing will receive emails concerning the new schedule and dates. In the meantime interested fans can download a wallpaper image of the game's main visual.
Dynasty Warriors Online's newest upcoming expansion, Ryujin Ranbu, has information regarding bonuses players obtain for reserving the title or by purchasing the Treasure Box edition. Pre-ordering the game allows players to gain a unique cowboy costume for their avatars, a random Level 4 weapon, 50,000 gold, and 10 other supplementary items for their characters. The Treasure Box edition adds more items, another costume option, a chart for keeping track of their characters' progress, a supplementary book, and a soundtrack CD featuring new songs in the game called "Echo of Ling Lun".
A Cao Pi themed update is going to be available for players on February 16th. A revised version of his weapon's moveset and parts of his model can be obtained by player characters. Other items and costumes are also mentioned within the linked press report.
Players who purchase Ryujin Ranbu from Amazon can obtain a downloadable code to obtain five colored mantles.
The second February 22nd (Nyan-nyan-nyan or Meow-meow-meow Day) collaboration event with Uncharted Waters Online and Nobunyaga no Yabouhas been announced. Unlike previous collaboration projects, Oda Nobunyaga finally has a custom 3D model within the game. Players of the MMORPG who complete the event can obtain the model as their avatar's pet. The special Date Masiamune treasure card is available a second time for social game users.
Koei-Tecmo's finances remain thriving in the black according to their third quarter report. The Warriors franchise titles and the 5,000,000,000 users of the company's social games have helped the company make a profit. Warriors Orochi 3 sold at least 350,000 units in Japan. A small loss in sales occurred for their Neoromance franchises and media. They have made an approximate 5,000,000,000 yen in operating profit, 6,500,000,000 yen in recurring profit, and 3,600,000,000 yen net profit.
Characters from Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 are being promoted for Koei's Valentine's Day and White Day merchandise. Consumers who purchase the desserts can obtain a character message CD featuring three characters: Sou Kiryu (Takuma Terashima), Chinami (Atsushi Abe), and Ernest Satow (Micheal Shitanda).
Shō Hayami, who is known by Neoromance fans for voicing Julious in the Angelique series, is going to appear at the Haruka 5 only event as one of the event's original characters. He is going to voice Masakado Taira (Taira no Masakado) live on stage.
The guidebook for Kazahanaki includes information regarding characters and their endings. Fans who purchase it can obtain a pin-up fold out of the game's cover image.
A two disc character image song collection for Kazahanaki will be available for purchase on March 21st. The CD's subtitle is called Awayuki no Kokorouta.
The second voice actor DVD recording will feature the cast from the fifth game. Hachiyou Ranman 2 will showcase a variety program for fans to enjoy hosted by the Eight Guardians in this installment. It can be bought on March 28th.
Net Entertainment Festa in Akihabara has been moved from February 21st to February 12th. Attendees can obtain various serial codes compatible with Koei's social and online games. These serial codes can help players obtain hard to get items.
Waitresses from the Akihabara Sengoku-jidai maid cafe, Mononopu, will also be catering to attendees of the event. They are even scheduled to appear on stage for fans.
Fans who are unable to attend the event in person can alternatively watch the stage events on a Niconico Douga live stream.
Daikoukai-jidai Online will have a special 7th Anniversary chapter on February 21st to end the current Tierra Americana chapter. One of the biggest changes to the game includes a different level cap for characters and their skills. A new expansion pack with the subtitle 2nd Age is scheduled to be available sometime this year. It lets players change the world's time era by tinkering with a "World Clock" feature –roughly explained as in-game time travel. Producer Tomokazu Takeda hopes that the development team can address fans' complaints and further strengthen the playing experience with the newest expansion.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online ~Houou no Shou~ will move past the Azuchi–Momoyama period with Nobunaga dead and Hideyoshi carrying on his will as the new protagonist character. New season changes will be available in the upcoming expansion pack. The producers gave a live demonstration of the vassal and town system, which is somewhat similar to Genghis Khan's village system. Players can interact and trade with one another through the communities they have built to obtain new equipment and items for their characters. Five attendees of the event worked together with the producer and Famitsu game writer, Kagekiyo, to defeat the first boss of the expansion.
Shin Sangoku Musou Online ~Ryujin no Ranbu~ lets players fight against the Four Gods or against one another in a new arena mode with a maximum of 25 participants. Players can randomly change into a Four God in the arena mode to attack their rivals. Rare items can be obtained in these battles; defeating the Azure Dragon can reward a dragon themed outfit for avatars. Legendary weapons, new costumes, and weapons are going to be included along with further customization options for the player's rest area. The new scenario for the expansion will be the Battle of Yiling. The producers then played against select audience members in the arena mode; the winner obtained a ticket for the Treasure Box edition of the game.
This week's Famitsu issue has revealed more details about the PS Vita title. Players can interact with Ion by conversing with her and taking pictures of the area around them. If they're successful, they can go on virtual dates with her in real time sequences ala Love Love Plus. The goal of the game's story is to retrieve her lost memories and learn more about her world. Players can gain passwords to use in the game by transmitting data to their PlayStation 3 and by using an iPhone application named gemini Live.
Gust's Marie Atelier and Elie Atelier have been adapted into the social game genre for fans. Players can create their own apprentice alchemist and adventure into these segments of the Atelier canon to collect new items and experience new scenarios.
New characters have been revealed in Ciel nosurge. Their names are Tabou, Pram (Prime Ceodium), Cath (Casty Rianight), and Telefunken; their voice actors in respective character order are Momoko Oohara, Akemi Okata, Inori Minasaka, and Kana Akutsu. Players will need to pay for downloadable scenarios, but downloadable motions and voices will be free.
Profiles for Lumiale, Olivie, Timka, Sei-Lan, and Leonard are now available for viewing on the website.
Voice samples and Twitter icons for Charlie, Victor, and Clavis are up on the official site. The opening header for the site has changed to reflect the upcoming characters within the game.
Dynasty Warriors Online's expansion pack Ryujin Ranbu can be bought in Japan's stores. Registered users can participate in a special tournament or fulfill a quest to obtain new clothing for their characters. A Lu Meng themed update is also scheduled to take place on March 22nd. An updated version of his weapon's moveset can be obtained within the game. Further details and images can be seen in the press report.
Sangokushi 12's release date has been pushed back a second time. Instead of March 30th, the game and its online services are scheduled to be available in Japan on April 20th. The reason for the new date –like the first date change– is tweaks for quality control.
Youichi Erikawa, chief director of FOST, presented three awards to three professors. The awards were given based on the professors' research for implementing digital games into education and their study regarding potential effects and benefits. The professors who were awarded have been honored as teachers or contributors who strive to use video games as entertaining and valid educational devices. Photos and additional commentary of the event can be seen at 4Gamer.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online's fifth expansion pack, Houou no Shou, has finally began its service and is available for purchase in Japan. Players can take part in the expansion's first Hideyoshi themed dungeon and can immediately create their custom towns. A campaign to celebrate the expansion allows players to obtain special event items.
A flower viewing event can be experienced in the MMORPG. Player avatars can visit Hideyoshi to obtain various rare items or gifts exclusive to the event. News regarding a "Virtual Pack" edition is also described within the press report.
Uncharted Waters Online is celebrating its seven year anniversary on March 13th. Players can celebrate the anniversary with a new spring event. Other details and bonuses for the campaign can be seen in the press report.
A Tower of Babel update has been announced. It starts on April 3rd on Japanese servers. Other news updates includes events to introduce the expansion pack, 2nd Age, by celebrating with 1st Age Memorial campaigns. Players can experience the old world a final time before it is changed by the expansion's time traveling features.
The event CD for Neoromance ♥ Festa ~ Haruka Festival 2012 has the series' first character image song sang by all of the Eight Guardians in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5. A character song for the Kazahanaki character Rindou is also included. Interested fans can hear samples of both songs on the event's website.
100man-nin no Daikoukai-jidai will include new pirate characters who can join the player's party. A few of them include Sinan Pasha, Aydin Reis, and Caterina Sforza.
Players can take part in a special Greek mythology themed event near Rome titled "Sirens' Secret Treasure". Four rare Greek characters can be earned during the event, one of which includes the "Wise Monarch" Odysseus.
West Africa is a new area for players to explore to obtain new treasure, gems, and so on. If they obtain one of the new treasures in the game, they will likely obtain one of the legendary pirates in the area. These characters are reputed figures of the Second Punic War, one of which includes Hannibal.
This week's issue of Dengeki Playstation has revealed a new character in Gust's Ciel nosurge -surge concerto- ~Ushiwareta Hoshi he Sasugu Uta~ called Kanon (voiced by Nana Inoue). Her full name is Kynol Cucururu Pricher (カノイール・ククルル・プリシェール). She is an assistant bishop to the throne and is considered a natural genius. Other details include introductions for the game's system. Players can photograph barcodes they see to change the in-game environment or to change the attributes of fairies called Sharl (シャール). Divisions for Sharl so far include flower, grass and stone types. As they raise and strengthen the fairies they have collected players can obtain Hymmnos Points, which can be used to customize the fairies' appearances. Players can interact with one another through wireless servers by using these fairies.
Japanese singer-songwriter Akiko Shikata will be performing a song for this title. Other vocalists are said to be included.
The first promotional video for the game can be seen at PlayStation Japan's PS Vita no GametenkokuYoutube channel.
Another trailer for Ciel nosurge was shown at the Game no Dengeki Kansha Matsuri Dengeki stage; people who attended in person could use the product code they received to view it online. The new title Gust has planned is another Atelier game for the PlayStation 3 with a tentative June release date. The official name and website for it will be revealed on March 29th. Visit Dengeki Online to see photos and other details revealed at the event.
Sample images for the game's Famitsu DX Pack is available for viewing online.
A new character for Ciel nosurge has been revealed in this week's video game magazines in Japan (Famitsu and Dengeki Playstation). Her name is Nei, which is short for Neiaflask (ネイアフラスク). She is voiced by Maaya Uchida. Other details regarding the game's system can be found within the issue.
The title of the newest Atelier game has also been revealed to be 3.jp/ayesha/ Atelier Ayesya ~Tasogare no Daichi no Renkinjutsushi~. The main protagonist is named Ayesya Arthur (アーシャ・アルトゥール; voiced by Marina Inoue) and her younger sister is named Nio (voiced by Mariya Ise). Both characters are the stars of this week's Dengeki Playstation cover. The game's character designer and illustrator is Hidari. Graphics will follow the style found in Atelier Meruru and the overall summary of the game suggests it will be played in a manner similar to previous titles. Consumers who pre-order the game can receive a drama CD. The game is currently scheduled to be available in Japan's stores on June 28th.
Cospatio has created a real-life priestess costume for the protagonist in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5. It's a limited edition outfit which is scheduled to be available for purchase in June. Photos of the costume can be seen at their official website.
A special merchandise campaign for the sequel Kazahanaki is available online at Gamecity Shopping. Buyers can obtain new printed images of the cast and rubber coasters. Purchasing Haruka 5 or Kazahanaki through the campaign page gives buyers two original mini-stories, a small tote bag, and an Amami message card.
Namco Bandai Global Gamers Day 2012 has announced the localized name for One Piece Kaizoku Musou and a tentative release date for Europe and North America. The Dengeki report lists other titles that were revealed or announced for localization.
Interested fans who want the artbook included in Sangokushi 12's Treasure Box edition can still obtain it without getting the special boxed set. It includes illustrations and descriptions for over 100 generals. The official website has updated its layout.
Sangokushi 12 was featured in the third Koei-Tecmo LIVE! broadcast with the game's producer as a guest. He personally played the game during his explanation of the game's features.
The game's completion meeting took place on April 11th, 14:15 (JST). Masaya Takatsuka and idol Kohinata Eri were introduced and asked to share their personal experiences with the series (both professed to be avid fans). Unlike his earlier presentation in the aforementioned web program, Ken Kitami showed Liu Bei in the year 200 (for the domestic stages) and Cao Cao in the year 195 (for the battle system). A strategy outside of battle was used in Cao Cao's attack on Lu Bu's army. A voiced event between Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu was also played briefly. The online versus mode can be downloaded on April 17th and service begins on April 20th. A Q-and-A session with the audience and Kitami concluded the meeting.
A tie-in campaign with the franchise's social game is taking place for the game. Similar to Samurai Warriors 3: Empires, player can earn codes as they play through Sangokushi 12. These codes can be used to obtain various bonuses in 100man-nin no Sangokushi. The reverse can be done in the social game to obtain new items for the PC game.
A card deck and post cards of the kitty generals are being manufactured. Fans who want to have their own say for Nobunyaga no Yabou merchandise can inform the producer at the official twitter.
100man-nin no Daikoukai-jidai is hosting an event to subjugate Barbarossa and his pirates. Players can sail to northern Africa and accept Queen consort Isabella's request to stop them. Rare pirates can be obtained from the event, including Barbarossa himself.
The social game has updated its services to be available for Mac users. Its update also includes a graphical, system, and character renewal for both versions of the game. Two new event cards can be obtained by players.
Dynasty Warriors Online is going to have a Zhao Yun themed update on April 12th. Players can obtain a strengthened version of his weapon and parts of his model for their avatars. Other items and campaigns are listed in the press report.
The online game is celebrating Golden Week (Japan's week of scattered holidays) with two events. One encourages players to fight in the game's arena section to obtain special items. The other allows players to obtain a spring themed outfit or a miniature panda for their avatars.
Japanese servers for Uncharted Waters Online will be hosting a spring friend campaign. Users can obtain bonus items and stats if six or more users log-in and board the same boat. A rare haori-hakama outfit can be obtained as well.
A memorial event for the "1st Age" of the online game is taking place on May 1st. Players can obtain exclusive items, partake in special quests, contests, and other campaigns to celebrate the end of the MMORPG's current world. One of the campaigns ties into the series social game, which allows players to obtain two characters from Online as super rare cards.
The first Gust stage event will take place on July 1st. Atelier and Ciel nosurge fans can see voice actors act out live dramas on stage. So far Rorona (Mai Kadowaki), Totori (Kaori Nazuka), and Meruru (Satomi Akesaka) have been announced to appear.
The director of Atelier Ayesha says he wants to present a new and revised version of the game's world to appeal to a wider audience. His further thoughts regarding the title can be seen in his interview with Famitsu.
A report of the Anime Expo Contents 2012 stage event can be seen at Dengeki.
Ciel nosurge's completion meeting took place on April 11th, 13:30 (JST). The game's opening movie was shown before Yoichi Erikawa, Kazuo Aoyagi (Gust's president), and Hiro Kouno (SCEI's president) expressed their gratitude for the people who helped made the game's completion possible and to thank the people who were present. Akira Tsuchira, the game's director, talked about the game as pre-recorded footage was played. The players can chat with the mysterious amnesic heroine, Ion, in a typical dating simulation-like fashion. Barcodes from whatever product the player has on hand can be registered into the game to generate fairies, or Sharl, within Ion's dream world. These fairies can be collected, customized, and used to help other players. Through these interactions, the player's in-game world is changed. This is required to restore Ion's memories and to unlock new sections of the game to enjoy. Three voice actors (Ai Kakuma, Inori Minase, Nana Inoue) commented about their respective characters for Ciel nosurge (Ion, Cathy, Kanon). A Q-and-A session with the audience and Tsuchiura concluded the meeting. Photos of the event can be seen in press reports.
Ciel nosurge also appeared on Famitsu Live later the same day. The first DLC outfit for Ion and other illustrations for her character were shown.
Detailed screenshots and renders of the two characters in Atelier Ayesha –who were introduced in Dengeki PlayStation and Famitsu early this month– are now available for viewing online. Ayesha and Nio are joined by Regina Curtis and Keithgrif Hazeldine.
A countdown page for Ciel nosurge has opened. Videos, illustrations, and commentary are available for visitors and will update each day until April 26th.
Gust Gala has updated its website to include more participants and information for the event. Interested fans can now purchase their tickts online at Gamecity or eplus.
A few early bird announcements for upcoming Neoromance related products were made public in this week's episode of Koei-Tecmo LIVE!.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online is holding a nine year anniversary world event for players. The producer will introduce it and various figures in the next episode of Koei-Tecmo LIVE!.
Gemini has finished compiling 2011 sales ratings for Japanese video game companies. Viewers can see the rankings based on either Media Create or Weekly Famitsu reports for a total of 1,000 different titles.
Consumers who purchase Famitsu Mobage Vol. 5 can obtain an exclusive Horatio Nelson card for 100man-nin no Daikoku-jidai. Players can see the special version of him at Famitsu.
Uncharted Waters Online is going to have a live event on May 29th for the Japanese servers. The event is a part of the "1st Age Memorial" campaign, in which players enjoy the MMORPG's current world state before the upcoming 2nd Age expansion. Details and photos of the event are available for viewing at Online Gamer.
A challenge Twitter campaign is being held for Warriors fans regarding the new original character appearing in Musou Orochi 2: Special. If fans can correctly guess the character's identity in the campaign's Twitter link, they can win a prize. There are prizes available for people who guess correctly with no hint (3 person limit) and for those who are right once there is a hint (May 21st; 5 person limit). The new character's identity will be officially revealed to the public on June 7th.
Dynasty Warriors Online is having another Gan Ning themed update for the Ryujin Ranbu expansion on May 17th. Player avatars can tinker with his new weapon capabilities and can earn a green tinted version of his costume. Other events and images can be seen at OnlineGamer.
Neoromance ♥ Festa 13 is scheduled to take place on July 28th and 29th. For the first time, characters in the Neoromance franchises formally interact with Samurai Warriors characters on the same stage. More information regarding the cast for the event is available for viewing on the official website.
3.jp/ayesha/ Ayesha Atelier has updated its official website with the information reported during the third week of April from various video game magazines. Some tidbits include two new characters introduced to the cast.
Koei-Tecmo is sponsoring a Japanese qualification test for Oda Nobunaga's history which is scheduled to take place February 2013. It is called "Nobunaga of the Warring States History Test". People who pass the exam will be recognized as a Nobunaga expert by various Japanese companies.
Dynasty Warriors Online is going to host another Xiahou Dun themed event on its Japanese servers starting on June 21st. Players can earn a revised version of his moveset and parts of his model for their characters. Parts for the new cowboy design and other details with the late month update can be seen at 4Gamer.
Daikoku-Jidai Online is hosting a limited time adjutant campaign for users. Players who obtain the military appointment earn 50% extra benefits for 10 days. The campaign begins on Japanese servers on June 19th and ends on July 3rd.
The expansion pack 2nd Age is going to be available for purchase in Japan on September 20th, 2012. 2nd Age will allow players to tinker with their "World Clock", a feature which can switch between two different time eras. A few of the new events included with 2nd Age are new treasure hunts, a sea fight with a famed pirate called Ganador, and a chance to support a Roman emperor's accession to power.
4Gamer has posted an introductory play report of the game, including various new screenshots. They summarize the game as one which is made to appeal to a wide audience, perhaps easier to draw in Totori and Meruru fans with its new world and characters. Additional gameplay footage can be seen at Play.Community.
CDs for this game will be available for purchase online Gamecity. This includes a character image CD for the Ayesha cast.
The three characters introduced in video game publications for Ayesha Atelier last week can now be viewed online. One of the characters is voiced by Kenji Nojima.
A press event for the game's completion will be broadcast live on Nico Nico Live. The presentation will include live gameplay footage and two voice actors as special guests. A report of the event can be seen at Dengeki.
A brief sneak peek of Ruby Party's newest Neoromance title has been revealed in a press event to celebrate 100man-nin no Harukanaru Toki no Naka de. The second teaser movie will be put online in August and its identity will be first revealed to fans attending the double Neoromance event. Its official catchphrase is "A shinobi will not hesitate, gladly soaring into the arms of chaos"; the diction implies that the title's setting is the Warring States period.
Yome Collection has updated to include Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 5 characters. Japanese fans can proudly proclaim Shun Kiryu or Ryoma Sakamoto as their "wife" with audio clips, photo ops, and other features on their cellphone.
Two special campaigns with Neoromance ❤ Festa 13 is being held. Inquiring fans have a chance to win seatings at the live event. Alternatively, fans who attend the stage event in person automatically receive a serial code for an item in the social game.
Two new characters in the social game have been revealed in a celebratory press event. Their names are Youko (Fox Specter) and Mamedamuki (Bean Raccoon Dog). Other photos of the event can be seen at Gamer.
Koei-Tecmo has issued an official apology for consumers who bought the recently discounted version of Sangokushi VIII. The UMD inside their copies accidentally has Sangokushi VII inside of it. The company is offering those who have purchased the faulty copy the opportunity to redeem their purchase. Other copies of the game have been recalled to fix the mistake.
4Gamer conducted an interview with Tomokazu Takeda and Takahiro Kibe, the producer and director for 2nd Age, the upcoming Japanese expansion for Daikoku-jidai Online. The interview covers the game's time travel theme, the new merchant system, and so forth.
The official site for the expansion includes a Prologue and a few images available as a preview.
Players can preview events and other features of the September expansion by logging in for the 2nd Age themed event.
An easy-to-follow overview of the World Clock system is up for viewing on the expansion's official website.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online is performing a collaboration with the Warring States period snack, Ace Kamon. Details and a matching mini game can be seen on the official collaboration page.
A live broadcast of the Nagashino update will shown online on July 6th, 20:00 (JST). Katsura from Koei-Tecmo Live! is the main host while Tomohiro Watanabe (producer) and Ichita Imamura (director) are his guests.
New items and a retainer campaign for the Nagashino update have been announced and can be viewed at Game Watch.
A summer vacation campaign is being held for registered players. They can enjoy a fireworks display with a special summer outfit.
Several new updates for Ryujin Ranbu have been announced. A few of the updates include the implementation of Suzaku, a new Serpent Sword, and a Lu Meng themed event. Images and other details can be seen at Online Gamer or Game Watch.
An international interview with the producer for the Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage sequel is being held July 3rd. A small Q&A session of fan submitted questions will be asked towards the end of it. Interested individuals can post their queries about the game here.
Gintama no Sugoroku's parody of the Warriors logo, music, and catchphrase is a one-time gig. This was confirmed by developers in Bandai-Namco Games in this week's issue of Shounen Jump, where it was stated that executives from Koei-Tecmo were apparently offended by the resemblance. Gintama often parodies or cynically lampoons topics in Japan's popular culture, so the stunt is common for the franchise.
The first ever Neoromance celebration for Halloween will take place this year. The one day event's teaser page is up for viewing.
Two specially illustrated cards of Ion will be available for fans who purchase Dengeki's PlayStation magazine. The offer is open until the end of August. Another summer Dengeki special for fans has been hinted within the report.
Akira Tsuchiura (director) and Ryousuke Nara (voice actor for DLC character Shirotaka) will be MCs in a live stream for Ciel nosurage called Ciel nosurge ~Shukudai~. Fans are invited to watch and send their questions to them live to celebrate the tail end of their summer vacation.
Shin Sangoku Musou Online Ryujin Ranbu will revisit Cao Cao's weapon on August 16th. Players can tinker with the revamped version of his weapon and collect his costume for their avatars. Other future updates include Xiao Qiao's costume and other items.
2nd Age, the newest expansion for Daikoku-jidai Online, is going to be released in Japan on August 7th. The MMORPG is conducting two events to celebrate the expansion and six other campaigns have been announced for the expansion.
Another new announcement for 2nd Age is the town of Frankfurt. Within this town, players can explore the MMORPG's new feature of electing a new Holy Roman Emperor. A render of Holy Roman Emperor Karl V and other details with the update can be seen in the press report.
2nd Age will include a new enemy NPC type for naval battles called ganadores. These expert sailors are the NPC types for Álvaro de Bazán or Francis Drake. Once a ganador battle is initiated, both forces may down their ships unlimited times within a time limit; the one who sunk the most ships wins. Details and images are in the press report.
Players who download the trial version of 2nd Age can obtain rewards for answering a survey and logging in to their account.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online is celebrating its annual fireworks festival. Details and images can be seen within the press report.
The game's my GAMECITY community hosted a survey asking players to name their favorite figure of its historical setting. The poll ended on August 1st, and the results were announced on the official Facebook page.
Developers have revealed an incoming update which allows an avatar's retainers to accompany them into dungeons from previous expansions. The third chapter of the MMORPG and seasonal changes will also take place in autumn.
Shin Sangoku Musou Online Ryujin Ranbu will have a special fifth year anniversary edition available for purchase in Japan on November 29th. Consumers who purchase this version can obtain two exclusive edit parts of Himiko and Hanbei for their avatars. Other goodies include new furniture, special edit parts, different items, and a new "heavy gauntlet" weapon set.
A group of cosplayers dressed as the Sima family from Dynasty Warriors 7 and went on stage for Cure's Cosplay Collection Night. Cosplayers who dressed as the Xiahou family in the same game can be seen in 4Gamer's report.
Hisashi Koinuma revealed a new Omega Force developed IP during the SCEJ PlayStation Conference. It is a quasi-fantasy history title called Toukiden (討鬼伝). It is a PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable title. It will be available for purchase sometime in 2013.
In a follow up Famitsu interview, Koinuma commented that Toukiden will strive to be a new action title that doesn't hope to borrow ideas from existing franchises made by the company. The concept was devised with SCEJ PlayStation president, Hiroshi Kawano. Kawano was the one who pushed the title to be on the PS Vita.
Koei-Tecmo's Sengoku Jidai titles are all having special collaborations with the upcoming live action film, Nobou no Shiro. Players can enjoy having the protagonist of the film, Nagachika Narita, act as the star of Oshi Castle within the games. The press report lists and shows the participating titles.
A Xiao Qiao themed update will be available in Dynasty Warriors Online's servers on September 20th. Players can obtain a revised version of her moveset and parts of her outfit for their avatars. Other items and updates can be seen in the press report.
The entire list of voice actors appearing in the event is now on the official website.
Daikoku-Jidai Online 2nd Age (Uncharted Waters Online 2nd Age) has announced several updates which will go live on September 20th. A few of the updates include new sails, a redesign of users' main menu options in town, and a log-in option for smartphone users.
The promotional video for 2nd Age can be seen on the company's Youtube channel.
my GAMECITY users can participate in an illustration contest for 2nd Age. They can also obtain special cards just by logging in to the online game. Details and other campaigns can be seen in the press report.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online has updated its developers' schedule for new events and items for this month. Many of them include an additional multiplayer option or the ability to add retainers to previously solo events.
Koei-Tecmo's website for this year's Tokyo Game Show is up for viewing. This year's line up and scheduled events are listed for interested fans.
Shin Sangoku Musou Online Ryujin Ranbu is scheduled to have a Zhang Fei update on the 18th this month. Player avatars can receive an updated version of his weapon moveset or parts of his costume in a special event. New items and a new costume called "Armored Warrior" are additionally included with the update.
The autumn themed update for the MMORPG allows players to obtain "Beautiful" parts for their avatars with new hair, face, and voice options.
Nobunaga no Yabou Online is having a live event dedicated to the live action film, Nobou no Shiro, on October 13th. The film's protagonist, Nagachika Narita, and the film version of Kaihime make cameos as quest givers. Players who purchase a ticket for the film or complete their quests can receive a banner of the film's name for their avatar.
Japan Otome ♥ Festival 3, the third Neoromance, Otomate and B's-LOG franchise crossover event, has been announced and is scheduled for February next year. A cast list of voice actors shall appear on the website in December.
Announcements and images for the Shin Sangoku Musou Online Ryujin Ranbu Revolution 12 update are up for viewing. Some of the new additions include a Sun Ce themed scenario, Byakko and clothes designed in its image, and the "heavy gauntlet" weapon.
Another design contest is up for interested players, this time a free themed contest for the emblems on a ship's sails. Registered my GAMECITY users can register their designs in the MMORPG's official community topic for various in-game prizes. Winners obtain rare items and artist credit for the emblems once they appear in the game.
4Gamer asked several game creators their thoughts for the entertainment world this year. Six different developers at Koei-Tecmo answered with their reply. This year's creators are Keinichi Ogasawara, Ken Kitami, Tomokazu Takeda, Yousuke Hayashi, Hidehisa Yamaguchi, and Tomohiro Watanabe.
Kou Shibusawa announced a new social game, AKB48 no Yabou. It combines photos and trivia of the popular Japanese idol group with basic elements from Nobunaga's Ambition. AKB48's producer, Yasushi Akimoto, has always been a fan of the game franchise and Kou Shibusawa has been a fan of the idol group since 2010, even referencing them in a previous title. The game's setting is a fictional world called Le Chant; the idols are portrayed as singing priestesses or other fictional figures within it. According to Minami Takahashi, it is not a romance or dating title. AKB48 no Yabou is free to play and is scheduled to appear in Japan sometime in January next year.
White Day is also the scheduled date for its availability in stores. The news for the game's Treasure Box is up online.
Winning Post 7 2013, the latest edition of the series's seventh title, will be available for the PC, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Portable next year in spring. Details and release dates can be viewed on the official website.
Items, outfits, and other special offers for celebrating the new year are up for viewing.
Koei-Tecmo received a reward and thanks from the Red Feather Community Chest, a fund-raising organization which seeks to help refugees and businesses recover from the natural disasters which struck the Tohoku region last year in March. Red Feather have recognized Koei-Tecmo's accumulative 100 million yen donations and its non-profit support for the volunteer group, Community FM Broadcasting System, to have been a "contribution and accomplishment for society".
Upcoming updates for Nobunaga no Yabou Online include celebrating the MMORPG's ten year anniversary in December and January.
A page for the ten year anniversary events is up for viewing. Two campaigns are being held for its my GAMECITY community. One rewards players for inviting my GAMECITY users to return or join the game. The other asks players of all levels to share their fondest memories playing the MMORPG. Entries will be compiled into a memorial album for the game. Three contestants can receive the ten year anniversary box for free.
The Christmas themed update for Daikoukai Jidai Online 2nd Age has been announced with events and screenshots. Players who participate in this year's events can obtain various presents and different santa suits than years prior.
Previews for the second big update, Griffon's Wings, is up for viewing online. Japanese players can experience it themselves in January 2013.
Six net cafe campaigns in Japan are taking place the second half of this month until late January next year. Next year's new year present is up for viewing.