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JanuaryEdit

FebruaryEdit

  • Nobunaga no Yabou Souzou with Power Up Kit is going to be ported to the PS Vita May 28, 2015. Interested players can vote for five figures they want to receive revised portraits in this edition. The deadline for voting is March 30, Nobunaga's Ambition day.
  • My GAMECITY users can take part in a ten day tie-in challenge. Players who play and succeed the challenges before March 4 can win valuable in-game prizes for the seven participating games.
  • Kiniro no Corda Project ff is scheduled to have four CD sets out this spring. Each set will include dramas and character duets for three featured characters; purchase all four to bridge together a single narrative. The specific character combinations for the CDs are: Tsukimori, Ousaki, Yousuke (1); Tsuchiura, Kaji, Kira (2); Shimizu, Etou, Shouma (3); Hihara, Yunoki, Kanazawa (4).
  • Kyoto's scenic Hanatouro Higashiyama is scheduled to hold a series of collaborations with four different Nobunaga's Ambition titles. Visitors can receive several serial codes as they walk through five different outlets.
  • Pre-registration for Nobunaga no Yabou 201X has begun. The website has updated with additional details for its setting, collaborations, and teaser images for the social game. Interested readers can also follow the new Twitter account for it.
  • The last new revelation from this month's Haruka event is the upcoming Neoromance 20th Anniversary Concert, a celebration of Neoromance melodies performed by a live orchestra. It is scheduled to be held May 23, 2015 at Yokohama Kenmill Hall.
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z will have a Taishi Ci update that goes live February 19. Players can additionally earn Nobunaga no Yabou Online character parts as a part of the ongoing MMORPG collaboration campaign.
  • The comic adaptation of Angelique Retour has a set of web only side stories available for reading called Secret Side. Its first story is about a 17 year old Oscar meeting his first love. The second half will be made public March 5 and readers can enjoy it for free until April 4.
  • Koei's three MMORPGS are hosting a series of spring collaboration campaigns amongst themselves. Details for the campaigns are listed on the page.
  • The mobile and PC browser editions of 100man-nin no Winning Post is hosting a Katsumi Ando themed event until February 5. Players can compete in his in-game challenges to win two versions of his jockey ticket and rare stallions as prizes.
    • The social game is having another collaboration with the Daily Sports newspaper. The in-game campaigns and user/reader gift giveaway will last until February 17.
  • Yokohama City Transportation Bureau is collaborating with Koei for the Romantic ♥ Game Festival, an Otome game themed stamp rally scheduled to take place February and March. Participants can ride Tokimeki Restaurant☆☆☆, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 6, and/or Kiniro no Corda 3 decorated trains to receive original Haruka 6 character merchandise at specially marked stations. The February route will include limited accommodations for the upcoming anniversary event.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online has a Momotaro themed event February 4~18.
  • Daikoukai Jidai Online's St. Valentine's Day live event has been made public for players.
    • March will be the start of the Atlantis episode, a ten year anniversary event dedicated to fantasy and legends.

MarchEdit

  • Koei Tecmo Japan has issued a public warning against a phishing email discovered in late March for their GAMECITY services. The company has included a sample of the email's contents and a warning to not click on the email's link. People who have fallen for it can change their ID and personal info through the company support link provided within their news posting.
  • March 30 is Nobunaga's Ambition Day, a day to celebrate the anniversary of the company's flagship series. Koei-Tecmo has created a special portal site to notify visitors of the many campaigns they have planned to celebrate its thirty-second year.
  • Guruguru Dungeon Nobunyaga and Nobunaga no Yabou 201X are scheduled to be featured on the show Appli no Seminaaar! March 23, 20:00 (JST). Producers Hiroshige and Takeda and Oda Nobunyaga shall be guests.
  • Gamespark conducted an interview with Akihiro Suzuki and Takashi Morinaka (Toukiden Kiwami) regarding their impressions for China and its PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita launch. They are both optimistic in their attempts to appeal to a global market, Suzuki being hopeful that the Dynasty Warriors title will be accepted by the Chinese and Morinaka being excited. Efforts to localize a Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Genghis Khan, or Bandit Kings of Ancient China title were mentioned for possible future projects in China.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online Kakusei no Shou will begin its spring campaigns March 18. Players can try to earn their preferred set of gifts and weapons for their avatars.
    • Logging-in on Nobunaga's Ambition Day (March 30) rewards dozens of goodies that were previously limited to the premium edition of the game.
  • Hidehisa Yamaguchi, the producer of Winning Post 8 2015, appeared on PlayStation Japan's show Play Cafe March 11, 20:00 (JST). Interested readers can watch the live broadcast on the program's Nico Nico Live or Ustream channels.
  • The 8th FOST Awards Ceremony took place on March 5. Youichi Erikawa was present again to hand awards to the winners: Kazue Tamada, Genki Ichinose, Akira Onishi, and Seki Hiroharu. Each award recipient contributed to the academic research for using simulations or video games as significant educational or social tools.
  • Pre-registration for Guruguru Dungeon Nobunyaga has begun. The website has updated with additional details for its setting, characters, and screenshots. Short animated videos to promote the game are also available for viewing on the official website.
  • Pre-registration for Nobunaga no Yabou 201X has begun. The website has updated with additional details for its setting, collaborations, and teaser images for the social game. Interested readers can also follow the new Twitter account for it.
  • My GAMECITY users can take part in a ten day tie-in challenge. Players who play and succeed the challenges before March 4 can win valuable in-game prizes for the seven participating games.
  • Kyoto's scenic Hanatouro Higashiyama is scheduled to hold a series of collaborations with four different Nobunaga's Ambition titles. Visitors can receive several serial codes as they walk through five different outlets.
  • Daikoukai Jidai Online's Atlantis episode, a ten year anniversary event dedicated to fantasy and legends, is scheduled for this month. The 10th Anniversary Boxed Edition can be purchased this month.
    • Purchase the G-Tune model created for the MMORPG to receive new sail emblems and other goods with the purchase.
    • A special portal dedicated to the MMORPG's tenth anniversary is up. The live event for the tenth anniversary is on Japan's servers March 16.
    • Khronos world players can participate in a limited time pirate event. Players cooperate or compete with one another to bombard the sea with cannon fire.

AprilEdit

  • Koei-Tecmo Japan is currently hosting a donation relief fund to help victims of the 2015 Nepal Earthquake. Their goal is to send an equivalent to one million yen to the Japanese Red Cross, one of the organizations involved with relief efforts. Company employees and executives have reportedly pitched in for the cause. People who are interested in sending their donations can use the company's specified contacts until May 19.
  • Newgin has announced a new pachinko machine adaptation of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series titled CR Sangokushi ~Eiyuu Shuuketsu~. It is currently scheduled to be available in pachinko parlors June 5.
  • Character songs that will be orchestrated at the upcoming Neoromance 20th Anniversary Concert shall be announced during the thirty-fourth episode of the voice actor web program, S.S.D.S. ~Ai no Extreme Terror~ on April 28. Show Hayami, Masakazu Morita, and Toshiki Masuda are the hosts; their guest for the same episode is Kenyu Horiuchi.
  • Two back-to-back Neoromance stage events are scheduled for July. They are called Neoromance ♥ Festa Kiniro no Corda Jinnan Koukou Op.2 —a reprisal of the Jinnan High School only event from 2012— and Neoromance ♥ Festa Angelique Memoire 2015 —the latest Angelique only event with the newest information for Angelique Retour promised as a presentation. They are scheduled to take place July 25 (Corda) and July 26 (Ange).
  • The license agreement for Shin Sangoku Musou SLASH has been signed for China. It shall be localized and distributed by Shanghai Tianxi Network Technology Co., Ltd. (TCI) at a later date.
  • Youkai Sangokushi, a collaboration amalgamation between the Yo-Kai Watch and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series', has been announced at Level 5 Vision 2015 The Beginning. The game will be developed by Level 5 and published by Koei Tecmo.
  • Koei Tecmo has publicly announced their renewed financial report. Sales have dropped from their projected numbers, but operating profits have increased 34% over the previous period. Net income is expected to continue increasing after a change in management and reduced operating costs are made.
  • Dragon Quest Heroes is receiving a sequel tentatively titled Dragon Quest Heroes II. Though the announcement has been made public on April Fools', it is genuine.
  • Pre-registration for Nobunaga no Yabou 201X shall end soon. The website has updated with additional details for its setting, collaborations, and teaser images for the social game. Interested readers can also follow the new Twitter account for it.
    • A Twitter pre-registration option is available. Items that players can receive for pre-registering in Nobunaga no Yabou Online have been revealed.
    • Sengoku Royale players can participate in a Nobunaga no Yabou 201X collaboration event starting April 30. Players can fight UMA to earn Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, and other characters in the Koei game.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Souzou with Power Up Kit is going to be ported to the PS Vita May 28, 2015. The latest promotional video showcasing the new features has been uploaded onto Youtube.
  • A special portal dedicated to Daikoukai Jidai Online's tenth anniversary is up.
    • Players can receive special goods if they take part in the Test of World History Knowledge (Sekaken) collaboration event starting April 21. The in game event quizzes participants with one question a day; the ones whom earn the most correct answers receive greater rewards. Alternatively, players can take part in the related sea battle.
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z is scheduled to have a Xiahou Dun themed update on its Japanese servers April 16. Images and other campaign details can be read within the press release.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online Kakusei no Shou has updated with additional skills and treasures for player avatars to earn.
  • The comic adaptation of Angelique Retour has a set of web only side stories available for reading called Secret Side. Its second story stars Julious and his nearly life-long friendship with Clavis, starting from their childhood years. The second half will be free for reading May 7.
  • The latest entry of the series will be out in Japan this month. The social game is celebrating the fifteen year anniversary of the series with limited edition avatar sets of Eight Guardians from other titles. Gamecity Shoppers can partake in the shopping campaign dedicated to merchandise sold at the previous anniversary event.

MayEdit

JuneEdit

  • Koei stated that its employees work under a "brother system" over Twitter. The system is summarized to have senior employees mentor their juniors in training. These exchanges extend into their private lives for the hopes of promoting lifelong friendships. Women employees refer to each other as "brothers" too with Takarazuka Revue-like flair. Japanese netizens have mixed reactions to the revelation.
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z shall have a huge update called 1st Impact sometime in July.
  • Detailed introductions for the new scenarios in Nobunaga no Yabou 2 and Sangokushi 2 can be read online.
    • A promotional video for both 3DS games is up for viewing on Youtube.
  • 100man-nin no Winning Post is holding a racing idol campaign on their mixi servers. This one stars Minami Matsunaka. Players are encouraged to talk with Matsunaka in the idol communication program Kimidake LIVE on June 25 to supplement their experience for the collaboration.
    • A competition between mobile and PC servers is taking place with players. The winning side receives several rare bonuses.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online Kakusei no Shou has announced a series of rewards for its PlayStation users. Additional presents are given if the players signs up for PlayStation Plus.

JulyEdit

AugustEdit

  • Pianist Ryu Hirabayashi, who has a prolific work history with Corda character image songs, is the guest of the 27th episode of Tsukai☆Otome Game Tsushin. Fans can send him questions and other messages until August 16. Contact information is included on the web radio's official blog post.
  • Registration for Koei-Tecmo's 2015 Tokyo Game Show Cosplay Contest is being held this month. This year has Arslan: The Warriors of Legend and Tokimeki Restaurant☆☆☆ listed as eligible IPs for entrants; other third party IPs are not included.
  • This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the Dynasty Warriors series, specifically the Shin Sangoku Musou series in Japan which does not include the first game. A commemorative website has been posted online to thank its fans and tease its upcoming project.
    • Fans can send their regards towards the series on the website. It may be presented live during the Tokyo Game Show series's anniversary stage event. Deadline for comments is August 31. The stage event will take place September 20 (JST).
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z is going to have a Lu Bu themed update. Players can participate in the event for his weapon or character parts starting August 20.
  • A summer myGAMECITY campaign is offering rewards for active users July 22 ~ August 16. Users who participate have a chance of receiving rare items or GC Coins.
  • The Neoromance Twitter is celebrating its 30,000 followers with a gift giveaway. Retweet the giveaway Tweets that appear each week for a chance to win special merchandise.
  • B's-Log is holding a character outfit design contest for the Corda 3 cast. The winning designs will be used in the continuity's upcoming sequel Kiniro no Corda 4. Interested fans have until August 27 to submit their ideas. The official Twitter for Corda 4 is up.
  • This year marks the fifteen year anniversary for the Haruka series. Fans can see voice actors perform Haruka character image songs live at Neoromance ♥ Live Haruka Matsuri 2015. It is scheduled to take place September 12~13. Fans can request which character songs will be sung on stage until early August.

SeptemberEdit

OctoberEdit

  • Sammy has finished testing for CR Shin Hokuto Musou FWZ, believed to be a pachinko adaptation of Shin Hokuto Musou.
  • Another Famitsu open questionnaire asks readers to state what type of Warriors (Musou) third-party collaboration they would prefer to see next. Ten people can receive 1,000 metallic gavas (point system in Famitsu's services) for their opinion, and certain answers may be published into a weekly issue. The offer ends October 20, 23:59 (JST).
  • Famitsu has posted their interview with Hidehisa Yamaguchi, the producer for the upcoming Winning Post 8 2016. A few details Yamaguchi promised were new and improved Super Bosses, improved graphics for the PS4 port and broader range of breeding options. Wishes and critiques can be sent to the developers through the open questionnaire attached to the end of the interview. Feedback can be sent until October 26, 23:59 (JST).
  • Humble Store is offering a Koei Tecmo weekend sale for Steam users. The offer ends October 12.
  • Revisions to Koei-Tecmo's second quarter financial forecast were made. Operating income remains high despite an expected 4.5% decrease in sales due to downloadable sales and royalty revenues. As a result, the projections for operating income have been raised from 1.7 billion yen to 2.1 billion yen.
  • A 40-year-old part-time worker was arrested in Kurashiki on October 8. He is charged of sending intimidating death threats directed towards the president of Koei-Tecmo on the company's official forum. According to early investigation reports, the apprehended suspect is the culprit who allegedly made the outburst after experiencing a bug in one of their online games.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Tenshouki with Power Up Kit HD Version shall be available for the PS Vita and PC November 12. Sphere of Influence character portraits are being implemented as an option along with new additional portraits.
  • Koei-Tecmo Japan is posting their programs' compatibility ratings with Windows 10 and iOS 9.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online Kakusei no Shou has unveiled its developer road map for the rest of the year. Its seasonal lottery and welcome campaign for new users for this season are currently underway.
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z released an outline of its October updates which include a Daqiao themed weapon update and a Halloween campaign.
  • This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Uncharted Waters series. Daikoukai Jidai Online and Daikoukai Jidai V players are being offered various campaigns to commemorate the occasion.
  • 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. Koei is celebrating with the thirteenth numbered installment that will be up for sale on January 26, 2016. Its previous date was December 10, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms Day". Kou Shibusawa is the general producer while Akihiro Suzuki is producer. Its general concept is to represent a setting filled with "hundreds of heroes", allowing players to control individuals rather than a singular ruling warlord.
    • Sangokushi 13 is scheduled to appear in Kobe's annual Sangoukushi Matsuri October 12.
    • Famitsu shall assist public awareness for the series's quirks with Sangokushi School, a reworked Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 that allows for player customizable battle maps and characters. Players are encouraged to upload and share their works online. Famitsu interviewed Suzuki for his additional thoughts on the title.
  • The twentieth anniversary for the Neoromance series concludes this year with another stage event called Neoromance 20th Anniversary ♥ Finale. It will take place December 5~6 at Pacifico Yokohama.
    • Ruby Party is reviving the Halloween Neoromance stage event this year on October 18.
    • Ten people living in Japan could win a chance to attend the event for free if they enter the Gamer Present giveaway.
    • Hiroki Takahashi (Rayne) teased the audience about a major project for Neo Angelique at Neoromance ♥ Halloween Party 2015. More information is expected to be revealed at the year end Finale event.
  • The Karaoke no Tetsujin Neoromance collaboration has been extended to October 31.
  • Angelique Retour Secret Side will have the first half of Clavis's story up for free reading on October 5.
  • The La Corda d'oro Blue♪Sky live voice actor event is scheduled October 25. A selection of actors from the live theatrical production shall appear as guests.
  • This year marks the fifteen year anniversary for the Haruka series. Fans can celebrate with a series of Haruka 3 drama and vocal CD sets. The second one shall be on sale October 28.

NovemberEdit

  • The December 17 issue of Weekly Famitsu reveals additional details for the upcoming Winning Post 8 2016, currently scheduled to be up for sale on PC, PS3, PS Vita, and PS4 March 24, 2016. Players can set up clubs again and new parameters have been given to horses. Siblings of rival characters and additional super boss horses have been introduced.
  • Results from Famitsu's most wanted Warriors collaboration questionnaire were published in its December 3, 2015 issue; the top results are from over 7,000 replies. Touken Ranbu topped the video game category while Pretty Cure was the forerunner for the anime category. Hisashi Koinuma expressed his interest for a fantasy Warriors game that can be played from PC browsers or smartphones. He thinks there are already Warriors IPs that cater to the female market and that the cover art would be difficult to create.
  • Shin Sangoku Musou Online Z released an outline of its November updates which include a Xiaoqiao themed weapon update and a celebration campaign for the PSVita release this month.
    • To commemorate eight years of service, a Dead or Alive 5 Last Round collaboration will start November 26. Players can purchase Marie Rose and Zack avatar sets. Other campaigns and events can be viewed on the eighth anniversary campaign page.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Online Kakusei no Shou has progressed into the second phase of its Oshu update. Players can help the god Idaten and a maiden from the moon slay demons in order to break the supernatural seal placed around the region.
  • Nobunaga no Yabou Tenshouki with Power Up Kit HD Version shall be available for the PS Vita and PC November 12. Sphere of Influence character portraits are being implemented as an option along with new additional portraits.
  • This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Uncharted Waters series. Daikoukai Jidai Online and Daikoukai Jidai V players are being offered various campaigns to commemorate the occasion.
    • A special portal dedicated to Online's tenth anniversary is up.
    • Japanese Uncharted Waters fans can be eligible for a trip with STWorld, a worldwide travel program that aims to cover each region's culture and historical landmarks, by becoming a PR ambassador for the series. Winners shall be selected by the fans and are expected to harp about their love for the series with an overseas vacation. Entries are done by completing a form or emailing Koei-Tecmo directly with an appeal for their qualifications. The deadline for entries is November 27.
    • Japanese servers are hosting a series of collaboration events themed to Yokohama Zoological Gardens's Zoorasian Brass band. The first event is a music quiz split into three levels of difficulty; complete every set of questions to receive avatar parts themed to the band and sails with the band's logo. It begins November 17.
    • Atlantis is going to be added to Japanese servers on December 1.
  • 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Romance of the Three Kingdoms series. Koei is celebrating with the thirteenth numbered installment that will be up for sale on January 28, 2016. Its previous date was December 10, "Romance of the Three Kingdoms Day". Kou Shibusawa is the general producer while Akihiro Suzuki is producer. Its general concept is to represent a setting filled with "hundreds of heroes", allowing players to control individuals rather than a singular ruling warlord.
    • Character visuals from this game are being used in posters to promote respectful public etiquette in certain streets in Yokohama. The character messages were user submitted and approved by city officials. A mobile stamp rally for each poster can reward participants with character posters. Keiko Erikawa commented that the company wanted to give back to the community and expressed hopes that their efforts are helpful.
    • A thirty year anniversary orchestra concert shall be held April 16, 2016 at Muza Kawasaki Symphony Hall. 1,000 attendees who have purchased Sangokushi 13 or have completed predetermined conditions in either version of 100man-nin no Sangokushi will be eligible for a special lottery.
    • Famitsu shall assist public awareness for the series's quirks with Sangokushi School, a reworked Romance of the Three Kingdoms 2 that allows for player customizable battle maps and characters. Players are encouraged to upload and share their works online. Famitsu interviewed Suzuki for his additional thoughts on the title.
    • Youkai Sangokushi, a collaboration amalgamation between the Yo-Kai Watch and Romance of the Three Kingdoms series, has been announced at Level 5 Vision 2015 The Beginning. The game will be developed by Level 5 and published by Koei Tecmo.
    • Sangokushi Sousou Den Online is a smartphone social game that shall be distributed to Japan and Korea. The first promotional video can be seen on YouTube. A playable demo was presented at G-Star 2015 and a live demonstration by QooApp can be viewed on YouTube. Famitsu posted their interview with the game's director.
    • Kodansha and Koei shall host an autumn Sangokushi Fair. Many guests for the festival have had previous work history or collaborations with Koei's IPs.
  • The twentieth anniversary for the Neoromance series concludes this year with another stage event called Neoromance 20th Anniversary ♥ Finale. It will take place December 5~6 at Pacifico Yokohama. Ruby Party has teased that a big announcement will be made at the event.
    • At the start of the event, a montage movie will play of various people congratulating the twentieth anniversary. Fans can apply to appear within it by sending in their head shot and alias to the contact e-mail. The application deadline is November 29.
  • Gamecity members who shop from Gamecity have a chance to win random merchandise from two previous events: Neoromance ♥ Festa Kiniro no Corda Jinnan Koukou Op.2 and Neoromance ♥ Live Haruka Matsuri 2015. Purchase any item within the campaign pages to be eligible for the lottery campaigns. The Corda campaign ends November 23 while the Haruka one ends December 7.

DecemberEdit

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