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KOEI TECMO AMERICA ANNOUNCES UPCOMING ‘PLUS’ RELEASE AND COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF ATELIER SHALLIE: ALCHEMISTS OF THE DUSK SEA

October 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Discover the Secrets of the World of Dusk On-the-Go with All New Content in Upcoming PlayStation®Vita ‘Plus’ Version of Acclaimed ‘Atelier’ Entry

Burlingame, Calif. — October 19, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America proudly announced today the upcoming portable Plus version of 2015’s Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, previously exclusive to the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. Set for a digital release on PlayStation®Vita on January 17, 2017, Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will allow players to experience the conclusion to the enchanting Dusk Trilogy on-the-go – packed with brand new content and plenty of new secrets to uncover!

Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea will also debut with a limited Collector’s Edition, available exclusively through NIS America’s online store. Inside the wonderfully illustrated Collector’s Edition box is a 48-page softcover art book, the original soundtrack featuring 30 tracks of in-game music, a 6” by 6” microfiber cloth depicting protagonists Shallotte and Shallistera and a physical copy of the game.

Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea offers a synthesist’s splendor of content, including brand new episodes for fans to further explore the swirling mysteries of the world of Dusk. Combined with new bosses to challenge, PlayStation®Vita optimization features, further additions to character costumes that allow players to accessorize their favorite characters, a brand new message log feature, and all of the DLC released for the PlayStation®3 version, players will find that Atelier Shallie Plus is the perfect way to experience this acclaimed Atelier entry!

A selection of screenshots showcasing Shallistera, Shallotte and the magical world of Dusk were released today alongside images of the Collector’s Edition to commemorate today’s announcement.

For more information and to stay up-to-date on the latest news for Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea, please visit the official website at http://www.koeitecmoamerica.com/shallieplus, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS.

About Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea tells the tale of Shallistera, the daughter of a tribal leader who embarks on a voyage to find a solution affecting her homeland, and Shallotte, a struggling alchemist who dreams of “hitting it big.” Both are joined by a diverse cast of characters who will help them throughout their journey. Players will encounter the quick-thinking Kortes, Shallistera’s childhood friend and bodyguard, Wilbell voll Erslied, a grand magician in training, Jurie Crotze, a lone-wolf treasure hunter, and Miruca Crotze, a childhood friend of Shallotte’s who works as a blacksmith.

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KOEI TECMO GAMES ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR TOKYO GAME SHOW 2016 AND CONFIRMS TITLES BOUND FOR WESTERN RELEASE

September 8, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

New Info Released on ‘Berserk’ (working title) and ‘Nioh’; Western Releases Confirmed for ‘Toukiden 2’ and ‘Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey’ Plus Newly Revealed ‘Nights of Azure 2’ (working title) and New IP Based on the ‘Samurai Warriors’ Universe

Burlingame, Calif – September 7, 2016 – KOEI TECMO Games is happy to announce today its on-site lineup of games at this year’s upcoming Tokyo Game Show. KOEI TECMO Games will be exhibiting an exciting and robust lineup in Tokyo from September 15 – 18 complete with hands-on demos, game presentations, and brand new trailers! This will include a number of titles already confirmed for western release, as well as previously unannounced titles that will reach the west within 2017.

Berserk (working title)
Omega Force’s interactive entertainment adaptation of one of the most brutal and unrelenting anime and manga titles will be available to visitors for a hands-on demo for the first time! Slated for release on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and digitally for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Windows PC via Steam®, Berserk (working title) will closely follow the events of the most well-known story arcs from the iconic manga’s narrative, focusing on the daring and heroic life of Guts as he cuts his way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.

Berserk (working title) fuses the signature ‘one versus thousands’ style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of the world of Berserk. As players harness the power of Guts’ Great Sword and utilize the swift and agile swordplay of Griffith to slash and smash through hordes of enemies, players familiar with the Warriors series will be able to feel the difference in gameplay through the way each character handles combat. The game will also incorporate various battle mechanics to better bring the world of Berserk to life, such as Magic and Transformations. To stay up to date on all news regarding Berserk (working title) please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/berserk.

Nioh
Hot on the heels of a successful Beta demo, Team Ninja’s dark fantasy action RPG will be available for hands-on play at the KOEI TECMO Games booth with new content, including a brand new stage, which will challenge even the most adept players!

Blending a compelling narrative loosely based on the tale of the first western samurai, William Adams, with a myriad of strange supernatural creatures from Japanese folklore (Yokai), players of Nioh will discover a diverse and comprehensive world dripping with history and lore, and face off against other samurai in epic sword battles. Nioh is guaranteed to challenge players in a way that makes every mission feel earned and their accomplishments worthwhile. Nioh is in development exclusively for the PS4™ system. For more news and information on Nioh, please visit the official website at http://teamninja-studio.com/nioh/us, Like Nioh on Facebook www.facebook.com/Niohofficial and become part of the #KTfamily by following Team NINJA on Twitter at @TeamNINJAStudio.

Toukiden 2
KOEI TECMO America is pleased to announce the return of the popular demon hunting RPG title Toukiden with the western release of its second instalment in early 2017. Taking Oni-hunting to a brand new level, Toukiden 2 introduces an open-world environment filled with strange life forms, empty ruins, unexplored caves and fearsome Oni.

Players will take on the mantle of a Slayer charged with the task of defending humanity’s last remaining villages from the supernatural threat of Oni. Taking all types of shapes and sizes, these demons creep out of dark rifts in space and time to prey on mankind. Warriors from the ancient and secret cast of the Slayers are the only ones equipped to stop them! Platforms, release date and further information on the western release of this title will be available in the following weeks.

Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey
Developer GUST continues its trademark Atelier series with the follow-up to Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Book. The second part in the Mysterious trilogy, Atelier Firis, follows the journey of a young alchemist through an exciting and colorful world. While Firis travels, she learns more about synthesis and alchemy, meets interesting people, and amplifies the feeling of exploration with the immense expansion of the world map! Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey will be playable during Tokyo Games Show on PlayStation®4. More details on the title will be revealed in the following weeks.

Nights of Azure 2 (working title)
Following the success of Nights of Azure, which marked a darker direction for GUST, producer Keisuke Kikuchi returns to the demon-plagued world where players will follow the story of a young girl knight born from the blood of Arnice, the main character of Nights of Azure. Nights of Azure 2 (working title) maintains the same JRPG gameplay elements adored by dedicated fans of the studio and expands this new franchise’s horizons with a riveting new storyline! This title will be on display at the KOEI TECMO Games booth.

Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru (working title)
KOEI TECMO America and developer Omega Force are proud to announce the upcoming western release of a ‘one versus thousands’ tactical action title focused on a fan-favorite character from the Samurai Warriors franchise: Yukimura Sanada. In this character-driven epic, players will get a unique look into the Sanada clan’s inner workings before and during the 16th century conflict that drove two brothers to join opposite sides of a grand scale civil war. This yet-to-be-named title will be released in the west in 2017 and is available for hands-on play on PlayStation®4 during Tokyo Games Show.

For more information on the company’s Tokyo Games Show presence and for live updates from the showroom floor, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

©2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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Curve Digital Confirms the Launch Date for Dear Esther: Landmark Edition

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Award-winning Masterpiece from Heralded Developer, The Chinese Room, Heads to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 20 with Graphical and Gameplay Updates Alongside a Brand New Developers’ Commentary

LONDON – August 25, 2016 – Established indie game publisher Curve Digital and developer The Chinese Room today announced that the critically-acclaimed, first-person narrative experience, Dear Esther, will arrive on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as Dear Esther: Landmark Edition on September 20 for $9.99. Heading to consoles with graphical and gameplay updates in addition to a brand new Directors’ Commentary from the original development team, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition aims to follow up on the original release’s success by refining the acclaimed indie hit for players both new and returning.

The Directors’ Commentary of Dear Esther: Landmark Edition unites Jessica Curry, Dan Pinchbeck and Rob Briscoe for the first time years as they reacquaint themselves with the game which made The Chinese Room a globally known development studio. The commentary offers first-hand insight on never-before-heard details, and provides a fresh perspective on the game’s development and legacy. The Landmark Edition also features graphical and gameplay tweaks which finesse the experience on console, making this the most complete version of Dear Esther to date.

Dear Esther is a narrative-focused first-person adventure that takes place on an uninhabited Hebridean island, upon which a lone man must piece together the chain of events that led to his wife’s death. Eschewing traditional gameplay to present a truly story-driven experience, the game composes a beautifully detailed world and an emotional tale that has inspired an entire genre of games. Dear Esther was originally developed as an experimental visual and aural experience using the Source game engine, and earned multiple awards alongside critical acclaim following its original release on Windows PC in 2012.

The console release of Dear Esther will mark the start of a month-long celebration of its legacy, during which The Guardian and The Barbican will hold events in the UK to allow members of the public to get closer to the seminal narrative than ever before.

The Guardian Event on September 30 is billed as a “Directors’ Commentary Directors’ Commentary” which will see Dan Pinchbeck and Jessica Curry discuss their journey from Half-Life mod to full console release. Tickets cost £10 direct from The Guardian’s website here: https://membership.theguardian.com/event/gaming-series-dear-esther-26635208626

On October 14, The Barbican will host a unique live performance of the game’s soundtrack led by composer Jessica Curry, accompanied by an on-stage playthrough of Dear Esther complete with live narration. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the major components of the game brought to life in what promises to be a highly emotional evening. Limited tickets remain here: https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=20030

Developed by The Chinese Room and published on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One by Curve Digital, Dear Esther: Landmark Edition will arrive on September 20 for $9.99 / €9.99 / £7.99. This title has been rated “T for Teen” by the ESRB.

About Curve Digital
Curve Digital is the largest publisher of independent video games on console formats in the world. Working with high profile developers such as Mike Bithell (Thomas Was Alone), Dan Marshall (The Swindle) and Olli Harjola (The Swapper), Curve helps individuals and small teams bring their games to a larger audience. Curve actively publishes on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U and 3DS.

Website: curve-digital.com
Twitter: @CurveDigital
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KOEI TECMO AMERICA CONFIRMS STORYLINE OF ATTACK ON TITAN GAME WILL EXTEND BEYOND SHOW’S FIRST SEASON IN BRAND NEW TRAILER

August 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pre-order Bonuses Confirmed Alongside Brand New, Action-Packed Launch Trailer Showcasing the Scout Regiment Locked in Combat with New Forms of Titans

Burlingame, Calif. and COLOGNE — August 16, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America today confirmed at Gamescom 2016 that the narrative within the upcoming Attack on Titan game will extend beyond the events of the show’s first season. A brand new launch trailer has been revealed alongside the announcement in anticipation of the upcoming release of the fast-paced action game based on the hugely successful manga and anime series. Attack on Titan will release on August 30, 2016 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as digitally for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld system and Windows PC via Steam®.

Showcasing the Scout Regiment as they repel the fearsome Titans threatening humanity, the launch trailer for Attack on Titan officially reveals that players will be able to play beyond the end of the show’s first season via extra game-exclusive missions! Capturing intense, action-packed combat and impressive attack moves, the launch trailer reveals two sinister new types of Titans for players to take down. The Armored Titan, a 50 foot tall behemoth with immense strength and speed can destroy anything in its path, and the monstrous Beast Titan is a gigantic ape-like creature that uses immeasurable amounts of force to crush its foes! These extra missions offer additional high-octane battles and exhilarating action within the Attack on Titan universe.

Those who pre-order Attack on Titan from Amazon, GameStop or Best Buy will receive two different downloadable bonus costumes: The Clean-Up Eren & Levi Costumes, as well as Mikasa’s Costume ‘Summer Festival’. Alternatively, those who purchase on PlayStation®4 digitally through the PlayStation®Store will receive a selection of Character Avatars featuring fan-favorite characters Eren, Levi and Mikasa!

About Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan, based on the hit anime series by the same name, follows Eren, Mikasa and Armin through the events of the show’s first season. Set in a land where three gigantic walls have been built around humanity’s only known settlements for protection from Titans, three young heroes Eren, Mikasa and Armin witness the end of 100 years of peace. As a massive Titan breaks down one of the outer walls humanity is once again threatened, and the heroes must fight off and discover the mystery behind the invading creatures. Players will experience a claustrophobic atmosphere and fast-paced, action-packed combat as they repel the fearsome Titans.

For more news and information on Attack on Titan, please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/attackontitan. This title has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB.

For more information on KOEI TECMO products, please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

©2015-2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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KOEI TECMO AMERICA OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES WESTERN RELEASE OF THE MOST BRUTAL WARRIORS GAME TO DATE: BERSERK (WORKING TITLE)

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Slash and Smash through Enemies and Environments Alike in Game Based on the Iconic Manga and Anime Series ‘Berserk,’ Headed to PlayStation®4, Windows PC, and PlayStation®Vita

Burlingame, Calif. — July 15, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America is excited to confirm today the upcoming North American release of Berserk (working title), Omega Force’s most brutal Warriors title to date based on the iconic manga and anime series Berserk. Slated to release this fall for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and digitally for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system and Windows PC via Steam®, KOEI TECMO’s interactive entertainment rendition of Berserk will closely follow the events of the most well-known story arcs from the iconic manga’s narrative, focusing on the daring and heroic life of Guts as he cuts his way through a sinister realm of magical and demonic fiends.

Berserk (working title) will fuse the signature ‘one versus thousands’ style action of the long-running Warriors franchise with the grim and gruesome atmosphere of the world of Berserk. As players harness the power of Guts’ Great Sword and utilize the swift and agile swordplay of Griffith to slash and smash through hordes of enemies, players familiar with the Warriors series will be able to feel the difference in gameplay through the way each character handles combat. The game will also incorporate various battle mechanics to better bring the world of Berserk to life, such as Magic and Transformations.

Written by Kentarou Miura, Berserk is a world-renowned series set in a world enveloped in darkness and deception. Its profound story is told through the lives of its fascinating characters, focusing on Guts, a lone mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary group known as the ‘Band of the Hawk’. With mind-blowingly detailed drawings, visceral themes of human nature, and gripping storytelling, Berserk has fascinated and influenced many fans worldwide, placing it at the pinnacle of the dark fantasy genre.

Hisashi Koinuma, President of KOEI TECMO GAMES and Producer of Berserk (working title) has released the following statement:

“We are finally able to unveil our collaboration between Berserk and the Warriors series. In this game, players can experience and immerse themselves into the world of Berserk as the main character Guts, wielding his powerful weapon Dragon Slayer mercilessly slashing enemies in half, and through the massive story beginning with the Golden Age arc. The game content will be enjoyable even to those who don’t normally play games, so we hope all fans of Berserk will give this game a go. Become a member of Guts and his group, and experience the exhilaration of the most lethal Warriors game within the intense world of Berserk.”

Berserk (working title) is currently in development by Omega Force and slated for a Fall 2016 launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, as well as digitally on the PlayStation®Vita handheld system and Windows PC via Steam®.

More information about the game’s plot, original content, and playable characters will be unveiled in the coming weeks. KOEI TECMO America has released a first batch of assets showcasing the main characters Guts and Griffith, in-game cutscenes, and violent hack-and-slash action featured in Berserk (working title), as well as a new trailer featuring the protagonist Guts engaged in combat.

To stay up-to-date on news for Berserk (working title), please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/berserk, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS. This title has not yet been rated by the ESRB, but a rating of “M for Mature” is expected.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
©KENTAROU MIURA(STUDIO GAGA) HAKUSENSHA/BERSERK PARTNERSHIP
©2015-2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
©2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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Stunning 2D Fighting Game from popular Japanese RPG “Shining” series, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is coming soon to Steam!

July 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

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With the publishing cooperation of Degica, Studio Saizensen is pleased to announce that fighting game, Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena is coming to Steam July 28th.
It will be priced at $29.99 with a 20% launch discount.
The world controlled by blade, magic and fist…Fighters of diverse goals and backgrounds gather for battle…Blade Arcus from Shining Battle Arena is a massive 2D fighting game, developed by Studio Saizensen, featuring characters from the Shining series.

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Features:
-Tag Battle with 16 playable characters
-Beautiful artwork by Tony(AlbionWorks)
-Story Mode with full voice acting
-Hone your skills in Traning Mode!
-Go head to head with your friends in Versus Mode!
-Online mode, created just for the Steam release!
-Defeat your rivals from all over the world with Online Leaderboards/Ranking System!

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Characters:
Play as one of 16 different characters from the Shining universe!
All your favourite characters are here including Rage, Sakuya, Misty, Sonia, Rick and Dylan!

Here’s the full list:
Ryuuga, Pairon, Rage, Sakuya, Xiao Mei, Altina,Roselinde, Melty, Fenrir, Isaac, Rick, Dylan, Rouna, Urayukihime, Misty, Sonia

Battle System:
Originally from Japanese game centres/arcades, Blade Arcus from Shining features unique battle and game balance systems. Play online, defeat your rivals, and become the very best!

You’ll utilize tag-based mechanics by selecting a primary character and a secondary character. You can switch characters between rounds as well as call on your partner for help using “Link Attacks”.

Beautiful Artwork and Voice Acting:
Tony(AlbionWorks)has created some incredibly beautiful artwork for this game.
We’ve also brought on an incredible cast of voice actors including Yukari Tamura, Nana Mizuki and Rie Kugimiya.
Anime Evo!
Blade Arcus from Shining was part of the Anime Evo side tournament this year! The developers have sent some exclusive prizes to be given out to the winners!

About Studio Saizensen
Founded in 1997, Studio Saizensen is a game developer known for the Umihara Kawase trilogy of puzzle/platformers as well as fighting game Blade Arcus, RPG Exstetra, RPG/beat-’em-up Code of Princess, and more.

About Degica Games
Degica Games is a Tokyo-based publisher specializing in localizing Japanese games for the global market. Our goal is to bring you the best games from Japan and all around the world!
DegicaGames.com

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Innovative Sci-Fi Narrative Exploration Game, Event[0], Launching on PC and Mac in September

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Stranded in Space with Only an Unstable AI Computer for Company, Players Must Build a Relationship through Text Conversations to Survive and Return to Earth

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PARIS – July 13, 2016 – IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU TYPE… Event[0], the award-winning sci-fi narrative exploration game in which players must build a relationship with a lonely spaceship computer to get home, is coming to Windows PC and Mac this September via Steam and the Humble Store by Humble Bundle. A new teaser trailer for the game that poses the question, “What would you say to a computer if your life depended on it?” can be viewed at event0game.com.

The indie game first drew attention as a concept demo that won multiple indie gaming awards, including Innovation at BIG 2015 and Student Award winner at EIGD 2014. The first-person narrative exploration game transports players to the desolated spacecraft, Nautilus. As a player, your only companion is an insecure AI entity named Kaizen with whom you interact by typing messages on computer terminals throughout the ship. The game’s multi-layered story emerges organically as players communicate with Kaizen, freely explore 3D environments, gather information and solve hacking puzzles.

Set in a retrofuture inspired by 2001: A Space Odyssey, Solaris and Brave New World, Event[0] is a game about building a personal relationship with a machine using natural language. Kaizen can procedurally generate over two million lines of dialog and the AI entity has a strong personality influenced by human input. Players communicate by typing messages into a computer, and Kaizen responds. As in any relationship, there can be gratitude, disappointment or jealousy, and Kaizen reacts differently depending on its mood. By working through the fears and anxieties of your virtual companion you can ultimately find your way back to Earth—while unraveling the cryptic history of the ship and the 1980s society from which it emerged.

Event[0] began as a six-month student project before evolving into a full title under the auspices of Ocelot Society, which was founded by key members of the team. The game is backed by France’s CNC public arts organization and by the Indie Fund, a funding source for independent developers launched as an alternative to traditional publisher models.

“Event[0] takes me back to the kind of magic I felt playing Zork as a kid,” said Ron Carmel, Co-Founder of Indie Fund and Co-Creator of World of Goo. “There are moments where I can suspend disbelief and feel like I’m actually having a conversation with an advanced AI, probing its inner workings with words.”

The game is created using Unity Engine 5 and utilizes physics-based rendering and advanced lighting techniques to create richly detailed environments inside and outside the ship (players can leave the ship for breathtakingly scary spacewalks). Eschewing a traditional game score, all sound, including incidental music, comes from items in the environment. The ship is essentially the AI computer’s body, and reacts to Kaizen’s mood by making different sounds—which can give the player valuable clues.

“Event[0] is like our AI child: over the past two years it has grown from a vibrant but limited concept into a fully realized narrative exploration game,” said Léonard Carpentier, Co-founder and CEO of Ocelot Society. “Our team has created an evocative world for players to explore and Kaizen can’t wait to find new humans to become best friends with!”

More information on Event[0] will be released in the coming weeks if Kaizen can be convinced to cooperate.

For updates on Event[0] please visit event0game.com and follow @event0game on Twitter and on Facebook.

About Ocelot Society
Founded in 2015 by a group of young indie developers, Ocelot Society is a Paris-based game creation studio seeking new ways to play. The studio’s first game, the award-winning AI relationship-based narrative exploration game, Event[0], will be released in September 2016 for PC and Mac. For more information, visit ocelotsociety.com and follow on @OcelotSociety on Twitter.

About Indie Fund
Indie Fund is a funding source for independent developers, created by a group of successful indies looking to encourage the next wave of game developers. It was established as a serious alternative to the traditional publisher funding model. Our aim is to support the growth of games as a medium by helping indie developers get (and stay) financially independent. For more information, visit indie-fund.com.

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KOEI TECMO AMERICA REVEALS ACTION-PACKED ONLINE FEATURES FOR ATTACK ON TITAN

July 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

KOEI TECMO AMERICA REVEALS ACTION-PACKED ONLINE FEATURES FOR ATTACK ON TITAN

Allowing for Up to Four Players, Scout Mode Summons the Scout Regiment to Unleash Humanity’s Wrath

Burlingame, Calif. — July 6, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America today revealed the multiplayer Scout Mode as well as additional gameplay mechanics available in Attack on Titan, the titanic action game based on the worldwide anime hit by the same name, alongside three new character trailers and a new gameplay video highlighting the game’s Decisive Battle Signal system. Attack on Titan will release on August 30 for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and digitally for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld system and Windows PC via Steam®.

The high-octane Scout Mode allows players to recruit up to three companions online to venture outside the wall and face the eerily human-like Titans together. Starting at the camp, team members are able to upgrade their gear, change their costumes and prepare resources for an upcoming onslaught. The leader of the group is able to choose from a wide selection of missions taking place across a variety of different stages, including the Forest of Giant Trees, the Ruined Town, a Farm Village and even the Stohess District. These missions, separate from the main campaign, offer further action-packed events to face as a team.

Throughout Attack on Titan players will have the opportunity to upgrade their titan-slaying gear. The Omni-Directional Mobility Gear, blades, and scabbard can be enhanced at the camp with materials found from slaying Titans on single player and multiplayer missions. Enhancements to the Omni-Directional Mobility Gear include improved anchors, allowing them to attach on to Titans from a greater distance and at faster speeds. Blades can be sharpened, as well as improved to become longer and more durable, with scabbard upgrades allowing additional blades and gas canisters to be carried. It is important for players to enhance their equipment to perform more effectively on the battlefield.

KOEI TECMO America released a new gameplay video highlighting the Decisive Battle Signal. Rescuing regiment members in danger and slaying Titans will fill up the Decisive Battle Meter which, once used, calls everyone in the player’s vicinity to their side to deal a great amount of damage. When activated their attack damage will be heightened, with the blunting of blades and depletion of gas momentarily stopped.

For more news and information on Attack on Titan, please visit the official site at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/attackontitan, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS. This title has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB.

About Attack on Titan
Based on the hit anime series by the same name, Attack on Titan follows Eren, Mikasa and Armin through the events of the show’s first season. Set in a land where three gigantic walls have been built around humanity’s only known settlements for protection from Titans, three young heroes Eren, Mikasa and Armin witness the end of 100 years of peace. As a massive Titan breaks down one of the outer walls humanity is once again threatened, and the heroes must fight off and discover the mystery behind the invading creatures. Players will experience a claustrophobic atmosphere and fast-paced battle action as they repel the fearsome Titans.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

©2015-2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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KOEI TECMO AMERICA BRINGS ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS XIII WESTWARD, NOW AVAILABLE ON PLAYSTATION4 AND STEAM

July 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Deep, Strategic Gameplay Unites with Nearly Endless Customization in a Compelling, Historically-Accurate Tale of Political Instability, Large-Scale Conflict and Human Drama

Burlingame, Calif. — July 5, 2016 — Developed in celebration of the series’ 30th anniversary and marking its reappearance in the West after an eight-year hiatus, KOEI TECMO America today proudly announced the triumphant return of its renowned strategy franchise with the launch of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII. Offering a masterfully-created medley of strategic gameplay alongside a compelling and historically-accurate narrative, Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII is now available for the PlayStation4 computer entertainment system and digitally for Windows PC via Steam.

In Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, players will experience a climactic and historically-accurate storyline rich with Chinese history, and complete with detailed CG cutscenes that highlight the most heroic deeds of the strongest, wisest, and most powerful individuals of the Three Kingdoms Era. As players learn how to employ strategic gameplay options and harness advanced game mechanics, the tale of a collapsing dynasty and the emergence of power-hungry factions unfolds into a complex chessboard on which players can influence the fateful events leading to the unification of 2nd century China. Players can climb the proverbial leadership ladder as one of 700 historical characters during a turbulent era of political instability, large-scale conflict, and human drama.

Explore the myriad of experiences within the world of Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, covering Civil Development, Diplomacy, Debates, Duels, open field battles, sieges, naval battles and more with gameplay differing depending on the situation at hand. Cities can be built and developed; alliances can be fostered or broken; armies can be mustered and deployed. Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII prides itself on offering a wide range of options for conflict resolution including a robust army composition selection, while special care has been taken to incorporate diplomacy and personal relationships, giving the player an extra incentive to build a stable and loyal network of friends and allies.

This comprehensive and exceptionally detailed strategy title features two compelling gameplay experiences: A campaign mode provides the freedom to choose a starting year and customize the board to the player’s liking, and Hero Mode closely follows historical events while teaching players all of the game’s mechanics. Players must decide for themselves whether they will follow a favorite historical figure to glory, or rise up and claim their place in history by uniting China under their own banner!

For more information on Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII, please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/rtk13, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS. This title has been rated “E10+ for Everyone 10+” by the ESRB.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, Tecmo Bowl, and Fatal Frame series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

©2016 Valve Corporation. Steam and the Steam logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Valve Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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KOEI TECMO AMERICA UNVEILS PLOT-TWISTING INFORMATION AND BRAND NEW TRAILER FOR ATTACK ON TITAN

June 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Take on Oversized Enemies in Hand-to-hand Combat as Eren in Titan Form

Burlingame and Los Angeles, Calif. — June 14, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America revealed today an exciting and transformative feature of Attack on Titan, the epic action game based on the worldwide anime hit by the same name, alongside an explosive new trailer and screenshots. Scheduled for launch on August 30, 2016, the game will be released on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as digital-only on the PlayStation®Vita handheld system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC via Steam®.

Following the plot-twisting events of the hugely successful anime series Attack on Titan, players will be able to take control of protagonist Eren’s powerful Titan form and get up close and personal with the eerily human-like creatures! Transforming into this titanic beast replaces Eren’s ODM gear and blades with fists. A first English language demo featuring this game-changing ability will be present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016 in Los Angeles from June 14 – 16.

KOEI TECMO America also released a new gameplay trailer showcasing the newly-revealed feature’s unique play-style! This action-packed new trailer features Eren’s explosive transformation, as well as the game’s main playable characters, and focuses on the fast-paced battles, towering Titans, and claustrophobic atmosphere of Attack on Titan. A variety of new screenshots were also released today, showcasing a selection of the stages where players will fight against the Titans; from the evacuated streets of the Stohess District to the open plains outside of the walls!

About Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan, based on the hit anime series by the same name, follows Eren, Mikasa and Armin through the events of the show’s first season. Set in a land where three gigantic walls have been built around humanity’s only known settlements for protection from Titans, three young heroes Eren, Mikasa and Armin witness the end of 100 years of peace. As a massive Titan breaks down one of the outer walls humanity is once again threatened, and the heroes must fight off and discover the mystery behind the invading creatures. Players will experience a claustrophobic atmosphere and fast-paced battle action as they repel the fearsome Titans.

For more news and information on Attack on Titan, please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com/attackontitan. This title has been rated “M for Mature” by the ESRB.

For more information on KOEI TECMO products, please visit the official website at www.koeitecmoamerica.com, Like KOEI TECMO America on Facebook at www.facebook.com/koeitecmous, and become part of the #KTfamily by following KOEI TECMO America on Twitter at @KoeiTecmoUS.

ABOUT KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP.
KOEI TECMO AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

©Hajime Isayama,Kodansha/”ATTACK ON TITAN”Production Committee. All Rights Reserved.

©2015-2016 KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD. The KT logo is a registered trademark of KOEI TECMO HOLDINGS CO., LTD.

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