NIS America Announces New Titles
NIS America held its Showcase 2019 presentation today, during which it highlighted some of its upcoming releases, including a trio of newly-announced titles. The presentation, which can be viewed in full below alongside the individual game trailers, began with Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo talking about The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, which NIS America will be releasing for PlayStation 4 in fall 2019.
Following this, NIS America President Sohei Niikawa introduced The Princess Guide Director Hironori Takano and Lapis x Labyrinth Director and Designer Hirokazu Itano and interviewed the two about their games. The Princess Guide, an action RPG where players train one of four princesses, is due out for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on March 26, 2019, and in Europe on March 29, 2019. Lapis x Labyrinth is a side-scrolling action RPG and due out for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on May 28, 2019, and in Europe on May 31, 2019.
NIS America also gave a sneak preview of The Caligula Effect: Overdose’s launch trailer, with the game due out for PC, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation 4 in North America tomorrow, March 12, 2019. A remake of 2016 PlayStation Vita title The Caligula Effect, the game will also be released in Europe on Friday, March 15, 2019.
The first of the three new announcements is that The Alliance Alive HD Remastered, which was announced for Japan last week, will be coming to North America and Europe. The game will be released for PC, Nintendo Switch. and PlayStation 4 in fall 2019, and come with a launch The Alliance Alive HD Remastered Awakening Edition for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 that includes the game and nine “Night Ravens” cutout paper dolls. The Alliance Alive, a spiritual follow-up to The Legend of Legacy, itself a spiritual successor to the SaGa series, was originally released for Nintendo 3DS in 2018.
NIS America showed off the console version of the RPG Maker MV development suite. The title is planned for launch on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in 2019, but NIS America and developer Kadokawa Games have revealed that the planned Xbox One version is cancelled.
The second of three new announcements is a PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita release for Aquaplus’ Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen in 2020. Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen is a remaster of the first Utawarerumono game, which takes place prior to the Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception and Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth duology. Like the duology, the game is a hybrid between visual novel and tactical RPG. The game will receive a launch Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Origins Edition for PlayStation 4 — the PlayStation Vita version will be digital-only — that includes a soundtrack CD and a softcover art book.
The final new game announcement is Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers, which will be released in North America and Europe for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in fall 2019. The game is a time-traveling where Sherry, her friend Pegreo, and the robot Isaac must solve the mystery that has caused their town of Clocknee to freeze in time. The game will receive a launch Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers Time Capsule Edition exclusively on Nintendo Switch that includes flippable “cogs” and a poster.
Update — NIS America has also revealed limited editions for its three newly announced titles. The Alliance Alive HD Remastered Limited Edition is available to pre-order for $64.99 on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, which includes an artbook, soundtrack CD, and the nine cutout paper dolls. The Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen Limited Edition is available for $79.99 on PlayStation 4 and includes a hardcover art book, soundtrack CD, metal keychain, and poster. Finally, the Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers Limited Edition is priced at $64.99 for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch and features a hardcover artbook, soundtrack CD, slammer coin, flippable cogs, and a poster.
If I haven’t played the Utawarerumono duology yet, should I wait until after the first game releases? Or does it not really matter?
I don’t think it’s a necessity, but there are a number of somewhat important characters it’ll give a lot more important and context to. Depends on how important knowing the backstory behind everything is to you or whether that’s something you’re happy to learn about after the fact.