Bald-faced News 8/29/17: Settling In

New SFV character, new Yakuza stuff, new analysis of old UI, we’ve got a lot of news this week!

I was busy moving this week and didn’t get to play many games or watch anything really interesting this week. As I type this I’m waiting for my copy of Yakuza Kiwami to get here.


Street Fighter V: Menat Reveal

Well it seems Capcom have put out a DLC SFV character that everyone loves. Turns out you just need to be attractive waifu bait and fans will love you! (I still love you Abigail) All cynical joking aside, Menat seems like a very technical and fun fighter. Her playstyle seems to be a mix of Rose from Street Fighter and Viola from Soul Caliber V. Menat has a lot of “send orb out, hit opponent into orb” set ups. Hopefully she’s viable in competitive play, so we get to see hype orb set ups. Her battle costume is stupid, though.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 and Fist of the North Star Games Coming

Looks like the Yakuza devs will have their hands full for a while. They’re working on a new Yakuza project with a new protagonist, Kwiami 2, and a new Fist of the North Star game.

Yakuza seems to have finally achieved the trans-Pacific popularity that so many Japanese IPs strive for. Yakuza 0 gained a substantial following after many years of the series getting by as a cult classic franchise, and now it seems like the studio is stretching their legs. Kiwami 2 leaked via the Taiwan PSN Store, and the existence of a Kiwami 2 makes a lot of sense. The most recent Yakuza release was 0, with the remake of Yakuza 1 (Kiwami) following close behind. Yakuza 1 2 were both PS2 titles, so updating both of those games with modern graphics and gameplay would allow latecomers (like myself) to enjoy these games without having to deal with tracking down a rare PS@ game. I could even see a Kiwami 3, given how old Yakuza 3 is at this point. Regardless, Kiwami 1 is fantastic, and all the Yakuza games are better than any Shenmue ever was.

Atlus Sets Up European Publishing Branch

I don’t have much to say about this other than I’m so happy European Atlus fans can (hopefully) get their games on a reasonable timeline. This is a huge boon for Atlus ans SEGA, since the European market has long had a tenuous relationship with Atlus. The publishing branch is located in London, England.

EA Says Mass Effect Might Not be Dead (It’s Probably Dead)

In a recent interview with gamereactor, EA Executive Vice President Patrick Söderlund mentioned that the Mass Effect series has not been mothballed.

“…Mass Effect as a franchise, that has such a big fanbase, and you know I’ve seen people saying ‘Oh, EA’s not making another Mass Effect’. I see no reason why we shouldn’t come back to Mass Effect. Why not? It’s a spectacular universe, it’s a loved [series], it has a big fanbase, and it’s a game that has done a lot for EA and for BioWare.”

Now, EA has a history of pulling “we’re not officially saying this IP/developer is on hiatus, but it’s on hiatus/mothballed”, see Dead Space, so this quote doesn’t fill me with hope for the continued existence of Mass Effect. Combine this history with the fact that single-player DLC for Andromeda is non-existent, and it seems more likely that Mass Effect will not return for a long time.

Vestaria Saga Getting Official English Translation

Indie Fire Emblem-like Vestaria Saga is going to get a paid English versionVestaria Saga was made with SRPG Studio Software, which is the strategy RPG version of RPG Maker, and it’s not known if there will be changes made to the art with this localization. No word yet on the release date, publisher, or price of this forthcoming translated release.

Assassin’s Creed/FF XV Crossover

In this week’s installment of “headscratching news”, we have a collaboration between Square Enix and Ubisoft, specifically FF XV and Assassin’s Creed Origins.


We only have details on the FF XV part of the crossover, currently. On August 30, FF XV players who have obtained certain items can exchange them for AC:O themed clothing, and a free DLC will be dropping on the 31st. The DLC will involve a town being AC themed, with Noctis gaining some AC-esque powers. This crossover is out of left field, but this still doesn’t beat Kingdom Hearts for being the weirdest crossover that Square has taken part in.

Cool UI Design Breakdown by Platinum Games

Platinum Games recently put out a blog post covering the basics of user interface design, with specific attention paid to NieR: Automata‘s UI. The post covers almost every aspect of the game’s UI, from aesthetics to function to storytelling. There’s a lot of great insight into a very underappreciated aspect of game design in this post, so go check it out!

VA-11 HALL-A Update

The Japanese version is coming, and has pre-orders up. But no solid release date(s) yet.


What’s On The Plate

I’m going to go play Yakuza Kiwami right after this is posted. Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

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