Instead of posting these separately let’s relish all the following game announcements in one go.
First up is the unveiling of Studio Élan‘s (Heart of the Woods) next big title, Lock and Key. This time we join a retired magical girl duo, now married, being called back to action along with some other cuties.
Plot Summary: Sherri and Kealey Cohen, now a married couple in their late 20s, left the title of magical girls behind them over a decade ago. Now on the verge of losing their powers and entering a life of true normalcy, a string of inexplicable murders forces them to come out of retirement for one last adventure. Together with Nina, their old friend, and Ruby, a new protege, Sherri and Kealey will have to face a mystery connected both to their past and future. In the world of Lock and Key, the player shapes their path… and more importantly, determines where that path will end.
Writer/Director: Rachel Gruber
Writer: Jaime Milne
Artist: Shari Coté
GUI Design: adirosa
Music: Sarah Mancuso
No release date announced yet but stay tuned for more details or follow the team on Twitter.
Announcement #2 is the release of the long awaited (Since 2013) Lupiesoft magnum opus that is Dizzy Hearts. As explained in this post the team decided on an episodic release with Chapter 1 now available on Steam and itch.io and MangaGamer. For the interested be sure to pick it up before the customary first week discount disappears.
Announcement #3 is the impending release of Azur Lane Crosswave on PS4 and Steam. The PS4 version includes physical pre-orders in the Standard and Limited Edition packages courtesy of Limited Run Games. Don’t know if there are LEs remaining as of this writing.
Plot Summary: Enter the four nations: Eagle Union, Royal Navy, Iron Blood, and Sakura Empire. The military of each nation marched towards yet another season of diligent training. Suddenly, in the middle of their normal routines, a Joint Military Exercise was enacted. In this monumental event, a select few from each nation were chosen, causing all of them to train even harder in anticipation of rigourous battles ahead. But how did this event come to exactly? Are there ulterior motives at play?
Retrofitted in 3D – Azur Lane mobile, the beloved side-scrolling shooter, is now retrofitted for the Steam as a cel-shaded, 3D action shooter with the help of Unreal Engine! Choose from 25+ characters and 30+ support characters to help lead your fleet to victory. Azur Lane: Crosswave also introduces 2 brand-new playable characters, Shimakaze and Suruga!
4 Modes to Choose From – Choose from 4 different modes: Story, Extreme Battle, Photo, or Episode Mode. Story Mode goes through 7 riveting chapters in the footsteps of newcomers, Shimakaze and Suruga. In Extreme Battle Mode, choose from 100+ challenging fleets to battle for rare items and special materials. In Photo Mode, you can pose characters, change facial expressions, alter backgrounds, and camera angles to create a picturesque moment. Episode Mode includes 50+ sub-stories that deliver bonus character backgrounds!
Arm Your Armada – Before setting sail, beef up your characters by equipping them with rare items found after a successful battle or by crafting items at Akashi’s Laboratory. Here, Commanders can exchange blueprints to create new gear, convert materials into rare items, and earn rewards. Experiment with different fleet arrangements to gain special Fleet Effects that can provide in-game stat bonuses.
Ready, Aim, Fire – In Azur Lane: Crosswave, you can now control, aim, and fire at incoming battleships, aircraft carriers, and other enemies. Depending on the character’s subtype, players can dash to evade attacks or activate defensive shields, unleash torpedoes or aircrafts, and switch-on character-specific special attacks to defeat unruly enemies!
Besides The Almighty Nepster (BROTHER!) two other DLC boats were confirmed in Taihou and Formidable. Three more are yet to be announced. Fingers crossed South Dakota, Zara and/or Honolulu make the cut.
Azur Lane Crosswave is scheduled for an early 2020 release.
Viewers of the Null & Peta anime are in for a treat as an initially thought Japanese exclusive game is getting localized in the West. The game in question is Null and Peta -Invasion of the Queen Bug-.
Hopefully readers are caught up with the anime otherwise the page/game will contain spoilers. Actually there already is one in this little announcement but I’m guessing most of you are up to date. Anyhoo learn more about the game at its Steam page HERE.
Null and Peta -Invasion of the Queen Bug- is set for a late January 2020 release.
Last but not least we have the announcement of the Symphogay mobile game, Symphogear XD Unlimited coming to the West sometime in 2020. Without watching any trailers I can already tell this will be one of those 2D turn based anime RPGs similar to Fate/GO and Revue Starlight RE;Live. As the V1 title screen shows the game is set in an alternate universe where Kanade and Serena are still alive and Miku is part of Team Symphogay on the battlefield instead of the sidelines. Fingers crossed the Release the Spyce and YuYuYu games somehow get localized too. That and hopefully a Symphogay 2D fighting game developed by Arc System Works.
Update: The English homepage is open and (I think) so are pre-registrations. Check it out HERE.