No More Heroes 3, Harvest Moon, Samurai Shodown and everything else shown during New Game+ Expo 2020
In this period of, kind of but not really, E3 presentations, a bunch of new showcases have entered the space. The New Game+ Expo is one of these presentations, following the same formula as practically any other software showcase, but with a focus on new titles coming out of Japan. As a result, some of these are… weird… and plenty have scantily clad anime girls… but amongst the vast sea of weebitude there are some pretty major announcements that should make you excited. Let’s take a look.
Catherine: Full Body Switch Edition
The expo started with one of Atlus’s big titles from last year. Catherine: Full Body is coming to the Switch, which really makes sense. The Switch is the perfect home for puzzle games on the go, and Catherine is, despite its dark Persona styled atmosphere, a puzzle game. The Switch version is set to come out on July 7 this year.
No More Heroes 3
Suda51 kicked off the expo in the most Suda51 possible. He had a ton of new footage of No More Heroes 3 to show us, except he used it as a zoom background, plastering his face all over it so that we couldn’t see what was going on! You’d think he would eventually show off the game proper, but no! This is all we got. It’s goofy and, heck it worked. We are all now desperate to see what was behind his head.
Harvest Moon: One World
Harvest Moon is back and is getting back to its roots. Our first look at One World mostly showcased basic farming mechanics, seasons, and a little bit of social gameplay. Fans have been a bit upset, saying it looks unfinished and pales in comparison to Story of Seasons, a remake of a previous Harvest Moon done by another studio. We will have to wait to get our hands on the finished product to see. One World is slated to release this fall on the PS4 and Switch.
Tin & Kuna
Here’s a new one. It looks like a pretty simple collect-a-thon platformer. You play as the armadillo-like creature, Kuna, as you roll into a ball, double jump, air-dash, and otherwise platform your way through levels. You’ll gain access to an array of powers, including a firepower that allows you to explode and an electric power that lets you tether things to your body. It’s slated for release this fall on the Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and Steam.
Looking for a new electronic board game but Mario Party is too random for you? Maybe try Billion Road, a big anime-style Monopoly-esque game. Actually, it’s probably less random than Monopoly too. The new Steam version has random matchmaking for players all over the world. It’s available now on the Switch and PC via Steam.
I kid you not, this game is amazing. I tried out the demo a while back, and it’s just, way better than a game about giant crabs fighting each other to the death should be. Load up your crab with swords, guns, lasers, rockets, maybe even mount a seal, and create the most lethal crab of destruction you can while going up against other deep-sea crustaceans. Fight Crab for EVO 2021 people! You can pick up the full version on July 30 on Steam. It will also release sometime later for the Nintendo Switch.
Samurai Shodown x For Honor
The final season 2 DLC character for Samurai Shodown has been revealed, and it’s the Warden from For Honor. He is a slow punishing powerhouse with a huge range on his normals due to his heavy broadsword. He is available for download now.
Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- The Prophecy of the Throne
This is a new “tactical adventure” game that takes place during the first season of the anime, during the Royal Selection plot arc. Subaru will have to use his ability to “return by death” i.e. go back in time to a save point any time he dies, in order to uncover a conspiracy. Someone, or something, is rewriting history as a sixth candidate for the throne appears, despite there being only five in the events of the anime. It’s planned for release this winter on Steam, PS4, and the Switch.
Fallen Legion: Revenants
The next title in the Fallen Legion series appears to have Valkyrie Profile style battles, a deep choice-based story allowing you to determine who lives and who dies, a deep crafting system, and much more. It’s planned to release early 2021 for PS4 and Switch.
NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection
King of Fighters R2 is coming to the NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection on the Switch. It will launch this July. For a Gameboy era portable fighting game, it’s really not that bad. More NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection releases will be coming later this summer.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV
The collusion to the Trails of Cold Steel series is finally coming to our shores. The game will play similar to the previous installment but will feature characters from across the Trails franchise, including Trails in the Sky and the Crossbell Duology. It’s coming out on PS4 on October 27 this year and will hit PC and Switch in 2021.
Death end re;Quest 2
Death end re;Quest was a really interesting RPG that was part investigation, part strategic battle system. Its sequel seems to be much the same, but instead of the “trapped in a video game” plot, this scenario is taking a large twist toward the horror. Written by Corpse Party scenario writer Makoto Kedouin, DERQ2 will follow Mai Toyama as she looks for her missing sister in a remote mountain town that holds a terrible secret. Is this real life, or is it all just a game? DERQ2 will release on August 25, 2020.
This is a game that really does what it says on the tin. You take the role of an idol group manager, and it’s up to you to scout talent, manage the budget, buy sets and costumes, create routines, schedule appearances, and navigate the drama inherent to the Japanese idol scene. It’s slated for release on PC later in 2020.
It’s the 10th anniversary of this killing game and creator Kazutaka Kodaka had a small message for us. Not only is he planning on eventually learning English and moving out of Japan, but the Danganronpa series is also now coming to smartphones. The trilogy is now available on iOS and Android with new content, new gameplay systems, and a new gallery feature.
Ah now here’s that good Japanese dating game stuff. Café Enchante puts you in control of a girl who inherits a strange coffee shop whose regulars include angels, demons, and mythical creatures… and of course, they are all smokin hotties. Personally I think you should go for the headless knight. He’s got abs. You can drink coffee and date your own mythical creature of choice this fall on the Switch.
Escape from Asura
And the winner for the vaguest trailer goes to! We saw nothing but 5-second zoom in to some ruined pillars and a blurry character. I have no idea what this is about, but it is slated for release on PS4 and Switch in 2021.
Bloodstained: Circle of the Moon 2
Bloodstained is quickly becoming a powerhouse franchise in the world of retro platformers and metroidvanias. Circle of the Moon 2 will once again recreate the Castelvania/Ninja Gaiden style gameplay of the original, but with three new characters. Dominique uses a spear which can do a pogo stab, similar to Shovel Knight. Robert is a ranged character who primarily uses firearms and grenades to attack. Finally, Hachi is a corgi in a giant robot suit. Yes, you heard me right. Players will control Zangetsu and will have to choose to either recruit these teammates or kill them to take their powers. Also, this game will feature two-player multiplayer, a first for the series. The title has no release date but will launch for Xbox One, PS4, Switch, and Steam.
Guilty Gear –Strive-
The latest Guilty Gear –Strive- trailer showed some extended gameplay for Millia Rage and Zato-1. It also confirmed what most fighting game fans had already theorized. The game’s release has been pushed back to early 2021, at which point it will release for PS4. However, they did mention that they are overhauling the netcode, so that’s good.
This is a combination RPG and franchise fighter, similar to Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. It will allow you to relive battles from the anime from the Grand Magic Games arc to the Tartaros arc. You’ll get to form your own team, manage guild business, and much much more. You’ll also… be able… to play volleyball… in swimsuits… with the female characters. Yep, this is an anime game alright. Fairy Tail will launch for PS4 and Switch on July 31.
Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection
Now that everyone is playing the new Samurai Shodown, SNK is giving us a chance to play the series in all of its retro glory. The Samurai Shodown NeoGeo Collection will include all titles up to Samurai Shodown Perfect, a final installment in the series slated to be the last Neo Geo game which never officially released. The collection will also feature online matchmaking with rollback netcode and an extensive museum mode. It will be available for purchase on the PS4 and Switch on July 28th this year.
Piofiore: Fated Memories
Oooooh! Another game with pretty boys! It’s a dating sim where all the people you can date are notable figures from crime families. These families aren’t fighting for money or power. They are fighting for your affection. It’s slated for release on the Switch this fall.
Neptunia Virtual Stars
Moe girls based on your favorite game consoles and idols join up for a… shooter…rhythm…action game? Look, it’s another Neptunia title. You know what you are getting into. This gigantic pile of moe-bait is slated for release on the PS4 in 2021.
Pretty Princess Party
Do you want to become a creepy dead-eyed princess? Well, now you can. Compete in princess-themed mini-games and become a princess to restore a magical castle. This princess sim is coming to the Switch this fall.
Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
Shiren the Wanderer is a neat little sprite-based rogue-like that takes a lot from adventure and strategy games from the 16-bit era. It originally came out on the DS ten years ago, and it now coming out on the Switch and Steam sometime this year.
The Sizzle Reel
Well, it wouldn’t be one of these presentations without a sizzle reel. Here’s what the New Game+ Expo had to show us.
- Shantae and the Seven Sirens – Out Now
- The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III – June 30th on Switch
- void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium – July 14th, 2020
- Giraffe and Annika – August 25th, 2020
- Volta-X - Summer 2020
- 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim – September 8th, 2020
- RPG Maker MV – Fall 2020 on consoles
- Prinny 1+2 Exploded and Reloaded – October 13th, 2020
- Robotics;Notes Double Pack – October 13th, 2020
- Mad Rat Dead – October 30th, 2020
- Tasomachi – Late 2020
- Bright Memory – Late 2020
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox
Finally, the expo ended on the announcement of the latest entry in the Ys series, an action-adventure franchise that dates back all the way to the SNES era. This latest installment is slated for a 2021 release on PS4, PC, and Switch and appears to take place in a massive prison city.
That’s all the announcements from this year’s Expo. What are you most interested in? Watch the presentation in full below and let us know in the comments.