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NIS America Announces Danganronpa V3 Release Date

Get ready for more blood, sweat, and tears – NIS America will be releasing three Danganronpa games over the course of 2017.

Starring an all-new cast in a new environment, the third main installment of the iconic murder mystery visual novel series, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, launches for PlayStation 4 and PS Vita on September 26. 

NISA also announced that Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls, a spin-off title released for the Vita in 2015, is available on PS4 beginning on June 27. These two games are preceded by the release of Danganronpa 1-2 Reload, a collection of the first two games of the series, for PS4 on March 14. 

The press event held by NISA also revealed some other exciting announcements, such as its plans to bring Ys VIII to the west and Disgaea 5 Complete's release date for Switch.

 

Our Take
With 1-2 Reload in March and Ultra Despair Girls in June, now is the perfect time for fans of Danganronpa to replay their favorite games on PS4 and for newcomers to familiarize themselves with the cheerfully bloody aesthetic before the release of Killing Harmony in September. 

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Disgaea 5 Complete Gets North America Release Date For Switch

We already knew the trope-taunting, min-maxing, penguin-flinging classic was coming to the Nintendo Switch, but NIS America provided an official North American release date today.

Disgaea 5 Complete hits the Switch on May 23. This version of the tactical/RPG will include the full Disgaea 5 game along with all its DLC content, comprised of eight additional scenarios, four characters, and three classes. 

For more about Disgaea 5, take a look at Daniel Tack's review of the game when it launched on PS4. Check out NISA's other announcements about Danganronpa and Ys VIII as well.

 

Our Take
Disgaea 5 Complete's trailer proudly announces the series' return to Nintendo platforms. This seems like a good sign for the future of RPGs on the Switch, and we hope Nintendo follows up on that potential.

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Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy Has A June Release Date

Mark your calendars for June 30, because that is when the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy will be available on PlayStation 4.

The release date announcement was teased yesterday with a tweet, and today the release date was announced along with a number of other details. The full cast list for the game is now available, and it includes notable names like John DiMaggio and Jess Harnell, among others. Surprisingly, Clancy Brown will not be playing Neo Cortex. Neo Cortex will instead be played by Lex Lang, who played Cortex in the more recent Crash games.

For more on Crash Banicoot N. Sane Trilogy, check out interview with producer Kara Massie and game director Dan Tanguay from Vicarious Visions about making the game below.

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[Source: PlayStation Blog]

 

Our Take
I always appreciate seeing big games get summer release dates. It helps the November-December window feel less insane (or N. Sane, I suppose, if you insist).

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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

January
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) – January 10
Rise and Shine (Xbox One, PC) – January 13
Road Redemption (PS4, Xbox One) – January 15 
2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) – January 17
The Flame In The Flood (PS4) – January 17
Gravity Rush 2
(PS4) – January 20
Urban Empire (PC) – January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) – January 20
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega-Battle (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 24
Tales of Berseria (PS4, PC) – January 24
Yakuza 0 (PS4) – January 24
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One) – January 24
Double Dragon IV (PS4, PC)  - January 29
Disgaea 2 (PC) – January 30
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) – January 31 

February
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) – February 3
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, Vita) – February 7
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) – February 7
Nioh (PS4) – February 7
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Tank Troopers (3DS) – February 16
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PC, Vita) – February 21 
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC) – February 21
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC) – February 21
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR) – February 21
Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) – February 21
Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 24
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – February 28
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) – February 28 
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 28
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – February 28 

March
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U) – March 3
1-2-Switch (Switch) – March 3
Super Bomberman R (Switch) – March 3
Just Dance 2017 (Switch) – March 3
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch) – March 3
I Am Setsuna (Switch) – March 3
World of Goo (Switch) – March 3
Little Inferno (Switch) – March 3
Human Resource Machine (Switch) – March 3
Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 7
Nier: Automata (PS4, PC) – March 7
Birthdays the Beginning (PS4, PC) – March 7
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC) – March 7
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) – March 14 
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR, Rift, Vive) – March 14
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 14
Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 21
Rock Band VR (Rift) – March 23
Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One) – March 24
Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) – March 24
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
MLB The Show 17 (PS4) – March 28
Has-Been Heroes (Switch, PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 28 

April
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) – April 4
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 4
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7
Yooka-Laylee (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
The Sexy Brutale (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – April 11
The Silver Case (PS4) – April 18
Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, Xbox One) – April 21
Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) – April 25
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, PS4) – April 25
Syberia 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 25
Little Nightmares (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – April 28
Portal Knights (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28

May
Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – May 5
Injustice 2
(PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android) – May 16
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) – May 19
Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbox One) – May 30

June
Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 2 
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Dirt 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) – June 30

July
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – July 11 

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can return as the year's schedule continues to fill out!

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Activision: Destiny 2 Is Slated For Fall Release

During the call and answer portion of today's Activision Blizzard earnings call, the publisher revealed that Destiny 2 is slated to release this fall. We knew the game was coming in 2017, but this is the first confirmation given by either Activision or Bungie that Destiny 2 is set to launch during fall.

We've reached out to Bungie for comment and will update the article accordingly if we hear back.

To see what we thought of Destiny's latest expansion, Rise of Iron, you can check out editor Matt Miller's review here.

 

Our Take
It's not surprising that Destiny 2 will likely be coming in fall. The original game launched in September, after all, and the holiday release schedule is often bursting at the seams with games. Still, it's good to know that the game is on track.

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The Walking Dead: A New Frontier Ep. 3 Release & Season Retail Box Announced

Telltale has announced the release month for the third episode of the adventure series' third season – dubbed Above the Law. If you haven't played the first two episodes, you can also catch up with a retail box version of the season in February.

Above the Law comes out in March, and before then on February 28 you can purchase the retail box version of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier with the first two episodes of the current season, as well as the promise of all the future episodes for the five-episode season when they come out (via download).

[Source: Telltale Games]

 

Our Take
If you've been holding off on the season three, I highly suggest you dive in, as it's been great so far. 

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Ubisoft Reports Disappointing Release For Watch Dogs 2, High Player Engagement For Other Titles

Ubisoft held its third-quarter 2017 earnings call today and reported hitting $ 565 million dollars in sales, which is 5.7 percent down from last year. The publisher did not report specific sales numbers for its recent titles but instead vaguely described how they had performed.

The publisher said that Watch Dogs 2's "launch was not as dynamic as expected" but noted that the game's "momentum" was now positive. Steep also had a slightly higher-than-expected performance.

Ubisoft reported high player engagement in both Rainbow Six Siege (15 million registered players, record daily active users) and The Division (a 152-percent jump in Daily Active Users). CEO Guillemot released a statement about the company's financial projections that spent a fair amount of time focusing on player engagement:

We are successfully pursuing our transformation into a more recurring and more profitable profile. The positive effects of this transformation are remarkable. They illustrate how far ahead of schedule we are in our digital development, which is one key element of our three-year targets. Our overall player community is growing rapidly. We hit record engagement levels during the period, with 33 percent more MAU year on year.

The number of daily players of Rainbow Six Siege is at its highest ever, an exceptional performance given that the game was released 14 months ago. Meanwhile, The Division has continued its successful come-back, with engagement up by more than 150 percent by the end of December. This resulted in record back-catalog sales and digital revenue for the third quarter, and we saw another sharp rise in player recurring investment. 

The publisher expects to hit between $ 686 million and $ 729 million sales in the fourth-quarter, lowering its projected annual sales goal by 10 percent. Its upcoming releases include For Honor, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Just Dance 2017, and DLC for Steep and The Division.

 

Our Take
Watch Dogs 2's lackluster performance definitely hurt Ubisoft's earnings. It'll be interesting to see if the Wildlands and For Honor can help the publisher regain its financial strength, and what effect these financials have on Vivendi's attempt to takeover Ubisoft.

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Rock Band VR Gameplay Trailer And Release Details

The rhythm genre may not be as hugely popular as it was in its heyday of 2007-09, but there is still an audience out there who loves to rock out on their plastic instruments. Rock Band 4's steady stream of DLC is showing no signs of stopping, and Online Quckplay mode just released to owners of the Rivals Expansion. In addition to this, developer Harmonix is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the series with a brand-new title exclusive to Oculus Rift: Rock Band VR.

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Rock Band VR is a guitar-only game compatible with any PS4 or Xbox One Rock Band 4 controller (no legacy instruments allowed at present, sorry!). Players will strap on the Oculus headset and be transported to a virtual-reality concert stage where they can rock out in two distinct modes: Classic Mode retains the classic Rock Band five-button beatmatching gameplay, while Performance Mode takes full advantage of the immersive nature of Oculus VR. A natural extension of Rock Band 4's Freestyle Solos, Performance Mode lets players put their own spin on 60 rock and roll tunes. Three tracks have been announced so far:

  • The Killers – "When You Were Young"
  • Aerosmith – "Walk This Way"
  • Paramore – "Ain't It Fun"

Rock Band VR releases on March 23 for Oculus Rift on PC and is available to pre-order now. The Amazon bundle retails for $ 69.99 and includes a digital copy of the game as well as a Rock Band 4 Fender Stratocaster guitar controller.

[Source: Rock Band VR]

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Scribbly Shooter Drawn To Life Gets April Release Date, In-Depth Dev Video

Drawn to Death is an usual-looking game, to be sure, but what sets it apart from other hero shooters on the market today is more than skin deep. Designer David Jaffe talks about the game's frantic four-player action, explaining why a pared-down player count helps keep the action more strategic than a twitchy free-for-all.

In the video below, Jaffe explains how having fewer opponents lets you get a better sense of where your enemies are and what they're capable of – even getting a sense of the kind of player they are. He readily admits that it may seem like a turn off initially, but that players who have gotten their hands on the game have grown fond of both the game's finely tuned (and over-the-top) action.

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In addition to showing off the game, Jaffe and his studio, The Bartlet Jones Supernatural Detective Agency, have announced a release date for the game: It's coming to the PlayStation 4 on April 4.

For more on Drawn to Death, take a look at a preview we wrote way back when the game was first announced.

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Aksys Reveals Zero Escape: The Nonary Games US Release Date

Zero Escape: The Nonary Games, a compilation of visual novel/adventure-puzzle games 999: 9 Hours, 9 Persons, Nine Doors and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward, will be headed to PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC in the US on March 24.

Though the bundle does not include the last game in the trilogy (Zero Time Dilemma), it does include an HD version of 999 (originally released on the DS) with English and Japanese voice acting, as well as an "Adventure" and "Novel" modes, which will change the look of the game slightly. As Siliconera reports, several voice actors will be reprising their roles, there will be a new, in-game calculator to help with the game's math-related puzzles, but does not include the bonus ending from the iOS version of 999.

[Source: Siliconera]

 

Our Take
I've already played through both Nonary games, but I'd like a primer before heading into Zero Time Dilemma some time in the future. Getting through both does sound like it'll take a while, though, what with all the timeline business and multiple endings. What to do… 

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