It’s time for the Tokyo Game Show, Japan’s biggest gaming extraviganza. This E3 but for the Asia market. Over the next week there will be news galore coming from all the major companies that’ll be showing their wares on the show floor. Luckily for those of us outside the Asia market, some companies are nice enough to stream their Press Conferences, much like they do at E3.
First on the block is the big boy of Japanese gaming: Sony’s Playstation brand.
The Playstation brand is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary, so it didn’t want to do anything less than amaze people with their offerings. Playstation announced a lot of exclusive Japanese titles in it’s line up. Some of the headlined titles are listed below. Note that the release dates mentioned are for Japan unless stated otherwise.
- Bloodbourne: The Old Hunters
The expansion DLC is due out November 24th with a disc based release with the main Bloodborne game is due out on December 3rd (Japan)
- Gravity Daze on Playstation 4
An updated version of the game ported to the Playstation 4, due out December 10th. A special edition with a Figma of the main character will also be available.
- Gravity Daze 2
- Assassin’s Creed Syndicate: Jack The Ripper DLC
A piece of DLC based around the exploits of Jack The Ripper. This content will also be made available through the Season Pass for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. Due out 12th November 2015
- Yakuza: Kawami
A remake of Yakuza to be made available on the Playstation 3 & Playstation 4 in celebration of the series 10th Anniversary. This is not just a standard remaster, as it will contain content that was cut from the original due to limitations of the system of the time. Available in 21st January 2016
- Yakuza 6
Newest installment of the series. Available exclusively on Playstation 4 in Fall 2016.
- The King of Fighters XIV
- Phantasy Star Online 2
Release date announced: 25th February 2016.
- One Piece: Burning Blood
A more battle focused One Piece title which will also feature the series iconic Devil’s Fruit. The game will be available for both Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita
- Mobile Suit Gundam ExtremeVS Force
An expanded port of the Mobile Suit Gundam ExtremeVS game. This will be available for Playstation Vita.
- Toukiden 2
The next installment of the series to be made available on Playstation 3, Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita
A survival horror game. Think Resident Evil style in a Feudal Japan era.
- World of Final Fantasy
New CGI trailer that expanded on the teaser that was shown at E3
- Star Ocean 5
Release date of 15th February 2016 announced.
- SaGa Scarlet Grace
The newest entry to the SaGa series. This will be exclusive to the Playstation Vita
- Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8: The Final Chapter
Contains a HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance, along with scenes from Unchained X called Back Cover; The final part of the collection is Birth by Sleep 0.2 – A Fragmentary Passage -, which is a completely new part of the story taking place after the events of the original Birth by Sleep. No information on which system is will be on or a release date.
- Biohazard Umbrella Corps
Capcom unveiled a new logo to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of it’s Biohazard/Resident Evil franchise along with this new title. This will be a competitive shooter which looks a lot like Operation Raccoon City.
- Exist Archive
New IP. Couldn’t catch what it’s about as I don’t read Japanese. Available for Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita
A new title making it’s way to Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita… I think. This whole segment was presented in Japanese text, so I had no idea what was going on.
- Dragon Quest Heroes 2
Update on the title. The game will contain 4 player co-op. Available on Playstation 3, Playstation 4 & Playstation Vita
- Dragon Quest Builders
A “block making RPG” that is available from 28th January 2016
- Playstation NOW Beta
Japan is entering their beta phase for the Playstation NOW streaming service with 150 titles available. Rentals starting from 200¥ ($1.67) each or 2315¥ ($19.35) per month or 5463¥ ($45.68) for 3 months.
- Playstation VR
Project Morpheus gets a fancy new name. Over a dozen titles available on the show floor with a Roadshow going through Japan after Tokyo Game Show ends.
At the end of the conference, Playstation announced some changes to the consoles. First was a bunch on solid color covers that you can change around on your console, 4 controller colors (Black, Crystal (a semi-transparent clear cover), Silver & Gold), a price drop to 34,980¥ (USD$292.49), and launched a new commercial campaign centered around being able to do the things you are told you cannot do. You can find the video below.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYqiW0VRXmA]