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Nihon Falcom's JRPG series The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel has found a passionate audience in both Japan and western markets. Focusing on a band of military school cadets, the squad faces off against ever-growing threats across a wartorn land, while slowly building up their skills in combat and forming greater bonds of friendship. While Trails of Cold Steel 3 dropped for PlayStation 4 in the west last October, NIS America has revealed that the series will be making its debut on the Nintendo Switch next year.
Coming sometime in Spring 2020, The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3 will launch on the Nintendo Switch in the U.S. and Europe ahead of the Japan release--which is something of a first for the franchise. Earlier this year, Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo stated that he hoped to get more games on the Nintendo's portable console following the Switch release of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana. Published by NIS America, a Switch demo for Trails of Cold Steel 3 will also be available shortly around the time of the game's launch.
In comparison to its PlayStation 4 counterpart; The Switch version runs at a locked 720p resolution and 30 frames-per-second in both docked and undocked modes. Just like the PS4 release, the Switch version of Trails of Cold Steel 3 will also launch with special editions of the game. With the Extracurricular Edition, you'll get the base game, a 20-page art book, and a reversible cover. Whereas with the Thors Academy Edition, it comes with everything in the previous collection, along with a box set including a steelbook, game soundtrack, postcards, and a Mishy plushie. All versions of the game, including the standard release, will also have all Trails of Cold Steel 3 DLC items packed in as well.
Though the west just got the third entry in the series, the final entry--Trails of Cold Steel 4--has been out in Japan for over a year. As of this time, the developers at Falcom are already looking ahead with the Legends of Heroes franchise, teasing a new storyline focusing on another group of characters. Just before the western PS4 release of Trails of Cold Steel 3, Kondo spoke about the JRPG series, and why it takes so long to release the games in the west.
"As creators, we would love for everybody to be able to play the game as soon as possible but the reality is, because these [games] are so story focused, we're actually still fiddling with the text up until the very end, and we won't let localization partners work on it until it's complete," said Kondo. "These games are known for their very luminous stories, and it takes a long time to translate. This one, for example, has 2.4 million Japanese characters, and it just takes time."
Dragon Quest Heroes II was probably one of the most overlooked games of 2017. The hack and slash sequel had a solid combat system, an enjoyable story, and plenty of cool characters, but it just didn't seem to get the attention that it deserved. It was also a real improvement over the original, boasting a much better gameplay structure overall.
Given the second game's quality, another sequel should be on the cards, but it sounds like the potential project has never been given the green light. According to director Tomohoki Sho -- who works under Koei Tecmo -- Dragon Quest Heroes 3 has been discussed, but putting it together would be quite a challenge.
Speaking to Nintendo Everything, Sho says, "Obviously this is a Square Enix property so we can’t really say anything, but I have kind of mentioned to them before, ‘Shouldn’t we consider a third entry?"
She continues: "So we’ve been talking a little about maybe putting out a third entry, but really the big thing is between I and II there were so many improvements made. If we were going to go from II to III, what else can we put in to really impress the players who played both games that will get them really excited and really emotionally moved by it? So there are a lot of hurdles. What would it be that we can put into the game? That’s still something we’re not sure how to do yet.”
Indeed, a third game would have to be quite a step up, so Sho's comments on the situation make sense. Hopefully we'll see Dragon Quest Heroes 3 at some point.
Cover art for a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis has appeared on Sony’s PlayStation Store. News of the leaked cover art comes via gamstat, which culls publicly available information from Sony’s API. In western markets the game will be titled Resident Evil 3. Alternate art includes a listing for Biohazard RE:3, likely intended for the Japanese market.
A third piece of art refers to Biohazard RE:3 Z Version, likely an uncensored (or Z-rated in Japan by the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization) version of the game. Last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake also received a “Z Version” in Japan.
The leaks come in advance of The Game Awards, which will stream live on Dec. 12, and could be home to an official reveal from Capcom.
The third entry in the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil 3 was originally released in 1999. The survival horror game tells the story of Jill Valentine and her escape from an urban center affected by a biological weapon. That game’s boss, known as the Nemesis, features prominently in this new cover art.
Today’s leak coincides with a report from YouTuber SpawnWave, who claimed to have credible reports that a remake was in development and on track for a 2020 launch. Eurogamer later reported similar details.
In a financial report from October, Capcom called last year’s Resident Evil 2 remake an “indisputable success” for the company. The publisher said it would utilize dormant game properties and remakes to promote growth in the future.
This isn’t the only Resident Evil game that developer Capcom has on the drawing board. Project Resistance — now apparently known as Resident Evil: Resistance — is a four-against-one online multiplayer game.
Near the end of the lifecycle of the original PlayStation, Sony Japan Studio released JRPG The Legend of Dragoon. While it received mixed reviews from critics and currently sits with a 74 Metacritic score, the game has garnered somewhat of a cult following through the years. While there has never been a sequel or another entry in the series, it appears that there could be a remake or remaster currently in the works.
While a remaster of The Legend of Dragoon is far from confirmed, recent tweets from a developer at Bluepoint Games, a company known for its remakes and remasters of classic games, appears to open the door to the possibility that the game could see a remake.
Technical director Peter Dalton shared a video on Twitter about the Shadow of the Colossus remake developed by Bluepoint Games, to which someone replied and asked Dalton if he liked The Legend of Dragoon. Dalton replied:
Dalton's response may very well be an innocent question to garner interest about the 20-year-old JRPG rather than a hint that Bluepoint Games is working on a remaster of The Legend of Dragoon. But that is not stopping fans from speculating and piling on their own praise for the PS1 classic. After his original tweet got all the attention, Dalton acknowledged the passion fans shared for The Legend of Dragoon, tweeting that it is motivating to see:
It is not at all unreasonable to think that Bluepoint Games could partner with Sony to remaster The Legend of Dragoon considering that the developer has worked on remaking or remastering some of Sony's biggest games and franchises including Shadow of the Colossus, Ico, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Gravity Rush, Flower, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and The God of War Collection. Bluepoint Games' last release was Shadow of the Colossus for PS4 in 2018 and the developer has yet to reveal what it may be working on currently.
Outside of the original game, The Legend of Dragoon has never seen any kind of sequel; however, Dart Feld, the main protagonist from The Legend of Dragoon was originally on the list to become a DLC character for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale but was scrapped early in development for unknown reasons.
The thought of a remake or remaster of the game is exciting for its fans, they will have to wait for a more official announcement to see if the JRPG may return three console cycles after its original release.
Tyler Posey & Vin Diesel's daughter Similce Diesel to star in Netflix's Fast & Furious animated series
Fast & Furious is all about family, and that has never been more true than with the billion-dollar franchise’s new Netflix animated series.
Universal Pictures and DreamWorks Animation’s Fast & Furious: Spy Racers will feature Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) as Dominic Toretto’s cousin Tony and Vin Diesel‘s own daughter Similce Diesel.
Executive produced by Fast masterminds Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, and Chris Morgan, Spy Racers follows the adventures of teenager Tony, who follows in his cousin’s footsteps when a government agency recruits he and his friends to infiltrate an elite racing league that is a front front for a crime organization bent on world domination. Rounding out the main crew of characters are notable underground racer Layla Gray (American Vandal’s Camille Ramsey), 13-year-old tech genius Frostee Benson (Harry Potter‘s Luke Youngblood), master artist and natural spy Echo (Overwatch‘s Charlet Chung), the group’s muscle and sweetheart Cisco Renaldo (Jane the Virgin’s Jorge Diaz), and leader of the criminal organization SH1FT3R, Shashi Dhar (The Resident‘s Manish Dayal).
Headlining the guest voice cast is Diesel’s oldest child, Similce, who plays Frostee’s younger sister Sissy. Also lending their voices are Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal), Carlos Alazraqui (The Fairly OddParents), Eric Bauza (The Adventures of Puss in Boots), Grey Griffin (DC Super Hero Girls), Kevin Michael Richardson (Trolls: The Beat Goes On!), Fred Tatasciore (Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia), and Tru Valentino (Archibald’s Next Big Thing).
With Fast & Furious 9 not scheduled to arrive in theaters until May 22, 2020, Spy Racers will help bridge the gap between films when it premieres Dec. 26 on Netflix. Below, check out the exclusive first look, beginning with Diesel and Posey.
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