Atlus's North American branch has just revealed a bevy of new titles for their 2012 and 2013 release schedule, which range from consoles such as the PS3 and Xbox 360 to handhelds such as the Nintendo 3DS --- and even the PC!
First up is the announcement of Zeno Clash 2 from developer ACE Team, who was responsible for the original Zeno Clash and last year's Rock of Ages. Improving upon the game's open world and combat system, Zeno Clash 2 also includes RPG-like character leveling which allows the player to build the character as they see fit depending on their play style. The title will also feature drop-in/drop-out cooperative multiplayer. It's a little ways off with a 2013 release on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, but for fans of original it should be a real treat.
Next up is somewhat of a surprise announcement: The Testament of Sherlock Holmes, another licensing pickup from Focus Home Entertainment.
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes leverages the advanced visual technology of an all-new game engine, one developed to provide players unprecedented depth and nuance in their examination and analysis of crime scenes, critical clues, and persons of interest. Moreover, particular emphasis was given to creating a versatile control system, retaining the intricacy and involvement of a Sherlock Holmes adventure while making the game enjoyably accessible for console gamers.
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes will be released on the PS3 and Xbox 360 later this Fall.
Last up is the announcement that Atlus has picked up the often-talked about of late Nintendo 3DS title Code of Princess for North American release. Code of Princess offers players an exciting yet unconventional hardcore experience, deftly blending fighting gameplay with components from classic arcade side-scrolling beat 'em ups and the character development and customization of an RPG. Up to four players can take on challenges cooperatively or battle against one another in competitive play. Both modes are available locally or online via Nintendo Network.
The game is currently set for a Fall 2012 release, but if you pre-order now you will be able to pick up a special Code of Princess Sound & Visual Book as a bonus.