E3 2015 takes place next week, so many of the North America and European publisher have begun to announce their lineup for the event. North American publisher XSEED Games has announced their lineup, which includes some new announcements alongside games that were announced earlier this year.
As far as games already announced, XSEED Games will be featuring Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson for Nintendo 3DS, Onechanbara Z2: Chaos for PS4, Corpse Party: Blood Drive for PlayStation Vita, and Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space for PlayStation Vita. As far as European releases go, NIS America will be handling the Onechanbara Z2's release and Marvelous Europe will be handling Senran Kagura 2's.
The first new announcement is Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair for the PS4. This title is a complete reimagining of Earth Defense Force 2025, now with silky smooth framerates, beefed-up graphics, and over 50% new content. After selecting from one of four unique playable classes and customizing their weapons, players will lead NPC troops into city-wide battles against hordes of seemingly endless giant bugs, robots, and other colossal enemies.
Two players can enjoy local co-op and versus modes, while online co-op supports up to four players to increase the odds against this massive alien threat. This game is set for a Fall 2015 release in North America.
Next up is The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel for PS3 and PlayStation Vita. Known in Japan as "Sen no Kiseki", it improves on the series' formula and features an expertly told storyline that both longtime Trails veterans and newcomers alike can enjoy equally. Taking place on the same continent as fan-favorite Trails in the Sky, Trails of Cold Steel is the first game in the series to tread Erebonian soil and explore the inner political conflicts of this oft-mentioned powerhouse in detail.
With a standalone story that also delves into the expansive lore that has become synonymous with the series, players take on the role of military students at a time of great turmoil, enjoying school life and bonding with fellow students to earn new abilities in battle, then utilizing those abilities via speedy, tactical turn-based combat with the newly-developed "ARCUS" system.
The title also support cross-saving between both versions. It's set for a Fall 2015 release in North America, with a yet to be determined release date for Europe via NIS America.
Next after that is Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale, a new game based on the Japanese PopoloCrois Story comic book series, and a new entry in the Bokujo Monogatari farming and life simulation series, now known as "Story of Seasons" in the West.
The game features both classically-styled turn-based combat and towns full of lively and interesting NPCs who contribute to a heartwarming narrative about friendship, forgiveness and the bounty of the earth that veterans and newcomers alike to either franchise can enjoy equally. Ample farming and life simulation elements are also on offer in this comprehensive crossover, including real-time crop-raising, bug-catching, rock-quarrying, item synthesis, and relationship forging.
Players can collect over 600 items and undertake nearly 100 quests throughout the game, supplementing its 25+ hour main story with nearly unlimited potential for replayability. StreetPass features are also present, allowing players to connect with one another and earn bonus items through treasure-hunting. The title is set for a Winter 2015 release in North America.
Last is Senran Kagura Estival Versus for PS4 and PlayStation Vita. A mystical phenomenon transports the buxom beauties of Senran Kagura to a parallel dimension to face off against their rivals in a new kind of battle. In this strange world "“ which resembles a sunny, sandy island paradise "“ the girls are thrown for another loop as they encounter departed loved ones and ultimately have to decide if they can bear to part from them a second time. With the biggest roster in the series' history, the game features more moves, more story, more attitude, and more destruction online with matches that can support up to 10 players (PS4 version only; PS Vita supports up to 4 players).
All previous shinobi return with a host of upgraded moves to master, and new playable characters offer more challenges to conquer, along with a story that's equal parts sexy and shocking, serious and scandalous, busty and bouncy. This title is set for a Winter 2015 release in North America.