XSEED VP Talks About Rune Factory And Harvest Moon In Destructoid Interview

Destructoid recently had an interview with XSEED’s Vice President, Ken Berry, at an XSEED-hosted event in San Francisco. In the interview he was asked about the future of the Rune Factory series, along with the situation with Natsume and the Harvest Moon series.

On Rune Factory, he was asked about the future of the series, as fans are hoping for a remake, the VP responded with:

“There are continuing discussions on how to keep the Rune Factory series going, despite Neverland, the original developers, no longer being around. Hopefully, something will come of that in the not too distant future, because Rune Factory 4 was the best-selling title in the series, I believe, and it’s a series that’s been growing and growing over the years. Marvelous knows fans are clamoring for a sequel and are looking for ways to make it happen.”

Destructoid also asked XSEED’s VP about the situation with Natsume, and the two separate titles, Story of Seasons and Harvest Moon. Berry explains that the separation between Marvelous and XSEED was down to control over the IP:

“Those discussions were going on for years. I think Marvelous wanted to own the rights to their own IP, and, over the years, as development costs go up higher and higher, I think it might have finally reached to the point where if they couldn’t own their IP in the West, maybe it wasn’t as viable to put together a multi-million dollar [development budget].

So, I know those were discussions that were going on for years between Marvelous and Natsume, because the Harvest Moon trademark is registered by Natsume in the West. I think it finally got to the point where the decision had to be made. Do we bite the bullet and rebrand it now or continue working where we don’t even have worldwide control over our own IP?”

Also in the interview, Ken Berry discusses various other titles including Nitroplus Blasterz and The Last Story. You can check out the full interview here.


Rumour: XSEED Aren’t Happy With Nintendo Now Deciding To Publish Devil’s Third

NeoGAF member ShockingAlberto, who has a decent track record, is reporting that XSEED are unhappy with Nintendo America’s last-minute decision to publish Devil’s Third. Initially it was reported that Nintendo of America has decided against publishing the troubled title and that another developer would be picking the game up and publishing it in the United States. That publisher was thought to be XSEED. However, Nintendo of America is now publishing the title in North America and this has apparently left XSEED irked and displeased with Nintendo.

XSeed was super not happy with Nintendo taking back publishing. This likely harmed their relationship long term, so we’re even less likely to get situations where Nintendo passes on something and XSeed picks it up.

I’d guess they weren’t coming out and saying so because of an intended marketing plan.

Source / Via

Thanks, Bill H

XSEED Announces E3 Line-up Which Includes PopoloCrois And SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson

XSEED has detailed exactly which games you should expect to see from the flourishing video game company at E3 2015 this month. Of course there will no doubt be some additional surprises, but listed below are the games that they will be showcasing on the show floor. There’s a couple of Nintendo 3DS titles including the promising PopoloCrois And SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson.

Corpse Party: Blood Drive
[Platform: PS Vita; Release: Fall 2015] – The final installment of the supernatural story that began with Corpse Party and continued in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive ups the ante by allowing players to explore Heavenly Host Elementary in full 3D for the first time, and with a dynamic lighting system aided by an in-game flashlight. New gameplay systems add more exciting interactions for players experiencing the gruesome finale to this tale of an inescapable, otherworldly school populated by vengeful spirits, including talismans to banish the dead, cruel traps to disarm, cabinets to hide in, and a stamina system allowing for limited dashing. Returning features include binaural 3D audio for simulated surround sound and the screen-altering “Darkening” system, plus bonus unlockables. Presented with the original Japanese voiceovers and boasting 11 huge story chapters and 8 supplemental “Extra Chapters,” Blood Drive caps off the Heavenly Host storyline in a big way, providing answers and shocking twists in equal measure.
©Team GrisGris / MAGES. / 5pb.

Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space
[Platform: PS VITA; Release: Fall 2015] – Widely regarded by fans as the best entry in the franchise, Earth Defense Force 2 is making its way to the western hemisphere for the very first time with this greatly expanded remake. In Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space, players will take the role of one of three distinct military classes and fend off hordes of invading giant insects from a third-person perspective by way of conventional weaponry, armored vehicles, jetpacks, air strikes, trip mines, energy weapons, and more. This definitive version of the game will arrive in North America for the PS Vita with a number of improvements and additions including up to four-player online co-op, an entirely new Air Raider class, and a new English dub.

Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair
[Platform: PS4™ system; Release: Fall 2015] – The wild sci-fi action of the Earth Defense Force series comes to the PS4™ system for the first time in this 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.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
[Platform: PS3™ system, PS VITA; Release: Fall 2015] – Revealed for the first time in North America, this RPG adventure from Nihon Falcom’s acclaimed The Legend of Heroes franchise, known in Japan as Sen no Kiseki, 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. Best of all, this epic storyline can be unraveled either from home or on the go with Cross-Save functionality between the game’s PS Vita and PS3 editions.
NIS America will be publishing the PAL version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel.
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Onechanbara Z2: Chaos
[Platform: PS4™ system; Release: Summer 2015] – The latest iteration of the Onechanbara sexy zombie slayer series ups the ante with two sets of buxom vampire sisters and over a dozen stages of high-octane real-time swordplay featuring hordes of zombies—not to mention wildly inventive methods for dispatching these undead opponents. Players will square off against the undead in various worldwide locations, with limbs and blood flying every which way through physical attacks and acrobatic maneuvers alike, occasionally transforming into demons for short bursts of added power and speed at the cost of life energy. Each of the four members of the so-called “bikini zombie squad” has her own unique abilities, and skillful play is rewarded with orbs that can be exchanged for upgraded weapons and outfits. For the first time in the series, players can enjoy the game with full English voice-acting or play through with the original Japanese performances. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB with the descriptors Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Partial Nudity, Strong Language, and Suggestive Themes.
NIS America will be publishing the PAL version of Onechanbara Z2: Chaos.

Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Release: Winter 2015] – A new game based on the Japanese PopoloCrois Story comic book series, and a new entry in the wildly successful Bokujo Monogatari farming and life simulation series, now known as STORY OF SEASONS in the West, Return to PopoloCrois: A STORY OF SEASONS Fairytale 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.
©Yohsuke Tamori ©Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Marvelous Inc.)

SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson
[Platform: Nintendo 3DS; Release: Summer 2015] – The naughty yet very nice ninja girls of the SENRAN KAGURA universe return to Nintendo 3DS in a fresh, new 2.5D side-scrolling brawler. Featuring the series′ trademark high-flying, clothes-ripping battle mechanics, SENRAN KAGURA 2: Deep Crimson follows the events of SENRAN KAGURA Burst, sending all 12 of the original cast members on another supernatural martial arts adventure through modern Japan. For the first time in the series, shinobi can either fight in pairs, covering each other’s backs and combining special techniques as needed, or fight alone to give their partners time to recover after bouts of intense combat. One player can control both team members, switching back and forth at will, or two players can fight side-by-side in co-op mode. The game has been rated “M” for Mature by the ESRB with the descriptors Partial Nudity, Sexual Themes, Strong Language, and Violence.
©Marvelous Inc.

[Platform: PS4™ system, PS VITA; Release: Winter 2015] – 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, SENRAN KAGURA ESTIVAL VERSUS 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.

Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven For Nintendo 3DS Coming To North America This Spring

Great news for XSEED fans as the company has announced that Lord of Magna: Maiden Heaven will be coming to North America this spring. The company also released a brand new trailer which you can view above. If you’re not familiar with the title it’s a strategy RPG and is developed by both Neverland and Marvelous. It was released in Japan back in October. I’m sure this localisation news will come as a pleasant surprise for many of you.

The strategy RPG follows Luchs Eduard, a young man who has inherited the Famille inn from his family. The inn has no guests, so Luchs makes a liking by mining crystals, the primary fuel source in this world. One day he finds a fairy named Charlotte sleeping inside a crystal, and he agrees to help her recover her lost memories.

Thanks, Amanda and Okumei

XSEED Teases Their 2015 Releases With A Lovely New Year Image


It seems as though XSEED is about to unleash a number of titles this year. The company produced a banner which it put on Facebook teasing their twenty fifteen releases. A number of these have already leaked due to recent domain name acquisitions. These titles include Corpse Party: Blood Drive, Lord of Magna, Trails of Cold Steel and Xanadu Next. Sounds like there’s plenty of games to look forward to this year courtesy of XSEED.

Xseed Says Rune Factory 4 Will Be Coming To Europe Digitally

Xseed has told online gaming publication Siliconera that the company is trying to release Rune Factory 4 in Europe. The good news is the game will be coming, but it will be a digital only release. News emerged yesterday that the game was coming to Europe when a listing for Rune Factory 4 was found on the USK ratings board. Here’s what Xseed’s Executive VP, Ken Berry, had to say about the situation.

“The situation is that we know the Rune Factory 4 fans in Europe have suffered enough with one cancellation already,, so we didn’t want to announce anything until the game passed [Nintendo of Europe] certification and we were sure its digital-only eShop release was imminent since we are using a different programming house to try to pick up where the original dev team left off.”

“Though I can’t disclose which development house is handling the PAL localization programming duties for us, I can say that it’s been in the works for months already and we hope to start the master submission process with NOE within the next couple weeks.”

XSEED Posts Details On Story Of Seasons For Nintendo 3DS

XSEED has detailed their E3 lineup for this year and as expected they will be showcasing Story of Seasons which is due out this winter on the Nintendo 3DS. Story of Seasons carries on the iconic life simulation and farming RPG gameplay made famous through the Bokujo Monogatari series’ 18-year history while infusing exciting new features that enrich the experience for fans and first-time players alike. Developed by the veteran team behind the fan-favorite series and headed by longtime lead producer, Yoshifumi Hashimoto, Story of Seasons represents a strong new beginning for a franchise that has sold close to ten million copies worldwide.

Players will create fully customizable characters before joining a small settlement filled with the promise of new possibilities, hard work and significant relationships. While tending to crops, animals and the many other aspects of farming life, players will amass the resources necessary to customize and expand their farms—with the freedom to follow their own styles of play and shape their homesteads as they wish. The theme of “Connectivity” expands the world and presents possibilities to players both in and out of the game, with all-new multiplayer and StreetPass features granting players the ability to tour one another’s farms, cultivate crops together and even exchange gifts.