XSEED Games just announced with a press release its E3 2017 lineup, including a new reveal fresh from the oven, and several already announced games that will make an appearance at the show.
Announced today is the localization of Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection for PC, a 3D action JRPG by Nihon Falcom. The original Japanese title, for those who are familiar with Falcom’s production, was Zwei II Plus. It was released in the archipelago of the rising sun in 2009 as a direct sequel to Zwei!!
If you want to see what it looks like, I included an old trailer at the bottom of the post, alongside a few new screenshots and key art.
Below you can read the full lineup of the game that will be presented at E3:
Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection
[Platform: Windows PC; Release: Summer 2017] – Originally released in Japan as Zwei II Plus and developed by acclaimed RPG developer Nihon Falcom, Zwei: The Ilvard Insurrection is a charmingly presented action RPG featuring a unique food-based experience system, a colorful cast of characters, and a quirky, standalone narrative. When the haughty vampire princess Alwen du Moonbria saves the life of brash, treasure-hunting pilot Ragna Valentine in exchange for a blood contract, the unlikely duo must set off to recover Alwen’s stolen magic and usurped castle. The game’s real-time combat is tied to a unique leveling system that allows players to choose when to apply experience toward leveling up or whether they should save it for extra perks later on, and pets can fight alongside players to help take down some of the massive bosses encountered on this lengthy adventure through the land of Ilvard. Fans of vampires, treasure-hunting, fairies, ninjas, luchadores, cat-people, vintage airplanes, magic castles, robots, chickens that lay bombs, and more will find lots to love!
Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin
[Platform: PlayStation 4 and Windows PC; Release: 2018] – Developed by Edelweiss, the talented indie team behind the acclaimed shoot-’em-up Astebreed, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is a side-scrolling action platformer inspired by Japanese mythology that breaks up the action with rice growing sim gameplay. Players take on the role of Sakuna, a proud yet lonely harvest goddess who is banished to a dangerous island with a group of outcast humans. Sakuna tames the island by defeating demons using farm tools as weapons while chaining attacks with her “celestial scarf,” a magical item that allows her to grapple distant enemies and platforms. The game’s painstakingly researched story incorporates Japanese history and legend, with its heroine facing off against numerous types of demons great and small as she traverses detailed landscapes. In addition to serving as a love letter to Japanese mythology, Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is an ode to the artistry of cultivating rice, and features an engrossing simulation of the craft behind the agriculture.
SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash
[Platform: PlayStation 4; Release: Summer 2017] – The summer of bouncy, high-flying hijinks continues for everyone’s favorite shinobi schoolgirls in the series’ latest entry and third-person splasher, SENRAN KAGURA Peach Beach Splash. Players will choose a team of five from the more than 30 girls available, outfit them with customizable weapons and abilities, and then lead them into lighthearted water gun battles in a variety of combat arenas. Players can also go online to join their friends and take on opposing teams in 5-on-5 battles as well as survival matches. Come on in; the water’s great!
Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star
[Platform: Nintendo Switch; Release: July 25, 2017] – Following a successful launch on the PlayStation®4 and “PSVita” systems, the Nintendo Switch version of Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star comes loaded with 35 previously-released paid DLC costumes along with an exclusive new Unshackled Bride outfit. Developed by Marvelous Inc. and expanding upon the extensive Fate universe with an original story from acclaimed series writer Kinoko Nasu (of Fate/stay night fame), Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star features playable characters from multiple Fate productions across three distinct narrative perspectives, delivering the series’ most legendary showdown yet in one action-packed title.
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
[Platform: Nintendo Switch; Release: Summer 2017] – Following a successful launch on the PlayStation®4, “PSVita” and Wii U systems, Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is headed to Nintendo Switch with new content as fresh as the open sea. The Nintendo Switch version of this hair-whipping action platformer comes packed with the game’s upcoming Risky Boots DLC, Pirate Queen’s Quest! In this salty new adventure, players take the role of Shantae’s arch nemesis Risky Boots, as she travels to the four corners of Sequin Land in search of components needed to deliver its destruction. New puzzles, new enemies, and all new gameplay aim to augment this already awesome adventure.
As an additional bonus, Senran Kagura series Producer Kenichiro Takaki will be present at E3, with a fan-dedicated appearance on Thursday, June 15 from 3:00 to 5:00 PM PDT.
Marvelous USA Executive Vice President Ken Berry accompanied the press release with a statement:
“For XSEED Games, E3 has always been a time of excitement, as it’s our opportunity to share upcoming titles with the industry. This year, I’m overjoyed that fans are able to be a part of that experience. Not only do we have a fantastic lineup of titles at the show, it’s also rather diverse in terms of themes and genres, and we invite everyone to stop by the booth and check us out.”
Takaki-san himself also provided a comment:
“I’m very much looking forward to meeting fans of my work at E3 I never thought that the series would leave Japan when I created SENRAN KAGURA, but now that it has gained fans worldwide, I want to meet them and am so happy that Marvelous and E3 has allowed me to do just that.”
Kenichiro Takaki was recently put at the helm of his own studio Honey ∞ Parade Games by Marvelous, and revealed just this week that he has two unannounced games for PS4 and one more for Nintendo Switch in the works on top of the already-announced ShinobiRefle Senran Kagura.