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CG Preview for Upcoming Angel Beats! Visual Novel Released stars


As a present to KEY fans worldwide, the company has released its first batch of sample preview CGs for the upcoming Angel Beats! visual novel release on the game's official website. As a spin-off from the 2010 hit anime series, the visual novel itself will be told across nineteen different characters in six volumes. The first part will feature Yui, Iwasawa and Matsushita. And although their story may hve already been told, I for one am looking forward to learning more about the members of the Afterlife Battlefront and exploring their intricate backgrounds and characters in detail.

Lightning Returns Offers Original Japanese Audio DLC stars


After years of fans clamoring for the original Japanese voices to be included in their games, Square-Enix announces Lighting Returns will offer it as a DLC. The DLC will be made available for free during the first 2 weeks of the game release starting on February 22. No word on a pricing point afterwards.

The Final Fantasy XIII franchise features an all star casts of Japanese voice actors with Lightning herself voiced by veteran Maaya Sakamoto. Previously, fans who wanted to play Final Fantasy XIII or XIII-2 undubbed with subtitles and menus in English would need to purchase the Chinese edition of the game.

Full press release inside.

The Opening Ceremony of Getsuei Academy -kou-! stars


Arc System Works and voice actor Tomokazu Sugita has released Getsuei Academy -kou- [月英学園 -kou-, Getsuei Gakuen -kou-] on the PlayStation Vita on Octor 10, 2013 (JST).

Tomokazu Sugita and Hajike Odate wrote the story for this game. This game will include Kenji Ito's beautiful composition, Kohaku Sumeragi, Yomi Sarachi, and Ryou Kanai's captivating illustrations and character designs, and Akito Kumagawa, Kazuya Negishi, and Kikakuya's [企画屋] (a game scenario group) dramatic scenario.

Although several of the promotional videos and articles often advertise Tomokazu Sugita and Arc System Works working on the project, Getsuei Academy -kou- does not rest with these two. They have utilized their energy (and budget) to bring the player the best cast and staff to this project.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax announced! stars


Dengeki Bunko (the publisher of several well-known light novels such as ToraDora!, Sword Art Online, and Toaru series) and Sega announced their new crossover game, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, during the Tokyo Game Show 2013.

Several screenshots have, showed Shana from Shakugan no Shana and Asuna from Sword Art Online crossing swords in 2D style fighting game. We can also see two more characters from Dengeki franchise: Leafa (Sword Art Online) and Wilhelmina (Shakugan no Shana).

More information will be announced on October 6 during the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival in Akihabara.


PlayStation 4 Launches in November stars

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Some people expected a late December launch. To those, including myself, we were wrong - that is, wrong in the right way. Mark your calendar, folks, because Sony's next gaming console, the PlayStation 4, has a release date.

Ultra Street Fighter IV - The New Battleground stars

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Street Fighter IV has come a long way since being released back in 2009. The continuous support from Capcom has enabled the game to evolve, having gone through three major updates (i.e. Super Street Fighter IV, Super Street Fighter IV: AE, and Super Street Fighter IV: AE 2012). To maintain the momentum, Capcom, at this year's EVO (the biggest fighting game tournament in the world), revealed its next installment for the Street Fighter IV series. Known as Ultra Street Fighter IV, the game will have new contents that should appease fans of old and new.

Soul Saga to be Released on PC, Wii U, PS Vita and PlayStation 4 stars


Last week, I wrote a report on the development of an independent Western-developed JRPG title called Soul Saga that was looking to reach a lofty goal of $60,000.00 via kickstarter. After one week, I'm happy to report that not only has the title reached the initial goal Mike Gale set, but it's well on its way to reaching numerous stretch goals including voice acting, console appearances and expansion of the game's fascinating universe.

Help Kickstart Megatokyo the Visual Novel Today! stars

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It's been an interesting week on Kickstarter, as tons of artists and designers have found the inspiration to shoot for their lofty ambitions with a bit of crowdsourcing. Although I just heard about this Megatokyo visual novel project on NeoGAF earlier today, the project has already managed to reach several of creator Fred Gallagher's lofty stretch goals for Megatokyo the Visual Novel within three days of its original announcement.

MoeNovel's If My Heart Had Wings Demo Flies to a Computer Near You stars

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If the brief time that I had reading through the short demo of Pulltop's If My Heart Had Wings is any indicator of the type of quality that players can expect, then fans of visual novels and bishoujo games can be rest assured that MoeNovel's debut into localizing visual novels will be something memorable.