Root Letter: Last Answer Is Coming West on Switch and PS4 in 2019

PQube announced it will bring Root Letter: Last Answer west in 2019. The game will launch on PS4 and Switch. An announcement trailer was revealed as well and can be found below. The PS Vita version of the game won’t be making it.

Root Letter: Last Answer is an enhanced version of Root Letter. The original first released on PS Vita and PS4 in 2016, and on PC in 2017. Root Letter: Last Answer launched in December 2018 in Japan, with new scenarios and endings, along with a “Drama Mode” where all characters are replaced by photos of real actors. Last Answer also adds voiceovers by Koichi Yamadera for the protagonist, and the drama mode has costumes by Junko Koshino. We’ve detailed Root Letter Last Answer‘s story in a previous article covering the Japanese story trailer.

Root Letter 2 was already announced by Kadokawa Games in 2018, but no new details have surfaced since. One thing for sure though is that a character which looks just like Shiori from Root Letter will also appear in the next game. “Shiori” is actually a virtual actress made by Kadokawa Games, set to appear in future mystery games part of the series started by Root Letter.

Root Letter also has a Hollywood movie adaptation in the works.

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Front Mission Spiritual Successor Project Stella to Release in 2019

In order to celebrate New Year’s, many developers are taking the time to thank their fans on social media; that being said, some of them are using the opportunity to tease or make announcements. Detroit: Become Human developer Quantic Dream and SteamWorld developer Image & Form have taken the opportunity to tease announcements. Meanwhile, Kadokawa Games celebrated New Year’s by confirming that the previously teased Project Stella from the team that created Front Mission will release in 2019.

This information comes from a new Tweet that celebrates the new year before calling 2019 the year that Project Stella will be finished and released. The tweet also seems to feature the first screenshot of the title with a “HAPPY NEW YEAR” message plastered on it:

For those of you who may not be aware, Project Stella is being developed by the team that originally created Front Mission for SNES. Like that title, Project Stella is a mech-based strategy game for consoles, so it should satiate the appetites of Front Mission fans who haven’t been catered to by series owner Square Enix in recent years. Kadokawa Games has previously worked on some sci-fi strategy games for mobile platforms, namely Starly Girls and the upcoming Project Europa.

Project Stella marks the team’s first foray into the console market with a sci-fi strategy game in a while. We still don’t know much about Project Stella outside of the fact that its story will serve as a prequel or “Episode 0” to Starly Girls and that the developers are focusing on high-fidelity graphics.

In an interview with DualShockers at Tokyo Game Show, Kadokawa Games’ President Yoshimi Yasuda commented on the studio’s goal to create more accessible strategy RPGs with titles like God Wars 2 and Project Stella. He refers to Project Stella as “another project” in his statement as it was not announced yet at the time of the interview, but he’s almost definitely referring to it considering he is overseeing the game’s development:

“I’m trying to find a balance and to redefine the genre that in the west is defined strategy RPG, so that it would be in the middle between a simulation RPG and a tactical RPG. If you think about RPGs like for example Dragon Quest, characters grow through fighting, and you also have a big map to explore. I’d like to keep that growth factor but then squeeze the world down to where only the battle matters for the progression of the characters.

This isn’t just about God Wars 2, but also another project that I’m working on. I’d like to create a new genre of simulation RPG that would be more accessible and an evolution.”

While Front Mission fans may have to turn to Kadokawa Games for a sci-fi mecha strategy RPG, Square Enix isn’t planning to abandon the world and it’s IP. In just over two months, or under two months if you are in Japan, Square Enix will be releasing Left Alive, a third person shooter set in the world of Front Mission.

While Left Alive will contain a “a proper Front Mission story,” Producer Shinji Hashimoto explained to DualShockers in a recent interview why Square Enix decided to not put Front Mission in the game’s title. The developers of Left Alive settled on the Front Mission-less name because they believed it signified the “newness of the franchise” and genre change that is coming with this upcoming title:

“We thought it was a way to show the newness of the franchise, and it would help to have a different name to show that it’s a new direction. It’s still very much Front Mission. We know that some know and love Front Mission. All the lore is still very much the Front Mission universe. The names, the Wanzers, the locations, the historical events in the series are all there. People who know Front Mission will get straight away that this is a Front Mission game.

The name Front Mission is very closely tied to the idea of the traditional simulation strategy style of gameplay. To give that impression of a different genre of game, we changed the name.”

Whether you’re looking forward to seeing the Front Mission world expanded upon with Left Alive or are waiting for something more traditional with Kadokawa Games’ Project Stella, 2019 looks like it will be a good year for Front Mission fans. Left Alive releases on March 5 for PC and PS4 and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. As for Project Stella, we still don’t know what platforms it will hit later this year but DualShockers will be sure to let you know when that information is shared.

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Root Letter Hollywood Live-Action Movie Project Announced

Kadokawa Games and Akatsuki Entertainment announced today that adventure game Root Letter will be getting a Hollywood live action movie adaptation. The announcement was made during the “Kadokawa Games Fan Dai Kanshasai 2018” event.

The movie’s script isn’t written yet, so it’s currently unclear if it’ll follow the game’s story by the letter or bring in some new developments. Even if it does follow the game’s story, there’s also the problem of which ending will be adapted.

Akatsuki Entertainment USA’s president Annmarie Bailey was present at the event and shared some comments: She’s very excited to be producing the movie, as Root Letter is quite popular and its story was very well received. The movie will definitely satisfy the fans, and will also emphasize the realistic aspect of the game’s mystery story.

Kadokawa Game’s president Yoshimi Yasuda shared how Root Letter initially started as a game he wanted to make to “give back” to his hometown of Shimane. The movie will definitely satisfy the game’s fans and everyone from Shimane.

As a reminder, here’s the game’s story pitch from European publisher PQube:

Taking place in Shimane, one of Japan’s most beautiful prefectures, Root Letter is centered around an investigation into missing pen friend, Fumino Aya, 15 years after she allegedly murdered someone and ran away.

The story is told through the old letters she wrote to you in high school, along with you own investigation, as you probe for clues and witnesses from her old hometown.

What happened 15 years ago? Who was your pen friend? What do her friends know? Did she even exist?

Root Letter was released for Vita, PS4, PC, iOS, and Android. You can read our review of the game here. A remake will release in Japan on December 20 for PS4, Vita and Switch, titled Root Letter: Last Answer. It has new scenarios and a “Drama Mode” where the characters are represented by real actors and the environments are actual photos of Shimane. I don’t think the Hollywood movie will have the same actors found in Root Letter: Last Answer.

You can watch the latest trailer for Last Answer here. The game wasn’t announced in the west yet. A Root Letter 2 was already announced too, with no further information.

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Root Letter: Last Answer Gets First Trailer and Screenshots, Additional Scenarios and Improvements

Kadokawa Games released the first trailer and screenshots of its upcoming live-action remake of Root Letter, titled Root Letter: Last Answer.

We get to see the actors for the main characters and a comparison between the live-action mode and the original game. Incidentally, the original illustrated gameplay featuring artwork by Taro Minoboshi will also be included in the package, so if you don’t have Root Letter, you have both with the remake.

The live-action mode is titled “Drama Mode” because it reproduces the atmosphere of TV dramas, and it includes ninety actors and real-world locations from Shimane Prefecture. The original artwork is included in the aptly-named “Original Mode.”

Four additional scenarios have been added, happening after the original story, and those can also be enjoyed in both Drama and Original modes.

More improvements have been added, including better route branching that can let you reach every ending excluding the true ending on the first playthrough. The skipping feature has been enhanced. Icons indicating that a route has been cleared have been added. The UI of the inventory has been improved. Some gameplay areas have been made more responsive. Last, but not least, the conditions for unlocking some trophies have been relaxed, while new ones have been added.

Root Letter: Last Answer was announced last month together with a still-mysterious sequel tentatively-named Root Letter 2. It will release on December 20th in Japan for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and PS Vita. A western launch has not been announced yet.

The original game shipped over 400,000 copies for PS4, PS Vita, and PC. You can read my review from back when it was released on consoles.

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Metal Max Xeno for PS4 Gets Lots of New Screenshots Showing Classes in Action and More

Today Kadokawa Games released a large batch of screenshots of the upcoming open-world JRPG Metal Max Xeno.

First of all, we get to see the classes available for characters.

Hunter Taris’ basic class, specialized on fighting monsters on vehicles. Its two skills are Targeted Shots, that detect an enemy’s weakness and hit it, and Decoy, that lets the hunter lure monsters to themselves and away from companions.

Mechanic is Yukki’s basic class, specialized on field-repairing vehicles. Spanner attack decreases a machine enemy’s defense power, while Repair does exactly what it says on the tin.

Survivor is Toni’s basic class, specialized on using healing items with the Recovery skill and support. Smoke Grenade lowers the enemy’s hit rate.

Soldier is Maria’s basic class. It’s the game’s close combat specialist on foot. They’re not good at fighting on vehicles. Flow lets the soldier attack twice by switching between two weapons. Barrel Blast increases a vehicle’s damage output, but strains the weapons, risking to damage them.

Gangster is Dylan’s basic class. They specialize in flashy attacks and can fight both on vehicles and on foot, but they lack agility. Throw let them launch items at enemies, dealing damage. Shooting lets them attack multiple time.

Medic is Misaki’s basic class, specialized in healing. Forbidden Syringe detects the biometric data of a monster, and can instantly kill it under certain conditions. Battlefield AED revives an ally that has been knocked out, recovering over half of their HP.

Characters also have unique skills independent of their classes.

We also get to see the ability to find special weapons created with lost technology called “Nephtech Equipment.” They’re prototypes created with “Nephilim Technology,” and they’re very powerful.

It’s also possible to fine-tune parts via weight reduction in order to optimize your vehicle build, but those will be more likely to suffer damage and break down.

As players advance in the adventure, they’ll also be able to find “Super-remodeling alloy.” By using it, they can improve weapons and engines beyond their usual limits.

Recently, we learned that the game will come west courtesy of NIS America this fall. It’ll be exclusively for PS4, skipping the PS Vita version that will be released only in Japan.


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PS4/PS Vita Exclusive Metal Max Xeno Will Release in the West; New Character Revealed

Today Kadokawa Games reached out with a press release announcing that the return of the Metal Max series, Metal Max Xeno, will release worldwide.

The game will officially come to North America, Europe, and Asia. Further details like local release dates have not been announced, and will be disclosed by each publisher down the line. The name of the local publishers are also unannounced as of yet.

On top of the localization news, we also get the introduction of a new character named Misaki. He is a 26 years old medic (yes, he’s a he). According to the press release, he kind of looks like a woman or a supermodel. Yet, he is a scientist and researcher with a powerful intellect able to heal his companions. He has been traveling alone pursuing the knowledge lost by humanity.

We also see the Type-22 Anti-aircraft Tank. Misaki has been actively pursuing it in order further his studies. While it’s mainly designed to shoot down aircrafts, it can also level its guns down to destroy ground-based targets.

You can enjoy artwork and screenshots showcasing Misaki and the Type-22 below. If you want to see more, you can check out the first trailer and screenshots, and a second batch featuring more characters, and the third, also showing members of the cast. A brand new trailer was also recently released.

Metal Max Xeno will release in Japan exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita on April 19th. We’ll let you know when we hear more about the western release.

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PS4/PS Vita Exclusive Metal Max Xeno Reveals a Robot Waifu and Two New Dudes in New Screenshots

Today Kadokawa Games sent in new screenshots and artwork of the upcoming open-world RPG Metal Max Xeno.

First of all, we get to take a look at the “Iron Base,” that is the base of operation of the hero. It’s built in the desert that has replaced the ancient Tokyo Bay after the disaster that almost exterminated humanity. It’s a scientific fortress built with advanced technology that allows semi-independent functioning. It’s currently isolated following the disastrous defeat against the SoNs, and it has been abandoned by the brass of the army that moved to a private shelter.

On top of Talis, Toni, and Yokky, that have been introduced a few weeks ago, we get a look at three more characters living at the Iron Base.

Po-M is a female android voiced by Rika Tachibana (Yuisis in Granblue Fantasy). Her name stands for Post-Human Modified Class, and her nickname is Po-M. Deployed at Iron Base, she watches the hero’s progress and provides tactical advice and communication services.

D’annunzio is voiced by Tsuyoshi Shinohara (Hitoshi Yuda in Detective Conan) is a former soldier with a broad expertise in various fields. Jingorou is voiced by Shin Urayama (Cervantes in Soul Calibur IV and V), is basically the best mechanic in the whole world. He loves tanks from the bottom of his heart, and the R Wolf is his personal favorite. He is the one who taught maintenance to Yokky.

Voice actors have also been announced for Talis (Ryo Nezuka), Yokky (Yoji Ikuta), and Toni (Erika Ishitobi).

We also get to see a refugee camp in the area of the Tokyo Bay, and a few enemies that we’ll encounter in the game. The “Red Swan” is a named monster that can be found in the area around the Iron Base, and actually look like a giant sand shark.

The Unmanned Tank is a completely autonomous machine with three cannons mounted on a turret. The Desert Hopper is a cannon on legs.

There is also a dungeon named the “Ruins” in which valuable items and vehicles are buried. There we’ll fight the Eraser, which are independent robot drones that have turned into murder machine hunting humans, and the Murderer Amoeba, a protozoan mutated by contamination. If you can purify them from the poison, they are actually edible as high sources of protein.

Last, but not least, we learn that the ending song “Aube” will be performed by the pop duo “ELFI.”

You can check out the screenshots and artwork below. If you want to see more, you can check out the first trailer and screenshots.

Metal Max Xeno will release in Japan for PS4 and PS Vita in spring 2018. At the moment, there is no announcement for a western release.

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