Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Trailer is the End of an Era

The official You Tube channel of Final Fantasy XIV has released a trailer to mark the end of the MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game) in its current state. The game’s current incarnation will soon be taken down and replaced by an updated Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn later this winter. The trailer sees the Eorzean Alliance take their final stand against the Garlean Empire.

A Realm Reborn is currently in alpha-testing, but Square Enix has revealed that beta-testing will run from late January to early February. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will be available on PC and PS3.

Robotic;Notes Anime Episode 1 Preview

The website for the sci-fi anime Robotic;Notes has released a preview of the first episode, which will be released in Japan on 11 October.

The anime is based on the PS3 and Xbox 360 game developed by 5pb. The science adventure game TV adaptation is set in an alternate future after Tokyo’s Shibuya district was destroyed in 2009. It is now 2019, the world is immersed in augmented reality technology, and the Central Tanegashima High School’s robotic club only has two members left, club president Akiho Senomiya and Kaito Yashio, and is on the verge of being disbanded. Their only chance to keep their club is to win the hobby robot competition in Tokyo.

Akiho Senomiya and Kaito Yashio will be voiced by Yoshino Nanjou and Ryohei Kimura respectively. The series will be directed by Kazuya Nomura (Sengoku Basara 2) at Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell).

First Preview of Gundam Breaker PS3/PS Vita Game

At the Tokyo Game Show 2012, Namco Bandai Games unveiled Gundam Breaker, a third person action game available for PlayStation 3 and Playstation Vita consoles. Unlike many of the other Gundam games that try to recreate the robot anime itself, this game uses digital versions of the plastic models. Players can chose either a 1/144, 1/100, or 1/60 scale digital plamo to fight against each other with backdrops of dioramas and miniature sets, including a diorama of Diver City Tokyo, the home of the real life-size Gundam statue (featured in the trailer).

The game will be available in 2013.

Atelier Totori Plus Game Trailer shows Characters and Gameplay

Based on the 2010 PS3 release Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland, Atelier Totori Plus will be available for PS Vita on 29 November in Japan. Videogames company Tecmo Koei have released a trailer that reveals the characters and some in-game footage.

An expansion of the original PS3 game, Atelier Totori Plus will feature more costumes, illustrations and alchemy recipes; it will also provide downloadable characters for owners of the PS3 version. This RPG will be priced at ¥6,090 (about $78) for the standard edition or players can purchase the limited edition with a Vita decal and paperweight for ¥8,190 (about $104). 

Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland was released in America and Europe one year after its 2010 Japan release; therefore Atelier Totori Plus is likely to have a similar delay for a UK release.

New Trailer for Studio Ghibli Animated Game “Ni no Kuni”

The trailer that was originally given an early showing at Germany’s GamesCon trade show is now available to watch online. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has been co-developed by Level-5 and Studio Ghibli. This is the first videogame developed by Studio Ghibli and the trailer shows the influence of the great characterisation and story that Ghibli are famed for. 

Ni no Kuni is a tale about a young boy named Oliver, who embarks on a journey into a parallel world to become a wizard in an attempt to bring his mother back from the dead. Along the way, he meets new friends and tames many creatures in this other world; these creatures help him to battle formidable enemies. 

This RPG will be available on PS3 and will include both English and Japanese voice tracks. Standard and special “Wizard” editions of the game will be available in the UK on the 25 January 2013.