NIS America held their annual press event in San Francisco last night. The main points of their announcement were four titles that will be headed to North America soon. Their focus for the next year is on the quality over quantity of titles. Two of the games are from series that NIS and Gust fans are familiar with while two are new IPs.
One of the two sequels is Ar Tonelico Qoga ~Knell of Ar Ciel~. It is the third and final installment in the Ar tonelico series. The story takes place in Sol Cluster, a kingdom ruled by an organization called Clustania and their ultimate goal is to enslave humans and rule the world. However, the two key Reyvateils (humanoids) they need to accomplish their goal meet Aoto and fight back against injustice. It was released in Japan in January and is currently scheduled for a Spring 2011 release in North America.
The other is a new PS3 Disgaea sequel that will be released in Japan later this year. There will more information from Nippon Ichi later this year at the Tokyo Game show.
Also as part of the event, Disgaea producer Souhei Niikawa gave the following statement about Nippon Ichi, where he announced the two new properties that are coming stateside:
“My name is Souhei Niikawa, and I am the producer of Nippon Ichi Software. Thank you very much for coming to NIS America’s press event tonight. From this year on, Nippon Ichi Software will limit the number of titles we release in a year. We are doing this to improve the game quality, and also to increase the customer satisfaction. The games that have been showcased here tonight were strictly selected and developed with this new policy.
The first title is Z.H.P. This is our latest dungeon RPG that has been created by the same staff members of Disgaea 3. The project began soon after the release of Disgaea 3 and for 2 years it has been under intense development to formulate the game system. We’re proud to say that Z.H.P. was made to surpass the Disgaea series and, also it is a title with all of our know how’s and ideas we build upon combined in to. To describe how confident we are about this title… Let’s just say we’re as excited as the time when we first developed Disgaea. This is a title that we would like to nurture into the level of Disgaea, so please help us.
The 2nd title is Cladun. This is a hack & slash type action RPG. This title also has some of the same staff members as Disgaea and it is highly addictive.
As our wish it would be great if you can help these 2 titles grow. Oh and one last thing. This year the latest Disagea will be released in Japan and it will be for the PS3. Plans to make Disagea evolve to a new level and also plans to surprise everybody is in progress. By the time Tokyo Game Show comes around we will be able to release more information, so please look forward to it. Thank you very much.”
Known as Zettai Hero Keikaku in Japan, Z.H.P. is the only turn based strategy RPG that allows you to create your own, one and only super hero to fight vicious(?) villains. Players can create a super hero literally from head to toe. If you wish to use drills instead of hands or wheels instead of legs you can do so by simply swapping out your body parts. Battle maps are all randomly generated for mad replay value and there are tons of character and secret base customization. Z.H.P. gives you the chance to relive your childhood fantasy of making your own superhero and superhero base. Z.H.P. is due out this winter.
Cladun is a retro style dungeon crawler game. Players can create their own main character from scratch using a graphics editor and the dungeons that you will be adventuring in are randomly created for infinite replay value. You can even explore the dungeons with your friends, using the ad-hoc feature of the PSP. Cladun is due out this fall.
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