This morning, Namco Bandai Games apparently decided to wake up guns-ablazing and unexpectedly announced a plethora of new titles ahead of the upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo, in a taste of what attendees and fans alike can expect in the months to come. Fans were treated to a few surprises like the PC-ONLY fighting game RISE OF INCARNATES, the not-so-surprising return of DYNASTY WARRIORS, as well as the return of fan-favorite racing franchise GRID, among others, giving the house that PAC-MAN built a much needed headstart heading into June’s big event.
Here are the new titles announced this morning by Namco Bandai Games –
GRID: AUTOSPORT (PS3, Xbox 360)
Featuring 100+ routes over 22 locations with “the world’s most authentic contemporary and classic high-performance racing cars”, Grid Autosport is Codemasters’ latest attempt to bring the beloved racing franchise back to it’s roots. Tune, collect & upgrade to your heart’s content, overcome rivalries and impress & earn sponsorships in your quest to become a professional autosport driver.
GRID: AUTOSPORT will be available for Xbox 360 & PS3 on June 24th, 2013.
TENKAI KNIGHTS: BRAVE BATTLE (3DS/ 2DS)
Based on the popular Cartoon Network animated series, fans can now “harness the incredible power of Tenkai Energy to shapeshift into one of the legendary Tenkai Knights” on the go with their 3DS &/or 2DS! With over 100+ unique parts and add-ons, players can upgrade and customize their own Tenkai knight to hack down enemies with offensive moves ranging from long range attacks &/or short range melee combinations. Tenkai Knight: Brave Battle also supports co-op, so a friend can join in to complete missions based on the first season of the hit show or compete in a VS. Mode with up to 3 other players.
TENKAI KNIGHTS: BRAVE BATTLE will be available for Nintendo 3DS & 2DS in 2014.
DYNASTY WARRIORS GUNDAM: REBORN (PS3)
To be distributed digitally exclusively on PlayStation 3 via the PlayStation Network, Dynasty Warriors Gundam: Reborn will boast new graphical enhancements & gameplay features over it’s predecessor. With new story scenarios taken straight from the Gundam universe of films & TV specials, players can play through two different game modes utilizing 100+ different mobile suits, including Suits found in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
DYNASTY WARRIORS GUNDAM: REBORN will be available for PS3 via PSN in July 2014.
PAC-MAN & THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES 2 (Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS/2DS)
Also based on the popular TV show of the same name, Pac-man is back, along with Spiral and Cylindria, in an all-new story that finds them defending Pac-World from Lord Betrayus and his army of ghouls and ghosts. Gamers can explore far beyond the Pac-World streets of Pacoplis, traveling to the ocean floor and even adventure out in space!
PAC-MAN & THE GHOSTLY ADVENTURES 2 will be available for Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360 & 3DS/2DS in 2014.
TALES OF HEARTS R (PS Vita)
Answering the call of JRPG fans worldwide, a new “Tales” game is shipping exclusively to Sony’s PlayStation Vita gaming handheld in late 2014. This latest Tales chronicles the story of Kor, a young man who encounters a young woman who leads the young lad on an journey filled with magic and adventure, told through a deep and immersive narrative fans of Tales have come to expect from the franchise, along with character designs by Mutsumi Inomata and a new “Aerial Chase Linear Motion Battle System” which allows players to move freely in the air to experience aerial combat unlike before.
TALES OF HEARTS R will be available for PS Vita this Winter 2014.
RISE OF INCARNATES (PC)
Probably the most intriguing title announced this morning, in my opinion, Rise of Incarnates, surprisingly, is a fighting game currently being developed exclusively for PC from the creators of the SoulCalibur & Tekken franchises. ‘Incarnates’ delivers unforgiving 3D 2V2 combat within famous recreated cities laid to ruin as players unleash the power of Ares, Lilith, Mephistopheles and the Grim Reaper, among others.
RISE OF INCARNATES is currently in development for PC. Players can sign up for the alpha demo at http://www.riseofincarnates.com/.