Famitsu reported that Square Enix is working on an original action RPG, which runs on the Unreal Engine. The game producer is Ryutaro Ichimura. The game will be targeted for the western market, with a core team of 35 staffs, the company is also recruiting programmers, designers and project planners for the project.
Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy XIII-2 will cross-over with Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, Noel will have a downloadable costume based on Ezio's costume from Assassin's Creed: Revelation. No release date has been revealed for the DLC.
In a recent Famitsu interview, Square Enix's The 3rd Birthday producer Hajime Tabata said that he has finished the projects on hand, right now he has some ideas about a sequel to The 3rd Birthday, but he will be working on a new entry in the Final Fantasy Type-0 sub-series. Tabata also mentioned that sales of Type-0 is very good and received good responses from players.
In this week's Weekly Famitsu, Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim received a perfect score of 40/40 in the game review, making it the first western game to receive perfect score in the magazine.
Koei Tecmo announced Shin Sangoku Musou: Multi Raid 2 HD for PS3, a new entry in the PSP Remaster series. The game will support 4 players online and game saves can be shared between the PSP and PS3 versions.
Sony announced Gran Turismo 5 Spec 2 for PS3, a Blu-ray release of Gran Turismo 5 with all the DLC updates included on the disc.
Kadokawa Games' highly anticipated PSP love simulation game Photo Kano will be released on Feb 2, for 7140 yen, a free bathing poster will be included with the game. The release date of Photo Kano is just one week ahead of Konami's New Love Plus for 3DS, the two games will compete head-to-head in next year's Valentine's Day.
Koei Tecmo announced that Sengoku Musou 3 Z Special will be coming to PSP on Feb 16, for 6090 yen. If you have the game save from the PS3 version, you can unlock all the playble warriors at the beginning. The PSP port will include two player cooperative modes over Wi-Fi and all DLC from the PS3 version will be available.
5pb announced its visual novel title Steins; Gate Hiyoku Renri no Darling will be coming to PSP, the portable version will be out in Japan in 2012.
Famitsu Xbox 360 revealed that Microsoft sold 114,000 units of Kinect in Japan since its launch last November, the top selling Kinect games are Kinect Adventure (114,000 units), Forza Motorsport 4 (24,900 units) and Dance Evolution (22,400 units).
Acquire will release the ink drawing action game Suminoi for PS Vita in Japan on Feb 8, for 5229 yen.
Bandai Namco revealed the DLC release schedule for Ridge Racer, add-on music will mostly be free, add-on tracks will have a price between around 1000 - 1600 yen.
- Dec 22 - Visual Demo Application, Music Pack 1 & 2: R4 (Free)
- Jan 12 - Music Pack 3 Ridge Racer V #1, Music Pack 4 Ridge Racers PSP #1 (Free)
- Jan 19 - Music Pack 5 Ridge Racers #2 (Free)
- Jan 26 - Music Pack 6 Ridge Racers #3 (Free)
- Jan 26 - Music Pack 7 Ridge Racer 6 #1 (Free)
- Jan 26 - Music Pack 8 Ridge Racer 6 #2 (Free)
- Feb 16 - Ridge Racer Pass (1600 yen) - a bundle of all DLC between Feb to May 2012
- Feb 23 - Car 1 Promessa (250 yen), Course 1 Old Central (400 yen), Music Pack 10 Ridge Racer 7 #1 (Free)
- Feb 29 - Ridge Racer Pass (1000 yen) - the bundle released on Feb 16 will be discounted
- Feb 29 - Car 1 Promessa (Free), Course 1 Old Central (Free)
- Mar 03 - Car 2 & 3 (250 yen/ea), Course 2 & 3 (400 yen/ea), Music Pack 11 - 15 (Free), Medley 1 (100 yen)
- Apr - May - Car 5 - 8 (250 yen/ea), Course 4 - 6 (400 yen/ea), Music Pack 16 - 19 (Free), Song Pack 2 (100 yen), Medley 2 (100 yen)
Koei Tecmo confirmed that Ninja Gaiden Sigma for PS Vita will be out in Japan on February 2012, the PSV version will include new rear touch control, you can charge your ninjitsu moves. There is a new Hero Mode, in which you will be accompanied with a ninja dog, and have the option to auto guard and evade attacks when hit points is low.
Konami announced a free demo of New Love Plus will be available on Dec 8 at 7-Eleven convenience store chain, you can download the demo at the new "7 Spot De DS" Wireless Service in the store (Tokyo area only). 7-Eleven will also sell the limited edition New Love Plus theme Nintendo Prepaid Cards on the same day, three versions will be available.
Atlus announced that Level 5's hit soccer RPG will be coming to arcade as card battle soccer game called Inazuma Eleven Go Battle Stadium, you can create team of four to face off either computer or human opponents. The game will be out on Dec 21. The player card pack will be sold for 630 yen.