In an unexpected announcement, publisher Dotemu has announced Streets of Rage 4, a game being developed by Lizardcube (Wonder Boy) and Guard Crush Games. As the title suggests, the game is the long-awaited next entry in the Streets of Rage franchise. Sega is staying quiet regarding this reveal, suggesting that their role in this is probably limited to providing the license, with everything else being handled by Dotemu, Lizardcube and Guard Crush Games.
The 2nd PV that Monolith Soft had been teasing for Project X Zone 2 was unleashed on the world earlier today. A large portion of it is dedicated to showing off the attacks of various Solo Units and Pair Units. The recently revealed characters Ryo Hazuki from Shenmue (Solo) and Ranmaru from Sakura Wars V/Sakura Wars: So Long My Love (Enemy) were also featured in the trailer. Some other cool tidbits featured include what appear to be stage hazards and the game’s shop system.
There’s been some concern among fans about this trailer suggesting that the known roster is the complete roster. Once the full roster of playable characters had been revealed for Project X Zone, a similar type of trailer showcasing attacks of each Pair Unit was developed and published. In addition, we can see segments of the opening cinematic (though not in its entirety) in this trailer – and particularly, a wide shot of the known cast of characters. That being said, I would caution against assuming it applies here. An official PXZ2 development team blog post released in conjunction with the uploading of PV #2 teases more surprises – while this wording is obviously ambiguous in what it’s referencing, it would at least mean that we don’t know everything about Project X Zone 2 that there is to know.
This trailer is being used by Bandai Namco Entertainement to promote the game at New York Comic Con 2015. They’ve actually been fairly supportive of Project X Zone and Project X Zone 2 at English gaming conventions, perhaps owing due to the English fans that have shown their support for these crossover titles.
The opening theme “All the World’s a Stage” by marina is also showcased in the trailer. Listen and watch after the break! And if you have any other characters that you might want to see, let us know!
The first promotional video for Project X Zone 2 that Banpresto have been working on finally hit the internet, in commemoration with a media blitz that Bandai Namco is pushing for their games as part of Japan Expo 2015 in Paris. Be sure to watch it! There isn’t much in the way of new content, but this is actually our first peek into the voice acting for the game. In addition, we get to see a lot of the attacks that the characters will be able to use in this game.
There’s a discrepancy between the Japanese trailer and the English trailer – some of the video content from the Japanese trailer (namely things like Adventure of the Valkyrie DLC, 3DS themes) weren’t present in the English trailer. The segment on the “Original Game Sound Edition” was also omitted from the English trailer. The game is coming out on November 12 in Japan, but the English trailer notes (from Bandai Namco Europe) an early 2016 release date. Odds are this could very well apply to North America, too, so let’s prepare ourselves.
You can check out both trailers after the break. We’ve also attached a gallery with select images based on the trailer’s Japanese version for your browsing, too. Remember that the roster is certainly not stopping here. Wish for your favorites!
…I still find it funny that the Yakuza team’s super attack is called “Ryu ga Gotoku.”
The latest news on Project X Zone 2 has been announced in this week’s Famitsu as the magazine revealed newcomers and returning characters for the crossover strategy game.
- Sakura Wars: Gemini Sunrise and Sakura Shinguji
- Streets of Rage: Axel Stone
- Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey
- Street Fighter: Ryu and Ken
- God Eater 2: Nana Kazuki and Ciel Alencon
- Summon Night 3: Aty
With Gemini and Sakura back, that means all four Sakura Wars characters returned for the sequel. Newcomer Axel Stone is a nice inclusion. Streets of Rage characters do not have many cameo appearances. Sega certainly tried to revive the series over the years at least. Same can be said about Summon Night series, it’s a low profile franchise for Namco to use in crossovers.