3rd Party News Roundup October 4 Feature

Sep. 28 to Oct. 4 3rd Party News Roundup

Level-5 abby Inc.

Game developer Level-5 and advertising / PR company Dentsu have teamed up and created Level-5 abby Inc., a new endeavor described as a “multi-media entertainment company”. The company’s name was formed by taking the “a” from “all” or “anything” and the “bby” from “hobby”.

level-5-abbyThe company wants to bring Level-5’s various franchises to a worldwide audience in a variety of forms, such as games, toys, animation, comics and more. The company states that its three “tentpole” franchises are Yo-Kai Watch, Little Battlers eXperience and Snack World. The company is headed by CEO Akihiro Hino, who is the founder and president of Level-5, and COO Yukari Hayakawa.

You can learn more about this new initiative in the official pages for North America and Japan.

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As we are now in a new month, Capcom has released another Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate DLC pack. The October pack focuses on regular quests set in the arena and the slay ground. At the end of the video, it is indicated that the November DLC Pack will be the last one. You can watch the introduction video for this new content below:

Monster Hunter X

When it comes to Monster Hunter X, Capcom has announced that Japan will be getting a soundtrack based on the game’s music.

The two-disc soundtrack will contain a total of 42 songs and will be available on December 16 for 3,000 yen.

It is lead by Uratani Reo from BlackLute, and will include tracks like Beruna Village, Ancient Forest and songs for the four main monsters of the game.

Meanwhile, Capcom has released a new batch of screenshots showcasing the Nyanter Mode and Tamamitsune, one of the four main monsters. Tamamitsune is an agile creature that can use a “Water Breath” attack, which gives players a status ailment that covers the hunter’s body in foam, causing them to slip and slide on the ground. You can find all the screenshots in the gallery below:

Project X Zone 2

Bandai Namco has announced that Project X Zone 2 will be getting a demo on the Japanese eShop on October 9. It will feature the game’s opening stages, and for each round cleared players will receive an “Early Play Benefit Item” for use in the retail version. The demo will probably come to North America and Europe closer to launch, but for now we wait. And while you do that, you can take a look at the new commercial that was recently released below:


Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden

Bandai Namco is also offering a special pre-order bonus for Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. By reserving it on Amazon, you’ll get a download code for the Super Famicom game Dragon Ball Z: Super Butoden 2. This offer is also valid at various retailers and on the European eShop.

dbz-pre-order1You can find a trailer for the pre-order promotion below, and a recording of a live stream recently held by Bandai Namco Europe here.

Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen

During the week, Bandai Namco published a new batch of screenshots from Taiko Drum Master: Atsumete Tomodachi Daisakusen. You can view them in the gallery below:

7th Dragon III Code: VFD

SEGA has recently released another trailer for 7th Dragon III Code: VFD, this time focusing on the Mage class. You can watch it below, followed by some footage from the Japanese demo of the game:

Final Fantasy Explorers

With Square Enix’s announcement of its lineup for New York Comic Con 2015 we now know that Final Fantasy Explorers will be playable at the expo.

Here’s an overview of Final Fantasy Explorers’ gameplay:

“FINAL FANTASY EXPLORERS focuses on cooperative play with friends and utilizes a refined party system allowing Explorers to master over 20 new and familiar jobs—including Knight, Monk, Black Mage and White Mage—to defeat the realm’s mightiest monsters and even recruit them for battle. Players will have the ability to call upon the powers of eidolons like Ifrit and Bahamut, as well as transform into other legendary characters from the FINAL FANTASY series via the Trance feature.”

The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure

Activision recently released a new batch of screenshots from The Peanuts Movie: Snoopy’s Grand Adventure. Check them out in the gallery below:

Monster Strike

Mixi has recently made an announcement, via the Monster Strike’s official website, that the game will release in Japan on December 17th for 4,500 yen.

The website also confirms that the game takes place in the same world as the upcoming anime series and supports local 4-player wireless multiplayer and Streetpass functionality.

There are also several in-game items that you get when you buy the game at launch, including a Rainbow Medal (which allows you to catch rare monsters), several stat boosting items and one item that lets you evolve on of your monsters. If you buy the retail version of the game, you also get a set of five stickers and one mascot plug (which you can plug into an earphone jack).

Apparently, Jiro Ishii is the scenario writer for the game. He is behind the acclaimed Wii title 428 and also wrote for the 3DS game Time Travelers. At the beginning of the year he went freelance and noted that he was writing the story for the upcoming Japanese animation Under the Dog.

Moreover, according to this week’s issue of Jump, Monster Strike on 3DS will feature the following:

– Original protagonists/characters;
– New monster in the 3DS game named Kagutsuchi;
– Each monster will have its own cut-ins not featured in the smartphone version;
– The battle screen is shown sideways;
– Game balance changes have been made;
– 4 main characters;
– 1 monster for each character;
– Monsters are in pixelated form;
– This was done so that players could more easily see the monsters;
– Stereoscopic 3D is supported;

Finally, you can find a trailer, commercial and some artwork for the game, below:


Chronus Arc

During the week, Kemco released Chronus Arc on the North America eShop for $9.99.

You can find and overview and two new trailers promoting the game below:

The Chronus Fragments are needed to prepare for the Time Rewinding, which only takes place once every 10 years. On their way to the Chronus Shrine to get the Fragments, Loka and his teacher Teth are surrounded by a mysterious man named Geppel and his gang. They demand the Fragments. While Teth plays for time, Loka, the main character, rushes out of the cave on his own to fetch reinforcements. He is successful, but Teth and Geppel are nowhere to be found.

Aiming to gather information about his missing teacher, Teth, and Geppel, who is trying to get his hands on the Fragments, Loka decides to set out on a journey with his friend Sarna.

The game features familiar quests, but also dungeons filled with puzzles to solve, and characters who grow and can be developed as the story progresses with the class change system.

Also, additional dungeons and special items are available for extra fun by collecting Mana!

Don’t miss out on Loka and his friends’ grand adventure!

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