Grandia HD is Coming, CyberConnect2 Talks .hack Remakes! The JRPG Weekly Update!

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JRPG Weekly Update Show Notes:
• Today on the JRPG weekly update:
o Grandia’s release date is sooner than expected
o Some new trailers look pretty good
o And CyberConnect2 Talks about .hack Remasters
o But before that we’ve got today’s headlines
Headlines:
• Previously we already talked about Falcom’s inexperience with Switch dev
o This was the final nail in the coffin for my hopes that Ys IX was already coming to switch – however
o Toshihiro Kondo during an interview stated that, quote
 “We have talks in progress with multiple publishers regarding possible Switch games, but I can’t tell you anything precise yet or if it will happen or not.”
o At this point we already know that Falcom’s pretty close with NIS America when it comes to ports, and with XSEED a shell of its former self I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes to NISA,
o But that is all yet to be determined. The fact that they’re talking with multiple publishers makes it clear that it’s not a sure thing for NISA.
Localization & Release Date Updates:
• Grandia HD Collection
o Coming to Nintendo Switch and PC on August 16, this Friday
o The release will be digital-only for the time being
o I’ve contacted GungHo for a review code and haven’t yet heard anything but fingers-crossed!
o https://www.gunghoonline.com/news/grandia-hd-collection-for-nintendo-switch-available-august-16-grandia-hd-remaster-for-pc-release-to-follow/
• Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition
o Port to Nintendo Switch finally got a release date
o September 9th 2019
o This enhanced release features
 new side-quests for each of the playable characters
 Fully orchestrated soundtrack
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acO4oj9T0Xw
• Indivisible announced
o Indivisible is a Sidescrolling RPG by indie developer Lab Zero Games
o The game is releasing on Steam, PS4, Xbox One on October 8th 2019
o A Nintendo Switch release is also planned but does not have a date
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj0c0mXrtlQ
• Mary Skelter 2
o Idea Factory’s dungeon Crawler Mary Skelter 2 is coming to the US
o The game will be digital-only unfortunately
o On the bright side the game will also contain Mary Skelter 1 for those who missed out on the original release for Vita and PC
o Coming to Nintendo Switch eShop October 22nd and Europe on the 23rd
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOl2FvAJ2EI
New Trailers:
• The Alliance Alive HD Remaster
o The remaster of the Suikoden-like RPG got a new trailer
o The game was originally released on Nintendo 3DS
o Written by Yoshitaka Murayama,
 Writer behind Suiko 1, 2 & 3
o The game is not yet announced for a Western release but it seems likely to me
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Cj1k5jotQ
• Atelier Ryza
o Also got a new trailer featuring characters, new environments, and gameplay elements
o The game is coming to PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch on Sept 26th in Japan,
o Coming to the West on October 29th 2019
o https://youtu.be/PXakcGwMURE
• Greedfall
o The Third-person Western Action RPG from FocusHome Entertainment also got a new trailer
o Showcasing a bunch of new gameplay mechanics
o Honestly this game looks like it could be a lot of fun
o Coming to PS4, PC and Xbox One on September 10 2019
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRVYj3Iwcvw
Other News:
• CyberConnect2 responds to fans requesting .hack//IMOQ Remake
o Hiroshi responded that
 there are currently no plans
 requests would be most effective directed to Namco Bandai
 Purchasing .Hack//GU on PS4 would be the most helpful thing
 The full video is available at the link in the description
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KGYuJzFVuU
• Granblue Fantasy Versus, the Fighting game, will get a full-fledged Action RPG story mode!
o XSEED Games made the announcement earlier this week
o Kind of weird news but I felt like it bears talking about
o This should not be confused with the actual full Action RPG Granblue Fantasy Relink, which looks super awesome.
o https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi9liSI17Ms
New RPGs this Week:
• Ittle Dew
o This is a Zelda-inspired indie Action Adventure RPG
o Originally on iOS, PC, and WiiU
o Coming to Nintendo Switch this week
• Grandia HD Collection
o Coming to Nintendo Switch August 16th
o I’ll link my reviews of the original games, they’re fantastic
o Hopefully I’ll get a chance to talk more about the games this week!
Answering Viewer Questions
• The Game I was most disappointed by
o The Granstream Saga
o Terranigma left me with impossible expectations
o Transition to 3D was not very kind to Quintet/Shade
Question of the Week:
• Why do you play RPGs? Is it for the escapism, the story, the gameplay or something else?

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