The light novel series better known by its anime, Sword Art Online, has already spawned a console game and it looks like its second console game is getting a great treatment. The first game has only been available on the Japanese market to the chagrin of many fans. The second game has been announced for release in Taiwan with a great perk. The game will be released in traditional Chinese and English. Which means the fanbase of English speaking countries around the world may cheer to this Asian release.
I can’t play them because of DRM you say? No worries! The game will be released on the PS Vita, a completely region free console (thank you Sony). So pre-order a copy at your local importer today, today is a great day for English speaking anime fans everywhere.
Set in an alternate storyline this game will probably surprise and please you in ways the anime couldn’t.
This new game will be released April 24 of this year.
FUNimation has been releasing clips from the Attack on Titan English dub to get people excited about the release of the first half of the season in June and for Anime Boston, which is going on right now.
Here is the latest clip:
With each and every clip, I get more and more excited for when I can get my hands on Attack on Titan – Part 1 with the English dubbing. Whether I get the Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, or Standard Edition is still up in the air.
I’m pretty happy with this clip! It wasn’t what I necessarily expected Levi to sound like, but it still fits him and his personality. The same goes for Hanji. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.
According to the FUNimation website the Collector’s Edition will include:
4-pin collection (Military Police Regiment, Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment, and Cadet Corps), a replica of Eren Jaeger’s key necklace, a sword necklace featuring the Titan flesh paring blades, a 3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers
TheLimited Edition will include:
3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers
News came about just a few days ago that Anime Limited has gained the license for the original soundtrack for the popular anime series Attack on Titan. The soundtrack contains 16 tracks, both inserts and background music, from the anime all composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who has also composed songs for Gundam Unicorn, Guilty Crown and Kill la Kill. Songs include Attack On Titan, The Reluctant Heroes, Call Your Name, Eye-Water, Counter Attack-Mankind, and Rittaikidou.
We can expect a physical CD release later this summer, but as of right now, you can buy and download the entire soundtrack from all of the popular digital music stores, such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Playstation’s furry little mascots have been packing their bags and making their way to Hollywood. First, Ratchet and Clank announced a CG movie, and not is the Thievius Raccoonus’ turn. Sly Cooper will be hitting the big screen in an original CG movie in early 2016. Staying true to the series, the film will be a heist film staring Sly Cooper and his partners Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo.
The official synopsis of the film is as follows: ”Sly Cooper is a kinetic and comedic heist film that tells the story of Sly Cooper, an orphaned raccoon thief, along with his childhood friends and partners in crime, Bentley Turtle and Murray Hippo. In the film, Sly learns of his birth family’s secret legacy; that he comes from a long line of talented and international thieves. Endowed with this knowledge, Sly and his friends are catapulted into a global adventure as they race to reassemble pieces of an ancient book holding The Cooper Clan’s family secrets before it can fall into the hands of Clockwerk – an evil Russian metallic owl bent on ending the Cooper family line. From romantic Parisian backdrops to the lush mountains of China, gritty film noir meets bright, colorful graphic novels in this origin story of the world’s greatest thief-turned-hero.”
VP of Development and producer, David Wohl, had this to say about the film. ”The film will stay true to the franchise, though it will not be a complete origin story. In the film, Sly and his buddies are already together, though they are far from being great at what they do.” In regards to if the game voice actors would reprise their roles in the film, “We are exploring that now. The film will be a mix between those actors from the game, and various other talent who we can have fun with bringing into the franchise.”
Producer and CEO of Blockade Entertainment, Brad Foxhoven, spoke more on the film, ”We are working very closely with both Sony and Sucker Punch to make sure we are staying true to the franchise. Since we were altering the look of the characters and world into pure CG, it was important to keep them in the process. This included the script, the characters, models, and the cast. Of course we were nervous about the results, and breathed a massive sigh of relief when they gave their approval. Now we just have to wait for the fans.”
The film takes a noticeable cosmetic change from their known cel-shaded look to fully CG. Foxhoven said that, ”Going this path was a bold leap, but one we felt was appropriate for the theatrical process. The global film market leans towards pure CG-animated films. As much as we all loved the cel-shaded look of the game, we collectively felt it would not hold up on the big screen. Though we believe we managed to keep a lot of the feel of the game even in the film. Thankfully, Sony and Sucker Punch were supportive and agreed!”
With Ratchet and Clank releasing in 2015 and now Sly Cooper coming in 2016, I think Playstation chose the right titles to become movies. By the trailer it seems to have the signature style and comedy players have grown to love over the years. These might be the movies to actually make a good video game adaptation. If successful it they both could become blueprints on how to make a video game movie, or at least ones with anthropomorphic creatures. We will just have to wait and see how it turns out.
Only a week or two after the big CES debut of the Steam Machines we get another nice surprise from our good friends at Alienware. Earlier this week it was announced that Alienware’s version of the Steam Machine will not allow customization and will be updated every year. A few days after that it was said that Alienware will allow customers to upgrade their machines.
Frank Azor, Alienware general manager, apparently misspoke. In an interview with Eurogamer Azor says, “The Alienware Steam Machine, announced at CES, is designed to deliver a great gaming experience in the living room and we will enable customers to upgrade components.”
Azor says the he made the previous comment because their Machine’s size doesn’t allow for easy upgrades. Coming in around the size of a Nintendo Wii you can see how that would make removing parts difficult. Instead Azor recommended their X51 desktop model for those feeling the need to do some DIY upgrades.
Not allowing the users of a Steam Machine the ability to upgrade would successfully defeat the purpose of a Steam Machine. The whole point of the Steam Machines was a sort of console “openness.” All the big screen gaming of a console coupled with the technical superiority of a computer and the great steam collection you’ve built sale after sale.
Alienware’s Steam Machine doesn’t have a set list of specs or price point yet so it’ll be interesting to see what type of build(s) they’re going for and what they plan for their yearly release.