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11:00 AM on 09.19.2014

Turn-based JRPG Zodiac's MMO-inspired multiplayer explained

Once you get past the beautiful artwork and big names -- Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) -- Zodiac does start to ...

Steven Hansen



Former Final Fantasy devs team with European studio on JRPG Zodiac photo
Former Final Fantasy devs team with European studio on JRPG Zodiac
by Steven Hansen

French developer Kobojo has announced a new game, Zodiac, made in collaboration with frequent Final Fantasy composer Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII), series scenario writer Kazushige Nojima (Final Fantasy VII) and sound designer Masaaki Kaneko.

The team describes the completely hand drawn turn-based RPG as, "Final Fantasy meets Valkyrie Profile and Dragon's Crown in a new online multiplayer experience." 

Kobojo, which has Paris and Scotland-based studios, started as a social game developer, but has since shifted focus to developing high quality role-playing games for mobile devices. It is showing Zodiac at TGS on iOS and PlayStation Vita, but there is no lead platform for the loose 2015 release date.

CEO Mario Rizzo explained that things like platform and price model will need to be worked out on the business side. "It could be Xbox," he said, and noted that it is a Unity game so PC and console versions are all viable (it was being demoed with a controller). Cross platform compatibility, too, will be completely dependent on platform holders, as there are "no technical restrictions" on being able to play the game on your phone, then pick up the same character on your Vita or elsewhere. "Only business restrictions," Rizzo said.

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9:00 PM on 09.18.2014

A bunch of skeletons explode in the first 20 minutes of Hellraid

Techland's decision to delay Hellraid and move it to PS4, Xbox One, and PC seems to be paying off. That said, you may want to skip the first half of this 20-minute video -- it begins with the first level, which is slow to ge...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 09.18.2014

Legend of Grimrock 2 gets a pre-order trailer and an October release date

The highly anticipated sequel to 2012's first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock is nearly upon us. Finnish indie development studio Almost Human has released a stunning new trailer for it that demonstrates some of th...

Rob Morrow

5:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Here's our first glimpse at the gameplay of Torment: Tides of Numenera

I've been playing inXile Entertainment's Wasteland 2 before its full release on Friday but I have to say, I'm even more excited for the studio's other title, Torment: Tides of Numenera. We've now got our first good glimpse a...

Alasdair Duncan

12:30 PM on 09.18.2014

The Final Fantasy XIII trilogy is headed to Steam

The official site gave it away, to some extent, but here we go: Final Fantasy XIII is coming to Steam on October 9, priced at $15.99, with XIII-2 and Lightning Returns arriving for PC by spring 2015. XIII already has a listin...

Jordan Devore



Bloodborne comes west on February 6 photo
Bloodborne comes west on February 6
by Kyle MacGregor

Bloodborne will launch across North America and Europe starting February 6, Sony has announced. The PlayStation 4-exclusive from Demon's Souls developer From Software will also receive an $80 collector's edition, which includes an ornate case, art book, and a digital soundtrack. 

Along with the news comes a new trailer that provides a peek at the title's online functionality.

Bloodborne Coming 2/6/2015 to PS4, Collector’s Edition Detailed [PlayStation Blog, PS Blog EU]

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I pissed off a bunch of Bloodborne's villagers right quick photo
I pissed off a bunch of Bloodborne's villagers right quick
by Brett Makedonski

Maybe it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but the beings hanging out in the Tokyo Game Show showing of Bloodborne weren't exactly enamored by my presence. That's putting it lightly. Cautiously trekking through the village that the demo thrust me into, I quickly found out that none of them wanted to be my friend, and all of them just wanted me dead.

Some of them succeeded in their mission.

Able to select from a few different characters for the demo, I toggled between a fairly well-balanced build and one that favored agility. Rolling, blocking, and backward jumping to my heart's content, I disposed of these neighborhood crime watch suspicious suspects with relative ease. That is until they decided that group efforts would be more effective. Turns out these freaks of the night know a thing or two about efficiency and teamwork.

It's tough to get a real feel for a title like Bloodborne from a 20-minute demo without time to flesh out a unique character. I mean, it was Souls-esque with more fluid feeling controls in a setting that actually sets itself apart from the Souls series. That's grand; I'm all in. Given that it was my proper introduction to the game (I just kept missing it at other shows), what a fine first impression. But, a cheery visit and maybe a useless housewarming gift would've been a bit more inviting than death ad nauseam. I guess that's just how From Software rolls.

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7:00 AM on 09.18.2014

Everything there is to know about Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, as told by Hammerlock and Torgue

With coverage ramping up for Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel leading up to its release in less than a month, several commenters have expressed confusion on what role this game is supposed to fill. To help demonstrate everything ...

Darren Nakamura





9:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Final Fantasy Agito+ announced for PlayStation Vita

Final Fantasy Agito+ is coming to PlayStation Vita, Square Enix announced today.  The role-playing game launched on mobile devices this May, and will be available via PlayStation Network starting January as a free-...

Kyle MacGregor



Final Fantasy XV TGS 2014 Trailer is pretty sharp photo
Final Fantasy XV TGS 2014 Trailer is pretty sharp
by Alessandro Fillari

TGS 2014 is already off to a big start with the release of a brand new trailer for Final Fantasy XV. Much to the disappointment of many, it was absent from this year's E3 and gamescom shows, but the nearly three-minute trailer aims to make up for the lost time.

In this trailer, we get to see our heroes travel around outside of the city in a rather expensive car -- which by the way looks be to be fully controllable. Their trip down the scenic route shows off some massive wildlife and other foes looking for a fight. But our heroes are more than up for a challenge, and they even display some clever team focuses attacks.

It's a pretty sharp trailer, which isn't a surprise. Square Enix knows how to make its games look stunning, and this trailer certainly does a great job of showing that. With TGS already underway, we can expect to hear some more info about the state of FFXV, and hopefully when it will be released.

Stay tuned to Dtoid for more info from TGS 2014 as it's released.

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5:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Namco gives us a nice long look at Tales of Zestiria

Tales of Zestiria is on display at Tokyo Game Show this week, but those of us not cavorting around Japan will have to settle for this extended peek at the forthcoming role-playing game. Bandai Namco aims to release Tales of Zestiria in Japan on January 22, 2015. No word yet on when exactly the publisher plans to localize the PS3 title for western audiences, though.

Kyle MacGregor

3:00 PM on 09.16.2014

There's going to be a Bloodborne alpha

Seeing the words "Bloodborne" and "alpha" together instantly cured my morning grogginess, but the feeling was fleeting: the "small-scale test" is only meant for European gamers, currently. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe h...

Jordan Devore

10:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Borderlands on PC is playable online again, now through Steamworks

I know, I might be the only remaining person who cares, but Borderlands (that is, the original 2009 title) is now playable online on PC again. I recently got a few of my friends into the series via Borderlands 2, and some of ...

Darren Nakamura

2:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Standalone version of Shadowrun Returns: Dragonfall releases this Thursday

The new standalone Director's Cut of Shadowrun Returns' Dragonfall expansion is right around the corner, releasing this Thursday, September 18. Before it does, I'd like to share some of the highlights from the last four developer diaries Harebrained Schemes has posted leading up to the title's launch.

Rob Morrow

8:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Get a closer look at the four playable characters in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Gearbox Software has been slowly releasing a four-part behind-the-scenes series of videos on the making of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, leading up to the title's October 14 release. Episode One looked at the initial announce...

Darren Nakamura