Idea Factory recently invited GameCritics to drop by their annual preview event to take a look at their upcoming 2017 releases. As usual with IF, their games target the Japanese RPG and Visual Novel fanbase, so if you’re into either of these genres, take a look!
Dark Rose Valkyrie
First up is Dark Rose Valkyrie, an active-time turn-based RPG with alumni from the Tales of… series lending support. Don’t expect a battle system like the aforementioned Tales games, however. Dark Rose Valkyrie is very much a turn-based, traditional RPG. Dark Rose’s claim to fame is that it features a betrayal mechanic where, depending on the choices made, someone from the party will set the player up, changing the ending. Dark Rose Valkyrie will be coming to the PS4 in Spring of 2017.
Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds
I’m not an Otome fan. I will readily admit that I have little-to-no knowledge of the genre beyond the basics. However, if the cheering from a few members of the audience is anything to go by, Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds has fans. Hakuoki is a remastering of the original 2008 release with 12 romance options and over 30 endings for increased replay value. It will be coming West for the Vita, as most visual novels seem to, in Spring 2017.
Mary Skelter: Nightmares
Mary Skelter: Nightmares is an old-school, turn based dungeon crawler for the Vita. Anyone who enjoyed Etrian Odyssey or the excellent Legend of Grimrock should keep an eye out for this one. While it’s too early to tell how good this will be, I was pleased to see another crawl with a slight Shin Megami Tensei feel to it. Also, did I mention it’s for the Vita? Which is the perfect platform for this style of game. Look for it in Summer of 2017.
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force
Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force is the Steam version of Fairy Fencer F which was originally released for the PS3. There isn’t much more to announce for this one beyond that it’s being adjusted for 1080p and released on PCs. The Steam version is going to come with a few extra goodies in the form of a “Deluxe pack” but it’s still very much the same game that the original was. Those interested should see it launch in early 2017.
For more information on these or other Idea Factory titles, you can find it at their website!