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Holy smokes! Hot off the heels of last week’s dual-announcement of EDF2 and Corpse Party: Blood Drive, XSEED has revealed 4 more games that they’re going to be showing off at E3 in preparation for a release this year. There’s a lot to go over here; but let’s dive in to what we know so far.

First off; Earth Defense Force 4.1: The Shadow of New Despair. Much like Earth Defence Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space, it’s an enhanced port of a previous title in the series; in this case, Earth Defense Force 2025. Instead of being on Vita, however; this title will be released on PS4 later this year. It’s highly similar to EDF2, so more information can be found in the previously linked article. Both versions of EDF will be available in Fall 2015.

Next; Senran Kagura: Estival Versus. Much like Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson, this game is a sequel to another game in the franchise – this time around, it’s Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus! Much like Senran Kagura 2 to Senran Kagura Burst; the two Versus games share a lot in regards to mechanics – though this sequel will add a few new features, as well as an allotment of new playable characters and a new story. This title will be available on both PS4 and Vita in Winter 2015.

Perhaps the most expected title following last night’s teaser – Return to PopoloCrois: A Story of Seasons Fairytale – is a cross-over between the mostly Japanese PopoloCrois series (the last english release of the series was on the PSP) and Marvelous AQL’s “Story of Seasons” series. Players can expect some of the gameplay elements from both franchises to return when this game hits in Winter 2015.

Last but definitely not least; the aggressively rumored The Legend of Heroes Trails of Cold Steel has been announced for a western release this year, with its sequel to come soon after. Comprising the 3rd set of games in the “Kiseki” JRPG series (which western fans have experienced thus far with The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky), Trails of Cold Steel explores the aftermath of the events of the Trails in the Sky trilogy through the eyes of a military school unit from the land of Erebonia. This title was the first in the series to include a fully 3D environment, as well as take advantage of new battle mechanics; Trails of Cold Steel will be available on both PS3 and Vita in Fall 2015.

…Whew! If you have any questions regarding these titles, feel free to post them in the comments – we’ll be previewing many of these titles during E3, and we’ll try to get as many questions answered as we can. Regardless; we’ll keep you up to date on these titles, as more information comes in.


James Galizio

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I'm a writer for TechRaptor, and an aspiring indie dev; technology and games in particular have been my passion my whole life, and to contribute to the industry has been my dream. If I'm not writing or working on other work, you can almost always find me playing some sort of game!



  • James Galizio

    I didn’t mention this in the article; but we’re also going to be interviewing Kenichiro Takaki during E3. If you have any questions for Takaki-san, in addition to some more general questions on games that XSEED will be showing off – feel free to post them here, as well!

  • Cred

    based Xseed is always based ALWAYS

  • coffeetable

    Cool. Anyone know which Senran Kagura is the best to jump into the series?

  • Tanis

    I’d start with Burst but really it doesn’t matter all that much.

  • MusouTensei

    Can’t wait for Senran Kagura EV.

  • JackDandy

    Ask Xseed to bring over Net High
    Ask Takaki to bring more Ys to PC
    Ask Takaki why Ys games suck nowdays

  • James Galizio

    Takaki-san is with Marvelous AQL. “Boobs are life, ass is hometown.”?

  • JackDandy

    Ah, oh, whoops. Sorry.
    Tell him Hikage is best girl.

    Still, ask Xseed about these other things- and ask them to ask Sandlot to PORT THE GODDAMN EDF GAMES TO PC

    please 🙁

  • James Galizio

    I was thinking about asking them about EDF on PC anyway, so gotcha covered!

  • Silhouette

    Please tell him to bring everything to Steam. =)

  • Dark_Tzitzimine

    The most obvious question is if we’ll see a SK3

  • Leon_Tekashi

    Four questions actually:
    Will any characters from New Wave appear in future games?

    Will there be another Versus game in the future with Senran Kagura 3?

    Are all of the Senran Kagura games’ stories connected with each other?

    In Shinovi Versus, which story arc(s) is actually canon?

  • ChaddyFantome

    Oh boy! where to start?

    -Will there ever be a Senran Kagura spinoffs, like an SRPG spinoff like Fire Emblem?
    -Will we ever see SK3 and will it be on the 3DS/New3DS?
    -Will we ever get a game where the girls are older and enter the professional world of shinobi?
    -What was the idea and plan behind Valkyrie Drive?
    -Why weren’t Kagura and Naraku playable in SK2? (This needs to be settled once and for all)
    -Life or hometown?
    -How would you react to Asuka being voted to be in Super Smash Brothers via the Fighter Ballot?
    -Will we ever be able to smell the characters?
    -Where do you plan to go with the Versus series now?
    -What new gameplay mechanics and features can we expect in future titles?
    -Will the anime ever get a new season?
    -Will a game ever be on PC or Xbox?

    So many questions, so little time~
    Really looking forward to Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson.