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A portion of a Telegraph interview with Yosuke Matsuda, Square-Enix's president...
T: How has the Switch changed how Square Enix as a whole look at developing and designing games?
YM: We announced this in our yearly results as well, but certainly the really great thing for us is to see how the Switch is selling so well, it's doing incredibly well, which is nothing but a good thing for us. As a publisher and developer of games, we obviously want to get our games onto as many different platforms as possible, and so obviously having a broad range to choose from can only be a good thing for us, so certainly seeing Nintendo's hardware selling so well and doing so well, getting our games on that can only be an advantage for the company, so we're very happy about it. Like I said, it makes our portfolio even more broad and even more bountiful.
T: Where do you think the balance of using existing IPs and creating new IPs stands in the future of Square Enix?
YM: We really want to do both of those in equal balance. Obviously we're going to continue making new games, and for the older IPs as well, not just the remake/remasters we've been doing, we want to create sequels and new games in those series as well.
Certainly the Switch, as well, because it has sold so well and is doing really well at the moment, there's a number of previous game IPs that we've got that we didn't make continuations of those series sequels for in the past, and I think maybe looking into doing some of those kinds of sequels to older IPs on the Switch in the future is something we'd like to look at.
The Japanese cover art for Dragon Quest Builders is looking pretty spiffy! If you're planning on grabbing a physical preorder from Japan, you might want to know that Amazon Japan is offering a download code for a recipe to craft a Slime Lamp, as well as recipes to make Slime Eyes and Mouth ornaments.
Now that we know when The Legend of Dark Witch is hitting 3DS, it's time to clear up some space! You'll need 2,055 blocks of space to download the game, so start your tidying up now!
Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory chronicles the story of Legatus Laendur and Princess Cecille. What side will you choose to decide the fate of Fenumia?
Legatus Laendur, a brilliant tactician beloved by the people, fought on the front lines for the Fenumian Empire. But when he discovers why it is rotting from within, he vows to overthrow the royal family. Fenumia devoured his homeland - will you fight to reclaim it?
Or, play as Princess Cecille (accompanied by a talking grimoire) on her journey home as she fights hordes of monsters and a coup led by Legatus Laendur. The fate of a crumbling empire is in your hands. Will you restore glory to Fenumia?
• Reclaim the World of Fenumia - Follow Princess Cecille or Legatus Laendur and experience the stories of Sins of an Empire and Flames of Rebellion.
• A Legion Under Your Command - Control four characters simultaneously and master devastating combo attacks in furious real-time battles.
• Ascend to the Throne - While clashing with rebel armies, make split second decisions on how to rule your kingdom. Will you side with the mercenary Prime Legion, the palatine Council of Princes, or the cabalistic March Congress?
• Magnificent 2D Artwork - From the fangs on the menacing manticore to each brick in Fenumia’s castle, all of the artwork has been hand-drawn to create a stunning world.
Exemplary Edition Includes:
• Fallen Legion: Rise to Glory for Nintendo Switch™
• Official Hardcover Art Book
• Official Soundtrack
• Medallion of Honor
• Collector's Box
The following tidbits on Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 come from the scan above.
- new mysterious original character will be joining the game
- character is named Fuu, and he seems to be a member of the demon clan
- Goku can be seen with a Journey to the West inspired costume
- scan also features Super Saiyan Hercule from the Dragon Ball Super anime
We've known for awhile now that Phantasy Star Online 2 Cloud was coming to the Switch, but news was pretty quiet after the initial reveal. Now we know from the dev team that the title is planned to hit Switch sometime in Spring 2018. Still no word or plans on localization at this time. Some more tidbits about the game can be found below.
- since all of the game data exists on the cloud server, time-consuming downloads and constant updates will not be required
- runs at 30 frames per second, but there may be lag depending on network conditions
- a stable Internet connection is required to play
- Switch version cannot play quests with models outside of the PC version
- Arks Cash and Star Gems can be shared across models
- switch between models as you please as long as you are not logged in at the same time