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Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y's physical release to include both free content updates

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Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y is seeing physical release in Japan on Dec. 17th, 2020. Those who've been holding out for the retail version will be happy to know that the package includes both the first and second free content updates that hit the eShop version.

The first major free update “DLC 1: Here Comes Elze Multiplayer” launched for Switch on September 30th, and the second update “DLC 2 (Official Title TBA)” is due out between November and December. This update will add new missions, story, and more.

RUMOR - Level-5 may not be releasing any further games outside Japan, North American branch quietly shut down


A recent report on Gameindustry.biz suggests that Level-5, the company behind iconic games such as Professor Layton and Ni No Kuni, has quietly shut down their North American branch. Reports state that many employees have been laid off and that the company will no longer be publishing games outside of Japan.

According to multiple sources familiar with the matter, both Level-5 International America and the company's spin-off office, Level-5 Abby, began winding down operations in the middle of last year, part of which included laying off the majority of both offices' staff.

The precise number of people impacted is unknown, as is the number of employees still currently in each office, but sources estimate around ten employees were laid off at Abby in August of 2019, and around the same number were let go at International America.

Sources say that no clear reason for the lay-offs was given, though those connected to Abby say that employees were "given every indication" that the studio would be closing down, with one or two employees remaining for a few more months to carry out essential functions throughout the process while the company consolidated its business between the Japan office and international advertising and branding company Dentsu.


Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y videos show off more gameplay for the upcoming multiplayer update

The more the merrier!

Last week, we shared that Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y's first free content update, entitled “DLC 1: Here Comes Elze Multiplayer,” will launch on Sept. 30th, 2020. This update includes online multiplayer, new story content, new playable characters, and more. The video above gives a detailed look at how that content will play out.

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y's multiplayer update launches Sept. 30th, 2020

Let's hop online!

Level-5 has confirmed the release date for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y's first free content. The update, entitled “DLC 1: Here Comes Elze Multiplayer,” will launch on Sept. 30th, 2020. This update includes online multiplayer, new story content, new playable characters, and more.

There will be more updates in the future, and Level-5 tease an increased level cap and a new difficulty mode for later dates.

Level-5 shares a new trailer and a ton of gameplay from Megaton Musashi, anime airing in Japan in Summer 2021

Live out your mech anime dreams

Yes, Megaton Musashi is still alive, and Level-5 looks to be really serious about it. The company shared a wealth of gameplay along with the above trailer for their TGS 2020 Online presentation. They also confirmed that the accompanying anime will air Summer 2021 in Japan. No word on the game's release date yet, but enjoy the gameplay below!



Level-5 says they're prioritizing development of Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y over Inazuma Eleven: Heroes' Great Road

Kicked to the curb

We have some bad news to share with fans of the Inazuma Eleven franchise. It seems that Level-5 is putting that game on the backburner for a bit to focus on the world of Yo-Kai Watch.

Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino took to Twitter to share a message about Inazuma Eleven: Heroes' Great Road, the next Inazuma Eleven game. It seems we'll have to wait quite a bit to see what's going on with that game, as Level-5 is shifting their focus for the time being. Check out Mr. Hino's message below.

Pardon the sudden message, but for business purposes we have prioritized the development of Yo-kai Academy Y over Inazuma Eleven: Great Road of Heroes. Currently, discussion on the groundwork needed to make [Inazuma Eleven] a hit title is required, so that game development may be allowed to continue. We’re putting all our efforts into making it a good game. Please forgive us for the long wait.

Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch available on the Switch eShop for $15

More than worth it

If you've been holding out on Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, now is the perfect time to pick it up. If you don't mind going the digital route, you can grab Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch for just $15. The regular asking price is $50, so this is quite the drop!

Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy gets an English fan translation

Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy released for the 3DS back in 2013, but that was only in Japan. Level-5 never bothered to localize the game for other regions, which is why fans stepped in to do the work.

After 7 years of waiting, fans of the Inazuma Eleven series can finally experience Inazuma Eleven GO Galaxy in English. This includes both titles, which were named Big Bang and Supernova. There's no telling if Level-5 will swoop in so squash this fan-translation, but hopefully all the work these fans did doesn't get deleted in a matter of days.

Check out another batch of screens and art for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y

Check out the screens here

Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y launched for Switch in Japan last week, and is an eShop-only title so far. The game will be getting multiple content updates down the road, including one that adds online play. Still no word on a localization for this title.

New trailer and promo video released for Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y

Class is in session in Japan


Yo-kai Watch Jam: Yo-kai Academy Y is now available for the Switch in Japan. No word on a localization at this time.

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