With the arrival of autumn, the western publisher NIS America has invited us to its annual “Virtual Press Tour”, a virtual event that at this precise time of the year allows us to take a peek at its line-up. From Void Terrarium 2 to GrimGrimoire OnceMore, passing through Process of Elimination and Raider IV x MIKANO remix, there are really several productions that have passed under the spotlight, but since many of these we had already seen shortly before the Tokyo Game Show 2022 (for all the details re-read our special on the new NIS America games), our report will focus on The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure and the other titles absent from the NIS America Showcase in September 2022.
Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society
Developed by Nippon Ichi Sotware and also known in Japan as Labyrinth of Galleria: Coven of Dusk, this curious dungeon crawler is the spiritual sequel to Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, a title released across the globe between 2017 and 2018. , but which unfortunately passed quite unnoticed. Expected on PC, PS4, PS5 and Nintendo Switch starting next February 17th, the RPG dungeon will place players in the shoes of a wandering spirit who in the opening bars of the campaign will be evoked by the magnificent Madame Marta.
Supported by the assistant Eureka and a real army of puppets in which the witch has inserted souls, our task will be to dig into the depths of an underground labyrinth and make our way among its terrifying monsters to recover the desired objects from Madame Marta. An undertaking that is anything but easy, which according to what the publisher reported could take about fifty hours.
Compared to the aforementioned Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, the new dungeon crawler by Nippon Ichi Software will offer a series of tricks aimed at improving the “quality of life” of users and a deep system of customization of the units.
Not only Labyrinth of Galleria: The Moon Society will in fact offer a wide selection of puppet soldiers to be selected, in order to form a battalion of up to 40 subjects, but these can even be customized to perfection, so as to maximize their potential and develop articulated strategies. of struggle.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure
Set immediately after the conclusion of The Legend of Heroes: Trails from Zero, the highly anticipated Trails to Azure will tell fans of the franchise the explosive finale of the Crossbell saga.
While the Special Support Section will welcome new allies into its ranks in order to fulfill the new tasks assigned to it by the city-state authorities, Crossbell herself will find herself under pressure from the powerful neighboring nations that will threaten her independence. Lloyd Bannings and his companions, who have gained some fame after their heroic deeds in the course of Zero’s Trails, will therefore have to deal with those who threaten the temporary peace achieved by the city-state. As if the historic feud between the Erebonian Empire and Calvard’s Republic wasn’t enough, the emergence of organizations with highly questionable aims could make Crossbell the ideal stage for a terrible conflict.
Expected on PC, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch starting March 17, 2023, The Legend of Heroes: Trails to Azure will allow you to import the Trails from Zero saves to unlock new dialogues that are slightly different from the default ones.
If loaded in Trails into Reverie, the Trails to Azure saves will in turn unlock extra content in the gigantic title in which the plots of Crossbell and Erebonia will converge, and which will bring together all the protagonists of the franchise in a single game.
Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana from Ys IX: Monster Night
Already available for a few years on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, the eighth and ninth episodes of the long-running Nihon Falcom series are preparing to land on PlayStation 5.
Expected on the current Sony flagship starting next October 18, Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana is an action RPG of rare beauty, at least from a playful and narrative point of view. As told in the review of Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana, the protagonist of the brand, Adol Christin, is shipwrecked on the cursed Seiren Island: a desert island shrouded in mystery, whose waters seem to be haunted by a gigantic Kraken that sinks the boats that enter in its territory. Assisted by the other castaways, the red-haired adventurer will try to map the inhospitable island to find all those who were aboard the Lombardia boat and devise an escape plan. What Adol still ignores is that, while exploring Seiren, he will find himself wielding his sword to protect the world from those who would like to trigger a catastrophe capable of annihilating the entire creation.
Ys IX: Monstrum Nox will debut on PS5 during the spring of 2023 to tell fans about Adol’s arrest near Balduq Prison. Unjustly thrown into a cell of what was once considered the largest fortress in the Empire, our hero will not hesitate for a moment to escape in order to prove his innocence and clean up his name. During the escape, however, Adol will be transformed into a so-called “Monstrum” by a hooded figure and will acquire supernatural powers which, on the flip side, will prevent him from leaving the city of Balduq (for all the details read our review of Ys IX: Monstrum Nox).
Having no choice but to comply with the requests of the enigmatic Aprilis, the adventurer will reunite the other Monstrums and will try to unravel the mystery of the Grimwald Nox, that is an otherworldly plan that every night is invaded by hordes of frightening and at first sight monsters. unstoppable.
The new editions of Ys VIII and Ys IX have been optimized for PlayStation 5, in fact the angular polygonal models of the characters appear much sharper and more defined than we remembered them. In addition to boasting significantly reduced loading times, the PS5 versions will include all the cosmetic DLCs made over the years, such as the costumes with which to customize the appearance of Adol and his companions. On the flip side, NIS America has let us know that owners of PS4 editions will not be able to update and download PS5 editions.