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Tactics Ogre returns on PSP. The latest news leaks, updated throughout the day.


This week's flying get is inspired by the Japanese beach, where if you're lucky enough, you'll get to celebrate your Marine Day by seeing girls getting their angles measured with extremely large protractors.

As usual, this weekly column is home to all the magazine leaks that come out of Famitsu, Dengeki and the likes one or two days ahead of their street dates. In most cases the info comes from the summaries at Game Jouhou, and in general none of it has been verified.

Check back throughout the day for updates!

More Tactics Ogre Details (added 14:25)

Just a few additional Game Jouhou details (before i get to see the darn magazine for myself!):

  • The game is in full 3D, although it promises to retain the visual atmosphere of the original, which was of course sprite based.
  • There will be a new system that looks something like a flow chart. Details are unclear at present.
  • Unit movement strength will be shown in a visual form of some sort at the bottom of the screen.

Phantom Brave Portable Details (added 14:25)

First details on Phantom Brave Portable, from Yuan (citing 2channel) in the comments section below:

"Release date is October 28th. UMD version priced at 5040 Yen and DL version is 4000 Yen. Other than the new content from Wii version, there are additional characters: Makerennoger (Unlosing Ranger), Hero Prinny, Zeta and two others."

Phantom Brave Wii, itself an updated port of the PS2 original.

Even more Tactics Ogre details (added 12:48)

Square Enix fan site FF Reunion has little bits and pieces from an interview with the Tactics Ogre team that's featured in this week's Famitsu.

Here are a few points from the FF Reunion summary:

    [li]Even though it may look like the game's visuals haven't changed much, they have been improved over the original. They're trying to keep the Super Famicom-like look of the game.[/li]

    [li]They'd actually be proud if people would say that it's the same as the original.[/li]

    [li]You can change the angle to view the action from above.[/li]

    [li]The height-based play and other basic elements of the original remain in tact.[/li]

    [li]They're adding a number of new elements for the game parts and battle parts. The battles will be greatly changed.[/li]

    [li]The game will have a variety of new skill-based gameplay features.[/li]

    [li]There will be new classes.[/li]

    [li]The battle maps character count has increased from the 10 vs 10 of the original to 12 on your side vs 18 on the enemy side, for a total of 30 characters on screen.[/li]

    [li]This is not a "Tactics Ogre Perfect Version," but a "rebuilding" of Tactics Ogre. It doesn't fit within the framework of a "remake."[/li]

    [li]You won't be able to use your strategies from the original for the sequel remake.[/li]


    Here's a sweet old ad for the Super Famicom version that I found while searching for top image artwork for this story:

    Square Enix hasn't announced a price for the PSP version yet, but I have a feeling it will be less than the ¥11,400 of the original.

    Games you knew were going to suck probably do (added 11:48)

    Did anyone expect crossover shooter Neo Geo Heroes or crossover action adventure game Ys vs Sora no Kiseki to be good? Well they're probably not, based off the middling reviews they received in Famitsu.

    Here are this week's scores:

    • Sengoku Basara 3 (Wii): 9, 8, 8, 8
    • Dragon Quest Monsters Battle Road Victory (Wii): 9, 9, 9, 8
    • Metal Max 3 (DS): 9, 8, 8, 8
    • Let's Manga-ka DS Style (DS): 8, 7, 7, 5
    • Wizardry Boukyaku no Isan (DS): 8, 8, 8, 7
    • Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride Card Battle Taisen (DS): 7, 8, 8, 7
    • Sengoku Basara 3 (PS3): 9, 9, 8, 8
    • Project Diva 2nd (PSP): 9, 9, 8, 7
    • Second Novel (PSP): 7, 8, 7, 6
    • Neo Geo Heroes Ultimate Shooting (PSP): 7, 7, 6, 6
    • Ys vs Sora no Kiseki (PSP): 7, 7, 6, 7
    • Takuyo Mix Box First Anniversary (PSP): 6, 5, 4, 5

    Notice the extra point for the PS3 version of Sengoku Basara 3? Fight!

    I'll still buy it! And so will you!

    Nippon Ichi's Phantom Brave Goes Portable (added 11:44)

    It's called Phantom Brave Portable, so I presume this is a PSP port of the PS2/Wii Phantom Brave game.

    Famitsu Promises Many Scoops (added (11:44)

    In its preview of next week's issue, Famitsu promises a number of new title scoops that will surprise anyone.

    They're also promising a 32 page strategy booklet for big headed baseball game Powerful Pro 2010.

    Arcana Heart 3 Set for PS3 and Xbox 360 (added 11:00)

    Arc System Works will be bringing Arcana Heart 3 to PS3 and Xbox 360 this Winter.

    New features for the home include HD anime cut-ins during supers, and a "simple mode" that will let beginner players perform combos through a single button press.

    Modes of play include:

    This is fully voiced
    An offline mode
    Score Attack
    Attempt to get the highest score in a given stage.
    Freely practice your moves
    Includes online fights and rankings You can also view other fights while you wait for yours to begin.
    A viewing mode for event CG and guest illustrations.

    This is presumably the game that Arc was teasing at its official site last week. Hopes for a Capcom crossover dashed! DASHED!

    A Few Additional Tactics Ogre Details (added 10:57)

    Just a couple of additional Tactics Ogre details from Game Jouhou.

    Famitsu has a look at a new character, Ravinus Rousillon.

    The magazine also says that the game is being re-imagined under the basis of "If you developed and played Tactics Ogre in this day and age, it would be like this." There will be a number of new gameplay systems.

    Dream Club Zero is a Prequel (added 10:38)

    In case Xbox 360 users thought last week's announcement of Dream Club Portable for PSP was another case of a publisher abandoning the Xbox 360, this week's Famitsu has first details on a true followup to Dream Club, and its coming to Xbox 360 this Winter.

    Titled Dream Club Zero, the new game is set five months prior to the events of the original. New features include customizable clothing, customizable hair styles, and an e-mail system where you can return mails to the girls. The camera functionality has been improved for the karaoke sequences, and you can now view the girls from behind.

    It looks like there will be at least one new hostess girl. Her name is Haruka, and she comes from an incredibly rich family.

    Two Dream Club games in two weeks! (shown here, the Xbox 360 original).

    About that new mobile Final Fantasy game... (added 10:22)

    The new mobile game is not related to DS's Final Fantasy Gaiden.

    Famitsu's table of contents lists "Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi." The subtitle translates to "Warriors of Light and Dark."

    It turns out that this was leaked out from V Jump earlier in the week. As detailed at Square Enix fan site FF Reunion, the game will features nostalgic 2D dot visuals, job changes, crystals and 5 member parties.

    Similar to Final Fantasy IV The After, the game will be distributed as a series of scenarios. The prologue will be free, with subsequent chapters costing between 300 and 500 FF Points (that's the currency used at Final Fantasy Mobile).

    The name may sound a little like DS's Hikari no Yon Senshi: Final Fantasy Gaiden ("Four Warriors of Light"), but this is an original game.

    A release is set for September on iMode followed by Winter on EZweb.

    Dream Club Zero, Arcana Heart 3 and More (added 10:16)

    Stuff of note from Famitsu's table of contents:

    • Arcana Heart 3 is being brought over to PS3 and Xbox 360.
    • Xbox 360 is getting Dream Club Zero
    • Cell phones are getting Final Fantasy Legends: Hikari to Yami no Senshi
    • PSP is getting My Little Sister Can't Possibly Be This Cute Portable (???)

    The magazine also has additional coverage this week on Yakuza Black Panther (PSP), God Eater Brurst (PSP), and Kingdom Hearts Re: Coded.

    Tactics Ogre is a Remake (added 10:09)

    It looks like the Tactics Ogre game listed below is indeed a remake of the 1995 Super Famicom title. Changes listed at Game Jouhou include modifications to the story by Matsuno which will help to make us better know the characters. Additionally, the game will have new side stories and stories for new characters.

    Box art for the Super Famicom original.

    Famitsu's Big Surprise: Tactics Ogre (added 09:58)

    Famitsu promised a huge surprise for this week's issue, and this seems to be it. Classic strategy title Tactics Ogre is being revived for release on the PSP. The new game, "Tactics Ogre: Ring of Fate" (or possibly "Wheel of Fate") promises a "re-imagining" of gameplay systems, making it into a new game.

    The wording in Game Jouhou's summary suggests that this will be a remake of the 1995 Super Famicom original, but I'd suggest waiting until more details surface to be sure.

    The staff of the original are returning for the PSP release. The staff list includes Hiroshi Minagawa as director, Yasumi Matsuno as game designer, Akihiro Yoshida and Tsubasa Masao as character designers, and Hitoshi Sakimoto and Iwata Masaji on music.

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